Thursday, June 29, 2017

Flash Sale June 30 1 day only $5 for a Paper Pumpkin Subscription

Flash Sale 24 hours!  New Paper Pumpkin subscribers can try it for $5 - no further obligations or contracts

Curious... why not try a month and see if it's for you!

Order between midnight June 29 and midnight June 30th!  Go to and get one! 

Here's a link

Thank you for shopping with me!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Pop of Paradise and Mom's Hip Replacement

It's been a busy week here... Mom had her hip replaced and I'm taking care of her.  I sent her this card with the flamingo with its hip all bandaged up. 

It's on the mantle right in front of a photo of Mom and my (late) Dad. I just couldn't crop them out of the photo :) 

This flamingo is adorable from the set Pop of Paradise.  I made this a few weeks ago with the now retired Pop of Pink paper.  Simple card but love the bit of gold trim! 

The little edge on the oval is from the Stitched Framelits, such as great set of dies in ovals, circles and squares.

More next week ... happy crafting MaryKate

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

July 4th and a new technique

Check this out!!

My friend and teammate Susan Denton Loughrey used a cut up credit card, dipped it in the ink pad to spread the ink and to make this flag wave! How cool is this?  I just had to share it. 

I love my team.. so many ideas, love that we are share creativity, business ideas, everything!!  We are coast to coast and are a combination of hobby and business stampers.  

If you're thinking of joining..don't!!! Ok I don't really mean "don't" I mean HOLD OFF til July 1st there's a great promotion where you get the kit PLUS $70 worth of an "essential kit".  So you choose and get $125 of anything, pay $99, and get all you chose AND the essentials kit!  Stay tuned I'll post on this over the weekend!!  As always, try it out, and if you don't use your account, no problem, no obligation, no contracts.  All the fun, 20% off, and did I say super-fun-team!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Textured Embossing Folders

This is short fun video on the new thicker embossing folders.  Do you remember the Hexagon folder (or last Christmas the stocking folder)?  Same thing!

I have the leaves and the plank ones and I thought we'd try these out at class July 8 or July 16, I think you have to see and feel it.

We have 1 spot left for July 8 with the Colorful Seasons class with 4 cards, one for each season.  

July 16 is the "At Home" and we'll be playing with the new embossing paste and making a stepper card.  

Happy crafting!

PS Don't forget the Friday all day "Christmas in July" creating 12 cards, 6 tags, gift card holders and fun gifts and stocking stuffers.  July 28th (or if you can't make it, feel free to order the bag of goodies!) Click on the events tab for details. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Coffee Cafe - might be a favorite set!

You all know I love coffee, and in the "mud" style!

So.. a work in progress and more to come, but wanted to post some ideas I'm working on ... class is Sat July 29 2pm and we'll do cards and I have a gift card holder (or two) in mind as well... 

and you know I'll be adapting my coffee cups to this set .. 

the paper is so cute
The middle paper with the coffee pots reminds me of "camp coffee" .. maybe it's a Maine thing!

anyway... here's the stamp set and dies... I've just got started!!

and finally ... love love love the new embossing folders that are deeper and so interesting, I've used "plank" on this set, but now.. I'm thinking a dock and back to my Adirondack chair from Colorful seasons...stay tuned!

Can you tell it's summer... so many fun new toys to play with... Happy Crafting, MaryKate

PS.. Don't forget Friday July 28 is Christmas in July, make 12 cards (4 designs), 6 tags, gift card holders and fun stocking stuffers and gifts.  RSVP to  Details.. click on the events tab.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Catalog Launch photos!

Sorry it's taken me some time to upload these photos!  A fun fun time. This one below is Colorful Seasons on the left (class is July 8 only 2 spots left) and on the right the daisy delight... so many way to use the stamp and punch set!

This is the At Home display with the seasonal set with the opening doors, class is Sunday July 16.  We'll make 3 cards:  Summer, Fall and Holiday 

The New In-Color Designer Paper is Fresh Florals and goes with the very popular Floral Phases set from last year's catalog (love how the old mixes so well with the new)

 Embossing paste below with the masks
and Paper Pumpkin - always a great day for my mailbox!

here's the pick a pattern paper, on the left is Crafting Forever,
and below is Happy Birthday Gorgeous with the giant thinlet -- love it!!

Merry Mistletoe - cute paper and ribbon to match, 
I'm having an all day crafting escape 
July 28 Christmas in July - details in the Events tab.

