Friday, August 31, 2012

“The Sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy”-----Thomas Bulfinch


Note:  click here to view Fanny’s Cuddle made for Cutters Creek Design Team Blog.


The following was created for McMahon Five Designs Design Team.


Today I bring a beautiful sunflower digital image by McMahon Five Designs.  I wanted to do another template using this image so I used my Ribbon Closure Box template.  It’s a very cute, simply made box  and just the right size for special treats.  And since the box creation went so well I thought I add one more project using the same sunflower image to make a Thank You card. The envelope for the card is even custom handmade due to the size of the card.  Check out the photos below.  And if you want to see each view larger just click on the photo.


Here are the original images created by the artist:

(Click on image below to go to the store to purchase image.}



Here is my take on the sunflower and Word Art:

Sunflower Box_Final


Sunflower Thank You Card_Final

McMahon Shopping List:  Sunflower Digital Image

                                              Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80#

                                              Stickles Glitter Glue

Other Tools Used to create projects:

                          Paint Shop Pro Imaging Software

                          Imaginisce Brad Maker

                          Martha Stewart Punch

                          Tim Holtz Distress Ink to dye the seam binding ribbon

                           Liquid Pearls

                           Digital Papers – by Silkscraps called Sunflower



Thank you for stopping by,  Fran

Fanny’s Cuddle


I fell in love with this Sarah Kay Stamp when I immediately saw the name of it – Fanny’s Cuddle.   You see my Mom’s name was Fanny.  And so I dedicate this project to my Mom. 

(click on photos for a closer view)

FullCard_Side View


Flowers and Butterflies Close-up

Ribbon and Flower Close-up


All papers used are Basic Grey’s indie bloom. Except for card base which is made by Neenah.  Homemade flowers were made from the indie bloom papers using a retro flower punch except for the two roses (Prima). Flourish and butterflies are from my stash.  Entire card front was sprayed with Glitter Dust.  And stickles was used on all the flowers, flourish and butterflies. Bow was made from seam binding and dyed to match card using Distress inks.  Image was colored with Prisma colored pencils.  Front of card was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder (cannot remember name of design) but made of tiny flowers (Cutters Creek carries other Sizzix Embossing Folders).   And center of embossing was left smooth using an oval shaped diffuser.  Embossed flowers were colored using Pebbles pearlescent chalks.

Cutters Creek  Additional Supply List: 

Distress Inks  -  Stickles Glitter Glue  -  Therm O Web Glitter Dust (Iridescent)  -  Sarah Kay Stamps

NOTE:  If there is any item that I used that you are interested in please contact Kim of Cutters Creek and she may be able to special order it for you.

I hope that I have inspired you through my project and will try out some of the amazing items I used to make my card.  Thank you for stopping by,


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Something A Little Different This Time!


I may have mentioned it before but many years ago when I retired in 2001 I had no clue that I would be making art out of paper.  I first started making boxes and bags.  I used to belong to Groups where some of the members drew templates and they would share them with us.  But in order to make anything with them I had to learn a new program.  So I chose Paint Shop Pro (PSP).  After a couple of years I wanted to learn how to draw templates so I taught myself how to draw using PSP.  So I did this for about 6 years.  I have drawn many templates.   And would love to share them with you.

I wanted to start off easy so I used a container that I call a basket that will hold whatever you like that is light in weight.  I made two of them.  One is using a Halloween theme.  And the other has more of an Asian flair to it.  I made two for each theme so that the inside is decorative too plus it makes them more sturdy.  I will show you photos of them with nothing in them.  And photos with Halloween snacks and Potpourri.  I will also share all the details with you below the photos.

If you are interested in the template you can go to my personal blog to get the download link for the template and  the instructions on how to put it together.   It was fun deviating from making a card to making these containers.  I have to do this type of crafting  more often in the future.

Halloween Basket

Halloween Basket Front view

Halloween Basket Inside

Halloween Filled Basket


Potpourri Basket


Potpourri Basket Side View

Potpourri Basket Long View

Potpourri Basket Filled

Products used:  Stickles Glitter Glue, Glitter Dust, Glitter Tape*, Papers and wooden beads for the legs are from my stash.  I painted the wooden beads using Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Citrus and Watermelon.

*Purchased from Cutters Creek as a monthly club purchase.  You can contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek if you are interested in purchasing the Glitter Tape or joining some of the clubs.    This pr0duct is amazing!

 I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects and how versatile the basket is for many things. And Cutters Creek sells beautiful papers that may inspire you to make one of these baskets or something similar.  Check out all the beautiful papers.  Here are a few for you to view:  Graphic 45, My Minds EyeTim Holtz.  And if you want to add some awesome dimension to your projects check out the NEW Cherry Lynn Designs.  In addition, go and see all the new CHA 2012 New Releases!

