Beautiful Bunch 02

Home from convention!  We had such a great time!  This was one of my convention swaps made with Beautiful Bunch and Bravo.  Both of these sets are photopolymer which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  They are completely clear and stick like crazy to the acrylic blocks.  The card went through a few “redos” and I thought I’d show you how it started out -

Beautiful Bunch 01

Looks like a different color in this photo (!) but it’s still Daffodil Delight.  I decided to cut down the Whisper White and make it a bit more compact.


Stamp Sets = Beautiful Bunch, Bravo, Gorgeous Grunge

Card stock – Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz

Ink – Daffodil Delight, Jet Black Stazon

Etc – Fun Flower punch, Petite Petal punch, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, pearl, Flower Fest die


Back to convention – so much fun!  We got a hands on looks at the upcoming Holiday Mini and all the beautiful new product coming soon!  I also got to see great friends – and meet many more – all while stamping!  What more in life do you want?  Hugs, Fran

Ringing in the Season

Ring Accordion 01


I have one more project to sneak in for Karen Burniston’s July Challenge!  This uses the Ring Accordion die and the Evergreen Pivot Card tree.  And to top it off, the card stock is Stampin Up’s Silver Foil and Red Glimmer paper – sparkly!

Ring Accordion 01 open

Here it is all opened up.  I die cut the trees using an adhesive sheet on top of the Whisper White paper – and the embossed images on the trees came through – cool.  The ornament top is part of Ring Accordion die.

Ring Accordion 01 details


Stamp Set – More Merry Messages

Card stock – Silver Foil, Red Glimmer, Whisper White

Ink – Real Red

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Ring Accordion and Evergreen Pivot Card dies, Glitter and adhesive sheet Elizabeth Craft Designs, small heart punch

The temperature really dropped here today!  It makes it easier to think “Christmas cards!”  Hugs, Fran

Triple Pivot Tree

Tree Pivot 01

Here’s a Christmas card using Karen Burnistion’s  Evergreen Pivot Card die and a very cool idea for making it a Triple Pivot.  I used Stampin Up new Mossy Meadow card stock and the beautiful Shimmery White card stock along with some Red Glimmer paper.  The large tree on the front was cut separately.

Tree Pivot 01 open

When you open it you get an entire forest!  The bottom “snow” area was cut with the Outdoor Edges die.


Stamp Set -Stampin Up Christmas Messages

Card stock – Mossy Meadow, Shimmery White, Red Glimmer paper, Real Red

Ink – Real Red

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Evergreen Pivot Card, Spiral Circle Pull Card (for the snowflakes) and Outdoor Edges dies, Distressed Dots embossing folder, rhinestones, washi tape

While it looks so impressive, it really isn’t that hard to make.  You could use this one for someone very special or make a bunch of them!  Hugs, Fran

Christmas Bliss

Outdoor Edges 01

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge for this month is Christmas in July.  Here’s a snowy white Christmas card touched with a hint of silver combining one of Karen’s newest dies -Outdoor Edges-and one of Stampin Up’s newest photopolymer sets – Christmas Bliss.

Outdoor Edges 01 detail

To make this card, I embossed a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White using the Large Polka Dot embossing folder. Stamp the greeting in Versamark on another piece of Whisper White and emboss with silver embossing powder.  Die cut the top with the tree from the Outdoor Edges die and then die cut a scrap of Silver Foil card stock with the same die.  Layer the two pieces together so just a hint of silver shows.  Tie a piece of the beautiful Silver ribbon around this piece and adhere to the Large Polka Dot piece with Dimensionals.  Attach to a 4 1/4 x 11 front.  On the inside I layered a piece of Whisper White onto a piece a of Silver Foil, heat emboss the sentiment from Christmas Bliss and adhere to the inside.

Outdoor Edges 01 inside



Stamp Set – Christmas Bliss (138897)


Cardstock – Whisper White, Silver Foil

Ink – Versamark

Etc – Karen Burniston’s Outdoor Edges, SU Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Silver Satin Ribbon

And there you have it – Christmas in July!  Hugs, Fran

Bloom For You Petal Card

Bloom For You 01

This is sort of an “inverted” case of the little card on page 139 using the Single Stamp, Bloom for You.  The catalog used the envelope punch board – but I used the new Gift Card Enclosure Pack card (page 194. (136662)  This are precut, pre scored gift card enclosure card – 10 per pack.  I put the design on the front and added Sassy Salutations for the sentiment.  The little flag is made with Itty Bitty Banners and glued to a toothpick.  This is really easy to do by using the Silicone Craft Sheets (127853) under the flag.

Bloom for You 01 open

This is what the inside looks like.  The gift card fits in the slits below the sentiment.  Then you just fold it up!

