Monday, December 17, 2018

Stocking Stuffer Notebooks

I love notebooks, I guess I like lists! 

I went to my favorite dollar store and found some great notebooks and I covered them with my favorite paper. This paper is from the annual catalog it's called Share What You Love and it has a pearlized frost to it.  

My cover paper is 4 x 12 and I scored it a 6 and 6 1/2"

I stamped "a little note" this is from a new set coming out in January (we will play with it the weekend of Jan 18-20) on a 3/4" strip in matching mossy meadow. My flower is a cut out from the paper. 

So... this is the first of a few ideas I'll share with you to make cute stocking stuffers.  Do you do stockings at Christmas?  We love them :)

Happy Christmas, MaryKate

Quick stocking stuffers - covered notebooks

I'm a list maker - are you? I love notebooks to jot things down. These 3 are for Christmas stockings I'm filling on Christmas day.  

Inexpensive notebooks (measure 6" high and 4" wide) so I simply took some designer paper (these are use the Share What you Love designer paper) cut 4 x 12 and scored at 6 and 6 1/2", wrapped it and added an embellishment and the "a little note".   The one above was a flower cut from the paper.

These ones use butterflies that were punched out from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch - and the matching paper that is free in January with Sale-A-Bration.  

I'm creating a "to go class" with this great stamp set and punch.  The class includes the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Punch and a package of the wow Gingham Paper and a blender pen for projects. And  materials for 7 projects: 4 full sized cards and envelopes and 3 packaging items.  Total is $57 (this includes tax) and if you need me to ship it, add $7.  Or pick it from me at class in January. 

I'll have full color instructions and a video for you to watch to make the projects. 

And you choose 1 SAB item - if shipping it can't be paper (unless you're ok with me cutting it to 6x6). 

You'll need inks: Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Daffodil delight and you can add the full size ink pads at $8.70 (incl both ship/tax) or I can make you 3 "spot inks" that are 1" x 1" and for the 3 spot inks you add $10.

So please RSVP to me by January 2nd for this and I'll have it all ready for you on Jan 18!!  email me

If you are part of my team of Friends Craft and Care - you can get the instructions (as always - all my instruction sets are available to you).

I'll post more on the butterfly set over the next few days -- or go back a few days and you'll see some cute projects that I started on (wine tag and cards).

Here are some fun projects from the Stampin Up design team. 

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Friday, December 14, 2018

Quick butterfly gala wine tag

I had to take a bottle of wine over to celebrate a new place!!  

My butterflies were on the table (see yesterday's post!) so I cut out a tag 2 1/2 x 7 punched a 2" hole in the top, rounded the corners and decorated.  I think this Balmy Blue is my new favorite blue.

I love the greeting, this is from the Barn Door set and with some quick stamping and a few butterflies, I thought it dressed up the wine well.

Happy stamping to you, MaryKate

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Butterfly Gala Swaps

Another swap (did you see my post yesterday with the Cupcake Swap?) For this one, we had a specific challenge: keep it simple which meant only 1 stamp set, 1 ink and you could use some designer paper or a punch (but not a Big Shot).   The challenge is called #SimpleStamping.

Here's my #SimpleStamping design.  

I love these butterflies and anything gingham get's on my crafty shopping list. My gingham paper is 4 x 5 1/4 and I used the left over piece on the envelope.  

The stamp set matches the punch and you stamp and punch the 2 butterflies at once.  The greetings are pretty, there's "a little note", this thank you and "you're beautiful". 

Personally it was quite the challenge to keep it simple but it was fun and I like the outcome.  I think I'd add a rhinestone (I used a glue dot and glitter) .. and maybe I'd have my butterflies in several colors.  

What do you think?
Happy SimpleStamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Swap time!

A new catalog is coming out in January so we demonstrators take a quick break from Christmas and make swap cards.

We make 10 identical cards (or nearly identical) and then we get 10 back.

