Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft Project Central: Fall Fest Card Box Set

Summer is just about over, and it’s time to be thinking about Fall. This card set is centered on the Fall season, and the box is made with the Gift Box Punch Board. There are six cards in this set, along with matching envelopes made with the Envelope Punch Board. This box set would make a great gift, and would also make a great card class.

This adorable project was created by Christy Fulk. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Christy a comment for the great project she created.

Creating Pretty Cards #39

I am so excited to participate in my first sketch challenge! It is a monthly card challenge called Creating Pretty Cards hosted by Craft Project Central. Here is the sketch for this month to use as inspiration. Today is the deadline for the September Challenge so I am cutting it close!


Here is what I created based off the sketch!

It was a fun way to get my creative juices flowing. I was so happy to finally use the Typeset Specialty DSP, it was fun to work with and it coordinates with so many things. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Craft Project Central: Kinda Eclectic Gift Set

This gift set is fun and unique. It includes a hand stamped bowl, earrings, a gift box, and a coordinating card. The bowl makes a fun little catch-all for your jewelry or other small items.

I designed this project as a Guest Designer this month for Craft Project Central. If you are interested in the tutorial for this project please head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of September to get all ten fabulous tutorials. Another way you can get the September tutorials is by heading over to Craft Project Central and leaving a comment on my project, that is it! One lucky winner will receive a FREE subscription for the month of September. I will announce the winner on October 4th! Good luck!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Craft Project Central: Halloween Frame & Card Ensemble

It’s that spooky time of year!  This frame is the perfect décor for any home…just put a picture of your little goblin inside! Or with this card make it a perfect gift for any teacher!

This spooktacular project was created by Heidi King. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Heidi a comment for the fun project she created.

Paper Pumpkin = Smile

What makes you smile?

Each month, when I see that cute orange Paper Pumpkin box sticking out of my mailbox, that makes me smile! I love the excitement of not knowing what will be inside. I know it will get my creative juices flowing. I know that I will open the box and smile.

In my sample above, the only products I added were a scrap piece of vellum card stock beneath the word thanks and a scrap of Hello Honey card stock beneath the banner to the best friend ever.  It was a quick and easy way to change up the kit a little bit.

Have you taken a peek over at the My Pumpkin Challenge lately? If not, I hope you will soon. Lots of fun ideas over there for your Paper Pumpkin kits. We also love to see what you are making so I hope you will share your creations!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Craft Project Central: Stained Glass Lantern & Card

Brighten up your fall décor with this lovely and bright stained glass lantern. The jewel toned windows are sure to brighten up your space. Give this lovely lantern as a gift to someone extra special with the matching card.

This beautiful project was created by Amanda Corbet. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Amanda a comment for the lovely project she created.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craft Project Central: Tap, Tap, Tap Screen Card & Journal

This fun screen card can be altered to any occasion you like!  These cards are easy to assemble and are definitely a “wow card”.  The coordinating Journal just adds the right touch!

This project was created by Laurie Zoellmer. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Laurie a comment for the fun project she created.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Money Makes Me Smile

I bet that got your attention! Keeping up with our theme this month at the My Pumpkin Challenge: What makes you smile? Well, yes, money makes me smile. Do you remember, getting a birthday card from grandma with some cash in it....score! I enjoy getting well thought out gifts, but you can't go wrong with cash. So, how about making a cute money holder for a fun presentation! Here is my twist on changing up the August Paper Pumpkin kit.

Show me the money!

I glued two of the mini cards cards from the kit together, to make three panels, a tri-fold. Then I cut off an equal amount off each outside flap, so the ends would close in the center. You can see in the top photo, I attached the brads to pieces I cut off, then I popped them up with dimensionals.

For the inside, I stamped the words It's Your Birthday at the top. To make the money pocket, I scored approximately 1/4" on each side of the die cut star card (that was included in the kit) and adhered it to the center of the card. I rolled up some cash so you could see George Washington's face in the center of the star. I know, I only had dollars laying around for this sample! When you fold/roll the cash, it stays put quite nice.

The Paper Pumpkin kit made it very easy to make this quick project. Everything I used was from the Paper Pumpkin kit. We would love to see what you have created using your Paper Pumpkin kits. It is fun to get new ideas! Head over to see what the Design Team has created this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Craft Project Central: Butterfly Mobile & Card

Make this sweet butterfly mobile to decorate your craft room or give it away as a special present to a sweet friend who likes butterflies. It’s easy to change the theme and make this mobile for a baby shower or as a wedding decoration. Great for a stamp camp or as a class project.

