Four Corners

Corner Garden 01

You’ve seen this one before but yesterday was class 7 in my Blendies classes and this was the sample.. Wow, these ladies have gotten very good with their Blendies!  I thought I’d show you 4 more variations on this card.

Corner Garden 05

This rose is Calypso Coral.

Corner Garden 03

This is Melon Mambo.

Corner Garden 04

This was done with Copics and….

Corner Garden 02

This was done in “sepia” tones using Copics.

What a wonderful stamp!  Hugs, Fran

Park Lane Rectangular Pull Card

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Still snowed in so I’m playing with my Copic Markers.  This image is Saturated Canary’s Willow. I used the Park Lane Designer Series paper and Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups Rectangular Pull Card and Paris Edges dies to create the card.  The wonderful thing about using this die is that these images fit perfectly on the front.  So my practice pieces don’t just sit in a pile – they become cards.

Rectangular Pull Card 08 open

On the inside I used a sentiment from Bloom with Hope.  There are some very beautiful sayings in this set – but this one is my favorite.  Hugs, Fran

Berry Basket

Butterfly Basics 06

This is a new die in the Mini Catalog called Berry Basket.  It’s a Bigz die and makes a lovely basket that is a nice size for all kinds of things.  To do this basket I adhered a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of Whisper White and Best Year Ever Designer Series paper together and run it through the Big Shot Whisper White side down.  You need to do this twice so you have 2 pieces.  Assembly is simple and the basket is very sturdy when assembled.  I added half a Doily, a Coastal Cabana butterfly from the Butterfly Framelits and a Calypso Coral stamped from the Butterfly Basics set and die cut.  The center is a Calypso Coral pom-pom.  I assembled my basket using the hand-held stapler.

Still snowed in with more snow coming tomorrow.  Going. Stir. Crazy.  Hugs, Fran

Super Baby


A friend of mine asked me to decorate some letters for a baby shower she’s going attend.  The new baby will be named Rhodes and his room is being decorated in a superhero theme.  Using some cut files from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, I cut these images multiple time and paper pieced them onto the letters.  I did put some Mod Podge over the superhero images – I just wasn’t sure how well they’d hold up without it.  Hope she likes it!

In the meantime, it’s 8 below zero here!!  Another day to stay inside and stamp!  Hugs, Fran

Do More of What Makes You Happy

Hello Life 02

Doesn’t this say it all?  This stamp is from Hello, Life and it’s large!  (The card is 6 x 6)  I adhered it to some Flower Pot Designer Series paper with an old flower die cut.  The small flowers stamped around the sentiment are from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  It has some wonderful background style stamps in it!  So what makes me happy?

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A bathtub full of flowers!  The stand up part is from Karen Burniston’s Bathtub Pop Stand die, die cut from some white Shimmer Sheet. The flowers filling the tub are from my stash and the leaves are the Build a Bird punch.  The tub faucet is cut from SU Silver Foil paper.  Since it needed to be mirrored, and the paper is white on the back, I used a silver leaf pen to color the back of the paper.

Hello Life 02 detail

I used a retired embossing folder on the tub and it’s so pretty in real life! My tub runneth over! :)  Hugs, Fran

Funky Cakes Big Day

SAB Big Day 03

Sparkly, birthday fun!  This is the Sale-a-bration set, Big Day, combined with some EDC Peel Offs called Funky Cakes – and lots of glitter- on a Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups Rectangular Accordion die and Oval Accordion die.  The paper is Birthday Bash Specialty paper and all the colors are taken from this color combo.  I colored the cake with Blendabilities and Copics. I masked off half the sentiment, stamped it twice, and popped up the “celebrate.”

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Bright and happy!  The Oval Accordion has the rest of the sentiment from the front.  (Again, mask off and stamp)  Looks like a party to me!  Hugs, Fran

Build a Bouquet Bokeh

Build a Bouquet 02


Happy Valentines Day!  I’ve had this idea in my head for a while but wasn’t even sure it could be done – Bokeh on both sides of one piece of watercolor paper.  The answer – yes it can!  Because the paper gets pretty wet doing this technique, I thought it would create quite a mess on the other side.  But it’s fine!  Just make sure you start with a large enough piece of watercolor paper so the sides can be cut down.  I used Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi for this card.  After applying the White Craft circles, I sprayed the entire piece with Shimmer Spray!  In real life this is a very sparkly card :)   After the paper was ready – and dry – I used Karen Burniston’s Tag Pivot die to create the card.  The sentiment is from Build a Bouquet – it’s one of my favorite sentiments – and is over stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Pink Pirouette.

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The hearts on the front are a retired Stampin Up punch and the inside heart is from Karen Burniston’s Heart Pivot card die.  I added some washi tape, sequins, and a little sliver of gold foil paper – but there is a lot going on in just the paper so I tried to just step away from the embellishments!  Wishing you lots of love today – Hugs, Fran

Balloon Bash 04

Here is my take on one of my favorite cards demonstrated by Carrie Cudney at Stampin Up’s Leadership conference.  It uses Balloon Bash and some of the new (and wonderful) chalkboard paper.  The background is a piece of Back to Black Designer Series paper colored with Blendabilities.  It took me a while to figure out that mine is so much darker than hers because I used Melon Mambo and she must have use Pink Pirouette!  I finished my take on this card with gold twine and sequins – a perfect combo!  Hugs, Fran

Beachy Thoughts Challenge Day 2

Setting Sail 02

Today is the second day of Karen Burniston’s Designer Challenge and I’m showing you my “cute” card – Rocky on the beach!  He’s having a great time while I’m sitting in the snow :)  This is a 3 x 6 card using the EDC die Tags and More 3 as the base.  The stamp set is a SU Photopolymer set called Setting’ Sail.

Setting Sail 02 open

On the inside I added the Pop It Ups mechanism from the Rectangular Pull card so that Rocky pops out into the water when you open it.  The little trees in the background are the Beach Edges dies.  The colors used are Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight.  I hope you are enjoying the teams artsy and cute cards!  Hugs, Fran

World of Dreams Artsy Challenge

World of Dreams 02

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge this month is to do an “artsy” card and a “cute” card.  This is my artsy card, using World of Dreams stamp set and Typeset Designer Series paper and the Double High technique.  Since this paper is very light (book page) I decided to paint it with acrylic paint to add some heft, and then splattered it with black ink.  I embossed the image on the front with black embossing powder, added some Crumb Cake seam binding, washi tape, some punches from the Bird Builder punch and a button.

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On the inside I used a Happy Birthday sticker and the ECD die Berry Branch.  Fun to make – and hard to quit adding things to it!  I hope you’ll check out all the projects on Karen’s Facebook page.  Hugs, Fran

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