Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Holiday House

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome to another Designer Challenge! I just love Designer Challenge each month and this month was extra exciting because we were challenged to create a holiday house. I had a bit of a hard time deciding which holiday I wanted to use, I really love Christmas, I love Thanksgiving (but that was a hard one to create a house for) and I love Easter. But I love Halloween and all the spooky fun to be had, so I chose to create a Halloween House!

Let me first say, creating this was SO MUCH FUN!!! All the die cuts, all the coloring, all the ideas that kept coming...I was exhausted by the time I was done but the end result was worth it!

For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base using smooth heavy weight black cardstock. I cut two rectangles to fit slightly smaller inside the card, the got out my Distress Oxide inks to create the ground piece and background piece. I used a moon stencil I got once which is a Tim Holtz stencil. I used Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness and Black Soot to create my ground and backgrounds. For the moon I used Pumice Stone to create the areas on the moon. 

Then I started die cutting. For this card, I used the following die sets from Karen Burniston:

1. House and Fence Pop-Up

2. Halloween Scene

3. Halloween Elements

4. Haunted Tiny House Add-Ons

5. Skeleton and Bat

I die cut everything from smooth white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I know that seems like so much work (and it really is) but the final result is worth it. I figured out where I wanted everything before I started gluing. 

I added the pop-up base to the house and then began gluing my pieces down. I added an area to sign the card and stamped a sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Costume Party stamp set. 

For the front of my card, I kept with the same theme, including how I created the background. 

I did add costumes to my skeletons using Tiny Accessories 1 to create a pirate and a fancy gentleman. 

I stamped the "Trick or Treat" sentiment on the front using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. Then I glued down all my images where I wanted them. 

I love love love how this card turned out. This is one of my favorites and I am actually going to send this to one of my best friends because Halloween is her favorite holiday!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by for Designer Challenge! Happy Crafting!


  1. Spooky cool inside and out! Love it

  2. Anita Marie KnepprathSeptember 12, 2023 at 3:33 PM

    Very scary and bright. Love these colors and POP! anitaknepprath@outlook.com

  3. Spectacular card. Your inked backgrounds really set the scene! The colors and
    elements work so well together.Thanks for telling us what you used.


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