Monday, October 30, 2017

Class cancelled tonight... hope you are safe in the big storm!

Hi everyone... I hope you have the emails and texts letting you know the school is closed and so we can't hold the class tonight at Warsaw.  Stay safe and dry.  I'll drop off online kits tomorrow.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Backpack with a Spooky Cat

Doesn’t everyone need a Halloween backpack??  lol

I think it’s so cute. Love this Spooky Cat paper.  I thought I’d hang a little tag off the bag so of course I used the cat punch and a tassel as well.

Busy weekend getting ready for the Halloween Hay Ride and Online Classes and class tomorrow at Warsaw (and if you plan on coming, an RSVP today is essential!)  

The instructions and dimensions are on a post August 26 2017.  Or you can search "backpack" in the search bar.

This would be super cute in holiday paper!

Happy Halloween - MaryKate

Friday, October 27, 2017

Online class kits sold out!

Hi... quick note, we have now sold out of kits for Nov 13 20 27 Dec 4 classes.  If I get further requests, I'll let you know if I can create another set of kits.  These online classes should be super fun!  More soon -- MaryKate

Thursday, October 26, 2017

4 Online Classes - Live at Warsaw Middle School & Live on Facebook

Hi everyone - finally I have all my projects ready for the Fall Classes Nov 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4.  The kits are (nearly) ready. 

Here's the suite of most but not all of the projects. I hope you like the mix of cards and packaging.  I’m using all the different designer paper and each kit will have different paper.  The projects all use Watercolor Christmas stamp set (you can substitute).  If you were at Big Event you have this and you just need the kit $5 / class, $20 total, no shipping if you pay and collect Oct 30 at Warsaw. 

If you are outside of my local area, you can purchase a kit for $49 – same kit plus the Watercolor Stamp set, and shipping to your door.  Send me an email and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice (you need a debit or credit card, no need for a PayPal account).

Each week we meet at Warsaw and it's a live class (crafters at school, me on the live TV).  And each week I post a live Facebook video showing you how to make the projects.  So you can watch the live Facebook video anytime you wish.  You'll need an invitation to this group to see the videos.
You get all the supplies to make the projects (excluding adhesive) and full color instructions with all dimensions so you can replicate projects. 
Why craft at school vs at home with Facebook live?  Both are great options...
School.. you get to enjoy your fellow crafters company and creativity, the samples are at the class, and every supply including glue dots, tear tape, the inks, etc are all right there at hand.  I usually have some prizes for the crafters at school and you get to be in the drawing for the prize.  Set up is 545 and class is 6-730pm.
Why Facebook live??  You might not be local!  Or life gets busy and this means you can craft when you want, see the video when you want to see it.  Many/most of you have the inks so you'll be set for supplies.

The projects use Watercolor Christmas (the set you bought as part of your Big Event kit) and can be substituted with Merry Mistletoe (part of your Christmas in July event) or many other sets with larger greetings.


November 13:  Santa Tray with 3 boxes and 2 Watercolor Cards – love love love these little ornaments and I think they make the project.

November 20:  Gift bag with matching card/envelope, a custom box and a Watercolor Christmas Card (2 projects below)

November 27:  2 Merry Music cards in an acetate box matching ribbon and 2 envelopes and 1 tag, I think the acetate box is my favorite new “tool”.  I’ll be using these a lot at the holidays to package up my cards.

December 4:   Gold Striped Bag/Box with a gold tag/gold ribbon; Quilt Pizza box with a 3 x 3 card; Holly embossed card.  Super easy way for you to learn how to turn any flat bag into a box or stand up bag. 

I have kits on hand, and once they are sold out, they are gone!! 

Email me with questions

Happy crafting  MaryKate

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oct 30 Warsaw Class - RSVP please

Hi everyone,

I'm just about to start cutting cardstock (and on Sunday making cookies!)  for the October 30 Warsaw class.  6-730pm for the class.  Here are the projects:  a recipe box that you can fill with recipe cards and/or cookies; stamping on cookies; a card (it has pretty embossing with snow falling) along with the Christmas trees and then the stocking!!

The stocking is quite large - about 6" long and you can decorate these many ways.  The back of the stocking is a pillow box - so this stocking holds a gift card or small gifts.   These would be fun for an advent calendar.

Anyway... RSVP essential, can you let me know if you are "in" as soon as you know, ideally Wed/Thurs this week so I can be all prepared by Friday.  