Going to the mailbox these days is so fun.  My swap uses the new Cupcake set that is free as part of Sale-A-Bration.  This is the time of year (January through March) where you choose 1 free item for every $50 you spend.

I thought this cupcake would be perfect for both Valentines and Birthday (and I switched out the greeting and made it into a Thank you as well.  

I added a little shimmer with Champagne Shimmer to the cupcake base - love just a little bit of shimmer.  

My colors are Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick - love the pretty new 1/8" ribbon. I'm mailing catalogs this week so if you don't get one and would like one, just let me know a mailing address!  my email is

Happy stamping! MaryKate

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Stampin Up Holiday Gift ideas

This time of year I get friends and husbands emailing me or calling me with "what should I get for so-and-so for a crafting gift"?

So I thought I'd give you a few ideas.  First.. .nothing Christmas or Holiday is my #1 recommendation. Opening up something that can't be used for a year is hard for a crafter :)

Here are my top 5 ideas:

1. The stamparatus and if you want to splurge a bag to match.  This is a tool that every stamper loves or wants. It makes stamping easy and produces fabulous results. It's a stamp positioning tool, so you put the stamp on the clear plate, secure your project with the included magnet, apply ink and press on the paper.  So many fun ways to use this great gadget.  Perfect stamping every time, everyone is a star crafter!

2.  A Paper Pumpkin subscription, this is a complete project (cards or packaging or both) that comes once a month. It's $20 a month and less when you buy 3, 6 or 12 months. Your crafter can "pause" the subscription, buy refills, it's a joy in the mailbox every month!

3.  Kits.  Kits comes with everything to make 20 or more cards. The box includes stamps, ink, all the supplies and projects are wow. My favorite is the Notes of Kindness, everyone needs thank you's!  

4.  A gift card to spend in January.  I'd suggest increments of $50 as in January we run an annual sale where for each $50 spent your crafter can choose a free item (stamps, paper, ribbon etc).  And I'll create a pretty gift card holder that your crafter will love!

5.  Stocking stuffers... we all need extra adhesive (tombow liquid, snail, refills, tear n tape) and dimensionals... we can never have enough!

If I can help, don't hesitate to call/text 207 431 0317 or email, I love helping you find something to make your crafter smile.

Happy holidays! MaryKate

Monday, December 10, 2018

These gift card holders are a thank you for people at the airport who are so helpful and kind.

You can make 2 from a single sheet of cardstock.

Your paper is 4 ¼ wide by 9 ¾ long, scored at 1 ¾, 4 ¾, 5 ¾, 6 ¾.   I used Poppy Parade 


Fold on the score lines and then with your trimmer cut out ¼ x 3 ¾ to make a hole. Or use your classic label punch, punch twice along the inside edge so you have a place for your gift card holder.  Below the hole, secure with tear n tape or liquid glue. 

Can you see how the gift card fits in nicely?

I added 2 cards inside with “Christmas greetings” and left the other blank to sign.

Make the Belly Band – I used the Santa’s Workshop paper that has flocking on it so tear n tape was good to secure it.

Then I stamped a plane in Bermuda Bay, cut it out with layering ovals and layered on to the scalloped oval.  I added this to the front of the Belly Band.

The belly band is 2 ½ x 6 ¼, wrap it around the holder (not too tight).  Add the plane (or whatever you’d like) with dimensions in the center of the oval and attach to the belly band.

The plane is a very very old stamp!  I don’t know where I bought it.  These gift card holders are for people at the airport who are super helpful and I wanted a plane theme!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gift Card Holders - multiples!

This is another gift card holder for you - it can hold a note, or a card or a chocolate.  

I made 3 at once.  So start with an 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  With the short side up, score at 2 and 6. 

Now cut the paper into 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 pieces. 

Fold on the score lines.  You seal up 2 sides and decorate. It's that fast!  I used 2 pieces of designer paper from Santa's Workshop cut 3 x 1 1/2 and 3 x 2 1/4. 

