Saturday, March 30, 2019

Sale-A-Bration Free Shipping, 2 new classes in Pittsfield

Hi all

A quick post, I just sent all of my subscribers (local to Maine) an update on 2 new classes in Pittsfield ME, details in the Events/Workshops tab above.  I'll be offering an online class during April - stay tuned for details. 

For all my subscribers and customers, I'm offering free shipping to you today March 30. Take advantage of Sale-A-Bration (SAB) and get your free items.  While SAB technically ends March 31, it seems the system gets overloaded on the last day each year, so I like to say this is your "best-last-day" to order. 

You can email me your order details, I'll send you a paypal invoice (you don't need a paypal account to pay this online with a debit or credit card) and I'll have it shipped to your door for free (for a minimum of $50).

Tips - if you like Paper Pumpkin, a 3 month prepaid is $57 and you'll get a free SAB item!!  check your adhesive drawer, now is the time to stock up on snail, liquid glue!  I just stocked up on envelopes and basic card stock. 

So many great free items to choose from!!
Happy shopping, MaryKate

Itty Bitty Easter Treats

I made a few quick Easter treats.  These are all quick and easy and either a fun treat on their own or great for putting in your Easter baskets. 

The first one is a “sour cream” container look that I hope looks like a carrot! It’s filled with Easter Eggs.  Take a 4 x 6 sheet of paper and put tear and tape down one side of the 4” side.  Now roll this up so it looks like a toilet roll and remove the tear n tape and stick this down.  I used the Grapefruit Grove Gingham paper (small checks).

Gently fold (not a firm fold) with the seam in the center and glue down the bottom. 

Make the carrot top with a piece of green paper (tranquil tide? Granny apple green?) I used Spruce cut 3 x ¾ and then chopped one side to make it look like a carrot top.  Adhere this to the top.  Now fill with eggs (it holds a lot) and either secure with glue (so you’d have to destroy your carrot to get the eggs) or with a binder clip if you wish.  I added a greeting from the Itty Bitty set and some matching coral ribbon. I punched out the greeting with the classic label punch. 

Here’s a link from last May when I made these for school treats – just changing the paper made it so different.

This Easter treat uses our 2 x 8 cello bags and a few flat chocolate bunnies.  I think I like the 3 bunnies better!

I used a 3 x 2 piece of Highland Heather Gingham paper, fold it in half and attach to the cello bag and attach a matching bow.  Quick and Easy.

I didn’t attach a greeting… maybe I will when I get ready to put these in Easter baskets.

And the last little Easter treat.  This one uses the tag topper punch for the top of the bunny holder.

These little bunnies are at my Publix and my CVS and I think last year I got these on Amazon.  Easy to find.  And at 60 calories a bunny… a perfect treat!

Here’s the instructions.

2 x 6, scored at ½, 2 ¼, 2 ¾, 4 ½
Punch the end.
Fold on the score lines.
Punch out a 1 3/8 hole for the bunny.

Fold the holder up, insert the bunny, add some grass (2 x ¾) and a greeting from the Itty Bitty set.  I used Lemon Lime paper for the grass and 8” of Granny Apple Green for the ribbon.  I tied it in a necktie or you could tie it with twine or a simple loop.

A few tips:  Designer Paper is not strong enough for this holder… you really need thick whisper white.  (Unless you have thick specialty designer paper).   You could stamp behind the bunny, if so start with a sheet 2 x 7 ½ for space for stamping.   But I thought it was cuter smaller. 

I hope you make one!

Don’t forget… just 1 day left in Sale-A-Bration so if you want any of the free items (free when you spend $50 or bigger or more items when you spend $100) be sure to click on my shopping cart link to go to my online store.

Happy crafting MaryKate


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Paper Pumpkin March 2019 - A box of birthday cards

Wow I love this month's Paper Pumpkin (a crafting subscription $20 a month).

This month we got 2 stamps (not just 1 as usual) and supplies for 8 pop up cards.

Here's the short video that shows you what you get and how to make it.

And here are my cards - I pretty much did the cards as designed.  I'll post a few alternatives later this week. 

