Thursday, December 28, 2017


If you visit my blog often, then I know that you have an interest in stamps, ink, and paper crafts.  You may also enjoy creating handmade gifts, and I want to share something that I made this week that (IMHO) would qualify as a great gift--or a nice addition to your home decor.  While the surface for my project is an awesome framed chalkboard, the products that I used for my project could be applied to a variety of surfaces.  You can see a video of the process to make this project HERE.  Please be sure to Like, Follow, and Share my Facebook Page!

I used Mint chalk paste for the cake stand, and it looks so vintage!  The colors that I used for the ombre effect on the cake are Orchid and Lilac.  

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017


One of my favorite crafts this holiday season was creating a few mason jar gift card holders because they were so easy!  One of the most fun things about this project is that any size jar works (as long as it's tall enough to hold the gift card), and the jar can be right-side-up or upside-down. This one was the quickest:

A binder clip was clipped to one end of the gift card, and then I used hot glue to adhere the base of the clip to the lid.  Glitter tape was placed around the lid, but washi tape or ribbon would work beautifully, too.  I'm drawing a blank at the moment, but the stuffing (whatever it is called) was placed inside the pint-size jar, followed by the lid and ring.  On top of the jar, I adhered one of Stampin' Up!'s tree-shaped Stitched Felt Embellishments to a designer paper circle and then used hot glue to adhere one half of a ball ornament.  I wasn't sure how this was going to work but, after I was finished, I realized that I could have added so much more (such as shaker elements) inside the dome.  Hindsight is pretty sharp, you know?

I decided to get a little fancy with the next jar, which was quart-size, and began by adhering a sparkly tree-shaped ornament (complete with glimmer and gems) close to the edge of the lid.  A binder clip was adhered with hot glue beside the ornament, and then the gift card was placed in the clip.  I carefully placed stuffing to cover the lid, and then closed the jar onto the lid and ring.  A jute twine bow was tied around the jar (just above the lid).  A strip of burlap trim was adhered to the jar and embellished with the holly and berries Stitched Felt Embellishments.  The "top" was decorated with a gold foil doily and a star-shaped Stitched Felt Embellishment.

All of my mason jar gift card holders were placed inside a buffalo plaid gift bag that I decorated with Chalk Couture products (read all about them HERE).

Sunday, December 17, 2017


I've shared a little about my Chalk Couture business on this blog, and today I have a project video that shows a really quick framed chalkboard that I made for the mountain house.  The project features the following products:

If you have any questions about Chalk Couture products, email me or leave a comment.  As well, if you would like for me to share chalk/chalkboard projects more often and/or give more details about the product line on this blog, let me know.  :-)  I have started a blog that is dedicated to Chalk Couture products and projects . . . Decor Creations with Regina.  Visit me there--subscribe to that blog if you'd like!

Friday, December 8, 2017


I recently needed a few thank you cards, and I couldn't resist using the new-to-me stamp set, Tuscan Vineyard.  I love that the images in this set look like they were taken directly from the sketchbook of an artist.

For my cards, I kept the design really simple and just gave the front a few sharp cuts--nothing planned--just snip, snip.  After completing the first card and realizing that it wouldn't stand on its own, I placed the circle-punched focal point for the next two cards flush with the bottom.  The ribbon added the perfect finishing touch, and I'm sure that I will borrow this simple design again!  

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


The swap theme for my November class was a Christmas card, and I'm so happy to share these awesome creations!

Can you believe that Tracy hand cut the fun shape for the cocoa holder?  And look at that adorable mini bow.  Tracy even gave us a pretty coaster in this cute pocket!

And this is the card that I created for the swap:

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the white tree was die-cut from glimmer paper.  The trees that were die-cut from the designer paper were turned over (to the black and white side) and adhered to the inside of the card.

Last, but not least . . . the winner of the November tutorials at Craft Project Central is . . . DEBRA LAIL.  Just email me at randari at Hotmail dot com, and we'll get your November subscription started!  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Today I'm excited to share the project that I designed for Craft Project Central this month!  One thing that I like about this ensemble is that you AND the children can enjoy working on each of the projects--there's something for all skill levels.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Whether you need a festive and simple Christmas card or gift packaging and ornaments, you’ll enjoy the projects in this tutorial!  Learn to make two boxes—one for a small gift and one to be hung on the tree, a quilty greeting card, and a tree-shaped ornament made from paper.  The gift box (and the ornament, too) are the perfect size for a gift card or cash!  The embellishments on these projects are pleasing and add just the right amount of texture.  Invite a few friends over, and create these projects together!

Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to the 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month for the Bonus projects for which you'd like the tutorial.  

