Thursday, May 23, 2024

Creative Ways to Use Border Dies to Make Fun Cupcakes!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! I have a fun post for you today, along with a new YouTube video. I really love Karen Burniston's Cupcake Add-On die set. This is a great add-on die set that pairs with another one of my favorite die sets, the Landscape Rectangle Accordion! So, I decided to show you three different ways to use Karen Burniston's border dies along with the Cupcake Add-On!














For this blog post, I will not be explaining the steps taken to put the card base together, just the cupcakes and toppings. 

For my first set of cupcakes, I used the individual cupcakes just on their own in a birthday card, using Karen Burniston's Rockin' Rectangle die set. I also used Karen Burniston's Baking Borders to create fun cupcake toppers! 

For these cupcakes, I colored the frosting like Neapolitan ice cream! Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla. I used Simon Says Stamps Pawsitively Saturated Ink in Seafoam and Surf to create the cupcake wrapper. 

I then die cut the pie, cookies and mini cupcakes from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers. I show how I did this in my YouTube video, which is at the end of this blog post, so be sure to check it out, subscribe and give it a like!


For my next set of fun cupcakes, I went with an Easter theme. I used Karen Burniston's Easter Borders to create my cupcake toppers. 

I colored the icing and wrappers both using Copic markers. For one of the cupcakes I created a glaze over the top, which I show in my YouTube video. 

I die cut the border dies from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers as well. 


For my last set of fun cupcakes, I went with a summer/beach theme. This just shows you that these border dies, any border die, can make a wonderful cupcake topper!! I used Karen Burniston's Beach Borders to create these toppers.

For this card, I only used one set of cupcakes instead of two. I added some beach/summer themed add-ons to my card, including Karen Burniston's Tropical Scene die set and her Sea Animals

For this card, I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set to create my sentiments. This stamp set is called Pool Party. 

Be sure to check out the video below on how I made these fun cupcakes! Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Bumblebee Pop-Up Birthday Card!

  Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! I have a fun card for you today. I was inspired by a card that Karen Burniston created using her Bitty Ball Pop-Up, which she turned into a chick and the card on the front said "Just Chicken In". It was so cute. So I decided to make a pop-up bumblebee. All the products to make this card are from Karen Burniston. If you would like to purchase any of these amazing dies, I have added links below. 


Just look at that little bee face!! I am so happy with how this little guy turned out. For this card, I started with a card base 5.5 x 11, scored at 5.5, 11 and 11.5". Then I cut some pretty bee themed patterned paper to add to my card. 

I used the Hexagon - Crosshatch dies to create a hexagon shaped window in the front of my card base. Then I added a piece of acetate between the layers to make a window. 

I then die cut all the pieces to make my pop-up bee. I used the Bitty Ball Pop-Up and die cut three halves using heavy weight black cardstock and one half using a heavy weight yellow cardstock. I die cut the little trapezoid pieces from black and yellow cardstock, adding some darker color to the yellow pieces. I used Lawn Fawn's No. 2 Pencil Ink for this. I glued these together using Lineco Neutral pH glue in my fine tip bottle. This is a product I highly recommend!!

I won't go through how to assemble the Bitty Ball, but Karen Burniston has a wonderful assembly video that you can watch on YouTube. 

I added arms and feet using the dies from the Bitty Ball Pop-Up. I also used the two small circles to add eyes and used the mouth die that comes with the pop-up as well. For the eyes, I added Glossy Accents to give the eyes some dimension. Once dry, I added white Gelly Pen to add shine lines. 

I die cut two hearts from blue glitter cardstock, using the Hearts - Crosshatch die set. I added score lines to the bottom of the hearts then glued them on to the back of my bee. I also die cut another heart to add to the front of my bee. I added some small foam pieces to the back. 

I had to create the antennae, which I did using thin strips of black cardstock sandwiched between two small circles, cut from the same die as the eyes. 

For the clasp on the side of the card, I used small magnets to hold the card closed. Karen Burniston has a great video on her YouTube channel about this. 

