Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble - Happy Halloween all

It's finally Hallowe'en!!!  I love this holiday. How fun to get dressed up and be silly.

I know your card making and treat packaging is over now, but a few last cards to wish you a very happy Hallowe'en here with the Double Trouble Toil and Trouble set.

My friends at Skills are having a big party today and I hope all the treats they made using the Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin go well with their big event!!  So fun to share the happiness of crafting with these lovely people.

Happy Hallowe'en everyone! MaryKate

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Alpine Adventures Class - can't wait!

This is our class tomorrow.  All about Alpine Adventures and just in time. It snowed yesterday in Maine, enough to have snow plows out!!

Love these die cuts!

The "pool party/birch card" is a great background. Just wipe the inside of the embossing folder with your pool party ink and then run it through the big shot.  The birch trees stay white and the background pool party.

The tag is fun to make and it's a great way to learn how to use the Stamparatus. Email me for the instruction set if you wish

Stay tuned for our November 2018 IDEAS bundle.  I'm part of a 9 person international demo group where we each create new projects and then I "stitch" them into 1 PDF.  It's free to all my customers and I hear was very well received.  November's bundle will be out Nov 1 for all that bought in October and all that buy in November (any amount!)

Happy Crafting! MaryKate

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Joyous Noel Pinwheel card with Merry Merlot

The Pinwheel Card, designed by my friend Angel Holmes with inspiration from Darlene McCallum.

Here are the ingredients: copper glimmer paper, merry merlot ribbon, a silver foil-edged base and Joyous Noel paper.  

1.Cut a base 4 ¾ x  3 ½ stamp Merry Christmas lower right in merry Merlot (I used the Star of Light set). 
2.Cut 2 squares 2 5/8 x 2 5/8
3.Cut 4 squares 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ in 1 pattern and 4 more in another pattern
4.Glue the 2 big squares together diagonally – see photo.

5.Now Glue each small square into the 8 corners, overlapping the squares to create a pinwheel.  Your last square needs to tuck into the first, so glue relatively quickly!
6.Attach the pinwheel to a piece 4 ¾ x 3 ½, wrap 5” of ribbon, secure with scotch tape.  Now take a 4” piece of ribbon and tie a knot around the ribbon, secure to the card.
7.Stamp a greeting inside the card.

Keep it simple, make it beautiful, I hope you try it!  Happy stamping, MaryKate

Friday, October 26, 2018

Making Christmas Bright - the lightbulb punch

This card is part of our Sat Oct 27 Fundraiser.  Fun quick and easy.

1.Cut base 4 ¾ x 3 1/2 from Whisper White
2.Stamp the greeting and the lightbulb string using Early Espresso
3.Stamp 3 lightbulbs, punch these out (use Daffodil Delight, Call me Clover and Real Red inks)

4.Stamp the metal part of the lightbulb in Grey Granite, punch out.
5.Add the lightbulbs to the front with mini dimensionals add the “metal” parts with a glue dot.
6.Add 2 metallic stars to the ends of the light bulb string
7.If you wish, stamp a greeting inside “friends make the season brighter”

Happy crafting. Keep it simple, make it beautiful. Enjoy - MaryKate

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Signs of Santa Silver Edged Cards

It's been busy here!! Lots of holiday classes and now getting ready for our fundraiser this Saturday Oct 27 10-3 in Pittsfield.

We are making 5 silver edge cards and a navy box to put them in.  Here are the Signs of Santa cards.  I love the big Santa (die cut from the matching paper), and the Mrs Claus that I put inside.

The elves are cute too.  

These are so quick and easy and using the Stamparatus (stamp positioning tool) for the greeting makes it fun and simple.  Perfect pressure, perfect placement, every time.  

Here's the box.  The front of the box could also be a nice card.  This is an envelope punch board box.  You cut the paper 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, your first punch/score is at 4 5/8, the seco//nd is at 6".  Use the ruler for the first side, then rotate the paper 90 degrees, ignore the ruler and use the score lines to line up for your next scores.  Do on 2 more sides.  Done!  

Cut the tabs (keep the larger triangle to your "north") and cut up the 2 tabs.  Fold and glue.  

We have 2 spaces left for Saturday, so email me today  5 cards, and the box $15 (and lunch, prizes and fun!)

I posted the other projects (the sled and the star) here.. 
Click here to see the Sled and Star cards

and tomorrow I'll post the Lightbulb card!

The last card is a quilters delight, a pinwheel card.

happy stamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Signs of Santa Advent Calendar

This is fun, fast and easy. It's great to create at class (live or online Nov 5) or with your children or grandchildren.

It's an advent calendar that can hold photos.

