Thursday, May 19, 2022

CCEE2219 - Dance Like a Chicken

Kelly reminded the CCEE Stampers that National Dance Like a Chicken Day was this week, and it encourages everyone to dance like a chicken.  I always chuckle when I think of that "holiday."   She asked us to create a card with a chicken or chickens as the star!  Dancing was optional.

I actually have a stamp of a chicken dancing -- it's an old one that I think I got free somewhere.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more chickens -- dancing or otherwise!

Monday, May 16, 2022

New Release Blog Hop - Come to the Circus

 Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC May Release Blog Hop. The Design Team members 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 "Ball" Die Set - Mini Ball Pop-up
  • 2 new Add-Ons Die Sets - Mini Ball Add-ons 1 Gnomes; Mini Ball Add-ons 2 - Monkey and Lion
  • 1 new Accordion Die Set - Landscape Rectangle Accordion
  • 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Short Rectangles - Crosshatch
  • 1 new Charms die Set - Flutter Charms
  • 1 new Slimline Sized Die Set - Long Flap and Closure
  • 1 new Alphabet Set - Mini Alphabet and Numbers
Dies are available to order now on the website.
When Karen showed the design team members the new dies, she made a sample to demonstrate the difference in size of the new Mini Ball Pop-Up in comparison to the previously released other two ball pop-ups.  That gave me an idea for a fun card, so I ran with it.  This card is the result of that inspiration.  I had gotten this cute circus paper pad as a free gift for purchasing something at a booth at a recent stamp show.  I added a bit more darker green at the bottom (using the KB Nature's Edges die to coordinate with the hills on the paper) so that I could add the sentiment, using the brand new Mini Alphabet and Numbers set for the lettering.  I love that the letters have shadows that you can use (or not!) when creating.

When you open the card, up pops this cute elephant, made with all three ball pop-up sets.  The new Mini Ball Pop-Up made the perfect addition to this cute elephant, the parts of which are from Animal Add-ons 2.

My daughter has already grabbed this card to give to her friend's one-year-old son for his birthday!
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, 23rd May 2022. 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 your e-mail address for us to contact you, in case you are a lucky winner!
Lois Bak (that's me)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Day 7 Sneak Peek - Hi, There!

My final sneak peek of the new Karen Burniston dies is another Landscape Rectangle Accordion card with two panels -- one with a sentiment created with the Mini Alphabet and Numbers set and the other with a couple of butterflies from the Flutter Charms.

Be sure to visit our Blog Hop tomorrow.  There are seven $25 gift certificates to be given away!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Day 6 Sneak Peek - Sending Hugs

Today's sneak peek is a simple little mini slimline card made using the new Short Rectangles Crosshatch set, which has six nested rectangular dies and a strip of flowers.  I used the two larger dies on this card, as well as a couple of dies from the Hearts Crosshatch set and the Sending Love set.

One more sneak peek tomorrow and then our New Release Blog Hop.  Be sure to check that out because you could win a $25 gift certificate to the Karen Burniston website!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Sneak Peeks Day 5 - Happy B-Day

I have another Landscape Rectangle Accordion card to show you today, but this time it has three panels.  This one shows off the picture frames that come with the die set as well the bee and honeycomb dies from the new Flutter Charms set.

I added a few flowers from the Flutter Charms set as well as a couple of cute bee stamps.  The sentiment on the middle panel was created using the Mini Alphabet and Numbers set.

 I love this set and will probably use it a lot.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

CCEE2218 / KB New Release Day 4 - Hello Dragonflies

Today is National Foam Roller Day, and Kelly asked the CCEE Stampers to show our cards using any rolled technique!  Suggestions were paper rolling, brayers, marbles.  As it is also Sneak Peek Week for the new Karen Burniston dies, I made a card using some new dies -- plus a brayer technique I have never used before:  wrapping rubber bands around a brayer in order to make a unique background.

The new dies that I used are the Short Rectangles Crosshatch and Flutter Charms.  And I'm rather pleased with that background.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team did with this challenge and check out the new Karen Burniston dies as well.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Day 3 Karen Burniston Sneak Peeks - Mini Ball Pop-Up

Many of us love Karen Burniston's pop-up balls, and I'm thinking the new Mini Ball Pop-Up will be quite popular as well.  My card for today uses this one, which is 20% smaller than the Bitty Ball.  Another new die is the Long Flap Closure, which is perfect for a slimline card -- and has notches for cutting it down to the mini-slimline size.

And here is my first robin of spring!

There are dies in this set to make this cute bird, including (as you can see on the next photo) his wings and tail.

