Thursday, March 28, 2024

Happy Bee-Day using Karen Burniston's Lorna Label

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card for you today features Karen Burniston's Lorna Label die set. This is a new release die that was part of the February spring release. Along with the Lorna Label die set, I also used the Flutter Charms and Fun Flowers!

For this card, I started with and A2 top fold card base using Neenah Classic Crest 110lb smooth white cardstock. I recently purchased this beautiful patterned paper pack from Echo Park called "Bee Happy" and let me tell you, this gorgeous paper really makes me happy! I couldn't wait to use it. I added a black thin cardstock to the background to really make the patterned paper pop. 

I die cut the Lorna Label pop-up mechanism from the same thin black cardstock (65lb). Then using the accompanying dies in the set, die cut a yellow and white piece for the centre. I also die cut the yellow banner that goes along with bottom of the pop-up. I tried to use a bright yellow cardstock for this. This was just some scrap cardstock I had. I save all my scraps just for this purpose. 

I then die cut the squares for the base of the card and to create an area to sign this card. I used Karen Burniston's Square - Crosshatch dies in the largest and second largest dies. I used the same yellow and white cardstock for this. 

I die cut the sentiment using Karen Burniston's Word Set 2 - Birthday die set. I used a glossy black cardstock. I had to do some "word surgery" to create the word "Bee". 

I then used Karen Burniston's Flutter Charms, Fun Flowers and the largest flower die from her Flower Pot Pop-Up die set and die cut all the bees, flowers, etc. I used smooth heavy weight white cardstock and colored all the pieces in using Copic markers. 

For the front of the card, I used a stamped sentiment from gina K Designs called "Beautiful Bees". 

I continued the same design on the front of the card, only adding some honey comb to the top and bottom corners. 

I added Glitter gel to the daisy flower petals and I also added Glossy Accents to the bees bodies to give them some added dimension. 

I just love how this card turned out. Those little bees are adorable!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting! Also, I have a YouTube channel, so be sure to check out how I make this cards step by step. I also will be posting how to videos as well, such as how to take the amazing animal dies that Karen Burniston has and create clothes or turn them into other things, like I did in my tea cup Alice in Wonderland card. Click here to visit my channel and be sure to subscribe so you can be updated every time I post a video!


Monday, March 25, 2024

Sending Hugs with Spellbinders Mason Jar and Lavender

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card for you today uses Spellbinders Mason Jar and Lavender die set. This set has everything you need to create a beautiful card for any occasion. 


For this card, I decided to make a slim line card. With how tall this die set is, this is probably the best card size to really show off the lavender. 

I used Neenah Classic Crest, heavy weight (110lb) smooth white cardstock for the card base. Then, using the same cardstock, I cut two rectangles for the backgrounds of my card. 

I used Simon Says Stamps Pawsitively Saturated Ink in Lemonade and Sunbeam along with MFT's Basket Weaves stencil to create my background. 

I die cut the mason jar using a heavy weight vellum. I also die cut the mason jar using a blue vellum to use as water in the jar. Then I die cut the leaves and stems using green cardstock then went over the cardstock with Distress Oxide Ink in Rustic Wilderness. 

I die cut the flower from a dark and light purple. Normally, I would color my die cuts but this was a lot of little tiny die cuts, so I decided to keep things simple. I glued everything together and added it to the card front. I think I should have added more flowers to the lavender plants. 

I used Honey Bee Stamps - Bitty Buzzwords to create the sentiment. I used VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder and black cardstock with white embossing powder. 

Lastly, I added a bow using some Jute Twine. I love how pretty this card turned out. But I do think next time I would add more flowers and color them by hand, as time consuming as that would be. Or even maybe use glitter cardstock. 

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

Monday, March 18, 2024

Easter Scene using Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card for you today uses Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion, along with the Fence Add-On, Easter Borders, Spring Animals and Easter Charms. 

For this card, I started by die-cutting three rectangular panels using the dies from Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion die set. I used Neenah Classic Crest heavy weight (110lb) smooth white cardstock for this. 

Then, using a gingham patterned paper in blue and Karen Burniston's Short Rectangle - Crosshatch dies, I created borders for each of my accordion pieces. 

I then used Karen Burniston's Fence Add-On die and cut three fence pieces. I cut these from the same heavy weight smooth cardstock as the accordion pieces. With my Copic marker (E40 - Brick White) I added shade lines to the fence pieces. This gives the fence some dimension. 

I glued on the patterned paper trim to all the accordion pieces and trimmed the areas where the fence pieces will go. 

