Thursday, December 26, 2013



I think I got my glitter fix making this card, lol.   I have a stamp set called Dot Spot.  I placed the various dots on my Fiskars Stamp press in the pattern I wanted for my card.  Added VersaMark Watermark to the various dot stamps and stamped the front of the card.   Then to get the WOW effect I wanted I coated the stamped dots with WOW! Embossing Powder (Metallic Platinum Sparkle). The Happy New Year sentiment and banner were created using the Portrait Silhouette. And used 3-D foam pads behind the banner for dimension.   I added the Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder to the edges of the banner using VersaMark Watermark.  Oh a little, just a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the sentiment.

On the inside of the card I cut a 4-1/2” square in white cardstock. I added some of the dots (embossed with metallic platinum sparkle) on two corners to bring the front of the card inside.   And I added silver glitter tape* to the top and bottom edges.

The overall size of the card is 5-1/2” square.

*Glitter Tape was purchased from Cutters Creek’s one of many clubs offered by Kim Bush.  The clubs offer a number of various creating supplies for a set cost each month for 6 months.  The clubs enable you to build on your supplies.





Supplies used can be purchased from the Cutters Creek Online Store:

WOW! Embossing Powder

Adhesive – Tombow Mono Permanent Runner

Glitter Tape – this link will take you to Glitter cardstock that can be cut in to strips and adhered to your card.

3-D Foam Pads

If you have any questions about the crafting supplies I used you can contact Kim Bush and she will be glad to assist you.


Happy New Year, Fran


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

For All My Blog Friends!




Whatever is beautiful,
Whatever is meaningful,
Whatever brings you happiness...
May it be yours this Holiday Season
and throughout the New Year!



Monday, December 16, 2013

The Winners Are………



Winner #1 is Jeri Dental

Winner #2 is Vicki (Vicki and Don)


Congratulations Jeri and Vicki!

Please contact me at with your mailing address.


And thank you to all of you for your lovely compliments on my cards.  I wish I could give every one a prize.  Wishing you Blessed Holidays!


Friday, December 13, 2013




Before I talk about the giveaway I like to share the cards I made for my younger grandsons.  They have been going to Bible class once a week and I wanted to make them cards about the birth of Jesus.  There are four cards which depict the story of The Nativity.  All images are digital stamps from the Digi Stamp Boutique.  I colored the images using Inktense Colored Pencils by Derwent.  They are Water-soluble Ink Pencils.  The Giveaway information will be posted below the photos.


Inside: Bethlehem was the city of Jesus’ birth.


Inside:  The Three Wisemen followed the star in search of the new born King.  And they found Jesus with His Mother in Bethlehem,  They bowed and worshipped Him, offering gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.



Inside: Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in the stable.



Inside:  His birth blessed us with joy and love.


Below are two gift tags I made for Levi and Hunter.


Digital Stamp is from Sassy Cheryl’s called Max the Red Nose Reindeer.


Details: Linked items can be purchased from Cutters Creek Online Store.

Distress Ink Pads (Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, & Broken China.

Stickles (Starry Night, Cranberry, Xmas Red, Champagne, Black Diamond and Pine).

Glossy Accents by Ranger. 

Inka Gold by Viva, Neenah Card Stock, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (Clear and Gold), and all embellishments are from my craft supplies.




Please read before leaving a comment. 

I will be giving two winners a set of 12 Inktense Colored Pencils. All you have to do to win is leave a comment and become a follower (if you are not one yet) on my blog. I will be using the True Random Number Generator to pick the winners.  I will count beginning with the first comment to the last comment left on my Blog.  You have Friday – Sunday to leave a comment.  I will announce the winners on Monday, 12/16/13. And they will be posted on my Blog.  So make sure you leave your first name and last name initial in your comment. 

NOTE:  1. I can only ship within the United States due to postage costs.

             2. The first person that is selected will not be part of the second selection.

             3.  If you like you can check online to see how much just a set of 12 Inktense Water-soluble pencils cost.  So leaving a comment and becoming a follower is a great bargain.



