Monday, January 30, 2012


Today's MISM project is one that my stampin' friends got to make at my Inkerbelles' class this month, and it was super easy!  The muslin bag is 3' x 5", and we used Stampin' Up! Basic Gray and Real Red Classic inks to stamp the images from "Elementary Elegance" and "Petite Pairs" stamp sets.  The bag can't be laundered since we used Classic ink, but I figured the Hershey's® Kisses that went into the bag would make most people forget that there was ever a bag around them.  Ha!  The images were stamped on both sides of the bag, and a heart (from the "Full Heart" punch and Red Glimmer paper) was threaded onto the strings before tying the bow.  I was really pleased with this project--it's such a quick treat for someone special!


Remember when you were a kid and used to get the little candy necklaces?! I remember putting mine on (usually at a birthday party), taking little nibbles out of it, and trying to make it last as long as I could. Here’s a fun project, designed by Heidi King, that your birthday girl (or boy) will love and will probably remember when they grow up too! Makes a cute little party favor too!  The tutorial for this project is posted today at Craft Project Central.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


My grandmother (92 y/o) enjoys getting together with her quilting friends each Monday morning, and I think it's sweet that they honor and celebrate birthdays.  Someone is having a birthday tomorrow, so I made this box and coordinating card for mamaw to take to her friend.  It actually turned out even better than I had hoped!  I wanted something sturdy, so I used the thin cardboard (that comes with Stampin' Up! designer paper) for the box and lid and decorated it with "Attic Boutique" designer paper.  The birthday sentiment is from the "Something to Celebrate" stamp set.  Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this ensemble include Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches, Soft Suede, Whisper White, and Pool Party card stock, linen thread, Pool Party seam binding, Sizzix "Two Tags" die (for the small card), Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, and a pretty button from the "Twitterpated" designer button collection.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I seem to be having some issues with my cameras, and neither seems to be doing a very good job for me.  Still, I wanted to share this card that I designed for the Creating Pretty Cards - Challenge #7 sketch at Craft Project Central.  You can play along, too!  All you need to do is follow this sketch and upload your card to be in the drawing for a free one-month subscription to CPC.  Stampin' Up! products used to create my card include "Fresh Vintage" and "Petite Pairs" stamp sets, "Twitterpated" designer paper, 1-3/8" Circle punch, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, and Basic Gray card stock, rhinestone jewels, large pearl jewel, and taffeta ribbon.


Sometimes you need a really special gift box for a really special person!  This is a pretty one that you can use! With its generous size and decorative top, you will be just as pleased to present this box as you are with whatever you choose to place inside. The recipient of this "bursting with Spring" gift box will surely consider it a keeper. The coordinating greeting card is the perfect accompaniment with plenty of visual interest of its own!  I designed this project for Craft Project Central, and the tutorial was posted there today.  It's not too late to get your subscription to the site and gain access to all of the project tutorials that have been posted this month!

Friday, January 27, 2012


It's hard to believe that the month of January is almost gone, and it will soon be Valentine's Day!  With her Freestyle Fridays post last week, Julie issued a mission for me to create a Valentine . . . BUT . . . it had to be 4" x 9.25".  I'm here to tell you that when you are addicted to making 4.25" square cards, 9.25" seems like a lot of card to design/decorate!  It just seems that way, though.  Once I got started, this card actually came together rather quickly and, if you think about it, this card isn't that big by Hallmark standards.  I can remember when I first came to know about Stampin' Up! and fell in love with their products (and stamping), I thought 4.25" x 5.5" was a small card.  All of the products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! and include the following:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, and Calypso Coral card stock, Stamp-a-ma-jig (can you imagine trying to stamp the heart-shaped bicycle image in the heart-shaped window without it), Hearts Collection Framelits, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossing folder, "Sweet Shop" designer paper, In Color printed designer brad, Square Lattice embossing folder, rhinestone jewels, and the following stamp sets - "Take it to Heart," "Occasions Alphabet," and "Something Sweet."  Julie, thank you for continuously thinking of ways to challenge me--I really enjoy the missions!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I had a class last Friday, and one of our stampin' queens wasn't able to join us, so I made this card for all of us to sign and send to her.  She recently had surgery, was having a rough time, and it just seemed right for her stampin' friends to let her know that we were missing her.  She's really a very special lady!  For her card, I used Stampin' Up!'s "Have a Seat" stamp set?  Do you love it as much as I do?  When I first laid eyes on this set in the catalog, I was ready to order it but then started wondering how I would actually use it.  I hated that my mind was drawing a blank, but I thought that I should have plans for it before I ordered it and ended up not buying it right away.  Every time I saw it in the catalog, I was drawn to it and finally decided that it was calling to me and that I should have it, so I finally ordered it.  I have NO regrets--I just love this stamp set!  "Have a Seat" has taught me that sometimes a card doesn't need to be fussy or busy.  I even used this set for one of my Christmas cards last month!  Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include the Designer Frames embossing folder, Wide Oval and Scallop Oval punches, Pool Party seam binding, Very Vanilla card stock, and "Attic Boutique" designer paper.  The "miss you" sentiment is from the "Three Little Words" stamp set, and the oval was cut with a Spellbinders die.  You can't tell from the photo, but the chair was stamped with VersaMark and heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


