Saturday, November 22, 2014

TRIANGLE-SHAPED LANTERN

Make this triangle-shaped lantern and learn how easy it is to make your own template. Switch out the vellum for cardstock and turn it into a gift box for teachers, friends, and neighbors or fill it with some treats as a party favor. Either way, it would also look great as a party or holiday table decoration. You can also make it in different sizes. Learn how to make your own heat embossed design, using a mask. Great for class projects, stamp clubs and/or camps.
This pretty ensemble was designed by Monika Davis, and didn't she do a great job?  Her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A WREATH FOR EVERY SEASON

Inside this lovely box are six different card designs using the Wonderful Wreath stamps and Framelits. Get a glimpse of the endless possibilities of this truly wonderful wreath set. This makes a wonderful gift or class project, and it’s all wrapped up ready to give to someone special!
I'm excited about this idea and look forward to following Amanda's tutorial, which you can find at Craft Project Central.  Have you started your subscription yet?  

Monday, November 17, 2014

"MAKE-IT-SNAPPY-MONDAY" . . . AND A WINNER OF THE CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL SUBSCRIPTION

The November My Paper Pumpkin (MPP) kit from Stampin' Up! arrived on Saturday, and it is pure awesomeness!  I don't often use the word "delighted", but that's what I was when I opened the box and saw the projects--8 gorgeous die-cut gate-fold cards and 8 festive tags!  Of course, the kit also included a stamp set, Stampin' Spot ink, and all of the elements to complete the projects.  Since they were so quick to make, they were perfect for my MISM share today.  
If you received this card, wouldn't it make you smile?
 The kit even included a decoration for the envelope.
After taking the photo, I added some stamped snowflakes to it.
The tags in the kit aren't just tags . . . they are awesome tags!
Lastly, I want to share a card that I made using the punched out letters (Happy Holidays) from the Lost Lagoon tag.  It just seemed like the right thing to do to create something with them and, since there are extra silver foil die-cut snowflakes, following is what I made:


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

CHRISTMAS TREE IN GIFT BOX

This gift set is perfect for a hostess, friend or co-worker.  The box is easy and quick to make with Stampin' Up!'s Gift Box Punch Board.  The lucky recipients will burst with excitement when they open the "exploding" box and find the beautiful free-standing Christmas tree ornament inside!  The tree can be removed from the box and used as a decoration for their desk or kept as a keepsake ornament to treasure for years to come.  The accompanying card makes the gift box feel even more like a gift!
I love this adorable gift set, which was designed by Carol Lovenstein.  That satin ribbon . . . my, oh my, and that 3D tree!  The complete tutorial for this beautiful ensemble can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?  You should treat yourself right now!

Friday, November 14, 2014

"TODAY & EVERYDAY"

What is it about those three lanterns that kept calling to me from the Stampin' Up! catalog?  The Today & Everyday stamp set is (IMHO) an odd mix of images, and I recently gave in to the urge to own it.  I used an Aqua Painter to color the lanterns and added a doily and ribbon before calling this card "done".  I like this image just as much as I did when I dreamed of being able to make a card with it, and it's one that I will surely use again and again.  There's something to be loved about an image so generic that it is basically along for the ride to deliver a message.
The matryoshka dolls . . . now this is the image in the set that I thought I'd never use, but sometimes I just don't know very much about myself.  Although the dolls could have been much more elaborately colored, I kept things simple so that I could get this card of thanks ready to go.  Each image in the set has a sentiment, but I cut them off to be used independently and chose my sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s And Many More stamp set.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TRIO OF TREES

This sweet holiday gift display comes together quickly and uses just one package of designer series paper! Plus, with all of the leftover designer series paper pieces, you’ll be able to add a bunch more custom little gift boxes – they’re fun and addicting to make! You can frame the card to make a great mantle display, or use it as it’s displayed for a special gift to give someone!
If you're like me, you are really liking that blue and green color combo in Julie Beltramo's ensemble.  Her complete tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central beginning today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

RECYCLED BOTTLE GIFTS

Guess whose project is featured at Craft Project Central today?  That's right!  Mine!  How did you know that?  :-)  Following is the description that accompanies the tutorial for the recycled bottle gifts:

