Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Christmas Mailbox

 

Hi Crafty Friends,

Have you heard the news???

Today the Karen Burniston Design Team start sharing sneak peeks for the upcoming January release.  Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC will be releasing 9 new dies which will be available to order on Monday 24th January.

Here is a quick video to see my card in action.

So I know Christmas has been over for nearly a month, however I received my dies about two weeks before Christmas. I had just finished making all my Christmas cards etc and thought I was Christmas Carded out ... and then when I start making my first card using the new Mailbox Pop-up die set, I decided to make a Christmas themed one! I decided to keep going, just to show you that this die set can be used for anytime of the year .


I created a Mini Slimline Card with my final card measuring 3 1/2 inches x 6 inches. The width of this card is probably the narrowest you can go for the mailbox to be hidden when the card is closed. 

I cut two panels of blue cardstock that I splattered with white paint. I then used the Nature Edges die set to add snow along the bottom of the panels before adhering to the inside of my card.

I assembled the mailbox using the Mailbox Pop-up die set and adhered it to my card. As it was Christmas I wanted to add some decoration to the mailbox, but I need to be careful that the decorations didn't impede the movement of the mailbox opening and closing. I die cut the wreath and trim from the Street Lantern Pop-up die set. I adhered the wreath around the circle  that the arm is adhered to and then added the trim along the bottom of the mailbox.

I die cut an envelope using a die included in the Mailbox Pop-up die set, adding a stamped sentiment to the front of the envelope. I then placed this on the pop-up mechanism of the mailbox so my letter can pop out of the mailbox.

I used the presents from the Big Birthday Charms die set, to add the presents around the bottom of the mailbox.

I used the Merry Christmas die to add the sentiment to the left hand side of the card. And then used a stamped sentiment to add the "To You and Yours" on the right hand side of the card.


The front of the card is basically using some of the same elements I used on the inside of the card. I used the Mailbox Pop-up die set to create a flat version of a mailbox. 

I added another sentiment to the top of the card.


Here is a quick look at the products being released next Monday 24th January, link included in the supply list below.







Monday, January 17, 2022

Hey There Friend

 

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Slimline card I created using stamps and dies from Hello Bluebird. The tree is a Slimline die called High Rise Scene and I added the cute animals using stamps from the Tree Neighbours stamp set.

I used Distress Oxide inks to add color to the sky, grass and tree areas of my slimline die.

My scene was adhered to a 3 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches side folding slimline card.


For the inside of my card, I used Concord and 9th's Thinking of You Perfect Pairings die set. I added a few more of the animals from the Tree Neighbors stamp set around the sentiment. 







Friday, January 14, 2022

You're in my Thoughts


Hi Crafty Friends,

Back in November, I needed a couple of sympathy cards fairly quickly. This is one of the cards I created. As I had so many Christmas cards to post in November and December, I decided to hold off posting this  until now.

The flowers are from Divinity Designs Beautiful Blossoms Paper/Die Duos Set 3 which was included in the April 2021 Blessings Box. These flowers are all pre-colored and come with a die to die cut all the images so you can use them however you want to decorate your cards. Being pre-colored it makes it so much quicker to use to create a card in a hurry.

For the background of my card I used Catherine Pooler's Quilted Cover Plate. I die cut this from white cardstock and then layered onto a green panel and then finally onto a top folding pink card base.

The sentiments stamped onto my card are from Altenew's In My Thoughts stamp set.


For the inside of my card I added another of the flowers that I used on the front of the card.

The "With Sympathy" is from Karen Burniston's With Sympathy die set.












Thursday, January 13, 2022

Whoo's Having A Birthday



Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being a brand new month and year, it's time to introduce a new challenge hostess which is Lois Bak.

It’s a brand-new year.  Use something brand-new or something you’ve never used before, on your card.  It could be a stamp, a die, or even a technique.




I was lucky enough to receive a number of new stamps and dies as Christmas presents, so in that regard this challenge was easy. 

I created a Building Block card using Studio Light's Building Block die set. I decorated my card using Mama Elephant's Owl Are You stamp set.

I also used an older Dare 2B Artzy's Feather Friends stamp set for the birthday sentiment that is stamped in the top left square.


My card, folds flat and will fit inside a 5 inch square envelope.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:



Other Supplies:
Building Block Die Set - Studio Light





 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Showers of Joy

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a fun Mini Slimline card I created recently.

