Thursday, October 6, 2022

When They Saw The Star


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being a brand new month, it's time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Lynn McAuley.

Apparently today is National Bring Your Bible to School Day. For today’s CCEE design, use a Bible scripture as the sentiment on your card.

As I wanted to make a Christmas card for today's challenge, I had to go searching my older Christmas cards to find a suitable sentiment for this challenge. I finally found one in a really old MFT Stamps stamp set ... Pure Innocence Precious Little Lamb Upon A Star stamp set. 

As the sentiment I decided to use referred to a star, it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my Creative Craft Products Perfect Flips Star die set and the coordinating stamp set.This is a 5 inch x 7 inch card.

 I used holographic cardstock for the layers of my star and sentiment panel, and silver embossed the stamp and sentiment.

I also die cut additional smaller stars from holographic and white glitter cardstock to add around the card.

I paper pieced the lambs clothing using patterned paper.

When you pull the card open, the star in the centre of the card, flips to show a sentiment on the other side of the star. 

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:
Pure Innocence Precious Little Lamb - Upon a Star - MFT Stamps (discontinued)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Happy Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to my blog, today I am sharing a card I created using one of the Creative Craft Products Easy Folds die sets. When I first saw these dies a few months ago, they reminded me of some fun templates I used to have that created unusual shaped cards. Dies are always much easier to use than templates, so of course I had to buy all four die sets. Two dies sets make 5 x 7 inch cards and the remaining two make 6 x 6 inch cards. I have included links to all four die sets in my supply list below. 

For my card today I used the 5 x 7 inch Diamond Fold Die set, keeping the design fairly simple. I die add a layer between the patterned paper and base of the card which was fairly simple to do, even with the odd shape. I have been wanting to use this patterned paper from Carta Bella for a while, and being that it was double sided I was able to make use of both sides for this card. You can see the reverse paper on the inner panel which shows when the card is closed.

I added a Happy Birthday sentiment using Waffle Flower Crafts' Happy Birthday Duo Foiling die set with coordinating dies. I foiled the sentiment using black foil. 

To finish off the front of the card I added some Pink Fresh Studio Champagne Metallic Pearls around the sentiment.

Here is a look at the inside of my card, after layering the patterned paper I used the layering die to die cut a white panel, trimming down the left side slightly and adhering to to the left side of my card. I then added a birthday sentiment using MFT Stamps Inside & Outside Birthday Greetings  stamp set.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

October 2022 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge


Hi Crafty Friends, 

Welcome to our October 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 ... "HALLOWEEN or FALL" - create a card with a Halloween or Fall theme.

As you can see by my photos above, I went with a Halloween theme so that I could play with a few of the new Halloween themed dies that were released last month ... the Skeleton & Bat and the Bats Slim Pattern Plates dies.

For my card today I created a 5 inch x 7 inch card, I am really enjoying this larger size rather than the standard A2 size. 

I added patterned paper to both sides of my card, they weren't long enough for a 7 inch tall card, but as I was added the graveyard scene from the Halloween Scene die set it didn't matter. I die cut the graveyard scene from dark grey cardstock and splattered black ink over it.

I created my pop up card using the Gifts Pivot Panels die set. I die cut the pivot panel using cardstock which was close to the color of the patterned paper, I then inked around the edge using black ink.

The moon in the top left corner was die cut using a circle from the Circle Tag Book Pop-up die set. 

Did you know a group of bats can be known as a Colony, Cauldron, Camp and Cloud. I used the new Bats Slim Pattern Plate to add the colony of bats to the background which are mostly on the upper right of my card. It is so easy to just separate a few of the bats from the background you die cut and add where you want them.

The larger bats, skeletons, black cat and pumpkin baskets are all from the new Skeleton and Bats die set. 

I also added the pumpkins, ghosts and BOO! using the Halloween Elements die set. 

I kept the front of the card fairly simple as the focus of this card is on the inside.

 I used the Bats Slim Pattern Plate again to create the background over the purple cardstock. I die cut the background twice from black cardstock and then trimmed off any excess.

The sentiment was created using the Happy Halloween die set, I die cut the sentiment from black and holographic card offsetting the black over the holographic slightly.

I die cut two circles using circle dies from both the Circles - Crosshatch die set and the Snowman Twist Circle die set. I then added the skeleton and pumpkin basket to the circle.


