Friday, December 8, 2023

To You and Your Gnomies


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Gnome themed Slimline Card I created recently. I used Spellbinders/Stampendous Gnome Hugs die set and coordinating stamp set to create the gnomes on this card.

I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders die set to create my snowy hills. The trees in the background of this card is an older Tim Holtz/Sizzix die.

I used a sentiment from Picket Fence Studios for the sentiment at the top of my card.

For the inside of my card, I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's new Raising Platform Pop-up die set which is being released next week. I kept the inside fairly simple for this card, just adding the pop-up and the tiny gnome.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Ho Ho Ho


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing three Christmas Gift Tags I created using dies from Karen Burniston.

To create the tag, I used the new Tag Toppers die set. This die set includes 4 different sized tags, plus a few decorator dies etc, like the scalloped ribbon edge die which created the green toppers on all these tags.

To decorate my tags, I used the stocking from the Stocking Pop-up die set. 

I added the "ho ho ho" sentiment to the top of each of the gift tags which is from the Small Script -  Christmas die set. 

I added the "to & from" to the back of the tags.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Birthday Candles


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a sneak peek of one of the new die sets being released by Karen Burniston on Monday 11th December. 

There are seven new dies being released and two of the new dies are Add-on sets that work with the Fancy Label Accordion die set. For my card today I have used the new Birthday Candles Add-ons die set. I love how these add-on die sets give a brand new look to the popular Fancy Accordion die set.

To use the new add-ons die sets you need to make a four page accordion card, so that the add-on is in the centre.  

I used the birthday sentiment from Word Set 2 - Birthday die set to add the sentiment on the far left panel. The presents on the right panel are from the Big Birthday Charms die set.

Here is a look at the card, when the card is closed. I added the birthday cake to this panel which is also from the Big Birthday Charms die set. Normally the image that is seen on the left panel when the card is opened is also seen when it is closed, and you could do that for this card too. But I felt it kept the folds in the correct place for the recipient if I folded it this way and added another image on the back which shows when the card is closed.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

December 2023 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge


Hi Crafty Friends, 

Welcome to our December 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 ... "NAUGHTY OR NICE?" - Make a Christmas card that incorporates a stocking. This can be the Stocking Pop-up or the Holiday Charms stocking or the Fireplace Extras or whatever you can dream up!

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

As you can see by the photos above, I created a Christmas themed Slimline Pop-up card for this month's challenge. Besides being Designer Challenge time, it is also the start of sneak peeks for the release next Monday 11th December, so I couldn't resist adding at least one new die to my card.

For the pop-up portion of my card I used the new Raising Platform Pop-up die set for the top pop up on this card. I added the "Ho Ho Ho" sentiment from the Small Script - Christmas die set to the label. I made my slimline card to measure 3 3/4 inches x 8 1/2 inches to allow for the Raising Platform Pop-up.

The bottom pop-up uses the Stocking Pop-up die set, I like how both pop ups can be used together to create a double pop-up card. 

I added more sentiments from the Small Script- Christmas for the "Holly Jolly Christmas" to the left panel of the pop-up.

When the card is opened, the content of the stock is revealed. Besides using the present, bow & candy cane to the inside of the stock which are all from the Stocking Pop-up die set. I also used the bear from the Winter Animals die set and the foliage from the Holiday Charms die set.

For the front of the card I used the fireplace from the Fireplace Pop-up die set and the Fireplace Extras 1 die set. I had to cut the sides of the fireplace down a little so it would fit onto the width of the slimline card.

For the sentiment, I used the Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas Shadow die sets.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas themed card I created recently using stamps from Apple Blossom. I purchased this stamp set last year, and it looks like this particular set has been discontinued. However there are a couple of other stamp sets and stamps from a magazine which I have liked below which have similar stamps included.

As you can see in the photo above, a circle is cut in the white front panel. I have then scored along the front panel with the score line going through the circle and adhered the top option of the front of the card to the back.

I then added a red circle which I adhered to the back panel, through the front circle. I white embossed the "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" stamped image and layered it to the red circle using foam tape.

I stamped the "Naughty or Nice" sentiment to the lower right hand corner of the inside of the card using Catherine Pooler Daydream ink.

Here is one last view of my card, partially opened. I also added a few snowflakes around the top portion of the front of the card.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Penguining To Look A Lot Like Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

I have another Christmas card to share today using penguin stamps from Adventures in Ink/Craft Stash. My card is inspired by a card Sam Calcott made recently using the tiger stamps from the same company.

