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"A STAMPING & CHIRPING Corner" - 5 new articles

  1. Its a new chapter...
  2. Paper Pros challenge Sept
  3. Paper Pros July Challenge - 30 minute makes
  4. Paper Pro's Challenge - Inspired by Karen
  5. Paper Pros challenge - May
  6. More Recent Articles

Its a new chapter...

Paper Pros challenge Sept

Another month, another challenge and todays challenge was set by Sandy and her challenge was "kids or back to school".  I went with kids and this card would be great for kids or cute lovers alike.

I used Karen A's fantastic idea to use the Train Pivot panels as a general pop up stage, so using its panels as a place to pop some decorations.

By using the die set like this it gives you some great decorative placement opportunies. 

I decorated the panels with some cute foxes from Craft Consortium.
Colour with Distress Inls and used the "No line colouring ink pad" too.

I will tag the items I used below ;)

I am going to be demonstrating these ink pads and stamp 
sets at Crafts U Love on their birthday event.

Check our more info HERE



Paper Pros July Challenge - 30 minute makes

Hi Friends

I am here today with the Paper Pros challenge for July and this time it was my turn to pick a theme and chose "30 minute makes".  Now I am not going to lie, this set some of the ladies in a spin, no way they said.  But lets face it, we can all make fandabbydosey cards with Karens die sets.  But can we strip it back a level and make relatively quick cards?  By ommitting some of the die cutting, and just using the Pivot hearts and decorating with stamps I managed to make a pop up card in a much shorter time, but still packs a WOW when you open it with the pop out hearts.  You should give it a try one day.

Here you can see the inside and the way I very simply decorated the hearts.  With the central piece flat I popped a piece of scrap card behind so I could edge the hearts without catching the back of the card.  I also left the scrap in place whilst I stamped the flowers onto the hearts.


The front was simply stamped with white embossing on Kraft and coloured with pencils.

Here is a bit closer of inside.

Here I will list the items used  below :)

Karen Burniston Heart Pivot Panels

Here are the other ladies cards 

I am so pleased to still be regularly playing along with these talented ladies.  Please do check their blogs regularly as they are all on the Karen Burniston Design Team and make the most amazing cards.


Paper Pro's Challenge - Inspired by Karen

Can you believe another month has passed and I am here with another Paper Pros challenge.

This month Frances chose  "Inspired by Karen Burniston."
Each month Karen shares at least one video showing us how to use a die set in a different way than what it was intended. Here’s your chance this month to create a card using one of those cards you have been meaning to create using her videos as inspiration.I love the idea of using the 3 tier cake as a base for any items as Karen has showed HERE>


  I always try to make my cards usable, by that I mean who do I next need a card for? Well that one was easy at it is Caidens 13th Birthday on 15th June. Yes my Baby Boy is a teenager soon, that is a scary thought. Scarier still... Harvey leaves school Friday!GULP Anyway, back to the card. I was not sure what to make Caiden, he isn't into much but gaming but I did buy this cute Chamelion Stamp by Pink Ink Designs from Crafts U Love.

  This is the front of the card and I went to town with my Distress Oxides to colour in the main image.

And here is the inside where I have used the lower layer of the cake as a platform to hold this cute little Chameleon complete with his party hat! and the all important numbers! At this age you never forget the numbers! I also used from Karen Burniston Ovals Crosshatch Happy Birthday Cake Pop Up You'll have to check out my friends on Karens Fabulous Design Team to see who has decided to play this month. They are all very busy with the new release dies that us mere mortals will get to see 24th June - I cant wait!! Also I know Crafts U Love will be putting these on Pre Order as soon as they are allowed.


Paper Pros challenge - May

Its Paper pros challenge again and its Frances who has chosen the theme for this month.

Back to Basic Shapes - Many of Karen’s die sets contain the name of a basic shape in it .... Oval; Circle; Square & Rectangle etc. Use at least one die set that includes one of those shapes in it’s name for your card.

I am pleased that I managed to squeeze my entry in by designing my up and coming class to include Karen's die set Crosshatch Ovals.  There are still spaces on this class which runs this Saturday 18th at Crafts U Love.  I'd love to see you there.  BOOK HERE

I have used the Woven Basket for the main piece and the Winter Animals for the cute little hedgehog.  I am going to let the ladies choose their colours and whether they want an animal peeking out or not.

I love how this has come out and I used Karen's Tutorial on how to make a Double Wide version of this die set.

Check out what the other Paper Pro Team members made

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


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