I added a strip of yellow paper across the front and then using Word Set 2 - Birthday and Alphabet dies, I created the sentiment on the front. 

I die cut a bee and flower using the Flowers and Bee die set, then colored them in using Copic markers. I added some Stickles Glitter Gel to the flower petals and wings on the bee for some extra dimension. 

Lastly, I added a small hexagon piece to the inside for a place to sign the card. 

This turned out so cute! It will be such a fun surprise Birthday card for someone special. Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!




Wednesday, May 15, 2024

60th Anniversary Card using Karen Burniston's Cake Pop-Up!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! My card for you today is a special request card made for a very special couples 60th Anniversary. My gosh, 60 years together. That calls for a very special card!!

For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb cardstock. I dug through my patterned paper stash and found this really pretty heart paper. I used Karen Burniston's Rectangle - Crosshatch dies in the largest size to cut 3 rectangles (two for the inside and one for the front of the card) from my patterned paper. 

I added the patterned paper to the inside of my card using double sided adhesive. Then I die cut all the pieces for my cake pop-up using Karen Burnistons Cake Pop-Up die set. I used a lightweight cardstock for this, because I didn't want it to be bulky. I used a cream colored paper, so that the white glitter trim on the cake would stand out. 60th Anniversary's are diamond anniversary's so I wanted to incorporate that as well. I glued this using Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive and a Fine Tip Bottle.

I used Karen Burniston's Cake Trims to add a ruffled edge around my cake. I die cut this from white glitter cardstock. Then I added small "diamond" embellishments to it. For the middle cake, I added bows (which comes with the Cake Trims die set) and the same embellishments to the middle of the bows. 

I used Karen Burniston's Mini Alphabet and Numbers to die cut the 60 on the top of the card. I added a black background to the numbers, so they stood out more. I used the same white glitter paper as the cake trim. 

Then I die cut a bunch of flowers from heavy weight white cardstock. For these flowers I used Karen Burniston's Flowers and Bee and Fun Flowers. I colored these in with my Copic markers. Then I added them to the card. I added white Stickles Glitter Gel to the flowers to give them a little extra pop!

I die cut a place to sign the card using the label die from Karen Burniston's Lorna Label Pop-Up die set. 

I added the sentiment to the top using white glitter cardstock and black cardstock. I used Karen Burniston's Word Set 12 - Anniversary for this sentiment. Then I used her Wedding Charms to add the rings to the top of the card. 

For the front of the card, I layered rectangles using the Rectangles - Crosshatch dies and the same white glitter cardstock. I added the "Best Wishes" sentiment from the Wedding Charms as well as the champaign glasses, which I added Glossy Accents to. 

Then I added more flowers to the front to carry over the theme of the inside of the card. 

I can't wait to see the reaction when my dear family friends receive their card. Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!



Supplies: For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below and in bolded text in post. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible with no extra cost to you. This helps me to continue to share all the projects I include on my blog. Please note I only use and share products I love. Thank you Crafty Friends!



Echo Park - Day In The Life Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit

Friday, May 10, 2024

Beach Front Card using Lawn Fawn's Build a House Beach Add-On

 Hello Crafty Friends! My card for you today uses Lawn Fawn's Build a House Beach Add-On!!


This card was created for the recent Lawn Fawn Challenge 172 - Inspired By. I received the Beach House add-on for Christmas and was thinking about using it for a card. I flipped through cards on Pinterest and was completely inspired by Mindy Eggen's Beach House!!

For this card, I started with an A2 card base using heavy weight smooth white card stock. I die cut a rectangle to use as the background using smooth white card stock. I created a beach sunset using Distress Oxide Ink in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. I used Lawn Fawn's Slimline Hillside Stencils to create the beach area. I colored this in using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. 

I die cut all my beach house pieces from heavy weight smooth white cardstock, the colored them in with Copic markers. I did die cut the house from a light blue cardstock, then used my white Prismacolor pencil crayon and added lines to create wood panels on my house. 

I used Lawn Fawn's Christmas Palm Tree die set to add two palm trees to my background, coloring them in with Copic markers. I also die cut sand hills using the Beach House add-on and colored them in with Copic markers. 