Bloom For You 01 back


Stamp Sets – Bloom for You, Itty Bitty Banners, Sassy Salutations

Card stock – Whisper White,

Ink – Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding

Etc – Bitty Banner Framelits, Sweet Sadie washi tape, toothpick, Baker’s Twine, Fun Flower punch, 1 1/4 scallop punch, circle punch, Gift Enclosure cards

Now imagine these at Christmas time!  Hugs, Fran

Shaker Up Baby

Baby We've Grown 02

This little Circle Accordion album (Karen Burniston) uses Baby We’ve Grown on the front with a little rose and some punched leaves.  The pacifier in the corner is from my stash – no idea where it’s from!  I do love the bunny in this set!

Baby We've Grown 02 open

Open it shows the shaker piece in the middle and a sentiment from Something to Say. To make the shaker, I die cut a circle from the center of the accordion piece.  Then I die cut 2 circle from acetate and sewed around them, leaving a small opening at the top which I filled with punched stars and hearts.  I added some pink micro beads and glued the opening shut with glue dots.  Attaching it to the opening with glue dots, I made a separate ring to finish off the back.

Baby We've Grown 02 detail


Stamp Sets – Baby We’ve Grown, Something to Say

Card stock – Pink Pirouette,  Whisper White, Soft Subtles DSP, Silver Glimmer paper, Melon Mambo

Ink – Memento Tux Black

Etc – Circle Accordion Album (Karen Burniston), Itty Bitty Accessories pack, micro beads, Hearts Border punch, Bird punch

I fully intended to use the Ring Accordion Album to make this card, but grabbed the other and half way through before I realized what I had done!  Silly me!  But I’m happy with how it turned out.  Hugs, Fran


Time for Your Birthday

Poppy 02

Here’s an idea for a birthday invitation using Karen Burniston’s Spiral Circle Pull Card and the cute Poppy die.  The Pull Card is so neat because it has tabs to hold the front together. First I die cut the card and then I stamped the front with Hardwood (what a great stamp!)  I added a gear to the front of the Clock and Gears die and put Poppy on the front holding some balloons.  The sentiment was done in My Digital Studio and punched with the ticket punch.

Poppy 02 open

Inside I printed the invite information, also done in MDS.  The finished card size is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.

Poppy 02 detail


Stamp Set – Hardwood

Card stock – Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango

Ink – Crumb Cake

Etc – Spiral Circle Pull card die, Poppy die, Baker’s Twine, brad, ticket punch, MDS, Clock and Gears die.

All the dies are from Karen Burniston’s new Pop It Ups collection.  Just turn the clock hands to the party time and celebrate!  Hugs, Fran

Corner Garden

Corner Garden 01

I bought this stamp – Corner Garden (134045/134048) just to color with the new Blendabilities!  I used the most of the colors currently available as of today -

  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item #130995 – $11.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item #131000 – $11.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item #130998 – $11.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item #130999 – $11.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item #130997 – $11.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item #131003 – $11.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item #129370 – $22.95)
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 – $5.95 )
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 – $4.95 )
  • Color Lifter  (Item 129369 – $4.95 )

I just stamped the Corner Garden stamp on a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and started coloring. Fun, fun, fun!  Here’s a close up -

Corner Garden 01 detail



Stamp Sets – Corner Garden, Love & Sympathy, Papillon Potpourri

Card stock – Old Olive, Whisper White

Ink – Memento Tux Black, Daffodil Delight

Blendabilities – Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler

Etc – small butterfly punch

This is a great stamp for practicing your coloring!  Also today – buy 3 get 1 free on all DSP!  What a great chance to get your hands on the new Designer Series papers ! Hugs, Fran


Mr and Mrs Chilly

Chilly 02 front

The front of this 5 x 5 card features the new Back to Black Designer Series Paper and the set Something to Say.  The inside has Mr and Mrs Chilly in their bridal splendor sitting on top of Karen Burniston’s new Lorna Label Pop it Ups die.  If you look closely, you’ll see that she is sporting a bridal veil and he is wearing his glitter glasses!  To get the different paper on the Lorna Label, I simply cut the DSP off of the label, flipped it over and used the reverse side! To make the writing surface for the inside, just die cut a large heart to carry out the theme.

Chilly 02 open



Stamp sets – Something to Say, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Old Olive, Glimmer paper, Back to Black DSP

Ink – Memento Tux Black

Etc – Lorna Label die, Chilly and Props #1 dies, Heart framelits, Itty Bitty punches, Bird punch, tulle


Pictogram Punches

Pictogram Punches 01

I was involved in a challenge recently where we were given a stamp set, paper and ink and that’s all- to make a card.  My card was quite a yawn.  Imagine this card with no star and no rhinestones.  That’s what I added when I got home to “spice it up.”  This set is Pictogram Punches 9134261/134264) and it works with the New Itty Bitty Accents Punches (133787)


Stamp Set – Pictogram Punches

Card stock – Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, So Saffron

Ink – Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist

Etc – Star Framelits, rhinestones

I was happy to find that this set works with the punches – I love it when that happens!  Hugs, Fran

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