Perennial Birthday

Perennial Birthday stamp set is so awesome!  I am trying to focus on the beginner & casual stamper right now and this set is perfect for that.  Check out this birthday card.  I CASE’d (Copy and Share with Everyone) this from Pinterest and bumped it for the casual stamper as well.

 

#simplestamping

I used Thick Whisper White card stock as my card base (8 1/2″x5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″) and my stampin’ write 2018-20 In-color markers to color the stamps.  Very simple stamping.  Did you know that you could color on the stamp itself with different markers?  All you have to do after you get everything colored is huff on the stamp (to reactivate the ink) and press to paper.  Paper, ink, and stamp set and some Post-it paper!  #simplestamping

 

I stepped it up for the casual stamper by adding some rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.  You could even add a little Wink of Stella to glitz up the flowers.

I stamped my sentiment where I wanted it on the front of the card, then used the Post-It paper to cover it (so it had a straight line top & bottom).  I took three different stamps from the Perennial Birthday Stamp set and stamped diagonally across the card front.  I used one stamp at a time – colored with the markers, huffed (blow warm air) and stamped.  I filled in some of the white space with the smaller flowers.  You still need to leave a little white space for pleasing the eye.

Go ahead, CASE this yourself and make a dozen or so, so you are ready for that next birthday!

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Happy New Year y’all!

October starts a new year for all Stampin’ Up! independent demonstrators. We set new goals and monitor our reports diligently to make sure we are hitting those goals and our team members are hitting their goals as well. Happy New Year y’all!

My goals this year are as follows:
I want to increase my client base by 10 (baby steps)
earn a trip to Hawaii in 2020 (I missed the Greek Isles, sadly)
increase my team membership by 4.

So, what do I do to make these goals happen?
For one thing, I am taking a break from my part-time catering job so I can focus on my business.
I am adding classes/workshops/stamp camps to my calendar.
I will hand out my business card to pretty much everyone I meet and answer any questions that may produce in the hopes that I will gain a new client.
I am definitely going craft every day so I have lots of samples for everyone to see and entice them to purchase what it takes to make some of these crafts on their own.
I plan to learn how to film & edit videos to increase my social media presence as well.
I also plan to be more present on this blog!

So there you have it, This is my plan from October 2018 through October 2019. I hope that y’all will keep following me and invite your friends to follow me as well. Remember crafting is fun, and it’s more fun with friends!

Get your craft on and keep stampin’
Francine
Happy New Year y’all!

OMG…Life needs to get under control!

Here I go again!  Feels like it has been forever since I have written a blog post.  I just can’t seem to get a handle on this thing called life!  I need to get under control! If it’s not the family pet, the hubby has an issue, the grandkids need something, or it’s a home project…So many things just keep me from doing what I love to do, but that is going to stop!!!

So here is what is going on right now: Hubby is on a new medication and that requires weekly doctor visits for lab tests to monitor progress.  The dog is currently going through some kind of infection and has multiple medications and vet visits just about every other day.  The grandkids, oh I love them so much!  They recently moved closer and that is so awesome, however, now I am the on-call Nana if one of them isn’t feeling well and needs to be picked up from school.  Don’t get me wrong, I will drop what I am doing for them if they need me.  Then there is the house…the house always requires something.  We just finished the fence from he!! project.  It took three weeks instead of three days, because the contractor became ill and was hospitalized for a week, and it rained like there was no tomorrow!  The last project is my mother’s bathroom remodel.  Granted this project was my idea and mostly my baby.  But I am about over it!  I keep getting interrupted in the process.  I am currently tiling the shower curb, then the walls, followed by grouting.  After all that is done, we install the new toilet & vanity.  So ready to finish it.

Forward from this is Halloween, then Stampin’ Up! OnStage (convention), the winter holidays begin!  So I am going to make a promise here and now; January 1 is my new beginning.  I will be present, I will post regularly on FaceBook,  I will blog weekly, I will send out bi-weekly emails to all my clients, I will be videotaping cute projects on a weekly basis and posting to my Youtube channel, I will plan at least 2 events a month (if not more, that all depends on you, my friends).

