Saturday, July 30, 2016


Today I'm excited to share a sneak peek of the BONUS project that I designed for Craft Project Central.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for this ensemble:
With this tutorial, you’ll explore a variety of ways to use the Jar of Love images along with the coordinating dies to create an assortment of cards.  This ensemble also features assorted patterns from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack to complete the six cards and the box that holds them.  Each card in this set is different, and the techniques and helpful tips will make this collection of products less overwhelming.  Among the card designs that you are sure to enjoy are the window card and the shaker card.  Although some of the techniques are considered advanced, you will love how easily and quickly you’ll complete this ensemble!

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the stamps and coordinating dies to complete this project, and you can enjoy it, too!  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! 

As usual, I have a free one-month subscription to give away.  Getting your name in the drawing is really easy . . . just click HERE and leave a comment.  It's really that simple!  On Friday, August 5th, I will draw a name and announce the winner here on my blog, so be sure to come back on that day to see if you're the winner!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


It seems like it's been a while since I posted an actual project that I created.  Lately, it's been hard for me to find that sweet spot when I have something created to share and don't have a Craft Project Central sneak peek scheduled to post.  I hope my visitors enjoy seeing those sneak peeks.  They can be so inspiring!  The project that I'm sharing today is an oh, so simple--but pretty (IMHO) thank you card.

Since this card has been long gone, I don't remember the exact colors that I used.  I believe they are Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  I also decorated the envelope with the same images, and it looked so pretty!  Don't you just love when a card that's easy to make is also lovely to look at?


This mini scrapbook would make a perfect gift for anyone in your life. The scrapbook is made with the Envelope Punch Board, and features the Falling Flowers Bundle and Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. This tutorial also includes a coordinating square card that finishes off the gift perfectly. Make sure to make one for yourself, too! This would also make a great scrapbooking class.
The tutorial for this creative, bright, and cheery project, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Explore using the Timeless Textures and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets combined with the beautiful Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set to create five unique cards and a beautiful box to give the cards as a gift set. Each card has a very different design and style all while coordinating with the other cards in the set. Use those grungy looking stamps to create some truly elegant looking cards. This would make a wonderful class project or hostess gift!
The tutorial for this fun set, which was designed by Amanda, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Lights, camera, action!  It’s movie night…and even the most ordinary movie night will be extraordinary with this super easy project!  Featuring the Marquee Messages and Ready to Pop Stamp Sets and the Popcorn Box Thinlits this project starts…of course…with an invitation!  You can’t have movie night without something sweet and something salty…and this project includes both candy and popcorn boxes.  And last…but not least…this project also includes a bottle wrap and a fun, decorated drinking straw.  It’s home theater at its best!

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Hopefully, this card qualifies for Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards - Sketch Challenge #61 because it was my inspiration.  Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Stamp Sets:  Falling Flowers, Timeless Textures, Vertical Greetings
Cardstock:  Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist Stampin' Write Markers and Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad
Sizzix:  Fluttering embossing folder
And now for the fun stuff . . . I promised to announce the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central today, and the winning name was randomly selected from those who left a comment on my project HERE.  Congratulations to FRANKIE BYRUM!!!!!  Frankie, if you will contact me at randari at Hotmail dot com, we'll get your free subscription started!

Monday, July 18, 2016


This set of projects makes a great gift for someone special or even as a gift to yourself. Both the Custom Tissue Box and the Travel Tissue Box are refillable and the design can easily be adapted to your style by using a different embossing folder and color scheme. As someone who has a tissue box in almost every room and who carries tissues everywhere, this tutorial offers a great set of beautiful and functional items. The techniques used make it an extra special home décor item and gift that anyone would be excited to receive and the card is a perfect addition to accompany this gift set.
The tutorial for this beautiful ensemble, which was designed by Melissa Kerman, can be found at Craft Project Central
Remember:  Tomorrow is the day that I will give a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner will be randomly selected from those who have left a comment (AT THIS LINK) on my project, so be sure to leave a comment!

Saturday, July 16, 2016


This card box set is perfect for any card-loving person out there! The card box has a magnetic closure, and can hold six cards along with six envelopes. This tutorial also includes two card designs. Just make three of each design, and the box will be filled. This card box set features the Flourishing Phrases Bundle and Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper. The cards can easily be customized with any of the many greetings in the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. This would make a great product-based card class, too.
The tutorial for this creative set, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I had the pleasure of designing two project ensembles for Craft Project Central this month, and one of them is in the spotlight today.  This was one of those projects that just flows into completion, and I was thrilled with it!  Of course, I am quite fond of Stampin' Up!'s By the Shore product suite, and it was one of the first selection of products that I ordered from the new catalog.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Whether you need a fun summer slider card or packaging for a seaside treat, you’ll be all set with this ensemble!  You will absolutely love how easy it is to make the fun slider cards, and this tutorial demonstrates some very helpful tips and techniques that make the process as easy as a summer breeze.  You won’t be able to decide which card to make first . . . or treat holder--the animal cracker-style box or the star-shaped bag.  Make these projects with a friend or build a class around them.

And this is the sneak peek photo collage:

[It's hard to tell from the photos, but the star-shaped bag
totally mimics a lighthouse when paired with this ensemble.]

And now for the fun part . . . how would YOU like to win a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central?  Getting your name in the drawing is really easy . . . just click "HERE" and leave a brief comment.  The winning name will be drawn and announced right here on my blog on Tuesday, July 19th, so be sure to at least visit again on that day to see if you have won.  That's easy, isn't it?

