Boxes and Bows

Box Punch Board 01

Today is my Bags and Boxes class and here’s one of the projects we’re making.  This box is made with the Box Punch Board using the Under the Tree Designer Series paper. The “bow” is a rosette made with the Rosette die and the snowflake on top was die cut from a coaster using a retired snowflake die.

Box Punch Board 01 detail

It’s almost time to think about packing!  Hugs, Fran

Thanksgiving Table

Holiday Invitation 01

This sample was shown on a demo site – and I changed it up a bit to fit my Thanksgiving table.  The end size of the place card is 4 x 4 and I’ll add names to them next week.  I’ve made then to stand up  and hold a cello bag with treats (do we need treats after Thanksgiving?)

Holiday Invitation 01 side


So here’s how to make your own!  Start with a 4 x 10 1/2 piece of Early Espresso and score at 4, 4 1/2, 5 and 9.  Fold according to the photo.  Stamp a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 piece of Crumb Cake with the Hardwood Background stamp in Early Espresso and adhere to the front.  Die cut a leaf from the Autumn Accent die in Cherry Cobbler and sponge the edges with Early Espresso.  Use the Holiday Invitation stamp set and stamp the leaf in Early Espresso.  Stamp Give Thanks on a 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of Very Vanilla and sponge the edges with Crumb Cake.  Mount the pieces onto the flap and add some twine or ribbon. Your guests will be impressed!  Hugs, Fran

Santa Nugget Box

CP nugget holder

A long time ago I made these littler nugget boxes – and the pattern was lost when I had to switch servers.  Since I’ve had so many requests for the pattern, I thought I’d share it a new.

Santa Nugget Box Directions

Start with a 5 x 3 1/2 piece of Real Red card stock.  Score in 1/2″ and 1″ on all 4 sides. Cut away the parts shown in the picture and fold into a little box.  For the wrapper, cut another piece of Real Red 3 x 4 3/4 and score on the 4 3/4 side at 1 5/8, 2 1/8, 3 3/4 and 4 1/4.  This will leave a little flap to glue it together

CP nugget holder open

Decorate your nuggets and box!  Need help?  Just let me know – Hugs, Fran

Blue Birthday

Garden Bench 01

Karen Burniston’s Challenge – number 3!  Blue!  I found a lovely poem about snow and growing old and printed it on to Whisper White card stock then die cut it with a die from Karen’s Katie Label Pivot die.  The Designer Series paper is All is Calm from Stampin Up’s Holiday mini.

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Inside is the Garden Bench, Tree for All Season and Happy Birthday Pop It Ups!  To make the Happy Birthday curve across the snow, I simply ran it through my Xyron and the addition of adhesive made it easy to bend.

Garden Bench 01 details

Can you see all the sparkly Dazzling Details snow?  I used acrylic paint to paint some of the branches and added “snow” to the bench and tree (and me, of course!)  Hugs, Fran




White as Snow

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The Designer Challenge for Karen Burniston continues with “white” – white as snow.  I chose to use the Evergreen Pivot die and do a Triple Pivot Card Technique.   The front of this card uses several different embossing folders, Karen’s Agatha Edges die and Stampin UP’s snowflakes found in the Frosted Sequins.

It’s so hard to see white on white in a photo!

Beauty of the Season 01 inside


The sentiment is from Beauty of the Season.

Beauty of the Season 01 sentiment


Stamp Set – Beauty of the Season

Cardstock – Whisper White

Ink – Versamark

Etc – Karen Burniston Evergreen Pivot, Agatha Edges, Outdoor Edges dies, embossing folders Distressed Dots and Stylish Stripes, Frosted Sequins, Oval Framelits, All is Calm washi tape

Red – white – what’s next?  Hugs, Fran


Santa’s On His Way

Get Your Santa On 02

It’s that time of year – for Karen Burniston’s Design Challenge!  This month it’s “Red, White and Blue.”  My red card features the Big Man, himself.  I started with the fun set Get Your Santa On and Nordic Noel Designer Series paper.

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And here he is – greeting you on Karen Burniston’s Lorna Label Pop Up!  I love this Pop It Ups die because there is so much room to decorate!  Santa is stamped on the die and then again on a separate piece of Whisper White and fussy cut.  The cute presents are from Karen’s Evergreen Pivot die.

Get Your Santa On 02 detail


Stamp Set – Get Your Santa On

Card stock – Whisper White, Real Red, Nordic Noel DSP

Ink – Jet Black Stazon, Real Red

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Lorna Label and Evergreen Pivot Card dies, washi tape

Looks like you’ve been very good this year!  Hugs, Fran


Wondrous Wreath Box

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The fourth challenge this month for the Creative Crew at Splitcoast is packaging.  I chose the Decorative Window Gift Box  with a wreath over the opening.  The “ribbon” is a strip of card stock wrapped all the way around.  I didn’t want the box to collapse so I lined the bottom with Real Red and make a punched doughnut to cover the opening on the inside.

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Stamp Sets – Wondrous Wreath, Merry Stars

Card stock – Real Red, Whisper White

Ink – Old Olive, Garden Green, Real Red

Etc – Decorative Windows Gift Box, Wondrous Wreath Framelits, 2 1/2 and 1 3/4 circle punches

Can’t wait to fill this box!  Hugs, Fran



All is Calm

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This ensemble is for the Splitcoast Creative Crew challenge to use the beautiful All is Calm Designer Series paper.  I paired it Festival of Trees, Oval Framelits and the All is Calm Designer Washi tape.

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Stamp Set – Festival of Trees

Cardstock – Whisper White, All is Calm, Silver Foil

Ink – Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz

Etc – All is Calm Washi Tape, Oval Framelits, star punch

Play along with us using All is Calm or the color combo of Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Whisper White. Use the Keyword CCREW1114 DF Creative Crew SUO!



Tiny Trees

Tiny Tree 01

One of the Creative Crew challenges on Splitcoast this month is Holiday Focus – and I chose Christmas decorating.  This little tree is made by tearing Typeset Designer Series paper into squares – starting at 2 1/2″ and working in 3’s down to 1 1/4″ – and poking them onto a bamboo skewer with chipboard square between each piece.  After they were all on the skewer, I sprayed the tree with spray adhesive and covered it with glitter.  Put a styrofoam ball in the bottom of a small container and stick the skewer into the ball.  I used shred to cover the top of the bucket.  Punch 2 little stars out of Glimmer paper and hot glue them to the top of skewer.  You can make an entire forest of these little gems to decorate your home!  Play along by using the key word CCREW1114HF CreativeCrew SUO!

There was a light sprinkling of snow yesterday so I guess the holidays really are just right around the corner!  Hugs, Fran


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