Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPRING HYDRANGEA WREATH

It was time for a new wreath, and I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.  That's where the entire idea for this wreath was born . . . must have a burlap bow (I love burlap), must have hydrangeas, and my wreath wouldn't be complete without a pretty monogram.  While at Michael's on Tuesday, I thoroughly enjoyed all the time that I spent choosing the right flowers . . . the ones that weren't as pretty as the pricey stems but would suffice for the door.  I actually had a few pricey stems in my cart until I found some flowers with a better price.  And let me just say while I'm on the subject of Michael's . . . how is it possible that anyone who works in a craft store can be a frowning, stone-faced grump?  The one grumpy employee that I kept running into while shopping came up to check-out just in time to call "Next!" when I was next in line.  Ugh.  Of course, she didn't bother to greet me; after all, she'd had plenty of opportunity to be pleasant while I was shopping.  One by one, I laid my selections on the counter, looking at the display after each item was scanned to make sure the correct sale price showed up.  I could tell that this was irritating to her, but I didn't care.  I figured it was easier than having a conversation with her about anything.  I was there during the 2-Day Doorbuster sale, so I had a LOT of little items to place on the counter.  Dear Michaels, you have an employee who would rather be somewhere else.  So, I grabbed my bags of goodies and set out on the hike in the rain from the store to my car, which I'd parked far, far away where no one but me would park.  As soon as I got home, I worked on my wreath, which really didn't take long at all.  In no time, I had it hanging on the door.  In case you're wondering, the bow was going to be at the top of the wreath, but the wreath itself just barely fit in the hanger, so the bow had to move.  I was kind of glad because I think it's nice to not have such a predictable placement.  I have to share this little bit of humor . . . when I showed the wreath "parts" to my husband, he wanted to know where I planned to hang the wreath.  I told him it would go on the door, and his brows shot up and he said, "I hope you don't plan to put a nail in the door."  Uh . . . no . . . it will hang on the over-the-door hanger like all of the other wreaths have hung for the past 17 years.  LOL!  So I learned that my door decorations have been unremarkable (to him) all these years.  The things that go unnoticed!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MINION BIRTHDAY PARTY

These little cuties are a fun addition to any party.  With a Big Shot, Fringe scissors, card stock, and a few other tools, you can easily create your own army of Minion party-goers!
I love these minions!!!!  My great-nephew loves minions, too, and I will have to make one (or all) of these clever designs for him.  Buffy Cooper designed this project, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"MAKE-IT-SNAPPY-MONDAY" . . . AND A WINNER!!!

I can't stop creating with Stampin' Up!'s Stippled Blossoms stamp set!  For this week's MISM project, I chose to stamp the detail rose image with Primrose Petals ink on top of the Blushing Bride background image.  For the leaves, I used Old Olive ink but stamped off once for the background image.  My card stock colors are Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, and Old Olive.  If it looks like the first two layers are off the edge of the Blushing Bride card, that's because they are.  At the last minute, I decided to use Needlepoint Border embossing folder on the right edge of the already-slim card, which didn't leave room for the top layers of card stock.  Instead of cutting another card, I decided to just go for it and let this card have a unique layout.  I couldn't find (didn't feel like digging out) my Blushing Bride pleated ribbon, so I made my own loopy pleats with the crochet trim and further dressed it up with small bows from linen thread.  The linen thread was used again on the hello sentiment flag, and I really liked how that turned out!  Other Stampin' Up! products that I used to complete this card include rhinestone jewels and A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.  If you don't yet own Stippled Blossoms, you need it!  And while you're placing an order (hopefully, with me at www.regina.stampinup.net), go ahead and treat yourself to A Dozen Thoughts, which is another stamp set that I love!
WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!
With my blog post on April 8th, I announced that I had a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central to give awayI was pleasantly surprised with all of the comments and very much appreciate each of them!  I used random.org to select the winning name, which is . . . lucky #7 . . . SANDY HERMAN who wrote, "I love it…..another magnificent use of the envelope punch board. You are so crafty Regina!!!!!"  Sandy, please email me at randari at hotmail dot com so we can get your subscription started.  Again, I thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"ALWAYS KISS ME GOODNIGHT" GIFT SET

This Framed Shadow Box Gift Set would make a great gift for newlyweds, or how about an anniversary gift for that couple who needs this reminder?! The simple tea light holder and gift box will make a nice addition to include with the coordinating card.
How sweet is this set?  It was designed by Julie Beltramo, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, April 11, 2014

DADDY'S SOCK & SHOE BIRTHDAY CARD

Yesterday was daddy's birthday, and this is the fun card that I made for him.  Of course, I wanted something extra special, so I decided to try this fun Silhouette cut file.  I've had it for a while but have never tried it.  This was actually the third card that I made because the other two were just too small.  I couldn't decide where to place a sentiment, and then it occurred to me that I could just use a small tag, similar to a brand label that is often found on shoes.  
What is really fun about this project design is that the sock is actually the card.  The shoe itself is two layers, scored at the bottom of the shoe, glued together except for the opening where the sock goes, and then the sock (card) slips in and out of the shoe just as our feet normally go in and out of shoes.  The cut file included the accent layers, and I added stitching to most of those layers--that was a real enhancement to this card!  The only issue that I had with this card is that it has no way to stand for display, but I found an easy solution.
I remembered that I had purchased some adhesive-backed easels a couple of years ago and, fortunately, I was able to find them.  I had to trim it a bit to make it fit the card so that, when standing, it wouldn't be seen.  No one wants to look at an ugly easel, right?  All in all, I had a lot of fun working with this card, and daddy loved it.  That's all that matters!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"QUATREFANCY" CARD ORGANIZER

