Friday, February 12, 2016

THANK YOU, KRISPY KREME!

Last week when I visited my parents, they shared Krispy Kreme doughnuts with me, which were in a box with an all-over black and white design for coloring.  How fun!  Of course, I couldn't just throw the box out, so I cut a section to fit on a card and used Sharpie markers for the coloring.  The photo isn't all that great, but this was one of the brightest cards that I've made in a long time--or ever.  I think it was a fun one for my parents to receive, and it was fun for me, too.  Thank you, Krispy Kreme, for delicious doughnuts and the opportunity to enjoy coloring and recycling at the same time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EGG-CELLENT EASTER ENSEMBLE

Are the winter blues getting you down? Bring some spring into your home a little early and be ready to celebrate Easter with this Egg-cellent Easter Ensemble! These branches are already in bloom with soft pink paper flowers and tiny green leaves. The embellished egg ornaments add pretty, delicate accents that are perfect for the Easter Season. Make one for your own home and one to give away. The coordinating card and basket make this an ideal gift for someone special.
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Julie, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, February 8, 2016

"MAKE-IT-SNAPPY-MONDAY"

Valentine's Day is fast-approaching, and this is the only card that I've managed to make.  I was thinking that I would send it to aunt Betty, even though she'll probably wonder why I'm sending such a plain card this time.  She's funny.  She really enjoys getting cards from me and usually tells my mother about them--and sometimes she'll mention that "it's not the prettiest card I've ever gotten from Regina, but it's real pretty".  I don't take offense to that at all because I know exactly what she means--some cards just have more frills, detail, fun or fancy fold than others.  I had actually tossed this one to the side thinking that I couldn't possibly send it to her but, unless I come up with something more exciting in the next 24 hours, this will be the card she gets.  It was a snap to make.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Archival Basic Black ink to stamp the image (Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous) and then used an Aqua Painter to color the image with Pink Pirouette and Always Artichoke ink.  Smoky Slate ink was used to dirty the ground beneath the bird's feet, but then it got muddied when I sponged the paper with Soft Suede ink while the Smoky Slate ink was still wet.  Oh well . . . I guess that's why the bird is looking like, "Really, Regina?  You had to ground me in mud?"  After taking the photo, I placed a small punched heart from Silver Glimmer paper on the bird's breast so it would look a little more festive.  And this, my friends, concludes this week's snappy Monday project.
 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ZOO BABIES LOVE NOTES SET

It's time to express your love!  These adorable Zoo Babies love note cards are a perfect way to share your love!  Hide them in a lunch bag, briefcase or drawer for your loved one to discover!  A highlight of this set is learning how to create sleek envelopes using a combination of the Simply Scored Board and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  This set includes four love notes, four envelopes, a gift tag, and an adorable gift bag to hold the set of love notes.  This set would be perfect for a stamp camp or as a simple gift!
The tutorial for this cute set of love notes, which is a project designed by Michelle Wecksler, is available at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUNNY IN THE CARROT PATCH

You’re invited…to join bunny…in the carrot patch!  These projects feature the Friends & Flowers Stamp Set and the coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch to create the star of the show…the adorable bunny.  And what does the bunny love the most?  Carrots, of course!  Bright and fun Pumpkin Pie and Cucumber Crush Cardstock are scored and folded to create 3-D carrots…in two sizes!  Larger carrots are strung on Linen Thread to create a garland of carrots…and the smaller carrot perfectly adorns a Tiny Treat Box.  The bunny faced card is designed to serve for Easter greetings…or an invitation…and a colorful place card rounds out the project line up.
The tutorial for this adorable ensemble, which was designed by Sue Plote, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SYMPATHY CARD . . . AND THE WINNER OF THE FREE CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL SUBSCRIPTION

I needed two sympathy cards recently, and one of them needed a feminine flair.  It's not always easy to add dimension and texture while trying to keep a design simple, but I think this one was a winner.  Keeping a clean and fresh color palette gave emphasis to the message, which is exactly what was needed.
My card features the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Stamp Set:  Chalk it Up to Love (Aug 2015 My Paper Pumpkin)
Ink:  Sahara Sand
Sizzix:  Bold Butterfly Framelits, Squares Collection Framelits
Accessories:  Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, Rhinestone Jewels
 
WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!
Many thanks to those who took the time to leave a comment HERE on the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month!!  Huge apologies for being late to announce the winner of the FREE one-month subscription!  Random.org was used to choose the winner, and she is . . . NANCY C.   Nancy, if you'll contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your FREE subscription started!
 

Monday, February 1, 2016

LEAP DAY FROGS

Leap Day comes only once every four years, so don’t let it pass by without some fun stamping projects! When I think of “leaping,” I think of frogs and these cute frog cards and treat holder will have you leaping with joy. This project includes a square card, a pop-up card, and a pyramid treat holder. Use them to celebrate Leap Day with friends and family, or create them for a club or class project. These versatile frogs will also be great for Passover and other spring celebrations.
The tutorial for this cute project, which was designed by Yapha Mason, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BLOG HOP . . . COURTESY OF NC STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATORS

The NC Stampin' Up! demonstrator Facebook group is having their first monthly blog hop today, and I'm so excited to participate!  If you started at the beginning of this hop, then you are coming from Shavon's creative blog.  As you probably know by now, this hop will feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure, and I'm pleased to share the project that I created:
My card features the following products:
Cardstock/Specialty Paper:  Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Gold Glimmer Paper, Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack
Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blooms, Botanical Blooms
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral (ink pad and marker)
Sizzix:  Botanical Builder Framelits
Accessories:  Rhinestone Jewel
And here's one more (close-up) photo for you.  Isn't that die-cut flower gorgeous?

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

BAKER'S BOX CREATIONS

This tutorial includes three different treat and gift boxes made with the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies. There’s a little treat box that holds a Ghirardelli candy bar perfectly, a tall Baker’s Box that can hold a full-size candy bar or anything around the same size, and a wide Baker’s Box that can hold a lot of treats or a little gift. The boxes also feature the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set and English Garden Designer Series Paper. This would make a great product-based class for the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies.
This ensemble, which was designed by Christy Fulk, is the January 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!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A LITTLE VALENTINE DECORATION IN WOOL

Lately, I've been seeing some patchwork backgrounds on wool appliqué projects and have been wanting to try to create one.  I designed my pattern last night and cut out the pieces today, feeling more and more apprehensive about how it would turn out.  It looks easy enough, but wool (maybe a lot of other fabrics, too) has enough stretch and thickness to it that will cause it to do some shifting once stitching begins, which was even more of an issue considering that there would be a backing to which the pieces would be stitched.  I wasn't sure what would happen once I started to join all of those small pieces with their unique shapes but, despite a couple of small challenges, I was quite pleased with the end result.
Working with wool is so enjoyable!  The only downside that I can see (besides the ouch of having to pay for the wool and then not wanting to cut it up) is that I don't want to stop once I start a project.  Fortunately, I seem to keep choosing small projects that don't take a lot of time to complete.  ;-)  And now I'm decorated for Valentine's Day!