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March 2012

CPC Bird House Gift Box & Card – March Bonus Project and a Giveaway too!

Do you know someone who loves bird houses that you would like to give a gift?  How about presenting it in an extra special gift box?  If so, then this project is for you!  (Actually, who wouldn’t be impressed with a little gift packaged in this pretty box!?!)  With a little time you can put together this beautiful bird house gift box and matching card to give to that extra special someone or keep for yourself as a lovely spring decoration!  This project is a great spring class project too!

Bird House Gift Box & Card

This beautiful spring project comes to you designed by Amanda!  

Are you wondering how you qualify for the bonus project?  To get the instructions for Amanda’s project, subscribe to March and then meet one of the bonus project requirements of subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting our badge on your blog, or referring a friend, and when they subscribe, letting us know!

Would you like to win a subscription to Craft Project Central fo the month of March 2012? All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post  or send me an email and let me know you would like to win all the Craft Project Central's tutorials for the month of March.    We will pick a winner on Sunday April 1 (no fooling)  8 pm (Pacific time).  Be sure to check back to see if you are the winner!

This is also your last call for Sale-A-Bration!  You have got to act quickly cause it is the last day!   


Sneak Peek: Summer Smooches Decor Stencil

During the month of April you will be able to order some great products from the upcoming 2012-2013  catalog.  There are 9 items being offered and 2 of them will only be available during the month of April.  The 2 items are the Summer Smooches Decor Stencil and the Summer Smooches Designer Brads.   Today I want to share with you the first thing I made using the Summer Smooches stencil.  

Blossom stencil in black white

One of the cool things is that the stencil comes with both the stencil and the cut out design-bonus! This makes so much sense to me and it makes it more versatile.  For the today's sample I used the cut out design piece.  I used a repositionable adhesive that was made for stencils to secure the stencil to the First Edition DSP.  I used a sponge and Basic Gray ink and sponged around the stencil.  Super simple and quick card.  It took way longer to get a picture taken of the card.

Stamps: Elementary Elegance (available ONLY during Sale-A-Bratiion)
Ink: Basic Gray, Black Stazon
Paper: Very Vanilla, Baisc Black, First Edition DSP
Punches: Curly Label
Extras: Summer Smooches Decor Stencil, Black Satin ribbon, Rhinestones, Red Sharpie

Remember to place your Sale-A-Bration order today! 

Another Bright Blossoms Sneak Peek

Just a couple more days till you can order the Bright Blossom stamp set and all those fun coordinating products in the Summer Smooches Suite.  Today I was getting those horrible hoarding feelings again about the Summer Smooches DSP.  I love the colors and patterns in this paper pack so happy and bright and perfect to mix and match.    

I  have been feeling very guilty about not getting the March birthday cards out in the mail.  In fact today is a dear friend, Cindy's birthday and I have not sent out her card yet.  I am so sorry but even though I am late I will get those cards in the mail.  Today's card is for all those March birthday people!

Bright blossoms tags
Stamps: Bright Blossoms, Friendly Phrases
Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP
Punches: Large Tag, 3/4" circle punch
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dot TIEF, Tasteful Trim
Extras: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Rhinestones

Remember just a few days are left of Sale-A-Bration.  Get your orders placed today!

CPC Fabulous Florets Mini Note Card Set

Make this lovely Fabulous Florets Mini Note Card set and matching Case for anyone who lies to give cards or notes.  This set would be a perfect Mother’s Day or teacher gift.  Change the stamps and colors and you can make the set for any occasion.  Box fits four to eight cards depending on the thickness of the embellishments.  Makes a quick and fun class, club or camp project too!

Fabulous Florets Mini Note Card Set

This pretty project comes to you designed by Monika!   To get the instructions for Monika’s project, just subscribe to March!

Manhattan Flower

Remember when the Manhattan Flower TIEF  debuted?  It was a must have and well I think it still is but  I admit I have not pulled it out in a while.  I was looking for a set that I could use to practice my coloring skills and  thought it would be  perfect.  Coloring is definitely not one of my strengths and I hope with more practice I won't shy away from stamp sets that require coloring.

Manhattan Flower watercolor

I even used the Manhattan TIEF in the inside of the card.

Manhattan flower inside

I like the partial embossing and will definitely employ that idea again.  Here's what I used.

