Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Fall is here – with beautifully colored falling leaves, scarecrows, pumpkins and family gatherings.  Create simple and adorable favor boxes for your fall parties and dinners, a beautiful centerpiece, and a card to send to family and friends using fun fall colors and the Color Me Autumn suite.
Surely, you noticed those adorable Curvy Keepsake boxes, but did you notice the amazing flowers on the centerpiece?  This ensemble was the brain child of Buffy Cooper, and her tutorial for each item is available at Craft Project Central.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Today's MISM project is a cake box that I cut with the Cricut Explore, and the 3D image is from the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge.  This box is a very generous size, and opens from the bottom.  Although it closes somewhat securely, I opted to wrap the ribbon from the bottom to the top and can slide the ribbon off when I'm ready to fill the box.  Stampin' Up! products featured on this project include:
Stamp Set:  Endless Wishes
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Encore silver metallic 
Punch:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (star)
Accessories:  Frosted Sequins, Silver satin ribbon, Glimmer paper, Window Sheet
With my October 11th blog post (HERE), I offered a one-month FREE subscription to Craft Project Central. 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.  And the winner is:
Jane McAulay
who wrote, "I love all of these but especially the little triangle treat box. That would be perfect for the grandchildren’s classes."  Jane, if you'll email me at randari at hotmail dot com, we'll get your subscription started.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Now is the season of refection and thankfulness.  This advent is a perfect way to remind us of our blessings.  Add treats for little ones and each day add a slip of paper with what you are thankful for.  Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to read them and reflect!
This clever project was designed by Heidi King, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Make these sweet baby shower decoration pieces for a sweet friend who is expecting.  This set contains a shaker card, sweet baby carriage treat box, bookmark, and a wand/straw decoration.  You will be the talk of the party!  These pieces can be mass-produced easily, and the greeting card can serve as the invitation and/or baby announcement.
Isn't this an adorable project?  It was designed by Monika Davis, and her complete tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Today is aunt Betty's 89th birthday.  I don't know how long I've been sending cards to her--it's been YEARS--but I know for sure that she loves receiving them.  She's never said that she looks forward to getting unique cards, but my guess is that she has come to expect something a little out of the ordinary from me.  Can you imagine how much pressure that adds to the design process?  I kept wondering what kind of card to make this time, thinking of all types that I've sent in the past, and then I remembered seeing this bird cage on the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  That cartridge is all about cards, so the decision was made . . . there would be a bird cage for Betty's birthday.  To decorate the front, I stamped the pretty flowers using Stampin' Up!'s Pictogram Punches stamp set and cut them with the coordinating flower punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I can't remember the name of the Martha Stewart punch that cut those dainty sprigs, but I that punch!  Keeping things simple, I tied a dangling glittery heart to the white bow.
You would think this particular card would be a tri-panel since the front is so open, but it wasn't set up that way on the cartridge so I had to create the extra layer myself, which I cut from Naturals White card stock and scored on the right edge to create a hinge.  Most of the decorative images are from Stampin' Up! . . . Bird Builder punch and another stamped and punched flower.
And on the back panel, I stamped the perfect greeting from Really Good Greetings, cut it with the Note Tag punch, and topped it off with another stamped and punched flower.  I was pleased, and I think aunt Betty will enjoy looking at this card and showing it off, too! 

Monday, October 13, 2014


I got an early birthday present last weekend--a Cricut Explore machine.  Honestly, I didn't "need" another machine, but I have to say that each has earned its right to live in my stamp room.  The Explore definitely makes excellent cuts--just look at how perfectly it made the small cuts on that doily!
The basket, flower, and doily are image files that are normally available with a monthly subscription, but I am desperately trying to take full advantage of the free two-week trial.  This basket, which was truly a snap to cut and assemble, is a great size--approximately 3.5" at the bottom and somewhat wider at the top.  So far, what I'm loving most about the Explore machine is that it will score and cut during one pass and, of course, the cuts are impressive.


Everyone loves to remember an event with photos, so why not make this quick and easy fold-out mini album to capture those moments and share them with someone you love?  The album has two fun fold-out "pages" that will give you a total of five spots for photos or spaces for writing your thoughts.  Whatever you choose to put inside, the recipient is sure to have a smile on their face when they see the surprise inside.  This tutorial also includes a coordinating card.
The tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I'm so excited to share the project that I designed for the October edition of awesome projects at Craft Project Central!  I give a lot of thought to the projects that I design for Craft Project Central, and I try to create something that's somewhat unique. This month, I decided to re-visit an oldie but very fun Waterfall interactive card, along with a simple triangle treat holder and a candy dispenser that you will want to make again and again . . . one for every season and holiday!  I even share a handy tip for working with Photopolymer stamps!  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project tutorial:  
This ensemble includes a quick-to-make triangle treat holder, a fun, interactive Waterfall card, and a candy dispenser that everyone can enjoy.

Be sure to visit Craft Project Central and get your October subscription started.  I will be giving a FREE subscription to one lucky person with my Make-It-Snappy-Monday blog post on Monday, October 20th.  To be entered in the drawing, click HERE and leave a comment on the post that features my project.  That's all you have to do!  Don't forget to come back here on the 20th to see if you're the winner.
DID YOU KNOW . . . that no matter when your Craft Project Central subscription gets started, you will have access to the subscription month's tutorials for 11 months?!?! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014


This past Saturday was World Card-Making Day, and I hosted a stamp-a-stack.  As I was prepping supplies for the event, I kept thinking about how I would package everything securely.  And then I remembered that I had a Silhouette cut file for this card holder that's shaped like a mini magazine file.  It was quite perfect because it not only held the class supplies, it also came in handy to hold the cards that my friends made that day--with a little extra room for envelopes.  I think I'll make these holders for all of my stamp-a-stack events!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Make this cute little Halloween treat box and matching card for your favorite little goblins, witches, and ghosts this year!  The template is easy to adapt to different occasions too, and doesn’t have to be used just as a Halloween gift!  Makes for a fun class project as well!  
I like that Stampin' Up!'s Halloween designer paper this year is bright and colorful, and this project from Laurie really displays that feature.  The tutorial for this project can be found at Craft Project Central.