Timeless Love

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This 5 x 7 card was inspired by one I saw on Technique Tuesday.  Using the new In Color inks – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum – I watercolored on water color paper the background.  The sentiment is from Timeless Love, stamped in Stazon.  I cut the butterflies from black card stock and drew the ante.  And then, because I just can’t leave things alone! – I added some Dazzling Details.

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I really like larger cards!  Hugs, Fran

Happy Mail

Thought I’d share some happy mail that I’ve received from some great crafters!

Mary Ann
















A birthday card from Mary Anne.  Check out the background!

















Roses from Julie!

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And tea from Amy!  Aren’t I a lucky girl?  Hugs, Fran

Let’s Hang Out

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This card is Karen Burniston’s Jinks the Monkey hanging out as a cowboy.  The card is large – 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 – and the background is stenciled with stencil paste over a patterned paper.  (Retired SU)

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I used several piece from the Props 6 dies for the hat and bandana to finish him off.  Hugs, Fran

Picking Flowers

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Pick a flower (card!)  Both of these cards use Flower Shop and the same colors.  One background is embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder and the other

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uses a stencil and Soft Sky ink to create the background.  Which one do you like better?

Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 2

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Today is Day 2 of the Great Outdoors Challenge.  Today I’m heading to the skies with the Elizabeth Craft Design Rainbow Skies die, Karen Burniston’s Partly Cloudy stencil and Stampin Up’s Tin of Cards sentiment.  The base is Daffodil Delight – bright and sunny!

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The card size is 5 x 7 with the patterned paper being 5 x 5.

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And inside is the wonderful Hot Air Balloon Pop It Up!

PIU Hot Air Balloon 02 detail

The front balloon has a cloud at the bottom of the basket – which is the top of the Pop It mechanism.

PIU HOt Air Balloon 02 inside side

Fly over to Karen’s blog to see all the awesome creations for this month’s challenge!  Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day 1

Today is day 1 of the Karen Burniston Challenge for April – The Great Outdoors – and I’m doing something new.  I saw a beautiful card here by Kittie Caracciolo and I’m casing it 🙂  Here is my version


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I started by sponging the top of the card with Soft Sky and the bottom with Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.  The small flower are from Stampin Up’s Floral Wings and  are in Rose Red.  Then I took an Elegant Eggplant marker and started making the little dotted flowers around it.  To soften things out I used a white gel pen and some Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight markers.  The picket fence is a very, very old Sizzix die (I mean really old!) and the butterflies are an old SU embosslit.   The grass is from Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges, cut is Pear Pizzaz and sponged with Old Olive.  The flowers are a mix from an SU punch and the flower in the KB Garden Bench die.  The gate swings open by just creating a score line.  I added a banner and sentiment.

PIU Garden Bench 01 open

On the inside I repeated the sky, grass and die cut grass and flowers from the front.  The tree is from All Season Tree.  The focal point is the Garden Bench die (fav!!) and the bird from SU’s An Open Heart.  More butterflies, more flowers!

Thanks to Kittie for the awesome inspiration and a chance to try some “new to me” techniques.  Check out what the other designers have done for this challenge on Karen’s Facebook page and blog!  Then stop by tomorrow for some challenge fun!  Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle April Blog Hop -#Imbringingbirthdaysback


In honor of Shannon West’s (from Stampin Up) campaign – I’m Bring Birthday’s back – this month’s Creative Circle Blog Hop is a darling, perpetual calendar!

Creative Circle 4:2016 group

The box has two cubes that can be rotated for the days of the month (remember that the 6 is also the 9), a flip top for the months, and a space int he back to hold your birthday cards so you can actually mail them out!  (I am the worse!)

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I used the Whisper White Heavy card stock and the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack to make mine.  This paper stack has 48 sheets of double sided paper in it!  My balloons on the front are from Balloon Celebration and are punched out with the matching Balloon Bouquet Punch.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Rose Wonder

This card uses the bow from the Cutie Pie Thinlit, more It’s My Party paper and the Elegant Dot embossing folder.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Picture Perfect

This card uses the Picture Perfect stamp set and Blushing Bride.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Happy Birthday Everyone

And last, but not least, this card uses the Bokeh technique.  You can find it on Splitcoast here.

You can get the pattern here:

To see all the other wonderful designs for this pattern, follow along on our hop!  One lucky person who leaves a comment will win the pattern 🙂  Hugs, Fran


Sandra Mott

 Liz Holloway

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!

Barb  Stencel

Creative Circle 4:2016

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