I love that they have a pop up feature!

I decided to keep these as I send a lot of birthday cards out.  

I made a box -- usual size for cards but I added 1 1/2" to the end so it's longer. And I put in an insert for the numbers.

I made the cards up... but didn't add numbers, thinking that I'll add them as I need them. So this box with the storage at the end is perfect.  It's quite a big box as it finishes at 7 1/2" long

What do you think?  
Super fun.

Next April it's "Distinktive Stamps" these are stamps that have a "photo realistic quality".  I'm excited to get it. If you want a Paper Pumpkin kit (you can buy 1 month or several months), just let me know or click on the shopping cart and order one. Be sure to do this by April 10th - the 10th of the month is the cutoff for Paper Pumpkin ... unless they sell out before the 10th.

Happy to answer questions

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Cake Builder Punch and Stamps - back in stock!

A very quick post today.  The Cake Builder Punch and Stamp set is back in stock. It's expected to sell out today or this weekend.

It's such a fun set to use, and the matching punch makes cards a breeze. Great if you love to color, easy to emboss with and perfect for birthday, wedding, anything that needs cake (what doesn't need cake?)

It's $31.50 (so bundle pricing) and YES it will carry over into the new annual catalog.

Don't forget the host code - I send out free goodies from our hostess share!

And remember just a week or so to go until Sale-A-Bration ends: spend $50 get free items, or spend $100 and choose 2 items or a bigger item.

Email me with questions

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Easy Peasy Gift Bag - a 1 sheet wonder

Hi crafters

Today my friend and team mate Laurie is hosting her first workshop and she is choosing to create beautiful cards that go in the gift bag.  So as you read this please send her good vibes for a great first workshop!!

The bag is super easy.  

Cut your 12x12 sheet at the 8 ¼ mark with the pattern is “facing north”, see the up arrow?   You now have a piece 12” wide and 8 ¼ tall.   (So cut at the redline).  Save the bottom piece this is perfect to use for card fronts and / or a tag.   The top diagram is the 12 x 12 sheet, the bottom is the sheet 12 x 8 ¼.

Score at 4 ¼, 5 ¾, 10, 11 ½ on the long side. The score lines are dashes.

On the short side score at 1 and 7 (7 is at the bottom of the bag).  Fold on the score lines (making a cuff for the top).  
Remove 2 squares that are at the top and bottom edge of the bag that are 1 1/4 x 1/2 and 1 x 1/2.   See the red x’s?  

Cut the tabs: cut up 1 ¼ “ from the bottom. See my red lines? Notch the tabs by this, remove a little big extra from the tabs so it folds smoothly.

Now close the bag - see my tear n tape below? 

This bag is symmetrical so just fold it flat.

Make sure the cuff is folded over and adhere the bag together.  You’ll need to glue down the 2 corners of your cuff, I used liquid glue.  See my bone folder pointing to where you glue?

Now close the box at the bottom, make sure the bag is "square".

Punch 4  1/8”  holes in the top.  Add 10” ribbon to each side of the bag. If you put something heavy inside add a piece cardboard at the bottom to reinforce it.  

And here it is finished! Just perfect for cards. Or anything really!

Hope you make one!  Happy crafting MaryKate

Monday, March 18, 2019

Butterflies and Beauty Abounds

A quick post, this is a simple birthday card for my neighbor.  

This card uses Beauty Abounds Bundle (I bought the dies but not the stamps...but you never know!)

You just cut 2 of the big butterfly dies out, and then attach them to each other. I used the Sizzix adhesive sheets so I stuck my paper to the sticker sheet, ran the die through the Big Shot, and then it's like having 2 big stickers!  

I attached this to a  3 3/4 x 5 Whisper White and then a 4 x 5 1/4 smokey slate base and then BEFORE you attach this to the base card, layer about 12" of ribbon (free with Sale-A-Bration) staple to the base, add the greeting on top of the ribbon with dimensions.  

Now add this top layer to the base card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half.   Add a few glitter dots, I added mine in Granny Apple Green.  