I look forward to using this Mini Ball Pop-Up in conjunction with the other two pop-up ball die sets as well.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Ball and Small

This month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge has such a fun theme -- Ball and Small.  We were to create a ball animal and pair it with the same critter from our animal sets.  However, I had a bit of a detour for my card.  The first time I read our list of challenges, I didn't pay close enough attention to the list and made an Easter card with a little Easter scene (Easter bunny with basket) on the front and a pop-up bunny on the inside.  Then I realized this challenge was for May, not April -- much too late for an Easter card.  So then I made second card with a couple of honey bees inside and out.  But Karen Aiken had already made (and showed it to the team) a card with bees.  Not wanting similar cards from two members of the team for this challenge, I made a third one.  Karen Burniston had suggested an astronaut, paired with the Space Charms (even though these are not technically "critters").

So the third time was the charm.  Here is my designer challenge card for Ball and Small.  On the front is that little astronaut from Space Charms and the rocket ship from the Rocket Pop-Up set.

The inside was a bit more challenging.  His head is made with the new Mini Ball Pop-Up and the helmet is made with the Bitty Ball (obviously with no rubber bands).  I used parts of the Character Add-ons 2 (Santa & Mrs. Claus) to decorate him.  The sentiment was created using the new Mini Alphabet and Numbers set.

Here is a close-up of the astronaut so you can see a bit better how it was constructed.

I cut the helmet from white cardstock and cut off three of the panels from each section, leaving just a small strip on each.  Then I cut the panel again from a piece of acetate and separated each panel.  After snipping the connecting sections in half (to make them narrower so as not to get caught up with the head), I connected the white sections of the helmet together.  Then I wrapped the helmet around the head and glued on the bottom panel to the head.  I stacked four adhesive foam squares together, coloring the sides with a dark brown Copic marker, and placed it on the top of his head under the helmet.  This way when the card is opened, the helmet will sit slightly above his head, thereby pulling in the sections a little bit.  There are still gaps in the "viser" section of the helmet, but not as much as would have been there without the elevating foam squares.   I then adhered the acetate sections to the small strips left on the helmet sections and put them together using 1/8" Scor-Tape.   

This was a triple challenge for me, but I think it was eventually worth the trouble.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Day 1 New Release Sneak Peek - Landscape Rectangle Accordion

The new Karen Burniston dies are right around the corner.  The design team has been working diligently, having so much fun creating with them.    I think Karen's accordion dies are what drew me to her products initially, so I was so happy to see this new Landscape Rectangle Accordion, which makes a mini-slimline card.  My first sneak peek for you is a birthday card made with this set.  The front of the card is a cute little marsh scene with several dies from Bayou Animals.  The flowers forming the frame are actually from another new set -- Short Rectangles Crosshatch.

You can make as many panels on a card as you like.  I chose to make just two for my "hoppy" birthday card.

This new die set includes several small frames with which you can decorate your card.   I'm so excited about this new release and hope you will be as well.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

CCEE2217 - National Dandelion Day

Kelly starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that yesterday was Dandelion Day.  So she asked us to show our best dandelion cards (or we could use any flower as an alternative).

I have ONE set of stamps with a dandelion, and it's an old MFP Stamp Shop set.  I created a background by blending some distress oxide inks and then stamped the dandelion in black.  It's a relatively simple card, but I think the black against the blended background is quite dramatic.

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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score"

I recently participated in an on-line card class, and one of the cards we made was a split easel card.  I thought I would make another one for our May "More than One Score" challenge.  A split easel card is basically the same as a regular easel card, except that the "easel" does not go all the way across the base.

 Check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more "more than one score" inspiration.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

CCEE2216 - Spring Garden

Liz finishes up her month as CCEE Stampers hostess by asking us to give a peek at what we have planted in our spring gardens.  We were to feature our favorite blossoms on our creations.

I must start by explaining that I have a brown thumb and am not much of a gardener.  Anything that grows in my yard does so by their own efforts.  I did plant a hibiscus bush in my back yard about 20 years ago, and amazingly it's still thriving.  So I pulled out a Rubbernecker stamp I bought quite a while ago and used it on my card.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team has growing in their gardens.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

CCEE2215 - National Kindergarten Day

Liz continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and told us that today is National Kindergarten Day.  With that in mind, she asked us to make a card using primary colors and basic shapes.

