Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Valentines is around the corner and here’s a perfect little gift for someone you love!  This project includes a jewelry box and hand stamped necklace.  This project is a great gift project for other special occasions as well and makes for a fun class or camp project!
The tutorial for this BONUS project, which was designed by Jen, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Qualifying for the bonus 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, January 28, 2014


Over the weekend, I enjoyed creating with the Silhouette and came up with this cute package of six triangle boxes, which were connected with washi tape and then wrapped with a designer paper band.  I cut the large peony flower pieces, assembled them with a glimmer brad, and then adhered the dimensional flower to the band.  As you can tell from the photo below, each of the triangle boxes opens at the top so that gifts/treats are easy to retrieve.
The designer paper (International Bazaar, retired) and the glimmer brad are from Stampin' Up!

Monday, January 27, 2014


Yesterday I needed to make a birthday card to send to a special cousin and, since I've been playing with the Silhouette lately, I decided to try this detailed house-shaped card which was designed by Samantha Walker.  I only made a couple of subtle changes to the original design, the first of which was the placement of flowers and the grass detail at the bottom of the card.  My card stock got pretty butchered when cutting the grass and flower stems, so I used Stampin' Up!'s Fringe Scissors to create my own grass.  The second change that I made to the design was to cut an extra house and chimney shape to adhere behind the front of the card.  I wanted the front door to be open, but I didn't think the card would look nice if my stamping and written message were visible.  I used silver Diamond Dots for the bird's eye and in the center of the flowers, and I used one of Stampin' Up!'s Candy Dots for the door knob.  I had a lot of fun with this card, and I love that it's so colorful and fits in a standard A2 envelope.  I think my cousin will like it!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


This lovely envelope style box, complete with a pretty flower on the front, contains five different card designs with matching envelopes.  This project features the new Sweet Sorbet designer paper and Banners Framelits dies.
I love the colors in that paper collection, and Amanda has designed such a pretty project with it!  Her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central, and you'll want to make several of these sets!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


It's that time of year when so many come down with a case of the "sniffles", and this little gift is sure to put a smile on their face!  This ensemble includes a darling tissue holder, a hand sanitizer holder, and a coordinating card and envelope to make your gift complete.
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Laurie, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


My stamping mojo is slowly returning since the holidays.  Sometimes I come in here with the desire to stamp, but I look around the room and can't think of anything that I want to make.  Over the weekend, I set out to make a card for mamaw.  It seems that I have slowed down on sending cards to her, although not intentionally.  I visit once a week--not the same day each week--which makes it difficult to find the right day to put a card in the mail so that she'll receive it between visits.  My sewing machine was still on the table, ready to use, so I knew that my card for mamaw would have some sewing.  This is what the front of the card looked like . . . very, very simple in design:
But the inside had a neat 3D paper-pieced pop-up chair in a pretend living room, complete with a neat embossed rug and an outdoor scene visible from the window.
The sentiment (which happened to be so perfect) was attached to the chair with a vintage brad.
I wasn't sure where to place a written message, but I ended up writing it on card stock and slipping it under the chair to ride along in the card.  I think mamaw will enjoy this card a lot, and what are you willing to bet that it will show up in her mailbox today . . . while I'm there?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Get organized with this lovely stationery box that can hold many A2 greeting cards and envelopes.  The drawer is the perfect place to store a pen or two and some stamps to make sending greetings easier by having everything you need all in one pretty package.  This project comes with a matching card so you can give some pretty organization as a gift!
This gorgeous ensemble was designed by Amanda, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  That box is amazing!

Monday, January 20, 2014


I haven't sent a card to aunt Betty lately and, quite frankly, had a hard time deciding what kind of card I wanted to send.  The problem is that there are (perhaps) too many choices, but I chose to use Cricut's Create a Critter cartridge and Cricut Craft Room (CCR) to design this shaped hedgehog card.  She's a cute one, huh?  I haven't used CCR very much and had to learn a few things as I was working on this card.  I enjoy each of my die-cut machines, but I still love how easy it is to use Cricut images to create layered and shaped cards.  After getting the layers assembled, I added some Stickles to the cut-out "spiny" sections, and a Diamond Dot sticker was placed on the bow.  The sentiment, from Stampin' Up!'s Happy Watercolor stamp set, is a new favorite of mine.  I don't know that aunt Betty has a special fondness for hedgehogs, but I hope this card will make her smile and feel loved.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


