Monday, July 31, 2017

Coffee Cafe - with whip topping!

3rd post on Coffee Cafe - Love the whip topping!!  

Whisper White about 4 ¼ x 3 1/2, Soft Sky 8 ½ x 5 ½ and a scrap for the cup sleeve,  Early Espresso ½ x 4 14/, Pear Pizazz 5 ½ x 8 ½
Cut the designer paper 1 ½ x 4
Wrap twine around the early espresso – about three times.  Adhere thread to the back.  Adhere that to the designer paper.
Run the pear pizzazz through the big shot, then stamp the hearts on 5 polka dots.
Adhere the designer paper to the polka dots, then the early espresso strip.
Stamp a large cup and whip topping, cut out with matching ides, along with a soft sky sleeve.

Stamp hi and punch out with a ½ circle punch. Add to the corrugated “teabag” piece. Add linen thread and adhere to the back of the cup.
Now attached the big cup to the front of the card.
You might stamp a greeting inside the card.

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Happy Stamping MaryKate

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Coffee Cafe 1 of 3 posts on fun cards

We had a really fun class yesterday and I got a lot of request to post the projects.   See Thursday July 27 post for the  gift card holder.

I'll post the cards over the next 3 days.

The Happiness Card  with Coffee Cafe

I love the  Coffee Break paper!  This card really shows off the cute coffee pots, I picked the one that looked our "camp" coffee pot.   Even if you don't like fussy cutting - it's  pretty quick.

Also ... the to go cups on the paper have a matching die!!

Whisper White (circle), Soft Sky 4 x 5 ¼, Early Espresso 5 ½ x 8 ½
Designer paper 1  ½ x 5 ¼
Stamp the greeting on the soft sky
Add the corrugated heart
Adhere the designer paper to the soft sky
Wrap about 6” of ribbon around the designer paper, adhere to the back with scotch tape, tie a 4” piece in a knot around the pear pizzazz ribbon

Create the stitched shape circle (2nd largest circle) . Cut out the shapes (there’s a die for the coffee cup), add to the stitched circle with dimensions.  Add the circle with dimensions

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Happy Stamping MaryKate

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coffee Cafe - give a mini note or a gift card

 A quick Coffee Cafe Gift Card or Business Card holder

Fast and easy to make with the Coffee Cafe Stamp and Die set

Early Espresso 4 x 5 ½
Scoring: on long side ½, 3
On short side ½ 
Fold and score the early espresso
Cut the corner off that is ½ x ½ and then cut the tabs.  Notch these (to take away the bulk)

Add tear n tape (see the photo).
Punch out a half circle with a 1” or ¾” circle punch on the top
Add the designer Paper to the front. And then punch with the 1” circle punch.  Not so good for your punches to go through 2 layers J
Whisper White for the 2 coffee cups, lids and oval greeting – stamp 2 greetings and 2 cups and 2 lids.

Die cut the coffee sleeves from soft sky and pear pizzazz.
Whisper white

Staple the ribbon the to whisper white, with the smooth to the back as the rough side will be covered with the coffee cup. I added a tiny strip on the back to cover the staple – your choice.. Sometimes I stapled crooked and this made it look nice. J   Add the coffee cup, the sleeve and greeting – on the outside I used dimensions but not in the inside to make it easier to pull out.

This is a cute gift card holder, or just a mini note.

Now I’m off to make it in Berry Burst and Pumpkin Pie for a Dunkin Donuts gift card!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

At Home ... all lit up

We had a fun class last weekend with At Home projects. If you type in "At Home" in the search bar to your right you'll see our projects. 

During class I realized that we could cut out the window in the door AND in the panel behind the door.  I put in a tea light behind the card and then it looked like "someone was home"... so cute!  

To make the stepper card
Cut the paper 10 x 4 ¼
Cut 2 slits up the side 1” from the bottom 5” long
Score 1” from the bottom just to the slits
Score 2” from the bottom just to the slits
Score at 5” from the bottom only in the middle of the card
Score at 6” from the bottom just to the slits
Once cut, washi tape the brick mask to the front of the card, spread the embossing paste lightly/thinly across the bricks (just the sides of the paper).  Let it dry!
While the paste is drying – pretty quick – wash the mask and tools right away!
Stamp out the door on the wood designer paper
Run through the bigshot on the outside
Run through again to create an open door – make sure the door opens to the right J yup made that mistake and had my door open the wrong way!
Cut out the window in the door
Stamp the flowers, wreath and welcome using archival ink or Stazon
Color in first and then run through the big shot (easier to color large pieces of paper)
If you wish stamp a greeting behind the door. Stamp the welcome mat.
Attach the door, mat, wreath and flowers.  Stamp a greeting inside the card.
Make an envelope to fit the card.

