Category: Christmas

Christmas in the Making

My niece and her cat getting ready for Christmas ūüôā ¬†This set – Christmas in the Making – has 3 darling images, perfect for coloring. ¬†I used Copic markers to color and fussy cut the image and adhered it to some Christmas Around the World Designer Series paper. ¬†I used the holly embossing folder for the background. ¬†The scallop across the bottom is the negative from the Ticket Treat border punch, ¬†The packages are covered with shimmer pen and Crystal Effects. ¬†Hugs, Fran

Noel Eclipse

I have to say that I didn’t know this technique had a name but people are referring to it as “Eclipse.” ¬†I used Season Like Christmas and the Large Letter Framelits to make this card. ¬†I stamped the card front using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz to make a scene of snowy trees. ¬†The snow is doe with embossing powder. ¬†You can see the cards I did with single trees here.¬†¬†

After you stamp the front, die cut the letters from the stamped piece.  I used a piece of Post It tape to hold it all together.  Then die cut the letters from white card stock 4 more times.  Glue the letters on top of each other and use the stamped letters on the top.  Puzzle them back into the negative space on the stamped image.  I added the sentiment from the Season Like Christmas set, masking it to make one long sentiment.

It’s a really pretty look – better seen in person ūüôā ¬†Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Design Team – My Style

Welcome to this month’s Karen Burniston Design Team challenge – My Style. ¬†So that leaves trying to pin point “my style.” ¬†Well, you know I love pop-ups! ¬†I also love lots of details, coloring with my Copic markers, and using lots of sets on one card. ¬†Does that make me “fussy?” ¬†ūüôā ¬†This card starts with a 5 x 5 Garden Green base and some of the beautiful Quilted Christmas 6 x6 Designer Series paper. ¬†I also used a Stitched Felt tree – so fun! ¬†The trim across the top is Stampin Up’s Decorative Ribbon Border. The Christmas packages are from the Karen Burniston Sleigh pop up in Garden Green, Gold Foil, and Real Red with rhinestones in the center of the bows.¬†The cute moose is from Riley & Company stamps and has a matching die. After coloring him with Copic markers, I chopped off his head and popped it up so he’d have a little more dimension behind the tree.

But the best part is always inside!

I used the Karen Burniston Sleigh Pop Up on the inside is Gold Foil and Quilted Christmas DSP and added another Riley moose and more packages to the sleigh. ¬†There is also another Stitched Felt tree tucked in the sleigh and the cute wreath has a Metallic Enamel dot on the bow. ¬†The sentiment is Stampin Up’s Oh What Fun – a great set to have! ¬†So I’m calling this “my style!” ¬†Hugs, Fran

See what the rest of team did for this challenge!

Shelly Hickox –

Summer – Hills Painter –

Karen Aicken –

Helen Cryer –

Kelly Booth –

Frances Byrne –

Fran Sabad –

Brightly Lit

So this was the first thing I wanted from the Holiday Catalog Рa lamp post!  I stamped and die cut the lamp, sign and wreath  and layered it on an oval embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  The post is covered with Glossy Accents.

Inside I used Karen Burniston’s House & Fence Pop Up die. ¬†The snow is done with her Nature’s Edges die and the tress are from the Winter Charms set. ¬†The sentiment is Stampin Up’s Hearts Come Home. ¬†White is hard to photograph but I hope you get the idea! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Tags & Trimmings

Happy September – Happy Holiday catalog ūüôā ¬†It’s finally time for the Holiday Catalog and all the fun, new products and ideas. ¬†One of my favorites is the the Tags & Trimmings stamp set with the matching Trim Your Stocking dies. ¬†This combo makes darling stockings that are little pillow boxes. ¬†The dies have all kinds of pieces that decorate your stockings. ¬†For these stockings I used the new Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series paper and the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon.

You can also just use the pillow pos part of the die to make little gift pouches,  This one is a case of the one in the catalog.  It uses the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper.  There are so many things you can do with this set!

