Monday, October 31, 2016

Delicate Ornament Card

We are creating our own “tin of tags” tomorrow at class.  As I was preparing for the class where we will use these delicate ornament thinlets, I let myself get distracted and made this card.  I love these dies! 

The card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded.  The “design element” here is to use the very thin edge of the night of navy layer (cut at 5 3/8 x 4 1/8) and the thin night of navy bakers twine to match the thin lines of the ornaments. 

The greeting is from the very popular Hang Your Stocking set (goes on sales tomorrow at 25% off). 

The tiny bit of sparkle is made by mixing liquid tombow glue with water (about 3:1 glue to water) and then with a paintbrush or aqua painter, dip into watery gluey mixture and tap the brush so it sprinkles the paper with tiny drops of watery glue.  Then cover these tiny drops with gold glitter.  It dries pretty quick but I try and leave it alone for 20 minutes ;)

Tomorrow I’ll post all of the tags we make with these ornament and the stocking dies. 

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Custom Sized Boxes cont'd in Bermuda Bay

My class this week included making custom sized boxes with tags (among other things).  And this same week our Inking Everything had a color challenge to use Bermuda Bay Grey and Black, and so I combined both the challenge with the box!  

I am loving the new fancy frost paper, hopefully the light against dark background makes it easy to see these pretty embossed patterns. The middle tag is the same paper with brayer-ed on Bermuda Bay. Pretty colors thank you fun Inking Everything team!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fun Witch (or Santa or Cookie Cutter) Hats

Fun, fast easy and cute.  Great if you have to make one for everyone in the grade 6 class (you know what I mean!)

For the witches hats punch out 2 Christmas trees with the tree punch (or there are tree dies as well).   Glue a clothespin to each side of the tree (which will be the hat).  Let this dry for a bit.  If you don't have the tree punch the triangle is 1 1/2 at the base and 2" from base to the tip.  The tree trunk is 1/4 x 3/8. 

Cut a circle 2 ½ with a punch or a die.  Cut out a 1” circle from the middle.  An easy way to make sure you are in the middle is to punch out a 1” piece and lightly adhere to the center of the circle. Now you can position your 1” punch perfectly!   Lightly fold (not a firm crease) the circle in half. 

Put a glue dot on the tree trunk and insert the tree inside the circle so the trunk is glue to the brim of the hat and the edge of the tree is outside the circle.  Do to both trees. 

Make a bow with the bow builder punch. 

Sometimes it's hard to see the size so hopefully the grid paper and this "fun size" candy treat shows you how big it is. 

For the Santa hat, you can use the tree punch again and punch 2 trees and trim the trunk off, or just cut 2 triangles to cover the clothespin.  Cut/punch out a ½ circle in glimmer paper and a 2” strip in glimmer (or if you don’t have glimmer use white and adhere dazzling diamonds to the cardstock). Glue the clothespin inside both red triangles, adhere the circle (pompom) and strip (brim) to the hat.

For the Cookie Cutter Christmas Creatures, stamp out 2 creatures and glue the clothespin inside both creatures.   You’ll see that I also glued a butterfly to a clothespin and I like that the clothespin shows, I think that’s cute too.  This looks cute on candy on a bag, on anything!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Custom sized boxes

It's so easy to make your own boxes.  Here's a quick how to guide.  I like the box to be made of cardstock for the bottom and designer paper for the lid.  I also like my lid to be short enough so the bottom of the box shows.  But you can make it anyway you want.

Measure the size of the item.

For the bottom add up
The side + the bottom + the side = total size of the paper (square)

Cut a smidge or 1/16” off the bottom on 2 sides that are joined (not 2 opposite sides) – see the  photo on the right.

Then score using the measurement for the sides (the depth of the box).  See the photo  right, you’ll see I cover the blade with washi so I don’t accidentally cut the paper!

For the lid, do the same, add up the side, bottom and side (but if you’re like me and want the bottom of the box to show, your lid sides will be less that you bottom of the box)

Here’s an example.    

For a rectangle box such as a stamp set it’s 5 1/2 x 8. 
For the bottom I need a piece (remember Measure, Cut, Smidge then Score using the depth measurement in this ase 1 1/2)
Width:  1 ½ +  5 ½ +  1 ½   = 8 ½
Length  1 ½ + 8 + 1 ½  = 11

Cut your paper 8 ½ x 11 and then cut off a smidge 1/16” and  score at 1 ½ all around (the depth of the bottom of the box)
For the top I need a piece
Width:  1 +  5 ½ +  1   = 7 ½
Length  1 + 8 + = 10

So once measured, cut, smidge off the bottom, score and then trim (or miter) the edges off the tabs, just a bit, can you see my left over bits in the photo?

Here's a diagram with cutting and scoring lines.  

Then tape or glue up your box, I used tear n tape here as it's easier to see in the photo, but I usually use liquid tombow or fuse.

And here's the finished box and you can see it fits the tin inside just perfectly.  

Happy crafting! MaryKate 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wondrous Wreath - first of several projects

I love this set and I'm so happy it's in the annual catalog.  If you recognize it, then you might have been at my spring class where we used the Circle of Spring set with the same die set.  

