Enjoying The Little Things

Spring greenery and the mention of fairies, sprits, leprechauns and other wee creatures of mischief and fortune is what this card is about. It uses papers from the Graphic 45’s Little Things collection and dies by Karen Burniston including the new Rectangles and Labels Crosshatch set for creating backgrounds.

The card uses a pre-made 5×7-inch cardbase that decorative papers have been adhered. For the card front a card topper and two layers of decorative papers were used.

On the inside of the card, I covered the cardbase with a green dotted paper (5×7-inch) and then cut the floral papers (6×4.5-inches). I wanted a scalloped edge on the floral paper, but the scalloped rectangle in the die set is slightly smaller than 6×4-inches, so I had to cut the edges in a modified way. I placed one edge under the die and the other over the top of the die to cut. Unfortunately, I messed-up and cut two edges, which meant I had to piece the paper when I adhered it. The edge of the floral paper that abuts the center fold is not scalloped.

Before cutting or assembling the mushroom house, I watched the assembly video for both the Tiny House and Mushroom Roof. I decorated the white house piece first before assembling the house using windows and door from the mushroom set. I had a thin strip of the green dotted paper that I placed as grass edging the bottom of the house. The paper collection has a red dotted mushroom paper that was perfect for the roof.

I wanted the “Happy Birthday” to match as close as possible to the lettering font used on the card front, so I used a PoppyStamp word die, cut twice from blue cardstock scraps and glued together before adhering to the card.

For the pond label, I cut the crosshatch label from the new Rectangle and Labels die set and inked the edges with a dark blue ink. The clover leaf and ferns were fussy cut from the decorative papers.

One of the coordinating papers was used on the card back while a large sentiment was cut from the paper set for the back of the envelope flap.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope it gave you inspiration and a smile. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Graphic 45 – 12×12 Double-Sided Papers – Little Things Collection
  • Blue, Brown and Yellow Cardstock Scraps
  • Park Lane – A7 White Card and Envelope

Ink

  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Prize Ribbon

Miscellaneous

Cafe Coffee

Do you have that favorite café with checkered tablecloths and oversized cups where you get that creamy cup of dark roasted coffee and while away the afternoon talking with friends? This card is for you.

Designed around two coffee themed Funny Bones rubber stamps, all the dies used to make this card are by Karen Burniston. (Please note the cup pop-stand, saucer, spoon and swirl of steam are from a die-set she designed for Elizabeth Craft Designs in 2015 and can be found on on-line craft resale shops.)

I recommend watching the assembly video for the cup pop stand before starting this card. To begin, I used a purchased A7 (5-inches tall by 7-inches wide) brown craft paper card base and envelope. I covered the two inside panels with thin red and white checked paper cut as 4 3/4-inches by 6 7/8-inches rectangles butted up almost to the fold, but not covering it. Next, I cut a black and white paper napkin into a 5-inch square and then cut it diagonally into two triangles. I cut and embossed the saucer as shown in the assembly video. Each napkin triangle is adhered to the card base with two pieces of double-sided tape forming a “T”. The saucer is attached using glue that will be absorbed into the napkin and adhering it to the card base.

To get a glossy red coffee cup, I used red cardboard packaging that I had saved from a child’s fast food meal box and cut three cups from it. The alphabet border on the cups is washi tape. The steam die cuts are made with clear vellum.

The humorous coffee spoon sentiment was stamped in brown ink onto a 1 1/2-inches by 3-inches piece of cream cardstock. The red rimmed circles (from the Coffee Cup Pop-Up die set) on the card are for personal messages. Washi tape borders and silver mirror card complete the inside decorations.

For the card front, I stamped the Coffeeology sentiment on a 3 1/4-inches x 2 3/4-inches rectangle and glued diagonally over a 5-inches x 5 1/4-inch piece of decorative paper after stenciling sides of the card using the coffee bean die from the Coffee Cup Pop-Up set with a mini cube of Distress Ink in walnut stain and adding washi tape. The third die-cut steaming coffee cup and another spoon cut from mirror cardstock complete the front.

As is my style, the envelope back flap has stenciled coffee beans in brown ink.

The tiny coffee cup on the card back comes from the coffee charms die set. (See charm assembly video.) White steam was added using a medium tipped opaque white marker with detailed swirls of a white gel pen. More washi tape and a strip of checked paper complete the back’s decorations.

See more coffee themed card by clicking here.

