Thursday, August 17, 2017

UPCYCLE GIFT BOXES

You may throw away or recycle cereal, macaroni, or cracker boxes, but you can turn them into beautiful gift boxes for that next special occasion. See how to use Designer Series Paper and other stamping supplies to turn these plain boxes into gift wrap that is almost as impressive as the gift you are giving. You will learn how to wrap two different size boxes in your favorite patterned paper.


The tutorial for these festive packages, designed by Christine Miller, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"GARDEN IN BLOOM" FOR SKETCH CHALLENGE #74

In this blog post on August 3rd, I introduced Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #74, which looks like this:


Today I created this card for the challenge:


My card features the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer, Wild Wasabi
Stamp Set:  Garden in Bloom
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black Archival, Crushed Curry
Sizzix:  Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

This month's sketch challenge was designed by Christy Fulk, and you can find her easy-to-follow tutorial HERE.  I hope that you will create a card for the challenge!  Did you know . . . For every ten cards submitted, Craft Project Central will pick one winner of a FREE one-month subscription!  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice!

Monday, August 14, 2017

ALWAYS BE A MERMAID

I had the house all to myself this morning and decided to finally see what I could do with Chalk Couture's Always Be A Mermaid transfer.  In case you don't know, the Chalk Transfers come in a variety of sizes and are similar to working with thin craft vinyl with adhesive.  The images/shapes are silkscreened, and the silkscreen helps keep the Chalk Paste from going under the transfer.  Having that fine screen (of sorts) also means that less paste is needed to transfer the image/shape.  Always Be A Mermaid is a really pretty transfer, one that I have been anxious to use, but it's also a large one.  This is what I created with it:
 
 
My project wasn't without a couple of mistakes but, overall, I think it turned out great!  Aren't those bubbles a perfect addition?  They are from the Under The Sea transfer.  I would have linked to that transfer, but it must be out of stock at the moment.  Whenever a product is out of stock, it gets removed from the web site.  The Chalkology Paste colors that I used are as follows:
Moss
Red
Orange
Red Orange
Thai Teal
School Bus Yellow
Charcoal Gray
Mint
Tiffany
White
Sand
 
I am really loving Chalk Couture's products!  Each time I open a jar of paste, I have the best time!  It's incredibly easy to use and, best of all, the product dries very quickly and cleans up EASILY!  The Chalk Transfers are re-useable, and they can be used with the paste on all types of surfaces besides chalkboards . . . walls, mirrors, windows, wood, metal, etc.  My mermaid project is on foam board!  Let me know if you would like more information about this new company and the FANTASTIC products they offer.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TIME FOR A COFFEE BREAK

Do you know someone you don't get to see very often because they're so busy? With all the hustle-bustle going on in the world today, this Coffee Break set is the perfect gift to take to that person, and sit down with them for a chat. The k-cup holder is a cinch to put together - it could even stand on its own. But adding the other little coffee gift along with that matching card is sure to please and relax even the busiest friend. So, it's time to enjoy - it's "Time for a Coffee Break".


The tutorial for this ensemble, which was designed by Sandy Mott, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

RAMBAM THE PANTHERS FAN

This is just too cute not to share unless, of course, you don't see cuteness in a sweet Border Collie.  I can't believe I just typed something that nonsensical--our little RamBam is adorable with or without his Panthers jersey!  He is pictured below sporting his football season attire, waiting with my son for the first pre-game to begin:


Chad has taught him a really cute "touchdown" command that I hope to see very, very often this season. 
 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TWO (THREE, ACTUALLY) NEW CHALK COUTURE PROJECTS

I was recently asked if Chalk Couture's Chalkology Paste could be used on surfaces besides chalkboards, and the answer is YES!  As a matter of fact, the paste can be used on many surfaces--probably as many as you might use with ink or paint.  On the card below, I used the Tiffany paste in the simplest manner imaginable!  From scrap cardstock, I used Stampin' Up!'s Daisy punch to create a stencil (of sorts), which I placed on top of the Tangerine Tango cardstock and held in place while I applied the Chalkology Paste over the punched shape.  I then punched another daisy from Island Indigo cardstock to adhere on top.  The paste dried so fast that I was able to adhere the darker daisy in the time it took to pick up the cardstock and punch it!