Good Luck,


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How’d that happen?!



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My first card using Inktense Water-soluble Ink Pencils.

Techniques:  1. Apply water over dry pencil to create a vivid translucent wash.  2. Create an outline with a non-soluble pencil, add color with the Inktense then apply a light wash.  3. Work directly onto wet silk to create beautiful vibrant silk paintings.

I used technique 2 excluding the outlining of a non-soluble pencil.  I used the colored pencil itself by coloring the edges of the image and then applying a light wash. “Pencil to ink in just one wash. Once dry the color is permanent and can be worked over without affecting the layers of vivid color.”  Very different from Prisma Colored Pencils using the Gamsol technique.

They are my new obsession, lol.

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the coloring using the Inktense Pencils.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas–Day 10 by Fran


My project today was created using the Snowman Blueprint by Sizzix.   It comes with both the stamps and dies to help you achieve a complete look.  I special ordered it from Kim Bush of the Cutters Creek Online Store.

I was a little anxious about how it all will work together for me.  And I was thoroughly surprised how easy it was to get the layered look that Tim Holtz demonstrated at the Summer CHA 2013.  Here is the video if you would like to watch Tim demonstrate.

Snowman Blueprint



Details:  I stamped the snowman on  Tim Holtz’s Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  The various layers of the snowman were cut and layered like Tim demonstrated in the video. 

I colored the pieces using my new watercolor pencils called Inktense by Derwent.  They are a pencil to ink in one wash application.  They are the best of both worlds: the vibrancy of ink with the subtlety of pencils.  Once dried the color is permanent. 

I used Neenah Ivory Card Stock for the card base and blueprint image behind the snowman.  The dark blue paper is from my stash.  The snowflakes were colored using Distress Ink Broken China then I applied Glossy Accents to each of the snowflakes and covered them with Distress Glitter – Clear rock Candy.  The edge of the card was colored with Distress Ink Broken China.

I used lots of foam pads to give the card and snowman dimension.  I added a hint of  Wink of Stella Clear and Silver Glitter to the snowman and the sentiment.

The size of  the card measures approximately 5-1/2” by 6-1/2”.

If there is a product I used that is not stocked at the Cutters Creek Online Store you can contact Kim Bush and she may be able to special order it for you. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that I gave you  some inspiration.  And I would love if you left me a comment about my project. 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas–Day 5 by Fran


Welcome to the Cutters Creek Design Team’s “Twelve days of Christmas”.  We are so happy you are joining us.  Today is the 5th day of our event.  Here is my contribution.


Details:  The Card and Front Panel are made from Kraft Card Stock.  The checkered paper is from my stash to match the Kraft Card Stock.  The Holly embellishments are by Kaiser Craft Wood Flourishes.  I added the berries for more dimension and they are made from paper clay.  I colored the berries using Festive Berries Distress Paint by Tim Holtz.  The holly leaves were painted with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint also.  And for a little extra pazazz I used Inka Gold by Viva (Gold and Green yellow) on the Holly embellishments. 

The snow flakes were punched using a Martha Stewart punch. I coated the snowflakes with Inkssentials Glossy Accents and covered them with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter (this glitter is awesome – I love it!).  On the centers of the snowflakes I used vinyl sticker dot sparklers in red.  And added Glossy Accents to the tips of the snowflakes.

The sentiment was cut using the Silhouette Portrait.  I used a Wink of Stella glitter brush in gold to color the sentiment.  And behind the sentiment is covered with the Clear Glitter using the Wink of Stella brush (you can use a Glitter Pen to get the same affect).  Then I added Glossy Accents dots in background.  And finished off the card using a Gelly Roll pen in white to make the dashes.

You are probably thinking I went crazy with glitter and glossy accents and you are right!  I couldn’t stop, lol.  But I love how it turned out.  I hope you do too.

