Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Non-Traditional Valentines from Stamps you own

I love helping people get more out of stamp sets they own.

Here's a few Valentine's Day card ideas from sets that were very popular in the past few years.


Sheltering Tree has a lot of fun sayings and images.  

Great to make the tree "bloom" by adding a stamp with markers or dots.

And the Hot Air Balloon set that was so popular.  Here's a simple "love is in the air".  

This paper is from the Magical set - but you could create your own designer paper with the cloud stamp.

I hope you look through ALL your sets and get creative with making Valentines!

Happy Valentine Stamping! MaryKate

PS Don't forget the host code, and it's Sale-A-Bration time so for every $50 you spend you choose a free item.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Quick update on the Bubble & Fizz box

One of the great things about teaching is you learn how others learn!!

We made these at class yesterday and a few people said... it would be great to have a photo with all the pieces cut off!!  Here it is!!  On the left with pieces cut out, then the right you punch out the opening with the Modern Label Punch (or we found out last night - the "I" die if you have the alphabet!)

We all agreed this one is fun fast and easy - see yesterday's post for all the how-to!

Happy crafting
Don't forget, this Bubble & Fizz paper is free with a $50 order!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bubble and Fizz Chocolate Valentine Box

At class last week one of our crafters was talking about making this box.  So I thought, why not redo it with the pretty new Bubble and Fizz paper with the hearts?  This paper is part of Sale-A-Bration, and is a free item (12 sheets of designer paper) with a $50 order.  

It’s Calypso Coral and I think it’s really pretty. 

Super easy and great to make if you want to make one for everyone (you know I love my bankers, my snow plow guy, my post office workers, town office, doctor’s office… ) I think it’s fun to give out Valentine’s and make someone smile.

Here's the open version - the heart is the closure. 

And there's room inside to write a note (or on the back)

It's also very "paper efficient" as you get 3 from each piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  

Here’s the original post with detailed instructions and all dimensions.

Hope you make some!  

Happy Valentine’s crafting, MaryKate

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Perennial Birthday set and Make Your Own Designer Paper

The Perennial Birthday Kit is a winner!  We are playing with this set Monday Jan 29 at Warsaw 6pm, I have 1 place left, so RSVP quick!

You will each make 2 of the 4 cards from the kit.  Easy to put together and I think these cards have a fun wow factor. 

One person at class will win the pretty box and the box inserts.  

Here's a quick video so you can see the kit.

We will also make our own designer paper and create a card in a treat bag. 

Create your own DSP with the same Perennial Birthday set

I’ve cut the pieces 9 x 6 ½ so you have a bit extra.  Stamp in basic grey, all the flowers, turning the stamp so there’s a more random pattern.

With the dauber, tap it to the ink pad 2-3 taps, then run the dauber on your grid paper to take off excess color, then gently swipe it on your flowers.  I’m using Calypso Coral and either Wild Wasabi or Pear Pizzazz

Then cut out the treat bag with the big shot.  Fold up, adhere.

Make the card back 3 ¼ x 4 ¾ and the whisper white 3 x 4 ½, stamp the “today blooms just for you” in grey.  

Now make the belly band, it’s 1” wide and about 8 ½, wrap it around the treat bag, secure.  Wrap thin white twine (about 18”) and make a bow.  Stamp the small flower and with the dauber color in the flower and leaves.

Punch the flower out with the 1 1/8” scallop punch and then punch out the matching Calypso Coral 1 3/8” scallop circle.  Adhere together,  then add to the band with a dimensions.  

Here's a set of cards made with the same stamp set - I love the versatility of this set. 

I’m using the free Tutti Fruitti cards (free with Sale-A-Bration) with the Perennial birthday stamp set.  Ink is basic grey and the ribbon is also from Sale-A-Bration and is also free with a $50 order.

I like the variation in the cards (email me for an instruction set) and I like a little sparkle.

Not everyone love sparkle so here’s the So Saffron card without sparkle, which do you prefer?

1 place left for Monday so email me for that spot.

