Essential item – the Crafter’s Toothbrush

I just got a fab new  Gina Marie Die today, well two actually and  a few more on the way lol…. but that is a whole nother blog post.  Today I want to introduce you to this one particular die.   Ok, so what has that got to do with Crafter’s Toothbrushes I hear you mumble… and what the hell is a “Crafter’s Toothbrush” anyway!!  something crazy, new and expensive that I just have to add to my craftroom??

Never fear….we shall get there…. be patient grasshoppers.  This is more for the new crafter’s, but may be useful to some seasoned veterans who haven’t already discovered it.

The new die I  got today is this one  “LACEY LATTICE RECTANGLE DIE SET”

gmd_latticeI have to admit I did get a good giggle from the description… not only do I love Gina’s Designs and her prices are fabulous… but she’s honest to a fault lol.

“PLEASE NOTE!  The inner lattice panel is VERY tiny and petite.  That means you could need to shim or use a precision plate and that there will be LOTS of little pieces.  I like to be honest about my products.  It is a beautiful set and cuts great you just need to have knowledge to make it work best with your machine.”

Now we all have those dies that have  the most gorgeous designs,  but take forever to weed out the offcuts…   well you might…. LOL .. NOT ME haha.

I have the almighty Crafters Toothbrush.

Ok enough messing around…   a quickie video to show you all how quick and easy it is to clean up these  gorgeous intricate cuts. My regular Sizzix cutting plates are shall we say a tad worn and as warped as I am….so you wouldn’t really see much, so I skipped right to the clean up.

I ran my new dies through my Big shot on said old and warped plates… no shims needed, using 110lb card stock.  I  popped them  out of the Big Shot, now pay attention… this really helps.. DO NOT pop them out of the dies.  If they pop out anyway.. not a huge deal.. but it’s quicker if you keep them in the dies. Specially if you didn’t get a good, clean all over pressure cut the first time round.

Flip that baby over die side up  and here comes the Crafters Toothbrush … old, new, electronic, Colgate, mickey mouse .. who cares… grab a toothbrush and  brush the back side of your dies…and watch those tiny pieces pop right out.

(no audio needed unless you have a toothbrush fetish ..I recorded this last night while everyone was in bed no voice overs) 

If you have a few reluctant ones…   you can used the  brush in an up and down motion to pop them out.  For those overly reluctant ones that didn’t get enough pressure, I find a quick re-run through my Big Shot will fix that right up… then flip and continue with your tooth brush.

When all of your weeding is done… pop the cut out of the die and there you go.. one clean die cut lacy piece..  nice n easy 🙂

Always keep a toothbrush in your tool  box…. 🙂

New Projects coming over the weekend with the new Gina Marie Designs dies  that just arrived in the mail 🙂

Spotlight Series Day 15, Francesca – Cute As A Button

Who are you ?

Francesca “Frenchy” Lopez (bet you can’t guess how I got the nickname?)

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Cute As A Button Facebook Group

“Cute As A Button Challenge”



Cute As A Button Designs….although probably not a good choice of a name for a company as it is very saturated in cyberworld…oh well, but I don’t like using my name for business as it just seems so self centered to me….lol


Where are you ?
I live and bred in sunny California….

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I seriously started drawing at age 4 joining many drawing contests and winning. Professionally, at age 12

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
I will have my hubby or daughter drive down to McDonalds or Burger King….explains why I have gained 50lbs…lol

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?
don’t have a view..

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
my very first product for sale was when I was 12. Sold a commissioned image that was used for the promotion of the 1984 Summer Olympics. In my Shop, I had three for sale:

Salt of the Earth
Fishers of Men
Be Strong in The Lord


Salt of the Earth


Fishers of Men


Be Strong in The Lord










What’s your guilty pleasure ?
chocolate covered strawberries and almonds

What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
Pastor and Paralegal/Law Clerk. Still do both

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world …. who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?
Jesus. Why do you love us when most of us don’t want you

What’s your favorite color?

What was your favorite subject in school…?
Math, still is

What is your best and worst personality trait?
Love to teach others and share my knowledge. Organizer and Perfectionist which are also my worst as I expect the same from others.

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
Hmmm…..last real one, Cuba but not fully a vacation because we ended up ministering to others and providing food, clothing and basic necessities. Hawaii…was one where we just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves back in 2005

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
absolutely! would cast all those devils out….lol

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
Miss Scarlett

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
my drawing tablet

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. was it fun, or a nightmare?

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
definitely my father

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
their kind hearts and such great talent


I Look To You Lord




Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise
I look to you Lord represents my personality/essence of who I am






Which decade do you think had the best music?
1980s of course

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Loved much and was loved

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
depending on my pain level…from 1 to 3 days

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
I love my name “Fran-chesca” but like Isabella

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Gracefully and hope I am living my life that way

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder


Tooth Fairy





What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
I have a few but really like happy with Tooth Fairy especially colored.






If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have? and church

How long have you been in business?
Since December 12, 2013

Who is your inspiration/muse?
life, travels, family, bible, children and granddchildren

How many people work with/for you?
Just me and 8 beautiful and wonderful DT ladies

Name your favorite cartoon?
Mighty Mouse

Favorite quote?
I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength. Phillipians 4:13 (i take this literally and can DO all thingsJ because He teaches me)

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
I sing whether regardless of who’s listening….I love to worship so I sing all the time even in my dreams. Oddly, though, I don’t sing in the shower but pray.

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
Steve Reeves. No.

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character wodonuld you want to be?
well, if I went to Disney I wouldn’t be any of the characters…I would be Disney..running the whole thing! lol

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
drawing and playing games on my ipad

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
Create in Me A Clean Heart by Nitro Praise has a 80s beat to it

What’s your favorite horror movie?
there are not scary/horror movies to me….they are all wimpy


Tooth Fairy



Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
same as above, Tooth Fairy












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