Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gingerbread Cookie Day

In honor of Gingerbread Cookie Day, I have a card today using a really cute gingerbread set from Paper Nest Dolls and the Karen Burniston Photo Collage die set.  I had so much fun making this card.

Isn't that a sweet gingerbread house?  That would be a special card just looking at the front; but, when you open the card, it gets better.

The rubber stamp set has 6 pieces (the house and five gingerbread people).  I actually bought the digital images and was able to adjust the size to fit into the photo frames.  The sentiment is from a Kindred Stamps Wacky Holiday set from last year's Gingerbread Cookie Day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you liked my card.

CCEE1947 -- Go for a Ride Day

This week Frances told the CCEE Stampers that tomorrow (11/22) is Go for a Ride Day and challenged us to incorporate some sort of transportation on our cards -- bike, car, train, plane, hot air balloon, etc.  An item I have been able to check off my bucket list is to ride in a hot air balloon.  My late husband gave me that ride for my 50th birthday.  I used a several  Karen Burniston dies on my card.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for some more transportation cards.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Karen Burniston Blog Hop Winner

I've got some happy news today -- I'm announcing my winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Karen Burniston -- K B Rilley LLC on-line store for one lucky participant in last week's Karen Burniston new release Blog Hop.  Without any further ado, I'm pleased to announce that the winner is:

Jennifer Paar Gross

Congratulations, Jennifer!  We'll be in touch shortly to let you know how you can redeem your prize.

In addition, I have another fun card made with the Surprise Ball Pop-Up.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CCEE1946 - Sundae Day

November 11th is a day after my own heart, and Frances used it as inspiration for this week's CCEE Stampers challenge -- Sundae Day!  She asked us to create a card that features ice cream of some sort.  As a fan of the Netflix series, Stranger Things, I was happy to use the Kindred Stamps digital set (Stranger Friends) for this challenge -- as well as the Karen Burniston Frame Pull Pop-Up die.   And don't you just love that patterned paper that I found?  BTW, I'm also a big fan of ice cream!!!

When you pull that tab with the arrow on it, the front pops up.   The ice cream cone and sentiment are from an old MFT stamp set in my stash.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more ice cream goodies.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Thanksgiving Pop-Ups

Last week during the Karen Burniston Design Team Blog Hop I showed you some Surprise Ball Pop-Up place holders I had made for my young guests for Thanksgiving.  Today I have a couple of "grown-up" place holders.

The first one uses the Flap and Closure die to hold down the pop-up ball.

I found those stickers in Hobby Lobby, and they were the perfect size to fit on the panels.

My second place holder is a bit more whimsical -- again using stickers to decorate the panels.  And this time I used a belly band to hold it closed.

This die is SO MUCH FUN!!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Karen Burniston Sneak Peek Blog Hop -- Surprise Ball Pop-Up for Kids

Welcome to the Karen Burniston - KB Riley new release blog hop!  We so happy to be able to show you these seven dies in this release.   There are three pop-ups, three accessory sets, and a large word sentiment.

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 Saturday, November 15th 2019. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter!

I have had so much fun playing with the new Karen Burniston Surprise Ball Pop-Up -- so much so that I have made place holders for each of my guests at Thanksgiving.  Two of these guests are children:  my 11-year-old grandson William and 3-year-old great granddaughter Ariah.

William is a HUGE Spiderman fan.  I had purchased some Spiderman patterned paper several months ago, anticipating that I would make a card for him at some point.  The time has come.

As you can see, I used the Flap and Closure die on all four sides of the card.  When you untie the twine, up pops the ball.

I hand-drew the spiderwebs and cut out the eyes, attaching them strategically.

Ariah's card is Cookie Monster (or at least my version of Cookie Monster).

I had to google "cookies" and "blue fur" to get the background papers for this card.

I had some large googlie eyes, which were perfect.  I also cut a mouth and a piece of cookie to complete the card.

I've made some other Thanksgiving place holders using the Surprise Ball Pop-Up, which I'll be blogging about in the near future.

