June equals new catalog launch

June equals new catalog launch! Yep, that’s right, the 2019-202 Annual Catalog has launched and there are so many new and beautiful things in there.

June Host Code 79XASCDB…mystery host this month. All online orders using this host code will be in the drawing for host rewards accumulated. I will post the winner June 28th, closing the order June 30th.

I will have a catalog launch class on Friday, June 14th @ 6pm-8pm and Saturday, June 15th 11am-1pm. This class is FREE, you will make 2 cards with the new product. Best of all you will have access to see and touch many of the new products in the catalog. Check out the event on my Facebook business page and reserve your spot now.

Get your craft on!

Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

You can use Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine you want!  That’s right use a Big Shot, Cuttle Bug, Gemini, Spellbinder, or Vagabond to name a few.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying the Big Shot in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, and yes, it is sad.  But it opens a whole new world for us demonstrators. 

Think about your clients that are fighting arthritis, carpel tunnel, or tendonitis, etc.  You can recommend an electric machine like the Vagabond or Gemini.  For those clients with limited space, there is the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr. 

Most of our dies and embossing folders work in any one of the above and many more Die Cutting Machines.  I know that all of our dies will work in any one of the machines listed.  We have a few embossing folders that are too big for the Cuttle Bug and Gemini jr., but there are other ways to work with those folders. 

If you have a folder too big for the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr., you can use a rolling pin (like you roll dough with) to emboss your card stock!  It take a little muscle, but it can be done.  Personally, I would try to find a marble or granite rolling pin, they have the weight, to make it easier on the muscles!

So, there you have it, alternate ideas to die cutting and embossing! 

Get your craft on!


Always Learning Always Growing

I was checking out some info on my support Facebook page the other day and came across an interesting LIVE video. These lovely European demonstrators were doing a live video in three languages! English, French & German. I watched and learned a new technique! Always Learning Always Growing…that is a great motto.

So here’s what I learned. To give your images some depth, use your stampin’ write markers or daubers. I took their information and passed it along in my Live FB Technique Tuesday video.

Basically, ink your image in the lightest color, then use your markers or daubers to dot in more colors to the image. In this case, I used Lovely as a Tree and Rooted in Nature trees. Lovely as a Tree is being retired after 30 years of service in our annual catalog. That is almost as long as the company has been around (31 yrs). Rooted in Nature will be taking the place for your basic tree needs and hopefully will be around for a very long time as well. both sets are wonderfully versatile, seasonal and scenery use.

Check out my video and here are the measurements I used for the two cards. See the list of supplies below.

card bases are 8 1/2″x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, the designer paper is 5 1/4″x4″ & 1″x5 1/4″ and the whisper white card stock is 4″x2 3/4″ for the front and 5 1/4″x4 for the inside.

Thanks for watching & get your stamp on!


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Wreath Cards

  • Stamparatus       wreath template              stamp set of your choice              stampin’ write markers
  • whisper white card stock (WW)             cardstock of your choice for card base    dimensionals/snail
  • any embellishment of your choice (rhinestone/pearls/faceted)     washi tape          punches of your choice

cut WW to 4”x4” to fit the wreath template
place template into Stamparatus and secure with washi tape
place 4”x4” WW into template and secure with magnet

The greatness of the Wreath Template is that it makes it so easy to create a beautiful & symmetrical image. With the template, you will place your 4×4 card in the square, stamp your image and rotate one corner to your left or right. The direction you rotate is up to you, but you will continue in that direction to create the finished product. In the photo above, I used my Stampin’ Write markers, but you can just as easily use regular ink pads.

You will use the stampin’ write markers to color your stamps if you want a colorful image as in the example above. Here is the video I made showing how to use the templates with your Stamparatus.

On your first wreath, you will place the first stamp on the card where you want it. Make sure it will not go over the edge, if you don’t want it to, continue around (close Stamparatus plate to secure the stamp).  Place subsequent stamps on the card, continue around, (flip Stamparatus plates if necessary) to continue with 3rd & 4th stamps.

Now that all stamps are on the plates where you want them, you can stamp all images then turn then continue around in one rotation to complete the rest of your cards.

now that all 4″x4″ cards are completed, you can now place them on your card base, centered or at top or bottom with snail or dimensionals.  these cards are very versatile.

you can use a full card front in the wreath template as well and do your design in an offset mode.  Just make sure to place the same corner of card front into the next turn of the template each to time to ensure placement is correct to create the wreath.

Get your stamp on!

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Where have I been

It seems that the harder I try the further behind I get!   Where have I been?   It’s not that hard to write a note, show a picture of what I’ve been up to, and include the ingredients to the projects.

So, here goes…I have been going crazy trying to accomplish too much in too short a time and not getting anything finished.  That’s where I’ve been.   I gutted my spare bathroom last June, it is still unfinished!  I have the 2 end walls to cut tile for, then grout everything. After that it is install the toilet and vanity…. why is it taking so long?   Well after we gutted, we traveled for 14 days, then weather and the holidays and life got in the way.  So here I sit with not very much left to complete that project, but now it’s tax time.

In between all this I have been trying to run a crafting business.  This has been a difficult thing to accomplish this past 16 months.   Why you ask, will a few of my clients have become ill and had to take a hiatus and a few are just taking a break and using up what they already have.   I have had a few new clients too.  I am venturing into another realm of crafting with my cricut as well as paper crafting with my Stampin’ Up! supplies.

My goal is to complete my taxes this week so  I can complete the bathroom in April.  We are traveling the first week if April, that is why I need to get the taxes done quickly.  Hopefully I will get my act together and have some actual crafting on this blog the next time you hear from me… which will be more regularly.

My goals for 2019: taxes complete, bathroom complete, blog once a week, craft classes twice a month and newsletter twice a month.

See you soon with a fun project, in the mean time here are some simple cards that I was inspired by another demonstrator.


Go get your craft on!

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.



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!

Get your craft on!
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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’
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
Keep on Stampin’

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!

Valentines Anyone!

Valentines Anyone!

Our theme for January is Valentines and you are on Francine Wilson @ Stamp Scrap Go Blog page.  If you get off track during the hop, there is a link below for the full list.
Valentine Anyone!

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday for card giving.  You can give cards to the one you love, to your children, your friends, and your family.  It is a harried holiday for parents (moms) of elementary aged children…having to get enough cards for all the kids in class and getting your kid to sign them all!  Yep, lots of fun.  I love making Valentine cards because it shows just how much I care about the person I intend to give the card to.  So I say Valentines anyone!

For this blog hop, I chose the Tutti Fruitie suite from our spring Occasions catalog.  Some might think it an odd choice, but I love the sweetness of fruit and it just called to me for this card.  I also incorporated some stamps from the Sale-A-Bration catalog and the January Paper Pumpkin kit.  You can find all the instructions and supply list for “Valentine Anyone!” in the Tips & Tutorials link to the left.

Valentine Anyone!

Thanks for taking part in our wonderful blog hop today.  To see more awesome Valentine ideas and inspiration  Click the next person in line.