Bravo Bokeh

Bravo 01

I saw a “new to me” technique called Bokeh and gave it a try.  The instructions called for paint on watercolor paper so I tried it with reinkers.  Wet your watercolor paper and use an aqua painter to apply reinkers all over the piece.  In this one I use Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette and Crushed Curry.  Dry with a heat gun.  Stamp your sentiment in Stazon. Punch some circles from a piece of acetate and use them as a stencil to make White Craft ink circles all over the finished front, Each one is different!

Bravo 02

Bravo is a great set for this technique because the words really stand out.


Stamp Set – Bravo

Card stock – Watercolor paper, Whisper White

Ink – Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Crushed Curry ( Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron) White Craft ink

Etc – sequins

It’s always fun to try something new!  Hugs, Fran

Silver Ornaments

Ornamental Pine 02

Ornamental Pines has a beautiful ornament in the set.  I embossed it three times, cut it out and used the Silver Foil Vellum to show off all the sparkle.  The “Joy” is from the Wondrous Wreath Framelits.


Stamp Set – Ornamental Pine

Card stock – Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Silver Vellum

Ink – Versamark

Etc – Wondrous Wreath Framelits, Silver ribbon, Silver thread, silver embossing powder.

Let it shine!  Hugs, Fran

Mingle All the Way Wine Topper

Mingle All the Way 02

Nothing like a bottle of something sparkly as a gift for someone special!  This wine bottle topper uses the super cute Mingle All The Way as the perfect stamp for this tag.  The tag itself is 3 1/2″ x 9 ” scored at 3″.  The bottle neck opening is 1 3/4″  I embellished the tag with Silver Glimmer paper and a cute, cute tag from Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit (page 7 in the Holiday mini – 135865)  Then I stamped the sentiment and added some Dazzling Details in the glass.

Mingle All the Way 02 detail



Stamp Set – Mingle All the Way

Card stock – Garden Green, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Ink – Memento Tux Black

Etc – Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities, Star embossing folder, Banner Framelits, Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, Dazzling Details, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, 1 3/4″ circle punch

So now I have something cute to dress up my gift giving this holiday season – and so do you!  Hugs, Fran

Yo Ho Ho – Day 2 Designer Challenge

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It’s Day 2 of the Karen Burniston Pop It Ups Challenge.  The theme is masculine and I’ve done a masculine Double High Katie Label Pivot Card for you today using The Open Sea and the Maritime Designer Series paper.

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I love making these Double High cards – and Karen has a great video to teach you how to make them.


Stamp Sets – The Open Sea, Remembering Your Birthday, Fabulous Four

Card Stock – Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Maritime DSP

Ink – Jet Black Stazon, Night of Navy

Etc – Pop It Ups Katie Label Pivot, Accordion Fancy Label and Agatha Edges, Circle Framelits, Candy Dots

There are lots of great ideas on Karen’s Facebook page.  Go check them out!  Hugs, Fran

October Designer Challenge

Santa Stache 02

It’s a Masculine challenge for the Karen Burniston team – and I’m starting off with a nutcracker and the Katie Label Accordion  die. I used the Katie Holly Frame Edge in Garden Green around the edges.  The Nutcracker is from Stampin’ Up’s Santa Stache and he’s colored with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

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Santa Stache 02 side


Stamp Sets – Santa Stache

Card Stock – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Under the Tree Designer Series Paper

Ink – Memento Tux Black, Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Blendies

Etc – Pop It Ups Katie Label Accordion die, Katie Holly Frame Edge die, Gold Brads

Hope over to Karen’s Facebook Page to see all the other wonderful ideas from the other talented team members!  Hugs, Fran

Spooky, Spooky

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This little ghost is strolling through the pumpkin patch to wish you a Happy Halloween.  The background is done with the double time technique using Mingle All The Way from the Holiday mini in White Craft ink.  The ghost from Fall Fest is embossed with White embossing powder on Basic Black card stock and die cut using the matching dies.  The pumpkins are stamped in Tangerine Tango on Whisper White card stock and die cut, along with a few leaves.  More fun than spooky, but your trick or treaters will enjoy the fun look!


Stamp Sets – Mingle All the Way, Fall Fest

Card stock – Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Old Olive

Ink – White craft, Tangerine Tango, Memento Tux Black, Old Olive

Etc – Fall Fest Framelit dies, Flag Punch, Neutral Candy Dots

The weather is turning fall-ish here!  It makes holiday crafting easier when the weather is inspiring too!  Hugs, Fran

Holiday Helper Series

Project 1: Wonderful Wreath Card

Project 1: Wonderful Wreath Card

There’s no place like home for the holidays –
frosted window panes gently reflecting in the soft
glow of twinkling Christmas lights. A festive
wreath hung on the door. Children pressing their
noses up against the chilly glass to get a peek at
the falling snow. This Wonderful Wreath card
bundles up all of those cozy holiday feelings in
an envelope and warms those who open it with your
holiday wishes.

Project 1: Wonderful Wreath Card

Project 1: Wonderful Wreath Card

Project 1: Wonderful Wreath Card

Here is another card using the same Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set Bundles

Project 2: Alternate Wreath Card

Project 2: Alternate Wreath Card

Today I have a video to share. You can watch
the product video by clicking on the video below.


Wonderful Wreath Framelits & Wondrous Wreath Stamp
Set bundle

Wonderful Wreath Framelits & Wondrous Wreath Stamp  Set bundle

1″ Square Punch


The holidays are just around the corner and I have a special series available just for you.
This is one of the 12 Holiday Helper Projects that will not only put you in the holiday mood,
but help you enjoy a handcrafted holiday season. With each email mailing, you will be able to download
a step-by-step tutorial that shows you exactly how to recreate this project. But you can only receive these
projects by joining my special Holiday Helper mailing list, so be sure to sign up today!

Holiday Helper 2014

Honey Bear

Honey Bear 01

This is Honey Bear – one of the newest characters in Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups collection.  Isn’t he cute?  He’s wearing a party hat and holding his honey, ready for a party!  Using Stampin Up’s Lullaby Designer Series paper, he’s done in Baked Brown Sugar and Early Espresso.

Honey Bear 01 open

Inside is the newest Pop It Ups Happy Birthday pop up!  All the pieces shown come with the die – easy!


Stamp Set – Remembering Your Birthday

Card stock – Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Ink – Baked Brown Sugar

Etc – Honey Bear, Pop It Ups Props #2, Happy Birthday PopUp

Don’t you love these sweet characters?  Head over to Karen’s blog to see the entire collection.  Hugs, Fran

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