Monday, December 31, 2012

Sewing Mends The Soul.


With the end of the Holidays approaching quickly I was fresh out of ideas since all I was doing was making Holiday projects.  I really wanted to do something that was out of my comfort zone pertaining to designs.  So I went on an excavation (that is what my craft room is like to me) to see what I have that I never used.  And what I have that I love using.  So I came up with a TAG.  Now what theme do I use?  So I excavated more and found tucked in a drawer a die and a stamp that I hadn’t used since I purchased it last year some time.  And what started out as a plain manila tag turned into a antique style sewing theme tag.  The photo tells it all.  And below the photo will be all the items I used to make it.  Once I got started it came together pretty quickly and I am liking it more and more every time I look at it.  I hope you like it too.  And got some inspiration to pull out all those new items you got for Christmas and favorite items and make something out of your comfort zone.


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Recipe:       Tim Holtz Alterations (Movers & Shapers) Magnetic Die Dress Form & Spool

                  Tim Holtz Alterations  Paper Rosette Die

                 Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  (Purchased through Cutters Creek Club:      (Tarnished Brass, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries, & Brushed Pewter)

Tim Holts Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Stamp Collection – Sewing Machine Linen Thread Spool

American Crafts – Dear Lizzy Enchanted – Mixtape (ON SALE 30% OFF)

KaiserCraft Wood Flourishes – Scissors

KaiserCraft – Pearls (self adhesive, Blush)

NOTE:  If you see items listed in the Recipe that are not linked to the Cutters Creek Store please contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek and she may be able to purchase those items for you.  All other elements are from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by and hope the New Year brings you Health, Peace, & Prosperity,


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reindeer Candy Canes


I downloaded a free svg file from SvgCuts (Reindeer Head).  And made of some reindeer candy canes for all the little ones in my family.  Here are just 4 of the ones I made.  I put two on Hunter’s and Levi’s Christmas presents with a pretty bow and they look so darn cute.  So easy to make and so neat to give out to all the little ones and to those that are young at heart.  Here is a photo of how they turned out.  You know I had to bling them up a bit.


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Thanks for stopping by, Fran

Friday, December 14, 2012

Joy and Peace





If you all know me you know that I love bling.  And I wanted this sweet Angel to be surrounded by lots of bling.  And I wanted her to be standing on a soft cloud (lots of cotton balls in this case) with chunky glitter pieces by Martha Stewart on the cotton balls. 

I had a little difficult time with the sentiment for the front of my card. And after I colored the Angel by (La La Land) the words Joy and Peace popped in my head.  The Sentiment was created in Paint Shop Pro using the font call Lavanderia (free font) and was cut using my Cricut.  The sentiment and background was sprayed with the iridescent glitter dust. The snowflakes were cut from my Die-namics die and the center of one of the snowflakes made the cutest star so I used them to surround my Angel. 

The snowflakes and stars were covered with Diamond Glitter Glue by Ranger.  And then I used clear Rhinestones by Kaisercraft on the snowflakes and stars.  Two of the rhinestone swirls were from my embellishment supplies but I added more to them using more of the Rhinestones by Kaisercraft. 

My Angel was colored with Prisma Colored Pencils using the Gamsol technique.  Her wings, halo and trim on her dress also has Diamond Glitter Glue on them.  The pretty roses in her hair and on her sash was touched with glitter using a Spica Clear glitter  pen.  It gave it just the right touch  for a  soft shimmer.  Spica pens are awesome and in my opinion should be part of every one’s craft supplies. 

The Ribbon was from a leftover remnant that gave me just enough to make a small bow.  And it has pretty snowflakes on it too to pull the theme together.  The Rhinestone flower on the ribbon center is from my craft supplies. The card base is from my pack of chalkboard paper which had the perfect color to compliment the card front using Neenah card stock and colored with Faded Jeans Distress ink pad by Ranger.

Well there you have it all the details of how I made this card. I really loved coloring the Angel and putting all the details together.  Sometimes its great to have what you want to make already in your head.  But this time I did not have a plan.  I just went with the precious Angel guiding me on how she wanted to be adorned.  What do you think?

