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