Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Cake Pop-Up Birthday Card

 The theme for this month's Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge is 'Coffee and Cake', and I chose to use the Cake Pop-up die set to make this card for my Mum. I absolutely love this die set!

I used textured cream card stock for the card base, and cut a circle from paper-backed wood, which I cut in half to reduce bulk along the fold line. (I used a similar coloured Copic marker to colour in along the crease.)
All the patterned papers are from Graphic 45's 'Botanical Tea' 8x8 and 6x6 pads.

For the cake, I added some trim cut from glitter card to each layer, with dies from the Cake Trim set.
I glued two cocktail sticks to the middle tier, and tied some natural twine between them, then glued hand-cut bunting flags to the twine.

I added some patterned paper to the card base, then decorated the edges with leaves and flowers cut from the Flowers and Bee die set. The flower centres are made with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bubblegum Blush.

Even with all the incredible dimension, the card folds down really well! I love the mechanism so much!

 For the card front, I used Karen's Happy Birthday die, and the Mum die from Sizzix's 'Female Occasions' die set.

I also thought I'd share this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Floral Delight challenge.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Tim Holtz Distress Ink & Sizzix Funky Floral (Karen Burniston Cupcake) Pop-Up Birthday Card

It's one of my best friends' birthdays today, so I made this card for her.

I really liked Tim Holtz's new Funky Floral #1 die set when I saw it before it was released, and I bought it as soon as it came out. I used it to cut quite a few flowers and leaves, using pastel coloured card stock. (My laptop happened to be the least cluttered surface to put the due cuts on!)

I used mini Distress Inks with the mini blending tool to add more colour to the die cuts (I've linked at the bottom to the ink colours used), and glued the parts together with a fineline glue applicator. (Especially love those berries!)

I wanted to have the flowers in a container which would pop up, so I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set, to create the pop-up card base. I cut away the sides of the pop-up cupcake shape, and it was then the perfect size for the flower container which I added.

I inked and then embossed a canning jar (from Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboard 3D Canning Jars die), using Brenda Walton's Sizzix 'Trellis' Textured Impressions embossing folder. I then just built up the flowers and leaves, using a fineline glue applicator. I used adhesive foam pads to attach just a couple of the top flowers.

You can see from the side view that the card is actually quite flat still. It folds closed really well, but the Cupcake Pop-up die is great for giving the impression of loads of dimension. I love it!

 The red patterned papers are from a new 12x12 pad which arrived yesterday - First Edition's 'Wonderlust' pad. The wood grain patterned paper is from an old Simple Stories collection.
For the card front I added Karen Burniston's new Happy Birthday die, and a 'JO', using Neat and Tangled's Journaling Alphas die, plus some more Funky Florals.

I really like how this card turned out! It's kind of what I envisaged when I first saw the Funky Floral set.

I also thought I'd share this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Floral Delight challenge.

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Palm Tree Pop-Up Mermaid Birthday Card

This was another fun card to make, using the new Palm Tree Pop-Up die set by Karen Burniston.
Unusually for me, I didn't use a single piece of patterned paper! I cut all the die cuts from off-white textured card stock, and coloured them with Distress Oxide Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

I cut two palm tree bases on the fold of the card base, and all the parts for two trees, then inked them before assembling. Karen has great instructions for assembling all her dies here on her website.

I strung up the hammock between the two trees, gluing the twine to the tree trunks.

 I used the Princess and Mermaid die set to create the mermaid lying in the hammock, and glued sequins to her tail.

I added sea shells and a star fish from the Tropical Scene die set, and some turtles from the Sea Animals die set, which I glued transparent sequins to.

For the card front, I took another off-white piece of textured card stock, and blended Distress Oxide Inks into a sunset (the Oxide Inks blend so easily and beautifully!), and then used a die cut from the Tropical Scene die set for the silhouette.

The palm trees look so effective but are really easy to assemble! It's also really cool to see how they fold down flat!

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Have a Whale of a Birthday Cake Pop-Up Card

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card in my sunny dining room this afternoon!
It's a slightly unusual themed card (an under the sea birthday cake!), but I think Karen Burniston's new Cake Pop-Up die set is great for animating anything!
I bought a couple of new Sizzix die sets a while ago, and wanted to try them out - they are the 'Under the Sea' and 'Paper Cuts Alphabet' Thinlit sets.

