Tuesday, March 12

March Paper Pros challenge - Spring

Another month flown by and this month we have a lovely "Spring" challenge.  And I had my first play with the Oval Frames Pop Up.  

This die set is a real show stopper.  Folds flat and wow look at the dimension inside!



its also remarkably easy to assemble!  Don't believe me, check out 
Karen's assembly video


I used the Garden Charms die set to decorate the 2 outer ovals.  I placed
the tulip inside the flower pot and added the watering can to the other side.
These charm sets work so well for decorating with themes and you simply chop
the ring part off if using as a decoration as opposed to a hanging charm.

Happy Spring is the wording and I used Picked Raspberry to colour my white cut out.



And I used the New Penny Black stamp set called Critter Celebrations.  These
adorable mice just HAD to come home with me yesterday!

Please check out my pals on the Paper Pros team - we are a bunch of friends
who "met" through our love for Karen Burniston Products.  This is a relaxed
monthly challenge so not everyone will take place every month and others like me skid in by the seat of my pants right on deadline!!












Tuesday, January 8

January Paper Pros Challenge - Love

Happy New Year!  Can you believe another year gone in a flash and its the Paper Pros challenge today.  This months theme was chosen by me and its "Love".

Today I took the chance to be ultra organised and make this anniversary card, not needed until April!


I chose the Karen Burniston Explosion card for my mechanism. I love how the
sides open up to create a fabulous setting for any types of decoration. You can go to town decorating the sides or like I have I chose I busy paper which brings dimension and colour and frames the pop up perfectly to create a little "Stage" for my cute animals.

Where items are in stock I have tagged Crafts U Love.
If they are out of stock it might be possible to do a special order for them. You will have to give Crafts U Love a ring to find out.


Other items Used :


You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs, as this is a relaxed challenge some might not have joined in this month but check out their blogs anyway as they are a talented bunch.

Also check out the Karen Burniston pages very soon.  Apparently she has new designs in the pipeline that I am very excited to see.

I hope to run more Karen Burniston Classes at Crafts U Love this year, so hope to see you come along to one of those.








Tuesday, December 11

December Paper Pros challenge - Winter/New Years

Sandy Diller chose the theme this month and it is Winter/New Years.

I chose to make my card a winter/Christmas card as I haven't started my Christmas cards yet.  Yep, Not one!!  I really need to get a move on with it but I have a couple more things to do before I start.

For todays card I used the Evergreen Pivots for the main part of my card, and I do apologise for the blurry card, I didn't realise it was blurry until after I turned all my electric off to the shed and its really very cold out there today so the blur will have to do until I pop out there again.  The front the card isn't blurry, thank goodness.

All these dies are available from Crafts U Love (stock permitting - they have a FABULOUS SALE on today on Karen Burniston dies)  alternatively you can purchase from Karen Burniston directly at www.karenburniston.com


I used wow gold embossing powder for the wording to make it stand out.  And how adorable does the reindeer look?


Inside I used the Evergreen Pivot with some lovely Echo Park Gingham.
https://www.craftsulove.co.uk/paper-card/card-paper-packs/echo-park-autumn-gingham-6-x-6-paper-pad-25494.html

The brown snowflake paper was one left over from last years stash.

Check out the other ladies who are part of the Paper Pros team.  These challenges 
are just for fun so sometimes we dip out from taking part if we are too busy.  But I would recommend visiting their blogs anyway as they are so inspirational.



Right, I am off to defrost my toes :)  Until next time.










Tuesday, November 13

November Paper Pro's challenge

Its November?  Already? Wow these months fly.

I am here with my November card and this month the theme is Holiday/Christmas

There are so many designs to choose from in the KB Riley collection, so first task was to choose what dies.

My keyboard is really playing up today, so I will keep this post short. As when I type it either ignores what I type or adds 10 extra characters!


I had fun creating background with distress Oxide ink pads.  Then I chose the

You can get Karen Burniston dies from www.karenburnitston.com
or www.craftsulove.co.uk in the UK

I love this die set!  and it folds flat too.

Please check out the other Paper Pros for their inspirational cards.  Not all
are taking part today but their blogs worth a look anyway.

Tuesday, October 2

Paper Pros challenge October - Holiday Cards

Hi Friends
Its an early Paper Pros this month as the date next week clashed with something else for most of the other ladies, I admit it caught me out as I have been flat out with cards for the launch of Julie Hickey Designs Christmas collection on Hochanda and then the Crafts U Love Birthday event.  Been making cards like a woman possessed!  Therefore today snuck up on me, and I have to admit to using one of my samples from the Birthday Event for today's post.  That is fine though as it fits the bill perfectly.

Today's card is in the Christmas theme and I used one of my favourites in the New Karen Burniston range IN STOCK AT CRAFTS U LOVE.  The Frame Pull Pop up.  Which has been decorated using the Woodware Mousy Christmas stamp. 



This fantastic die can be decorated with dies, toppers and stamps and this
is the image that I used on the top.  I took the design and cut it into several separate mice and used this one on the front.


The inside when you pull the "Pull tab" is perfect to nestle this
cute cuddling couple and a cute little message.
** sorry about the messy photo for this "open" one.

Check out what the other Paper Pros are up to on their blogs

The Karen Burniston dies can be purchased from
Crafts U Love in the UK who ship worldwide or alternatively from 
Karen Burniston.com in the USA.