One of the two projects that I intended to share today is this gift bag.  I used the beautiful and bright Orchid Chalkology Paste and the Bee Humble & Kind Chalk Transfer (I think this is my favorite) to quickly decorate the bag.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Pretty Label punch to create the gold tag, which was decorated with a crown using the same Orchid paste.


And the second project, using the same Chalk Transfer, is this adorable canvas bag:


So there you have it . . . three ridiculously quick and easy projects created with one Chalk Transfer and four colors of Chalkology Paste.  I have enjoyed paper crafts and mixed media for more than a decade, and I fell head over heels in love with the Chalk Couture products, which add yet another dimension to a craft that I already enjoy.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

NATURALLY ECLECTIC CARD BOX SET

When you need a gift in a hurry, you’ll be able to whip up these cards using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Who wouldn’t love a set of four handmade cards and envelopes in a cute box made with the Envelope Punch Board?!  Make up several sets and you’ll always have a gift handy for a special occasion.


The tutorial for this creative set of card, designed by Beth McCullough, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CREATING PRETTY CARDS - SKETCH CHALLENGE #74

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!! This month's sketch (#74) looks like this:
 

To help you recreate the sketch each month, they also provide a free Sketch Mini Tutorial! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!  Below is a picture of the card that the designer, Christy Fulk, created for the sketch challenge:
 

DID YOU KNOW?  For every ten cards submitted, Craft Project Central will pick one winner of a FREE one month subscription! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more and submit your creation!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CARDS FEATURING SHAVING CREAM TECHNIQUE

Last week, my guys (and the pup) were away from home (all night), and my mind was so busy with a long list of "what to do's"!  Now that Stampin' Up! has brought back Glossy Cardstock, I decided to play with ink and shaving cream--something I haven't done in years!  The only thing I needed was shaving cream, so I made a quick trip to Walmart for that.  The ink colors that I swirled into the shaving cream were Pacific Point and Old Olive.


I kept the cards really simple and let the pretty background get all the glory. Other Stampin' Up! products featured include Whisper White, Pacific Point, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight cardstock and the Garden Trellis embossing folder.  The shaving cream and ink make beautiful backgrounds, but I think my favorite thing about this technique is the nice, clean scent that lingers in the room.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LEMON ZEST ENSEMBLE

Add some sunshine to someone’s life with a little lemony treat! In this tutorial, you will create your own lemon pattern cardstock to make a bright birthday card, a lemon candy treat in a popcorn box, and a card with a lemon tea bag tucked in a pocket. You will also make a mini treat bag with a sliding insert that reveals a lemon herbal tea bag. You can’t help but smile while making these bright and cheery projects.  
 
 
Isn't this an adorable ensemble?!?!  It was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, and the tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

"FARM HOUSE" CHALK COUTURE SIGN

Several days ago, I received a nice big order from Chalk Couture with a lot of new image transfers and lots of Chalkology Paste color choices, but I didn't get a chance to create something new until today.  I don't know what it is about the Farm House transfer--I have never lived on a farm--but I just had to have it.

What's that?  You don't know anything about Chalk Couture?  Well, I can help you with that.  The company is still relatively new, but they have an exciting yet simple product line that consists of the following:

Chalkboards - Framed and unframed options; all chalkboards are magnetic, which makes it easy to attach adornments, embellishments, photos, etc. to the decorated board.

Chalk Transfers - Lots and lots from which to choose, these are like a cross between thin vinyl and stencils.  All of the transfers are silkscreen, which means the Chalkology Paste does not seep under the image or go where you don't want it--this is FANTASTIC!!!! 

Chalkology Paste - This is the fun stuff that you use with the transfers to . . . uh, well . . . transfer the image(s) onto your chosen surface (chalkboard, canvas, wood, metal, glass, etc.).  The paste dries really fast, there are a LOT of colors from which to choose and, when you're ready to re-use the surface, all you have to do is wash away the previous design with water.  Note:  Some surfaces may not be conducive to being re-used, such as canvas, fabric, wood.