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

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

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  • American Crafts -DCWV – 12×12 Inch Paper -Bright Red Checks – CP-002-00171
  • Paper Napkin
  • Clear Vellum
  • Red and Silver Scrap Cardboard Packaging
  • White and Cream Cardstock
  • Park Lane Paperie – A7 Card Base and Envelope – Kraft

Ink

  • Stampin’ Up – Classic Stampin’ Pad – Early Espresso
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink- Walnut Stain
  • Recollections Opaque Marker – Snow
  • Sakura – Gelly Roll Pen – Medium – White
  • Pigma Micron 05 Pen – Black
  • Pigma Micron 05 Pen – Brown

Adhesives

Tools

  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Stamping Platform
  • LDRS – Stampendable Stamping Tool
  • Stamping Cloth
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Scissors

Coffeeology

Some of us love the smell of a dark roast coffee. Others love a pumpkin spice latte. All of us need sometimes to just stop and smell the coffee and appreciate life. This is one of two coffee cards this week. Look for another tomorrow.

Designed around the Funny Bones Coffeeology rubber stamp on the card front, the inside pops up with a take-out cup of coffee that doubles as a gift card holder. All the dies used to make this card are by Karen Burniston.

I recommend watching the assembly video for the coffee cup pop-up before starting this card. The inside of the card mimics the card Karen Burniston demonstrates in the video for an A2 top fold card.

For the card front, I stamped the sentiment on a 3×3-inch square and glued diagonally over a 4×4-inch piece of decorative paper. The three tiny vessels of coffee come from the coffee charms die set. (See charm assembly video.) White steam was added using a medium tipped opaque white marker with detailed swirls of a white gel pen. Throughout the card there are inked coffee beans that were cut out of brown cardstock and covered using a mini cube of Distress Ink in walnut stain.The beans are in the coffee cup pop-up die set.

The card back has another 4×4-inch piece of decorative paper and is a place to write a lengthy personal message.

As is my style, the envelope back has a die-cut coffee mug with a heart that hints at what is inside.

See more coffee themed card by clicking here.

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

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

  • Crafter’s Companion – 12×12 Double-Sided Paper Pad – Decadent Decor
  • Brown, White and Cream Cardstock
  • A2 ivory Envelope

Ink

Adhesives

Tools

  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Stamping Platform
  • LDRS – Stampendable Stamping Tool
  • Stamping Cloth
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Craft Mat
  • Scissors

Train Ride Through The Canadian Rockies

It’s the Karen Burniston Design Team March 2023 Challenge and the theme is Vacation!

I’ve always wanted to take the train from Vancouver through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and this card pays tribute to that train trip using Karen Burniston’s Twist Panel Pop-Up and Train Pivot Panels.

First, I watched the assembly videos for Train Pivot Panel and the Twist Panel Pop-Up. (If I had been paying attention, I would have realized that when the train pivot panels installed on the twist panel mechanism would need a card base that has 6-inches from the fold to its outer edge. Hence my train engine juts out from the card bottom by 3/4-inch, and I had to hide it with ribbon.)

When adding the twist panel mechanism to card larger than 5-inches, I use a metal ruler and a craft knife to cut the ends of the arms free and I glue additional patterned paper behind the mechanism to hide the openings that the arms make.  My patterned papers have 3-inch-tall scenes that I cut to go inside the card at the top and bottom of the twist mechanism to added depth for mountains the train is going through. The actual train panels are cut from coordinating paper of fir trees.

While the Canadian Rail trains are diesel trains rather than steam, I tried to make the train have the Canadian flag colors and I found a tiny red maple leaf sequin in my shaker elements stash. The train track comes from the Train Elements die set.

For the outside of my card, I created some maple leaf paper on my computer and printed it. The “Enjoy the ride” sentiment was released by Karen Burniston as part of the train themed dies. I used her Mini Alphabet to finish the sentiment. (I find using removable paper tape to line up the lettering works well with a t-ruler.)

For the card back, I used a vintage Canadian railway sticker and a heart sticker to hide the ribbon end.

A piercing tool (an ice pick) was used to poke the holes for the ribbon.

