Category: Poppy

Graduating Poppy

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It’s graduation time and I have a few to send out.  Karen Burniston’s Poppy the Owl seemed like the perfect character to grace a graduation card!  The numbers are the Stampin Up’s Number of Year stamp set with matching die.  One of my graduates had blue and white as their school colors.  I used the Schoolhouse Designer Series paper for this one.

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Poppy’s cap is made from the bowler hat in Props 1.  Karen has a diagram on her blog showing how to cut it to make it a cap.  The hassle and diploma are hand cut.

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Another graduate’s school colors are red and gray.  I simply copied the same design and changed up the colors.  These card are large – 4 1/4 x 9 – and will easily accommodate a check 🙂

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Here he is in Smoky Slate.  He looks so smart!  The Number of Years set makes this a easy card to put together.  Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 2

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Characters in Costumes – Day 2 🙂  And which holiday makes us think of costumes more than Halloween?  So starting with a 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 card, stamped with this awesome image from Stampin Up’s Six Sayings (hostess set in the Holiday Mini)

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And here are the characters!  Everyone is dressed up in their costume for Halloween and popping up on a Lots of Pops die.   The All Season Tree is in the background.  The wagon is hand cut.

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Cheepers the Chicken is dressed as a cowboy. Chilly the Penguin is wearing an Owl mask.  William the Goat is wearing funny glasses and a bow tie.  And Cocoa the Horse is dressed up as bandit.

Hope there’s lots of chocolate involved!  Take time to check out all the other Characters in Costumes on Karen’s Facebook Page.  Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Costume Characters Day 1


This month’s Karen Burniston Designer challenge is to dressed up some characters!  I’m starting out with Poppy the Owl dressed up for graduation.  I just love how the Pop It Ups Gift Card Holder goes with Stampin Up’s B.Y.O.P stamp set.

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I chose a combo of red, white and blue to match one of our local high schools.  Working backwards – I’ll now have to find a matching gift card!  The border on the card comes with the Gift Card Holder die!  That’s easy 🙂

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Poppy’s graduation cap is a small square with a Basic Black Candy dot in the center.  The tassel cord was cut free-hand and the the red tassel is a small piece of Real Red with some slits cut into it, rolled up.  The diploma is a scrap of Whisper White, rolled and tied with Baker’s Twine.

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To make the star, punch 3 star.  Hold 2 of them together and cut a sliver out of the center of both at the same time.  Remove the center and alternate the colors.

Hope over to Karen’s Facebook page to see the other characters decked out in their finest!  Hugs, Fran


Pop It Ups Halloween

Is it too early for Halloween?

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1. Cut a piece of black card stock 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 and fold it in half to create your base.

2. Cut 2 pieces of Happy Haunting DSP Halloween paper (Holiday Mini catalog!) 3 3/8 x 5 1/4 and adhere to the inside.

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3. Place your Rectangular Pull Card die, matching the alignment tab, and cut out.

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4. Die cut and assemble Poppy the Owl making him as cute or scary as you’d like. Die cut 2 All Seasons Trees from black card stock.  Cut two 2″ circles from white or vanilla.

5. Trim off most of the branches from the trees (do them at the same time so they match) and adhere one to the front of the card to create a branch.  Add the circle as the moon and place Poppy on the branch.

6. Make 5 “bats” from the bow tie die in Props 2. Die cut the bow ties and use a hand held punch to punch the bottom of the wings.  Karen also has a little tutorial on creating bats from Cocoa the Horse’s hair!


7. Match up the second branch to the inside left of your card. Adhere a moon to the spinner on the inside and decorate with bats and die cut words using Alphabet 1 or Peel Off stickers!

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Cute or scary, it’s fun!  Hugs, Fran


Poppy Spiral Birthday

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My oldest daughter had a special birthday yesterday – 30!  This is the card I made her using Karen Burniston’s Spiral Pull Card die, Poppy the Owl character die and lots of star stamps.  The sentiment on the front is from Pictogram Punches and Poppy’s little camera is from Project Life Point and Click.  I added Crystal Effects to the lens.

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Pull cards are so much fun to make and receive!  I used the spiral included with the die and added lots of stars!  To make Poppy on both sides, I simply copied an idea from Karen Burniston and made two, glued back to back.  The inside sentiment is from Really Good Greetings – which is a perfect name for this set.

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Beach House Washi tape is across the bottom of the card.  We celebrate 4 birthdays in December so I better get busy!  Hugs, Fran



You’re a Star

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I needed a birthday card so I decided to try out one of Karen Burniston’s videos on making a Spiral Pull Card with a character. I chose to put Poppy the Owl on the front and used the very fun Flashback Designer Series Paper with Pictogram Punches for the sentiment.

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Lots and Lots of stars – punches and framelits!  The cute little camera that Poppy is holding is from the Project Life stamp set Point & Click.



Stamp Sets – Pictogram Punches, Really Good Greetings, Point & Click

Card stock – Whisper White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Red Glimmer paper

Ink – Real Red, Crushed Curry, Pool Party

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Spiral Pull Card and Poppy the Owl dies, Star Framelits, star punch, Beach House washi tape, Crystal Effects (camera lens)

Play along!  Watch the video and create one of your own!  Hugs, Fran



Poppy Halloween

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Here’s Poppy hanging out for Karen Burniston’s September Challenge!  He’s sitting on an Oval Accordion die just waiting for the fun to begin!  The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s Tee Hee Hee and it says “People call me a witch… it’s a bad thing.”  Too funny!  I used Karen’s Cloud Edges die for the edges.

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Stamp Set – Tee Hee Hee

Card stock – Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Motley Monsters DSP

Ink – Momento Tux Black

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Poppy ,Oval Accordion and Cloud Edge dies

Have you checked out the other Halloween designs for this challenge?  You’ll be amazed at what the team has done!  Hugs, Fran


Poppy Photo Props

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Day 2 of the “Character Challenge!” Here is Poppy – a character die from Karen Burniston – playing with his photo props!  He has a bowler hat, glasses, lips and mustache to hide his true identity.  The background is stamped with Stampin Up’s Chevron and Dictionary background stamps with some Epic Day washi tape and Candy Dots to set it off.  The “Guess Who” was stamped with the new SU Alphabet rotary stamp.  And when Poppy’s mask comes off –

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There he is – looking dapper.  Each item from Karen’s  Props 1 dies was attached to a strip of Crumb Cake card stock, stacked, and then attached to Poppy’s wing with a mini brad.  And here’s one more Poppy idea for those prize winning papers your children are sure to be bringing home from school this year –

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Poppy the scholar!  I die cut 5 backgrounds to make him nice and strong and adhered this to a clothespin with a magnet on back.  Now he’s ready to stick on the refrigerator to collect art work, homework, test – you name it!  Make sure to check out Karen’s blog tomorrow or hop over now to her Facebook page to see all the challenge designs!  Hugs, Fran

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