Monday, July 6, 2020

IDEAS Blog Hop July - Label Me Lovely

Punch it Up IDEAS Blog Hop July 2020

Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for July 2020. We are 14 international Demonstrators with a 60 page full color tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is "Punch it Up" and we will show you projects (with detailed instructions in imperial and metric) on how you can make the most use of your punches. 

I used the Label Me Lovely. It's a large, stunning, but very versatile punch.  I show you how to use the punch to make this fun clutch (yes instructions included for the clutch), this "purse" treat bag, cards and (not shown above) how to use this punch when you have a small greeting - yes it works great!  Did you see the "scrunched up" punched pieces (right in the middle below the clutch?), it's a great alternative clutch closure and so easy!

All the details, how-to, dimensions and tips are in my tutorial. Lots of photos to make it easy to follow along.

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 60 pages of detailed full color instructions with 40+ projects (cards, decor, 3D, and more!)

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 Sara Rayner in the UK the next talented IDEAS demonstrator!  Her projects feature the bright new in-colors along with the Tailored Tag punch (this tutorial made me rethink this punch!)

Happy stamping! MaryKate

IDEAS Blog Hop today at 2pm ET - Sneak Peeks

Hello and happy Monday!

We are excited about our Blog Hop today - showing you great uses of punches!  Here's a sneak peek of what is coming ... see you today online at 2pm ET.

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

By The Dock Projects

Happy Summer - welcome to July!

I created a few projects with this great set By the Dock with the matching dies.

I posted a photo of the projects here
Click here to see photo and original post

And yesterday I did a quick Facebook Live showing you the project, giving you some coloring tips and a few thoughts on putting the cards together.

Click here to go to the Facebook Live

Here is the full set of instructions for all 3 projects.   
I hope you make them! Happy stamping MaryKate

Zee Fold Card
Watercolor “Polaroid” Card
Summer Lantern

1.    Stamp the Summer Lantern vellum and let it dry – at least 1 hour! I used Early Espresso

2.    Make the Zee fold card.

a.    Stamp the dock, boat, 2 oars, the frog and 2 birds. Color in with pencils and then use the blender pen to blend the color. 
b.   Die cut these shapes
c.    Die cut 3 of the grass shapes in the Jade
d.   Stamp the “bar piece” with the water stamp in a light blue (I used Pool Party)
e.    Stamp a greeting on the small white piece (3/4 x 2 ¼) I did Happy Birthday, attach this to the bar piece
f.    Assemble the card by first adhering the designer paper to the 3 panels (I went from light to dark left to right)
g.    Attach the grass to the back of the “bar”
h.    Glue the end of the bar to the right edge of the card, putting glue on the end part of the bar.
i.     Press the bar in place and glue the first part to the front of the card.
j.     Now attach the dock, fold the card and place the boat
k.    Attach the boat.
l.     Attach the oars.
m.  Attach the frog and birds

3.    When making this Zee Fold card for the 2nd time, make your own designer background paper with a sponging technique. 

Dimensions for the Zee Fold
Base is 4 ¼ x 11, scored at 2 ¾ and 5 ½; the bar piece is 1” by 11” score at 5 ½ and 8 ¼
Designer paper is 2 ½ x 4 (2 of these) and 5 ¼ x 4.
You need a ¼ sheet of whisper white for the stamping
Greeting is ¾ x 2 ¼

4.    The Polaroid card
a.    Stamp the dock, grass, bird and fish in Early Espresso (or Black or Grey)
b.   Cut your sponge into half then again into 3 pieces, total 6 sponges
c.    Dip your sponge onto the ink pad and IMPORTANT dab the sponge 2-3 times on scrap paper to take some of the color off. Now swirl it onto the stamped image. Add color slowly.
d.   Add more color with your pencils and then use your blender pen to blend
e.    Attach this piece (3 ½ x 3 ½) to a solid background 3 5/8 x 3 5/8
f.    Stamp the front right of the card.
g.    Attach the stamped image to the front of your card, add twine if you wish.

5.    The Summer Lantern.
a.    By now your stamped images on your vellum is dry! Vellum is cut 4 ¼ x 10 ½, scored at 2 ½, 5, 7 ½ and 10.
b.   Color in the images with the pencils and blender pen if you wish.
c.    Remove the tab that is ½ x 1 (bottom right corner)
d.   Cut the “tabs” at the bottom
e.    Add the tear n tape to the side
f.    Fold and burnish the folds
g.    Make into a box.
h.    Yes there is a hole in the bottom of the lantern! You add a piece of glimmer paper to the base and it covers the hole and adds stability, add a tea light.

