Thursday, August 21, 2014

Faux Watercolor Stamping


Here is another card I did as a result of the Online Card Class called Stretch Your Stamps 2.  This card shows how you can do Reverse Background Stamping using Faux Water Coloring by Shari Carroll (designer).


Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Online Card Class Project


I joined an Online Card Class (10 days plus a bonus day of fun).  And the title of the class was Stretch Your Stamps 2.  What an awesome class! So many different ways to use your stamps.  The class taught you how to get more uses out of your stamps beside the obvious way.  It was a class that taught you to “look at your stamps in a whole new way”.

This card is my only project I was able to make due to time constraints. But I plan to use the material from the class to make more projects in the near future.  All I can say is that the Online Card Class was the bomb!

My Project


I chose one stamp and used 4 different dye ink colors.  I coated the stamp images using the Wink of Stella Clear brush glitter. The sentiment comes from Simply Fabulous Saying stamp set. And I added 5 sequins and covered the tiny hole in the center with Lavender Stickles.


Stamp came from the Rounded Diamonds Set

Rounded Diamonds


Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Levi!



My youngest grandson will be 5 years old on the 19th.  Hunter and I made birthday cards for him.


This is the card Hunter helped to make.  He used the Cuttlebug for the first time and cut out all the balloons using glitter paper.  I embossed the background and attached the twine.  I am so proud of Hunter and how well the balloons turned out.



This is my card for Levi.  He has an aquarium and I thought he would get a charge out of this card.  The inspiration for the card came from Vicky Papaioannou.  The stamp set is called Best Fishes and comes with a corresponding dies called Fish and Bowl.  The fish in the fish bowl were colored with Copic markers.  The little fish near the sentiment were stamped using Memento ink pads.  I put little googly eyes on the fish to make the card more fun.  The water was colored with Salty Ocean Distress ink and I put droplets of water on the water to give a watery look.  The sentiment is inlaid for more dimension.  I had fun making this card and I’m sure Levi is going to love it especially the googly eyes.



A little peek of the inside.


Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Snowman Ornament by Fran


Today I am sharing a Christmas Tree ornament.  You know how you start thinking about Christmas in July to try to get a head start on things.  And I like to make small gifts to hang on the Christmas Tree for my family.


I used a Magnolia snowman stamp from my stash.  I stamped it on an oval shape card stock and colored it with my Inktense Paint pencils and my Dove pen applicator.  The star on top his head was colored in yellow gold and then I applied Glossy Accents for a neat dimension.  Behind the snowman are tiny stickle dots using Star Dust.  I placed three rows of iridescent sequins on the bottom portion of the snowman to give it a snowy look.  Behind the snowman panel is a snowflake embossed oval panel.  And behind the embossed panel (larger of the three) has snowflakes around the border and colored with Broken China Distress Ink (very lightly).  Every other snowflake has a Clear Rhinestone in the center.  (The snowflakes were punched using a Martha Stewart punch).  The hanging hook is made from snowflake printed ribbon.  Attached using Glossy Accents for a strong hold.  Two of the oval layers are popped up using dimensional adhesive.

Everything in the store is now 50% off so this is a great time to stock up  on many more products at


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Glitter Balloon Card



I made a set of glitter balloon cards to give to my sister.  I used Glitter Cardstock Stack by DCWV called Glitzy.  It comes with very vibrant colors.  And it cuts like butter.  The sentiment was cut using a die.  The balloon string is pink and white twine and glued in place.  The card was so easy to make using a curved shaped die to get a nice balloon edge effect.  So simple and yet perfect for making a quick birthday card when one is needed in a hurry!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Just A Note To Say….by Fran


I tried a new technique (for me) on my card.  I’ve been wanting to use embossing paste for a while now and thought this was as good as time as any.  I used a stencil called Garden Whimsy Branch by Memory Box.  And the embossing paste is by Studio 490. 



