Online Extravaganza


November 23-30, save up to 50 percent on select products during our week-long Online Extravaganza! To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours on November 23 and November 30, the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!


Feel free to use hostess code QJD4NFJV for $6.95 shipping.  (If your order is over $150 don’t use the code  – you will get hostess benefits!)

Questions?  email me at  Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston November Design Team Challenge Day 2

Today I used Karen’s Confetti Tunnel card video to make my card!  This was fun!

PIU Confetti Tunnel 01 front

I started with the Gift Card Accordion die and the Flourishes frame.  Whiskers the Cat is celebrating with a hand cut cake that is spilling over into the confetti tunnel.

PIU Confetti Tunnel 01 open

Here’s the open card.  The paper is a retired (very retired) Stampin Up paper.

PIU Confetti Tunnel 01 left

PIU Confetti Tunnel 01

You just can’t help shaking this card! To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.

Hop over to Karen’s Facebook page to enjoy all the other amazing creations for this challenge.

Karen Burniston November Design Team Challenge Day 1

This month’s challenge was to use one of Karen’s videos as the start of our cards!  I chose Karen’s Pop It Ups Spiral Pull Card video for this one.

Spiral Pull Card 03

Here is Jolly the Mouse waiting for Christmas on the front of a Spiral Pull Card and a clock using the Clock and Gears die.  The paper is Stampin Up’s Season of Cheer Designer Series paper. The card size is 6 x 8.

Spiral Pull Card 03 open

When you open the card, candy canes spiral out!  The canes are “double sided” so it looks nice on both sides.

Spiral Pull Card 03 Jolly

Even though Jolly is on both sides, he’s got a candy cane on the front and…..

Spiral Pull Card 03 Jolly 2

a present on the other side.  Doesn’t he look excited!  Make sure you check out the other ideas from the team on Karen’s Facebook page.

Deck the Halls Chilly Gift Card Holder

I’m excited to share with you a cute idea using Karen Burniston’s Gift Card Accordion with Chilly the Penguin.

Here is the card in the closed position:

PIU Gift Hard Holder 02 open

And here it is opened up:

PIU GHC 02 open


Use the Gift Card Accordion Die cut to cut the following pieces:
(2) full pages from sturdy red cardstock
(2) pieces from patterned paper, using the paper over the inner rectangle only. Trim to just the rectangles and glue the patterned paper rectangles over the red cardstock pages, taking care to line up the tuck slots on Page 2 perfectly to be able to add a gift card later.
Use the companion Flourish Gift Frame die set to die cut 3 white Flourish Frames. Adhere the frames to the pages, including one for the front of the album when closed.
Assemble the Gift Card Accordion according to the package directions or by watching Karen’s assembly video here: Gift Card Accordion
Die cut Chilly the Penguin using white, black and orange cardstock and assemble him. Make slits between his body and arms. Using gold thread, wrap Chilly as shown.


Die cut the string of Christmas lights from the Holiday House die set four times (1 set each in red, blue, green and yellow) and trim into individual bulbs. For the bulbs that are adhered to Chilly, simply glue them over the thread. For any bulbs that are hanging off of Chilly, sandwich the thread between two bulbs adhered back-to-back

PIU GCH 02 side
Die cut the largest decorator tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card set and sponge green ink through the die to create the swirl pattern, Adhere the tree to the page with a pop dot and add a glitter star.
Stamp “Santa Says” in green and “Shop!” in red using the Merry & Bright clear stamps. Die cut the circle and add to the page.
Die cut 4 presents and bows using the Evergreen Pivot Card set – one each in yellow, red, green and blue. Assemble the presents and adhere them to Page 2, being careful not to cover the tuck slots that will hold the gift card.
PIU GCH 02 detail

Add your gift card and make someone smile! Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project!



