Thursday, December 8, 2016


If you’re immersed in the holiday season, but have a need for some quick and thoughtful ideas for gift-giving - this gift set is your answer! The recipient of this gift will be prepared for the New Year and days to come! You’ll learn how to make the simple, but oh so pretty and practical Stand-Up Mini Calendar with Post-it Pad. And everyone needs some quick, but cute Note Cards with envelopes for quick a thank you every now and then! The Note Cards and Envelopes are easily gifted in a quick Cellophane Bag! And the Coordinating 3” x 3” Gift Card will top off this perfect gift for that person who is so hard to buy for!
Isn't the timing for this project perfect!  The tutorial for this awesome project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central

Monday, December 5, 2016


It's finally looking like Christmas at my house.  Well . . . in the living room.  I used to enjoy decorating several Christmas trees, but it seems that the house shrinks with each passing year. 
Since we added a new family member (Ramsour) at the end of August, we needed a new ornament just for him:
Another new ornament is this Krispy Kreme "hot now" light.  It lights up every 25 seconds--it's so fun!  It already needs a new battery, though, so I might have to turn it off from time to time.  ;-)

This is a much better picture that my son took:


Sunday, December 4, 2016


I had the opportunity to design two projects this month for Craft Project Central, and one of them is featured today.  It's a set of greeting cards created with Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous Rose Wonder stamp set, and following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Treat yourself to some relaxing watercolor “therapy” and, at the same time, create a gorgeous set of greeting cards, complete with a very easy-to-make packaging.  Since this card set has a relatively thin profile, why not create several gift sets to have on hand going into the new year?  They certainly won’t take much storage space, and you’ll be so glad to have them when you need a lovely gift.

I was so pleased with this set of cards, and I don't think you will be disappointed!  My tutorial for the entire project, which includes a pretty package for the cards, is available to those who subscribe to the December edition of awesome Craft Project Central tutorials.  Of course, as a designer, I have the pleasure of giving a FREE one-month subscription to one lucky person.  Getting entered in the drawing for the free subscription is really simple . . . just click THIS LINK and leave a comment.  The winning name will be announced right here on my blog on Sunday, December 11th, so be sure to check back to see if you've won. 

Friday, December 2, 2016


There's a brand new sketch for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge at Craft Project Central this month, and it's an easy one that I think you'll enjoy!  Monika Davis designed Sketch Challenge #66, and you can find her tutorial HERE.

This is what the sketch looks like:

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

Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
DSP:  Blooms & Bliss, Irresistibly Floral
Stamp Set:  Wetlands
Ink:  Soft Sky, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Sizzix:  Stitched Shapes Framelits
Accessories:  Stamping Sponges, Silver Metallic Baker's Twine, Metallics Sequins Assortment, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Did You Know?  When you create a card for this challenge and upload a photo HERE, your name will be entered in a drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  For every ten (10) cards that are uploaded for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #66, there will be a winner!

Thursday, December 1, 2016


You can ring in the New Year in style with this Elegant New Year Party Ensemble! The festive Top Hat Centerpiece will bring an element of celebration to your party décor, while the dangling glitter balls add a touch of elegance. The easy to assemble party poppers will be enjoyed by adults and children alike when the clock strikes twelve! Finish off this ensemble with a fun shaker card that can be used as an invitation to or to send a note to welcome in the New Year.

This project, which was designed by Julie Warnick, looks like a lot of fun to make, and you can access the tutorial at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


A simple sheet of steel can easily be transformed into a beautiful two-sided magnetic board for hanging your pictures and keepsakes!  This Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set includes a two-sided magnetic board, decorative magnetic photo pockets and a coordinating gift tag. Find out how to go from hardware store to home décor in this fun tutorial!

This fantastic project, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, is the November Bonus project at Craft Project Central.  Qualifying for the bonus project 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.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Children love to write a letter to Santa…and to get one in return!  The Greetings from Santa Stamp Set and Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies make it easy and fun to get a letter out to Santa and to get one back…and the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Papers and Washi Tape are just the ticket to make this project adorable…and Santa approved!

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016


My family "roughed" Thanksgiving this year at the "get-away" house that isn't quite finished being built.  It did, however, have a working bathroom complete with vanity and (cold) running water, and Mother Nature provided a most important component . . . a gorgeous, sunny day!  HUGE thanks to my husband for all of his hard work cleaning up construction debris and dust, putting away tools (where they will most likely be harder to find when needed), and for many trips up and down steps and stairs getting things "just right" so that we could all tremendously enjoy the day.  I wish that I had taken more (and better) photos of the day, but below is a picture of most of us.  My great-nephews had finished eating and were on the deck peeping in the window and, of course, I'm behind the camera. 

I enjoyed doing some light decorating for the big day, but my favorite creation was the flatware packet that I prepared for each of us:

Below is a close-up of the blessing,
which I was happy to finally get to use:

I'm fairly certain that I speak for everyone when I say that it was a really fun day, and I look forward to many more celebrations at the place my husband affectionately refers to as "the rock".

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Need a festive, handmade Christmas Gift for someone special? Well, here it is! This card set features the Hang Your Stocking Bundle and the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. The box is a warm and cozy fireplace with Christmas stockings hanging from the mantle. There are also three different, coordinating Christmas card designs. Make two of each design to fill the fireplace box. This project would also make a great Christmas card class. 

The tutorial for this festive project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Deck your halls in a non-traditional style with this pretty banner. The flecks of gold are sure to add sparkle to this simple décor piece. Are red and green more your cup of tea? Easily switch out the colors to make a banner fit for your mantle. Looking for an easy holiday gift? Package up this beautiful banner in the matching box and present it as a gift with the coordinating card. This would make an excellent class project or hostess gift!

The tutorial for this pretty project, which was designed by Amanda, can be found at Craft Project Central.