Details:  All papers used are from my stash.  I used water color paper for my embossed background.  Once the embossing paste dried I colored the leaves using Distress Ink Pad in Mowed Lawn (my favorite green color).  In between the card base and the embossing layer is a layer of green card stock that matched the mowed lawn.  I wrapped a vellum band around the card and placed a label created on my Silhouette using the Print and Cut feature.  Inside I stenciled a smaller branch in mowed lawn and used the silhouette to cut out the sentiment “Hello”.

I thought it would be hard using embossing paste but it only took me two tries to get the look I wanted.  I plan to use this technique more often.

Pull out your stencils and embossing paste and have some fun with it.  So what if you don’t get it the first time.  You know it takes practice to do a new technique.  Once you get the look you are after then the rest is easy.  And I would love if you share your embossing paste technique with the Cutters Creek Online Group.


Items used to create my card:


Summer Seasonal Distress Ink Pads

Card Stock

Dimensional Adhesive


If there are any products I used that are not currently sold on the Cutters Creek Online Store you can contact Kim Bush to see if she can special order it for you.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birthday Beauty by Fran



I made this Birthday card for my surrogate daughter.  She has a special place in my heart.  The digital image is by Redonkulous Designs called Birthday Beauty.  She was colored using Promarkers.  The papers are by Echo Park called A Walk in The Park.  And the card base is Neenah 80# Card Stock (McMahon Five Designs).  Plus there is a hint of shimmer using Clear glitter by Wink of Stella.




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Birthday by Fran


My new passion is water coloring.  I was so surprised how easy it is to water color.  And the best part it doesn’t have to be perfect!  My card today is water coloring stamped images.



My card design was inspired by this You Tube Video.

Water coloring With Distress Inks


The card is 5-1/4” square.  I used water color paper that is 140 lb. weight and cold pressed.  Paint medium used is Distress Ink by Ranger.  The stamp used is called Favorite Flowers.  I placed tiny sequins and rhinestones on the front of the card for a little bling.  And I used glossy accents to hold the sequins in place.   What I love about water coloring is all the imperfections that happen once it dries and yet it has such a neat look.  You should try water coloring you would love how easy it is.  If you have Distressed Inks in your stash then all you need is some water, water color brush, and water color paper.  Using Distress Inks makes water coloring FUN!


You can get the following items from Cutters Creek Online Store:

Distress Ink Pads

Distress Ink Reinkers

Glossy Accents


If you have any questions about any of the other products used you can contact Kim to see if she can special order it for you.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that I inspired you to try the water coloring technique.


Friday, June 20, 2014

For You by Fran



The card measures 5-1/2” square.   Background done in Chalks by Pebbles, Inc. The bench was cut from real wood paper and then stained using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The bow in the corner was cut using the Silhouette Portrait and colored with a Copic  Marker.  The flowers were created using a gold frame sticker and water color paper.  Colored the flowers using water color paints.  The Magnolia Image was colored using Copic markersRhinestones on the flower centers and small sentiment tag are from my stash.  Used Pop-up Adhesive dots behind flowers, bench and Magnolia image.  And Glossy Accents is holding the bow in place.

Items you can purchase from the Cutters Creek Online Store:

Distress Ink Pads

Copic Markers

Magnolia Images


Pop-up Adhesive Dots

Glossy Accents

Highlighted items can be special ordered through Cutters Creek.  Contact Kim here.


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


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy Father’s Day by Fran



Details:  The BBQ Monkey is a digital image by Digi Boutique.  The image was colored using Inktense Pencils.  Everything is held together using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.  Digital papers and black check printed paper are from my stash.  The envelope was created using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  The card is 5-1/4” square.  The envelope is 5-1/2” square.  Other tools used were Paint Shop Pro and the Silhouette Portrait.

I made this card for my younger grandsons to give to their Dad.  My son-in-law loves to cook especially on the grill.  I think he will get a charge out of the card.