Happy Stamping! MaryKate

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Copy the Catalog Challenge with Apron of Love

My team challenge was to copy a card in the catalog - but use a different stamp set and colors. 

My inspiration was the coffee set on page 31 - my favorite from the annual catalog.  I love the square 4x4 gift card holder to the left of the picture.  I love the coffee bean stamp and the matching ribbon.

So here's my Apron of Love with a Dunkin Donuts gift card. The Apron of Love set has the heart and I thought it made a fun pattern and I'm in "Valentine mode"!

What do you think?

My goal was also to make a card that a beginner could make as I'll be crafting at Dunkin Donuts.  I thought this was pretty easy.  

You stamp hearts (and a greeting inside) then make a holder (it's 3 1/4 x 4, scored 1/2 on each of the the short side and 3/4 on 1 end of the long side), attach to card, stamp the pocket, cut out the apron, strings, pocket.  I got the logo online.  

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The ribbon is the lovely Berry Burst silver edge and I tied it with the twine.  

Do you think it will be easy to make?  I thought so.

I'd be interested to hear what you think! Is it cute? Easy for a beginner?  

Happy stamping (and happy copying the catalog!) MaryKate

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's a snow day!

It’s a snow day!  Even though I still have to work on a snow day, I still share in the fun when I get the news from kids and teacher-friends!

So I thought I’d make snow day projects!  Quick cards using Memories and More – I just copied the catalog, why not make it easy – so much inspiration!  These cards are called "color theory".

Then I created another one and to make the snow, I splattered on some glue. You put a small squirt (1/2 tsp) of glue in a small pot, 1 tsp of water, mix and then dip your aquapainter in the gluey mixture, tap the brush so it splatters a fine mist of watery glue, then sprinkle on dazzling diamonds.  Snow! 

The next is a Memories and More book (or a start on a book).  So easy, and so simple. 

My friend missed craft class as her (super-cute) grandson and she played in the snow with him (so glad she did, these are priceless days).  So I thought I’d grab a few of the Memories & More snowy cards and create some pages.  

I’ll finish the book and she can do the journaling.  This would be a fun gift for a parent or grandparent (or friend who you travel with ).

Quick and easy… just a fun lunchtime crafting escape for me. Now back to work … no snow day for me :( 

Happy snow day everyone - MaryKate

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Apron of Love

I have so many ideas for this card… so cute with baking tools, or BBQ tools. What about in Orange with a Home Depot logo and a gift card?  Or in Berry Burst with a Dunkin Donuts gift card inside??

This was made as a swap card.

Each person on my team signs up to make 12 identical cards and sends them out and gets 12 card ideas back.  I just got all my swaps in and can’t wait to show you what I received. 

I’ll start with mine – the Apron Card with the Picture Perfect Birthday designer paper (of the left), and the sequin dry embossing on the white cardstock.  I added the scissors and new silver twine.  The dies are cute and very easy to use.

I’ll organize all my swaps and post them all week – my team is so creative, you will love their ideas!

Happy stamping MaryKate

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sure Do Love You Valentine Card

This is a swap from Janey Backer, my team mate.  

I just love it. It has some great design elements that make it really pop.

Janey used the Sure Do Love You set  with the matching framelits Lots to Love Box for the heart cut outs. She also used the new sequin embossing folder.  Do you see the sequins on the Flirty Flamingo background? 

There’s a tiny bit of silver glimmer paper behind the heart and this is pulled out with the trim which is also silver (the silver sequins), and Flirty Flamingo twine.

A little bit of coordinating washi tape also in Flirty Flamingo really sets this off.

I think she did a stunning job and pulling the colors and patterns together.  She and I both say it’s what we love most about Stampin Up products, they coordinate, so your results will be wow and crafting is so much easier.  

Love this card.  I think I might create something like this in Charlie’s favorite colors – that for my “one and only” Valentine (see yesterdays post on Valentine philosophies!) 

