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Friday 13 December 2013

It's a wrap...

I used Karen Burniston's decorative strip trellis and chevron dies as well as her banners and border thinlits dies to christmasify these gifts.The label is from Karens gift card holder thinlits set.
I found this great bow die by Robert Addams at He has some fantastic dies that I'm looking forward to purchasing after Christmas.

Saturday 7 December 2013

Wavy framelit Christmas card...

My friend asked to to make her 18 or so Christmas photo holder cards to send to her relatives. I used one of Karen Burniston's wavy framelits to make the hole for the photo to be displayed.
As I had 18 label sized card pieces left I made them all into Christmas cards. I'm not sure you can make it out in this photo but each one is subtley different.
I used different embossing folders and two different word dies.
Seasons greetings....


Monday 2 December 2013

Butterfly window pop n cut card...

Designer challenge time where did that month go!?! This months designer challenge was for each of us to choose a different pop n cut die from Karen Burniston's collection. This card was inspired from my Christmas greetings window die card. I used Karen Burniston's butterfly window die as well as her flagpole and bunting die which has always been and always will be one of my favourite dies.

As with the Christmas greetings card I arranged the bunting so that there were two different messages depending on whether you wanted to display the card open or closed.

I made this for a friend to give to one of her charges, she asked me to write the sentiment as she didn't want to make a mistake when writing it and ruin the card. This gave me a light bulb moment to create a removable panel to write on. This allowed her to write and rewrite her message on a plan piece of paper and only attach it to the card when she was happy with it. I used one of Karens newer dies from the framelits gift card holder set. I will definitely be doing this more often.

Christmas greetings card...

23 sleeps to Christmas!!! Eeekk!
This card was made using the 3D label, window die, and my trusty favourite flagpole die.
I played with the flag poles and bunting to create a different message for the inside of the card.
Having made this I was inspired to use the butterfly window die for Karen Burniston's December designer challenge which will be her last one for Sizzix.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Stitched framelits Merry Christmas banner...

Merry Christmas!!! Only 36 sleeps to go!!! I hope you have started your Christmas shopping:)
I made this banner using the 8cm and 5cm stitched framelits die and stayed with the red theme of Karen Burniston's November challenge.
I added some embellishments using the holly from the Sizzix decorative strips Christmas bells die and some lovely little berry shaped jewels.

The snowflakes embellishment are from the Sizzix reindeer framelits set. I used a die from Karen Burniston's stitched framelits circle and labels set to create the cream glittering 'bauble' and just snipped one of the label sections off each one.
The alphabet die for this banner was the Sizzix bee's knees set which I layered with 3 different colours to make the lettering stand out more when hung on the wall.
I also a larger banner using the 11cm and the 8cm stitched framelits dies.

The alphabet for this banner was from the Sizzix serif essentials die set which I doubled up to create a shadow effect.
I enjoyed making these so much that I'm going to make a smaller one with just the 5cm die to replace my 'designated be nice to mum zone' banner I have in my craft area. Hmmm I think I'll go do that now:))

Monday 18 November 2013

Gorjuss girl stitched framelits card...

Now I've stopped faffing about (spending time doing useless tasks instead of doing what I'm supposed to be doing) I can tell you it's Karen Burniston's challenge time again. This months challenge was to create something red with stitched framelits. I used my gorjuss girl on a swing to create this flying easel card and used Karens card technique she posted on you tube.

Sunday 17 November 2013

Christmas jumpers... Oh deer...

Oh my, only 38 days to Christmas! I really should be out Christmas shopping but stay inside in the warm is soooo much more appealing. Hay ho crafting it is then:)
Friday December the 13th has been dubbed National Christmas jumper day by the save the children charity. My daughters school will be holding a special Christmas non uniform day in aid of it. So I just had to make a card using these cute jumper clad reindeers.
I used Karen Burniston pop n cut label card and added some glittery snow at the bottom.

Friday 15 November 2013

Die cutting is handy for school homework too...

