Monday, July 17, 2017


Summer is here and many think of time spent on family vacations or just relaxing at the beach.  These projects are meant to evoke the feeling of the beach in all its sandy splendor. This tutorial will show you how to make a pretty beach themed card, perfect for any occasion, as well as a scrapbook page with holder and Memory Bottle. You’ll learn how to make a ‘Glitter Splatter’ accent that resembles a splash of sand, as well as some stitching detail.

How pretty is this ensemble?!?!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Beth Rush, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


If you want to get a head start on some Christmas projects this summer, here is an adorable boxed set of cards and tags that you can make for someone special--it looks like a Christmas present!  This compartmentalized box holds three or more standard sized cards, three or more 3” x 3” card/tags, and three or more regular gift tags. This boxed set will get you singing Christmas carols in the middle of summer!

When December rolls around, you'll be sooooooo glad that you got an early start on your Christmas cards!  The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Karen Hallam, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Do you ever worry about giving someone a handmade gift because it may not match the colors in their home or office? Well, worry no more. This 12” x 12” Butterfly Frame was designed using neutral colors that will fit any d├ęcor. The butterflies look like they are in flight, with their wings fluttering to and fro. The frame can stand on a bookcase or it can be hung on a wall. There is also a coordinating butterfly greeting card.

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Through the years, I have had a few posts about this beautiful dog, Buddy:
Buddy was our neighbor's dog, but we always considered him our dog, too.  For about 10 years, he has greeted us at the car, walked us to the door--walked our visitors to the door, came to get a treat, or sometimes would just be found chillin' on the cool concrete porch on a hot summer day.  I can remember thinking that as much as I loved Buddy, he would never be allowed in my house.  I'm not sure when, how, or why that changed, but he required no adjustment period to feel comfortable in our home.  And, surprisingly, I didn't require an adjustment period, either.  Sometimes Buddy would just walk right in behind us, and lay down.  Sometimes he chose to lay where we needed to walk or pass numerous times, but often he would settle in one of the bedrooms where he could enjoy some peace and quiet.  Always he was welcome, especially as he got older and more feeble.  Buddy didn't bother anything!  He might walk into the kitchen and look and sniff around, but his tongue never came out of his mouth.  He. was. THE. BEST. dog.  Well . . . there was the one time when he got a corn cob out of the trash and laid it on the carpet in my stamp room, but I'm sure I had done something to deserve that subtle act of rebellion.

Over time, we learned that Buddy was very afraid of storms.  When a storm would come up, we always looked to see if his people were home or if their garage door was open.  Sometimes, he would already be on our porch and didn't need any coaxing to come inside.  This past Sunday, 17-year-old (92 lb.) Buddy passed away.  Our cul-de-sac will never, ever be the same without him.  Even though he didn't care too much for our puppy, Ramsour, when we got him last August, Buddy still came to visit and enjoyed the treats we kept for him (see the "Buddy's Treats" can that we kept by the door HERE).  Why do dogs have to age so fast????  Dogs like Buddy deserve to live forever--and feel like living forever.  I like to think that he is running with renewed energy, vitality, and a smile that won't fade past the Rainbow Bridge to a delicious steak (complete with a bone) that awaits him in a nice, shady place with plush green grass.  I'll bet he's already earned the job of official greeter!  So long, Buddy.  Maybe that extra energy and "feel good" that you now have comes from all of the pieces of hearts that you (deservingly) took with you. 

Monday, July 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, a free Sketch Mini Tutorial is provided! 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!!

I had the pleasure of designing the sketch this month, and I chose a really simple color block design, hoping that a lot of stampers would create and upload a fun, colorful card for the challenge.  If you're like me, you're already anxious to see a lot of color combinations!  This is what the sketch looks like:

That free tutorial that I mentioned in the first paragraph can be found HERE for the card that I designed for the Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #73:
Ready to create a card?  I can't wait to see the awesome colors that YOU come up with for your color blocks!  Don't forget to UPLOAD YOUR CARD for a chance to win a FREE one-month subscription to the fantastic project tutorials, which feature only Stampin' Up! products!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


It’s never too early to teach children to send greeting cards. This card kit makes it easy for them to create beautiful cards to send to family and friends. You’ll use the Wood Words Bundle and This Little Piggy Stamp Set to create an extended crate for the Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes, as well as elements for children to adhere to their cards. They’ll enjoy painting the piggies with water and watching color magically appear, and then using their creativity to add the layers, sentiments, and embellishments. The crate holds materials for four cards; you’ll complete a fifth card to send with the kit as an example for putting the cards together. This kit could be two classes – one for parents to create the kit, and a second to help the children complete the cards.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017