The cute children's birthday paper and the matching ribbons

Ribbon of Courage
I'll post more on this next week.
Lovely thank you notes, versatile sayings, and matching dies

Wood words and the cute crate with the wood paper. 
Love this card, made by my teammate Mindy Pelletier

Phew a long post... 

Also we made 4 projects and here's a tiny sample of the 17 made... I love that everyone chose their own patterns and colors.

First we used Crafting Forever, some use the pot of brushes, others the pen and there's one with stamps and scissors.  A simple notecard with matching ribbon.

Post it Note Easels with the Memories and More cards.
See the one with the Adirondack chair... it has an overlay and some glitter dots. 
So cute... and the one with the camera, the greeting is... you make me smile!

Tags in new in colors with the dies from Colorful Seasons

And the daisy cards... so pretty

Next week I'll post the projects on At Home and Ribbon of Courage.  

Thanks for hanging in on the long post.
Don't forget to check events!!  Lots of fun classes coming up!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Daisy bundle - back in stock - then not til late July!!

Hey Stampers GUESS WHAT?
The daisy punch is available right now while supplies last!!  
So many of you were sad to see it already on backorder, but Stampin Up just received some more stock. Yay :)  If you are interested in ordering this bundle I recommend you do so now or once supplies have sold out Stampin Up will receive another shipment late July.  

For those of you who have ordered this with me, your order is in!!! So hopefully they will arrive before our long weekend!

Happy crafting - MaryKate

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Paper Pumpkin June 2017 One in a Melon

One in a Melon is the name of this kit and it's really cute!!!  6 cards and 4 bags.  Lots of cute greetings in the stamp set and I love that we got 2 ink spots in Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy.  

And the bags can stand up or lie flat.  See the one in the front?  Anyway that one was mailed off today and I think it's a fun card/gift.  They included Melon Mambo twine but I liked the satin ribbon I had in my stash.

Click on the image above for the 2 min video you showing the cards and bags being made up. 

Super cute, quick to make, my kind of summer crafting!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, June 19, 2017

Merry Mistletoe - Christmas in July

One of my teacher friends said she loved Christmas crafting in the summer... so it got me thinking!  

Friday July 28 9-12 and 1-4pm Hartland Library
All day Stampin Up! Christmas in July Crafting day

The morning is  cards, tags, gift card holders, 
the afternoon is gifts

Your fee is $30 for the morning and includes the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set, Garden Green spot ink, matching designer paper, ribbon and embellishments see page 113 in the Stampin Up catalog. You'll make 12 cards and 6 tags and 2 gift card holders.

Your fee for the afternoon is $15 and includes all supplies to make 
5 great gifts/stocking stuffers.  If you come for the morning and afternoon it's $40 total, and if you wish to bring a friend/sister/daughter/mother.. and share the stamp set and ink it's $70 for both of you for the morning and afternoon and you get everything above but only 1 stamp set and one ink spot.  

You must RSVP and pay by July 18 (I need time to order the stamp sets and supplies).  Everything is supplied, most people like to bring their own adhesive, scissors and bone folder.  RSVP to

I'll post photos of the projects closer to the time! 

Happy crafting MaryKate

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crafting Forever!

This week the challenges colors stumped me .. until I looked through my team swaps and copied my very talented team mate Diana Michaud's design.

Pretty colors.. I would never have put them together but I think they work.

Stamp set: Crafting Forever
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Glitter dots

Busy week, not so many posts, getting ready for catalog launch!!

And busy cutting paper for the paper share ... so many pretty papers this year!

More later this week!! Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nailed it! Retired..let me know if you'd like to borrow it!

Hello Stampers and Crafters!!  

This set Nailed It! is retired but I'm happy to lend you the stamps and the matching dies if you are local to Hartland, Pittsfield, Bangor area!

This one could be Father's Day but I like that it could come from a wife to a husband on Father's Day

How cute are these tools? Super easy to color in with our watercolor pencils.  The card above was made by Becky Roberts and I received as part of a swap!

Love this paper - also retired (I warned you to stock up when things retire :)
I have some left if you would like it!

And this one is so simple but really fun

If you'd like more ideas, type in the set name Nailed It in the search bar (top right) and you'll see other projects I made and at our class.  

email me if you'd like to borrow the set!

