Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Happiness Blooms Notepad

I love lists, I love notebooks - do you?

Here's a quick before and after with this dollar store notepad.

The paper is 12 x 4 and scored on the long side at 6 and 6 1/2"

And a close up of the little flower on the left. I punched it with the 1 3/8 scallop punch (no time to fussy cut today!) and punched a flower using the coordinating flower punches. The punches come 4 to a pack and I think it's like having an instant set of embellishments.  We'll be using these a lot.

Also the paper that matches is really nice and comes with some matching dots.

I think it has a Swedish-Ikea look (do you?)

It's also part of a Memories & More set - and I gave my Mom a set of these cards and this weekend we will make up her photo book from her recent trip. Which is a bit funny as I've not used these before for their intended purpose (memory books) but instead for cards!)

The stamp "a little note" is from Butterfly Gala (sadly the butterfly punch is on backorder until early April so I'm postponing my online class that will feature this great stamp and punch set.  More on this later.

Anyway, notepads are useful, and could even be a cute gift, maybe sell at a craft show?

Happy Wednesday - MaryKate

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Meant to Be Box with Heart Window

This project take a few extra steps but it’s still very easy to do. It holds about 10 Hershey's kisses. 

1.   Lovely Lipstick cardstock is 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 score this as follows: long side up 2 ¾, 3 ¾, 6 ½, 7 ½ and 8. On the short side 1” from either end.

2.   Trim the card base (see photo), round the corners of your back flap (you can you use a punch, the envelop punch board, or free hand the curve), add the tear and tape to the left side, miter the tabs at the bottom. 

3.   Add the designer paper to the front of the box 2 ½ x 3 ½, make sure you glue ONLY the corners (as you will be die cutting a heart and you don’t want to get glue in your dies (don’t ask me how I know this tip!).

4.   Die cut your heart.
5.   You’ll see you get 3 pieces, the designer paper heart, a lipstick heart and the edge of the heart.

6.   Add vellum to the inside (make it just a bit smaller than the panel. Again, attach to the corers.  

7.   Now add the heart outline (with the stitching) to the front of the box, I used glue dots. I keep my liquid glue far far away from my vellum as it easily smears.

8.   Now I’m going to pinch my box shut, folding the back flap over.

9.   I punch a hole (I find ¼” works fine) but first punching the back, the lining it up, putting a pencil dot so I know where to punch the back and then the front (so punch 3 times as it would be too thick to punch all 3 layers at once.)

10.        Add some treats, I added Hershey Kisses. And what is nice about this box is that you can open it to get the treats without destroying the box!

11.        You can tie the ribbon anyway you’d like. I like the “necktie” knot.  Take about 8” of ribbon.  Go from front to back.

12.        Keep the longer end at the front.
13.        Take the longer end and wrap it around the ribbon (see my thumb? I’m creating a “hole” as wrap the ribbon around the back.
14.        The ribbon comes to the front and goes up the hole (that I created with my thumb).
15.        Now pull tight on each end. Trim the ends. This is easy, I promise you, just try it! It looks so pretty.

16.        Now stamp a greeting (I used one from the Hey Love set), punched out with the label punch (or just flag the ends).  Attach to the box with glue. 
Such a fun project - will you try it?

Happy Valentine's Day! MaryKate

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tuesday Feb 19 - Kit class in Maine

Hello stampers!  So fun to be home in Maine for the weekend and now planning my next trip here.  We will have 2 classes in February in Maine - plus don't forget the Butterfly Gala to go kit class.

We will play with 4 kits on 2/19 during my "drop in and craft" 430-730pm: Notes of Kindness, Incredible Like You, and Parcel Post.  The 4th kit will be a project from my Butterfly Gala to go class (my own kit!)

Many of you wanted to play with the kits and see what you get.  We have a variety of kits - some are all inclusive, which means you get everything: the stamps, ink, block, all supplies.  

So we'll use Notes of Kindness, this is an all inclusive kit. This is what you get.

And this is what it makes... super pretty Thank you cards.

The Incredible Like You is a project kit, so you get all the supplies but the stamps and ink are sold separately.  Here's what you get...

And here's what it makes and it includes the cute clear pouch-box.  See the photo above, it's the box on the right.  These cards are layered with laser cut paper.  They are wow in person!

The Parcel Post (free with any $50 order) includes everything you need to make these 8 cards. 

and here's what is in the kit.  You'll see it's an assembly kit so no stamping.  Some people say kits are great for beginner stampers (which is true as everything is there ready for you to create) but as an avid stamper I love them!

