Category: Occasions Mini

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

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


Hedgehog love!  This card uses Hedgehugs in the Occasions catalog.   I used an old heart stencil and the new embossing paste on the card base.  The tops of the mushroom were stamped in gray and then again in Real Red and fussy cut. The hedgehogs were stamped in Soft Suede and then the color was pulled from the image with a blender pen and fussy cut.  I added a heart with the sentiment and some extra hearts to finish it off.   Hugs, Fran

Graceful Garden

Graceful Garden has this beautiful sentiment – I Adore You – that is perfect for Valentines Day or any card that expresses love.  I paired is up with Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry to make a Valentines card.  The sets I used are Sure Do Love You and Heart Happiness with dies from Sweet & Sassy hearts and the Lots to Love Framelits.  Cut and inch from one side of your card base and stack your hearts along the edge.  I also added some cute Metallic Enamel Shape hearts.

Enjoy all the hearts!  Hugs, Fran

Sure Do Love You

We are going to need Valentines very soon!  This one is made with the Sure Do Love You stamp set and the Lots of Love Box Framelits that match.  The Designer Series paper is Painted with Love and the bottom scallop is from the Colorful Seasons dies.  All of the hearts are popped up with 3 card stock hearts underneath them.  The first heart has a Calypso Coral bow tied with the Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon that is free during Saleabration.  The entire thing is finished off with a skinny strip of Gold Foil.  Hugs, Fran

Sure Do Love You

Are you thinking “Valentines” yet?  The Sure Do Love You set in the Occasions catalog is perfect for making some quick, but pretty, Valentines.  I paired the set with the Painted with Love Specialty paper to make this card.  The base is Melon Mambo ( 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2 for a top fold card.)  The front is Powder Pink and the Painted with Love paper.  The little layered squared is Powder Pink and Calypso Coral, die with the Layering Squares framelits.  The ribbon is from Saleabration!  It’s free with a $50 purchase 🙂  I finished off the card with Metallic Enamel Shapes and Gold Glitter Flakes (from the Occasions catalog.)  Hugs, Fran

Brusho Floral Statements

Have you  tried Brushos?  There is a really nice selection of Brushos in the Occasions catalog.  These are powdered crystals that react to water, can be painted like watercolor or sprinkled on wet paper.  They are addicting!  I started with the Floral Statements stamp set on water color paper, stamped in Archival Black, and painted the blue rose with the Brushos.  Then I started doing the background by shaking on the Brushos in Green and Yellow.  The mat behind the stamp is also done the same way.  I used Nuvo Drops in Simple White to add some accents.  Hugs, Fran

Barn Door

Isn’t this cute?  The barn door slides across the card to reveal the greeting!  Our farm has black barns with red trim so that’s where I started.  I used the new Simple Stripes embossing folder on the background to add texture.  After I stamped the barn door, I used colored pencils to add some shadows on the boards.

The wreath is stamped on Old olive card stock and the flowers are die cut separately.

I added a few flowers to brighten things up.  This is a great stamp set and die and, as always, you get an extra 10% off if you purchase the bundle!  Hugs, Fran

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