Thanks for stopping at my blog.  Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win the $25 gift certificate.  Here is the blog hop line-up:

Karen Burniston

Lois Bak (you are here)

Frances Byrne   (next stop)

Karen Aicken


Sandy Diller

Kelly Booth

Helen Cryer

Thursday, November 7, 2019

CCEE1945 - Cappuccino Day (Karen Burniston Sneak Peek #3)

Frances starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a challenge celebrating Cappuccino Day, which is tomorrow (11/8).   I have a sister who never saw a Starbucks that she didn't love.  I was thinking of her as I made this card -- using a soon-to-be-released Karen Burniston die set, called Parcel Pop-Up.  I also used some dies from the Coffee Charms set.

This die set wasn't necessarily made as a gift card holder, but it works really well for one.   As you pull the front of the card down, the mechanism behind the package causes the gift card to pop-up.

Here's a short video showing how this pop-up works.

This die and several others (including the one which I used to make the closure) will be available around the middle of November.  Be sure to check them out now.  And check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more coffee-related cards.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Karen Burniston Sneak Peek #2 -- Office Charms

I've got another sneak peek at a new Karen Burniston die set today, this time one of her cute charms sets -- OFFICE CHARMS.  Karen has so many clever charms dies and this one is no exception.  It has all those essentials you need in an office.

I combined several of them on this Circle Charm Pop-up card, which could be a gratulations card for a new job or a job well-done.  Several of the charms in this set are larger versions of dies already in the Karen Burniston arsenal  (the binder clip and the push pin) along with several new ones (the scissors, the pencil, and the paper clip, as well as a heart).

I've been having lots of fun using the new dies Karen Burniston has for us this release.  They are all very generic, so you can use them all year 'round.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Holiday Accordions

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  This month's theme is Holiday Accordions.  I have used the Fancy Label Accordion die many, many times; so I decided that I should use the Charm Accordion die for this month's challenge.

Who doesn't love a gingerbread man at Christmas time?  Not me, that's for sure.  And red and green Christmas plaid is always a classic.

Using the stitched letters, I spelled out NOEL on the accordion portion of my card, placing several charms in the small frames joining the letters together.

Here's a close-up of the first two letters so that you can see the small charms.

The little Christmas tree on the back charm frame is mostly hidden, but you can see it peeking through.  This was a fun card to make.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Be sure to check out the blogs of the rest of the Design Team as well.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Karen Burniston Sneak Peek #1 - Surprise Ball Pop-Up

It's time again to show some sneak peeks from Karen Burniston.  Starting today you'll be seeing cards made by the design team using seven new dies -- and they are so much fun.  The die I'm using today is the one that grabbed my interest first.

As a fan of Harry Potter, I knew those characters would wind up on one of these pop-ups eventually. As you can see, I have closed my card using another of the new dies -- Flap and Closure.

When you untie the flap and open the card, this is what happens.

There is a taut rubber band inside the ball, which when the card is opened, returns to its normal size -- thus causing the ball to pop up.  So fun!

The images are stickers from Kindred Stamps and just the right size for those sections of the ball.

To give you an idea of how this works, I created a short video.

I have made a bunch of cards using this particular die, so you will be seeing lots more in the near future.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge -- Family Celebration

This month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is Birthday or Family Celebrations.  My family loves Harry Potter and Universal Studios.  I made a little purse photo album containing two photos of us at the theme park.

The purse is held closed by small magnets on the flap and underneath the front piece of cardstock.  When you open the purse, the inside contains the photos.

The two (white) end panels are actually envelopes in which I cut ovals.  I then slipped the two photos inside the envelopes.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CCEE1944 Halloween

Kelli ends her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and reminds us that today is Halloween.  Her challenge:  Lets keep it simple and create a card with anything Halloween or Harvest . . . costumes, candies, spooky things or just orange and black.

I love Halloween and had to go beyond "simple."  My cows are definitely celebrating Halloween in a big way!

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog and check out some more Halloween or Harvest fun.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bearing Gifts

I've been having so much fun with the Christmas Selfies stamps from My Favorite Things lately.  I have a quick post today showing another card made with this fun set and the Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up.  The selfie die is the perfect size for a window cut in the front of this versatile die set.  This card was made for today's Splitcoaststamper's Inspiration Challenge, using a cute Mini Giving Bear from One Coast as my inspiration.

