All That Jazz

Needing a birthday card for a fun loving and jazz enthusiast gentleman who always supports concerts in the park, was the inspiration for this card.

It uses a variety of animals and scene dies as well as a pop-up bench by Karen Burniston. This was my first time using the Pear Blossom Press EZ-lights which are also available on the Karen Burniston website.

EZ-Lights:  To start the card, I had to plan out how the lights were to be installed knowing that the switch/battery piece had to be surrounded by foam strips and that I wanted lights on both the front of the card and inside the card. I don’t like to have wires going across the card-fold, so everything needed to be above the fold on this top-fold A7 (5×7-inch) card. (I also watched some assembly videos on using the EZ-Lights.) I made my front decorative panel and added decorative papers to the inside of my card base before poking the holes for the one light on the card front and two lights on the inside top panel.

Front Panel:  The front panel uses the fronds pattern plate cut from a dark green cardstock over a grass printed paper.

Lampposts:  These are cut using the street lantern pop-up die set using a glossy black piece of cardboard packaging which gives nice dimension as well as highlighting the embossed features of the dies. The edges of the lampposts I colored with black markers. For the lamp itself I used both clear vellum and golden parchment to allow the light to show through. (Assembly video)

Bench:  For the bench, I used the garden bench pop-up die set. I found a piece of glossy black paper that looks like metal, and I adhered it to some brown cardstock and then die-cut the bench. This pop-up is a glue-in pop-up, so I watched the assembly video several times to get the installation of the bench correct for this card. The monkeys are attached using foam squares.

Animals:  The jazz duo of a bass playing elephant and a giraffe playing the sax are from the safari animals die set with a beret cut down from an engineer’s cap and sunglasses from the three tiny accessories die sets. The musical instruments come from a die set from Doxie Craft Supply. The monkeys are from the monkey and lion die set. All the animals have stencils within the dies to add details like hoofs, eyes, mouths, ears and tails.

Bushes:  To create bush behind the bench, the large and small frond branches were cut from the landscape scene die set and inked with brown Distress ink. Three small fronds were used to cover up mistakes around the ground under the bench and for a decoration on the lower right corner.

Sentiments:  In order to turn on the lights two “Press me” labels were created -a yellow moon on the front and a green bush on the inside. The moon come from the landscape scene die set while the bush is the lion’s mane from the monkey and lion die set. A stamp was used for the “press me” stamped in brown ink.

“All that jazz” uses the mini alphabet die set. A strip of paper tape was used to provide a straight edge to line up the letters when adhered to the card front.

Celebrate” and “Happy Birthday” are die sets also from Karen Burniston cut from yellow and tan cardstock.

This card is to be hand delivered, so no envelope.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope it provides inspiration and joy. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:



  • Lawn Fawn –Clear Stamps – Push Here


  • Colored Cardstock Scraps
  • Black Glossy Cardboard Packaging
  • Keep It Simple – Back to Basics – 12×12 Double-Sided Cardstock – Jade Collection
  • The Paper Studio – Clear Vellum for Printers
  • Hunkydory Forever Florals – Autumn Days Printed Parchment
  • Park Lane – A7 White Card and Envelope

Pens & Inks

  • Sakura – Gelly Roll Pen – Medium – White
  • Pigma Micron 05 – Brown
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker – Ultra Fine Point – Black
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker –Fine Point – Black and Light Green
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Inks – Vintage Photo
  • Stampin’ Up – Classic Stampin’ Pad – Early Espresso


  • Neutral PH Adhesive by LINECO
  • Fine-Tip Glue Bottle
  • – Double-Sided Permanent Tape ¼-Inch Wide
  • Fun Stampers Journey – Journey Dots
  • Stampin’ Up – Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (Foam Squares)
  • Queen & Co. – Foam Refill Scraps (Foam Tape)


From Our House to Your House

Snowy house -house CU

It’s a cold and blustery day where snow is covering everything. You’ve walked to your neighbor’s house down the lane to drop off a bit of Christmas cheer and now you’re walking back to your home all aglow in the afternoon sun. How lovely and welcoming it looks with its bright paint underneath all the snow.

This is the feeling I hope the recipient of this card will have when they open and display the card.

Snowy house -front

This is the first house card in my series of “A Week of Christmas Houses” using Poppy Stamps 2020 Winter House Pop-Up Easel die set.

The card goes together easily by looking at the photos on the Poppy Stamps packaging. It does involve a lot of die cutting as there is only one die of each window type.  (I cut lots of the small pieces and store the extras in a tiny plastic bags that I keep with the die set.) To add depth to the porch and dormer windows I cut those pieces twice and glued together. The snowy pieces are cut from glitter paper and some of the window frames and siding have Nuvo Glitter Drops used thinly to give the illusion of melted snow.

Snowy house -easel

I masked off the front door with sticky notes and used Walnut Stain Distress ink to darken the door and frame. A tiny drop of gold Nuvo Crystal Drops for the doorknob and a wreath made from green scraps and a piece of red embroidery floss, complete the door. Greenery was cut from food boxes to get the thickness using a greenery die by Christina Griffiths and snipped into smaller pieces and glued to a wreath shape cut freehand.

Snowy house -door CU

The welcome mat, which acts as the easel stop, was stamped and heat embossed using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up set. Once heat embossed, it was weathered using Antique Linen Distress Ink on a sponge dauber.

The windows all have a piece of peach organza ribbon taped behind the window frames to give the shine of glass and the rosy glow of sunlight.

The ”Merry Christmas” is cut from heavy black cardstock glued down.  A personal message can be written behind the house.

Snowy house -inside

The house is cut from Bazzill heavy card stock in a 2014 color of Gold Coin. The red and pale yellow come from monotone color packs of cardstock by Recollections. Note that there is a pale-yellow outline layer of the house that provides the window inside color as well as framing the outside edge of the house.

