Friday, January 19, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAURA!!!

Yesterday was my sweet stampin' friend's birthday, which means that I can now share the card that I made for her.  


Making a card for Laura isn't an easy task.  She's a very talented stamper and is always coming up with or finding fun folds/designs, and I was feeling a wee bit stressed over what to make for her.  For this card, I cut off the top half of the front and added an embossed strip of white cardstock to the interior (so it would be present behind the front focal point).  The stamped images are from Stampin' Up!'s Perennial Birthday stamp set, and I think they are so fun to color!  I almost didn't purchase this stamp set because it seems so similar to another set that I have, but I have no regrets.  I love that the large flower with leaves can be used alone as a focal point or combined with other images as I did for Laura's card.  The images are also a wonderful size for decorating a coordinating envelope!  Finishing touches to this card were the purple sequins.  

Laura, I hope your birthday was filled with much happiness . . . enough to last until this time next year!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SNOW GLOBE SHAPED CARDS

If I'm not mistaken, all of my blog posts featuring shaped cards are prefaced with a statement that goes something like this . . . I love love love shaped cards!  I used to really enjoy designing shaped cards on my handheld Gypsy (by Cricut), which seems so very primitive in comparison to the ease of designing projects via Cricut's online Design Space.  I also remember when my Gypsy crashed and had to be reset, which resulted in the loss of ALL of my design files, and I thought that I would never get over that.  I did, of course.

While it snowed yesterday, I enjoyed designing and assembling these cute snow globe cards:


I could have gone to the extra trouble of creating a framed acetate layer--and I did consider that--but I thought the cards had enough layers and looked really sweet without the fuss.  It's difficult to tell, but the cardinals were cut from shiny red foil paper, and the large blue background (and Frosty's hat, too) is cut from thick glittery and sparkly cardstock.  The "thank you" card that's front and center is the one that I put in the mail to cousin Mildred (see THIS related post), and the others were mailed to some special people who will enjoy the mail.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A TREASURE + MY WOOLY HEARTS TAG

Has it really been almost a month since I last posted?  I don't think I have ever gone that long without posting something since I started this blog, and I hope I won't let that happen again.  I offer no big excuse . . . I've just been focusing some energy on purging in my craft room and moving some things around.  I still have TONS of stuff that needs to find a new home, so if you're looking for, wanting, or can use anything in particular, let me know because I'd sure love to make a deal with you.

I have a real treasure to show you today.  This past Sunday, my mother, sister, and I visited cousin Mildred (my second cousin, actually), and she asked if I'd like to have this photo:


Say what?!?!  I'm sure she noticed my excitement because I love (and I mean l-o-v-e) old photos whether or not I know the people in them.  I found this picture even more endearing when I learned that my eyes were "meeting" my great-great-grandparents for the first time.  Let me say that another way . . . I now know what my grandmother's (favorite) grandparents looked like!  The fact that this jewel was already framed and in great condition is a bonus!

Of course, I will be making a special thank you card for Mildred, but I decided to also whip up this 5" x 6"  wooly hearts tag (my own design) that she can hang in her sewing/quilting room.


During our visit, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing many of Mildred's quilts--not just the ones that she has made, but some that are antique treasures made by her mother, mother-in-law, and other special loved ones.  

I hope to have a stamped project to share soon--it might just be my thank you card to Mildred.  :-)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

OMBRE TECHNIQUE WITH CHALK PASTE + VIDEO!!!

If you visit my blog often, then I know that you have an interest in stamps, ink, and paper crafts.  You may also enjoy creating handmade gifts, and I want to share something that I made this week that (IMHO) would qualify as a great gift--or a nice addition to your home decor.  While the surface for my project is an awesome framed chalkboard, the products that I used for my project could be applied to a variety of surfaces.  You can see a video of the process to make this project HERE.  Please be sure to Like, Follow, and Share my Facebook Page!


I used Mint chalk paste for the cake stand, and it looks so vintage!  The colors that I used for the ombre effect on the cake are Orchid and Lilac.  


The products used to create this project can be found by clicking the following links:



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MASON JAR GIFT CARD HOLDERS

One of my favorite crafts this holiday season was creating a few mason jar gift card holders because they were so easy!  One of the most fun things about this project is that any size jar works (as long as it's tall enough to hold the gift card), and the jar can be right-side-up or upside-down. This one was the quickest:


A binder clip was clipped to one end of the gift card, and then I used hot glue to adhere the base of the clip to the lid.  Glitter tape was placed around the lid, but washi tape or ribbon would work beautifully, too.  I'm drawing a blank at the moment, but the stuffing (whatever it is called) was placed inside the pint-size jar, followed by the lid and ring.  On top of the jar, I adhered one of Stampin' Up!'s tree-shaped Stitched Felt Embellishments to a designer paper circle and then used hot glue to adhere one half of a ball ornament.  I wasn't sure how this was going to work but, after I was finished, I realized that I could have added so much more (such as shaker elements) inside the dome.  Hindsight is pretty sharp, you know?


