Its November? Already? Wow these months fly. I am here with my November card and this month the theme is Holiday/Christmas There are so many designs to choose from in the KB Riley collection, so first task was to choose what dies. My keyboard is really ...

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"A STAMPING & CHIRPING Corner" - 5 new articles

  1. November Paper Pro's challenge
  2. Paper Pros challenge October - Holiday Cards
  3. Paper Pros Challenge - Sept - Seeing Spots
  4. Bee Happy Card
  5. Floral Upsy Daisy
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November Paper Pro's challenge

Its November?  Already? Wow these months fly.

I am here with my November card and this month the theme is Holiday/Christmas

There are so many designs to choose from in the KB Riley collection, so first task was to choose what dies.

My keyboard is really playing up today, so I will keep this post short. As when I type it either ignores what I type or adds 10 extra characters!

I had fun creating background with distress Oxide ink pads.  Then I chose the

You can get Karen Burniston dies from
or in the UK

I love this die set!  and it folds flat too.

Please check out the other Paper Pros for their inspirational cards.  Not all
are taking part today but their blogs worth a look anyway.


Paper Pros challenge October - Holiday Cards

Hi Friends
Its an early Paper Pros this month as the date next week clashed with something else for most of the other ladies, I admit it caught me out as I have been flat out with cards for the launch of Julie Hickey Designs Christmas collection on Hochanda and then the Crafts U Love Birthday event.  Been making cards like a woman possessed!  Therefore today snuck up on me, and I have to admit to using one of my samples from the Birthday Event for today's post.  That is fine though as it fits the bill perfectly.

Today's card is in the Christmas theme and I used one of my favourites in the New Karen Burniston range IN STOCK AT CRAFTS U LOVE.  The Frame Pull Pop up.  Which has been decorated using the Woodware Mousy Christmas stamp. 

This fantastic die can be decorated with dies, toppers and stamps and this
is the image that I used on the top.  I took the design and cut it into several separate mice and used this one on the front.

The inside when you pull the "Pull tab" is perfect to nestle this
cute cuddling couple and a cute little message.
** sorry about the messy photo for this "open" one.

Check out what the other Paper Pros are up to on their blogs

The Karen Burniston dies can be purchased from
Crafts U Love in the UK who ship worldwide or alternatively from 


Paper Pros Challenge - Sept - Seeing Spots

Hi Friends,
Its the Paper Pros challenge today and I picked the theme  "seeing spots", making it quite an open challenge for people to make what they want, with what they want (including of course some Karen Burniston) but just add spots to it.

I decided to play with one of my newest Julie Hickey Design stamps and it is called "Garden Treasures".  I create a whimsical background of yellows and oranges with distress oxide ink pads and then added white pigment to create circles gently in the background and giving a "bokah" effect, where dots of light diffuse the colour.  The bee was from the "Beautiful Blooms" set.  This little bee is a firm favourite.

Inside is simple but effective, with the arm on the Spinner Square die set spinning down the sentiment on the arm.

Took advantage of my lovely plant outside to hold my card open.  This flower has the most amazing scent!

The Karen Burniston die can be purchased from the UK at This Link

Such a great die set as you can really make anything spin down behind and decorate the card however you want, with stamps, dies, toppers and whatever you like.  Such a versatile set.  

Crafts U Love have a new drop down when you order, if you have been inspired to order because of anything I have posted please choose the option DESIGN TEAM.  Not strictly Design Team but closest I suppose :) Thank you xx


Bee Happy Card

I got back from Butlin's yesterday, a weekend away with my Mum and the boys, it was lovely we had such a fun time and the weather was gorgeous.

When I got home and whilst the washing machine was going  I got my Julie Hickey Designs stamps out and had a little play.  It was nice just to make a card for no reason, other than the enjoyment.  I adore this little bee stamp and the little squiggle reminds me of a little "buzz" :)   The flowers from the Essential set Happy Birthday is my favourite too.

I don't know if you have seen the Julie Hickey Designs but they are fab! and lucky for me they are being distributed by Crafts U Love.  

I chose the Essential Sentiments Happy Birthday set and 
the Beautiful Blooms set.  IN STOCK! Click the link above to take you
to the page where you can see all the designs available.


Floral Upsy Daisy

I was asked to make a card and was not sure what to use.  Would I choose the New Julie Hickey Designs from Crafts U Love?  Or would I choose the Karen Burniston die set? Then it dawned on me that I didn't have to choose which to use and I would simply use both!  The dies work effortlessly with the stamps to create and card that not only has the beauty of the stamps, but the sure genius of Karen Burniston's paper engineering. :)  

I love nothing more than to colour,  and I coloured these gorgeous designs using the
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a waterbrush.  I used the FABULOUSLY FLORAL stamp set
on Pre Order at Crafts U Love.   I also used the wording from the Essential Sentiments Happy Birthday set.  I decided I wanted my words separately so I snipped them apart with scissors a bit scary but I can choose to stamp them together in one line now or in two.

The image was stamped on the Karen Burniston Crosshatch Rectangles.   
Such a fabulous go to die set.  

For the inside I used the flower from the Happy Birthday Essential Set and masked it with a post it note to use other flowers together to form little bunches.
Other flowers used were from the Heartfelt Wishes   & Essential Sentiments Thank you set. 

Of course the inside has all the WOW that  Karen Burniston die set can inject into a card and I used the Upsy Daisy die set.   IN STOCK AT CRAFTS U LOVE.

There are many ways to use and decorate the Upsy Daisy.
  Check out Karen Burniston's blog   for more ideas where her amazing Design Team and herself work their magic.

I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Until next time!

Caz x


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