When you open the card, a pile of gifts come tumbling down.

As you can see, I tried to make the packages coordinate with some of the packages on the patterned paper on the front of the card.  That sentiment is just too cute!  I made a short video showing the arm moving on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

CCEE1943 Fall Porch

Kelli has a timely challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week:  Thinking of a porch in the fall -- leaves, pumpkins, rocking chairs, wreaths on the door, d├ęcor.  Create a card with a Fall Porch in mind or use fall colors.

Here is my fall porch, created with a new toy I recently discovered -- a Sizzix Impresslit.  It embosses and cuts at the same time.  I saw a similar card on Facebook using this Impresslit and knew it would be perfect for this challenge.  The die actually cuts a window (with the stones embossed around it); but, with the addition of the steps on the front, it looks like a door opening onto a porch.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more fall colors.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Blog Hop

Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes: Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights!  

I was so excited when I heard that the Karen Burniston design team would be collaborating with the Pear Blossom Press design team on this blog hop.  I have become somewhat addicted to those EZ Lights that Pear Blossom Press has just released.  And they work so well with the Karen Burniston Pop-Up dies.  You can just feed the wires up through the pop-up mechanisms on your card to create some pretty cool effects.

I have made a bunch of cards using them, two of which I am showing in today's hop.  The first one uses the House Pivot Panels die, along with the Twist Panel die.  The front of the card is pretty simple -- just the snowdrift and deer from the Outdoor Scene die set, along with Crosshatch Ovals and a sentiment from Word Set 3 - Holiday.

When you open the card, that's where all the action takes place.

In addition to the houses, I added some trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels and another greeting.  Do you see that sign down at the bottom that says, "Push Here"?  When you push it, magic happens.

I made a short video showing my card in action.

My second card is also a Christmas card.  I started by using the Karen Burniston Christmas Pop Stand, but I couldn't get it to cooperate.  So I salvaged the light-wired trees and used the pop-out mechanism from the Tree Pop-Up.  This worked much better.

This video shows the trees lighting up.

Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone! Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at or One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

Lois Bak  (that's me)

Prizes & Official Contest Rules
Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCEE1942 National Fossil Day

Kelli continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and she tells us that yesterday was National Fossil Day.  A fossil is a preserved impression of a once-living thing from a past geological age, including plants, animals, shells, and more.  Her challenge:  create a card including anything that has been found as a fossil -- dinosaurs, leaves, amber, footprints, etc.

My Spinner Square card includes a dinosaur and some leaves, all of which have been found as fossils.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more blasts from the past!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

3D Paper Sculptures

Scor-Pal has a new product on its website -- 3D Paper Sculptures by InArtCrafts.  I've had so much fun playing with them.  The concept is that you download a digital pattern, print it on cardstock and cut out the pieces.  You then score on the lines, add glue or Scor-tape to the tabs and match up numbers on each piece.  Each pattern has a skill level -- Easy, Medium, Hard.   So naturally, I chose Easy for my first project -- a flamingo.

To make it easier to mount on the wall, I attached him to a round cardboard cake board, adding the tropical leaves to create a "frame" around him.  My daughter has already claimed ownership of this project.

Once I had so much fun creating this flamingo, I was hooked.  My friend has a white/calico cat, and I thought it would be fun to try to recreate her.  There are three different Cat patterns on the Scor-Pal website -- a sitting Cat (Easy-Medium), a Cat on Rock (Easy-Medium), and a Kitten (Easy).   Here's a photo of my friend's cat . . .

. . . and here's the cat I created, using the sitting Cat pattern.

With the exception of the head and tail, which were made with black and orange cardstock, the rest of the cat was made with white cardstock.  After I completed construction, I carefully drew some lines indicating where I wanted additional color.  And then I used my Copic markers to add the black and orange.  I found the cat's eyes at Hobby Lobby and added the little "free-hand" pink nose.

I have a feeling that these two projects will not be the last I make.  As I said earlier, they are so much fun.  Scor-Pal has a "tips" page for these sculptures, and I would recommend that you check out the tips prior to constructing your sculpture.