Monday, November 21, 2022

Gift Card Pop Up Boxes

 Hello and welcome! On my blog today is this fantastic pop-up card box! Karen Burniston recently added some templates to her online store that you can get which gives you the directions to make these absolutely, hands down, amazing pop-up card boxes. As soon as I seen the video she posted I went online to my nearest craft store and bought the patterned paper she used (because swoon!) and downloaded the instructions. I spent my entire weekend in my office making these amazing boxes! 

I wanted to turn these card boxes into gift card boxes. This is such a neat way to give someone a gift card this holiday season! For this first box, I decided on a pop-up snowman. 

The paper I chose, came from Echo Park and it's called Snowed In. This paper pack comes with a sheet of different winter themed squares that fit perfectly on the top of these boxes. That's why I made sure to buy the same paper. 

I chose a sheet of patterned paper from the paper pack and used both sides to create the inserts and side panels for this box. 

I used 110lb heavy weight black cardstock to make the box. You can get the instructions from Karen Burniston by clicking here to visit her store. 

I used Karen Burniston's Bitty Ball and Mini Ball Pop-Up dies along with the Snowman Add-On dies to create this super cute pop-up snowman. 

For the gift card holder, I used My Favorite Things Gift Card Pocket. Then I added the "To" and "From" using My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprints 6 Die-namics

I think when I make more of these (because I've already been requested to make more!) I will print a nicer "To" and "From" on my computer and die cut it out to add on to the gift card pocket. 

I loved how this one turned out so much, that I had to make a second one. To watch the pop-up in action, see the video below. 


For the second box, I used 110lb heavy weight smooth white cardstock and this time I made 5 "snowballs" using Karen Burniston's Mini Ball Pop-Up and sparkly white cardstock. 

I followed all the same steps, except when the recipient opens this box, snowballs pop out! 

I had an absolute blast making these boxes and I can't wait to make more! This was an incredible idea and I hope that this has inspired you to make some of these as well! Thank you so much for stopping by and as always Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Always Welcome with Spellbinders!

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features a die set I got when I was still a member of the die of the month club through Spellbinders. I absolutely loved being a part of the small and large die of the month (and after I got my glimmer machine, I joined that one as well), unfortunately to save money, I had to give them up. This die set was the reason I signed up in the first place. I just loved the Always Welcome set and although you can no longer get this die, they have a new door die set called Open House and they have all kinds of add-ons for any occasion!

For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base using red cardstock. I die cut a rectangle using MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX in the largest size from 110lb smooth white cardstock. I then used the MFT Small Brick Wall Stencil and Hero Arts Wet Cement ink to create the brick wall for the background. 

I die cut the frame around the door using 110lb smooth white cardstock. I cut the pillars twice and added a piece of foam tape to the back of one of the pillars and layered them on top of each other to give the card some dimension. 

The best part about die sets like this is, it lets you use up all those scraps you might hang on to. For the rest of the accessories for the door I used scrap cardstock in various colors. I die cut the front door mat in dark green and stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from Spellbinders Sunday Drive All-Occasion Sentiments using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder. 

I wanted to add some decorations to the front porch, so I created the little trees. The tree part comes from Honey Bee Stamps, Gingerbread House Add-On and the pot comes from Spellbinders Day Dreaming which was a small die of the month die set. I added some red and white gems to the trees and added some detail to the trees using Copic markers. 

This is one of my most favorite Christmas cards to make. It's simple, yet elegant and when someone opens the envelope to see this card, they would be wowed by how beautiful this comes out. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Woven Basket Christmas Pop-Up Card

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Woven Basket Box Card Pop-Up. I had this idea to make a Christmas card using the Woven Basket Box dies along with everything Christmas! 

For this card I started with a wood grain patterned paper and added a striped patterned paper to match. I cut out four grass inserts and trimmed off the grass. Then I measured the pieces and cut out a larger piece of white cardstock and with the Natures Edges snow hill die, made snow hills to add to the inside of the box card. 

From there, I set the box card aside and started making all the little things I wanted to put in the box card. I die cut two trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die set and added them to the back of the card. Then I die cut three trees using the tree die in the Winter Charms set. 

I wanted to add Santa, so I used the Gnome and Santa set and die cut all the pieces to make this super cute Santa. I then die cut the pieces to make the reindeer from the Christmas Animals set. 

I added the stocking filled with a cuddly teddy bear and a candy cane using the Holiday Charms and Winter Charms die sets. 

I wanted to add some gifts, so I used the gift boxes that come with the Sleigh Pop-Up. I then die cut the sentiment "Happy Holiday" from Word Set 3 - Holiday, using a glitter red and green cardstock. 

For some added detail, I used the branch and berries that come with the Woven Basket Box die set. I added some glossy accents to the berries and once dry, I added some shine lines with a white Gelly Pen. 