This super large Valentine Heart Pouch can hold a load of fabulous treats for your Valentine! It has accordion folded sides that give it lots of room inside, and the ribbon hanger on the top makes it a super cute door hanger treat!  The matching card makes this a great gift for any sweet Valentine!
The tutorial for this gorgeous project, designed by Julie Beltramo, posted to Craft Project Central today!  It's not too late to subscribe to this month's project tutorials!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


The card that I'm sharing today was designed with a Gypsy and cut with my Cricut Expression machine.  On the cartridge that I was using, the shape is called a tab but, as you can see, it makes a nice hat!  Most of the images are from the Cricut cartridge, with the exception of the following from Stampin' Up!:  Scallop Circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch (tiny scallop circle), "Short & Sweet" stamp set, designer button, organdy ribbon, Baker's twine, "Twitterpated" designer paper, and rhinestone jewels.

Monday, January 23, 2012


It's time for another MISM project, and I decided to make a card with an interior pocket to hold a tea bag.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a tea bag to include with this project.  Except for the Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon on the front of the card, the design was created using My Digital Studio and the following digital images:  "Tea Shoppe" stamp brush set, Eyelet Border punch, and "Everyday Enchantment" designer paper.  I used the 1-3/4" Circle punch on the printed "tea for two" sentiment and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch on the Baja Breeze layer.  Inside the card, I stamped images from the "Vintage Vogue" stamp set. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012


This Rag Quilt Stamper’s Tote is the perfect accessory for any crafter. It will organize your essentials, and it is so cute!! Load it up with swaps, adhesive, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, and more! Then you are ready to meet up with your crafting friends and get your stamp on!

This tote is so cute and functional!  All of your stampin’ friends are going to want one! What a perfect gift!  The tutorial for this tote, designed by Carrie Rhoades, was added to Craft Project Central today.  If you aren't a subscriber already, it's not too late to subscribe and get this tutorial and all of the others that are posted this month!


Last week, I needed two little gift boxes and remembered that I had the perfect Sizzix die.  I love this box because it's a very generous size.  I kept the decorating very simple . . . I used Confetti White card stock (I think that's the name of it) to cut the boxes, wrapped them with "Twittepated" designer paper, and stamped the perfect tag using the sentiment from the "My Friend" stamp set, which was tied onto the handle using Baker's twine.  To create the flowers, I used the "Blossom" punch, curled the petals before stacking the flowers, and I placed a designer button in the center.  All products (with the exception of the box die) are from Stampin' Up!

Friday, January 20, 2012


Happy Friday, everyone!  It's time for Freestyle Fridays, and it's Julie's turn to share an inspiring project with us this week, and I see that she has chosen one of the papers from the "Everyday Enchantment" collection which, in case you didn't know, is one of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration products.  SAB begins on Tuesday (January 24th), and I think it's one of the most exciting promotions that Stampin' Up! offers each year.
To learn more about Julie's project and to see the whole thing, we'll have to visit her blog.  That's not too much trouble, is it?  Let's leave her a little comment love, too.  ;-)


This cute little origami box and card, designed by Kim Score, is a project ensemble that you can make, fill with a treat, and give to your special little Valentine next month! The origami box is easy to make and can easily be adapted to any occasion depending on the paper design that you use!  The tutorial for this ensemble was posted today on Craft Project Central, and all you need to do to access the tutorial is get your subscription started!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Last night, when I should have been heading to bed, I remembered a product that I bought two or three months ago and wanted to do something with it.  I think this is only the second project that I've made with the chair and chandelier, which came together as a stamp set with coordinating Framelits dies.  This is not a Stampin' Up! product, but it was the first set of Framelits dies that I had ever used.  I love the vintage-y feel of this card!  Stampin' Up! products that I used on this project are Shimmery card stock, black satin ribbon, sentiment from "Three Little Words" stamp set, crochet trim, pearl jewels, Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic ink pads, and Dazzling Details glitter glue.  I don't know if you can actually see the shimmer of the stamped images (chair and chandelier), but the shimmer will not be covered or subdued when an inked image is stamped on it or when it's sponged with ink.  If you want shimmer, you will get it with this card stock!  I might have gone a little overboard adding Dazzling Details to the chandelier because I remember asking myself, "when should I stop?", but I don't remember getting an answer.  ETA:  I decided to take a close-up picture so you could see the shimmer!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