Thank you for reading this blog post. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Craft Consortium – Premium Quality Papers – 12” x 12” – In The Forest by Clare Therese
  • Colored cardstock scraps
  • Copy Paper
  • Paper Lane – 5 x7 white card

Inks

  • Sharpie Permanent Marker –Fine Point – Black

Miscellaneous

  • Neutral PH Adhesive by LINECO
  • Fine-Tip Glue Bottle
  • Quickstik Too
  • Scrapbook.com – Double-Sided Adhesive 1/4 Inch Tape
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Computer and Printer
  • Craft Knife
  • Piercing Tool
  • Pencil
  • Dollar Tree – Craft Clips
  • Removable Paper Tape
  • Red Organza 5/8 Inch Wide Ribbon
  • Kat Scrappiness – Shaker Elements – Shimmering Fallen Leaves

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:

Dies

Stamps

  • Lawn Fawn –Clear Stamps – Push Here

Papers

  • 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

Adhesives

  • Neutral PH Adhesive by LINECO
  • Fine-Tip Glue Bottle
  • Scrapebook.com – 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)

Miscellaneous

Beach Wedding Card – part 2

A destination beach wedding can be fun. This card came with the design brief for a grandmother unable to attend her granddaughter’s beach wedding. It must reflect the beach theme, be unique and have a place to hold a monetary gift either as a gift card or check.

Using Karen Burniston’s new February 2023 release which has a Beach Bar Add-ons set that converts her previously released Tiny House Pop-up into a topical hut with a thatched roof, I was able to make a beach village scene with a chapel and tiki bar hut. The new release also has a Beach Borders set that provided the flamingos and dancing crabs used on the back of the card. One other new die set in the release provides a 5×7 inch Crosshatch Rectangle and a Label used on the front of the card box.

See yesterday’s Beach Wedding Card – Part 1 for instructions on paper prep, chapel, tiki hut, flamingos and card back decorations.

Gift Card Bag:  The gift bag is cut from the same paper as the card base panels. The rectangle is approximately 5 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Fold the sides at 3/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 1 1/4-inches, 3 3/4-inches, 4 1/4-inches and 4 1/2-inches. Fold bottom 1/2-inch and measure the size of gift card and panel where it will go before trimming the top of the bag in a zig-zag pattern. Glue the three closed side tabs of bag to card panel.

Waves:  The waves are created using three corner-cut pieces of blue paper that are die-cut with the Long Nature Edges rolling hill with trees die. Trim off the trees. Using a white ink pad, rub the wave edges along ink pad edge to add the white foaming part of the waves. Glue waves over corner of card base cutting apart where the fold is on card base. Trim overhanging edges of blue paper.

Closure Band:  Because my decorative papers were thin paper, I used a sheet of double-sided adhesive to adhere the sand patterned paper to the cardstock before die-cutting the heart. The roof fringe die from the Beach Bar Tiny House Add-ons was used to cut eight fringe strips that are glued around the back edge of the heart.

The band is a 1 3/4-inch by 8 1/2-inch strip of cardstock loosely folded around the card with enough wiggle-room to slide it on and off the card. I glued the heart over the seam on the band. The back of the band is decorated with a flamingo border from the new Beach Borders set.

Box: I took two 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheets of brown kraft cardstock to make the box. The top is made from a 9 1/4-inch by 7 3/8-inch rectangle and the bottom is made from a 9 1/8-inch by 7 1/4-inch rectangle. Score 1-inch from all sides of each rectangle. Make tabs at the corners by cutting one side of the squares made by the transecting score lines. Glue tabs to inside.

Die-cut a label from the same cardstock using the crosshatch fancy label from the Rectangles and Labels Crosshatch set. This will be a place to put the bride and groom’s name and wedding date.

Because the card is a tight fit, the following method to add a ribbon will provide a way to pull the card out of the box and secure the box closed. Cut a ribbon 60 inches long. Place the center of the ribbon in the center of the bottom of the box with the ribbon running the length of the box.  Place card in the box. Place lid on the box with label tag over the top of the card.  

Flip box over and loop the ribbon over itself to form a cross. Flip box back over and tie a bow on the front to secure the box closed.

You now have a keepsake wedding card from a grandmother to her granddaughter that can be stored in its own box.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope this inspires you and makes you smile. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • The Paper Studio – 12 x12 inch Paper Pad – Beach House
  • Brown Kraft Cardstock – 8.5×11 inches
  • White, Black, Matte Gold, Blue and Pink Paper and Cardstock Scraps

Pens & Ink

  • Pigma – Mircon 01 – Black
  • Gelly Roll – Gel Pen – White
  • Staples – Liquid Stix – Hot Pink Chisel Nose Highlighter
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Simon Says Stamp – Premium Pigment Ink – White

Miscellaneous

Beach Wedding Card – part 1

Beach Wedding Card – Part 1

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products – KB Riley LLC February 2023 Release Blog Hop. (See details at the end of this post and blog list.)

