Thursday, January 12, 2017


This must be "Shaped Card Week" because I have yet another shaped card to share.  It's hard to believe but, as of today, I have been married for 33 years.  That seems like a really long time and even though the occasion may have called for it, I didn't make a gushy, sappy anniversary card.  Instead, I created a shaped card for my husband--a card shaped like a bag of coffee beans, complete with a scoop.  He loves coffee (almost as much as I love Cheerwine).  He almost always finds a really neat greeting card for me on occasions--they either have a fun fold or are interactive.  It's hard to top the cards from him, but I enjoy trying!

If I'm not mistaken, the image for my card came from Cricut's Love You a Latte cartridge.  After cutting all of the pieces for the card, I used the cheesecloth image from Stampin' Up!'s Ghoulish Grunge stamp set to add a little texture to the bag, and it looked really good in real life.  I cannot understand why that stamp set didn't carry over from the Holiday catalog, but my fingers are crossed that it will show up in Stampin' Up!'s next annual catalog.  Even if doesn't, I will be using that set until those rubber images are worn down to nothing.  

Have a happy day!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


A couple of weeks ago, as I began purging some cabinets, drawers, baskets, etc. in my stamp room, I came across an old card that I had received from my mamaw S.  Most of the cards that I have from her (at least the ones that aren't tucked away somewhere else in the house) don't have a nice long note written in them, but this particular card did.  She was thanking Chadrick and I for a recent visit and for the gifts that we had brought to her.  I don't remember now what those gifts were or how many years ago the card was received, but I thought that a particular part of her handwritten note would be so perfect on display in my stamp room--and in her original handwriting.  This is the portion of her note that seemed so fitting:
And so I started thinking about how I could use this treasure to create another treasure to display.  I thought about trying to trace the image with Silhouette Studio, cut vinyl, and adhere it to glass or fabric, but vinyl can sometimes be tricky--especially when it involves words.  I decided to give my brain a rest and see what other ideas I could find on Pinterest.  That's how I ended up on Etsy (Sunshine & Happy Shop) . . . and received this lovely pillow today:
A treasure, indeed, huh?  

Sunday, January 8, 2017


It hasn't been too long ago that I ordered the Flower Market Cricut cartridge, but I worked with it for the first time a couple of nights ago.  It seems like forever since I have designed a shaped card, and I was really wanting to make one.  How fun that I got on a roll and made two!  Shaped cards are what made me fall in love with Cricut machines and cartridges, and I designed quite a few of them with the Gypsy back in the day.  Anyone remember that fun little design gadget???  Oh, how I loved my Gypsy . . . until I lost all of my design files when the machine had to be reset.  :-(  Anyway . . . the other night I ended up designing two shaped cards, and this is what my design mat on Cricut Design Space looked like:

You'll notice that I welded two jar images to form the shaped card, and I used the hide contour feature to remove the opening at the top of the jar that would be the inside and back of the card.  To create a white layer (shown as the pink jar on the mat) for the inside of the card, I adjusted the size of another jar image.  I really, really love the way this card turned out!!!!

I used a sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for both of my cards, and a very subtle cheesecloth image (from Ghoulish Grunge stamp set) was stamped on the front of the card and the inside white layer using Soft Sky ink.  Cardstock colors are Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Whisper White, and Always Artichoke.

The cheesecloth image wasn't stamped at the top of the white layer so it would mimic water (a vase) for the flowers.  I really, really love this card!

My second card was designed so that the message could be pulled from the top (by the flowers).  What I didn't account for in the design was the fact that the top of this layer (the back of the flowers) would show from the back of the card.  It might be a good idea to cut another set of the detail layers to adhere to the back so it will be pretty, too.  Stampin' Up!'s Hardwood stamp was used to decorate the front of the card, and the sentiment was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I enjoyed my little Cricut groove and hope it won't be too long before I try designing some more shaped cards.  They're so much fun and a fantastic way for me to use the images on all of those cartridges that I've been accumulating.  ;-)

Saturday, January 7, 2017


A sweet friend asked yesterday if I would look at a card that she saw on Pinterest where the silhouette of a bunny was cut out of the front layer.  I easily found the card yesterday, but it isn't showing up using the same search today.  Anyway, I thought that it couldn't be too hard to re-create using circles and Cricut Design Space, and this is what I was able to design and cut with my Explore machine:

