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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Your holiday presents will stand out from the crowd with these charming tags!  You’ll have fun creating this set of 12 (three each of four different designs) gift tags and the matching lidded box.  The set is created in traditional colors for easy co-ordination and the tags are a generous 3” x 3” size for adding your personal message.  Use the tags and box separately for your gifts or give the entire set to a special friend!

The tutorial for this fun holiday project, which was designed by Pat, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


How often do you forget the important events in your life?  One solution for you is to use this lovely Perpetual Birthday + Love, Happiness and Life Calendar, using the Hello Lovely Project Life Collection by Stampin’ Up!.  Each month is designed to document not just birthdays, but other happy events you want to remember.  Also included in this tutorial are designs for 12 greeting cards stored in the Project Life Envelope Pages in the back of the calendar.  This would also make a great gift for someone special!
The tutorial for this handy project, which was designed by Meg Holland, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Get ready for the holidays with this Festive Holiday Table Décor! You’ll learn how to make a Paper Cone Tree (and save money not having to buy that paper mache base that you get at the craft store!). You’ll also get the quick and easy measurements to turn simple pieces of Designer Series Paper into the perfect layers to quickly transform your Paper Cones to Christmas trees! Plus you will learn how to coordinate the Tagged Clear Tiny Treat Boxes into the theme of the Christmas décor as you add these simple, but elegant tags to them. And if you want to make this whole ensemble a gift to someone special, the coordinating card is the perfect complement!
The tutorial for this excellent décor project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


When invited to a gathering, it’s always nice to take a small gift for the host. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create a divided hinged box that holds two holiday containers filled with holiday goodies, such as a yummy dip. What better way to complement a dip than a bottle of wine and some crackers. This festive package is a snap to put together. Any recipient would be delighted to receive this wonderful gift!

The tutorial for this festive gift project, which was designed by Sue Becker, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Make this unique Mixed Media Canvas as a one of a kind special gift. It is the perfect art piece to be displayed on the wall or on the desk. Learn different Mixed Media techniques that will be useful for card making or other paper crafting projects. Learn how versatile your paper crafting supplies can be. As an extra bonus, make a coordinating Mixed Media Pencil/Tool Holder out of a tin can. This will dress up anyone’s desk and will be a conversation piece for sure. Change the color to match your home decor or the season. 

The tutorial for this clever project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, November 7, 2016


On November 1st, I posted a sneak peek photo (shown below) of the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month and promised that I would give a FREE one-month subscription to one lucky person.  Getting entered in the drawing was really easy . . . the one and only requirement was to click THIS LINK and leave a comment.
Congratulations to LAURA LIPE . . . the winner of the free one-month subscription!!!  Laura, if you'll contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your subscription started.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Craft projects using Mason jars are so trendy and fun. But sometimes your craft table gets littered with lids and jar rings that you didn’t need for projects. In this tutorial, you’ll learn two ways to use those lids and rings for adorable home décor and gift items. The jar ring banner is perfect for Christmas, New Year, or even a birthday or other celebration. And the jar lid coasters can be a fun, useful, yet inexpensive gift for friends on your gift list. These projects would be a nice stamp camp if offered together, or two separate classes.
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Buffy, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Have you seen Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #65Monika Davis has designed another fun sketch, and I hope that you will feel inspired to create a card.  This is what the sketch looks like:
As I looked at the sketch, I knew exactly what I would use for the oval layer . . . Stampin' Up!'s brand new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the largest oval-shaped die to cut a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, and then I lightly sponged the inside of the die-cut oval with Soft Suede ink. 
Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Set:  My Hero
Sizzix:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Petal Burst embossing folder, Flourish Thinlits
Accessories:  Linen Thread, Rhinestone Jewel
Did you know that for every 10 cards that are uploaded for the Sketch Challenge, Craft Project Central will give a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials?  Isn't it time for you to create and upload a card for the challenge?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Today begins a brand new month of fabulous project tutorials at Craft Project Central, and we're kicking them off with the project that I designed!  Following is the introduction that I wrote for this fun and festive piece of art:
It’s time to think about holiday décor, and you’ll be off to a great start with this tutorial.  Create a festive framed work of art comprised of six individual panels that are easy to make and possess enough interest and detail that will have your guests taking more than just a quick glance.  Since you’ll probably be going to some holiday parties or dinners, go ahead and make a few of these framed projects so you’ll have a fantastic gift for a hostess (or two).  This tutorial even includes a coordinating card!
As a designer, I have the awesome opportunity to give a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner of the subscription will be announced on my blog on Monday, November 7th, and getting entered in the drawing is really easy . . . just click THIS LINK and leave a comment where you see the sneak peek photo of my project.