I don't know where she gets her 'spread my craft stuff as far as I can gene from' :)

Maths 'learning pit' homework completed...



Sunday 3 November 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town...

52 sleeps to Christmas!!!! Here's another Christmas card, this one is made using Karen Burniston pop n cut house die and a cute little sleigh and reindeer stamp I acquired from the front of a magazine.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Santa chocolatier pop 'n' cut mug card

As I was meandering through a craft shop last week I found an adorable dovecraft stamp that I knew would go perfectly with Karens mug pop up die. While I was there I also restocked my supply of bling:)

I replaced the stamped spoon the elf was holding with a flagpole die end and topped it off with a bright red blingy crystal.
P.s. There are now only 62 sleeps to Christmas:))

Too many balloons pop 'n' cut card...

Okay, so my experiment to see if I could fit 14 balloons on a card for my 14 year olds birthday Didn't work out as well as I'd hoped! 14 balloons are just too many. In order to fit them all on I tried to use a layer of acetate sheet as we did in last months Karen Burniston defying gravity design challenge. I tried to copy the technique Helen used on her Emma card.

This is the side view of it and as you can see I ended up just obscuring the back balloons with the ones on the acetate sheet.

On the plus side I found a lovely Karen Burniston balloon die I didn't know I had in my stash and can see the potential for a card like this but with less balloons!!
Oh I forgot to show you this photo of how I got the edging on the maroon card using Karen Burniston's stitched framelits.

Sunday 20 October 2013

Father Christmas pop 'n' cut card...

There are 66 sleeps to Christmas now, so I really need to get a move on with my Christmas cards! I had such fun designing this card, for the chimney I adapted Karen Burniston's suitcase pop up card die and embossed it with a chess board embossing folder.
The little houses on the front of the card are a new Marianne dies set I found at grafton crafts and the sleigh and reindeer are from a Sizzix decorative strips dies.

Thursday 17 October 2013

Snowman pop 'n' cut card

I'm definitely getting into the holiday spirit now there are only 69 sleeps to Christmas. I managed to squeeze in a little card craft time in between school runs, Playgroup duties, and lunch with friends today.

Happy nearly Christmas:)

Monday 14 October 2013

Pop 'n' cut label 'Bob' the kite card...

I was really excited about doing Karen Burniston's latest design challenge which was to create something that appeared to defy gravity. I had the perfect card in mind for my daughter who was just about to became 12 years old.

On our hiking holiday last year we bought this lovely little diamond shaped kite with a face on it. My daughter decided it needed a name and christened him 'Bob'. He now is a regular on our hikes were we try to take a photo of him bobbing along behind us every chance we get.

I used Karens pop 'n' cut label die in my A2 horizontal card die for the inside of the card, but instead of using the A2 die for the outside I used the tri-fold ornate card die. The oval and wavy label were the perfect accessory for the front of my card to hide the join on my tree trunk.


The girl is a stamp from the gorjuss collection, on the stamp she is holding an umbrella but with a bit of fiddling and a lot of washi tape to conceal it I was able to adapt it to look like she is holding the kite string. I coloured her using my daughters favourite colours with my letraset pro markers.


As I wanted to make the card into a scene I elongated the trunk of my Karen Burniston 3D pop up trees placed a trunk at either side of the front piece of card. I love that I was able to use Karens new labels and stitched framelits as well as the framelits that match the pop 'n' cut label die.


Karens flagpole decorative strip die is one of my favourite dies and I use it quite often but not with the lovely street lamp that is also on it.The kite was a Sizzix sizzlits die on to which I added eyes, nose and a mouth. The spotty border along the bottom finishes my card off wonderfully:)


Saturday 12 October 2013

Happy birthday card...

I made this card to give my 7 year old an example to follow, then let her loose with my crafty stuff!


These are her efforts...



And then she became bored with following my instructions and told me to go away and leave her to it!

Hummmmm..... I hope Jasmine appreciates it!!!