Thursday, September 21, 2017

SEPTEMBER CLASS SWAPS

The swap theme for my class this month was Halloween, and I think everyone did a fantastic job!  Here they are:
 




Debbie used a fun pop-up fold that was one of our August class projects.  This is the festive front of her card:


And this is the inside:


I don't have any current Stampin' Up! Halloween designer paper or stamp sets, and I had to think really hard about how to create something Halloweenish.  This is what I came up with:


I used the tiny bat image from Glamper Greetings, created a cat (looking out the die-cut window with a piece of Tangerine Tango Foil Frenzy paper behind him) with the Fox Builder punch, Fringe Scissors were used to cut the nighttime grass, and the "spooky tree" was a die-cut from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.
 
I was so pleased with how creative the swaps were this month, and I'm already looking forward to next month's swaps!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FALL WREATH . . . JUST A LITTLE CHALK PASTE ON CANVAS

I've had the Fall Leaves transfer from Chalk Couture for a while, and I paired it with the brand new (available next month) Thanksgiving Place Setting transfer to create this Fall wreath.
 
 
The surface for my wreath is a 12x12 canvas:
 
 
The paste colors that I used were Tiffany, Pumpkin, Mustard, Brownie, Mocha, Brick, and Evergreen.
 
Be sure to like and follow my DECOR CREATIONS WITH REGINA Facebook page for more project samples, how-to videos, etc.
 


"VINTAGE TRUCK" FROM CHALK COUTURE

I am so excited about a brand new Chalk Transfer from Chalk Couture . . . it's appropriately named "Vintage Truck" (order yours HERE) and it looks like this:


This image transfer is so awesome!!!!  As a matter of fact, when I ordered one for myself, I actually placed a second order for one more of these transfers just in case something happens to the first one.  My orders haven't arrived yet, but one of my uplines had these "work in progress" photos to share:



 

I invite you to visit (and like/follow) my Facebook page, Decor Creations with Regina.  I have shared some videos there that show how to "transfer" the awesome images onto a chalkboard (or other) surface of your choice.  Where can you apply the transfers?  Chalkboards, walls, canvas, wood, metal, doors, glass, jars, etc.  Don't forget to order a few jars of Chalkology Paste!!!!

SEPTEMBER PROMOTION:  When you purchase 5 Chalk Transfers, you will receive a FREE Angled Squeegee!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

HALF-PRICE PAPER PUMPKIN FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS

Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin promotion will be ending soon so, if you've thought about trying the fun project kits, now is a great time to do so!

Start your subscription HERE


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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A SPECIAL "CHALK COUTURE" OFFER FROM ME

The Chalk Transfer of the month at Chalk Couture is Ghosts and Ghouls (HERE), and it's just in time to begin working on Halloween projects.  As I was studying all of the fun images, it occurred to me that the spooky hand could hold a pumpkin!  With four jars of Chalkology Paste (Orange, White, Brownie, and Emerald), I designed this mini chalkboard stand in about 10 minutes.  It actually wouldn't have taken that long if I had been a smart cookie and had wipes and stirrers handy before I started.
 
 
Would you like to create this project, too?  If so, then you will like my special offer!  I will send a mini chalkboard stand (like the one that I used for my project) to the first five (5) people who purchase from me the Ghosts and Ghouls Chalk Transfer (or another one of your choice valued at $17.99+) and two (or more) jars of Chalkology Paste!  Thank you in advance for shopping with me at https://regina.chalkcouture.com
 
And . . . while your shopping at my Chalk Couture site, you may want to take advantage of the September promotion.  With the purchase of five (5) Chalk Transfers (any size/price), Chalk Couture will include a FREE angled squeegee!
 
I don't remember if I've mentioned it before, but Chalk Couture is a new company that opened for business in October 2016, but their official launch was July 2017.  I love the kickstarter video, which you can see HERE.  There are so many gorgeous design ideas in that video!  Their chalkboards are, indeed, a quality that you aren't likely to find anywhere else and the framed chalkboards are simply stunning!  Having said that, one of the things that I love about the products is that the Chalk Transfers and Chalkology Paste can be used on a variety of surfaces . . . walls, mirrors, glass, canvas, fabric, wood, etc.--even inexpensive chalkboards that aren't even actual chalkboards! 
 