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for day 6 to see another great project from the Design Team.  Please leave a comment and let us know what you think of our projects.

And if you have any questions about the products I used you can contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek.

All linked products can be purchased at the Cutters Creek Online Store.



Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Key To A Better Future Starts With You!


That’s the theme for my tag.  I really had fun making this tag.  I basically stayed with one color.  And what made it so easy were all the products I had in my stash to get that monochromatic look.



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

What I did first was use some collage tissue paper by 7 Gypsies from the Journey Collection.  I used mod podge to adhere the tissue to a piece of card stock.  Then I used Glue N’ Seal by Inkssentials in a matte finish to protect the tissue paper from moisture.  I cut several strips of the tissue to make the small flowers. The steampunk padlocks were made using a silicone mold and paper clay.  I embossed the padlocks with Aged Ochre Embossing Powder by Stampendous.  The memo pins in the flowers are from Tim Holtz’s idea-ology line. I covered one of the pins also with Aged Ochre Embossing Powder.  The other memo pin holds the theme message created on the Silhouette.  The wooden Key is by KaiserCrafts.  I painted the key with three shades of *Distress Paints to get a patina look (pumice stone, rusty hinge, & peeled paint).  Then I added some *Distress Glitter (tarnished brass).

*The Distress Paints and Distress Glitter were purchased through a club. Kim often sells products by offering her customers a chance to join clubs where you pay a reduced cost over a 6 month period. The clubs help you build on your craft supplies.  Its an unique way to get the items that are popular.  You can join these clubs by being part of the Cutters Creek Yahoo Group.

Stop by the Cutters Creek Online Store and see all the awesome products Kim offers.  And if there is something you are looking for and it’s not available in the store you can contact Kim and she may be able to special order it for you.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran


Sunday, November 17, 2013

With Thanks



Clean and Simple is what my card is all about.  I dug out an old leaf image rubber stamp to use as my focal point.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa Ink for the leaf. Then I colored it with a Spica pen in Melon Green.  And added orange and clear glitter with my *Wink of Stella Brush.  (I am so addicted to these glitter brushes).  I added Aged Spice and Aged Hunter embossing powders by Stampendous called Fran-Tage. The Border paper is from my stash.  The button was made using a silicone mold and some Martha Stewart paper clay.  And I added more Aged Spice and Aged Hunter to the button.  My card is 5-1/2” square.  And the base of the card is Kraft card stock.  Everything is held together using a Tombow Adhesive Tape Runner.

The following products can be purchased from the Cutters Creek Online Store:

Memento Ink Pad-Rich Cocoa

Tombow Adhesive Tape Runner

Stampendous Fran-Tage

Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen – Melon

*Note: Kim will be carrying the Wink and Stella Brushes in the near future.

If you are interested in any of the other products I used you can contact Kim of Cutters Creek to see if she can special order it for you.


Have a wonderful day,


Friday, November 15, 2013

Sending Sweet Holiday…..



Gingerbread Scene

PROMO Gingerbread SceneM5D

Gingerbread Papers

PROMO Gingerbread


My Project


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Card Recipe:  You probably know me by now that my favorite go to paper is Neenah.  And that is the card stock I used for the card, card base, printed card stock and sentiment.  The printed card stock came from the Gingerbread Digi Paper Pack.  For the first time I experimented with Distress Crackle Paint (clear rock candy) on the red and white gingham background paper.  Then I used Distress Ink (frayed burlap) to fill in the cracks.  I also used frayed burlap on the diagonal stripe scallop borders, the edge of the sentiment label and on the ribbon.  The button is from my stash and I covered it with Fran-tage using Aged Scarlet and Red Tinsel Embossing powders.  Sprinkled some red, green, and cream sequins by Kelly Purkey.  And just a small amount of glitter on the red line and candy canes on the label using the Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.

I would love it if you stopped by the M5D Design Team Blog and check out all the other amazing projects.  Thank you!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Elegant Ornaments


Check out these gorgeous digital images.  The digital set is called Elegant Ornaments.  And you can purchase it at the McMahon Five Designs Online Store.


