Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fun day at our "big event"

We had a great time Saturday at our big "crafting" event.  Of course we had prize patrol. Each person had a colored Cookie Cutter Creature and when I pulled out blue.. those holding the blue creature got a prize.

Here they are... I think any time you put a box on something it becomes a gift! Easy packaging, easy to create, fun to open, just a bag, staple and a bow.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Team crafting!

We meet as a team on the last Thursday of the month and I share information, ideas, business tips...but our favorite part is the team crafting.

Everyone gets a package mailed to them (we are all over the country!) and we connect on Facebook Live.  I make the projects and everyone crafts along together.  It's recorded so some people choose to watch it later.  Here are the projects I made for September.  

I provide a few tips, ideas and some "how-to's".  

Everyone is asked to post their projects so we can see how each person "makes it their own".  It will be fun to see how each person chose to close their treat packaging.  I used a hat glued to a clothespin, and for the other one (the 2 x 8 bag) I stapled some sparkle ribbon on the back and added the cauldron, I hope the ribbon looks like something coming out of the cauldron!!

I'll post team projects here in the next week or so, that way you can get some fun ideas!  

We are a fun team of hobby stampers who like their 20% discount and also have several team members really making a great business... I love everyone does it "their way".  Click on Connect and Join tab to learn more about us!  Or email me

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Team Challenge - a card with a tag or gift card insert

We have fun team challenges where we get a sketch, like this....

and we create our interpretation.  

This one is by Jacklyn Anderson in CA, love the Halloween theme.

Here's mine... I love a gift card holder. I think we'll make this at class Oct 15 at Warsaw.  

This one is from Susan Morrison in ME - you can see more of her work at, I love her color combination.

And this one is from Cathy Jones (and she won - so she gets to choose any stamp she wants!).  There were 16 entries and the winner is chosen by the random number generator. Love the copper paper, ribbon and designer paper. 

This one from Heather Shaw.. I love the masculine look, I think I'd swap a greeting.. maybe Happy Hunting?? We are in Maine after all :)

I love this one for a baby shower by Judy Iervolino in CA

Super pretty by April Sheffield in WA (we are all over the country and stay connected on Facebook, at team meetings in person and online and twice a year with the "all demonstrator event")

Did you have a favorite??  I thought you might get great inspiration from these ideas.  Happy Stamping, MaryKate  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Toil and Trouble Treat Bag

I did this in a Halloween look but it would be great in any season.

The  designer paper is 4 x 10 (so 3 boxes from a 12 x 12), score on the long side 1” from each side and then  on the long side at 5/8, 1 ¼ 4 ½ 5 ½ 8 ¾ 9 3/8 see the red dashed lines.

Here's a template for you.  

Burnish your folds.  Trim the tabs, cutting at the 4 ½ and 5 ½ score lines.   See the solid red lines for cutting. Miter these tabs.  Cut off the 4 corners, see the big red X.  These 4 square are 1 ¼ x 1. 

Corner round your edges with the punch board (the top 4 corners) see the green dots. Punch a 1/8 hole in the top.
Now put your box together, adhering the sides together. Close with black organza sparkly 8” ribbon and white twine.  (Put the candy in first!) Decorate the front with the cauldron or the witch.  If you wish add a Halloween greeting to a ½ strip at the bottom.

Quick and easy and if you need to make "one for everyone in the class", this is a great project for you!

Happy halloween! MaryKate

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Spooky Paper Pumpkin Alternative Projects

What did you think about this month's Paper Pumpkin?  We created these bags at class and they were a hit.

Here are some alternative projects, using the kit supplies.  The first one was from Debbie Henderson

And this one from Bonnie O'Neil - I love the use of the swirl folder on the card (love texture!)

The Stampin Up artist team created these projects. 

Rachel Tessman created these card with the bags that slide up.

And this one is from Deb Naylor! Cute narrow card.

I hope you got some fun inspiration. If you are interested in the October kit you need to sign up by Oct 10th latest and it's $20 a month.  We hear October will be fall and November will be the holiday kit.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Sept 2018 Spooky fun kit

I love this Paper Pumpkin.  24 treat bags with fun labels and spooky eek and boo words.

The kit comes with everything: stamps, ink, all supplies!