Card RecipeLa La Land Stamp Angel MarcieDie-namics Snowflake Die Set, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Ranger Glitter Glue, Spica Pens, Therm-o-Web Glitter Dust, Distress Ink Pads

If there is something I used and not listed in the Card Recipe or if the item is sold out please contact Kim of Cutters Creek and she may be able to get it for you.  Hurry because things are flying out of the store quickly.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Child Is Born


This project started out to be a Christmas Card.  But by the time I finished adding everything it was too heavy for a Christmas Card so I added an Easel to the back and now I will display it under my tree.  The Stable and Baby Jesus’ Crib is made from real wood paper that I purchased from McMahon Five Designs Store.  Bedtime Luka Stamp is a La La Land stamp and can be purchased from the Cutters Creek store.  The Stable, Baby Jesus and Crib is an svg file purchased from called O Holy Night.

Other items used I used to complete my project are:  Stickles Glitter Glue, Flower Soft, (can be purchased from Cutters Creek Store), Prisma Colored Pencils were used to color Luka and Baby Jesus’ Face, and  Kaisercraft Rhinestones in the window can be purchased at the Cutters Creek Store. The paper used for the card base and sky background is by Neenah and can be purchased here (McMahon Five Designs).  And the sky was colored using a Distress Ink Pad by Ranger (Faded Jeans).  

This project really took me a long time to make because the stable was made with narrow strips of wood in various types and shades.  The roof was a separate piece of wood.  And the two hearts were made out of wood too.  I added some Photo Vintage Distress Ink Stain to all of the wood components.   I really enjoyed making it and I really love how it turned out.


I am on the Design Teams for both Cutters Creek and McMahon Five Designs.  I wanted to show my gratitude to both store owners by using their products on this project.  I am so blessed to be part of two wonderful Design Teams.  And more Blessed to be friends with both Kim and Sue.   And I thoroughly enjoy working with both Design Teams.  All of them are like family and are so good to me.  Thank you ladies for being part of my life and making it possible to enjoy what I love doing best:  CRAFTING! 

Wishing all of you a Blessed Holiday and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!





Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tent Topper Card by Fran

This style card has been around for quite a while but I never made one.  So I chose to make one with a Christmas theme.  Before I get in to how I made the card I want to share the link where I saw the tutorial on how to make the Tent Topper Card here (Splitcoast Stampers).
I used Kraft paper for the base of the card.  The size is a 4-1/2” square card.  The front of the card and inside is made using the beautiful papers from Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium.  This paper is so pretty you hate cutting it apart.  To embellish the card I used Liquid Pearls by ranger in Rouge and Gold Pearl.  If you haven’t tried this product you need to get yourself at least one color and then you will be hooked on it.  It is so diverse.   On the inside I cut three holly leaves using my Cricut out of the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper and then coated the leaves with Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger (Green) for added bling.  Not much to say about Stickles because it speaks for itself.
Other items used to complete my card are from my own craft supplies:  Just Rite Stamp Oval Stampers from the Christmas Joy Set.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Pine Needles ) to stamp the sentiment.  Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large for the front and inside of the card.  And added some half pearls by Opaline to the corners of card front. Ribbon is a sheer gold.  This card went together so quickly I amazed myself.
All items that are linked can be purchased from the Cutters Creek Store. And if you do see something you are interested in you can always contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek and she will try to get it for you.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will let me know what you think of the card by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gold and Ivory Christmas Card


I was looking through my Card Maker magazine and fell in love with a card that looked so easy to do.  Once I read all the info about the supplies the creator used to make her card I said I don’t have any of those things in my supplies.  So I improvised.  The creator used Gold Metallic Ivory paper.  I had none of that but I did have ivory card stock so I got my brand new Tim Holtz Distress Stain Tarnished Brass and painted the card stock with it.  And the gold paper was embossed with snowflakes and I said I don’t have the exact one she used but I do have a Cuttlebug embossing folder with snowflakes.  So that was good.  And then she use a pretty poinsettia stamp and I did not have that either but I had a pretty holly stamp.  Stamped the holly using Versa Mark and sprinkled with embossing powder I had (WOW! Metallic Gold Rich) and put the heat gun to it.  And then punched a scallop border just slightly different from the one in the magazine.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and it was so easy to do.  So it really is neat to have items in your stash where you can improvise and still get the look that is similar.  Here is a photo of my version.

