Tuesday, June 30, 2015


This bright and bold desk organizer is complete with 10 note cards, 10 envelopes, 12 gift card holders, and 12 gift tags. The organizer keeps it all nice and neat and ready for the next occasion that you need to send a little note. The drawer in the organizer is the perfect place to keep the twine for the gift tags and thread for the gift card holders. Not to mention stamps or other items. There is just enough room in the organizer to hold all these goodies and leave a space perfect for a pen. Put together this lovely desk organizer for yourself or give it as a gift to someone who could use a note card or gift tag in a hurry!
I have to say that I love the idea of having so many items handy and neatly tucked away in a pretty box.  This is the June Bonus project at Craft Project Central, and it was designed by Amanda.  Qualifying for the bonus tutorial is easy . . . just subscribe to two or more months in a row, put the Craft Project Central badge on your blog, or refer a friend to the site.  When your friend subscribes, just let us know!

Monday, June 29, 2015


Today's MISM project is another sympathy card featuring the retired Countryside stamp set.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets:  Countryside, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Sizzix:  Ovals Collection, Deco Labels
Accessories:  Aqua Painter, English Garden DSP, Stampin' Dimensionals
A Wink of Stella brush was used on the apples, and you might can see the shimmer in the photo below.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Remember Stampin' Up!'s Countryside stamp set?  Unfortunately, it's retired, but I used one of the images from it on this sympathy card.  To create the colored butterfly-shaped background, I die-cut the butterfly image from a scrap of cardstock, which was used as a mask for the colors that I sponged on the inside of the shape.  My colors are Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, and Cajun Craze. 


This complete birthday party set is bound to make your lil’ guests feel entertained! It includes an interactive place setting that will keep the kids busy while you are serving lunch. A personalized mason jar keepsake. Mini gift bags that are perfect for goodies or snacks. A birthday banner that coordinates with the party supplies. Finally, cupcake toppers are the perfect touch to tie the party together. This is a one of a kind party. It is perfect for your lil’ boy! 
Such cute ideas in this party set, which was designed by Boni.  Her tutorial is available at Craft Project Central, and it's not too late to subscribe.  As usual, the projects are awesome this month!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Summertime is here, and flowers are everywhere! This card box set would make a perfect gift, and the four cards are perfect for any summer greeting. The card box is covered with a decorated sleeve that can be slid off and on. The set features the Flower Patch Stamp Set and the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits Dies. Three of the new 2015-2017 In Colors and the new Banner Triple Punch are used, too! This would also make a great card class.
Some fun new products were used to create this gorgeous set, which was designed by the talented Christy Fulk, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


The June Paper Pumpkin arrived on Saturday, and I spent some time yesterday working on the projects.  I started off by omitting one of the layers on two of the cards (an oversight on my part), but that just meant that I would end up with extra supplies.  Ha!  This month's kit is so fun, and I really like the cards.  Those wooden pennants and stars . . . so cute, and that twine!  I really love twine!  Anyway, I thought I'd share my cards that stray from the planned design and intended use of supplies:

The last card was my favorite, but I really liked the pennant-shaped cards, too.  The kit included an envelope for each card--and the envelopes aren't just plain white . . . they each have a pretty liner!  I used sentiments from the following stamp sets on some of my cards:  Watercolor Words, Hi There (retired), and Seriously Amazing (Aug 2014 MPP kit).

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Monday, June 22, 2015


That fun little Paper Pumpkin box arrived over the weekend, and I used the Happy Thoughts stamp set to create this card for MISM.  The stamped flowers were colored with Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight inks using an Aqua Painter . . . oh, so easy!  The watercolor paper was adhered to a Watermelon Wonder mat, which was then adhered at an angle to the Very Vanilla cardstock base.
With my June 16th blog post (HERE), I mentioned that I had a one-month FREE subscription to Craft Project Central to give to one lucky person. The one and only easy requirement to get your name in the drawing was to leave a comment HERE, and I promised to announce the winner today.  I appreciate each of the kind comments and the time taken to get entered in the drawing.  The winner is Marianne B in AZ who wrote:  "I just found my way here after looking at your blog, Regina. I’m a fairly new demo and completely new to this site and think it would be a great way to find ideas for workshops. After looking around, I really like everything I found!"  Marianne, if you'll email me at randari at hotmail dot comwe'll get your subscription started.
A note about My Paper Pumpkin, a monthly project subscription kit offered by Stampin' Up! . . . for just $20/month, a project kit will arrive in your mailbox with everything needed (except adhesive) to create the projects.  I say that adhesive isn't included, but dimensionals and glue dots are included when the project calls for them.  I have a room full of stamping products and supplies, and I still get excited when the MPP box arrives because I know that I don't have to plan or think about anything . . . I just need to open the box and follow the directions that are included.  It's very relaxing (and gratifying) to complete the projects in the monthly kits.  If this sounds appealing to you, just go HERE to subscribe!  Of course, once you subscribe, you can decide from month to month if you don't want the next kit or maybe you want more than one kit to share with a friend(s).  If you have questions, just let me know.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Do you have Designer Series Paper that you wish you could turn into fabric?  Now is your chance!  This Paper Cloth Bird Sculpture and Card will show you how you can make a sewable, pliable fabric from your Typeset Designer Series Paper.  What a fun way to turn your paper into a 3-dimensional home décor item!   Create a gorgeous coordinating card in case you decide to gift your sculpture to a lucky friend!  You might even let your friends or children join in the fun of creating fabric of their very own to turn into all types of wonderful creations!!!
The tutorial for this oh, so clever project, which was designed by Michelle, can be found at Craft Project Central.  As usual, there are some really great project tutorials this month.  Have you subscribed yet? 