Monday, October 3, 2022

Fabulous Teacher


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another Teacher thank you card. December isn't all that far away now that it is already October, and I still have a few more teacher thank you cards to get made for my grandchildren to give to their teachers at the end of the school year.

When Lawn Fawn's most recent release came out at the end of August, I had no intention of buying their newest interactive card, the Peekaboo Pop-up die set which basically is a wiper card. I already had the Mama Elephant one from years ago, and I had just received all the ones from Made to Surprise. So I didn't order it. A few days after my order arrived and I kept seeing more cards made using this die set I decided it was different enough from the others and fortunately my local retailer still had it in stock. Hence today's card is a Peekaboo Pop-up using the new Lawn Fawn die set.

To decorate my card, I used two stamp sets from Clearly Besotted ... School Day Play and Stationery Plushies. I also pulled out an older Heffy Doodle Stamp Set for the blackboard called Teacher's Pet.

You can see how the book and pencil that you can see under the blackboard are revealed when you pull the sides out.

The Peekaboo Pop-up die set, comes with a rectangle panel to add to the back of the card. As I was adding mine to a white card base, I added a black layer between. 

All the sentiments on this card are from one of my go to teacher themed sentiment sets from Heffy Doodle called "Teach Me Words" it has so many different sentiments and even though I have other sentiment sets, this one often gets used on my cards.

I added to more images that I had left over from decorating the front of my card to finish the card.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Let It Snow


Hi Crafty Friends,

I have Christmas card to share with your today, using items from the September 2022 Papercraft Society Kit available from Craft Stash. I hadn't planned on getting this kit, however I must have signed up for the next kit which is one by Sam Calcott of Made To Surprise, a few hours before the cut off time for the September kit. As it doesn't snow where I live and it is summer at Christmas, this was one I probably would have normally ignored, but seeing I have it I had fun making my card.

For the card base, I used another of the Creative Craft Products Easy Fold Die sets. This one is the Hexagon Easy Fold die set. I added a holographic layer before the patterned paper and the base for a little bit of extra fun.

I die cut the snowflakes included in the kit using silver glitter cardstock and vellum, both these products were also in the kit. As well as the dies and stamps used.

On the inside of my card, I added a strip of the patterned paper and two more snowflakes, this can be seen when the card is closed.

I also added the "Dreaming of a White Christmas" to the white area of the card.

Rebus - Kylie Minogue Songs

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share another rebus puzzle swap with you. This month the theme is "Kylie Minogue Songs".

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 August Rebus which was "Books written by Jeffery Archer"

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

  1. Kane and Abel
  2. The Sins of the Father
  3. Sons of Fortune
  4. Shall We Tell The President
  5. Heads You Win
  6. A Twist in the Tale

You can find all my past Rebus Cards here.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fa-Brew-Lous Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Kelly Santi our challenge hostess of the month continues to issue the challenges.

Apparently today is National Coffee Day! Yes this is a definite holiday in my eyes! Make a card using any coffee theme. Coffee images, coffee dyed paper, etc.

As you can see I created a Slimline card using mostly products from Trinity Stamps, especially for the front of my card. The coffee mug background is one I have had for a while now waiting to be used and this was the perfect opportunity ... it's called Fa-Brew-Lous and is a Slimline stamp which includes this background, a number of sentiments and some extra coffee themed images.

To create the Slimline card I used Trinity Stamps Slimline Stitched Card Panels & Windows and Slimline Scalloped Card Panels & Banners die sets. I layered the panels to a top folding 3 3/4 inch x 8 3/4 inch Slimline card.

For the sentiment I used the "FA-BREW-LOUS" from the Trinity Stamps stamp set and used words from Honey Bee Stamps Rainbow Dreams stamp set to create the birthday sentiment. I die cut the sentiment using one of the banner dies included in the Slimline Scalloped Card Panels & Banners die set.

For the inside of my card, I used the Coffee Word die from La La Land Crafts. I then added the "A Hug in a Mug" using an older Honey Bee Stamps Perfect Blend stamp set.

Finally I added the two coffee mugs from the Trinity Stamps stamp set.

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:
Perfect Blend Stamp Set - Honey Bee Stamps (discontinued)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hollyhock Friend

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a Mini Slimline card to share with you today.

This time around I pulled out another of the Creative Expressions Edger dies to create my card. This one is the Hollyhock Edger die. I covered my mini slimline card with pink glitter cardstock. I then cut a rectangle panel the same size as the mini slimline card and used the edger die to cut along the bottom edge of the card, I adhered this over the glitter front.