Happy Stamping!!  MaryKate

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More fun ideas for Jar of Love projects

Love this jar set... just got a note from my team mate Cathy looking for Jar card and project ideas... here a trio of cards that is "modern" and fresh.

 Notecard sized and very simple... and below with the lid "open".  Notecards are 7 x 5 folded.  They come cut and scored (easy peasy!) and I used the corner round punch to shape the corners. 

And a quick project... use our 2 x 8 cello's and stuff with nuggets!  Add a mini jar on top with the matching melon mambo ribbon.  I used 5 nuggets for this one.. sometimes more is more!  

Happy stamping, happy crafting!


Jar of Love card with a gift card option

I can’t say this is a fast card, but it’s really pretty.  Sometimes you need a special birthday or thank you card and this one has room for a gift card and it stands up like an easel. I like the summer look of fresh white.  I think if I do this for the holidays, I’d put on a few more layers of designer paper. 

I stamp all the images first (Jar of Love set) and then cut them all out with the big shot and play with arranging them.  

Tip:  for 2 step stamping look for the “arrow” on the stamp to help you with lining it up for the second stamp.  I stamp the jar, the water and the stamped bow, and the stems.   Then I add flowers with white glue and a few dimensions.  When I stamped I used the same ink but stamped off so I’d get a lighter and then a darker color (with stamping off you always have more colors that you first think!).  Then I added in stems with a marker. If I was clever I would haves stamped the stems first!  If you have extra flowers why not put them inside your card, or have one “falling” down next to your jar.

So, stamp and cut, and arrange flowers.  When your front is finished adhere to a Mint Macaron piece. Score the base at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ fold it so the jar can “stand up” like an easel.  Adhere the front jar piece to the base of the card.  Take the small mint piece and punch part of the circle (to make it easy to retrieve the gift card) and with Tear N Tape adhere to the inside front of the card (so it’s hidden til it’s opened).

I like that this card stands up like an easel and the gift card is a surprise when you open the card.

Don't forget that Carols of Christmas will be on sale Aug 1 or get it free, along with a free essentials kits (2 blocks, snips, snail, bone folder) when you join in July for $99 ... so all of that plus anything you choose up to $125 in value and $0 shipping!  Enjoy 20% off your purchases... no obligation at all to buy or sell anything!!

Happy crafting - MaryKate

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Super fun Paper Pumpkin this month

Love Love Love this month.... 

check it out !! 
Simple fun easy crafting and a great way to build your stamp set stash :)

Love the wooden embellishments.. so cute, easy to add for a wow factor... 

I'm travelling now and wish I'd be able to take this with me, what a great way to take crafting to camp, cottage, work travels, the office, etc...$20 a month for the kit, less when you subscribe... be honest... what do you think? Do you like this month of Paper Pumpkin???

Happy Stamping .... MaryKate

Congratulations Cathy Jones on achieving Quick Start and the Quick Start bonus!  I love my team and I love it when they achieve their goals!!

To celebrate Cathy, I sent her a package of faceted gems with the tag Shine On!!  Great packaging can make a simple gift pop.  The stamps were from a Paper Pumpkin set (I've got a great collection of stamps just from this monthly subscription!)

I'd love for you to join the team - you can make Stampin Up what YOU want.  You can never sell a thing and just enjoy 20% of products you love, along with our weekly creativity challenge where someone wins a stamp set of their choice every week.  No obligations.  Some people just buy the kit and don't make another purchase - that's totally ok.  It's entirely your choice.

This month... there's a special with the demonstrator kit just for July.

You pick $125 of anything from the catalog, pay $99 (plus sales tax but FREE shipping). July 2017 only -- you get $70 of extras (just this month) including blocks, bone folder, snail and more .. all the "essentials gift pack", see the list on the right.

 If you purchase $300 every 3 months.. your account stays open, if not, it closes, no problem, no big deal :)

We have a fun team (most of the team just buy for themselves and maybe a friend or sister), weekly challenges where we win a stamp set of our choice, you get access to all my tutorials, see new products first and enjoy creativity with people who "get" why you stamp :)

You also get this fun stamp set as part of your kit in July. In August this will be available for sale for anyone but you get to play with it in July!  There are matching dies (available in August). I've pre-ordered both... so teammates reading this post feel free to borrow my dies in July (my swaps are made!)

Here's the set with the dies... Can you see the 3 sided shape?  It makes a wow border.  

Now... it doesn't look much but wait til you see the samples...
This one is fun with the photo behind vellum - so easy but I love this look  
And this one below is a shaker card.  
And finally this one use the Merry Mistletoe paper.

So if all this inspires you to join..