One of the first things that I like to do each Tuesday morning is look at the newest My Digital Studio downloads that Stampin' Up! has released, and today's selection included a "Sweet Shop" design kit and two "Labels Collection" punches, which coordinate with one of  Stampin' Up!'s new Framelits collection of dies.  After making my purchase and downloading the new digital content, I designed this very quick and simple card.  The Crumb Cake layer, which features a "Parlor Prints" background (also a digital "stamp"), is what I designed in My Digital Studio using a "Labels Collection" shape.  The ribbon, jelly bean brad, cupcake, and tiny hearts border are all from the "Sweet Shop" design kit, and the sentiment is from the "Sprinkled Expressions" digital stamp set (from the FREE "One Big Sale-a-Bration" CD).  After printing the design, I used one of the Labels Collection Framelits dies to cut the printed design, and then I used a larger Framelits die (also from the Labels Collection) to die-cut the Pool Party card, which is hinged on the left side.  The last thing that I added to my card were the glittery lines of "Dazzling Details" on the cupcake.  The only thing that I would change about this easy card is that I'd leave off the digital ribbon so I could add a "real" bow to the finished card; however, if a quick card is what you need, they don't get much quicker than this while using a variety of images and product.  Have I mentioned lately that I {heart} My Digital Studio?  I might never create spectacular works of art with it, and maybe I will never use it to its full potential, but it is undeniably one of the best, most fun creative tools in my stamp room.  Best of all, it doesn't take up ANY space in the room, and I never have to dust it.  Love that!!!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012


If you're looking for a super quick Valentine to make or if you need to make a bunch, this might be the project for you.  As I was trying to decide what my MISM project would be this week, I discovered the Chocolate Chip piece of card stock that had already been embossed with one of the Designer Frames embossing folders, and I punched a Real Red wide oval to place in the center.  On top of that, I used a Stampin' Dimensional to adhere the Hershey's Kiss, which got its shape from the Blossom Petals Builder punch.  I applied dots of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to it, and a "thinking of you" sentiment (from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set) stamped onto Vellum card stock.  Maybe you're wondering why I didn't use a Valentine sentiment . . . well . . . I was sending a "hello, I'm thinking of you" card to someone whom I thought would like to receive an idea for a Valentine card.  Make sense?  All products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up!.  The only two products that I didn't mention already are the Crumb Cake card stock and Real Red satin ribbon. 
And now . . . the winner of the FREE pass to the Sweet Spring session at Stampin' Fun & Friends is . . . Patrice H.  Congratulations, Patrice!!!  I've got your email addy and will make sure your information gets in the right hands so you will have access to the awesome project tutorials!  Enjoy!


Do you know someone who loves snowflakes or just needs a little something to light up their day? This pretty Winter Lantern, designed by Amanda, will add some sparkle to any winter decor! The embossed snowflakes on the lantern panes give a beautiful silhouette when a battery-powered candle is lit inside! The sparkling silvery snowflakes decorate the lantern to truly give it a wintry feel!  The tutorial for this pretty project was added to Craft Project Central today and, in case you're wondering, it's not too late to subscribe for all of this month's projects!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I have a really fun technique to show you today.  It's called "Interlocking Framelits," and it's a very fun way to use Stampin' Up!'s new dies.  Since the Framelits come with nesting sizes, they are perfect for the "interlocking" technique!  As you can tell from my project, I chose to use two different colors of card stock, but you can just as well perform this technique using one color.
In the picture below, you can see how the die-cut shapes were adhered to the gatefold card so they would interlock, making it easy to open and close the card.
And, of course, the picture below shows the card opened a little wider.
Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include Very Vanilla, Real Red, and Pool Party card stock, "Attic Boutique" designer paper, "Apothecary Art" stamp set, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Heart to Heart punch, "Labels Collection" Framelits dies, Pool Party seam binding, and the Simply Scored scoring tool to create the designer paper rosette in the bottom left corner.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly and will be here before you know it. Why not get a jump start on your Valentine goodies for the sweethearts in your life?  This heart-shaped treat box is easy to make and oh so pretty! The front of the treat holder has a pocket that is perfect for a gift card or the matching note card!
The tutorial for this project, designed by Monika Davis, is posted today on Craft Project Central.


