Monday, December 17, 2018

Stocking Stuffer Notebooks

I love notebooks, I guess I like lists! 

I went to my favorite dollar store and found some great notebooks and I covered them with my favorite paper. This paper is from the annual catalog it's called Share What You Love and it has a pearlized frost to it.  

My cover paper is 4 x 12 and I scored it a 6 and 6 1/2"

I stamped "a little note" this is from a new set coming out in January (we will play with it the weekend of Jan 18-20) on a 3/4" strip in matching mossy meadow. My flower is a cut out from the paper. 

So... this is the first of a few ideas I'll share with you to make cute stocking stuffers.  Do you do stockings at Christmas?  We love them :)

Happy Christmas, MaryKate

Quick stocking stuffers - covered notebooks

I'm a list maker - are you? I love notebooks to jot things down. These 3 are for Christmas stockings I'm filling on Christmas day.  

Inexpensive notebooks (measure 6" high and 4" wide) so I simply took some designer paper (these are use the Share What you Love designer paper) cut 4 x 12 and scored at 6 and 6 1/2", wrapped it and added an embellishment and the "a little note".   The one above was a flower cut from the paper.

These ones use butterflies that were punched out from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch - and the matching paper that is free in January with Sale-A-Bration.  

I'm creating a "to go class" with this great stamp set and punch.  The class includes the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Punch and a package of the wow Gingham Paper and a blender pen for projects. And  materials for 7 projects: 4 full sized cards and envelopes and 3 packaging items.  Total is $57 (this includes tax) and if you need me to ship it, add $7.  Or pick it from me at class in January. 

I'll have full color instructions and a video for you to watch to make the projects. 

And you choose 1 SAB item - if shipping it can't be paper (unless you're ok with me cutting it to 6x6). 

You'll need inks: Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Daffodil delight and you can add the full size ink pads at $8.70 (incl both ship/tax) or I can make you 3 "spot inks" that are 1" x 1" and for the 3 spot inks you add $10.

So please RSVP to me by January 2nd for this and I'll have it all ready for you on Jan 18!!  email me

If you are part of my team of Friends Craft and Care - you can get the instructions (as always - all my instruction sets are available to you).

I'll post more on the butterfly set over the next few days -- or go back a few days and you'll see some cute projects that I started on (wine tag and cards).

Here are some fun projects from the Stampin Up design team. 

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Friday, December 14, 2018

Quick butterfly gala wine tag

I had to take a bottle of wine over to celebrate a new place!!  

My butterflies were on the table (see yesterday's post!) so I cut out a tag 2 1/2 x 7 punched a 2" hole in the top, rounded the corners and decorated.  I think this Balmy Blue is my new favorite blue.

I love the greeting, this is from the Barn Door set and with some quick stamping and a few butterflies, I thought it dressed up the wine well.

Happy stamping to you, MaryKate

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Butterfly Gala Swaps

Another swap (did you see my post yesterday with the Cupcake Swap?) For this one, we had a specific challenge: keep it simple which meant only 1 stamp set, 1 ink and you could use some designer paper or a punch (but not a Big Shot).   The challenge is called #SimpleStamping.

Here's my #SimpleStamping design.  

I love these butterflies and anything gingham get's on my crafty shopping list. My gingham paper is 4 x 5 1/4 and I used the left over piece on the envelope.  

The stamp set matches the punch and you stamp and punch the 2 butterflies at once.  The greetings are pretty, there's "a little note", this thank you and "you're beautiful". 

Personally it was quite the challenge to keep it simple but it was fun and I like the outcome.  I think I'd add a rhinestone (I used a glue dot and glitter) .. and maybe I'd have my butterflies in several colors.  

What do you think?
Happy SimpleStamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Swap time!

A new catalog is coming out in January so we demonstrators take a quick break from Christmas and make swap cards.

We make 10 identical cards (or nearly identical) and then we get 10 back.

Going to the mailbox these days is so fun.  My swap uses the new Cupcake set that is free as part of Sale-A-Bration.  This is the time of year (January through March) where you choose 1 free item for every $50 you spend.

I thought this cupcake would be perfect for both Valentines and Birthday (and I switched out the greeting and made it into a Thank you as well.  

I added a little shimmer with Champagne Shimmer to the cupcake base - love just a little bit of shimmer.  

My colors are Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick - love the pretty new 1/8" ribbon. I'm mailing catalogs this week so if you don't get one and would like one, just let me know a mailing address!  my email is

Happy stamping! MaryKate

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Stampin Up Holiday Gift ideas

This time of year I get friends and husbands emailing me or calling me with "what should I get for so-and-so for a crafting gift"?

