Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Carmen

My nephew’s Birthday is Tuesday and he will be 24.  I can remember the day he was born.  Where does the time go.  I wanted to make him a card but had no clue what I was going to use as an embellishment.  I’m so used to making girly style cards so I don’t have much in embellishments for men.  I saw this cute car digital image and thought it was perfect.  And the paper I had made everything I used blend together.  I just thought I share the card with you hoping it would give you ideas making a card for a guy. 

All I used was paper, black glitter glue on the tires, silver glitter glue on the chrome of the car and Diamond glaze on the headlights and windshield.  Plus I used two Spellbinder dies (circles and a ribbon tag). The shading in my head did not come out on paper as I hoped but I still think it turned out OK.  I’m sure he will like it because his Aunt Fran made it just for him.

Carmen's B;day Card

Carmen's B;day Card_side view

I always loved sports cars.  And when I was in my early 20s I bought me a brand new MG Midget. That was the first car I learned how to drive stick shift.  I thought I would have to have a new transmission installed by the time I finally learned how to shift gears.  Oh but did I have fun with that car.

Hugs, Fran



Friday, June 29, 2012

Today You Get Three Cards


I used three different digital images to make all three cards. 

This adorable digital image from McMahon Five Designs and new from D’amour Allure is called Something Special for My Precious.

When I saw this digital image I knew immediately that I wanted to make a card for someone who loves their Fur babies.  And in this case it’s a dog named Precious.  I stayed with more of vintage colors because the image is dressed in 1930s fashion.  You can use this card for any one having a birthday,  added a new fur baby to their family, or just want to say “hi” to a special friend. I hope you like the card as much as I liked making it.  Details about the card will be shared below the photos.

New from D’Amour Allure!



.Card Front


Close-up of Image 2

Supplies Used:     o Digital Image by D’Amour Allure

                                   o  Distress Ink Pad (crushed olive and orange marmalade)

                                   o  Seam binding:  Colored with the Distress ink pad colors


                                   o   Prisms Color Pencils using Gamsol Technique

                                   o  Papers by: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Paper

                                           and DCWV Rustic Stack

                                   o  Memory Box Die – Elegant Scrollwork (more here)

                                   o  Embellishment on bow is four 1/2 circles punched from 

                                          DCWV paper (glued together) and a  piece of the elegant


Smilling Sun

The digital image on this card is called Castaway and when I looked at her expression I knew it was one I wanted to color too.  And I thought it would make a great Thinking of You card,  Miss You card or even a Get Well card.  Let me know what you think.  The bold colors and all the bling is what I thought  this image expressed to me.   Isn’t her pouty expression adorable?


New from Solocosmo!

castaway wm


Glitter on image is by Ranger and you can see all the beautiful shades by clicking here.  All papers used on this card are from my bits and pieces that I save from other projects.  Its such a great way to use up all your paper.  Additional Bling is from my personal supplies.

Smilling Sun 

Before I say thank you for stopping by I like to share one more card I did for McMahon Five Designs.   The digital sentiment comes from beautiful set called Bird Song by Studio 313.  You just have to check out this set because there are tons of digital images that can be used alone, or mix and match them.  They come in Line Art, Black, and Mocha styles.  It’s a set that will never grow old.  So many ways of using it to make elegant cards quickly!  So fly over to McMahon Fives Designs Store to get your set.

Wishing You Well--Bird Song Sets-62812 Release

(The Bird Song Sets will not be available in the M5D stored until Monday so please stop back to view the complete set.  It is such a versatile set that you can use over and over.)


Please visit the M5D Blog to see more!



Thank you for stopping by,

fran red

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just a Little Hint…..

of what will be posted to the blog on Friday, June 29th.  Please stop back to see the two new cards I created for McMahon Five Designs Blog


Card One

hint 1

Card Two

hint 2

I hope you stop by on Friday to see the new cards and check out the cute digital images used on the cards.   Meet you here, Fran

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hunter’s New Blog



Can be found here:

I moved all his art work to his new blog with all of your comments that you wrote him.  He was so excited when I read your encouraging comments to him.  And when I told him he got more comments than I did oh he really smiled.  The only thing he did crafty today was finish his Dad’s Father’s Day Card.  You saw the tractor he cut using my Cricut.  And all we did was make up a card with Happy Father’s Day Inside.  We did not have time to take a photo because he had to go home.  He wanted me to tell you for sending him so many comments.  And hope you will visit his new blog when he posts more art.  His Mom Mom thanks you too.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friends Always!

Today I bring you a card made with the cutest digital image by La La Land called Heart Balloon Marcie.

I colored her and the balloon using Prisma Colored Pencils and the Gamsol technique. The papers used to make the flower, pleated ribbon and base of the card are by Prima called Fairy Flora.  Cutters Creeks Store does not carry the Fairy Flora Paper Pad but there are other paper pads by Prima that are just as pretty. Check them out! 
The pretty bling surrounding Marcie and the center of the flower were made using Liquid Pearls, Petal Pink by Ranger.  If you haven’t tried liquid pearls you just need to buy at least one color, your favorite color,  and use it on your creations.  It is so versatile too. Besides using it on paper it can be used on fabric too. You can use it straight from the bottle, paint it on with a brush, or dilute it with water to use as a glaze. 
The flower was made using a Spellbinders Die called Rose Creations (it comes with 9 die templates).  And I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad on the petal edges of the flower. Check out all the other beautiful shades in the Distress Ink Pad line.
You can click on the photos for a larger view.
Front View
Side View
Marcie Close-up
TIP:  When I cut out the image and a balloon is involved; I cut away the drawn black string and replace it with black thread.
Flower Close-up

Thank you for stopping by, Fran.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday With Fran

