Friday, December 31, 2010



I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I was thinking that since this is the last day of 2010 I began to think about what I was doing a year ago.  I joined two great groups (Copic Crafters and Frugal Scrappers) where I have learned so much throughout the year.  And hoping I learn more in 2011.

“Cool” is the word my 10 year old Grandson used when I showed him my new card I just finished making.  You just don’t get better compliments than from a 10 year old boy. When I saw the stamp called Japanese Tilda I knew I had to have her.  I got her right before Christmas and had to color her immediately.  Let me know what you think.

This is the first card where I used my new Desktop Photo Studio. What a difference it makes when taking photos.  No more taking tons of photos to get the best one. 

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central

2. 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog


Japenese Tilda 4

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Image: Copics for Hair & Skin, Prisma Color Pencils & Spica Pen

Papers:  DCWV Mariposa Stack

Stamp: Japanese Tilda (7 Kids College Fund)

Flowers:  Prima (Gallery Roses Pierre)

Spellbinders Die (Stamping Scrapping Store)

Pearls: (Kaiser scrapbook)

Glitter: Tim Holtz (Diamond Stickles)


Here’s a close up of Tilda:

Japenese Tilda 2

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Love Is In The Air


I wanted to share one more card I finished today.  All I need to add is the sentiment. I know what I want to do but I don’t have anything in my stash to make it happen. Oh my I guess I have to go craft shopping :) 

I will be submitting this card in a challenge over there at House Mouse and Friends. The challenge is Anything Goes theme as long as you use a House Mouse Stamp.

I bought my first House Mouse stamps from Stamping Scrapping.  Out of the three I bought I chose this one because it can be used for various occasions like Valentine’s Day, Christmas time when you want to send ‘love” to someone far away, Anniversaries, etc.

House Mouse Love

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Note: The blue looking flower should show up as purple which matched the purple paper.


All papers used are from my stash using bits and pieces except for the card.  The hearts were punched out of purple card stock then covered with doubled sided scor-tape to add the bling. The glitter used is from Martha Stewart.  The red foil specialty paper is made by American Crafts.  I also used scor-tape to the edges of the card front and covered it with red glitter too.  The stamp was colored using Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol.  If you have any questions about the card design please feel free to contact me.

I like to take this time to wish you and your love ones a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

Hugs, Fran

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mimosa Lights The Way


This project was a change for me.  I made a sleeve for a flameless candle and used Mimosa to tell a story.  Mimosa and her dog (Peggy sue) were outside playing and decided to build a snowman.  And they lost track of time.  Peggy sue had to find their way back home with the help of Mimosa lighting their way.  And before you know it they reached their house in no time. Let me know what you think.


Stamp: Mimosa Lights the Way (colored with Prisma Colored Pencils)

Snowflakes: Martha Stewart Punch

Candle Sleeve: Designer Paper from stash.

Dog, snowman, & house: Digi images (printed and embellished)

Snow: Glitter (dazzling diamonds) & Flower Soft (Polar White)


Entered my project in the following challenges:

       SSCC Winter Wonderland Challenge

       7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog

You still have time to enter your project in both challenges.


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2PeggySue_Mimosa's Dog




4Mimosa's House


5MimosaCandle_All Lit Up

Candle all lit up to light my way!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just Around The Corner


Can you believe that 2011 is just around the corner.  Where does the time go?!  I like to make sure I am ready for the New Year by having a 2011 calendar on my desk.  I was inspired by a project I saw on You Tube.  You can see it here: Rectangle Coaster Calendar

Mariposa Coaster Calendar

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I like to apologize for the bad photo.  I tried over 20 times to get a good one but my camera was not cooperative.  The calendar is made using 2 rectangle coasters. They are attached by the ribbon you see at the top edge.  This enables the calendar to stand on its own.  Here is the “recipe” for this calendar:  I used Mariposa paper to cover the outside of both coasters.  Inside of calendar is covered with complimentary paper.  The flowers were a perfect match for the paper (Prima-Gallery Roses Marcel). Butterflies were punched from a MS punch and then covered with glitter.

