Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Houses

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. This month, the theme is Houses. I couldn't wait to use dies from Karen's latest release! I thought her new House Pivot Panels die would make adorable haunted houses. The awesome thing about the House Pivot die is that it can be used alone, or with the Twist Panel and Tag Book dies. How cool is that?

I kept the front fairly simple, decorating it with papers from Tim Holtz and dies from Karen's Halloween collections.

The tiny houses were cut from various Tim Holtz papers and embellished with Tim's trinkets. The sentiment behind the panels is one of my favorite dies from Karen's new Halloween Charms collection.

You can find the dies and other supplies I used via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog tomorrow for another of her incredible videos and tons of inspiration from the whole team!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Karen Burniston + Darkroom Door Blog Hop!


Hi all! Today, the Karen Burnsiton Designer Challenge team has joined with the Darkroom Door Design Team for a fun blog hop, featuring Karen's dies and Rachel Greig's amazing rubber stamps!

Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

My first card features stamps from Darkroom Door's Gardening Vol 2 stamp set. Most of you probably know I love gardening so this stamp set really spoke to me! On the front of my card, I cut a panel from oatmeal cardstock using Karen's new Rectangles Crosshatch die set. I love that the largest of the rectangles fits an A2 card perfectly! To decorate the panel, I stamped the daisy repeatedly with Pumice Stone Distress ink. I stamped the flower pot three times, then colored each pot and cut it out. I used pop dots to attach them to the card. The sentiment is from Karen's new Word Set 6 die set.

Now for the really fun part - the pop-up! I used Karen's new Upsy Daisy set to really show off these cute stamps. The watering can and flower pot were both stamped on white cardstock with gray ink, and then colored with Distress inks. As the card is opened, the three panels raise up and out slightly. Such a cool die set and I love how well the stamps work with it.

Too cute! I love this paper from Carta Bella - it matches the stamps so perfectly. The fence was stamped on a neutral paper from the set and then cut out with an exacto knife.

It's a little overexposed, but I made a quick video of the card opening and closing, so you can see how the mechanism works. So fun!


For my second card, I used DD's Cup of Tea stamp set. I was really excited to use this set...you'll see why in the next pic. :-)

For the front of my card, I stamped the teacup image three times on designer paper, heat embossed with Ranger's Watering Can powder, and cut them out. I used pop dots to adhere them to a canvas panel that I stamped with the silverware image from the set. The teabag was stamped on white cardstock and inserted into the top cup with a length of paper string attached.

Here's why I was so excited to get this set - the mechanism on Karen's Spinner Square die actually makes the teapot pour!! I mean, come on. How cool is that?!? And it's such an awesome teapot stamp! Like the teacups, I stamped it onto coordinating paper and then heat embossed with Watering Can embossing powder. The panel in front was cut with dies from Karen's new Squares Crosshatch set. The teacup was stamped and embossed in the same was as the cups on the front. The little spoon (adorable!) was stamped and then heat embossed with silver powder.

To give more interest to the background, I stamped the teabag stamp repeatedly with coordinating ink. I'm so excited to give this to my mom for her birthday. She is a tea lover and I think she'll really get a kick out of the interactivity of it. I just love the motion in this card!

Speaking of which - another video that's a bit overexposed, but you have to see this one in action!



If you're visiting my site and haven't seen the whole list of blogs participating in the hop, please make sure you start with Rachel's and work your way through everyone. There are so many inspirational artists to visit - I can't wait to see what everyone has created!





You can find the dies and other supplies I used via the links below.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - The Great Outdoors

Hi all! It's time once again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. This month, the theme is The Great Outdoors. I decided to make a vintage camping-themed Father's Day card using Karen's new Tent Pop-Up die. Isn't it absolutely adorable??

The front is fairly simple, decorated with a frame that was cut with Karen's new Rectangles - Crosshatch die set. Dad was cut from plaid paper using the new Alphabet set. I added the sentiment using the Just a Note word set. The deer silhouette was cut from black kraft core'dinations. Finally, I used the new lantern charm from the Camping Charms set to add a bit of dimension.

