Saturday, December 28, 2019

Easel Calendar Cards with Crafting Forever

Each year I make calendar cards - for a class and to give away!

This year I used the Crafting Forever set. I love the little scissors and the greetings (we're cut out to be friends) and (do something creative every day)

This is a card 4 1/4 x 11 folded in half.  I did tone-on-tone stamping with the scissors using the matching Calypso Coral ink.  I used the post it notes so I could go off the edge. The matching designer paper is 3 x 4 1/2. I stamped the greeting and punched it out with the new Label me Fancy punch (this is turning out to be a go-to punch).  

I punched out the coordinating Pacific Point (same punch) cut the shape in half, adhere to the back of the stamped greeting.  I added a Noble Peacock rhinestone.

Then I added the calendar to the front.

What makes this card a bit different is the easel part at the bottom.  On the back cut up about 1/4" 2 slits that are about 1 3/4 long.  Cut 2 small slits on the front about 3/4" in from the edge and about 1/4 up into the card.  This is your easel base. I hope the photo makes it easy to see how this works.   

It mails flat, the receiver just inserts the back "legs" into the front. 

This easel concept would be great for a special birthday card, one the receiver just doesn't not want to throw away.  Easy but so useful!

On the back I stamped another pair of scissors and the greeting.  I figured the receiver would see the back vs the inside given the easel stand.

What do you think? Will you try it? let me know if you have questions (or if you needs supplies to make this card).

Happy stamping Happy New Year to you, MaryKate

Friday, December 27, 2019

A Peaceful Poppies Sampler

Our team is creating "samplers".   A color scheme is set and we each create 3 x 3 squares (for a 12 x 12 frame)

This sampler swap focuses on the new Poppies stamps and dies and stunning designer paper.  The lead set the colors as Blackberry Bliss, Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow.

So I created my square and then 7 identical ones and mailed them out.

I can't wait to see what my team mates create!! 

I'll be sure to show you the final 12 x 12 sampler when it's all together!

Our team is a ton of fun, we share ideas, swaps, get together in person and online, so fun to hang out with crafty friends!  Jan 3 is a great time to join us as a member of our team.  You pay $99 and get your choice of $125 plus a stamp set of your choice, plus a mini-trimmer and designer paper sampler.  What a great membership offer!  Once you are a member you get 20% of all your Stampin Up purchases, if you don't purchase anything further, that's fine, no obligations, if you spend $300 every 3 months, your account and your 20% discount is there for you!!

happy stamping, MaryKate 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Do Something Creative Every Day

We had a free shipping sale last week so I decided to order a few New Years Gifts for my team (I"ll post the packaging after they all arrive and are opened).  

Here are the cards I made to go with the gifts.

I wanted a card that was easy and fast to reproduce as I have to make a lot of them! I love my team!  Here's the messy desk picture as I create a big pile of the pieces to create the cards!

I used Pacific Point and Calypso Coral for my bases (using the designer paper as a the guide to color choice).  And the yellow is "crushed curry".

I stamped with the scissors tone on tone, then added designer paper cut 4 1/4 x 2, the added the greeting with the 1 3/4 circle punch on top of a new punch "label me lovely" being released Jan 3rd 2020.  And a little white twine bow to finish.  

Inside it says ... we are cut out to be friends!

I love this creative set and the fun crafting designer paper. This paper is available in the annual catalog so you have til June 2nd to get this fun paper.

I'll be off my blog for several days over the holidays... but back late December with news on all things new in the new catalog!  

Happy crafting MaryKate

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Lindt Chocolate Wrappers for Stocking Stuffers

These Lindt bars are a favorite in my family so they are a perfect stocking stuffer.

I wrapped them in 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 clover cardstock (score at 3 3/4, 4, 7 3/4, 8).

Burnish the folds with a bone folder. Add strip of tear n tape to the right edge (1/2" wide) and make the wrapper (yes it is open at both ends).

Take about 25-30" of ribbon, insert it into the wrapper so there's an end coming out the front and coming out the back.

Now tie the ribbon. Tip - to make sure your bow end up horizontal (to the chocolate bar) tie the knot so the ribbon ends are vertical (yes opposite). Now tie the bow - and it's perfect.

Add a piece of designer paper to the front 3 x 6 and stamp a greeting on a 3 x 3/4" scrap of whisper white.

Make a tag with the left over designer paper (tag topper punch and ribbon!)

Make lots!

Happy stocking stuffing!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Clearance Rack Refresh!

Stampin Up just refreshed the clearance rack - things will go quickly - so head to the Online store and see if there's a deal that works for you!