To decorate the cake I added scalloped trim that comes with the cake set, and used two yellow seaweed pieces attached to the top of the cake, either side of a whale.
To make the whale, I sandwiched some wire between two whale die cuts, and then between various sized water droplets.

 I used Studio Calico's 'Printshop' 12x12 paper pad for most of the patterned papers, plus a couple from Prima's 'All About Me' 6x6 pad.
I attached the letters with Fineline glue.

I used dies from the Sizzix 'Under the Sea' die set for the card front.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Castle & Princess Pop-Up Card

It's Karen Burniston's Design Team Challenge time again, and this month the theme is 'Castle'!
Karen recently released the most gorgeous ever Castle Pop-Up die set, which comes together so easily, and looks so cool!!
The castle also works well on flat card surfaces too, as on my card here.

The castle mechanism is placed on the fold of a card, and the die set comes with all the lovely layer pieces to decorate the castle. I chose soft patterned papers from Craft Consortium's Tanya Whelan 'Wild Rose' 12x12 pad, and First Edition's 'Floral Pavilion' 6x6 pad.
The clouds and banners also come in the Castle Pop-Up set.

This picture shows better the mechanism of the card. There are tabs on the inside of the castle, which I covered over with more green patterned paper.
I hand cut the little path, and the hillside with trees die comes from Karen's new Outdoor Scene set.

I used the Princess and Mermaid die set, which creates different hairstyles and clothing for the figure, plus beautiful little accessories! I used Pearl Drops on the cheeks.

For the sentiment inside the card I used Word Set 5 - Royalty, which includes the banner, from which you can cut several phrases, plus it comes with the larger script words. You have tonnes of different sentiment options with this set!

Finally, for the card front, I used a label from the Fancy Label Accordion die set, a bird from the Outdoor Scene set, and the Happy Birthday die.

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Sizzix Flip Its / Cricut Fire Engine Birthday Card

Here's a card I made for my Fire Chief's birthday!
 I used the Sizzix Circle Flip-its #4 for the card base, and patterned paper layers.

For the fire engine I used the Boys will be Boys Cricut Cartridge, and added some highlights to the window with Signo White Uniball pen.

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Karen Burniston's New Cake Pop-Up Birthday Card

I absolutely love Karen Burniston's new Cake Pop-Up die set!
I recently made a wedding cake card with it, and wanted to make a similar design of card, but with different patterned papers, and as a birthday card.
I used papers from Carta Bella's 'Flora' 6x6 pad, and love how the card turned out!

I used circle dies to create a plate around the base of the cake, which I cut in half along the fold, to create less bulk when the card closes.
I thought it would be fun to add a napkin to the side of the card, using a die from the Coffee Cup Pop-Up die set.

The flowers and leaves are all from the Flowers and Bees dies set, with Nuvo Crystal Drops Bubblegum Blush flower centres.

I decorated the cake with gold glitter card stock cut with dies from the Cake Trims set. The bows are also from the same set, and the candle comes with the Cake Pop-Ups set.

I just love the mechanism of this die set!! It's genius!
The cake folds down in itself as the card closes.

I kept the card front simple, with more gold glitter card stock cut with the new Happy Birthday die.

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Spinner Square Pop-Up Mermaid Birthday Card

I love the mechanism of this card - it really was fun to make! The Spinner Square Pop-Up die set is one of the new sets from Karen Burniston, and includes all the layered squares, speech bubble and the hidden pop-up mechanism which includes a side part which swings down into place when the card opens.
All the papers are from First Edition's 'Paradise Crush' 12x12 pad.

You can see how the side arm swings up again, as the card closes.

To the left of the card I added a beach cut with a stitched edge die from the Tropical Scene set. The little star fish and shells are also from the same set, and the palm trees are from the new Palm Tree Pop-Up die set.
I added a few drops of Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drops, plus some to the shells in Bubblegum Blush and Sugared Almond.

On the pop-up square, I added some layers, and a mermaid from the Princess and Mermaid die set, with Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drops cheeks.

On the swing out mechanism, I added a speech bubble, with another one with the pointed bit snipped off. I used stamps from Concord & 9th's 'Hooray' set, with VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, heat set.
The gorgeous little turtle is from Karen's new Sea Animals die set.

For the card front I layered up some card stock and used a beach silhouette from the Tropical Scene die set. On the Happy Birthday die cut I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink with a blending tool to create an ombre effect.
I glued on sequins with liquid glue from a fine tipped bottle.

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