I used two different papers:  Neenah for the card base. And Recollections gold shimmer for the embossed paper.  The scallop border is by Fiskars (old version).  Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder.  The holly stamp was bought last year from Michael’s.

Cutters Creek sells the WOW! Embossing Powder

And Kim is now holding a Club for the Distress Stains.  If you want to ask Kim about it you can contact her here.





Thanks for stopping by, Fran

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snowflakes–No Two Are Alike!


I was looking through one of my craft magazines for inspiration.  And there it was a beautiful snowflake card.  I read how it was made so I gathered what I had in my crafting supplies  to create my own snowflake card.   Although I followed the instructions closely I wanted mine to look a little different so I chose to decorate it using red and gold.   Now the star of this card is my eBosser.  I could not have made this card as easily as I did without my eBosser.  It created the finest detail on my snowflake with just a push of a button.

I started out with a snowflake die and a folded piece of card stock.  I laid the top portion of the snowflake just over the folded edge of the card stock.  I ran it through  the eBosser and what came out at the other end was the cutest snowflake card. 

Snowflake Card_Inside

It’s a very small card that also could be used as a gift tag.   I took the snowflake die and ran it through the eBosser to cut out one complete, single snowflake.  I glued it to the front of the card.   I used two circle dies (different sizes) to form the front of the card for the stamped greeting.  Then I decorated the snowflake with Red Rhinestones by Kaisercraft.

Snowflake Card_Front View

I wish you could see it in person because it really is the cutest card.  My camera just did not like me today and I could not get a real nice close-up.  But I hope you can see how nicely the eBosser cut out the snowflake.  Thank you for stopping by Cutters Creek Design Team Blog today.

Remember that Kim has so many beautiful items to help you create your own designs.  Stop by the Cutters Creek Store and shop ‘til you drop!


Friday, November 23, 2012

McMahon 5 Design Flashback Image


I fell in love with this image.  Her name is Clara and she is all ready for a Christmas Holiday Party. All dressed up in a pretty Victorian dress in shades of pink.  And she is holding her favorite gift she got from Santa this year.  An authentic wooden Nutcracker.   I don’t think any one will be able to pry it out of her arms.  I just had to make another poinsettia (by svgcuts) but this time in pink.  I love pink poinsettias.  I used Stickles Diamond glitter glue on the poinsettia and the holly.  Gold Liquid Pearls adorn the center of the poinsettia.  And the berries on the holly is also made from Liquid Pearls in Ruby Red.  Card Front was made using Neenah Paper.  Clara was colored with my Prisma colored pencils.  The holly and swirl on the front of the card is from Tim Holtz Alterations die called Festive Greenery. The lace stamp background is by Just Rite Cling.  The front of the card was sprayed with Pink Glitter Dust by Therm-O-Web.   And I used a pretty pink ink from my stash of ink pads to all the edges of the card front and lace background.  Are you ready to meet Clara?

McMahon Five

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Clara Card-Front View 

Poinsettia Close-up

Holly Close-up


Thank you for stopping by,


Saturday, November 17, 2012

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas….


Gee its not even Thanksgiving yet and here we are thinking about Christmas already.  Well at least I am.  Are you?  You know you have to get out there and get those big ticket toys before they go out of stock before Christmas.  And how about all your crafting buddies.  Have you bought them their gifts yet?  If you haven’t check out the Cutters Creek Store and look at all the neat things Kim is selling.  And if there is something you want and its not in the store contact Kim here.

My projects today is using one template to make two different Christmas design layouts.  They are narrow pillow boxes that will hold sweet treats or a small gift like jewelry.  I made the templates using Paint Shop Pro a very long time ago and thought what a good time to dust the template off and use this year.  All supplies I used to make the layouts are below the photos.

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Poinsettia Pillow Box_CuttersCreekProject_111712

Poinsettia was cut using my Cricut. Then I used glitter tape for the red and green bands on the bottom.  Sprayed the poinsettia with Gold Glitter Dust. Center of poinsettia has small dots of Christmas green stickle glitter glue.  Ribbon and Christmas paper from my personal stash.

Note:  The Glitter Tape is sold by Kim but she had a club you could join and you got 3 rolls for 6 months at an outstanding price.  Check with Kim here if you want to know more.

