Sunday, February 1, 2015


It’s all about owls and all about simplicity!  You don’t need a million supplies to make a gift set that you can be proud of!  Learn how to make this adorable owl from Whisper White card stock and then turn him into an embellishment for cards and a card holder.  Take it to the next level by making the same owl from Simply Pressed Clay!  The clay owl will stand up tall in a plant or pencil cup! This set would make a great class and would be a fun way to involve children in your crafting!
This clever gift set was designed by Michelle Wecksler, and you can find her complete tutorial at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


With this fun Birthday Box Set you will be ready for those birthdays that pop up throughout the year. This gift set features five different fun card designs that double as gift card holders and five small gift bags that are perfect for a gift card or any other small gift. All of this comes with a fun box to store it all so it’s ready when you need it!
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 January 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!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


While the Mossy Meadow and Rich Razzleberry markers were still on my desk, I decided to make another card with Mother's Love stamp set, and this time I added a few images from Butterfly Basics.  I think these two stamp sets are my favorites from the current Occasions catalog for two reasons:  (1) Mother's Love has those beautiful 2-step flowers that are so very easy to stamp, and (2) Butterfly Basics is a perfect collage companion.  Seriously, I think that set has an image to use with just about anything that you're working on, and it doesn't hurt that there are coordinating punches and dies for some of the images.  The sentiment on my card is from Sheltering Tree.  I love the pretty handwritten look of those sentiments, which makes me think that Stampin' Up! needs more stamp sets with handsomely handwritten sentiments.  Card stock colors are Rich Razzleberry, Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White, and I used Smoky Slate to stamp the honeycomb image.  Dazzling Diamonds glitter was applied to the flower petals, and the punched butterfly has a sparkly Silver Glimmer paper body.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


A fitting tribute, this flower bouquet is enthroned on a glimmering pedestal and protected under a shiny clear dome. Flowers in Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, and Blushing Bride are tied around their stems with silky Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding.  The designer, Bev Adams, dedicated this lovely project to her sister, but it could also be a fitting tribute to any special woman in your life.  Full project photos and detailed tutorial for this gorgeous project can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Today's MISM project just sort of fell into place, and I really like the way everything landed.  I had been working with the designer paper and Mother's Love stamp set, so I put those products (and a few others) to good use.  Lately, when I come in here to create something, I feel so uninspired and/or distracted.  I worked on some projects yesterday that were pleasing but, at the same time, I was kind of surprised at the end result because I simply didn't have any set direction.  I have always enjoyed the challenge of putting to use items that I find on my desk, and today's card is another example of how that totally works.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Note Tag punch, You Brighten My Day stamp set, Vellum card stock, fringe scissors, silver glimmer paper, Basic Black card stock, Mossy Meadow ribbon, ink, and card stock, Rich Razzleberry card stock, and twine.  Have a happy Monday and a fabulous week!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Get ready for that someone special with this complete gift set! A simple but sweet Note Card Box is fun and easy to make. It holds nine 3” x 3” cards and envelopes that will be easy to access and perfect for those quick notes everyone needs to write! The Treat Pouch is the perfect companion that will hold those special goodies you want to share. And the coordinating card is simple, sweet and stunning! And, if that’s not enough… this tutorial will teach you a ribbon trick that you’ll love and use again and again!
Did you read that . . . nine note cards and envelopes, ready to use and easy to access?  It sounds like the perfect project to me!  This ensemble was designed by Julie Beltramo, and her full project photos and tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  Hop on over and get your subscription started.  There have been some fabulous projects, and that's what you can expect each and every month!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Make this sweet “Baby Girl” mini accordion album for a friend who is expecting or has just had a baby. The mini album is perfect for scrapbooking or keeping keepsake photos. It nicely fits in a hand bag. These pieces can be mass produced easily, and the greeting card can serve as the invitation and/or the baby announcement. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.
I don't know about you, but I think this looks like the cutest baby project!  The. Cutest.  This pretty ensemble was designed by Monika Davis, and I am already a fan of the color combos that she always brings.  This one is so sweet and subtle, and that paper . . . ahhhh.  Full project photos and detailed instructions are available at Craft Project Central, and it's not too late to get your subscription to the January session.

Monday, January 19, 2015


I have had the hardest time taking a decent photo of today's MISM card, and believe me . . . I know this is a crazy looking photo the way the card is corner-propped on the pages of that really old Bible.  As I was carrying the card from room to room and even outdoors, I kept hearing, "You are NOT smarter than a 5th grader!"  Maybe it's because I've been playing that game on my phone, but it seemed like a fitting voice to hear in my head.  The card looks really nice in real life, though.  It features Stampin' Up!'s Butterflies die, Whisper White card stock, Top Note die, Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, Painted Blooms DSP, and Spring Flowers embossing folder.
With my January 13th 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
Nancy Dawson
who wrote, "As usual your project is really great! I too like the non-traditional colors making it possible to use longer than one season. Thanks for sharing your talent!"
  Nancy, if you'll email me at randari at hotmail dot com
we'll get your subscription started.


Create and hang this beautiful perpetual calendar to always keep track of what day it is. Easily update the calendar each month for years to come. Storage is provided right on the back of the frame for any extra pieces that aren’t used. So all the pieces you need are right there. Give this as a great gift for the new year with the coordinating card. This would be a wonderful class project!
Full project photos and tutorial, designed and created by Amanda, are available at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Love for the season.  Love all year long!  This XOXO Gift Set is a wonderful way to show your affection for someone you love.  The set includes a love-themed sign along with a coordinating gift card and matching box.  This set would make a great class and also offers a perfect way for you to decorate for Valentine’s Day!
This is another of those festive ensembles that features creative embellishing techniques.  The tutorial for this ensemble, which was designed by Michelle, can be found at Craft Project Central.