Sunday, June 30, 2013

Flower Girl by Fran


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I was in the mood to do something frilly so I chose a little girl digital  image called Flower Girl.  I used my Prang colored pencils to color her in a couple of my favorite colors (turquoise and lavender).  Her hat was colored using Paint Shop Pro.  I used Stickles glitter glue in turquoise and lavender.  All papers used are from my Stash.  Ribbon border and turquoise flower were cut using my Silhouette. Lavender and turquoise flowers were punched from two punches from my stash.  The mats on the front of the card and inside were also cut from my Silhouette. This card was so easy to make but it took some time to complete it because of coloring the image.  But when you have the right products to use your card will go together quickly. 

Card Dimensions:  5” by 5” Square. Light lavender mat is 4” Square and dark Lavender mat is 3-3/4” square.  The card base was made by welding two 5” square mats together using the Silhouette Portrait.  Mats on the inside of the card are 4-1/2” and 3-1/2” square.

Products Sold at Cutters Creek Online Store:

 Inkssentials Glossy Accents

 Glue Dots 3/8” Memory Dots

 Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent Dispenser

 Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger


If you have any questions about any of the products you can contact Kim of Cutters Creek.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, June 28, 2013

Proud To Be An American




Americana Sentiment Set

Americana Sentiment Set

What an awesome kit!  The Americana Sentiment Kit has something for everyone’s taste.  And also an option to build you own tag.  That is exactly what I did.  I took the colored tag in the kit and made it my own by adding a sentiment and some stars with lots of stickles glitter glue.  And I took a piece of patriotic paper from my stash and created a rosette.  Two stars cover the center of the rosette.  The rosette is 2-1/4” in diameter.  I used a 12” long by 1-1/4” wide piece of paper and scored it every 1/4 inch.  Folded like a fan (accordion style) and glued the edges together.  The hot glue gun is your friend when gluing the center of the rosette to a round disk of paper to hold it altogether. The tag is 5-1/4” long and 3” wide.  With the rosette attached the tag is 6” long.  Front of tag printed on Neenah Classic Solar White Paper and the back is lined with Neenah Classic Linen Red Pepper.  The stars were cut from a die called Die-namic Stack Star.   Papers used to make the tag:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and Neenah Classic Linen Red Pepper

You cannot go wrong with the American Sentiment Kit for all your patriotic projects.  Everything you need in one small package.  Plus you may be interested in the Americana Digi Paper Pack too.


Stop by the McMahon Five Designs Blog and check out all the other projects created by the Design Team.  And if you have some time to spare leave a little love. 

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, June 21, 2013

Welcome To Flashback Friday



Today at McMahon Five Designs(M5D)  the design team will pick a flashback image and create a project with it.  Sometimes bringing back the older images lets you know that there are so many cute digital images at M5D to make awesome creations. My choice was a personal one.  I wanted to do a card for a young boy and I found one and his name is Charlie.  And my husband’s name is Charlie too.  But we call him Chuck.  Little Charlie is about to go on a journey but he cannot leave his favorite stuffed toy at home when he goes to camp.  So without further delay here is Charlie and his little friend.

Charlie ON SALE


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Details: Charlie was colored using Prisma and Prang Colored pencils and Paint Shop Pro.  Papers: Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80# Cover, Neenah Classic Linen Epic Black 80# Cover and Neenah Environment Desert Storm 80# Cover.  All other papers are from my stash.  Tickets on front of the card are from Stampology & Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection).  I created a large ticket and printed it out for the inside sentiment.  And I used my Silhouette Portrait to created ticket borders to create a frame on the inside of the card.  Then I wrote travel words on the tickets.  Used Old Paper Distress ink pad to distress the card.  And Black Diamonds Stickles on the inside for just a little bling.

Stop over to the M5D Blog to see all the other creations from the rest of the Design Team.  And thank you so much for stopping by my Blog.  I really love seeing you here!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Altered Box




Well I went out of my comfort zone and decided I wanted to cover a paper mache box.  I haven’t done this in such a long time.  And looking at all the wonderful altered boxes the other DT members made I wanted to give it a try.  I used Graphic 45 paper, French Country. 

When I covered the bottom outside and inside I had to see how the lid would go on.  Well it was a little hard to get it on but I got  to fit and stretched it a little.   Considering this I did not decorate the inside of the lid.

I used three prints that I loved to cover the box and made a flower and leaves for the lid.  I added some bling to the side of the lid using red rhinestones by Kaisercraft.  Once I made the flower and leaves and shaped them to my liking I finger painted them with Stickles Glitter Glue (Star Dust).  After looking at the completed project I just felt it needed something else.  So I added wooden balls (3 of them) to the bottom for feet.  I painted the wooden balls using Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Willow (this color is so pretty).  It actually matches one of the colors in the leaves.  And everything is held together using Inkssentials Glossy Accents.


The flower was made using Spellbinders  Donna-Salazar Rose Creations Die (S5-050)


Note:  All underlined items can be purchased at  If there is something I used to create my project but is not sold in the store just contact Kim here and she may be able to get it for you.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, June 14, 2013

Just Buzzing by to say “hi”

The Many Uses Of Sunflowers*

“During its long history, sunflowers have been used for several purposes. The early Native Americans were resourceful with the plant. They harvested their sunflowers and used them for food and medicine. The seeds were used for baking and also to add thickness to various stews. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that suggests Native Americans also used sunflowers to remove warts and to treat those who suffered from sunstroke.

