Monday, January 27

Happy Birthday Sue

It's my Sister In Law Sues birthday today and of course I am so enjoying the Karen Burniston dies so much I made her a card using the circle accordion card and the Square with circle frame edges dies.

For heaps more Karen Burniston inspiration check out the links on the left of the blog for all my other Fellow designers.

I used some old paper from my very small paper stash and 
I also used some lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs dies
Happy Birthday
Flower Set one

for the greenery I used the Grass Punch from Woodware

from the UK you can get these dies from Crafts U Love

Friday, January 24

A New Home Card - Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Designs Dies

Hello Crafty Friends,
Its been a busy week with not much crafting,  but here I am with a card that I have been working on, on and off for the past week!  It's taken me that long!! LOL

My work friend was moving into her new home this past weekend and I had to make her a card.

Here is the front, very understated and not and hint of what may be inside.

I have used one of the decorator dies from the KATIE LABEL PIVOT DIE
and a sentiment I have had for a long time.
For the inside I really went to town with lots of different Elizabeth Dies.
The Tree and clouds were made using the All season Tree
The bunting was from Lots of Pops set
The grass was from the Garden Bench
I also used the Agatha Edges die to shape the ends of the card
and the house was one of Karen's older Sizzix Dies Thinlets HOUSE set ** Low stock and almost sold out everywhere!
All items can be purchased in the UK from Crafts U Love
The Elizabeth Dies are on pre order at the moment but are winging there
way to Crafts U Love as I type this.  So will be in stock next week!
Right, had better get back to my lunch break, no peace for the wicked.
Caz xx

Monday, January 20

Oval Accordion and Oval Flourish Frame Edges

Today's card is another cracking die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Karen Burniston.  This one is the Oval Accordion Die.  These dies are wafer thin and will work in all the major die cutting machines and you can pre-order these from Crafts U Love.  Follow the links below.

I have cut the die three times to give myself a tri fold card this time,  
You can make it from 2 upwards and it always ends up a talking point
among your crafty and non crafty friends who will all want to know just how you made it.

I have decorated the pages with some very cute Paper Smooches designs.
These ones are called Nine Lives and you can purchase those HERE

I am entering this into the Paper Smooches Everything Goes Challenge

The papers used are Canvas Corp Cat and you can get those HERE

I will be back soon with some more inspiration.  Today is my day off, I have done lots of housework and am rewarding myself with a hour or two in my Crafty Palace.

Caz xx

PS have you checked out the links to the left of all the other members of Karen's Designer Challenges?

Sunday, January 19

Circle Accordion and Square with Circle Frame Edges

Happy Sunday!

Todays card I used the Circle Accordion and Square with Circle Frame Edges to create this fun and cute card. I LOVE LOVE the Accordion cards, well truth be known I love love all the Karen B stuff.  There is the look of something much more complicated with the simplicity of them to use, I love that.  Real WOW cards even if you keep them really simple like I have.  The most work I had to do was cutting all the edge pieces but I didn't  need to cut them all, but I was enjoying playing mix and match with the different designs.

I have taken a few pictures so you can understand how these
cards look and work, its hard to get something so dimensional over
on a photograph.

The cute mice are from a Penny Black set called Critters in love"

The flowers on the inside are by Paper Smooches

And of course the Accordion card is Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs
all the items used are available from Crafts U Love in the UK
apart from the wording which is an old discontinued stamp.

Image is coloured with Distress Inks

Thanks for popping by


Caz xx

Thursday, January 16

Karen Burniston NEW Elizabeth Designs Dies

I am very lucky to be part of Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge group and even luckier to have received the collection for me to join in all the challenges .  They arrived Tuesday, or at least would have if the postman would have left them with a neighbour, but they decided to take them back to the Post Office for the night. This on top of the night with no sleep with my little Milo sick made me a very sad girl.  But Wednesday morning 7am I was second in line at the collection office and almost skipped down the road with my little box in hand :)

If you have not seen the new collection you can see them all HERE  They are available end January and you can pre order from Crafts U Love.

Now the first one I have used is the beautiful Heart Pivot Die.  This is a wafer thin die, this whole collection is and the whole collection of Pivot, accordions and Pop It Up! dies fit nicely in a small space. Amazing! I love it.

This is the whole collection!!  That is over 70 dies in this pile.  Can you imagine the space that the old format dies would have taken up?? 