If I can answer any questions or offer any assistance, feel free to email me at randari at Hotmail dot com.
  


Friday, September 1, 2017

BRAND NEW CHALK COUTURE IMAGE TRANSFERS!!!!

Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons, and I'm even more excited for the changing seasons after seeing the brand new image transfers from Chalk Couture!  Check them out HERE.  The first one that I ordered is Baby It's Cold Outside:
 
I cannot wait to create projects with those adorable mittens and snowflakes!  There are so many from which to choose, and won't they be perfect sprinkled with glitter!?!?
 
New Chalkology Paste colors have been recently added, and you can see all of the gorgeous colors available below:


Sunday, August 27, 2017

"GRACEFUL GARDEN" ENSEMBLE - AUGUST BONUS PROJECT

The project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month is featured today, and it is the August Bonus project!  DID YOU KNOW?  The bonus project can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month that the bonus project is posted.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:
 
Create a pocket full of pretty cards that feature fun Watercolor Pencil techniques.  One of the techniques featured in this tutorial demonstrates how to use one pencil to get the shading and coloring of two or three colors, but your favorite might be the “Cheater’s Reflection” technique.  It is so easy and lends such a nice focal point for any card!  Besides the fun pencil techniques, you’ll also learn how to make your own coordinating dimensional embellishments!  If you decide to make this lovely ensemble to give to someone special, you’ll appreciate that there’s a tutorial for a pretty and simple pocket holder for the four cards.
 
 
On September 2, I will give a FREE one-month Craft Project Central subscription to a lucky winner!  If you would like to get your name in the drawing for the FREE subscription, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment on my project.  The winning name will be drawn on September 2nd and announced on my blog.  Be sure to visit my blog again on the 13th to see if you're the winner. 
 
  

Friday, August 25, 2017

A CHALKY CHRISTMAS CREATION

One of the best things in my starter kit when I joined Chalk Couture was the Aiden chalkboard frame, and my plan was to decorate its chalkboard surface for Christmas.  Unfortunately, the transfers that I used (Small Christmas Tree and Retro Ornaments) are no longer available, BUT . . . brand new transfers (including holiday designs) are coming on September 1.


It took a while for me to work up the courage to work on this project (the size is 9" x 12") but, as I am learning, working with the Chalk Couture chalk paste is so very easy--and quick!  Best of all, if mistakes are made or if I change my mind, a cloth and a little water will wash the paste away.  I love that!

Have you taken a look at the Chalk Couture products?  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A CHALKY SCHOOL OF FISH FOR MY SISTER

After years of teaching Kindergarten, my sister will be teaching 1st grade this year.  I suppose that doesn't seem like much of a change but, to the teacher and the classroom, it is a change.  Normally, I would make a card for my sister to wish her a fantastic school year, but I was in the mood to play with Chalk Couture's transfers and paste and created this fun sign:


I recently won the You've Got This transfer from Chalk Couture and, at the time, I couldn't think of an occasion when I might use it, but it turned out to be perfect for this project.  What was even more perfect were the fun fish, bubble, and seaweed images from Under the Sea.  A school of fish is just what a teacher needs, right?  It's hard to tell from the photo, but I sprinkled glitter on the bubbles before the paste dried, and they're so sparkly in real life.  Speaking of paste, the colors featured on this sign are White, School Bus Yellow, Orchid, Thai Teal, Royal, and Evergreen.

If you haven't checked out the awesome and fun Chalk Couture products, please visit  my web site.  If I can answer any questions for you, just let me know.

SEASONS COASTERS

Stamped coasters are so simple and inexpensive to make! With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to think about special people in your life you want to create a gift for.  In fact, these stamped coasters would make great gifts for anyone, any time of year!