Snowflakes Pillow Box_Front_CuttersCreek_111712

The snowflakes are by Die-namics called Let it Snowflake.  The snowflake tag was made from the larger snowflake using my eBosser and hand stamped “Joy”.  All other snowflakes were cut using my eBosser.  And then I added some Diamond stickles glitter glue to all the snowflakes.  Ribbon and paper from my personal stash.  So pretty in person!

Note: Die-namics Let it Snowflake is sold out Sad smile but contact Kim if you are interested here.

Snowflakes Pillow Box_Back_CuttersCreek_111712

Back view using the larger of the three snowflakes and added more Diamond stickles Glitter Glue.


Note: If you are interested in the template I used I have two sizes and you can get them from my blog by clicking on this link:   (scroll down to number 4 for the instructions on how to request the templates in both pdf and jpg formats).

Thank you for stopping by Cutters Creek Design Team Blog.  I hope I gave you some inspiration to get started on your Christmas crafting. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

McMahon Five Design Project


You are going to love the new images from McMahon this week!  And I hope you will stop over at the store to check them out.  One of the images I used comes in several colors but I chose a very dark blue.  And although it’s a background image it mimics a chalkboard.  Now how cool is that!  And the sentiments to go on the chalkboard backgrounds are awesome.  You can make Christmas cards in a flash and they will look like you spent hours on them.  I wish I had the time to use every color available so you can see how awesome they are and you will just have to have them.  They are digital but so easy to use.  And if you don’t know how to use digital stamps please give me a shout and I will help you.  And then you will say why didn’t I go digital a long time ago!  Here is all you will get for only $2.99 its unbelievable!  And make sure you go to the M5D Blog to see what the other M5D designers made using these images.

Chalkboard Christmas

chalkboard christmas


Chalkboard Christmas Card_FrontView_McMahon Release 111512

Chalkboard Christmas Card_SideView_McMahon Release 111512

Supplies used to make card: 

Chalkboard Christmas Digital Stamps

Neenah Classic Crest Paper

Stickles Glitter Glue

Die-namics – Let it Snowflake

Crop-A-Dile Chomper (Stub Corner)

Ribbon and blue cardstock are from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope I gave you a little inspiration! 


Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


My project today is brought to you by McMahon Five Designs Blog. The design team was given so many beautiful Thanksgiving/Autumn digital images to choose from and I had a hard time picking what I wanted to do.  Here is a picture of the images I picked for my project.  You can buy all these beautiful images at the McMahon Five Designs Store.


(click on image above to go to M5D store and get them on sale)

I fell in love with the cornucopia but I wanted to do something a little different.  So I used Paint Shop Pro and colorized the entire cornucopia using a gold shade.  Then I used one of the sentiments above and layered it on top of the cornucopia.  I used black ink for the sentiment but I put a green shading behind the sentiment to give it dimension.  Then I printed it on frosted vellum paper.  It really is so much prettier in person.  My camera just could not capture the beauty of it all.  Then I made a card in SCAL using a pumpkin shape.  I cut it out on my personal cutter.  On the stem of the pumpkin I added real Wood Paper that you can purchase from McMahon Five Designs Store. You just have to check out this paper and see all the neat things you can make with it

I cut two smaller shaped pumpkins and added them to the top of the main pumpkin with foam squares for dimension.  The leaves around the stem were cut using Spellbinders Shapeabilities (nested maple leaves).  The paper for the leaves is by DCWV Autumn Splendor stack.  Then I added a few wire tendrils.  Note:  The pumpkins are made from Coordination’s Paper.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have given some inspiration.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

And The Winner Is………


Barb B. who said, “Beautiful Fran!

(Barb contact me at


Happy Birthday Card For My Grandson


I don’t know if you ever ran out of ideas of making a card for the man, grandson, nephew, etc. in your life.  Well it happened to me. The next masculine card I needed to make is for my grandson Hunter.  Lots of you know him and know how much he loves to craft.  But one thing you don’t know about  Hunter is that he has been driving those battery operated trucks/cars since he was 2-1/2 years old.  He is now 5 and if he could he would drive any car or truck he was allowed to drive.  And I am not being biased at all but that little boy can drive.  He has a child size 4 wheeler and boy can he go on that thing.  I get so scared watching him.  Of course he is well protected but it still scares me to see him go so fast.  And he helps Pop Pop drive the tractor too.

