Jari Francis, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Pop of Paradise Ugly Christmas Sweater!

I’m sharing an ugly Christmas sweater I created for a fun challenge created for all of us in  Amy’s Inkin’ Krew,  by our team leader, Amy Koenders.   When she issued the challenge, I got to thinking about how much I loved flamingos, and how easy it would be to make a gaudy Christmas sweater with one.  So here goes:


ugly Christmas sweater


Do you have a favorite “ugly” Christmas sweater?  I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?  I found the measurements for the creation of the sweater part of my card HERE in case you want to make your own ugly Christmas sweater card!  

First, I measured and cut my Whisper White Thick card stock base, then did the same with my Pop of Pink card stock sweater base.  I adhered them with liquid glue, then cut the neckline and waistline Pop of Pink polka dot strips.  



ugly Christmas sweater


I pulled out some Melon Mambo 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon and glued it to the center front. Then, I cut a small piece of a Delicate White Doily and attached it to the center front.  Next, the neckline strips were adhered with glue.  I added the waistline “binding” with glue and then began the decorating.  

I stamped the flamingo in Melon Mambo onto whisper White card stock and fussy cut with my paper snips.  My Christmas trees, bow and snow flakes were die cut with the Christmas Stockings Thinlets Dies from Silver Foil. The faux necklace, also Silver Foil, was die cut using a die from the Cheerful Tags Thinlets Dies.  I used 3 Metal Rimmed Pearls for the buttons and attached them to the snowflakes.  Pearl Basic Jewels were added to the necklace.   Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added to the trees, the bow, the heart, and randomly on the rest of the card.




I adhered a panel of Pop of Pink DSP to the inside card base.  I used the Happy Christmas stamp from Oh What Fun for the inside sentiment.  It is stamped in Melon Mambo ink.  

Hope you enjoyed my ugly Christmas sweater for today!  You may want to check out some of the other team member’s cards today.  I think they are sharing too.  

Mary Deatherage at StampsnLingers.com 

 Amy Koenders at StampWithAmyK.com

Jaimie Babarczy at StampItUpWithJaimie

If you decide to make one, too, I would love to see it.  Send me a picture via email, or post it on my Facebook page! 




Stitched From the Heart

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Stampin’ Up! Products used in making my card today:



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Thanks for stopping by today, see you next time!




Candy Cane Lane for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop


Happy Stampers Blog Hop


I’m combining Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and Oh What Fun from Stampin’ Up! for my share for the Happy Stampers today.  

Here is our sketch:

Candy Cane for Happy Stampers


Candy Cane Lane


Ok, another easy peasy Christmas Card!   This time with the help of the wonderful Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  I first cut my Real Red panel and then the background Candy Cane Lane paper, making sure my strips would fit evenly across with a little space in-between.  The three panels were adhered with liquid glue. A strip of Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape was then added to the bottom of the panel.  Next came the fussy cutting of the adorable gingerbread houses.  I decided the chimneys needed some smoke coming out, so I die cut the “flame” from the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies in Early Expresso card stock.


Candy Cane Lane


I inked up the “oh, what fun” from the Oh What Fun stamp set in versamark ink, stamped it on a panel of Early Expresso paper, sprinkled on some White Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat embossed it.  Then, I used my Triple Banner Punch to create a banner on one end.  I fussy cut the gingerbread boy from the Candy Cane Lane DSP and adhered it to the banner and added the houses and banner to the front with dimensionals.


Candy Cane Lane

For the inside, I used more of the DSP and Washi I had used on the front and adhered it to my Early Expresso card base.  The sentiment is another one from Oh What Fun and also heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on my Real Red panel. I used the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to cut 2 ovals.  Just for fun, I stamped some of the candy images from Candy Cane Christmas, fussy cut them, and glued them together, then popped them on with a Stampin’ dimensional.  


Candy Cane Lane

For my envelope, I added another design from the Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape for a little added fun! 

Now, on to the rest of our HOP!!


Happy stampers blog hop

A list of our team:


Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage

Jari Francis (you are here)

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy


Stitched Framelits


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 Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning November 1, 2016
November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
 Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets):  OEX/Online: November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

Click HERE to shop for the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Stamp Sets on Sale.

Watch the video HERE for the Stitched Framelits Dies.


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Card Stock Cuts in Inches for My Candy Cane Lane Christmas Card:

Early Expresso card stock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; scored at 4 1/4; scrap for banner; for inside oval 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

Real Red for front panel 5 1 4 x 4; for inside oval 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

Candy Cane Lane DSP for front panel 5 x 3 7/8; for the inside 5 1/4 x 4

For the houses and gingerbread boy, use the images you want and fussy cut out

Whisper White scraps for the candy on the inside of the card


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