Sparkle Flowers

Million and One 04

This is the same technique as here – using a card layout by Dawn Olchefske – with a lot of sparkle.  For this one I used the Modern Mosaic embossing folder and Pool Party embossing powder.  I added this pretty bit of bling to both sides of the card flap.  This card design has half of the front cut away to make a beautiful gate opening.


Stamp Sets – Flower Shoppe, Petitie Petals, Million and One

Card stock – Pool Party, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Ink – Versamark, Pink Pirouette

Etc – Modern Mosaic embossing folder, Pansy Punch, Petitie Petal punch, Pool Party and Silver embossing powders, rhinestones

The Modern Mosaic looks like a garden lattice!  Hugs, Fran

Perfect Pennants Wow

Perfect Pennants 05

This summer I did a “wow” presentation at a group get together using embossing folders and heat embossing.  This idea was inspired by a conversation with Lisa Tedder.  I brayered over the Chevron embossing folder with Versamark and then ran Silver Glimmer paper through the Big Shot.  Immediately pour embossing powder (I used the now retired Melon Mambo on this one) over the embossing and heat emboss.  You get a  beautiful background!  Double embossing!


Stamp Set – Perfect Pennant

Card stock – Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Ink – Versamark, Melon Mambo

Etc – Chevron embossing folder, rhinestones, silver ribbon, Melon Mambo and Silver embossing powders, Pennant Framelits.


Sparkly!  Hugs, Fran

I Like You

I Like You 01

I lIke You is a hostess set that is perfect for using your Blendabilities!  I was playing around with them and decided to put them on the Circle Frame card done in Whisper White.  Except they bleed through (which they are suppose to do!) so I had to do some backing.  This actually worked out well, giving the Whisper White some extra support.

I Like You 01 open




Stamp Sets – I Like You, Gorgeous Grunge

Card stock – Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Ink – Memento Tux Black, Gold Encore

Etc – Circle Frame card die, Gold washi tape

Have you tried the Blendabilities yet?  My Blendies Classes start August 26th and you’re welcome to join us :)  Hugs, Fran


Convention Make and Takes

Kinda Eclectic 03

Here are some of the Convention Make and Takes!  These use Kinda Eclectic – an absolute favorite set!

Kinda Eclectic 01

This is the “before” and this is the “after.”

Kinda Eclectic 01

Seasonally Scattered 01

Sneak Peek of a Holiday Mini stamp set – Seasonally Scattered – and the new take-out boxes.

Seasonally Scattered 01 side

And last but not least, Amazing Birthday!

Amazing Birthday 01

Now that was fun!  Don’t you want to join me next year??  Hugs, Fran

Hey There Buds

Hey There Buds 01

This card was made for a challenge from a friend of mine.  We were talking on the phone about families and I mentioned a game that my Grandmother used to like when she was a child called “Come as You Are.”  She would call her friends early in the morning and tell the to come over exactly as they were at the moment and they would have a breakfast party.  (Does not sound fun to me!)  We decided to do a “Stamp as You Are” challenge and you could only use what was on your desk at that moment.  I didn’t cheat!  I had Dotty Angles and Hey There Buds (not even mounted!) on my desk and some scraps of card stock – this is what I came up with for this silly game :)


Stamp Sets – Dotty Angles, Hey There Buds

Card stock – Island Indigo, Whisper White, Pool Party

Ink – Island Indigo, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight

Etc – Regal buttons, Baker’s Twine, Regal Candy dots


The background was done by stamping Dotty Angles in Pool Party and then stamping over it – slightly off – with Island Indigo.  So call someone and play your own challenge game (but not too early, please!)  Hugs, Fran

Christmas in July

Ornament Keepsakes 21

Today is my Christmas in July class and the temperature is dropping just for this class!  This is one of the cards we will be doing featuring Ornament Keepsakes from the carryover list.  Using the beautiful  Gold Soiree Designer Series paper makes this old set look brand new.


Stamp Set – Ornament Keepsakes

Card stock – Whisper White, Brushed Gold, Gold Soiree DSP

Ink – Versamark

Etc – Ornament Framelits, Gold Sequins, Dotted Embossing folder

I’ll be doing a Christmas card class on the third Thursday of each month through November along with lots of other Holiday idea classes.  Isn’t it hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking snow?  Hugs, Fran


Banner Banter 01

This was my card for an organized shoebox swap at convention!  A shoebox swap is where everyone cuts out all the pieces for their card and everyone makes them instead of just swapping.  I used Banner Banter to create the swag across the top and the Maritime Designer Series Paper.  Love the color combo :)


Stamp Sets – Banner Banter, Fabulous Four

Card stock – Whisper White, Real Red, Maritime DSP

Ink – Real Red, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana

Etc – flag punch, Candy dots

So much fun getting to stamp with friends!  Hugs, Fran


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

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