Also... I'll have some retirement things on sale prior to class so feel free to arrive Oct 30 at 5pm at Warsaw.   

And if you wish, you can bring your own cardstock and I'll bring my dies and punches and you can use whatever you'd like.  email me with any requests for dies, stamps, punches to share with you.

Our November / December classes will be online - live and recorded and I'll have your kits for you at class.  I'll be posting on these kits this week and they will also be available outside of the local area.  There are 4 classes online and you can join from anywhere.  Stay tuned!!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Calypso Coral with Petal Garden Designer Series

Our challenge… make anything using only Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla.   Here's my entry.

I made a card using the color blocking technique.  The designer paper is 3 x 4 cut into 3 1” strips. The calypso coral back is 3 ½ x 4 1/4. 

I used the Petal Garden Designer Series pack.  See the 2 sheets on the far left?  That’s what I used.  The roses were so pretty I couldn’t through them out so I hand cut them out and decorated my envelope. 

And then Very Vanilla base and Very Vanilla ribbon.  Simple but I think has a bit of wow.  After I submit this I think I’ll add some Wink of Stella for pop.  I love a little sparkle. 

Here’s Sheryl Knight’s card – very wow with all the dimension. The leaves are a 3D embossing folder and the orchid is layered for more dimension.  The branch is from the very versatile Seasonal Colors stamp and die set. I thought she nailed it. It makes me glad that the entry is chosen by random number not talent J

I’ll post other entries later this week – it’s still early and I know my team will create some fun things… I wonder if we’ll see a box or tag or scrapbook page???  Who doesn't like a chance to win a stamp set? :)

Happy stamping


Monday, October 23, 2017

Butterfly Basics - nothing Basic about this Birthday card

Just arrived home to another beautiful birthday card. This one from my team mate and friend Janey Backer.  I wanted to share this with you all, not just as it’s so pretty and the sentiment inside was lovely (sorry can’t share, it made me tear up) but to talk about the simple yet very effective design elements.

First – what pops to me is the texture and dimension of this card.  The brick wall background (stamp first, then run it though the Big Shot with the emboss folder), the lace that adds texture but also how it connects to the lacy butterfly.  The gold metallic thread is another part of the texture of this card, as is the way the sentiment is curved up and pops with a dimensional underneath the center.

A key design element is color coordination.  The card has a base of Calypso Coral, that is echoed in the butterfly and the sentiment font.  The pearls are also part of the coordination – 2 pearls on the sentiment  and 4 of the butterfly all coordinate. 

I love the dark green which is Always Artichoke, I tend to get this color out in the fall but I think I could use it year round!  I love the warmth of coral with the cool of the artichoke. 

This set is a “must” have – it pairs with so many sentiments.

And finally… I’m excited to meet Janey in person. We feel like we know each other so well as we are team mates, but as we are a national, mainly virtual team, we see each other only at the Stampin Up conventions, so we two will meet in person next month.

We have an awesome team, if you’re looking for a group of fun, inspirational crafters who love to play with everything SU and don’t take themselves seriously, come join us!  No obligations, no need to sell anything just enjoy having all your SU products 20% off.

Ok… now on to the team competition (thankfully it’s a random drawing, not talent) to win the weekly free stamp set. 

Thank you Janey for a stunning card - love the card, the note and you -- it's amazing what a handstamped card can do for a person. I hope you put one in the mail today for someone special. 

Happy Monday everyone, MaryKate 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Oct 2017 -- Pining for Plaid

Hi everyone --

The Paper Pumpkin kit this October and November are both holiday projects and they match.  So you can use them separately or together. 

Here's the video for October so you can see what you get.

There are some (limited availability) for full kits (with ink, stamps, all supplies) for $20 on Monday Oct 23.. my hunch is they will sell quickly, this kit is getting rave reviews.  

I think I'll place an order early Monday for some extra kits.  If you'd like a kit, just let me know and I can add yours into my order.    If possible, let me know Sunday so I can do this early Monday (in case I'm right and they sell out!).

What do you think of this kit?  I love it.  The colors, shaker cards, the look -- I think it's fun!!

Happy stamping - MaryKate

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I received some beautiful birthday cards this year from friends who stamp.  I thought you might get some great ideas and inspiration from these talented crafters!
First - here's the whole bunch of cards

This one below is from Susan Denton Loughrey, check out the copper embossing and the matching copper foil - so pretty with Early Espresso and the Soft Sky. This was made from the Colorful Seasons set.  

