Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dragonfly Dreams Notepad Thank you Gift

I got so many comments on this cute to do list holder from the last Paper Pumpkin Blog hop that I thought I'd do a post on this with tips.

I like to use ALL the items in the Paper Pumpkin box and this time I even used the cardboard protector LOL :) Here's the link to the original post.

Ok and the directions...first this is what we are making - a complete gift package with envelope and card, I think I'd add in a gift card clipped to the back (that's just me!)

Take a 12x12 DSP and cut off 3 ¾ x 12 and then cut in half for 2 sheets 3 ¾ 6, round the corners. See the template – this is section 3.  

Cut a cardboard sheet (from designer paper back or the paper pumpkin card inserts).  Round the corners.  I used my envelope punchboard to round corners.  I was a bit nervous with using it on cardboard but I had lost the foam top on the knob and was going to replace it so I thought why not use it? And it worked fine.  I secured the envelope with a magnet and the dragonfly is just decoration

So make the list holder with these 3 items, add a big clip and matching ribbon.  Add the TO DO lists – I have a template for this to do list. Email me and I'll send it to you. 

Now cut the designer paper down to 8 ¼ x 8 ¼  (section 2) and make a big envelope.  However prior to adhering the envelope together, insert the to do list, as it’s wider at one end. I appreciate it looks a bit wonky but I think that’s ok :)

Now make the notecard.  The designer piece is 3 x 4 ½, section 1, the silver foil is 3 ¼ x 4 ¾. The set is All Things Thanks and I used silver embossing powder with Versamark.
With the leftover from section 1, wrap the jumbo clip, I used 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 and wrapped it.

I think this makes a cute thank you gift – if you wanted it to be more you could add a little gift card on the back of the list holder.

I hope you make one!  Happy crafting, MaryKate

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sweet Soiree Notecard

I think the most important part of any card is the postage stamp!  It's so nice to get real mail in your mailbox.  So make it quick and easy and send a note :)

This is just a quick simple card using the pretty Sweet Soiree paper 1/4" strip on the bottom, one of the die cuts from the matching embellishment set and a decorated envelope.  

My mother in law is so good to me and this is now on its way to her as a tiny note with a big thank you. The other one is a hello to a dear friend who just needs a pick me up.

I hope you send a card today.
Happy stamping

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Apron of Love Cookie Jar

This quart mason jar holds all the ingredients for 2 dozen cookies. The recipe holder has the extra "wet" ingredients to add to the dry mix.

It's so easy to make and I think it's a lovely gift for a teacher, mom, neighbor.  

I like the way the little ruffle on the apron, matches the "ruffle" on the lid with the starburst punch!

If you'd like the complete set of instructions, just email me or join us to make it on Sat April 28 in Hartland or Sat May 12 in Pittsfield.  

Happy Stamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Love the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin

Here's a quick 3 minute video showing you the 16 cards and 4 boxes included in this great kit.  

I'm a bit behind these days after a week of vacation, so I'll be showing you my projects and alternatives after I get back from work travel. One thing I love about Paper Pumpkin is that you can take it anywhere - work travels, camp, over to a friend's house.  Everything is included in the box - all supplies, inks, and a great stamp set.  An inexpensive way to create a great stamp set stash!

There's a special of 50% off for 2 months that ends May 10.

Click here to subscribe and also to see prior kits

Use the code SAVEFIFTY0418 and you get 2 months for $20 total.  

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Miss to Mrs - Large Letter Banner

A fast project that has a wow factor! 

I made this for a bridal shower.  I cut the large letters out of silver glimmer (the bride's colors were Night of Navy and Silver).

I made 4 1/4 x 2" banners and used my banner punch to quickly flag the ends.

Attached the letters and hearts (Sassy Framelits) and then punched the top of the banner with the 1/8" punch

Tip:  use 1/2" ribbon with a 1/8" hole so the ribbon is stable. If you use twine all the banner would "smoosh" together.  

Tip2:  don't forget to leave 18" of ribbon at the end of each banner so it's easy to tie up!

So pretty... and it's going in her scrapbook -- 
happiness always, MaryKate

Friday, April 20, 2018

Barn Door - slider fun!

Sliding Barn Door

This card is a notecard 8 ½ x 5 1/2 folded.  

