Monday, May 18

Grab a bargain

I'm having a crafty clear out  ☺😊 ending soon

Tuesday, May 12

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 2 - Brownie Card

I am back with my official challenge card. the card I shared this morning was a card made "Just for fun" but this one fits the bill and includes the barn.

I've used the Chalkboard Greetings stamps on the front and gone to town on the inside with "Brownie" looking less brown in this card but a spotted black and white and the barn in pretty pastel shades.

The dandelions in the picture are real ones that I picked as they looked so sunny!

Simple front with some punched daisies.

Tomorrow Karen Burniston will post her post over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and I will come back and post the link tomorrow.

I've had a lovely day today... My birthday has been very special with friends and family and lots of birthday wishes.

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 2

I'm back with another card.  This isn't my actual challenge  card but kids currently  hogging  pc with challenge  card so might need to post that card later today.

In the meantime I had a Virgil the Pig hanging about that needed making  into something  and I made this simple card. And it's flat too which makes a change  for my kb cards.

I used the pitchfork from the hey there set and the fantastic new stamps too.

I'll be back later with my proper challenge  card.  Have a great day. 

Caz x

Monday, May 11

Karen Burniston May Designer Challenge Day 1

Gosh, time does fly doesn't it and I didn't it was even realise it was due until I saw Frances fantastic card pop up on my newsfeed on Facebook.  Frances' Amazing Card HERE!

It's time for our May Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This time around the theme for our challenge is BARNS, BARNS, BARNS - Time to show off the new Collins dies with a designer challenge in their honor. The only requirement is that you use the new Barn Pop Stand die. You do not have to use it with the enclosed Pop Stand (if, for instance, you prefer using the barn on a card front or on one of the other PIU dies) and you do not have to style it as a barn.

Elizabeth Craft Designs release a small collection for a show called Collins and aren't we lucky!!  The dies are due in stock any time now and I am so excited to share this with you.  Slightly different this time as I didn't have full access to the collection so therefore I got one already cut and pieced animal to use, so maybe (most probably) my cards might have been different had I had full reign of the dies, but that's not to say I haven't fallen in love totally with Virgil the Pig, Cheepers the Chicken and Brownie the Cow.  I once I get the dies I will be able to create a whole herd of farm yard fun!

First up I have used Cheepers and the Pop Stand Barn die
to create this fun "Chicken Shack".
Long standing readers (if there are any) will recognise the Chicken Shack
from what used to be my small On-line Craft Store.  Aww those were the days!

I have also used the NEW Branches with leaves peel off - Elizabeth Craft Designs
A very old rubber stamp of a piece of chicken wire was used too (Inky Antics)

The front of the card uses the NEW Karen Burniston Farm Greetings Stamp set.
And again a blast from my Chicken Shack Crafts Days my designed stamp of chicken feet were perfect!

I will be back with another card for the challenge, maybe later or tomorrow if I can manage to make a third card I will post the second later today :)

All dies should be hitting stores very soon and Crafts U Love in the UK should have
those in stock as well.

DON'T FORGET, CHECK THE LINKS TO THE LEFT for all the other amazing samples
by the team :) 

Thursday, May 7

Bunting in a minute

You all know I love a gadget and I love bunting too so when I saw the New We R Memory Keepers Banner Board it was a match made in heaven.

It takes just a little  bit if pre cutting  you card to rectangles or squares and then a few slices in the board and your done. It really is simple. 

They are in stock at Crafts  U Love.

Tuesday, May 5

Card round up

I admit to sharing all my cards and creations on Facebook and forgetting my blog so I have a couple to share in this post today.

First up is last weeks Create and Take at Crafts U Love
I used the Stampendous Angel Fish stamp for this one.
I can't tell you how much I struggled with this card.  I made a variation that just
did not work and nearly drove myself nuts getting it right.  I am pleased to say
in the end it turned out ok and the ladies at Create and Take brought all
the stamps and embossing folders so I guess it was a thumbs up from them too.

This card is my Pop it Ups Wednesday over at Elizabeth Craft Designs.
You can check out my info HERE and the blog HERE

This one was a card I made for one of Harvey's friends.
Boys cards are always tricky and now they are getting older it is
getting even harder.  I used the Dienamics Headphones for this one.

And lastly this was the week before's Create and take and this one
was made using Taylored Expressions Stamps, Die and Embossing Folder too.

All items from Crafts U Love

I will try and post more to here. And I hope you have liked these cards.

I'm off to the shed to play with the NEW We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch boards.
You know how much I like to use the boards and how much I like bunting too.  Match made in heaven.  I will post my results later.


Tuesday, April 14

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Accordions with friends :)

I am back today to link to my friend Suzie Q's blog

Suzie Q has made this ADORABLE Buster and Whiskers card :)

But you'll have to click on over to her blog to see the whole card. 

Thanks for playing Suzie  xx  MWAH!

And thanks blog friends for stopping by again xx

Monday, April 13

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - April DC Team and FRIENDS

This months challenge is a little different in that all the DC team were offered the chance to pick a friend to be our blogging companion for this month.  The brief was "Accordion Cards" and we could use any accordion we wanted to.  Our "friend" could chose which accordion they wanted to use as well.