Simple pretty card... you stamp the wreath (it's a 3 step stamp so the leaves are different colors) and then add the red holly dots. There's a die to make it easy to cut out. Then add the bow and hanger and the left strip of plaid paper.  I think the strip of plaid from the Warmth and Cheer paper really makes it pop. I think for the next card I'll use the same paper for the wreath hanger.  So quick and simple but I think it has a wow factor.   I'll post an instruction sheet later this week.

And then... while you are getting comfortable with the 3 step stamp, make 3 wreaths.  Cut the 2nd wreath and overlap a bit so it sticks up, then cut the last wreath and overlap it more.  Stack all 3 wreaths on a 2" circle of Garden Green, add a flickering tea light (with some washi tape around the edge to make it match) and it's a cute table decoration.  Super easy and fast.  

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stamp a Notecard Stack in Presents and Pinecones - Oct 22 Project

 A cute package of cards and tags. 

I love the notecards... 20 cards and envelopes (cut folded for $6), so easy.   The pack has 3 cards and 3 tags  all in a cello bag with a matching top.

1.Cut the designer paper and then sort out your  tag vs the card pieces – the card pieces are the 3 longer designer pieces .  You'll use 1/3 of a sheet (or use the whole sheet for 9 cards, 9 tags)

2.Stamp 3 greetings on the 3 white 1 ¾ circles

3.Adhere the designer paper that is 4 ¼ x 2 to the solid card stock that is 4 ½ x 2 ¼ (some are cherry cobbler some are real red to match the Presents and Pinecones or the Candy Lane Paper); make 3 cards.  

You might want to add a bow, or rhinestone or a trinket to the greeting

Take the 6 tag pieces:  3 white pieces 2 x 4 and 3 designer pieces 3 1/2 x 2 (the white shows as it’s longer), use the scalloped tag punch and punch all 6 tags.  Tip, turn the punch over so you know you are all the way in to the punch.  If the paper is tight, trim it to 1 15/16”
5.Add the ribbon, I use a necktie loop but you could fold the ribbon in half in insert into the front and loop it around.  I love the matching ribbon... this set I used Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler and Mint Macaron to match the paper

6.You now have 3 cards, 3 envelopes, 3 tags.  You may want to stamp on your envelopes.  Put all of these into the cello bag and trim this bag to 4 x 8 (so remove the top 2” from the top).  
Fold over the top of the bag and hold the matching cardstock that is cut to 4 x 1 and staple the top shut.  Cover the staples with the last piece of designer paper cut 3 ½ x ¾ 

So easy and pretty... with designer paper on sale (buy 3 and get a free paper stack) .... it's tempting to make these up as birthday, thank you and other notecards.  

Happy Stamping

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holiday Crafting Oct 22 1-4pm Pittsfield

Getting excited about our big crafting day Oct 22 1-4pm in Pittsfield 

We're making 5 projects: The Christmas Hearth (do you see the flickering fireplace?), a cute holiday purse with holly trim, a copper embossed card and tag set, a wine bag and tag, and a stack of cards with tags in pretty packaging. I just got the order in with all of our prizes and displays are arriving.... busy week... can't wait til Saturday.

Below is a closer view of the flickering Christmas hearth, I just love it!  Can you see the brick of the fireplace?  and the "fire" is 2 tea lights with reflections from Hershey's Kisses :)

I'll post instructions and details soon and more photos of the other projects as well.  
Message me for details on the event or projects or email me

Monday, October 17, 2016

Paper Pumpkin October Shaker Cards

I love the Paper Pumpkin this month -- super cute shaker cards! I might even order a refill for $8 -- what did you think of this month?? 

 Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Holiday Crafting Workshop Oct 22 1-4pm Pittsfield

Check out the tab "Workshops and Events".  Big news - a new Holiday Crafting Workshop October 22 2016 1-4pm.  This is a new (longer) class with 5 wow projects, lots of prizes, displays, ideas, demonstrations.  I'll be posting on the projects this week and next!

We have only 40 spots.  It's at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield and is $15

Info on projects and other details on the tab "Workshops and Events"  :)  email me to confirm your spot!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Be Joyful with Merriest Wishes - Crafting Afternoon Oct 22 1-4pm Pittsfield

This is one of 5 projects we are doing Saturday October 22 1-4pm in Pittsfield.  This will be big holiday crafting afternoon of stamping and creating cards, décor, packaging, tags, gift card holder handbags and more.   

This card uses the stunning copper foil and copper embossing (can you see the shine in the photo?)  The tags could be ornaments on the tree they are so shiny and pretty.   I also love the look of the "pressed embossing" - can you see the boughs on the card?  

The October 22 event is $15 and includes all the supplies.  Lots of prizes, demonstrations, displays.  I’ll be posting our projects this week and next for this class. 

Message me to join the fun Oct 22 – you will need a reservation as there are no-walkins (I need to have all the card stock cut and ready).

Happy Stamping!

Washi Tape in Warmth and Cheer and Candy Lane

The theme of our class on Monday was "quick pretty Holiday cards" and we did the Star of Light (see prior post) and this set of washi tape cards.

