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.

Product List

Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker

Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker

Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker

Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker

Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker

Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker

Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker

Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate Assortment

Stampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate Assortment

World Card Making Day

World card making day is an awesome celebration.  Getting together with some of your nearest & dearest to craft the day away.  What could be better?  Last weekend I spent the afternoon with 80 crafty ladies making cards, watching demonstrations, checking out samples, and swapping ideas & cards.  I wanted to share my swap card with you.

World Card Making Day
This card is super simple to put together.  I did it in assembly-line fashion since I made 25 of them.  Sit back & enjoy the video, all the supplies and measurements will be listed below.  I use Clear Mount stamps, so you would require blocks if you use them too.

TWW Card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
WW 5 1/4″x 4″   1 1 /2″x 2 1/4″
Garden Green 2″ 2 12″
Basic Black 5″x2″
Copper Foil Sheet scrap
Red Glimmer Paper scrap
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper 4″x 1 3/4″
Post-it notes 3″x3″ for masking
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Paper Pumpkin’s Season of Style

Sleigh bells will be ringing in just a few short weeks, which means that NOW is a perfect time to either sign up for Paper Pumpkin’s Season of Style (or renew their subscriptions). Why? During October and November, we’re offering two straight months of pre-cut, perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects—with everything you need, delivered straight to your door. And because our kits are pre-cut and ready to assemble, they can get that handmade touch in very little time.

We carefully designed these ready-to-assemble, super-cute projects to give crafters of all skill levels a sense of accomplishment (“Wow, I made that myself!”). So don’t wait!  Get a couple kits today so you and your friends and neighbors can craft together!

Christmas Giving

Important note: Just 36 hours left to get October’s kit.  You must subscribe at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.

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.


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

All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!®



  • 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)


  • 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”


  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.

Product List

Labels To Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Christmas Quilt Photopolymer Stamp Set


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


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


Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad


Quilt Builder Framelits Dies


Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush


Stampin' Dimensionals


Everyday Label Punch


SNAIL Permanent Adhesive


Big Shot


Paper Pumpkin, A Season of Style!

Subscribers are going to be so excited because their holiday season has just improved.  Why do you ask?  Because Paper Pumpkin Coordinates two months in a row with  A Season of Style!

August gave you half-off for (new) September subscribers.  September subscribers are going to love the Fall based kit.

Now Paper Pumpkin announces A Season of Style! coordinating kits for October & November.  These kits can be stand alone kits, but it is so cool that they coordinate with each other!   Kits from, this time, last year were great and you can see what I created with them.

Go to Paper Pumpkin to sign up before the 10th to be sure to get your kit on time!

Keep on stampin’


Holiday Catalog Spotlight Pick a Pumpkin

My first thought on this Pick a Pumpkin bundle was “not for me…too seasonally proprietary, doesn’t look real”.

However, I am slowly coming around to see that this set can be versatile.  I couldn’t get over how real the pumpkins look when stamped on our glossy white paper.

For my card, I used the little branch to stamp a background on Thick Whisper White card stock to create my own DSP.  To make the pumpkins more realistic,  I used Peakaboo Peach ink pad and stamped off then highlighting is done with our Stampin’ Write markers before I stamped onto the Glossy White card stock.  I used the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits to cut them out.  I stamped from Basket of Wishes set on Water Color paper and used my aqua brush to color in the basket.  I cut a slit at the top & inserted my pumpkins and used mini-dimensionals for the ones outside the basket.  I had a little issue with my sentiment…my ink pad needs replaced.  Look for Pick A Pumpkin in the 2017 Holiday Catalog on page 51.

for more inspiration hop on over to Amanda Dickson

if you just came from there, let’s go the other way to Cheri Stojkovich

Keep on stampin’


Holiday Catalog Product Spotlight TEST TUBES

Test Tubes first came out with our September 2016 Paper Pumpkin.  They were an instant hit!  Test Tubes are now available in our Holiday Catalog and this is one versatile and fun item to have in your stash!  (use the tube rack from your Costco ZipFizz package) So many uses…
…store your tiny embellishments in your craft room


…Since They are food safe, test tubes make a really cool package for a special
tea mix or hot chocolate to give as a gift at the office
…are you a jewelry maker? Do you have lots of beads? Keep them separated in
these awesome tubes and all the bits & pieces that go along with them.
…party favors with yummy treats inside
…use for a flower at a place setting for your dinner party

Test Tubes come in a pack of 12, they are plastic so you don’t have to worry so much if you drop one.   Find them on page 53 in the Holiday Catalog or shop my online store for item #144612, they are just $5!

