Today we’re thrilled to welcome Bev Kastman Buenker.  Before we show you Bev’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

BevProfilePic-09112014-250HMy name is Bev, and I’m a Christian wife, mother and grandmother, and a card making addict. I’m an Air Force brat and have lived in many, many places, but have made Wisconsin my home for more than 30 years now. DH and I have eight grown children, and 20 (yes, you read that right) grandchildren. A history major in college, I was fortunate enough to work in my local history museum after graduation. It was pure joy to learn so much about my adopted city of Racine, Wisconsin through my work there.  I retired from the working world last year, and am enjoying my stay-at-home life immensely. It’s wonderful to be able to craft at my leisure nearly every day! My life has been richly blessed, and it is my prayer that yours may be also. My blog is named ‘Happy Dance’ because the blessings, joys and wonders of my life, and those around me, make me feel that way everyday. Though I started scrapbooking almost 20 years ago, the wonderful world of cardmaking has captured my heart completely since about 2009. I’ve found that the Card Making Blog world is an amazing place, full of inspiration and through this world, I’ve made tons of wonderful new friends! It’s an honor and privilege to have been asked to stand among the many amazing Featured Artists and Designers here at Paper Crafter’s Library.

Card #1

While this is a sympathy card, this white-on-white design would also make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. Very simple to make, using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the frame, and a computer generated sentiment in gold. The base and frame are both Neenah White cardstock.


To make this card, create a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base. Die cut with Silhouette ‘Wrought Iron Frame,’ #49310. Remove shape from mat, and adhere to base. Print sentiment and cut to size. Insert sentiment panel to center of frame.

Card #2

A more feminine look, this birthday card uses one of my favorite color combinations; turquoise, white and yellow. Easy to make, and although the bow takes a smidgen of practice, it’s well worth it in the end. Supplies for this one are: Bazzill turquoise cardstock, Neenah white cardstock, Canvas Corp yellow and white polka dot designer paper, Michaels ribbon, MFT fishtail flag die, and a PTI birthday die.


Begin with a 4.25″ x 5.5″ turquoise base. Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ panel from designer paper and adhere to base. Die cut a 1″ wide fishtail flag, then place ‘birthday’ die on top of the flag and die cut. Leave all pieces of sentiment in place and adhere to polka dot panel. Double tie bow using the tutorial by Jak Heath found on YouTube. Adhere bow and trim ends to desired length.

Card #3

This one is a very simple “Hello” card. Except for the Neenah white base, I’ve used scraps, and heartily apologize for not being able to tell you the manufacturers of the yellow and blue cardstock, or the designer paper. I’ve used a flair button from Simple Stories I {heart} Papers, a speech bubble die from MFT, and a “Hello” die from Lawn Fawn.


Start with your 4.25″ x 5.5″ base and round two corners. Die cut speech bubble, and place your word die where it most pleases your eye. Die cut into speech bubble and save interior bits. Die cut yellow and blue Hello. Adhere the bottom half of speech bubble onto card base. Adhere blue hello, and add in the “bits.” Adhere the top half of the speech bubble. Offset and adhere the yellow “Hello.” Add flair button.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Bev Kastman Buenker. Be sure to stop by Bev’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).

Have a great day!


15 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Bev Kastman Buenker”

  1. Oh, Bev … what an awesome feature … and such delicious (or should I say Bevilicious!) cards … from the elegance of the white on white … to the bold beauty of the ribbon against perfect polka dots … and onto the vibrant, fun and downright happy dancing hello! A wonderful glimpse into your fabulous style and mega talent … and your enthusiastic, positive and splendid spirit! So happy for you, sweet friend! Anita 🙂

  2. As always, these cards are amazing and fun, just like their maker! So glad to see Bev featured here!

  3. Thank you for featuring one of Blogland’s favorite card artists! Bev’s work is always uplifting and inspiring, just like her as she welcomes you to her fun Happy Dances blog with her warm and welcoming personality!! It’s a pleasure to call her my friend! Hugs, Darnell

  4. So thrilled to see you feature one of my favourite card artists. Bev has such original and inspiring artwork and her words of encouragement and wisdom are a blessing. 🙂

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