I did add Glossy Accents to the windows, life preserver and surf board to add some dimension. I stamped the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Birthday Before and Afters and VersaMark Ink. I used white embossing powder to make my sentiment pop against that colorful background. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! For more creative ideas, check out my YouTube channel by clicking here. Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Window with a View Cards - Spellbinders Vista View Window

Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! I have another set of window cards using Spellbinders Windows With a View Die bundle. 

For these two cards, I used Spellbinders Vista View Windows, Backyard Haven View and The Botanical Solarium dies to create these two cards. I highly recommend this entire collection. The possibilities are endless!! I love how you can create a card looking outside or in and there are so many add-ons. It's such a fantastic bundle.

For my first card, I created an A2 sized card base using smooth white heavy weight cardstock. I added a brick background from a Recollections paper pack I recently purchased from my local Michaels. 

I die cut the window from smooth white heavy weight cardstock and added acetate to the back. 

I die cut the pieces I wanted to use from Spellbinders Backyard Haven View die set using heavy weight smooth white cardstock, then colored the pieces in with my Copic markers. 

I die cut a background piece using the Vista View Windows die and colored in the sky and grass using Spellbinders Background Scapes stencil and Distress Oxide Ink in Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. Then I glued on my backyard pieces using Lineco Neutral pH glue in a fine tip bottle. 

I die cut the window ledge from the same heavy weight cardstock and colored it in with Copic markers. I added foam tape to the back of the window and then placed that on top of the background piece. 

Then I die cut the pitcher and flower from Spellbinders Botanical Solarium die set, again from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and again colored it in using my Copic markers. 

I stamped the sentiment on to the window sill using Spellbinders Sending Sunshine Sentiments and Lawn Fawn's Jet Black Ink. 

For my second card, I went with an A2 sized card base using a dark blue cardstock. 

I die cut a rectangle from smooth white cardstock using my MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX die in the largest size. Then I created a brick background using MFT - Small Brick Wall Stencil and Simon Says Stamps Positively Saturated Ink in Earl. 

I die cut the window frame from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and colored it in using Copic markers. I added acetate to the back of this window as well. 

For the background in the window, I added Distress Oxide Ink to the cut out using Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. Then I added some lace ribbon I had to make curtains. 

I added foam tape to the back of the window and added it to the window background. 

I die cut the window box from a gray cardstock and a shiny black cardstock, the glued them together. I added this to the front of the window. 

I die cut the potted plants from the Botanical Solarium die set, using heavy weight smooth white cardstock and colored them in with Copic markers. I added Glossy Accents to some parts of the pots to add some extra dimension. I also die cut another pitcher and a different flower for this card. I die cut the little butterfly and colored that with Copic markers as well. 

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment using the Sending Sunshine Sentiments with VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder on black cardstock. 

I can't say enough good things about this set! I can't wait to make more cards with this set, that's for sure!!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!!

Supplies: For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below and in bolded text in post. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible with no extra cost to you. This helps me to continue to share all the projects I include on my blog. Please note I only use and share products I love. Thank you Crafty Friends!


Supplies Used:


Vista View Window Etched Dies

Background Scapes Stencils

Backyard Haven View Etched Dies

The Botanical Solarium Etched Dies

Sending Sunshine Sentiments Clear Stamp Set


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mowed Lawn
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled Glass
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesScrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - Ultra Thick - 25 Pack

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Karen Burniston May 2024 Designer Challenge - From the Vault!

Hello Crafty Friends. It's Designer Challenge time and this month our theme was "From the Vault". We were challenged to take inspiration from a previous card we had made and make a new card from that inspiration!! This one was a hard one for me, because I've made so many different kinds of cards, but I was finally inspired by my first Designer Challenge card I made when I joined the team. 

This was my previous card that I took inspiration from. 

For this new card, I chose to use a mini slimline card. I used Karen Burniston's Heart Collage Pop-Up with the Butterfly Collage Add-On to create this garden themed card. 

This was defiantly a labor of love, because each butterfly is created based on a real butterfly. It took a day just to create each butterfly, but look at them!!! It was totally worth it. 

I cut rectangles for the background using 80lb smooth white cardstock. I created clouds using Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and my MFT - Mini Clouds stencil. 

I then die cut two grass pieces using the same smooth white cardstock and Karen Burniston's Long Nature Edges. I added Distress Oxide Ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness to these pieces. 

I used Karen Burniston's Fence Add-On to add a fence to the background. Then I used some of the flowers from that die set and some flowers from Fun Flowers and Backyard Charms to create a garden in front of the fence. 

I colored all my flowers in using Copic markers, same as the butterflies. I die cut the sentiments for the front and back of the card using Word Set 14 - Hugs. For the inside sentiment, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry. 

For the front of the card, I used some butterflies and flowers, but tried to keep it simple, as the inside is the real surprise. I used Lineco Neutral pH glue and a Fine Tip Bottle to adhere everything to my card. 

I love all these beautiful butterflies. If you would be interested in seeing how to create these yourself, leave a comment below and I will create a how to YouTube video for you. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Supplies: For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below and in bolded text in post. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible with no extra cost to you. This helps me to continue to share all the projects I include on my blog. Please note I only use and share products I love. Thank you Crafty Friends!

Other Supplies Used:


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Spun SugarRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Picked RaspberryRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Rustic Wilderness

Scrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 25 PackScrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - Ultra Thick - 25 PackRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ouncesRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Stardust

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Turning a Tag Die into a Bottle!

 Hello Crafty Friends and Welcome! My card for you today uses Karen Burniston's Topper Tags and Flutter Charms to create a bottle with fireflies in it. This is also a light up card!!

For this card, I went with a 5x7 sized card base using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I then used Karen Burnsiton's Rectangles and Labels - Crosshatch to die cut the background panel. I taped off the crosshatch edges (because they really are so pretty!) using Pixie Tape, then started to create my night background. For this, I used Distress Oxide Ink in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. I set this aside to dry completely. 

While my background was drying, I created my fireflies. For this, I used the bumblebee dies in the Flutter Charms die set. I looked up what fireflies looked like and seen that they were orange and like a dark brown/gray color. So I used my Copic markers to create these little guys. Then, using my tiny hole punch, I punched a small hole in the last slot in the bottom of the firefly. This way, the light will show through. 

I then die cut the largest topper tag twice using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I trimmed the top of the topper tag off and then used Distress Oxide Ink in Speckled Egg to create the blue bottle. I then took the second topper tag and trimmed the top off. I trimmed a small piece of the remaining topper tag and created a lid for my bottle. I will be posting a how to video Tuesday, May 7th on how I did this. I colored the lid in with gray Copic markers. 

I cut a grass bottom using Karen Burniston's Nature Edges die and colored this in with Distress Oxide Ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness. 

Once my background was dry, I splattered it with white Copic Opaque paint mixed with a little water to add stars to the sky. Then I began to mark where my lights would go. I added punch holes where the lights would be, then glued down my bugs onto the bottle using Lineco Neutral pH glue and a Fine Tip Bottle

I added Chibi lights to the card, which I will show you in my how to video as mentioned above. Once I had my lights in place, I added foam tape to the background and added the background to the card front. I then added my sentiment using Karen Burniston's Word Set 9 - Love and Mini Alphabet and Numbers. I tested the lights again to make sure they worked and voila!! We have a light up bottle card!

Be sure to check out my YouTube channel (click here) for more card making how to videos and for the how to video on this card next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Supplies: For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below and in bolded text in post. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible with no extra cost to you. This helps me to continue to share all the projects I include on my blog. Please note I only use and share products I love. Thank you Crafty Friends!

Other Products Used:


Therm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie TapeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped Sapphire

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Mowed LawnRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Rustic WildernessRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Speckled EggScrapbook.com - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - Ultra Thick - 25 Pack

Lawn Fawn Beehive Cards!

 Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! I have two cards for you today, both which use Lawn Fawn's Magic Iris Beehive Add-On.  A good friend ...