Wednesday, April 19, 2017


It's been a while since I shared a new creation but, when I looked through the pictures on my camera card, I realized that it was also past time for me to create something.  Of course, there are plenty of completed projects in my stamp room, but I wanted to make something.  I turned to the old wooden bowl (a treasure from mamaw's house) that sits on the corner of my table and holds a mixed assortment of components that I started at one time or another but didn't finish or use. 

It's my "bowl of parts" you might say, and that's where I found the white-embossed and watercolored butterfly that finally found a home on this card:
I added some washi tape, sequins, and ribbon to the butterfly layer, adhered it to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock, and stapled the sentiment (from Special Reason stamp set) that I stamped onto a strip of gold foil paper.  A pretty doily was adhered to the bottom front of the Pink Pirouette card, and then the butterfly layers were put in place.  And that, my friends, is how I take something from the bowl of parts, mix in some pieces that are laying on my table, and turn them into something ready to mail.


Sunday, April 9, 2017


There's a new sketch for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge this month at Craft Project Central, and it looks like this:

The sketch was designed by Julie, and you can find her easy-to-follow tutorial HERE.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Always an Adventure stamp set and coordinating dies (and Glamper Greetings for the sentiment) to create this card for the challenge:

This was actually the first time that I have used these fun products, and I couldn't resist placing that healthy-looking bear in the scene.  I meant to wrap linen thread above the sentiment, but I forgot to do that before the trees were adhered.  Oops!

If you create a card and upload it at THIS LINK, then your name will be entered in the drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials at Craft Project Central!!!!  That's a fantastic give-away, and getting entered in the drawing is really easy.  For every 10 cards that are submitted for the card challenge, a winning name will be drawn!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


I can't believe that I really made Easter cards this many days before Easter.  It would be more like me to be in a rush a few days before the holiday, scrambling to make a few cards.  These designs were kept really simple, and I really liked them! 
The first card features Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  Doesn't the bunny look happy with how nicely his carrot crop is growing?

And this is the second design, which has a fence going across the front of the card.

  I liked how well the colors worked on these cards, lending a softness to the designs.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017


I'm late posting photos of the cards created for this month's class swap.  Being under the weather for the better part of six days put me way behind, but it feels great to be back in my stamp room!  In case you don't know about the class swaps, those who attend my monthly class decide on a swap theme for the next month's class.  The March theme was to feature a color combination using 3 to 4 colors from one of Stampin' Up!'s color collections.  The fun thing about a color combo theme is that it can seem that none of the cards have anything in common, except the theme which is definitely not apparent when looking at these creations:
This is Jane's lovely creation featuring Inside the Lines DSP and a fun envelope pocket/flap layer.  The ribbon adds so much to this design.  If you don't believe me, just try to imagine the card without it.
Debbie designed and created this colorful and cheery Z-fold card.  I like the clever design using the decorative die-cut to hide the sentiment inside.  This also allows for more sentiment/signature space--which is also colorful and decorative.

Lisa's waterfall of petals and leaves, featuring "Special Reason" stamp set.  I love how the DSP behind the stamped layer is playing color peekaboo and giving a hint of more flowers, tying the overall design all together.

This is Terry's beautiful creation.  I had trouble capturing all of her gorgeous shading for the sky in my photo, but it is so striking in person.  Her lighthouse ground is heat embossed, which adds an extra element of texture to such a pretty scene.

And lastly, this is the card that I created for the swap.  It features colors from the Brights Collection that I sponged onto a piece of Irresistibly Floral DSP.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


You might still have snow on the ground, but you will be bringing Spring into someone’s life. Make this bright and cheerful floral card set for a cherished friend. You will learn to make three different shaped cards (a flower pot, a cupcake and a triangle). These shaped cards will WOW! the recipients and will make you the star. Also, learn how to add movements to small embellishments with an easy step.

Shaped cards are a favorite of mine, and the ones in this ensemble are fantastic!  The tutorial for this pretty project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Monika really did a great job, and I love those bees!