The items highlighted above are items that Kim of Cutters Creek Online Store can special order for you.  You can contact Kim here.   Take some time to visit the store to see all the neat crafting tools and accessories for scrapping and card making.

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


Friday, June 6, 2014

HELLO by Fran



(Inside view)



I love cards that have many layers and lots of dimension but there are times you just don’t have the time to spend on elaborate cards.  Do you ever feel that way?  So I am working on making more simplistic cards that are appealing to the eyes.  I was inspired by a card I saw on the Internet.  Below are the details.

Details:  The card measures 5-1/4” square.  For the the odd size cards I use my Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers to make my envelopes.  This was a special order through Kim.

  The three strips on the card are not any particular size.  You make them the size that appeals to you according to the size of your card base (make them a little wider than the card base).  I used a 6x6” paper pack from my stash so that the strips blended with each other.  I glued them on an angle and trimmed the edges to match the card base edge. 

The Flowers were made using a die from Memory Box called Petal Party. I used the remnants from the strips of paper to make the flowers. Then added a rhinestone in the centers for some added bling.  Love that bling! 

The sentiment “Hello” was cut on my Silhouette Portrait that I ordered through Kim.  Tip: When you have a delicate and very thin sentiment like the “hello” gluing it can be messy and frustrating.  So I squeezed some glue on my craft mat and spread it out thinly with my finger.  Then I placed the “Hello” on top of the glue using slight pressure.  You get just the right amount of glue and there is no glue mess.

Inside I just added 1/2” strips using the same printed card stock that is on the front of the card.  Added a flower using the same card stock I used on the front of the card too.  This look brings the outside to the inside.

The best part of one layer cards is they are so easy to mail and the postage is so affordable.

If there are any products I used you can always contact Kim and ask if she could special order it for you.  And remember Kim has a Lay Away Plan.  And don’t forget to check out the Cutters Creek Online store for all your crafting needs.

I hope my card inspired you to pull out your scraps of paper or that paper pack you haven’t used yet.  Thank you for stopping by the blog.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Reader


(I went overboard with the edge coloring but it grew on me)


Details:  The card measures approx. 5” by 6”.  The shaped card is from the Silhouette Store.  I used Neenah 80# Solar White card stock.  The image is by Saturated Canary called “Reader”.  I used Copic markers to color the skin.  And Promarkers for the rest of the image.  The shading was done using Tea Dye Distress Ink Pad.  And the glitter dots were created using Stickles, Platinum.  The sentiment is from the Internet and created using Paint Shop Pro.  And I added Glossy Accents to the glasses for effect.


Stop by the Cutters Creek Online Store for some awesome crafting accessories.  And if you have any questions about the products you can contact Kim Bush.

Thank you for stopping by, Fran

Monday, May 19, 2014

Water Color Class-Bonus Day



Details:  Card Base is made with water Color paper. Scored and then water colored with Distress Ink Pads in colors: Dusty Concord. Shaded Lilac, & Broken China.  I just added water to the colors and painted each color on an angle.  Once dried I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds to get the shiny look.  The butterfly is a peel off sticker by Elizabeth Craft Designs and I placed the sticker on water color paper.  I colored each section of the butterfly with the same colors mentioned above but used Distress markers and water. The body, oval shapes, & round shapes on butterfly have Glossy Accents on them for more dimension.  And the butterfly is laying on a bed of cotton thread (pink and lilac).  The basic Design idea was created by Laura Sterckx, Instructor.


Signature for Blog

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Butterfly Water Color Card


Technique learned from Online Watercolor Class 2014.



My favorite card so far.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring Kitty


When I saw the little orange kitty I knew this is what I am using for my card today.  I have an orange cat who is the alpha.  I used the colored image which makes it so much easier when you need to get a card done quickly. 


