Friday, July 31, 2020

Karen Burniston's Purse Pop-Up

Another one of the new dies from Karen Burniston is the Purse Pop-Up.

I've made several cards using this fun die -- one as a purse and the other as a suitcase.  But I think the one that was the most fun to make was the doctor's bag for a get-well card.    I computer-generated the sentiment on the front and added a couple of Karen Burniston's Get Well Charms.

But the inside is where the fun comes in.  I used black cardstock to make my doctor's bag and added several of the Get Well Charms as well as some die cuts made from a couple of CottageCutz dies.

Sandy Diller, another design team member made the purse into a tool box.  I wonder how many other variations of the purse we can invent?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

CCEE2031 Happy Birthday, Harry Potter

I'm winding up my month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a challenge close to my heart.  As you are most probably aware, I am a big Harry Potter fan.  Tomorrow (7/31) is his birthday.  I asked the team to create a card to celebrate this event -- something magical or just a birthday card.

Actually, I don't have a card for this challenge.  I recently watched a wonderful video on how to color these Paper Nest Dolls stamps with Copic markers.  Tina Day Goodwin is a marvelous colorist, and I got several tips from her video, including how to make those folds in their robes.  On the video she made two bookmarks, so I also made two bookmarks.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team wished Harry a happy birthday!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas in July

The Karen Burniston Design Team is having so much fun with this new release, which is currently available for pre-order and will be shipped beginning August 3rd.  Today I've got another slimline card, but this time I'm using the Bitty Ball Pop-Up and the Gnome & Santa set.

I was curious to see if the Bitty Ball would fit in a slimline card.  It does -- just barely.  The dimensions of this card are 4" x 9".  Santa is on the front with a couple of evergreen trees from the Christmas Tree Pop Stand and a pile of gifts, which act as the place to tie the closing twine.  I added some decorations to the tree by adding a couple of strands of garland, a/k/a the Border Blends.

I used a piece of pattern paper on this inside which mimics the trees on the front and decorated the Bitty Ball as a Christmas ornament.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

C4C545 - Collage

Collages are fun to make.  The Crazy4Challenges challenge this week is to make a background from various different paper elements or use a paper that already looks like a collage.  In an old pack of 12 x 12 Christmas paper, I found one pattern which is a sepia collage.  I thought it would work well with a slimline card.  I added a couple of tree ornaments, a die-cut sentiment, and some enamel dots.

Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more collage cards.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

It's Karen Burniston's Birthday!

It's Karen Burniston's birthday, and the design team has decided to share the fun with everyone with a Birthday Blog Hop.

I have been having so much fun creating slimline cards and seeing how I can incorporate the various Karen Burniston dies into them.  For my birthday card I used the Circle Charm Pop-Up, some Wine Charms, and one of my favorite colors -- PURPLE.

We all have piles of 12 x 12 patterned paper, I am sure.  It is the perfect size to use on a slimline card because you can get three panels out of one sheet of paper -- one for the front and two for the inside.

The image on the front is from an old stamp set I had, but the inside circles have die cuts from the Wine Charms die set.  I hung the champagne glass from the center circle with a jump ring and glued down the wine bottle and wine glass to the third circle.    I added two panels I had cut using the Crosshatch Rectangles, putting Happy Birthday on one, and a champagne bottle on the other.  There is plenty of room to write a birthday message on that one!  I added some Glossy Accents to the glasses and the wine bottles and scattered some enamel dots throughout.

I had another piece of that same patterned paper, so I lined the envelope to make the perfect set!

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop and see how the other members of the design team are wishing Karen Burniston a very happy birthday.

Karen A
Lois (that's me)

CCEE2030 - National Zookeeper Week

The third week in July is National Zookeeper Week.  I asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card with a zoo animal on it.

One of my all-time favorite Karen Burniston dies is the Fancy Label Accordion die.  I've got three zoo animals on the various panels of my card, along with a sunset scene from the African veldt.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how many zoo animals you can find.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

More Fast Food!

The sneak peeks of the new Karen Burniston release continue.  While I don't eat fast food a great deal, I have fallen in love with the Fast Food Charms.

I had watched Karen's card for the Designer Challenge this month (which was a double slimline card) and knew I wanted to give it a try.  In addition to the Fast Food Charms, I also used some of the Sweet Treat Charms, one of the Border Blends, the Oval Crosshatch, and part of the new Happy Anniversary sentiment dies on my card.

Here are some close-ups of the "treats."

Stay tuned.  More sneak peeks to follow!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Karen Burniston New Release Blog Hop

The excitement has begun -- time for a new release from Karen Burniston.  She has 16 new dies in this release, and you can pre-order them NOW!  Shipping will start August 3rd.  The design team has been showing sneak peeks for several days, and to celebrate this new release we are having a blog hop -- and you have a chance to win one of seven $25 gift certificates to the Karen Burniston store.

I have been having lots of fun with this release.  The card I have to show you today is made with the Pop 'n Swap die.

My 12-year old grandson William recently became SCUBA certified, and I made this card for his parents.  On the front, peeking out of that little window, you can see a photo of him as a baby.  The sentiment is from another Karen Burniston die set -- Word Set 11/Treasure.

When you open the card, the small photo folds down behind the sentiment panel, and another one pops out from the bottom.  This one shows William in his SCUBA gear, of which he is very proud!  I made the sentiment using a label maker.  The sun is from another new die set -- Landscape Scene.

This video shows how the mechanism works.

