Thursday, July 28, 2016


It seems like it's been a while since I posted an actual project that I created.  Lately, it's been hard for me to find that sweet spot when I have something created to share and don't have a Craft Project Central sneak peek scheduled to post.  I hope my visitors enjoy seeing those sneak peeks.  They can be so inspiring!  The project that I'm sharing today is an oh, so simple--but pretty (IMHO) thank you card.

Since this card has been long gone, I don't remember the exact colors that I used.  I believe they are Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  I also decorated the envelope with the same images, and it looked so pretty!  Don't you just love when a card that's easy to make is also lovely to look at?


This mini scrapbook would make a perfect gift for anyone in your life. The scrapbook is made with the Envelope Punch Board, and features the Falling Flowers Bundle and Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This tutorial also includes a coordinating square card that finishes off the gift perfectly. Make sure to make one for yourself, too! This would also make a great scrapbooking class.
The tutorial for this creative, bright, and cheery project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Explore using the Timeless Textures and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets combined with the beautiful Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set to create five unique cards and a beautiful box to give the cards as a gift set. Each card has a very different design and style all while coordinating with the other cards in the set. Use those grungy looking stamps to create some truly elegant looking cards. This would make a wonderful class project or hostess gift!
The tutorial for this fun set, which was designed by Amanda, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Lights, camera, action!  It’s movie night…and even the most ordinary movie night will be extraordinary with this super easy project!  Featuring the Marquee Messages and Ready to Pop Stamp Sets and the Popcorn Box Thinlits this project starts…of course…with an invitation!  You can’t have movie night without something sweet and something salty…and this project includes both candy and popcorn boxes.  And last…but not least…this project also includes a bottle wrap and a fun, decorated drinking straw.  It’s home theater at its best!

The tutorial for this awesome project, which was designed by Sue Plote, can be found at Craft Project Central.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Hopefully, this card qualifies for Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #61 because it was my inspiration.  Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Stamp Sets:  Falling Flowers, Timeless Textures, Vertical Greetings
Cardstock:  Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist Stampin' Write Markers and Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad
Sizzix:  Fluttering embossing folder
And now for the fun stuff . . . I promised to announce the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central today, and the winning name was randomly selected from those who left a comment on my project HERE.  Congratulations to FRANKIE BYRUM!!!!!  Frankie, if you will contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your free subscription started!

Monday, July 18, 2016


This set of projects makes a great gift for someone special or even as a gift to yourself. Both the Custom Tissue Box and the Travel Tissue Box are refillable and the design can easily be adapted to your style by using a different embossing folder and color scheme. As someone who has a tissue box in almost every room and who carries tissues everywhere, this tutorial offers a great set of beautiful and functional items. The techniques used make it an extra special home d├ęcor item and gift that anyone would be excited to receive and the card is a perfect addition to accompany this gift set.
The tutorial for this beautiful ensemble, which was designed by Melissa Kerman, can be found at Craft Project Central
Remember:  Tomorrow is the day that I will give a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner will be randomly selected from those who have left a comment (AT THIS LINK) on my project, so be sure to leave a comment!

Saturday, July 16, 2016


This card box set is perfect for any card-loving person out there! The card box has a magnetic closure, and can hold six cards along with six envelopes. This tutorial also includes two card designs. Just make three of each design, and the box will be filled. This card box set features the Flourishing Phrases Bundle and Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper. The cards can easily be customized with any of the many greetings in the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. This would make a great product-based card class, too.
The tutorial for this creative set, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I had the pleasure of designing two project ensembles for Craft Project Central this month, and one of them is in the spotlight today.  This was one of those projects that just flows into completion, and I was thrilled with it!  Of course, I am quite fond of Stampin' Up!'s By the Shore product suite, and it was one of the first selection of products that I ordered from the new catalog.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Whether you need a fun summer slider card or packaging for a seaside treat, you’ll be all set with this ensemble!  You will absolutely love how easy it is to make the fun slider cards, and this tutorial demonstrates some very helpful tips and techniques that make the process as easy as a summer breeze.  You won’t be able to decide which card to make first . . . or treat holder--the animal cracker-style box or the star-shaped bag.  Make these projects with a friend or build a class around them.

And this is the sneak peek photo collage:

[It's hard to tell from the photos, but the star-shaped bag
totally mimics a lighthouse when paired with this ensemble.]

And now for the fun part . . . how would YOU like to win a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  Getting your name in the drawing is really easy . . . just click "HERE" and leave a brief comment.  The winning name will be drawn and announced right here on my blog on Tuesday, July 19th, so be sure to at least visit again on that day to see if you have won.  That's easy, isn't it?

Saturday, July 9, 2016


It’s fiesta time! Summer is the best time for a party, and who better to help you celebrate than the adorable llama in the Birthday Fiesta Stamp Set? Using the Birthday Fiesta Bundle, you’ll create a diorama that’s perfect for a centerpiece, for holding little treat bags, or just for decoration. You’ll also make a diorama card that can be used as a greeting card or as a party invitation with the party details on the back. And, finally, you’ll make a “Se Llama Cupcake” cupcake holder. With your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and a few stamps and dies, your party preparations will be a snap! Best of all, you can get your kids involved. They’ll have a blast helping to create the dioramas. Summer has never been so fun!

The tutorial for this adorable ensemble, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, July 8, 2016


Sharing today another sympathy card that I made with Stampin' Up!'s Sitting Here stamp set.  I love that the images in this set are so easy (and a pleasure) to work with, and they obviously work for all kinds of occasions.  I may have broken the color rules for sympathy cards, but I at least kept the design simple.  The size of this card is a skinny A2--the card itself is 3" wide.  Having the focal point extend the edge of the card base, I think, just adds more subtle interest.