Spring Kitty

PROMO Spring KittyM5D




Details:  My card is a top folded card measuring just slightly more than 4-1/4 by 5-1/2”. I used Neenah 80# Solar White card stock for the top layer.  The two bottom layers are paper prints from my stash.  The background sky was created using chalks. The dirt under the grass is also made with chalks.  The sentiment from the Spring Kitty collection was cut using my Silhouette.  And the sun in the corner was made out of the scraps from one of the background papers and covered with Yellow and Spiced Marmalade Stickles.  Plus a little dab of Wink of Stella clear glitter here and there.


You can see more designs from the Design Teams over at the M5D DT Blog.  And you can shop for more great digital stamp sets at the M5D Online Store.

Thank you for visiting my Blog and I hope I sparked some inspiration today!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hug A Tree


Today’s Flashback card is brought to you by Daydream Designs.  I used the digital stamp set called Hug A Tree.


JPG & PNG File Formats



Details: The card is a one layer card.  Card base is Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80#. There is a little dimension using the tiny birds and grass border.  The card measures 4-1/2” by 5-3/4”.  The background sky was done using Pebbles Pearlescent Chalks (shimmers).  The birds were cut from a Memory Box die called Resting Birds (colored with Distress Pad Ink-Tumbled Glass).  The grass border was cut using a Poppy Stamps die called Grassland Border (colored with Distress Ink Pad-Mowed Lawn).

You can see more designs from the Design Teams over at the M5D DT Blog.  And you can shop for some great digital stamp sets at the M5D Online Store.

Thank you for visiting my Blog and I hope I sparked some inspiration!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Water Color Class Project 1


I am currently in an online water color class.  I finally finished a project from Day 1 and 2 classes.  I am just starting Day 5 of the class but hope to do more projects from the previous classes.  Here is my project.


Details:  The watercolor on the card was made using Distress ink.  The sentiment was created on the Silhouette.  And three little sequins for some bling.

Hugs, Fran

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thank You Theme by Fran


I’ve been experimenting with water coloring and today my card has been water colored using the *Limited Edition* Spring Seasonal Distress Pads (Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Shaded Lilac).  The process is so easy adding a small amount of water to the ink and dabbing it on water color paper (Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock).  The flowers, bow, stamps are from my stash. (I dyed the ribbon using Squeezed Lemonade distress ink pad). Added a small amount of Stickles (Black Diamond) on the filigree swirls. Plus a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the words “Thank You”.  My card size is 4-1/4” by 5-1/2”.  Everything is held together with Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever.


The linked items above can be bought from the Cutters Creek Online Store.  You can always Contact Kim Bush on the other items I used to make my card.  Kim may be able to special order it for you.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope in some way I inspired you!

Hugs, Fran

Friday, May 2, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day


Today is a new release from McMahon Five Design Team.  I used an adorable digital package by Image That called A Flower For You.  Aren’t those little boys cute?  I decided to use both boys and make a card for my grandsons to give to their Mom for Mother’s day.


 A Flower For You - Boy

PROMO Flower For You BOYM5D


Happy Mother's Day_FranB

(click on photo to get close view)

Details:  My card base and front panel is Neenah Card Stock in both 80# and 110#.  The remaining colored papers are from my stash.  The card measures 5-1/2” square.  The top layer I used both digital images since my grandsons have blonde and brown hair with blue eyes.  You can get this adorable digital package here.

On the blue layer I hand stitched the edges using a cross Stitch pattern.  The three corners have tiny bows created using a mold.   The flower is from my stash and I colored the top petals and pearl using two Copic Markers (Golden yellow and Chinese orange).  I added some Wink of Stella glitter brush to the bows, flowers, and grass.  Inside verse reads:  Some kids are born lucky.  They get to have the best kinda Mom.  And I’m the luckiest…coz You are mine.  Happy Mother’s Day… Mom!


When you get a chance stop over to the M5D Blog and check out all the other designs created by the Design team.