I am soooooooooo late in drawing the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  In this blog post, I promised to do the drawing and make the announcement on June 13th.  I'm so appreciative of those who took a moment to leave a comment!  So . . . without further delay . . . [drum roll] . . . the winner is:
Ariel, who wrote, "Regina, I love the designs you have created with this set…so clever! I love the little pocket portfolio – such a sweet gift idea!"
Ariel, if you will contact me at randari at hotmail dot com, we will get your FREE one-month subscription started!
Even if I am sometimes late drawing the winning name and announcing it here, PLEASE don't stop leaving comments because there will always be a winner and I love being able to share the awesomeness of Craft Project Central!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


If you've never subscribed to Stampin' Up!'s monthly project kits, aka Paper Pumpkin, now is a fantastic time to do so!  The first kit is only $5!!!!
To take advantage of this promotion, which ends tomorrow (June 30th at 11:59 MT), just click THIS LINK.  Complete the online subscription and then, in the Order Summary, enter the promo code (ONEDAY0717) in the "Prepaid/Promo Code" field. 
Receive a handmade thank you card from me when you start your subscription HERE.  It's never too late to start receiving Paper Pumpkin project kits each month, but now is probably the perfect time!  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at randari at hotmail dot com.
It may come as no surprise for me to say that I thoroughly enjoy the monthly kits.  Even when the designed project is not something that appeals greatly to me, I still enjoy putting the kit contents to good use.  I think my favorite thing about the kits is being able to build a sizable stash of Stampin' Spots (1" cube ink pads). 

How adorable is this watermelon-themed gift bag?  This month's Paper Pumpkin kit included supplies to make FOUR of these gift bags + SIX coordinating note cards (with envelopes, of course).  I took my kit to the mountain house over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed working on the projects.  I now have a festive bag to fill with something sweet and/or useful the next time that I visit my great-aunts.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Celebrate all four seasons with this shadow box ensemble. Using the Colorful Seasons Bundle and the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and Designer Series Paper Stack makes this project a snap to create. This group of shadow boxes will brighten any room, and they’re so simple to create, you can make one set for yourself and one to give away. The beautiful card can be sent separately or used as a gift card. This would make a wonderful class project.

The tutorial for the June Bonus project, which was designed by Buffy Cooper, can be found at Craft Project Central
DID YOU KNOW?  The bonus project can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six, or 12-month subscription packages that include the month that the bonus project is posted. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Do you love to make the most of your supplies?  This tutorial is all about stretching the limits of your VersaMark refill!  You will learn to use your VersaMark Refill in the bottle for simple and complex freehand drawings.  You will also sketch and apply VersaMark using a paintbrush.  Finally, you will discover how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and apply VersaMark to create works of art that are suitable for framing! From simple to more challenging, these techniques can be fun for adults and children alike! Let’s stretch your VersaMark refill to its limits…and beyond!

There are so many great project ideas in this tutorial, which was designed by Michelle Wecksler.  You will find the tutorial at Craft Project Central, and it isn't too late to get your subscription started.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Yesterday was Ramsour's first birthday, and it was also my son's birthday.  Chad and I enjoyed a trip to PetSmart to purchase a few fun toys for Ram, and he had a blast with them when we got home! 

Ramsour is THE sweetest, friendliest, most kind-hearted and gentle little fellow!  We've learned that he is also sensitive, which means that we have to be mindful to not let him think that we're upset with him.  Sometimes when I am cleaning the kitchen, which is a noisy job, he will leave the room because he thinks I'm mad.  Border Collies aren't supposed to be lap dogs, but Ram doesn't seem to know that.  He will often crawl up to my son's lap or beg to be picked up and, once held, he just relaxes and looks like he's right where he will ever want to be.  He is also the smartest dog that I have ever known.  He's a quick learner and, from a very early age, he knew all of his toys (about 8 of them) by name.  One of the newest games that he enjoys playing is hide and seek . . . we show him one of his toys, have him stay out of sight while we hide it, and then tell him to find it.  Sometimes he's ready to find before we are, but that's just how much he enjoys the game.  ;-)  Before we went to Tennessee to get him, I asked my son what kind of coat he would have and whether he would shed, and I'm not sure if my son just didn't know what to expect or if maybe he said what I wanted to hear.  All I know is that the saying is true . . . our Border Collie only sheds once a year--for 365 days.  We laugh about it and joke about turning all of his hair into a Ramsour clone, but I truly wouldn't trade our little guy for anything!  I could go on and on, but I really just wanted to share the photo collage and a little bit about our little birthday boy. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017