On the back of the card, I added a small square of white cardstock, die cut from the Square - Crosshatch set, so the sender has a place to write a message to the recipient. 

This may be a small card, but it is full of so many details that it is sure to put a smile on anyone's face. I am so pleased with how this turned out, that Santa just makes me smile. 

Also, I made a small 5-minute video for you my Crafty friends on how I color the trees to give them dimension and details! It's my first video and I had to hold my camera with one hand while coloring with the other, so bear with me while I navigate getting use to filming! Lol. Click here to watch the video.

I hope you find it helpful. As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Merry Everything! Using Karen Burniston's Explosion Pop-Up

 Hello and welcome! Do you ever find a paper pack that just makes you smile, and you come up with all kinds of different ideas on how to use it? Well, that is just what the Doodlebug Designs Winter Wonderland paper pack did for me. I absolutely fell head over heels for this cute paper design. So, todays card features the Winter Wonderland paper and Karen Burniston's Explosion Pop-Up

When I recently made a card for the Karen Burniston Design Team monthly challenge, I used patterned paper from the same paper pack. I just loved how the card turned out and especially how the snowmen in the card turned out. So, while flipping through YouTube, I found a how-to video from Karen Burniston on how to make a mini slimline card with the Explosion Pop-Up. Inspiration hit and so I headed into my office to create this card. 

I started by cutting a piece of heavy weight (110lb) smooth white cardstock 6 x 7, folding at the 3.5 mark to make a mini slimline card base. Then, using the light blue snowflake paper, cut both explosion side panels. I glued them into my card and measured the space in between the outer panels. Then, I cut a piece measuring 3 3/8 x 6 and cut the pop-up mechanism for the center of the card. Once I had the inner piece glued into the card, I cut a strip the said "let it snow" from the paper pack and glued it to the top and bottom of the inside of the card. This covers up and imperfections and adds that little extra to your card. 

Using Karen Burniston's Short Rectangles - Crosshatch dies I made the inner piece that is glued to the pop-up mechanism. I die cut the scalloped edge piece from smooth white cardstock and used the smaller crosshatch die on a dark blue patterned paper to make the background. 

I die cut the word "Merry" from white glitter cardstock and heavy weight black cardstock, using Karen Burniston's Alphabet die set. I glued the glitter piece to the black piece to give the letters some dimension and strength, then using a ruler, glued them down to the inner pop-up. I stamped the sentiment "everything" from MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes on heavy weight smooth black cardstock using VersaMark ink. Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I die cut the snowmen from Karen Burniston's Snowman die set and added some details using Copic markers. Then using some glitter cardstock, I cut out a bunch of different snowflakes from various die sets and glued them into the card. I die cut a smaller rectangle to place on the bottom of the card so the sender could write a personal message to the recipient. 

For the front of the card, I die cut a rectangle from the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch in the largest size using the same paper from the inside of the card. I added another snowman to the front and several snowflakes. 

Using Karen Burniston's Alphabet die set again, I cut the word "Joy" out and added it to the front, once again cutting it out of black cardstock as well to give it dimension. 

From the same MFT stamp set, I stamped the sentiment "from me to you" and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I am so excited for how well this card turned out. It's cute but has that WOW factor when you open to reveal the explosion pop-up. To watch Karen Burniston's YouTube on how to make the explosion pop-up in a mini slimline, click here

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Monday, November 7, 2022

Have Yourselfie a Merry Little Christmas with Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion

 Hello and welcome! Today's card uses Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion and My Favorite Things BB Christmas sELFies

For this card, I die cut three panels from the Landscape Rectangle Accordion die set using red and green cardstock. Then, using a patterned paper, I cut three more panels. I then trimmed the middle part from each patterned paper panel, then using Karen Burniston's Short Rectangles - Crosshatch biggest die, I cut each panel out. 

I glued these to the red and green main panels. Then, I die cut three more panels using a green and white snowfall patterned paper and a red and white sparkly paper. I trimmed away the outer part of the panel and used only the inner piece to give my "selfie" pictures a background to sit on.

I stamped the images from MFT BB Christmas sELFies using Pinkfresh Studios Detail Black ink and colored them in using Copic markers. I die cut the images using one of the rectangles pieces that comes in the Landscape Rectangle Accordion and glued them to the first panel and the last panel. 

For the center panel, I die cut a small rectangle from the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch and stamped the "Have Yourselfie a Merry Little Christmas" sentiment from the stamp set using Pinkfresh Studios Detail Black ink. 

I then die cut a stocking and a candy cane from Karen Burniston's Holiday Charms die set and added them to the center panel. I also added some detail to the pieces using Copic markers and a white Gelly Pen. 

I wanted to add some snowflakes to the panels, so I die cut some snowflakes using the snowflake die that comes in Karen Burniston's Snowman die set. 

I added some more white shine lines on the "selfies" using a Gelly Pen. 

Then, using my Lineco Neutral PH glue, I glued the tabs together to create the accordion. 

