Monday, February 6, 2023

Rock-a-Bye Baby Cards using Honey Bee Stamps Dies

 Hello and welcome! Todays cards feature Honey Bee Stamps Rock-a-Bye Baby die set. This adorable die set has everything you need to make a cute nursery scene. You can also pair it with the Honey Bee Welcome Baby sentiment stamp set to create super cute cards. 

I made three cards using this die set. Each start with a heavy weight cream colored cardstock for a A2 sized card base. All of them use the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle background. 

I used different colors of scrap cardstock and patterned paper for each of these cards. I added some details to some die cuts using Copic markers. 

I also used different sentiments from the Welcome Baby stamp set on the fronts of the cards. 

If you need to see how anything layers together, Honey Bee Stamps offers layering guides on their website for all of their dies, which comes in really handy if you have a die and you're not sure what it's for! I just love this set and it makes such beautiful cards. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!




Friday, February 3, 2023

Honey Bee Stamps Market Cart - Four Different Ways.

 Hello and welcome! Todays cards feature Honey Bee Stamps Market Cart Builder and some add-ons. I have had this die set for a while now and I never get tired of making these beautiful market carts. Then with the add-ons, such as the Farm Fresh Market Cart Add-On, you can make your cards different again! 

For all these cards, I made A2 bases. Some are side fold and some are top fold. I used smooth heavy weight cardstock for the base. 

Then I die cut out four smooth white panels using MFT A2 Stitched Rectangles in the largest size. 

I used the MFT Clouds stencil and with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, created clouds on the background for each card. 

I used green cardstock and die cut out the grass using Karen Burniston's Long Nature Edges. 

From there I put my market carts together. For the first card in the above picture, I used the awning from the Farm Fresh add-on. Then I added the sign from the Pumpkin Spice Market Cart Add-On. I stamped the hello sentiment from the Honey Bee Stamps My Favorite Flower stamp set. I also used the Bitty Buzzwords Bloom stamp set to create the Kind and "Thank you for being so" sentiments. 

For the second cart, I used the original awning and die cut it from white cardstock. Then with Copic markers, I colored in the awning and banner on the front of the cart. I added the sign from the Farm Fresh add-on and stamped the same "hello" sentiment on it. Then I added a sentiment from the My Favorite Flower set. 

For the next two cards, I did similar things, but added different sentiments, flowers and colors to each card. I ended up with one birthday card, two thinking of you and one thank you card. I just absolutely love this die set and the add-ons! I'm really hoping they come out with a Christmas themed add-on at some point! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Happy Bee-Day Card using Karen Burniston Dies

 Hello and welcome! Todays card features various dies from Karen Burniston. The only thing is, it's not a pop-up! It originally was going to be a pop-up but it didn't work out the way I wanted. So, I changed my design and made a beautiful non pop-up card. That's the greatest thing about her dies. You don't always have to make a pop-up! You can make a regular card with all her products!! 

For this card, I started with a slim line sized card using a lightweight kraft cardstock. I had recently purchased a large amount of patterned paper (don't tell my hubby! Lol) and one of the paper packs had this super cute bee paper!

I used the Long Rectangles - Crosshatch dies in the largest size and cut three panels out of the bee paper. 

Once they were glued to the card, I cut out the hexagon shaped windows using the Hexagon - Crosshatch dies. Once I had the windows cut out, I made a border using the Hexagon dies and added acetate to the back of the hexagons on the front of the card. 

Then, using the Flutter Charms, I created four bees and flowers to add to the card. I also cut out the honey comb from the Flutter Charms. 

I added various colored yellow paper to add to the honey comb areas. 

For the inside of the card, I die cut hexagons using a cream colored cardstock and added a little bit of honey comb to it. 

I used Gina K Designs Beautiful Bees clear stamp set to add the "Hi Honey" "Happy Bee-Day" and "Have a Bee-youtiful Day" sentiments to the card. 

I just love how adorable those little bees are! This is a simple yet elegant card to send to someone special for their birthday!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 27, 2023

Sending Love with Karen Burniston's Heart Collage Pop-Up!

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Heart Collage Pop-Up along with a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called Happy Mail. 

For this card, I started with an A2 size, top fold card using a light weight red cardstock. I used a patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs called Lots of Love. 

I made the Heart Collage mechanism from a heavy weight cardstock from MFT called Fire Coral. 

I stamped the Happy Mail images using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink and colored them with Copic markers. 

I die cut several hearts from two different scrap patterned papers that I had and used them with the mechanism. 

I had to fussy cut the images from the stamp set (which is something I really detest!) because I didn't have the matching dies, but they came out pretty good. I added them to the mechanism, testing out their position like Karen explains to do in the instructional video on YouTube. Click here to see that step by step video.