We created these at class on Monday along with 2 other projects (the wiper card - see the post here) Click here to the pop up "wiper" card

Here's a short "how to" video put out by Stampin Up to make the projects. Warning on this video... the presenter is a bit odd (just my opinion!), still this 3 min video is a quick easy way to show you the kit!

These kits are still available either with the stamps and ink and all supplies $20 or just the supplies (if you have the stamps or stamps that will work with this kit $9).

Happy Halloween, MaryKate

Monday, September 24, 2018

Toil and Trouble Halloween Pop Up card

This can be a card or d├ęcor. Sometimes it’s call a wiper card. 

Here it is closed
... and the tug the sides and it opens and out pops at hat!

2 pieces of cardstock  6 ¾ x 4 ¼, score on the long side 5 and 5 ¾
2 x 2 ½ with a score line in 1 corner about 1/2 “ on each side (see photo) I've already trimmed the edge of the witch hat but you can see the small score line. 

For the front, I used glassy paper (pre-embossed for ease at class) or you can emboss with dots and heat embossing).  3 ¾ x 4 ¼

1. Make the card.  Insert the small piece perpendicular to the front of the card.  Glue this firmly with liquid glue.  See photos below for placement.  The piece should “flap” towards you, down into the card.  Add the sticky strip to the 2 sides - these will adhere down as a "mirror" image.

2. While the glue dries:  Sponge on 3 colors. Tap the ink pad, tap “off” the color on grid paper and swirl onto the glossy paper and if needed take off the ink with a power towel in a swirling motion.   I used Gorgeous Grape, Real Red and Mango melody. 

3. Stamp and die cut the house. Farmhouse is so cute but in this look, I think it's spooky!

4.  Now the glue is dry.  Attach the hat, trim the cardstock.  Test to see it all works. Attach the  larger front to the back  pieces with the sticky strip you adhered (see above)

5. Decorate the front with the colored piece, the Farmhouse house (black ink on the Grape) and  attach the house and bats with dimensionals.  I used the bat punch and black foil for the bats.  Attach the fence with 2-3 glue dots.  My fence is “floating” as the house has dimensions.  You could put a white piece on the back with a greeting.

What do you think - will you try it? I love it when you can create decor and send it as a card. It fits into a regular envelope, but you'll need to add extra postage so it's hand sorted. 

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Monday, September 17, 2018

Country Lane Thank you note

This thank you card was designed and made by Susan Morrison.  Wow, I think it's stunning.  I love the color combination of Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss

Here's the full card (there's a white card inside for the note).  I love the linen thread. 

 (solid for the bow) and check out how the frayed edges show from the back of the flowers.

The color is so rich, love the alcohol markers, Blends are so easy to use.  The Tin Tile is the top favorite of the catalog for embossing folders.  Can you see the wink of stella in the flowers?

For more of Susan's work, check out her blog Click here for Susan's creations

And here's a photo of Susan and I at OnStage (a gathering of Stampin Up Demo's) acting goofy celebrating the 30th anniversary! Fun times!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Painted Harvest - it's back to fall projects

While catalog launch is fun, for me it's a little too early for Christmas projects.  I love fall.  Here's a set of projects for class Sept 17 6-730pm, only 2 places left!

Today I'm using Painted Harvest, everyone looks like an artist with this set.  It's much easier than it looks.  

I've chosen some brighter fall colors (next week I'll post with more traditional Cajun Craze and other classic all colors). The vanilla base for stamping is 4 x 5 ¼

Stamp the yellow part of the flower twice with Pineapple punch, turning the stamp.  You'll get a richer look by stamping it twice. 

Stamp the centers in espresso. 

Stamp the final part of the flower in Mango Melody.  Turn the stamp each time so you get a slight different flower.

Stamp the leaves in Granny Apple Green.  Stamp dots in espresso.  Stamp the greeting in the middle. 

Add some clear droplets.  Layer it together.  Inside stamp a flower and a sentiment with the same process.  Stamp your envelope as well. 

Other details:  The Very Vanilla Base is 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded. The Granny Apple Green base is 5 3/8 x 4 1/8. 

This would make a great Thanksgiving card if you send out a lot of these cards. Very fun relaxing stamping that does not need to be "exact" or perfect!