See more of Janey's work at

Happy stamping, MaryKate

PS This bundle (dies and stamps) is $48.50 and if you add a $1.50 item you can choose a Sale-A-Bration item for free!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Party Panda Valentines Day Love You

I find people have 2 very different philosophies on Valentine's Day... either you make (or buy or send) just 1 card to that 1 special person.... OR ... you make a lot of Valentine's and share the love!

I'm the latter. I think Valentine's Day is a great time to say how much we "love" our hairdresser, mail carrier, town office, doctor's office (yes even the person that draws my blood -aggh!), the post office manager (I live in a very small town)!  

I usually create treat packaging but this year I think I'll create "narrow cards" these are 20 to a pack for only $8 and include envelopes and I'll stamp with the cute Panda. I'll probably put in a little twix bar or other treat.

So the card on the right is the narrow and on the left is the usual notecard 3 1/2 x 5 - $6 for 20 with envelopes. Which size do you like better?

Anyway... So I usually create treat packaging and I've included a few links here to get your creative Valentine's Day juices going...

 such as the nugget holder
or the matchbook
the love you pinch box

Just search "valentine" in the search box top right hand part of this screen and there are lots of quick fun easy packages.

Happy Valentine crafting - MaryKate

PS Don't forget the host code with your purchase to get a free goodie from me at the end of the month.  And it's Sale-A-Bration, so for every $50 you spend, you chose an item.  email me if you have questions  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Jan 2018 - Spread the Love

Love this Paper Pumpkin - so cute!

Here's the video - click for a 3 min "crafty" escape.

Don't forget if you buy a 3 month subscription for $55 you get to choose a Sale-A-Bration item.  

I think you are really going to love this one. I'll bring some with me to class to put together.  The ribbon is rose-gold trim and the cards open to look like a heart.  Fun stamps for Valentines Day. $20 a month, no contract.  Refill kits (no stamps, no ink) are $8.  

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Painted with Love and Sunshine Wishes

This love card uses the Painted with Love paper, and 8 hearts cut from the Sassy framelits, in 3 different sizes.  You just layer them on the side and you are done. 

The card is a regular sized 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded in half, with t he front of the card trimmed to 3” (so just cut off 1 ¼”). 

This way you can see the powder pink behind the hearts.

The outside ‘love’ is from sunshine wishes and the inside ‘you’ is from the free “Celebrate Amazing You” in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

I added a gold heart at the top to tie it together. 

The narrow card (new to the Spring catalog) is 4 ½ x 2 1/2. 

So I covered the card with matching card stock (this one is Melon Mambo). Then added the 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 Painted Love paper, added the gold thread to the back of the hearts and then added ‘love’.  This die is from the Lovely Words set. 

At class on Jan 22 we will make these 2 cards, and the nugget holder see the post

There will be different color choices for the holder and the narrow card, all to match the Painted with Love paper set.

And a fun Panda card – I just love this free set – the pandas are so cute.

So 4 projects!

I have 2 spaces left for Monday Jan 22 class so RSVP quick!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Monday, January 15, 2018

Magical Day Friends for Jan 20

Hi crafters - a few more details on Sat Jan 20 class in Hartland.

We will play with both the Pandas and the Magical Day Friends sets on Saturday.  Here's a bit more on these magical friends.

The first card is a notecard (3 1/2 x 5) and you stamp 1 of the friends and color it in. You can use the new Stampin Blends or the watercolor pencils. Lots of paper choices.  I used a page from the matching designer paper. 

The You are One of a Kind is in Bermuda Bay and there's a matching die to cut this out -and dies for the friends. 

Do you like the glimmer paper?  It comes in blue, green or this white glimmer.  I used the star punch. I think the 1 3/4 or 2 or 2 1/4 all are fine too. 

This card uses embossing.  So after I colored the wizard and cut him out, I embossed the silver stars and then colored in with the new lemon-lime watercolor pencil and used my blender pen. 