Stamp the door in Early Expresso, cut out with the die

Stamp the greeting on the white piece 2 ¼ x 4

Now create the card front.  Run the soft sky (4 x 5 ¼)  through the wood plank embossing folder.  Which way do you like the grain to go? Now with the sliding die, position on the soft sky so there is EXTRA ROOM at the top (for the “rail”).  

Run through Big Shot. Adhere the greeting piece that will be covered by the door.

Put 4 foam strips on the back just over and under the sliding openings.

Stamp the greeting for the outside of the door, cut out with the dies.   Adhere to door.

Cut out the rail and the door hardware and attach the rail and hardware to the card front and door front.   

The door hardware doesn’t make the door slide, it’s an illusion.

Now get your door “wheels” ready.  Take 2 #6 washers (I bought 100 for $1.45 on Amazon, search #6 washer) and a mini dimensional and create a washer-dimensional-washer sandwich. 

Gently push 4 wheels into the 2 long slots.  Put a glue dot on each wheel.  Place the Barn Door on 2 wheels (first on the left side), then the right side.  The door will slide.  Stamp a greeting inside if you wish.

Here's a cute simple barn door card Glad to know you

This crumb cake card is a notecard 7 x 5 folded.  
Stamp the door in Early Expresso, cut out with the dies
Stamp the wreath twice, once in a green such as Emerald Envy or Lemon Lime Twist and once in a bright color such as berry burst.

Cut out the green wreath with the wreath die and the bow with the bow die. Glue the bow to the wreath.

Attach the door to the front with dimensionals.  Adhere on the wreath.  Tie about 24” of twine around the card and secure the bow at the top. Stamp the greeting inside. 

This set makes every card look stunning... very happy it's in the new catalog.  

Don't forget all the retired items are going fast, click on my shopping cart button and "Last Chance" list - 13 inks retiring (with all the matching paper, cardstock, re-inkers) and so many fun stamps... once they are gone.. you'll be looking on eBay ... you know you will... so get them new!

happy stamping, MaryKate 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Notecard holder in Sweet Soiree and Myths & Magic Paper

This makes a great gift.  It holds 4 flat notecards and 4 envelopes.  You'll see it first in Sweet Soiree and then in other designer papers.  You need to select paper that is thicker or coated such as the Sale-A-Bration Foils or these papers.  

The holder is 6 x 12 scored  at 4 1/2 , 5 ¼ 9 ¾ and 10 ½.  Round 2 ends of the holder.  Fold the score lines.  

Take 2 magnets and ensure you have them together.  Add a magnet on the inside with a glue dot. Now put a glue dot on the other magnet (the 2 are “attached” for now).  Now fold the flap and press the magnets to the front, this way it lines up just right.  Put a small circle on the front (if the magnets are too strong).  I bought my magnets on Amazon, search for 1/4" thin magnets. 

With the remaining 6” cut 4 strips 1” x 12 these are for the top of the notecards and for the envelopes.  There will be 2 small pieces to decorate the boxes. 

Make 2 boxes to hold the envelopes and cards.  The box is 3 x 5 7/8 and scored at 3/8 and ¾ on 3 sides.  Remove the 2 squares at the bottom completely.  Yup cut them right off (these squares are ¾ x ¾) see top photo of green box.

Now fold on the score lines.  Put a glue dot to hold the box together and then adhere inside the folder.  I used liquid glue.. You can use tear n tape –but snail is not strong enough.

Decide if you want to have the faux (fake) bow or not.  If so make sure you leave room for the bow at the top of the card.  
The cards are 5 1/2 x 4 ¼ and the white front is 5 ¼ x 4.  Stamp on the  ½ white strips with the Fruit basket set.  Or really any set works!!

Adhere a strip of designer paper then the white strip.   

The faux bow:  punch 2 holes at the top of your card, put a loop of ribbon (about 8”) from front to back (bottom image) the turn the card over and put the left ribbon in the right hole bringing it from the front to the back. Your ribbon will fray, no problem, trim the ends.

Here it is in the Lots of Love paper - stunning gold stripes.  The faceted gem is just for decoration, it doesn't do anything, the magnets do the work!