And this is the sign that I practiced on today:


Aren't the images fun???  I used all but two of the images that come with the Farm House transfer (it's a huge one!), and I kept myself hopping between three colors of Chalkology Paste:  Brick, Charcoal, and School Bus Yellow.  I knew that I should have a small body of water nearby to place the transfers in when I pulled them off the board, but I learned today that it would have been much easier to work on this project in the kitchen near the sink since some of the image transfers were a bit on the large side.  Still, it all worked out, and the transfers cleaned up beautifully (with water and a spritz of antibacterial spray).  Working with the Chalkology Paste is such a dream because it dries so fast!  I actually started at the bottom of my sign and worked my way to the top, and I didn't have to worry about smears or getting the paste on me or my clothes.

Want to know more about Chalk Couture?  Email me at randari at Hotmail dot com.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

FLOWER SHOP NOTEBOOK SET - JULY BONUS PROJECT

Do you like taking notes or doodling? Do you like giving handmade gifts? Then this is a project for you! Make this cool notebook with a coordinating card and bookmark. Dress up a simple notebook with craft sticks and make it durable and reusable. This cover will not wear down easily. Learn a simple and fast bookbinding technique that is easy enough to do for adults and kids alike.


The tutorial for the July Bonus project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

DID YOU KNOW?  The bonus project can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month that the bonus project is posted. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

CLASS SWAPS + CARD CHALLENGE #73

In my July 3rd blog post, I shared information about the Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #73 which I had the pleasure of designing for Craft Project Central this month.  The sketch looks like this:
 
 
You can see the FREE sketch tutorial HERE.  For every 10 cards that are created and uploaded HERE for the card challenge, there will be a winner who will receive a FREE one-month subscription to the fantastic tutorials (which feature only Stampin' Up! products) at Craft Project Central.
 
Even though I haven't yet shared the swap cards from my June class, I wanted to go ahead and share the swaps from my July class since they feature this month's color-block sketch.  I think my friends did an awesome job of creating a variety of colors and themes, and each of them are full of texture and a mix of stamping and designer papers.  Following are the swaps:
 




 
And this is the card that I made for the swap:
 
 
I hope that all of these cards will inspire YOU to create a card for the challenge.  For more ideas and inspiration, hop over to Craft Project Central and take a look at all of the other cards that have been submitted for this month's challenge.  They're great!!!!
 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

STAMPED & GLAZED CANVASES & CARDS

Stamping supplies and art supplies can be married together to create some beautiful and original pieces of art!  Let’s get your art flowing in this tutorial by combining your stamps and ink with gesso and glazing liquid!  In this tutorial, you will learn how to use stamps and some of the lids from your stamping supplies to create amazing texture on canvases.  You will also learn how to create original works of textured art on Watercolor Paper to decorate your card fronts.  These techniques are fun for adults and children alike! Let’s get your art flowing!


The tutorial for this creative ensemble, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 17, 2017

"SO MANY SHELLS" SUMMER ENSEMBLE

Summer is here and many think of time spent on family vacations or just relaxing at the beach.  These projects are meant to evoke the feeling of the beach in all its sandy splendor. This tutorial will show you how to make a pretty beach themed card, perfect for any occasion, as well as a scrapbook page with holder and Memory Bottle. You’ll learn how to make a ‘Glitter Splatter’ accent that resembles a splash of sand, as well as some stitching detail.


How pretty is this ensemble?!?!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Beth Rush, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

If you want to get a head start on some Christmas projects this summer, here is an adorable boxed set of cards and tags that you can make for someone special--it looks like a Christmas present!  This compartmentalized box holds three or more standard sized cards, three or more 3” x 3” card/tags, and three or more regular gift tags. This boxed set will get you singing Christmas carols in the middle of summer!


