Thursday, June 8, 2023

Thank You Teacher


Hi Crafty Friends,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Today I am sharing an interactive Teacher thank you card that I created. This is one of four I have made so far this year for my grandchildren to give to their teachers at the end of the year. I think I still have a few left to make.

This year I purchased a few new stamp and die sets with a school/teacher theme and this card uses a few of these stamp sets. 

I also recently received my Made To Surprise Flip and See dies from their April release, so I decided to pull out the 5 x 7 die set to use on this card.

To create the front panel of my card, I used MFT Stamps Slimline English Brick Wall Stencil to make the background. I also used Clearly Besotted's Clever Corners stamp set for the cute owl and book scene.

I used MFT Stamps Teach, Sleep, Repeat stamp set for the sentiment. I doctored two sentiments included in the set to come up with the "Thank You Teacher" sentiment.

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

When you pull the tab at the bottom of the card, the top panel flips up to reveal a teacher themed sentiment and images. I used the same stamp sets on this panel as I did on the front of my card.

This card is then layered onto a top folding 5 x 7 card. I added another sentiment and two pencil images to this panel.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

What's One More Candle


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am share a shaped birthday card I created for someone celebrating their 70th birthday. 

I love creating shaped cards, so when Creative Craft Products released a set of dies called the  Numbers Galore Collection I had to add them to my stash. This collection creates  shaped cards for milestone birthdays and also include stamps to do with the dies so they can be used for both birthday and anniversaries. The numbers in the collection are 18; 21; 30; 40; 50; 60; 70 and 80. I could have really used these last year as my husband celebrated his 70th birthday and it was also our 50th Anniversary. This year I don't really have many special birthdays or anniversaries to make for, but these will be something I can use for future occasions. 

As I wanted to play with one of the dies, I decided to make a 70th birthday card. I used the Numbers Galore 70 Birthday & Anniversary die set to create the card base. I used the Numbers Galore 30 Birthday & Pearl stamp/die set for the candles & birthday cake. There is a cake & a candle in the "70" set, however the ones in the "30" set is smaller so I used those.

The balloons are from the Numbers Galore Milestone Birthday (21) stamp/die set. I stamped the balloons in rainbow colours and added them to the card in that order to match the patterned paper.

For the sentiment I used one from the Numbers Galore 70 Birthday & Anniversary stamp/die set.

One of the things I like about these sets is that they included both birthday and anniversary images and sentiments for the big numbers, except for 80. I would have liked a 90 too, but unfortunately they didn't do that number.

This makes a large card, being approximately 8 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall.  

Here is a look at the inside of my card. I added two birthday sentiments to the oval panel on the right side of the card. I also added a few more candles.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

June 2023 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge


 Hi Crafty Friends, 

Welcome to our June 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 ... "WEDDING or BABY" - create a card celebrating a new couple or a new baby.

For my card today I used the Paper Frames Pop-up die set for the pop-up mechanism of my card. I have used this previously in A5, Square and even Slimline cards so I figured this time around I would create a 5 inch x 7 inch card, which gives you plenty of room to decorate.

I used the elephant & giraffe from the Safari Animals die set to add the "stuffed toys" to the side panels of the card.

On the top left side of the card I added the "Congrats" die using Word Set 8 - Congrats die set.

On the upper right hand side of my card I used one of the labels from the Labels - Crosshatch die set, to have a place to write a personal message.

Here is a close up view of my Paper Frames pop-up. I added baby themed stamped sentiments to the panels and decorated the edges of the labels using dies from the Baby Charms die set.

For the front of the card, I used the gingham patterned paper I used on the inside of the card. Rather than use a third piece of paper I joined the paper left over from decorating the inside. To hide the join I added the border using the Border Blends - Party die set.

I used the Ovals -  Crosshatch die set for my oval panels which I decorated using dies from the Baby Charms die set and also the "Welcome" from the Welcome die set.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Blue Floral Mother's Day


Hi Crafty Friends,

Mother's Day was last month, but I didn't get around to making any Mother's Day cards to share on my blog as I didn't need them for Mother's Day. However I did realise that I needed to make some to add to my two daughter's card packs I give to them at the end of the year, so today I am sharing one I have made for that purpose.

