Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge November 2023 - What's Cooking!

 Hello Crafty Friends and Welcome! It's Designer Challenge time once again and Karen Burniston challenged us to create a card using the Oven Pop-Up with a theme of our choosing. To be honest with you, I was having a hard time deciding what to do. We've already seen so many amazing Oven Pop-Up cards with Christmas themes, Halloween themes and even Fall themes. I was explaining my dilemma to my best friend and she suggested I do a vintage kitchen. I thought it was a great idea! I went on Google and looked up vintage kitchens for some ideas and got to work. 

For my card, I started with an A2 sized card base using Neenah Classic Crest heavy weight (110lb) smooth white cardstock. I then cut out a background or wallpaper (this is a vintage kitchen right? LOL) using a patterned paper I had in my stash. I also cut out a piece of white cardstock (80lb) and created a black and white tile floor using my new stencil from Clearly Besotted. 

Once I had that done, I began to die cut the pop-up mechanism. Using a shiny white lightweight cardstock, I die cut the Oven. I die cut all the small pieces using a matte silver cardstock and a shiny black cardstock. 

I die cut the cabinets in a teal blue color. I was going to go with an olive green color because that was the color of the kitchen cupboards in my parents kitchen when I was a kid, but I really liked the look of the teal with the orange colored background and checkered floor. 

I added the same shiny black cardstock to the counter tops as I did with the oven. 

Then I began die cutting all my accessories from white cardstock and coloring them with Copic markers. I looked up vintage pots and pans and found this flowered brown and beige set that I'm pretty sure my Nanny had. So I went with that. 

I found a striped patterned paper and used it for the oven mitt which I glued to the oven handle. I added the cutting board and piece of toast to the counter, adding some Glossy Accents to the jam on the toast. 

I wanted to add some other kitchen details like a clock and some plants. So I used my Pot and plants die from MFT to create the small potted plant on the left side of my kitchen. 

Then I printed out the cat clock and cut that out to add to the wall. 

I then decided that on the other side of the kitchen, I wanted to add a macramé wall hanging (because how vintage is that?!). I do not know how to make anything macramé, so I looked up some knots and came up with my own wall hanging. 

I then looked up vintage garbage cans and found this ugly old yellow garbage can (that I'm pretty sure you would still find at my parents house lol) and printed it out. I used the little pop-up pieces to pop it up on the right side of the kitchen. 

I actually debated on putting carpet on the floor for this card because as a kid we had this brown outdoor looking carpet in our kitchen. But I went with the checkered floor instead. 

I added kitchen matt using Karen Burniston's Oval - Crosshatch dies. I used the same patterned paper as the oven mitt for the rug and added a smaller oval using white cardstock. I added some Distress Ink to the edges of the white cardstock oval then stamped the sentiment. I also used Karen Burniston's Mini Alphabet and Numbers to create the word Vintage. 

For the front of my card, I kept it very simple. I used the same patterned paper as the inside and added a teal blue oval. Then I die cut a smaller oval using white cardstock and added Distress Ink to the edges of the white piece and the patterned paper. 

Then I die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment using Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday die and the same shiny black cardstock as I did with the word Vintage. 

This was honestly such a fun card to create. I just love how it turned out and it takes me back to when I was a kid. 

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


  1. Cute cad. The blue cabinets crack me up. I’ve seen those

  2. I really like your card and how you captured how a kitchen might of looked in the past. The clock really did it for me. I would of loved to have cooked some sweets , not savory in that kitchen.


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