Elegant Ornaments (colored)

PROMO Elegant Ornaments colorM5D

My Project


Details:  Neenah cardstock as the base of my card and colored it using three shades of Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, and Broken China).  Dark blue card stock from my stash and cut using Spellbinders Label – LF-161 (Grand Nestabilities).  I chose the blue ornament for my card.  Although you cannot tell I cut the ornament out using my Silhouette and adhered to the card base. I used a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella brush on the entire ornament.  I also added stickles (Ice Blue) to the ornament.  In addition to the stickles on the ornament I placed stickle dots (Mercury Glass) on the blue card stock. The sentiment was also cut using my Silhouette and framed it with Ice Blue Stickles.  The white dots on the base of the card represents snow made from Snow-Tex Glistening Snow.  I used a template called Falling Snow to place the snow dots on the card.  I wish you could see the card in person because all the glitter really looks so much better than my photo. Its so hard to capture glitter with my digital camera.  But if you click on the photo you will get a larger image and you may be able to see everything better.

If you get a chance I would love if you stopped by the M5D Blog to see more beautiful creations made by the Design team.


Thank you for stopping and have a wonderful day.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas Angel


One of today’s release for McMahon Five Designs is a Christmas Angel.  It just took me a matter of a few seconds to decide how I wanted to use this beautiful Angel.  Since the main focus is the Angel what better way to show her off then to make an Angel card.  And to make things easy for me I used the colored image from this digital package from Imagine That! Digis by Kris.

Christmas Angel

PROMO Christmas Angel


My Card

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Details:  The card base is made from Neenah card stock called Classic Solar White 80#.  I used the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette to cut out the Angel (front of card) and the back of the card.  I used dazzling diamonds glitter on her wings.  The red trim, ornaments, hair, lips and fingernails were coated with a clear glitter using a Wink of Stella Brush.  The card measures 5”tall and 5” at its widest point. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you in some way.  Please stop by the M5D Blog to see more creations by the M5D Design Team. 

Have a wonderful day,


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thank You Card by Fran

I want to share a Thank You Card I made for a special lady who made Chuck and me a Cross to mark Butch’s (our pet dog) grave.  I tried a new product (new for me) on the card called Fran-tage Encrusted Jewels.  You can purchase Fran-tage from Cutters Creek Online Store.
(Click on photo for a closer view)
If you like to see a great demonstration of  how to use this cool product go here to watch a YouTube video.
Card Details: 
Card Base, Tag, and banner all made using Neenah Card Stock in Ivory. 
Pink paper from my stash was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Mesh.
Fran-tage on the tag and butterfly is called Shabby pink and Shabby Blue.  Plus I added Aged Gold.  In addition I added some Shaved Ice fragments that gives a Mother of Pearl look.
The tag was cut using my Cuttlebug and a Die by Marianne Design Creatables (LR0154).
The flowers, butterfly, and pink filigree swirls are from my stash.
I used Antique Linen Distress Ink on the edges of the card and banner for a vintage look.
And the card is held together using two of my favorite adhesives: Glossy Accents and Tombow Permanent Adhesive.
Attached adhesive pads to the banner for dimension.  And the banner was created in Paint Shop Pro adding the small butterfly on the corner.
All the flowers were painted with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  And the pink filigree swirls were painted with Clear Glaze 3-D Glossy Ink pen by Sakura.
Remember Kim may be able to order any products I used that are not in the Cutters Creek Online Store.  You can contact Kim HERE.
And in addition Kim runs several craft clubs on a monthly basis giving you an opportunity to build your craft supplies at a discounted price.  You can learn more about the clubs through the Cutters Creek Yahoo Group.
If you like to join the Group you can go here to join.
Thank you for stopping by and  I hope I tickled your crafting mojo a little.  
Signature for Blog

Friday, October 25, 2013

What’s the scoop?


