Tuesday, June 12

Paper Pros Challenge June - Food & Drink

Another month has flown by and here we are in June! and the Paper Pros challenge.  This months challenge is food & drink and we could use either/or/both.  I have chosen to use both with this tea & cake card.

My first play with the Upsy Daisy die set and WOW I am totally in love.  
This die set gives the recipient a huge surprise when they open the card.  I've seen Karen Burnistons video where she adds a glue dot to the centre square, Karen A has made an amazing"one arm" pop up and well, just generally the Design Team has just knocked me out of the park with this die set.  make sure you check out each of their blogs.

Back to the theme today.. Food and Drink and I chose to use the cup from the Coffee charms set, also the donut from the sweets treats set.  Nothing washes a cake down like a good cup of tea :)  And the cute critters had to come to the party.  I used the Fox and hedgehog from previous releases.

Also you can book the Upsy Daisy class with me at


just £20 for a two hour class where you will make a beautiful card.  Theme to be decided. I would love to see you there.

Fox & Hedgehog are two different sets, currently out of stock but 
please do contact the office at Crafts U Love at 


 if you want to order them.

Check out the rest of the paper pros cards - if any others join in I will add links later

Tuesday, May 8

Paper Pros May Challenge - No Socks days

Today its the Papers Pros challenge day, also NO SOCKS DAY!  Yes this is an actual day.  We the Paper Pros are celebrating with our own version of No Socks Cards.

Now most of the Paper Pros are part of the Karen Burniston Design team and they have just recently had a beachy theme card challenge.  Oh how fun and beautiful their cards were.  Myself not taking part with these challenges now I could not wait for today's challenge so I could make my own beachy card.  

Yesterday in the UK it was Bank Holiday Monday and what a beautiful one it was.  We spent a few hours down Worthing Beach and it was indeed a no socks day then.

Here is the front of the card.  Was heavily inspired by Karen Burniston's
card from a while back.  I will list at the bottom the die sets used and there were a lot of them.

Here you can see the mermaid popping out from behind the main panel.
I used a Woodware Stamp set for the wording but adjusted it to say BEST FISHES instead of Best Wishes.

Dies used :




Tuesday, April 10

PAPERCRAFT - Paper Pros Challenge - Spring Flowers

Its another month and this months Paper Pros challenge is Spring Flowers.

For my card I used the Karen Burniston (www.karenburniston.com)
 Fancy Label Accordion die (In stock at Crafts U Love)

The shapes used to decorate the card are from the Fancy Label Accordion set, apart from the Bee and words.

The gorgeous papers are a paper pad from Craft Consortium
-Tell the Bees collection from HERE

Sometimes simplicity is best.

And I will leave my blog post the same.
Until next time!

Tuesday, March 13

Paper Pros Challenge March - Green

I am here with my card for the Paper Pros challenge and this months theme was GREEN.

I needed a card for my husbands Birthday and how lucky for me that his preferred beer is green!  Also lucky for me there has been a whole ad campaign saying  "If Carlsberg did..."  So I changed that slightly to "If Carlsberg made cakes".

Now I have an admission to make.  I have hundreds of stamps AND hundreds of dies.  BUT my paper stash is ridiculous, I mean my paper stash is so pathetic that I could barely find green paper for my card!!  Yep, that bad.  Still I found this nice green check on the back of a Christmas design so that did the trick.  I pulled out some trusty Alphabet Stamps to stamp the words and used printed "Carlsberg" cans for decoration.

Inside the card I used the FABULOUS Karen Burniston KB Riley
Pop Up Cake die.  Of course following on the green and beer theme, this little fox looked decidedly cute to hold another can. (I am not sure he is old enough to drink, so I do hold he is just holding onto it)

Its all  a bit of fun and pleased this card did double duty in covering the challenge and my up and coming hubbies birthday!  49 this year!

Some of the other Paper Pros are playing along today. 
 See their "Green" creations on their blogs below.

Until next time!!
Caz x

Tuesday, February 13

Paper Pro's - February Challenge - Love

Its time for a Papers pro challenge than this month it was me who was going to choose the theme and I kept it real simple... LOVE.  The Paper Pros could interpret that how they wished.

Here is my card and it was just a mass of me wanting to play with the new Karen Burniston dies from KB Riley and using lots of different sets to make this cute card.

I made this romantic card with a hint of Game of Thrones. (GoT I LOVE)
Alas I failed with my styling of "John Snow" but I made my Khaleesi inspired princess, a castle, a map paper and inside a hint of the House Stark Flag and Khaleesi's fallen dragon "Viserion" inside with an ice covered castle. "Winter is coming"

Happily Ever After adorns the inside, Viserion holds a heart, will he
forever love his "Mother of Dragons"?  I guess we have a long time
to wait to find out!

