Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mini Coffee Cups with Hello You Thinlets

As the school years ends (hooray for summer!) I'll be posting some ideas on fun gifts, easy gift card holders and matching cards... so great to say thank you to all the teachers, support staff and others who do so much extra all year long.  

Ok .. who doesn't love coffee, hot chocolate or cold drinks from your favorite coffee spot?

You can make these into a Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Tim Horton or other themes!

Sometimes it's hard to see size in photos.. so I've propped up a gift card so you can see the size (super cute mini size:)

You can fill these cups with candy, chocolate and marshmellows... and then why not insert a gift card along the edge... a fun easy personal gift to say thank you to anyone.

We have 2 classes for the coffee cups (and there are 2 other projects along with this coffee set).

The classes will use these thinlets so you can use hello, or thanks, or happy (and add birthday)

Tuesday May 16 at Warsaw 6-730pm and Sunday May 21 in Hartland.  Classes are nearly full... so please RSVP and if we need to I can add an extra class!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New in clearance!!

If you are a Stampin Up Shopper, check out clearance today... new stuff was added TODAY. 

Tip... search by price low to high (see the blue arrow above) so you can see the best bargains! I love the red and green ribbon and twine, I know I'll use it at Christmas. 

Use our host code EXM3AUDH and get your free share of paper and ribbon! Or email me and I'll put in the order with mine to save on shipping

Happy crafting, MaryKate :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Final post on the Audrey and the PP April 17 cards

Here's the cute bag and cards we made on Saturday at class.  The third card is on the post below (I used it for a thank you for Lori!) I just love the matching envelopes with that pop of lemon-lime twist!

The bag is designed by Becky Roberts so let me if you want the details on how/where to buy the pattern (I'm allowed to teach but not share the pattern or written instructions).

Fun times... our next classes are in May (work travels and some vacation with Charlie for me in early May!). Check the tab on Events and Workshops!

I'll put in an order on May 2nd if anyone wants to join me and share the shipping costs and share in the free hostess goodies :)  Let me know!!  And don't forget, if want anything on the retiring list, get it fast, already I've sent 2 emails today saying "sorry... it's been sold".. I hate to send these note!

Happy Crafting - MaryKate

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thank you Lori - you are an amazing Robotics teacher

Teachers do a lot outside the classroom (I know that's not news!).

Our own crafter Lori, teacher at Warsaw, coach of the Robotics team for grades 5-8, is taking them to a State competition.  Super impressive they are at this level!!

So we (our SipCraftCare crafters) raised the money to send her team to the competition.. what a great cause to raise money for!!  Good luck Robotics team!!! 

Thank you Lori for all you do.

Like the card?  We all did too.. we each made 3 different "You're the Best" cards at class on Saturday and paired it with an "Audrey" handbag.  

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sara's Paper Pumpkin April 2017 cards... for our Saturday class

This Saturday we are making elegant handbags and filling them with cards.  There are 2 card options, one is with the set Beautiful You (search "beautiful you" in the search bar to see prior cards we made) and one is with the Paper Pumpkin set designed by Stampin Up CEO Sara Douglas.

Here's an example of one of the cards from Sara's set - this is made by Kelley Holmes - from our crafting group.  Such a pretty card, thank you for the lovely note Kelley!

And here's a whole set made by another crafter Mary Deatherage from the same set.

So... we'll make a bag and 3-4 cards ..and I'll post our creations on Monday!

Class is full for this Saturday, check out events/workshops tabs for other classes and join us for a fun crafting experience!

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

High Tide Cards

I'm so happy this set High Tide is carrying to the new catalog.  We made 2 cards to match our LL Bean Bags last Saturday and I was asked to post the card instructions.  Here they are!

The Red Lighthouse card
Base card 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded, red layer 5 ¼ x 4, vanilla 3 ¾ x 5
This is a 2 step stamp, one stamp on top of the other
1.Stamp the shadow of the lighthouse in smokey slate
2.Stamp the body of the lighthouse in real red
3.Cut this out

4.On the card, stamp the sand with crumb cake
5.Stamp the greeting with crumb cake 
6.Stamp the waves, I used pool party but I stamped off for a lighter color, I think soft sky would be a good color too.
7.Add a little bit of dazzling diamonds on the ocean waves with the fine tip glue pen
8.Adhere the lighthouse with dimensionals
9.Add a rhinestone for the light in the lighthouse

The Crumb Cake Lighthouse

Base card 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded, mint macaron 5 ¼ x 4, whisper white 3 ¾ x 5
1.Stamp the sand with crumb cake
2.Stamp the shadow of the lighthouse in crumb cake – lining up the lighthouse to fit into the sand (just 1 lighthouse)
3.Stamp the greeting with crumb cake 
4.Stamp the waves, I used mint macaron but I stamped off for a lighter color
5.Add a little bit of dazzling diamonds on the ocean waves with the fine tip glue pen – let it dry for a good 30 min

Come and join us for class in Hartland or Pittsfield. Details on the events tab.

