Thursday, August 31, 2017

Day 7 of Back to School - The Jar of Love Nugget Book

I think this is so cute and everyone loved it so much at class a few weeks ago.. it sparked the conversation on Back to School crafting.  So this was the project that got me going on this last week of back to school! I hope you've enjoyed it.

Cut a piece of THICK whisper white 3 ½ x 5 1/2, on the long side score at 2 ½ from either side.   Corner round all four corners. Burnish your folds.

On the front of the “book”, stamp a jar and die cut out the front opening.  Stamp a greeting and punch with the classic label punch.  Lots in the set, but I selected one from Teeny Tiny Wishes – a go to set!

Stamp a lid and cut it out.   Put mini dimensionals on the back. Wrap linen thread around the lid about 3 times, tie in a bow. Add some liquid glue and then add to the front of the jar jar

Now wrap your nuggets in matching paper (about 1” x 3”) and then position your nuggets inside the card and secure with strong adhesive. 

Give some away!!  Super quick and easy to make a lot of – and very versatile – think about Halloween paper/colors or Christmas or Valentines J

Happy stamping - MaryKate

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Day 6 Post It Note Holder for a desk

I love this cute desk decoration - a practical pretty item to make for yourself (remember that whole "put your own mask on first...") or it's a cute gift.  

Sometimes it's hard to see size, so I hope the water bottle helps :)

This was designed by Carrie Roads but sadly she's no longer a Stampin Up demonstrator.

Here's a sideways view so you can see how they stand up.

We made this at our Christmas in July and as soon as I saw the Eclectic paper..I had to make it Lemon Lime Twist with Navy accents!

Base 5 ¾ x 12
Score on the long side 2, 2 ½, 6, 9 ½, 10 ½, 11 1/2
Score on the short side ½ 1 4 ¾ 5 ¼

Make sure you are at the top of the cardstock.

From the 2 ½ lines cut to the bottom (the bottom has the lines for the mountain fold at the bottom of the holder).  Then trim the tabs see photo to the right

The next photo shows how to remove the squares to create the tabs, don’t forget to notch the tabs.
Now fold and burnish the score lines  - see photo below ? It shows the mountain fold at the bottom of the holder, that holds it upright.  

Use tear tape to secure the back to the front on the ½ score line.   Create the front of the holder by tucking in the tabs and adhering the sides.

Now add DSP and about 18” of ribbon in a bow.  

Stamp using the Pretty Labels set with the matching punch.  I used the crinkled night of navy ribbon.  Love this combo of lemon lime with Night of Navy.

Add the pencil and post it note.   You can add a pocket on the back for gift cards or business cards.

Why not tuck in a little gift card into the holder - that would make a great gift!

Tomorrow is the last project. If you'd like a pdf of all 7 projects, any order you place with the host code, will get you a pdf right to your email inbox!

Today USA Today said 63% of all Mom's found Back to School MORE stressful than holidays.. I hope these projects have made it more fun!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Day 5 a pencil card

I received a thank you card in the mail.  So nice.  Love to get real mail not just “window mail”.  Thank you Louise!

Anyway… it made me think of a pencil.

So here’s my version of this card.

3 ½ x 11 ¾ score at 5, 10”

Then cut a point for the pencil tip.  Mark the center of the card and with scissors or your trimmer, make a pointy end.

Cover this with a piece of black cardstock and trim the edges.

ON the front layer on a piece of crushed current 3 ½ x 5 and layer 2 strips of black ¼ x 5, and for the eraser, I used flirty flamingo 3 ½ x ½

Cut a slit on the front (about 1 ½ “) so the card can close

Happy back to school week!! MaryKate

Monday, August 28, 2017

Day 4 - a box of cards - a teacher gift?

This might not look like a back to school project – but I think it would make a perfect teacher gift!

It’s a box of cards that takes you about 10 minutes to create!  I have 3 in here with envelopes.  

What I like about this design is that it's easy, pretty, and very versatile. This could be a birthday card, thank you, hello, maybe even a sympathy card.

Simple design that shows off the stunning Eclectic paper.  Choose your pattern, cut it 3 ¾ x 5, cut a matching cardstock layer at 4 x 5 ¼.  Adhere together.

Die cut a butterfly – or any shape or item you have handy and along with 2 strips cut 4 x ¼ - adhere to the front.  You are done!

The box comes 8 to a packet for $7 in the new catalog launching Sept 1.  This is a go to product for me.  You put the cards, envelopes in the box and poof your gift is ready to go.  Looks so professional J

Didn’t get a holiday catalog? Drop me a note to and I’ll put one in the mail.

New fall classes have been posted on this website, see the tab on events and workshops.