A destination beach wedding can be fun. This card came with the design brief for a grandmother unable to attend her granddaughter’s beach wedding. It must reflect the beach theme, be unique and have a place to hold a monetary gift either as a gift card or check.

Using Karen Burniston’s new February 2023 release which has a Beach Bar Add-ons set that converts her previously released Tiny House Pop-up into a topical hut with a thatched roof, I was able to make a beach village scene with a chapel and tiki bar hut. The new release also has a Beach Borders set that provided the flamingos and dancing crabs used on the back of the card. One other new die set in the release provides a 5×7 inch Crosshatch Rectangle and a Label used on the fronts of the card and box.

Card Base: Cut a 10×7 inch cardstock rectangle and score at 2 1/2-inches and 7 1/2-inches. Fold the side panels inward to make a 5×7 inch gate-fold card base. Cut a 10×7 inch decorative paper rectangle and then cut into panels as shown below and adhere to inside of card. Cut similar panels of decorative paper for the outside of card. (My paper had a path of sand going diagonal through the center panel. This determined the path of the waves and placement of buildings on the card.)

Paper Prep: Because my decorative papers were thin paper, I used a sheet of double-sided adhesive to adhere the paper to a piece of cardstock before cutting out the roofs and tiny house pieces of for the chapel and tiki hut.

Chapel:  The assembly of the chapel starts with the Tiny House base with its windows and doorway cut out while still flat using the arched door from the Church School Tiny House Add-ons for the doorway and the rectangular door from the Tiny House Pop-Up for the windows.(Make sure you cut the front door from the gabled side with the bottom tab to make this building open in the direction shown.) I cut the bell from some silver foil packaging I’d saved.

Assemble the tiny house as directed in assembly video. Follow assembly video for the church tower. Add the roof fringe after the roofs are attached to their bases. I used four layers of fringe for the main roof and two layers for the tower roof. I trimmed the tower roof fringe to almost half. (Wait to adhere your buildings to your card until both are completed. It is a tight fit with the bell resting on top of the tiki hut when the are folded closed.)

Tiki Hut: Assemble the tiny house as directed in assembly video. Follow assembly video for the beach bar hut. I used three layers of fringe for the hut roof. The hut’s counters and their posts are cut from brown cardstock. The glasses are part of the Beach Bar Add-ons set which I colored the drink onto and glued to the window frames. There is a sand dune die that will let you add the flamingos or other decorations off the sides of the hut. (The sides must be the ones that have the bottom tabs that attach the hut to the card.)

Flamingos:  Each of the buildings has two flamingos attached. The Beach Bar Add-ons set has two different flamingos which come with a stencil feature to the dies to color their wings, eyes and legs. I used the bow tie from the Wedding Charms’ groom to make these flamingos into wedding guests.

Card Back:  A personal message can be written on the back of the card in the dancing blue crabs heart. The crabs are part of the Beach Borders set along with the flamingos used on the back of the closure band.

Card Front: The front two panels were first covered in blue paper and then a crosshatch frame was added to the outer edges. The frame was cut using the two largest dies in the Rectangles and Labels Crosshatch set.

See tomorrow’s Beach Wedding Card – Part 2 for instructions on making the gift bag, waves, closure band and box as well as the materials used list.

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products – KB Riley LLC February Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with Karen today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 6 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!

This release includes:

  • 1 new Charm die sets
  • 1 new Word set
  • 1 new Tiny House Add-Ons sets
  • 1 new Pop-up die sets
  • 1 new Crosshatch die sets
  • 1 new Border die set

Dies are available to order now on the website.

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the release Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston – KB Riley LLC Design Team members will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on our blog posts, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone’s blog post. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, 27th of February 2023. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter! Don’t forget to leave some way for us to contact you, in case you are a lucky winner!

Karen Burniston  

Lois Bak  

Sue Small-Kreider – YOU are HERE

Karen Aicken  

Jennifer Webster  

Frances Byrne  

Suzanne Smit  

Sandy Diller   

Fran Sabad   

Nicky Foden  

An Underwater Adventure

It’s Sneak Peek week for Karen Burniston’s February 2023 release!

Needing a card for a couple going on an oceanic ecological tour, I decided to create a luggage tag card with an underwater scene.