Happy Crafting! See you June 17 2pm for catalog launch in Hartland, please RSVP by email or a comment below! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Colorful Seasons - the Adirondack Chair

Nothing says summer to be like an Adirondack chair on my dock!

I loved this set so much I used it for my team swap.  A swap is where we all make 10 cards and then swap so we each have 10 different cards.  I like to make mine a little "Maine" in the past I used the lobster and the recently the lighthouse.

Here's the finished card.  I love this new designer paper.  It has a crinkle look on 1 side and ombre on the other and is in this Dapper Demin, Berry Burst, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.   Love the drink - such a tiny die. And I had to add some glitter dots (they come in the same colors: Berry, Denim, Curry and Olive). 

I have a little tiny peek of the crushed curry showing.  The sun is from the most popular set of last year Swirly Bird (that surprised me it was the most popular - I loved it but it's not so common for a set with out sentiments to be #1).  I cut the sun from the ombre paper so each sun has a little shading.  The ocean swirl is from the same set and also from the ombre paper.

When I make a lot of swaps I do all but die cutting, cardstock cutting... and then go into assembly mode.  Although I like to make a full card first just in case I've made a mistake... I hate finding out after I cut 10 pieces that I'm out by 1/4"  Does that ever happen to you?!

And here they are ... all done... a great feeling!  

We'll be playing with this set July 8 and making this card and 2-3 other projects. See the Events tab for details.  

June 17 Catalog launch we'll be playing with the matching Memories and More cards and making a "tag" card with this Adirondack chair -- and other projects too - stay tuned!!  

And you'll see all the other 9 cards from this swap!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

At home... for all seasons

This is a very versatile set.  Love it.  

I used it to make my Maine swaps with my Maine team.  I used the itty bows in the in-colors to decorate the doors.

Here's a close up... the door opens and you can stamp inside the door 

I made this one for our summer neighbors as they move back in this weekend and I'm excited to see them!

And here's a video from Stampin up that shows you how you use these very easy dies... you simply cut the door with the big shot, run it through again for the door opening (tip.. since I did this... make sure you cut the opening so the door opens to the right :)

I used Shimmery white coloring cardstock, an aquapainter and new Fresh Fig for the door and Smokey Slate ink for the welcome mat.  

This will be fun all year!

Happy crafting, don't forget to check out all the classes in the Events/Workshop tab! MaryKate

Monday, June 5, 2017

Team Color Challenge - check out all the creativity!

I'm part of such a great team!  Our weekly challenge always gives me so many great ideas and a few sleepless nights trying to think up my entry!!  Here's the challenge... make anything.. not just a card... from these colors (and only these colors!)

Here's mine: I'm in LOVE with the Colorful Season set!  At the moment I'm using all the beach chairs, sunshine, flower stamps but when fall comes... I'll be pulling out the leaves and in winter the snow. Love a versatile year round set!

And from April Lindow (our winner!) 

Here's one from Sally Allen, how fun! 

From Tamara Twitchell... great use of this lighthouse set!  

Here's an entry from Susan Loughrey - inside this notebook she had 4 matching cards and stamps and she shared the pattern so we'll make this at class soon.

Lots of great ideas!

Don't forget, catalog launch is June 17 - that's when the free stuff is shared!!

New classes are now posted in the events tab!

Happy crafting - MaryKate

Saturday, June 3, 2017

In Color Class with Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Love these 5 new in colors!

At class today everyone got an inspiration card.  So simple!  

5 strips each 3/4 x 5 adhere these to a card 3 3/4 x 5, wrap some twine add some dots!  

What makes it wow is the Happy Birthday Thinlets Die just $20.  It's a nice big wow greeting!!

Edited post... somehow I forgot to credit Mary Fish for this fun idea!  Oops..  Happy crafting, MaryKate

Friday, June 2, 2017

Customer Thank you Boxes!

All customers who shop with me and use the host code get a surprise box!  It's usually full of paper with the matching ribbons, sometimes matching embellishments... 

Last month (I was a bit behind!oops!) my customers loved the box of Cool Treats paper with the Watermelon ribbon.  

20 sheets of 6 x 6 paper, 2 yards of ribbon!

I used the new Label me Pretty with the matching punch and stamp "you're the best"!  They are the best!!

If you'd like a surprise box, feel free to shop with me and use the host code (you can find it top right hand side of the website!)

Happy shopping - happy crafting - MaryKate