Thank you for stopping by,

fran red

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lollipop Bouquet


I created this lollipop bouquet for my Grandson’s 3rd Birthday.  I used a template that I created back in 2006.  The template is a scalloped circle and gives the appearance of a flower.  The theme of the party was Spiderman.  I found some digital paper online that was Spiderman inspired but did not use any copyrighted images.  To make the bouquet look a little more masculine I bundled the lollipops up and put them in a small paper sack and tied it with twine.  I filled the sack with tissue paper so that the bouquet would not fall to the bottom of the sack.  And of course the lollipops were a hit.  What child doesn’t like a lollipop.  Gee I love tootsie roll pops myself!

Lollipop Bouquet

Lollipop Bouquet2_Levi

If you use any type of imaging programs like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, etc.  you can fill the scallops with colors or prints to make adorable looking flowers.  I created this template back in 2006 and has been shared many times.  This template was created by me and if it looks like a template you have seen then it is a coincidence and has not been copied from any one. But if you use my template I would appreciate that you give me credit.  Thank you so much.

Note:  The first template are the instructions.  The second template has 3 scalloped circles on it.  Enjoy!



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Glitter and Gleam, Sparkle and Shine!


My card today is all about glitter.   American Crafts makes a beautiful craft glitter tape in vivid colors.  All the glitter tape I used on my card is from Cutters Creek.  I got my tape by joining a club and on a monthly basis I get three rolls of glitter tape in three various sizes and in different colors.  The Cutters Creek Store does not carry the tape at this time but if you ask Kim, (owner of Cutters Creek) Cutters Creek Contact Page I know she would be glad to order it for you.

I didn’t want to make a frilly card. I just went with a plain cream colored background and base card.  On it I added several colors of glitter tape and glitter hearts.  I even added the tape and glitter hearts to the inside of my card.  And a little machine stitching. Plus I inked the edges of the base card with a muted gold ink.

The sentiment used was created on my computer and placed it in an oval shape.  Printed it out and cut it for the front of the card.  The sentiment says:  “You glitter and gleam, sparkle and shine”.  It expresses the design of the card.  Here is the finished product.  Let me know what you think of all the colors I used of the glitter tape.  I am a big Stickles lover but I think that this glitter tape is right up there with Stickles.  You just have to get some of this tape and see how beautiful it is and so easy to use!

Glitter Gleam Sparkle Shine Card

Note:  There are two new clubs being featured over at Cutters Creek: 

1.  Liquid Pearls Club

2. Copic Spica Glitter Pen Club

All you do is go to Cutters Creek Store Contact Page and contact Kim Bush or if you are in the Cutters Creek Yahoo Group send an e-mail letting Kim know you are interested in both or one of the Groups listed above.  Hurry because the clubs are filling up quickly.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back here again,  Fran

Friday, August 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Johnny


I made a card for the McMahon Five Design Team this week.  And I decided to pick a vintage image and the theme was for a young man’s birthday.  Making cards for guys are a challenge in itself when all we see are beautiful frilly cards for girls.  And having four grandsons I need to make more male cards to have on hand.  All details about how I made the card are below the photos.  Remember if you click on the photos you can get a larger view.


Happy Birthday Johnny JPG and PNG

HappyBirthdayJonny-Front View

I loaded the image into my imaging program, Paint Shop Pro and colored it using the sepia tone effect.  Then I added a little more Distress using Vintage Photo-Distress ink Pad by Ranger. In addition, I for one love color so I colored a couple of the images with both Paint Shop Pro and Prisma Colored Pencils.  I wanted the cake to stand out so I made my own homemade puff paint by following a recipe I found online.  You take a thick White Glue and add any color acrylic paint. In this case I added white paint.  Then I kept mixing it until it got thick and spread it on the cake. Then I sprinkled blue glitter on the cake and candles.  I also added Diamond Glaze to the cake plate, cake knife, and glasses. The rosette was made using the same background music paper. I distressed the music paper using my Zutter Distrezz-it-All tool


HappyBirthdayJonny-Front Flat View

Another View of the Front of the card.


HappyBirthdayJonny-Inside View

Here is an inside view of the card.  I used the same music paper like on the front of the card. Except this time instead of distressing the edges I just distressed the paper with Vintage Photo, Distress ink pad.  I cut the paper in two different sizes and stitched the edges using a zig zag stitch. (Click on photo for a more detailed view).  I cut out two circles using the same paper I used to make the card base and front.  I made another rosette using the music paper and distressed it with vintage photo ink also.  Then I cut the sentiment “Happy Birthday” using my Cricut.  And if you know me well I added  Stickles Glitter Glue to various spots on the sentiment.  I have a weakness for Stickles :)

Please visit the McMahon Five Design Store to see all the beautiful digital images created by various artists.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Calling All Young Crafters


Cutters Creek Design Team is please to offer all children (ages below) the opportunity to show off their crafting talent and have a chance to win some wonderful goodies too!!!  We would like you to use at least one product that is sold by Cutters Creek. The contest runs between August 1st and August 15th. We will draw one winner from each of the age groups below using and they will be announced on August 18th.   Please visit the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog for all the details.
Here are the age Groups who can enter the contest:
1 to 7
8 to 11
12 and older

Each age group wins a special prize so if you go to the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog you will see the prizes for each group and how to enter.  Wishing you a lots of luck!


Fran, Cutters Creek Design Team