The tutorial for these pretty coasters, which were designed by Jari Francis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, August 21, 2017

TOTALLY ADORABLE TOTAL ECLIPSE CARD FROM MY SWEET FRIEND, LAURA


I'm sure I've mentioned before that I love to open the mailbox and find a greeting card.  It doesn't happen too often but, when it does, I can hardly wait to get in the house to open the envelope.  It happened recently that I received a totally adorable card from my friend, Laura Lipe.  Laura and I met around 13 years ago at a North Carolina Stampin' Up! demo gathering and have been friends ever since.   She was a mentor when my Stampin' Up! upline resigned shortly after I became a demo, but she quickly became a treasured friend.  Laura is a very creative soul, and I have been waiting to share the card that she designed for the eclipse.  Feast your eyes upon it:


In true Laura fashion, she had a special design for the inside:


It's a great design, isn't it?  And, of course, a keepsake!  Thank you again, Laura!  Your creativity always dazzles me!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

UPCYCLE GIFT BOXES

You may throw away or recycle cereal, macaroni, or cracker boxes, but you can turn them into beautiful gift boxes for that next special occasion. See how to use Designer Series Paper and other stamping supplies to turn these plain boxes into gift wrap that is almost as impressive as the gift you are giving. You will learn how to wrap two different size boxes in your favorite patterned paper.


The tutorial for these festive packages, designed by Christine Miller, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"GARDEN IN BLOOM" FOR SKETCH CHALLENGE #74

In this blog post on August 3rd, I introduced Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #74, which looks like this:


Today I created this card for the challenge:


My card features the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer, Wild Wasabi
Stamp Set:  Garden in Bloom
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black Archival, Crushed Curry
Sizzix:  Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

This month's sketch challenge was designed by Christy Fulk, and you can find her easy-to-follow tutorial HERE.  I hope that you will create a card for the challenge!  Did you know . . . For every ten cards submitted, Craft Project Central will pick one winner of a FREE one-month subscription!  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice!

Monday, August 14, 2017

ALWAYS BE A MERMAID

I had the house all to myself this morning and decided to finally see what I could do with Chalk Couture's Always Be A Mermaid transfer.  In case you don't know, the Chalk Transfers come in a variety of sizes and are similar to working with thin craft vinyl with adhesive.  The images/shapes are silkscreened, and the silkscreen helps keep the Chalk Paste from going under the transfer.  Having that fine screen (of sorts) also means that less paste is needed to transfer the image/shape.  Always Be A Mermaid is a really pretty transfer, one that I have been anxious to use, but it's also a large one.  This is what I created with it:
 
 
My project wasn't without a couple of mistakes but, overall, I think it turned out great!  Aren't those bubbles a perfect addition?  They are from the Under The Sea transfer.  I would have linked to that transfer, but it must be out of stock at the moment.  Whenever a product is out of stock, it gets removed from the web site.  The Chalkology Paste colors that I used are as follows:
Moss
Red
Orange
Red Orange
Thai Teal
School Bus Yellow
Charcoal Gray
Mint
Tiffany
White
Sand
 
I am really loving Chalk Couture's products!  Each time I open a jar of paste, I have the best time!  It's incredibly easy to use and, best of all, the product dries very quickly and cleans up EASILY!  The Chalk Transfers are re-useable, and they can be used with the paste on all types of surfaces besides chalkboards . . . walls, mirrors, windows, wood, metal, etc.  My mermaid project is on foam board!  Let me know if you would like more information about this new company and the FANTASTIC products they offer.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TIME FOR A COFFEE BREAK

Do you know someone you don't get to see very often because they're so busy? With all the hustle-bustle going on in the world today, this Coffee Break set is the perfect gift to take to that person, and sit down with them for a chat. The k-cup holder is a cinch to put together - it could even stand on its own. But adding the other little coffee gift along with that matching card is sure to please and relax even the busiest friend. So, it's time to enjoy - it's "Time for a Coffee Break".


The tutorial for this ensemble, which was designed by Sandy Mott, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

RAMBAM THE PANTHERS FAN

This is just too cute not to share unless, of course, you don't see cuteness in a sweet Border Collie.  I can't believe I just typed something that nonsensical--our little RamBam is adorable with or without his Panthers jersey!  He is pictured below sporting his football season attire, waiting with my son for the first pre-game to begin:


Chad has taught him a really cute "touchdown" command that I hope to see very, very often this season. 
 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TWO (THREE, ACTUALLY) NEW CHALK COUTURE PROJECTS

I was recently asked if Chalk Couture's Chalkology Paste could be used on surfaces besides chalkboards, and the answer is YES!  As a matter of fact, the paste can be used on many surfaces--probably as many as you might use with ink or paint.  On the card below, I used the Tiffany paste in the simplest manner imaginable!  From scrap cardstock, I used Stampin' Up!'s Daisy punch to create a stencil (of sorts), which I placed on top of the Tangerine Tango cardstock and held in place while I applied the Chalkology Paste over the punched shape.  I then punched another daisy from Island Indigo cardstock to adhere on top.  The paste dried so fast that I was able to adhere the darker daisy in the time it took to pick up the cardstock and punch it!