To create the mini slimline portion of the card, I used the new Large Mini Stackables die set from Lawn Fawn, to die cut the blue background layer. I also used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border die set to add the green hills along the bottom of the card.

The girl, ducks and clouds are all from Hello Bluebird's Singing in the Rain stamp set.

I white embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock.


For the inside of my card, I again added the green hills along the bottom of the card. I added the other girl image included in the stamp set, along with the ducks to the card.

For the sentiment I used Pinkfresh Studio's Perfect Sentiments Hot Foil Plate, foiling the sentiment using black foil and then die cutting using the coordinating die.








Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Best Wishes

 


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Slimline card I recently created using one of the first Christmas presents I received for Christmas 2021. This set is Pinkfresh Studio's Dahlia Bunch set, the set comprises of a Stencil set and coordinating die to create the Dahlia floral arrangement. There is also a stamp set available for this set, but for now I don't own it and haven't decided if I will as the stencil set can easily be used on it's own.

I stenciled the Dahlia Bunch stencil twice using Catherine Pooler inks in Glitz; Tiki Torch; Mandarin Spice; Flame; Garden Party and Martini. I then die cut the images using the coordinating die.

For the slimline portion of my card, I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Slimline Background 1 die set which was included in their Christmas Special Kit. This slimline  die can be used on cards all year.  I die cut the design from white cardstock and then layered it to a top folding slimline card base. 

 For the sentiment I used Pinkfresh Studio's Brushed Sentiments Hot Foil Plates. I spent the afternoon foiling the sentiments using gold and black foil, When I had finished foiling the two plates that are included in the set, I then used Pinkfresh Studio's Solid Hot Foil Plate to foil the foil scraps onto white cardstock. This gives you the gold around the outline with the white letters which I used for the front of my card. This way you don't waste those foil scraps. TIP: When using the Solid Foil Plate, make sure you heat it up for longer than you would the normal plates, there is a bigger surface so it takes longer to heat for a great result.



For the inside of my card I used another of the sentiments using the Brushed Sentiments Hot Foil Plate and gold foil, this time using the sentiment that I foiled using the actual foil plates rather than the solid version.

I added a couple of left over Dahlia flowers to the sides of the card to finish it off.










Monday, January 10, 2022

Hey Ewe

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a super cute Slimline card that I created recently. This time around my card uses dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This card is a side folding slimline card that measures 3 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches. For the background I started with a piece of blue cardstock. I purchased a poster sized sheet of this cardstock before Christmas to use for a scene with my elves, which I no longer need. So rather than wasting it, I am using it for skies which it is perfect for. To add some extra color to the panel, I have blended Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass; Broken China and Prize Ribbon.

For the fence and grass I used the Adventure Edges 2 die set, adding the fence along the bottom of the card.

I added two sheep using the Sheep die set. The flowers are from the Farm Accessories die set.

For the sentiment, I die cut letters to spell "Hey Ewe" using an older alphabet die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs which is no longer available.


For the inside of the card, I added two more grassy hills and two of the flowers that I used on the front of the card. 

To finish off the card, I stamped the birthday sentiment using a stamp from the Life Is Better At The Farm stamp set.






Friday, January 7, 2022

Hello To You


Hi Crafty Friends,

I made this card in late October, but with all the Christmas and Design Team cards I have been posting during November and December I rescheduled this to post now in January.

I have been having fun playing with the Missees range of dies and stamps from Studio Light over the past eight or so months and was hoping that one day they would release a male version too. Well a couple of months ago that finally happened and of course I couldn't wait to order both the Brian & Andrew die sets. 

Of course I couldn't wait to play with at least one of the die sets, even though I have been busy making Christmas cards. For my card today I have used the Brian die set. I love how the color of the shirt stands up at the front.

I added a speech bubble to the top of the card using one of the speech bubble dies from Whimsy Stamps Comic Speech Bubbles die set. I added the "Hello" sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Thinking of You Big Time stamp set and coordinating dies. The smaller sentiment is from the Miss You Big Time stamp set.


For the inside of the card I added strips of the patterned paper I used on the front of the card to the left and right edges of the card.

I added the birthday sentiment to the right side of the card which is from Concord & 9th's Perfect Pairings Birthday die set.