Hope back to school is going well for you all
Happy Stamping


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Day 3 - a quick post it easel to put in the backpack

We've made these many times!

Whisper White 8-1/2” x 3-1/4”
Score at 2-1/8” and 4-1/4”
Whisper White 3 ¼ x 4 1/4
Solid cardstock 3 x 4
DSP 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 

With the Big Shot, cut out the words - this hello is now retired :( but there are great new words on the Lovely Words dies.

Layer the DSP I used Eclectic - so pretty!

Secure the lower half of the decorated piece of paper to the folded long piece.  

Tip -- put the adhesive on the longer whisper white piece not the back of the smaller piece (it's so easy to put glue all over the decorated piece - but don't do this... just glue it to the folded whisper white!

It will fold flat and can be mailed.   Attach the post it notes. Stamp a greeting on the post it note.

Happy Back to School week!!

Tomorrow I'm posting cards in a box -- happy crafting, MaryKate

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 2 - A big backpack and hello post it note easel

This is quite a big backpack and measures 6” tall, 4 ½” wide and 2 ½ deep so I put in a water bottle, composition book, pens, EOS lip balm stick, a gift card and a greeting card.   I wanted a backpack for teens/college students and my friend wanted a teacher gift and I think it works for both!

All the measurements are in inches.  I cut and score all the cardstock at once.  

Here’s my cutting tip:  The front panel uses nearly a whole sheet of cardstock.  For the second sheet of cardstock,  cut the back panel 8 ½ x 4 4½ first, then cut a strip 1 5/8 x 8 1/2 and cut in half (so 4 ¼ x 1 5/8) for the inside back panels, then with the remaining pieces cut the front pocket, front flap and post it note panel.  If you have used my instructions before you know I use tear n tape to show you where to adhere but this time I really recommend using tear n tape for the whole project!

The front:
Cut the front 8 ½ x 10 ½ score at ½, 3, 7 ½ and 10, score it at 2 ½ along the bottom

On the front sides, score in between the 2 side sections in the middle to about 5” down as this makes it easier when folding in the sides 

Cut the front pocket 4 1/4 x 4 7/8 and with the short 4 1/2 side at the top score at 3/8 from either end with the long side at the top score at 2 ¼ and 2 5/8”

Cut the pocket flap 3 ½ x 2 ½, score at 1 ¼ and 1 ½

Cut the DSP 4 ¼ x 1 ½ and 3 ¼ x 1 for the front flap and pocket flap

Make the front of the bag first by first trimming the tabs along the sides (mitering the edges) and make it into a box, see right hand photo.

The back:

Cut the back 4 ½ x 8 ½ and score ½ , 6 ½ and 5 5/8
Fold on all 3 score lines and yes 2 are very close together so fold gently then use a bone folder

Corner round the designer paper strip and the edge of the panel. Add the DSP to the front with corner rounded edges.

Punch 2 holes at the top (I used the 1/8” punch with 3/8” ribbon).   My holes are about 1” from the edge, see photo at right.  Insert the 6” ribbon. 

With tear n tape secure the 6” ribbon down.  Now punch 4 holes for the 9” straps, I punched 2 holes wider apart at the top (about 1” from the edge) and 2 closer together at the bottom (about 1 ¾ from each edge).  Thread the ribbon into the back.  My holes were ¼” as the burlap is harder to thread than soft ribbon.  Secure the straps with tear n tape on the inside of the back panel. Yes it looks messy but don’t worry!

Cover the ribbon ends (secured with tear n tape) with 2 small piece of cardstock so the inside looks nice, there are 2 pieces left with your cardstock 1 5/8 x 4 ¼ these are perfect

Now put a piece of tear and tape on the bottom of the bag along the edge to secure it inside the front “box” of the backpack.

Now add the back to the front with tear n tape on the lower edge of the back panel.  I start with the bottom flap and then do the sides of the backpack.   The photo shows the bottom flap secured and then I added the 2 strips of tear n tape, and folded the back up the front sides.

Fold the front flap over and squeeze the bag (now you are glad you scored those side panels J)  Pinch 2 Velcro dots together, add to one side of the flap, then squeeze the backpack shut and the other Velcro dot will be in the right place.

Now make the front pocket.  

 Cut and trim the tabs, fold into a box, secure with tear and tape.  Make the front pocket flap, round the corners, add the designer paper with rounded corners and secure outside the box, then secure to the front of the backpack.  Add the Velcro dot for a closure.   I made this pocket large enough to hold a gift card.  

It took longer to write instructions vs making the backpack!!  

If you would like the complete set of 7 back to school projects in a PDF, just place an order in either August or September and I’ll email you the full set of projects. 

