Sunday, May 24, 2015


When’s the last time you had a donut?  Well, it’s time you had one, or a few!  These donuts are just as yummy as the real thing and come without the guilt.  Make these delicious projects for anyone who has a sweet tooth.  The donut tutorial includes directions to make a shaker card, a donut gift box with a window, a donut mini notepad on a ring and a jumbo donut clip.  These are the yummiest donuts you can make without ever taking a bite.
Doesn't the sneak peek look like a fun project--fun to make or receive!  It was designed by Carrie Rhoades, and her complete tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


There's something about this new stamp set (and coordinating punch) that makes me want to keep the project design clean and simple.  Maybe the petite punched pieces have something to do with that. One thing is for certain . . . a really precious set of cards could easily be created with this set! It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the tree top was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals, and I let two of the branches overlap.  That pretty yellow background is from the Cherry on Top DSP stack, and my card stock colors are Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, and Real Red.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Painted Petals twine, rhinestone jewels, Fringe Scissors, and Petite Pairs stamp set. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015


This Felt Monoprint Card and Case gives you a fun new way to put your reinkers to use.  Create gorgeous original monoprints for your card fronts and for the box front!  What a great project to do with kids!  This set includes a set of eight original cards, a box to hold the cards and a gift tag if you choose to gift the set to a friend.  You an even invite a class to do felt monoprinting and let the creativity run wild!!!  This colorful and clever project was designed by Michelle Wecksler, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Make this elegant card set showcasing four different lay-outs, using the same stamp sets and same colors. Learn how to make your own water color background. You will also learn a new technique: emboss resist. The cards come in a sliding box case that’s easy to make and reproduce. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.
Doesn't this look like a gorgeous set of cards?  The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Today's MISM project features a brand new stamp set--Sprinkles of Life--which you have probably been seeing a lot on the web.  It's one of the new products that demonstrators were able to pre-order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog, and it's also the Ronald McDonald House Charities® stamp set.  With each purchase, Stampin' Up! donates $3 to RMHC®.  I think this might be the first time a charity set has been part of the demo pre-order, which is great because it puts the charity set in the spotlight.  There is also a coordinating punch for this set (Tree Builder) that makes it all the more fun.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Fringe Scissors

Saturday, May 16, 2015


I overlooked sharing this card earlier that I designed for Mother's Day but, hopefully, late is better than never.  Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Laughter stamp set is such a cute one but, as you can see from this card, some of the images can be used to create a more mature design--and one with a vintage flair.  Time is running out to get this stamp set before it's gone for good after June 2nd.


If you’re looking for some ‘formal attire’ for a card ensemble gift set – This is it! With Father’s Day coming up, graduations, or weddings, this little set is sure to please! You’ll learn how to make the Top Hat, which you can use as just a fun décor piece, or fill it with a special treat. Plus you’ll make six simple Note Cards that will be perfect for all those masculine card needs. And those Note Cards are a perfect fit into the simple, but sophisticated Suit Box. Wrap it all up for the most stylish masculine gift! 
I love this ensemble--it is absolutely stunning and . . . well . . . formal.  Julie Beltramo did a wonderful job designing this project, and her complete tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  All of the projects this month are awesome!  Have you subscribed yet?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


The daughter of a friend graduated from college last week.  After much deliberation (with myself) regarding gift ideas, I decided today that I would create a piece of art for the daughter's new apartment.  She is a go-getter . . . a high achiever . . . a hard worker . . . and her sights are set on beginning a career in the big city . . . the really big city . . . New York.  Her major was journalism so, for the mixed media canvas, I knew that I wanted to incorporate patterned papers with text that resembled newsprint.  My favorite inclusion of this is the skyline, which I created by cutting strips of paper and
 coloring them with a black Faber-Castell Gelato.  A black Pitt marker was used to outline the strips, and depth was achieved by slightly smudging the inked outline.  I might should have layered the "buildings" for my skyline so they wouldn't end up resembling a row of books, but a row of books isn't such a bad thing.  ;-)  The "she was" image is from a Christy Tomlinson stamp, and I love that the image has "she was a daughter of God" printed on the skirt.  While coloring the image with a few layers of paint and ink, the word "daughter" kind of disappeared, so I created a replacement for that.  The figure was given two rows of jewels (adhesive trim that I found in my stash), and I used the Pitt marker once again to outline and smudge the image to not only give it depth, but to give it prominence.  Because every mixed media canvas needs texture, I used Texture Paste and the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil on the left edge.  Portions of the texture were colored with ink, paint, and Inka Gold, and I left some of the areas uncolored to add a little brightness to the piece.  I don't know about everyone else but, when I work with a canvas, I hardly ever end up with what I thought I was making.  ;-)  That's always okay with me because the process is an evolution . . . starting in a direction and ending up with something even better than what I had envisioned.  As long as I can incorporate the elements that I want to be present, it's all good.  I just hope the graduate will love it.


Butterflies, roses, diamonds, and gold glitz make this table decoration and card extra special for a summer wedding.  The Something Borrowed suite from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog makes this project a snap to pull together.  Change the sentiment on the card, and the ensemble is perfect for a bridal shower, tea party, or wedding anniversary.  It’s also a fun Stamp Camp project!
You can tell from the sneak peek photo that this ensemble, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, is simply stunning!  The tutorial, complete with step-by-step photos, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet? 

Monday, May 11, 2015


One of my favorite things about paper crafts is boxes.  I ♥ learning new ways to make them, and this self-closing box is quite a gem--literally with its faceted design.  I'm cheating a little by presenting it for my Make-It-Snappy-Monday project, but it's not too much of a stretch because it is quite easy to make.  I scored the 6" x 8-1/2" card stock at 4" and 8", rotated the card stock, and scored again at 1" and 5".  The diagram below shows the 1" scored lines that were made at the 2" and 6" measures, as well as the diagonal scoring (dashed) and cut lines (solid).  I love that this box can be fully decorated and set aside until ready to fill since the washi tape and twine do not interfere with opening the box! 

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