As you can see I have created a Z Fold Card and I used one of Crafter's Companion's Ribbon Threading die sets to decorate the left and right sides of my card. For this card I used the Alluring Aztec Ribbon Threading die set.

To decorate my card I used pattern paper from the Frida Kahlo Paper Pack from Creative Craft Products. I hand cut one of the flowers from the patterned paper to use to embellish the oval panel on the front of the card.

I used oval dies from Creative Craft Products for all the oval layers of this card. For the Mother's Day sentiment, I used an older stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps ... Best Parents.

Here is a look at the back of my card. I decorated each of the panels on the back as I did the front. For the sentiment on the back of the card I used a sentiment from Card Making Magic.

Friday, June 2, 2023



Hi Crafty Friends, 

I have a fun Sliding Window or Sliding Pop-up Card using the 5 x 7 Rectangle & Zig Zag Slider Card die set from Made To Surprise by Sam Calcott's Super Sliders Collection. I thought this was going to be one die set I wouldn't be able to get hold of, as it has been out of stock for months and I noticed there was an SVG version of it on Craft World. However about a month or two ago, it appeared in stock on Craft Stash so I didn't waste much time adding it to my cart.

I wanted to make an alcohol/wine themed card using some of the die/stamp sets I have of this theme, so as I had this wine themed paper I started with that. I also used gold mirror cardstock and burgundy cardstock to match the colours of wines.

To decorate my card I used MFT Stamps In Good Hands and Long Stem Barware Die-namics sets. I also added the "Cheer" sentiment which is an older die also from MFT Stamps.

When you pull the tab at the top of the card, the main rectangle panel moves to the upright position revealing a secret message as it does. For the sentiment here I used another stamp set from MFT Stamps ... Raise A Glass Stamp set.

Here is a side on photo of my card, so you can see the pull up panel of the card a little better. Normally I would add a sentiment to this panel, but I didn't for this card.  I did add the stamped "Pull" to the top of the pull up panel using the Push Me Pull Me stamp set.

For the inside of the card, I used the large rectangle and Zig Zag dies to add my layers to the card. I stamped two more sentiments from the Raise a Glass Stamp set.

To finish the card, I added two more sets of hands holding a glass of wine to each bottom corner.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Hummingbird Slimline Centre Step


Hi Crafty Friends,

About 12 years ago I did a tutorial for Splitcoast Stampers on how to make a Centre Step Card. It was my very first video tutorial I had ever made. Since then I have made many Centre Step Cards and now have a number of different die sets that help make them. You can find my tutorial here.  Last month, Dina Kowal came up with a Slimline version of this style of card and included it in the Splitcoast Stampers Newsletter, the converted measurements are at the end of my original tutorial, if you are interested in giving it a go.

It's been a long time since I have made a Centre Step Card without the use of a die, but of course I had to make one. I cut my Centre Step from white cardstock. 

As you can see, I decided not to add layers to my card except for the two cloud layers at the bottom of my card. I used Spellbinders' Hummingbird and Lily die set to decorate my card which includes dies to create the hummingbird, lily and cloud. The cloud die is a little shorter than the width of my card, so I just did a little careful die cutting.

I added Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to add details to the card base and clouds.

For the sentiment, I used Altenew''s Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Set, foiling the sentiment using black foil. I added the circle sentiment to the bottom of my card, trimming off the overhanging portion of the circle.

To finish off the card, I added clear dew drops randomly around the card.

For the inside of the card, I added a few more of the lily buds and a sentiment using a stamp set from Card Making Magic.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

What's More Fun Than Blowing Out Candles?

Hi Crafty Friends,

It was my daughter's birthday earlier in the month, and as she wanted money to buy ski clothes to take on a skiing holiday she has planned, I gave her money so she could get what she wanted. Of course I had to make a money card to add the money to.

As you can see, I decided to go with a winter them and added snow, snowmen etc seeing that was the theme of her present.

I used the Money Card Die-namics from MFT Stamps to create the base of my money card and the sentiment is from their Birthday Cash stamp set. 

The snow and snowman pieces were created using Karen Burniston's Snowman die set and also the Nature Edges die set.

