Saturday, October 31, 2015


It’s time to get ready for Christmas! This project would make a wonderful gift, and anyone would love to receive it. While you’re at it, make one for yourself, too. The tutorial includes a decorated box with a window, and has five compartments to hold 20 tags and a Christmas ornament. It also includes four different tag designs, and five are made of each. It includes a little Christmas ornament, too. The project features the Snow Place and Embellished Ornament Stamp Sets, along with their coordinating dies.
This is the September Bonus Project at Craft Project Central, and it was designed by the talented Christy Fulk.  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!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


This festive set includes a trio of lit Christmas dioramas, a box full of assorted gift tags and a set of matching cards. This compilation is the perfect way to start the Holidays. The dioramas make a joyous centerpiece when used together or make lovely individual ornaments. The gifts tags make gift giving a breeze. This set makes the perfect gift for your neighbor, teachers and friends. Of course, be sure to make an extra to keep for yourself!
This lovely project was designed by Boni, and you will find her step-by-step tutorial at Craft Project Central.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Fall is finally here and Christmas is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with this Fall/Christmas Mantle Décor Ensemble! The accordion style banner sits beautifully on a mantle or shelf to welcome fall into your home. Perfectly coordinated votive candles with tiny, dangling autumn leaves border the banner on either side. And can you guess the best part? Just flip the banner around and switch the dangling leaves on the candles for trees and stars and you are ready for Christmas! The banner folds up and fits nicely between the two candles inside the custom gift box. The gift box is also a great way to store the décor each year when not in use. Two matching greeting cards top off this festive ensemble.
The tutorial for this colorful decor, which was designed by Julie, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


With Fall and Winter coming, you know that the cold season will be in full swing! How about making a little Get Well Kit to make a friend’s illness a tiny bit better to get thru? This kit comes with a tissue holder, a chapstick holder, tea bag holder, a can of soup and a notecard with matching envelope all in a container that you can carry! Guaranteed to cure and put a smile on their faces!

This cheery ensemble was designed by Cindy, and you can find her step-by-step tutorial at Craft Project Central.  

Monday, October 19, 2015


As the saying goes . . . better late than never (with this MISM post).  But, before I get to the usual  MISM share, I have some good news to share . . . 15% off stamp sets!  Check it out below:
Of course, I would appreciate it if you do your shopping with me.
Click HERE to shop now!  Maybe this would be a good time to
ask your significant other to place a holiday gift order for you!  ;-)

Today I have a really quick and easy project to share--a matchbook treat holder.  Seriously, this project is so easy to make that I whipped up four of them lickety-split.  I have to admit, though, that I didn't create a poinsettia for all of them.  
Although the poinsettia isn't hard to make, it takes a bit of time to punch all of the petals and build the layers.  The end result is worth the effort, don't you think?  I used Stampin' Up!'s Festive Flower punch, which has a coordinating stamp set (Reason for the Season), but I opted to not do any stamping for my flower.  I think the best way to make a bunch of these poinsettias would be to take the time to punch a LOT of petals and just have an assembly party with yourself--or a friend.  Or have a friend do all of the punching and assembly for you.  Ha!  The color of my poinsettia is Cherry Cobbler, but let me tell you . . . an absolutely gorgeous color is Blackberry Bliss.  I made two of them last week, and that color was a stunning choice.  For one of them, I stamped the petals with Blackberry Bliss ink and used VersaMark for the second flower.  The one that was stamped with VersaMark (believe it or not) looked the best, so you might want to try it.

I found the matchbook instructions on Pinterest (the land of whatever you want to know or find) but, before I had a chance to pin the project or write down the blog addy, the tab got closed or used for more browsing.  :-(  Following is what you need to know to make some matchbooks of your own.
1.  Place your 8-1/2" x 11" card stock on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool with the 8-1/2" edge at the top.
2.  Score at 3/4, 4-1/2, and 5 inches.
3.  Place the card stock on your Stampin' Trimmer with the 11" edge at the top, and cut at 2-3/4" intervals.  You'll end up with four matchbooks!
4.  Fold the 3/4" scored section upward, and place your treat inside (or you could make a note pad by placing blank paper inside).  Staple your treat or blank paper as close to the bottom of that scored section as possible.  This will secure whatever is placed in the matchbook and will also keep the front flap closed once the bottom of it is tucked inside that small flap.

With my October 13th blog post (HERE), 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.  Thanks so much to those who took the time to comment.  I only have one subscription to give away, and it goes to #10 . . . MICHELLE MALLETT who wrote, "Those Christmas cards look fabulous!!!! Way to go Regina"  Congratulations, Michelle!  If you'll email me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your subscription started!


Have you ever wondered if there was more you could do with the Fry Box Bigz L Die and the Big Shot than just make little boxes?  Yes you can!  In this Fry Box Mini Book Set Tutorial you will learn how to use your Fry Box Bigz L die to make a mini book that you can use for recording everything you are grateful for this Thanksgiving.  We will make the mini book and a holder for the book.  You will also learn how to make a wonderful 3-D flower using your Scallop Circle punches.  Let’s have some fun!
This is such a gorgeous project!  It was designed by Michelle, and her tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central?  Have you subscribed yet?  If not, you are missing out!

