Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team August Challenge - Circle Charm Pop Up Card

Hello! It's Karen Burniston's Design Tam Challenge today, with the theme of 'Charmed'!
We're having the most wonderful weather this summer in England, and it's made me feel like using some of Karen's lovely Beach and Sweet Treats Charms dies in a summery Circle Charm Pop Up card.

In the first floating panel I created some sand with a stitched edge die from the Nature Edges die set, layered up some flip flips from the Beach Charms set, and added some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops to make waves and to the flip-flop straps.
In the second panel I used the watermelon dies from the Sweet Treats Charms set, and coloured them with Copic markers, using clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on the rind and black Enamel Accents for the seeds.
The last panel has the palm tree from Beach Charms set, which I again coloured with Copics and covered with clear Nuvo Crystal Drops.
The papers and extra tickets I cut out, are from Maggie Holmes' 12x12 'Flourish' pad.
The sentiment is from the Word Set 6 - Summer die set, and I coated the words with clear Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I also added a bit of Stampin' Up ribbon, glitter dot stickers and the sun from the Tropical Scene die set, as additional details on the card.

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Friday, 27 July 2018

Circle Charm & Carta Bella Flora No.2 Pop Up Card

 I absolutely love Carta Bella's Flora Paper Collections, both No's 1 & 2, and this card uses the No 2 12x12 set, along with Karen Burniston's great new Circle Charm Pop Up die set.
I used a metallic gray cardstock for the card base, and covered the insides and outside with patterned paper panels.
I used a sticker from the Flora No 2 12x12 set on the left hand side of the card, and a stamp from Reverse Confetti's 'Circle Wishes' set for the sentiment.

On the first floating panel I used a heart which comes with the Circle Charms set (as do all the other circle dies I used on the card), and for the centre panel, I used a clear acetate circle trapped between the original panel, and an extra die cut rim. I then stuck some hand cut bunting flags onto the acetate with adhesive mini foam pads.

The card front is similar, just with some ribbon and a button glued on.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Karen Burniston & Darkroom Door Blog Hop Card

Hi everyone! I'm really happy to be taking part in a Blog Hop today, where I as well as the rest of Karen Burniston's Design Team are joining forces with the lovely people at Darkroom Door, to bring you a wide range of projects made with products from both companies. 
I adore Karen's clever and original die designs, and teamed with the fabulous stamps you can find at Darkroom Door, there's a lot of crafting fun to be had!

For my card I used Karen's House & Fence Pop-up die set to create the pop-up mechanisms, along with Darkroom Door's Carved Caravans stamp set.
I love all the stamps which come in this set, and the base of the House & Fence Pop-up die set is perfect for attaching elements to.

So! For the blog hop, both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away 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!

Here are all the Blog Hop participants:

 I hope you enjoy the inspiration!

Now for a few more details about the card...

I used the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform along with Distress Markers to colour in the different parts of each stamp. The stamp platform was vital, as I needed to add a few layers of Distress Marker for the colour to build up enough. I hand cut out the stamped elements and used a combination of glue in a Fineline bottle, and mini adhesive foam pads to adhere them to the pop-up parts of the card base.

I used the cloud edge from the Nature Edges die set, for the sky background, and a 'hello' die from the Word Set 6 - Summer set.

 The card front is just kept really simple, with space for a message, more stamps from the Caravan set, and circles from the Circles - Crosshatch die set.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team July Challenge - 'Sweet Summer' Circle Charm Pop-Up Card

 Hi everyone, I have a very pink card to share with you today, for Karen Burniston's Design Team 'Sweet Summer' Challenge!

My card uses the lovely generic Circle Charm Pop-up card die set.
I covered the back of the central circle with acetate, to attach the flamingo to, and also cut a circle in the back of the card, so that all three panels would be windows.

I used dies from Karen's Beach Charms and Sweet Treats Charms die sets to decorate the card with - these die sets are just so cute!!
I double cut the flip flops to make the heel part of the charm, and for each of the charms I added a section of glitter card, which I shaded with darker pink Copic marker pen.
The patterned paper is from American Crafts Dear Lizzie 'Fine and Dandy' 12x12 pad.

For the card front, I used the palm tree from the Beach Charms die set, words from the Word Set 6 - Summer die set, and flowers from the Flowers and Bee die set.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Pop-Up Tent Card

Karen Burniston's Design Team has our challenge day today, with 'The Great Outdoors' as our theme.
For my card I used Karen's Tent Pop-Up die set, which includes everything to make a beautiful tent, fire, fire surround, and pop-up tree stump!

The papers I used are all from Carta Bella's 'Flora No.2' 12x12 set and 6x6 pad. The sentiment comes from the 6x6 pad.

Karen has a great assembly video, which shows how the card comes easily together - it was seriously so satisfying to make!
The grass border was made using Karen's Nature Edges die set.

 I thought about what I like most when I go camping - I like making my tent pretty (yes, I've hung bunting on my tent before, though I haven't got such a gorgeous floral tent!), I like a good book, a decent light (in this case a lantern from the Camping Charms set), and nice things to eat and drink. I tried to re-create those elements in my card! (The book and mug with marshmallows I cut by hand.)

 The card front is just very simple, with a sentiment from the 12x12 Flora No.2 set.

Everything folds down very cleverly!

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Uspy Daisy Masculine Pop-Up Birthday Card & Blog Hop Winner!