A daisy … the rose among wildflowers--a friendly flower that puts a smile on one’s face. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will make a bouquet of daisies that never wilts to brighten up a room or give as a gift along with a sweet little note card. You will also get instructions to make two fun fold cards using the new Daisy Delight Suite in the brand new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

The tutorial for this pretty ensemble, which was designed by Cindy Brumbaugh, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Monday, June 12, 2017


At my April Inkerbelles' class, we decided on a masculine theme for the May swap, and these are the fantastic cards that were made:

Aren't the cards great?!?!  There are some creative color combinations and design features to take away from this awesome group of cards!  As a matter of fact, when I made a Father's Day card for my dad, I was inspired by the tools on Lisa's card and Tracy's slider design.  I didn't take a photo of daddy's card before I mailed it, but I will try to get a photo soon.  Lastly, this is the swap that I made, which features Stampin' Up!'s Glamper Greetings stamp set:

Sunday, June 11, 2017


This matching card box set and cute candy holder project makes a wonderful gift-from-the-heart. Who wouldn’t love a set of handmade cards and a jar of flowers with a hidden chocolate surprise?! The card box is a simple design and holds four cards with envelopes. This set of cards features the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits, and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper highlighting new 2017-2019 In-Colors. This project requires a lot of Big Shot work, but it is worth it in the end!
The tutorial for this project, which was designed by Julie DeGuia, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


The project that I designed this month for Craft Project Central is featured today, and this is the introduction that I wrote for it:

The images in the Work of Art Stamp Set may not look very exciting, but they are so versatile!  In this tutorial, you will learn to put those images to work in a way that creates a focal point or a jazzy background.  This tutorial also includes instructions for the pocket portfolio with a diagonal cut across the front to reveal a glance of the awesome cards inside.

I often find myself reaching for Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art stamp set because the images just scream for free-flowing design and splashes of color!  I had so much fun designing the cards for this ensemble!  One of my favorite things about being a designer for Craft Project Central is being able to give a FREE one-month subscription to one lucky person who will not only have access to my tutorial but all of the others posted during the month as well.  If you would like to get your name in the drawing for the FREE subscription, just click THIS LINK and leave a comment on my project.  The winning name will be drawn on Tuesday, June 13th, and announced on my blog.  Be sure to visit my blog again on the 13th to see if you're the winner.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


I always look forward to the monthly Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge at Craft Project Central, and this is the card that I designed for Sketch Challenge #72:
Stampin' Up! products featured on my card include:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Vellum, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist
Designer Paper:  Wood Textures
Ink:  Early Espresso
Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Colorful Seasons
Sizzix:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits
Accessories:  Linen thread, Metallic Sequins Assortment

As mentioned in my post yesterday, Craft Project Central will give a free one-month subscription to one lucky person IF there are 10 cards submitted for the card challenge.  Creating one card is an easy way to give yourself a chance to win a month's worth of awesome project tutorials, isn't it? 

Saturday, June 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 is what the sketch looks like:

And this is the card that this month's sketch designer, Monika Davis, created:

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Do you like purses made from cardstock and paper, but think they’re too hard and time-consuming to make? Well, you’re going to love this purse! It’s super easy to put together, and it’s big enough to hold four cards with envelopes. This tutorial shows how to make the purse, along with four different cards. The project features the Beautiful You Stamp Set and the new 2017-2019 In Colors! This would make a great gift and a great product-based class.
The tutorial for this fantastic ensemble, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


I don't think I've shared my t-shirt charms, but these were made for the ladies who attended last month's class.  On two of the supply packets below, you can see the front and back of the charms--the front had a heart image from Stampin' Up!'s Tie Dyed stamp set, and "happy stamper" (from the Custom Tee stamp set) was stamped on the back.  I began by using the coordinating die to cut a handful of t-shirt shapes from Polyshrink.  The images were stamped using StazOn ink, a hole was punched at the shoulder of one sleeve, and then I used my Heat Tool to shrink the images. 

I can't take credit for this cute idea.  It came from Randi Collins.  She used her oven to do the shrinking, but I had inconsistent success with that and better luck (and control) with my heat tool.  I wish that I had seen this project idea earlier so that I could have put more thought into decorating those adorable die-cut t-shirts, but I was in a hurry to get them completed on the afternoon of my class.  Although Stampin' Up! is retiring these cute t-shirt products, I plan to hold onto mine so that I can use them again and again.


Birthdays are FUN! So let’s celebrate the next one with a cool nautical theme. This set is perfect for anyone at any age. The pieces are very easy to make, and they add a nice touch to your party. Use a paper folding technique from your childhood and make a paper boat to hold some sweet treats along with a cool greeting card, a treat holder, and a cute bookmark.

