Thursday, March 31, 2016

I'm Seeing Stars

I've been meaning to make a card for this month's Creating Pretty Cards sketch challenge, but it just kept slipping to the bottom of my list for various reasons. Last night I finally had a chance to go into my craft room just to play for a few minutes and used some scraps on my table to whip up this easy and sweet birthday card. 


  • Island Indigo cardstock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2"
  • Perfectly Artistic DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Go Wild DSP 1-1/2" x 4"
  • Basic Black cardstock 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White cardstock 1/2" x 1-1/8"
  • Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (Hostess)
  • Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 2-Way Glue Pen


I started off by folding the Island Indigo cardstock on the score line. Next I used some glue stick to adhere the striped Go Wild DSP onto the Perfectly Artistic DSP. Then I stamped the greeting onto the DSP in Jet Black Stazon ink.


Next I used glue stick to adhere this layer onto the card front. Then I stuck down the 1/4" wide Basic Black cardstock strip with 2-Way Glue Pen. I used the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch seven stars from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Each star was glued in place with a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 

Lastly I stamped the small greeting onto the piece of Whisper White cardstock and stuck it onto the card front with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. 


This was a super fast and super fun birthday card to make. It's always nice to get a few minutes just to play around for fun.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wire Flower Sculpture Gift Set

If you are like most of us, you have a lot of beautiful paper stashed away for a time when you are inspired.  This project will provide you with all the inspiration you need!  Just get out some packing tape, wire and your English Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), or any other DSP that tickles your fancy, and get to work making a beautiful sculptured flower!  With your wire, packing tape and DSP, you will be making your garden grow in no time!  
This set includes a large wire and DSP flower sculpture, a decorated vase for displaying your flower, and a beautiful gift tag if you choose to share your flower and vase as a gift for someone special. Your inspiration may grow wild and you may find yourself making a full bouquet!

This lovely project was designed by Michelle! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Michelle a comment on her project. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Simple Spring Canvas

Whenever I'm in my craft room painting I always find myself working on at least three different projects at once. I will work on one and get to a point where I have to let the paint dry so I will start on another and get to a point where the paint has to dry, and it goes on. Sometimes I clean or sort or organize during this drying time, but other times I end up with my craft island covered in paint projects all in various stages of progress. I guess I'm just impatient and don't like having to wait...

This last weekend I was finishing up some projects to post to DecoArt's projects page and while those were drying I worked on this fun little spring canvas. Since it was Easter weekend I wanted to embrace the vibrant colors and some fun flowers for spring. 

This is not a sponsored post, however, I have received paint products from DecoArt for previous projects that I used to create this project. I also absolutely love working with DecoArt paints and choose to use them exclusively for my decorative painting projects regardless of whether or not I buy them or DecoArt sends them to me. 


I started off with a 5 x 7 canvas board that I painted with streaks of Citron Green, Snow White , and Purple Pizzaz Americana Acrylic paint with a 1/2" flat brush. To get these streaks of color to blend you want to work quickly while the paint is still wet. 


After the streak of vibrant color dried completely I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Titanium White and Medium Grey Value 6 with a round brush to paint the daisy petals. I painted the petals first in just Titamium White and then went back with a mix of Titanium White and Medium Grey Value 6 to add very light grey shadows onto the petals. Then this was allowed to dry while I worked on another project. 


For the flower centers I used a 3/4" circle paper punch on a scrap of cardstock to use as a stencil. Then I used a stipple brush with Hansa Yellow Light to fill in the center of the flower. For the shadows around the edges of the flower center I stippled Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Burnt Sienna just around the edges of the circle stencil. Then the flower stems were added with a combination of Green Gold and Viridian Green Hue for the shadows. 


Once the paint was dry I sealed the canvas with a coat of Satin Varnish. I used my Silhouette to cut a bunny from some Silver Glimmer Paper and glued it onto the canvas then gave the canvas another coat of Satin Varnish to seal in all the glitter. 

Finally I needed a way to hang the canvas so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes in the top corners which I threaded some white lace ribbon through and tied it into a bow. 


This simple and sweet little canvas ended up making a lovely Easter gift for my best friend.

What do you like to do while you're waiting for paint to dry?