The lemon-lime sheet below the whisper white was what I used to stamp and embossing the Magical greeting (it's hidden behind the white).   And I had to put some wink of stella in his beard :)

This would be fun with the mermaid and some bubbles -- or maybe the dragon or the unicorn could breath some sparkles!  

This is a tiny "pinch box".  It's 3 x 6, then on the long side, score it 1/2" from the end, then take the 5 1/2 and divide into 4 equal panels, so score at 1 3/8, 2 3/4, 4 1/8 then 1" on the short edge.  cut the 4 edges, remove the tab that is 1/2 x 1 and fold into a box.  Pinch it shut and then close with a binder clip.  We'll be doing several other closures at class and I'll post all the different ways we do this on Monday.

I think I might make some in the Painted with Love paper for a Valentine look. 

More on the Panda's tomorrow.
Happy Crafting and if you are local, don't forget to RSVP for class Jan 20 - MaryKate

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Party Pandas meet Magical Mates Jan 20 Class

Hi crafters

This is a bit of a rushed post, very busy day here and football about to start but I promised to show you what we are making Sat Jan 20 2-4pm at the Hartland library.

A RSVP is essential by Thursday Jan 18 latest!  

I'll post details of these projects tomorrow.. but lots of sparkle, magic, wink of Stella, Panda love and chocolate!  Many color choices (I went a bit mad on Rich Razzleberry!!)

The larger Panda card we made about 3 years ago (before my blog started), it's a super easy gift card holder that I covered with Panda's (I think when we did it before I covered with "Mingle All the Way"), I love it when something fun gets a new look with new stamps and paper!  The panda idea was from Dawn Griffith and I think the gift card holder card design was Brandy Cox (but it was a while back!)

More tomorrow -
Happy crafting, MaryKate

Friday, January 12, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Party Extravaganza Sat Feb 24 2-4pm

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Picture Perfect Birthday projects on yesterdays post (just scroll down to see the projects!)

I love that you love the set and these projects. Thank you!

I've put a new class on the schedule Sat Feb 24 2-4pm where you will get the stamp set, the inks (to take home) and all supplies to make the projects which all the leftover pieces to take home.  See "workshops and events" tab for all the details.

I also promised to share my "how-to" on the fringe.  In the catalog you'll see they are offering rolls of paper fringe but a) they have withdrawn it and b) why not make it ourselves?

There are 2 ways - I cut strips 1" wide, then with a chalk marker (a gel pen works fine too or the white pencil in the watercolor pencil set) draw the stitching down the center.  Cut with fringe scissors if you have them to make it fast or regular scissors.  Love it!  This weekend I'm going to make some with the sewing machine and we'll decided which we prefer. 

I'll bring in samples of these projects to our classes so you have a good look!  

See you at class or online, happy stamping, MaryKate

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday

This set is wow, I think it's THE SET of the new catalog.

Love the designer paper, cute patterns on the back, fun photos on the front.

We all need birthday cards and this set makes birthday cards for just about every person on your list.

So I went a little crazy and created this set of cards - what do you think?

I also created a box to hold a narrow card (these are new, they are 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 and the packet includes 20 cards and 20 envelopes for $8) along with a gift.  

You could buy the dies from Sure Do Love You which has a box making die (but I have not yet bought this... emphasis on "yet")!

I love quick and easy treat packaging, great for birthday parties and for Valentine's Day.  So I did a sour cream package and a Ghiradelli chocolate holder - love the matching ribbon in Berry Burst. 

And some cards match the treats!  

I'll post more details on the cards tomorrow.  Some cards have greetings inside.  

It's such a versatile set as you can use this for birthdays but also celebrations as well. 

Tomorrow I'll post a class - where you get the stamps, the inks, the embellishments, all the cardstock you need, you can make these 14 items, decorate your envelopes and have lots left over to make other cards.  

The set is on page 5 of the new catalog (see tab on catalogs, or email me to get a catalog).

Class is Sat Feb 24 2-4pm in Hartland and then ONLINE with a Facebook Live Feb 25.

More to come on Picture Perfect Birthday, 
happy crafting, MaryKate