samedi 13 février 2016

Valentine's Day Card - Boy Big Heart

Hi everyone! Here is the latest card I made for Valentine’s Day





I used the Boy Big Heart digital stamp from Bugaboo and just colored the heart. I went for a black & white design so that the heart pops against the card! It's super simple but I really like it!


With love…

Francine

vendredi 12 février 2016

Sunny Studio Stamps – Sunny Sentiments

Today, I’m featuring the newest Sunny Sentiments stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps and here is my card:






I went for a clean and simple design! The font is so beautiful, that it doesn’t need more!!! So I focused on that. To make the sentiment pop, I decided to create a sunny background with Distress inks. I first sponged my panel with Squeezed Lemonade. I then made a self-made mask with triangles that I sponged with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed. I removed the mask and I sponged the whole background with Mustard Seed again. I kept the top of the card lighter. 






Next, I stamped the "May your day be filled with" text with black ink to the background. I then embossed the "Sunshine" with white embossing powder on black cardstock and fussy cut it. I adhered it below the stamped sentiment with foam pads. To finish off my card, I die cut a cloudy border from white cardstock that I also fixed with foam pads for more dimension and I added 3 golden sequins.


Here are the Sunny Sentiments set I used. There are many other stamps in it, which makes this set versatile:



Don’t forget to check the Sunny Studio blog for more inspiration every day! 

I hope you like what you’ve seen! Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting!

Francine

jeudi 11 février 2016

DeNami Design Guest Spot – Part 3

Hi everyone! This is my last guest spot for DeNami Design! Here is my project for today: 





OMG… I LOVE LOVE LOVE these chicks! I created them using the Build-A-Chickie stamp set. This set is super versatile! There are different faces, bodies, hats and accessories! There are no limits! You can create tons characters. For my project, I stamped the chicks side by side. I kept the design very simple because I wanted to focus on the colors. I colored the cuties with Copic markers in rainbow colors. To finish off my card, I stamped the "Congrats" from the Monster Celebrations stamp set in black ink and grounded the card with a strip of washi tape. 



Here is the Build-A-Chickie stamp set I used to create these FUN chicks: 




Be sure to check the DeNami Design blog for more inspiration from their design team each day.

I hope you enjoyed the guest spots I made with the DeNami Design stamps! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Francine

My Favorite Things – Cardstock storage

This week, the My Favorite Things Design Team is sharing many storage and organization ideas! How fun! Today is all about cardstock and stencil storage and here is how I store my MFT cardstock!

I have TONS of cardstock. I store my Bazzill and other cardstock (all mixed together) in a shelving unit, vertically. The paper is grouped according to colors. 

I decided to keep the MFT cardstock separately. I store the cardstock in a box, in the original transparent packaging: 




I put the openings of each packaging above (by chance, there are labels with the name of the cardstock on each packaging, close to the opening, so I don’t need to make my own labels). In this way, I can flip through the packs. This also allows me to keep the scraps by colors in the original packaging.   




I made a cardstock sampler with the MFT cardstock and I wrote the name of each cardstock on the backside (I also have a sampler for others companies' cardstock). 




I also made samplers with my favorite MFT cardstock combinations! Here is one of my favorite rainbow color combination made with MFT cardstock: 





Be sure to check out the MFT blog to see how the rest of the team organizes their cardstock and/or stencils! 




Don’t forget to check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest!

Thanks for visiting my blog…

Francine

mercredi 10 février 2016

LOTV – Let’s have some fun!

I’m back with a quick post to share my latest card with you. I got some new Lili of the Valley stamps this week and wanted to play with. By the way, check out the newest Trio stamps! They are so cute and some images would be great for masculine cards!


Here is a card using the Little Critters – Jack Russell stamp set: 





I kept the card simple! I colored the image with Copic markers and watercolors. The sentiment is also from this stamp set.  

Have a wonderful day…

Francine

My Favorite Things – Die-namics storage

This week, the My Favorite Things Design Team is sharing many storage and organization ideas! How fun! Today is all about Die-namics storage and here is how I store my dies!

I store my dies on magnet cards. First, I ordered magnet cards from Internet but the sizes of these magnet cards didn’t fit my needs. So my life partner was so kind to make magnet cards for me! Yay! I’m so thankful because this helps me to find my dies quickly (I have so many dies… you can’t imagine LOL) and what a wonderful way to store the dies.

He made two plate sizes (A4 and A5). At the backside, he used cardboard. For the bigger plates, he chose 2 mm (5/64 Inches) thick cardboard and for the smaller plates 1 mm (3/64 Inches) cardboard (2 mm was too thick for the A5 plates). 






These are the A4 plates (11.7" x 8.3"). I use them to store all STAX and nested shapes but also tags (from Blueprints Tag Builders for example) and other standard shapes. I sort them by shape (all squares, rectangles, circles, stars, hearts, tags etc. together). I often have more than one plate of the same type so I store them one behind the other. 





These are the smaller A5 plates (5.8" x 8.3"). I store all other dies on them: Blueprints, coordinating dies, cover-ups, alphas, etc. I keep the themed dies together. For example, all word dies, clouds, borders are together on the same plate (or on several plates one behind the other if there are many dies form the same type). These A5 plates are perfect to stick two cover-up Die-namics side-by-side! 



Here is another example of an A5 magnet card with Blueprints. On the backside, I always write the name of the Die-namics set (and how many dies are on the plate) and I fix an envelope OR a clear pocket with Scor-Tape. These pockets are perfect to store the die-cuts I didn’t use.

You can find these clear pockets HERE at the MFT store! 