If you'd like this set, let me know and I'll add it to our order.  Our profits are going to the Warsaw Robotics team this month so purchasing this set, supports their team competition 

And don't forget the retiring list of stamps, paper, ribbons, and embellishments is out.. if you have a favorite, order it very soon... things sell quickly.  And don't forget to check out clearance!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Color Challenge Beautiful You

We have a weekly challenge.. either colors (and you can make anything) or a sketch.  This week was fabulous as I love Melon Mambo and Basic Black

 And I had to use the Beautiful You set.. so happy it's in the new catalog!

I stamped her out and then stamped again on the designer paper, and cut out her dress and hat.   And with a little piece left over, I thought I'd decorate the envelope.  Super simple but I love it!  I used our notecards (3 1/2 x 5) with the mambo layer cut at 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 and the card at 3 x 4 1/2.

Don't forget ... lots of things are retiring and on sale, so check out the store!

Happy crafting everyone, MaryKate

Monday, April 17, 2017

Win a Free Stamp Set - my entry

One of the many fun things about our team is our weekly challenge - a sketch or a set of colors.  Here's this week's challenge and my entry!

I shall miss this set... it's on the retiring list to make room for new things in the new catalog launching June 1st. I'll be mailing catalogs out 2nd or 3rd week of May so send me an email to get one!

And don't forget .. if you're shopping, use the host code (see top right) and share in our free goodies. Last month it was a paper share 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper!  

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stunning black and white colorful cards w April Paper Pumpkin

So... I gave you lots of notice... remember me say April Paper Pumpkin is going to be fab?!  

Here are just some of the cards (and yes watercolor pencils included)

Well here it is.. check out these stunning cards and all you get in this kit.

And here's all that comes in the kit 

I ordered an extra kit so I think we'll use that (and hopefully extra refills as well) at the Warsaw class 16 May 2017 - check events and classes tab for details

If you want to subscribe or have a question, just let me know.  You can buy a single month or 3 6 or 12 months... easy ...just comes right to the door for $20 a month.

Happy crafting

Friday, April 14, 2017

Retiring Products On Sale - quick link

What's retiring? What's on Sale? click this link!

Hi everyone - I guess I wasn't that clear on how to find the retiring sale, sorry about that!  So Just click on the link above and you're there!

Also one thing that’s fun to do (ok I like a bargain) is to click on a category and sort Price low to high (see photo, see arrows)… I like to do this for “Retiring Everything Else”. :) 

I've updated the class list so check out the 2 new May classes at Warsaw!  

Happy crafting! MaryKate

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fruit Crate - no die required

A crate to hold fruit (or fruit flavored candy!)   There’s a photo of a fruit crate in the annual catalog on page 127 which I copied!   And in the new catalog there's a cute die to make a small crate - but here's the how to (no die needed!)

The crate is 8 ½ x 3 scored at 2 ¼ from each end, punch the ends with the Classic Label Punch.  I cut it all out and used the wood stamp from Timeless Textures all over the crate and crate pieces.

For the crate side pieces I cut a piece 4 x 5, scored at ½ from each side (the 5” side) and stamped, added 2 strips of sticky strip and then cut it into 4 1” strips for the sides of the crate.  You can sponge the edges of your crate pieces if you wish.    I added a piece of the fruit designer paper (2 ¾ square on top of a doily). 

I used a medium cello bag and put a piece of thick whisper white cut 2 ¾ x 2 at the bottom of the cello bag to keep it flat.  I then filled it with red skittles.  With a solid cardstock (I used Emerald Envy cut 3 x 2 ½ folded in half) I covered the opening, stapled it closed and then put the top piece of designer paper cut 2 ¾ x 1 on the Emerald Envy.     

The card 3 ½ x 5 has the matching designer paper layered on top of Emerald Envy (3 ¼ x 4 3/4) on a notecard with DSP 3 x 4 x ½   My mom doesn’t like words on the outside… so I put them on the inside!

If you click on the tab on projects and free stuff you can download a 1 pager of instructions

Happy Crafting (and if you shop this month, you'll be supporting the Warsaw Middle School's Robotics team - please include the host code so you get your share of the free stuff!!)


Monday, April 10, 2017

Stampin Up Retirement List is out!!

Ok this list is out... and if there's something you really want I'd order it quick, 
things go fast.

Here's a link to a file you can download and sort

site's up
here's the link for shopping

If you click here to shop
and enter this host code
You'll get a share of the free goodies - ribbons, paper, cardstock and more!
Happy crafting, MaryKate

Easter Class with Paper Pumpkin Bunnies, an Easter Blossom Tree and Dove Eggs

Class tomorrow at Warsaw from 6-730pm but you must RSVP!!

I make sure to have all the cardstock cut and ready to go (and we would not want to run short on chocolate!)

