Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Make this super sweet Summer Garden Tote Bag as a Thank You to that special friend. The coordinating Covered Notepad and Pen are simple but functional gifts that fit neatly inside the Tote. And, of course, the Thank You Card is a must to top off a perfect gift! In this tutorial you’ll also learn an essential tip - the perfect ‘stay put knot/bow’ – you’ll never tie a knot or bow any differently after learning it!
The tutorial for this gorgeous ensemble, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.

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.