And my kit is the Butterfly Gala - The online class to go includes the stamp set, punch, the pack of gingham paper and a blender pen. $57 total including tax and ship and 7 wow projects!  4 full size cards and 3 packaging items.    And make sure you let me know which free Sale-A-Bration item you want, I'm recommending the Butterfly paper and/or the matching 5 rolls of ribbon. 

Inks you can buy separately either 3 spot inks for $10 (Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather) or the regular size pads at $8.50 each.  I will need to get your order for this online class by Feb 1 to ensure it arrives in time and gives me time to make your project kits.  And I'll have this for you Feb 13.  

Stay warm in the snow (if you are reading this in Maine) or enjoy your sunshine in Florida if you are reading it in FL :)

Happy stamping, hope to see you Feb 13 or Feb 19 in Maine or Jan 30 in Florida in Holmes Beach - MaryKate

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

All My Love Triangle box

My friend Janey Backer  created this cute box. It’s quite large and easily holds 8-10 Hershey’s kisses.

I'm using the All My Love paper and matching Be Mine Heart Dies and the ribbon.  

1.Cut the base in designer paper or  cardstock 8 x 4
2.Score on the long side at 4”
3.Now score with the short side on top, find the middle (2”) and score from there to the 4” score line on the diagonal. Do this 4 times.  You could use your trimmer with the scorer or a ruler and stylus.

I’m showing you this in Bermuda Bay with the score lines in pink sharpie so you can see

4.Burnish your folds
5.Punch 4 holes at the top, do 1 at about ½ “ done and ½” in and then use this as a guide for the other holes
6.Put your candy inside, and add the ribbon – can you see how I threaded it?

I used the Lovely Lipstick about 14”

7.If you want you bow to end up parallel to the box, tied the know the opposite way – perpendicular. Now tie the bow
8.See how it lies in the opposite direction to the knot? Handy tip ! and then  trim the ends (it’s a bit of a waste but so much easier to have longer ribbon to tie a nice bow. And I left the waste so you can see it's not that much!

9.Decorate the front – I used the Me Mine hearts dies.  No greeting.  But I could easily add one. 

And here is our box – will you make one? Lots? You can get 4 from 1 piece of 12 x 12 paper!

If you want to see more of Janey’s work check out her blog at

Thanks Janey for the cute box, happy stamping MaryKate

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Quick Valentine Pillow Box

This is quick and easy and I love the lipstick foil (it's a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you spend!)

The pillow boxes are in my online store 10 boxes for $5.  (If you wish you can smear an ink pad on them, wipe the ink off with a paper towel and the little white dots show through your colored kraft paper).

Anyway back to the project

Make up the pillow box (it's pre-scored so it's easy)

The back layer is the lipstick foil 2 1/2 x 3, adhere to the box.

The designer paper (All My Love) is 5 x 2, flag the end.  Adhere to the foil. I used liquid glue.  

Wrap about 16" of the thin flirty flamingo ribbon (it comes with lovely lipstick ribbon as well) and tie a bow. 

Stamp a greeting I used the love you lots in Flirty Flamingo, on a 2 1/2 x 1/2 piece.  Adhere that on top of the ribbon.  Attach a die cut heart from the Be Mine bundle.  And a heart epoxy.  Fill with treats. Make lots and give them away.

It can be really hard to see the dies in the catalog and this Be Mine bundle offers you a lot - stamps and all these dies.  I cut out ALL the dies from this bundle (I first stuck an adhesive sheet on the back so I could quickly stick them to a piece of Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11).  Wow you really get a lot of dies - including solid and cut outs and edgelits.

Happy die cutting - MaryKate

Friday, January 11, 2019

January 30 Class at Holmes Beach Island Library

Most of my classes are in Maine or online (I'll post on my Butterfly Gala online class next week).  

But this month I have a Valentine's class in Holmes Beach Florida!  January 30 3-430pm 

We are making 3 projects: a card, an explosion box and a treat holder.  

The library pays for all your supplies so it is free to you. (even the chocolate!) You must RSVP and there are only 12 places (and a waiting list).  You RSVP by calling 941 778 6341

The library is at 5701 Marina Drive Holmes Beach. I'd love to see you there and if you can't make it I'll post all the details on how to make the 3 projects here on my blog.

Happy stamping MaryKate

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Meant to be Valentine Fun Fold Card

This is a fun fold (in that it is not a simple 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded.  

Here's what we are making today!  

As many of you know I love making multiples of valentines.. but this one is for my sweetie.  

Sea Foam base is 11 1/2 x 4 1/4 with 1" cut off the front.

Designer paper is All My Love and the front is 4 x 4 1/4 and the edge is 1 x 4 (you can see it from the front as you trimmed the front).  