I made a matching wine tag - The wine tag is 2 ½ wide and the hole is 2” wide as is the Soiree designer paper. The Highland Heather is 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 and the Whisper White is 3 1/2 x 2 - stamp any greeting - I used the Picture Perfect Birthday Set (a true winner, I use this constantly!) and then I stamped and punched some small butterflies.  

Ok gotta admit... the top butterfly (on the ring part...) I had a little smudge (does that happen to you?!) so I covered it up. 

Making it all match in one color (or using just a few) makes it work.  

Don't forget to add something (a stamp, a butterfly, a piece of paper) to the envelope. NO MORE NAKED envelopes!  And I had an extra butterfly so I put it inside along with a greeting.  

She is a wonderful neighbor and I hope she loves it.

If you need anything - a stamp set, ink, a kit to make cards - please do reach out.  I reward all my customers with free goodies and I'd love to help get you stamping.  You can click on my shopping cart (top right side of this blog) or just email me

Happy stamping MaryKate

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Precious Parcel boxes; Soft Sayings boxes, and more from my craft fair

This is the Precious Parcel kit – it’s a free item with Sale-A-Bration. You spend $50 and you can choose paper, stamp set, kits, embellishments, ribbon.. and warning, when things sell out… they are gone! So don’t miss you. Officially Sale-A-Bration ends March 31 but each year we do run out of the most popular freebies.

This box is the same dimension as the boxes I posted on with the Incredible Kit, here’s the link with dimensions and how-to’s.

This box uses the Tropical Chic paper and inside is The Soft Sayings Kit.  I put 4 cards and 5 envelopes in the box

Here are the cards they get. 

I think I’ll try for $15 for the box, 100% of the price will go to our Community Center and I think people coming to our boutique are keen to support the center.

Happy crafting MaryKate

Friday, March 15, 2019

Incredible Like You boxes of cards with laser cut decoration

 I’m attending a craft fair March 16, in fact it’s a boutique of local artisans and items include my card sets, jewelry, silk painting (scarves and wall art), watercolor paintings, fun beachy items (we are on an island here in Florida).

I thought you might like to see some of my card boxes.  Here is a set of cards using the Incredible Like You project kit. This kit is gorgeous and the card have a wow factor with embellishments and a hint of glimmer.  

I took the box concept from the cards.  I created a wash with my acquapainter (coastal cabana) then covered it with the laser cut paper (yay it’s a free item with Sale-A-Bration) and then stamped and cut the stitched square, and added glimmer leaves from the left overs in the kit.  Last I put on a frame using the new stitched rectangles (the largest and 3rd largest).

The lid is cut at 6 x  7 1/2 and scored at 5/8 on all 4 sides.

The base is cut at 7 x 8 1/2 (take off a smidge on 2 connecting sides so it’s a teeny bit smaller than the lid for a tight fit).  Score the base at 1 1/8 on all 4 sides

What do you think?   What should I price it at? I’d love some ideas… a box of 4 cards, envelopes in pretty packaging, with 100% of the price going to our community center?  $15? If you have a minute I’d love your thoughts in the comment section or to my email

Then I created these bags, I call them the “Audrey” don’t they look like a bag Audrey Hepburn would carry in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?? LOL

I’ve seen these made by a few demonstrators, Dawn Griffith, Becky Roberts and I think I make mine mostly the same.  

Essentially you build a box (with an open top), and add the handbag side pieces and the top (the glimmer) on the sides.  I secure mine with magnets that I get at Amazon. And cover the magnets with a piece of black cardstock (as the magnets are strong and it looks prettier).  

The gems are just for show, they don’t do anything.  If you’d like a tutorial just let me know by comment or email. They are a bit time consuming but they are fun and I think they’ll be popular – I’ll report back after the craft fair!

Tomorrow I’ll show you a few more boxes I made with the Precious Parcel Kit

Happy Crafting - MaryKate

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Wonderful Romance

My team mate Mary Ann Wood made this beautiful card with the set Wonderful Romance.  I got this as a swap and sent it off to my recently engaged niece. I love her design and use of the burlap and the seal, such pretty coloring.