Friday, June 19, 2015


It’s summer! The kids are out of school and looking for something fun to do, so how about throwing a craft party? Send a cute “Summer Funday” invitation to your children’s friends, create a craft pack with basic supplies for each attendee, and let their imaginations take over. The cute whirly ladybugs are fun and simple to create, and preparation is a snap with the Big Shot and Circles Collection Framelits. The invitation uses simple marker techniques to customize photopolymer stamps. This would also make a fun Kids’ Stamp Camp or class.
This creative project was designed by Buffy, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Months ago, Aunt Betty gave me a small cup with two clippings from one of her flowering plants.  I was supposed to provide fresh water now and then and plant once the clippings had roots.  Honestly, I never thought that I'd see that day--and it did take quite a while (months, maybe) because I would forget to change the water or add more to the cup.  Once I saw roots, though, I invested in a pot and some soil!
This plant has grown so much and so fast, and I am quite surprised that I have had a part in that.  I couldn't remember what kind of plant this was, so my mother found out from Aunt Betty that it's an Angel Wing Begonia.  When showed a picture of it, Aunt Betty said that hers never grew so tall, so I'm not sure if the height of my plant is good or bad (or indifferent).  Once mother told me the name, though, I had to write it down and put it in a place where I could find it later.  Why not put it in the pot, I thought, so I used Stampin' Up!'s Tags & Labels Framelits to cut my printed image so I could create the plant marker.  BTW, that old photo of my grandparents was shared by my sister over the weekend, and it immediately came to mind as the perfect background since those two lovebirds now have their own angel wings.  I love it when things just come together as if meant to be!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I had the pleasure of designing Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #48 for Craft Project Central this month, and I wanted to make another card using the sketch. 
This card features Stampin' Up!'s Go Wild designer paper, Zoo Babies stamp set, and Tip Top Taupe cardstock, ink, and ribbon.  Below is a photo of the actual sketch, and you can view the tutorial and upload the link to your card HERE.
For every 10 cards that are uploaded, a winner will be selected and given a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials at Craft Project Central!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


For the past few years, I have enjoyed designing monthly project tutorials for Craft Project Central, and my project is featured today.  Following is the introduction that I wrote about it:
It’s time to welcome summer, and you’re going to need the right packaging for treats and gifts.  With this tutorial, you will make a trio of boxes, learn a quick and easy way to decorate push pop containers that won’t interfere with whatever you choose to fill them, and create a beautiful open-top box with the capacity to hold a lot of treats.  It’s so decorative that you (or whomever you give it to) will want to keep it on display.

Sneak peek of "By the Tide" Gift Ensemble
On Monday, June 22nd, I will give to a lucky winner a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  To be entered into the drawing for the subscription, all you need to do is go HERE and leave a comment on the post where my project is featured.  Be sure to visit my blog on the 22nd to see if yours was the winning name.  It's that simple! 

Monday, June 15, 2015


I created another scrapling for today's MISM project . . . a 2" x 5-1/2" note card.  Actually, my card is a salvaged piece . . . it's the left side of a Calypso Coral gatefold card that didn't get off to a pleasing start.  The stamped piece was also salvaged from a scrap of cardstock that ended up with notes written all around the stamped image, which is from Stampin' Up!'s brand new Wild about Flowers stamp set.  Isn't the image gorgeous?  It's a 2-step stamped image, and I can already tell that this will be a go-to stamp set for me.  Just when I say that I do not need another flower set (and, really, I don't), along comes one like Wild about Flowers that's so easy to use that it's a must-have.  When I stamped the two images on the scrap cardstock, I wanted to make sure that I could line them up properly.  The image that you see represents the very first time that I stamped those images.  Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Stamp Sets:  Wild about Flowers, Awesomely Artistic
Accessories:  Fringe Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot
Join me in wishing my sweet mother
a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!!! 
Have a great week!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