Monday, June 29, 2020

By the Dock Class

I live in Maine in the summer on a large lake (and in Florida in the winter on the ocean).  Right now I'm looking at my dock and our lake and it was all I needed for inspiration for this class.

This class we will make:

-a Zee fold (the designer paper is the Artistry Blooms reverse side) where the dock lines up with the boat, perfect for happy birthday, thank you or other greetings. One of the project options is to make your own lake background. 

-Polaroid card using the Fluid watercolor paper, sponging techniques, watercolor pencils and a blender pen (in Very Vanilla.. time to get out this color!)

-a summer time tea light, from vellum, you can see it colored in on the right and not colored on the left, I'm still debating which I like more!

I'll be doing a few coloring classes on my Facebook page Tuesday June 30 5pm ET and Tuesday July 7th 5pm ET same place.  I'll show you how to color in vellum, cardstock, watercolor paper with watercolor pencils and a blender pen June 30 and then with sponges on July 7th.  Please join me!

If you'd like a class packet please email me

You get the stamps, dies, 3 projects (2 of each project, 6 total) with embellishments, envelopes, all the specialty paper, a blender pen and a sponge, delivered to your door, Priority Envelope, for $65.  You need inks and adhesive.  

I'm doing this class with a family that lives near me on the lake and including a granddaughter in college in another state and a daughter in the National Guard also in another state, all by Zoom.  It's really special to craft with 3 generations from age 15 to (maybe?) 75?  

Happy summer, happy stamping, MaryKate

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jar of Flowers Clothes Pin

I had a fun workshop yesterday and needed to whip up a decorated clothes pin!  I use these pins to show the card (or the card in progress) at a workshop. 

Crafters like to see the finished product and when it's up a bit higher it's easier to see and then everyone gets used to "looking for the pin with the card".

I adhered a 2" strip of the paper (cut 2x6 as the paper is 6x6) and then cut a piece 2x3.  You don't see the join as I covered it with a big sunflower (from the back of the paper. 

In fact it is 2 sunflowers, a bit scrunched up.  Underneath the flowers is about 12" of the Misty Blue  and Silver Twine - part of a great ribbon combo.

My friend Carla Blake make me a 12" pin that I loved so much... but for workshops I prefer the 9" tall pins.  I get mine on Amazon. Here it is plain... you can see why I like a little decoration!

A fun workshop - we made Jar of Flowers cards, treat packaging and a Memories and More card - I'm doing in person and online workshops - let me know if you want to gather!!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

PS - the pretty paper, twine, all the supplies are in my online store. Don't miss out on the extra $25 in free goodies this month, email me and I can answer questions. Hope to see you soon, either in person (see my schedule, or at your workshop) or online!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Paper Pumpkin June 2020 A box of sunshine

Hi... here's a short video showing you this month's Paper Pumpkin

Usually I post my projects and alternatives... this month there will be delay as my Paper Pumpkin went to my FL address and I"m in Maine right now!!  I've updated my Paper Pumpkin profile so this won't happen again in July!

My box will arrive here ... but likely not for another week!

Also my team mate Susan pointed out that the Cute Fruit set pairs perfectly with this Paper Pumpkin!!  My post yesterday includes 5 cards and a video showing you how to create your own Cute Fruit designer paper and make the cards!

Have a sunshine-y day! MaryKate  

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cute Fruit - #SimpleStamping

I have a fun free class coming to you tonight June 23 5pm on Facebook Live

Updated: here's a link to the video showing you how to make these cards. Click here to see the short video

We will make 5 fun Cute Fruit cards.

Cards 2, 3 and 4 are made by creating your own designer paper (I'll show you how with a few tips) and then cut into 6 cards.  

The first (one in a melon top left) and last (smile with bananas, bottom left) are made "standalone".

We had so much fun creating on Saturday and I think you'll have a great time creating these cards. If you are interested I have 1 kit left. The $25 kit includes the stamp set and 11 projects (10 cards and the acetate box), add $8 if you need it shipped.  If you'd like the last one, let me know

Happy summer stamping!