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!

Tuesday, October 10

Paper Pros - October Challenge - Holiday Cards

Hello, I am here for this months Paper Pros challenge.  

This months theme was Holiday Cards and I decided it was about time I played with the Karen Burniston House & Fence Pop up.  I teamed it up with a few other elements from the Holiday Charms.  (I will link below)

The main house and the ingenious Floating floor all comes
in one set and this Floating Floor can be used to stage so many elements and of course they can be anything, not only Karen Burniston Dies.

I love all the elements in this set, the windows and shutters, the wreaths, tiny heart and look at those cobble stones!  I used the stencil feature to decorate the house and decided to keep it all quite pale with 
pops of green and red.

The house looks adorable crafted as Halloween and
also as every day.  I will pop a couple of my favourite cards below made
by Karen Burniston using her die sets.

So gorgeous as a summery house!

And so much spooky fun on this version!

Some of the team are not able to join in today but why not stop by their
blog anyway as I am sure there is always beautiful
stuff posted.

Thursday, September 21

Sleeping squirrel Needle Felt

Yesterday I made my first sleepy squirrel.  I followed a video tutorial by serafina fibre art.   Mid way through project I hit the "oh no it's rubbish" stage which most of my felties reach.   But I carried on and pleased to say I was happy at the end.

I love this craft.  Just need more time!   It's very frustrating ATM. 

Beautiful Butterflies

Today I'm here with last weeks Create and Take.   I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Bugs and Butterflies clear stamp set and the Marianne Designs Heart Embossing Folder. 

All items from Crafts U Love

Friday, September 15

Bargains on eBay

Pls check out my eBay link on side of blog for some poppy stamps bargains.

Tuesday, September 12

Felted Woodland Whimsies (photo heavy)

You may recall I started needle felting in December, just after Christmas and its fair to say I have fallen head over heels for this new to me craft.

I have been having an amazing time playing, learning and generally collecting and loving the fluff!

Below I will show off some of my recent makes and I warn you there might be quiet a few!  This is not replacing my Paper Crafting, and I do hope I don't loose too many likers, but hey, I might gain a few too.

Anyone want to get into Needle Felting I would Highly recommend a company called The Makerss at    Their range of Wool and accessories are fabulous, they are friendly and fast.  I only share this information as when you start a new hobby it can be hard to know where to start, and yes you make the wrong choices along the way, but I truely think with The Makerss you will miss this out and just get the best.

Type in CAZ10 for a super duper 10% off, this is my own "Friends of Caz" code, how lucky am I? :)  

Bandit is my first Blue Tit that I made.  This was made
using my Monthly Kit from the Makerss.  This kit includes the
legs, eyes, wool and instructions the link is HERE

Here is a mouse that I called Mrs Jangles, she was coming on holiday
with us to Spain and I also made her using a monthly kit :)

This mouse was a present made for a work colleagues birthday.
It was very hard to part with this little guy!.

This is Bobbin, my first Robin, made using my 
Monthly Makers Kit.

Chip, my cookie loving mouse.  These mice are
super addictive to make and over the summer holidays I had
2 friends round over different days to make their very first creations.  It
was great fun and I would love to improve and eventually teach this locally.

This was my first Fairy that I made in Spain, 
again using the instructions and kit from The Makerss.

Fig was made in Spain and sat under the Fig Tree.

Three little mice!  Part of the fun is working out what
props you are going to give them.

This was Septembers kit!  I am so excited for next 
months kit as it is Hedgehogs and Toadstools.

In Spain I mas missing Milo, so I made a mini one!

Mr Jangles Turned up (was made) in Spain too!

This is the Professor that I made for my Uncle.

And lastly a pug that I made for a work colleague who was leaving :(

There are more, but I thought I had better stop.

Right, its a busy day today, my day off, but much to do.
Create and Take card needs to be made now.  

Paper Pros September

Hi Friends
Its been a long time!  I apologise for that, I have been busy and  making the card for work, I have been needle felting and making Pop up cards for my classes coming up at Crafts U Love but just not posted on here. 

Whilst my time with the Karen Burniston Design team has ended, I am still part of the Paper Pros team, which is a group of crafters who met on the Karen Burniston DT, we love her designs, and whilst using her dies as a starter point, we are of course allowed to add in anything we want as its a "Just for Fun" challenge.

That said, I did in fact only use Karen's new collection for this card.  The theme was HALLOWEEN and I was dying to play with the new designs.

The new dies are either IN STOCK or ON PRE ORDER
at Crafts U Love.  

And here is the main part of my card as a whole.

I used the Floating Floor that is part of the House Die set
to mount my Halloween Scene on, from that same die set I cut
the spooky Branch and Spider web.
I then further decorated with the 
Pumpkin, BOO!, Ghosts and  Hand from the Halloween Elements.

As usual Karen Burniston has all these fantastic dies on her website
and she also has fabulous videos for all of these dies too.

Until next time!  I might actually post a Needle Felt post now.  Whilst I am in a blogging mood.

Friday, August 11

Karen Burniston - Kb Riley - Twist Panel

Today I am back with another card from demo.  The boys have stolen the mouse off the PC so trying to post this post from my phone.  So I'll keep it short and cross my fingers it actually works.

On the front I made use of the flags that come with the twist panel set and added wording from the words set, keeping the front simple as a leaf into the main display on the inside.

Inside I used the adorable animals and also so of the birthday charms and the cupcake too.

You can purchase these from or

Apologies its short and not linking directly, I'll have to sort a mouse out soon.

Wednesday, August 9

Karen Burniston, KB Riley - Charm Accordion Card

I recently had a lovely day demonstrating the Fabulous designs from Karen Burniston - KB Riley at Crafts U Love.  I will over the next few days show you what I made.

This first card shows off the Charm Accordion Die, and this card has been made with a single base cut to create the main card.  It makes the most adorable small card, which you can add further pages to to create much longer ones.

I have used the Charm Accordion
and decorated with the Woodland Animals 
these new Animal dies from  Karen are ultra cute! and easy to assemble, from the one set you can create 3 animals, this set is Fox, Raccoon and Squirrel.

and finally Natures Edges

as well as Crafts U Love in the UK these can be purchased from 

I will be back tomorrow with another card.

Tuesday, August 8

Paper Pros August Challenge

August already?  Where does time go?  I am here with the Paper Pros challenge and this month the challenge was "Monochrome" cards and this was picked by Frances.

 Paper Pros challenges are a group of crafty friends, (formerly Karen Burniston's Design Team) who decided that even though we disbanded the old Design Team we wanted to challenge each other and to get creating.  They are no pressure, join in if you want to, and whilst I do try and join in, last month with Caiden leaving primary school it was just too hard so I missed out.

Here is my card for this month and I am using the Katherine Label Pop up die for the card and the MFT Sow Much Cuteness stamp set.

Here on the front you can see that I used the Label shape from that
Katherine die set.  Teamed up with the large flowers from the Flower Pot set.

Here is the inside and the animate label pops upwards when you open the card.  This can animate all sorts of stamps and dies.  And I just adored this piggy.

Here are the links to the Paper Pro's
Some will be taking part and some won'y but stop by their blog anyway.


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