Gold Joy

Jolly Christmas 02

This black and gold Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series paper is so gorgeous that it can stand alone.  But I added some stamping “just because!” :)  I used a sentiment from Jolly Christmas, heat embossed it in gold and added some foil paper and a star.  That’s it!  This will be featured in my Stamp a Stack this week.  Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle November Blog Hop and FREE pattern!

Creative Circle Blog Hop Resized

Can you believe it’s November and the holidays are just around the corner?  This sweet little box is perfect to help you with your holiday gift giving.  And the best part – it’s free!  Hop along with us and see lots of great ideas for this pattern.

This is the box filled with cards.  It’s a substantial size and I was able to get 10 2 layer cards and envelopes inside!  I used Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Season of Cheer Designer Series paper for the box and the Merry Everything for the tag.  I die cut the top with the Perfect Pines Framelit Dies and added a piece of window sheet to the opening.

Creative Circle November 2015 cards enclosed

Here’s the set –

Creative Circle November 2015 set

But it’s not only great for cards – it’s great for gifts too.  I filled mine with chocolate.  Wouldn’t this make a cute gift for a teacher, hair dresser, babysitter, neighbor – anyone you want to remember during the holidays?

Creative Circle November 2015

The box opens with a cute fold –

Creative Circle November 2015 open

So now that you’ve seen my ideas for the box, follow along on the Blog Hop and see other ways to use the pattern.  You can get your copy of the pattern here.



Fran  (You are here!)



Peaceful Pines Gift Card Holder

Peaceful Pines 02

Silver and White – such a pretty color combination for a Christmas card, but SO hard to photograph!  This Gift Card Holder is made with Karen Burniston’s Gift Card Holder die and Stampin Up’s Peaceful Pine stamp set.  The trees are stamped in Versamark and silver embossing powder.  The dotted stamp is the medium tree, but I used the small tree die to cut them out.  The little packages are embossed in silver and the ribbon in colored with a Real Red Stampin Write Marker.  The star on top is Red Glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from Versatile Christmas and is also embossed in silver.

The Gift Card Holder was cut out of Heavy White card stock and then again in Silver Foil with the center trimmed away.  The frame was cut in Whisper White.

Peaceful Pines 02 open

On the  inside I reversed the order and cut the frame and a solid from Silver Foil.  It’s so shiny!  And that’s one of the best parts of the holidays :)  Hugs, Fran

Hedgehog Halloween


PIU Rectangle Accordion 03

My favorite part about Halloween is that there are no “rules” to decorating.  Sequins, cobwebs, princesses and ghouls – all go together to create some spooky fun!  This Pop It Ups Rectangular Accordion card is a perfect example of “everything goes!”  I started with 3 of Karen Burniston’s awesome Rectangular Accordion panels in Smokey Slate card stock and the Katie Frame Star Edges in Basic Black.  I stamped the Hedgehog Daisy Halloween stamp set in Basic Gray and colored it with Copic markers.(W7, W5. W3,W1 and W00)  Then I added some washi tape, sequins, and black glitter stars along with a glitter banner and big jewel.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 open

Here it is open.  Each panel has it’s own character. I used the Katie Flourish Frame Edge on the middle Accordion.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 left side

The moon is lightly colored with a chalk marker.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 middle

The vampire has white chalk marker on the light, cummerbund, and bow tie and the witch has the same marker on her scarf.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 right side

The Rectangular Accordion makes scenes come together in such a fun way!  For matting each image, I also used the matting dies from the Rectangular Pull card.  They all work together!  Perfect!

Bunny Business


Lucky the Rabbit sending thanks!  This cute little Karen Burniston character with his basket of carrots is just too cute!  Again, I’ve paired Stampin Up’s B.Y.O.P. with Karen’s Pop It Ups Gift Card Holder.  It’s just too perfect :)  The Designer Series Paper is Farmer’s Market and (again) is perfect for Lucky!

BYOP 05 open

I did this one with 3 panels.

BYOP 05 detail

Love it when everything comes together!  Hugs, Fran


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