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Gift Card Envelopes with Glimmer

Spring and summer are on the way, and that often means lots of gift and gift card giving occasions.  This project features the B.Y.O.P. Stamp Set and the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits to create envelopes for five gift card occasions!  Using the same general sketch, this project combines designer series papers, glimmer paper and simple, varied embellishments to create gift card envelopes that shine…in no time! 
This lovely project was designed by Sue! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Sue a comment on her project. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tea-riffic Treats

The projects in this tutorial are simple enough for new stampers, and the treats themselves will make anyone feel “tea-riffic”!  Whether you need just a pretty card (adorned with charms, of course) or an ensemble of treats, this might be the perfect project!  Create a package to hold an assortment of tea bags, a tea cup-shaped bookmark, and a box of cookies shaped like tea bags.  This ensemble wouldn’t be complete with a note card, and the tutorial even includes a pretty way to prevent the string from a tea bag from falling into a cup!

This lovely project was designed by Regina! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Regina a comment on her project. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

All Occasion Balloon Celebration Party Decor

Balloons are the perfect, and most versatile type of Party Décor! Make this set in Pool Party to work for any Birthday Party, Shower or any type of Celebration! Or change up the colors to suit the occasion you need it for! 
In the tutorial you’ll learn two ways to make altered versions of the Mini Treat Bag – one will be the Gusseted Mini Treat Bag, perfect for any party favor or treat you want to give your guest! You’ll also make the essentials of a place setting – a Plastic Utensil Pocket (the second altered version of the Mini Treat Bag), a Place Card and a Water Bottle Sleeve. And the coordinating Cupcake Picks will add that special touch to your yummy cupcakes! Plus, all of the measurements make this so easy to create bundles of each!
This lovely project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Julie a comment on her project. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

I've Got Your Number Flash Cards and Game

Learning and fun should go hand in hand, and this brightly colored set of number flash cards will make learning so much fun. You’ll make two sets of cards using the Number of Years Bundle and Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, so the cards can be used for matching and memory games as well as flash cards. The top and bottom of the storage box fit flush together, making it easy for smaller fingers to open, while the inner liner holds the cards in place. Add the belly band and greeting card, and it can be a fun gift as well as a learning tool.

This lovely project was designed by Buffy! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Buffy a comment on her project.  

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Flower Topiary Gift Ensemble

This gift ensemble screams spring and is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. The topiary is made using punches, plus die cuts and of course a little bling. The cutest thing about the topiary is that the bottom box opens in the front and you can put in a few pieces of chocolate or tuck another little gift in there. The Birthday Card is embossed; water colored, fussy cut and layered plus the envelope is lined with Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s so relaxing to paint the flower with Aqua Painters and having layers adds dimension. The little gift tag and bag finish the ensemble then you are ready to give this set to a special someone. Bonus is the cute little Lady Bug.

This lovely project was designed by Carole! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Carole a comment on her project. 
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

On the Farm Puppet Gift Set

Spring is on its way, with rainy weather and plenty of indoor play days. The On the Farm Puppet Gift Set is the perfect way to spend an afternoon inside. Little ones will be entertained for hours as they use their imagination and play with darling animal puppets. The cheerful puppet theater hangs around the neck of the performer making it easy to put on shows that will brighten rainy days and delight audiences of all ages. The matching card makes this the perfect birthday gift for the child in your life, or change the sentiment on the card and give this gift set for any occasion!
This lovely project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Julie a comment on her project. 
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Birthday Bouquet Card Set

Birthday cards are needed all year long, and this ensemble includes six cards featuring soft watercolor florals, polka dots, and stripes from the Birthday Bouquet Product Suite.  In addition, this handy decorated box will hold six cards that are lightly embellished and six envelopes.  This makes a super cute gift to be used for birthdays or you can always change up the sentiment to create a thank you gift box for a totally different look.  Also, a great class idea for Demonstrators.

This lovely project was designed by Liz! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Liz a comment on her project. 

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Home Sweet Home Wreath and Card

The start of Spring brings the home-buying season. Are you in need of a house-warming gift for someone in your life? This wreath would make a perfect house-warming gift and the card would make the gift complete. The wreath is made with an embroidery hoop, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens Suite of products. The card coordinates perfectly with the wreath.

This lovely project was designed by Christy! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Christy a comment on her project. 
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Wildflower Fields Card Ensemble

Explore using the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper and Flowering Fields Stamp Set from Sale-A-Bration while making this lovely set of cards and coordinating portfolio box. This ensemble features six unique card designs showing off how to use these beautiful products. Make it to stock up on your own cards or package them up in the portfolio box to give as a gift to someone special. This would make an excellent hostess gift or class project!
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Punch Art Leprechauns

Leapin’ Leprechauns! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and share the luck of the Irish with your friends and family with these fun treats and cards. People can’t help but smile when they see these adorable punch art leprechauns and shamrocks. This project includes two treat holders, a bookmark, and two matching cards. They are fun for grown-ups and children alike and would also make a great class or club.

This lovely project was designed by Yapha! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Yapha a comment on her project. 
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