Know this, even though I have so much going on right now, I am still here for you.  Just email or text me, private message me on Facebook, call me.  I will make the time to get what you need because that is who I am.  I love crafting with my Stampin’ Up! products.  We have so many cute things in the Fall/Winter catalog that just launched 2 weeks ago.  If you don’t have a catalog, contact me and I will mail out the annual & fall/winter ones to you immediately.  If you have a question about any of the products or techniques, I will do my very best to answer your questions.  What I don’t know, I will find out.

See you soon!
Francine Wilson
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Where have you been, Losing time

Where have you been?  Around…I promise to get more consistent with posting here.  I am a retired person and shouldn’t be as busy I am.  Not sure where all my time goes, but it does.  Have you been losing time?  I do all the time!  Where have you been?  I have been living life.  There is grocery shopping, doctor appointments, house cleaning, repairs & maintenance things to do, TV shows to catch up on, some part-time catering to do, and a little last minute traveling to drag your best neighbor (because I love & miss her) back to Texas from the icy cold of upstate NY!  All this stuff gets in the way of my crafting time in one way or another.  I swear (over the last 2 1/2 years) I am busier now than when I worked full-time.

What am I going to do about it?  I am going to start pairing down all these activities.  I am going to put things on a schedule and try my darnedest to follow said schedule.  I am exhausted and don’t realize it till I find 5 minutes to stop and realize it.  Then I lose more time because I do have to catch up on sleep!  So, scheduling is going to be my best friend from now on.

Where have you been?  This is my new mantra.  The answer from now on is on my calendar in a time slot designated for a specific activity.  I am using a digital format right now (and I sometimes double book myself), but I am going to start using that $40 planner I bought (some time ago) so I have a physical view instead of a little chime coming from my phone reminding me of something I completely forgot I booked myself into.  All the big-time organizers say to keep one calendar to make your life simple.  Too many places make for a lot of double booking and a lot of upkeep & maintenance.  However, everything will still go into the digital calendar as well because I don’t want to lug a planner around with me.  I want to paper-train myself first to make it a habit and make my brain aware that I must check the calendar before I say yes.

So if you are always asking yourself “Where have you been” and keep losing time, get a paper calendar and write it all out so you can see it plainly.  It’s not going to hurt to also put it in your phone calendar as long as you write it all out first.  I want more quality time with my family & friends and this is the way to achieve that for me.  Happy Calendaring people.  Come back to see what I am up to next…I promise it will be interesting and most probably creative!

Get your crafting on!

Time to Bundle up with Sweet Soiree!

Bundle up!

2017 has come & gone.  Time to Bundle up!

It’s been a busy 2018 already!  Sale-A-Bration (SAB) has begun, our biggest event of the year, and it coincides with the launch of the Spring Occasions catalog.  There is so much beautiful product to see, how do you choose which to make your own?  Well, let me share what I chose to start out the year with.  Believe me, it was difficult to decide what to get first.  My shopping list is long, and the budget is in the works to make it all happen.

I am blown away by the Sweet Soiree suite!  I took the time to bundle up!  The Cake Soiree stamp set & thinlit bundle is amazing.  This may look like all you can do is stamp cakes, but it is so versatile, you won’t believe it till you see it.  Let’s move on to the Designer Series paper…OMG!  The beautiful silver foil on one side makes for an elegance you can’t imagine.  The colorful print on the other side adds to the whimsey.  The Ribbon is to-die-for!  I ordered 3 spools of it.  There is a fun embellishment kit in this suite that has fun stickers, cute tiny tassels and clothespins, washi tape, and velvet ribbon.  Want some texture?  We have it…Silver embossing paste & Shimmery White embossing paste work beautifully with the decorative masks.  Add some more texture with Scattered Sequins Dynamic embossing folder.  Top it all off with beautiful packaging for that special someone…a bit of colorful shreddie in the silver gate boxes make an amazing presentation, you can tie on the hand-made gift tag with silver bakers twine.  Oh, and don’t forget the coordinating cardstock pack (Berry Burst, Marina Mist, Old Olive).  So much awesomeness packed into one product suite!  If you were to get this entire suite (you will want it all), you will also earn your choice of 3 first tier SAB items or 1 first tier and 1-second tier plus Hostess Rewards ($15) to use for anything else you want!  Notice I didn’t say NEED…I mean, we need some things, but we WANT it all!

