Wednesday, April 27, 2016


It's time for Spring and time for digging in the dirt in the garden!  This Farmer’s Market Easel Card Gift Set is a wonderful way to share a gift from the garden with someone special.  In this tutorial you will learn to make a wonderful easel card with drawer that can be decorated in so many different ways for different occasions.  The set also includes a stamped muslin bag for storing seeds and a beautiful gift tag for gift giving.  You will also learn how to make the images stamped on muslin bags burst with color!  This set would be perfect for a stamp camp or as a special gift for Spring!

The tutorial for this great set of cards, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, April 25, 2016


I am bad, and I apologize.  I had promised to announce the winner of the free one-month Craft Project Central subscription last Wednesday, and it's almost time for another Wednesday!  What?!?!  In case you don't know what I'm talking about, it's all spelled out in THIS blog post.  But, since you've waited this long, the least I can do is share a project photo, right?  I had quite a nice time making this card because it was just too easy.  I love that the stamped image (Get Well Soup) is large enough that it doesn't require too much thought about how to finish the card.
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!! was used to choose the winner, and she is . . . LAURIE MEIER.   Laurie, if you'll contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your FREE subscription started!

Sunday, April 24, 2016


This star-shaped scrapbook is as much fun to use as it is to create! It is lovely to display when it is open and easy to store when closed. This version, created with the Sweet Li’l Thing Designer Series Paper makes a wonderful baby scrapbook. If you change the paper it can also be a great scrapbook for Mother’s Day, birthdays, weddings, and many other special occasions. It is perfect for a class or a club project, or just a fun afternoon scrapping with friends. Includes instructions for a coordinating card.

The tutorial for this conversation piece, which was designed by Yapha Mason, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed to the awesome tutorials this month?  The tutorials are fantastic!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Have a birthday, baby shower or graduation party coming up soon? How about making these quick and easy mini bags for the perfect party treat? With the Gift Bag Punch Board and a little modification of the scoring, you can have 18 or more of these done in no time! You can use any color combination, Designer Series Paper and greeting with these as well!

The tutorial for this great project, which was designed by Cindy Schuster, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate it than with beautiful, colorful flowers. Make this pretty flower pin with a faux leather look. Learn how to give texture to plain cardstock and make easy Do-It-Yourself jewelry. If you don’t like to wear pins, turn the pin into a bag topper or other 3-D embellishment. Change the colors to make this for a wedding or other special occasion. Learn how to make a box to hold the pin. The coordinating greeting card is a gift itself that can be framed or placed in an album.  Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.

The tutorial for this gorgeous project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed to this month's tutorials yet?  

Saturday, April 16, 2016


I was supposed to be cleaning off my desk yesterday, but something about handling a plethora of stamps makes me want to grab a few ink pads (just add more to put away later) and create.  I told myself that I'd enjoy the process a lot more if I'd just clear the desk, but I guess I'm a hopeless stamper-in-chaos.  My mind works in a way that ignores all common sense and reasoning when I have a project idea.  And this is the card that was responsible for my messy desk staying messy overnight, but I had to wait until today to take it to the porch to be photographed.
If you missed out on the All about Everything stamp set that Paper Pumpkin subscribers received this month, then you really missed out on something good.  The more I work with this set, the more I love it.  This is my favorite creation with it so far, but then I love grid designs.  BTW, if you are ever out of ideas or fall into a creative slump, start digging your way out with a simple grid design--anything goes and you cannot fail.  The sentiment on the torn vellum is from the Lovely Little Wreath stamp set that came with my kit, and it's such a sweet one.  Following is a list of products featured on my card:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Vellum
Stamp Sets:  All about Everything, Lovely Little Wreath
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Silver mini brads, 1/16" Handheld Circle punch, Tiny Wave rotary cutting blade


Planning a tea party and need some favors?  Or maybe you want to make some cute little gifts for the tea, coffee, or hot cocoa lover in your life?  This tutorial ensemble covers them all- favors, tea bag and K-cup holders, and even a hot cocoa envelope card- all packaged to a “TEA” to give as sweet treats.

The tutorial for this handy project, which was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, April 15, 2016


After I finished the wreath (April Paper Pumpkin project) that I posted yesterday, I played with the extra (exclusive) stamp set that came with the kit, "All about Everything".  This stamp set seems to have been made just for me . . . it has flowers, two-step stamping, non-descript "use anywhere" images, and sentiments.  I decided that the first card that I made wasn't all that great, but here are the other two that I made:
See what I did with the leaf image?  I wasn't sure where I was going with that as I was stamping, but it definitely makes a nice background or filler.  By the way, that sentiment is a keeper and one that I will use often.

Now the second card is just a sweet little something to mail to a special someone.  In case you can't tell, those are gold sequins that I scattered around.  The only thing that I wish I had done differently on this card was stamp the sentiment with black ink.  At the time, I didn't know that I would be adding a black mat and black gingham ribbon.  The sentiment that I used on this card is from the stamp set that came with the Lovely Little Wreath (April) Paper Pumpkin kit.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


While I was lying in bed this morning, trying to convince my eyes to stay open, I heard the familiar sound of the mail carrier's vehicle.  And then I heard it pull into my driveway, which could only mean one thing . . . there's a package!  As the carrier walked to the house, that pretty Paper Pumpkin box (resting on top of a much larger package) seemed to have a bright halo around it.  Woohoo!!!!  My eyes were then wide open as I scrambled to the porch to get it.  Besides the excitement of getting TWO stamp sets this month--one of which is exclusive for Paper Pumpkin subscribers--the project is a fun one!  I am in love with the wreath!  It was very easy to make, and I almost have enough leftover leafy strips to make a second one!  I didn't follow all of the instructions for my wreath--I used a different ribbon, didn't include a bow, chose a different sentiment for the "chalkboard" (using one of the new stamps, of course), and I added some Hotfix Crystals to the flowers.  The wreath is complete, and I still get to start stamping with all of those stamps!  Thanks, Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Today I'm excited to share a sneak peek photo of the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

With this tutorial, learn some creative and trendy ways to use the botanicals images and coordinating dies.  Two of the cards demonstrate fun ways to use the stamps to create two different wreaths, and there are two trendy designs, neither of which fall short with dimension and texture.  Of course, it's always great to have a creative and coordinating gift box for a set of cards, and this box has a unique design that you'll love.

As usual, I have a FREE one-month subscription to give away, and getting your name entered in the drawing is really simple . . . just click THIS LINK and leave a comment where you see the sneak peek photo of my project.  I will announce the winner right here on my blog on Wednesday, April 20th, so be sure to come back on that day to see if you have won.  If you can't wait that long to get your subscription started, just visit to subscribe to this month's AWESOME project tutorials.