This is the March Bonus Project at Craft Project Central.  Qualifying for the 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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the weekend, I remembered that I needed to put a masculine birthday card in the mail.  Anyone who enjoys making cards would probably agree that the most challenging cards to make are masculine.  It is so hard to avoid bows and other frills (embellishments) that typically cater to the female persuasion.  I had some uninterrupted time alone at home on Saturday, so I busied myself with the task of creating a fantastic masculine card--one fit for a special 89-year-old man.  I knew what kind of card I was going to make, so I only needed to choose "the right" designer paper and a couple of stamps.  I didn't expect the process to take as long as it did, and I had a real "what the heck!" moment as I pleasantly held the finished card in my hand and wondered WHY I had put not one--but TWO--bows on it.  People say they "lose themselves" when they get a creative vibe, and I'd say that I really lost myself/my focus.  While I thought that the die-cut dragonfly on the front of the card was gender neutral, I'm not sure what possessed me to add the pretty Wink of Stella glimmer to the wings.  The card that I had spent all afternoon working on turned out to not be what I needed and, if you must know, I decided that the designer paper wasn't all that masculine, either.  The next day, I guess I found myself and was able to create this card, which I considered masculine enough--even with those pretty sequins.  At least they're a nice gun metal gray, right?
I think my favorite thing about this card is that it's so full of texture.  There's layered washi tape, watercolor paper (which has been embossed and distressed), linen thread, a vellum layer, and the fibers in the cardstock for the sentiment were weakened to give it some texture and make it pleasantly pliable.  And those sequins, of course.  Sequins are my current obsession.  I simply can't get enough of them, and I want to put them on every card that I make. 
I wasn't even going to share a picture of the masculine card that turned out to be not so masculine, but this is part of the front of it:
The inside was much more detailed.  And . . . prettier.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Spring is in the air, and you need some little gift packaging ideas to go along with it! This tutorial will teach you how to make a little purse bag, gift card/nugget candy bar holder, and a little square window treat box. They all feature the beautiful Special Reason Bundle and Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. This would also make a wonderful product-based packaging class.

Don't you love the colors of this ensemble?  The tutorial for this gorgeous gift packaging trio, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet? 

Sunday, March 19, 2017


My great-niece had a birthday this month, and I knew exactly what kind of fun card to make for her . . . a pop-out box card!  This is what the festive front looked like:

And with the band removed, the card springs open to reveal a pop-up box:

The tutorial for this fun card can be found HERE.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book contains 20 pages with photographs from birth to age 18. It is simple to create because it uses the Project Life by Stampin’ Up!® 6” x 8” photo pocket pages. Just slip your photographs into the pocket pages and add printed cards and accessories. The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured for years.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017


This month's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #69 at Craft Project Central is one like you have probably never done.  Well . . . that was the case for me.  I actually had to give it a bit of thought, but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I had an idea.  This is the card that I designed:

My card features images from Stampin' Up!'s Perfect Mix stamp set, which I colored with Pool Party, Real Red, and Smoky Slate markers.  Once the images were colored, I used Paper Snips to cut them out and then began the task of positioning them "just right".  It's hard to tell from the photo, but that's a strip of Silver Foil paper on the front left of the designer paper.  

Buffy Cooper designed the sketch, which looks like this:

And this is the card sample that Buffy created for the challenge:

A full tutorial (complete with step-by-step photos) is available HERE
Did you know that for every 10 cards that are created and uploaded HERE for Sketch Challenge #69, a winner will be drawn to receive a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  It's really that easy, so I would encourage YOU to create and upload a card for the challenge!


I am really late drawing the winners of two FREE Craft Project Central subscriptions, and I am very, very sorry for not keeping my word.  The good news is that my son did the drawings for me today!

The February subscription that I had to give away was mentioned in THIS BLOG POST on February 26th.  I appreciate all of the comments, and the winner is LISA808.  Lisa, to get your subscription started, just email me at randari at hotmail dot com.  

The March subscription that I had to give away was mentioned in THIS BLOG POST on March 1st.  Again, I really appreciate the comments, but there's only one subscription to give away.  The winner is JEANETTE.  Jeanette, if you will email me at randari at hotmail dot com, we will get your subscription started.

In my next blog post, I will tell you another way that you can get your name entered in another drawing for a FREE one-month subscription!

Saturday, March 11, 2017


In this tutorial you’ll learn how to easily make a pretty succulent garden frame and a matching card!  This is a perfect gift for friends, teachers, neighbors, etc.!  Make multiple sets and make sure to keep one for yourself!