Select 3 washi tapes and place on a notecard.  I have a tiny (1/16 or 1/8) space between my washi tape strips.  I used Warmth & Cheers Washi in these examples above.   Add a tree bough e or pinecone or bow from the Perfect Pines Set or a tree from Perfect Pines.  My greeting is from the Flurry of Wishes Set. 

Here are some other examples in different washi tape.  Cookie Cutter Christmas is so cute with the Candy Lane Washi in Real Red. 

The card above uses the Presents and Pinecones washi tape.  I used the tree punch (I hope you got one when they were on clearance).  

Make a few of these cards as they are so quick and easy!

Put in a glassine bag and secure with a piece of washi tape. 

The real secret to these cards is to use the notecards from Stampin Up... 20 cards, 20 envelopes, cut, scored, folded for $6.... easy spelled L-A-Z-Y I love this product.  

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Star of Light Cards with Texture

This Star stamp and die set is so pretty.. lots of different stars for stamping, embossing, and cutting with the Big Shot and the matching dies.

I like cards with some texture.  To create some texture for your card you could either emboss your navy piece with either softly falling for snow or the stars or sparkle embossing folders, or use the masks with navy ink for a tone on tone look.   

Cut a navy piece 4 x 5 ¼ (or what about Island Indigo or Elegant Eggplant)?  I used the sparkle embossing folder on the left and masking with the star mask on the right.  To mask I used a brayer and the matching Night of Navy ink.  

I stamped 2 different greetings on a piece of whisper white 1 1/4 x 4 and adhered it to the navy cardstock about ¼ from the bottom edge of the navy cardstock.

With the framelits, cut a star from the silver glimmer paper and a big star from silver foil.  Or use gold glimmer and gold foil.  Attach the glimmer star to the foil star with glue dots and then add a rhinestone or a gold star. 

Do you like the gold or the silver better? 

Cut a piece of the 1/8 silver ribbon and attach it at the top edge of the sentiment and secure it to the back with snail or regular tape (see above) 

Add the star to the center of the navy cardstock.   Adhere to the card base 8 ½ x 5 ½ piece of thick whisper white folded in half.  

Consider stamping a star on your envelope and a greeting inside the card.  

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

See you at the Nokomis Craft Fair today

Hi all ... I'm supporting the Nokomis Music Boosters Craft Fair today.  Hope to see you there!  I'll have several of the projects that we are making at our Holiday Crafting Event October 22 (including the new Christmas Fireplace).

Hope to see you today 9-1230pm
Happy Stamping!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Warmth and Cheer Paper

A set of projects in Warmth & Cheer paper.

One of the many fun things with Stamping is connecting with teammates from all over the country. Sharon Wren of Rocky Mountain Stamping is having a Stampin Retreat this Friday and Saturday in Colorado Springs, so I sent her a display in Warmth and Cheer for her event and some raffle prizes.

I can't wait to see what my teammates send us for our event Oct 22 1-4pm in Pittsfield, WE will do 5 wow projects, $15, stamping, laughs, creativity, ideas and a happy afternoon, email me to join us on

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Halloween Broom with a Ghirardelli chocolate inside

Fun to make a dozen of and a great use of the smaller “left over” pieces of designer paper.   I used Halloween Night paper.  The pack includes 2 sheets that have silver embossing (one has dots the other has a spider web).   I used the sheet with the silver dots. 

Cut the paper 2 ½ x 5 ½ and score at 2 5/8 and 2 7/8, fold.

Make the lollipop stick orange with either a sharpie or roll it in Pumpkin Pie.
Glue to lollipop to the chocolate with Tear N Tape.  Glue in the chocolate with Tear N Tape (I bought these in toffee crunch so they look "halloweeny" and taste good too!

Now make the broom from a piece of black cardstock 2 ½ by 2 ½ and a second (even a third piece) that is 2 ½ x 2 and then 2 ½ x 1 ¾.  Cut these pieces with the fringe scissors.  Glue to the front of the designer paper.  Curl the edges of the broom up a bit.  Stamp a greeting, add Halloween dots and then adhere to the top of the broom.  

Make lots and give them away!  I'm thinking of selling these at a craft fair... what do you think $1 or $2 a broom?  I'm thinking a $1... I'd love your advice! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Class project - Sheltering Tree by Request

Class on Monday Oct 3 in Hartland is "request night" and the ask was for Sheltering Tree (love love love this set!)

Right now it’s Fall and I’m in the Thanksgiving / Fall mood… so I’m using 1 of the 4 sentiments “thankful for you” a lot but I’ve sent these cards in Spring, Summer and Winter.  

This set also makes stunning home décor when you create and frame the 4 seasons.

There's a full set of instructions with dimensions in the tab above "Ideas, Projects and Free Things".  

I'll post our other class project on Monday!  Happy weekend!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hey - it's world card making day today Oct 1st (I didn't even know there was such a day!).  I hope you make and send a card to someone and make them smile.  So great to get "real" mail.  

There are a few Stampin Up specials to celebrate.  The envelope punch board at $15 is my top pick.  Enjoy your day!