Category: Conversations

Sweet Stamper

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My niece asked for stamping supplies for her graduation ūüôā ¬†I can do that! ¬†And in return she sent me this cute card as a thank you. ¬†She has stamped, embossed and colored – off to a great start! ¬†So give some love to Sofia for her sweet card and make sure to stamp something today. ¬†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

Goodbye 2015

PIU Farm Animals all front

It is true that the older I get, the faster the years fly by! ¬†This has been a fun year – full of Stampin Up, Pop It Ups, Copics, 3-D and lots and lots (and lots) of paper. ¬†Thought I’d share¬†a few favorites from 2015 and get ready for 2016. ¬†The card above was a favorite Pop It Ups. ¬†Love the animals – love creating scenes. ¬†Love what’s coming ūüôā

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I’ve had fun with my Copic markers. ¬†The image above is form 2CuteInk. ¬†I’ve traveled to classes, work online over at Kit and Clowder, and just really enjoy the “coloring craze!”

Creative Circle September 2015

Then there’s 3-D with the Creative Circle. ¬†These have been lots of fun and there’s more to look forward to in 2016.

And FRIENDS! ¬†That is what has made this year the best! ¬†All the people who play with me in my classroom and all the people I play with online. ¬†That’s the best of 2015.

So looking forward to 2016.  SAB starts soon Рthe best fun of Stampin UP!

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Wishing you the best of times in the New Year!  Hugs, Fran

A Treat for You!


This is not a trick!  Click here to enter!

Win every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! line!

FIRST PLACE PRIZE: ONE HUNDRED (100) first place winners will receive their choice of any single Project Life by Stampin’ Up! card collection and coordinating accessory pack. (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $24.90 USD.)

GRAND PRIZE: ONE (1) grand prize winner will receive¬†every item currently available in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! line! (Approximate Retail Value of prize: $475.00 USD. Subject to item availability on date the prize is awarded. See¬†Official Rules¬†for details.)

Good luck!  Hugs, Fran

Santa with Almonds

This little guy will hold Candied Almonds.  He’s made from the retired Bag with Scallop die – but I thought you could use the idea.  Plus he’s hiding some delicious snacks.  So here’s the recipe for the almonds

Candied Almonds


  1. Combine the
    water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a
    boil; add the almonds. Cook and stir the mixture until the liquid
    evaporates and leaves a syrup-like coating on the almonds. Pour the
    almonds onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Separate almonds
    using forks. Allow to cool about 15 minutes.

The trick with these is to keep stirring until the liquid is completely gone.  It happens in a flash – so don’t quit stirring!  Hugs, Fran

A Little More Stamp Room

Thanks for all the comments and emails about the paint job in my stamp room!¬† I’ve had several questions and thought I’d answer them here.¬† One question was asked by several people – how am I storing my paper?

This custom shelving use to hold my 12 x 12 and then I had plastic trays to hold 8.5 x 11 on top.¬† I decided to change it up a bit and put my 8.5 x 11 on the shelves and my 12 x 12 in the 12 x 12 paper holders (#105528 – page 226 main catalog.)¬† The In Colors are still in trays on the shelf next to the other paper.¬† We’ll see how I like it – it does open up the room more.¬† My DSP is on another shelve in the same dividers – each pattern in it’s own craft keeper.

I’ve sorted the papers by Pattern Packs, Current DSP and Mini Catalog –

Another question was about punches.  My new style punches are now in a shelving unit above my card stock. (See first photo)  The old style punches hang on the closet door in a Cropper Hopper punch holder Рthingie that I think is no longer available.

And last, but not least, I had many questions about my ink pad/marker holders.¬† You’ll just have to be jealous because a friend custom built them for me – and they are awesome!¬† I actually called him yesterday and told him that several of you want them and encouraged him to quit his day job and build ink pad holders!¬† I’ll let you know if he takes me up on this!

Oh yes, someone wanted to know about my ribbon holder.¬† It’s a cardboard tube cut and mounted like a gutter with a yardstick mounted below it.¬† So if I didn’t answer your question here, shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!¬† Enjoy!¬† Hugs, Fran

Open House Time

Tonight is my Holiday Mini Open House and we have fun decorating!  My classroom is now decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – it’s wild looking!  Take a peek –

It’s snowing at my house!

But my favorite is this – (Samantha’s idea!)

There’s still a few spaces if you want to join us tonight!  Just email me and I’ll scoot a chair over for you.   Too much fun!  Enjoy!  Hugs, Fran 

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