Friday, January 31, 2020

Tropical Post it Note Easel

A final project with these cute 3 x 4 Timeless Tropical Memories and More cards... a post it note holder that can be mailed right in the small Memories and More Envelope.

Thick Whisper White 3 1/4 x 8 1/2
Score on the long side at 2 1/8 and 4 1/2
Fold into the easel shape.
Add the Memories and More Card to the front (only the lower front) of the easel (the lower front is 3 1/4 wide by 2 1/8. 
If you wish you can add a background piece (as I did in Clover) that is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 for a mat. 

Tip:  Put your adhesive on this lower front NOT the card... that way you won't make a mistake and adhere down the 
whole card (yup I did that!)

All the supplies are in my online store (just click the shopping cart) and don't forget the host code (top right) and free products will be in the mail to you early next week!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Timeless Tropical Clothes Pin

These clothes pin are handy to display cards at your craft workshop, recipes, notes, reminders and more

The clothes pin

This is a 9” pin that you can buy on Amazon for $3.49.  I like the TOP of the pin to be the part that is pinched together. I use this to hold cards, a recipe, notes etc. So I want the base of the pin to be the wider end so the pin can stand up.

Supplies:  1 tropical flower, 4 leaves punched from the leaf punch, 16-20” twine, and DSP 9 x 2 to cover the pin.

1.    Adhere the 9 x 2” paper to the clothes pin.
2.    Make the embellishment. Stamp the tropical flower and color it in with the blends. I used Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink and a little bit of Lovely Lipstick
3.    Take about 16”-20” of linen or white twine and circle this twine. Glue to the designer paper. Add the tropical flower embellishment.

4.    Add 2-4 punched leaves under the flower.  Make sure that the leaves at the bottom don’t hang over the edge as this will prevent the pin from standing up (and not crushing the lower leaves)

5.    Add a gold gem to the center of the flower

Happy crafting! MaryKate

Quick update to Tropical Memories & More Bag

So... my instructions were not so clear for this cute bag! So sorry.  And I appreciate the question!

Here's more detail:

1. Cut the paper 6 x 6
2. Determine which is your top (eg consider paper direction) such as my flamingos where the "top is clear".

3. Along the top - score at 3/4
4. Along the bottom - score at 3/4
5. Along both sides score at 1" 
6. Fold over the "cuff" on the top of the bag.

The photo above has a cut bag on the right and the left bag is made up. 

6. Trim the tabs at the bottom of the bag - cut up 3/4" to the side score lines (see the photo above, right hand side)
7. Secure the bottom of the bag to these tabs.
8. Make a 2nd bag the same way

9. Put 1 bag on top of each other and adhere the sides and bottom together. I find putting tombow on the sides and bottom of 1 bag easy, and I just lay them on top of each other.  
10. Adhere down the cuff 

11. Punch 2 holes and insert about 10-12" of ribbon (knot the ribbon inside the bag) on both bags

Now it's ready for your small Memories and More notecards!

Quick and easy, perfect for your 6x6 sheets!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Crafting with demos - using the tropical suite

I should have posted projects we (FL demos) who gathered at my house!

Here's a super quick project - we made a bag to hold Memories and More small cards.  Turns out few of these demos ordered this great pack of 50 large (4 x 6) and small (3 x 4) cards!

They are designed for memory keeping but made great cards.

Super fast, just attach to the front of the pre-cut, pre-scored card.

And the bag... quick and easy.  Take a 6 x 6 and score on the top and bottom at 3/4". Score the sides 1" from either side.  Turn the top over so there's a "cuff" now you are clear on your "top".  Along the bottom, cut up on the 2 1" score lines, fold in and make a half bag.  Make the 2nd half bag the same. Attach 2 together.  Punch holes and add 9-12" of ribbon on each side.

Here's a few more of the small cards. I'll make up the larger cards over the weekend and post for you.

The catalog does not do justice to these fun cards.

And here's the whole tropical suite.  I love it!  

We also made some Valentines, which I posted (gift card holders, nugget holders) and we prepped some honey jar packaging. I promise to post this packaging as well.. I am a bit behind on the blog!

happy stamping

A fun afternoon with FL demos

I had such a great time yesterday... 3 other Stampin Up demonstrators came to my house (and craft room) to visit, stamp, share ideas.  What fun!

I received this cute note that was part of a paper pumpkin kit - such a pretty mini-card!

I have just 1 packet left of mine (this was a Paper Pumpkin from last June 2019).  

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription for a crafting box that comes to your mailbox.  It's $23 a month and includes everything to make the projects - stamps, ink, all supplies - and it's different each month.   You can just order 1 month and you can pause your subscription. 

Next month (if you sign up by the 10th) we will get a box to make 9 "elegant cards" with envelopes.  It's always a surprise each month. I find I like usually 10 or 11 out of 12 months (there's always something that doesn't tweak my creativity!) We do know this kit coordinates with the happy birthday Sale-A-Bration set (spend $50 and pick a free item!).

And the colors - I think they are Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry - fun!!

Here's a link if you wish to subscribe 
Click here to subscribe or just buy 1 month

or reach out (cell to call / text) 207 431 0317 if you have questions.

happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Heartfelt Valentine's Day Gift Card Holder

I love Valentine’s Day, it’s a chance to give out lots and lots of treats to let people know you love and appreciate them! So I need projects that have a wow factor and are quick and easy to make in multiples. 