It's time to get ready for Valentine's Day!  These projects would be a great way to show your special Valentine that you care.  Give them a little candy treat in the heart pouch, put a little gift into the Valentine gift bag, and let them know you love them by giving them a special double-easel Valentine card.
This adorable ensemble was designed by Christy Fulk, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  I can hardly wait to make a card like Christy's!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


During the time that demos were able to pre-order SAB and Occasions catalog products, I purchased the Fresh Prints paper stack and completely forgot that I had it!  The papers are so gorgeous--just as the name implies, the color palette is so fresh!  My sister came to visit last evening and, while she was busy sewing her quilt blocks, I was playing with paper.  Deciding how to stack the flags and where to place them, it occurred to me that a little bit of stitching would look nice on my card and Renee was so sweet to do that for me.  I asked her to leave some threads on each side of the flags and, on the left side, they just hang freely over the edge of the card; on the right side, I threaded the tails through the holes of that tiny heart-shaped clear button (the one you can hardly see--it's on the right side of the floral flag) and then tied the tails in a bow.  Other Stampin' Up! products used to complete this card include Expressions Thinlits dies, Petite Petals and Flower Shop stamp sets, rhinestone jewel, Real Red ink, Adorning Accents Edgelits and coordinating embossing folder, Small Heart punch, Pansy punch, and Petite Petals punch.  Card stock colors are Whisper White, Real Red, and Coastal Cabana.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Today I'm flying solo with a Freestyle Fridays post.  Julie Beaulieu and I haven't posted for the past couple of weeks--first because of the Christmas holiday and then because she hasn't been well.  The card that I'm sharing is one that I made about a month ago, and it features Stampin' Up!'s brand new Blessed Easter stamp set, and the sentiment is from the So Sorry stamp set.  Bet you couldn't have guessed that, huh?  Blessed Easter could be easily described as a must-have and simply gorgeously beautiful set.  What's not to love about tulips????  These three beauties remind me of one of the first favorite stamp sets that I ever owned . . . Terrific Tulips.  O.M.G.  That was--and still is--a favorite of mine.  You might notice that I neglected to color that one side of the leaf on the right.  My mother would be saying, "Now why did you feel the need to draw attention to that?"  Well, I have plenty of opportunities to make a fool of myself without knowing it, and I suppose I feel that I can somehow redeem my intelligence by making it known that I (now) realize my error.  When the little bunch of tulips is first stamped, it's kind of hard to tell where to start and stop coloring the leaves.  And then, all of a sudden, you look at the photo of the card that [gasp] is incomplete but already mailed, and you want to turn into a vapor, seep into the recipient's home with a marker, and finish the coloring.  Oh well . . . at least I prettied up the tulips with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  
This is a photo of the images in the set, which you can see/order HERE.

Have a happy Friday, a fabulous weekend, and say a little prayer that Julie will feel like stamping really soon.


It has been a while since I last updated the look of my blog, so I changed the colors and used Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio to design the new banner.  The following digital products were used in the design:

  • One Big Sale-a-Bration 2014 Digital Ensemble (featuring "Sweet Sorbet" digital designer paper)
  • Mis-Stitched 
  • Paper Doilies
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • My Digital Class Hello Perfection Digital Kit (this is an AWESOME kit, which includes a video tutorial showcasing two follow-along projects and some innovative techniques; the kit includes 12 digital designer paper patterns, 28-piece stamp brush set, and 10 embellishments including the white frame that is featured on my banner)
  • Accessory Cord Pack (Summer Starfruit Baker's twine bow)
  • Staple & Stitching
  • Basic Pearls and Rhinestones
  • Soft Blooms
Digital Stamps
  • Summer Happiness Designer Kit (butterfly image)
  • Flag
  • Curly Label

Thursday, January 16, 2014


This washi-altered diary and pencil case is perfect for the creative person in your life!  The set features an altered diary, coordinating pencil case and pencils, and a matching gift tag.  A great way to keep track of your creative ideas, this set would also make a wonderful gift for an art-minded friend.
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Mini coffee cups.  They're all over stampin' land, and you might even be tired of seeing them.  But I'll bet you've been wanting to get your hands on some of these adorable 4 oz. cups because there's something irresistible about them.  They're so easy to decorate, and don't they make a cute little gift? 
I designed this gift cup for my class this month but, since I won't be having that class, I thought this would make a perfect project to share for MISM.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the sleeve--thanks to my friend, Nancy Dawson, for sharing her cut file.  Stampin' Up! products used on this project include:  
Stamp Sets:  Label Love, A Fitting Occasion
Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Punches:  3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle, Artisan Label, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Sizzix:  Circles Collection Framelits
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestone jewels, Retro Fresh washi tape, Retro Fresh DSP
I didn't have a straw or stirrer for this project, so I made my own little decoration for the hole in the lid.  I cut a strip of Baked Brown Sugar card stock, wrapped it with Retro Fresh washi tape, adhered a punched Coastal Cabana heart at the top, and finished it with a rhinestone jewel.
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I promised in THIS post that I would announce the winner of a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner is Penny Silva who left this comment:  "Regina, I love your work I have followed you for quite some time. Keep the ideas coming".  Penny, send me an email with "Free CPC Subscription" as the subject, and we'll get your subscription started.