I think I glued these the wrong way, so I had to make a front panel for this card. I wanted to keep it simple, since when the recipient opens this card there are so many things to look at. So, I kept the same green snowfall paper and die cut a Merry Christmas sentiment from Karen Burniston's Merry Christmas die and the shadow die that goes along with it. 

I die cut a larger snowflake from white sparkly cardstock using one of the snowflakes from the Holiday Charms die set. 

I just think these accordion cards are so neat! It's a unique way to send someone a special greeting. 

I am very excited to announce that in the New Year I will be starting a YouTube channel, so stay tuned for some fun videos on card making using all kinds of products, including coloring techniques. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Saturday, November 5, 2022

Celebrate the Season with Karen Burniston's Christmas Trees Pop Stand

 Hello and welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Christmas Trees Pop Stand and Winter Animals dies. The Christmas Trees Pop Stand is a die set that I've had for many years, and it's sat in the back of my Karen Burniston die collection almost forgotten about, but I pulled it out to make a very cute Christmas card today. 

For this card, I wanted to include 3 trees to pop up, so I went with a 5 x 7 sized card. I also have been into the vintage look with Christmas cards and continued that with this card by adding some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to the edges of the papers I chose. 

I die cut the trees from different green patterned papers. I die cut the big frame with the stitched look from a solid dark green cardstock. I added brown cardstock stocks to the bottom of the trees. 

I die cut the ornaments from some scrap patterned paper I had. I added a gold star to the stop of the center tree.
I die cut the word "Merry" from Karen Burniston's Merry Christmas word die twice from red cardstock and once from red glitter cardstock. Then I glued all the pieces together to give the word some dimension. 

I stamped the sentiment "Have Yourself a" and "Little Christmas" from My Favorite Things Bitty Holiday Wishes on to heavy weight black cardstock using VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I die cut a red oval using Karen Burniston's Oval - Crosshatch dies and cut an off-white oval as well to give the sender a place to write a personal sentiment.

I then wanted to add some animals to give it a forest feel. I used the Bear and Hedgehog from the Winter Animals dies and added them beside the ovals.

For the front of the card, I cut out the word Celebrate using Karen Burniston's Celebrate word die. Then stamped the sentiment "The Season" from the MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes. 

I added trees in the same patterned cardstock as the inside of the card, using the trees that are the extra pieces when you die cut the tree frame for the pop-up trees inside the card. 

I kept the front of the card simple, since all the fun part of the card is on the inside. 



I am very pleased with how this card came out. I just love the little animals; they are so darn cute! I especially love the trees! If you would like to see how to use the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die, check out Karen Burniston's instructional video on YouTube by clicking here. As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Karen Burniston November 2022 Designer Challenge - Snowman!

 Hello and welcome to another Designer Challenge. For the month of November, our challenge Snowman! I am so excited to share with you my Designer Challenge card. 


To be honest, I had a hard time coming up with something for this challenge and I love snowmen! If you were to take a peek under my basement stairs, you would find SEVERAL large snowmen Christmas decorations. They really are my favorite. So, it was really making me frustrated that I couldn't think of something to create. This card was really born because I sat in my office and just played around with some ideas. 

For this card, I made a slim line sized card and used Karen Burniston's Little Labels Pop-Up die. I used this really cute, patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs called Winter Wonderland as the background for this card and die cut it using Karen Burniston's Long Rectangles - Crosshatch dies in the largest size. I die cut the pop-up mechanism from some light purple cardstock and glued that into the inside of the card. I die cut the pieces that go on the pop-up mechanism from a darker colored pattern paper from the same Doodlebug Design paper pack. 

For the base of the pop-up mechanism, I stamped the sentiment "Let it Snow" from Lawn Fawns Winter Wavy Sayings with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I die cut a white piece using the Long Rectangles - Crosshatch to make an area to sign the card. I stamped the "sending Joy for the holidays" from Lawn Fawn's Merry Messages stamp set. 

I die cut the snowmen from Karen Burniston's Snowman die and added them to the pop-up mechanism. I tried to make them each a little different. I added a small snowflake to the nose of the middle snowman and added other snowflakes, die cut from white glitter paper, around the snowmen.  I added some shadow to the snowmen using my Copic markers. 


For the front of this card, I used the same patterned paper for the background. I die cut the word "winter" from Karen Burniston's Alphabet die set. I die cut "winter" twice from black cardstock and once from white glitter cardstock. Then I glued the layers together with Lineco Neutral pH glue and added them to my card front. I stamped the word "warm" and "wishes" from Lawn Fawn's Merry Messages using VersaMark Ink onto black cardstock. Then I embossed the words with white embossing powder and added them to the card. 

I die cut two more snowmen and added them to the front, trimming any part of the snowman that went over the edge of the patterned paper. 

I just love how well this card turned out. Thank you so much for stopping by and 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...