I store all my dies in two grey RÅSKOG trolleys from Ikea!

My MFT dies are on top of each RÅSKOG so I can easily flip through my MFT die collection






I also have an inventory of all my craft stuff on my computer. Of course, not only MFT stuff, but from everything I have: stamps, dies, paper, inks, tools, etc.

So for example, each time I get new MFT stuff, I upload an image on my computer. I save these images in a MFT file with the name of the set. Sometimes, I add keywords (Halloween, birthday, text, clouds, tree, scene, die). It makes searching for something in particular easier. Here (check the screen shot), I was searching for "STAX" and in this way, I could see all STAX dies I have on my screen in a few seconds. Of course, I do the same with my stamps, inks and cardstock. Another example: I have many dies and stamps (from MFT and other companies) that I use to create scenes. If I want to use a tree on my card, I can enter two keywords on my compuer "tree" and "scene" and in a few seconds, I can see all tree dies or stamps that I have and that would be great for scenes. The keywords are very important for me! 

By chance, I started this inventory years ago. So it takes only a few minutes to uplaod the images each time a get something. :-)


Be sure to check out the MFT blog to see how the rest of the team organizes their Die-namics!





Don’t forget to check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest!

Thanks for visiting my blog…

Francine

mardi 9 février 2016

My Favorite Things – February Release Replay

Hi everyone! It’s time for the My Favorite Things release replay! Today, the MFT design team is taking a fresh look at the most recent release.

My project is a card featuring the newest Birdie Brown Recipe for Happiness stamp and die sets:





I used the fun cook and the kitchen utensils from the set that I colored with Copic markers. I die cut them with the coordinating Die-namics. The background pattern was created with the Gingham rubber stamp that I stamped with Chili Powder dye ink on white cardstock. I then attached the panel onto a scalloped square that I cut from the Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX die. The sentiment is from the Recipe for Happiness set too.

Be sure to check the MFT blog for more inspiration from the design team!   



For more inspiration, you can also check my MFT Gallery on Pinterest!

Thanks for visiting my blog…

Francine


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dimanche 7 février 2016

YNS February Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Your Next Stamp (YNS) February blog hop!




Make sure you hop around to all of the blogs featured in the link list at the bottom of this post. You will find lots of inspiration using these new products!


To celebrate this new release, I made a project using the new Celebrate Sweetness and Sprinkles Sugar Rush stamp sets


   




And this is my take on these sets…




Oh my… these sets are so fun! I love candy stamp sets! They are so versatile. I chose to create a card with the cute lollipops from the Celebrate Sweetness set. I first sponged the top of a white card base with Distress inks and stamped the "Have a super sweet day" from the Sprinkles Sugar Rush set in black. I then stamped the lollipops and colored them with Copic markers. I fussy cut them and adhered them with foam pads to the background. To finish off my card, I attached a white panel with a window on top of my card base and colored the lollipops with Wink of Stella clear glitter. These rainbow lollipops are so cute, aren’t they? And the font, I SO LOVE the fonts in these two sets! WOW!


***HOP PRIZE***
A random winner will receive $25 to spend in the YNS Store. If you leave a comment on all of the blogs, you could win this $25 gift certificate! The name of the winner will be posted on the YNS blog on February 10th.

***HOP SPECIAL***
Use the special online code to get 20% off your entire purchase!!!




Now it's time for you to head over to the next stop but don’t forget to leave a comment before you go for your chance to WIN the $25 gift certificate!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here today! Thanks for stopping by!

Francine

samedi 6 février 2016

Your Next Stamp Feburary Preview

Hi everyone! I’m so HAPPY to be (again) a special guest designer for Your Next Stamp this month. Karen and Thanh are always so kind! I love working with them. 

Today is the preview day of the *NEW* February release 2016! There are cute and fun stamp sets and you’ll LOVE them. Click over to the YNS blog for the full list of blogs sharing sneak peeks of the new collection.


This month, I’ll share 3 cards made with the new February release sets. Today, I’m featuring the Sports Fanatics Two stamp set and here is what I came up with: 






This set is amazing!  I love the funny balls in it but also the coordinating sentiments. If you like football/soccer, tennis and co. you must have this set (there is also a Sports Fanatics One set)! The stamps are perfect for masculine cards too! For my project, I created something like a clean and simple scene. First, I computer-generated the dashed curves and printed my panel. I then sponged the panel with blue and green Distress inks. Next, I stamped and colored my soccer ball and I stamped my sentiment at the bottom of the card in black. To finish off my card, I adhered the ball with foam pads to the background for more dimension.

Here is the Sports Fanatics Two set that I used for my project: 




I’ll be back tomorrow for the YNS blog hop!
Stay tuned!

Francine

jeudi 4 février 2016

DeNami Design Guest Spot – Part 2

Hi everyone! I’m back with another card for DeNami Design! Today, I’m showcasing the Monster Love stamp set: 





These three cute monsters are perfect for a Valentine-themed card! I started by coloring the image with Copic markers. I then cut it with sharp scissors. The tiny heart is also from the Monster Love set. I stamped it on a speech bubble and colored it in red. Next, I die cut a cloudy border from white cardstock and stamped the "Monster Hugs" sentiment on it with black ink. I glued a piece of patterned paper to a top-folded card base. To finish off my card, I adhered the monsters and the speech bubble with foam pads to the white panel and the white panel to the card base (also with foam pads). I really like how the red paper shows behind the cloudy border!


Here is the Monster Love stamp set that I used for my card:  




Be sure to check the DeNami Design blog for more inspiration from their design team each day.

Happy crafting and see you soon!

Francine

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