When December rolls around, you'll be sooooooo glad that you got an early start on your Christmas cards!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Karen Hallam, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

BUTTERFLY FRAME & CARD

Do you ever worry about giving someone a handmade gift because it may not match the colors in their home or office? Well, worry no more. This 12” x 12” Butterfly Frame was designed using neutral colors that will fit any d├ęcor. The butterflies look like they are in flight, with their wings fluttering to and fro. The frame can stand on a bookcase or it can be hung on a wall. There is also a coordinating butterfly greeting card.


The tutorial for this lovely ensemble, which was designed by Sue Lehrer, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

GOODBYE, BUDDY

Through the years, I have had a few posts about this beautiful dog, Buddy:
 
 
Buddy was our neighbor's dog, but we always considered him our dog, too.  For about 10 years, he has greeted us at the car, walked us to the door--walked our visitors to the door, came to get a treat, or sometimes would just be found chillin' on the cool concrete porch on a hot summer day.  I can remember thinking that as much as I loved Buddy, he would never be allowed in my house.  I'm not sure when, how, or why that changed, but he required no adjustment period to feel comfortable in our home.  And, surprisingly, I didn't require an adjustment period, either.  Sometimes Buddy would just walk right in behind us, and lay down.  Sometimes he chose to lay where we needed to walk or pass numerous times, but often he would settle in one of the bedrooms where he could enjoy some peace and quiet.  Always he was welcome, especially as he got older and more feeble.  Buddy didn't bother anything!  He might walk into the kitchen and look and sniff around, but his tongue never came out of his mouth.  He. was. THE. BEST. dog.  Well . . . there was the one time when he got a corn cob out of the trash and laid it on the carpet in my stamp room, but I'm sure I had done something to deserve that subtle act of rebellion.
 

Over time, we learned that Buddy was very afraid of storms.  When a storm would come up, we always looked to see if his people were home or if their garage door was open.  Sometimes, he would already be on our porch and didn't need any coaxing to come inside.  This past Sunday, 17-year-old (92 lb.) Buddy passed away.  Our cul-de-sac will never, ever be the same without him.  Even though he didn't care too much for our puppy, Ramsour, when we got him last August, Buddy still came to visit and enjoyed the treats we kept for him (see the "Buddy's Treats" can that we kept by the door HERE).  Why do dogs have to age so fast????  Dogs like Buddy deserve to live forever--and feel like living forever.  I like to think that he is running with renewed energy, vitality, and a smile that won't fade past the Rainbow Bridge to a delicious steak (complete with a bone) that awaits him in a nice, shady place with plush green grass.  I'll bet he's already earned the job of official greeter!  So long, Buddy.  Maybe that extra energy and "feel good" that you now have comes from all of the pieces of hearts that you (deservingly) took with you. 
 
 


Monday, July 3, 2017

CREATING PRETTY CARDS - CARD CHALLENGE #73

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!! To help you recreate the sketch each month, a free Sketch Mini Tutorial is provided! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!  For every ten cards submitted, they’ll pick one winner of a free one month subscription! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more and submit your creation!!

I had the pleasure of designing the sketch this month, and I chose a really simple color block design, hoping that a lot of stampers would create and upload a fun, colorful card for the challenge.  If you're like me, you're already anxious to see a lot of color combinations!  This is what the sketch looks like:

 
That free tutorial that I mentioned in the first paragraph can be found HERE for the card that I designed for the Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #73:
 
 
Ready to create a card?  I can't wait to see the awesome colors that YOU come up with for your color blocks!  Don't forget to UPLOAD YOUR CARD for a chance to win a FREE one-month subscription to the fantastic project tutorials, which feature only Stampin' Up! products!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

"THIS LITTLE PIGGY" KIDS' CARD KIT

It’s never too early to teach children to send greeting cards. This card kit makes it easy for them to create beautiful cards to send to family and friends. You’ll use the Wood Words Bundle and This Little Piggy Stamp Set to create an extended crate for the Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes, as well as elements for children to adhere to their cards. They’ll enjoy painting the piggies with water and watching color magically appear, and then using their creativity to add the layers, sentiments, and embellishments. The crate holds materials for four cards; you’ll complete a fifth card to send with the kit as an example for putting the cards together. This kit could be two classes – one for parents to create the kit, and a second to help the children complete the cards.


