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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Get Well Card by Fran

I colored a cute Fairy and thought how nice it would be as a Get Well Card.  The image is called Peaceful Thoughts Fairy by Carmen Medlin for SCACD Digital.
Note:  Color of dress is actually a deep pink.
The sentiment used on the inside of the card reads:  “Wishing You a fairy speedy recovery”.
Details:  The card measures 6” by 6-1/2”.   All papers are from my stash.  I used three circle dies measuring 5-1/2”, 5-1/4”, and 5”.  The digital image was colored using Prang Colored Pencils and Gamsol to blend the colors. 
The yellow butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.  The ribbon is made from seam binding and I colored it using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink Pad. 
All the tiny roses used are by Prima.  I added Baby Blue and Worn Lipstick Stickles to the roses and the center flower.  The center flower on the ribbon was hand made using a Retro Flower Punch. 
The digital image and butterflies have Star Dust Stickles on them for added enhancement.  The pearls are by KaiserCraft.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card using a Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper. 
Framing the digital image are tiny dots of Baby Blue Stickles.  Everything is held together with hot glue and Glossy Accents by Inkssentials.  
The following list of products used on my card can be purchased from the Cutters Creek Store:

If you have any questions about the products you can contact Kim Bush here.
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Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Levi’s 4TH Birthday Card


My Grandson Levi will be 4 years old on Monday.  There are so many things he loves like Batman, Spiderman, Camo, 4 Wheelers, Ice Cream, and the list goes on.  Since Spiderman and Batman are copyrighted I knew I couldn’t use them on my card.  So I found a cute 4 Wheeler in the Silhouette Store.  Oh yea I thought hard about buying it because I knew it would have a lot of pieces.  And if you know me I can be a lazy crafter sometimes. 

After much thought I knew Levi would love the 4 Wheeler so I bought it.  Oh what a challenge it was for me because now I had to think what is his favorite color.  Looking in my stash of paper I said RED!  I wanted the card to be colorful because children are drawn to bright colors.  Although the card looks a little plain because you just can’t put pretty ribbon and flowers on a boy’s card. 

So I just took my Black Diamond Stickles and just went crazy with it.  Do you know this card kept me up half the night because I just wanted to get it done so the stickles would dry because I used a ton of it.  Let me know what you think?



(Inside sentiment says “HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY” in bold letters and bright colors)

Side Bar:  Levi is getting a refurbished 4 wheeler for his Birthday and Hunter is getting one too.  I just wish you can see them driving around on Pop Pop’s land rover.  So there will be two very happy little boys.  I am going to try using my video camera to take some home movies.  I ‘m still not real good at it but maybe I will have beginners luck.  Thank you for stopping by,


Friday, August 16, 2013

Rose Blessings For McMahon Five Designs


                         Meanings Of A Colored Rose                                       

  • Yellow Rose:   Joy, Protection against envious lovers, Mature love
  • Red Rose:        Love, Beauty, Courage & Respect, Romantic Love   
  • Orange Rose:  Desire, Enthusiasm
  • Blue Rose:       The unattainable, the impossible  
  • Thorn-less Rose:  “Love at first sight”



Rose Blessings - Colored

(All images and designs are original artwork created by © Kris Breach.)


My Project

(click on photo for a closer view)


Details:  I picked the Blue Rose for no special reason except that I love this color blue a lot.  It took several steps to achieve the look I wanted.  Although you cannot tell the rose and the sentiment were placed separately.  Using Paint Shop Pro I selected the blue rose and sentiment.  I then deleted the rose and kept sentiment in the exact position.  I sized it to fit in the light blue frame.

I opened the single blue rose using my Silhouette Portrait and following the instructions I used the Print and Cut feature to cut the Rose out.  Then I added dimensional foam pads to the back of the Rose to give it dimension.  Its hard to tell on the photo but it really looks neat within the frame.