So I thought I'd give you a few ideas.  First.. .nothing Christmas or Holiday is my #1 recommendation. Opening up something that can't be used for a year is hard for a crafter :)

Here are my top 5 ideas:

1. The stamparatus and if you want to splurge a bag to match.  This is a tool that every stamper loves or wants. It makes stamping easy and produces fabulous results. It's a stamp positioning tool, so you put the stamp on the clear plate, secure your project with the included magnet, apply ink and press on the paper.  So many fun ways to use this great gadget.  Perfect stamping every time, everyone is a star crafter!

2.  A Paper Pumpkin subscription, this is a complete project (cards or packaging or both) that comes once a month. It's $20 a month and less when you buy 3, 6 or 12 months. Your crafter can "pause" the subscription, buy refills, it's a joy in the mailbox every month!

3.  Kits.  Kits comes with everything to make 20 or more cards. The box includes stamps, ink, all the supplies and projects are wow. My favorite is the Notes of Kindness, everyone needs thank you's!  

4.  A gift card to spend in January.  I'd suggest increments of $50 as in January we run an annual sale where for each $50 spent your crafter can choose a free item (stamps, paper, ribbon etc).  And I'll create a pretty gift card holder that your crafter will love!

5.  Stocking stuffers... we all need extra adhesive (tombow liquid, snail, refills, tear n tape) and dimensionals... we can never have enough!

If I can help, don't hesitate to call/text 207 431 0317 or email, I love helping you find something to make your crafter smile.

Happy holidays! MaryKate

Monday, December 10, 2018

These gift card holders are a thank you for people at the airport who are so helpful and kind.

You can make 2 from a single sheet of cardstock.

Your paper is 4 ¼ wide by 9 ¾ long, scored at 1 ¾, 4 ¾, 5 ¾, 6 ¾.   I used Poppy Parade 


Fold on the score lines and then with your trimmer cut out ¼ x 3 ¾ to make a hole. Or use your classic label punch, punch twice along the inside edge so you have a place for your gift card holder.  Below the hole, secure with tear n tape or liquid glue. 

Can you see how the gift card fits in nicely?

I added 2 cards inside with “Christmas greetings” and left the other blank to sign.

Make the Belly Band – I used the Santa’s Workshop paper that has flocking on it so tear n tape was good to secure it.

Then I stamped a plane in Bermuda Bay, cut it out with layering ovals and layered on to the scalloped oval.  I added this to the front of the Belly Band.

The belly band is 2 ½ x 6 ¼, wrap it around the holder (not too tight).  Add the plane (or whatever you’d like) with dimensions in the center of the oval and attach to the belly band.

The plane is a very very old stamp!  I don’t know where I bought it.  These gift card holders are for people at the airport who are super helpful and I wanted a plane theme!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Gift Card Holders - multiples!

This is another gift card holder for you - it can hold a note, or a card or a chocolate.  

I made 3 at once.  So start with an 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  With the short side up, score at 2 and 6. 

Now cut the paper into 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 pieces. 

Fold on the score lines.  You seal up 2 sides and decorate. It's that fast!  I used 2 pieces of designer paper from Santa's Workshop cut 3 x 1 1/2 and 3 x 2 1/4. 

My belly band is 8 1/2 x  1/2 and I added a Mrs Claus cut from the same designer paper.  I added her with a dimensional.  I has some elf stickers left over from my Memories and More cards and so I added the elf inside.  

Happy gift wrapping days, MaryKate

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Santa Gift Card Envelope

Hi -- I've a few different options for you to create fun gift card holders.  

This one uses the envelope punch board and is quick and easy.  

It opens up and there's a card to sign and a place for the gift card.

Here it is with the card and gift card inserted.

This was inspired by Chris Slogar who made a similar gift card envelope.

The paper is 8 x 8. Start your first punch at 3 ¼,, punch and score.  Now IGNORE the ruler and match the indicator to the score line.  Do this 3 times.. So it looks like an  envelope.

Put the LARGER triangles to the “north-south” direction.  Score a line from top to bottom with either a ruler/stylus, or a trimmer or your simply scored.

Now fold up the triangles to this score line. 

Snip out these triangles.  So now you have 2 left over pieces that are square (throw these away – ugh I hate waste!).

Round the corners of the 2 SMALLER triangles.

Burnish the folds.  This folds so easily into a gift card folder. Just adhere down the 2 envelope sides. 

Add the ½ strip to the inside card, stamp a greeting.

Put the ribbon on the outside, I adhered the ribbon with tear n tape, my ribbon was about 16" long.  Then I tied it with white twine.  If you wish decorate the front. 

When I took these photos I used the All is Bright paper and then last minute I changed my mind and used a Santa Workshop Santa with the Memories & More cards (I had a lot left after the advent calendar)

Super quick and easy!!! I hope you try it.  Happy gift wrapping - MaryKate