So I thought I need to make him a special card that I know he thought would be neat (well I am hoping he thinks its neat).  So doing a lot of research and seeing cards my other card maker friends have done for their men I finally became inspired through their ideas and my research.  It took me over two weeks to make this card.  Not because it was hard but because I had to wait for things to dry completely.  And I had to order some embellishments I did not have in my stash.  Below are the photos of the final results and the recipe I used to make the card.  If you are wondering if I had fun making this card well I can say that now that I am done I feel relieved.  I just did not know what I was doing half the time.  So everything was trial and error.  And really had to dig deep in my creative portion of my brain.  I will say this the main element of this card is Aluminum Foil and my personal Cutting Machine.    So with all that said here are the photos.

Hpy Bday Card Without Gears Embellisments

I used SCAL to draw the card and add the gears border.  The border was welded to the edge of the card so that it will cut out with the gears attached.  Then I took the gears border and re-cut it out of black metallic paper and glued the black metallic border to the white border on the edge of the card (used Neenah paper for card base).  I took  a piece of heavy aluminum foil and used an embossing folder by Tim Holtz called Riveted Metal Set.  I glued the embossed foil to the front of the card.  Once it dried I painted it with Black Paint Dabber paint (I love this paint and so easy to use)  and then removed most of it with paper toweling and left some black in some areas to give it a metal look.  I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry completely. At this time I had no embellishments to add to the front of the card so I cut 1/2” circles and covered the gap between the two embossed pieces to cover the seam.

Hpy Bday Gears Card Side view_no Embellisments

OK so here is a side view of the card.  I had no clue what I was going to do to the inside to pull the theme together.  So off to the Internet to do some research on how to make aluminum foil look like forged metal.  Well a found a You Tube video on it.  What you do is take a piece of foil larger than what you need and crumple it. But do not crumple it to tightly or it will be too hard to pull apart.  Pull it apart and then use a brayer or something like a brayer (rolling pin for example) and smooth out the crumpled foil.  Once I got it where I liked the look I painted it with more Black Paint Dabber. I wiped the excess off with a paper towel and waited another 24 hours for it to dry completely.  I made another border of gears and glued it to the inside to pull the theme together.  And I found a digital image of a gear with embellishments and the center was left white for my sentiment.  Now how do I embellish the front of the card.  Well I ordered a small bag of Steampunk gears.  Waited for them to come which took a week to get to me.


Hpy Bday Gears Card Front With Gears Embellishment

I found a FREE Font called Gears and cut out Happy Birthday using my personal Cutting Machine.  And added the steampunk gears to the corners.  Even though this card took me a couple of weeks to get done it was all worth it.  And I know Hunter is going to love it!

He better, lol.

Thank you for reading all about how I made this card and I hope that I inspired you in some way.  


Monday, October 29, 2012

Cutters Creek Holiday Blog Hop Is Over


and it was a great success!  I want to thank every one who stopped my by Blog to look at my Christmas card and for all the lovely compliments you left me.   Some of you already know but maybe some don’t but I live on the East Coast.  And we are experiencing some heavy winds and rain at this time.  Our electric went out once already and we know it will go out again.  It goes out very easily in my area.  I live north of Baltimore right above the Susquehanna River.  The storm is supposed to hit real bad around 5 Pm this evening (Monday).  So please keep us and every one on the East Coast in your prayers.

I received 33 comments.  You may notice it says 31 comments but two ladies commented during the Blog Hop where the template of the bag is posted.  So I counted them in also using the time as my guide to add in to the main comments.  I counted the comments as I received them from the earliest time to the latest time EST.  And I will run them through the True Random Number Generator.

And the winner is!  Number 3: Barb B. and she said “Beautiful Fran”.  Barb please contact me at this e-mail addy:  I will get in touch with you as long as my electric is still on.  Barb please put Blog Hop Winner in the Subject Line.  Thank you.  The lights just flickered so I hope I get this posted before the electric goes out.

