Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Santa Pillow Box


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas project I created recently. I am helping out to organise our Christmas party for a club I belong to, where we will be doing a Secret Santa present. Sometimes people forget to bring along a present but they still want to participate, so the club normally decorates a few envelopes for them to put in money to the value everyone was supposed to spend. Well that is my job this year, after thinking about it I thought envelopes were pretty boring, so decided to create a few boxes ... this way when the recipient receives their gift they are getting something a little nicer than an envelope.

This is number 1 of 6 boxes I have to make.

For my box today I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Pillow Box with Handle die set. This die makes a really quick and easy box and then it is just a matter of decorating however you want.


To decorate the box, I die cut Elizabeth Craft Designs Santa die. I die cut this from white cardstock and then colored the individual pieces as need. Once Santa was assembled I layered it onto the box using ovals underneath.

I added a ribbon bow and a sentiment to the handle of the box.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Super Duper Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another Surprise Ball Pop-up Card that I made for my daughter's birthday at the end of October. My daughter loves super heroes, so I just had to make a Super Hero Surprise Ball Pop-up for her.

If you don't already know the Surprise Ball Pop-up and the Flap and Closure die sets are both new dies released by Karen Burniston (KB Riley LLC) yesterday.


Here is a quick video to see my card in action. One thing I have learnt while making these that the thicker your cardstock, the more pop you will achieve when the card pops up. My black cardstock is a little less weighty than my colored and white cardstocks, so the bounce isn't as pronounced as my others ... but it still does have the surprise bounce when you open it.


To decorate the ball, I used stamps from Sunny Studios stamps, one or two of the sentiments on the ball are from a MFT Stamps stamp set.

Along the edge of the card just above the flap, I added a City Scape die.



Here is an over head view of my card, so you can see the whole card. I used a die from Frantic Stampers for the birthday sentiment on the top portion of the card.


Here is a closeup shot of the ball, as you can see I alternated an image and a sentiment around the ball.


I kept the front of the card simple as the action is all on the inside. I added another of the super heroes and added a sentiment, using the Heffy Doodles "Super" die.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Gnoel With Love At Christmas


Hi Craft Friends,

Today I am sharing another Christmas card with you. 

For the background of my card I used Concord & 9th's Holly Berry Turnabout stamp. I stamped this onto white cardstock using Catherine Pooler inks in Sage; Seafoam; Eucalyptus; Spruce; Polished; Rouge; Rockin' Red; Peppermint Scrub.

I added a snowbank to the bottom of the card using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Border and glittered cardstock.

I added three gnomes from Honey Bee Stamps Gnome Place Like Home.

At the top of the card, I added a sentiment using MFT Stamps Bitty Sentiments - Holiday stamp set. I die cut the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Banner Builders die set.


For the inside of the card I added another snowbank using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die set.

I added another of the gnomes and a tree which are both from the Honey Bee Stamps Gnome Place Like Home stamp set.

I finished off the card by adding two sentiments. The "Gnoel" sentiment if from the Honey Bee Stamps stamp set and the other is from MFT Stamps Bitty Holiday Sentiments stamp set.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Believe In The Magic Of Christmas


Hi Craft Friends,

Today I am sharing a Christmas Card using some of the new dies being released tomorrow by Karen Burniston.

I combined the Gift Pivot Panels die set with the Twist Panel Pop-up die set to create this card. 


I used MFT Stamps Ho Ho Ho Background stamp to create my background, using the emboss resist technique and Distress Oxides inks in Festive Berries, Candied Apples and Barn Door.


I added Santa & his reindeer to the bottom left hand side of the card which is from MFT Stamps Christmas sELFies stamp set.

Along the top edge of my card, I used the new flip from the Flip and Closure die set and added the Merry Christmas sentiment.

On either side of the pivot panels I added sentiments using MFT Stamps Bitty Holiday Sentiments.

Here is a look at my card as it is closing, you can see how the 4 panel fold in the centre folds up and starts to turn to the side.


For the front of the card I used another of the images from MFT Stamps Christmas sELFies stamp set. 

I created a polaroid frame by die cutting a square to the top part of a rectangle and trimming  down the sides of the rectangle to make it look like a polaroid.

I added a sentiment to the bottom part of the polaroid which is from MFT Stamps Bitty Holiday Sentiments stamp set.


And finally a look at my card when it is closed. It may look a little thick, but it does flatten down a little more and will fit into an envelope easily.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Merry Christmas Ornament Surprise


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Nicky Foden our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

For our challenge this week we are to make a card with texture. It can be fabric, mesh, sandpaper or anything else you can think of that can be a different feel to a card.





For my card today I pulled out the new Surprise Ball Pop-up die set which is one of the new dies being released on Monday from Karen Burniston.

Here is a quick video to see my card in action. I love how the card surprises you by popping/jumping up as you open the card.


I decided to use the ball to make a Christmas ornament, and I added my texture requirement for the challenge to the ornament. I used some texture paper I have had for some time and finally found a use for. The paper was silver, so as I wanted gold on my ornament I painted over it with gold paint.


To make my ornament look like it was an ornament hanging on a Christmas Tree, I used the pine branches from Divinity Designs Pinecones & Pine Branches die set.


Here is an overhead photo of my card, so you can see the whole card at one time. I added a sentiment using the Merry Christmas die which is layered onto ovals from the Crosshatch - Ovals die set.



The flap at the front of the card is  from Karen Burniston's new Flap & Closure die set.

I kept the front of the card simple, as all the action is on the inside. But I did add a sentiment and Christmas Tree so the recipient knows which way is up.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


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Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC November Release Blog Hop


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC November Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together  with Karen today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 7 new dies.