There is definitely a learning curve with embossing paste.  I would recommend using it on a layer vs the card base.  The silver embossing paste is a thinner consistency, so it will take a little longer to dry and I would use some temporary glue on the mask because it has a tendency to bleed under.  You can use our multipurpose glue – -when it dries, it is still tacky, which make it repositional.  just don’t leave it too long so you don’t damage your design.

Check out all my examples, I have 3 cards, gift package, and a desktop calendar.  Click the Tutorial link for dimensions & instructions.

Click the little froggy to see what other wonderful ideas are out there!


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Online Extravaganza starts tomorrow!

Online Extravaganza

Make your list and check it twice!  We’re entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” and not just because of the holidays. For us, it’s because Online Extravaganza is starting soon! During this promotion, we will have exclusive deals and sales available for limited times.  With different offerings coming throughout this promotion, you’ll want to keep in touch and check back for all the great surprises we have in store.

Our first incredible offering of this promotion will be the 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza. Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM MT.  Check out the list and  Click HERE to get yours now!

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there are a few ongoing items on sale (while supplies last) at even deeper discounts during this extravaganza! check out the complete list!
ongoing Extravaganza

More extravaganza excitement! Through November 26, shop exclusive sales and deals on select items. Deals end November 26 11:59 PM MT.

To close out Online Extravaganza with a bang, we are offering a special 24-hour flash sale on November 27th, after other Online Extravaganza deals end on the 26th. More information on this flash sale will be posted later in the week. Make sure to check back here for the announcement and more details!

Get your stamp on!
Francine Wilson
Your Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Stamp, Scrap, Craft, Blend!

Blends blog hop

The Stampin’ Blends were made available on November 1st.  You gotta get some of these…they are fabulous!  I purchased the original Blendabilities a few years ago and I love them then.  I was so excited to see that Stampin’ Up! was bringing that back into our product line.  These alcohol blending pens have been years in the making…lots of testing to make sure there were no issues with the end product.  Stampin’ Up! prides itself on a quality product.

If you like to color and aren’t too sure about shading & lighting, these pens are awesome.  You get two shades in a pack and there is a color lifter/blender pen to help with shading.  There are lots of youtube instructions out there to show you different techniques.  You can mix media and use your watercolor pencils, and you can mix colors without messing up either pen tip.

Using my Stampin’ Blends, I created a few sympathy cards.  They turned out pretty wonderful, didn’t they?  I used the ‘retired Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities’ because I wanted this color to go with Elegant Eggplant card stock.  I am hoping it will be a future release for the Stampin’ Blends.  See the list of all the product used below.
Sympathyrose wonder

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So Thankful for You

Blends blog hop

We are coming into the Thankful or Give Thanks season.  Why we don’t exemplify this thought throughout the year has puzzled me.  Personally, I am thankful all year that I live & breathe and have my family & friends with me.   I try to reflect that as I go throughout the year by telling my family & friends how much I appreciate them with my words and my actions.  I try to send out cards, although not always on time!  For some reason, a special occasion comes along and I don’t have just the right card even though I make tons of cards.  Getting creative real fast is pretty easy with Pinterest for inspiration.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Francine Wilson or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

For this post, I am presenting my fall So Thankful for You card.  I used my retired smokey slate blendability to add shadow since I don’t have a full set of the stampin’ blends yet.  Still working on my blending skills, but I think this turned out well.  The color lifter works wonderfully to give a lighter effect and mute the colors.
give thanks

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently, you are at my blog – Francine Wilson, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.




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Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
[100079]
$3.50

Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker

Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker
[120967]
$3.50

Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker

Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
[120970]
$3.50

Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker

Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker
[105115]
$3.50

Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate Assortment

Stampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate Assortment
[131005]
$11.95

Season to Sparkle Christmas Card

Season to Sparkle

Merry Music DSP

This card is a mix of two sets and a beautiful Designer Series paper (DSP).  Even though it looks complicated, this is a simple card to make.  BEWARE – your arm will get a work out from cranking the Big Shot to get the tree branches cut!  I was inspired by Sandi MacIver’s tutorial on how to do a bridge card.  Our Chandelier & Christmas Staircase

I was inspired by Sandi MacIver’s tutorial on how to do a bridge card.  Our Chandelier thinlits and Christmas Staircase thinlits spoke to me for this card.   I wanted to show off the pretty silver Christmas tree without blocking it and yet have some sparkly bobbles!  I used window sheet pieces and stamped with Versa Mark some of our heat & stick and dazzling diamonds glitter for the sparkly bobbles from Season to Sparkle stamp set.  One thing I thought of after I completed this card was to find a way to make a color wheel (like we had way back when!)  I will post again when I figure that out.