Tuesday, September 11

Paper Pros Challenge - Sept - Seeing Spots

Hi Friends,
Its the Paper Pros challenge today and I picked the theme  "seeing spots", making it quite an open challenge for people to make what they want, with what they want (including of course some Karen Burniston) but just add spots to it.

I decided to play with one of my newest Julie Hickey Design stamps and it is called "Garden Treasures".  I create a whimsical background of yellows and oranges with distress oxide ink pads and then added white pigment to create circles gently in the background and giving a "bokah" effect, where dots of light diffuse the colour.  The bee was from the "Beautiful Blooms" set.  This little bee is a firm favourite.

Inside is simple but effective, with the arm on the Spinner Square die set spinning down the sentiment on the arm.



Took advantage of my lovely plant outside to hold my card open.  This flower has the most amazing scent!

The Karen Burniston die can be purchased from the UK at This Link

Such a great die set as you can really make anything spin down behind and decorate the card however you want, with stamps, dies, toppers and whatever you like.  Such a versatile set.  

Crafts U Love have a new drop down when you order, if you have been inspired to order because of anything I have posted please choose the option DESIGN TEAM.  Not strictly Design Team but closest I suppose :) Thank you xx

Tuesday, September 4

Bee Happy Card

I got back from Butlin's yesterday, a weekend away with my Mum and the boys, it was lovely we had such a fun time and the weather was gorgeous.

When I got home and whilst the washing machine was going  I got my Julie Hickey Designs stamps out and had a little play.  It was nice just to make a card for no reason, other than the enjoyment.  I adore this little bee stamp and the little squiggle reminds me of a little "buzz" :)   The flowers from the Essential set Happy Birthday is my favourite too.


I don't know if you have seen the Julie Hickey Designs but they are fab! and lucky for me they are being distributed by Crafts U Love.  

I chose the Essential Sentiments Happy Birthday set and 
the Beautiful Blooms set.  IN STOCK! Click the link above to take you
to the page where you can see all the designs available.

Thursday, August 23

Floral Upsy Daisy

I was asked to make a card and was not sure what to use.  Would I choose the New Julie Hickey Designs from Crafts U Love?  Or would I choose the Karen Burniston die set? Then it dawned on me that I didn't have to choose which to use and I would simply use both!  The dies work effortlessly with the stamps to create and card that not only has the beauty of the stamps, but the sure genius of Karen Burniston's paper engineering. :)  


I love nothing more than to colour,  and I coloured these gorgeous designs using the
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a waterbrush.  I used the FABULOUSLY FLORAL stamp set
on Pre Order at Crafts U Love.   I also used the wording from the Essential Sentiments Happy Birthday set.  I decided I wanted my words separately so I snipped them apart with scissors a bit scary but I can choose to stamp them together in one line now or in two.

The image was stamped on the Karen Burniston Crosshatch Rectangles.   
Such a fabulous go to die set.  




For the inside I used the flower from the Happy Birthday Essential Set and masked it with a post it note to use other flowers together to form little bunches.
Other flowers used were from the Heartfelt Wishes   & Essential Sentiments Thank you set. 

Of course the inside has all the WOW that  Karen Burniston die set can inject into a card and I used the Upsy Daisy die set.   IN STOCK AT CRAFTS U LOVE.

There are many ways to use and decorate the Upsy Daisy.
  Check out Karen Burniston's blog   for more ideas where her amazing Design Team and herself work their magic.


I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Until next time!

Caz x



Tuesday, August 7

Special discount

Alongside my blog post today  There is a special discount at Crafts U Love on the KB Riley range.

Www.craftsulove.co.uk

Paper Pros challenge - August - Anything goes

Its the Paper Pros challenge today and my card today did double bubble and was my card for a work colleague Charlotte who's birthday was yesterday.  Charlotte loves all things girly, unicorn, Disney and Princesses so I thought I would go with a card fit for a princess by using the Circle Charm Pop up die set.  


I used some beautiful Bo Bunny papers from the Early Bird Collection.


I kept the inside really simple and just let the pretty Princess take centre stage.
I used a piece of acetate to sandwich between the centre piece to hold the heart.
There are various ways you can suspend things inside and indeed various ways to use this set  so check out all the ideas over on Karen Burniston's Blog and Facebook page.



Pretty Princess. added lots of glitter glue to her.

You can purchase all the dies I have used from 
Crafts U Love where they are IN STOCK along with lots of others

https://www.craftsulove.co.uk/die-cutting/karen-burniston/pre-order-karen-burniston-beach-charms-summer-die-set-24448.html

https://www.craftsulove.co.uk/die-cutting/karen-burniston/pre-order-karen-burniston-princess-and-mermaid-die-set.html



**IMPORTANT DESIGN TEAM NEEDED**

Karen wants to add 2 more people to her Design Team.
I had pondered re-applying but I don't really think I am worthy a place
due to my recent lack of blogging so I am leaving it to you to apply and
take part in this fabulous Design Team.  Being part of the KB team really was the cherry on top of my crafting highs and I will never forget it.  



Check out the other Paper Pros blogs to see what they have been up tolately and their Paper Pro's cards.












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

https://www.craftsulove.co.uk/classes/hopeful-for-spring-card-class-by-stamping-caz-24596.html

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 

customerservices@craftsulove.co.uk

 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 :

Outside

Inside

Misc



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