Your dies will come packaged in Elizabeth Craft Designs packaging but mine
a pre release samples were un-packaged and I put mine in these wallets to keep them safe.

So onto my first card.  As soon as I saw the Heart Pivot I thought it would work
wonderfully with my new Woodware Key Bear stamp.

Along with the Heart Pivot I used the Agatha Edges.  I love this set too.  A lovely set of three edges, two that actually cut the card and one beautiful flourish..  The BEST thing about the Pivots are that you can use them on any size card.  Long, square, short, rectangle.  As long as it actually fits you can use it.  They honestly are soooooo easy!

Here is the inside.  I have stamped the bottom of the card with a
love heart stamp. And you can just about make out that I have added the key from the
Heart Pivot set too.

Sorry for the quality of the Photos, my phone has died and these
were taken on the web cam, I had hoped it might be ok for me to use 
instead of camera or phone but I don't think the quality is good enough.

I had hoped to get another card made tonight but I had a bunting order to finish so I just ended up finishing this one that I started last night.

Until next time xx very soon 

Caz x

Friday, January 10

My first cards of 2014

I really am going to try to blog more and share more cards with you.  It looks like I made almost no cards last year but in truth I made a lot more but it seems easier to just pop them on my facebook account and it takes time to save and share on here but I am going to try and do that.
So in a start on trying to share more here are a few cards I have made lately.

This Penny Black card was made for Crafts U Love for their weekly Create and Take.  Now at work we are mega mega busy and didn't have time to make a card at work so I said I would make it this week but it had to be sometime I could make easy and in my style so of course I had to use Penny Black.  You can get full details of what I used on their blog. 

Here I have used the same kitty on a bag that I made using the 
We R Memory Keeper Gift Bag Punch Board

Next are a couple of Accordion cards that I made for birthdays, The first up is
the card I made for my niece Danielle who was 19.

I used the Cottage Cutz Mr Snuggle bear for the main image.
I love this bear as his arms are separate so you can post him holding

Another accordion card, this one is for one
of my boys friends birthdays.

On this one the main images are from

The amazing accordion die is from Karen Burniston
This one is from her Sizzix line.  She has 3 more amazing accordion 
designs coming out in a couple short weeks.  Crafts U Love will be 
putting pre orders on their website soon for any pre orders.

That's all I have to share right now.  I am eagerly waiting my Designer Challenge
dies so I can get playing with the Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs and I can't wait to share with you all what I make :)

Wednesday, January 1

Three New Accordion Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

The Accordion Album is one of Karen Burniston's most popular designs and I'm excited to introduce three new shapes - a circle, an oval and a fancy label. Plus, all of the new die sets will come with the accessory dies included.  Optional add-on purchases are the mitered decorator frames and you can see how those work in the preview Video.


I love the accordion dies, time after time I grab this as my starting point for cards, its a WOW card that is for sure, with very little effort.

     The Oval Accordion and two different  decoration sets

Accordion Fancy Label & Decorator Set

Accordion Circle and Decoration set

These dies will be available from third week January and 
in the UK you can get yours from Crafts U Love at
I will let you know when they are due to be on-line :)
but you'll have to get behind me in the queue!! LOL

Little Boxes and Happy New Year!

Firstly let me wish you all a fabulous 2014.   2013 had been quiet a good year for us, nothing too bad happened.  Mostly happy and mostly healthy.  Lots of wonderful memories with my boys and family.  Now I am not going to promise anything but I hope that I will blog a lot more this year than last.  Unfortunately time being in short supply I tend to pop my bits on Facebook and forget to share with you all on here.  

Since I finished work before Christmas I had grand crafting plans... non of which really came to anything. Only thing I have really made is a stack of boxes using my Christmas pressie, the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board.  Phew that is a mouthful.

Here are the boxes I have made.  One of each size printed on the board.  Not decorated, just made the basic box.  And I will be demonstrating the whole WRMK Punch Board range at Crafts U Love sometime in the future.  I will let you know when we get the date settled.

The one above shows you all the boxes listed on the punch board
you can make other sizes which I am trying to work out.  I have managed two
other sizes so far.

This one shows you a picture of some of the stuff the other boards make.
There are 5 boards in total.

You can order yours from UK Crafts U Love HERE
they are on special offer of any 2 for £30
there is free postage until Midnight Thursday 2nd Jan


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