I decided to get a little fancy with the next jar, which was quart-size, and began by adhering a sparkly tree-shaped ornament (complete with glimmer and gems) close to the edge of the lid.  A binder clip was adhered with hot glue beside the ornament, and then the gift card was placed in the clip.  I carefully placed stuffing to cover the lid, and then closed the jar onto the lid and ring.  A jute twine bow was tied around the jar (just above the lid).  A strip of burlap trim was adhered to the jar and embellished with the holly and berries Stitched Felt Embellishments.  The "top" was decorated with a gold foil doily and a star-shaped Stitched Felt Embellishment.


All of my mason jar gift card holders were placed inside a buffalo plaid gift bag that I decorated with Chalk Couture products (read all about them HERE).



Sunday, December 17, 2017

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING

I've shared a little about my Chalk Couture business on this blog, and today I have a project video that shows a really quick framed chalkboard that I made for the mountain house.  The project features the following products:




If you have any questions about Chalk Couture products, email me or leave a comment.  As well, if you would like for me to share chalk/chalkboard projects more often and/or give more details about the product line on this blog, let me know.  :-)  I have started a blog that is dedicated to Chalk Couture products and projects . . . Decor Creations with Regina.  Visit me there--subscribe to that blog if you'd like!

Friday, December 8, 2017

"TUSCAN VINEYARD" THANK YOU CARDS

I recently needed a few thank you cards, and I couldn't resist using the new-to-me stamp set, Tuscan Vineyard.  I love that the images in this set look like they were taken directly from the sketchbook of an artist.


For my cards, I kept the design really simple and just gave the front a few sharp cuts--nothing planned--just snip, snip.  After completing the first card and realizing that it wouldn't stand on its own, I placed the circle-punched focal point for the next two cards flush with the bottom.  The ribbon added the perfect finishing touch, and I'm sure that I will borrow this simple design again!  

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Click to purchase:  TUSCAN VINEYARD

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NOVEMBER CLASS SWAPS + WINNER OF THE FREE CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL SUBSCRIPTION

The swap theme for my November class was a Christmas card, and I'm so happy to share these awesome creations!







Can you believe that Tracy hand cut the fun shape for the cocoa holder?  And look at that adorable mini bow.  Tracy even gave us a pretty coaster in this cute pocket!

And this is the card that I created for the swap:

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the white tree was die-cut from glimmer paper.  The trees that were die-cut from the designer paper were turned over (to the black and white side) and adhered to the inside of the card.

Last, but not least . . . the winner of the November tutorials at Craft Project Central is . . . DEBRA LAIL.  Just email me at randari at Hotmail dot com, and we'll get your November subscription started!  


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CHRISTMAS QUILT ENSEMBLE - BONUS PROJECT AT CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL

Today I'm excited to share the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month!  One thing that I like about this ensemble is that you AND the children can enjoy working on each of the projects--there's something for all skill levels.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Whether you need a festive and simple Christmas card or gift packaging and ornaments, you’ll enjoy the projects in this tutorial!  Learn to make two boxes—one for a small gift and one to be hung on the tree, a quilty greeting card, and a tree-shaped ornament made from paper.  The gift box (and the ornament, too) are the perfect size for a gift card or cash!  The embellishments on these projects are pleasing and add just the right amount of texture.  Invite a few friends over, and create these projects together!


Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to the 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month for the Bonus projects for which you'd like the tutorial.  

As usual, I will be giving a FREE subscription to the November Craft Project Central tutorials.  To be entered in the drawing, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment.  The winning name will be drawn and announced right here on my blog on Tuesday, December 5th.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

CREATING PRETTY CARDS - SKETCH CHALLENGE #77


Now that the fun Thanksgiving celebration is behind me and I've done a little online shopping, I realized that it was past time for me to create a card for Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #77.  The sketch challenge is something I normally jump right on, but time just got away from me.  This month's sketch is quite different, unique, and fun!  It was designed by Buffy, and you can access the FREE tutorial for the sketch HERE.  This is what the sketch looks like:


And this is the card that I made for the challenge:


Did you know that for every 10 cards that are submitted for the sketch challenge, each participant will get their name in a drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central?  I hope you will participant in the challenge!  Just create a card following the sketch, and upload it HERE.

Stampin' Up! products featured on my card:

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
Designer Paper:  Merry Music, Merry Little Christmas, Foil Frenzy
Stamp Set:  Merry CafĂ©
Sizzix:  Many Mittens Framelits
Accessories:  Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals