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Crazy For Challenges – Monochromatic

This challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges is a Monochromatic Challenge.  I chose yellow with black as my accent color.  The background on the front of the card is done with a stencil and shimmer spray.  The sentiment and diet are from Stamping Up’s Sunshine Sayings and matching die, Sunshine Wishes.  I added rhinestones and metallic stars and a scallop boarder from the Colorful Seasons die.

Inside I used Karen Burniston’s Snowman Twist Circle die to create the sun popping up!  I added sunglass from SU’s  Pocketful of Sunshine die and lot of shimmer 🙂  I repeated some of the accents from the front on the inside.  This is such a fun challenge and I hope you’ll play along!  Hugs, Fran


Embossing Paste

Embossing paste is an easy way to add texture and interest to you cards. Using it with stencils you can add all kinds of interesting looks.  For this card I took a stencil, masked off a section and applied embossing paste that was mixed with some re-inker.  After I lifted the stencil, I added some Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle.  A little piece of glitter paper and a sentiment finished it off.


On this card I did embossing paste over patterned paper.  This is one of my favorite looks.  Remember that when you use embossing paste you need to wash your stencil and palette knife off right away so that the paste doesn’t dry on your tools.  Hugs, Fran

Daisy Delight

This set is a favorite!  Daisy Delight is a beautiful set that is available with a matching punch.  I created a card using one of the small images to make the background, some new Daffodil Delight ribbon and the stamp and punch to make the flower.  The center is one of the gold faceted gem (love!)  Hugs, Fran

Coloring Kit

Here’s a really quick idea for a gift for a crafty friend.  Using the new Just Add Color Designer Series paper, I cut the different designs 4 x 5 1/2 and adhered them to different color bases.  Just adhere it flat so the recipient can color the designs.  This paper is nice and heavy!

Add a 4 x 5 1/2 white inside and stamp the sentiment from Work of Art.

Cover the flap of the envelopes with matching DSP, add some colored pencils and tie with a ribbon.  I made a matching tag to go with it.  This all goes in a cello bag and is off to a young friend as a gift!  Hugs, Fran

Playful Piggy

Here’s the last little – dancing around my card!  As you can see, I used the Playful Background and Diagonal Stripe in a different layout for this one.  And yes, I used Crystal Effects on the little bubbles in the background – can’t help it!

So here’s my pink pig group!  Too much fun!  Hugs, Fran

Sparkle Birthdays

Happy sparkly birthday!  The background was inspired by Kristina Werner and is a Stamping Up mask inked in Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Wisteria Wonder.  Then I went over it again in pearl embossing paste.  Beautiful – then I dropped it!  And like the proverbial bread and butter, it landed face down.  So I covered the entire thing in Dazzling Diamonds – and loved it!

The sentiment and balloons are from Balloon Adventures.  The sentiment is heat embossed in silver and the balloons are stamped and then the stripes and dots are stamped with a glue pad and covered with Dazzling Diamonds.  Hugs, Fran

Love You

Valentines Day?  Yep!   This card is made with the new Hexagon Dynamic Textured embossing folder and the “love” from Sunshine Wishes framelits.  The heart was was cut from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits in Glimmer paper.  I sponged on ink – Real Red, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette onto water color paper and then embossed it.  The love was cut from Black card stock and then fun foam, layered together and covered in Glossy Accents.  Very simple.  Hugs, Fran

Weather Together Shaker

Weather Together 01

Let’s shake up the weather!  This card uses Weather Together as a Shaker card.  I started by die cutting a circle and used the adhesive foam strips around the circle to make the holder for the sequins.  The easiest way to do this is to remove the paper from both sides of the strips.  Then it goes around any shape without any cutting or stress.  Add a window sheet to the back and stamp your sentiment in Stazon.  Stamp and die cut the umbrella and place it on top.  Use more adhesive foam strips around the edge of the front piece and adhere it to your card base.

Weather Together 01 detail

Then shake it!  So cute and easy!  Hugs, Fran

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