One of the two projects that I intended to share today is this gift bag.  I used the beautiful and bright Orchid Chalkology Paste and the Bee Humble & Kind Chalk Transfer (I think this is my favorite) to quickly decorate the bag.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Pretty Label punch to create the gold tag, which was decorated with a crown using the same Orchid paste.


And the second project, using the same Chalk Transfer, is this adorable canvas bag:


So there you have it . . . three ridiculously quick and easy projects created with one Chalk Transfer and four colors of Chalkology Paste.  I have enjoyed paper crafts and mixed media for more than a decade, and I fell head over heels in love with the Chalk Couture products, which add yet another dimension to a craft that I already enjoy.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

NATURALLY ECLECTIC CARD BOX SET

When you need a gift in a hurry, you’ll be able to whip up these cards using the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Who wouldn’t love a set of four handmade cards and envelopes in a cute box made with the Envelope Punch Board?!  Make up several sets and you’ll always have a gift handy for a special occasion.


The tutorial for this creative set of card, designed by Beth McCullough, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CREATING PRETTY CARDS - SKETCH CHALLENGE #74

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!! This month's sketch (#74) looks like this:
 

To help you recreate the sketch each month, they also provide a free Sketch Mini Tutorial! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!  Below is a picture of the card that the designer, Christy Fulk, created for the sketch challenge:
 

DID YOU KNOW?  For every ten cards submitted, Craft Project Central will pick one winner of a FREE one month subscription! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more and submit your creation!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CARDS FEATURING SHAVING CREAM TECHNIQUE

Last week, my guys (and the pup) were away from home (all night), and my mind was so busy with a long list of "what to do's"!  Now that Stampin' Up! has brought back Glossy Cardstock, I decided to play with ink and shaving cream--something I haven't done in years!  The only thing I needed was shaving cream, so I made a quick trip to Walmart for that.  The ink colors that I swirled into the shaving cream were Pacific Point and Old Olive.


I kept the cards really simple and let the pretty background get all the glory. Other Stampin' Up! products featured include Whisper White, Pacific Point, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight cardstock and the Garden Trellis embossing folder.  The shaving cream and ink make beautiful backgrounds, but I think my favorite thing about this technique is the nice, clean scent that lingers in the room.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LEMON ZEST ENSEMBLE

Add some sunshine to someone’s life with a little lemony treat! In this tutorial, you will create your own lemon pattern cardstock to make a bright birthday card, a lemon candy treat in a popcorn box, and a card with a lemon tea bag tucked in a pocket. You will also make a mini treat bag with a sliding insert that reveals a lemon herbal tea bag. You can’t help but smile while making these bright and cheery projects.  
 
 
Isn't this an adorable ensemble?!?!  It was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, and the tutorial can be found at Craft Project Central.
 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

"FARM HOUSE" CHALK COUTURE SIGN

Several days ago, I received a nice big order from Chalk Couture with a lot of new image transfers and lots of Chalkology Paste color choices, but I didn't get a chance to create something new until today.  I don't know what it is about the Farm House transfer--I have never lived on a farm--but I just had to have it.

What's that?  You don't know anything about Chalk Couture?  Well, I can help you with that.  The company is still relatively new, but they have an exciting yet simple product line that consists of the following:

Chalkboards - Framed and unframed options; all chalkboards are magnetic, which makes it easy to attach adornments, embellishments, photos, etc. to the decorated board.

Chalk Transfers - Lots and lots from which to choose, these are like a cross between thin vinyl and stencils.  All of the transfers are silkscreen, which means the Chalkology Paste does not seep under the image or go where you don't want it--this is FANTASTIC!!!! 