Here's a link to the online store click here

Lots of ribbon, paper, embellishments, dies and folders

Happy Shopping

Saturday, December 14, 2019

A holiday thank you card "Mingle all the Way"

We have a neighborhood walk around party for the holidays and these are my thank you's to the hosts.

We have 5 hosts (4 for appetizers and 1 for desserts) and you are assigned to go to 2 of the 4 appetizer houses and everyone goes to the dessert house.  Each of us are assigned an app or a dessert and directed to drop it to a house.

We then walk from house to house and visit.  Fun fun evening!

So I made some quick thank you notes.  The Frost paper is cut 3 x 5 1/2 and the Real red is 3 1/2 x 5 1/2. Before I layer these together I attached a piece of real red ribbon to the back of the Frost paper. I then stamped the greeting, punched it out with a 2" circle punch, and attached it to a punched starbust in silver foil. A rhinestone gives it glitter! I attached this to the ribbon.  To make the back look pretty I attached another 2" circle to the back of this "mingle ornament".  

The ornament swings... and I thought the sentiment was perfect!

I hope you are enjoying your holiday traditions.  Happy holidays! MaryKate

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Night Before Christmas Card and Tag

A super simple card and tag for you.

I used the designer paper "Night Before Christmas" with the matching die of Santa with sleigh and reindeer.  

I added a rhinestone to the lead reindeer!

It's hard to see in the photo but I added a wink of stella for sparkles to all the lower trees and on the light bulbs at the top.

The designer paper was cut 4" x 5 1/4" and the tag was 2" x 6"

And I used the last piece 3/4 x 4 to put on the front of the envelope using the other side of the paper!

This was a fun bundle to use over the holidays with it's matching Memories and More cards. It's still available in my online store til Jan 2nd.   I hope it goes on sale for the new year, let's watch for it in clearance, so many fun designs on the paper.

Happy crafting, happy Christmas

Monday, December 9, 2019

Free shipping on Dec 11 - start making your list!

Just in time for Christmas delivery - free shipping on orders over $50 for December 11 2019 only!

Click on my shopping cart, pick a gift for others or yourself and enjoy free shipping!

A few ideas: what about a Paper Pumpkin as a stocking stuffer?  Easy to mail to someone in a different location, just create a gift card and send the code.  

A kit for a crafter?  I love the kits in the annual catalog, especially the Looking Up Card Kit, everything in the box to make cards including the stamp set, ink, supplies!

Who wouldn't like to wake up to a Stamparatus on Christmas morning?

Or for the crafter who has it all... will always love an adhesive bundle of snail tombow and refills!

Happy shopping, 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Snowman Season Quick Gift Card

Looking for a quick cute gift card?

This gift card holder or treat package can stand up (due to the mountain fold in the middle).

1.    Cut the paper 9” x 3”  - check the direction of your paper!

2.    Score at 1, 4 ½, 5 and 5 ½ - before you score, make sure the paper pattern (eg the trees) are pointing to the right and then start scoring.  (No need for you to waste paper, I did that for you!!) Do you see the trees pointing to the right and my scoring tool pointing to the 1”?
3.    Round the corners of the top of the holder that has the 1” score line

4.    Fold and burnish with a bone folder, making a mountain fold (a W) along the 5” score line (see photo)

5.    Now decorate it. If you want to make it as I did, I inserted the 2 ½ x 3” white piece inside for your greeting.  You can put a gift card in, or a bag of candy.

6.    For the outside, I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Snowman set on a piece ¾ x 3” in real red

7.    Add the clip and attach the bow with a glue dot
8.    Insert your gift card and either secure it with a glue dot or make sure it’s clipped in.
9.    Tip – if you need a bunch of these cut the paper 9 x 12 to make 4 at once!

You are done! If you need any of these supplies, my online store is always open - and remember you need to order by December 11 to ensure delivery by Christmas!

Happy crafting, enjoy the season - MaryKate

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Butterfly Beauty - a collection of birthday, thank you, congratulations

I love these Butterfly Beauty Dies.  They were released last year and I've used them a lot.

Right now I needed some thank you, congratulations and birthday cards.  

My card is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded, the granite grey is 4 x 5 1/4 and the top whisper white layer is 3 3/4 x 5.

I used the Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape (in part I like the colors and also they match these fun glitter dots).  It's all about color coordination.

So I cut the butterflies, attached them together with mini glue dots.   I had just a yard left of the matching grape ribbon (sadly gone now) and attached 12" by first putting some snail adhesive on top of the butterflies and then added the greeting with some dimensionals.  

Super easy card and I think it works great for all these occasions!

The dies are $39 in my online store and I've certainly got a lot of butterflies for my money over the past 12 months!