Happy back to school week to you all, MaryKate

Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 1 of Back to School: A Desk Organizer

This is day 1 of 7 days of back to school projects that I'll be posting every day for the last week of August.   I thought the first project might be to get organized! 

 This is a fast easy project to create a place for tools, pens, some small scrap paper, post it notes to declutter your desk!  Size is hard to see so I put the 
small water bottle next to it.  It stands 6” high and is 6 ½ wide.

Lemon Lime Twist is 6 ½ x 11, score it at 6, 6 3/4, 7 1/2 , and 10 ½
Burnish the folds and notice the mountain fold (like an M) for the bottom. 

After folding, add a strip of tear n tape on the last 1/2” and secure to the back of the “easel”.  I found it stood up easily.  Add a piece of designer paper 6 x 5 ½ to the front. I used a piece from the Naturally Eclectic collection. 

Make 2 boxes to go on the front.  The first is 8 x 2 (for the post it note holder), score at 3 ¼, 3 3/4, 7, 7 ½.  And score ½ on the bottom  Trim the tabs with small notches (mitres) to get rid of the bulk.  Add a piece of designer paper to the front, mine is 1 ¾ x 3.

The second box (for the pens/tools) is 6 ½ x 3, score at 2 ½, 3, 5 ½, 6, and score ½ from the bottom. Make into a box and add a designer paper 2 ½ x 2 ½
Adhere boxes to the front of the organizer – let it dry before using.

Add in a Post it note pad, pens, tools, gold binder clips – enjoy!!

I hope you make one!   If you would like the complete set of 7 back to school projects in a PDF, just place an order in either August or September with the host code (see this site, top right hand corner) and I’ll email you the full set of projects.

Happy crafting and I hope your back to school week is going well-  MaryKate 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Customer updates, class schedule, holiday catalog info

Hi crafters

I just sent out an email updating you all on classes, blog info, paper pumpkin and more. 

If you didn't get the email and would like to please email me at and I'll add you to the list.

I'd hate send unwelcome email so I do try to keep the list current.  If somehow I missed including you on the email, just let me know to add you in.   

I'll be posting a week of Back-to-School projects Aug 25-31, 13 Spooky Days of Halloween projects Sept 1-13, and 12 Days of Christmas Oct 1-12 - among other posts.  So I'll see you online with lots of ideas and projects for holiday crafting!

Happy stamping - MaryKate

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Sunshine Wishes Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card and Tiny Treat Box

A simple card but with the matching box, I think it’s a wow!!

The topper idea was created by my friend and team mate Carla Blake of Seattle -- love our team, so fun to see and share everyone's ideas.

And here's a photo from the top so you can see the dimension on the flower.

Card is 8 ½ x 5 ½.  The Designer paper (Eclectic) is 5 ½ x 1 ¼ and the matching lemon lime twist is 5 ½ x 1 ½.    Adhere together and then on the card

Cut a piece of whisper white 5 ½ x 1/2 
And another 5 ½ x 2 ¼

Stamp a greeting using Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (so very versatile) in the matching Fresh Fig ink (could be a birthday thank you or anything on the larger whisper white. Adhere the white pieces to the front with larger dimensionals.

Cut the stem and flower using the Sunshine wishes dies.   Add to the front with the mini dimensionals.  I love how this card has pop but simplicity!

Now the treat box.  These clear boxes go together easily.  Just remember when putting the bottom together, fold the largest piece in, then the sides, then the piece with the “tongue”. 

Cut 6 flowers (4 Fresh Fig, 2 Lemon Lime), layer these up with liquid glue and if you wish a mini dimensional.   Let it dry. 

Cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 8 ½ x 1 ½ and fold it around the box (don’t score, just fold), now you have the folds, burnish with the bone folder so they are crisp.    My photo below shows the Lemon Lime Twist strip with the burnished folds.

Cut a piece of the matching eclectic paper 8 ½ x 1 ¼ and adhere it to the first “square” and fold, then more glue, then fold, more glue and fold… til done. 

Tip:  Don’t glue the whole piece of designer paper down flat on the Lemon Lime as the folds need a smidge of space.  so glue a section, then the next etc.  

Adhere the band at the back of the box. Can you see my strip of tear n tape??.  Fill with treats… add the flower with a glue dot.

These Sunshine Wishes dies are great. I've used the all year - the hearts for Valentine's Day and Anniversaries and Weddings.

You can always go to the catalog for ideas for this set... see this photo below...

or you can search "sunshine" in the search box on this blog and you'll see other projects I've made - see the blue arrow below

Don't forget the clearance section was just restocked and you know things will go fast!  Use the host code (top right hand corner) see the orange arrow above and share in the customer goodie boxes!!

Happy stamping - MaryKate