See the more the series of “A Week of Christmas Houses”

Day 1 – From Our House to Your House

Day 2 – Santa is Coming

Day 3 – A Baby is Coming

Day 4 – Keep the Home Fires Burning

Day 5 – Red Four Square

Day 6 – Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Day 7 – House Luminary

2019 – 12 Days of Christmas Trees




  • Stampin’ Up – At Home with You – stamps & die set 143681 (Retired)


Ink/Embossing Powder


Vintage Alice

Slider Easel CardIMG_7737

When is an easel not an easel? When it is a flattened easel slider card. This card slides open to reveal two hidden messages.

  1. Stamp images onto white cardstock using a dark brown ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder to set ink.IMG_7706
  2. Using watercolor pencils color images and then use water and brush to blend colors. Let dry.IMG_7715 (2)
  3. Rough cut images and glue to heavy cardstock. Let dry and then fussy cut out images.IMG_7717 (2)
  4. Take one printed card front and on back side make lines 1 inch (25 mm) from all edges.IMG_7718 (2)
  5. Using a blade knife and metal ruler, cut three lines in card front to form a door flap.IMG_7720 (2)
  6. Using a score board, score door flap at ½ inch (12 mm), 2 ¼ inches (55 mm) and 5 inches (127 cm) from door flap bottom edge. Fold door flap with valley folds at ends and mountain fold in middle.IMG_7723
  7. Cut second printed card front down to 6 1/2 inches (170 mm) x 4 3/8 inches (110 mm). make a cutting template for top by folding scrap paper the is 4 3/8 inches wide in half and cutting out design. Trace template on to top of card and cut out. Punch hole in center top for pull ribbon. Thread ribbon through punched hole and tie off ribbon. This is slider card.IMG_7725 (2)
  8. Using a 1 inch (25 mm) wide circle punch, cut a half circle at top center edge. Place double-sided tear tape at edges on three sides of back of printed card with door flap leaving top edge with half circle untaped. Peel off backing tape and place a second layer of tape on top of first layer of tape. Place one layer of red backed double-sided tape on back of bottom tap of door flap.IMG_7724 (2)
  9. Stamp sentiment on top half of slider card using stamp platform.IMG_7726 (2)
  10. Peel off red backing on taped door flap tab. Place slider card face down on back side of door flap card so that it is inside the three taped edges and the ribbon pull is at the half circle end. Adhere taped edge of door flap to slider card. Turn over card front and test slider so easel comes up. Reposition or trim slider card to eliminate catchpoints.IMG_7727
  11. Position 5 x 7 inches colored cardstock over back of printed card front. Peel off backing tape and line up one edge at a time until slider pocket is formed.IMG_7728 (2)
  12. Using a stamp platform, place card with ease up revealing hidden space to be stamped. Stamp sentiment.IMG_7729 (2)
  13. Decorate the slider easel by laying out stamped images on flatten card and playing with slider to see how and where to place double-sided sticky foam squares to one side of easel or other. Decorate card front frame edges with sticky backed gems, but do not block easel slider.
  14. A simple sketch showing how the card functions may need to be included in the mailing envelope for good CRX (Card Receiver Experience).IMG_7730 (2)


Printed Card Front – Anna Griffin 5 x 7 inches -Delicate Engravings

Colored Lightweight Cardstock – 5 x 7 inches pale green (127 mm x 177 mm)

Heavy White Cardstock – 8.5 x 11 inches

Rubber Stamps – Stamperia – Alice

Brown Ink-Stampin’ Up Classic Stampin’ Pad – Chocolate Chip

Clear Embossing Powder – Recollections Detail Embossing Powder

Watercolor Pencils – Prima Marketing Inc. Watercolor Pencils – The Basics

Printed Sentiment – Anna Griffin-Delicate Engravings Card Toppers

Ribbon – 8 inches

Sentiment Stamp – Apple Blossom-Parisian Sentiments-Happy Birthday

Foam Squares – Scotch Create Permanent White Foam Squares

Sticky-backed Gems – Recollections Bling on a Roll

Glue – Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue

Double-Sided Tear Tape – Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll ¼ inch

Super Sticky Red Backed Double-Sided Tape – Home Hobby by 3L Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8 inch

Clear Tape – Scotch Magic Tape



Blade Knife

Sharp Pointed Scissors

Metal Ruler

Heat Tool

Anti-Static Bag

Stamping Platform


1 inch (25 mm) circle punch

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 7

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World


Using a paper collection kit makes inspiration and color matching easy and gives you the finished color coordinated cards that you might find in a high-end boutique shop.

I used the Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection Kit by Alisha Gordon for this card. You can cut a 12 x 12 inch sheet into two 10 x 6 inch card bases (Ornaments #HFH73006). From a second sheet of 12 x 12 paper (Holiday Swirl #HFH73003) you will cut four sets of the tall center tree pieces and four of the smaller side trees. (I cut the paper into three strips – two strips wide enough for the center trees – folding these strips over to be able to double cut the large center trees.) by double cutting you have perfectly matched front and back for the center two sections. Glue them together.  This adds strength and ensures the tree is green from all angles of viewing. The star atop the tree is the only paper not contained in the kit. It is a holographic paper, cut twice for each piece so the star can be seen as gold sparkles from all angles.


I used one of the smaller toppers and added the “Joy to the World sticker as well as scrap stripes from the cutting out of the trees for the inside. I positioned it off-center to camouflage the tree stand mechanism hole.

HFH-Joy-Inside -CU

While I inadvertently made the outside front a side fold card, inside I made it a top fold card to make the most of the message card.

Follow the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees with a new post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Tropical Christmas

Click Here for video of all 12 trees



Stamps & Ink (on envelope)