Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Upgrade Option

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber - August will be a treat for you!

Your kit will include an Autumn theme of 6 bags and 12 tags.  You can upgrade your kit with a card making kit.  The card making kit is $10 and can be ordered August 1 until supplies run out.

Here's a short 2min video so you can see the tag/bag kit and the card kit option.  

If you're not a subscriber ($23 a month) you can click here to subscribe - and you can choose 1 month, 3 or 6 .. if you're curious, just do 1 month.

Click here to subscribe 

And if you have any questions, email me 

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Pigment sprinkles - a fun watercolor technique

Stampin Up just released pigment sprinkles.  6 jars of colored sprinkles. You can add the sprinkles directly to a card (use watercolor paper, wet the paper first) then drop sprinkles on the paper. 

Or you can create a watercolor look.  Put about 2oz of water in a small cup or glass, add sprinkles. More sprinkles darker color -- if too dark add more water and it's lighter. Brush on with a paintbrush or an aquapainter - anything works.

I wet my shimmer paper first then I painted on colors of the sunset.  Tip - make sure you don't mix yellow and purple as it will go brown.  

Let it dry - or dry with a heat tool.  The blowing hot air from your heat tool will make the color run in pretty ways. See above with the "clouds" look - this effect came from the heat tool blowing the colored water.

Once the water color is dry trim to 5 x 3 3/4 and attach to the silver edged cards. 

Now you can create a silhouette look. You could emboss an image on top of your watercolor paper.

A lot of different dies would work well.  If you are using an intricate die an easy way to attach it to your card front is to first put the large stickers on the cardstock.  

Now die cut your silhouette.  If it's a word be sure to have your sticker DOWN so your words won't be backwards.  Above is the back of the paper with the sticker with some of the dragonflies cut out. 

Now peel the back off the die cut sticker and you can easily stick the image on the card front. Perfect for small images or detailed images.  

Sometimes you might want you image to have a 3D look - so in this case - no need for the sticker - just glue the edge of the image to the card front. Can you see below how I only glued the bottom of the die cut?

I think these are super pretty. I put my greetings inside.  No need to decorate the envelope as it matches so nicely!

I hope you try it, happy crafting MaryKate

Monday, July 29, 2019

Bonus Days... just a few days left

Don't forget our promotion with Bonus Days ends July 31 2019.  For every $50 you spend, you get a $5 coupon to spend in August!

My online store is always open. (Just click on the shopping cart)

And if you use the host code you will get a gift of rhinestones for free from me!  Any size order is fine.  

Happy shopping! MaryKate 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Bird Ballard note card

This is a fun set, I love the matching paper, trinkets, lace and the coloring options.

This project is perfect for summer. It is quick and easy (I do a lot more #simplestamping) in the summer time.

A few tips and dimensions:  I used our notecards (20 card, 20 envelopes, all cut and scored).

I created a layer of petal pink 4 7/8 x 3 3/8 and then cut the matching paper 4 3/4 and 3 1/4. I attached to pieces of lace (I cut them 5" and then trimmed them down after I put the greeting on).  

I stamped the greeting in memento black and die cut with the stitched rectangles.  Then a little tricket with a glue dot and done!  

I hope you like it, I think it has a soft pretty look that would work well for a thank you, hello, birthday, or almost anything! 

Don't forget BONUS days - a $5 coupon to spend in August for every $50 you spend in July.  

Happy crafting  MaryKate

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Team Wreath - inspiration and instructions!

I love our team!

We share a ton of inspiration and ideas and have a great time in person and online!

Nearly 2 years ago Greta Leonard came up with a great wreath design.  I asked if I could copy this (she said yes) and asked if I could create instructions for this (and yes again!)  

Email me and the instructions are yours! 

Super easy to make, takes about 1/3 of a packet of designer paper, a glue gun, bone folder and the essential banner punch.  

Our team mates made so many different versions when Greta first launched it and this one is new by Janey Backer of Inspired Stamping.  I love her use of this great new Magnolia paper.

There is a fabulous promotion on right now to join the team. You spend $99 and choose anything you would like from any catalog.  You can craft alone, or along with us on our Facebook sites and as part of my team, you'll get sent "challenge packets" with new designer paper, you can win free goodies... and all this with NO obligation.  You don't have to order anything else if that's what you want.  Totally up to you - no pressure, just a lot of creative fun ... and wait did I tell you - you get 20% of ALL your orders.  It's called ExtraExtra as you get extra free items and a $10 coupon to spend the month after you join!

Email me if I can help, brainstorm or answer a question -or to get the wreath instructions.

Happy crafting and thank you team for all your great ideas! Love you all!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Memorable Mosaic the "weeping" tree

The memorable mosaic set is soft and pretty.

I made this card for a birthday (for someone who loves green!).  This was inspired by my team mate Hilda Ryese.

I love that the set has a "distinktive" look.  That means the rubber stamp is created in such a way that you get a photographic look, or in this case the leaves come up in what looks like different shades.