For the front of the card, I kept it pretty simple. I found a "post card" style piece from on of the pieces of patterned paper from the pack and added it to the front. I added one of the stamped images to the front. 

I also added a piece for the inside to sign your name or add a message to the recipient using the dies that come with the Katherine Label Pop-Up. Then I added a little stamped image to the bottom of the message area. 

I die cut the "Happy Valentines Day" to the top of the inside of the card, using Karen Burniston's Happy Valentines Day die. 

This is such a versatile die and pretty easy to use! The end result makes a great surprise pop-up card that is sure to make anyone smile! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Special 18th Birthday/Valentines Day Card using Karen Burniston's Little Labels Pop-Up

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card was a special order card through my at home business. It was for an 18th Birthday that also lands on Valentines Day. This card features Karen Burniston's Little Labels Pop-Up die!


For this card, I didn't want Valentines to overshadow the Birthday, so I went with some red hearts, but mostly colorful hearts, along with balloons and ribbons. 

I started with a slimline sized card base from heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I used patterned paper from Echo Park called It's Your Birthday for the background. 

Then, pulling colors from the background paper, I die cut the Little Labels mechanism from a light teal blue cardstock. 

I added a different patterned paper for the background of each little label on the pop-up, using Lawn Fawn's Let it Shine paper. I added a second part of the little labels using smooth white cardstock. 

I die cut the hearts that I put on the pop up from Karen Burniston's Heart Collage Pop-Up set. Then using the same set, I die cut several of the different sized hearts in different colors of cardstock. 

I used Karen Burniston's Big Birthday Charms to create the balloons and ribbons. I added some Distress Oxide ink and white Gelly Pen to give the balloons some dimension. 

I stamped the "Happiest of Birthday's to you" sentiment from MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder. Then I used the banner pieces from the Little Label Pop-Up to create the banner on the pop up.

I die cut the "18" from Spellbinders Birthday Wishes for Everyone die set using gold glitter cardstock and black cardstock, then glued them together to add strength to the glitter cardstock and give the 18 some dimension. 

For the front of the card, I kept it simple, adding the remaining hearts I die cut out and adding a few more. I die cut the word Celebrate from Karen Burniston's Celebrate die. Then I stamped the "It's time to" from MFT Bitty Birthday Wishes using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. 

This bright and cheerful card will hopefully make the recipients 18th Birthday a special one! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Gift Pivot Twist Panel Birthday Card!

 Hello and Welcome. Today's card features Karen Burniston's Gift Pivot Panels and Twist Panel Pop-Up. This was my first time using the Gift Pivot Panels die set and it was also my first time adding a Pivot Panel die to the Twist Panel Pop-Up. I really like how the card turned out and I think that this will be a technique I use again and again.

For this card, I made an A2 sized card base. I added some patterned paper for the background, then created a border using Karen Burniston's Border Blends - Party dies and a different patterned paper. 

I die cut the white scalloped panels for the twist panel pop-up from smooth white cardstock. Then I die cut the Gifts from various scrap patterned papers I had on hand. I added glitter ribbons and bows to the gifts. 

I used Karen Burniston's Celebrate die to make the "Celebrate" sentiment on the top panel, cutting it once from dark blue glitter cardstock and once from black cardstock. 

I used Karen Burniston's Rectangles - Crosshatch dies to make the signature area at the bottom of the card. 

I tried to keep things simple since this pop up has so much going on with the mechanism not only twisting to open but then the gift pivot panel opening. 


For the out side of the card, I kept with the same theme, creating a side border using the same patterned papers. I added four presents down the border side and added the glitter trim from the border blends die just like on the inside of the card. 

I added the "Happy Birthday to You" sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords. 

When I decided to make this card, I thought it would be waaay more complicated, but it was really super easy to make! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Monday, January 9, 2023

A Clawsome Birthday with Karen Burniston's Castle Pop-Up!

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Castle Pop-Up, Sea Animals and Mini Alphabet and Numbers. I wanted to start using some dies that I don't normally use, like the Castle Pop-Up or the Tent Pop-Up. So this week I am going to be making cards using my older dies. 

I was definitely inspired by some of the teams older sand castle cards and found this super cute saying online about having a "clawsome" birthday, so I decided to create my own sandcastle made by crabs!

For this card I started with an A2 long size card. For the background pieces, I cut two panels 1/16 in shorter then the card base. Then I used Distress Inks to create the beach and ocean. I covered the beach and added water drops to the ocean, then covered the ocean and added flecks of ink using Distress Spray. 

I die cut the Castle Pop-Up from Kraft cardstock, including all the outer pieces. I added Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to the edges of the outer Castle pieces and then added the flecks of Distress Spray to the pieces. Once they were dry I added them to the Castle. 

I trimmed two thin strips of heavy weight cardstock to create poles for the blue flags I die cut. Then I added them to the sand castle. 