This project was created by Monika Davis. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Monika a comment for the lovely project she created.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Craft Project Central: Fall Gift Set

This Fall Gift Set will be a great seasonal surprise for any recipient! The Decorative Kerr Jar is filled with pistachios, but can be filled with any special treat. The coordinating Kraft Journal, of course accompanied by a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker, is great for making lists or journaling thoughts. And the coordinating card is a must to top off the gift!

This "For All Things" Fall Gift Set was created by Julie Beltramo. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Julie a comment for the gift set she created.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What Makes You Smile?

So many things make me smile. My kids, My Man, my lil old dog with his tongue sticking out, television shows, and me. I make myself smile about 80% of the time, I find myself hilarious! Baking and paper crafts also make me smile. It could be because I know that when I bake or make a card for someone, it will make them smile. Making others smile, makes me happy. 

Getting my Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail each month makes me smile for sure! The August kit was bright and cheery. Did you like it? Here is my sample for this week.

I used the envelope from the kit, as is, but I changed up the mini card, I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for this card. I stamped the dot stamp in Hello Honey. I cut one of the pre-made banners (from the August kit) into two pieces and adhered them under the star as shown above. The star is one of the silver foil stars we received in the July kit, I flipped it over and sponged it with Strawberry Slush ink! I tied some white bakers twine at the top and stamped the words at the bottom. Just one of the many ways you can change up the kit! Be sure to head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge for some more inspiration.

Craft Project Central: Something for Baby

This adorable "Something for Baby" Gift Ensemble was created by Regina Andari. The next time you receive an invitation to a baby shower, just whip up an ensemble like this.  The shadow box frame makes a pretty decoration for a nursery, and the greeting card has an interior pocket to hold an envelope filled with cash or a gift card.

You can get the full tutorial for this project and many more when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Regina a comment for this cute project she has created.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Xcel Energy Day of Service 2014

This past weekend me and My Man volunteered for the Xcel Energy Day of Service. What is this you may ask? It is a day that Xcel Energy Employees, their families, and customers give back to the community. I became aware of this from an email I received from Xcel Energy. I was interested, so I looked through all the volunteer opportunities they had available and signed us up. I chose to volunteer for El Sistema where we would be making cardboard violins. I really had no idea what to expect.

As you can see from the photos above, our group made cardboard violins for young students at some local schools here in Denver. There were about 25 volunteers at our location. Some people traced the shapes, some people cut the shapes and others used masking tape to assemble the violins. Once they were taped together in the violin shape, we wrote messages on them for the students. As part of the program the students attend, they along with their parents, will paper mache the violins, then they will paint them as shown in the bottom center photo.

Cardboard violins you may ask? Yes, cardboard. These kids are in kindergarten, and this helps prepare them for a real violin at a later time. They learn to hold the violin properly, and are given special bows that also teach them hand movements so they can master the basics of the instrument. El Sistema is a unique program. It introduces music at some low income schools where music classes and instruments are not available. The violins we helped make will put instruments in the hands of these students. The students work hard and learn so much. They will even perform for the community. I hope you will visit their website to read more about what they do. El Sistema has programs nationwide. It is pretty awesome. Music does so much for kids, it is nice to see organizations like El Sistema in our community!

We watched a video about the program they offer, it touched my heart to see the smiles on the kids faces. I hope they will always make beautiful music!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Craft Project Central: Mad Hatter Tea Party Decor

If you are looking for a unique theme for an upcoming Birthday, Baby, or Wedding Shower this Mad Hatter décor and favor box might be just what you’re looking for!  This set comes with a little playing card matchbox that is just large enough to hold a tea bag for each guest, a Mad Hatter’s hat, and a tea cup full of red, white, and “painted” red roses (to mimic the line from the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland: “Who has been painting my roses red?”).

This fun project was designed by Melissa Banbury. To get the instructions for this project be sure to subscribe to September over at Craft Project Central. While you are there, do not forget to leave Melissa a comment on her project!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Craft Project Central: Flashback Mini Book Set

This Flashback Mini Book Set, designed by Michelle Wecksler, can be filled with your favorite moments, favorite quotes or favorite thoughts!  This set features a mini book, a protective box to hold your book and a coordinating card for that special someone!  Use this set yourself or gift it to someone special!

You can get the full tutorial for this project and many more when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Michelle a comment for this great project she has created.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Craft Project Central: Fall School Supply Set

Hello! I am very excited to be a Guest Designer for Craft Project Central this month. I hope you will follow along to see all the projects for this month and for your chance to win a free subscription for the September tutorials.

The project above was designed by Yapha. This fun Fall school supply set will brighten any student's day! It includes a corkboard for a locker, a bookmark, a mini notebook, and a matching card. Be sure to head over to Craft Project Central and leave Yapha a comment for this lovely project.

Thanks for stopping by.

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