I set this aside and began to die cut the accessory pieces using Karen Burniston's Easter Charms, Spring Animals, Easter Borders and Happy Easter die set. I cut everything from the same heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I then colored all the pieces using Copic markers. For more of an idea on how I did this, check out the video posted at the end of this blog. I set these aside. 

For the Easter sentiment, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Picked Raspberry and Cracked Pistachio.
I began to add all my pieces together, gluing them down using Lineco Neutral pH glue. I thought my spring themed card needed some little flowers added to it, so I used the small flower die that comes with Karen Burniston's Tiny Trees Pop-Up die set. I colored these with Copic markers as well. 

After gluing down all my little cute Easter pieces, I added a place to write a sentiment to the recipient. I used the frame die that comes with the Landscape Accordion die, using a pale blue cardstock for the frame with a white center. 

Then I began to assemble the card. I glued the fence pieces together carefully. These are tiny pieces that hold everything together, so you have to be very careful that nothing falls apart. 

Once the card was assembled, I tested it by folding it open and closed a few times to get it use to the glue holds. 

I just love the colors on this card. I think making Easter cards are in my top 5 cards to make. I'm not normally a fan of the pale colors (if you seen me in public, I wear all black all the time lol) but the Easter colors are just so beautiful. 

I also really love the new Easter Borders that Karen came out with in her new release. I used the carrot border to add carrots to the panels. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope that you find inspiration here. Happy Crafting!



Sunday, March 17, 2024

Lily of the Valley Birthday Card

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card for you today features Lawn Fawn's Lovely Lily of the Valley die set along with their Watering Can die set. 


For this card, I started with an A2 top fold card base, using a light blue cardstock. I die cut a rectangle from heavy weight smooth white cardstock (Neenah Classic Crest 110lb) using MFT - A2 Double Stitched Rectangle STAX die in the largest size. 

I die cut a second rectangle using the same die, only from green cardstock this time. I then die cut the green rectangle using a grass die. I added some Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness. I used my MFT - Cloud stencil and Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers to create a sky background. 

I then die cut the Lovely Lily of the Valley pieces using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I colored these in using Copic markers. 

I die cut the watering can using a gray cardstock and using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Wet Cement, I added some detail to the watering can. 

I die cut the gardening tools from a mirrored silver cardstock and added colored ends to them. I also die cut the seed packet from some scrap pink cardstock and added some Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar. I also added an extra Lily of the Valley to the front to match the flowers. 

I used Lawn Fawn's Simple Wavy Banners and Wavy Sayings along with silver embossing powder to create the Happy Birthday banner. 

How beautiful are those flowers!! I just love die cut flowers on cards. It just adds to much beauty to the cards we create. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Get Well Soon Card using Spellbinders Umbrella Bloom

Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card today uses Spellbinders beautiful die set called Umbrella Bloom. This gorgeous die set includes everything you need to create an umbrella filled with flowers! This die set pairs well with their sentiment stamp set called I've Got You Covered. 

How gorgeous are those flowers? For this card, I started with an A2 sized cardbase using a pale blue cardstock. I die cut a rectangle of heavy weight smooth white cardstock using MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX dies in the largest size. Then using my Glimmer Hot Foil machine and Spellbinders Glimmer - Essential Duo Lines Rectangles, I added a metalic blue border around the card background. 

I die cut the umbrella using a bright yellow and pale yellow cardstock. I also added white cardstock for the stripes on the umbrella. 

I die cut the flowers from Neenah Classic Crest 110lb heavy weight cardstock and colored them in using Copic markers, as shown below in the video. Once I had all the flowers colored, I began to put them together inside the umbrella. I glued everything together, then glued the entire piece to my card background.



I stamped my Hello sentiment to the top of the card, using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink. Then I stamped the other sentiment onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. 

Lastly, I added some clear "bling" to my card. This card turned out so bright and cheerful. The perfect pick me up for someone who isn't feeling well. Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 11, 2024

A Veggie Happy Birthday Card!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome. Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited to start my seeds for my vegetable garden. This is why I just love the new Spring release from Lawn Fawn. For my card today I used their new Veggie Happy stamp set, Veggie Happy Add-On and Hay There stamp set along with Waffle Flowers Postage Collage Die set. 


For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base using Lawn Fawn's Ground Coffee cardstock. I used a green gingham patterned paper for a background. 

I die cut Waffle Flowers Postage Collage from heavy weight smooth white cardstock (110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White). Then I stamped my images, using masking paper to cover each image. I added a grassy and sky blue background to most of the postage areas. 

I removed the masking paper and colored the images in with Copic markers. I wanted an area for a sentiment, so I added it to the long vertical postage section. I added some happy little veggies using Lawn Fawns Veggie Happy Add-On stamps. I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks for the background. 

