Thursday, July 24, 2014


Make this gift box with secret boxes inside for anyone for any occasion. It can hold embellishments, jewelry, and/or candy. It also looks great on a desk holding office supplies. It is very easy to make, and you don’t need a lot of craft supplies. You can leave it simple or add different embellishments to suit your style. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.
Isn't this a pretty project?  It was designed by Monika Davis, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  

Monday, July 21, 2014


Today's MISM project features one of Stampin' Up!'s new hostess sets, Life's Adventure, Stampin' Blendabilities Markers (Pumpkin Pie and Night of Navy), and a cute, cute, cute embossing folder--Cloudy Day--that can still be purchased from the Clearance Rack.  I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored it with the Blendabilities markers, and then cut it with the 2-1/2" Circle punch.  I used the fifth largest circle from the Circles Collection Framelits to cut a piece of Marina Mist card stock to use as a mat for my stamped layer.  And there you have it . . . a quick and easy card for MISM!


This little ‘Hideaway’ Cupcake Container is a festive way to wrap a birthday gift for someone special. Or, how about just filling it with some yummy little treats? Whatever you choose to put inside, the recipient will surely be delighted with the container. The quick and clean card, with the coordinating envelope, will be sure to please as well!
This clever little project was designed by Julie Beltramo, and her tutorial is available at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Sometimes you just need a card or two, appropriate for a man, and sometimes you need something appropriate to give to a man to use. This set is intended as a gift for a man and was kept simple and non-frilly as a man would like best.  In addition, the project includes a matching paper weight!
This great masculine card set was designed by Judi, and her complete tutorial is available at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Who knew that one day in the future my kind of mindless pen doodling would be a trendy form of art with which I could create a card?  For quite some time, I have subscribed to a web site that sends me (what at times seems like too many) emails with links to learn to draw new tangles.  I hardly ever open those emails, but I know that a proper tangle begins with a string and doodling is hardly a foreign concept to me.  I can't remember a time when I sat in a class without doodling, and to this day I reach for pen and paper when I get on the phone--not because I might need to write something down, but because my right hand needs to write random words from the conversation (upside-down, sideways, squiggly) and then be drawn and decorated.  And the margin isn't supposed to stay white, right?  Seriously.  There have been times when I've ended a telephone conversation and remembered something that I need to remember, but trying to find my little note about it on the paper I was "working on" during the conversation can be quite tricky.  All this to say that the card I'm sharing today features zentangles.  They are far from perfect, and I'd be lying if I claimed to have not gone temporarily blind after all of that pen work.  Good Lord, I thought my eyes would never focus again.  Every little line and dot is oh, so very close to the paper.  Ha!  I really, really enjoyed working on the tangles for this card that I made for my mother.  The dress was cut from a retired-too-soon Stampin' Up! dress form die, and you can actually see the starting string that I drew to divide my tangle sections.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Daffodil Delight seam binding, heart punch, rhinestone jewel, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Black card stock, and sentiment from the brand new, coming soon Good Greetings stamp set.  This is definitely not my last zentangle project, but I need to be sure and do my tanglin' before the wee morning hours.


This boxed set of lobster-themed nautical note cards just screams summertime at the beach. The note cards are easily accessible in their handy box and can be personalized with almost any name. The set includes a matching card for easy gift giving.
This clever card set was designed by Yapha Mason, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 14, 2014


It makes me feel older than I think it should that I can remember pecking away on a manual typewriter.  I can still remember the day when I was having to choose two electives for the coming school year, and there just didn't seem to be any good choices--nothing interested me.  I was dramatically mortified (interesting choice of words . . . read on) when my mother wrote "Typing I" on the form, and she wrote it in ink.  Argh!!!!!  When I first walked into the classroom, it was noticeable that the manual typewriters were on one side of the room, and the preferred electrics on the other side.  It didn't really matter which machine was on the desk in front of me because we would be switching desks during the year so that each student had their fair share of opportunity using both manual and electric typewriters.  The teacher for the class (the principal's wife) was an intimidating soul in that she didn't smile too often and could purse her lips . . . well, they stayed pursed a lot.  She talked through pursed lips, she frowned through pursed lips, and she even smiled through them on rare occasions.  Quite often, the class would be subjected to timed typing, and guess who many, many, many times came in first--on electric OR manual machines?  That's right.  Me.  For two years (yes, I took the second typing class and Office Occupations), I could count on at least one A to show up on report cards.  It turned out that my mother's choice was a perfect fit for me, one that I had not yet discovered and one that marked the path for my future.  Not that secretarial and administrative careers are the stuff that big dreams are made of, but learning to type definitely kept me from a job that involved running an industrial machine or perhaps becoming a Funeral Director (yes, that was a serious contender).  So . . . when I turned a page in Stampin' Up!'s current catalog and saw the Tap Tap Tap stamp set, I thought that it would be a fun one for me.  Today's MISM project features this fun set, along with a couple of images (chevron and splotchy square) from the really fun Work of Art set.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include a heart-shaped sequin, linen thread, and Hello Honey card stock and ink.  Have a happy day and a happy week!


This cute little card box will hold several 3” cards and envelopes!  These cards are nice to have on hand and are perfect to tuck into a gift.  This project also makes a great gift, class idea or easy project to put together to sell at a craft show.
This colorful set was designed by Laurie, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, July 11, 2014


I recently pulled a lot of retired stamp sets from boxes and shelves, and I couldn't resist inking this one (Sun-Ripened II) and coloring with Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Blendabilities Markers.  After the images were colored, I thought they deserved some extra WOW--a little Dazzling Diamond technique.  I inked the card stock with VersaMark, sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder, and used the heat tool to set.  Other Stampin' Products featured on these cards include Hardwood stamp set, Alphabet rotary stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Mossy Meadow ink, and the following card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry.

Sun-Ripened II stamp set has been removed from my stack(s) of stamps for sale.  I don't know if this style is just not trendy enough for the stampin' world, but it certainly appeals to me.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Create a lovely summer tea tray for your front porch.  You can easily switch the designer series paper and stamped images in the tray for a fresh look for any season, and the coasters are so simple to make that you’ll want a set for every occasion.  Complete the ensemble with a darling Simply Pressed clay box for candy, sugar or flowers.
What a pretty idea for a tray!  This ensemble was designed by Buffy Cooper, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.