Today is “Flashback Friday” release for McMahon Five Designs.  I chose to go back a little ways and make a card using a cute image by Draw Me A Daydream.  Here is a preview of what you get in this cute digital package.

JPG and PNG Files

DMAD - Boyscream Store Image

And you probably guessed it!  I used the image that has been already colored.  Gosh you are probably tired of hearing me say this over and over of how much time it saves you to have an image already colored. 


My Project



Card Details: Card created using Neenah Environment Desert Storm card stock 80#.  I experimented with this card and used a chevron stencil created with my Silhouette Portrait.  Using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) by Tim Holtz and inked the background paper using the stencil.  (The finished card is approximately 5-1/2” square).

I always liked dash lines on a card but I make a mess trying to make uniform lines.  So experimenting again I purchased various stitched lines from the Silhouette Store.  Then I created my own squares with the stitched lines.  And using the silhouette sketch pens the silhouette drew my stitched squares in the prescribed sizes I wanted.  Cool huh?   I went over the lines with a gelly roll pen by Sukura to give it the hand drawn look.

I added a few buttons tied with brown floss.  Banner was hand made using one of the sentiments that comes in the digital package.  Glitz things up with the Wink Stella Glitter brush.  The glitter is so subtle and great for masculine cards if you want to add some bling.  The ice cream scoops have 3 layers of Inkssentials glossy accents on them.  And just a little Aged Ochre embossing powder on each side of the ice scoops to give it the appearance that the top scoop is getting ready to fall off the cone.

Sidebar: I used Grafix Craft Plastic sheets weight .007. 

Here is a video to see it in action (almost like a silent movie), lol.

Cutting Grafix .007 Plastic Sheets

  I want to mention that I had to cut my template 4 times before it would cut all the way through.  I am sure its because my blade is dull.  I did read cutting on the plastic sheets may dull your blade so its good to have a blade just for stencil cutting.

I hope that I gave you some new ideas for your card making.  Let me know what you think?  And don’t forget to stop over the M5D Blog to see more great projects.

Have a great day!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Gertie Goose Debut


Today I bring you Ms. Gertie Goose.  What a character she is and all ready for the Holidays too! You can purchase Gertie at the McMahon Five Designs Online Store.  Here is a sneak peek of what you will get in the Digital package.


Gertie Goose – Fall

PROMO Gertie Goose Fall

Gertie Goose - Winter



And if you love Gertie you will love the digital papers that go with Gertie.

Gertie Goose Digital Fall/Winter Papers

PROMO Gertie Goose FallWinterM5D


Here is my Gertie all dressed up for Halloween!


Inside View


Card Details:  Round Card using Neenah Solar Crest White Card Stock.  Black spider web using Neenah Classic Linen Epic Black Card Stock.  Polka Dot Paper (Front and Inside) is from the Gertie Goose Fall/Winter Digital Paper.  All embellishments are from my stash: Orange Peel Stickles Glitter Glue, Inkssentials Enamel Accents (black), Happy Halloween Ribbon, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink Pad by Ranger and last but not least the card is all held together using two adhesives: Tombow Permanent Adhesive tape & Tombow Mono AQUA liquid glue.

Spider Webs came from the Silhouette Store and cut using the Silhouette Portrait.  Round card and round mat for sentiment were cut with Nesting Circles by QuicKutz cutting dies.

Thank you for stopping by and I would love if you would visit the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see the awesome creations by the M5D Design Team.


Happy Halloween,


Sunday, October 13, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The Cutters Creek Design Team is dedicated to raise awareness through our projects and for today I made a tag.  Tags are one of my favorite things to create.  In my stash I have some tags made of metal foil.  After doing some research I found how cool the metal foil tags look embossed.

I embossed my tag with a Sizzix embossing folder called Flowers.  It’s the A2 size which was perfect for the size of my tag (approx. 2-1/2” x 4-3/4”).