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

Monday, March 6, 2017


This pretty collection of Easter baskets and treats will welcome your guests to the table for your brunch or dinner.  Two options of baskets show off the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, as well as the candy wrappers, and table place cards.  The Easter card can serve as an invitation or simply a pretty greeting!

Isn't this a gorgeous ensemble that Karen Hallam created?  You can find her tutorial at Craft Project Central, and don't forget to start your subscription today so you won't miss out on the awesome projects this month!

Friday, March 3, 2017


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!! 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!!  For every ten cards submitted, they’ll 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!!

This month's sketch was designed by Buffy Cooper, and following is the card that she designed:

And this is the sketch:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Kicking off the March edition of fantastic project tutorials at Craft Project Central is the project that I designed.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:
Every now and then, a special someone could use a little note of encouragement.  That person could be a child/student, friend, co-worker, neighbor, etc.  When you follow this tutorial, you’ll not only be prepared with a selection of cards, you’ll be able to find them easily tucked neatly in their own little pizza-style box.  This tutorial includes three feminine cards and three masculine designs—something for everyone.  This project would also make a great gift, so why not make an extra set to share?

FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL . . . If you would like to get your name in the drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment below my project photo (the same photo as shown in this post).  On March 7th, I will draw the winning name and announce it right here on my blog, so be sure to visit again on the 7th to see if you're the winner! 

Monday, February 27, 2017


My February class was last Friday and instead of a precise theme, we had decided that each participant would find something inspiring and then create a card (or other project) based on whatever had inspired them.  Along with the swap, we agree that participants would also bring to class the item (or a photo) of their inspiration.  I was so excited about this swap to not only see what my friends had created but to also see what had inspired them.  I know that the swap photos would be more interesting to you if I had thought to take a photo of each person's inspiration, but I'll just try to do better next time.  Everyone really did a fantastic job!

I think the fabric on a tote bag is what inspired Debbie's creation.

Terry's inspiration was a ceramic chicken that had belonged to her grandmother.
Tracy's inspiration was an heirloom handkerchief.  It's difficult to see in the photo,
but the yellow flowers on the purple sponged background are clear-embossed.
I turned to Pinterest in search of a mood board to inspire me, and this one hit the nail on the head - Sand Dollar.  I loved the neutral colors and ended up using the grid design on Sand Dollar's bottom right panel.

I hope we'll do another inspiration swap in the future, and I will try really hard to remember to get a photograph of each person's inspirational piece.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017


I'm so pleased to share today the project that I designed this month for Craft Project Central, which happens to be Bonus Project!  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:
Creating a card with a unique design or focal point isn’t always an easy task, but that’s where this tutorial comes to your rescue!  All six of the cards feature a simple layout, but they each have at least one impressive design element that’s either stacked or split.  Best of all . . . the cards are really easy to make!

Qualifying for the Bonus Project tutorial at Craft Project Central 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!
FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO CRAFT PROJECT CENTRAL . . . If you would like to get your name in the drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment below my project photo (the same photo as shown in this post).  On March 5th, I will draw the winning name and announce it right here on my blog!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Is it a gift box or a scrapbook?  It’s both because it’s an Explosion Scrapbook Box using the Cool Treats Suite from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  Keep the lid on it and it looks like a beautiful gift waiting to be opened.  Remove the lid and the scrapbook explodes to life!  The playful patterns and sweet treats found in the designer paper and embellished pages are yearning for you to add your special photos and journaling.  This easy to make explosion scrapbook will make this a treasure to have on display or give as a gift.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017


If you’re ready for this winter to be over, then you’ll love this card set! The cards and bag have hot-air balloons all over them. This card set features the Lift Me Up Bundle and the Sale-A-Bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper. This tutorial teaches how to make three different card designs, and a matching bag to put them in. This would make a great card class, too.

The tutorial for this colorful, cheery set, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I came to my table to clean up today and, when I opened the drawer where my designer paper is stored, one of the lovely floral prints in the Inside the Lines collection started yelling my name and screaming, "Use me! Use me!".  Can you see what I mean?