For the sentiment I used one of the sentiments included in a Made To Surprise stamp set, which I stamped to the top right hand corner using black ink.

I pulled out Spellbinders' So Many Butterflies die set to create the little butterflies which I randomly adhered to my card. I also added a silver pearl to the centre of the full flower.

I adhered a strip of glitter cardstock along the bottom edge of my card. 

I added the birthday sentiment which is also included in the same stamp set as the one on the front of my card. I also added two more of the tiny butterflies.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Christmas Wishes


Hi Crafty Friends,

Thanks for visiting my blog. As you can see I have a Christmas card to share with you.

Earlier in the month I shared my first Christmas card for 2022 when I used the new Karen Burniston Fireplace Pop-up die set in a Slimline card. The card had plenty of room on the side of the fireplace to add other details like a tree etc, but not much room above the fireplace for anything. Today I decided to share a 5 inch square version where I was able to use more of the accessories to decorate above the fireplace. I love that this die set will fit in all sizes of cards that we like to create.

The accessories for the fireplace above and around come from the Fireplace Extras 1 and Fireplace Extras 2 die sets

It's hard to tell by the photo above, but if you look carefully you can see that Santa is trying to come down the chimney ... see his boots! I think you can tell a little better by the side view photo above. In real life, it is a lot easier to see and the boots jiggle around a little too.

I used two oval dies from the Ovals - Crosshatch die set which I added in front of the fireplace, this serves as a rug and a place to add a Christmas sentiment.

I kept the front of the card simple, as the focus is on the inside of this card, I added the left over strip of patterned paper and then added the Merry Christmas sentiment using the Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas Shadow die sets.

Monday, September 26, 2022



Hi Crafty Friends,

Yesterday was the 25th September which made it just 3 months to Christmas!!! Scary isn't. So for my card today I have decided to share a Christmas card I created.

I just feel in love with this Noel die set and coordinating paper pad, dies and stamps, that I had to add them to my collection.The flowers on the "O" use the Poinsettia Delights paper pad which coordinates with this die set ... it has 48 pages of poinsettias to die cut, so I guess I will be making a few cards using this set in the future. Besides the paper pad, there is also a coordinating stamp set, which isn't the flower and a number of sentiments. There is also a coordinating die set to die cut the flowers from the paper pad and stamp set, this die also adds texture to the images. And of course there is the main NOEL die set which included the die to create the card base and. the word NOEL.

For my first card using this set, I die cut the base from white cardstock. The die has a section on the die which doesn't cut, to make it easy to make a folded shaped card. I then used the word die to die cut the word NOEL from white cardstock that had clear double sided adhesive tape on the front and also from gold mirror cardstock. I removed the adhesive from the white die cut and covered the adhesive with Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter. I then adhered the red glitter word over the gold word, offsetting the one over the other to create a slight shadow. I then adhered the words to the front of my shaped card base.

I die cut the poinsettia paper using the coordinating dies and then used foam tape to layer the various pieces. This was then adhered to the centre "O".

I used the "With Love At Christmas" sentiment which is included in the coordinating stamp set which I added to flowers.

Finally I added three gold pearls to the top of the letter "O"

This card measures approximately 7 inches x 4 1/4 inches.

For the inside of the card, I die cut a piece of burgundy paper to layer on the inside of the card. I stamped the "Merry Christmas" which is another of the stamps included in the stamp set. I added it at an angle across the "O", so that it is hidden by the sentiment on the front of the card, so it can't be seen when the card is closed.

Of course I will be back over the next few months with more cards using this set.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Monster Hugs

Hi Crafty Friends,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I am sharing a Wiper Card that I created recently.

It's actually been a couple of years since I have made this style of card, so it was fun to get to make this one.

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

To create the Wiper Card part of this card I used Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's 5 x 7 Wiper Card die set. This die set includes all the dies needed to create the Wiper Card base, including the layers and wiper mechanism etc. There are three different versions of this die for different sizes which I have linked in my supply list below.

To decorate my card I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Monster Collection which was designed by Joset Designs. I die cut the monsters using various rainbow colours ... four seen from the front and one on the back.

When you pull the sides of the card, it reveals the red monster that is holding a cookie. The monster is attached to a clear acetate wiper mechanism using one of the dies included in the Wiper Card die set.

I have added a white panel to the back of the card, so that I could add a sentiment and write a personal greeting to whoever ends up receiving this. I also added one more of the cute monsters to the panel.