Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy New Year

Hi everyone , hope you have had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year , sorry a bit late with all that , but as usual my blogging went out of the window !!! ( yes again !). 😊

So as we start this brand new year my aim ( hehehe 😄  ) is to blog at least once or twice a month ( schedule schedule schedule !) and share what I've been up to and new things that are coming up , I may also share a post with you that's not entirely related , I just have to share with you all progress of Lola the puppy.

So so far today I am writing this post , I've scheduled a newsletter to go out tomorrow , click here if you would like to subscribe , this link will take you to the homepage of my website where there is a subscribe button. I've worked on my website and  my Etsy store. 

That's in between the dreaded housework and taking the dogs separately out to the garden.

Lola was neutered on Tuesday , and now she's confined to bed rest as she has some swelling round her stitches which the vets are keeping an eye on , so she's feeling a bit sorry for herself, as you would expect. She's wearing a kind of dog bodysuit to stop her poking , and she also has some bandages on her back legs as she had her dew claws removed as well.

So all her and Charlie want to do is play as usual and she's not allowed. 😢

Anyway here is her and Charlie doing what we call their cute poses.
So onto the craft part , I was busy on the run up to Christmas with some orders ranging from Christmas wreaths to decorated letters , so that kept me out of mischief for a bit.

Here are a couple of pictures.

 And here is something I have been working on this week, Felt Flowers.

I have also been working on the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog   , we have decided after three and a half years that the time has come to close it , so January is our last challenge , so we're hoping to see as many entries as possible , I am sponsoring the challenge . 

So that's me for today , thank you for popping over to see me , and I'll be back soon , in the meantime I shall be visiting your blogs,  Fran x

Monday, 7 November 2016


Hello again, so here I am yet again forgetting to schedule my posts , but I have a good reason for forgetting , I'll show you why in a moment .

So I've been busy beavering away in the background with orders and keeping my Etsy shop and website updated ready for Christmas. 

But here is 1 other reason , it was my birthday at the end of October and my hubby and kids got me an amazing gift , and here it is .......

Meet Lola , my Border Collie puppy , as I write this post she is now just turning 10 weeks old.

She is gorgeous , and she gets on very well with Charlie our 15 month old jack russell  , as you may remember I lost Katie my Labrador

in May , Charlie belongs to my 13 year old and although he is with me all day , I was missing having my own dog. I still miss Katie loads but having Lola has filled a little bit of that gap.

Although she is mine , we have been putting her in her crate in with my son ,who is autistic, at night in the hope that when she gets bigger we can train her to sleep by him on the bed to see if she helps him sleep , and hopefully alleviate the need for us to sit up with him to keep him company .

So having a gorgeous puppy around is slightly distracting to say the least , but a nice distraction.

So here are some of my recent makes , including some decorated letters that are part of an order.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday catch up !!

Hi all , oops once again I've forgotten about scheduling posts , I really need to be more organised I think !!

So today is just a catch up and to share what I've been making.

So first up I had an order for a butterfly wreath in blue , so here is what I made.

Then we have some more hearts decorated with Resin Flowers.

 Above is a MDF Horseshoe shape , covered in card and Resin Flowers with Ribbon.

These 2 cards are what my You Tube video is based on.

So that's me for today , thank you for visiting my blog.

Fran xx

Friday, 30 September 2016

Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers , Oh and a bit of Paisley

Morning all , I can't believe it's the last day of September already , I said at the start of the month that I would blog or schedule more posts but oops that didn't happen (yet !!!) .

So last time I blogged I had parcels going to New Zealand and USA , glad to say they arrived ok , phew !!

So this month I have managed to get a few You Tube
videos done so I'll share a couple with you.

But first I wanted to share with you some pictures, I have discovered Resin Flowers and now I think I could easily become addicted to these !!!

So I have been creating these hearts so far.

As you can see I've also been practicing my photo displays too.

So now onto the videos , just a couple today I promise.

This one is of a heart I made using some Paisley stamps.

And this one is of one of the hearts using the Resin Flowers.

Thanks for visiting today.

Fran xxx 


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Paisley Owl

Hi all , well I'm back , it's been a while since I have blogged.
Been so busy with kids appointments and then the summer holidays that time just ran away from me.

 I must schedule more !!!

So what's been happening at Fran's Crafts lately .... well after having a quiet period I had a flurry of 4 orders via Etsy which has been nice, plus a couple via Facebook.

At the moment as we speak I have a picture frame on the way to New Zealand and a wreath to the USA !! 

I've also decided to put the Stampin' Up Demo part to one side for now as I just haven't had the time to dedicate to it.

Anyway I managed to do a few You Tube Video's but just hadn't blogged , so I will try and share them now with you.

Sorry for the video overload xx

And lastly this weeks video

So thank you again for joining me today and I will be back again soon.

Fran xx

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Baby Bunting .

Morning all , just popping by to say Hello and share my latest project with you.

I have made some baby bunting ready for an upcoming challenge that starts on Saturday but ssshhhhh, that's between us for now.

So as I had already made that I thought I would make another version and share with you now along with a You Tube Video.

I've used the stamp set Something For Baby from Stampin' Up , and the matching framelits.

Also I wanted to let you know of an offer that I am running over on my website Fran's Crafts for the whole of July.
As you know Stampin' Up are predominately Stamps , but they also have a lot of other lovely goodies, so what I am doing is creating 2 price bands and giving you some tasters of other things they do , so you can see the quality of the papers etc..... 
This will be starting from tomorrow , but here are July's tasters as a preview for you.

This is the £10 taster selection, which includes 6 sheets of cardstock , 12 double sided Designer Series Papers , 6 Bow Paper Clips and 2 packs of Bakers Twine in the above colours , plus 10 free envelopes.

This is the £20 taster selection ,which included 6 sheets of cardstock, 12 double sided Designer Series Papers, 6 White Doilies, 6 Bow Paper Clips, 1 small Project Life Album and 12 Photo inserts.
More details available on the website from tomorrow.

To accompany these offers I will be creating some You Tube videos , showing you how you can use the products, but these videos will not be available for everyone to view I'm afraid , for anyone who purchases these taster packs from me , they will be emailed a link to enable them to view the videos.

I have created these taster packs , for anyone to purchase , but they would be especially ideal for new crafters, or maybe if you have not come across Stampin' Up before , it is a good way of testing out some products .

Any way that is all from me for now.

Fran x

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Get Well Wishes

Hi all , well I think the start of Summer has disappeared again, when I did my post last week it was very hot and sunny , today it's chucking it down with rain !!!

So yesterday on my Facebook Page I posted a picture of my tidy desk !!! Yes at last I managed to get it cleared again , ready to create . 

So after sitting for a while , as the puppy was sleeping on my knee, snoring his head off, I managed to get a card made , and recorded it for my You Tube channel. 

I decided to customise my card and create a background of my own design using 2 colours. It's an ideal way to do it if you can't find a background design that you like, and you can also pick your own colour scheme too.

And here is my video.

Last week I was also busy having a go at making a hessian/burlap wreath , I've wanted to have a go for ages . I'm quite happy with it though I think the hessian needs to be just a little wider.

But I have to say it was most relaxing making it , so watch this space for more .........

Thanks for visiting
Fran xx