This month's Bonus project at Craft Project Central was designed by Monika Davis, and it is so very adorable! 

Do you know how to earn the Bonus project?  It's quite simple . . . just subscribe to any of the subscription packages at Craft Project Central (3-month, 6-month, or 12-month). 

Friday, May 26, 2017


I love gingham, and I recently found a few packs of pretty colors of gingham paper hiding in my cardstock drawer.  Today I noticed that one of them is a perfect match for Stampin' Up!'s new Tranquil Tide.  This particular color wasn't on my radar yet . . . until I paired it with the paper when I set out to design this card for my aunt, who recently took a tumble down her basement steps and has been hospitalized with injuries.  She deserves a pretty card!
Guilty as charged if you're thinking that the front of the card is busy, but I just couldn't stop adding to it.  My only design plan was to create an acetate front with a top and bottom border of gingham paper and, as you can see, I ended up basically covering the majority of the acetate.  It's been a while since I've let a creative muse take the driver's seat and, whether or not the card is too busy, I am pleased with where the muse took me! As a matter of fact, I liked this card so much that I stood it on my desk so that I could look at it all day.  I'm a bad niece, I suppose, but it will definitely go in tomorrow's mail.  Definitely!
The card features a stamped sentiment, cardstock, rhinestone jewels, and linen thread from Stampin' Up!, assorted Spellbinders dies, and a Martha Stewart border punch was used to decorate the bottom border on the inside.
[putting it in an envelope now]

Sunday, May 21, 2017


What Wine Lover would not want to be the recipient of this adorable gift set? This tutorial comes with the wine bottle template that holds four notecards and envelopes, a cute little crate that holds four coasters, homemade wine charms, and a cheese box that holds chocolate!!! This set showcases the Tuscan Vineyard and Here's To Cheers Stamp Sets!

How cute is this ensemble?!?!  The designer, Judy Strickling, didn't forget anything, and you can find her tutorial at Craft Project Central.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Maybe I've mentioned before that I sometimes enjoy decorating envelopes to match the cards that I mail.  Sometimes the envelope is stamped/decorated in a way that doesn't match the card, and I think that's okay, too . . . it's still a fun piece of mail for someone to receive.  Today I have three cards and envelopes to share:
The first card features Oh So Succulent stamp set, Succulent Framelits, and Succulent Garden designer paper.  Once I saw this bundle on Stampin'  Up!'s retiring products list, I felt inspired to see what I could create with it.  I had only briefly used any of the products, but I enjoyed working on this card and envelope for a friend.
The second card features Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art stamp set, which is one of my favorites!  It is one of the most versatile stamp sets that I have ever worked with, and the wood-mount stamps in my set have the look of inky love (aka stains).
While looking through my project photos, I found an example of a decorated envelope that doesn't match the card.  I made this for Aaron Stamper, a young fellow battling cancer who you can read about HERE.  The card, which I totally copied from Rose Castillo, features a sailboat that rocks back and forth.  Thank you, Rose, for sharing such a fun and genius design.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


See those pretty flowers?  You love them, don't you?

I don't know what kind of flower they are, other than gorgeous and oh, so easy to stamp!  In the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, there are actually two sizes of those two-step-stamping floral images, and I purchased the stamp set solely for them.  When I sat down to make Mother's Day cards, the first thing I had to do was make a list of how many cards I would make.  Happy Birthday Gorgeous made it quick and easy to stamp the design, and I cannot put into words just how much I loved using the chosen images.  This particular stamp set is loaded with assorted images and sentiments, and I'm sure I haven't yet begun to scrape the surface of all of its versatile capability.  I didn't take a photo of the envelopes, but I stamped each of them, too.  Following are the other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card:
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Berry Blast
Ink:  Powder Pink, Peekaboo Peach, Berry Blast, Sweet Sugarplum, Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Sizzix:  Stitched Shapes Framelits
Did you add Happy Birthday Gorgeous to your wish list? 


In this tutorial, you’ll make a cute gift set for any baker or cook using the Perfect Mix Stamp Set. You will learn how to decorate the gifts with pretty tags, make a coordinating card and then make a fun sampler to hang in the kitchen. Who wouldn’t want a gift like this?

This is truly a fantastic ensemble featuring a really fun stamp set!  The tutorial for this ensemble, which was designed by Jen Sootkoos, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet?

