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Saturday, February 25, 2017

“Elementary, My Dear Watson”

 

You probably guessed by the quote above that the theme for  my husband’s 70th Birthday card is Sherlock Holmes.

Chuck has always been of big fan of Sherlock Holmes and I thought that he would really enjoy his birthday card.

 Tidbit: A documentary about the real life inspirations for Sherlock Holmes. A leading professor of medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell is a pioneer in a new field, forensic science. Joseph Bell is the real life model for the greatest fictional detective in history. He inspired his student, Arthur Conan Doyle to create a legend.

 I was inspired by a card I saw a very long time ago and I just had to have the Sherlock Holmes Stamp Set used on that card.  The stamp was purchased from Kraftin’ Kimmie about 4 year’s ago (I think) with my husband in mind.  And I just got around to using it, lol.  Here is a picture of the original card that I cased.

 

Sherlock Holmes Sample

Kraftin’ Kimme

Mine

I used the Zig Clean Color Brushes to water color the image.

Inside

CD of some of Chuck’s favorite songs.  And the label of Sherlock Holmes playing the violin was created using my printer and a printable CD.

 

Note: The Sherlock Holmes stamp is no longer available from Kraftin’ Kimme.

 

Thank you for stopping by.

Fran


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Two For One Post!

 

It’s been quite a long time since I posted to my Blog.  I came down with a bad stomach bug in November.  And when I felt better I began making my Christmas cards.  My Christmas list was almost three times longer than Christmas 2015.  I made 35 cards (and envelopes) to send out and let me tell you after I mailed them I was relieved and burnt out, lol.

After all cards were ready for mailing it hit me that I forgot to take photos of the different style cards I created except for one.  The photo is below.

The photo does not do it justice because the deer was made from a bright gold foil card stock and the camera wouldn’t give me a good shot of it.  I am blaming the camera not me, lol.

 

Reindeer Christmas Card

(Mine)

I cased this card from Nichol Spohr, LLC

(Hers)

Nichol

 

 

Below is a photo of my Grandson’s Birthday card.  He turned 10 in January.  Like I mentioned above I was so burnt out from making Christmas cards that my creative mojo was gone!  But I knew I wanted to make a card for him so I worked hard to get my creative juices running again.  Once I started the card I began to have fun making it.  Most of the card is water colored.

(Front)

(Inside)

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  If you have any questions about the cards please feel free to send me an e-mail with your questions.

 

Fran

Monday, November 14, 2016

Special Friends

 

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I sent these cards to a Mother and Daughter whose husband and father passed away.

 

DETAILS:

STAMPS – Mondo Magnolia Stamp by Essentials by Ellen, Layered Leaves dies by My Favorite Things, and Thinking of You sentiment by Hero Arts, Messages with a Flourish.

The messages with a flourish is on sale TODAY (11/14/16).

 TECHNIQUE for Flowers – Prisma colored pencils and gamsol techique (Blue flower) and Distress ink (picked raspberry for pink flower).

 TECHNIQUE for Leaves – I used distress inks (bundled sage & peeled paint).

 Edges & Center of Flowers – Versa mark and Gold embossing powder and Gold embossing powder  plus Glossy accents for the centers.

 Background Splatters – Fine Tec Pearl Colors (Blue flower-Gold Pearl & Pink flower – Sterling Silver).

I hope I covered it all in the details.  If you have any questions about the cards please feel free to contact me.

 

Thank you for stopping by,

Fran

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

You Are Beautiful

 

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I made this card back in August and did not write down everything I used.  So the details below are from me looking at the photo and piecing together the items used to create the card.  If you have any particular questions about the card that is not covered in the details feel free to contact me.

DETAILS:

Stamps used: Sketch Ranunculus and Spring Flowers

Dies used:  Hydrangea Petals and Sizzix Branch w/Leaves #656064 (old) but I found a die very close to it on EBay.

Sentiment: Sketch Ranunculus Stamp set.

Items from my stash: Mini Prills (Sweet Shoppe); Inks (Versafine Onyx black and MFT* (Gumdrop Green); Embossing Powder (Ranger superfine detail clear); Sequins(iridescent) & clear drops (PPP*); Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen with Sparkle, Clear Overlay; Prisma Colored Pencils; Recollections card stock for card base and fronts; Green card stock for leaves.