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


Hugs, Fran

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Have A Sweet Day by Fran


The image is by Sassy Cheryl and I remember going to a drug store as they were called back when I was young.  I would love to sit at the counter and order a Root Beer Float.  One time I bought a banana split and two of my friends and I shared  it.  Oh it was so good!  And my favorite Sundae was a Chocolate Nut Sundae with a cherry on top.  Did I stir up any memories for any one?


(the little white dots on the stool are glitter)


I love round shaped cards.  It was so much fun coloring this image.  I used both Copic markers and Promarkers.  My card measures 5-1/2”.  The card base, printed papers, elements (gears and light bulb) are from my stash.  The sentiment was created in Paint Shop Pro.  I used Glossy Accents to hold things together.  And Shabby Shutters Distress Ink was used to color the edges of the all layers on the card.  I used a mini ink blending tool to apply the shabby shutters.

Items that can be purchased from the online store:

Copic markers

Glossy Accents

Distress ink pad (Shabby Shutters)

Mini Ink Blending Tool

You can purchase these items from the Cutters Creek Online Store and other neat things too.  And don’t forget to stop by the CC DT Blog to view many projects from the Design Team.  I would love if you left a comment to let me know what you thought of my card.  I love reading them.  You could even ask a question and I will get you an answer about any of the products used on my card.  And if you have any questions about the online store you can contact Kim here.

Have a Sweet Day!  Fran

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sweet As Ladybugs



Lady Bug/Daisies Planter

PROMO Ladybug Planter




Details:  My card is a big one this time. It’s 6-1/2” square. The card base cardstock is  Neenah card 80#.  I used the silhouette portrait to cut out the lady bug planter images using the print and cut method.  The daisy corners are from the silhouette store.

Accents on the planter are Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella clear glitter. The remaining papers are from my stash.

I’m so glad you stopped in and I hope I inspired you in some way.  You may want to visit the M5D Blog to see the other projects created by very talented ladies.  And don’t forget to go to the M5D Online Store and check out all the digital images and Neenah Card Stock.  So many cute ones! 

Have a wonderful Day!  Fran

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Love Is In The Air! By Fran




The digital stamp is called First Love by Sassy Cheryl.  And so I took it one step further and made it mine with Love Is In The Air!  I was going for whimsy but maybe I over did it. But any who I still like how it turned out.

My Recipe:  My card is 4-3/4” by 6”.  All elements were cut on my Silhouette machine except for the butterflies (MS Punch).

The background paper is watercolor paper.  I used the new Tim Holtz Spritzer (my new favorite item) and Distress markers in two colors and spritz the paper.  Then I used a paintbrush to water color in the sky.  If you haven’t bought yourself one of those spritzers you are missing out on a awesome tool.  It is not hard to use once you find your rhythm.  I used the new smaller blending tool to enhance the edges.  And Glossy Accents which is my most favorite medium.

All the coloring was done with several different mediums:  Copic Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils, Inktense Pencil, Distress Ink Pads and Markers, and Wink of Stella Glitter brushes

Copic Markers:  Olive, Apricot, Golden Yellow, Baby Blue, Veronese Green, Frost Blue, Light Grayish Cobalt, Pink Flamingo, Egg Shell, Brick Beige, Warm Gray #3, and Blush.

Prisma Colored Pencils:   Chocolate, Ginger Root, and Denim Blue.

Inktense Pencil:: Dark Chocolate

Distress Ink Pad: Stormy Sky

Distress Markers: Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass

Stop over the Cutters Creek Store and check out the new items and the all time favorite items.  And if you have any questions you can contact Kim.


Have a nice day, Fran

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flashback Time!


Today is Flashback time where we share a project using designs from the past.  I chose Birds In Spring.  I used the Outline image but it comes in color too.


