Paper Pros February Challenge – Love

This month’s Paper Pro challenge is Love.  I used the new Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop Up die to make a Valentine card.  The front uses the Painted Love DSP and Gold foil papers along with Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango card stocks.  The little heart is Powder Pink, painted with a shimmer pen and cover with Glossy Accents.  The row of gold hearts are die cut with Karen Burniston’s Cake Trim die.  It’s all finished off with a Powder Pink ribbon.

The dies on the Spinner Square can cut an opening on the front.  As you open the card, the message pops out!

Since I turned mine vertically, the message pops out from the bottom.  The sentiment is from Sure do Love You.    Hugs, Fran


This card is made with Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti background die that I paper pieced using Real Red, Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo.  The gold sentiment, border and hearts are the new Painted Love Gold vinyl stickers from Stampin Up!  I simply pressed them over the background die.

And I added some Glossy Accents on the Love and the hearts (couldn’t resist!)  Such fun!  Hugs, Fran

In the Clouds

Here’s a funny Valentine using an older AI stamp set – Val Set – and Karen Burniston’s Katherine Label die.  The clouds are die cut from a Stampin Up die set called Rainbow Builder (Occasions Catalog)  There is an acetate window over the opening.

Here he is up in the air!  The little hearts are coated in Shimmer pen and Glossy Accents.  So is his large heart.

Same idea here – an older AI Tina set – and I used an oval opening instead of the Katherine Label.  And the card size is 4 1/2 x 6.

The Katherine Label will work with lots of die openings (or no opening!)  Almost ready for Valentines Day!  Hugs, Fran

Jar of Candied Love

This simple card is made with Jar of Love and the candy hearts in the Sure Do Love You set.  I made some masks for the hearts and just masked them as I filled the jar.  I used the matching Framelits to cut out the jar and tied it off with some Baker’s Twine.  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink and Pool Party.  You could easily make these as tiny cards.  Hugs, Fran

Fortunate to Know You

Here’s a quick card with some easy Copic coloring.  The set is from the Occasions Catalog and is called Fortunate to Know You.  I made some simple masks of the cookies and stamped the scene.  Then I did some quick Copic coloring and added some punched hearts.  Of course I had to add some Wink of Stella shimmer pen and Glossy Accents on the hearts 🙂  Think of all the things you could do with this set!  Hugs, Fran

By the Sea

These little sets are from StampingBella, the Littles Palm Tree set and Sandcastle set, and they were perfect paired with Karen Burniston’s Castle die.  For the front I used the Karen Burniston Tropical Scene die to create the sand and water.  Then I colored the little sunbathers and accessories with Copic Markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I covered the shells, sun, and the sunglasses with Glossy Accents and added some washi tape to the bottom. The sentiment is Stampin Up’s Eastern Beauty.

But the fun is inside-

Using the Karen Burniston Castle Pop Up die, I made a sandcastle.  The beach babies and other beach accessories decorate the inside and the Tropical scene die continues to the inside.

The castle is so cute and very easy to assemble.  And a drawbridge!  Hope you enjoy the sun and sand!  Hugs, Fran

Floral Statement Color

Do you like to color?  I did this card using Floral Statements and my Copic markers.  The background is the Tree Rings stamp (love!)  To get a good image, I stamped the image several times using Momento Tux Black ink.  Then I let the world slip away while I colored 🙂  Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge for February – Castles

This month’s Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge is Castles featuring Karen’s new Castle Pop Up die.  I made some boxes and tags with the Castle die, Princess and Mermaid die, Knight and Dragon die and the Word set die 5 – Royalty.  This tag uses the Castle die in Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo.  The sky was done with Distress Oxide inks and the grass is Pear Pizzaz.  The little princess wears a Pool Party dress embellished with some Dazzling Diamonds. (Sounds like we’re at the Oscars!)  The tag itself is from the Karen Burniston Tag Book. I just used the Castle die flat – no score lines – across the tag.

Every Princess needs a box for their gift!  Here I used the Castle die flat across a box.  I finished it off with some birds from the Karen Burniston Outdoor Scene die.  It took me 3 1/2 castle strips to do this box.  (A retired SU box – any box would work.)  I tied it off with some pink ribbon from my stash.

Now for your little Knight –

This was done the same way as the Princess tag using Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  I added some Glossy Accents to his shield.

For his box I added the cute, cute dragon in Daffodil Delight!

So there’s the Castle die used flat!  Check out all the other designers and see what they’ve done with the Castle!  Hugs, Fran

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Vertical Love

Here’s a quick Valentine for you to make using Vertical Greeting.  Simply use you markers to color directly to the heart topiary and stamp on whisper white card stock.  The card base is a notecard that is 3 1/2 x 5.  I added some little hearts to the top and around the front and stamped the greeting in Real Red.  Tie it off with some red Baker’s Twine and you have a sweet card!  Hugs, Fran

It’s a Beautiful Day

Brushos are a new product offering for Stampin Up.  They are a crystal watercolor powder that you paint or shake out of little containers onto watercolor paper. Of course there are lots of techniques for this product but I’ll show you 3 ways to get you started.  I am using the Beautiful Day stamp set from the Occasion catalog and Amazing You from the Saleabration catalog.

For this first card I stamped the image with Black Archival ink onto watercolor paper.  I lightly misted the paper and sprinkled on some Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho.  Then I misted the paper some more until the colors began to blend.

On this card I heat embossed the butterfly with white embossing powder, filled the areas of the butterfly with water and sprinkled on the Gamboge and Yellow Brusho.  Once it dried I brushed off any powder that was outside of the embossed image and then misted the watercolor paper and used the Prussian Blue and Yellow Brushos around it.

For this card I stamped the butterfly in Bermuda Bay and then misted the card stock with water.  This caused the butterfly to bleed.  While it was wet I added the Yellow Brusho.  Once the entire piece was dry, I revamped the butterfly.  All the cards were finished with some sequins and the Tutti-Frutti DSP.  I encourage you to try this product but be warned – it’s very addicting!  Hugs, Fran

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