My belly band is 8 1/2 x  1/2 and I added a Mrs Claus cut from the same designer paper.  I added her with a dimensional.  I has some elf stickers left over from my Memories and More cards and so I added the elf inside.  

Happy gift wrapping days, MaryKate

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Santa Gift Card Envelope

Hi -- I've a few different options for you to create fun gift card holders.  

This one uses the envelope punch board and is quick and easy.  

It opens up and there's a card to sign and a place for the gift card.

Here it is with the card and gift card inserted.

This was inspired by Chris Slogar who made a similar gift card envelope.

The paper is 8 x 8. Start your first punch at 3 ¼,, punch and score.  Now IGNORE the ruler and match the indicator to the score line.  Do this 3 times.. So it looks like an  envelope.

Put the LARGER triangles to the “north-south” direction.  Score a line from top to bottom with either a ruler/stylus, or a trimmer or your simply scored.

Now fold up the triangles to this score line. 

Snip out these triangles.  So now you have 2 left over pieces that are square (throw these away – ugh I hate waste!).

Round the corners of the 2 SMALLER triangles.

Burnish the folds.  This folds so easily into a gift card folder. Just adhere down the 2 envelope sides. 

Add the ½ strip to the inside card, stamp a greeting.

Put the ribbon on the outside, I adhered the ribbon with tear n tape, my ribbon was about 16" long.  Then I tied it with white twine.  If you wish decorate the front. 

When I took these photos I used the All is Bright paper and then last minute I changed my mind and used a Santa Workshop Santa with the Memories & More cards (I had a lot left after the advent calendar)

Super quick and easy!!! I hope you try it.  Happy gift wrapping - MaryKate

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Coloring Club Projects for my Library

My local library in Florida asked me if I would bring a few projects for Coloring Club. 

I thought you might like to see what I brought.  It's just 1 hour and everyone brings their coloring tools of choice (I brought blends, but next time I'll bring my watercolor pencils with my blender pen).  

I created the little M&M packages with Mrs Claus (8 1/4 x 11, score on the short side at 1, 4 3/4, 5" and the cut 4 equal pieces on the long side at 2 3/4, 5 1/2 and 8 1/4).  You fold them up, add in the M&Ms staple and decorate.  

The card you've seen before - the Beautiful You butterfly and the back was dry embossing with the Seaside folder in Coastal Cabana.  

And the cute cookie cutter creatures with the matching punch.  

What do you think?  I can say that they loved the projects!!

happy coloring, MaryKate

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Country Lane Thank You Notes

This Country Lane set in the Holiday 2018 catalog has really had a great workout!  These 3 thank you cards show the versatility and fun with this set.

On the left is a card made by Susan Morrison (you can see more of her work on her blog at  The middle is one I made for Susan (I didn't know she was mailing me a thank you!) and on the right from Julie Clark, love the coloring and the wood designer paper.

Here's a few closeups... Susan used copper embossing, such a great technique that has a wow look and is pretty easy.  Love this linen ribbon and the Country Lane designer paper. 

I also love how she brought the outside of the card to the inside with the jug.  And she stamped the flowers on the envelope so it really carried through the whole thank you.

Here's Julie's... pretty twine, simple add of the designer paper and the use of Blends makes this card pop. Blends are our alcohol markers and give rich depth.  Each color has a light and a dark so creating the 3d look with coloring is easy.

And here's mine (ok yes another silver edged card... I'm nearly out!) and I brought the silver into the card front with embossing. Embossing also makes it super easy to stay in the lines!!  

I hope you like all these cards and they give  you some inspiration to make something and send something. So lovely to get and give real mail.

Happy stamping, MaryKate
PS Happy to send dimensions if you need them, just leave a comment.  Keep it simple, make it beautiful. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Leaf Punch Foil Wreath

Sometimes it's great to make a wow intricate card.  This wreath card uses a technique I call the "paper o-ring" technique.  

