Saturday, December 4, 2021

C4C613 - Christmas Flowers/Foliage

Frances' Crazy4Challenges challenge this week is all about Christmas Flowers/Foliage.  She said:  "One of the ways people decorate for Christmas is with flowers and/or foliage -- the most popular being Poinsettias, Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe.  For our challenge this week create a card using something flower or foliage related."

Another way to decorate for Christmas is with wreaths, so I pulled out my Wreath Builder and created a wreath using Creek Bank Creations' A Thrill of Hope stamp set.  I made my card using their Angel Side Circle die.

The plaid from the front is carried through to the inside as well.

Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more Christmas florals.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

CCEE2148 - Celebrate with Song

Lynn McAuley is the CCEE Stampers hostess for December.  For today's challenge, she chose "celebrate with song" as her theme.  She asked that the CCEE Stampers use song lyrics from a holiday song (either secular or religious) as the sentiment on the front of their Christmas design.

I recently purchased a couple of Hero Arts stamp and die sets that seemed to coordinate with each other.  One set is just dies (Tri-fold Edge Village Fancy Die) and the other set is both stamps & dies (Cozy Village).  Many of the houses on the Cozy Village stamps were the same as those on the Tri-fold Edge Village die, so I tried an experiment.   I think it worked!

The sentiment on the stamp set was just "Santa is coming to town," but that's not exactly the same as the song; so I printed it out on my computer.  I've had that little sleigh and reindeer stamp for many years, and it was the perfect size.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more musical inspiration for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score"

My card for the Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge this month is a slimline bridge card.  I recently purchased a Hero Arts die set called Tri-Fold Village Fancy Die Set, which I thought was so pretty.  Since then, I found a "sort-of" matching stamp and die set called Cozy Town.  Many of the buildings in this stamp set match the shape of the buildings in the Tri-Fold set.  

As you can see, the dies span the center opening of this card, forming a "bridge," as dpes the sentiment, which is the Karen Burniston "Merry Christmas" greeting and shadow.

The card folds flat for mailing and fits in a business-size envelope.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

C4C612 - Go for a Ride Day

 Last Monday was Go for a Ride Day.  For our challenge this week, the Crazy4Challenges team were to create cards that feature something you might ride on -- car, bus, bike, truck, horse, etc.  I chose a train and used the Karen Burniston Train Pivot Panels train together with the brand-new Little Labels Pop-Up on a slimline card.

This is the inside.

Stop over at the Crazy4Challenges blog to see how the rest of the team handled this challenge.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

CCEE2147 - Thankful Leaves

Kelli finishes up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a great challenge.  She said that, because it's Thanksgiving, we should create a card with a thankful theme -- bonus points for using a leaf/leaves somewhere on our cards.  I guess I get lots of bonus points!!!

I made this birthday card for a dear friend whose birthday was last month.  She loves cards with leaves on them.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled this delightful challenge.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Karen Burniston New Release Blog Hop

 Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC November Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with Karen today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 8 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!

This release includes:
• 1 new Add-Ons Die Sets - Animals Add-ons 4
• 1 new Slimline Pop-up Die Sets - Little Labels Pop-up
• 2 new sentiment sets - Word Set 14 - Hugs; Happy Birthday Shadow
• 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Labels - Crosshatch
• 1 new Animals die set - Bayou Animals
• 1 new Charms die set - Big Birthday Charms
• 1 new Border Blends die set - Border Blends Trims
Dies are available to order now on the website.

The main new die I'm using is Animals Add-ons 4, which coordinates with the Bitty Ball Pop-Up.  I fell in love with it when I saw the packaging,  I've made several cards using this die.  The first one also uses a previously released die set, Ocean Animals.  I made a belly band to close the card, which is 6" x 7".  The background paper on the front of the belly band is a slimline paper pad from Whimsy Stamps, cut down to fit.

When you open the card, up pops this adorable octopus.

I've flattened him down so you can see that the card COULD HAVE BEEN slightly smaller, but I didn't want to crowd him in.

There are two other animals you could make with this die set as well -- an alligator and a frog.  I showed these two other animals on my blog last week.   As a Floridian, I couldn't resist making Albert the Alligator (the mascot of the University of Florida).  Even though I am a fan of the Florida State University Seminoles, I'm an equal-opportunity crafter.

And the frog is quite cute as well.

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. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, November 29th 2021. 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!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Karen Burniston New Release -- Day 7

For my final sneak peek of this new release, I made another birthday card.  I have a long-time friend (since junior high school -- many, many years ago), who has a birthday this year.  We are both now octogenarians (I told you we were long-time friends).  I'm sending this card to her.

I used the new Big Birthday Charms in conjunction with the Happy Birthday with Shadow and Crosshatch Rectangles on the front.

Inside are some more of the Big Birthday Charms mounted on the Oval Pop-Up set.  I added a row of the new Border Blends - Trim and some additional balloons from the Explosion Pop-Up in the background.

Make sure you stop back tomorrow for the Blog Hop.  If you follow the hop and comment often, you might just win a $25 gift certificate to the Karen Burniston website.  Each one of the team is giving away a certificate!