This is my first tutorial I’ve done for the Cutters Creek Blog.  It will be a photo tutorial and I hope you will understand the steps I took to get the results using Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint.  (Currently this product is not stocked in the store however you can contact Kim through Cutters Creek and she can special order it for you). Oh my do I love that paint.  I only have one color right now called Anchorage but will be getting more!  So I painted my paper and elements with the paint to get an almost monochromatic look. It was an experiment but the outcome is awesome.
Photo One:  I used Echo Park paper (This & That Charming 6 x6” Pad).  The photo below shows the paper (1) in its original form.  Paper (2) being painted with the Glimmer Glam Glitter paint.  And (3) final look after misting the paper with water, crinkled it tightly and flatten it out gingerly to dry.
Paper showing paint steps 1
Photo Two:  The crinkled paper all dried with the bottle of Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint (Anchorage).
Another View of Crinkled Paper and Glim Glam Bottle
Photo Three:  Shows how I used the painted paper to make my flower using Tim Holtz’s Alterations Tattered Florals. The darker paper was a dark bronze paper from my stash that I also painted with the Glimmer Glam Glitter paint to give it more of a sheen.
Distressed Tim Holtz Flower Die using Glim Glam
Flower Close-up
Photo Four:  Shows my second element  a Kaiser Wooden Flourish colored with the Glimmer Glam Glitter paint.  I thought that it would not cover like I hoped but it did better than I hoped.  I loved how it turned out! (The photo just does not do it justice). 
KaiserCraft Wooden Flourish painted with Glim Glam
Photo Five:  The last element painted was winter white seam binding.  What I did was pour some of the paint on my non stick craft mat and just rolled the seam binding in the paint; almost like finger painting.
Seam binding and Glimmer Glam Glitter paint
Photo Six:  Results after covering all the seam binding with the paint.  Once the seam binding dried it no longer had that soft feel to it.  It became stiff so I knew that a bow would not look as pretty. So I pleated the seam binding on my project.  (Loved the look).
Photo of seam binding after painted
Pleated Seam Binding

Now for my finished project that I named You Are Sew Special To Me.
Card Front View
                               Inside View
Card Inside View
Other elements used:  Buttons & Swirl Dies by Memory Box,  Gold Stickles Glitter Glue, Pearl Bling by Prima, Gem Brads from personal stash, Distressed areas on Front and inside of card created with Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo and Free Font called Stitches.
Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Monday, June 4, 2012

And The Winner Is!



Blog Hop Winner!!!!!

Thank you to all of you who hopped along with us. We had a great time and hope we provided some great inspiration to you to help you with those oh so hard to create masculine projects.

The WINNER of the Grand Prize is: CherylP.  Cheryl if you could email your address we will get your prize out to you.

My email is  You have two weeks to claim your prize.

Thank you for making the Cutters Creek Blog Hop a big and fun success. And for all the wonderful compliments on my Father’s Day project.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Welcome To Cutters Creek Blog Hop


Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team Fathers Day Blog Hop! If you just came from Laura's Blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened upon my blog today and you want to hop from the beginning, and play for the Grand Prize you can start from the Cutters Creek Design Team Blog and check out Chris' great project! The objective for our Blog Hop this weekend is to inspire you to create something beautiful for all of the “Fathers” in your life! We have a bit of everything, from cards to gift ideas to layouts about our fathers!

My Project for the Father’s Day Theme

Shirt Box and Gift Card

Shirt Box Front

Shirt Box Inside2

(click on photos for a larger view)

Supplies used:  Graphic 45 paper for card and tieDistress Ink Pad- Vintage Photo.  Spica Glitter Pen used to make dash lines on gift card.  Neenah Classic Crest Cream 80# for shirt from McMahon Five Designs..  Kraft Paper for Shirt Box from my paper stash. Brad on tie from my stash and Sentiments made with computer using Paint Shop Pro. And shirt box template from My Time Made Easy.  And all of the items are held together using Tombow Mono AdhesiveAnd never work on taking photos with your grandson around because he ate 3 of the mints, lol.


NOTE:  If you have problems leaving comments on my blog just send your comment to this e-mail address and I will make sure Kim Bush and Deanna gets your comment so you can be part of the Blog Hop Grand prize :)  


Now for the details about the Grand Prize I mentioned at the beginning of my post. To qualify you must leave a comment at every stop along the way. Comments should be made by Midnight, June 3rd. We will use to select a winner so be sure to check back with us on Monday to find out if you have won!

Don't forget to leave a comment here before you hop along to Pebbles Blog!  Thanks for hopping by! 


The Line Up:

Cutters Creek Blog (Chris) -

Kim -

Lori -

Deanna -

Laura -

Fran -

Pebbles -

Note:  If there is anything you see while hopping to each blog and would love to add it to your craft supplies just contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek and she can special order it for you.  

Have a wonderful Day!  Fran

No Time To Stop----Must Shop


The new release for McMahon Five Designs for this week brings you some really great digital images.  Something for every one’s taste.  I chose the image below because she just had that I Love Lucy look to me but more modern.  So I chose some fun, bright colors to color her.  I sure had fun using bright colors to color the image and used bright colored paper for the card too.



You can find D’Amour Allure Digital Stamps here.

Pic 1

Pic 2

I used glitter pens and bling to add more sparkle.  (My camera did not do it justice). But click on the photos for a closer view and maybe you will see the sparkle.

Supplies Used

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80#

Distress Ink Pads

Retro Flowers Punches

Prisma Colored Pencils

Quickie Glue Pen

Bling Flowers for Flower centers

Cricut Expression to cut out corners & Oval Shape

Recollections Cardstock Paper


Stop By McMahon Five Designs Blog and look at all the wonderful projects created by the Design Team.   And stop by the online store too for some good deals and awesome new Die Cutting and Embossing Dies.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you again.