Category: Creative Circle

Creative Circle May Blog Hop












The May Creative Circle Blog Hop is a Mother’s Day card.

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My card is a 5 x 5 1/2 base.  (When I want a larger card I simply check on the Envelope Punch Board to make sure I can easily create a matching envelope.)  I started by stamping and masking the flower down the left side of a piece of watercolor paper, plus one extra flower.  I watercolored them using a Clear Wink of Stella brush, Delightful Dijon, Crushed Curry, So Saffron and Cajun Craze ink.

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After the flowers dried, I fussy cut just the left side, trimmed the watercolor paper to fit the card and adhered it over the patterned paper.  The paper on the left side is from It’s My party Designer Series paper pack.  I stamped the sentiment on Crushed Curry, attached it to the front and added the single flower on a Dimensional.  Then I coated the centers with Crystal Effects.

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I added another piece of DSP to the inside of the card.

Make sure to hop along with us!

Sandra Mott

 Liz Holloway

Barb  Stencel

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!

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!

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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

Creative Circle Design Team March Blog Hop


This is a special blog hop!  In April, the Creative Circle Team will be doing a Make the Rounds class the day before the Stampin Up On Stage event in Salt Lake City AND doing a Kit To Go option.   Here’s a sneak peek of the class.  It includes the box and 3 cards-



This is the card holder/box for the class.


For this month’s challenge  I’m going to show you an alternate way to use the kit from the upcoming class.

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For this design I used the box, fence and grass from the kit. The Birthday Bouquet Designer Series paper is from the Occasions Mini The eggs are made with the Oval Framelits.  This is the side view –

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The “flaps” are only attached on the bottom so the box opens like this –

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I used a small piece of velcro to close the top of the box.  Here’s another design –


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The stamp set is Balloon Celebration from the Occasions Mini.  I used the Balloon Bouquet punch for the balloons.  It opens the same way.

Want to attend the class in Salt Lake or purchase the Kit to Go?  Click here for event info and class to go details.


Make sure to hop over and see what the rest of the team has made!  Hugs, Fran

Sandra Mott

Barb  Stencel

 Liz Holloway

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!



Creative Circle February Hop – Hearts


Welcome to February’s Creative Circle Blog Hop.  This month is all about hearts.    Groovy Kind of Love 01

I chose Groovy Love and Hello Life stamp sets with the new Watermelon Wonder ribbon for my card.  The background is the Happy Hearts embossing folder.  This is a cute Valentine – but can also be used for any other occasion.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Creative Circle – and find more ways to use hearts!  Hugs, Fran

Sandra Mott

Barb  Stencel

 Liz Holloway

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!


Creative Circle January You’ve Got Mail and Give Away


This month’s Creative Circle Challenge is You’ve Got Mail – a darling mailbox perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s my first mailbox!

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My card holding mailbox is made from Melon Mambo card stock and the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.  The lid and flap are done with stencil paste and the Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask.

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My cards that fit inside the mailbox are made with No Bones About It.  The mailbox easily holds (3) 3 x 3 cards and (3) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards.

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These cards were inspired by an “x-ray” card I saw on Splitcoast by Janet Holmes.  I thought the idea was so cute!

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The little 3 x 3’s fit through the opening under the flap.

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Then I switched gears and made a mailbox without the card dividers inside and a window sheet over the opening to hold candy.

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For this one, I used Sweet Lil’ Things Designer Series paper and the sentiment from the Occasions Mini set – Greatest Greetings.  I punched hearts from every punch I could dig up in my craft room!  They are glittered with Dazzling Details.

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So now you can choose – cards or treats – or mix it up a bit and do both!

Want to win this pattern?  Leave a comment on each blog in this Hop and one lucky winner will get the pattern free!  Don’t want to wait – buy the pattern here.

Be sure to check out all the designs for this pattern and leave a comment for your chance to win a free pattern!

Sandra Mott

Barb  Stencel

 Liz Holloway

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!


Counting the Days

Creative Circle Advent Tree

I can’t believe I forgot to show you this yesterday!  This Christmas Countdown tree was part of our Creative Circle group for yesterday’s Blog Hop!  I made mine with Always Artichoke card stock and Home for Christmas Designer Series paper.  My base is a box lid 🙂  I thought I’d use the entire box – but it seemed too tall.  All the numbers were done in My Memories Suite and punched out with a 3/4 circle punch.

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I hot glued Christmas ornaments in-between the boxes – very random.  Use hot glue because it will allow you to angle the Christmas balls up off of the boxes.

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I topped it off with a wooden star!

Glad I remembered that I forgot to share this!  Hugs, Fran


Creative Circle December Blog Hop


Welcome to the Creative Circle December Blog Hop.  This month we did a darling box that holds a pop up gift card!

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I used the absolutely beautiful Gold Foil paper, Winter Specialty Designer Series paper and the Jolly Christmas stamp set.  It’s so shiny!

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I used a Starbucks gift card and filled my box with some special coffee lovers treats – and an ornament.  This will make a sweet gift.  It’s really fun how the gift card pops up!

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My insert is also made with the Gold Foil – and it has a good “heft” for this project!.  You can find the pattern and tutorial here.

Make sure to check out all the other designs for this pattern!



Fran  (You are here!)




Kind Koala

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I forgot to add these photos to this post!  These are the close ups of the cards in the backpack.  I used Kind Koala, colored them with Copics – changing the color and buttons on the flowers for each one.  The paper in the Schoolhouse DSP.

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you’re not laboring – but enjoying the time with family and friends 🙂  Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle September Blog Hop and Giveaway



Welcome to the Creative Circle September Blog Hop!  This month we are using the Backpack #2 pattern.  You will have a chance to win this pattern at the end of this post.

It’s a fun, easy pattern that holds 3 cards with envelopes.  I chose to use the Schoolhouse Designer Series paper and Kind Koala stamp set. The cards are the same design in different colors.  They were so much fun to color 🙂

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The backpack is large enough to be used for more things than cards.  It could easily hold a gift – and be decorated to suit your recipient!

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I put a gift card size pocket on the back –

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And now for your chance to win this month’s pattern!  My question is – What is your favorite Fall color combination?  Comment below for a chance to win.  Winners will be announced on September 20th.


Check out the other designs on this hop for some great inspiration and more chances to win!



Fran  (You are here!)



Creative Circle 3-D

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I’ve been asked to join the Creative Circle Design Team – focusing on lovely 3-D creations and Stampin UP products.  If you’ve just come from Barb’s post, you’re int he right place! This month’s template is a “murse” – or a man’s purse. You can get your own copy of the template at the end of this post. It’s an SVG file designed by Liz Holloway and I was able to cut it out on my Eclips. (or you can print and cut!)  I chose the Go Wild and Cherry on Top Designer Series paper to make my card holder and cards.

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For my closure, I staggered 3 front panels (Go Wild, Tip Top Taupe and Basic Black) and added a closure “button” using Awesomely Artistic.

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I used Antique Brads on the handle to help it swing out of the way.

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This card uses Flower Shop and Go Wild DSP on a Heavy White base. The leaves are the Bird punch.

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This card features the Bold Butterfly die.

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And last, but not least, Awesomely Artistic and some Irresistibly Yours DSP.  Hope you’ve enjoyed these samples.  Hop on over to Liz Holloway’s blog to see more fun ways to use this template.  Hugs, Fran

Pattern is available for download here.

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Fran  (You are here!)



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