The Filigree Frame was cut purchased from the Silhouette store and sized to fit on my card base which measures 5-1/2” by 6”.  I do want to tell you it was beginners luck getting the frame to fit the card and my Rose Design.  It took me two tries to get it right.   I also had a rolled rose pattern from the Silhouette Store and I cut it out using the same card stock of the frame.  The two roses on the sides of the rolled rose are from my stash,  I added Ice Blue Stickles to the edges of the flowers that really matched the blue rose perfectly. Oh and the leaves are from stash.  I always cut several out so that I have them for projects.  All I did was give them a pinch for dimension.


When you have digital images so perfectly created it makes it so easy to create a project that is very pleasing to the eye.  And best of all the rose is already colored so it saves you so much time when you need an image to add to your card.

For those of you that shy away from using digital images (like I did at first) you need to give them a try.  If you have WORD on your computer you can use it to size and print the images out.  But if you need help in how to use digital images please contact me and I would be glad to help you even if you do not have WORD on your computer.  There are other free programs that you can use.  Let your imagination guide you.

I would love it if you stopped by the McMahon Five Designs Blog and look at the beautiful creations by the other Design Team members.  And thank you for stopping by my blog.


Friday, August 9, 2013

School Boy Card

Can you believe that school will be starting soon.  Where did the summer go? 

I have a cute card to share with you today for McMahon Five Designs.  The digital images and pattern papers are by Kris Breach.  Lots of us know how challenging it is to make masculine cards.  And you would think having four grandsons I would find it very easy.  But sometimes it’s a challenge for me too.

Kris’ digital images sure makes it easy for me.  She gives you both outline and colored images to use.  And her papers are awesome!  Check them out by clicking on the image titles below.


School Boy Color & Outline

School Days Digital Papers


My Project

(click on photo for a larger view)


Details:  I used the outline digital image from the School Boy Digital Image Set.  And colored it using Paint Shop Pro (except for the hair I used Prisma Colored Pencils).  The shirt was made using the plaid pattern paper from School Days Digital Papers. I also incorporated the pattern paper as one of the layers on the front of the card.  The solid color papers are from my Stash.  The card base and printed image were created using  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card stock.  The filigree apple and “back to SCHOOL” sentiment is from the Silhouette Store.  The glitter dots and arrows were created using Stickles Glitter Glue (True Blue).  The highlights on the apples were created using Gelly Roll White ink pen by Sakura and then highlighted with Stickles Glitter Glue (Diamond).    If you have any questions concerning my card feel free to contact me. 

If you get a chance stop by the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see the other neat creations by the Design Team.  And thank you for stopping by my Blog too.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Anniversary Card by Fran



Today for McMahon Five Designs I created a cute anniversary card using the cutest image from Imagine That! Digis by Kris Breach.   The set is called Sweet Tea.

Sweet Tea JPG and PNG Formats

PROMO Sweet Tea color M5D


My Project


Anniversary Card Front View


I used two different card stock papers to make the card.  Neenah Classic Baronial Ivory and Neenah Environment Desert Storm.  The card is from my stash and was purchased from the Silhouette Store and cut on my Silhouette Portrait.  I distressed the edges of the card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries.  On the the top layer of the flower border edge I used Martha Stewart glitter Tourmaline.  The pretty pink pearls are by Kaisercraft.  The beige lace on the edge of the card is by Maya Road Vintage Lace Tape in Buttermilk.

I created an envelope for my card using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. My card measured approximately 4-1/8th square.  I used the measurement for a 4 x 4-1/2” card size. My card with all its embellishments fit perfectly inside the envelope.  See below.


I decorated the front of the envelope using a stamp set called Envelope Sentiments.  It really gives a nice personal touch to the envelope don’t you think?

And this image shows you how nicely my card fits in the envelope using the measurements I stated above.  I couldn’t be happier with how perfect it fits in the envelope.



Thank you for stopping by my blog and if you have some time I would love if you went over to the M5D Blog and check out all the other neat creations by the Design Team.  And if you left a little love they would love it!

Have a wonderful day,