Here are two more I made.  Although it may appear that the flowers on them are too big they really look pretty darn cute.  And match perfectly.  The flowers you see on them were handmade by me.

2011 coaster calendars

Let me know what you think.  And if this is your first time to my Blog I like to invite you to be a Follower.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hostess Gift Tag


My niece always hosts our family Christmas gathering.  And I always take her a hostess gift.  This year its going to be an edible gift.  Not sure what I will be making but it has to be something she loves to eat.  Maybe my Sugared Pecans!

With that in mind I decided to make a gift tag with a vintage flair.  And wanted to add a cute Magnolia stamp too.  I looked in my small collection and chose Kitchen Tilda.  Now you would think that since it’s Christmas time I would have used the traditional colors.  No I sure didn’t.  Tilda is wearing her brown cooking outfit with a pretty rose/pink head scarf.  I love the colors I used together.  Let me know what you think.

Kitchen Tilda Hostess Tag 

Everything used on this tag is from my stash. Some of the embellishments I had so long that I literally forgot where I bought them.  Tilda was colored using Copic markers. Here are the colors I used:  Dress, apron, socks, shoes & wooden spoon colored with E33, E35, E37 & E47 (with a touch of YR20 in the center of the wooden spoon).  Scarf and ribbon on spoon used R39, R59, & a touch of R83. Skin colored with E00, E11, E21 & R20.

Kithen Tilda closeup

Kitchen Tilda all dressed in shades of brown. Isn’t she the cutest!


This is a Prima Rose from the Marcel collection. I added very little stickles glitter to the edges.  And a small doily added to the back of the rose.

I hope you liked my Kitchen Tilda Hostess Tag as much as I liked creating it.  See you soon!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spreading A Little Fairy Dust……


A while back before I created my blog I made a card using a Gilli Stamp purchased from Stamping Scrapping.  So I thought I share the card with you and you can tell me what you think. Oh and see her spreading diamond fairy dust maybe she will send some your way.


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All flowers were handmade by me.  She was colored with my Copic markers and you can see that I used rose/red shades.  Besides the diamond fairy dust (i-Rock embellishment) she is also wearing some stickles on her wings and dress trim.  If there is anything else you would like to know about the card feel free to contact me .

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snowy Days, Frosty Nights, and warm hearts.


Snowy Days Card

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Some of us are experiencing snowy days and some of us have not seen one snow flake yet.  But our Tilda is sure seeing them and can you believe she left home without her coat.  I know her warm heart is keeping her nice ad toasty!

Here is what I used to create this card:

Wassail Collection Pack Paper & Magnolia (905) Sweet Tilda purchased from StampingScrapping.

Snowflakes punched with Martha Stewart snowflake punch.

Flower punched from EK Success Retro mini flower.

Scallop punched using 1/2 inch circle punch from Stampin’ Up

From my stash:

Sentiment Stamp and Oval Shape.

Tiny Flowers on Tilda’s pig tails colored with Copic marker R39 Garnet.

Pearl in center of flowers were painted with Copic Marker (R39 Garnet) to match Tilda’s dress. Star Dust Stickles by Ranger.

Copic markers: Dress (R89, R85, R83,R39) Skin (E21, E00,R20) Hair (C7, C5, C3) Shoes (C7) Colorless Blender

Card base cardstock Pure Luxury Pure Ivory by Gina K. Designs.

Let me know what you think Smile



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thank You So Much!

That’s the sentiment on my new card that I submitted to another challenge called Yellow and Black Challenge  (SSCC).  I really like that color combination but my personal stash did not have a lot of yellow and black elements.  After searching I found some paper, tiny buttons, and ribbon.  With those elements I was able to create a very generic card.  So besides having the challenge to do a card up in yellow and black it also created another challenge of using what you got in your stash.

And I also submitted this card in the Flutter by Wednesday Challenge.  The butterflies were created using a Martha Stewart punch.  I wanted the butterflies to appear flying so I coated them with Diamond Glaze to give them extra firmness and creased their wings.