These little mice just put a smile on my face. I just love all the different ways you can use this stamp set and how great it corresponds with Lawn Fawn's other great farm themed stamps. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Friday, March 8, 2024

Tea Cup Pop-Up Mothers Day Card

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome. My card for you today uses Karen Burniston's new Tea and Coffee Pop-Up die set to create this gorgeous pop-up tea cup Mothers Day card. 


When I was a little girl, my Granny would bring out her good china whenever we were having a big family dinner, like on Christmas or Thanksgiving. She had all these beautiful Royal Doulton or Royal Albert tea cups and saucers. Some were trimmed with gold, but all of them had beautiful flowers painted on them. I always thought they were so beautiful. So when I seen the Tea and Coffee Pop-Up, I immediately thought of my Granny's cups and saucers. 

For this card, I started with an A2 sized top fold card, using a smooth cream colored cardstock. I used a pretty pink patterned paper for the background of my card. 

I die cut the tea cup from cream cardstock and from a pretty rose patterned paper, then added a trim of gold embossing powder around the edges to create the look like my Granny's tea cups. I glued all the pieces together adding additional die cut areas to give the tea cup and saucer some dimension. 

I then die cut the tea bag, adding some lace ribbon to give it a look like an actual tea bag. I also die cut the spoon from a mirrored cardstock. 

I dug through my dies and found these great dies from Spellbinders that I have had for years and never used them. One was the doily that I placed the pop-up on top of. This is a die set called Royal Circle. I also used another die set from Spellbinders to create the trim on the top and bottom of the card, called Graceful Fans. 

I die cut some flowers and leaves using Karen Burniston's Fun Flowers die set, die cutting them from smooth white cardstock and coloring them in with Copic markers. I added these to the cup and saucer. Then I die cut the Happy Mother's Day sentiment from black and sparkly white cardstock. I glued them together to give the sentiment some dimension. 

For the front of my card, I kept with the same theme, adding another tea cup, just not as fancy. I stamped some sentiments on the front and added some more flowers to give the front some pop!

I am very pleased with how well this card turned out. That gold trim on the tea cup and saucer came out so good. I will definitely do that again. 

I also love coloring in my die cuts, especially flowers, because you can give them a lot of detail, adding something special to your cards. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!! Be sure to visit www.karenburniston.com to check out the new release that came out in February. There are so many fantastic dies to choose from!!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Karen Burniston March 2024 Designer Challenge - Bunny Ears!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! It's the start of March (can you believe it??) and that means it's Designer Challenge time once again. For the month of March, Karen Burniston challenged us to create a card with bunnies in it. So for my card, I used the Family Room Pop-Up to create a cute scene with the Easter Bunny hiding eggs for Easter morning. 


For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base using heavy weight (110lb) smooth white cardstock. I dug through my patterned paper packs and found this white wood floor paper, which I used for the livingroom floor. I then found this great pink striped paper which I used for the couch and chair pop-up pieces. I followed Karens video on YouTube to put the pop-up pieces together and add them to my card, as this was my first time using this die set. 

Then I found some cute Easter paper with small bunny faces and carrots. I used this to create the pillows for the couch and chair. Then I used Karen Burniston's Picnic Elements to create a blanket to add to the couch. 

I created the lamp using mirrored silver cardstock and a patterned paper scrap I had on hand. I used the same patterned paper to create a rug on the floor. 

I die cut the bunny, basket, eggs and larger eggs from smooth white cardstock, then colored everything in using Copic markers. I put everything together, then added it the card, hiding the eggs around the furniture. Then I added some glitter gel to the larger hidden eggs. 

I then used Karen Burniston's new Easter Borders to create the egg borders on either side of my card. 

I die cut the sentiment "Happy Easter" using pink cardstock and Karen Burniston's Easter Charms die set. I added some dark pink Distress Oxide Ink to the bottom of the sentiment to make it pop. 

I stamped a smaller sentiment on the bottom of the card using a stamp set from Lawn Fawn called Eggstra Amazing Easter. 

For the front of my card, I kept it simple. I used the same patterned paper that I used for the couch and chair. Then, using Karen Burniston's Oval - Crosshatch dies, I added some ovals to the front. 

I die cut some bunnies from the Easter Borders die set and added them around the ovals. 

I had to do some word surgery to make my sentiment on the front, but it came out great! I used the Mini Alphabet dies to create the word "Bunny". For this I used a dark pink cardstock and a sparkly white cardstock. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today for our Designer Challenge. Be sure to check out the new release from Karen Burniston at www.karenburniston.com. Happy Crafting!



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