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!