As usual, I will be giving a FREE subscription to the November Craft Project Central tutorials.  To be entered in the drawing, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment.  The winning name will be drawn and announced right here on my blog on Tuesday, December 5th.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Now that the fun Thanksgiving celebration is behind me and I've done a little online shopping, I realized that it was past time for me to create a card for Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #77.  The sketch challenge is something I normally jump right on, but time just got away from me.  This month's sketch is quite different, unique, and fun!  It was designed by Buffy, and you can access the FREE tutorial for the sketch HERE.  This is what the sketch looks like:

And this is the card that I made for the challenge:

Did you know that for every 10 cards that are submitted for the sketch challenge, each participant will get their name in a drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central?  I hope you will participant in the challenge!  Just create a card following the sketch, and upload it HERE.

Stampin' Up! products featured on my card:

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
Designer Paper:  Merry Music, Merry Little Christmas, Foil Frenzy
Stamp Set:  Merry Café
Sizzix:  Many Mittens Framelits
Accessories:  Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Give a friend everything they need for a cute mini birthday party! Cookie mix, party hats and a banner for decorating! Include a gift card for an even bigger gift.

The tutorial for this party in a box, which was designed by Stephanie, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Christmas is just around the corner and soon you will be thinking about packaging and about how you can add a nice touch to your gifts... well, here are some ideas to dress up your gift giving! You can pick from a small gift bag, a gift card envelope, or some fancy holiday tags! How about making all of the above along with a greeting card, and a cute box for those sweet tags?  This gift set is the perfect holiday present!

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017


These pocket creations can be made all winter long. Fill the snowman with chocolate for Christmas and Hanukkah or add a gift card and a pair of sunglasses for some spring break fun. Hang the angel on your country Christmas tree or add a heart and a sentiment to turn it into a Cupid gift tag for Valentine’s Day. Add a gift card or cash to the pocket inside the card for Christmas or any winter birthday. Showing the multiple ways this bundle can be used makes it a great product-based class, as well learning a new technique.

The tutorial for these adorable creations, which were designed by Ginger Rabesa, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, November 6, 2017


It’s time to get your Christmas decorating done, and this tutorial has three Christmas decorations that would make a good addition to your collection. They would make great handmade gifts, too. There’s a Bethlehem lighted scene, a Christmas tree ornament, and a Christmas luminary. The projects would also make a great Christmas Décor class.

The tutorial for this awesome project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


With Christmas just around the corner, you may need a few extra cards or tags laying around!  This tutorial featuring classic Christmas colors from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper and the Carols of Christmas and Labels to Love Stamp Sets!  In addition, this handy decorated box will hold five cards that are lightly embellished, coordinating envelopes and tags.  This makes a super cute gift to be used for Christmas or you can always change up the sentiment to create a thank you gift box for a totally different look.  Also, makes for a great class idea for Demonstrators.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017


The swap theme for my class this month was Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #76Did you know that you, too, can participate in the challenge?  For every 10 cards that are created and uploaded HERE, a winner will be drawn to receive a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  This is what Sketch #76 (a gate fold card) looks like:

And these are the awesome cards that my stampin' friends and I created (first picture shows the front of the card, and the inside of the card is shown directly below):


If you'd like to participate in this month's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #76, you still have a few days to do so!


Are you ready for the Fall season? No matter where you live, with this project you can bring some Fall (or Thanksgiving) feel into your home. Dress up your table with pretty paper leaves. Make a paper pumpkin, a slip-on silverware cozy/name holder, a greeting card… and decorate a candle. This is the perfect project for the season with the gorgeous colors.

The tutorial for this gorgeous October Bonus project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to the 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month for the Bonus projects for which you'd like the tutorial.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Est. 2014

As the building of the mountain house got closer to completion, I started thinking that we needed something to display the year that the process (purchase of land) began.  I had quite a variety of ideas, but the best one came when my parents brought a really heavy (possibly cement) jug that had once been in my grandmother's basement.  I ❤️ this jug!!!!  It's quite large, and I just knew it would be the perfect base.

Since I was coming to "the farm" (that's what I call the mountain house) last night, I used my Cricut Explore yesterday to cut the design from brown vinyl so I could apply it to the jug.  The look is so pleasing to me!!!!  I mean, really . . . it's truly perfect!  The cotton stems were purchased from Hobby Lobby and Magnolia Market.  Huge thanks to my son, Chad, for taking a quality picture for me.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Visions of sugarplums dancing in your head?  Create charming ornaments featuring three of the most well-known characters from the Christmas classic "The Nutcracker".  Hang them in your own tree or give them as a present with the matching gift box.  The foil snowflake, sentiment and embellishments are sure to make a wow package presentation.  The cute, quick matching card pulls the set together for a complete and elegant handmade present this holiday season.

