Thursday, February 22, 2024

Surf's Up!

I'm loving the new release from Karen Burniston.  One of the new dies is Beach Elements -- perfect for a Floridian!  Today's card features this set and the monkey from the Monkey & Lion set.  The front has a serene beach scene with the beach umbrella and surfboard from Beach Elements.

But the sentiment promises a little more action -- the monkey is taking on the surf.

FYI, that monkey actually faces the other direction if used as it is cut with the die.  But I turned it over and used the back so that his tail is trailing along behind him as he rides the waves.

The middle set of waves are attached with strips of cardstock cut, scored and formed into two cubes -- very similar to the mini pop-ups in Fireplace Extras 1.  I trimmed the waves in one spot so that the surfboard could sit flat on top of the left-hand pop-up.  I cut two slits in the surfboard and inserted two small strips of cardstock which were glued against the front of the pop-up cube.  They were covered with the front set of waves, as you can see in this photo.  The strips stick up far enough for the monkey's feet to be glued to them.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today to see my surfing monkey.


Monday, February 19, 2024

Karen Burniston New Release Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,
Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC December Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with Karen today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 12 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!

This release includes:
  • 2 new Pop-up Die Sets
  • 1 new Ball Add-on Die Sets
  • 4 new Border Die Sets
  • 2 new Sentiment Die Sets
  • 1 new Word Set Die Set
  • 1 new Tiny Accessory Die Set
  • 1 new Stand Alone Die Set

Dies are available to order now on the website.

My card was inspired by the fact that I live in Florida, where we enjoy the sun, sand, and surf almost all year long.  The front of the card is relatively simple, using a bit of surf for the background.  I used the "Enjoy the Ride" die set, substituting the word "sunshine" from Word Set 6 for "ride."  There is one new item on the front -- the surfboard from Beach Elements.

The inside carries forward that surfing theme with a surfing alligator!  I had made a more simple card using that same alligator from Bayou Animals.  I liked him so much that I used him again.  The main feature of the inside of my card is the double Lorna Label and it's "floating floor." Additional previously released sets included on this card are the Mini Alphabet & Numbers, Beach Borders and the "stand-up piece" from House & Fence onto which the alligator is attached.

To celebrate the 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 our blog posts, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post.  That's nine chances to win!  Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, February 26, 2024. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post 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!  Your e-mail address is the best way to do this.

Lois Bak  (that's me)

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Karen Burniston New Release Sneak Peek - Day 7

My last sneak peek for this new release is a small 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 St. Patrick's Day card that I made for my cat-loving friend.  (She doesn't do Facebook or look at my blog, so I'm safe!)  Again, I used that fun updated Lorna Label Pop-Up as well as the new Good Luck and Word Set 18 - Connectors dies.

The little shamrocks on the front are part of the Good Luck Charms, as is the hat on the cat (which is part of the Cat & Dog set) and Squares - Crosshatch.  This proves Karen's motto that her dies are all "backward compatible."

Don't forget about our Blog Hop tomorrow.  You'll have many chances to win a $25 gift certificate to the Karen Burniston website by commenting on as many blogs as you can.  As my card says, "Good Luck."

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Karen Burniston New Release - Day 5

Karen's pup-up balls are so fun, and we've got a new one in the new release -- Animal Add-ons 5 -- which make a bunny and a chick.

For my card today I made a chick, just popped out of her shell -- or, in this case, just popped out of her box!  Last year Karen gave directions for making boxes from which popped the Surprise Cube Pop-Ups.  I thought it might work for pop-up animals as well.

The baby chick so just too cute.

Be sure to check out our Blog Hop on Monday and comment on as many blogs as you can to be eligible for a $25 gift certificate on each blog.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Karen Burniston Sneak Peek Week - Day 4

I've got another sneak peek for you today using the Lorna Label Pop-up, only this time it's a Double Lorna Label Pop-up.  The front uses the new Happy Easter w/Shadow and some previously released Easter-related dies.

. . . and the inside has the double Lorna Label and the new Easter Borders.  The double pop-up makes a "floating floor" on which I placed the bunnies from the Easter Borders.

 All of the new dies will be available for purchase on Monday, February 19th -- although they have been shipped to stores already.  

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Karen Burniston New Release - Day 3

Another new die in this release is the reworked Lorna Label Pop-Up.  I confess that I did not have the original version of this pop-up die, but I am enjoying using the new version.  Also used on this card is one of the new border sets, Baking Borders.

We can always use another birthday card for our stash, so I pulled out the previously released Cupcake Pop-up and went to work.  I had an old cupcake stamp set in my inventory and knew it would work perfectly.  After creating my cupcake, I added some candles from the Birthday Charms to make it a little bit festive.  Pink/brown is one of my favorite color combinations, and it works perfectly for this card.

On the inside the bunny from the Spring Animals set sits on the Lorna Label, holding a single cupcake snipped from one of the Baking Borders.  His chef's hat is from that same border set.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my new card.  I hope you keep checking back all week.  And don't forget to check out the Blog Hop on Monday.  You'll have lots of chances to win a $25 gift certificate to Karen Burniston's webite.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Karen Burniston New Release Sneak Peek - Day 2

One of the new pop-up dies from Karen Burniston this month is the Tea and Coffee Pop-Up.  As a tea drinker, I was so happy to see this one.   I remember as a kid if I was not feeling well, my mom would give me a cup of hot tea and a couple of pieces of toast to settle my stomach.  So I thought a get-well card would be appropriate use of this die.

As you open up the card, there is a mechanism that moves the tea bag.  And take notice of the border across the top of the inside of the card.  That's from the new Tea & Coffee Borders set.

As you can see, there's even a die for some steam coming off the top of that hot tea!

Thanks for visiting my blog during this sneak peek week.  I hope you'll come back tomorrow.