This was a fun card to make, and I was able to use a brand-new-to-me die -- that interlocking circles die from Sugar Pea Designs.  I put the three primary colors (red, blue, yellow) on the inside of the circles.  I was only able to use two "basic shapes" -- circles and rectangles.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more "down to basics" cards from the rest of the team.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

CCEE2214 - Look Up at the Sky Day

I love all these weird "holidays."  Today is another one I've never heard of -- Look Up at the Sky Day.  Liz asked the CCEE Stampers to recreate something you love as a beautiful part of God's huge canvas (maybe a starry night, a bright rainbow, sunrises or sunsets, or beautiful cloud formations).  I decided on a rainbow.

One of my favorite Karen Burniston dies is the Rockin' Rectangle.  There is no theme to it, so you could use it on any type of card.  I thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek at the rainbow on the front . . . 

. . . with the full view when you open the card. 

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for some more looks at nature's beauty.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

CCEE2213 - "No Housework Day"

Liz Williams starts her month-long stint as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by celebrating "No Housework Day."  She told us to spend the day in our stamp rooms, celebrating by doing a "Free for All" card theme of our choice.  

I spent almost a complete day on this Easter card, so I guess that qualifies for this challenge.  The front didn't take all that long . . .

. . . it was the inside that took most of the day.

I attached the bunny to a separate piece of cardstock so that he could stand independent from the card.

Be sure to stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team spent their day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Flowers

This month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is all about spring -- the theme being "Flowers."  The purple and yellow color combination is always a good one for spring.  The flowers on the front are from the Flower Pivot Panel set . . . 

. . . and the ones on the inside are from the Flower Pot Pop-Up set.  I used that "framed paper frames" technique that Karen has demonstrated for the inside and added a couple of Border Blends to the frame.

The designer challenge is always so much fun.  I love to see the different ways each member of the design team handles the same theme.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge

It's time for the Scor-Pal "More than One Score" challenge again.  As Easter is this month, I thought an Easter card would be appropriate.    I haven't made an easel card in quite a while, so I thought that would be fun.   In addition to the two scores required for the card base, I also scored the crease lines on the ribbon.  

The bow and the Easter eggs are from Cottage Cutz, and the border die across the top is from Karen Burniston . . . 

. . . as is the Happy Easter sentiment inside.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

CCEE2212 Eiffel Tower Day

Frances winds up her stint as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that today is Eiffel Tower Day.  She asked us to create a card with a French theme, bonus points of you include the Eiffel Tower.  I had to dig deep into my stamp collection to find this collage background with the Eiffel Tower on it.  I wanted the background stamp to be the star of this card, so I didn't want to cover it up much.  So I created this bokeh background and then stamped the collage image over it -- just adding a simple sentiment strip at the top.

 Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more Eiffel Tower cards.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

CCEE2211 - Happy Birthday, Frances Byrne!

Frances told the CCEE Stampers that today is her birthday and challenged us to create a card using one or more of her favorite things -- slimline cards, interactive or pop-up cards, owls, the color blue.  I was able to incorporate all four things into my birthday card.


As you can see, I have 1) a mini slimline card; 2) a pop-up on the inside; 3) owls -- both on the front and inside; and 4) the color blue.  The pop-up on the inside is made with the Karen Burniston Little Labels Pop-up, and the owls are from the Feathered Animals die set.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see which of the four things the rest of the team used on their cards.  And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANCES!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

CC2210 - Leprechaun for St. Patrick's Day

I did not need Frances to tell me that today is St. Patrick's Day.  My Irish ancestors are whispering in my ear!  But Frances' challenge to the CCEE Stampers this week is to create a card that features either leprechauns or gnomes.  (You know which one I chose!!!)

I have a friend who asked me to make a birthday card for her to give to her friend whose birthday is on St. Patrick's Day.  It fit today's challenge to a T.  The Karen Burniston Good Luck Charms were the perfect way to transform this gnome (from the Gnome & Santa die set) into a leprechaun.

 Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more leprechaun/gnome fun.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

CCEE2209 - Die Cuts Only

Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  Her challenge this week:  create a card that is created using dies only, no stamps.  If you must, you can use a stamp for the sentiment; but bonus points if you use dies.

St. Patrick's Day is next week; and my Irish ancestors were so happy to see these dies from Karen Burniston that I used on my card today -- all dies, no stamps.

Karen Burniston recently did a video showing how you could add the Twist Panel Pop-Up die in a slimline card.  As I watched the video, I decided I wanted to give it a try.  Here's my result.

 Check out the CCEE Stampers blog and see how the rest of the team handled this "no stamp" challenge.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

CCEE2208 - 5 x 7 cards

Frances starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that, just like slimline and mini slimline cards, the 5 x 7 inch card size is becoming more and more popular.  For this week's challenge, we were to create a 5 x 7 inch card.