INSTRUCTIONS & MEASURES:

Thick WW card base 4 ¼”x 8”            scrap Whisper White card stock
Score card base at 1 ¼”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, 6 ¾”
DSP 4×6 ¾” (make sure your pattern is going in correct direction)
Cut DSP on 6 ¾” side at 1”, 1”, 2 ¾”,1”
4″x6″ Silver foil paper           Embossing Buddy                       Heat Tool
4″x3″ Window sheet              Dazzling Diamonds Glitter         Heat & Stick powder

Adhere DSP to card base from left to right as cut leaving the 2 outside 1”x4 ¼” pieces loose at the top.  Apply a strip of Tear Tape at the top of the 2 outside edges of the card base.   Do not remove the covering on the tear tape, you will be connecting your bridge piece there.

Window sheet – cut ½” strip off.  Rub the embossing buddy over the remaining piece and stamp the swoopy bobbles on the window sheet with Versa Mark ink, quickly cover with Heat & Stick and set with the heat tool.  Quickly dust with  Dazzling Diamonds glitter (shake off excess) and set with heat tool.  Use glue dots to adhere the bobbles in the center of the 1/2″ strip.
On the scrap Whisper White – Stamp your sentiment in Basic Black ink.  Use Layering Oval framelit to cut with Big Shot, and adhere with glue dots to the top of the ½” strip (this will be the bridge).  Set aside.

Run the Christmas Tree & branches through Big Shot on the Silver Foil paper… you will need 7 large branches and multiple small branches.  Adhere the tree to the center back panel with multipurpose glue.  Use multipurpose glue to adhere the large branches first to the solid tree and fill in with the small branches.

Now we fold the card base in mountains & valleys.  Fold in-ward at 2 ½”, then back at 1 ¼” on the left, in-ward at 5 ½”, then back at 6 ¾” on the right.  Burnish the folds carefully, your tree is in the center.

Remove the release paper & line up your bridge piece (below the DSP line) and adhere the left side.  Use another piece of tear tape or snail to adhere the DSP in place.  Fold the left side of your card down with the right side extended.  Remove the release paper & line up your bridge piece (below the DSP line) and adhere the right side.  I used another piece of tear tape or snail to adhere the DSP in place.

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Scrappy Christmas

Scrappy Christmas

 Scrappy Christmas

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Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsLabels to Love stamp set (144967); Christmas Quilt (144793)
  • Card Stock – Thick Whisper White (TWW) card base (140272); Whisper White (WW) scrap (100730); Basic Black (BB) card stock (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Blushing Bride Ink (131172)
  • Misc. – Quilted Christmas DSP (144617); Wink of Stella (141897); Quilt Builder framelits (144673); Dimensionals (104430); Everyday Label punch (144668); Big Shot (143263); Dimensionals/snail (104430/104332)

Measurements:

  • TWW; 8 ½”x5 ½” scored at 4 ¼”
  • WW; 2”x3”
  • BB; 5 ¼”x4”
  • Quilted Christmas DSP; 5 ¼”x ¾” & 6”x2”

Instructions:

  1. Swipe Wink of Stella all over the BB card stock – set aside.
  2. Run 6”x2” DSP through big shot with Triangle framelit 3 times.
  3. Stamp sentiment on WW scrap 2”x3” and punch with Lovely Label punch. Stamp a petal of the tiny flower from Christmas Quilt in each corner.
  4. adhere DSP 5 ¼”x ¾” to BB with snail.
  5. adhere 3 DSP triangles to the left side of BB with snail
  6. adhere the Everyday Label with Dimensionals to the right.

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Labels To Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$21.00

Christmas Quilt Photopolymer Stamp Set

$21.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

$7.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Quilt Builder Framelits Dies

$30.00

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$8.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Everyday Label Punch

$18.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$7.00

Big Shot

$110.00