Hi everyone! Firstly I'd like to say thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Karen Burniston/Brutus Monroe blog hop last week, and for the lovely lovely comments that were left on my blog!

Using a random generator (I got my son Tom to do the technical bit!), a comment was selected which belongs to Louise, from 'My Discoveries' blog, so we're delighted to be sending her a Spinner Square Pop-up die set!

If you haven't heard yet, Karen has a new die sets release, which will be ready for shipping at the end of May. I have a card made with the new Upsy Daisy Pop-up set, to share with you today.

 This die set creates such a fun mechanism, and comes with lots of decorator dies, including the scalloped squares and banner.

The centre scalloped square is suspended on twine strung between more squares, which are lifted up on two arms, when the card opens.

I also used Karen's Happy Birthday die set, a cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-up die set, and stars from the Circle Charm Pop-up die set. The 'Uncle' is from Sizzix's 'Male Occasions' die set.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Karen Burniston & Brutus Monroe Blog Hop PLUS a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog hop, where today I and the rest of Karen Burniston's Design Team are combining products from Karen Burniston and Brutus Monroe.

For my card, I used Karen's Spinner Square Pop-up die set along with Brutus Monroe's Butterfly Sentiments stamp set.
I wanted there to be a flurry of butterflies when the card opens, and Karen's moving arm mechanism really helps to achieve this.

Before I share some more details about the card, let me point you in the direction of Karen Burniston and the rest of her Design Team - they are a wonderful bunch of women, and I love being associated with them - they are also rather talented (I hope you can you spot my British understatedness there!!), so please do visit their blogs! Here's the line-up:

Also, we are each giving away a fantastic Karen Burniston die set! Mine will be the Spinner Square Pop-up set which I used to make this card. Check out the rest of the Design Team's blogs, to see which sets they are giving away!

To be in with a chance of winning the Spinner Square Pop-up, just leave a comment on this blog post before Thursday 24th May, and I will use a random generator to pick a winner. I'll let you know who that is next Thursday, and get in touch with you. Just to make me smile, in your comment will you tell me one thing that made you smile this week! I'm making more of an effort to try and enjoy the little things!

OK, a bit more about my card...

I used papers from Carta Bella's 'Flora No.1' 6x6 pad, and, with dies from the Spinner Square Pop-up die set, cut a square window in the card front, and all the layered squares which sit on the pop-up part.
I stamped the Brutus Monroe Butterflies with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform, then coloured them with Copic markets, and cut them out by hand.
I used flowers and leaves from Karen's Flowers and Bee die set for the layered velum flowers.

Here's one of my not-very-good-one-handed videos to try and show you the movement of card's mechanism!

For the sentiment I used a calligraphy dip pen and white ink.

I covered the window in the front of the card with clear acetate, then added a border of patterned paper. I used Karen's brand new Crosshatch Squares die set (in stock at the end of this month), to cut the outer square of the frame, which gave it the lovely patterned embossed detail.

Well I really hope you liked seeing my card, and I encourage you to visit the next blog in our hop, which belongs to the very lovely Fran Sabad!

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Karen Burniston Spring 2018 Release Sneak Peek!! Circle Charm Pop-Up Birthday Card

I am really excited for Karen Burniston's new Spring 2018 Release - it's full of such fantastic dies!!
And, yes, I have a sneak peek from it for you today!

My card uses Karen's new 'Circle Charm Pop-Up' die set, which creates a wonderful window in the card front, with a pivoting panel, which attaches to a central floating circle frame. The set comes with a load of lovely decorator dies, including the butterfly I used in the central floating circle.
It's a fantastic generic die set, which can be used for all occasions! So many design possibilities!

The new dies when ordered from the website, will be shipped the end of May.

Also, if you check back on my blog this Thursday (17th May), I will be participating in a blog hop in collaboration with Karen Burniston and Brutus Monroe, and have a Karen Burniston die set to give away - as will each of Karen's Design Team! Do join us!

Back to the card - for the centre panel, I added a circle of clear acetate for the butterfly to adhere to.

You can see the mechanism better in this shot below, and also see the multiple flower (using the 'Flowers and Bee' die set) and butterfly layers, which I cut from pink velum.
The stamp is from Reverse Confetti.

The front panel pivots round so that it is on display when the card closes.

I'll have some more cards made with Karen's Spring 2018 collection later this week!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Karen Burniston's 'Paradise' Design Team Challenge - Palm Tree Pop-Up Card

 It's Karen Burniston's Design Team Challenge day, with the delightful theme of 'Paradise'! Even the weather is co-operating today too - it's gorgeous!
I had an idea in mind for this card, of a curving beach line with some staggered palm trees, but I didn't anticipate the slightly funky patterns or the bunting in the trees!

I used Karen Burniston's Palm Tree Pop-up die set for the tree mechanisms. It's really simple to use but looks so effective in action!

I strung bunting flags on twine between the two trees and in the front tree.

The labels are from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set, with a Tim Holtz stamp for the sentiment. I used sunshine dies and wave border dies from the Tropical Scene set.

The patterned papers are from a variety of older American Craft pads.

 I designed the card so that the top smaller flap folds down, then the front of the card folds up. I had to leave enough space in between the trees to allow for them to fold down.

The card front (with more dies from the Katherine Label Pop-up and Tropical Scene die sets). You can see some leaves peeking out, but I don't really mind!

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