For this card I created a 6 x 6 Flip card using the Made to Surprise 6 x 6 Fabulous Flip Card die set. 

The "Merry Christmas on the front of the card is from the Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Christmas Fun Sentiments.

I normally like to colour my images using my Comic alcohol markers, but as I stamped the penguins on either side of the same white panel and alcohol markers bleed through the card, I used my Black Widow Pencils.

When you pull the left side of the card, the front of the card flips to reveal the other side of each panel and a sentiment on the inside.

I added MFT Stamps Stacked Merry die set for the sentiment on the inside. I ended up adding two of the "Merry's" one in each panel.

Here is a clearer photo of the flip side of the white panels. The sentiments are also included in the penguin stamp set.

I adhered the flip card onto a top folding white card that measures 6 inches square. I cut a strip of cardstock that measures 3 inches x 6 inches. I scored along the 3 inch side at 1/2 inch; 1 1/2 inches and 2 1/2 inches and then folded to create an "M" shape.I adhered this piece to the bottom of the inside of the card to turn it into a tent style card. This makes it easier to display.

Seeing the card doesn't open, because I turned it into a tent card, I added a few panels to the back so that I could add a sentiment and hand written greeting. I also added another of the penguins to the lower right hand corner.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Rebus - Types of Cars


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share another rebus puzzle swap with you! This month the theme is "Types of Cars by either style or name of manufacture".

If you would like to solve my rebus puzzle, why not post a comment on my blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

How did you go solving my October Rebus which was "Name of a Flower starting with the letter H; I; J or K"

 Here are the correct answers so you can check how you did.

  1. Hibiscus
  2. Iceland Poppy
  3. Jonquil
  4. Kangaroo Paw
  5. Knapweed
  6. Honeysuckle

You can find all my past Rebus Cards here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Wishing You A Merry Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have a Gnome themed Christmas Slimline Shadow Box card to share with you.

My card uses Studio Light / Creative Craft Lab's Slimline Shadowbox Card die set. I decorated the card using Trinity Stamps North Pole Gnomes stamp set.

Inside the shadow box, I used Divinity Designs' Slimline Tree & Hill Silhouettes die set, to add the snowy hills and trees.  I used white glitter cardstock for the snowy hills.

The banner at the top of the card, is also included in the Slimline Shadowbox die set.

I added a panel to the back of the card. I added a gnome themed sentiment from Picket Fence Studios on this panel. I also added a gnome elf and gnome Santa to each side of the back panel.

Monday, November 27, 2023

40th Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a 40th Birthday card I created recently.

For the base of my card, I used the Made to Surprise By Sam Catcott's 5 x 7 Side Panel die set. I added the "40" to the side panel on the right side of my card using the Large Modern Numbers die set also from Made to Surprise.

To decorate my card, I used the balloons from the Birthday Additions die set also from Made To Surprise.

The birthday sentiment is Showstopper Puns stamp set.

I added layers to two of the panels on the back of the card, one for decoration and the white panel to add another sentiment and another balloon. The sentiment is from the Sentiments stamp set from the Showstopper Collection.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Reindeer Mug

 Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another Coffee themed Christmas card, that I created recently.

For the base of the card, I used the A6 Window Card die set from Creative Craft Products Fancy Folds Collection. 

To decorate my card, I used Trinity Stamps Freezin' Season & Beary Cute Layered Mug die sets.

Here you can see the card when it is folded ready to be placed in an envelope.

Here is a look at the back of my card, I added the "Season's Greetings sentiment at the top of the panel. I then added the "cup of Cheer" sentiment which is a digital sentiment I got from Verve Stamps some years ago.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Beary Merry Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a bear themed Christmas card I created recently, with a beary fun pop-up on the inside.

For the front of my card, I used Adventure in Ink's Dare To Bear stamp set. For the snowy hill, I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border die set.

The "Merry Christmas" is red foiled using Waffle Flower Craft's Merry Christmas Duo Foil Plate & coordinating die.

For the inside of the card, I used Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Double Interlocking Concertina die set. I die cut the main die twice from red cardstock, I then trimmed off the concertina squares from one panel and joined the two together.

I added more of the bears from the Dare to Bear stamp set.

Here is an overhead view of the card, so you can see how this is inserted into the front panel. The edge of the card at the back is about 1cm away from the fold of the white card panel.