If you like this watercolor look, you would also probably like the set Waterfront.  

Click here to see the Waterfront post

Happy stamping!

PS Don't forget.. BIG EVENT is Sat Sept 29 11-3pm $35 for the Merry Christmas to all set and supplies for 8 projects, lunch and prizes! RSVP by Sept 18

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

All Is Bright box and Tags and Tidings and Custom Boxes

We have a lot of fun as a Stamping Team - we call ourselves Friends Craft and Care.  Twice a year there is a challenge packet.  Each member gets a bag of paper, some ribbon, sometimes embellishments from a suite in the new catalog.

This set featured the All is Bright paper.

You can make anything: a card, box, tag, sampler, decor, whatever you like.

Here's this entry from my friend MaryBeth

She made a cute box and filled it with 3 x 3 cards and tags from the Tags and Tidings set.

And here are the Stampin Up projects (I think MaryBeth's could easily go into the catalog!)  

Here's out to figure out custom box sizes.  First decide on your finished box size, in this case finished at 3 1/4 x 5. Now decide how deep the base needs to be. So in this case 1" deep.

So you add 1" for each side of the width so 3 1/4 = 1+1+3 1/4 = 5 1/4
And you add 1" for each of the of the length so 5= 1 +1+5=7
that's your base cut it at 5 1/4 x 7 and then trim of 1/16 of an inch on 2 sides (just a hair so the lid fits nicely over the top).

Now create your lid it also measures 3 1/4 x 5 finished, but the lid edges are not so deep, in this case 3/4".
so ... 3/4 + 3/4 + 3 1/4 = 4 3/4
and 3/4 + 3/4 + 5 = 6 1/2
cut your paper 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 and score at 3/4

Then it's as easy as trimming the tabs and making the box. 

I hope you make a box!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Holiday Catalog Launch

We had a fun party yesterday!  I created displays with all the new paper and embellishments and ribbons -- and with 28 swap cards (thank you amazing team!) I showed about 19 or 20 stamp sets!!  Lots of display photos at the end of this post. 

Here are the projects we did (some people did them all, some just 1 or 2).  Drop in and craft is easy for everyone.

A notecard or narrow card with gold embossing with the new Making Christmas Bright set (with the matching lightbulb punch.  

An elegant tag with the wow Joyous Noel specialty paper and the snowflake/star wire element.  I love the little splash of the copper Glimmer paper.  And the ribbon... oooh... love the combination of Merry Merlot and Copper.

This is my favorite item in the catalog and yes it's $9.50!  I love the Foil Edged Cards.  I paired this with a sheet of the Fancy Frost paper and words in silver.  Word came from Happy Birthday thinlet, the new Merry Christmas to all set/die, Sunshine wishes with love, shine on, and more!  This photo includes paper (lower left) from the All is Bright paper, this would be wow with a Merry Christmas.

A quick and easy Halloween chocolate holder, such cute paper this year!

And last I purchased a refill of the August 2018 Paper Pumpkin and offered everyone to make a card. This is a wow kit.  Don't forget to order your Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month, Sept 10 is the deadline for the Spooky kit with 24 halloween treats.

If you'd like a project sheet, any size order will get you all details and dimensions of these projects.  Or join my team, we have a ton of fun in person and online with fun competitions, support, chat, ideas and more.  Email me if you have questions, would like to order or would like a catalog.

And a few photos of the displays... a fun afternoon, hope to see you at class, the schedule in on the Events/Workshop tab. 

This first photo is showing my new advent calendar and card workshop (in person or to go), you get the whole box of Memories and More cards that includes the stickers for the dates, the frame, ring, 15 cards 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, all instructions, 4 card bases and envelopes and ideas for tags.  You collect it and it's $15, mailed to you is $23 (US only).  

And a few more photos of the Advent Calendar project.

This shows a lot of the swaps and many cards from All is Bright and the Tags and Tidings, and the new Pick me Up Tool (so you see it? bottom right), super useful. 

Halloween paper, cards, and projects.  Our class is Sept 24

 Joyous Noel - the sampler was made by my team mate Diana... it's just wow!

More swap cards from talented team mates

This is the Country Lane suite showing you many cards and projects - class is Mon Sept 10 so rsvp today if you plan to join us!

Happy stamping, MaryKate