Chalkology Paste - This is the fun stuff that you use with the transfers to . . . uh, well . . . transfer the image(s) onto your chosen surface (chalkboard, canvas, wood, metal, glass, etc.).  The paste dries really fast, there are a LOT of colors from which to choose and, when you're ready to re-use the surface, all you have to do is wash away the previous design with water.  Note:  Some surfaces may not be conducive to being re-used, such as canvas, fabric, wood.


And this is the sign that I practiced on today:


Aren't the images fun???  I used all but two of the images that come with the Farm House transfer (it's a huge one!), and I kept myself hopping between three colors of Chalkology Paste:  Brick, Charcoal, and School Bus Yellow.  I knew that I should have a small body of water nearby to place the transfers in when I pulled them off the board, but I learned today that it would have been much easier to work on this project in the kitchen near the sink since some of the image transfers were a bit on the large side.  Still, it all worked out, and the transfers cleaned up beautifully (with water and a spritz of antibacterial spray).  Working with the Chalkology Paste is such a dream because it dries so fast!  I actually started at the bottom of my sign and worked my way to the top, and I didn't have to worry about smears or getting the paste on me or my clothes.

Want to know more about Chalk Couture?  Email me at randari at Hotmail dot com.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

FLOWER SHOP NOTEBOOK SET - JULY BONUS PROJECT

Do you like taking notes or doodling? Do you like giving handmade gifts? Then this is a project for you! Make this cool notebook with a coordinating card and bookmark. Dress up a simple notebook with craft sticks and make it durable and reusable. This cover will not wear down easily. Learn a simple and fast bookbinding technique that is easy enough to do for adults and kids alike.


The tutorial for the July Bonus project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.

DID YOU KNOW?  The bonus project can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month that the bonus project is posted. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

CLASS SWAPS + CARD CHALLENGE #73

In my July 3rd blog post, I shared information about the Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #73 which I had the pleasure of designing for Craft Project Central this month.  The sketch looks like this:
 
 
You can see the FREE sketch tutorial HERE.  For every 10 cards that are created and uploaded HERE for the card challenge, there will be a winner who will receive a FREE one-month subscription to the fantastic tutorials (which feature only Stampin' Up! products) at Craft Project Central.
 
Even though I haven't yet shared the swap cards from my June class, I wanted to go ahead and share the swaps from my July class since they feature this month's color-block sketch.  I think my friends did an awesome job of creating a variety of colors and themes, and each of them are full of texture and a mix of stamping and designer papers.  Following are the swaps:
 




 
And this is the card that I made for the swap:
 
 
I hope that all of these cards will inspire YOU to create a card for the challenge.  For more ideas and inspiration, hop over to Craft Project Central and take a look at all of the other cards that have been submitted for this month's challenge.  They're great!!!!
 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

STAMPED & GLAZED CANVASES & CARDS

Stamping supplies and art supplies can be married together to create some beautiful and original pieces of art!  Let’s get your art flowing in this tutorial by combining your stamps and ink with gesso and glazing liquid!  In this tutorial, you will learn how to use stamps and some of the lids from your stamping supplies to create amazing texture on canvases.  You will also learn how to create original works of textured art on Watercolor Paper to decorate your card fronts.  These techniques are fun for adults and children alike! Let’s get your art flowing!


The tutorial for this creative ensemble, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 17, 2017

"SO MANY SHELLS" SUMMER ENSEMBLE

Summer is here and many think of time spent on family vacations or just relaxing at the beach.  These projects are meant to evoke the feeling of the beach in all its sandy splendor. This tutorial will show you how to make a pretty beach themed card, perfect for any occasion, as well as a scrapbook page with holder and Memory Bottle. You’ll learn how to make a ‘Glitter Splatter’ accent that resembles a splash of sand, as well as some stitching detail.


How pretty is this ensemble?!?!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Beth Rush, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

If you want to get a head start on some Christmas projects this summer, here is an adorable boxed set of cards and tags that you can make for someone special--it looks like a Christmas present!  This compartmentalized box holds three or more standard sized cards, three or more 3” x 3” card/tags, and three or more regular gift tags. This boxed set will get you singing Christmas carols in the middle of summer!


When December rolls around, you'll be sooooooo glad that you got an early start on your Christmas cards!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Karen Hallam, can be found at Craft Project Central.