With her Freestyle Fridays post last week, Julie issued a mission for me to create a thank you project and use tissue paper . . . somehow . . . in my creation.  After giving it some thought, I decided to see if my new "Blossom" punch would cut through the thin tissue paper.  I stacked eight layers of tissue paper, with copy-weight paper on the bottom, and it punched beautifully.  I then laid the punched flowers in a single layer on card board and sprayed them with a pink shimmer mist.  If you have Stampin' Up!'s Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, it should work nicely to color the punched tissue flowers.  After the flowers dried, I stacked them and placed a brad in the center, which was later covered with the yellow designer button.  I know my button looks orange but, for some reason, my camera couldn't pick up the yellow color.  Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this square card include:  Baja Breeze and Whisper White card stock, "Rue Des Fleurs" stamp set, "Twitterpated" designer paper, tag punches, Baja Breeze pleated satin ribbon, and Sizzix Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits die.  Be careful on this Friday the 13th, have a great weekend, and be sure to visit me on Monday for my "Make-It-Snappy-Monday" project!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Is this a terrible picture or what?  I apologize for not doing better, but it was late and I was in a hurry to get my cards in the mail.  I was really pleased with this card design which features my favorite image from Stampin' Up!'s "Easy Events" stamp set.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include "Adorning Accents" embossing folder (hearts), "Designer Frames" embossing folder, and the following card stock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Pool party.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but I put a touch of Crystal Effects on the clock face, and it turned out soooooooo cute!!!  So . . . I mentioned that I have a free pass to give away.  Once again, I am designing a couple of projects for the "Sweet Spring" (February) session on Stampin' Fun & Friends, which is a project tutorial site that features Stampin' Up! products.  To be entered in the drawing for the FREE pass, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post.  Be sure to include your email address (ex:  randari at hotmail dot com).  With my "Make-It-Snappy-Monday" blog post (on Monday), I will announce the winner of the free pass. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I think this is my favorite image from Stampin' Up!'s "Easy Events" stamp set.  When I sat down to make this card, I wasn't sure how I wanted to use the stamped image, and then it occurred to me to make a heart-shaped card using one of the new Hearts Framelits dies.  I wanted the card to be able to stand, and the quick-fix solution for that was to adhere the die-cut card to a layer of Baja Breeze card stock.  All products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! and include Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Calypso Coral card stock, and the Daffodil Delight satin ribbon was one of my finds in the Clearance Rack recently.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Have you seen the new Occasion Mini Catalog? It’s fabulous and full of great new stamp sets and accessories! This pretty project by Laurie Zoellmer uses several new products from this mini . . .  the new Adorning Accents Edgelits dies, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Labels Collection Framelits die, new designer series paper, and the beautiful new "Apothecary Art" stamp set!  This folder and cards make a perfect gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day or a "just because" gift.  The tutorial for this project is featured today on Craft Project Central.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Have you caught the cake pop rage like me?  One of my Christmas gifts to myself was a Babycakes cake pop maker, and I made an assortment of these cuties to have on hand this weekend and decided to use one for my MISM project . . . this cute little birthday tag.  I recently purchased Stampin' Up!'s "Easy Events" stamp set, and I'm loving it!  I stamped the cupcake image with Black StazOn ink onto watercolor paper and used an aqua painter and ink pads (Certainly Celery, Soft Suede, Rose Red, and Regal Rose) to color the image.  I stamped the image a second time onto Regal Rose card stock and cut out the "happy" sentiment so that I could place it with a Stampin' Dimensional onto the tag.  Finishing touches included accents of Dazzling Details and a glimmery red heart.  The ribbon, although it isn't an exact match for the Certainly Celery card stock, is from the Sale-a-Bration "Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack".  Wouldn't a friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc. like to receive this little birthday remembrance?  Have a stampin' good day . . . and stamp something nice for someone!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Today is my husband's birthday, and this is the card that I made for him.  All week, I have wanted to participate in Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #7 and, since I needed to make a card for my husband, I decided that my submission would be a masculine design.  Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include "Countryside" and "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp sets, 1-3/8" circle punch, tag punch, silver brads, "Well Worn" designer paper, River Rock and Early Espresso card stock, Shimmery White card stock (for the stamped image), Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges, Mat Pack and piercing tool, and denim ribbon.  I've had this ribbon for so long, and this is the first time I've used it.  I can honestly say that my most favorite part of this card is the way the sentiment tag is folded over the top of the ribbon.  Don't you just love it when a good idea jumps out at you at just the right moment?  Why don't you treat yourself to a cupcake to celebrate with us today and then create a card for Craft Project Central's card challenge #7?  You might end up winning a FREE one-month subscription!  There's really nothing to lose!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Right off the bat, let me just say that this was NOT an easy card to photograph, and it looked much better in real life before I dropped it in the mail.  I can't think of the name of the technique. but I stamped the image with white Craft ink and then colored it with Stampin' Pastels and gently brushed away the excess chalk with a tissue.  To make the colors pop and add a little sparkle, I sprayed the black card stock with a shimmer mist created by mixing Stampin' Up!'s Champagne Mist shimmer paint with water.  Unfortunately, the shimmer mist presents as little white specks in the photo.  All products used to create this card are from Stampin' Up! and include:  "Rue Des Fleurs" stamp set, "Adorning Accents" Edgelits die and embossing folders (including the embossed hearts along the bottom of the card), seam binding, oval punches, and rhinestone jewel.  When I first got this stamp set, I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to color this image.  Sometimes, when I'm stumped or an image is very detailed and will require a lot of careful coloring, this is my "go to" technique.  It's quick, quite forgiving, and most always produces a good look.