This release includes: 
  • 3 interactive die sets -
  • A new addition to our popular line of pivot panels - the Gift Pivot Panels!
  • A generic pop-up with an extra mechanism to lift up an item from inside the box - the Parcel Pop-up!
  • A re-engineered and upgraded version of an old favorite brought out of retirement - the Surprise Ball Pop-up!
  • A versatile Flap and Closure die set to use with the Surprise Ball and more!
  • 2 new charm sets and 1 new sentiment die!

Our November 2019 Release is shipping out next week and we are now
taking website pre-orders! Shipping of pre-orders starts the week of
November 11th in the order received.


GIVEAWAY:
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 Saturday, November 15th 2019. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter!



For my card today I am sharing a Christmas card I created two of the new die sets from the November release ... the Parcel Pop-up die set and the presents from the Gift Pivot Panels die set. You can find Karen Burniston's assembly video for the Parcel Pop-up die set here.

I just love the new Parcel Pop-up die set and there are so many ways that this can be used. After playing with it for the first time, I had the idea of turning the parcel into a chimney with Santa coming down/up it. Of course I couldn't do anything else until this idea was out of my head.

Here is a quick video to see my card in action


I started by creating a top folding card from red cardstock which measured 5 inches x 4 3/4 inches.

 I then created a night sky for the top panel by blending Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink over a panel of white cardstock. Once I had added the ink, I used some white paint to add splatters all over the background to represent snow.

For the base panel I turned this into the top of the roof. I used the scallop border from the Tropical Scenes die set to die cut some grey cardstock 4 times and some white cardstock that had double sided adhesive tape on the front. I added Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter to the adhesive. I then positioned the grey scallop panels evenly to another piece of grey cardstock and finally the glittered scallops.

I die cut the parcel mechanism from the Parcel Pop-up die set from red cardstock and added it to the inside of the card.

For the chimney, I die cut the largest square from the Parcel Pop-up die set, and used a brick stencil and red ink to add the brick pattern. I die cut the top of the box from white cardstock which had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front and cover the adhesive with glitter. I then adhered this to the top of the chimney..

I pulled out some really old stamps for Santa, the reindeer and Santa's sack ... these are probably 20/25 years old! I wanted a Santa that would pretty much fill the chimney and this is what I found in my stash, but there are many newer ones that would work available.



I added a speech bubble to Santa's and added the "Ho Ho Ho". The speech bubble is from the Square Spinner die set and the sentiment is from an Altenew stamp set.

I added some presents using the dies from the Gift Pivot Panels die set and added them to the left side of the card.

Finally I added the Merry Christmas to the card which is from the Word Set 3 - Holiday die set and two more presents above and below the word "Christmas".


I kept the front of the card simple, seeing the focus is on the inside of the card. I replicated the chimney, this time without Santa inside it. Instead I added a silhouette of Santa and his reindeers in the night sky above the chimney ... he is either flying away or flying to the chimney :).

I added the sentiment the bottom of the card which is from a Mama Elephant stamp set.

Well that is about it from me today, thank you for dropping by. To continue on the blog hop, click on the next person on the list which is the fabulous Karen Aicken!

Here is the complete blog hop list if you need it.

Frances Byrne <You Are Here>



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Santa - Azardi Earles (discontinued)
Reindeer - Azardi Earles (discontinued)
Jumping Santa (sack) - Visual Image Printery (discontinued)







Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Greetings Dove


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another project using some of the new Divinity Designs products from the November release.

For my card today, I created a Four Panel Card using the new Four Panel Card With Layers die set.


I decided to stick to a red and white color theme for my card this time  round. I used papers from the Snowflake Season Collection Paper Pad for all the layered panels of my card.


For the far left hand panel I added the dove from the Christmas Dove die set, I also added snowflakes using the dies from this die set. I die cut the snowflakes from pink cardstock to match the pink in the patterned paper and covered each of the snowflakes with glitter.

The two stamped sentiments on this card are from the new Silent Night stamp set, which included 3 Christmas themed stamps. I stamped the sentiments using red ink and then layered the sentiment using Ovals and Scalloped Ovals die set.


I used the Christmas Greetings die set, to add the last sentiment to the end right panel. I die cut the sentiment twice from red cardstock and once from white cardstock. I layered the two red sentiments together and then offset the red sentiments over the white one.


Here is a look at my Four Panel Card when it is closed. As you can see I added another dove to the front panel.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Coffee and You


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

Apparently tomorrow (8th November) is Cappuccino day, so our challenge this week is to create a coffee themed card.

The Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is also this week 1st - 8th November, so I am also using my card for that too.


For my card today I have used Karen Burniston's new Gift Pivot Panels die set which is being released on Monday 11th. Instead of adding the gifts that come with the die set, I die cut the word "COFFEE" and added each letter to a section of the die where the gifts would normally go.


To decorate my card I used the cute characters from MFT Stamps Sweater Weather - In The Woods stamp and coordinating die set.

To ground the characters, I added the snow/dirt border from the Nature Edges die set which I colored using green inks.

I partially stamped the sentiment, omitting the 'Coffee" from the sentiment seeing it was already in the centre. I added the first part of the sentiment to the top left hand side of the card.


Then I added the last part of the sentiment under the "Coffee" 

I also decorated the Gift Pivot Panel using coffee beans and coffee cups from the Sweater Weather stamp set.


I kept the front of the card fairly simple as the focus is on the inside. I added a few more of the stamps from the stamp sets used on the inside of the card which I layered to my card using the Crosshatch - Ovals die 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:


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