Monday, November 4, 2019

IDEAS November Blog Hop with Decor from Frosted Foliage

Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for November. We are 12 international Demonstrators with a tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is decor, so you'll see many ideas for decorations for your home.

I created a giant clothes pin, a small ornament and a "frame" card - perfect for a winter scene or perfect to put in a family photo.  Thank you to my fellow IDEAS team mate Carla Blake for the clothes pin inspiration!!

In the tutorial I share all the tips on creating these ideas where to buy the items. 

I hope you like these projects and the projects from my fellow IDEAS demonstrators.  It's really a great bundle of inspiration for crafters or demonstrators looking for new ideas or workshop ideas.  Keep hopping so you can see all the creativity.   The bundle is about 50 pages of detailed full color instructions. 

Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me at Free to customers who purchase $35, or Free to my team members, or $15 by PayPal.  

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Thanks for stopping by. Please click on NEXT and visit Sandra in the UK the next talented IDEAS demonstrator!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fun class - The Snowman Season

So much fun! We made these projects last night at class!

I'm so grateful to my VERY talented team mates who designed these projects.  Cathy Stephenson in ID created the stepper card (her's was with the Perfectly Plaid set and I re-designed for the snowman!)

Susan Duvall-Serota of CA made the cute pizza box (I added a snowman 3 x 3 card inside).

Carla Black of WA created the cute Let it Snow card!  (easy for her to say.. I'm in Maine and she's in WA!)

We had a "punch swap" and I received these great ideas from team mates.  

We truly have an amazing team of caring people who share ideas, talents, inspiration and fun!  Join us... you'll find nice people stamp and that we are a crazy fun bunch of crafters who hang out online from coast to coast!  

To join - you click on the tab above, choose $126 of ANYTHING from any catalog, pay $99 plus tax and get free shipping.  No further obligations... if you don't keep your account open that's ok... if you do you get 20-25% off all your crafting supplies from Stampin Up!

Do you need instructions for the stepper card with the snowman? If so email me - free for any of my subscribers!  

happy crafting MaryKate

Monday, October 21, 2019

Stamp Sale 24 hours only Oct 23 2019

A quick post... check out the stamp sale Oct 23 2019 - just 24 hours to save 15% of many many stamp sets!

Click here to see the full list of stamps on sale!

happy shopping - MaryKate

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mini Keepsake Boxes

These mini keepsake boxes are o cute... just the right size treat box for many things. 

I put the Lindt chocolate next to it so you can see size.

And quick and simple to make.  

These boxes take just 1 piece 6 x 6 to run through the Big Shot.  And the die set comes with cut tags to add to the little boxes. The die cuts and scores. My tip:  use a bone folder to curly the 4 sections of the box and the box "pops" out better!

I only bought the dies (I have a great stamp set that creates the Buffalo Check background).  If you don't and want the stamps, they come in a bundle at 10% off - check this out in my online store. 

In my post here, click to see I talk about the Advent Box "Countdown to Christmas" and I've filled my Advent box with one of the keepsake boxes in every little cube box. 

At class Oct 21 each person will pull out a box, get to keep the mini keepsake box and the free gift that's included.  It's our "party" to end Adult Ed for the Fall season. Just 1 place left if you'd like it 5-630pm with Snowman Season projects. Email me

Happy crafting, MaryKate

PS are you a demonstrator going to OnStage? I'm hosting a crafting afternoon in Hartford Nov 15 130-430 with 10 projects and you get either a stamp set or blends or a punch (~$18 of product) and all supplies.  email me to register, for questions etc!  

Monday, October 14, 2019

3x3 Perfectly Plaid gift card enclosures in a Gold Pizza Box

This a fun gift box to make.  You can include some 3 x 3 notes and it's a nice gift, you can add in a cookie or a treat or even a gift card.

The Gold Pizza Box finishes at 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 so it's a nice size.  

I've made some gift card enclosures with the Plaid paper.  You can cut the designer paper 3 x 3 as I did and then there is no "layer" showing the white card - or you could cut this 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 and then you have a peek of white.

I punched out a tree to go on top.  I wanted my 2 1/4" circle to cover to "hole" left by the tree punch so I need to be careful where I cut my tree.  So I punched a tree from a post it note making sure the punched tree has some of the sticky end of the post it note. Now I put that post it note tree on the paper (see it on the red plaid above?) and it's my guide on where to punch the tree.

Then I layer the card.  First I put a little gold thread about 18" on the back securing the thread with dimensions, the put the circle on the plaid.  And then my tree.  And a ho ho ho greeting on a 1/2 strip of whisper white.

The greeting can go horizontal or on an angle.  

I made another "card topper" for the top of the box.  

Don't forget to decorate your envelopes... it's about 3 x 2" of scrap plaid paper, adhere it to the back and trim.

What do you think?  A cute thank you gift I hope!

If you need the plaid paper or the thick whisper white for the notecards - or the punch, gold ink etc... it's all in my online store.  happy shopping! MaryKate

Friday, October 11, 2019

Christmas Countdown Project Kit - Fun Advent Calendar

So I overlooked this in the Holiday catalog! It's on page 38 and once I saw it in person, I loved it and of course ordered it.

I hope this post answers all of your questions about this kit. You get the boxes made up, stickers, a guide (which I didn't use!)

This is what it makes.  Each box is 2 x 2 x 2 and very sturdy. It ends up 11 x 11 and sits up well.  

Here's what you get... all the boxes are ready made.  You get lots of stickers, I used them a lot and still have plenty of left overs.

You get all the numbers and I liked attaching them in a non-linear way - but appreciate some of you might prefer them to be all lined up!

First I laid out all the paper pieces on the box to be sure I didn't clump together any of the colors (which are Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Mossy Meadow).  

Then I just had fun choosing stickers to decorate the boxes.

You don't need to stamp - and don't need the matching stamp set (in my opinion). But you can stamp on these papers before you add stickers or numbers.  A set that would also work is the Foliage Frost - or really any set with leaves, pinecones, snowflakes etc... I'm sure you have something in your stash!

After the stickers, I added the numbers with dimensions.  

Really that's it. I'm going to fill it with treats for my class Oct 21 (that is our last Adult Ed class this fall at Warsaw and then we shift to classes to go!)

Anyway at class everyone will choose a treat box and they might get embellishments, a Lindt chocolate balls, ribbons, dimensions... it will be a great way to finish our in-person Adult Ed.

Truly I was impressed with this kit, it's really pretty, fun and easy to put together and a nice quality, sturdy product.

I'm already thinking of turning the boxes backward and decorating the other side for Halloween - stay tuned!! 

If you want to join us Oct 21 for class I have 2 places left (as I write this post) so email me for a place or if you have questions on this project kit - or anything!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Subscription Sign Up is today 10th of the month!

Just a quick reminder.. if you want the November Paper Pumpkin that is mailed out Oct 11th, you need to sign up today!

10th of the month is always the last day for sign ups.

This one will be lovely.. here's what we know:

October Kit
Kit details: Makes 10 cards and envelopes
Card size: 4 1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
Coordinating colors: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce

November Kit
Kit details: Makes 24 holiday-themed gift tags of 4 various sizes and designs.
Coordinating colors: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, and Shaded Spruce

The October and November kits coordinate; however, each kit is all-inclusive and can stand alone.

You buy 1 month, 3, 6, what ever you like - you can choose a one-time purchase or a subscription and if it's a subscription you can "pause" anytime.  Easy

Here's link to get your Paper Pumpkin - happy crafting MaryKate