For the back of the money card I added this cute snowman on skis which is a Daisy Mae stamp. I added another sentiment from the Birthday Cash stamp set from MFT Stamps and the "Hit the Slopes" is from a Hello Bluebird Stamp set.


Rebus - Types of Biscuits


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time to share another rebus puzzle swap with you! This month the theme is "Types of Biscuits or Cookies ".

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 April Rebus which was "Songs by Barbra Streisand "

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

  1. The Way We Were
  2. Funny Face
  3. No More Tears
  4. People
  5. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  6. Somewhere

You can find all my past Rebus Cards here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Coffee Cup Rainbow


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Coffee themed Slimline Pop-up Card using dies from various companies.

First up ... the front of my card. I started with the coffee cups using MFT Stamps Creature Comforts Die-namics. I die cut the coffee cups and saucers in two shades of rainbow coloured cardstock and assembled.

I used Spellbinders Slimline Hemstitch die set to die cut the centre white panel which I then layered onto a black panel. 

I used the rainbow coloured circles that were left over from die cutting the cups (the inner portion of the cup) to decorate around the edge of my slimline card. I cut each of the circles in half and then adhered them to the edge of the card, alternating the position of the semi circles.

Next I added the inner panel to my card and adhered the coffee cups in rainbow order.

For the inside of my card I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Little Labels Pop-up die set. I die cut it in white and added it to the centre of my card.

I die cut two more coffee cups and adhered them to the outer labels of my pop up.

For the sentiment in the middle of the card I used a sentiment stamp from MFT Stamps Coffee Order stamp set.

To decorate the edges of my card and the long strip of the pop-up, I used Mama Elephants' Quick Stripes die and die cut the same coloured cardstock I used for all the coffee cups on the front. I then added Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the front of a panel of cardstock which was slightly longer and wider than I needed and adhered the stripes diagonally in rainbow order.

I trimmed the top and bottom edge panels using my guillotine and then used the dies included in the Little Labels Pop-up die set to create the rainbow banner to add to the pop-up portion of the card.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Time To Celebrate

 Hi Crafty Friends,

My grandson turned 13 this month! Wow where has the time gone, it seems like only a few years ago that I held my first grandchild in my arms not long after he was born! Thirteen of course means that he is now a teenager, so I wanted something special to celebrate the occasion. 

As both my grandchildren liked the 3D Display Card I made earlier in the year, I decided I would make him one of those. I also made a special Envelope Gift Bag which was designed to fit the 3D Display Card. 

For this card I used the Made to Surprise 3D Display Card & Stand die set along with the Circular Frame Clock die set to make this fun clock card. I figured a clock went well with turning 13!

As you can tell by the photo above, I added lights to the inner hollow portion of the card along with plenty of cogs which are from the Time Clock Additions Stamp/Die set. I die cut all the cogs from silver holographic cardstock and added them inside the clock, behind the face of the clock. 

As it was a card for a teenager, I wanted to add a few things that I know my grandson would like. So I added a small game controller using a die set from MFT Stamps and a Pokemon thingy that I found already made up when I went to get my game controller dies. I also added a few more silver cogs to balance off that side of the card a little.

On the right hand side of the card I added the "13th" using the Large Modern Numbers die set also from Made to Surprise.

I added the fun "face" to the Clock Face using dies included in the Time Clock Additions Stamp/Die set. I added googly eyes to the eyes, I would have like larger ones but that is all I had on hand, so they had to do. I also found a large blue brad which worked perfectly to secure the hands of the clock.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set included in the Time Clock Additions Stamp/Die set.

On the back of my card, I computer generate the blurb which tells you how many years, months, minutes, weeks etc 13 years is.

I added a blank white panel to the stand of my card, so I had a place to write a personal greeting.

After going to all that trouble making the 3D Display Card, I wanted to make something to carry it in and that would protect it. When Sam Calcott released the 3D Display and Stand Collection, she shared a tutorial on how to make an Envelope Gift Bag to fit the 3D Display Card in, so I decided to make one of those. I kept mine fairly simple, as a 13 year old boy isn't going to care too much about a gift bag. You can see Sam's video here

As you can see I added the number "13" to the front of the bag using the Large Modern Numbers die set. I also added a strip of card along the bottom with the sentiment "Woohoo!"