Saturday, March 28, 2015


I needed some invitations to send to my family this week, and the March My Paper Pumpkin had the perfect contents--just what I needed!  I really enjoyed the stitching part, although I have to admit that it took me longer to complete than it probably should have.  On two of the invitations, I used a little DMC floss that I had on hand to coordinate with the color of the puffy heart and star embellishments.  I really enjoy the My Paper Pumpkin kits each month!  Stampin' Up! made some awesome changes/improvements to the kits about a year ago, and I haven't been disappointed yet.  Maybe you'd like to try a subscription?  Just click on the "Subscribe Today" link in the left sidebar.  It's that easy!


Let’s get out of those winter blues and make a couple of bright and cheerful projects that you can keep or send to someone that needs a little brightness to cheer them up.  All you need is a Big Shot, a few circle punches, the Basic Butterfly Stamp Set, Butterflies Framelits, and some bright cardstock!  Gift ensemble includes a shaker card, matching pen, and keepsake box!
The tutorial for this bright and cheery project, which was designed by April, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


This Rustic Office Ensemble is the perfect gift for a college graduate or someone starting a new job or a new phase of life! This gift offers functionality, décor, and words of advice that can encourage and uplift the man in your life every day! The framed sentiment can either stand on the desk or hang on the wall to remind the recipient of important elements of success. The magnetic board holds a handy, custom notebook and can also be a place for photos or reminders. The pencil holder and business card holder are coordinated perfectly and keep necessary items within reach and clutter off the desk. The matching card tops of this ensemble and gives you a place to congratulate your man on his accomplishments!
The tutorial for this great project, which was designed by Julie Warnick, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Today's MISM project features inlaid embossed strips of Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and Spring Flowers embossing folder.  The detail shows up better in the second photo.  This technique is such an easy one, and it definitely adds interest and texture to any card.  The stamped flower is from the Crazy about You stamp set and was punched with the Flower Medallion punch.  Finishing touches to this card are the leafy stem and round flower center, both from the oh-so-useful Flower Frenzy Bigz L die and--last, but not least--the Crisp Cantaloupe thick Baker's twine.
With my March 14th blog post (HERE), I mentioned that I had a one-month FREE subscription to Craft Project Central to give to one lucky person. 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.  The winner is:
Carol Haffner
who wrote, "Great project….beautiful cards!!!!!"
  Congratulations, Carol!  
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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Blue skies, a field of flowers and butterflies!  This Field of Flowers home décor canvas will brighten up your home and make you long for Spring!  With a few simple supplies you can create a gorgeous piece of art for your wall.  A coordinating card for any occasion is also part of this set…just in case you decide to make an extra canvas for a lucky friend!  This canvas is sure to brighten any wall!

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

Friday, March 20, 2015


Do you have a hard time coming up with project ideas for the men in your life?  This Campout Gift Box & Card may be the perfect solution if they love the outdoors!  This 4” x 4” gift box features all the makings of a perfect outdoor getaway – a tent tucked into the trees, a cozy fire, stars in the sky, and even a “cuddly” guest!  The pop up card completes the set and is sure to bring a smile to his face!
Can you say adorable?????  I mean, really . . . this is the cutest thing that I've seen in a while, and (as of this writing) I haven't even seen the whole project yet.   The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Melissa, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?  Surely, the idea of TEN tutorials for $10 appeals to you.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I don't think it's really been that long since I sent a card to aunt Betty, but it certainly feels like it so I chose this handy dandy cut file (that I purchased quite some time ago from the Silhouette online store) and made this card.  I love shaped cards!  I can't imagine that anyone loves them as much as me, but I'm probably kidding myself.  As a matter of fact, the desire to make shaped cards was the main reason why I purchased my first electronic cutter (and then another and another).  Shaped cards and boxes . . . love 'em!  This little retro-colored telephone card is en route to aunt Betty, and I'm sure she's going to love it.


This scrapbook is perfect for displaying a dozen pictures of a new baby, using an inexpensive frame that is transformed into spectacular standing scrapbook. The double sided pages can be turned to showcase different pictures at different times. This project combines the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper with the Something for Baby stamp set into a fresh and fun scrapbook. It would make a fabulous gift for any new parents or grandparents, as well as a great class or club project. Includes instructions for a matching card.
Wouldn't this make a great gift?  This project was designed by Yapha Mason, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?  As usual, this month's project tutorials are awesome!

Monday, March 16, 2015


I needed a gift bag recently and wanted a quick way to decorate it, and so I pulled out Stampin' Up!'s Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit.  If you're looking for a lot of bang for your buck, treat yourself to this kit!  What's not to love about that stitched garland?  There's plenty of it in the kit, and it can be cut to whatever size you need for cards, scrapbook pages, boxes, gift bags, etc.  It is made up of Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, and Gold Foil circles.  I used two of the Banners Framelits to cut the two banners (in the top left corner) from some of the designer paper included in the kit.  Although the kit includes the streamers ( with adhesive already in place ) and a Stampin' Spritzer to use for coloring them, I chose to leave them white for my bag.  I used some of the Gold Foil included in the kit, along with the Butterflies Framelits, to cut that gorgeous butterfly, which made a perfect embellishment for the bag.  The Celebration Add-On Kit (either Calypso Coral or Bermuda Bay) has many perfect purposes, and it definitely makes it easy (and quick) to give a plain gift bag a festive flair!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


The project featured at Craft Project Central today is the one that I designed.  Following is the introduction that I wrote:
With this tutorial, learn a quick and easy way to assemble the Berry Basket, which you’ll fill with an assortment of 3” x 3” note cards that feature the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  The note cards, which feature an interesting variety of designs, are perfect for a vast selection of events and occasions.  If a larger card is what you need, there is a project in this tutorial that shows you how to take one of the note cards and convert it to an A2 greeting card that also doubles as a gift card holder.  

On Monday, March 23rd, I will give to a lucky winner a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  To be entered into the drawing for the subscription, all you need to do is go HERE and leave a comment on the post where my project is featured.  Be sure to visit my blog on the 23rd to see if yours was the winning name.  It's that simple!