 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Balloon Birthday Wishes

 

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a birthday themed slimline card I created recently.

I have be wanting to play with this Hello Bluebird Balloon Buddies stamp set that I received early in November, but with all the Christmas card I was busy making I didn't have the time. Finally I have.

I used a blue colored cardstock panel to create the background of my card and then blended the top portion of the card with Tumbled Glass; Broken China and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide inks to get a graduated blue panel.

I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border die set to create the grassy hills.

I stamped the images from the Balloon Buddies stamp set and then die cut them using the coordinating dies. 

"The "Birthday Wishes" at the top of the card is from Kaisercraft. The sentiment on the grass, is included in the stamp set I used.


For the inside of the card I die cut the birthday sentiment from Concord and 9th's Perfect Pairings Birthday die set. To create the rainbow effect, I cut panels of cardstock and colored each panel using two different shades of Copic Markers. I then adhered each colored panel onto a sheet of photocopy paper in rainbow order. I used this to die cut the sentiment.

I added the rabbit and two balloons left over after creating the front of the card.









Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Happy Birthday

 

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a birthday themed Mini Slimline card I created using a new die I received for Christmas. 

This is a fairly simple card, I wanted something simple to make on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), that wouldn't take too long and this was perfect.

I used a Dare 2B Artzy's Slim-Mini Birthday die set. This Mini Slimline card measures 3 1/4 inches x 6 inches. I die cut the "Happy Birthday" die included in the die set, twice, once from white cardstock and once for orange and adhered the two together offsetting the white over the orange to create a shadow. I layered this onto blue cardstock and then onto the pretty patterned paper. I was originally going to use yellow glitter cardstock in place of the blue panel, because the patterned paper has pretty yellow flowers over it, but the flowers are mostly hidden when you add the different layers so I decided on blue instead.


For the inside of my card, I added a little of the patterned paper along the bottom of the card, (you can see those pretty yellow flowers I mentioned earlier). I also added a sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Thinking of You Big Time stamp & coordinating die set.







Tuesday, January 4, 2022

January 2022 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge

Welcome to our January Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.

Check out Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday (US Time) when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus Karen will have an amazing video tutorial to share with us all.

Our challenge theme this month is ... "BIRTHDAY CAKE" - make a birthday card featuring cake or cupcakes.


For my card today, I pulled out the Cupcake Pop-up die set to create my card. I die cut the pop up mechanism from the die set from the patterned paper. I also die cut the pop-up from white cardstock and trimmed out the cupcake portion of the white card and adhered it over the patterned paper.

I added the balloon paper to the top and bottom portions of the card, this is the reverse of the patterned paper the cupcake was die cut from.


I decorated the cupcake using yellow glitter cardstock and patterned paper.

Along the bottom of the pop-up, I added five candles which are from the Big Birthday Charms die set. I also added a few streamers which is another die included in the die set.

I used the Crosshatch - Ovals die set to add the sentiment which is from MFT Stamps LLD Delicious Birthday stamp set.


I kept the front of the card fairly simple,  as the focus is on the inside of the card. I added the birthday sentiment using the Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow die sets. I also added two candles to the top right of the sentiment using dies from the Big Birthday Charms die set.


Other Supplies:

LLD Delicious Birthday Stamp Set - MFT Stamps (discontinued)










Monday, January 3, 2022

Kick Up Your Heels

 

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a fun birthday themed Slimline card, that I created recently.

For the slimline portion of the card I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Slimline Background 1 die which was included in the Classic Christmas Special Kit. I die cut the slimline background from blue cardstock and then layered this to a panel of blue cardstock which is the same color. This gives the sky area a fun textured look.

To create the grass along the bottom of the card, I used Karen Burniston's Long Nature Edges die set.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Donkey die set to create my sitting and kicking donkeys and adhered them to my card one on each end.

The birthday and "Hee Haw" sentiment at the top of the card was stamped using Elizabeth Craft Designs Life is Better at the Farm stamp set. I die cut the sentiments using a speech bubble die from Whimsy Stamps.

As the left donkey is kicking, I added the "Kick Up Your Heels!" sentiment which is from an older Art Impressions stamp set.


For the inside of my card I added another panel of grass along the bottom edge of my card. I die cut another of the donkey images and adhered it to the left side of my card.

Finally I added another birthday sentiment, this time using a stamp set from Spellbinders.