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Monday 19 January 2015

Karen Burniston January 2015 design challenge...

Hello and happy new year to you all. It's Karen Burniston design team challenge time again and I'm very excited to share with you some of her newest dies. This months challenge was to include dies from 3 (or more) categories in the Pop it Ups line - those categories are: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, Accessory Dies.

January also happens to be the month my mum was born so I chose to design the challenge card for her birthday. She loves the owl and the pussy cat poem by Edward Leary and Karen's new cat die goes perfectly with her existing owl die. The first part of the poem reads;

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

On the left you can see the bucket from Karen's new props #3 set with 'coins' in. I made the coins from shimmer sheetz using the bubbles die which comes with Karen's new bathtub stand up die set. On the right is the honey pot from the honey the bear set. The new bathtub makes a beautiful pea-green boat floating in the sea made from Karen's new beach edges die set.

 On the front I used the Katie label with the happy birthday die set.

Please don't forget to check out the other designers cards to see what other new and exciting dies Karen has produced.


Links to some of the products I used...

Saturday 17 January 2015

New Home equals new craft cupboard...

We recently moved house and as my crafting space was to be in the dinning room we needed something to hide my craft stash quickly. I was able to recreate my craft cupboards using a 6 foot wide quadruple wooden wardrobe that had previously been in my bedroom.

I built the work surface at waist height using wood reclaimed from one of the childrens old single beds and some wooden storage units. I had to buy the wood for the shelves at the back though.

I knew the bottom shelf was going to be for ribbon so I glued and nailed a little lip on the top edge to stop the reels rolling off.

When everything is in plastic tubs and boxes you dont realise how many ribbon reels you have. I had so many I had to screw brass hooks into the roof of the wardrobe and suspend a 6ft dowel rod to hold the rest of my ribbon and string.

To give me a little more light I bought some kitchen under cupboard lights like these. I was able to upcycle a few more things from my kitchen cupboards including this pampered chef utensil holder.

To store my cling stamps I emptied old CD cases and used my dymo label maker to tag what was in each case.

The drawers at the bottom of the wardrobe hold my material and sizzix die stash.

 I've also downsized my collection of book to store my folders with thin dies in and paper on the bottom few shelves of the bookcase.

Karen Burniston CHA elegant wedding card sample...

I made this card for the recent CHA show in America, I wanted it to look like clean and simple from the outside and cute from the inside. I embossed the card using the Damask embossing folder and used the pretty Paris edges die.

 Look how fab Poppy the owl looks all dressed up with the bowler hat and dickie bow tie.

 I can't remember who first put the tiara on poppys head but I love the idea!

links some of the items I used....

Karen Burniston new Eiffel Love bunting card...

Hello everyone, have you see Karen Burnistons new Eiffel tower pop stand and paris edges dies? look what you can make!

 Did I tell you yet how pretty the Paris edges dies make a card look?
 This is one of the tags from Karens new tags pivot die set with the new Alphabet 1 dies set from Elizabeth craft designs.

some of the items I used...

Fezes are cool...

....and so are Karen burnistons new die set collections!!

This card was made using Karens new retangle pull card and 12" by 6" cardstock.
 What do you think of my tardis? I had such fun fitting the pieces together. The top light of the tardis is an upside down window with attached window box from Karen's house pivot die set. The larger windows I created by gluing together two windows from her holiday house set.

 To make the fez on this cute new cat die I used an upside down bucket from the new palm tree and pail set.

links to some of the items I used...

Karen Burniston CHA bathtub duckie...

I've been so busy playing cards I haven't been blogging them. This is a new baby sample card I made for the CHA Janurary show in America.
Karens new bathtub stand up die set goes perfectly with Elizabeth craft designs duckie die.

I used the rectangle die from Karens new accordion retangle die set and punched little holes along the edges to create this bath rug.
I think one of my favourite dies from Karens new sets is the paris edges, it makes the card look so pretty.
But my all time favourite is her flagpole die which I used with one of her new tags dies.

links to items I used...