I added Palm Trees using the Beach Charms, then I die cut the shells from the Tropical Scene die set in three different colors to add to my beach scene. 

I added two crabs to the sand castle, then I got the great idea to use the Bam Box Pop-Up to add a third crab on the beach behind the sandcastle. Like I said, the Bam Box Pop-Up is a total game changer!!

I used the Mini Alphabet and Numbers dies to create my "Have a Clawsome Birthday" sentiment. I wish I had of die cut the sentiment from a different colored cardstock because I feel it's just too much red, but it looks good with the added gel pen white shine lines. 

I left the bottom ocean area empty, so the sender could use that to write a greeting for the recipient. 

I love making the ocean background and I plan to make a video to show you how I do this. I got the idea from a designer at My Favorite Things and it was a great idea to make amazing ocean/beaches. 

For the front of the card, I wanted to keep it minimal. I added a couple more crabs and more shells. Then I added the "It's Time to Shell-abrate" sentiment, adding the gel pen shine lines again. 

It's hard to see but the background red paper actually has crabs on it, which came from a summer patterned paper pack I bought last year. 

Fun tip: To add the letters, I put them down on the cardstock then used Glad Press n' Seal cling wrap to pick the letters up. They stick to the cling wrap and I just added glue then pressed it down to the cardstock again. Then I carefully removed the Press n' Seal cling wrap and voila! Letters added all at once. A few moved position, but I was able to fix it as best I could. 

I love how fun this card is and soooo beachy! (Bring on Summer, I hate Winter! Lol). As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!




Friday, January 6, 2023

3 Cards, One Die - Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Mum Honey Cuts

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card (or should I say cards) use Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Mum Honey Cuts die set. I just love Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers dies. They make beautiful flowers that could be used for any occasion. They also provide a Layering Guide on their website to show how each flower/leaf is put together. I made three different Mums for three different cards today.

For the first card, I made a yellow Mum with an orange center. I used a yellow cardstock, then went over each layer with Copic markers to create some depth. 

For the background of this card, I used my Glimmer Hot Foil machine and Spellbinders Essential Duo Lines Rectangles to create a gold foil border around the card background. This was foiled on to heavy weight smooth cardstock. 

For the sentiment on the front of the card, I used Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords. I stamped the Thanks sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Lawn Fawndamentals jet black ink on heavy weight smooth white cardstock, then used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I stamped the "For Everything" sentiment on black cardstock using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder. 

I trimmed any of the flower that had gone over the edge and then glued the background to a black card base. 
For my second card, I made a deep magenta colored flower. I started with pink cardstock and used Copic markers to create all the details on the flower, bud and leaves. 

For the background of this card, I used MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and heavy weight smooth white cardstock. 

Just like the first card, I used Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords stamp and die set to create the "Hello" and "Sweet Friend" sentiment.  


For  my last card, I created a dark orange colored flower using orange cardstock and Copic markers. 

I made the background using the same Glimmer Hot Foil plates and gold foil. I added a Birthday Greetings sentiment from the Bitty Buzzwords stamp and die set. 

I just love how all three of these cards turned out. I also love how versatile the Lovely Layers dies are. Any card, any occasion and any Lovely Layers flower. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 



Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - January 2023 - Rubber Band Pop-Ups!

 Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all the very best for the New Year. It's the first Designer Challenge of 2023 and our theme this month is Rubber Band Pop-Ups! So we had to create a card using any of the fantastic dies that require a rubber band. 

For my card I used the Bam Box Pop-Up and the cupcakes from the Cupcake Pop-Up die set to create this fun Cupcake Surprise card.

I started with an A2 size card in a dark chocolate brown cardstock. I found an old patterned paper pack that I got from Michaels years ago and decided to use that. It is called The Sweet Stack and all the papers inside have a candy/chocolate theme. 

I used a pink paper with chocolate iced cupcakes as the background paper and added a trim in a fancy "chocolate" paper. I used the Border Blends - Trims die set to create a white edge along the chocolate border. 

I then die cut two of the larger cupcake pieces from the Cupcake Pop-Up die set and made them chocolate frosted. I used Copic markers to create the frosting and add some dimension to the cupcake wrappers. I also colored the cherries on top with Copic markers. Then I added some glitter gel to the cupcakes and with a white Gelly Pen, added some sprinkles. I added Glossy Accents to the cherries to give them some shine. 

I used the Circle - Crosshatch dies to create the lollipops on this card. I die cut them from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and with a pencil, traced a pattern for the lollipop. Then with Copic markers I colored them in with two different colors. Once done, I added glitter gel to one color and glossy accents to the other color. I cut a two thin strips of the same heavy weight cardstock and glued them together to create the stick the lollipop is attached to. Then I die cut a second circle in the same cardstock and added it to the back to give it some support. 