Here's the stamp set and the matching punch.  If you buy them together you save 10%.

If you're making a lot of these cards, I'd do this with the stamparatus, the stamp positioning tool.  This tool has 2 "plates".  You would attach the leaf stamp to one plate, the tree truck to the other side of this plate, and then the 2 decorative stamps to the 2 slides of the second plate. Think of your plates as "big blocks".  

This border is great to create with your stamparatus.  Can you see the hinges on the sides of the plate?  These are 1" apart and you simply lift the plate up, go down one hinge and then you are on your way to making a border.  Here's a short 3 min video to show you how to use this super tool! Jessica calls it "hinge step stamping".

Ok back to the card.  The base layer (with the hinge step stamping) for the border (cut 5 1/4 x 4).  Stamp the border.  Now near-ish one side of this Mint Macaron cardstock, stamp the greeting with versa mark, and then cover with the white embossing powder.  Heat this with a heat-tool.  Punch out with the matching punch. Now punch it out.  You'll cover this hole with the top of the card (cut 4 3/4 x 3 1/4).  

Stamp your tree. wrap about 6" of matching Mint Macaron ribbon around the white card stock, secure to the back with scotch tape. Tie a piece of ribbon in a knot on the front (it's a fake bow).  Now attach your punch piece to the front with dimensions.  
It took longer to type instructions that it did to make this fun card!

Don't forget to decorate your envelopes - I took a piece of designer paper 2 1/2 x 6 and attached it to the flap and trimmed the edge.  Quick and easy but gives it a pop!  I used the Garden Lane paper

Really - there is matching paper for the mosaic set - but this paper also including a print with Mint Macaron so I chose this set.  

I really do love this Mosaic paper, it has a fun shiny coating on it and I used this paper without the stamps to make a bunch of spring cards.  

In the spring cards post I show you how you might use the designer paper to decorate the front of your envelope.

And finally back to the card... the reason this card works so well, is color coordination.  Matching ink, paper and ribbon make the card pretty, professional and very easy to make. It's calm on the eye and coordinating products make crafting easy.

Hope you liked this post - I know it was long but I hope the review of the stamparatus was useful!  I sell all of these products in my online store.  My customers get thank you notes and a gift each month, so thank you for considering shopping with me.

Happy stamping MaryKate

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Magnolia Memory & More Cards

Hello crafters!

This is my second box of thank you cards for my niece.  Her colors are petal pink and a sage green (not too far from Old Olive).  On Tuesday of this week I posted a box of cards I made with the stamp set.  

This box is using the Memory & More Cards and the matching envelopes and card bases.  I think these have a "modern organic" feel to them.

I selected several of the 3 x 4 cards and then wrapped matching twine around the front (secure at the back with scotch tape).  I then layered on a piece of Mossy Meadow to the back cut 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  I stamped "thank you" and punched it out with the new Story Label punch. 

I added the thank you shape to the front with dimensions. Then I added a bow with a glue dot.  So it looks like the string comes up through a hole but really the bow goes on last! 

I love that the envelopes are lined.  I inserted the lining, folded it down, then adhered the top flap down.  

I love that some of them didn't even need the "thank you" label but where a thank you right out of the box.

I made a matching box to fit.  The cards finish at 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 - so I wanted the box to finish at 6 3/4 x 4 3/4.

Base is 2" deep so cut the paper 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 - cut a smidge off 2 connecting sides that is 1 / 16" then score at 2" on all 4 sides.

Lid is 1" deep so cut the paper 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 and score at 1" on all sides. Trim the tabs, glue the tabs in and then add a final card to the front.  

These cards are lovely. You get 50 in the box and most are 3 x 4 and some are 6 x 4.  Lots of stickers to match and decorate with.  A super fun set to play with - perfect if you are an avid crafter or a beginner looking for a simple project.

I inserted a card on the inside as the paper is dark to write on.  I stamped a small magnolia and added a tiny bit of color.

I should finish her M&M book this weekend and I 'll post a final photo showing the completed book!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Good Morning Magnolia

This is a stunning set. A beautiful big image of the magnolia and lots of coordinating dies.

I made this box of thank you cards for my niece for her shower.  It’s a simple design.  First cut a whisper white piece 4 x 5 ¼, die cut the lower edge of this card.  Then stamp the “thank you”.  I chose a different set for my thank you (as I prefer thank you to thanks). My thank you is from the new Kindness and Compassion set. 

Cut a piece of the designer paper 4 x 1 ¼. Add this to the front of your card base.   Then add your base with the “thank you”.

Stamp the big magnolia and with your blends (alcohol markers) add a bit of a darker pink (I used the petal pink combination) then pull the dark pink out with the lighter petal pink.  Color in the leaves. I used Old Olive (Mossy Meadow would work) but I prefer the lighter green. 

Die cut the flower, add a little bow with the matching twine.  Add the flower to the front of the card.

I then added a little artisan pearl next to my thank you.

This card would be great as a birthday or a hello or a sympathy card.