So I did what any responsible avid stamper would do . . . I cleared a tiny space in which to work, opened my Watercolor Pencils, dug under a lot of fun things to find my Blender Pen, and got busy.  Once I was finished coloring, I thought the small leaves could use a bit more vivid color, so I used an Aqua Painter and Old Olive ink to go over them.  I am finding this to be a "go to" trick when coloring with the pencils, and it seems to work whether I'm using cardstock, watercolor paper, or even designer paper as I learned today.  I'm usually really careful when using the Blender Pen since it can cause cardstock to pill/break down if overworked or if you don't keep the pen moving, but this paper held up very, very well to both coloring accoutrama.  

After the coloring was complete, I embossed the paper with the Elegant Dots embossing folder, added a few sequins, used a glitter brush on the bee's wings, and embossed the sentiment (which was stamped onto Vellum cardstock with black ink) with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I should use this embossing powder more often--it's sooooooooo sparkly and pretty!

Saturday, February 11, 2017


We all know it’s good to recycle, but having a recycling bin in your house is just a reminder to take out the trash. However, those same items – empty bottles, cans, and packaging products – organized in a pretty basket labeled “Repurpose for Crafting”, are a springboard to creativity. As Earth Day approaches, dig into that “repurpose” basket. Pull out an empty can, some old catalogs or magazines, and some brown paper and Styrofoam packaging to create a lovely floral bouquet and coordinating note card. In this tutorial, you’ll learn three versions of a Faux Cloisonné technique, and you’ll quickly age and rust that vegetable can from last night’s dinner. After all, the center of “earth” is “art”, so let’s create something beautiful while we protect our planet. Bonus: Many steps in this project are perfect for children. While they may need help with some of the cutting and embossing, most of it is “kid-friendly”. What a great way to help our children learn to appreciate our resources by repurposing trash and turning garbage into art.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Today I needed to make a cheery card and wanted to use a brand new stamp set, Special Reason.  The images in this set are so pretty, and I was anxious to use the coordinating dies.  Most of the time, dies will cut the outline of an image, but the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies that coordinate with the stamp set have dies that make detail cuts as well.  They are beautiful!  Since I had not yet used this gorgeous product bundle, I visited Pinterest for inspiration and found the perfect card made by Juana Ambida to [shamelessly] CASE with just a couple of minor changes.  ;-)  

I don't know if I used the exact colors that she used, but following are the Stampin' Up! colors that I used:  Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Watermelon Wonder, Peach Parfait, Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black Archival, and Pacific Point.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


The title of this post rolls off the tongue in a fun kind of way, huh?  While cleaning off my table and putting things away, I came across a cute Stamping Bella stamp that has hardly been used--maybe never, so I stopped the work in progress (isn't that what every good procrastinator would do) and made this card for aunt Betty:

I thought and thought and thought of what kind of sentiment I could use, and what caused so much thinking was the fact that Daisy Bittybloom is covering her mouth with her hands--as if she's said or done something sneaky or naughty or just sort of ha-ha.  I found this quote by Bert Williams, "I named all my children after flowers.  There's Lillie and Rose and my son, Artificial." but wanted to tweak it a bit to include a daisy, of course, and flowers that are favorites of aunt Betty's.  This seemed like a fun quote that will put a smile on her face.  In keeping with the quirky fun, I cut the card smaller than usual and finished it by adding twine tied in a bow and three sequins--because sequins are always fun!

Monday, February 6, 2017


Cheer up your home all year long with the All Year Cheer Décor Ensemble! Brighten up your mantle, a table or shelf with this classic HOME décor piece that includes interchangeable elements for each month of the year! And why not make two? Keep one for yourself and give the other as a gift with the coordinating card. 
The tutorial for this fun and clever project, which was designed by Julie, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Two days ago, I posted Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #68, and today I'm sharing the card that I created for the challenge:

I had so much fun with this card!  It was the first time that I have used the Day at the Beach stamp set, and this month's card challenge seemed like a perfect design for the three images that I chose.  The Whisper White card was sponged with Crumb Cake and Pacific Point ink, and then the two clouds were adhered to the front of the card.  BTW, I used the Tree Builder punch and Whisper White cardstock for the clouds.  The vellum layer was assembled separately so that I could place adhesive on the back of the frame and behind the sun, sand bucket, and beach ball images, which were colored with Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.  Foam Adhesive Strips were used to adhere the frame to the front of the vellum.  The sentiment that I chose is from the Glamper Greetings stamp set.  All Stampin' Up! products used to create this card are as follows:
Stamp Sets:  Day at the Beach, Glamper Greetings
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pacific Point
Sizzix:  Layering Squares
Punch:  Tree Builder
Accessories:  Whisper White Baker's Twine, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Foam Adhesive Strips, Stamping Sponges, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

