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.  

The products used to create this project can be found by clicking the following links:

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!