Today is the Paper Pros Challenge and it’s Halloween! The first thing I thought of when I saw Stampin Up’s Season to Sparkle was The Phantom of the Opera 🙂 So here’s my Phantom card. The card is a 5 x 7 and has a circle die cut from the front. The chandelier is die cut twice – once for the outside (which is mostly trimmed away) and one for the inside. I covered the chandelier with Glossy Accents and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds. The jewel border was die cut, colored with Copics and adhered to the top. The graveyard scene is from Karen Burniston’s Halloween Scene die. First I stamped the Basic Gray card stock using the Marbled background stamp, then I die cut it. The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock.
On the inside I used Karen Burniston’s Katherine Label die so the chandelier swings above the cemetery as it’s opening. The little spiders dangle as it moves. The creates are an Art Impressions stamp – Spooktacular – colored with Copies and fussy cut. Make sure you check out all the other Halloween creations! Hugs, Fran
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I read about this fun technique using a credit card to drag Distress Oxide Inks across your card stock to create patterns and thought I’d give it a try. I started with a combo of blues and yellows – and it was a hot mess! But I kept dragging colors and when I added white paint and black ink, I was happy with the results!
I used the Happy Birthday Thinlit in Daffodil Delight and die cut it 3 times. stocking them together so it would be strong enough to go across the circle opening. Then I added some black enamel dots.
For the left over piece, I embossed a background and just added the circle and another Happy Birthday to the front of the card. 2 card for 1!
In other news, the annual garage sale is coming up the 15-16th. If you live in the Lexington, KY area – you are invited to attend! There are lots of us gathering together to create one of the best crafting garage sales you’ll ever see!
My craft room looks like a complete mess! And this was early in the process!! Hope you can stop by 🙂 Hugs, Fran
I saw a card done by Dawn Griffith featuring this cute fold. The little opening made me think of this cute set – A Little Wild. Using the Foil Frenzy Designer Series paper, I cased her design for this card.
The Lemon Line Twist foil dots are so cute. Only the front panel opens and the circle opening gives you a peek at the little bear. All tied off with the pretty Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.
This set has it’s own dies that make cute tags – showing the front and the back of the bear, but I just used the stamps. I colored the bear with Copics and hid the message inside. Hugs, Fran
Welcome to this month’s Karen Burniston Design Team challenge – My Style. So that leaves trying to pin point “my style.” Well, you know I love pop-ups! I also love lots of details, coloring with my Copic markers, and using lots of sets on one card. Does that make me “fussy?” 🙂 This card starts with a 5 x 5 Garden Green base and some of the beautiful Quilted Christmas 6 x6 Designer Series paper. I also used a Stitched Felt tree – so fun! The trim across the top is Stampin Up’s Decorative Ribbon Border. The Christmas packages are from the Karen Burniston Sleigh pop up in Garden Green, Gold Foil, and Real Red with rhinestones in the center of the bows. The cute moose is from Riley & Company stamps and has a matching die. After coloring him with Copic markers, I chopped off his head and popped it up so he’d have a little more dimension behind the tree.
But the best part is always inside!
I used the Karen Burniston Sleigh Pop Up on the inside is Gold Foil and Quilted Christmas DSP and added another Riley moose and more packages to the sleigh. There is also another Stitched Felt tree tucked in the sleigh and the cute wreath has a Metallic Enamel dot on the bow. The sentiment is Stampin Up’s Oh What Fun – a great set to have! So I’m calling this “my style!” Hugs, Fran
See what the rest of team did for this challenge!
Shelly Hickox – http://shellyhickox.blogspot.com
Summer – Hills Painter – http://1craftypainter.blogspot.com
Karen Aicken – http://paintedmountaincards.blogspot.ca
Helen Cryer – http://diningroomdrawers.blogspot.com
Kelly Booth – http://cruzinkellster.blogspot.com
Frances Byrne – http://stampowl.blogspot.com
Fran Sabad – http://fransabad.com
So this was the first thing I wanted from the Holiday Catalog – a lamp post! I stamped and die cut the lamp, sign and wreath and layered it on an oval embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The post is covered with Glossy Accents.
Inside I used Karen Burniston’s House & Fence Pop Up die. The snow is done with her Nature’s Edges die and the tress are from the Winter Charms set. The sentiment is Stampin Up’s Hearts Come Home. White is hard to photograph but I hope you get the idea! Hugs, Fran
Happy September – Happy Holiday catalog 🙂 It’s finally time for the Holiday Catalog and all the fun, new products and ideas. One of my favorites is the the Tags & Trimmings stamp set with the matching Trim Your Stocking dies. This combo makes darling stockings that are little pillow boxes. The dies have all kinds of pieces that decorate your stockings. For these stockings I used the new Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series paper and the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon.
You can also just use the pillow pos part of the die to make little gift pouches, This one is a case of the one in the catalog. It uses the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper. There are so many things you can do with this set!
If you are in the Lexington, Ky area, the annual Stamping Garage Sale is coming up September 15-16! Want more info on participating or attending? Email me for all the details.
This week’s challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges is Back to School which always makes me think, red, white and blue and Labor Day. This image is a digital stamp from Sassy Cheryl. The stars in the background are made using Stamping Up’s Oh My Stars embossing folder. The image was colored with Copic markers.
On the inside I used Karen Burniston’s Snowman Twist Circle die (again, yes I know!) and her wonderful Words 2, Birthday Die Set. The little stars are attached to fishing line so it shakes when opened. I also used Karen Burniston’s Nature Edges dies for the bottom of the area where you write your greeting. Enjoy celebrating and I hope you’ll join in this challenge! Hugs, Fran
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Today’s challenge at Crazy 4 Challenge is a sketch challenge! I used Stamping Up’s Tranquil Tulips on the front. This card is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/4. And here is the sketch –
And when you open the card……
I used Karen Burniston’s Snowman Twist Circle die, opening at a different angle (!) with a butterfly. You can do anything with this die 🙂 Join the challenge this week by using the sketch for inspiration! Hugs, Fran
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Season Like Christmas is a new set from the upcoming Holiday Mini and I thought I’d try out some different way to do the tree. The stamp is considered a 2-step stamp (or maybe 3 or 4!) Here’s all my takes done on 3 1/2 x 5 Crumb Cake cards. All the backgrounds are stamped with Tree Rings background stamp in Crumb Cake, the trunks are stamped in Chocolate Chip and the center panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle die.
The first card is tree without snow. I used Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive to stamp the tree. The sentiment is from Colorful Seasons and is stamped in Chocolate Chip.
The second tree is stamped in both greens and the snow-looking stamp is done in Versamark with white embossing powder. The stamp at the bottom of the tree is done the same way. The sentiment is stamped and embossed on Chocolate Chip card stock.
The last tree uses the 2 tree images – the first stamped in Pear Pizzaz and the second is stamped in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. So there you go! I’m sure there are lots of other ways to stamp this pretty tree, but here are a few to try! Hugs, Fran
This challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges is a Monochromatic Challenge. I chose yellow with black as my accent color. The background on the front of the card is done with a stencil and shimmer spray. The sentiment and diet are from Stamping Up’s Sunshine Sayings and matching die, Sunshine Wishes. I added rhinestones and metallic stars and a scallop boarder from the Colorful Seasons die.
Inside I used Karen Burniston’s Snowman Twist Circle die to create the sun popping up! I added sunglass from SU’s Pocketful of Sunshine die and lot of shimmer 🙂 I repeated some of the accents from the front on the inside. This is such a fun challenge and I hope you’ll play along! Hugs, Fran