Tis’ the season to pull out those new 2012 calendars! This desk calendar is designed so that the main calendar stand can be used as a card and folds easily to fit into a Small Open-End envelope! The box that accompanies the "card" holds note paper, and the ensemble makes a perfect gift for teachers, co-workers or anyone that could use a desk calendar!  And what's not to love about a new 3D project????
Tanya is the creative designer of this project, and you can find
the tutorial this month at Craft Project Central. 

Friday, January 6, 2012


ARIEL . . . the third person who left a comment on THIS blog post!!!!!

I will contact you, Ariel, to get the information necessary to set up your subscription. 
I appreciate the other comments very much!  I will have another subscription give-away soon.


It's a new year, and it's time to bring back Freestyle Fridays!  It's Julie's turn this week to share a project sample and, from the looks of this sneak peek that she sent to me, she has used butterflies and seam binding as interesting accents.  To see the whole project, we'll have to hop over to Julie's blog.
While there, don't forget to take a few minutes to leave a little comment.  Bloggers love to get comments, and it's (usually) an easy thing to do.  Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I have the pleasure, once again, of designing for Craft Project Central this month, and this means that I have one FREE pass (subscription) to give away.  All you need to do to enter the drawing for the free pass is leave a comment to this blog post.  I will use to choose the winner this Friday, January 6th.  Two awesome projects have already been posted this month (photos below), and it's not too late to subscribe to Craft Project Central so you can get the tutorials for the January projects.
How cute is this crocodile box and card designed and created by Kim Score????  I'm anxious to make one of these! 
The tutorial for this elegant ensemble was posted today--designed and created by Sharon Burkert.  Wouldn't this make a perfect gift, especially for someone who loves butterflies (and who doesn't)!   This project is quick and easy, but has a big WOW factor!  Don't forget to leave a comment to this blog post to be entered in the drawing for the FREE subscription to this month's tutorials.  On the left sidebar of my blog, there's a Craft Project Central button that you can click to go ahead and purchase a subscription if you'd like.  Have a stampin' good day!
ETAWhen you leave a comment, be sure to include your email addy (ex:  randari at hotmail dot com) so that I will know how to contact the winner.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Stampin' Up!'s new dies (Framelits and Edgelits) are packaged in a nice, sturdy snap-closure envelope-style packet, but I decided to use the clear stamp cases to store mine.  I used the computer to create spine labels and photocopies from the Occasions mini catalog to decorate the front of the cases.  Magnetic sheets were another very handy Stampin' Up! product that I used in the organization process.  For the Edgelits, I used Basic Black card stock to create a pocket/band to store the "Adorning Accents" embossing folders.  I really like having both the dies and coordinating embossing folders in the same case!

Monday, January 2, 2012


Happy New Year, everyone!!!  For today's MISM project, I'm sharing another "Turtle & Co." card that's 3" x 6".  I think this stamp set is so cute!  This card features the "Twitterpated" designer paper and pleated satin ribbon from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions mini catalog, and the design is a simple one that's quick to make.  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper and colored the images with markers and an aqua painter.