Thursday, 17 May 2018

Karen Burniston & Brutus Monroe Blog Hop PLUS a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog hop, where today I and the rest of Karen Burniston's Design Team are combining products from Karen Burniston and Brutus Monroe.

For my card, I used Karen's Spinner Square Pop-up die set along with Brutus Monroe's Butterfly Sentiments stamp set.
I wanted there to be a flurry of butterflies when the card opens, and Karen's moving arm mechanism really helps to achieve this.

Before I share some more details about the card, let me point you in the direction of Karen Burniston and the rest of her Design Team - they are a wonderful bunch of women, and I love being associated with them - they are also rather talented (I hope you can you spot my British understatedness there!!), so please do visit their blogs! Here's the line-up:

Also, we are each giving away a fantastic Karen Burniston die set! Mine will be the Spinner Square Pop-up set which I used to make this card. Check out the rest of the Design Team's blogs, to see which sets they are giving away!

To be in with a chance of winning the Spinner Square Pop-up, just leave a comment on this blog post before Thursday 24th May, and I will use a random generator to pick a winner. I'll let you know who that is next Thursday, and get in touch with you. Just to make me smile, in your comment will you tell me one thing that made you smile this week! I'm making more of an effort to try and enjoy the little things!

OK, a bit more about my card...

I used papers from Carta Bella's 'Flora No.1' 6x6 pad, and, with dies from the Spinner Square Pop-up die set, cut a square window in the card front, and all the layered squares which sit on the pop-up part.
I stamped the Brutus Monroe Butterflies with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform, then coloured them with Copic markets, and cut them out by hand.
I used flowers and leaves from Karen's Flowers and Bee die set for the layered velum flowers.

Here's one of my not-very-good-one-handed videos to try and show you the movement of card's mechanism!

For the sentiment I used a calligraphy dip pen and white ink.

I covered the window in the front of the card with clear acetate, then added a border of patterned paper. I used Karen's brand new Crosshatch Squares die set (in stock at the end of this month), to cut the outer square of the frame, which gave it the lovely patterned embossed detail.

Well I really hope you liked seeing my card, and I encourage you to visit the next blog in our hop, which belongs to the very lovely Fran Sabad!

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Karen Burniston Spring 2018 Release Sneak Peek!! Circle Charm Pop-Up Birthday Card

I am really excited for Karen Burniston's new Spring 2018 Release - it's full of such fantastic dies!!
And, yes, I have a sneak peek from it for you today!

My card uses Karen's new 'Circle Charm Pop-Up' die set, which creates a wonderful window in the card front, with a pivoting panel, which attaches to a central floating circle frame. The set comes with a load of lovely decorator dies, including the butterfly I used in the central floating circle.
It's a fantastic generic die set, which can be used for all occasions! So many design possibilities!

The new dies when ordered from the website, will be shipped the end of May.

Also, if you check back on my blog this Thursday (17th May), I will be participating in a blog hop in collaboration with Karen Burniston and Brutus Monroe, and have a Karen Burniston die set to give away - as will each of Karen's Design Team! Do join us!

Back to the card - for the centre panel, I added a circle of clear acetate for the butterfly to adhere to.

You can see the mechanism better in this shot below, and also see the multiple flower (using the 'Flowers and Bee' die set) and butterfly layers, which I cut from pink velum.
The stamp is from Reverse Confetti.

The front panel pivots round so that it is on display when the card closes.

I'll have some more cards made with Karen's Spring 2018 collection later this week!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Karen Burniston's 'Paradise' Design Team Challenge - Palm Tree Pop-Up Card

 It's Karen Burniston's Design Team Challenge day, with the delightful theme of 'Paradise'! Even the weather is co-operating today too - it's gorgeous!
I had an idea in mind for this card, of a curving beach line with some staggered palm trees, but I didn't anticipate the slightly funky patterns or the bunting in the trees!

I used Karen Burniston's Palm Tree Pop-up die set for the tree mechanisms. It's really simple to use but looks so effective in action!

I strung bunting flags on twine between the two trees and in the front tree.

The labels are from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set, with a Tim Holtz stamp for the sentiment. I used sunshine dies and wave border dies from the Tropical Scene set.

The patterned papers are from a variety of older American Craft pads.

 I designed the card so that the top smaller flap folds down, then the front of the card folds up. I had to leave enough space in between the trees to allow for them to fold down.

The card front (with more dies from the Katherine Label Pop-up and Tropical Scene die sets). You can see some leaves peeking out, but I don't really mind!