Suzie Barnes made this one from the same Colorful Seasons set (so versatile).
She cut out an oval on a piece of scrap to create the mask and then I think used Powder Pink ink with a sponge.  Super pretty with Calypso Coral and my favorite part of the die set - the Adirondack chair in the wood paper.

April Lindow created this card from the Beautiful Bouquet set.  These colors are gorgeous together.  Another great part of this card is the matching ribbon.  April dyed the ribbon to match... so to do this you (first wrap your finder in cling wrap) then put the ribbon on the ink pad, and pull the ribbon across the ink pad (under your finger).  Matching ribbon - love it.  I think her ribbon was the very vanilla.

And here's the whole die set with the stamps. I have this set but have not used it so much. I think I'll get this out!  

When you have an October birthday you get a lot of great Halloween gifts and cards, and I love this one from Stephanie Gillian.  Super simple but so cute.  
Love this Spooky Cat set!

I hope you got lots of inspiration!

Happy Stamping MaryKate

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Woohoo it's Big Event today!!

It only happens twice and year and it's so fun to have a big group all together!
5 projects, prizes, give-aways and more!!
Details of these projects can be found on Oct 1-5 on this blog!

Our next big event is March 2018 -- Pittsfield ME
stay tuned, it's always fun!!

If you need anything Stampin Up... please shop online and use the host code, and you'll get a surprise goodie from me in the mail.  Last month it was rhinestones, prior month matching paper and ribbon... not quite sure for Oct!

Happy Stamping MaryKate

Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 12 The Recipe Card Box with Christmas Around the World paper and Stamp your own Cookies!

First of all -- oops -- I thought this posted yesterday (there's a lot going on at my house right now with a husband home after double knee replacements, thanks for understanding! MK)

The holidays mean treats and goodies!  We’ll make a recipe box that holds 3 x 5 recipe cards, and put in a recipe for the cookies and icing and also a cookie.  Or you can put in a bag stamped cookies.

The box is easy (I created by copying a box that holds make-up wipes, just a little bigger).  It’s amazing where you can find packaging ideas!

Garden green card stock 10 ¼ x 5 ½
Score on the long side at ½, 2 ½, 7 ¾, 9 ¾
Score on the short side at 2
Trim the sides at an angle.  See the photo

Cover the front panel with the Around the World designer paper with all the treats 5 x 2

Now make your cookies.  These are sugar cookies with Wilton royal icing (available at Walmart or on Amazon).  You’ll need food gel (mine is Wilton).  Make sure the cookies are iced and the icing is smooth and firm. 

Clean your stamps (it’s food after all!).  Dip your stamp in the gel and gently press your image on the cookie.  It took me about 5-6 cookies to get the feel for this.  I found the rubber stamps were easier but both rubber and photopolymer work.  Also I think the simpler designs work best.  You can buy food pens to color in (who knew!?)  I decided to be totally honest with you and show you my first 3 cookies.. They get better with practice J

Once the cookies are dry put them in a bag and into the box with the recipe.  We are making the box, and stamping on cookies Mon Oct 30 at Warsaw, an RSVP is essential to ensure I have supplies for you.

Happy stamping - MaryKate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 11 Snowflake card and table decor

There are a lot of different snowflake dies in the catalog this year.   I think I'll cut a whole bunch of these and put on my Christmas tree, I'm thinking silver glimmer paper! 

Here's a snowflake card:

This card uses the new embossing folder Winter Wonder, that is part of the Year of Cheer set.  For this card, I used the new champagne foil (somewhere between silver and copper).  I cut it 3 ¼ x 4 /2 and ran it through the big shot (at a bit of an angle). 

I cut the designer paper 4 x 5 ¼, and punched out some snowflakes, many of your punches will work – the 1”, 1 3/8, or even the starburst punch.

I added a strip of the metallic washi tape on the bottom then layered up the card.  I cut the silver edge ribbon about 5” and with scotch tape I secured it to the back, and then cut a 4” piece and tied a knot (so a “faux bow”), which I secured with a glue dot.  I didn’t put a greeting on the outside of the card.  I think I’ll add a Christmas greeting inside. 

I made a few table decorations, including a napkin wrap and a place card that held up with a twix fun size bar.  The place card finishes at 5 x 1 ½ and I like the layered look.  My holes are 1” but ¾” works great too.