I used this set for some thinking of you notes and thank you.  Coloring with our blends is easy, every is an artist as they come in a set with a light and a dark. You color on the light, add dark, blend with the light.  Easy peasy.

Here's the matching paper, I think it's hard to see in the catalog and harder to see how pretty the vellum is.  

And a few ideas from Stampin Up! from their artists.

  It's versatile, romance, thank you and more.  

What do you think?  I have not (yet) bought the dies but that leaf border and the floral cut out is really temping... Happy stamping MaryKate

Friday, March 8, 2019

Abstract Impressions Car Boost

Oh boy.. I left my lights on in my car and yup the engine died.  My neighbor had a battery starter and gave me a boost.

I'm so grateful for wonderful neighbors.

Anyway, I needed a if you ever need a card with an image you don't own or a sentiment you don't have here's a tip.  Head to Google images, or search for the sentiment, and insert our paper into your printer and print.  Check to make sure the image or sentiment isn't copy-write restricted.  

I used Abstract Impressions

Inside "kindness changes everything" seemed to fit.

I love this set - here's a link to a prior post from last summer where I shared a popup card I made and a bunch of simple thank you's.  Click here to see other abstract impressions projects

I created a bundle last summer where if you bought the set and dies I sent you 5 projects (all the supplies and color instructions).  I think I'll create another bundle and share that with you later this month.  

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Well written meets Happiness Blooms - Spring Event in Pittsfield

Getting ready for our all day event March 9 in Pittsfield!  

We are making a BIG box of cards ... you'll make the cards and greetings, and the user of your beautiful box (could be you, could be a gift recipient) will simply select a greeting, peel off the dimensions and attach to a card.

And a few card ideas...

I love this paper and I think you will too.

The other project was inspired by my friend Carla Blake and is the cutest clipboard covered in Butterfly paper with a gusseted pocket.  I made the pocket and you'll find it's a super easy, 1 piece, no cut pocket.  Just right for cards, or a notepad, or a gift card...lots of things.

This would be a fun birthday day gift .. or coming in May is Teacher Appreciation and this is perfect.

It's hard to see the notepad tucked in behind the card .. it's just "a little note", so here it is. And of course we have paper options :)

We have a Memories and More competition, so if you have booked in you might want to read this post... click here for competition ideas

We start at 10am there's lunch and we're finished at 3pm.  So excited to see you all.  I just packed a big bag of prizes for our random drawing.  Lots of fun things, stamp sets, paper, a Paper Pumpkin... and more. Put your big girl panties on as not everyone will win something!

If you love the projects I have a 6 page color tutorial on the clipboard with pocket and the Big Happiness Box, please contact me  Customers I will send this to you with any order, team members it's on our site as always free to you, or happy to get a request from anyone else.

Happy crafting, MaryKate

PS ... if you can't make this one... we have an event in late May, a Christmas in July, a Holiday Craft Day in early September, let me know if you'd like to be on the email list!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A Man's Shirt card - fun origami

I got this idea from a book on origami.   This one is a welcome grandbaby card.

Take a piece of lightweight designer paper 6 x 10”

Score (or just fold) in the sides so they meet in the middle, your piece is now 3 x 10” (long and skinny)

Fold the top of this piece to the back at about ¾” (this will be the collar)

Now bring the back to the front so you can see the collar (see photo) I started about 1 ¾” down from the top of the collar

Create a space for your greeting (it’s not that big!) by folding back the sides (at the bottom) see photo, I started about 4 ¼” from the bottom

Now fold the bottom up and tuck it into the collar. 

Unfold and insert a greeting – my white card is 4 x 2 ¾.

I like the tropical shirt look (my husband wears Hawaiian shirts!) 

Add some buttons.  We have some cute tropical buttons and during Holiday 2019 we had these metal buttons (now retired).

When you add buttons be sure to put a bit of thread or twine in the holes, it just looks better I think.  See my photo where I have one threaded and one not? Which do you like better?

I hope you try it, it's really easy and I think it's a fun masculine card!

Happy crafting, MaryKate