Monday, December 16, 2019

Last Christmas Card of the Season

I'm sharing with you today my last Christmas card for the season -- one which uses the Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle and an enlarged window on the front.  I had seen a card made by Francesca Florio on the Karen Burniston Pop-Up Peeps page on Facebook the other day, which I really liked.  She had a very large window on the front of her card, actually taking up almost the entire front.  I wanted to try my hand at a similar one.

I still had to make a card with the Three Wise Men for my neighbor (I always try to make her one with the Magi on it.)  So I thought a card with what looked like a church window would be the right choice.  I used some Spellbinders Arched Window dies.  I stamped an image from a Stampin' Up set from many years ago -- Holy Triptych -- and colored it with Copic markers.

To accommodate the largest Arched Window die, my card is 5" x 7".  After cutting out the opening, I used some gold stickers to dress up the front.   I placed a piece of acetate in the opening before adhering the patterned paper on the inside.

I added a few more stickers to the inside and popped up the sentiment, which is from My Favorite Things' Bitty Holiday Wishes stamp set.

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

CCEE1950 -- Santa in the Window

For our final CCEE Stampers challenge of this year, Lynn asked the team members to create a card which has a window.  It was then our choice on whether we wanted to be peeking IN on Santa or peeking OUT at Santa.  I chose peeking IN.

I stamped a fun Christmas selfie from My Favorite Things and used my Karen Burniston Spinner Square die to create my card.

The team is taking the rest of the year off so that we can get ready to celebrate Christmas with our families.  We hope you will join us again in January.  Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more Christmas windows.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

CCEE1949 -- Big, Bold Christmas Statement

Lynn is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers for our two challenges in December.  This week she challenged us to create a holday card where a BIG and BOLD sentiment is the star on the front.  Karen Burniston has a wonderful big, bold Christmas sentiment, which I used on the front of my card.

I did, however, add lots more to the inside -- using the new Karen Burniston Parcel Pop-Up die, as well as a stamped Santa, a gingerbread man, and some Christmas packages.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more big and bold Christmas sentiments.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- SURPRISE!

The theme for this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is "Surprise."  So naturally, I used the Surprise Ball Pop-Up for my card.  This is such a fun die.  I've been playing with this one since the day I got it.  I titled my card for this challenge "Outta This World," which is mentioned on the front.  I used some starry background paper and have my astronaut space walking.

The Surprise Ball Pop-Up can be used with either the Flap & Closure die or with a belly band, which is what I chose for mine.

I found a piece of free clipart on-line, showing the "accurate" flat world map.  It was just what I needed for my "world."

When you open the card, you can see how it was the perfect choice.

The rocket ship from the Rocket Pop-Up set added an "out-of-this-world" touch to the inside of the card.  Here's a close-up of the globe, where you can see how the clipart map really worked well.

Be sure to check out the Karen Burniston Pop-Up Peeps Facebook page for the surprise cards from the rest of the team.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge -- Any December Holiday

The Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge for December is to make a card for any December holiday.  The biggest holiday in December is obviously Christmas, so that's where I went.  I love making pop-up box cards, and I found a cute stamp set from Pink and Main to use for the elements.  Santa is checking his list to see who's been naughty and who's been nice.  Looks like you made the Nice list!   I've seen that several die companies have produced dies to make this particular style of card, but I still prefer doing it myself.

Check out the Scor-Pal blog for more December celebration.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

CCEE1948 -- Movember

Frances reminded the CCEE Stampers that November is also known as Movember, which is a time to celebrate and raise funds for male issues.  For our challenge this week, she asked us to include a Moustache (Mo) on our card in some way.

I was very limited in my choices for a mustache.  I finally found an embossing folder in my stash (or 'stache, if you will) that would work.

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

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.