I like to cut 3 or 4 identical snowflakes (I’m using the Colorful Seasons snowflakes) in silver or gold glimmer (foil also works well).  I fold them in half and then attach them together, insert metallic thread or the new thin real red ribbon into the center. 
Or I cut 2 identical and put them back to back for a flat snowflake.

These are also great table d├ęcor, either by themselves or on the front of a candy bar holder. Great for any party – so easy to adapt to the season.
Tomorrow is the last of the 12 Christmas projects!! 

Join me tomorrow Oct 12 at Warsaw 6pm -730pm to make this card (today’s projects) and the day 8 and day 9 projects!  RSVP essential.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 10The Cookie Cutter Creature Notebook with the Quilt Christmas Paper

A fun co-worker gift, a stocking stuffer, or something for your own handbag.

You'll need 8 ½ x 11 cardstock – score at 5 ¼ and 5 ¾, burnish your folds, I used Garden Green to match the Quilted Christmas and Christmas Around the World Paper. 

Cover panels:  solid 4 ¾ x 1 ½ - I used real red.

The designer paper is 6 x 4 ½ cut into 2 pieces 4 ½ x 1 and 4 ½ x 5.  Adhere the solid panels to front of folder.  I love the Quilted Christmas paper and I think this paper can be used well beyond Christmas! You’ll see I adjust the size of the designer paper a little for the quilt patterns.

Stamp the cookie cutter creature (the gingerbread man) and punch him out. Stamp the “season of cheer” and punch out with the oval punch.To get the gingerbread man to “hold” the greeting, chop off his head and arms and legs.

Put a little bit of glue at his neck and adhere to the back of the greeting, do the same with the arms and legs. Put the gingerbread man on the front of the notebook.

Small piece of cardstock for the top panel of the lined paper pad is 2 x 5 1/8
Score on the short side at 1 and 1 ¼.  Adhere the top panel to the notebook to make it look pretty.  Adhere the pad to the inside panel with strong glue (not snail).

The Inside Pocket –if you wish
6 ¼ x 4
Score at ½, ¾ on all 3 sides
Cut out the 2 corners
Fold and burnish the edges.  Nice crisp folds J
Fold the bottom up and use glue dots to secure corners.
Adhere the panel (size here) to front of the pocket.
Include a pen or pencil or post it note.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Monday, October 9, 2017

Day 9 The Hearts Come Home Santa over Mars Luminary

This luminary uses the Hearts Come Home set with the Santa and Reindeer.   

Cut the vellum 3 x 2 3/8.  Make the vellum piece first so it has a chance to dry.  With your 1” circle punch, punch a hole in a post it note and put on the vellum. This will be your mask so you can make the moon.  I used Smokey Slate but Basic Grey would also work. Lightly sponge the moon.  A tip:  pat the sponge on the ink pad, tap it on your post it note and then dab it on the vellum.  This takes any harsh ink edges off before inking the vellum. 

Be careful –it doesn’t look wet but it is.  And ink on vellum smudges easily. 

Now stamp your Santa and reindeer with Basic Black.  You might want to see how the vellum lines up behind the window to get the placement you want.  Again…. Let it dry (or use a heat tool on low) to ensure it’s dry. 

Now make your bag (I bought mine on Amazon, they are about 5 x 6”  Trim the top of the bag to get rid of any jagged edges.  Draw a rectangle 2 ¼ x 2 ½ on the bag and cut out the hole. I find it easy to put my hand in the bag and snip in an X format, so cut to each corner and then trim. 

Run the bag through the Big Shot using the Card Front Builders dies that match the Christmas Carol set to make the stars.  You’ll see that the front, back and sides get punched out but I liked that look.  While you’re at the Big Shot cut out a tree and deer from this set (don’t worry that the tree is big, you’ll cut this down to size. )

Use the Hearth and Home dies to make your window I used Early Espresso but lots of colors could work… even the new wood paper. . Attach your stamped vellum piece to the window with dimensions (or foam strips). 

Attach the tree and deer to the edge of the window. Trim the tree bottom so it lines up with the edge of the window. Attach the window to front of bag with more mini dimensionals.  Insert an LED tea light and if you wish a small gift or candies.  

Why is this called Santa over Mars… it has 2 moons (the moon you created and the tiny moon from the dies just like Mars!

Happy stamping! MaryKate