Each member of the design team is giving away a $25 gift certificate, so make sure you comment on each blog post for more chances to win!  Entries can be made until Monday, July 27th.

Karen B
Karen A
Lois (that's me)

And good luck to you!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Jungle Basket

And the sneak peeks of the new Karen Burniston dies continue!  Today I'm showing off the Safari Animals, as well as parts of the Landscape Scene and Go Wild sentiment.


One of my favorite dies from Karen Burniston is the Woven Basket, so I made a little jungle scene in the basket, adding a piece of acetate to support the tree in the background.

All of the dies in the new release are available for pre-order and will be shipped beginning August 3rd.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

C4C544 Sketch Challenge

This week's Crazy4Challenges has a sketch challenge.

I used several new, soon-to-be-released dies from Karen Burniston on my card.  The cover plate, which is called Pattern Plate - Fronds, and the cute little giraffe (from a set called Safari Animals) are the new dies.  They are available for pre-order now and will be shipping on August 3rd.

Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog and see how the rest of the team handled this sketch.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Go Hog Wild!

It's Sneak Peek Time!  Karen Burniston has 16 new dies which are available for pre-order right now and will be shipping on August 3rd.    One of the fun dies is a smaller version of Karen's very popular Surprise Ball Pop-Up.  The new one is called Bitty Ball Pop-Up.  And to add to the fun, there are two additional sets designed so that making animals is much easier.  The one I'm using today is Animal Add-Ons 1.


The idea behind the Bitty Ball Pop-Up is that it is smaller and can be used as the head of your animal -- more in proportion than using two Surprise Ball Pop-Up elements.

The front of my card is relatively simple -- just the birthday sentiment and one of the previous animal dies -- the Pig.

But, when you open the card . . . 

. . . up pops the 3-D pig!  How fun is that!!!  The Bitty Ball Pop-Up requires a smaller rubber band than the Surprise Ball Pop-Up, but I just tied an additional knot in the #16 rubber band that I use for the larger ball.   I combined a new sentiment die (Go Wild) with the Alphabet dies to create a fun birthday wish.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

CCEE2029 National Hot Dog Day

Continuing as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week, I reminded the team that yesterday (7/15) was National Hot Dog Day and asked them to make a card using something you would have at a picnic -- a hot dog, a hamburger, a checkered tablecloth, or maybe some ants.

I used every one of those suggestions on my card, using some brand-new dies from Karen Burniston, which will be available for pre-order today!

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team is bringing to the picnic.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Scor-Pal Patriotic Challenge

As hostess for the July Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge, I have the instructions for my Patriotic wiper card.

Two pieces of cardstock cut 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
One piece of cardstock cut 1 1/2" x 3"

Score one piece of the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" cardstock at 1 1/2" and 3".
Score the other piece the same.

Fold both strips as shown.

Place the 1 1/2" x 3" piece of cardstock as shown, with the right-hand corner at the 1" mark.  Score at the 1" mark.

Place two small pieces of Scor-Tape at the score line.

Place the small strip in the left-hand small section so that the diagonal score line is just below the top of the card.

Place Scor-Tape on the small outside section of both strips, as shown.

Adhere the two panels as shown, with the small "wiper" strip at the top left.

When the card is closed, the "wiper" will fold down between the two sections.

Now it's time to decorate the card.

White cardstock cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
Blue cardstock cut to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Two small white strips cut to 1 1/4" x 4"
Two small blue strips cut to 1 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Two pieces of patterned paper cut to 1" x 3 3/4"
White cardstock cut at least to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (larger than will be required to allow trimming)

Create sunset background on the white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks -- Seedless Preserves,  Abandoned Coral,  Worn Lipstick, and Frayed Burlap.

Stamp images and trim to 3 3/4" x 5"   Layer the two small panels and adhere to the two left-side small sections.  And the card is complete.

I cut out and attached a small American flag to the wiper.

I have a little video to show how the "wiper" works.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

C4C543 - Colors of the Beach

Today's Crazy4Challenges theme is "colors of the beach."  Hostess Rebecca said that, when she thinks of summer, these colors come to mind:  turquoise, peach, pink and sand/gold; and she asked the team to make a card using these colors.

I've got another slimline card today using those colors.  I just love these Heartfelt Creations images.

Stop over at the Crazy4Challenges blog to see more beach colors.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

CCEE2028 - Don't Step on a Bee Day

Tomorrow (7/10) is Don't Step on a Bee Day.  I've got a simple challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week -- use a bee on your card.  Easy-Peasy!

I have been obsessed with slimline cards lately, and today's challenge gave me another opportunity.   That cute little bee girl is a digital stamp from Paper Nest Dolls.

I decided to add some interactive fun on the inside and used the Karen Burniston Katherine Label and a stamp I've had for years.  I stenciled some honeycombs as a background.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Two Folds

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  This month the challenge was to make a card with two folds.   This could be a side gatefold, a top gatefold, a side fold with an extra card inside, a z-fold, a double easel, etc. Any theme!
My daughter asked me to make a card for her to give to her friend who was turning 50. I decided that this would be the perfect time to make my designer challenge card. I made a gatefold card with a Surprise Ball Pop-Up on the inside. The balloons on the belly band are from the Explosion Pop-Up die set.
I even made an envelope to match.
When you slip off the belly band, up pops some birthday balloons mounted to the Surprise Ball Pop-Up. The "billboard" was made with the Circles - Crosshatch dies.
Here's a little video showing the action.
BTW, my daughter's friend loved the card! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.