And if all this inspires you to start your Christmas crafting... join us Friday 28 July for a Christmas in July!!!  Worth the drive ... 4 card designs and you make 3 of each, along with tags and gift card holders (that's the morning) and in the afternoon we are making gifts and stocking stuffers - 5 gifts!  Event tab has all the details.

Or join us for the Coffee Cafe class on Saturday 29 July 2pm.

Happy crafting MaryKate

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wild About Pick a Pattern Designer Paper and our challenge

As you know... we have a weekly team challenge where 1 person wins a stamp set of their choice every week.  Once you win, you can still post a challenge but you're out of the running for 4 weeks.  Since I won 2 weeks ago, I'm "out" but had to try this challenge!

And I thought you'd really like to see a few other examples as well... I have a very talented team!!

Here's mine.. as soon as I saw the Pick a Pattern paper, I loved this retro photo look so I thought the circle could be the flash bulb, and my whisper white background looks like the old Polaroid layouts.

This one is from Celia Cawthon in Texas using the Crafting Forever stamp set

Sabine Swanson in Boise used the Colorful Seasons set

Vicki Eisenbeisz made stunning 3D flowers 

 Jessica Mink used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous along with Foil Frenzy paper

Wendy Jones with Coffee Cafe and Coffee Break paper... love this!!

and Janey Backer with the Colorful Seasons and do you see the deep embossing? It's the new leaves 3D embossing folder

Do you have a favorite?  I love them all!!!

Happy crafting - MaryKate

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Coffee Cafe Cards and Reminder notes

If you're local to the Hartland/Pittsfield area... are as excited as I am about our new Dunkin Donuts?  Can't wait til it opens. 

Until then, I'm playing with Coffee Cafe stamp and die set, and the matching Coffee Break paper.

And if you love coffee as I do.. it's a year round drink.  So I love that the stamp and matching die set come with lids and whip topping!

Since I had the big shot out, I cut out a bunch of these medium sized coffee cups and made them into a reminder note holder. I attach these to my wristlet wallet and put all my "don't forget to do or buy" things!

Hope to see you at the Coffee Cafe class Saturday 2pm in Hartland, RSVP essential! 

And sneak preview... the customer goodie box this month will be a mix of the Coffee Break Paper, matching ribbon, corrugated tags and matching cardstock (love how everything matches!)  You get a customer goodie box by shopping with me and using the host code (top right hand corner of this blog) and it will arrive in the mail (or you can pick it up) the first week of August!!

Happy Stamping! MaryKate

Thursday, July 13, 2017

At Home - love this set's versatility - join us Sun July 23 for class

Hi - I've finalized the At Home class with the doors!

I used this set on my swaps (you can type in At Home in the search bar and you'll see other projects with this set).  Love it!

So for our class we are going to use the new embossing paste and the new Wood Textures designer paper.  

This is a stepper card, so to make the stepper card
Cut the paper 10 x 4 ¼
Cut 2 slits up the side 1” from the bottom 5” long
Score 1” from the bottom just to the slits
Score 2” from the bottom just to the slits
Score at 5” from the bottom only in the middle of the card

Score at 6” from the bottom just to the slits

Then add the paste.  I'll do a separate post on this with tips.

Other cards we'll make include a Christmas door

Do you love the brick embossing?  

And then this set is great for notecards, like this one, I think perfect for fall (or anytime really).   The metallic thread (copper here) and below (silver) just add something.

And this one is a simple Christmas card but I like the 'pop' of the snow.  This card and the one above use 1/4" strips of designer paper. By using the colors in the paper on the card it really gives it a finished, professional look!

The ovals are from the Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals die collections.

Hope to see you at class - or buy the bundle, use the host code and I'll send you all the paper materials to make these cards!!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Color challenge Old Olive Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz

Don't tell the other green colors but my favorite green is Pear Pizzazz!  

Here's this week's color challenge.

And my entry.  
A fun bag to hold 4 regular sized cards in the Daisy paper with the Old Olive ribbon.

Super easy.   Designer paper is from Delightful Daisy and it's cut 8 1/4 x 12
Score at 4 ¼, 5 ¾, 10, 11 ½ on the long side.

On the short side score at 1 and 7 (7 is at the bottom of the bag) see diagram to the right.

Fold on the score lines (making a cuff for the top)

Remove the last square that is 1 ¼ x ½ (see the diagram, cut off the tiny red box).

Cut the tabs: the 4 lines at the bottom, so cut up 1 ¼ “ from the bottom. Notch the tabs. Make sure the cuff is folded over and adhere the bag together.  Punch 4 holes in the top.  Add ribbon.  If you put something heavy inside add a piece cardboard at the bottom to reinforce it.

Try it ... looks so great with cards inside!  

Happy crafting, MaryKate