After the layer was cut, I embossed it with Stampin' Up!'s Petal Burst embossing folder, and then adhered a scrap of Festive Birthday designer paper behind the bunny-shaped opening.  I traced inside the cut shape with a Tip-Top Taupe Stampin' Write Marker, adhered a fluffy white pom-pom for the tail, tied Daffodil Delight Seam Binding around the top of the layer, and adhered it to a layer of Emerald Envy cardstock, which was then adhered to the front of the Whisper White card.  It just needs a sentiment, which I forgot to stamp before the top layer was embossed.  And . . . since there was a white bunny cut from the top layer of the card, it seemed like a great idea to put it to good use:

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sky, and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, Fringe Scissors, Stampin' Dimensionals, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Tree Builder punch, Elegant Dots embossing folder, and Boho Chic embossing folder.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


There's a new Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge at Craft Project Central this month, and it looks like this:

Find the tutorial HERE
Sketch Challenge #67 was designed by Julie Warnick, and it's one that I think anyone would enjoy because it's quite an easy one.  This is my take on the sketch:

My card features Stampin' Up!'s brand new Bookcase Builder stamp set, Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, and Neutrals DSP stack.  

REMEMBER:  If you create a card for the sketch challenge and upload it HERE, your name could be entered in a drawing for a free one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  For every 10 cards that are created and uploaded for the sketch, a free subscription will be given.

Sunday, January 1, 2017


I was supposed to announce the winner of the FREE one-month Craft Project Central subscription four days ago, but I got sidetracked and forgot.  You see, I got this wild idea that now was the time to do a little purging and re-arranging in my stamp room.  Now I can't even take down Christmas until I'm finished with my room because the access to the attic is in here.  I should also mention that my room is quite a bit more than a dedicated stamp room:
  • This room serves as the office where bills are paid, files should be are maintained, household records should be are kept up to date, etc.
  • It's a comfy den (when there's a clear enough path).
  • My quilting supplies stay in here.  I'm not a quilter, but my wool appliqué hobby requires some quilting-esque tools and a generous supply of wool, fabric, etc.
  • Since I dabble with mixed media on occasion, there's quite a plethora of supplies for that.
  • I have die-cut machines and electronic cutters that require a fair amount of space.
  • Ribbon and paper.  I absolutely should not buy another roll of ribbon or pad of paper for the next 5 years or so, but I already know that I will.  I bring these items in with the best of intentions, but who has enough time and ideas to use it all????  And sequins.  Thank goodness sequins are tiny because they're my newest obsession.
By the time I finish with this round of working in my stamp room, there will be quite a few things that I won't be able to find--until the next dig.  But . . . before I announce the winner of the FREE subscription, I wanted to share a card that I made last week for my January class (unless I change my mind).  It features the cute, cute, cute Hey, Chick stamp set which can be earned FREE from January 4th thru March 31st with a $50 merchandise purchase during Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-Bration promotion.  Just click the Promotions tab on my web site any time during Sale-a-Bration for all details or contact me in you have any questions:

And now . . . the winner of the FREE one-month Craft Project Central subscription is . . . SHARON GUARINO!!!!!  Congratulations, Sharon!  Just contact me at randari at hotmail dot com so we can get your subscription set up.  I'd like to once again thank those of you who take a couple of minutes to leave comments on the projects that I design for Craft Project Central!

Oh . . . and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016


If you have a young teenage girl in your life, you’ll want to make this bright and colorful wall art for her bedroom. The wall art looks like a heart quilt square, and features the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Washi Tape. Make one, or make a few to have a quilt grouping on the wall. There’s also a coordinating card to go along with your special handmade gift.
This fantastic project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, is the December 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!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


What do you get when you put fabric, an iron and metallic embossing powders together?  A uniquely you journal cover that sparkles with personality!  This Uniquely You Journal Cover and Journaling Cards Set includes a one-of-a-kind fabric journal cover and two sets of coordinating journaling cards. In this tutorial you will learn how to use your embossing powders in a creative way to design your own unique decorative fabric.  We will then learn how to turn the fabric into a journal or book cover.

The tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be found at Craft Project Central.  You'll really enjoy the creativity of including fabric with your stamping!

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Whew!  Hopefully your holiday crafting is done or nearly done.  Now, it’s time to think about what comes next.  Thank you notes and other small gifts for visiting can always come in handy!  This note card set has crisp, clean and simple lines which can be a welcome change from the excesses of the holidays.   Enjoy this set of cards and its cute box for your own use or make several to have on hand to share as you drop by and make visits with friends this winter.
The tutorial for this fantastic set of cards, which were designed by Sara Levin, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


You’ll always have a gift ready to go after you make these Pop of Pink Gift Treats.  The Double Pocket Treat Holder is great for giving gift cards, tea bags or candy, and the five Nugget Box is sure to make someone smile!

The tutorial for these fun projects, which were designed by Beth, can be found at Craft Project Central.