I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the tag.  I don’t know if you are like me but some of my craft supplies have dust on them from not using them much.  But I finally dusted off two of my Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Wild Plum and Red Pepper.  I don’t have many colors but I was hoping that these two colors would give me a nice pink color.  It turns out that I got a very deep pink which I loved a lot.   I took an applicator felt and applied it to the applicator tool.  A few drops of each color goes a long way.  Plus I added some Adirondack Blending Solution to help lighten the color.  Then I spread the color on my embossed tag (both sides).  Once the ink dried I sanded the embossed tag to take some of the color off to expose the silver metal foil.  I love how it turned out.  And I would love to know what you think.

I added the word HOPE (used clear glitter using a Wink of Stella glitter brush).   And added some pretty ribbon and braided pink trim.

I used a Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent Dispenser on the ribbon to hold in place.  I glued the word Hope using Inkssentials Glossy Accents since I was gluing to metal foil.  And some hot glue to the braided ribbon to keep it in place.


Supplies:  Tombow Mono-Adhesive Permanent DispenserInkssentials Glossy Accents.

Side Bar:  If you are interested in using metal foil to cover tags and more you can purchase it at the Cutters Creek Online Store.  Its called Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape Sheets.  Cutters Creek carries a lot of the Ranger Products and if you don’t see what you are looking for you can contact Kim and she may be able to special order it for you.  She loves keeping her customers happy.

Thank  you for stopping by, Fran

Monday, September 30, 2013

“Thanks” Card Using Distress Stickles by Fran



For those that do not know Kim of Cutters Creek Online Store runs a Yahoo Group for her customers.  And as a member of the group you can join Clubs that Kim offers on a 6 month basis.  This allows you to build up your crafting supplies at a very reasonable monthly fee.   I have joined many of Kim’s clubs but the one I am currently in is the Distress Glitter club.  If you haven’t seen these glitters in person you are missing out on some beautiful distressed, chunky glitter.

Today I want to show you what I did on my card using three of my favorite colors I have received so far.  The three bands of glitter are Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade and Tarnished Brass. 


Details:  Distress Glitters were applied using sticky paper and Glossy Accents.  The sentiment “thanks” was cut using my Silhouette Portrait and glued to the card using a Quickie Glue Roller pen.  The butterflies are outline stickers applied to sticky paper and then I used a very fine glitter by Martha Stewart.  I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to glue the butterflies to my card.  The card base is made from  Neenah Card Stock.  And my card measures 5” by 5” square.


Cutters Creek Supplies: Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, Glossy Accents, Quickie Glue Pinpoint Roller Pen.

If you have any questions about the products I used you can contact Kim here.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope my project inspired you in some way. 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Flashback Friday!



Today I have a card created for McMahon Five Designs using one of my favorite color combinations—Blue and yellow.  I used digital papers created by Bella’s Beauties.

Pretty Paisleys 


The sentiment on the front of the card is spiritual and just fell in love with it when I read it.  And if you like the sentiment its F-R-E-E.  Click on the image below to download it from the online store.



My Project


Details:  Card base and front are made using Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80#.  The printed papers are from Bella’s Beauties called Pretty Paisleys.   The card Front is a Floral Frame cut using the Silhouette Portrait.  I used the Fill Pattern feature to fill the frame mat and floral accent with the Paisley prints. And then I used the Print and Cut feature to cut out the printed frame to create a shaped card.  The sentiment and the mat was also cut using the Print and Cut feature.  The bling on the flowers and mat are vinyl sparkler stickers in turquoise by Stampendous.

If you get a chance stop over to the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see more inspiration created by the design team.


Thank you for stopping by my blog, Fran

Monday, September 9, 2013

We’re Lick This Together by Fran


Today I bring you a card designed for Cutters Creek Online Store.

I really thought this stamp was so cute and the sentiment that comes with it “We’ll lick this together” can be used for so many things in one’s life.  I’ve been doing a lot of coloring using my Paint Shop Program but this time I dusted off my Prisma Colored Pencils and colored the image. Coloring can be so relaxing especially if it goes smoothly, lol.

