Friday, August 1, 2014


The first day of school is always an exciting time.  Help your children transition from lazy summer days to the adventure of a new school year with these fun treats tucked into a mini muslin bag.  The inspiring card can be slipped into a backpack or lunch box as a reminder to children that you’re thinking about them all day.
Kids would be wanting summer break to end so they could get this Back-to-School treat!  Well, that's probably a big fat lie, but they'd still really enjoy it when it's time to head to the classroom.  This fun project was designed by Buffy Cooper, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


I don't believe I've shared this card yet, but I apologize if I have.  The truth is . . . my stampin' time (and attention to my blog) has taken a back seat to trying to sell a TRUCKLOAD of retired stamp sets.  If there's anything you're looking for or if you just want to help a girl free up some much-needed space in her stamp room, then PLEASE click on the first photo in the right sidebar to see a partial list of what's for sale.  Several of the stamp sets on that list have sold, and there are some other stamp sets and assorted items that haven't been added to the list--yet.  Be sure to check back in a few days for the updated list.
But about the card.  I've mentioned that I love Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic stamp set, and don't you love it, too, when you look at this card?  Imagine how superdeeduper easy it was to make!  I kinda cheated, though, because I already had the flower colored and cut out.  I figure if I'm going to spend the time enjoying coloring with the Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, I might as well color several images and have them ready to use.  ;-)  This card also features sequins.  There's been a little rage for sequins for a while and, if I'm being honest, I haven't ever understood it.  I think they look pretty on cards, and Stampin' Up!'s In Color sequins are gorgeous; however, I still feel clumsy when I take the lid off the container and spend a little time chasing the fly-aways.  One of them recently traveled into my living room.  Sneaky little defector!  I'm not ready to give up on sequins--I just need to work with them some more and learn a few tricks. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Need a beautiful way to present a special gift to someone awesome? Use this fun flower decked tote bag to hold your gifts and complete the set with the matching card. The finished tote is 9” long, 3” wide, and 9” deep so it can hold several small gifts or one larger one.
This lovely project was designed by Amanda and is the August Bonus Project at Craft Project Central.  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, July 28, 2014


I'm really liking Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic stamp set, and I used two of the images to create this very quick, very simple card.  Notice that pretty embossed frame?  To create it, I used one of the Fun Frames embossing folders.  Products featured on this card include:
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, A Dozen Thoughts
Sizzix:  Fun Frames embossing folder
Accessories:  Rhinestone jewels

Saturday, July 26, 2014


This banner and matching card set is great for any summer party!  Perfectly fun and bright, it will bring smiles and festivity to any gathering!  Use the project instructions and change the colors for any party theme, birthdays, showers and any holiday!  
This lovely and useful project was designed by Heidi King, and her awesome tutorial is available at Craft Project Central.  

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.