Black and Yellow Challenge

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Treats


Look at Sweet Mimosa all dressed in Holiday Red holding some delicious cupcakes! Mimosa wishes you a Joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Tree Box_


The poinsettia and Christmas Tree box were cut out using my Cricut.  Garland was hand made using Flower soft and glitter. Rhinestones were applied using my i-Rock tool (so much fun).  The stars are mini brads.  And sweet Mimosa (stamp: Mimosa/cupcake) was colored using Copic markers.




Friday, November 12, 2010

Surprise Birthday Card


A friend will be celebrating her 60th Birthday and her family is giving her a surprise Birthday Party.  I decided to make her a card.  I went with a vintage theme because I love that look.  My only regret about the card is the flower on it.  I wish I would have made it smaller.  Let me know what you think. 

Emma's Birthday Card_Mask

Little bit about the card.  The flower was made using a 3” scallop punch and book pages for the paper.  Lots of distress ink and two kinds of glitter.  The background papers are from a book and Christmas stack and inked using Distress inks (walnut stain, crushed olive & fired brick). The swirls were made using a Sizzix die. Ribbon is a muted gold.  The charm is from Michael’s. The sentiment reads “birthday wishes” to match the font on the book paper font.  Very, very pretty in person. My camera did not catch its richness.  Oh one more thing I added a scent to the flower called Christmas (my favorite from Scent My Cards) and can be purchased here: StampingScrapping

Thank you for visiting!  Hugs, Fran

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Foil Technique Card


My friend Billie over at created a beautiful card using foil.  She shared her technique instructions and I gave it a try.  It took about 3 times before I liked my results.  Its easier than you think and fun to do.  Here is the card I created following Billie’s instructions.  Thank you Billie.


Foil Card

I added some Stickles to the embossed ornaments and on the dots of the ribbon.  Why don’t you give the foil technique a try!

Hugs, Fran

Friday, November 5, 2010

Where Do You Keep Your Favorite Recipes?


I made another coaster card journal but this time its made to hold favorite recipes.  Its for a someone in a Group I belong to but she has no clue that its for her.  I will be mailing it to her very soon.  The cutest thing about this book is the stamp I used called Chef Gilli by Gilli Designs.  The recipes element I had in one of my Digi Scrapbook Kits.  I printed it out and then covered the whole thing with Diamond Glaze.  The green bling are homemade and from my stash.  And the ribbons just add a little whimsy.  As an added bonus I wrote a quick and easy recipe on the first page of the book.  I thought you might like the recipe too!


O 1  14oz. can Ocean Spray Jellied or Whole Cranberry Sauce

O 1  12oz. bottle Heinz Chili Sauce

O 1  2 pound bag frozen pre-cooked, cocktail sized meatballs


Combine sauces in a large saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.  Add meatballs.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

Makes 30 appetizer servings.

SLOW COOKER PREPARATION:  Place meatballs in a slow cooker.  Combine sauces and pour over meatballs.  Cover and cook on high.

Gilli Recipe Book

Thursday, November 4, 2010



I finally took the step and created a Blog.  This is a new adventure for me and I hope your experience here is a good one.   There are many items I need to add but for now I like to share my latest project with you. 


Magnolia Journey Book

This is a small book that can be used as a journal, an address book, or even a recipe book.  Its made using two coasters that are covered with card stock.  And bind with my Bind-it-All.  See how its made here:  (   I added a few ribbons & rub-on stitches by doodlebug designs.  The centerpiece is the very first Magnolia stamp I purchased called Tilda with Umbrella (sorry but I cannot remember the collection name).   I also made the large flower using 4 scallop circles (3” punch).  I colored them with TH distress inks (walnut stain, crushed olive & fired brick).  And lots of pinching in the center & lots of scrunching too.   Sprinkled with MS brownstone glitter.  Center has clear micro beads & more glitter.             

Stay tuned there’s more to come.   Plus there will be freebies too.  So check back often.   Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of my Blog so far.

Hugs, Fran