Friday, September 4, 2015


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

Paper-piercing is one of the easiest ways to add design and texture to projects, and this tutorial will demonstrate an array of designs created with Stampin’ Up!’s Eclectic and Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Templates to finish an assortment of greeting cards with stitches and piercing.  Do you know what to do when you pierce a hole where you don’t want one?  There’s a fix for that in this tutorial!  You will also create a box to hold the six cards and envelopes, and there’s even a gift box in this tutorial to hold all six paper-piercing templates!  Any part of this project would be great for a workshop demonstration or stamp camp.

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One of the best things about being a Craft Project Central designer is that I have the opportunity to share a month's worth of awesome tutorials by giving away a FREE one-month subscription.  Getting your name entered for the drawing is very, very easy . . . all you need to do is leave a comment about my project HERE.  On Monday, September 14th, come back to my blog to see if yours is the winning name.  It's really that simple.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


If you're like me, you are so ready for Fall, and this gorgeous project could be the first decor item that you make to welcome the changing season.  Today begins a brand new month of awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central, which is where you can find the step-by-step tutorial for this project, which was designed by the talented Christy Fulk.  As is evident by the colorful sneak peek photo below, Christy has quite a knack for designing brightly-colored projects!

Following is the introduction that Christy wrote for her Long Fall Basket Decor & Card:
It’s time to decorate for Fall! This project includes a cute long basket full of pumpkins, decorated with sunflowers and leaves. It would look great on any end table or bookshelf. Make one as a gift, and make another one for yourself. There’s also a coordinating card that would finish off the gift perfectly. The long basket is made with the Berry Basket Bigz L Die, and the pumpkins are made with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. The Vintage Leaves Stamp Set and Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper are also featured.
Now is the perfect time to start your subscription to Craft Project Central.  

Monday, August 31, 2015


Today's MISM project has more to do with technique than design.  When I received this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit, I fell in love with the die-cut flowers, which showed up on a pretty pink piece of paper like this:
And, after the flowers were removed from the paper and curled with a bone folder, they looked like this:
I decided to scan the pink paper into my Brother Scan 'n Cut machine so that I could cut more flowers whenever I wanted to use them for a project:
After I scanned the paper, I duplicated and saved the image so that I could cut six flowers from scrap DSP:
I shaped the flowers:
The stamen was created with a 1" x 8-1/2" strip of Early Espresso cardstock that I cut with Fringe Scissors.  A line of adhesive was placed on one end of the cardstock, and I started rolling it from the other end and then fanned out the top of the finished piece:
The flower layers were assembled, the stamen was adhered to the center, and my completed flower was used to decorate the top of this box:
If you prefer a taller stamen, you can use a wider piece of cardstock, but I liked this size.  I also liked the thinner cuts created by the fringe scissors versus the stamen that came in the MPP kit.  This month's kit also came with a sheet of die-cut labels and tags and, once the shapes are removed from the paper, I'll be able to use it as a template to scan into my Brother Scan 'n Cut so that I can cut more of those shapes as desired.  The sheets of die-cut shapes that come with My Paper Pumpkin and other kits can also be used as stencils for your projects!


Butterflies are all the rage right now, and this cards set has a lot of them! The card box has a beautiful shiny butterfly on it, along with a handle for easy carrying. The box easily carries six cards with envelopes. There are three different card designs in the card set. Make two of each, and the box is full! The box and each card design have different butterflies, too. The set features the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper. It also features the Butterfly Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits sets. This would make a great card class.

This is the August Bonus Project at Craft Project Central, and it was designed by Christy Fulk.  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!

Friday, August 28, 2015


This bundle is perfect for your next road trip adventure. It includes a keepsake box to hold mini treasures you collect along the way, a journal to jot down notes for documenting your journey, and a mini album for photos of sweet memories. Take this perfectly coordinating bundle on your next road trip. 

Did you click on the sneak peek photo for a closer look?  This project, designed by Boni Montano, is so, so adorable, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


I waited for what seemed like F-O-R-E-V-E-R for Cricut to make their Dimensional Paper Arts cartridge available for purchase, and the day finally arrived.  Even better was when the cartridge arrived.  Of course, I was anxious to take it for a spin, and it just so happened that I needed to make a card for my parents.  The design is very, very simple but, as you might imagine, it takes a little time to give all of those tiny cuts their fair share of dimension.  I'm not sure how flat the card was when my parents received it (pretty flat, I guess), but I "suggested" that they give some lift to the cuts.  The cartridge itself really is a very nice one--worth the wait--and I look forward to creating with some of the other images.  I wish a cleaning fairy would show up because I have three new cartridges that need my attention, and it seems unfair that I have housework to do.  ;-)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


It’s time to do some upcycling!  Let’s turn some water bottles into wearable jewelry!  In this month’s project we are going to create Bohemian bangles and earrings using a plastic water bottle.  We will walk you through the simple steps to make this fun, wearable jewelry and we will also create a pretty gift box to hold the jewelry and a card for gift giving.  That water bottle in your recycle bin is waiting to be transformed!  Let’s get started!

Doesn't this sound like a fun project?!?!  You won't want to miss the tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler.  It's not too late to subscribe to Craft Project Central and enjoy all of the awesome tutorials from this month's session.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Today's MISM project features a foil-striped card, vanilla-colored banner, and die-cut chalkboard paper from the August My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I hadn't used the cards yet, so I decided to put some of the elements together to create a quick and easy card.  The stamps that I used are from the Jingle All the Way stamp set, which will be available on September 1 from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday catalog.  It seems a bit early for Christmas cards, but I couldn't help myself--I was too anxious to use one of the new stamp sets that I preordered this month.  ;-)  I hope you have a great Monday and a fabulous week!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Don’t you just love fall when the weather is crisp and cool and the leaves look like a colorful shawl spread over the trees? In this tutorial, you’ll learn to replicate those beautiful fall leaves with the Vintage Leaves stamp set and a little ink and cardstock. You’ll use them to create a beautiful fall bowl and greeting card. And I’ll show you a fun way to use the new Stampin’ Up! Cotton Paper Assortment to dress up an ordinary candle. Each of these projects would make a fun class, or you could offer all three together as a stamp camp.

This is the perfect project to get ready for a change of seasons!  The tutorial for this lovely ensemble, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


This adorable Mini Album is so easy to put together and would make a perfect gift for the “new mom” or Grandma!  You can easily customize this album for any occasion such as birthdays, vacations, graduations, retirement, etc., the possibilities are endless!  Pair it up with this darling mini easel card and you have a special gift for that “special someone”.
The tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Laurie, can be found at Craft Project Central.