Tuesday, November 14

Paper Pros November Challenge - Winter Birthday Cards

Hi Bloggers, 
Today its Paper Pro's Challenge again and this months challenge is Winter Birthday card Karen Aicken Painted MtnCards.

I left it a bit late (as usual) and had a bit of a Mojo block, so I went real simple, and sometimes simple is good.


I used the Charm Accordion card from Karen Burniston
But I left out the charm part and just used a folded
piece of card behind to join the small panels.




And I decorated it with some cute Penny Black images, they
were sitting on a mushroom but I omitted that part
and added snow to make it "Wintery"

Talking Karen Burniston Dies, the NEW NEW NEW ones 
are on the Crafts U Love website to PRE ORDER
and they will be in stock VERY VERY SOON!



Tuesday, October 10

Paper Pros - October Challenge - Holiday Cards

Hello, I am here for this months Paper Pros challenge.  

This months theme was Holiday Cards and I decided it was about time I played with the Karen Burniston House & Fence Pop up.  I teamed it up with a few other elements from the Holiday Charms.  (I will link below)


The main house and the ingenious Floating floor all comes
in one set and this Floating Floor can be used to stage so many elements and of course they can be anything, not only Karen Burniston Dies.

I love all the elements in this set, the windows and shutters, the wreaths, tiny heart and look at those cobble stones!  I used the stencil feature to decorate the house and decided to keep it all quite pale with 
pops of green and red.






The house looks adorable crafted as Halloween and
also as every day.  I will pop a couple of my favourite cards below made
by Karen Burniston using her die sets.

So gorgeous as a summery house!



And so much spooky fun on this version!

Some of the team are not able to join in today but why not stop by their
blog anyway as I am sure there is always beautiful
stuff posted.










Thursday, September 21

Sleeping squirrel Needle Felt

Yesterday I made my first sleepy squirrel.  I followed a video tutorial by serafina fibre art.   Mid way through project I hit the "oh no it's rubbish" stage which most of my felties reach.   But I carried on and pleased to say I was happy at the end.

I love this craft.  Just need more time!   It's very frustrating ATM. 

Beautiful Butterflies

Today I'm here with last weeks Create and Take.   I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Bugs and Butterflies clear stamp set and the Marianne Designs Heart Embossing Folder. 

All items from Crafts U Love

Friday, September 15

Bargains on eBay

Pls check out my eBay link on side of blog for some poppy stamps bargains.

Tuesday, September 12

Felted Woodland Whimsies (photo heavy)

You may recall I started needle felting in December, just after Christmas and its fair to say I have fallen head over heels for this new to me craft.

I have been having an amazing time playing, learning and generally collecting and loving the fluff!

Below I will show off some of my recent makes and I warn you there might be quiet a few!  This is not replacing my Paper Crafting, and I do hope I don't loose too many likers, but hey, I might gain a few too.

Anyone want to get into Needle Felting I would Highly recommend a company called The Makerss at www.themakerss.co.uk    Their range of Wool and accessories are fabulous, they are friendly and fast.  I only share this information as when you start a new hobby it can be hard to know where to start, and yes you make the wrong choices along the way, but I truely think with The Makerss you will miss this out and just get the best.

Type in CAZ10 for a super duper 10% off, this is my own "Friends of Caz" code, how lucky am I? :)  


Bandit is my first Blue Tit that I made.  This was made
using my Monthly Kit from the Makerss.  This kit includes the
legs, eyes, wool and instructions the link is HERE


Here is a mouse that I called Mrs Jangles, she was coming on holiday
with us to Spain and I also made her using a monthly kit :)


This mouse was a present made for a work colleagues birthday.
It was very hard to part with this little guy!.


This is Bobbin, my first Robin, made using my 
Monthly Makers Kit.


Chip, my cookie loving mouse.  These mice are
super addictive to make and over the summer holidays I had
2 friends round over different days to make their very first creations.  It
was great fun and I would love to improve and eventually teach this locally.


This was my first Fairy that I made in Spain, 
again using the instructions and kit from The Makerss.



Fig was made in Spain and sat under the Fig Tree.

Three little mice!  Part of the fun is working out what
props you are going to give them.


This was Septembers kit!  I am so excited for next 
months kit as it is Hedgehogs and Toadstools.


In Spain I mas missing Milo, so I made a mini one!


Mr Jangles Turned up (was made) in Spain too!


This is the Professor that I made for my Uncle.


And lastly a pug that I made for a work colleague who was leaving :(

There are more, but I thought I had better stop.

Right, its a busy day today, my day off, but much to do.
Create and Take card needs to be made now.  





Paper Pros September

Hi Friends
Its been a long time!  I apologise for that, I have been busy and  making the card for work, I have been needle felting and making Pop up cards for my classes coming up at Crafts U Love but just not posted on here. 

Whilst my time with the Karen Burniston Design team has ended, I am still part of the Paper Pros team, which is a group of crafters who met on the Karen Burniston DT, we love her designs, and whilst using her dies as a starter point, we are of course allowed to add in anything we want as its a "Just for Fun" challenge.

That said, I did in fact only use Karen's new collection for this card.  The theme was HALLOWEEN and I was dying to play with the new designs.


