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.



Nurse Digital Image – Paper Shelter digital Images (  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!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thank You




I created several cards since August but I haven’t had the chance to post them to the Blog. I am beginning to post today one of the first cards I created.

Today I am starting with a Thank You Card I created for a lovely friend who has been sending me such beautiful creations that she has sewn.  I created this card to thank her.   It is nothing compared to everything she has done for me but its at least my way of telling my friend how much I appreciate her.

And what a talented seamstress she is!  Here is her blog link if you would like to see her creations:  (This is the most current post). There is so much more to see of her many talents besides sewing by checking the archives.



o Stamp - Mondo Magnolia by Ellen Hutson

o Thank You Sentiment - Papertrey Ink, Wonderful words: thank you die

o Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Tim Holtz (for card front).

o Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

o Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Overlay (dabbed lightly on flower petals)

o Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, gold and pink and added seed beads to the sequins.

o Card Base - Neenah Solar White (100#)

I stamped the image in VersaMark and then embossed the edges of the flower with Ranger Super Fine Detailed Gold and heat set using my heat tool.

I water colored the Magnolia using  water color paper.  The water color medium used was Zig Clean Color Brush pens in Pinks and Purple.  The white highlights on the flower were created using a Signo Uni-Ball broad pen in white pigment ink.  The Thank You sentiment was covered with VersaMark and dipped in the gold embossing powder and using my heat tool to set the embossing the powder.

The background behind the flower was done using the Zig Brush Pens in a light shade of grey and adding water to thin out the color away from the image.

The card base edges were rubbed with VersaMark and applied the Gold Embossing powder and heat set it with the heat tool.  This gave a nice edge for the base card and pulled all the gold embossing detail together.


Thank you for stopping by and would love your comments.  If you have any questions about how I created the card feel free to contact me.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Levi!



Birthday cake

Levi loves balloons and I saw a card made by AmyR and I cased it.  I used one different color on the sentiment and I used more than 2 different size balloons.  You can see Amy’s card here:


Birthday cake



O Card Base-Neenah Solar White 100#

O Card Front-Neenah Solar White 80#

O Balloons Die-Celebration Balloons by Poppy Stamps

O Happy Birthday Die-Painted Happy Birthday by Simon Says Stamp

O Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Tim Holtz for the Happy Birthday

O Distress Inks-Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock     Feathers and Twisted Citron

O Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen-Clear (on sentiment and balloons)

O Sequins from my sequin stash.


Birthday cake


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franani1_Sparkling Flowers



Monday, August 29, 2016

What To Do With Leftovers?



You make another card with just a different flair!




o Flowers: Hydrangea Petals by Simon Says Stamp (out of stock)

o Leaves: Viola Leaves by Poppy Stamps

o Happy Birthday Sentiment: Painted Happy Birthday Die by Simon Says Stamp

    ( used Simply Defined Reflections Sheets by

o Card Front:  Canson Water Color Paper (XL Series)

o Card Front:  Shaded with Peacock Feathers using a Clarity Brush)

o Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Forest Moss, & Crushed Olive (flowers & leaves)

o Card Base:  5-1/2” square (Neenah Solar White, 110#)

o Glittered Embossing Powder:   

a mix of Clear Super Fine  embossing  powder by  Ranger and NUVO Pure Sheen Glitter to get desired effect of heat embossing powder; used on the flower petals and leaves.

o Flower Centers:  Mini Prills (center of flowers and card front) Sweet Shoppe by USA   Art Quest.

o Card Front: Tiny Drops of Ranger Glossy Accents for some added appeal.

o Inside Sentiment reads: Hoping You Have An Amazing Birthday named Happy Every Day Stamp (Simon Says Stamp but it appears they do not carry it any more)


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fran red








Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Sis!



This is the card I made for my sister’s birthday which was in the beginning of August.  I was inspired by the card below; however, no name appeared under the picture of the card in order to give credit.


Hydrangea Petals Dies


My Card Details:

o Hydrangea Petals Die (Simon Says Stamp)

o Branch w/leaves (Sizzix)

o Birthday Wishes Stamp (Mama Elephant)

o Mini Prills (center of flowers) Sweet Shoppe by USA Art Quest

o Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Forest Moss, & Crushed Olive)

o Watercolor Paper (Canson, XL Series)

o Card Base-5-1/2” x 6” (Neenah Solar White, 110#)

o Layering Layer (Neenah Creative Collection Mid-Tone, Pink)

o Card Front (Canson Watercolor Paper)

o Card Front was shaded with Peacock Feathers using a Clarity Brush)

o Embossing Powder (Super Fine by Ranger)

o Glitter (NUVO Pure Sheen)

o Happy Birthday Sentiment stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and

  brushed with Wink of Stella, Clear


NOTE:  Silly me forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card.  I brought the outside to the inside plus added two sentiments on both sides of the inside card.


My sister loved it!


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Beautiful Bouquets: Ranunculus



(Click on photo for a larger view)

I made this card so long ago and just getting around to post it to the Blog.



      o  Cardstock: Neenah Solar White (80# and 100#)

      o  Standard A2 size card

      o  Stamp: WPLUS9-Beautiful Bouquets: Ranunculus*

         *I purchased my stamp from Simon Says Stamp. It is           

           available from Ellen Hutson and WPlus9 but I checked

           and it is Out of Stock at all three online stores.

      o  Scallop Die: Couture Creations Nesting Dies: Scallop Rectangle

      o  Watercolor Medium: ZIG Clean Color Real Brush by Kuretake

      o  Sentiment: Papertrey Ink-Words of Comfort

      o  Sequins: My favorite added touch from my stash**

            *You may not see them but I added green seed beads to

              the sequins.

       o  Wink of Stella: Clear-Added to the flower bouquet



Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it is so appreciated!

Black heel sparkle-Fran

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lotus Flower Birthday




Its been a while since I posted and since then I have made a few cards.  This is the first in the series.

I saw the technique I used on Penny Ward’s Blog: and so I case’d her card.


Here are the products I used to create my card:

   Stamp by Waffle Flower: Lotus Flower

   Butterfly Stamp: Doily Lace Butterflies by Martha Stewart

      (used my Scan N’ Cut to cut out the butterfly)

   Sentiment by Hero Arts: Messages With Flourish

   Rectangle Die: Deckled Rectangles, large

   Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade

   Sequins: 28 Lilac Lane, yellow and orange


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sewing Again!


My sewing machine was sitting on the shelf collecting dust and looking so lonely.  I thought it over and took it off the shelf and dusted it off.  Its a real old machine but I thought why not give sewing a try again.  Now what should I make?  I wanted something real easy because I haven’t sewn for years.  I looked in my collection of patterns and found a pattern for Boxer Shorts for little boys and girls. I have two small grandsons and I said what a neat thing to make for them.  Oh my goodness I felt like a beginner sewer again but by the time I made the second pair I was sewing making less mistakes.  Photos below are the boxers for my Grandsons and they love them.  I plan to make them another pair real soon.




I guess you can see they love anything John Deere.  I found another John Deere fabric and will be making 2 pair out of the fabric.


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