Friday, May 12, 2017


I finally had a chance to create a card for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge #71 over at Craft Project Central.  The sketch, designed by Buffy Cooper, looks like this:
Click HERE for the free card tutorial
 This is the card that I designed for the challenge:

My card features the following Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink:  Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Basic Black Archival
Stamp Sets:  Garden in Bloom, Touches of Textures
Punch:  Decorative Label
Accessories:  Burlap ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter

DID YOU KNOW . . . For every ten cards submitted for the sketch (HERE), a winner will be selected to receive a free one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice!  So, if there are 15 card submissions, one winner will be chosen from all submissions.  If there are 40 submissions, there will be four winners, etc.  I hope you'll consider creating a card and joining the challenge!  It's a fantastic way to get your name in the hat for a free subscription to a month's worth of awesome tutorials!


Thursday, May 11, 2017


If you love gardening, or have a friend/relative who gardens, they would love receiving this adorable workbench and matching card. The workbench features potted plants and flowers, complete with gardening tools, gloves, and mud boots. The card matches the workbench and, as all gardeners know, a gift from the garden is a work of HEART. This project fits the bill. The workbench is a cinch to put together. The pots, plants, and tools are all hand cut, but oh so worth the effort!

I am in love with this project and can't wait to make a garden workbench of my own!  The tutorial for this awesome and creative project, which was designed by Sandy Mott, can be found at Craft Project Central.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


My preorder from Stampin' Up!'s 2017-2018 catalog arrived yesterday, and I was so anxious to see what I had ordered!  During the preorder period for the big catalog, demos can choose from a selection of products.  You'd think the wish list couldn't be too long since the entire new product offering isn't up for grabs, but I worked my wish list so much that I had forgotten what ended up on the order.  Honestly, when I tore into the box, I thought "That's all I got?".  My budget had to make room for paper and ink pads, and I didn't even get all of the paper that I wanted--barely scratched the surface, actually.  One of the stamp sets that I tried to mark off the list but just couldn't do without is Crafting Forever, and this is my first creation with the images from that set:
Each of the brand new 2017-2019 In Colors are featured on the twine in this order . . . Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst.  Cardstock colors are Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Whisper White.  Additional Stampin' Up! products featured on my card are Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Linen Thread.
In my May 1st blog post HERE, I promised to announce on May 7th  the winner of the FREE one-month subscription to Craft Project Central.  I really wanted to have a new product project to share with my announcement so . . . apologies for the delay.  I appreciate all of the kind comments! chose #3 . . . GEORGETTE VALLIERE, you're the winner!  Contact me at randari at hotmail dot com, and we'll get your May subscription started.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


With summer just around the corner, you are sure to need a beautiful and functional journal for those upcoming vacations, projects and anything else you care to write about! Whip up one or both of these gorgeous Multi-Purpose Journals for yourself for the special man or woman in your life! The coordinating cards make these perfect gifts!

The tutorial for this handy project, which was designed by Julie Warnick, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you started your subscription yet?  The projects this month will not disappoint!

Wednesday, May 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 didn't she create a gorgeous card?!?!  You can find the actual sketch and her tutorial at Craft Project Central today.

Monday, May 1, 2017


Today begins a brand new month of awesome tutorials at Craft Project Central, and the project that I designed is featured today.  I'm so excited to share it!!!  For the past little while, I have enjoyed exploring various ways to decorate envelopes with creative lettering and/or stamps to make them another element of enjoyment for the recipient of my cards.  I am, by no means, an artist--I just think an interesting envelope is part of the fun of receiving a handmade card.  Following is the introduction that I wrote for my "Artful Envelopes" project:
After you have created the perfect greeting card for someone special, doesn’t it deserve to be mailed in an envelope that’s also a work of art?  While this tutorial will show you how to make a nice selection of cards, the part that you will enjoy the most are the assorted artful envelope techniques!  This tutorial also includes some helpful U.S. postage tips and pointers for sending your artful envelopes.
As you can see from the photo, the tutorial (step-by-step instructions with photos) includes a coordinating card for each envelope.
Would you like to get your name in the drawing for FREE access to this month's awesome tutorials?  It's quite easy!  Just click this link and leave a little comment about my project.  On Monday, May 7th, I will draw a winning name from those who have left a comment, and the winning name will be announced right here on my blog.  Be sure to come back on May 7th to see if you're the winner!

Monday, April 24, 2017


It was decided at my March class that my customers (aka friends) and I would feature brayer techniques on our April swaps, and I'm excited to share the gorgeous creations today!  Even though the rubber brayer was retired by Stampin' Up! a while back, our April swaps could feature that brayer or the current sponge brayer.  Following are the fantastic cards:

Aren't the swaps great????  I think some gorgeous scenery and colorful backgrounds were created!  For my swap, I used the sponge brayers to create a faux plaid background and then stamped the images with black ink.  At the last minute, I decided to color the flowers and leaves, and the gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was used on the center of the flowers: