Thursday, August 30, 2018

Shine on with Frosted Floral and Sunshine Wishes

Our team challenge is on!  We each get paper from the new catalog and create a card, box, tag anything.  Here's my entry.  (The silver edge card and envelope are new in the Holiday catalog, it goes live Sept 5, let me know if you'd like a catalog!)

It's a card for a high achieving, hard working team mate who made silver - a big promotion in the Stampin Up world.   Can you see the sequins just above and below the word shine?

I used the Sunshine wishes and the "shine" is from sunshine and the "on" is from the on in congratulations.

A tip: if you have using your big shot to cut foil paper, and if your plates are very worn (so scratched up), the scratches can appear on the foil.  To avoid this look, place a piece of paper (grid paper or copy paper on top of the foil, then cover with the 2nd plate and pass through the big shot.  no scratches on your foil.

So your "sandwich" is base, plate, foil, die, copy paper, 2nd plate.  Easy!

Come see all the new paper, lots of samples and new sets on Sat Sept 8 2-4pm at my house in Hartland. email me for details.

Happy crafting - shine on!!  MaryKate

Monday, August 27, 2018

Farmhouse Backpack - Back to School

Wow it's 84 here and tomorrow is back to school!  I can't believe summer is over.  (Yes I know technically not yet - but once school is back, it feels "over"!)

So here's a new backpack to send them back to school with.  This holds a lot!  I put a water bottle and pencils next to it, to show you size. It's just over 6" high.

And the back has the new Farmhouse burlap. 

The front pocket is held together with velcro dots and can hold a gift card.  So you can load this baby right up with all kinds of goodies.

If you'd like a project sheet, email me, and as soon as it's together, I'll email it out to you!  Email me at Or you can search "backpack" and you'll see other versions of this backpack, all dimensions are listed.  

Happy crafting, MaryKate
PS Bonus day finish this Friday - you get $5 for each $50 you spend
PPS Catalog launch at my house Sat Sept 8 2-4pm Drop in and Craft and see and touch all the new things.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Paper Pumpkin August 2018 Blissful Blooms

A quick post today, my Paper Pumpkin arrived and I can't wait to play with it!  

Here's the 2 min video on what it makes (stunning watercolor look cards) and later today or tomorrow I'll post the cards I make and a few alternative projects.

Such fun, just $20 a month for the stamp set, all supplies and the ink.   And refills are available (everything but the ink/stamps), and this refill is already on my list.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

PS... September Paper Pumpkin is all about Halloween and what I know is that it makes 24 treats.  We will use this Paper Pumpkin set in class Sept 24 at Warsaw, be sure to sign up (and we'll make items from the new Toil & Trouble suite as well).  

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Photo cards with a horizontal photo

Photo cards are great for congratulations, hello's or I think perfect for Christmas / holiday cards.

In this post
click here for the photo card - vertical
I showed you a card with a vertical look with a Congratulations to Cathy on her achievement of Silver!!

Here's the horizontal photo card look.  It's the same technique for a horizontal photo.  Here are a few tips. 

Same idea:  You have an outside base card.  8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and remove 1/2 off the back of this base card. Decorate the front. I used the July 2018 Paper Pumpkin. 

Create the inside card to hold the photo.  Take another whisper white 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 for inside the card (to hold the photo) and add some score lines so you have 3 scores:  ½, 4 ¼ and 4 ¾ 

Cut out a frame, for this larger photo of Susan Cathy and I, I used the Barn Door die set for a rectangle.  You can also use a trimmer to cut out this rectangle.  Or an oval, square or circle.  Now adhere your photo to the inside of this part of the card.  

BEFORE you put the inside card together (to form a box), add some stamping or decorations.  My photo was big, so I added some balloon stickers from the July Paper Pumpkin set.

Now put the inside card together. 

First adhere the inside card to the first base card.  Line up the very edge of the back of the base card right into the fold of the card – adhere this down to the back of the base card.  Snail or liquid glue works just fine. Try this first without adhesive, so you can see it work.  

Then add tear n tape to the edge of the inside card. Can you see it in the photo to the left at the top of the inside card (above the photo of the 3 of us)?

Now adhere the ½” edge flap into the fold of the decorated card with tear n tape.  Put it right into the fold of the outside base card.  Close the card.   Now it will open and pop out.   

Super easy - yes it takes a full sheet of cardstock!  

I hope you try it.  Don't forget if you want a Paper Pumpkin you need to order by the 10th of the Month.  

This is the set of cards the July Paper Pumpkin kit made (that I used for my base with these photo cards). 

I can tell you that the September Paper Pumpkin is a Halloween Kit and I'll be using it in our Halloween classes.  You'll get ink, stamps, a block and supplies for all the projects.  Everything in 1 box. So easy! $20 per month. 

Happy stamping, let me know if you have questions at or if you'd like a project inspiration sheet!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Smoosh Card in Beautiful You

Our "Fun Folds" class included this card.  It's 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and then scored at 4 1/4 on 2 sides and then a diagonal score.

You can decorate this in so many ways.  I brought out the ever popular Beautiful You and used Stazon ink so we could use our markers.  

We had all kinds of different paper and color options. Mine is Grapefruit Grove with the matching Love what you do paper.

Edited Aug. 17 2018
Here is Emma's card - paper and color makes a big difference.  

I love her colored dress, it's so bold and eye catching. The Old Olive and Berry Burst combination is wow!

We had a quick refresh on the envelope punch board (tip: measure the card, the board tells you the size of paper and the first punch).  After the first punch and score, IGNORE the ruler and use the score line to line up for the next 3 punches.

Here's the original post with other "looks".
Click here for the original post with other paper designs

I hope you try it.  We have a few spots left for Sat Aug 25 Sea of Textures, let me know if you are "in", to ensure I have a kit for you.

Happy stamping MaryKate

PS don't forget, it's bonus days, for every $50 you spend, you get $5 to spend in September (just in time for the Holiday catalog.

PPS let me know if you need a Holiday catalog at

Monday, August 13, 2018

A photo card - congratulations Cathy!

I love getting cards with photos!  Great at the holidays but also nice to send as a Congratulations.

This one is of my team mate Cathy celebrating a Silver Milestone at a Stampin Up Convention (sorry Cathy to get this to you so late!).

Easy to make. 

Take a base card (the full 8 1/2 x 5 1/2) and trim 1/2 off the back edge of the card so your base is now 8 x 5 1/2, and decorate the front.  My base had "Hooray" on the front.  

Now take another whisper white for inside the card (to hold the photo) 8 ½ x 5 ½ and add some score lines so you have 3 scores:  ½, 4 ¼ and 4 ¾ 

Cut out a frame, I did a square for a photo but you could do a circle or an oval.  Or for a larger photo the Barn Door die set for a rectangle

I used the stitched shapes and my Big Shot.  Now stamp on the front. Then create the box.  See lower right photo.  

Insert photo.  Or you could stamp inside if you prefer.  Here's the card standing up with the photo inside.

Adhere to the first base card.  Line up the very edge of the back of the base card right into the fold of the card – adhere this down to the back of the base card.  Try this first without adhesive, so you can see it work.  Now adhere the ½” edge flap into the fold of the decorated card.  So now it will open and pop out.   

Really easy and I hope has a "wow" factor. We did this card (both horizontal and vertical) as my fun folds class last week.

Join us either Aug 25 or Aug 27 for classes (click on the workshops/event tabs for details).

Happy celebrating! MaryKate

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Healing Hugs Fun Fold

The Healing Hugs “arm” card, super easy and very versatile!

White 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 (card front)
And 4 x 4 (inside of the card)
Gorgeous Grape 9 ¾ x 4 ¼ score at 5 ½
Gorgeous Grape 1 ¼ x 9 1/2 and score 5 1/2
Black 4 x 4 (punch the starburst from this piece in the middle)
Whisper white 2” circle  x 2
Starburst circle punch

Take the SMALLER whisper white piece and stamp the flower with not too much white space between the flowers

Stamp the greeting, the bit of texture”, punch out with 2” circle punch, adhere to the black Starburst circle, and if you wish, add a white circle to the other side for a “finished” look.

Take the LARGER whisper white piece and stamp the greeting in the middle and the flower in the corner, adhere this to the inside of the card.

Attach the arm to the back of the card base, centering it with the side.  Attach the circle/starburst. Put the glue on the ARM NOT the circle (so the edge of the circle does not get gluey and messes up the card front!

This set is one of several "distINKtive" sets in the new catalog that have a photo realistic look.  Super pretty.

Tip: use your bone folder to ensure the card folds flat.

This is a very easy card to make a lot of and I think it is really useful, and easily adapted to a birthday or sympathy or a thank you.  Just about any stamp set would work with this fun fold. 

Kelly Acheson was my inspiration for this card and I made a few changes, thank you Kelly!

Happy stamping everyone - Don't forget it's BONUS days, for every $50 you spend, you get a $5 coupon (and you know with the new holiday catalog coming, there will be something you'll want :)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cute Mini Apron Box

I posted in June on how to make these mini boxes.  You can click here to see the original post with all dimensions and instructions  Click here to see the Apron Box post

I was making up a parcel for my sister in law (taking care of her new grandson full time!) and thought I could add this into her care package.  

It holds 4 Hershey nuggets and to make sure they didn't fall out, I put the box into a 3 x 6 cello bag with a little 2 x 3 topper.  Put a bow on something and it's an instant gift!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

More Fun Folds - the High Tide Tunnel card

Love this High Tide set (it's hard not to love lighthouses when you live in Maine!)

The front card is flat and has pretty simple stamping, just 2 colors, Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue with the Daffodil Delight layer.

Inside it looks like you look through a tunnel or a porthole!

You need two 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ sheets of card stock. The inside “window” piece Balmy Blue is scored at 2-1/8, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″.   The outside piece is whisper white 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and not scored prior to stamping. 

Die cut a window in the center of the Balmy Blue window piece (I used the Layering Circles Framelits). 

Make a Mountain fold and stamp. 

The “base” piece is stamped on the inside before being folded in half.  

I did a watercolor wash look with sponged coastal cabana on the top portion of my card and I stamped off the water stamp with Balmy Blue ink then sponged it with a sponge dauber. Again in light coastal cabana. Stamp the birds and the sun. You'll see that I used my grid paper to remind me where the middle was (it's not yet folded).  And my stamping goes past where it will show and you can look down into the card.

The front layer is 3 ¾ x 5 stamped with the light house, water, birds and sentiment.   The Daffodil Delight is 4 x 5 ¼.   Adhere these layers together.  Fold the white card in half and put the lighthouse on the front. 

For the inside:  Adhere the left panel and the right panel of the window piece to the base piece. 

What do you think? Will you try it? 
What will you put in your "porthole" or tunnel??? What about the dragonflies? or some designer paper??

If you wish to join us for fun folds, RSVP quick, just 1 place left :)

Happy fun folds, MaryKate

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New to stamping? How best to try it out?

I had a fun question yesterday... "how do I try out stamping"?  

I'm very interested to hear all your ideas (please comment below).  My thought was to buy a "kit".  A kit has stamps, ink and all the supplies you need to create beautiful projects.  

Here are a few kit ideas:

The first is Paper Pumpkin. At $20 a month (and for August 2018 only $10) it's an easy way to get creative.  You can make up the projects using the video or paper instructions just the way the kit is intended OR you can create alternative projects.  To get a Paper Pumpkin go to my online store, and click on Paper Pumpkin and buy a 1 month subscription (or more if you wish).  Don't forget the code BLOOM0818 so it's 50% off.  

I also like the kits in the annual catalog.  See page 7 8 and 9. I like the one on page 8 Soft Sayings.

You get materials for 20 cards, the stamps and ink, and the block.  And there's a refill for $21 if that suits you.  Lots of card varieties, Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations, Just a Note etc. Below are the kit contents

I also liked the Lots of Happy - we made up these cards at class.  Everyone loved them. Water color pencils are included (if you buy through me I'll send a blender pen - more on that later - but you'll be glad to get this extra accessory!).  Click here to see a prior post on this kit

And a true favorite is the kit on page 205 with the Big Butterfly and Big Flower for coloring with Blends (alcohol markers). I LOVE this stamp set, mine has got a big workout!

 Click here to see projects made with the Beautiful Day set  

I hope you have some inspiration on starting. Remember, it just takes StampInkPaper (the SIP in SipCraftCare).  

And just me, but I think the MOST important part of a card is a stamp on the front and it going into the mail to make someone's day. Real mail really does say a lot. 

Happy stamping - MaryKate

PS When ordering use the host code, you'll want my free gift this month :)  Kind of like a Holiday gift in September!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Big Box with Delightfully Detailed Cards

We created "big boxes" with the Memories and More card sets and I posted about it here

click here to see the Big Box and cards

And I just got these great photos from my teammate Diana!  She used a different Memories and More Card set "delightfully detailed".  

Her box and cards are stunning!

Would you like an instruction set along with a set of cards and all the paper cut and scored for you?  The box take 1 12x12 and 2 regular sheets, along with the Memories and More cards (3 large, 3 medium, 3 narrow).  Simply place a $50 order with the host code and it's my gift to you and will arrive in the mail in early September.  

So much fun and so easy to make. These make truly wow gifts!!

Happy stamping MaryKate

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Paper Pumpkin July 2018 my projects

Finally I made up my July Paper Pumpkin and its SO CUTE!.  4 adorable baskets filled with 3 cards each.

And here's the video on the "How to" to make these projects.

And a few close up photos for you. 

And, don't forget to subscribe by Aug 10 for next month's Paper Pumpkin, usually $20 a month (bit less with a subscription) but only $10 for August!! The code is BLOOM0818 Try it once... and if you change you mind, you just cancel. Easy. No obligation.

Thanks for considering getting a Paper Pumpkin through me!  You can find with zip code 04943 and my last name is Scott. 

Happy stamping MaryKate