Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Tree

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  This month's theme is "TREE."    As Easter is right around the corner, I chose to make an Easter card -- using the Woven Basket as well as the Tree Pop-Up.  Before I added the leaves to the tree, I sponged them with a darker green distress ink while they were still in the die.  It gives some definition to each leaf this way.   Once the leaves were glued to the tree, I mounted the entire tree onto a piece of heavyweight acetate to make sure it would stand tall and not tip over.  The acetate is long enough that it goes to the bottom of the basket.

I filled the basket with some Spring Animals as well as tulips from the Garden Charms.  The sentiment on the front is from the Easter Charms.  I mounted it on a Crosshatch Oval die cut.

One feature of the Woven Basket that I really like is that, even though it's a 3-dimensional card, it folds flat for mailing.

This die is one of my favorite Karen Burniston dies.  I hope you like it as well.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Karen Burniston New Release Blog Hop

After a much-too-long delay, the new Karen Burniston dies are ready for pre-order, and the Design Team has been chomping at the bit to be able to show them to you.  The card I have to show you today features two of the new dies -- the Paper Frames Pop-Up and the Cruise Charms.

I found a nautical scrapbook kit at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few weeks ago and decided the papers would be perfect on a card using these dies.  I used one of the smaller prints for my background and cut out the sentiment with some circle dies, adding the gold anchor from the Cruise Charms in the center.  The trim at the top and bottom are from one of the Border Blends across the top and bottom.

The inside is where the interest comes in.  Aren't those great frames for the other Cruise Charms?  The little banners strung across the top are also included in the Paper Frames Pop-Up die set.  The panel on the right is where a personal message could be written.

I had made a card for my sister using both of these die sets when I first received them.  She had been planning a cruise with several of her friends; but, unfortunately because of the current health situation, they had to cancel.  She did enjoy the card though.  The ocean paper was also part of that nautical scrapbook kit.

There are eight new dies in this release -- two pop-up dies, three background dies, and three charms/sentiment dies.  

Something you might find helpful when deciding which dies your NEED, here's a link to Karen Burniston's newest catalog.

To celebrate this release, Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC Design Team members will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on the blog posts.  So make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post.  Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, April 13, 2020.  Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post and/or any other blog hop posts to enter!  Don't forget to leave some way for us to contact you, in case you are a lucky winner.  

Here are the links to all the blog hop participants:

Karen Burniston
Frances Byrne 
Karen Aicken
Lois Bak  (you are here)
Fran Sabad
Kelly Booth
Sandy Diller

Thursday, April 2, 2020

CCEE2014 Garden Month

Frances starts off her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with this message:  According to the Days of the Year web site, April is Garden Month.  So for our challenge this week, be inspired by a Garden -- flowers, plants, trees, insects, garden shed, etc.  Anything that you might find in a garden is good for this challenge.

Here is my card:

I love the background paper with its rustic wood and pretty flowers.    I added a few more flowers,  yellow -- for a splash of bright color.  On the inside is a fun pop-up of garden tools and plants.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more garden delights.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" - Florals

April's theme for the Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is Florals.  I'm the first one to admit that I do not have a green thumb.  I do, however, have one flowering bush in my back yard -- a hibiscus, which I planted almost 20 years ago.  With not much help from me, this bush continues to bloom every year.  I wanted to show some gratitude for its resilience by using it as the starting point for this month's challenge project.

My card for this month was inspired by a card by Laura Williams, which I saw on Facebook.  It initially looks like an envelope; but, when you open it up, it IS actually a card!

When you remove the belly band, you can see how it looks very much like an envelope.

But when you open it up, VOILA!  It's a card.

Check out the Scor-Pal blog to see some more floral creations from our design team.  If you'd like to play along with us, be sure to post your project at the end of the post; and you might win a $25 gift certificate!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Have a BEE-Youtiful Day

We are all supposed to be staying inside our homes to reduce the spread of this horrible coronavirus.  I have been using that time to play with some new (and old) stamps and dies.  I recently purchased a series of bee stamps from Honey Bee Stamps and used it on my card for today -- along with one of my favorite Karen Burniston die sets, the Photo Collage Pop-Up.

The front of my card uses part of a Beehive Card die along with a set of stencils.  There are four stencils in the set, but I used just two of them on my bee hive.  I love the way you can cut the opening to see the little Cottage Cutz bees on the inside.

The inside is where the fun happens.

Aren't those Honey Bee bees adorable.  I love the fact that the faces are on separate stamps, so that you can change the expression as you want.

Here's a little video showing how the collage mechanism works.

I've made many cards using the Photo Collage, and I have a feeling that I will be making many cards with those cute bees!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

CCEE2013 Caffeine Awareness Month

Apparently, March is Caffeine Awareness Month; so Maryann concluded her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a coffee-themed card challenge.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do have some coffee-related craft supplies. I made a gatefold card using some dies, a nice big stamp, and coffee-cup patterned paper.  Karen Burniston had made a pop-up billboard card a couple of months ago, which I thought was a brilliant design.  It used her Surprise Ball Pop-Up.  I pretty much CASEd her card, adding some of her other dies (Coffee Cup Pop-Up and Coffee Charms).

Take a coffee break and check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more caffeine!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCEE2012 - Wedding/Anniversary/Celebration

Maryann continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week.  Our challenge for today is to create a Wedding, Anniversary or Celebration card in white and black plus one other color.

I chose a wedding card and made it a round easel.  My "one other color" is the flesh color of the bride and groom.  I don't have any weddings coming up on my calendar, but I'll be ready when I need one!

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what kind of cards my fellow team members chose to make.