Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set – November Bonus Project

Hi Stampers,

This is my final November entry for Craft Project Central - the November Bonus Project.  The Bonus Project can be obtained by a) subscribing to two or more months in a row; b) adding the Craft Project Central badge to your blog; or c) referring a friend and letting CPC know when they subscribe.

Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set – November Bonus Project
by Michelle Wecksler - 

A simple sheet of steel can easily be transformed into a beautiful two-sided magnetic board for hanging your pictures and keepsakes!  This Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set includes a two-sided magnetic board, decorative magnetic photo pockets and a coordinating gift tag. Find out how to go from hardware store to home décor in this fun tutorial!

I hope you've enjoyed these little sneak peeks at the great projects over at Craft Project Central. Don't forget to check out and join the Creating Pretty Cards monthly sketch challenge!
Happy crafting,


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Greetings

Hi Stampers,

Check out this project over at Craft Project Central:

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Greetings by Sue Plote -

Children love to write a letter to Santa…and to get one in return!  The Greetings from Santa Stamp Set and Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies make it easy and fun to get a letter out to Santa and to get one back…and the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Papers and Washi Tape are just the ticket to make this project adorable…and Santa approved!

The full tutorial for this project by Sue Plote can be yours when you subscribe to the month of November at!

Happy crafting,

Saturday, November 26, 2016

CPC Free Subscription Winner!

Please join me in congratulating Laura Malanowski, the winner of my blog candy giveaway! Just for leaving a comment on my November project at Craft Project Central, she wins a one-month free subscription.  Laura, thank you for your nice comments & I hope you enjoy all the great ideas at CPC!

Happy crafting,

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas Fireplace Box & Card Set

Hi Stampers,

Today's Craft Project Central entry is this lovely box & card set designed by Christy Fulk:

Christmas Fireplace Box & Card Set! -

Need a festive, handmade Christmas Gift for someone special? Well, here it is! This card set features the Hang Your Stocking Bundle and the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. The box is a warm and cozy fireplace with Christmas stockings hanging from the mantle. There are also three different, coordinating Christmas card designs. Make two of each design to fill the fireplace box. This project would also make a great Christmas card class. 

Don't you just love the warm colors in this Designer Paper?  You can get the tutorial for this project by subscribing to the month of November at

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Online Extravaganza - My Faves!

Hi Stampers,

Today's post is a share of my favorite sale items from the Online Extravaganza - the sale is all this week, ending next Monday, November 28!

#140619 Rose Garden Framelits Dies - regular price $31.00, on sale for 30% off = $21.70

These framelits have a matching stamp set, Rose Wonder #140697 which is not included in this sale, but there are so many beautiful cards that you can make with just the framelits and other sentiments that you probably already own.  Here are some samples I collected from Pinterest:

#140621 Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies - regular price $25.00, on sale for 30% off = $17.50

These thinlits make gorgeous wedding cards, valentine's day cards, anniversary cards and more.  The coordinating stamp set is Bloomin' Love #140643, regular price $17.00 (not included in this sale). However, #140550, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, which is just lovely when used with these thinlits, is on sale at 30% off, also!  Here are some examples made from the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies:

#141841 Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies - regular price $30.00, on sale at 30% off = $21.00

The matching stamp set for these thinlits, #142114 Hang Your Stocking, is on sale at 25% off as part of the Stitched From the Heart promotion.  The regular price for the stamp set is $21.00, but you can purchase it for $15.75 through November 30.  Purchase both items now and save even more than when purchased in a bundle- $9.00 more, to be exact!  Here are some great ideas using these thinlits & stamps (they're not just for Christmas - how adorable is that stick horse?)