This Summer Camp Stationery Set is perfect to send to sleep-away camp with your teen or tween. Featuring the Epic Alphabet Stamp Set and the bright and fun Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and matching Washi Tape, this set contains six single-sided notecards (for short notes home) and six square cards (for longer letters), as well as two pens and two pencils. It all fits nicely in the decorated plastic case to keep it safe from the elements. This would make an excellent gift as well as a class or club project.
Sneak peek of Summer Camp Stationery Set
Isn't this a cheery and colorful stationery set?  It was designed by Yapha Mason, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Make this patriotic and masculine gift set, which includes a thank you card, picture frame, and a mini scrap album. It is the perfect gift for a soldier, a vet, or perhaps someone who has a loved one in the military. Honor them with a handmade gift for risking their lives for our freedom. Learn different techniques such as stenciling, heat embossing, and how to add a distressed look to your project. Make handmade 3-D stars and add dimension with sponging and die-cutting. Great for a stamp camp or as a class project.
Sneak peek of Patriotic Masculine Gift Set
There are so many techniques to take away from this gift set, which was designed by Monika Davis.  Learn all of the techniques in her tutorial, which is available at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?  Did you know that a month's worth of project tutorials is only $10?  What are you waiting for?

Monday, June 8, 2015


Today's MISM project is a sweet and simple card.  It features a cookie sheet with fresh-baked, hot-from-the-oven Chocolate Chip cookies, situated inside a die-cut Polaroid frame.  I guess my head just hasn't been in the game lately because it appears that the On Film dies (from Stampin' Up!) retired recently because I don't see that set in the new catalog.  Oops! 
Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Naturals White (retired), Brushed Silver (retired), Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets:  Hello Life, Hi There (retired)
Ink:  Encore Silver Metallic, VersaMark, Soft Suede
Punches:  1/2" Circle, Corner Rounder
Sizzix:  On Film
When I sat down to create this card, I had no idea what I would make.  And then I noticed that my little stack of cookie sheets, complete with the cute little cookies (all sponged and dotted with chocolate chips) had fallen onto my desk from the shelf where they'd been "cooling" since last November.  It was time to put one of them to good use!  The Island Indigo cardstock was left over from another project, so I put it to work on my card.  The embossed hello was also lying on my desk waiting for a purpose.  Last week, I received Wow! Metallic Silver Ultra High embossing powder and had stamped and embossed a few sentiments to see just how high "ultra high" would be.  I have to admit that it's quite impressive. 
Have a happy Monday and a fabulous week!!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


If you’re in need of some new packaging ideas, then these projects are for you! There are three different gift packaging ideas in this tutorial, and all three are made with the Fry Box Bigz L Die. The new Bohemian Designer Series Paper is also used. This would make a great product-based class.
Sneak peek of Fry Box Gift Packaging Trio
Not only will you love having these pretty fry boxes ready to fill with treats, you'll really appreciate the creative decorative ideas.  The awesome tutorial for this trio, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


June and the rest of the Summer is a very popular time for weddings.  This project will have you ready for all those wonderful events.  You will make a gift card holder that also has pages available for the happy couple to include some pictures and memories of their special day.  You will also make a pretty box to hold your gift.  This would also make a lovely gift for any special occasion when you want to give more than a gift card.

Sneak Peek of Wedding Gift Card & Scrapbook
Doesn't this project look gorgeous?  It was designed by Sharon Burkert, and you can find the tutorial for her fabulous project at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?  The cost is oh, so minimal for all that you get.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Each month, there's a new Sketch Challenge at Craft Project Central, and I had the pleasure of designing this month's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #48:
There's a FREE tutorial that will show you exactly . . . step by step . . . how I created my card.  Hopefully, you will follow the tutorial to create a card, and then share a photo of it!
Did you know that for every 10 cards submitted for the Sketch Challenge, Craft Project Central will choose one winner who will receive a FREE one-month subscription to the site?  That would be a fun prize!  You can find the tutorial for the sketch and upload your card HERE.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Today's MISM project features a neat and trendy gift wrap.  When the time came to wrap THIS mixed media canvas, I searched and searched but couldn't find a box for it.  I even considered making a box, but my poor little brain just didn't have the energy for that.  And so I chose to wrap it in white tissue paper, figuring that I would finish it in some pretty fashion.  Twine (which I seriously lve and use all the time) and a gorgeous lace trim served as the pretty anchor for the tag that hangs from an oversized antique gold safety pin adorned with a crown.  I can't tell you how thrilled I was to discover this perfect embellishment lying in my stash just waiting for the chance to shine.  As I mentioned when I posted photos of the canvas, it was a gift for a college grad who will be moving to NYC so it was only fitting that I used a skyline when I designed the tag.  Stampin' Up!'s Ornate Tag Topper Punch was used to shape the tag, and the quote reads, "Go into the world and do well but, more importantly, go into the world and do good."  I love that quote and think that it's quite fitting, don't you? 


Show your spirit for America this 4th of July with the fun décor shown in the sneak peek photo to the left! You’ll learn how to make the quick and fun banner garland that you can hang in just about any spot--across a mirror or maybe across a framed picture or mantel and then add the fabulous jar full of Stars and Sparklers!! The stars are an easy way to add some 3-D, and the Sparklers are a quick, super pop of fun to this display! And, of course, the card adds the perfect finishing touch to give this ensemble as a gift to someone special!  The tutorial for this fun and festive project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.