Congratulations Barb!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Welcome to Cutters Creek Holiday Blog Hop


Seasons Greetings Card_Blog Hop

(Click on this link to learn more on how to win some Blog Candy)


Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team Holiday Blog Hop! We want you to hop along with us and play for some awesome Blog Candy. The objective for our Blog Hop this weekend is to provide some inspiration to help you get your holiday crafting underway! Our Design Team has come up with some fabulous projects and we have a little bit of everything, from cards to gift ideas, and home d├ęcor items. So we invite you to hop along with us and get your creative juices flowing!

Here is the complete blog hop line up in case you get lost along the way:

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris) -

Kim -

Pebbles -

Tee -

Melissa -

Lori -

Laura -

Fran -

Deanna -

*Don’t forget to leave a comment before hopping along to Deanna’s Blog.


Thanks for hopping by and we hope you are enjoying the hop and getting many wonderful ideas!


My card recipe: eBosser, Winter Lace Winter Collection (snowflakes) by Cricut, KaiserCraft Pearls, Marianne Design Die (Seasons' Greetings & Merry Christmas sentiment),  Memory Box Die Petal Party, Die-Namics Rounded Banner Trio, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Snowflakes*, Neenah Paper, Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue, Therm-O-Web Glitter Dust.

*Not available at Cutters Creek but check with Kim if interested. But there are many others that are great embossing folders to have in your crafting supplies.

If there are any items listed above that Cutters Creek does not carry please contact Kim Bush and she may be able to get the item you are interested in.

Did you leave a comment?  I hope so because that is the only way you will have a chance in winning the Blog Candy.   Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog!


Now your next stop is Deanna’s Blog!



Friday, October 26, 2012

I Like You To Meet Keli and Olive

Today I bring you an Image Flashback from McMahon Five Designs.  I fell in love with this image the first time I saw it and I know you will too.  So without further delay I like you to meet Keli and Olive.  Just look at that adorable puppy face!
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For the first time I picked out the paper first and then colored the image. Boy it sure made it easy to match the image to the paper. The paper is from a 6x6 pad called Indie Bloom by Basic Grey. The card base is my favorite card stock by Neenah (Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80#)The digital image was colored using Prisma Colored Pencils. All embellishments (ribbon and crystal brads) are from my personal stash.  And I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Ovals Dies for the Front and Inside of the card.  Plus I added a little bling to the die cut shapes with Stickles Glitter Glue (Lavender).  And the size of the card is a standard A2 size.  Quite a change for me because I usually make 5-1/2” or 6” square cards.  And I love how it  went together so easily using a smaller card base.  I really kept it simple this time.  And I think its one of my favorites too.  Its that puppy face that got to me :)
Stop over to the M5D Blog and check out the other projects by the Design Team.  Lots of inspiration to influence your creativity.  Thank you for stopping by and hope my small contribution from my creative side of my brain boosted your creative side of your brain
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Friday, October 19, 2012

FYI Blog Candy



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I will be giving away 10 high quality card stock papers.  And on the back of each piece is a template that you can cut out and make up to use for personal gifts or use them to decorate a small table, etc.

This is the template you will be getting:

BagwithHandle_Template Instructions_Fran

Here is one made up.

Fall Theme Bag with Candy Display1

Each paper is a different theme except for two of the papers.  The two plain papers are actually chalk board paper by DCWV and you can decorate them with chalk.  Really cool paper!  Some of the other papers are by Mariposa, Tim Holtz,  DCWV, Baby Steps by atd, and K&Company. The paper was cut down to an 8-1/2” by 11” size for printing purposes.  The extra paper that was cut off you will get also to make embellishments our of them for each bag.  You will receive the instructions seen above in the packet too.

If you are interested in winning this packet of beautiful papers to make the cute bag (and I hope you are) all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog on the weekend of the Cutters Creek Holiday Blog Hop.  And at the end of the Blog Hop I will count in the order the comments were received and using the Random Number Generator by to pick the winner.  I will announce the winner on my Blog so come back and check to see if you won!   One more favor I like to ask of you if you are not a follower of my blog please sign up. 


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It’s That Time OF The Year…..