#141488 Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies - regular price $27.00, on sale for 20% off = $21.60

These banner dies are awesome - and they coordinate with many stamp sets, including Banners for ChristmasSeasonal Bells, Stitched with Cheer, Birthday Banners, Banners For You, Basket for You, Time of Year, and One Wild Ride.  With a little patience, you can also bend other photopolymer stamp sentiments to fit in them!  Here are some examples of beautiful cards using Bunch of Banners Framelits:

#140622 Large Numbers Framelits - regular price $31.00, on sale at 20% off = 24.80

These are a must have for milestone birthdays and anniversaries.  Also wonderful for graduation and New Year's!  The coordinating stamp set #140653 Number of Years is nice to have, but not absolutely necessary (also not on sale this time!)  Here are some examples:

#142202 Glamper Greetings - regular price $26.00, on sale for 10% off = $23.40

If you read my blog regularly, you know I love this stamp set and you know why.  Enough said.  Here are some great examples:

Last, but not least:

#130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform - regular price $40.00, on sale at 35% off = $26.00 - on sale for 24 hours only, Monday, November 28 - mark your calendar!

This is a great deal.  When I first got my Big Shot I didn't think I needed this, but after I broke down and bought it, I use it all the time!  My dies don't slip or slide when I'm lining them up with my stamped images and no need for tape to hold them in place!  Trust me, you'll love it!  

Things to remember:  All the products I talked about here are on sale now through midnight, November 28th EXCEPT the Big Shot Magnetic Platform, which is on sale November 28th ONLY.
The Hang Your Stocking stamp set is on sale through November 30, but why wait?  Order it with the matching thinlits and save on shipping!  Please use November Host Code 6AKSBPBZ when ordering.

I hope I've inspired you.  Have a wonderful day!

Be Merry Banner Gift Set

Hi Stampers,

I have another great Craft Project Central project to share with you today!

Be Merry Banner Gift Set by Amanda Corbet -

Love the colors in this banner!  You can get the tutorial for this lovely project designed by Amanda Corbet by subscribing to the month of November at

Happy crafting,


Monday, November 21, 2016

Glamper Greetings for Christmas

Hi Stampers,

As a camper, when the Glamper Greetings stamp set debuted in the Holiday Catalog, it was the first thing on my wishlist!  If you're a camper or have camping friends, this set is a must-have. There are so many cute sentiments and images that you can use to create cards, stationery, or scrapbook pages for camping enthusiasts, including:

Home is Where You Park It
Let's Get Away From it All
May the Adventures Continue
Happy Birthday
This is How We Roll
Have a Happy Holiday
Hey There, Happy Camper
Not All Who Wander are Lost - J.R.R. Tolkien
Wishing You a Happy, Haunted Halloween

Seriously, how awesome are those?  Here's the card I created for my snowbird friends:

My card base is cut from Mint Macaron.  The Designer Paper is Presents & Pinecones and the banners are cut from Cherry Cobbler.  I used mainly Emerald Envy & Cherry Cobbler to color my image to coordinate nicely with the designer paper.

Metallic enamel shapes add interest to the banners

I used Bunch of Banners Framelits to cut the banners and embossed the sentiments with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

There are so many cute details in this set...the lights, wreath & pie are all separate elements you can choose. Clear photopolymer stamps make it easy to place them exactly where you want!  I colored the images with my inks & Blender Pens.

Stamping the envelope lets everyone know there's something very special inside!

Here are some samples from the Stampin' Up catalog that show some of the other elements you can add to your projects.  There are 32 pieces included in the set!

If you love this stamp set, here's some great news for you - Glamper Greetings is ON SALE from November 21 - 28!  The regular price is $26.00 but you can buy it for $23.40 during the ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA, a 10% savings!  Score!!

Happy Stamping & Glamping,


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Online Extravaganza

Hi Stampers,

Stampin' Up's annual Online Extravaganza starts tomorrow - Monday, November 21!  Have you made your Wish List yet?  Here's the complete list of sales - enjoy!

Happy shopping,

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Cookie Cutter Tags & Matching Gift Box

Hi, Stampers!

Today I'm excited to share with you the project that I designed for Craft Project Central.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Tags & Matching Gift Box!  

Here is the introduction that I wrote for my project:

Your holiday presents will stand out from the crowd with these charming tags!  You’ll have fun creating this set of 12 (three each of four different designs) gift tags and the matching lidded box.  The set is created in traditional colors for easy co-ordination and the tags are a generous 3” x 3” size for adding your personal message.  Use the tags and box separately for your gifts or give the entire set to a special friend!