The tutorial for this adorable project, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, June 30, 2017

WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!

I am soooooooooo late in drawing the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  In this blog post, I promised to do the drawing and make the announcement on June 13th.  I'm so appreciative of those who took a moment to leave a comment!  So . . . without further delay . . . [drum roll] . . . the winner is:
 
Ariel, who wrote, "Regina, I love the designs you have created with this set…so clever! I love the little pocket portfolio – such a sweet gift idea!"
 
 
Ariel, if you will contact me at randari at hotmail dot com, we will get your FREE one-month subscription started!
 
Even if I am sometimes late drawing the winning name and announcing it here, PLEASE don't stop leaving comments because there will always be a winner and I love being able to share the awesomeness of Craft Project Central!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

PAPER PUMPKIN PROMOTION - AWESOME DEAL!!!!

If you've never subscribed to Stampin' Up!'s monthly project kits, aka Paper Pumpkin, now is a fantastic time to do so!  The first kit is only $5!!!!
 
 
To take advantage of this promotion, which ends tomorrow (June 30th at 11:59 MT), just click THIS LINK.  Complete the online subscription and then, in the Order Summary, enter the promo code (ONEDAY0717) in the "Prepaid/Promo Code" field. 
 
Receive a handmade thank you card from me when you start your subscription HERE.  It's never too late to start receiving Paper Pumpkin project kits each month, but now is probably the perfect time!  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at randari at hotmail dot com.
 
It may come as no surprise for me to say that I thoroughly enjoy the monthly kits.  Even when the designed project is not something that appeals greatly to me, I still enjoy putting the kit contents to good use.  I think my favorite thing about the kits is being able to build a sizable stash of Stampin' Spots (1" cube ink pads). 
 

How adorable is this watermelon-themed gift bag?  This month's Paper Pumpkin kit included supplies to make FOUR of these gift bags + SIX coordinating note cards (with envelopes, of course).  I took my kit to the mountain house over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed working on the projects.  I now have a festive bag to fill with something sweet and/or useful the next time that I visit my great-aunts.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SEASONAL SHADOW BOXES

Celebrate all four seasons with this shadow box ensemble. Using the Colorful Seasons Bundle and the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and Designer Series Paper Stack makes this project a snap to create. This group of shadow boxes will brighten any room, and they’re so simple to create, you can make one set for yourself and one to give away. The beautiful card can be sent separately or used as a gift card. This would make a wonderful class project.


The tutorial for the June Bonus project, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central
 
DID YOU KNOW?  The bonus project can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month that the bonus project is posted. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

VARIETY OF VERSAMARK REFILL TECHNIQUES

Do you love to make the most of your supplies?  This tutorial is all about stretching the limits of your VersaMark refill!  You will learn to use your VersaMark Refill in the bottle for simple and complex freehand drawings.  You will also sketch and apply VersaMark using a paintbrush.  Finally, you will discover how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and apply VersaMark to create works of art that are suitable for framing! From simple to more challenging, these techniques can be fun for adults and children alike! Let’s stretch your VersaMark refill to its limits…and beyond!
 

There are so many great project ideas in this tutorial, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler.  You will find the tutorial at Craft Project Central, and it isn't too late to get your subscription started.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RAMSOUR'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

Yesterday was Ramsour's first birthday, and it was also my son's birthday.  Chad and I enjoyed a trip to PetSmart to purchase a few fun toys for Ram, and he had a blast with them when we got home! 
 

Ramsour is THE sweetest, friendliest, most kind-hearted and gentle little fellow!  We've learned that he is also sensitive, which means that we have to be mindful to not let him think that we're upset with him.  Sometimes when I am cleaning the kitchen, which is a noisy job, he will leave the room because he thinks I'm mad.  Border Collies aren't supposed to be lap dogs, but Ram doesn't seem to know that.  He will often crawl up to my son's lap or beg to be picked up and, once held, he just relaxes and looks like he's right where he will ever want to be.  He is also the smartest dog that I have ever known.  He's a quick learner and, from a very early age, he knew all of his toys (about 8 of them) by name.  One of the newest games that he enjoys playing is hide and seek . . . we show him one of his toys, have him stay out of sight while we hide it, and then tell him to find it.  Sometimes he's ready to find before we are, but that's just how much he enjoys the game.  ;-)  Before we went to Tennessee to get him, I asked my son what kind of coat he would have and whether he would shed, and I'm not sure if my son just didn't know what to expect or if maybe he said what I wanted to hear.  All I know is that the saying is true . . . our Border Collie only sheds once a year--for 365 days.  We laugh about it and joke about turning all of his hair into a Ramsour clone, but I truly wouldn't trade our little guy for anything!  I could go on and on, but I really just wanted to share the photo collage and a little bit about our little birthday boy. 