So this card merges two things I love, card making with Karen's dies and Game of Thrones.    It will also double up as Darren's Valentines card :)

I will link up below the items I have used for this challenge, most of these dies are in stock at Crafts U Love.

Click links below to see what the ladies have been up to.  
Some may not be taking part in the Paper Pros challenge but click on over anyway as I am sure they have some beautiful samples.

Tuesday, February 6

CARD MAKING - Karen Burniston - Spinner Square Card - Valentines

Hi Friends
I am here today with my first card of the new 2018 release from Karen Burniston. Crafts U Love have them in stock NOW.  HERE

The first set I was keen on using was the Spinner Square die set, this is such a fabulous mechanism and can be used for so many things and decorated accordingly.  I happened to buy some pink card from work the other day so I just grabbed that with no card in mind.  Die cut the parts and went about the assembly.  Karen Burniston always supplies assembly videos for her dies.  After all they are hardly standard die cuts!  Of course you are going to need help.  So here is the link for the Spinner Square assembly instructions. 

On the front I decorated it with
The Luv Ya stamp was from my stash and the face
on the sun also a stamp from stash (Peachy Keen)

Inside I have gone to town with the Tropical Scene and Sea Animals 1037

The shark hides behind the square panel and when opened swings out, this can be used for so many things.  Endless ideas!

So I'd not usually use pink for the sky but I think for Valentines it will pass and I do love Turquoise and Pink together.

I will add a punny wording onto the panel with the crab.  
Any ideas greatfully received!  And if I pick your idea for my card
I will sort out a little crafty prize which will include some lovely papers
and a surprise so get commenting on my post.  Will post WORLDWIDE.

I have classes coming up using Karen's dies, including the Square Spinner (card will be decorated different to this one) at Crafts U Love in Charlwood in Surrey.  To look at details click HERE

Friday, January 26

CARD MAKING - Karen Burniston - Tag Card - Birthday Bears

Hello Friends
I am here today with a card I made for my Sister in Law Sue, who's birthday is tomorrow, I know she has opened the card so I thought I would share right away before I forget.

One of my favourite dies at the moment is the Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop Up die set. And you can purchase it at Crafts U Love as it is back in stock but selling like a hot donut! :)  I prefer donuts to pies :)

The card above is Karen Burniston's beautiful packing sample.
Just look at all that happy in one card!

Here below is the card I made using the MFT Bitty Bears to decorate the pages. I really wanted to add more but time got the better of me.  This was my first card since before Christmas.  But I am still pleased how it turned out.  But if I did it again I might add a few more touches.  Maybe some stamped stitching on the front.  And a bear on the left hand panel inside.

Sorry the photos aren't great, its so dull in the mornings here at the moment and it doesn't make for good pictures.

Here is where the party is going on... inside with a pop of red, kraft and a smattering of green.  My bunting stamp from Skull & Crossbuns is always a welcome addition to add fun to any spaces.

I have a very fun, sunny, bright Tag Card for my first class at Crafts U Love
on 17th February.  I am thrilled this class sold out in 3 days!  And we've decided to run another date for this class which is Saturday 3rd March 

Call to book on the new date or watch out online for when its added over the next few days.  I look forward to seeing you there

The design of the card will be spring flowers and colourful.

Monday, January 22

NEEDLE FELTING - Ferdinand - Fox - The Makerss Monthly Kit Jan 2018

My first crafting this year was some Needle Felting.  I have found the whole being signed off work really hard.  I have felt guilty about being off and guilty about not earning money and it had a massive effect on my mojo.  Silly I know, but it has been hard.  So this past Saturday when Darren was fixing my car I decided to tell myself off and say "Don't be so silly, make something".  But what to make?

I had just before op had my Monthly Makers Kit delivered and decided Mr Fox would be my crafty cheer up.

Ferdinand was born on Saturday 20th Jan made
Fluff, Needle, Pipe cleaners & a whole lotta love.

Today I have started the badger from the kit.  Above you can see
the basics of what I used to make the Fox and Badger.

You can purchase the kit from 
and Pssst!  CAZ10 is good for 10% off your order!

Please Note : I am not affliated with The Makers, I do not get
anything for passing you onto them, just sharing
the needlefelted love :)

I will be back with the badger next, name to be decided once hes finished. 

Until next time 
Caz x

WAFFLE : Blog Tidy

I'm on my last couple of "sick" days after my Appendix surgery and I thought my blog has been a lot neglected lately, OK for ages!  So I thought that I would update the About Me Tag with correct ages and new photos and new blurb.  So if you are needing a good bedtime story to send you to sleep, have a look :)

Also thought well this blog is about what I love, at the moment I am sharing my love of crafts between Card making and Felt and I will be posting both to this one blog.  Maybe I need a rename?   Hmmm something to ponder.  I do run Facebook pages, Stamping Caz Designs so I could probably encompass all crafts under that name.  Besides, apart from Jo (Hi jo Bluefairy) I have such little interaction I am not actually sure anyone is reading this?!   :)

For those that subscribe, I will entitle my blog posts accordingly.  So if its Waffle, Needle Felt, Classes, or Card Making (or other if I think at a later date) I will label the post title so you can choose if you want to read or delete.

Talking Classes I am waiting for Crafts U Love to publish their list, I have given them many ideas so just waiting to see.

Also for local friends I am really really seriously thinking of local classes. Papercraft and Needle Felting.  So watch this space.

Enough waffle for now, I am just about to post a Needle Felting Post to show of my first make of 2018.


Friday, January 19

New Karen Burniston Dies

Hi Friends, sorry its been a while, I sadly missed a couple of the Paper Pros challenges due to illness. Its safe to say its been a poopy last few months with a short stay in hospital the end of October, A terrible cold from 27th December which has only really just finally gone and Appendicitis to finish it off!  I've not felt much up to crafting, in actual fact I have not even stepped foot in my palace since before Christmas.

I have however been looking at what is coming out, dreaming about all the stuff I want to buy! and this Karen Burniston 2018 release has certainly risen my interest in dusting off my big shot.

These are on pre order at Crafts U Love HERE and they have

You can see here introduction video

I am hoping to run classes on lots of these dies
at Crafts U Love.  I am just waiting for info from them as to which ones they want to run as I pretty much suggested them all!

I am still needle felting too and am loving my monthly dose from The Makerss and their monthly boxes.  This month is a fabulous Fox and Badger, these kits are totally doable for beginners, step by step photography and they are always available via Facebook group to advise if you get stuck.  The boxes are £17 a month £3 P&P, but Pssttt  I may have a little code... try Caz10 I think it will still work for orders.

Here is the link

This is the photo from their website

Next Month they have a 2d picture box.  I am very excited about that :)
BTW I am not affiliated with them, just a fan who is sharing the fluffy love! 

Tuesday, December 5

Tag Book Pop Up Card

Hi Friends
I am here with a birthday card that I needed to make and I could not wait to play with the Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop up die set and the Cat & Dog set (although I only made the cat in this instance).  Seems to be too long between cardmaking sessions and the dark and cold sometimes keep me out of the shed, but once I am in there I can hope to get the creative juices going.

I do have to mention the Tag Book is currently out of stock at Crafts U Love but it will be back, so sign up for product notifications on this item so you don't miss out on this item again as it flew out the first time.

Here is the outside the tag book and I kept it simple with a hand coloured calico type cat and a very old Penny Black wording stamp.
I used Distress Ink Pads and pencils to colour, adding highlights with my Uniball white pen 

Closer on the cat and I must say I did enjoy making up the cats.  Super simple assembly with just 2 pieces, one being the main cat and then the tummy piece that gets woven between the legs.  The die also includes the stencil feature to be able to create the really cute face.

Here is the inside when it is opened out and you can see the
card in all its glory spread out and dimensional, such fun!

Another close up shows the cat again (swoon), the fish bones,  paper clip and heart and the frame are all from the same set.  The cupcake and wrapper is from the cupcake set.

A beautiful ginger tabby, again the fun paperclip and heart add
a little "something" to the card.

All in all I am really pleased how this card came out.  Its a dream to assemble, really very simple, the accessory dies are just the perfect little touches that work well on this card but can also of course be used on an other cards and die sets.  You can watch Karen's Assembly video HERE

Karen Burniston and her Design Team have their monthly challenges
today so do check out her blog HERE.

I will be back next week with another card for the Monthly Paper Pros challenge so I do hope that come back to see that.

Tuesday, November 14

Paper Pros November Challenge - Winter Birthday Cards

Hi Bloggers, 
Today its Paper Pro's Challenge again and this months challenge is Winter Birthday card Karen Aicken Painted MtnCards.

I left it a bit late (as usual) and had a bit of a Mojo block, so I went real simple, and sometimes simple is good.

I used the Charm Accordion card from Karen Burniston
But I left out the charm part and just used a folded
piece of card behind to join the small panels.

And I decorated it with some cute Penny Black images, they
were sitting on a mushroom but I omitted that part
and added snow to make it "Wintery"

Talking Karen Burniston Dies, the NEW NEW NEW ones 
are on the Crafts U Love website to PRE ORDER
and they will be in stock VERY VERY SOON!


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