Category: Garden Bench

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 1

Today is day 1 of the Karen Burniston Challenge for April – The Great Outdoors – and I’m doing something new.  I saw a beautiful card here by Kittie Caracciolo and I’m casing it 🙂  Here is my version


PIU Garden Bench 01 detail

I started by sponging the top of the card with Soft Sky and the bottom with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.  The small flower are from Stampin Up’s Floral Wings and  are in Rose Red.  Then I took an Elegant Eggplant marker and started making the little dotted flowers around it.  To soften things out I used a white gel pen and some Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight markers.  The picket fence is a very, very old Sizzix die (I mean really old!) and the butterflies are an old SU embosslit.   The grass is from Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges, cut is Pear Pizzaz and sponged with Old Olive.  The flowers are a mix from an SU punch and the flower in the KB Garden Bench die.  The gate swings open by just creating a score line.  I added a banner and sentiment.

PIU Garden Bench 01 open

On the inside I repeated the sky, grass and die cut grass and flowers from the front.  The tree is from All Season Tree.  The focal point is the Garden Bench die (fav!!) and the bird from SU’s An Open Heart.  More butterflies, more flowers!

Thanks to Kittie for the awesome inspiration and a chance to try some “new to me” techniques.  Check out what the other designers have done for this challenge on Karen’s Facebook page and blog!  Then stop by tomorrow for some challenge fun!  Hugs, Fran

Blue Birthday

Garden Bench 01

Karen Burniston’s Challenge – number 3!  Blue!  I found a lovely poem about snow and growing old and printed it on to Whisper White card stock then die cut it with a die from Karen’s Katie Label Pivot die.  The Designer Series paper is All is Calm from Stampin Up’s Holiday mini.

Garden Bench 01 open

Inside is the Garden Bench, Tree for All Season and Happy Birthday Pop It Ups!  To make the Happy Birthday curve across the snow, I simply ran it through my Xyron and the addition of adhesive made it easy to bend.

Garden Bench 01 details

Can you see all the sparkly Dazzling Details snow?  I used acrylic paint to paint some of the branches and added “snow” to the bench and tree (and me, of course!)  Hugs, Fran




Spooky Holiday Home

Holiday Home 01

Here’s another Halloween idea using Karen Burniston’s House Pivot die and Stampin Up’s Holiday Home.  The tree and clouds are from Karen’s Garden Bench set.  (The clouds are really suppose to be snow)

Holiday Home 01 inside

The sentiment inside is from Ghoulish Greetings.  Lots of black – making it hard to see the details in the photograph.

Holiday HOme 01 detail


Stamp Sets – Holiday Home, Ghoulish Greetings

Card stock – Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Ink – Basic Gray, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, White Craft

Etc – Pop It Ups House Pivot and Garden Bench dies, Homemade Holiday Framelit die, Circle Framelits

Homestyle Halloween fun!  Hugs, Fran

Chilly and Hoppy

Chilly 03

Today is Challenge day for the Karen Burniston Design Team!  This month we were challenged to use the characters – Chilly, Hoppy and Poppy!  On this project I used Chilly to decorate a jar for gift giving.  There are 6 Chillies around this blue Bell jar and some sweet snowflakes from Karen’s Garden Bench die.  I added rhinestones so he could have some bling.

Chilly 03 detail

I used Stampin Up’s Oh My Goodies to make the label for the top which matches the  Deco Label Collection Framelits – that were designed by Karen!  Stamped in Real Red and then again in Basic Black, the center is punch with an oval punch and popped up.  I tied the rim with some Real Red cotton ribbon.  Then I filled the jar with peppermints!

Hoppy 03

Next I made a card using Stampin Up’s new In Colors and Flowerpot Designer Series paper. Again I used Oh My Goodies and the Deco Label Collection for the front. The edges of the card are done using two of Karen’s Agatha edges.

Hoppy 03 inside

And inside is Hoppy on Karen’s Lorna Label PopUp.  He’s sitting by his pond with a Stampin’ Up’s Just Sayin die cut with the Chalk Talk dies.  Hoppy comes with his own lily pad and flies!  I attached the flies to some fishing line and mounted them between the lily pads.

Hoppy 03 detail

The flower is from Stampin Up’s Flower Patch (that also has a matching Framelit set.)  Hoppy is done in Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz.  His “pond” is in Lost Lagoon.  Hope you are enjoying meeting the characters!  Check out the rest of the gang by visiting Karen’s Facebook page and seeing what the rest of the team has created!  And come back tomorrow to see what’s going on with Poppy!  Hugs, Fran


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