The tutorial for this festive ensemble, which was designed by Corrine Blake, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


It's 3:00 a.m., and I have just finished a Halloween decoration that I want to share with you!  Check it out:

Details about this décor project (frame size is a whopping 24" x 30") can be found at my new blog, Décor Creations with Regina.  If you like what you see, go ahead and click the "Follow by Email" link in the right sidebar.  I also invite you once again to visit, like, and follow my new Facebook page HERE.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


What quilter wouldn't love this receiving this Quilter's Christmas Sampler to adorn their sewing room wall at Christmas?! This 12" x 12" sampler looks as if it's made of fabric and will delight any person who loves to sew. Quilters, stampers, and crafters of all kinds have a lot in common - an appreciation of handmade projects made with love and patience. This sampler is no exception. Make one for your favorite friend who quilts/sews and "warm" their heart!

The tutorial for this creative and gorgeous work of art, which was designed by Sandy Mott, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Paper crafters often have friends and family who need a last-minute card for a birthday, and, of course, they usually ask for one when you have the least amount of time to make it. Then there are those times when you remember a co-worker’s birthday as you’re running out the door and don’t have time to make a card. In this tutorial, you’ll make a box to hold birthday supplies, and we’ll use the Birthday Delivery Bundle – complete with the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set, Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper – to create coordinating cards, gift card envelopes, tags, and gift bags. This box is very easy to put together, so you may want to use an extra pack of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to make a set for a gift.

The tutorial for this party-ready ensemble, designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


A bottle of wine is a lovely gift to have on hand for a housewarming gesture, a bring along to a party for the host, or a birthday/holiday treat for just about anyone! A special hand crafted wine tag or stamped card shows thought went into your practical gift of a bottle of wine!

Isn't this a pretty ensemble?  It was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, and you can find her tutorial at Craft Project Central.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Are you ready for a new sketch challenge?  I had the pleasure of designing this month's sketch for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #76 at Craft Project Central this month, and I chose a fun fold (Gate Fold) that looks like this:

Below is the card that I made, and you can see the FREE tutorial for it HERE:

My card features the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating dies.  I hope that you will create a card for the sketch challenge!  You can upload your card and see others that have been created for the challenge HERE.  Remember . . . for every 10 cards that are uploaded for the challenge, one lucky participant will receive a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  If there are 20 cards uploaded for the challenge, there will be two winners, and so on.


I recently had an idea that I wanted to try, but it wasn't something that I could do (on my own) from start to finish because it involved sewing.  I shared the idea with my mother and, being her sweet, sweet, sweet self, she purchased the perfect fabric for my pillow project.  I had given her a long list of suggested pillow sizes and, not much later, she handed me a little stack of what looked like plain fabric bags--closed on three sides, open on one side.  I loved having a variety of sizes to work with, so I got busy!  From Chalk Couture, I chose the Farm House Chalk Transfer which has lots of fun images.  After playing around with which images fit the fabric, I chose to work with the following colors of Chalkology Paste:  White, Brownie, Charcoal, and Red.  This past Sunday, I stuffed the pillows, and my mother sewed up the unfinished side.  All that was needed was a decorative holder, which I purchased yesterday.  I love that it coordinates nicely with the Charcoal color on all of the pillows:
In case you're wondering, I chose to not mix fabric medium with my paste since these pillows are on the smaller side and the stuffing can't be removed for washing.  I'll just have to spot-clean them, although I hope they just won't get dirty.  ;-)
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Sunday, October 1, 2017


Need some Autumn cards? Need a Fall-themed, handmade gift idea? If the answer for either of these questions is yes, this project is for you! This project includes a box with a flap lid that holds six cards with six envelopes. It also includes three Autumn card designs…birthday, thank you, and friend. Make two of each to fill the box. This would also make a great card class!

If this card set doesn't set the mood for Fall, I don't know what will!  The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Friday, September 29, 2017


I was scrolling through project photos today and came across this one that I don't remember sharing on my blog:

The photo itself is quite poor, but I fell in love with the card and envelope all over again.  I like the assorted textures on the card, and I also like the color combo . . . Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede and, of course, Whisper White. 

Friday, September 22, 2017


Remember that fantastic "Vintage Truck" transfer from Chalk Couture that I've been raving about?  Well, mine finally arrived yesterday, and today I created this huge (24" x 30" frame) design just in time for Fall.
Working on this design was quite fun and much easier than I thought it would be, mainly because the image transfer was quite smartly designed, taking into consideration the color layers that the user might prefer.  The Chalkology Paste colors that I used were:  White, Charcoal, Pumpkin, Orange, Mocha, Caribbean, and Thai Teal.  As predicted, the Vintage Truck transfer has already sold out, but I'll be glad to let you know when Chalk Couture replenishes the stock.
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