I made a lot of these cards for her and made a deep box to put them in.  The box is a bit wider than usual as I wanted to insert a pretty pen to the side. The finished box is 6 x 5 and the base is 2” deep and the lid 1” deep. So here are the measurements:

Base is 10 x 9 (cut a 1/16” smidge off 2 connecting sides) and score at 2” on all sides.  Trim the tabs and make into a box.

Lid is 8 x 7 and scored at 1” on all sides. Trim the tabs and make into a box. Make a final card (or a card front) and add to the front of the box.

Pretty and very easy to make.  The coloring took a little extra time but I liked the look. A faster way to do this coloring is to use a dauber and “daub” on the color at the base of the flower.

Finally I put it all in a bag and make a matching Memories & More card for her. I used 2 of the 3 x 4 cards and created a gift note.  

This post is really long (sorry!) so I'll show you the other thank you cards using these Memories & More cards on Thursday!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

A triangle card in Magnolia Paper

My friend Kelley made this fun fold card.  I just love it and I have fun opening and closing and opening... (you know how we do that with fun folds!)

Here it is closed.  Pretty paper!  Love the sentiment.

And here it is open.  It's a half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cut on the diagonal with 2 score lines that meet in the middle of the diagonal cut. 

I love the detail on the front of the card.

I'm just back from my niece's bridal shower and I created Thank you cards and a Memories and More book for her. I'll post 2 different kinds of cards and her book later this week!  

happy stamping MaryKate

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Secret Chocolate SleeveThe Secret Chocolate Sleeve 1. Designer paper 6 x 6, score at 2 ½, 2 3/4, 5 ¼, 5 ½ - burnish your folds 2. Add tear n tape to the 1/2 “ edge 3. Punch the holes in the top (hole size is dependent on ribbon size) 4. Put the sleeve together. 5. Insert about 20” of ribbon in both holes 6. Gently punch your chocolate bar down into the sleeve, taking the ribbon into the sleeve 7. Tie a knot, add a glue dot to keep the ribbon together. 8. Add your decorations to the front

The Secret Chocolate Sleeve

My friend Debbi Green showed me how to make this treat holder. It's for a full size Hershey Bar.

We made it at the Sailing Class and then I got another request so we did this at "It Starts with Art".  It is so very quick and easy.  

1.    Designer paper 6 x 6, score at 2 ½, 2 3/4, 5 ¼, 5 ½ - burnish your folds
2.    Add tear n tape to the 1/2 “ edge and fold the sleeve together (it has an opening at both ends)
3.    Punch the holes in the top (hole size is dependent on ribbon size)

4.    Insert about 20” of ribbon in both holes (so thread the ribbon through the front hole and the the back hole.)
5.    Gently slide your chocolate bar down into the sleeve, taking the ribbon into the sleeve.  Now the chocolate is completely inside the sleeve.
6.    Tie a knot, add a glue dot to keep the ribbon together if your ribbon is really stiff.
7.    Add your decorations to the front - I used the stamp from the It Starts with Art and the matching dies to make the pen.  
The one on the left was made by Diana and she used blends to make the pretty border. 

I hope you make one!
All the supplies (paper, ribbon, punch, stamps etc) can be found in my online store!
Happy crafting MaryKate

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July Promotions: Bonus Days and Extra Extra in new demonstrator kit

July Promotions

Bonus Days:  Spend $50 in July and get a $5 coupon to spend in August.   And there’s no limit to how many coupons you can get and redeem.  I love a simple promotion. 

There is also a new demonstrator promotion.  From July 1 until August 31, new demonstrators will receive an additional $30 to spend on products in their Starter Kit.  That means that it costs just $99 plus tax (no shipping) and you can pick out $155 in product of your choice!  

You choose the items you want. What a fabulous way to get those items on your wish list!  Then new demonstrators receive a $10 coupon code the following month.  I love the timing; this lets you pre-order from the Holiday catalog in August and get all your holiday crafting supplies at 20% off. 

There’s no further obligation with your starter kit.  There’s no pressure at all to sell products, you can simply enjoy your 20% off for your own purchases.  All the fun and savings and no obligations.   It’s fun to join the team, we have creative challenges, win free stamps and other products, enjoy our Facebook page with creative inspiration, team crafting nights and more.
If you were a demonstrator before you can always rejoin.  If you have questions, just let me know!

Happy Crafting

Monday, July 1, 2019

IDEAS July Blog Hop with Above the Clouds

Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for July. We are 12 international Demonstrators with a tutorial bundle for you.  This month we each chose our favorite color from the new In-Colors.  I like them all but love the new Seaside Spray. 

I've made 3 cards this month from a single sheet of 6 x 6 designer paper.  I think all the colors would work well for this project.  They are soft and I think perfect for this project!  I love a 1 sheet wonder and this one makes 3 cards from 1 sheet.

My 3D project is a quick and easy handbag.   While I love my LL Bean bag (click on "ideas and free things" for a free pattern), in summer I like quick and easy crafting and this one takes 10 min at the most!

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 50 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, the next talented IDEAS demonstrator!