Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flower Shop Notebook Set– July Bonus Project!* by Monika Davis

Flower Shop Notebook Set– July Bonus Project!*  – Monika Davis

Do you like taking notes or doodling? Do you like giving handmade gifts? Than this is a project for you! Make this cool notebook with a coordinating card and bookmark. Dress up a simple notebook with craft sticks and make it durable and reusable. This cover will not wear down easily. Learn a simple and fast bookbinding technique that is easy enough to do for adults and kids alike.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month Craft Project Central subscription packages, that include the month for which you'd like the bonus. Head to Craft Project Central to learn more!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stamped & Glazed Canvases & Cards

Stamped & Glazed Canvases & Cards

Stamping supplies and art supplies can be married together to create some beautiful and original pieces of art!  Let’s get your art flowing in my July tutorial for Craft Project Central by combining your stamps and ink with gesso and glazing liquid!  In this tutorial you will learn how to use stamps and some of the lids from your stamping supplies to create amazing texture on canvases.  You will also learn how to create original works of textured art on Watercolor Paper to decorate your card fronts.  These techniques are fun for adults and children alike! Let’s get your art flowing!  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July at Craft Project Central!

Monday, July 17, 2017

So Many Shells Summer Ensemble by Beth Rush

So Many Shells Summer Ensemble by Beth Rush

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.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July at Craft Project Central!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July by Karen Hallam

Christmas in July by Karen Hallam

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 up 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!  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July at Craft Project Central!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Collage Identity

I attended a wonderful workshop at the Art Students League of Denver that was a part of the Visiting Artist Series.  The workshop was led by artist Xochi Solis who currently has work on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.  She created such a wonderful environment for experimenting and playing with collage!  The afternoon session focused on the theme of Identity.  This is the collage I worked on...I still am not sure if it is done, but I decided I would share it with you anyway :)  I haven't played much with collage and I'm beginning to wonder if it might be a great challenge for me to create a collage a day for 30 days...I will let you know what I decide :)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Butterfly Frame & Card by Sue Lehrer

Butterfly Frame & Card by Sue Lehrer

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 décor. 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.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July at Craft Project Central!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Street Poetry

At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend they had an interactive exhibit.  A box filled with word blocks and an invitation to create poetry on the street with the blocks.  This is the poem I gave to the street.  I had to.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #73! – Regina Andari

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #73 by Regina Andari

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!!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hellouise Is Her Name

I finally decided to give her a name.  She is always there - chiding me, trying to get me riled up.  She makes me weary.  Sometimes, I admit, I feel defeated.  It's a constant battle.  So I decided to give her a name.  After all, isn't there some theory out there that says if you give your fear a name - if you label it - if you call it out - it no longer has the same power over you?

I'd like to introduce you to Hellouise.  She is my inner critic.  She loves to show up - especially when I am creating or contemplating more fully embracing the life of an artist.  I'm not sure where her name came from.  Maybe from her.  Maybe some type of divine intervention.  But once her name was there I couldn't help but notice how significant her name was.  When I heard her chatting with me I said to her "Hello Hellouise!"  Then I realized how funny her name was - in two ways.  The first is when I said her name aloud I realized it was a combination of hello and ease.  That by saying her name I was actually combating the purpose she tries to serve (which is anything but ease)!  I also realized that her name gives me a constant choice.  Another way to break down her name is hell o' ease?  Her name is a constant reminder that I have a choice.  I can listen to her and encourage her negative chatter and feel like I'm on the road to hell.  Or I can choose ease - I can acknowledge that she has her prerogative, but I am choosing to follow another voice.

So Hellouise and I are going to make some art today.  I have a feeling that she is going to get bored because I'm going to keep going and she'll realize she can't stop me! :)

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This LIttle Piggy Kids' Card Kit by Buffy Cooper

This Little Piggy Kids’ Card Kit!   – Buffy Cooper

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.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of July at Craft Project Central!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seasonal Shadow Boxes – June Bonus Project!* by Buffy Cooper

Seasonal Shadow Boxes – June Bonus Project!*  – Buffy Cooper

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.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages, that include the month for which you would like the bonus.  For further information about receiving bonus projects go to Craft Project Central!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Some days you are led to exactly what you need.  That happened to me today.  I was listening to a podcast and it led me to this Ted Talk.  I am in tears. It is just what I needed.  And maybe it is just what you need too...since here you are...and here it is:



I also want to give a shout out to Doris, Lorraine and Helen.  I love you women!  You are on my mind and in my heart always and I so appreciate you and your creative spirits!!!!!  Ole!!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Variety of VersaMark Refill Techniques