In the 18th century, after having been introduced to Russia, the sunflower became a popular source of cooking oil throughout Europe. Today, sunflower crops are grown in many countries throughout the world. Some cultures ground the sunflower seeds for use while making bread. Others harvest the seeds to be eaten as a nutritious snack. The seeds are also used as an ingredient in meals to add flavor and texture. And, of course, millions of people take great delight in planting sunflowers in their gardens”.

*Excerpt taken from Pioneer Thinking.


My project today uses the cutest papers called Bees n’ Sunflowers along with the cutest Bee Girl image.  Most of the work was already done for me because I used the colored image.  And Paint Shop Pro to layer the various printed papers from Bees ‘n Sunflowers.  I even did some fussy cutting on four sunflowers to add more dimension to the front of my card.  You just have to check out these papers and the Bee Girl.  There are so many different options you can create. 




Bee Girl With Sunflower - Color

PROMO Bee Girl w Sunflower color

Bee Girl With Sunflower - Outline


Bees n' Sunflowers DP

PROMO Bees n Sunflowers



My Project



DETAILS:   I created a 5-1/2” card base from Neenah paper called Desert Storm.  I also used Neenah Solar White paper on the front of the card.  Inside the card I used Wal Mart paper in white and added two borders to match the front of the card. And each corner I copied and pasted a sunflower. 

I used three prints from Bees n’ Sunflowers Digi papers. The two borders on the front of the card were created in Paint Shop Pro that surround the central Image.  The borders and sunflowers that make up the central image was applied using a “copy and paste technique and then added a shadow for dimension.  The paper behind the image is the focal point for the image that was also copied and pasted with an added shadow.  The sentiment was in a png format and easily added to the focal image. 

The row of sunflowers on the bottom of the focal image were individually added to form the bottom border. 

I used Vintage Photo Stickles Glitter Glue to the centers of the 4 sunflowers on each corner (these were fussy cut).  And to the center of the sunflower that the Bee Girl is holding.  Vintage Photo was a perfect shade to use on the sunflowers. 

If you like sunflowers and the colors yellow & black you will love the Digital Colored Image and Digital Design Paper Pack used on this card.  Buzz on over to McMahon Five Designs Store to see all the new products.


Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Friday, June 7, 2013

Today Is Flashback Day….


for McMahon Five Designs.  And for my flashback image I chose what is titled Dressed Dummy.  I’ve had the image in my files for quite a while and had no idea where to begin.  Then I started doing some research on the history of the Can-Can and then on Burlesque.  After all the research I decided that my image can be for both styles.

I chose the Burlesque Style.  Here is just a little bit of history about Burlesque:

“Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which, in turn, is derived from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.

Burlesque overlaps in meaning with caricature, parody and travesty, and, in its theatrical sense, with extravaganza, as presented during the Victorian era. "Burlesque" has been used in English in this literary and theatrical sense since the late 17th century. It has been applied retrospectively to works of Chaucer and Shakespeare and to the Graeco-Roman classics. Contrasting examples of literary burlesque are Alexander Pope's sly The Rape of the Lock and Samuel Butler's irreverent Hudibras. An example of musical burlesque is Richard Strauss's 1890 Burleske for piano and orchestra. Examples of theatrical burlesques include W. S. Gilbert's Robert the Devil.

A later use of the term, particularly in the United States, refers to performances in a variety show format. These were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s, often in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres, and featured bawdy comedy and female striptease. Some Hollywood films attempted to recreate the spirit of these performances from the 1930s to the 1960s, or included burlesque-style scenes within dramatic films, such as 1972's Cabaret and 1979's All That Jazz, among others. There has been a resurgence of interest in this format since the 1990s.and the A. C. Torr – Meyer Lutz shows, including Ruy Blas and the BlasĂ© RouĂ©”From Wikipedia

Dressed Dummy



My Project Photo


Details:  Image was colored using Prisma and Prang Colored Pencils.  The music sheet background was made using my Silhouette Portrait by using the sketching technique,  I used frosted vellum to sketch on. Then I scrunch up the sketch and cut it to size to fit the Craft Tag (I left a small margin so I could overlap to the back of the tag.  I glued the vellum using Inkssentials by Ranger’s Glossy Accents. I covered the back with another craft tag which makes the tag more sturdy and I like that it is cleaner on the back side (no glue residue showing).  I aged the vellum, flowers, Burlesque ticket, and edges of the tag with Vintage Photo Distressed ink by Tim Holtz.  All the bling on the costume and flourishes is Stickles, Black Diamond. The two flourishes were cut with the Silhouette.  Dummy itself was colored in Paint Shop Pro and then enhanced with Prisma Colored Pencils.  And the flowers were punched from the Retro flower punch by EK Success.  The image was printed on Neenah Card Stock.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to check out the M5D Blog to see all the other creations for today.  Go here:  M5D Blog.


 Have a wonderful day, Fran