Outline and Color

PROMO Birds in Spring Outlines



Details:  My card is 6” x 6”. The card base is made from Neenah Card Stock 80#.  If you never worked with Neenah paper you are missing out on a great product and so reasonably priced in the M5D Store

The filigree mat is from the Silhouette Store.  What I did was size it to fit on the pink mat and layered the image on the filigree mat.  Then I used the print and cut feature.  I colored the flowers on the image using Copic markers (RV04 & RV06).  The leaves and birds were colored using Promarkers (Olive Green, Pear Green, Pastel Blue, Azure, True Blue, Canary Yellow, Peach, and the Blending marker). 

I used papers from my stash for the flowers, leaves, and pink mat.  The flowers were punched from the Retro flower punch in three sizes.  The butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch. Beads and Rhinestones are from my stash.  Then I added clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to the birds, flowers, leaves, & the tree branch on the image.  Everything is held together with the Best Glue Ever (name of glue).  I accidently found this glue online and just had to try it.  I love it because if you get glue where it shouldn’t be you just rub it away and its NON-TOXIC!

I hope you get a chance to go over to the M5D Blog to see all the other awesome creations. Thank you for taking the time to stop in on my blog.

Have a wonderful day!  Fran

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Go Wild by Fran




Isn’t he just the cutest raccoon?  And there are more cute digi Critter Stamp sets you can use 0n your next Birthday card.  Just think how much children would love getting a cute critter card. Below are the details of my card.  And all the Critter Digi Stamp sets for you to view at the online store of McMahon Five Designs.


My Card Details: Card measurements: 5-1/2” by 5-1/2”. The card base and image base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# card stock.  Solid color papers and background papers are from my stash. The plaid background and bow were created using a striped background stamp using distress ink pads (Shabby shutters and peacock feathers). The bow is made from card stock.  The sentiment comes with the Raccoon digi stamp set.  The image is a pre-colored image included in the set. Bling created with a Wink of Stellar glitter brush.  The glitter dots created with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The tiny squares and circles made from a square die and round punch.


Click on Images and it will take you to the online store for more info




Check out these cute Critter Digi Stamp Sets over at the Online M5D Store and if you get a chance go to the M5D DT Blog to see what the other designers created.

If you have any questions about my card you can contact me at


Thank you for stopping by and you know your comments are always welcome. Have a wonderful day.  And stop back soon!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Ballerina by Fran


The Star of my card is Abi Ballerina.  She is a digital image by All Dressed Up.  Abi was colored using both Copic Markers and Promarkers.  The card base is made from 110# Solar White and measures 5-1/2” by 6-3/4” (portrait style).


Abi was colored on 110# card stock, solar white.  The mat behind Abi is water color paper. What I did was take three shades of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, & Peacock Feathers) and rubbed the colors on my work mat.  Sprayed them with water and placed the water color paper on the distress inks.  I loved how it turned out.  Then I measured out a border to add Stickles around the edge (Dry Fine Glitter, Diamond) by Ranger.

The small frame was made using a mold and covered with Fran-tage Shaved Ice fragments by Stampendous.  I added a dashed lines using Gelly Roll Glitter Pen (stardust).  And more of the glitter pen on the TuTu and around Abi.  Remaining embellishments on the corners are sequins and pearls.  And I used Glossy Accents for my adhesive. 

There are so many neat products you can get from the Cutters Creek online store.  Stop in and look around.  And if you don’t see what you are interested in purchasing just ask Kim and she will try to get it for you.


Have a wonderful day!  Fran

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flashback Friday!


I used a cute Digital Stamp Set called Puddle Jumper.  All images and designs are original artwork created and copyrighted by © Ryan Krisher.


 Puddle Jumper JPG and PNG

Puddle Jumper Set copy


My Card


Details:  Neenah Card Stock (solar white, 80#) for card base and card front.  Polka Dot print paper from my stash.  Distress Ink Pad (shabby shutters) for shading,  Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels One and Grand Labels One.  Silhouette Portrait used to cut out card base, printed paper, rolled rose and leaves. And I also used the Print and Cut feature to cut out the image*. The image is attached using adhesive pads for dimension.   Added glitter to the card, rose, leaves and image using Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush.  Added Glossy accents to the raindrops and umbrella finial. The go to adhesive to hold everything together was Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. The card size is approximately 5” by 5”.