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Monday, 30 April 2018

98th Male Birthday Cake Pop-Up Card

I made this card today for a very special man from my church where I grew up. He shares the same birthday as me, and this Wednesday he will be 98!! He's still sprightly and cheerful, and whenever I visit my old church, he's always at the door shaking hands with every person who comes in!

For the card base I used Karen Burniston's brilliant Cake Pop-up die set, which includes the scalloped trims.
I used Karen Burniston's Numbers set for the cake topper.

I cut a circle from patterned paper to decorate the floor of the card, and used a slightly smaller circle die to create the gold circle rim.
The Happy Birthday is also by Karen Burniston.

The card front is just a very simple design with room for a message.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up & Reverse Confetti Blooms 'N Buds Thank You Card

A friend of mine from church recently gave me a couple of beautiful tins of coloured pencils, and I made this Thanks card for her. 
I'd bought Reverse Confetti's 'Blooms 'n Buds' stamp set ages ago, but the matching dies have been out of stock till just recently. I bought a set this week, and so yesterday die cut and stamped loads of flowers. I thought Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop-up die set would showcase the flowers nicely.

 After using tape runner to put patterned paper panels inside the card, I used a square die from the set to cut a window in the front of the card.
I put a large square on the pop-up part of the card, and decorated this with a sentiment and flowers.
You can see a bit better in the photo below some of the flower layers. I attached one flower to the back of the card, then some more to the spinning arm, which moves when the card opens/closes.

I made a patterned paper frame for the front of the card, and added more flowers.
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches' 'Sentiment Sampler' stamp set, and the little scalloped square die comes with the Spinner Square Pop-up set.
All the inks are from Stampin' Up.

I used my rather rubbish, one-handed videoing skills to show you how the card moves!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Twist Panel Pop-Up One Year Missionary Card

Our lovely daughter Lucy is a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in two days time she'll have done one year of her 18 month mission! I had a package ready to send her this afternoon, and wanted to make a quick-ish card to include with it.

I miss her incredibly, but to say she is happy and loving mission life is an understatement!

For her card I used Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up die set. All the mechanism pieces are included in the set, plus the panel layers, bunting flags and pop-up heart.

The mechanism folding down, as the card closes.

I used Concord & 9th's 'All About You' die set to decorate the first two panels, letters from Sizzix's Thinlits 'Paper Cuts Alphabet' for the third, and a stamp from Flora and Fauna's 'Birthday' set for the last panel.
The scalloped trim was made with a die from Sizzix's Triple Circle Flip-its die set.
The large number 1, and Anniversary banner are from Stampin' Up's 'Number of Years' and 'Large Numbers' sets.

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Pop-Up Quilt Birthday Card (Karen Burniston/Cricut/Echo Park)

 It was my friend Donna's birthday yesterday - we both love our crafting, and are going through a quilting phase at the moment, plus Donna just started a job in a fabric shop - so I thought a quilt themed card would be appropriate!
For the pop-up platform, I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set, then cut the quilt square and thread with Cricut's Country Life cartridge, and a Stampin' Up heart punch.

I added a string of bunting, using flag dies from Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up set. I love the little stitch detailing on them!

The sentiment was cut with the gorgeous 'Happy Birthday Word' die set from Echo Park.
I then added some flowers from Karen Burniston's Flowers and Bee die set, with Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centres.

The outside of the card just has some cardstock layers, and another little string of bunting.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Charm Accordion Cupcake Birthday Card

The challenge this month for Karen Burniston's Design Team is 'Hip to be Square'!
I decided that I'd like to use the Charm Accordion die set, and cut a square window in each panel.
I used Crate Paper's 'Bloom' 6x6 pad for all the patterned papers.

I used dies from the Spinner Square Pop-up die set to create the little scalloped frames for the windows, and for the windows themselves.
The words are from Word Set 2: Birthday die set, and I glued them with glue in a Fineline Applicator onto clear acetate panels which I adhered to the back of each window.
I used little cupcake charms from the Birthday Charms die set, with glitter cardstock icing, to hang in each of the smaller frames.

For the larger cupcakes, I used dies from the Cupcake Pop-up die set, and candles from the Cake Pop-up die set, which I shortened a bit. I used adhesive foam pads to stick them to the acetate panels.

The front of the card follows the same theme.

I love the size of cards the Charm Accordion die set creates! They are so dinky and cute!!

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Cupcake Pop-Up Birthday Card

It's my friends' daughter's birthday this week, and I made this card for her using Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up die set.

I used Karen's Happy Birthday die, and Numbers die set, plus Sizzix's Thinlits Paper Cuts Alphabet.
The scalloped edges were made with Tim Holtz's Sizzix On the Edge Scallops die.

For the card front I just layered papers, with space for a message. I used the Birthday Charms die set for a little cupcake in the corner.

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