28 March 2017

My Favorite Things – Roar and Hugs

Hi everyone! Welcome to this month’s Creative Constructionwith Blueprints!

This time we are showcasing Blueprints including scallops. Here is what I came up with:





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked in the link-up tool at the bottom of this post. I used a scalloped border from Blueprints 8. The patterned paper is from the Tiny Check paper pack. The cute lion is from the newest Lions and Tigers stamp set and the adorable butterfly from the I’m Tweet on You set. I cut it out with scissors but there are coordinating dies too. The sentiment was die cut from the Sending Hugs Die-namics set. I cut it out three times from Milk Chocolate prestige cardstock and adhered the cuts on top of each other with glue.

Head over to the MFT blog to check out what the rest of the design team has created!  



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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Francine


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27 March 2017

Quote Book – Walt Disney Quote

I’m working on a new project! Recently, I decided to make my own quote book using various stamped images, scenes, etc. Each tag of my book will be cut out with the Stitched Mats – Rounded Rectangles from Lil’ Inker Designs. I will bind the tag book with a ring, that’s why I made a hole in the corner with an EK Success punch.


For the first page, I used the Happy Pals stamp set from Love Cynthia: 





If you can dream it, you can do it! Always remember that 
this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. 
- Walt Disney -


I’ll share more pages and quotes from my book during the next weeks and months. Hope you like the idea.

Don’t forget to check my Instagram account for more work in progress pictures!




That’s all for me today! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Francine

26 March 2017

A Blog Named Hero | 5th Anniversary Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the A Blog Named Hero 5th anniversary blog hop! I’m so glad to be in the line up! Happy Birthday ABNH!

Thanks so much to Linda Trace for having me as a special guest in 2015 and thanks to Jessica Frost-Ballas and Lisa Stein for inviting me to the celebration!

This hop will take place over TWO DAYS (this is day 2) and there are different giveaway prizes to be won EACH DAY!!!! You’ll find the giveaway details are at the bottom of this post but make sure you hop around to all of the blogs to see lots of amazing creations using Hero Arts products! 





To celebrate this 5th anniversary, I created a birthday card showcasing one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp set called Owh Lil Hoot (CL755). Here is what I came up with: 





I first colored and fussy cut the two cute bears. I made the same with the hat. The hat is from the Party and Cheers December 2016 monthly kit. Next, I sponged blue inks over a top-folded white card base using the Scales stencil. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the It’s your Day sentiment set and the "let’s party!" is from the Party and Cheers kit. To finish off the card, I rounded the bottom corners, adhered the image with foam pads to the background, added Stickles to the hat and glued tiny stars around the adorable bears.


I had a hard time choosing my favorite stamp set for this event because I have MANY favorites. Check my TOP 10 including stamps, dies and stencils bellow: 



From the left to the right (unfortunately, some items are retired): Owh Lil Hoot, Feathers, Plumeria Collection - Pattern Hearts and Flower (by BasicGrey), Flower Dot Pattern Background, Zig Zag Pattern Stencil, Palm Fancy Die, Clouds Background, Tiny Flags Background, Silly Scape and Prayers.

Now I wonder, what are your favorite Hero Arts products?


***GIVEAWAY INFO***

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day! Giveaway prizes total more than $500! To win, leave a comment on each hop stop. We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.


Today's prizes include the following: 


Your next stop is the fabulous Kathy Racoosin! If you get lost anywhere along the way or encounter any broken links, you can find a list of all the hop participants on the ABNH blog!

Good luck and happy hopping!!

♥ Francine 

24 March 2017

Penny Black Simplicity – Many Thanks

Hello everyone! I’m back with a project I made for Penny Black. This time, I decided to create a card using the 30-155 Blooming Garden stamp set: 





I went for a neutral background to make the flowers pop. I just splattered the front of a top-folded card base with black ink and grounded the card with a strip of black and white patterned paper. I colored the flowers with Copic markers and added a layer of Wink of Stella clear pen to the petals (the shimmer effect looks sooo beautiful in real life). I fussy cut the flowers with precision scissors and adhered them to the background with foam pads for more dimension. The sentiment is from the 30-358 Happy Snippets set and was stamped onto the card in black ink.

Here is a picture of the beautiful 30-155 Blooming Garden stamp set I used: 




Don’t forget to check out the Penny Black Simplicity blog for more inspiration every week!




Thanks for visiting today!

Francine

21 March 2017

Penny Black Simplicity – 3D Paper Piecing

Hello everyone! Today, I have a card up on the Penny Black Simplicity at its best blog. This time, I decided to feature the super cute 30-336 Buddy & Duck set and I used the 3D paper piecing technique. Here is a sneak peek:




If you would like to see the whole card and read the step-by-step instructions, head over to the Penny Black Simplicity blog.




Thanks for visiting today!

Francine

19 March 2017

Penny Black | Bliss 2017 Collection | Spotlight 4

Hello everyone! This month, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest BLISS 2017 catalog. The cat stamps are so adorable and versatile! 

Here is my last project for this spotlight week. Today, I’m showcasing the 30-407 Cat Days stamp set:






For my card, I used the cat with the sheep stamp. I colored the image and cut it out with scissors. I then sponged green inks over a circle die-cut using a blending tool, splattered it with water and cut it in half to create a grassy hill. I sponged the front of a top-folded white card base with blue ink and adhered the grassy hill as well as the cat and the sheep with foam pads to the background. I stamped the "You bring me joy" sentiment in black ink. The sentiment is from the 30-358 Happy Snippets stamp set. To finish off my card, I rounded the corners and created a self-made black speech bubble with the word "happy" that I heat embossed on black cardstock using white embossing powder. The sentiment is from the 30-283 Snippets stamp set. 


The newest images are super cute! I love that there are many animals in this set. They can be used as the 12 signs of the Zodiac but also for other occasions than birthdays. Check the images bellow:  




For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog.




That’s all for me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed these Penny Black spotlights. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. 

♥ Francine

15 March 2017

Penny Black | Bliss 2017 Collection | Spotlight 3

Hello everyone! This month, I’m back with more cards for Penny Black featuring stamps and dies from their newest BLISS 2017 catalog. The newest flower stamps are beautiful! Check the catalog to see all other flower sets.

Here is my newest creation and I’m showcasing the 40-507 Awaken slapstick stamp:




This is such a wonderful flower stamp. And it’s a versatile set too because you can also use a portion of the image as I did. Here you can see the entire image:  



I stamped the flower with black ink onto white cardstock, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with scissors. I die cut a circle from white cardstock and mounted it to the bottom of a top-folded kraft card base with foam pads. I trimmed the excess that extended over the edge. I adhered the flower with foam pads to the white circle. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the 30-283 Snippets sentiment set with black ink on white cardstock and cut it out. I fixed the label on top of the flower with foam pads too. To finish off the card, I added Wink of Stella clear shimmer over the petals. It shines and it looks amazing (unfortunately, you can’t see the shimmer on the picture)! 





For more inspiration, don’t forget to check the Penny Black blog and the Penny Black Simplicity blog.

Have a wonderful day and see you later this week for more Penny Black spotlights…

♥ Francine 

14 March 2017

My Favorite Things – March Release Replay

Hi everyone! It’s time for the March 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 Showering You with Love Pure Innocence stamp set:





Most of the supplies I used for this project are linked in the link-up tool at the bottom of this post. I decided to play with the paper piecing technique for the umbrella. I used the Plaid Patterns paper pack and added a strip of the same pattern to ground the card.

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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