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance SAB set
Ink:  Basic Gray, Regal Rose and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write markers
Paper: Watercolor paper, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Big Shot: Manhattan Flower TIEF
Punches: 1- 3/8" and 1- 1/4"  circle punches
Extras: Basic Gray Satin ribbon, Blender pen 

Okay here is your  Sale-A-Bration reminder.  There are just a few days left of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to place your order soon and not wait till the last minute.   Okay?  Thanks!


CPC Easter Bunny Treat Holders & Card!

Here’s a cute little set of Easter Bunny treats for your favorite little somebunnies!  Pair the treats up with the coordinating card and you’re good to go.  Makes a great gift for the kids, teachers, or anyone else that you want to impress with your craftiness! 

Easter Bunny Treat Holders & Card
This great Easter project comes to you designed by Heidi!

 To get the instructions for Heidi’s project, just subscribe to March. 


Mixed Bunch in Gray and Daffodil Delight

Just stopping by for a quick post.  I am off to take a photography class in hopes of improving my  skills.  I just received the Basic Gray Satin ribbon and have been itching to use it so I did.

Mixed bunch gray and yellow

Definitely a quick card. I love the Basic Gray ribbon and from what I have been reading this is an "in" color combination.

Here's waht I used.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch and Loving Thoughts
Ink: Whisper White Craft ink, Stazon Black, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Blossom
Extras: Basic Gray satin ribbon and Glimmer Brads Neutral

Hope your Sunday is a wonderful one! 

Flowerpot Friday

I hope you are not sick of the little chick.  I filmed a quick video on how to make the flower pot from this post.  


After filming the video I started thinking about how I could use the little chick for place cards for Easter dinner.  Here's what I came up with.

Mini chicken in a pot

Instead of the "Happy Easter"  you could write a name.  Wouldn't this be so cute at each person's place setting?  Here are the measurements so you can make these mini versions.

1. Cut a piece of Cajun Craze card stock 2 1/2" x 5 1/2".

2. Score at 1/2", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2".

Mini chick tute1

3. Fold at the 3" score line and measure in 3/8" from either end.

Chick in pot tute 2

4. Cut from the fold line to the 1/2" score line on both sides.

5.  Fold the bottom folds like a "W" and fold the 1/2" flap down.

Chick in pot tute 3
side view

6. Wrap ribbon around the lip and the back of the pot and tie a bow.  Insert chick and attach it to the pot with a glue dot.

7. Cut a 1/8" strip of Chocolate Chip card stock and attach a flag to it.  Attach the strip to the chick.

Isn't it strange how one thing leads to another?  Well then I thought why not make a flowerpot card that stands up on its own?


Here are the measurements to make a stand up flowerpot card.

1. Cut a piece of Cajun Craze card stock 9 1/2" x 4 1/4".

2. Score at 1",  4 1/2",  5 1/4",  6".

3. Fold  card at 5 1/4" score line.  Measure in 3/4". Repeat on the other side.

4. Cut from the foldine to the 1" score line.  Do not cut the 1" lip.

5. Fold score lines into a "W".  Secure the opening with ribbon.  

Stand up flower pot

Stand Up Version of Chicks in a Pot

Side stampndu p flowerpotSide view

I hope the tutorial and the different size options wilbe helpful to you.  Have a wonderful Friday and hope you get to stamp this weekend!  Be sure to tell me about all the fun things you made.


CPC Bunny Basket and Pop Up Cards

Are you ready to see some Bunny cuteness?  Get ready cause it is seriously cute!

Bunny Basket & Pop Up CardI told you it was cute!  This adorable basket and card is from the creative mind of  Chris.    These look like they would be super fun to make and even better to give to your favorite bunny lovers.  If you would like to get all the details on how to make this project then go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of March.  

A Challenging Week

I had so much fun doing the Craft Project Central Challenge that I decided I would do another challenge.  I found this layout on Technostamper's blog and thought it looked like a fun one to do.

TSSC213I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Enchantment DSP (Sale-A-Bration) which made working on this sketch a little easier.  I plan to primarily focus on showing products from the Sale-A-Bration brochure until the end of Sale-A-Bration on March 31.  

Everyday enchantment and lattice

I love the design on the Pool Party sheet in the Everyday Enchantment DSP.  It reminds me of those Aloha shirts made with the wrong side of the fabric showing.  Do you know what I mean?    Anyway, here's what I used to make this card.

Stamps: Just Believe 
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Big Shot: Lattice die, Beautiful Butterflies die
Extras: Everyday Enchantment Brad Pack 

If you know of some fun challenges let me know.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to place your Sale-A-Bration order cause time is running out!