When I was at my parent's house last year, I found a really cool picture of some of my father's relatives standing in front of a car. When I was thinking about how to decorate my card, I remembered this gent and was like - that's it! Isn't he just perfect? I love that hat!

 Here's the photo if you'd like to download it and use it in your own cardmaking/artwork!

What's so amazing about this card is that it folds completely flat for mailing. I'm excited that, this year, I don't have to mail my card to my dad - I get to hand deliver it!

You can find the supplies I used via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog tomorrow for lots of great inspiration from the team, plus a fun new video tutorial from Karen!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Miniature Wardian Box

Hi all! I hope you're having a great weekend. Mine has been fabulous! I had my group of crafting buddies over on Saturday and we made these adorable Wardian cases. I had never heard of this term until my friend, Cyndi, introduced me to them. She has several in her home and, the last time I was there, I commented that we should make a miniature version out of chipboard. After opening my big mouth, I had to figure out exactly how this would happen. Time for some engineering!

After mulling it over a bit, I hit upon the idea of using Tim Holtz's Arch Movers and Shapers die to cut the openings in the walls, which were cut from medium weight chipboard. The front piece measures 6" x 5" and the sides are 3.5" x 5". The walls are hinged together with strips of cardstock.

I wanted my case to have the look of aged zinc so I gave all the chipboard pieces a coat of charcoal paint, then dry brushed it with white. I used Tim's Picket Fence Distress Spray to add drips of white. The fleur de lis is a Movers and Shapers die from Sizzix.

The case has a chipboard floor that was covered with foam that we painted green and then hot glued moss to cover.

Cyndi (who has more dies than anyone I know!), generously cut us every type of fern you can imagine. We inked them with Distress ink to add more interest and color variation.

All that's left is to glue all of the ferns in place!

I found some really cool acrylic panels on Amazon for the windows - they're so clear it really looks like glass! The adorable little gnome is from the Dollar Tree.

I added a few fussy cut butterflies from Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook.

The trim was cut with an older die of Tim's called Vintage Lace. I can't find it on the Sizzix site so it must have been discontinued.

I love peeking through the windows at my adorable little gnome! It's just about the sweetest thing ever.

It's been ages since I've 'built' anything 3d and it was really a blast making these with my friends. I apologize for not sharing a better tutorial - it was totally a fly by the seat of my pants kind of thing! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sizzix has a big sale going on now and both of the dies I used are included! A word of warning - it looks like they no longer sell the base tray for using Movers and Shapers by themselves. If you don't already have one, there are lots of different tutorials for using them without the tray, though, so you should be able to Google it and find the correct sandwich for your machine.


You can find the supplies I used via the links below!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Paradise



Hi all! I'm back today to share the card I created for this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. For May the theme was 'Paradise'. If you know me, that can only mean one thing - my garden! I decided to create a Mother's Day card for my mom using Karen's Flower Pot Pop-Up die set and some pretty papers from an older Prima collection.

How amazing is that pop-up?! I used Karen's idea of making a terra cotta pot using Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks. I posted her video at the end of this post so you can see how it was done. I added water droplets on mine to give it a bit of an oxidized look.

I really wanted layered, colorful flowers, but I was too lazy to ink up a bunch of paper and then cut the flowers. Instead, I cut them from various papers from the Prima pad and then layered them. I cut the butterflies from glitter paper and adhered them with thin strips of acetate.

I had tons of flowers left over, so I filled the front of the card with them. The woman is a photo realistic rubber stamp from Oxford Impressions - one of my all-time faves! I stamped the image on glossy paper and colored it with distress markers.

Here's a little video of the card opening. It's so amazing that the whole thing folds down so perfectly!


You can find the supplies I used via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure and check out Karen's blog tomorrow for lots of gorgeous Paradise cards and a new video from Karen.