For more inspiration hop on over to Melissa Bolinger
If you just came from there, let’s go the other way to Teri Wells

Holiday Catalog Product Spotlight CAT PUNCH

Do you have a crazy cat person in your life?

 You need this punch as a gift for them…even if they are not crafty, they will love it…they will have paper cats everywhere just because it is so much fun to use.  This punch is the hottest item out there!  Today we are spotlighting the versatility of this crafty tool.

For your Scrapbook page:

For that special (cat crazy) someone’s birthday:

How about a book mark?  Yes, they are still a thing!  People still read a real, physical book and need to mark their place.

You can also make a tag for that oh so special package.

All Supplies are listed below.

for more inspiration hop on over to Janet Wakeland
if you just came from there, let’s go the other way to Teri Wells

Cat Punch #144666                                   Scalloped Tag Topper #133324
Everyday Label Punch #144668           Balloon Bouquet punch #140609
2” circle punch #133782      1 ¼” Circle punch #119861     ¾” Circle punch #119873 3/8” Circle punch (retired)                      Mini Sweetheart punch (retired)
Circles Collection framelits #130911
Vintage Crochet Trim #144611              Cherry Cobbler bakers twine (retired)
Thick Whisper White card stock #140272           Soft Suede card stock #115318
Real Red card stock #102482                 Basic Black card stock #121045
Very Vanilla card stock #101650          Monofilament thread (fabric shop)
Spooky Cat stamp set #144749             Snowflake Sentiments #144820
Sitting Here stamp set #141589     Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set #143662
Archival Black ink pad #140931           Whisper White craft ink pad #145406
Cajun Craze ink pad #126965                Pumpkin Pie ink pad #126945
Karen Foster Designs ‘Cat Tracks’ scrapbook paper (hobby shop)

Keep Stampin’
Francine Wilson

What is Paper Pumpkin? How do I get one?

What is Paper Pumpkin?  Crafting for the “un-creative”, relaxing for the over-scheduled, or just time for me!  What is Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is FUN!

I don’t do subscription services normally.  I want to buy my own supplies or products and make what I want to make.  However, Paper Pumpkin has changed my thoughts on this just a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, the first few kits I got were fabulous, then a couple of duds (in my opinion), then more and more fabulous kits keep coming.  Every month is a surprise, and I love surprises.

What is Paper Pumpkin?  Crafting on the go.  Everything you need is in the

August 2017

box and it comes once a month around the 16th or 17th.  Your first kit even includes the block for your stamp set, the only thing you add is snips & love!


You can pop your snips in the box and take it on vacation with you, take it to the doctor’s office (we all know your appointment is more of a suggestion),  take it with you while you wait on the kids at practice (sports/clubs/drama), or simply take it to the coffee shop and enjoy 30 minutes of quiet creativity.  When life gets in the way, I save my kits because I know things will slow down and I can schedule some Me Time!

What is Paper Pumpkin? Cards, 3-D projects (such as cake boxes or decor), party favors (goody bags), banners, scrapbooks, or planners.  You will learn new techniques and build a collection of stamp set that will get your creative side going.  Once your creative juices start, you will come up with alternative projects for the supplies.  Did I forget to mention, there is always a little extra supplies in the box!  You can create all kinds of alternative projects with those extras…Paper Pumpkin is FUN!
Really like what you got this month or in the past.…check the store for past kits and refills.  This changes all the time and is updated regularly.


How do I get one?  You can get it month-to-month, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, or automatic monthly.  Click here to subscribe to some quality ME-Time!

  • the price for each month’s kit is $19.95  (includes shipping & tax)
  • Subscribe by the 10th of the month for the next kit
  • If you need to put it on hold for a month, easy peasy – just go to your account by the 10th and place the order on hold.

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