If you are in the Lexington, Ky area, the annual Stamping Garage Sale is coming up September 15-16!  Want more info on participating or attending?  Email me for all the details. 

Hugs, Fran

Paper Pros August Challenge – Monochromatic

This month’s Paper Pros challenge is monochromatic – and I cheated just a little bit ūüôā ¬†Tranquil Tide and White with a squirrel! ¬†The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas and the squirrel is a new die from Karen Burniston – Woodland Animals. ¬†Isn’t he cute?? ¬†But the best is inside…

This is Karen Burniston’s new Tree Pop Up die and Nature’s Edges. ¬†It’s a snowy scene with beautiful ornaments from the SU Carols of Christmas die hanging from the tree. ¬†The moon is a 2 1/2″ circle punch. ¬†Make sure to check out the other Paper Pro’s creations! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Charmed, I’m Sure!

This challenge is all about charms – Karen Burniston’s Hanging Charms! ¬†There are lots of charms available and I chose the Holiday Charms for this card. ¬†But I didn’t hang them…..


I used Buster the Dog and the Holiday Charms to create a Christmas card. ¬†The snowflake is hanging from a die cut circle and the package and tree charm decorate the background. ¬†The house is fussy cut from Stampin Up’s Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper.


The snowflake is suspended on some fishing line.



Inside I finished it off with some paw prints from Props 4. ¬†Head over to Karen’s Facebook page to check out all the other charming card for this challenge! Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Team Inspiration


This challenge for Karen Burniston’s Design Team is to take inspiration from another person on the team so I chose Karen Burniston and Karen Aiken – a Karen and Karen card! ¬†I made a Cascading Tag card using Karen B’s video tutorial and taking inspiration from Karen Aiken’s Cascading Tag card using patterned paper. I started with Stampin Up’s Presents & Pinecones Designer Series paper and Karen’s new Holiday Clear Stamp on the front. ¬†The little present is from her Evergreen Pivot Card.


The inside is made with the Adirondack Chair die and the Tag dies Рfeaturing Jolly the Mouse as Santa.  There are some of the new hanging charms dangling from the points. You can click on the picture to make it larger.


Now hop over to Karen’s blog or her Facebook page to see all the inspired designs and make sure to check out her Tuesday post for ¬†even more fun! ¬†Hugs, Fran

Crazy 4 Challenges – 10 Things

Merry Mice 01

Twas the night before Christmas and the mice were getting ready to Deck the Halls! ¬†The Challenge today at Crazy 4 Challenges is to put 10 of anything on your card. ¬†I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card decorated for Christmas using Stampin Up’s Merry Mice.

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Inside you find 10 mice getting ready to celebrate along with Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups Twist Circle and Clocks & Gears.

Merry Mice 01 left

I colored the little mice with my Copic markers – the left side is just stamped as is. ¬† But the right side……

Merry Mice 01 right

was stamped on a window sheet and flipped over so they could all face towards the clock!  Have fun seeing what all the Crazies did for this 10 challenge!  Hugs, Fran

Crazy 4 Challenges All White

PIU C4C All White 01

I am the guest player at Crazy 4 Challenges this month and the theme for today is “Don’t Wear White after Labor Day!” So we were challenged to make an all white card ūüôā ¬†I started with a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base (5 1/2 x 11) ¬†and embossed the background layer with Stampin Up’s Gently Falling embossing folder. ¬†The beautiful layered sleigh from Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups Sleigh Gift Card Holder and some snow flakes from her All Season Tree.

PIU C4C All White 01 detail


PIU C4C All White 01 open

Inside is a winter white scene¬†adding in¬† Pop It Ups Iron Fence and Holiday House. The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s new Holly Berry Happiness

PIU C4C All White 01 open left

It’s hard to see the sparkle but trust me, it’s there! ¬†I went kind of crazy with the glitter!

PIU C4C All Wite 01 right

All the Crazies have created beautiful white cards so make sure to check them out! ¬†And let me know if you follow the “don’t wear white” rule. ¬†(I do – at least with shoes and purses!) ¬†Have a great day – Hugs, Fran


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