The new dies are either IN STOCK or ON PRE ORDER
at Crafts U Love.  

And here is the main part of my card as a whole.


I used the Floating Floor that is part of the House Die set
to mount my Halloween Scene on, from that same die set I cut
the spooky Branch and Spider web.
I then further decorated with the 
Pumpkin, BOO!, Ghosts and  Hand from the Halloween Elements.

As usual Karen Burniston has all these fantastic dies on her website
and she also has fabulous videos for all of these dies too.

Until next time!  I might actually post a Needle Felt post now.  Whilst I am in a blogging mood.











Friday, August 11

Karen Burniston - Kb Riley - Twist Panel

Hello.
Today I am back with another card from demo.  The boys have stolen the mouse off the PC so trying to post this post from my phone.  So I'll keep it short and cross my fingers it actually works.

On the front I made use of the flags that come with the twist panel set and added wording from the words set, keeping the front simple as a leaf into the main display on the inside.

Inside I used the adorable animals and also so of the birthday charms and the cupcake too.

You can purchase these from www.craftsulove.co.uk or www.karenburniston.com

Apologies its short and not linking directly, I'll have to sort a mouse out soon.

Wednesday, August 9

Karen Burniston, KB Riley - Charm Accordion Card

I recently had a lovely day demonstrating the Fabulous designs from Karen Burniston - KB Riley at Crafts U Love.  I will over the next few days show you what I made.

This first card shows off the Charm Accordion Die, and this card has been made with a single base cut to create the main card.  It makes the most adorable small card, which you can add further pages to to create much longer ones.

I have used the Charm Accordion
and decorated with the Woodland Animals 
these new Animal dies from  Karen are ultra cute! and easy to assemble, from the one set you can create 3 animals, this set is Fox, Raccoon and Squirrel.

and finally Natures Edges

as well as Crafts U Love in the UK these can be purchased from 

I will be back tomorrow with another card.




Tuesday, August 8

Paper Pros August Challenge

August already?  Where does time go?  I am here with the Paper Pros challenge and this month the challenge was "Monochrome" cards and this was picked by Frances.

 Paper Pros challenges are a group of crafty friends, (formerly Karen Burniston's Design Team) who decided that even though we disbanded the old Design Team we wanted to challenge each other and to get creating.  They are no pressure, join in if you want to, and whilst I do try and join in, last month with Caiden leaving primary school it was just too hard so I missed out.

Here is my card for this month and I am using the Katherine Label Pop up die for the card and the MFT Sow Much Cuteness stamp set.


Here on the front you can see that I used the Label shape from that
Katherine die set.  Teamed up with the large flowers from the Flower Pot set.


Here is the inside and the animate label pops upwards when you open the card.  This can animate all sorts of stamps and dies.  And I just adored this piggy.

Here are the links to the Paper Pro's
Some will be taking part and some won'y but stop by their blog anyway.




Friday, August 4

Demonstration at Crafts U Love

Tomorrow at Crafts U Love I will be demonstrating the dies from the Karen Burniston.  KB Riley collection.  There are also lots of other demonstrators there tomorrow too.

Over next week I will share on here the cards I have made but for now a little snippet of cards.


Tomorrow I will also have my dates for 2 classes that I will be running
using these fabulous dies, I would love to see you there.

Caz x

Tuesday, June 13

Paper Pros June Challenge - Masculine Birthday Cards

Hello Crafters
I am back with another Paper Pros Challenge and this month Shelly chose "Masculine Birthday Cards ". 

Of course I am still excited to be playing with the KB Riley Dies that I purchased the other month and slowly but surely ticking off all the dies. 

This card was made using the Popular "Twist Panel Pop Up"
which is on PRE ORDER at Crafts U Love HERE
there is currently a Discount on all Pre Orders so get ordering now
as there are some fantastic savings.
Also you can get this one from www.karenburniston.com 
I have decorated the top and bottom of the card with the Nature Edges
This set of 3 border dies will be used time and time again I can feel it.

I have to admit to cutting the background paper first, it was masculine
in theme and colour but I had no clue where I was going with this card
and it nearly ended up in the bin.  True to form LAST MINUTE.com
I was only making this last night, the night before the deadline! LOL
And whilst it is a "Relaxed" challenge in that it is just friends 
who are creating to a theme, I really wanted to make a card
last night so it made sense to stick with it.


This card shape is very popular and Karen did devise a way last year to make one using another one of her dies.  Whilst this and also cutting your own works, oh my! it is a faff I really could do without and using this die set is so simple.  Also the fact you get decorator dies to finish it off it really is a no brainer!  Look at the height and dimension on this card and yep it will fit in an envelope.

So having made the card I didn't know what to decorate the panels with, sitting there in front of me on my wooden stamp unit I saw this plane I thought it would be perfect to use.  I did not worry too much that the plane is not stamped perfectly spaced across the panels you can get the general idea and it works really well.

I coloured most of it in with the Nuvo Aqua Flow brushes, I adore these to colour with.  HERE  and stamped onto this paper HERE its a nice weight to colour and die cuts lovely too.

I do hope that you have liked looking at my card today.
Hope to be back soon.
Happy Crafting
Caz x






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