Monday, August 10, 2015


Today's MISM project might be the snappiest ever.  I needed a small card to hang onto the twine that wrapped around a gift for my sister, so I pulled out some scraps of cardstock and created this card:
Soft Sky ink was used to stamp the leafy branch image from Stampin' Up!'s An Open Heart stamp set, and the bird was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  I used a retired distressing tool to rough up the edges of the Soft Sky and Early Espresso cardstock.  Want to know the best new product that I used while making this card?  Stampin' Up!'s Fine-Tip Glue Pen!!!  [insert angels singing]  This awesome glue will be available in the Holiday catalog on September 1, and I used it to adhere the silver sequins to the card.  I have a feeling that I will be using more and more sequins now because I love being able to not fuss with them and to not have to use glue dots that sometimes leave a sticky center.  In case you're wondering about the gift for my sister . . .
Earlier this year, I developed a fascination for wool appliqué and leaped (or is it leapt?) into an investment in a "Block of the Month" quilt project.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working on each block, making some of my own changes to each design, and acquiring patterns for other appliqué projects.  The strawberry design above is one of those patterns that I found at, and I decided to see what would happen if I tried a wool design on a scrap of fabric.  The fabric, by the way, is from one of Stampin' Up!'s retired fabric collections, and I think the project turned out okay.  I used Sizzix dies to cut the R-E-A-D from black cardstock and adhered the letters with fabric glue.  To add a little pizzazz and sparkle to the design, I used a hot-fix tool from Silhouette America to apply the Swarovski crystals to the strawberry.  During her summer break from teaching, my sister created a nice coffee/reading nook in her home, and I thought she might could use this little framed art in the new nook--or in her Kindergarten classroom.
With my August 4th blog post, I promised that I would announce the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central .  To be entered in the drawing, there was one simple requirement . . . just leave a comment HERE about my project.  CONGRATULATIONS to Sue MacDonald who wrote,  "what a wonderful summer gift to make; thank you for a chance to win a pass to the Craft central project; I enjoy your designs when I have a chance to use them"  Sue, if you'll email me at randari at hotmail dot com, we'll get your subscription started.  

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