Category: Hardwood

Circle of Spring

Pay no attention to the color cast on this photo.  I changed my battery on my camera and ……well, I’m not sure!  But her’s a trio-fold card using the Hardwood background and Circle of Spring stamp sets.

The wreath is on the left panel and as you open it ……

You have a pretty inside to write your greeting.  Hugs, Fran

Hey Chick through the Pen

This set needs a sentiment that says “just chicken on you!”  I used the Woodgrain background from the front and die cut a rectangle through the front panel and the card.  I sandwiched a piece of some kind of plumbers tape (I don’t know what it’s really called!) and tucked the chicken in to peek out.

Inside I put a piece of Crushed Curry so the chicken doesn’t get lost.

This set is so much fun!  Hugs, Fran

More Happy Things

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Love, love, love this little bird in the Saleabration set – A Happy Thing!  I used Blendies to color him, cut him out,  and set me on the Hardwood background.  The design is the same as this card.  Hope you’re enjoying the Holidays – I am!  But I’m glad to get back in my craft room too!  Hugs, Fran


Sneak Peek From the Herd

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Time for a sneak peek!  This is From the Herd – a set coming out in the Occasions Mini starting January 6th!  (Can you believe we’re talking about a new year?)  This fun set has a main image and lots of cute, cute sayings.  I chose to make a window card with the Oval Framelits so the animals could peek through.  The Crumb Cake card stock was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  I used a ruler to draw lines and add “nails.”

From the Herd 01 open

Since the image is large, I added the inside greeting to the opposite side of the front greeting.  The animals were colored with Blendabilities – there are new colors in the catalog!!

From the Herd 01 detail

Aren’t they funny?   This will be a fun set!  Hugs, Fran

Bright & Beautiful Birthday

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For this Bright & Beautiful card, I scored the star and gave it a 3-D look.  The Hardwood background gives it an old fashioned look.


Stamp Sets -right & Beautiful, Hardwood, Four You

Card stock – Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Ink – Early Espresso

Etc – Star Framelits, Candy Dots, Antique brad

This stamp set is so versatile.  You can get this Holiday preview stamp set now during the Big Shot and Bundles promotion.  Hugs, Fran

Time for Your Birthday

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Here’s an idea for a birthday invitation using Karen Burniston’s Spiral Circle Pull Card and the cute Poppy die.  The Pull Card is so neat because it has tabs to hold the front together. First I die cut the card and then I stamped the front with Hardwood (what a great stamp!)  I added a gear to the front of the Clock and Gears die and put Poppy on the front holding some balloons.  The sentiment was done in My Digital Studio and punched with the ticket punch.

Poppy 02 open

Inside I printed the invite information, also done in MDS.  The finished card size is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.

Poppy 02 detail


Stamp Set – Hardwood

Card stock – Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango

Ink – Crumb Cake

Etc – Spiral Circle Pull card die, Poppy die, Baker’s Twine, brad, ticket punch, MDS, Clock and Gears die.

All the dies are from Karen Burniston’s new Pop It Ups collection.  Just turn the clock hands to the party time and celebrate!  Hugs, Fran

Anniversary Sailor

I cased this layout from one that was on a Leadership display board.  I changed some of the colors/cardstock – but kept the layout the same.  This uses the very fun stamp set Hello Sailor and the Hardwood background stamp – both from the current Occasions Mini.  I’ve decided that this background stamp can be used for anything!  *Here’s a tip for lining up banners under the circle image.  Put Dimensionals on the back of the circle but only remove the backing from the top one.  Stick it down – place the banners underneath and then remove the backings from the rest of the Dimensionals. 

Stamp Sets – Hello Sailor, Hardwood
Cardstock – Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink – Basic Gray, Calypso Corsl
Etc – Banner Framelits, Starburst Framelits, 2 1/2 circle punch, small star punch

On the inside I stamped the “Perfect North” image.  It can be used for an anniversary, best friend,  co-worker – lots of people   Hugs, Fran

Creative Cuts

I spent some time searching images in My Digital Studio to use for a card idea that was circling in my head.  This is not the idea!  But it was such a pretty cut – that I decided to go with it.  This image is from Creative Elements – available as a download or a stamp set.  I exported the image from MDS into my ECal software, enlarged it, and cut it out of Crumb Cake cardstock.  I have to say that what was left behind on my cutting mat was as beautiful as the image itself and I will have to try it again using the negative.  I stamped the cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp and layered it over a piece of Afternoon Picnic Designer Series paper. 

Stamp Set – Express Yourself, Hardwood, MDS Creative Elements
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Afternoon Picnic
Ink – Chocolate Chip
Etc – Large pearl, ecutter

I still have that “other” idea swimming in my head – I just got distracted!  Hugs, Fran

Out of the Junk Drawer

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I found a sticker in my box of stuff in the closet!  A cute, little owl that needed to be on a card.  I think I bought these last year for a sorority thing – and now he’s sitting in a tree on a card.  The flower is a button.  I used my craft scissors to cut off the shank and glued it down.

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Stamp Set – Hardwood
Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Ink – Chocolate Chip
Etc – Circle Card Framelit, Bird punch, stick and button, 2 1/2 circle punch

I love the Hardwood background stamp.  Here’s hoping to see it in the big catalog come June!  Hugs, Fran

Pop Love

This is the Pop It Up Hearts Pivot die paired with Follow My heart.  I had some left over pieces from this card and just couldn’t resist making a pivot card for someone special.  Doesn’t the Red Glimmer paper look lovely?  And the keyhole is the Silver Foil paper. 

Here it is open – with a Silver Foil key hanging from some Baker’s Twine. 

The Red Glimmer frame was done by cutting with two Framelits at the same time.  It makes such a nice, tiny frame!

Stamp Sets – Follow My Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hardwood
Card stock – Pink Pirouette, Red Glimmer, Basic Gray Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Subtles Paper pack
Ink – Basic Gray
Stampin Write Markers – Real Red, Basic Gray
Etc – Heart Pivot, Word Window punch, Baker’s Twine

I hope you’re enjoying the Pivot cards!  Hugs, Fran

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