Create three holiday gifts by recycling Starbuck’s drink bottles.  This tutorial will demonstrate three unique gift ideas with festive decoration, and the gifts are sure to be a perfect fit for some of the names on your list
 
I had a wonderful time working on the three bottles, but I have to admit that I had an early start on the painted bottle (the one in the center that's boxed) since I made painted vases (shown below) for the ladies in my family a few months ago.  The one that I did for Craft Project Central is definitely nicer (I promise!), and I demonstrate a really neat technique in the tutorial
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Monday, November 10, 2014

"MAKE-IT-SNAPPY-MONDAY"

Today's MISM project is a card that wasn't exactly a snap to make; however, it will be the next time--now that I know the easiest way to achieve the stained glass look that I wanted.  It actually took about six tries before it occurred to me to just stamp and emboss the image onto glossy white card stock and, believe me, I did call out a few times to Mary, Jesus, and Joseph.  Lovingly, of course.  When I first got Stampin' Up!'s Gentle Peace stamp set, I will not lie . . . I looked at it and wondered how in the world would I use it.  I gave it a try, though, and still wondered what possessed me to order it.  Tossed it to the side, thinking I'd never use it, but it kept calling to me--I was so bugged that I would have a stamp set for which I truly had no use.  The image is beautiful!  Finally, I convinced myself that I could color all of those little sections, and it wouldn't kill me.  And I did that, but I'm not ready to share those cards yet.  ;-)  So how did I create this card?  I inked the image with VersaMark, stamped it onto glossy card stock, sprinkled black embossing powder all over (and all over the table, the floor, the room!), and heat set it.  Stamping Sponges were used to swipe ink (Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Tempting Turquoise) all over the embossed image, and then I used scissors to cut out the stamped and colored image.  It needed a mat, though, so I scanned the cut image into the Brother Scan 'n Cut and let that machine cut the perfect mat, which was then adhered to the Wisteria Wonder card stock that was embossed with Stampin' Up!'s Tiny Triangles embossing folder.  I guess you're understanding how this card wasn't a snap to make, but all of the trial, error, and set-up is now complete so that I can make many more cards like this one in much less time.  Finishing touches were a pretty white satin bow tied around the Wisteria Wonder layer, but I forgot to add a rhinestone jewel to the star before taking the photo.  I'm glad that I found an easy way to enjoy creating with this gorgeous stamp set, and I will admit that the time it has taken for me to color the image with Stampin' Blendabilities markers also feels like a worthwhile investment of time because it absolutely looks stunning when colored.  Okay . . . just because it doesn't seem fair to talk about it and not show it, below is a sneak peek of two cards that I've made where the images were colored with the Blendabilities markers.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FANCY - CARD CHALLENGE #41

Each month, there's a new sketch challenge at Craft Project Central, and this is the card that I created for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #41:
I had the most fun with this challenge!  For one thing, it's an interesting design, but I further challenged myself to use Stampin' Up!'s Visions of Santa stamp set and coordinating DSP and have to admit that this is my favorite project thus far featuring that quirky stamp set.  My banner was created by punching assorted images from the DSP, which seemed really appropriate for the sentiment.  Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Card Stock:  Naturals Ivory, Real Red
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz (ink pads & markers)
Stamp Set:  Visions of Santa
Sizzix:  Circles Collection Framelits
Punch:  Banner
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, rhinestone jewels, linen thread, Santa & Co. DSP
Wouldn't you like to create a card using this month's sketch? 
Did you know that for every ten cards submitted for the Sketch Challenge, Craft Project Central will choose one winner who will receive a FREE one-month subscription to the site?  That would be a fun prize!  You can find a tutorial for the sketch and upload your card HERE.

"FESTIVAL OF TREES" VOTIVE BOX & CARD

We all need little gifts to hand out during the holidays, right?  This votive holder is easy to assemble using the Envelope Punch Board!  It makes a great teachers gift, hostess gift, or thoughtful handmade gift for anyone!  The coordinating tent-card and envelope add just the right touch!
Indeed, this looks like a quick and easy gift to have on hand.  The complete tutorial, by Laurie, can be found at Craft Project Central.