Stamp Meant to Be (what a great bundle with all these hearts!).  Cut out the stamped heart and 2 other hearts in Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo to match the paper. Layer these hearts

Attach to the front with dimensions on the left side of the heart (otherwise it will stick inside)

Now punch out leaves with your Leaf Punch in Sea Foam and Vellum and then attach them below the hearts. I used 3 of each of the Sea Foam and Vellum.

Inside stamp a Happy Valentine's Day in matching flirty flamingo (4 x 4 1/4).

As a final touch, add an epoxy heart droplet and if you wish (as I did) color it in with a Blend or a Marker.  

I hope you make one! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

I love my new Craft and Carry Tote!

You will love this... a tote designed to hold all your crafting supplies.  Pretty colors, you can move the inserts inside, nice canvas.. ok.. just click on this 4 minute video you will see why I love it!

You can have this with your starter kit. You choose $175 in products, you pay $129 for the products and the bag, free shipping.  You become a demonstrator with 20% off all your future purchases, and no obligation to sell anything, ever. You can be your own best customer.. or..if this doesn't work out for you, your account drops after 6 months with no drama or pressure.  All the fun. No obligation. I promise.  Talk to me or email me 

If you are one of my Maine crafters, I'll bring this to class with me Jan 18 and 19. Hope you got an email from me with class updates (or click the tab on workshops).

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Monday, January 7, 2019

IDEAS Valentine Blog Hop: Meant to Be

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It's "meant to be"... both the Valentine stamp set and this IDEAS blog hop! 

We are a group of international demonstrators who create a tutorial bundle each month - this month there are 20+ Valentine projects from around the world. Here are my projects.  All the dimensions and "how-to" with tips and color photos for all 4 projects are in the bundle!

Each of us have different Valentine’s “philosophies”:  mine is to make lots and lots of simple Valentines and give them out to as many people as I can think of to say I love and appreciate them.  I appreciate others like to make just 1 special card to treat packaging for the one they love.  It all works.  This tutorial could be for everyone!

The bundle is over 40 pages of detailed color instructions.  So much inspiration!  
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Each tutorial features at least one card and one project, some include multiples. There are over 20 Valentine cards and treat holders included in this month's bundle! Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes?

You can get this bundle from your demonstrator (and please support your own demonstrator) or from me in 3 ways: be a customer with any $35 order, be on my fun amazing team of stampers (many are hobby stampers) or buy it for $15.  Email me for details  

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.

Enjoy the hop and click here on the graphic to see the next set of projects from the very talented Lisa Henderson! Happy Hopping MaryKate  

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Come back to Jan 7 - there's an IDEAS blog hop

No photo description available.Quick post - I'm part of an international group of demonstrators and we create a tutorial bundle, more than 20 projects with full color instructions.  
Jan 7 2019 10 am EST we have a blog hop where you can quickly jump from blog to blog and see all of these 20 projects!!

Can't wait for you to see what we all created! MaryKate

The Explosion Box in Classic Garage and All My Love Valentine Paper

We had a team swap over the holidays and as we are crafters it's ALL about the packaging!  This box with the butterfly was from Greta Leonard and I've made it up in Classic Garage for a masculine valentine look and with All My Love Valentine paper.  

Here's what we are making.
1.Cut the base cardstock 8 ½ x 8 ½
2.Score at 2 5/8 on all 4 sides, burnish your folds
3.Cut off the corners of the box so you have 4 triangles left over – save these to make heart die cuts

4.Squeeze these cut off corners together, burnish these folds (with a bone folder), you now have the base of your box

5.Cut the lid from designer paper 6 x 6 and score at 5/8 and 1 ¼ on all 4 sides
6.Snip off the corners leaving 1 square left by first cutting off 1 smaller square, then 2 squares and you are left with what looks like a W, burnish your folds.  See photo.

7.Do the same squeeze on the 4 corners, essentially creating a diagonal line in the corner of the little square that was left after cutting.
8.Now tuck those squeezed triangle inside the lid and fold the 5/8 part of the lid over – see the photo. I have a squeezed triangle under the sides

9.Do this on all sides of the lid. Sometimes it feels like you need an extra hand as the lid sides can pop out. Do all 4 sides and then go over these folds with a bone folder.  Put your lid on your box.  The base will also help the lid stay in shape.
10.Die cut a stitched heart shape from the left over triangles (or decorate how you like). I folded the heart in half so it would pop up. 

11.The Valentine look is made with the word love from the  “well said” bundle. 
12.The razzleberry one with the butterfly was made by Greta Leonard
13.And here is our box finished with the Classic Garage paper for a masculine look.

Which box do you like best? 

Now you are wondering how I packaged my gift... I created a Tiffany look a like box, love this ribbon with the silver edge with Bermuda Bay.

Happy stamping, Valentine projects coming your way over the next few days, and then birthday cards! MaryKate