When we start thinking about all the holidays that are coming up.  My project today can be for any Fall Theme holiday like Halloween or Thanksgiving.  It depends on the type of elements you use.  My project leans more to a Fall Theme where you can use it for that very special Trick or Treat person in you life.  Or it can be used for favor bags if you are hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner.  It has a formal flair to it because I just love making flowers and so I added a flower using the Spellbinders Rose Creation Die (S5-050).  I cut the flower out using my Ebosser cutting the  flower petals and leaves in one pass.   Really easy peasy!
Instead of making a rose out of it I just layered the petal layers and attached them with a pumpkin eyelet and brad. Then I sprayed the layers with with water and scrunched them tightly. I used my heat gun to dry the layers and then separated each layer gently so they would not tear.  I held the layers together with a small pumpkin eyelet in the center and then added a tiny brad to hold it all together.  I attached the flower to the bag/box by punching an 1/8th” hole to the bag/box and slipped the brad through and secured it in the inside of the bag.   Once the flower was all dried I dabbed the edges with Stickles (Orange Peel). I used a small paint brush to paint on the stickles to the edges of the petals.  I used Distress Stickles (crushed olive) on the edges of the leaves. I  creased the leaves and used Distress Ink Pad  (Pine Needles) on the center crease. Thanks Tee for this great idea you shared on one of your videos.
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Fall Theme Bag with Candy Display1
Flower Close-up_Fall Theme Bag
Fall Theme Bag_Empty

NOTE:  The template was printed using my printer on card stock (8-1/2 by 11”) and I printed the diagram of the template on the wrong side of the paper.  This way you will not see the black lines on the good side of the paper.  If  by chance you use double sided designed paper you can color the lines to blend with the paper.  This can be done using any imaging program like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, etc.  And I would be glad to help you if you have any questions.  You can direct your questions to me privately at
You can also request  the template by going to my blog on the Templates Page.

I hope I have inspired you in some way.  And thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day


Today is World Card Making Day and I wanted to make a card for all the oncology nurses at the treatment center where I go for my treatments.  A card surely isn’t enough to tell these angels how much they mean to me.  And how many times they gave me hope.   And especially for all the good care I get from them.  To me they are my angels on earth.  So I chose today to share with you the card I made for them.

Nurse Front View

Nurse Side View

(You can click on the photos to get a larger view.)

The digital image is by Mo Manning.  The card base I used Spellbinders Mega Nestabilities (Curved Rectangle).  I used the largest rectangle to make the card and the layered rectangles for the image and the inside of the card.  I used my eBosser to make the card and the layers.  The eBosser will cut and emboss all at the same time.  So easy and such detailed embosssing.  I love that machine! The paper I used to cut out the white rectangles and for the image is by Neenah (great for Copic markers and Prisma colored pencils).  I colored the image using Prisma Colored Pencils.  And the floor effect under the nurse’s feet was shaded with a gray shade and then added a little Stickles for emphasis.  Its really a cool effect.  The flowers are by Prima.  And the ribbon is seam binding dyed using distress inks to match the card base.  And then added some pretty pearls by Recollection.  You cannot tell very well from the photo but the pearls are a very light blue. 

I hope my card has given you some inspiration to make a card today to honor World Card Making Day. 

Hugs, Fran

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Pumpkin Day


Today I did a card for McMahon Five Design using one of the cutest Halloween digital images. I had so much fun coloring the images and just went wild with the glitter too.  And added some WOW! Embossing powder to the sentiment.  Below the photo are all the details about how I created my card.   The image below discusses the image I used plus you get a total of 16 files in this grouping of digital images.  Now that is a great deal!!!

Pumpkin Friends JPG and PNG


Happy Pumpkin Day Card Front View2

Check out those crazy eyes!

The two pumpkins were colored using Prisma colored pencils using Neenah Paper. The Gourd in the center was paper pieced using a texture paper than colored lightly with Prisma color pencils. All the glitter is Stickles Glitter Glue.  The card base was made from Neenah Paper.  And the web frame was cut using my Cricut Expression.  I also sprayed the web frame with Silver Glitter Dust by Therm-O- Web. The spider was also cut using my Cricut Expression and then added some glitter for his nose and feet.  And for his eyes I used Liquid Pearls. The sentiment is part of the 16 files you will get with this digital package.  Below is a close up of the sentiment.  I printed the sentiment on cardstock using my printer and while the ink was still wet I covered it with WOW! Silver Embossing powder.  And then used a heat gun to melt it.  The background for the sentiment is just a torn piece of cardstock and the edges were embossed to match the sentiment.