Variety of VersaMark Refill Techniques

Do you love to make the most of your supplies?  My June tutorial for Craft Project Central 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!  For full step-by-step instructions go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pick a Daisy, Make a Smile by Cindy Brumbaugh

Pick a Daisy, Make a Smile by Cindy Brumbaugh

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.  For full step-by-step instructions go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Boxed Card Set & Candy Holder by Julie DeGuia

Boxed Card Set & Candy Holder by Julie DeGuia

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!  For full step-by-step instructions go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Versatile Work of Art Card Set by Regina Andari

Versatile Work of Art Card Set by Regina Andari

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.  For full step-by-step instructions go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #72 by Monika Davis

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #72 by Monika Davis –   - posting date 6-3

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 a subscription to the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Beautiful You Purse Card Set by Christy Fulk

Beautiful You Purse Card Set by Christy Fulk

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.  For full step-by-step instructions go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of June!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Window Box Creations - April Bonus Project by Christy Fulk

Window Box Creations–April Bonus Project!*  – Christy Fulk

The Window Box Thinlits make the most beautiful boxes, but they also make more than that! This tutorial teaches how to make three different projects with this die set, other than the one the dies were designed for. The projects include a basket, a long window box, and a window box that opens across the middle. These make wonderful gift packages, and they would make a great product-based class, too!

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages at Craft Project Central.   Head to Craft Project Central to learn more!!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ink Refill Roundup!


Ink Refill Roundup

Sometimes the most beautiful cards can be created with the simplest of supplies!  In my Craft Project Central tutorial this month you will learn to use your Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills in new and creative ways!  This Ink Refill Roundup Set includes a beautiful collection of ink-decorated tissue papers, a set of four abstract art cards and a case that is perfect for storing your cards and your ink-decorated tissue papers!  This is a fun project for adults and kids alike!  Let’s put those ink refills to some creative use and allow our inner abstract artist to come out and play!!!!!  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of April at Craft Project Central!!!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Princess Birthday Party Pack by Monika Davis

Princess Birthday Party Pack!  – Monika Davis

What little girl wouldn’t want their own crown and magic wand on their birthday? This is your chance to learn how to make a sweet little crown that could double as a table decoration, a wand, a small gift bag and a birthday card... all fit for a princess. Jazz up your creations with butterflies and tulle to make someone’s birthday magical.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of April at Craft Project Central!!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

May Door Hanger & Accessories by Stephanie Purvis

May Day Door Hanger & Accessories!  – Stephanie Purvis

May Day might not be a big holiday in your area, but it’s always fun to put together little gift baskets to hang on your neighbor’s door to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Even if you don’t celebrate May Day, you can use this door hanger to give little gifts to your neighbors, roommates, or even hang one on your child’s door for any occasion you choose!  Get the full step-by-step instructions by subscribing to the month of April at Craft Project Central!!!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Birthday Gift Card Holder Ensemble by Cindy Brumbaugh

Birthday Gift Card Holder Ensemble! – Cindy Brumbaugh

Gift giving has changed over the years…today, one of the common ways of giving includes the “Gift Card.” It is a great way to show friends and family you know what they like or need, but are giving them the opportunity to pick it for themselves. You can jazz up and personalize a gift card by packaging it in a unique and festive holder. This tutorial includes four birthday themed gift card holders using the Carousel Birthday Suite. The designs can be easily transformed into various other themes as needed.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by heading over to Craft Project Central and subscribing to the month of April!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #70! – Julie Warnick

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #70! – Julie Warnick

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!!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Spring Sun Catchers by Buffy Cooper


Spring Sun Catchers by Buffy Cooper
Are you looking for a spring project to do with children? Here’s a fun set of sun catchers you can work on together! Made from canning jar rings and Stampin’ Up! supplies, these cute sun catchers double as wind chimes. Hang them from your window, on your porch, or even in a tree. They’re so simple to create, your children can make an extra set for a friend or relative who visits this summer and include the coordinating greeting card.  Get the full step-by-step instructions by heading over to Craft Project Central and subscribing to the month of April!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Treat Holder - One Sheet Box


This Valentine's Treat Holder was created after seeing the One Sheet Box tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.  I began with a 9" x 12" piece of drawing paper.  I created some heart stencils using a hot glue gun and then sponged the stencils all over the paper using Rose Red ink.  I cut the paper down to 8-1/2" x 11" and followed the One Sheet Box tutorial to create the treat holder.  I cut down the excess strip of sponged drawing paper to add a bit of interest on the front of the box and then added a sponged tag and some hearts.  So simple!  You could easily create this box with children's art and scribbles!  Have fun!!!!  Happy Valentine's Day!  Let's spread some love!!!! :)