If you need any crafting supplies, just let me know, or drop into my online store.  Use a host code and you'll get a lovely gift in the mail from me.  November 2019 it was the real red / garden green glitter dots.  

happy crafting, MaryKate 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Year End Closeout sale starts today!

The Year End Closeout Sale starts today!

Things usually go quickly so I'd jump over today to see if there are any deals that "speak" to you.

Click on the cart and select "closeout sale" at the top left of the screen.  There are stamps, dies, embellishments and more, check it out!

And this year not everything retires... some products go into a "holiday hibernation" like the Moose punch. So it will be gone until next August and then back in the 2020 Holiday catalog.  

Here's the list of what I call "holiday hibernation"!

  • Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (item 150705)
  • Christmas Countdown Project Kit (item 150703)
    • Please note: The coordinating Christmas Countdown Stamp Set (item 151833) will not carry over.
  • Jingle Bells Embellishments (item 149598)
  • Snowflake Sequins Embellishments (item 150443)
  • Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150444)
  • Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (item 150432)
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150429)
  • Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set (item 150464)
  • Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack (item 150647)
  • Merry Moose Stamp Set (item 150494)
  • Moose Punch (item 150652)
  • Gather Together Stamp Set (item 150589)
  • Gathered Leaves Dies (item 150662)

Happy shopping!

Monday, December 2, 2019

IDEAS December Blog Hop - New Year Celebrations and Organization projects

Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for December. We are 12 international Demonstrators with a tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is "getting ready for the New Year" so you'll see many ideas to celebrate the new year and many ideas for organization!

I created an organization box, perfect to hold your 3 basic adhesives and a rear compartment to hold your completed cards or projects. We will make this in my January class. I also created a photo card, and the tutorial has dimensions for different sizes (Memories and More small size and a regular sized card).

In the tutorial I share all the tips on creating these projects and of course all dimensions are listed in inches and cm.

I hope you like these projects and the projects from my fellow IDEAS demonstrators.  It's really a great bundle of inspiration for crafters or demonstrators looking for new ideas or workshop ideas.  Keep hopping so you can see all the creativity.   The bundle is about 60 pages of detailed full color instructions. 

Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me at Free to customers who purchase $35, or Free to my team members, or $15 by PayPal.  

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Thanks for stopping by. Please click on NEXT and visit Janey in Boise ID USA the next talented IDEAS demonstrator!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

IDEAS Bundle for December

We have a gorgeous bundle for you this December!

It's over 50 pages of instructions for over 20 projects, all in the theme of Happy New Year.

As you can see by these snippets, some of us created projects around "getting organized in the new year" and others created celebration projects for a New Year's party.  So many fun ideas.  

You can see more of these projects on our blog hop, come back December 2nd at 2pm EST and you can hop and see them all.  

You can get the bundle if you are a team member or a customer, or you can purchase the entire bundle for $15 a great value.

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Snowman decor

Isn't this fun 3D decor?  I love this snowman bundle with the stamp set and punch!

My friend Kelley Holmes made this for me.  So cute!!

I love how she cut out the snowman... the cut hat and can you see the snowflakes that are behind the window sheet??

The paper is really fun.  December 3rd the closeout sale begins and almost all of the holiday catalog will  be part of the closeout sale. We'll get the details by December 2nd and I'll post here first thing December 3rd.  I bet this paper will be the first to sell out!!

Enjoy the season, happy crafting MaryKate

Friday, November 29, 2019

Poppies.... love the new Mini Catalog

I'll be mailing out the new catalog in early December (as soon as I can order them!)  

It's all about poppies (kidding, there are a lot of fun new fresh sets and pretty paper).  However I love this poppy paper. I made a big set of cards using this paper (some to mail, some to swap).  I cut the paper 5 1/2 x 4 and got 2 cards.  With the 1" left, I cut it 1/2 x 4 and put this at the bottom of the paper.

The new punch on the left is called Label me Lovely... and the stamp set has a TON of great greetings plus a cute font.  I added some of the matching sequins.  On the right I just stamped the Congratulations and added it with dimensionals. It's for a team mate who promoted!! 

Would you like to pre-order from the catalog?  We can do so December 3rd.  Also happening Dec 3 is the start of the holiday "close out" sales.  To pre-order you choose the Starter Kit ($99 plus tax, free shipping) and select $125 of anything.  No further obligations.   As a demonstrator (by purchasing the kit) you get 20% off everything (sort of like having a Sam's Card or a CostcoCard!)

email me if you have any questions.  We have a great group of crafters who love their discount, and love being part of a fun group with free paper challenges, discounted paper shares, free monthly bundle of tutorials and more!!

happy crafting MaryKate