Happy Pumpkin Day Saying Close up

I hope you liked what you saw and hopefully gave you some ideas on how you like to create your Halloween cards.  And if you want to see more of what the other Design Team Members did check out the M5D Blog If you have any questions about my project you can contact me at  Thank you and have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Paint Dabber Resist Tag


I’ve been wanted to use my paint dabbers for a while now and I watched a Tim Holtz video where he did a paint dabber resist. I didn’t want to go all crazy and use nothing but paint dabber paints so I chose one of my favorite colors from the Paint Dabber colors called Citrus.   The actual product is called Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber and Citrus comes from the Brights Collection.  Because it was my first time I went a little easy on myself and chose to make a tag using Ranger Craft Tags #8 manila.  I chose to use glue two of them together for more stability.

I took one of my large background stamps and covered it with the Citrus acrylic paint dabber and stamped the background design on the tag.  Then I used a few Distress Ink Pad colors – Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Pine Needles.  On the front of the tag I covered it with the spiced marmalade and vintage photo distress inks.  Then I took a paper towel and dampened it with a little water and wiped the distress inks off where the Citrus acrylic paint was stamped to remove the distress inks.  So easy to do and what a neat effect too.  Then I took a few other stamps I had in my stash and inked them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped all over the tag in various directions to give it a vintage flair. 

The next thing I did was take a tag which was not usable and tore two corner pieces off of it and glued them to the top and bottom corners of my tag.  I stamped them and also used the same colors of distress inks on them.  On the torn edges I covered them with Versa Mark and then added WOW! Embossing Powder in Metallic Gold Rich.  Took out the heat gun and melted the embossing powder. The look is really different because the edges were torn.  Then I added a couple elements (ticket, feather, and leather look ribbon) to finish off the tag.  Here are the photos of the completed tag.  Let me know what you think.

Paint Dabber Tag


WOW Embossing Powder View

WOW Embossing View 1

WOW Embossing Powder View

WOW Embossing View 2

Distressed Ticket & Feather View

Ticket and Feather View

Thank you for stopping by,

fran red

Wednesday, September 19, 2012



I bought this unique paper made out of real wood from McMahon Five Designs.  And I’ve been meaning to make a project using it but I could not think of a theme where the wood paper would make all the difference.  Then it hit me!  I will do a Fall Theme.

Here is a photo of the card.  Just click on the photos to get a closer view.  Below the photos are all the details of how I made the card.  And supplies used purchased from Cutters Creek to get the final look.

Happy Fall_Front View

Happy Fall-Side View

The card base is Neenah Classic Crest Cream 80#.  The top layer of wood paper covers the entire front.  Then I used another layer of wood paper about two-thirds of the card front.  I embossed it using a Cuttlebug Embossing folder (Leafy Branch A2) and my Craftwell eBosser.  Then I used Forest Moss Distress Ink pad to color the wood embossed paper.  I used a large leaf stamp and stamped three leaves on more of the wood paper.  I used two shades of Distress Ink pads (Pine Needles and Spiced Marmalade) and distressed the leaves.  Now here is the best part.  I wanted to use a cursive style font for the sentiment (Happy Fall).  I chose two different ones.  And used both of them. I had no clue if my Cricut Expression was going to cut the letters out using the wood paper because the font was curly on the ends of each letter.  Well to my surprise and only making one mistake (human error) it cut the letters out of the wood paper perfectly.  I removed the letters and distressed them using Spiced Marmalade Distressed ink pad.

The inside of the card is also decorated with wood paper using my Classic Scalloped Circles Large (6 dies) by Spellbinders Nestabilities and the Craftwell eBosser.  They cut out perfectly using the prescribed sandwich as indicated in the manual.  The inside gives the illusion that there are three scalloped circles.  But the top portion was made using two different size scallop circles to get a scallop frame/border.  I also distressed the edges with Orange Marmalade and Pine Needles.  Added some Orange Peel Stickles to the scallops.  I left the center in the natural wood color for stamping the sentiment.

Happy Fal_Inside View


And I sprayed the front and back of the card with both Iridescent and Gold Glitter Dust.

Note:  If there are any supplies used that are not currently available at Cutters Creek please contact Kim Bush and she may be able to special order it for you.  Thank you for stopping by.