I used Lawn Fawn How you Bean shaker add-on and die cut out jelly beans to add around the cupcakes. I added glossy accents to them to give them some shine. 

I die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment from the from red cardstock and red glitter cardstock using the Happy Birthday die and glued them together to give the sentiment some strength. 

I die cut the Bam Boxes from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and added them where I wanted the cupcakes to pop-up, making sure I left enough room to close the card with the cupcakes flat. 

For the front of the card, I wanted to continue the same theme so I used the same patterned paper and added the smaller cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-Up and added another lollipop and some jelly beans. 

I cut a small rectangle from smooth white cardstock using the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch and stamped the sentiment using MFT Sugar-Coated Sentiments and black ink. 

What a fun and delicious surprise when the recipient opens the card and two cupcakes pop-up at them!

See the video below for the Pop-Up in action! As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!





Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Gingerbread Pop-Up Gift Card Box

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Bitty Ball Pop-Up and Pretty Springy Ball Box template. I have been very busy trying to make these gift card boxes with fun pop-ups and when I found a Gingerbread patterned paper, I had to make a Gingerbread pop-up!

I started with the Pretty Springy Ball Box template for the 4.5 x 4.5 box. I used a heavy weight 110lb kraft cardstock and Gingerbread patterned paper. 

Once the box was created and ready to go, I started on the pop-up Gingerbread girl. I used the Bitty Ball die set and the same heavy weight kraft paper to create the two bitty balls. 

Before I put the balls together, I laid them flat and flicked different colors of Distress Ink to create a baked cookie look. Then, with a blending brush, I added Distress Ink in Vintage Photo along the edges. 

Once I glued the two balls together, I used the die from the Snowman Add-On's, that creates the buttons for the snowman to create the eyes and candy buttons for the Gingerbread girl. I used the smile from the Bitty Ball die set and the eyes die to create the blush on her cheeks. 

I also used the arm pieces that come with the Bitty Ball and die cut them from Kraft cardstock. I added Distress Ink in Vintage Photo around the edges and used my Gelly Pen to create an icing trim around the arms. I also added an icing trim around the Gingerbread body. I die cut a glittery bow and added it to her head. Then I glued her into the box using Lineco Neutral pH glue

I die cut a gift card holder using My Favorite Things Gift Card Pocket and the same kraft cardstock and patterned paper. 

I created a to and from piece to add to the front of the gift card pocket using a program called Adobe Illustrator on my computer. I printed it on heavy weight smooth white cardstock and die cut it out using a small rectangle die from one of Karen Burniston's other sets. 

I love how this cute little Gingerbread Girl turned out. I really hope the recipient of this card likes it as much as I do! 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!






Monday, December 19, 2022

Fireplace Pop-Up and Holiday House Card

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Fireplace Pop-Up and Holiday House die sets. Since the Fireplace Pop-Up came out, I've only used it once to make my "Haunted Mansion" Fireplace Pop-Up card. Now with Christmas just around the corner, I am making cards for family and decided to make a Christmas card using the Fireplace Pop-Up. 

For this card, I started with an A2 sized card using a smooth red cardstock. One thing I love about using Karen's dies is I can usually go through my scrap cardstock to die cut the small pieces. Well this time I was able to use scraps for the wallpaper background and floor. I cut a piece for the wall trim using a dark brown cardstock. 

For the fireplace, I used a light gray cardstock and added some dimension using Distress Oxide ink in Black Soot around the edges of the fireplace. I was going to make the Santa boots come out of the fireplace, but I really wanted to add a fire and no one wants to set Santa on fire (lol) so I decided to scrap the Santa boots and went with a fire. I die cut it out of white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I used Karen Burniston's Fireplace Extras 1 and Fireplace Extras 2 to create all the added elements, such as the garland on the mantel, the wreath and the candles. I used scrap cardstock for all the small pieces. 

I used a piece of cardstock with little pictures of Santa and Frosty to create the photos on the wall of this room. For the "rug" I used Karen Burniston's Oval - Crosshatch dies. 

For the front of this card, I used Lawn Fawns Stitched Ripple Backdrop die and a light blue cardstock. Then I used scrap pieces of cardstock to make the holiday house. I also used Karen Burniston's Outdoor Scene die to make the tree/snow background. I used my Copic markers to color the trees in the background. 

I used My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes to stamp the sentiment on the front of the card. 

I just love how the fireplace came out. I find it easy to put together and with all the little extras, you can make your fireplace pop-up just POP! 

If I don't post anything later this week, I want to take this time to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and all the best for 2023. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and as always Happy Crafting!


Rock-a-Bye Baby Cards using Honey Bee Stamps Dies

  Hello and welcome! Todays cards feature Honey Bee Stamps Rock-a-Bye Baby die set. This adorable die set has everything you need to make a...