The card uses a variety of Karen Burniston dies including ones from her February 2023 release of beach themed dies.

For the card base I had some faux leather mermaid scales 8-inch wide ribbon that I die-cut two large tags from using the tag book pop-up die set. I next die-cut from some underwater background papers two more of the large tags. Having watched the assembly video for the tag book, I knew I needed to die-cut the hinge piece and attach it to the cardstock tags before I adhered them to the faux leather outer tags. (Because I wasn’t sure if the faux leather would adhere well with glue, I also used doubled-sided tape to attach the paper and fabric backed tag pieces.)

Wanting the jellyfish from the new sea charms set to look as if they were floating in the water, I cut the inside pivot mechanism from some medium weight clear plastic packaging. Because of its thickness the dies embossed the plastic but did not cut through the plastic. I used my surgical scissors to cut the mechanism out. Because of the see-thru quality of the plastic, I had to used double-sided tape to attach the inside panels together. To adhere the plastic to the paper lined inside of the card base, I used glue dots which look a little like air bubbles. (I adhered only one side of the mechanism until I was finished decorating the background with creatures and shells. Once satisfied that the background was complete, I adhered the remaining side of the mechanism.)

To decorate the card, I used the sea turtle from the sea animals set, the jellyfish, clam shell, crab and seahorse from the sea charms set, and the anchor, chain and “bon voyage” from the cruise charms set. The chain and jellyfish help hide the tabs the connect the pivot mechanism. (Because I used double-sided tape to adhere the decorations to the plastic, I had to push and prod the adhesives to hide behind the shapes, but some still sticks out. To made those bits of adhesive not interfere with the mechanism, I brushed anti-static powder over the areas to absorb the stickiness.)

On the front of the card, I used a spiral shell and jellyfish from the sea charms set along with the octopus from the ocean animals set and little sharks cut from the new beach borders die set. On the back of the card I cut a crosshatch rectangle panel using the first crosshatch rectangles set from leftover back ground paper and used the tiny sharks border again to edge it.

Because I hadn’t planned to add ribbon to the inside panel tags (the plastic was too thick to easily cut), used two ribbons -a narrow and a wide – on each of the card base’s two tags.

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:

Dies

Papers

  • Papercraft Society – Sam Calcott’s Underwater & Nautical Box – Background and Specialty Papers
  • Colored Cardstock Scraps
  • The Paper Studio – Clear Vellum For Printers
  • The Ribbon Boutique – Faux Leather 8-inches Wide Ribbon – Green/Blue
  • Clear Packaging – Medium Weight
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Inks – Abandon Coral

Pens & inks

Adhesives

Miscellaneous

  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Piercing Tool
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Kat Scrappiness – Telescopic Embossing Powder Tool with Retractable Brush
  • 3/4-Inch Wide Pale Blue Organza Ribbon
  • 1/4-Inch Wide Dark Blue Organza Ribbon

Flamingo Cake

It’s Sneak Peek week for Karen Burniston’s February 2023 release!

Some people are just flamazing. This is a card for one such lady.

The newest release by Karen Burniston has a Beach Borders die set featuring flamingos and a Rectangles and Labels Crosshatch set which were used on this card. The pop-up cake and the large flamingo are from previously released die sets.

To make the cake I used some textured iridescent cardstock which had a slick surface to it that only allowed double-sided tape to be used as an adhesive. I watched the assembly video before putting together the cake. The easiest way to assemble the flamingo cake is to stick together each layer, adhering the flamingo border as you go, and then putting together the full cake. (I used a strip of 1/4-inch wide double-sided tape along the bottom strip of flamingos doubled-over to adhere the birds to the cake.)

The Rectangle and Labels set has a variety of fancy label shapes that I used as mats on the front of the card as well as the inside for a personal greeting space and the cake tray.

(I did use one extra fancy label from the Label Charms Pop-Up set for the top layer on the inside of the card because the shinny paper was recycled junk mail with words that needed to be covered up.)

For the inside decorations I put dots of glue in a random pattern and sprinkled large glitter over them. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment and it’s shadow are also by Karen Burniston. The front sentiment was computer generated.

I like to decorate the backs of my cards with leftover pieces. The envelope flap has a die-cut of the large flamingo charm with its loop trimmed off.

Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope it gives you inspiration and makes you smile. Please like and leave comments 😊

Materials Used:

Dies

Papers

  • Holographic Textured Pink Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Various Shades of Pink Paper and Cardstock

Pens & Ink

Miscellaneous