And I did it again!  I just started coloring not even thinking if I had paper that matched the colors I used on the image.  Well I didn’t!!  But I improvised and I thought it still turned out nicely.  But it really makes more sense and easier to select your papers first and then match your colored pencils to the paper.  But I have to do things the hard way :)




Card Details:  All papers used are from my stash:  Neenah, DCWV, and Recollections.  Card base and frames (Decorative Artisan) were cut using my Silhouette Portrait. The rolled rose (3D Paper rose); leaves (Leaf); and flourish (Miss Kate Flourishes) were also cut using the Silhouette.  The glitter dots were created using two colors of stickles to match the dress on the image.  The pearls are by KaiserCraft.  The one on the rose was left white to balance out the white card base.  The colored pearls were colored using a Copic marker V06, lavender.  I really thought it was a good match. Everything is held together using Glossy Accents and Tombow Mono Adhesive. The card measures: 4-3/4” wide (including the flourish).  And 5-3/4” long (including the leaves).


Note:  Once I rolled the rose I took a pair of tweezers and curved the ends to give it more of a rose look.


Product Details Purchased from Cutters Creek Online Store

Stickles by Ranger (Lavender & Cranberry)

KaiserCraft Pearls (Champagne)

Copic Sketch Marker (Lavender-V06)

Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive


There are so many awesome products sold by Cutters Creek.  Plus the owner, Kim has various clubs selling the most popular items.  The cost to join the clubs that normally run for 6 months depends on the product(s).

If you want to learn more about the clubs you can contact Kim here.  Or you can join the Cutters Creek Yahoo Group.


Thank you for visiting, Fran

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall Is In The Air



WOW!  It’s already September and soon the leaves on the trees will start changing.  I live on the East Coast and what a beautiful site it is to see all the gorgeous Fall colors.  Today I have a new card for you depicting leaves in their Fall splendor.  But before I share my card I would like to show you the digital package called Autumn Blessings by Daydream Designs.



Autumn Blessings


My Project



DETAILS:  The round shape of the card was created using a 5-1/2 round die and Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80#.  I used Shabby Shutters Distressed Ink Pad to the card front which matched the green in some of the leaves on the Wreath.  The Leaf Wreath was cut out using my Silhouette Portrait and the Print and Cut option.  The sentiment is from the digital stamps collection Autumn Blessings.  The wreath was also cut from Neenah card stock.  The glitter dots were made using Glitter Cinnamon Stickles.  The acorn embellishment on the bow was cut with the Silhouette and then covered with Distress Glitter Tarnished Brass. (The Distress Glitter Tarnished Brass is very close in color to the Cinnamon Stickles). The bow is made from satin ribbon in a bronzy brown shade.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you will visit the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see more projects created by my fellow design team members.

Have a wonderful day! 


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Just For You Card by Fran


I wanted to stay on the simple side when I thought about my project.   So I chose to use a card base that was originally designed by Bird.  She shares her files and I found one that was quick to cut out on my Silhouette Portrait.




Card Details:  All solid color papers are from my Stash.  The printed paper is by Graphic 45 (6x6”) paper pad called Indie Bloom.  What I like the most about the card is that it had a cut out area to weave ribbon through.  So it is just like me that I wanted the ribbon to match the green shade in the printed paper.  So I took winter white seam binding and dyed it using Distress Ink pad in two different shades to get the green that closely matched the green in the printed paper.  The colors of the Distress Ink pads used were Shabby Shutters and Peacock Feathers.

TIP:  Seam binding is very soft and making a bow can be challenging.  Once I make my bow I protect the rest of my card and I spray hair spray on the bow.  I let it dry and then form the bow.  The hair spray gives just the right amount of stiffness to give the loops a little body.

The sentiment was stamped using Stampendous Stamp Set called Friendly Messages using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The centers on the cut out flower border is Distress Stickles (Spiced Marmalade).   I used a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (Deco). 