This for me was a "No  Brainer".  I chose my friend Suzie Q who I work with at Crafts U Love. Suzie makes lovely cards but unfortunately has suffered from lack of time and lack of mojo, I hoped in that choosing Suzie she might find her mojo and believe me she has!! I have seen her card and it is lovely.  Typical Suzie Q style... Kraft and cute!   

On a personal note Suzie is like a ray of sunshine!  she makes me laugh, but she is a loyal friend and don't take no shizzle!  (can I say that - I guess I have LOL)   Shes told me not to "big up" her card, she feels its not anything fantabulous, but I disagree. I love it and you will get the chance to see it tomorrow on her blog at    - she'll tell me off now I am sure :)

So now onto my card.  I have an admission to make.  I have been so busy making cards for my demo at Crafts U Love this past Saturday that last night was the first time that I got to even think about what I was going to do and I don't know why but I knew I wanted to make "Dutch" the fox and I knew I wanted to make her look like she was sleeping.  I have a few Fox stamps that are sleeping and they are so cute, a couple of dies too and I knew with a little tweaking I could make this work.

I cut the shadow of Dutch out using some lovely orangey card.  I trimmed off parts and slimmed down parts too.  I cut a top layer of Dutch from the same card and used the head and legs to decorate.  I cut the decorative trims with white card and added them where they looked best, I used a black pen to add sleeping eyes, the nose and leg parts.  I used a pencil and ink pad in same sort of shade to add shading and definition to the parts and assembled together.

I put this onto the Circle Accordion, an oldie but a goodie!  Some gorgeous Happy Paper was cut using the Square with Circle frame edges.  I used the branches, Flowers and clouds from the All Season Tree.  I love to use the tree foliage "puffs" as clouds and use them, a lot!

The inside pages are a bit simpler in that I used a computer generated phrase for the middle section and I used the Honey Bear that was cut as usual but just inked and coloured and also given the "sleepy eyes" look.

You can use these words if you want as I have saved as a JPG

And here is the final panel with the sleeping Honey.

I will be back tomorrow to post the link again to Suzie Blog, she will post her's tomorrow and the DT will be posting their posts or their guests will be post there posts starting today Monday and tomorrow Tuesday so keep an eye on the side bar on the left for all the links.

Thank you for popping by today and I hope you enjoyed the card and the new look Dutch!

All items from Crafts U Love. 

Monday, April 6

Happy Birthday Buster

A break from the glitter prep today I made this fun card using the Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs Buster card.  Buster is looking over the the Susan Tierney Cockburn fence die which is also an Elizabeth Craft Designs die to wish someone a Happy Birthday.

Just a quick posting tonight, got a bit of a headache and I need to get
back to my glitter cards for my demonstration next Saturday at the 
Crafts U Love Spring Demo event.

Friday, March 27

Missing it, times two.

We've all done it.  Moaned about the school activities like book day or Easter bonnet but truth be known we'll miss it once it's gone. Once the kids leave primary there's  no more of that "fun" stuff. Replaced quickly with homework time tables  and hormones!

I loved Caiden's bonnet  this morning and I missed Harveys.  That's not to say having them grow up is all  bad. Just different in a non fluffy chick kinda way.

Tuesday, March 24

Make 'em laugh part 2

Today's card is the second for my Make 'em Laugh challenge for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team and last time I post I said I didn't have a clue what I was going to do.  However, I do have a fair few cards I need to make at the moment so I wanted to make sure it was a card that I could use.  I chose to use the Funny card for a card for one of Harveys school friends who is having a party this Friday (inset).  Myself and my good friend Suzie Q (who got  frantic phone message - I need your help, my brain has stopped working) and we tried to think of a funny card suitable for a 12 year old boy.   Suzie mentioned frog and from there I used the trusty google to give me a helping hand... I saw this picture......

And it immediately made me laugh... and thus my card was born!!

Meet Gangnam Hoppy!

If I were to make it again I would use the background layer for Hoppy's legs and arms to make 
them stand out a bit more.  But all in all I am very happy with it and I hope that Harvey's friend
might smile on opening it.

Items Used :

Hoppy -  Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs
Props - Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs
Lorna Label Pop it up- Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy from the Happy Birthday Pop it up

Gingham -  Lawn Fawn Rubber stamp set

All items from Crafts U Love 

Monday, March 23

March Karen Burniston Designer Challenge

I am back with another Karen Burniston Designer Challenge and this months challenge is "Make 'em Laugh! - Funny cards for any theme"

I chose Buster and the Rectangle Pull card for my main images and decided that I would put the main words inside and not use the spinner part.

I imagined what the mind of a dog would think and decided on this funny "What if" pondering....

I cut Buster from the cream card and used a dark paper on top to make him stand out.  Some mismatched googly eyes and some markings with a white chalk pen and I was pleased with how Buster turned out.

I used Buster from Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rectangle Pull Card from Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper is Kaisercraft Furry Friends Collection
Alphabet from Elizabeth Craft Designs
Sparkly Dots from DOcrafts/Papermania

All from Crafts U Love 

The inside I show off the "funny" and I won't explain it... I hope you can "get" the joke!!

I will be back tomorrow with another funny card... what that will be is as much as surprise to me
as it will be you as I haven't made it yet!

Hope you have a lovely Monday. One of the best days of the week for me :)

Caz x


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