Saturday, July 9, 2016


It’s fiesta time! Summer is the best time for a party, and who better to help you celebrate than the adorable llama in the Birthday Fiesta Stamp Set? Using the Birthday Fiesta Bundle, you’ll create a diorama that’s perfect for a centerpiece, for holding little treat bags, or just for decoration. You’ll also make a diorama card that can be used as a greeting card or as a party invitation with the party details on the back. And, finally, you’ll make a “Se Llama Cupcake” cupcake holder. With your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and a few stamps and dies, your party preparations will be a snap! Best of all, you can get your kids involved. They’ll have a blast helping to create the dioramas. Summer has never been so fun!

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

Friday, July 8, 2016


Sharing today another sympathy card that I made with Stampin' Up!'s Sitting Here stamp set.  I love that the images in this set are so easy (and a pleasure) to work with, and they obviously work for all kinds of occasions.  I may have broken the color rules for sympathy cards, but I at least kept the design simple.  The size of this card is a skinny A2--the card itself is 3" wide.  Having the focal point extend the edge of the card base, I think, just adds more subtle interest.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Wow your friends and family with this beautiful coordinating Birthday Gift Set! In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a fun diamond-shaped accordion-style fancy fold card with a coordinating envelope and matching gift bag! The best part is that you can use these instructions over and over again with different patterned papers, colors and stamps! Get creative with it! The possibilities are endless! 
The tutorial for this lovely ensemble, which was designed by Lynn Dunn, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, July 4, 2016


By now, you've probably had a chance to study the gorgeous paper collections in Stampin' Up!'s 2016-2017 Idea Book & Catalog.  Through the month of July, I am offering a designer series paper product share (sizes of paper outlined in the photo above).  The product share includes 114 papers as follows:
52 sheets - 6" x 12"
46 sheets - 6" x 6"
16 sheets - 12" x 12"
There are some big sheets in this paper share
 COST:  $53 + $6.80 shipping
1)  Contact me via email (randari at Hotmail dot com) to sign up for this paper share.  I will need your name, address, and the email address to where I can send your PayPal invoice.
2)  A group of four individuals is required for each paper share that I prep and ship.  Once a group of four individuals have signed up, I will email each individual with a PayPal invoice.  Once all invoices have been paid, I will place the order with Stampin' Up!
3)  When I receive all of the paper from Stampin' Up!, I will promptly make all the cuts and package the papers for mailing to you.
4)  What could delay your receipt of the paper share?  Two things . . . if product is on backorder and delayed by Stampin' Up! and/or if one of the four individuals in the group doesn't pay the PayPal invoice promptly and I need to wait for one more individual to sign up.  Once I send you a PayPal invoice, I will keep reasonable contact with updates including your package tracking # when I ship your package to you.
5)  It is preferred that invoices will be paid promptly; however, an invoice that hasn't been paid within 3 days from the date of the PayPal invoice and IF there has been no contact from the individual to me, the result will be a cancellation of that individual's intention to participate due to nonpayment.


It’s summer and it’s time for ice cream and celebrations!  Create the perfect party atmosphere by decorating with this whimsical ice cream cone piñata!  Add a birthday tag to decorate the piñata and then make some signs to label all of the ice cream flavors you will have ready for your guests to eat! This set also comes with instructions for a matching birthday card.  What a fun set to assemble for a surprise ice cream birthday celebration for a friend!  Let’s get this party started!

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

Sunday, July 3, 2016


It's a new month and time for a brand new sketch challenge at Craft Project Central.  This is what Monika Davis has designed for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #61:

And this is the card that I designed for the challenge:
I didn't get this fun stamp set (Snow Place) last winter, and I have been so anxious to use it!  With all of the hot, muggy weather we've been having lately, I am dreaming of cold winter days--preferably a few of them with snow.  Granted, I may have strayed slightly from the sketch, but I can still see the sketch in the card that I've created.  I used the computer to generate the vertical sentiment.  Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Stamp Set:  Snow Place
Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Whisper White, Smoky Slate
Ink:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Sizzix:  Snow Friends Framelits
Punches:  1" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-1/2" Circle, Snow Flurry
Each month when there are at least ten cards submitted for the sketch challenge, a winning name is drawn (from those who upload a card) to receive a FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  I hope that YOU will create and upload a card HERE!

Friday, July 1, 2016


I wanted to send a sympathy card to my dad recently.  His best friend of many years passed away a little over a week ago, and I just hated that for him!  He was so, so sad, and it tugs at the heart strings to see a parent grieve.  Daddy enjoyed short rides with his friend and just the companionship of visiting with him--sitting in his building, shootin' the breeze about the old days, old times, old people . . . all of this over a beer (or a few of them).  I think of how fortunate my mother is to have me, my sister, and my niece to pal around with, but it's different for daddy because he doesn't have any "ready buddies" who are immediate family members.  That was just one of the perks of having a friend named Wayne.
Since I've been enjoying Stampin' Up!'s Sitting Here stamp set, I used it to create this sympathy card that I sent to daddy:

Luke Bryan's song, "Drink a Beer" reminds me so much of daddy's friendship with Wayne and, if things go as planned, you should be able to view the video below:


When Stampin’ Up! gives you Fruit Stand Designer Series Papers, what do you do? - Make a Lemonade Gift Set! This sweet gift set would make a fun little summertime Thank You for a friend. Or, you can change up the sayings and make it for a summertime party; the possibilities are endless! In the tutorial you’ll learn how to make a unique Fruit Basket – the size is tailored to Stampin’ Up!’s new smaller sized Gusseted Cellophane Bags. You’ll also learn how to make a simple, but clever Pocket Card – perfect to insert a Lemonade Drink Packet inside, and add a note inside too! The Covered Water Bottle that coordinates with the set is a must! 

The tutorial for this creative project, which was designed by Julie Beltramo, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Are you ready for a month of awesome tutorials????  Now is the perfect time to start your subscription!