I needed to make some adjustments on the the papers so they would be the correct size and for that I used a great tool called  the Perfect Ruler.  And all the pieces are held in place using Glossy Accents and Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive.  OOPS I almost forgot about the bling on the corners of the sentiment tag.  I used KaiserCraft  Rhinestones in a pretty shade of orange.

The following items can be purchased from the Cutters Creek Online Store:

Distress Ink Pads

Distress Stickles

Tombow  Mono Adhesive

The Perfect Ruler

Glossy Accents

Graphic 45 Paper Pads 

Memento Ink Pad

KaiserCraft Rhinestones

NOTE:  Indie Bloom is no longer in stock but there are other gorgeous Graphic 45 paper pads.  However, if you are interested in Indie Bloom you can always check with Kim Bush and she may be able to special order it for you.

You can contact Kim Bush here about any product questions. 

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, August 30, 2013

You Are One Of A Kind


It’s Flashback Friday!

My project for this week’s release for McMahon Five Designs was created for my Grandson who will be 13 in September.   When I watch my grandson play his games on his iPod there are always funny little characters.  So today I chose the perfect digital image for him.  Its called Lil’ Monster Digital Stamp.  Having these images in my stash make it so easy to create that special Birthday Card.

Lil’ Monster Digital Stamp

DMAD - Lil Monster Set - JPG


My Project







Details: I chose the colored image because I love the colors and the convenience.  I used Paint Shop Pro (PSP) and the Silhouette Portrait to make my card.  And for some added touches I used a paper cutter and and one inch circle punch to add the colored strips and circles.

I created the front and inside of the card using PSP.  Then I took the digital image and opened it in the Silhouette.  There is an option called Print and Cut.  So using that option I printed the image using my printer.  And then I loaded the printed image into the Silhouette. I got a perfectly cut out image to lay on top of the  image on the card front for a  more dimensional look.  I also cut out a smaller version for the inside of the card.  I added some glitter to image to give it a little pizazz.

There are so many wonderful digital choices in the McMahon Five Designs Store.  Digital images hardly take up any room in your craft space.  You save them to your computer and use them when you need them.  I still like using stamps but working with digital images gives me the option to size them the way I want.  And having images already colored for you makes it so easy to get your project done quicker.  And if you like to color there are outline images included.    Gosh most of the work is done for you.

Please stop by the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see what the other Design Team members created.  I know it will truly inspire you.  Thank you for visiting my blog.


Friday, August 23, 2013

I Like You To Meet Farmer John & His Family



Today McMahon Five Designs has some great digital images and papers in this week’s release.  I chose to make a Thank You card (a little different than most Thank You cards) but different can be fun too.  Before I share my project I like to introduce the digital images and papers I chose to create my project.  If you haven’t used digital images before today would be a great day to start your collection.  They make creating cards a breeze because most of the digital images come already colored for you.  And some are in outline form for you to color in your favorite colors.

Farmer John Color & Outline


Farmer Lily Color & Outline

Farm Friends Color & Outline


My Project

(You will notice that I used something from all three digital designs.)





Details:  I kept it simple this time.  I used the farm scene paper from the digital paper collection and added both John and Lilly and some of the farm animals.  I added the sun which is from another paper collection called Sunshine and Rain.  And used a font from my font collection for the Thank You sentiment.  I wish I could tell you why I chose to make this  card a Thank you card but I just thought it would be something a little different to send to someone.  Behind the farm scene is another paper from the collection called Chicken Wire.  On the inside I wanted to add something bright so I used the paper called Chevron (yellow).  Then I took the Barn from the Farm Friends collection and traced the shape using  my Silhouette Portrait and then offset the shape using red paper.

The digital image scene, chicken wire print and the chevron yellow print was all printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Stock (80#).  And its on sale too!

To see more designs using all the digital collections in this week’s release stop over to McMahon Five Designs Blog.


Thank you for visiting my blog today, Fran