This challenge gave me another opportunity to create an animal pop-up card, using several Karen Burniston dies -- the Bitty Ball Pop-up, the Flap & Closure die, and Animal Add-ons 4.  Karen actually had a class creating this type of card.  I pretty much followed her instructions to create mine.

On the inside is that cute pop-up alligator.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more 5 x 7 cards.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Shaker Cards

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge this month has a really fun theme -- shaker cards!  As it happens, I recently purchased some supplies from Creek Bank Creations made specifically for shaker cards -- foam tape A2 frames and "shaker satchels", clear bags made specifically to hold shaker pieces.

This card was made for my great-granddaughter's 5th birthday.

I made the frame by using two of the Karen Burniston Crosshatch Rectangles.  I added the "Happy Birthday" from Word Set 2 - Birthday, the cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-Up, and the "5" from the Numbers set.  BTW, the "5" is adhered inside the shaker satchel on foam tape.

On the inside of the card, I used the Flower Pivot Panels as well as the Big Birthday Charms and Fast Food Charms to complete the birthday theme.  One of the Border Blends finishes off the inside

I'm sure the rest of the team had just as much fun with this challenge as I did.

St. Patrick's Day "More Than One Score"

As St. Patrick's Day is this month, I decided on an appropriate card for my "More Than One Score" challenge card today.  One of the first fun-fold cards I learned how to make was a center-step card.  I used several Karen Burniston dies on this card -- the Santa and Gnome set (disguised as a leprechaun), plus the new Good Luck Charms and Happy St. Patrick's Day and Shadow.

Erin Go Bragh!

Thursday, February 24, 2022

CCEE2207 - National Wedding Month

Liz winds up her month-long stint as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that February is also National Wedding Month.  She asked us to make a wedding card to send to a couple who might be tying the knot during this month of love.

I don't know anyone getting married any time soon, but at least now I've got a card -- just in case!  This card is a mix of something old and something new, nothing borrowed but something blue.  The stamps are old, as is the Karen Burniston Katherine Label die inside.  The "new" is the Karen Burniston Crosshatch - Heart die on the front.  And the blue is quite apparent!

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

Thursday, February 17, 2022

CCEE2206 - National Embroidery Month

Liz informed the CCEE Stampers that February is National Embroidery Month.  Her appropriate challenge was to make use of stitching, faux stitching, cross-stitching, or any other embroidery stitching you might want to feature on your card.   For many years, my hobby-of-choice was doing counted cross-stitch.  I haven't done it in a while, but I still have lots of embroidery thread in a container in my closet.  And I'm sure I've got some unfinished projects in there as well.   

Cottage Cutz has a set of cross-stitch bordered dies, so I pulled out the oval ones to use on my card today.  After cutting out the oval, I used a blue pen to emphasize the stitching around the edge.  I didn't have a stamp specific to embroidery, but at least she's sewing!  And I've even included an example of one of my counted cross-stitch pieces in the photo.  I think I did that one about 25 years ago.

The inside of my card adds a bit of a surprise -- a pop-up element using the Karen Burniston Oval Frames Pop-up, decorated with some appropriate "sewing" images.  The scissors are one of the dies from Karen Burniston's Office Charms, and the other three items are stamped images from a stamp set from my old days on the MFP Stamp Shop design team.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog for some more examples of embroidery-related cards.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

CCEE2205 - Valentine's Day

Liz continues her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week.  Valentine's Day is a big card-sending holiday so Liz asked us to make a special Valentine's card or a friendship card using a style you love and mail it to someone you love.

Two types of cards I love to make are pop-up cards and slimline/mini slimline cards.  Today's card is both!

I used some brand-new Karen Burniston dies on this card -- the Heart Collage Pop-Up and the Crosshatch - Hearts.  

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more Valentine's Day love.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

CCEE2204 - Winter Olympics

Liz Williams starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a great challenge.  During the month of February, the world's biggest winter sporting event that happens every four years will be held in Bejing, China, for the Winter Olympics.  Liz asked us to make a card representing one of those winter sports being featured.  For embellishment, we were to add a little gold or silver.

I enjoy the figure skating competition.  The skaters always look so elegant gliding across the ice.  One of my favorite stamp companies is Paper Nest Dolls.  Those kids are just too cute.  Ice Skating Avery was perfect for this challenge, and I even added the Olympic Rings across the top.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for a virtual visit to the Olympics.