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?!



(click on photo for a larger view)

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.