This pretty Card Organizer is a perfect addition to any desk, and it is designed to organize your greeting cards. The dividers make it easy to stay organized, and you can customize the dividers to whatever sentiments you like!  This project makes a nice gift or great class idea!
I love the simplicity of this card set, and it looks like a great design for duplicating and assembly line!  Laurie Zoellmer designed this set, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MY "CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL" PROJECT: CREATING WITH THE ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD

I always get excited about sharing the project that I designed for Craft Project Central, and today is the day that my April project is featured.  This is the descriptive intro that I wrote for the project:  The Envelope Punch Board is no longer a new tool, but there are plenty of new ways to create with it.  Learn to make a fun camera-shaped gift card holder, two treat holders—one of which is shaped like a purse, a clasp envelope, a candy wrapper box, and a really easy card with a coordinating envelope.  These are just a few of the fun things that can be created with the Envelope Punch Board!
And to think there was a time when I assumed that I didn't need Stampin' Up!'s Envelope Punch Board.  Ha!  I have truly spent hours and hours creating with this tool and always enjoy learning yet another new project that it can be used to complete.  If you're like me, then you will definitely enjoy this tutorial!  Would you like to win a FREE subscription to Craft Project Central this month?  One lucky person will win a FREE one-month subscription.  To be entered in the drawing, just leave a comment on THIS post on Craft Project Central's site.  I will draw the winning name and announce it with my "Make-It-Snappy-Monday" blog post on Monday, April 14th.

Monday, April 7, 2014

"MAKE-IT-SNAPPY-MONDAY"

For today's MISM project (and, yes, it was a snappy one), I opened a brand new stamp set and fell in love.  Stippled Blossoms should be named Snappy & Stunning Stippled Blossoms because the two-step images were so crazily easy to stamp beautifully without the use of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Aren't those roses gorgeous?!?!  I seriously LVE this stamp set and can see myself using it to make several sets of cards--quickly!  Years ago, I really enjoyed a similar stamp set (of roses) and hated to see it retire and, until recently, I had managed to talk myself out of purchasing Stippled Blossoms.  Big mistake because I have been missing out, and now I hope this awesome stamp set will not be on the retiring products list this year!  I don't know if it's necessarily true for all or most two-step stamp sets, but it seems to me that they can often be used to create your own designer paper and/or backgrounds; of course, when doing so, you don't have to layer the images--just use them randomly.  To create this card, I first stamped the leaves on the Whisper White layer using Pear Pizzazz ink.  Soft Sky ink was used to stamp the background image for the roses, and I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the floral detail.  Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz markers were used to ink the little rosebud on the sentiment label.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include the Artisan Label punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, and Soft Sky card stock, and Pear Pizzazz Chevron ribbon.  Something tells me that you haven't seen the last of this stamp set on my blog!  Have a happy Monday and a fabulous week!  Be sure to visit tomorrow when I share a photo of the project that I designed this month for Craft Project Central!  ;-)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL'S "CREATING PRETTY CARDS - SKETCH CHALLENGE #34"

If you visit my blog often, then you know that Craft Project Central has a new sketch each month and YOU are invited (encouraged, really) to accept the challenge to create and share a card.  For every 10 cards that are shared HERE, there will be a lucky winner of a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials on the site.  I had a lot of fun with this month's sketch:
My niece is getting married later this month, so I've had wedding stuff on my mind, which is why I chose to create something following that theme.  Of course, I'll need to make a different card for my niece since I'm posting this one on my blog.  ;-)
In keeping with the sketch, my oval layer was supposed to be on top of the vellum, but I couldn't bear to cover up one of its pretty silver hearts.  Since I used two strips of Stampin' Up!'s Silver Foil Designer Vellum, I slipped the Very Vanilla oval between the two pieces, which served to secure the vellum to the card.  The pretty Crochet Trim also helps to hold the vellum in place, and I dotted the back of a couple of the silver hearts on the vellum with glue to keep them together, mindful that the center needed to remain open so I could slip the stamped Very Vanilla oval between the two pieces of vellum.  Other Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Soft Suede
Stamp Set:  Love & Laughter
Ink:  Soft Suede
Sizzix:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Adorning Accents (hearts) embossing folder
Punch:  Small Heart
Accessories:  Crochet trim, Vintage Trinkets, Silver Glimmer paper, Silver Foil Designer Vellum

So, are you ready to accept the challenge?  It's really easy . . . just follow the sketch to create a card, post it to your blog, and then link to it HERE.

Be sure to visit my blog on Tuesday when I show a photo of the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month.  I'm really excited about it!  Also, I'll have a FREE one-month subscription to give away this month, and all details will be in my post on Tuesday, April 8th.



Friday, April 4, 2014

EASTER BOUQUET GIFT SET

Everyone loves a beautiful floral bouquet.  Here’s one that you can make that will last and brighten the recipients day!  Make the matching card and give as a beautiful Easter gift.  Makes for a fun class project too!
Look closely at those gorgeous flowers.  They look so real!  This creative project was designed by Wendy Cranford, and you can find her step-by-step tutorial at Craft Project Central.