Saturday, October 17, 2015


Make this cool greeting card set for your hubby or a male friend, with a stylish backpack box. You will make four different card designs with nautical and classy styles. Make a ‘t-shirt’ and a ‘dress shirt’ card that are easy to reproduce and will please any male recipient. If you have trouble making masculine cards, this set is perfect for you. 
The tutorial for this great masculine set, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


I hardly ever go searching for a fun sketch challenge to try, but I always look forward to the new one at Craft Project Central each month.  This month's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #52 looks like this:
Christy Fulk provided the sketch this month, and you will find her gorgeous creation and a FREE tutorial HERE.  Did you know that for every 10 cards that are uploaded for the challenge, a winner will be drawn to receive at FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  All you need to do is participate in the Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge by following the sketch to create a card and upload it HERE.  Following is the card that I created:
My card features the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder
Specialty Paper:  Black Glimmer (I love this paper!!!!), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
Stamp Set:  Sparkly Seasons
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Tip Top Taupe, and the following markers:  Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon
Sizzix:  Seasonal Frame Thinlits dies, Softly Falling embossing folder, Boho Chic embossing folder
Accessories:  Silver Cording Trim, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

The fact that the Silver Cording Trim snaps back to its curled state (from being rolled on a spool) adds an extra decorative touch (IMHO), and I'm really enjoying it for that reason. 

It's your turn to create a card following the sketch, and don't forget to share a picture of it HERE.  ;-)
ETA:  If you would like to participate in the challenge for a chance to win a free one-month subscription to Craft Project Central but don't have a blog, you can still participate by sharing your creation on another online site from where you can link, such as Pinterest.  Just be sure to mention that your card was created for "Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #52".

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


I'm pleased to present the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month!  I had a lot of fun creating this project, and following is the introduction that I wrote for it:

You will be amazed at how quick and simple it is to make this cottage-style box with its stone-like exterior—a technique that you are sure to use again and again.   The assortment of greeting cards feature the Hearth & Home Thinlits dies, and two of the cards are styled for Christmas but could easily be made for winter events and occasions.  You will definitely appreciate the many design and embellishment ideas featured from beginning to end in this tutorial, and don’t be surprised if you find a use/need for cottage boxes in several rooms of your house.  This ensemble would be great for a stamp camp or class project.

One of the best things about being a Craft Project Central designer is that I have the opportunity to share a month's worth of awesome tutorials by giving away a FREE one-month subscription.  Getting your name entered for the drawing is very, very easy . . . all you need to do is leave a comment about my project HERE.  On Monday, October 19th, come back to my blog to see if yours is the winning name.  It's really that simple.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


The holidays are fast approaching! Have you ever found yourself needing one more card, last minute gift, small treat, or party favor?  In this tutorial, you’ll learn alternative ways to use the Stampin’ Up! Fry Box Bigz L Die to make a mini treat box that’s perfect for overnight guests’ “pillow gifts,” table favors, or hostess gifts for workshops, and a larger file box that holds note cards. This box is a perfect way to organize your fall and winter cards, and it also makes a thoughtful gift. Instructions for the cards are included in the tutorial. This would make a great class project as well!
I love the idea of this entire ensemble, and it's a gorgeous one!  It was designed by Buffy Cooper and her step-by-step tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet? 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Get ready to give Thanks every day during the month of November by creating this project in October!! You will make thirty cards that you can send out, one for each day of the entire month. They are cute and flat for easy mailing! Plus you’ll make an Open-Top Box so that the cards are easy to store and access when you need one. And you’ll learn how to alter a pre-made journal to coordinate with the cards. Use the journal to document and keep track of those that you are thankful for! Make this for yourself, and make a set to give – what a wonderful gift of thanks and also to pay forward to another!! 
The tutorial for this creative project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.  It's definitely a handy project!

Sunday, October 4, 2015


It’s time to decorate for Halloween – a most fun holiday!  This can be a fun time of year for the fun little treats you can leave on your co-workers’ desks or give to your child’s classmates and teachers.  And what better time for a little fun than Halloween!!  J   This collection encompasses a fabulous Twisted Easel card decoration and Halloween treat gifts perfect for anyone in your life.  This project uses the wonderful new Howl-o-ween Treat Stamp Set, coordinating Boo to You Framelits set, the new Sweet Hauntings Stamp Set, and our fabulous Envelope Punch Board to create some fun goodies. 
The tutorial for this festive ensemble can be found at Craft Project Central.  It was designed by one of this month's guest designers--Wendy Klein.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Preserve your Halloween memories in this fun and festive faBOOlous squash book! Featuring the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and some too-cute-to spook Halloween punch art, this squash book is the perfect showcase for your photos. It would also make an excellent product based class, club project, or a fun gift to give with the matching card. Note: Includes instructions for both full sized and smaller sized squash books.  And remember, if you don’t celebrate Halloween, this project can easily be adapted to any theme or occasion!
The tutorial for this fun project, which was designed by Yapha Mason, can be found at Craft Project Central.