As a designer, I have the awesome opportunity to give away a free one month subscription to Craft Project Central!  The winner of the subscription will be announced on my blog on Friday, November 25th and getting entered is really easy...just click THIS LINK and leave a comment where you see the sneak peek photo of my project.  Don't forget to check back on Friday to see if you're the lucky winner!  If you're not the chosen winner, don't despair!  You can still get the tutorial for my project and ten others by subscribing to Craft Project Central for the month of November!

Happy crafting,

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pop of Paradise - Old is New Again!

Hi Stampers,

When Pop of Paradise was first released I had a lot of fun playing with it.  Then the Holiday Catalog came out and it was forgotten for a while.  But yesterday I saw a card on Pinterest that made me fall in love with Pop of Paradise all over again!

I love the way this card turned out - simple, but with a big WOW factor.  The card base is Mint Macaron 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".  The leaves are stamped with Mint Macaron, three directly onto the card base and two more stamped on Whisper White & cut out.  The black & white stripes are from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack, cut at 1-1/4" x 4-1/4".  I think the black & white stripes make a striking statement added to the other bright colors.  The flamingo is stamped in Melon Mambo and the banner is stamped with Archival Black.  Put it all together with some Gold Sequin Trim and WOW!

So quick & easy to make a whole flock of flamingos!

Archival Black is the perfect ink to stamp this banner - so dark & crisp!

NEWS FLASH!  It's Online Extravaganza Time Again!  Check my online store beginning Monday, November 21, for discounts of up to 40% on select products! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Forget Me Not Perpetual Calendar & Cards

This would make a lovely gift sure to be appreciated by the recipient:

Forget Me Not Perpetual Calendar & Cards by Meg Holland -

How often do you forget the important events in your life?  One solution for you is to use this lovely Perpetual Birthday + Love, Happiness and Life Calendar, using the Hello Lovely Project Life Collection by Stampin’ Up!.  Each month is designed to document not just birthdays, but other happy events you want to remember.  Also included in this tutorial are designs for 12 greeting cards stored in the Project Life Envelope Pages in the back of the calendar.  This would also make a great gift for someone special!

The tutorial for this beautiful project, designed by Meg Holland, can be yours when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for the month of November.


Monday, November 14, 2016

It's All About the Details - Sketch Challenge for CPC65

Hi, Stampers!

I used this month's Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge (CPC65) to design this card.

If you play along with this month's sketch, you could win a free month subscription to Craft Project Central! If you win, you'll even get to pick which month! Please go to the SKETCH POST to get all of the Do's and Don'ts for the sketch. I hope you'll play along! You'll need to submit your card by November 30 to be entered into the drawing!

It's all about the details on this card. I started with a piece of the beautiful Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up. I love the colors in this DSP - Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand & Whisper White. I chose to concentrate on my 2 favorites, Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry.

If you know me, you know I love the glitter. I just think it makes cards happier! So that's the first detail - I used Balloon Celebration to stamp the shading of the three balloons in Versamark, then sprinkled them with Heat & Stick powder. If you haven't tried this, it's awesome! After you sprinkle it on the Versamark stamped image, just heat it up with your Heat Tool - it only takes a few seconds for it to get sticky. Then sprinkle on your Dazzling Diamonds (or any other) glitter and heat again - the glitter sticks and doesn't flake off! I used the same technique on the 1" wide strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock, this time using another image from Balloon Celebration.

Mmm...lots of glittery goodness!

The next detail is the embossing on the white panel - I used the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. This panel is cut 2-1/4" x 3-1/2", and I stamped on it before running it through the Big Shot.  The balloon strings are part of the Balloon Celebration stamp set, and the "on your" is from the Host Set Time of Year.

The Birthday banner is also from Time of Year, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum.  Did you see the cute little pennant in the corner?  It's cut from Rich Razzleberry using the Balloon Framelits die-cut.