Saturday, June 17, 2017

PICK A DAISY, MAKE A SMILE

A daisy … the rose among wildflowers--a friendly flower that puts a smile on one’s face. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will make a bouquet of daisies that never wilts to brighten up a room or give as a gift along with a sweet little note card. You will also get instructions to make two fun fold cards using the new Daisy Delight Suite in the brand new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.


The tutorial for this pretty ensemble, which was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, June 12, 2017

MAY SWAPS: MASCULINE

At my April Inkerbelles' class, we decided on a masculine theme for the May swap, and these are the fantastic cards that were made:
 






Aren't the cards great?!?!  There are some creative color combinations and design features to take away from this awesome group of cards!  As a matter of fact, when I made a Father's Day card for my dad, I was inspired by the tools on Lisa's card and Tracy's slider design.  I didn't take a photo of daddy's card before I mailed it, but I will try to get a photo soon.  Lastly, this is the swap that I made, which features Stampin' Up!'s Glamper Greetings stamp set:




Sunday, June 11, 2017

BOXED CARD SET & CANDY HOLDER

This matching card box set and cute candy holder project makes a wonderful gift-from-the-heart. Who wouldn’t love a set of handmade cards and a jar of flowers with a hidden chocolate surprise?! The card box is a simple design and holds four cards with envelopes. This set of cards features the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits, and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper highlighting new 2017-2019 In-Colors. This project requires a lot of Big Shot work, but it is worth it in the end!
 
 
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Julie DeGuia, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

VERSATILE "WORK OF ART" CARD SET

The project that I designed this month for Craft Project Central is featured today, and this is the introduction that I wrote for it:

The images in the Work of Art Stamp Set may not look very exciting, but they are so versatile!  In this tutorial, you will learn to put those images to work in a way that creates a focal point or a jazzy background.  This tutorial also includes instructions for the pocket portfolio with a diagonal cut across the front to reveal a glance of the awesome cards inside.
 

I often find myself reaching for Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art stamp set because the images just scream for free-flowing design and splashes of color!  I had so much fun designing the cards for this ensemble!  One of my favorite things about being a designer for Craft Project Central is being able to give a FREE one-month subscription to one lucky person who will not only have access to my tutorial but all of the others posted during the month as well.  If you would like to get your name in the drawing for the FREE subscription, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment on my project.  The winning name will be drawn on Tuesday, June 13th, and announced on my blog.  Be sure to visit my blog again on the 13th to see if you're the winner.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

WOOD TEXTURES FOR SKETCH CHALLENGE #72

I always look forward to the monthly Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge at Craft Project Central, and this is the card that I designed for Sketch Challenge #72:
 
Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Vellum, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist
Designer Paper:  Wood Textures
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Colorful Seasons
Sizzix:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits
Accessories:  Linen thread, Metallic Sequins Assortment

As mentioned in my post yesterday, Craft Project Central will give a free one-month subscription to one lucky person IF there are 10 cards submitted for the card challenge.  Creating one card is an easy way to give yourself a chance to win a month's worth of awesome project tutorials, isn't it? 
 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

CREATING PRETTY CARDS - CARD SKETCH #72

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!! To help you recreate the sketch each month, they also provide a free Sketch Mini Tutorial! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!  For every ten cards submitted, they’ll pick one winner of a free one month subscription! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more and submit your creation!!  This is what the sketch looks like:


And this is the card that this month's sketch designer, Monika Davis, created: