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!





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