Or you can write on the calendar with notes of your holiday events.

The stickers (with dates and holly and much more) are also included in the Memories and More box.

All you need to create this class at home is  a 1/4" punch. 

The class includes full color instructions for all 31 days in December and the cards and tags.

The colors in the card pack (and in this project) are Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade and Garden Green.

We are creating this Nov 5 at class, however I'm also hosting several online live classes.  So you'll see me make this, give you tips and ideas and you can ask me questions live.  Contact me at to reserve a place.

If you come in person on Nov 5 at Warsaw in Pittsfield ME it's $15 for the class, if you are online and need your packet shipped it's $15 plus $7 shipping total $22.  

The packet includes the frame, 2 rings, 15 pieces of 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 cardstock, materials for 2 large and 1 small card and 2 tags, AND the Memories and More card packet (50 cards to match the Signs of Santa stamp set and paper).  Yes, you will get the whole packet!

These Memories and More cards are on backorder, so once my 12 go, we'll have to wait for more to come in (and I'll offer a class mid November).  

So... if you love the project, RVSP and I'll create a packet for you.  Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, October 15, 2018

Oct 27 Crafting Event

We are creating 5 cards using the silver foil edge cards with 5 different sets. So this is a fun way to create holiday cards to send, learn new techniques and play with all the different sets in the Holiday Catalog.

Here are 2 of the 5 cards (plus a navy box using our punchboards)!

The above set is Alpine Adventure and the Star below is from the Star of Light set.

Stay tuned, we'll post other projects using the Making Spirits Bright set, and the Signs of Santa (and others!)

Event Details:

Oct 27 10-3pm in Pittsfield at the Memorial Hall First Congregational Church. $15 for 5 cards with envelopes, a "punchboard" box to hold the cards and envelopes, demos, prizes, light lunch and lots of fun.  

We'd love an RSVP quickly if possible (you can pay on the day) as we want to ensure we have supplies for all.  See the attached flyer. This is hosted by Angel Holmes and I - and we have donated all supplies - so our proceeds (100% of your $15) goes to our church fundraiser.  

Hope to see you Sat Oct 27 - Angel and MaryKate 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

More Festive Farmhouse

Just one more project with this fun set. This one focuses on the house (the same house I used for a Halloween card!)

and here's the house close up.

I love the details of the stitching on the banner.  And the small die cut pieces.  Here are the details:

1.Base 8 ½ x 5 ½ in Mossy Meadow
2.Cherry Cobbler 5 ½ x 4 – run through the corrugated folder, then tear the top and bottom for more texture.  Adhere to the base card.

3.Layer the 2 designer pieces (2 x 4) together.

4.Cut the banner out (the dies include these stitched shapes) and cut in half.  Adhere to the designer paper.

5.Stamp the house in memento and the wreath and greeting in Mossy Meadow.  Attach the house with dimensionals.  Add the greeting with more dimensionals.  Add the wreath and the little bow (another die in this set).  Add a twine bow.

6.Insert the white layer inside (5 x 3 ¾) and stamp a greeting

Do you like it?  I hope you make one. The set (stamps and dies) are in my online store. Thanks for crafting along with me, happy stamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Festive Farmhouse

Class on Oct 15 will use this fun Farmhouse set.  I love the truck!

We have 3 projects and here's the first one.  

I'll be sharing tips on using the Blends (alcohol markers).  

Here are the instructions and dimensions for this card. I used Mossy Meadow for the instructions (easier to see) but I prefer the Cherry Cobbler in person 

1.Base is 11 x 4, score at 3/8 on either side of the short side and 1 ¼ and 5 ½ on the long side
2.Trim off the top 2 pieces that are 3/8 x 1 ¼ on each side of the TOP of the base; trim off the 2 lower edges (see photo)
3.Then round the 4 corners; add tear n tape to the 2 remaining tabs
4.Fold up the card securing the sides

5.Decorate the front with 2 pieces of designer paper 1 x 3 (round the bottom corners) and 3 x 3 for the front.
6.Stamp the card (3 x 5) and round the corners.

7.Stamp the truck in memento, color in with Blends (Cherry Cobbler, Call me Clover, Basic Black, Smokey Slate)
8.Die cut the truck.
9.Stamp the greeting – first masking the “Merry Christmas” with a post it note (cut to 1 x 3), and die with the stitched shape.

10.Add the truck to the circle with dimensions.
Secure the circle to the front with a dimension. 

I'm sorry class is full... I have 2 spaces left for Oct 22 (Tags and Tidings with Custom Sized Boxes) and 3 for Oct 29 (Alpine Adventures)

Happy Crafting!