Last but not least, I used the largest oval in my new Stitched Shapes Framelits to make the Sweet Sugarplum oval peeking out from behind the Rich Razzleberry on the left side of this card.  The little wispy flowers are also from Balloon Celebration, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum.  

The Stitched Shapes Framelits give such a polished look to your die-cuts.  And did you know that they layer with the Layering Circles, Layering Ovals and Layering Squares Framelits?  Love the coordination that Stampin' Up offers!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits are available now, along with select stamp sets at 25% off through November 30.  

Click here to shop at my Stampin' Up store

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, November 13, 2016

‘This Christmas’ Trees & Treats Decor

Hi, Stampers!

Check out this project for your Christmas decor!

'This Christmas' Trees & Treats Decor by Julie Beltramo -

Get ready for the holidays with this Festive Holiday Table Décor! You’ll learn how to make a Paper Cone Tree (and save money not having to buy that paper mache base that you get at the craft store!). You’ll also get the quick and easy measurements to turn simple pieces of Designer Series Paper into the perfect layers to quickly transform your Paper Cones to Christmas trees! Plus you will learn how to coordinate the Tagged Clear Tiny Treat Boxes into the theme of the Christmas décor as you add these simple, but elegant tags to them. And if you want to make this whole ensemble a gift to someone special, the coordinating card is the perfect complement!

The tutorial for this lovely project, designed by Julie Beltramo, can be yours when you subscribe to the month of November at Craft Project Central.

Happy crafting,

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Delightful Holiday Gift Set

Hi, Stampers!

By now your calendar is probably filling up with holiday parties - here's an idea for a lovely gift to please any hostess!

Delightful Holiday Gift Set by Sue Becker -

When invited to a gathering, it’s always nice to take a small gift for the host. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create a divided hinged box that holds two holiday containers filled with holiday goodies, such as a yummy dip. What better way to complement a dip than a bottle of wine and some crackers. This festive package is a snap to put together. Any recipient would be delighted to receive this wonderful gift!

The tutorial for this delightful project, designed by Sue Becker, can be yours when you subscribe to the month of November at  Craft Project Central.

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas & Pencil / Tool Holder

Hello, Stampers & Crafters!

Here's a project to inspire you today:

Mixed Media Canvas & Pencil / Tool Holder by Monika Davis -

Make this unique Mixed Media Canvas as a one of a kind special gift. It is the perfect art piece to be displayed on the wall or on the desk. Learn different Mixed Media techniques that will be useful for card making or other paper crafting projects. Learn how versatile your paper crafting supplies can be. As an extra bonus, make a coordinating Mixed Media Pencil/Tool Holder out of a tin can. This will dress up anyone’s desk and will be a conversation piece for sure. Change the color to match your home decor or the season. 

The tutorial for this unique project, designed by Monika Davis, can be yours when you subscribe to the month of November at Craft Project Central.

Happy crafting,


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Vintage Leaves Sympathy

Hi Stampers,

My love of Vintage Leaves I'm sharing a couple of sympathy cards I designed. These are so simple to make, yet stunning (in my humble opinion!)

  The first one uses what I think of as "fall" leaves - maple and oak.  The colors are Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry.  The stamping is simple - it's just random, with no particular pattern to it, on a background of Very Vanilla.  If you look closely, you can see that I "flicked" some gold Wink of Stella over the leaves.  You can barely see it in the photo but trust me, it's stunning to see in person.  I added a double mat of Basic Black and Cajun Craze,  a sentiment (non SU) using my Layering Oval Framelits, and a strip of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon.  I stamped the envelope flap using the same three colors for a finishing touch.  

As much as I love fall, this is a card that I probably wouldn't use outside of the season, so I changed it up on the next one by using different leaves and colors:

On this one I left off the maple & oak leaves and used all the others.  The colors are Dapper Denim (stamped off once), Pear Pizzazz and Smoky Slate.  I covered the Smoky Slate leaves with clear Wink of Stella - it shows up nicely here, isn't it pretty?  The ribbon on this one is Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.

I hope you're inspired by these cards!  Please visit my website to purchase any of the products mentioned here.

Happy stamping,