This 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.   Before you score, make sure the paper pattern (e.g. the hearts) are pointing correctly and then start scoring.  (No need for you to waste paper, I did that for you!!) Do you see the hearts and my scoring tool pointing to the 1”? Round the corners of the top of the holder that has the 1” score line.

3.   Score at 1”, 4 ½”, 5” and 5 ½” 
4.   Fold and burnish with a bone folder, making a mountain fold (a W) along the 5” (the 12.5cm) score line (see photo).

5.   Now decorate it. If you want to make it as I did, I inserted the 2 ½ x 3” 6.5cm x 7.5cm white piece inside, stamped a greeting, then punched it out with the smaller punch. I then added it to a punched scallop heart.

6.   For the outside, add the 2 punched hearts (I punched them from the matching designer paper), I liked my top heart to be attached to the front flap. 

A close up of a piece of paper

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7.   Add the clip and attach the bow with a glue dot (love the new satin stitched ribbon) 

Get your Valentine's day order ASAP!  You'll "need" these stamps and the pretty paper and matching punches.  Feb 14 is rapidly approaching :)

email me or place an online order ...

Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Sale-A-Bration Coordination

I'm loving this year's Sale-A-Bration options - Honey Bee Paper, Birthday Dies and the Flower punch are top of my list.

Feb 4 2020 we will be offering a suite of matching dies and gorgeous paper that matches the Mini Catalog punches.

We'll be playing with the Happy Birthday Dies and making this "punch card" in class Feb 13 in Maine.  2 classes 4-530 and 6-730 or come for both (my home Hartland ME) RSVP essential to ensure I have plenty of supplies!

The card is a super display item (hey team - perfect for your events!) and matches our Tulip, Umbrella, Flower and Heart Punches.  You know I'm a big punch fan.

As I was re-creating the sample from the flyer... I was struck by the colors ... and thought of a class I took years ago with Laura Bassan where she excels in color.  She split many of her cards to show color... so here's my take.

What do you think?  

I'll have a "make n take" packet for all that attend my class to make this fun card.  The pink is Rococo Rose stamped off, that's what gives it that fun soft almost "shammy" look.  Love it.  Inside the card is a Happy Valentine's Day message but this could also be a great hello card.  I stamped a bunch of options and settled on "lucky to have a friend like you" from Heartfelt.

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching... get your order in for the stunning paper, matching heart punches and the new Heartfelt set.  email me with questions or for your order.

Happy stamping, MaryKate

PS... our IDEAS bundle for February 2020 will show you 25+ projects using the new SAB items.  A stunning collection of fun ideas that are for beginner through advanced crafters.  65 pages of full color instructions, yours free as a team mate, or as a customer (any amount) or you can purchase it for $15.  

Sorry to be offline for so long... busy month of work, travel, recovering from a big event in FL, and now it's nearly Super Bowl!!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Samplers - a new kind of team swap

Sampler Swap

Our team did a different kind of swap – a sampler swap. Here are photos of 1 sampler with a Love theme (Heartfelt designer paper, Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, Silver, White and one with a Poppy theme (Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Poppy Parade).

and a few close up shots of each sampler.

The very talented Bonnie O’Neill in Long Island provided inspiration and helpful tips on how to do this.  I appreciate that she said feel free to share her samplers as inspiration!

And here's the Poppy sampler for some more inspiration.

Here’s what we did.  The host picks a theme such as “love” or “beach” or “spring”.  The host sets the 2 or 3 colors (not more than 3). The host creates a rectangle with these words 6 ¼ x 3 and 1 square (so for the Love example it’s the top row. The host recruits other team mates to join in and organizes the swappers on our FB page by collecting and sharing the list of mailing addresses of each swapper.

Host option: you can ask each person to use the same base color.  This can really add to the coordination of the sampler. 

The swapper creates 8 IDENTICAL squares and mails them out to the other swappers. Squares are 3 x 3 and square and can but don’t have to include a relevant sentiment.  The host will mail out the rectangle.   Swappers may wish to put in a protective post card into your envelope. Each square is 3 x 3 – exactly 3 x 3.    Swappers use ONLY the selected colors, with any current stamp set. You can use ribbon or embellishments or die cuts or punched shapes – IF they are part of the color selection.

You can get 12 x 12 frames anywhere – there are lots of sales on now! If searching online a tip is to search for a "scrapbook frame"

I'm thinking of organizing a beach themed sampler! Stay tuned :)

happy crafting MaryKate

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Parisian Blossoms Suite - a 70th anniversary card

It's not often I'm asked to create a 70th anniversary card.  What a wonderful celebration of love!

Here's my card, using the Parisian Blossoms paper and sentiments.  I used a background of petal pink 4 x 5 1/4" and the paper 3 3/4 x 5" along with about 12" of ribbon.  

The paper is absolutely gorgeous as it has champagne foil accents and pairs perfectly with the petal  pink champagne ribbon and the petal pink rhinestones.

This card uses a few items beyond the paper and stamp set: I've used the new Label Me Lovely punch and also the Well Said set for the inside greeting.  For the punch I created the shadow by punching a matching pool party label and cutting in half and attaching to the top and bottom for a shadow effect. 

I love adding a bit of designer paper to the envelope to make it a matching set. 

The new Mini catalog is live - so if you see anything you like, it's all in my online store!  

Happy shopping! MaryKate