You create a ring by punching a smaller circle (I used the 2" circle punch) and then lining the empty circle into a larger circle punch (I used the 2 1/4" punch) and punch... you have a ring. Can you sit it on the left side of the photo?

You then place the leaves (or anything really) on the ring, covering the entire ring.

It's fun with the leaf punch, sprig punch or your die cuts such as fall leaves.  

You put the ring on your silicone mat, put a dob of liquid glue on the mat, and dip the ends of the leaves in glue. Match up the stems. Hide the o-ring. 

Now make your card front 5 x 3 3/4, use about 14" of ribbon.  Tie a bow, wrap the left over end of your metallic edged ribbon around the front (secure with either scotch tape or snail), add your bow with a glue dot. Add the front to a silver foil piece 5 1/4 x 4. Add to the card front (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) and add the wreath.  Let it dry a good hour.  

Don't forget a greeting!  I embossed mine in silver.

I hope you try it, this card has a wow factor but it's really easy!!

Happy stamping - MaryKate

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Online Sale 10% off (nearly) the whole catalog Nov 23-28 2018

Online Extravaganza Details

For savvy shoppers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true. Stampin Up is throwing a spectacular six-day promotion with exclusive, limited-time deals.
Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, there are three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been sale!

Nov 23 and 24 it’s paper and embellishments
Nov 25 and 26 it’s stamps and kits
Nov 27 and 28 it’s tools and ink.

I’ve put all the details below if you are interested.  You can order online and I’ll be sending you gifts from the rewards I get for those that use this host code.  DUQC7X3H
Here’s the link to the online store.

I hope you got the envelopes with the rhinestones for the October (and early November) customers or the dimensions for the Paper Pumpkin customers.  If not…. Watch your mailboxes! 

I’ll be around on Friday on my cell 207 431 0317 so call or text if you need anything!

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!
Best MaryKate 

November 23–24
·         Bags
·         Brads and Buttons
·         Cards and Envelopes
·         Cardstock
·         Designer Series Paper
·         Embossing material
·         Glitter
·         Ribbons
·         Twine
·         Specialty Paper
·         Tags
·         Washi Tape
Ordering Deadline for the Paper & Embellishments Sale:  November 24, 11:50 PM (MT)

November 25–26
·         Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
·         Project kits
·         Card kits
·         Kit refills
·         Memories & More
·         Punch box kits
Ordering Deadline for the Stamps & Kits Sale:  November 26, 11:50 PM (MT)
November 27–28
·         Adhesives
·         Applicators
·         Cleaners
·         Cutting tools
·         Embossing folders
·         Framelits and thinlits
·         Ink Pads
·         Ink refills
·         Markers
·         Punches
·         Scoring Tools
·         Stamp blocks and cases
Ordering Deadline for the Tools & Ink Sale: November 28, 11:50 PM (MT)
If you would like to see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store. Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop!
·         All order types qualify for this promotion.
·         Promotion includes items from the 2018–2019 annual catalog only.
·         While discounts will be available for most items, some exclusions apply. These non-discounted items include—but are not limited to—the following products:
§  Host stamp sets
§  Paper Pumpkin (prepaids, monthly subscriptions, past kits/refills)
§  Big Shot
§  Stamparatus
·         Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion.
·         Item quantities are limited.
§  Depending on inventory levels, discounted pricing may or may not be available for items featured in the promotion throughout the entirety of each 48-hour sale.
§  Discounted items may be turned off if their supply reaches a predetermined threshold. We have set up each 48-hour sale this way so we are able to continue supporting you and your customers through the life of the annual catalog.
§  If an item is turned off during a 48-hour sale, it will be made available again at its regular price within 36 hours of its 48-hour sale ending.
·         Discounted pricing for items featured in this promotion will be available only during each allotted 48-hour sales period. (E.g., discounted cardstock will available only during Paper & Embellishments sale; discounted ink pads will be available only during Tools & Ink sale.)