Make this small “Feel Better’ survival kit that holds a tube of chap stick and a pack of tissue paper. This is the perfect little package for those sick days when you need those items within easy reach, and that box will look great on your desk.  
This cheery ensemble was designed by Monika Davis, and didn't she do a great job?  I think it was very smart to include the chapstick, and this is a perfect time of year to make a few "Feel Better" kits!  Monika's tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, January 10, 2014


This set of mini Valentine cards and treats are perfect for the children in your life or the young at heart!  It includes a cute tote bag to carry them for distributing or for children to use at school for collecting their Valentines.  It makes a great gift bag as well.
This clever project was designed by Yapha Mason, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  That gift bag is amazing and very useful for any occasion, and all of the little loves in your life will appreciate those adorable treats!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Each month, a new sketch challenge is posted at Craft Project Central, and I finally had a chance to create a card for Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #31.  Did you know that if you participate in the challenge and if there are at least ten participants, you have a chance to win a FREE subscription to the site?  I hope that you will feel inspired to follow Buffy Cooper's awesome sketch, shown below:
Once you create a card, just post it on your blog and upload the link to it HERE.  This is the card that I made for the challenge:
Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Stamp Set:  Hardwood (lve this background stamp)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Punches:  Pansy, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Sizzix:  On Film Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Label Card Thinlits
Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doily, Retro Fresh washi tape, rhinestone jewels

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


My Craft Project Central project is featured today, and I'm excited to tell you about it!  Gift cards are the easiest gift to purchase, one of the most exciting to receive, and this ensemble is a fashionable way to present them.  From the sweater-shaped greeting card to the mini "shirt" boxes filled with gift card holders that resemble folded sweaters, you'll be anxious for the next occasion to give a special someone a gift card . . . or three.  My tutorial includes a template for the sweater-shaped greeting card, and the three gift card holders use the same color combination but are three different "sweater" designs.
I have a free one-month subscription to Craft Project Central to give away, and it's really easy to be entered in the drawing.  All you have to do is go to Craft Project Central and leave a comment on the January 7th post that features my project (the same photo as the one in this blog post).  I will use to choose the winner and will announce the winning name with my Make-It-Snappy-Monday blog post on January 13th.

Monday, January 6, 2014


For today's MISM project, I turned to Stampin' Up!'s digital design software, My Digital Studio.  After printing the design onto Whisper White card stock, I added the pearl jewels, Baker's twine bow, and distressed the edges of the card stock.  The finished layer was added to a Wisteria Wonder mat, which was adhered to a Very Vanilla card.  Stampin' Up! digital products used include:
Paper Doilies
File it Fun Designer Kit (polka dot label "stapled" to the right side of the card)
Staple & Stitching
Soft Blooms
Bunch of Backgrounds (Weathered)
*Petal Parade (flowers, leaves)
*Banner Blast ("hi" flag)
*These two stamp sets are from the One Big Sale-a-Bration 2014 digital ensemble
Daffodil Delight
Poppy Parade
Wisteria Wonder
Old Olive
Crumb Cake
Have a wonderful Monday!  Come back tomorrow to see the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Valentine's Day is near and is a perfect time to showcase the ones you love.  This Love Banner frame is perfect to display pictures of those special people in your life.  We will also make a quick and easy holder for some little love notes and a couple of little cards to put in your holder.  This project tutorial also includes a bonus . . . a handy way to pretty up a gift card.
There won't be any denying that Valentine's Day is near when you have this project on display!  The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Sharon Burkert, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


This fun project is an ideal way to share a gift card (maybe for a Chinese food restaurant) and a few little treats in the Clasp Envelope Gift Box.  Add some special messages inside the fortune cookies, and complete the gift of good fortune with the Simple Stems card.
The tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.