Christmas Picture Frame with Beautiful Poinsettia Flower.


I am enjoying the Holiday Season and creating fun gifts for family and friends. This project is super simple and so fun. I also used this same concept for a plaques with our last name on it. I hope everyone is having such a wonderful Holiday.

Instructions:Christmas Frame

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Michelle Van Etten


Family Mail holder (gypsy)


 The family mail holder was created using the gypsy. My family has a very hard time putting mail away. It seems to migrate all over the house. When I saw this basket at the flea market I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I am so happy with how it turned out. 

Here are the instructions family mailbox 

Gypsy file Layered Flowers Cartridge Accent Essentials 1st page is the flower on the 3rd row 5thone from the left with shift lock on sized at 2, 1.5,1 inches and covering the page 2nd page 1st row 4th one on the left sized 4.0, 3.5, 3.0 

3rd page 2nd row 3rd from left sized 3.5, 3.0, and 2.5 

4th page 1st row 5th one from left sized 3.5, 3.0, 2.5 

Provo Craft Supplies Used: 



12×12 mat 

Other Supplies: 

Our Family Collection Fancy Pants 

Fancy Pants papers and embellishments 

Ribbon mailbox Flea Market


Monster Mirror for James Room

James, my 8 year old’s first mixed media Provo craft project. My sweet boy has never asked to work with me before this day. His sister was visiting Nana and Papa and he wanted to spend time with me. I was working on hello Thursday projects that day. I asked him if he wanted to help create the monsters for the release. he was so excited and had so much fun. he even added a ton of glitter to the eyes and mouth. I do have to learn more patience. Kids waste supplies and I am so thrifty it is hard to watch. I am learning how to accept the waste just to have the time. My son has mild Asperger’s  and he prefers to play by himself so him wanting to work with me was such an honor. He worked on the monsters and i worked on the frame. We had a blast.

I bought a $1.00 frame and some red paint sealed it with glittered sealer. I cut the words James out of the Cricut American Alphabet included with the Cricut Expression 2 at 2 inches added foam dots and added at angles to the right side of the frame. On the right I cut ut a ribbon from Just a note at 3 inches from page 45. The other details are from Cricut essentials also included with the AE2. A little pom-pom trim and some extra pizzazz from pearl pens from VIVA Decor.

Funky Birdcage Charm…

I love playing with grunge board and the Cricut. I used the Serenade cartridge and the birdcage at 3 inches. I always work with my gypsy so I usually alter the inside of the cage a little bit. I cut the grunge board birdcage out. I painted the birdcage crimson red with luminieres covered in a light coat of glossy accents. I used the Tim Holtz jewelry findings for the flowers and leaves. I bought matching connectors and charm clasp. The metal flowers i painted crimson. I than added a butterfly(Cake basics cartridge) screen printed on shrinky dink material. I used markers to color the image and then heated the shrinky dink material to create the butterfly charm. I added the charm to bottom right edge of the cage. I used fancy pants papers a bird from one of th papers cut it out added a layer of glossy accents and attached to backside of the cage. I will place a piece of clear on the backside once I find the necklace I like. The beads were just added to large connector rings.


Provo Craft



Cartridges Cake Basics, and serenade

Other supplies

rangers, glossy accents grunge board, jewelry findings

shrinky dink material


Fabric Tac

Have a Super Creative day

Michelle Van Etten also remember I am teaching a super cool Fancy Pants Class this month here is the cover of my Valentine album.

My Experiment with Etching…

 I was so excited to play with etching cream.  I thought wow I will make a cool frame for above the pool table area. I will tell you I was on my way out-of-town. I thought what a cool project that would be quick and fun. Oh my I should have known better and I picked a detailed design and used the wrong part not the cut out. I have to say etching and me well were not best buddies. I was inspired by Kendra’s bottles. I am going to stick to other medium for now. I am also adding a picture of an album I am teaching for Fancy Pants.


I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday.

Happy Scrapping


Beautiful Christmas Card with 3d Birdcage


With the holidays upon us, I have started working on my Christmas Cards. Each card I make is different and is created for their personality.  This card is for my sister, we will be going to her house for Thanksgiving. I love Christmas lots of glitter and colors. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

I will be adding a Fancy Pants Class starting Jan 12th at www.

Supplies Used:

Provo Craft

Christmas word embossing folder


Serenade cartridge

Accent Essentials


Other items

Fancy Pants Christmas papers and ribbon

Tattered angels chipboard bird

Artificial flowers

Prima hydrangea petals gold

Diamond dust stickles


Radiant rain Egyptian gold and autumn leaf


Card base brown cardstock cut 8.5×5 and scored in the middle of the long side.

Cut a 5×5 piece of the fancy pants stripe paper. Ink edges and place in the bottom left corner of the card.

The embossed cardstock is 4×5 and inked with blue Hawaiian. Attach this piece to the top part of the card overlapping the stripe.

Using clear glue run along left edge of the card than dip in the diamond dust

Add the small [piece of red velvet trim.

In the center use the accent essentials cartridge and the one that is a circle with square scallops cut at 3 inches

Curl the edges up and using clear glue run along the edges and dip in the diamond dust glitter.

Attach 1/3 down the card and add the dove in the middle. Cover with stickles.

For the birdcage cut the birdcage out of grunge board at 3 inches. Color the bird cage with the 2 different colors of radiant rain.

Let dry add the pearls place on top of the circle with the dove on multiple pop dots

Add sprig and poinsettia with tag

Place a sentiment inside.

I hope everyone is having a great day

Happy Turkey day


Malia age 4 (Gypsy) Create your own border

I am so excited we are having our first ever blog give-a-away.  You can win by subscribing to our blog and/or link our blog to your blog.  I love love love my gypsy. One of my favorite things to do is create full 12×12 borders. Here is a great example of a border I have created.

I created this adorable layout of my daughter. I hope you enjoy creating projects using this great border too.

I am teaching a clear class at If you would like to learn how to create amazing clear projects this is the class for you.

Have a super creative day.


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