We'll make the bunny bag with the bunny card to match

The Dove Easter Eggs... these are great if you need to make a lot of Easter goodies last minute

and the Sheltering Tree in pink blossoms for Spring, with an Easter message inside (or you could put a thank you or a happy birthday if you wish!)

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A bow maker - thank you Joe P

At our last class I demonstrated how this gadget makes pretty bows, every time, super easy!

You simply wrap the ribbon around the dowels, tie a knot and it's a bow.  I'll take photos of how to, but it's easy!

Joe P has made us each one (and he and I wondered if you might like to buy and it donate the $5 price to our Warsaw Robotics Team Challenge)?  

I'll make some instruction sheets and I'll demonstrate this at class April 11 at Warsaw.  Thank you Joe P.  We appreciate you!!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Friday, April 7, 2017

Onstage Swap - an updated LL Bean Bag and High Tide Lighthouse Card

Twice a year our stamping team gets together to see the new product line, get training, ideas for classes and to have a great time together.  

A big part of getting together is swapping.  This event there are just 10 of meetings so we made our swap a little more interesting and the task was to make a card and 3D matching set.  And I figured it had to say something about the stamper.

So I made an updated LL Bean Bag and a High Tide Lighthouse card that I hope looks like the West Quoddy Lighthouse - the most eastern part of the US and of course it's in Maine.  And since we are meeting in San Diego I really felt I had to bring something "Maine" with me.   (I hope I win the award for the person who travels the farthest!)

Here's a close up of the card with a little rhinestone for the lighthouse light.  

I'll be having a class Saturday April 15 in Hartland where we will make the bag, this card, another lighthouse card and we'll stamp on tiles.  We're nearly full so if you'd like a place, let me know.  You must RSVP as I cut cardstock, order time and supplies.

I'll post instructions for the bag after class on April 15 -- and I'll be posting photos of all the items I receive in the swap.

Happy crafting - MaryKate

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Another stunning card in my mailbox

It's not my birthday but I'm getting all kinds of cards in the mail, and I had to share this one with you.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this card.  Just 1 color of ink, and 1 ribbon and WOW!

Thank you Isabella!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jar of Love

There is nothing like getting real mail... especially when it's such a pretty handmade card and with a thoughtful note.

Betty thank you so much for this pretty card... you really made my day! I love crafting with you!

And... if you love the Jars set (and who doesn't), we are using this set in April and May with some fun new projects... here's a sneak peek (designed by Becky Roberts), combining a gift and a card!

And some other Jar of Love projects that we have done.. (and yes this will be in next year's catalog, so happy!)

And I love that this set can be modern... 

or just classically lovely! 

Happy crafting (and if you'd like any instruction sheets for these cards, most if not all are in the Projects/Ideas tab)


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April happenings in the Stampin Up World

What’s happening in April in the Stampin Up world??

April 8th - Demonstrators attending OnStage ( I will be in San Diego), will see the new 2017-18 catalog first!

April 10th - At 1 pm MST, demonstrators are allowed to share sneak peeks of the new catalog items they saw while at OnStage and the catalog will be online for demonstrators only.

April 10th - At 1 pm MST the retiring list of stamp sets and accessories from the 2016-17 Annual Catalog and previous publications will be posted.  I will have that posted here as soon as I can, check back shortly after that please.  Please remember that retiring items are always available while supplies last, so be ready and be quick!  If you shop in my store and use our host code (see it at the top right corner of this page), I’ll be sharing a wonderful goodie box of free things with you!

April 10th - May 31st Retiring products available while supplies last.

May 31st - Last day to order from the 2016-17 Annual Catalog

June 1st - BEST. DAY. EVER. First day for customers to order from the all new and gorgeous 2017-18 Annual Catalog!

As I am sure you can assume, being the first to see this new catalog or any of our new catalogs is a very exciting and a huge perk I enjoy very much - who wouldn't want to be first?!  If you feel this is a good time to join Stampin' Up! and my team, you too can be first in line for all the cool stuff.  Click here to join: 
If you wish to join, you click here

You may be wondering how you can get a copy of the new Annual Catalog?
Starting the third week of May, I will be mailing all my crafters a new brand new catalog.  How can you ensure you get it?  Please send me an email to with your address. 

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, April 3, 2017

A fun time at the Copper Craft Fair - a winner of the Cool Treats bag and cards

Thanks Deb for hosting a great craft fair... so fun to see you all there!

Shawna Melanson won the Cool Treats set at the Copper Craft Fair!!  A cute treat bag with Easter Eggs and 3 cards using the cool treats set!!  

Shawna let me know how to get this to you!

Happy crafting everyone, MaryKate

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Craft Fair at Copper in Pittsfield Sun April 2 9-2pm

Hope to see you at the Copper Craft Fair this Sunday 9-2.  

Deb has 18 crafters coming - including handmade lotions, soap, candles, signs, Lu-La-Roe, treats and more. I'll have some cute Easter things as well.

Drop by and say hello on Sunday - happy weekend everyone MaryKate