Monday, April 30, 2018

Accordion Floral Thank You Card


Hi all! I'm just popping (!) in to share an idea for a quick thank you card using Karen Burniston's Fancy Label Accordion die. If you've followed me for awhile, you might remember a post from a couple years ago where I used napkins as background paper for cards. This weekend, I was trying to think up a quick thank you card that would be pretty, but be fairly quick and easy to make. I spotted my stack of napkins and my problem was solved!

I used Karen's Fancy Flourish Frames to decorate the front. The sentiment was cut from green cardstock using dies from Word Sets 1 and 4. I highlighted the words with a white gel pen and glitter, but it's a bit hard to see in the photo.

To give the card a bit more interest, I adhered another napkin to cardstock and cut out a few of the elements, like the bird and flowers, then adhered them to the card with foam to give it a 3D appearance. So pretty!

You can find the supplies I used via the links below.




Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pop-Up Steampunk Birthday Card

Hi everyone! I mentioned in my last post that, while I was working on the butterfly pop-up card, I had the idea to make a steampunk version...and here it is! My dad's birthday was last month but I was out of town and didn't have a chance to make a card for him. I thought the 'time flies' theme was perfect for a late birthday card!

Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop Up die is so much fun! I combined it with another one of her die sets - the Snowman Twist Circle - to create a spinning, moving card that is a delight to open. The base of the card is gray cardstock. On the front I added a silver painted and embossed panel and added a window. Surrounding the window is a gold (heat) embossed frame that I made by nesting the two largest circles together. The 76 was cut from foil-covered cardstock and colored with alcohol inks.

I thought that this sitting man from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls was perfect sitting on/in the clock. When the card is opened, the gears spin out from behind the clock. It's so cool!

I used various gears from one of Karen's discontinued collections (Clock and Gears) and some of Tim Holtz's gear dies. The were all cut from heavy cardstock and given a metal look using my Faux Tarnished Silver technique - I haven't used that in ages!

Here's a closer look at the mechanism and gears. I used heavy clear plastic (cut from saved packaging) to create an arm that the gears could attach to. I had a hard time getting them to stay using any type of glue and ended up stapling them with Tim's Tiny Attacher. I decided it adds to the industrial look. ;-) The sentiment and words were computer generated and printed on kraft cardstock.


Here's quick video showing the mechanism operating. There are really so many possibilities with this die!!

Speaking of amazing dies, Karen Burniston/KB Riley are celebrating their new Facebook Group - Karen Burniston Pop-Up Peeps - with a sale! Through tomorrow, April 25th at Midnight CDT, they are offering 18% off of your order of $20 or more when you use the code 18OFF in the coupon box when you check out. This is a great time to stock up on some of the best dies the craft world has to offer!

You can find Karen's dies and the other supplies I used via the links below.



Below is the assembly video for the Spinner Square Pop-Up die. Once you figure out the mechanism, it's a breeze!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're on Facebook, be sure and join the group. It's a fantastic, friendly group and people are sharing the most amazing cards!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Hip to be Square

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. This month our theme is 'Hip to be Square'. I thought it was the perfect time to use one of my favorite dies - Karen's Spinner Square Pop-Up - and got to work making a pretty botanical thank you card.

The papers are all from Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook (retired, but you might be able to find it on eBay or Etsy). This is one of my all-time favorite collections and it works so well for this card!

As the card is opened, the two butterflies on the right 'fly' out from behind the square panel. Magic! I love thinking of different things that could be animated using this die. As I'm typing and thinking, I've already decided I need to do a steampunk version with gears - how cool would that be?!

To animate the butterflies, I used the rectangle arm die from the set to cut a piece of transparency so that the mechanism would disappear and the butterflies would look like they were flying. I adhered the larger butterfly to the arm, making sure that it would be hidden when the card was closed, and then attached the smaller butterfly to it with a foam dot.

This series of photos shows the various positions of the butterflies as the card is opened. I love the magic of them floating out from behind the square panel!

Here's a quick video to show the animation. It's a little dark, but you can get the general idea of how the card works!

The supplies I used can be purchased via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog on Wednesday to see her latest tutorial and lots of inspiration from the team!