FREE TUTORIAL!!!!  If you click THIS LINK, you will be directed to a FREE tutorial of this month's Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #68.  If you create a card and upload it at THIS LINK, then your name will be entered in the drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials at Craft Project Central!!!!  That's a fantastic give-away, and getting entered in the drawing is really easy.  For every 10 cards that are submitted for the card challenge, a winning name will be drawn!

Friday, February 3, 2017


It's a new month, and that means there's a new Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge at Craft Project Central.  This is what Card Challenge #68 looks like:

This month's sketch was designed by Monika Davis, and you can follow her tutorial (HERE) to create a card.  Did you know that when you create a card for the challenge and upload it HERE, your name will be entered in a drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  For every 10 cards that are uploaded for the challenge, there will be a winner!  Below is the card that Monika created:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Today begins a brand new month of awesome project tutorials at Craft Project Central, and I'm excited to have the bonus project tutorial that will be featured closer to the end of the month. The first February project is this stunning home décor piece that will fit into a 5” x 7” frame.  Using the products from the Sending Love Suite from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Occasions Catalog, you will learn how to make each of the sampler squares and then to assemble into the frame.

The tutorial for this lovely project, which was designed by Cindy Mitchell-Clark, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Today is a great time to get your subscription started so you won't miss out on anything!  By the way, I know most of my blog subscribers will be happy that full project photos are again being shared, which makes it so much easier to know more about each project at a glance. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Whenever my mother talks to my great-nephew about his day, he always begins by saying, "Well, I got up", and I'll begin this post by saying that I got up early yesterday morning (really early for me) so that I could meet my parents and sister in Statesville, NC to attend the Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza.  I was quite excited to go and to spend time with my family, but I had only allowed myself four hours of sleep.  When I stepped out of the shower at 2:00 a.m., I seriously considered just staying up until 7:00 a.m. but knew that wasn't really a good idea.  This was my second time attending this particular quilt show, and I knew there would be vendors there with wool and flannel and, of course, fabric.  I haven't dabbled much with fabric, but I'm always drawn to the beautiful colors and patterns.  It's sort of like designer paper for me, and I have started a small collection of it.  When we walked through the double doors, Auntie Ju's was staring us in the face.  Ahhhhhh.  And so I spent a considerable amount of time in their booth . . . and $$$.  There were other vendors of particular interest to me, one of which was the Dragonfly Quilt Shop. They have such a nice selection of flannel (and wool, patterns, etc.), so I felt compelled to lay down some $$$ there.  When I got home, I laid out the wool and flannel haul, and this is what it looked like:

Being around so much crafty goodness yesterday inspired me to pick up a needle last night and complete a project that I had started the night before.  The design is Buttermilk Basin's Live Each Season, which is the name of their free Block of the Month this year, and this is what the January pattern looks like:

Yesterday was such a fun day!  Daddy didn't attend the show, but he didn't seem to mind driving us there or waiting while we shopped. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I have a class each month and normally plan three cards and one non-card project.  Several of the ladies who regularly attend my classes have been doing so for years and have become friends first, customers second.  They are a fantastic group, and I enjoy the time with them very much!  Each month, we decide on a swap theme for the next month's class.  Since we made a Twist and Pop-Up card and a Bendy card at the last class, it was decided that our January swap would be a choice of those two types of cards.  I can't believe that I didn't take a photo of my card, but I wanted to share the awesome swaps that my friends made.  I am so proud of them!!!  Not everyone participates in the swaps, but one of the highlights of each class is seeing what everyone made.  There are two photos of each (Twist and Pop-Up) card--the first photo is the card front, and the second photo shows the inside of the card:


Terry really loves us because she fussy cut the flowers on the front and
also on the first, third, and fourth panels of the pop-up.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jane's gorgeous Bendy card:

Didn't these ladies do a great job?!?!  Both of the card styles from which they had to choose can be challenging and definitely take time and commitment to make, and I am so pleased with their creations and proud of them!  I think these ladies should take turns leading our class!  ;-)