And here in the Myths and Magic set, the paper is magical. I used a variety of ribbons - grey, Old Olive, shimmer black.

This is a fast easy project that has a wow factor, I hope you try it!

Happy stamping MaryKate

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Zee Fold Card with Blends on Foil paper

This is so pretty. I love the way the blends react with the coated specialty paper and the foil inlay. 

In fact I loved the Sale-A-Bration item of Specialty Foils.  This week I have a series of cards using these foils and anyone who places an order of $50 or more with a host code will get 48 6 x 6 pieces of this amazing paper.  Until sold out. 

See the cutting pattern below, this is cutting NOT assembling.

Take the 2 pieces large and 3 small pieces of foil, and color using blends  the flowers and leaves with coral, cherry cobbler and old olive.  Set aside to dry.  Consider using a heat tool on low to help it dry. 

Stamp the greeting from A Mother's Flair and punch with a 1 3/4" circle, punch out a 2" gold foil circle and layer together. I punched the gold from the background foil (as you won't see it after it's all layered up).

Now put the card together.  Fold and burnish all score lines.  Now layer the colored flowers on the gold. 
On the main card based, layer the largest piece on the inside then layer the smaller flowered piece on the front. 
Make the long skinny band, scored at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ Attach the longest part of the skinny piece to the front of the card (see photo on top) (just the first 2 1/8” inches) and then attach the last part of this skinny piece to the inside.  Add your greeting to the front. 

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Celebrate or Shine On Sunshine Wishes

Shine On or Celebrate

I loved the Sale-A-Bration item of Specialty Foils.  This week I have a series of cards using these foils and anyone who places an order of $50 or more with a host code will get 48 6 x 6 pieces of this amazing paper.  Until sold out. 

This card is a notecard 7 x 5 folded.  
Back layer is 4 ¾ x 3 ¼  Foil is 4 ½ x 3

You can color this or not.. if you wish to color it...with your dauber, softly and slowly swirl on EITHER  an ombre of blues or pinks or greens onto the foil.  Take your time, add color very slowly. Tip: after you tap your dauber on the ink pad, take some color off onto your grid paper.

Die cut Sunshine (and remove SUN) die cut on from congrats.  Add Shine on to the front of this foil layer and then layer up the card.  OR die cut Celebrate. 

Using the Swirly bird dies cut the foil paper on the “swirl”, layer on top of the copper base. Add ribbon I used the 1/4 organza. This is great ribbon as you can easily color it with a marker.

So if you had a graduate you could pick school colors for the word and the foil or the ribbon!  OR you could color on the specialty paper, I used Island Indigo (retiring ugh...get it quick before it disappears!).  and then cut out the word.

A tip: I used the swirly bird dies and the largest die is 6" wide.  So as the Big Shot is 6" wide I needed to be careful to ensure it was centered...and the last one I cut.. you know it, I had the die off center, it caught on the edge and the die broke (so I have a leaf die now! Just sharing so you don't do what I do :)

 Happy stamping, MaryKate

Monday, April 16, 2018

Foil Cards with a Mother's Flair

The Matt Finish with Specialty Coated Paper

I loved the Sale-A-Bration item of Specialty Foils.  This week I have a series of cards using these foils and anyone who places an order of $50 or more with a host code will get 48 6 x 6 pieces of this amazing paper.  Until sold out. 

This Card is 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded
Back layer is 4 x 5 ¼
Gold and silver foil is 3 ¾ x 5

To get the matt finish take your ink pad and pat it on the specialty foil paper (like a smear) and with a paper towel, using a swirly motion, remove the ink from the foil paper. It's like polishing.  The paper is coated so the ink will come off on the paper towel.   I love the black (use Memento NOT archival) and the night of navy. 

I also tried it with Tempting Turquoise, Calypso Cora
l, Daffodil Delight, and then Emerald Envy.

Keep swirling for about 2-3 minutes to get an even matt finish.   

I used the wow Mother's Flair set.. I think it's been overlooked.  It's on the "last chance" list as it retires May 31 or until sold out.  Super cute and versatile. 

Stamp your image, die cut a scallop oval, attached together.  Place about 10” of thin gold ribbon on top of the card below the oval image. Stamp inside the card.  Stamp the envelope too. 

happy stamping - MaryKate