 NOTE:  There are two card fronts used so I aligned the two and stamped the leaves using the Spring Flowers Stamp.  Then I attached the larger card front to the base of the card.  I added a foam backing to the smaller card front (to add dimension) and aligned the stamped leaves with both card fronts.  The edge of the card base was colored with Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen with Sparkle, Clear Overlay; the die cut leaves were cut from green card stock and shaded using Prisma Colored Pencils.

 *MFT-My Favorite Things and PPP-Pretty Pink Posh

 

Thank you for stopping by,

Fran

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Card Sent To My Doctor

 

 

DETAILS:

 

Rose Background Die – WPlus9

rose background die

Watercolor Technique – I used distress inks to achieve the look on Ranger water color card stock.  The colors used: Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, and Peacock Feathers.  Then I brushed it with a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Brush.  Since I used a lot of glitter I didn’t want it to brush off so I sprayed it with hair spray to seal the glitter.

Front Sentiment: Thank You by Whimsy Stamps (Everyday Sayings Notables 4).  I stamped the sentiment on 40# Vellum using Ranger embossing powder, White, Super Fine Detail.

Inside Sentiment (no photo available): by Sweet’ N Sassy – Reads “I will never be able to thank you enough for the blessing you have been in my life.”

Card Stock: Neenah Solar White for card base and rose die.

Thank you for stopping by,

Fran

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Cards

 

Levi’s Card

 

Details:

0 Digital Stamp – Mo’s Digital Pencil

0 Happy Haunts Sentiment – Newton’s Nook Designs – Spooky    

   Street

0 Spectrum Noir Colour Blending Pencils & Gamsol Technique

    on image

0  Inside Sentiment – Mo’s Digital Pencil – It’s All About The

     Candy.

 

Hunter’s Card

 

Details:

0 Stamped Images and Sentiment – Spooky Street – Newton’s Nook Designs.

0 Windows colored with Spectrum Noir Colour Blending Pencils in Lemon and covered with Glossy Accents.

0 Inside Sentiment – Witching You a Happy Halloween

0 Sky – Distress Inks – Dusty Concord Salty Ocean, and Black Soot

0 Ground – Distress Ink – Ground Espresso

0 Grass – Grass stencil and Distress Ink – Pine Needles

0 Moon – From the Internet (free)

0 Eyes on Tree branches from my stash.

 

I tried to keep the details as brief as possible.  If you have any questions about how I did something on the cards please feel free to ask.

 

Thank you for stopping and Happy Halloween!

Fran

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Friend

 

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I am trying to catch up with my blog posts before Christmas gets here, lol.  I made this card for a special friend who has got me through some rough times.  She has already received the card and loved it.

 

Details:

The Floral butterfly (Deep Red Cling Stamps) was stamped with white embossing powder.  The background was created using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The sentiment Friend and Dragonflies are chipboard.  They were dipped in VersaMark.  The dragonflies were covered with WOW embossing powder, Bodacious blue glitter.  The friend chipboard was covered with WOW embossing powder, White Twinkle glitter.  Papers used: Neenah 80# and 100#, Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Chalice Silver.  Corners of papers were clipped with a Crop-A-Dile Chomper in Deco.  Also used Glossy accents to make the dragonflies trail and added blue sequins from my stash.  And last but not least I applied Delicata Silver Ink on the blue background edges.

 

Thank you for stopping by and would love to read your comment.

 

wf_minnieorangeFran

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thank You For Nurses

 

 

 

The medical clinic I go to have such wonderful nurses that take such good care of me.  I call them my angels.  I usually send them cards a couple times throughout the year.  I made this card to show them my appreciation for all they do for me.

 

Details:

Nurse Digital Image – Paper Shelter digital Images (http://www.thepapershelter.com/index.php?main_page=).  Image was colored using Stabilo Chalk Pastel Coloring Pencils.

Hint: when using chalk pencils you need to set the chalk or else it will smear or come off.  I use hair spray to set the chalk.

Thank You Sentiment – Friendly Phrases Stamp by Stampendous.

The tiny band Aids are also digital stamps (Nurse’s Medical Equipment bought from Etsy).

Cardstock – Used two shades of Kraft paper (my stash)

Border – on card front was created using Cross Stitched Frame Borders by Memory box.

Stash – Sequins, Seed beads, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Brush Pen.

 

BTW – All the nurses loved the card.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Your comments are very appreciated!

Fran