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Valentine's Treat Holder - Flat Backed Treat Box

Today's Valentine's Treat Holder was made using the Flat Backed Treat Box tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers.  I LOVE this little box!  This box can hold small candies, lip balm, jewelry and all kinds of little trinkets.  I incorporated some retired papers and stamps and am thrilled with how this little box turned out!  I hope you like it :)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Valentine's Treat Holder - Pentagon Treat Tube

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I decided to put together some treat holders to share with you.  This first design began with a Pentagon Treat Tube - a tutorial that I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I added the option of placing a removable top on the tube so that the tube can be opened and closed and reused.  I am committed to using my craft stash so I inked up some retired Stampin' Up! stamps and incorporated some Prima Flowers that I have had for ages.  What retired stamps and stash items can you put to use this week????

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sealed With Love Valentine Trio –January Bonus Project!* by Christy Fulk

Sealed With Love Valentine Trio –January Bonus Project!*  – Christy Fulk
It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to start making your Valentine gift bags and cards! This tutorial features a Miniature Candy Bar Pop-Up Drawer Box, a Skinny Mini Treat Bag, and a Double-Z Valentine Card. The treat box and bag can be made in no time, and the Valentine card is extra special for your special Valentine! The trio features the Sending Love Suite in the Occasions Catalog. This would also make a great Valentine class

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages at Craft Project Central.    To learn more,  head to Craft Project Central!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shaker Card Galore with Gift Box by Monika Davis

Shaker Card Galore with Gift Box!  – Monika Davis

Who doesn’t need greeting cards? Make this elegant and fun greeting card set and impress your friends or family members. Add a wow! element and shake things up a little bit! You will make three different shaker cards and learn how easy it is to turn any card into shakers. You should have everything you need already in your craft room. The card set has a coordinating box that could hold the envelopes and maybe a pen too. The box can be refilled later or used for storing paper good.  For full step-by-step instructions head to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January!!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Foxy Friends Birthday Celebration by Sandy Mott

Foxy Friends Birthday Celebration!  –  Sandy Mott

Your little one and guests will love this festive Foxy Friends Birthday Celebration. This project includes all the table decorations you will need to give any child the cutest party ever. From the cake topper to the boxed treats, children will squeal with delight at the sight! The Foxy Friends stamp set is so adorable, especially when combined with the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack and the Fox Builder Punch. And it’s all so easy to make!  For full step-by-step instructions head to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Falling in Love with Card Candy by Buffy Cooper

Falling in Love with Card Candy!  – Buffy Cooper

Whether you need a gift for a crafty friend, want to help a new crafter get started with card making, or need to make a quick card yourself, this tote full of card candy is the answer. Using the Falling in Love suite from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, you’ll create several sheets of sentiments and embellishments that can easily be added to a card base to create a beautiful card in minutes. The adorable purse is perfect to hold the card candy and can be used as a gift bag later. An added bonus is a greeting card using some of the candy so the recipient can see how simple it is to create a card. This would make a lovely hostess gift or a fun class or stamp camp.  For full step-by-step instructions head to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January!!!!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Falling Flowers 8-½” x 11” One Sheet Wonder by Cindy Brumbaugh

Falling Flowers 8-½” x 11” One Sheet Wonder! – Cindy Brumbaugh

In this tutorial, you will be creating a seven card ensemble using an 8-½” x 11” sheet of Whisper White Cardstock that you’ll transform into a colorful patterned paper using with the Falling Flowers Stamp Set. You will learn how to cut that one sheet of patterned cardstock to create seven unique coordinating cards. Finally, you’ll get to package the seven card ensemble in a cute little book box that holds both the cards and envelopes.  For full step-by-step instructions head to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January!!!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Creating Pretty Cards - Card Sketch #67 by Julie Warnick

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #67! – Julie Warnick

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!!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

You Are So Loved Bouquet & Card Set



Welcome to my January project for Craft Project Central!!!!  Every day is a good day to let someone know that they are loved and this is a perfect project to share your love in a creative and fun way!  This You Are So Loved Bouquet & Card Set includes a beautiful bouquet of hearts arranged in an upcycled tin can as well as a coordinating card for gift giving.  You can also make this great bouquet as a home décor piece for Valentine’s Day!  In this tutorial you will learn how to use washi tape to create your own one-of-a-kind cardstock and you will discover how to make your punched shapes into “leaves” that can be added to many home décor projects.  Let’s spread some love together!  For full step-by-step instructions, head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January!