Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A really big gift bag with Warm Hugs designer paper

My amazing team leader Suzie Barnes designed this "Big Bag".  I love it!  

It finished at 7 1/2" high and has a depth of 3", so it holds a lot.

Ingredients: 2 sheets Mossy Meadow 8 ½ x 9 ½ scored (on the 8 ½ at 5 and 8) and (on the 9 ½ at 7), 24” of ribbon, 12” of gold cord, DSP 2x5”

Burnish score lines with a bone folder.  Trim the tabs at the bottom of the bag. Attach the 2 pieces together on the 9 1/2 side so you end up with a long 16 1/2 piece (by 9 1/2).  Now attach the other side to make a box. Close the bottom.  

Adhesive, I suggest tear n tape or the new Seal+ both are strong adhesives.

Decorate your bag by first attaching your DSP (designer series paper) and then punching holes for the ribbon.  I used the matching Mossy Meadow ribbon. Attach a tag. 

I hope you make one!  I know you have cardstock and pretty paper and ribbon in your stash.  So it's a fun easy and practical!  And if you anything, my online store is a click away (just click on the cart), fun customer rewards this month :)

Thanks Suzie for all you do for our team. We have a coast-coast team and are so lucky to get great support and training. If you'd like to join us, please reach out and I can answer any questions - and gives you the chance to get to know me and the team.  There's a good offer now, as the starter kit (choose $125, pay $99) also includes 2 kits (2 stamp sets and 16 kit cards) for September 2020. If you love kits, like Paper Pumpkin, or love getting a 20% discount on all your SU crafting supplies, this is for you.  

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Happy crafting, MaryKate

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Zany Wobbling Zebras

 The Zebra set is in our Beginner catalog so it's a bit hard to find. It's so cute, perfect if you love to color, or not.  I kept my card black and white.  

Can you see the wobble under the Zebra above?  

What is most fun about this card is the "wobble", this is a small plastic gadget (you can get them anywhere, e.g., Amazon), you search 

Hampton Art AWSM048 Action Mini Wobble Spring, they are about 30c each and they make the image wobble.

The wobble is underneath the zebra on the left, so it is really kicking up its heels!   This card was designed by Betsy Lang, so fun. Thank you Betsy.

The inside has another zebra and a "wild about you" greeting.  


Front dimensions:  4 squares in order 3 1/2, 3 1/4, 2 3/4, 2 5/8 (white).  The smaller squares in each corner finish as 1 3/4 square.  

Will you color yours or leave it black and white!?  And if you are looking for the bundle of products here they are at $59 - this would be a fun gift!


happy stamping MaryKate

Monday, September 21, 2020

Stamp Sale coming... Sept 23...15% off select stamps

We just got word a stamp sale is coming on Sept 23! 15% of select stamp sets.  I have the list and will send it out later today by email. It's only 24 hours!

Lots of fun sets to play with on this list!  

Happy Shopping, 


Poinsettia Autumn Card holder

This card holder can easily hold 4 full size cards and 4 envelopes.  When selecting paper for this project, find heavier weight designer paper or use cardstock. I used Thick Very Vanilla and Poinsettia paper. I used vanilla ribbon from the annual catalog.

Card Holder instructions

To make the card holder, cut the cardstock 8 ½ x 10 and on the 10” side score at 4 3/4, and 5 ¼. 

One the 8 ½ side score at 2 ¼ and 2 ½.    

With the 1” piece left over, make the “gusset” pieces: cut 2 pieces 1 x 2 ¾ and score each at 1, and 1 1/4.  

Trim your holder removing the middle piece measuring 1/2 x 2 1/2 and burnish your folds.

Add the 2 gussets, first to the bottom and then attach to the folder (so they won’t show). 

Decorate the front with designer paper 4 ¼ x 5 ½. If you wish, wrap about 24” of ribbon around the front and tie in a bow.  Put your dimensionals at the top and the bottom of the square so the ribbon runs freely.

Inside the designer paper is 4 ¼ x 1 ¾ on each side if you wish.

Here are the cards

I used the gold card bases and added die cuts from the Poinsettia dies in vanilla, the wood-look paper is also from this Poinsettia paper pack.  

The real-red sheer ribbon really adds to this card. The greeting is from the Buffet Tag set.  

I love the beaded gems that go in the center of the flower petals... so pretty!  

I hope you make the holder and these cards, they are pretty and so easy!

Happy stamping MaryKate

Friday, September 18, 2020

Easy way to make a diorama card with Trimming the Town

We have had fun making these diorama cards.  Perfect for holiday - you can easily insert a photo on the back wall.  

Here's a diorama card with just designer paper and a greeting from the Buffet Tag kit.  

click here for a short video with great tips to easily make this card

The paper is from "Trimming the Town" in the Stampin UP Holiday catalog (just click on the cart and you can browse).

This card looks hard, but I promise you my video shows you how to create this very easily.  It folds flat, goes into a regular envelope.  So fun.

I hope you try it!

Happy stamping MaryKate 

Happy anniversary to us!

Nothing crafty today.... just a personal share.

It's 10 years today ... I'm so lucky to be Mrs Charlie xo

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Trimming the Town Scene or Tableau Card

 This is an easy fun fold - perfect for when your designer paper has a scene or tableau (vs a repeating pattern).  Other Stampin Up designer paper that offers "scenes" include the Feels like Frost paper or the Whale paper.

This one uses Trimming the Town, I love these snowy tableau.  

Dimensions:    Base:    8 ½ x 5 ½ score at 1 ½ and 4 ¼, The DSP is cut 5 ¼ x 5 ¾ now cut into 3 panels: panel 1 is 2 ¼ wide, panel 2 is 1 ½ wide and panel 3 is 2” wide.  Ribbon 24”  2 circles, one is 2 1/4, the other is 2" I used punches but layering circle dies work fine.


Once your card is folded in half, fold it back for the front.
Now tie the ribbon to the front of the card. This is important to do before you adhere the designer paper.

Lay out your 3 pieces of designer paper - they are different widths so this is easy.  Large, small, medium, in this order

Now put your front piece on - tip - line up the top left corner of the designer paper with the top left corner of the cardstock.  NOT the right hand corner - this is the most common mistake.  

Put adhesive on the CARDSTOCK (front of card) NOT the designer paper as some of the back of the paper is not adhered to cardstock.  This is the second most common mistake :)

Now add the middle piece on top of the ribbon, then the last designer piece and then the white piece with a stamped greeting.  Finally add the 2 circles with the greeting.  I used the Buffet Tag stamp set for both greetings.  I featured this on my blog Sept 12.  

Add the circles and greeting. 

This stunning designer paper is available in my online store, just $11.50 for a pack of 12 sheets! As is the cardstock, Misty ribbon and more crafty goodness!

Happy stamping - MaryKate