*I used the colored image in the set.

Thank you for stopping by and if you have some time please stop by the McMahon Five Designs Blog to see the other projects created by our talented Design Team.  And you just have to check out all the digital sets at the McMahon Five


Saturday, March 22, 2014

It’s Officially Spring!


I hope you’re having Spring weather where you are.  Its still cool here in Northeast Maryland but so happy its not snowing.

Today is a new release from McMahon Five Designs.  I rarely make a card where the sentiment is the focal point.  But when I saw the new Sentimental Thoughts by Imagine That!  Digis by Kris I knew right away which direction I was going.


Sentimental Thoughts


Daffodil, Poppy or Queen Anne's Lace Digi Sets






I chose this beautiful sentiment for my card.  Since I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point I kept my embellishments on the simple side.  The card base is Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80#.  All other papers and embellishments are by DCWV (The Rustic Stack). I used Sizzix dies for the sentiment labels.  The scalloped border and swirl filigrees were cut using a Silhouette Portrait. And the flowers were cut from the DCWV papers.  The gold pearls are from my stash. And the card measures 6” by 5-1/2”.

Check out more beautiful creations at the McMahon Five Designs Blog.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope my project inspired you!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Rock Star! By Fran


I made this card with my oldest grandson in mind.  He will be 17 in April! Where does the time go?  I used a digital image by Simply B Stamps.  What a challenge for me when it came to coloring the image.  But I do have to say it came out nicely. Below is a photo of the card and you can tell me what you think.


Details:  Cardstock by Neenah – Embellishments by Fran using a You Rock Digital Papers and Elements by Ziggle Designs – The hands are a font called Zoeilyhands – Star is a Die Cut called Stacking Stars – Glossy Accents Wink of Stella Clear Glitter used on hands and star to create added dimension –Image colored with Copics (C3, C5, C7 Grey on Suit); (C5, C7, C9 on Hair); Guitar (Boo); (E47 dark brown, Eyes); (E000, E00, E11, R20 Skin); Small dots around image created with a Sakura Gel Pen (Blue Glaze).  Last but not least the card is all held together using Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. And 3-D padded foams for dimension.

Here are the items you can purchase from the Cutters Creek Online Store:

Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Copic Markers

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

3-D Padded Foam

If there are any products I used but are not listed in the Store just contact Kim here.

Thank you for stopping by and hope that my project gave you some incentive. Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Raven Hair Beauty by Fran


I found a free digital image that I love.  But I had no clue on how I was gone to color it.  After much thought I chose my Copic Markers.  The image is mostly colored black but using dark greys to give it the appearance of looking black.  Black and red are the hardest colors to blend and shade.  But I think it turned out pretty good.  The rest of the colors came from the “E” family of Copic Markers.  I Just used the Warm Greys and Skin tone colors.  I used a Prisma colored pencil, white for the highlights on the hair.

The card dimensions are 5-1/2” by 6”.  The card base is made from Bazzill Simply Smooth, white card stock.  The other papers are from my stash.  The corners and filigree came from the Silhouette store and cut using the Silhouette.  I popped up the image using 3-D Adhesive Foam Pads.  The image’s ears and belt are decorated with Gold Vinyl stickers. And I added the same colored vinyl stickers to the borders of the black card stock.  I used two types of adhesive: ATG Tape Glider and Glossy Accents.  And to finish the card off I used a Wink of Stella Brush marker in Clear Glitter.


If there is anything that I used but isn’t listed in the Cutters Creek Online Store you can always contact Kim Bush here.  Kim is the one who got my Silhouette Portrait for me.

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