Thursday, April 30, 2020

3 x 3 Team Challenge Notecards

We have a fun team challenge (these happen most every week!)  This week each team member received 6 pieces of 3 x 3 designer paper, matching cardstock and a notecard with an envelope.

Let's see what they make (I'll post their projects next week). Today I'm sharing 2 notecards.

This first one is an easy pop out card.  The front is a 3 x 3 designer paper, with a back layer of 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.  

When it's opened it has a fun pop up effect.  The inside strip is 1" x 7" scored in half and in half again, folded into a "w". 

The squares sort of look like art on the wall, they are 1" square.

This notecard cuts the 3 x 3 in half and layers it at 1/4" more than the 2 pieces (now 3 x 1 1/2").  

I like the sparkle greeting, so I embossing in silver on the front and on the inside.  

I decorated my envelope with a strip of paper from one of the 3 x 3 pieces.  Easy and fun.

I can't wait to see what the team creates!!

happy stamping MaryKate

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Team Challenge 3 x 3 Designer Paper

My team has been having fun with a series of creative challenges.  One was a color challenge using the 5 retiring in-colors (get these supplies before they run out!), 2 of my team mates won ribbon though a random drawing of all participants. 

Here's next week's challenge, inspired by 2 notecards made by Suzie Barnes my upline.

Both these notecards use a 3x3 piece of designer paper and are dressed up with embellishments like the butterflies, the braid trim, a punched piece and fun sentiments.

Here's a few close ups:  This one has a back layer of 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 (notecards are 3 1/2 x 5 and are 20 to a pack with envelopes).  

I love that she used the subtle (dry) embossing folder on the back petal pink layer.

The sentiment is fun ... we had a "socially distant" craft day where we were each in our homes (vs in person).

This one uses the stunning designer paper that looks like a Degas or a Monet.  Just a few embellishments dress it up.  

So the challenge... I sent my team 6 pieces of 3 x 3 paper and matching cardstock, along with a notecard and envelope.  I've asked them to make either or notecards and/or treat packaging with these pieces.

They can add extra cardstock or matching ribbon or twine. For every project they create and post to our FB page, they get an entry to win one of 2 stamp sets.  There's an early bird winner on Saturday May 2nd and a 2nd winner on Monday May 4.  

We have a fun team of hobby and business demonstrators that share creative ideas, participate in free fun challenges, love getting new products earlier than anyone else, and hanging out with creative people. To join it is $99 plus tax and you get $125 of your choice of any product, a month of Paper Pumpkin and free shipping -- and 20% off all your Stampin Up purchases.  If you don't keep your account open, that's totally fine, there's no obligation.  

Feel free to email me if you have questions or just "join" under the Stampin Up website, my zip code is 34217

Happy creating! MaryKate

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A digital "stamp set" to support COVID 19 relief efforts

A digital stamp set to support COVID 19 frontline responders and communities.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently experiencing–including many ideas that came from demonstrators and our customers! 

You can use the download in your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using our Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards!
It's $12 (100% of the $12 goes to United Way or WHO) and it is 15 pages of imagery that you print and use with cards.
As part of Stampin Up's Making a Difference program we’re offering a product giveback opportunity to support organizations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.
We can purchase the Share Sunshine PDF Download and 100% is donated to COVID-19 efforts.
If you wish to purchase click here, and the download happens in minutes.
I bought it this morning and I'll be creating with it today - happy giving all - MaryKate

Monday, April 27, 2020

Paper Pumpkin May 2020 - Sold Out

Well that was fast!!  May 2020 Paper Pumpkin is sold out!

While it is usually "sign up by the 10th of the month", we are warned, once sold out, it is sold out!!

I think we are all super excited to play with the new in- colors.  

Let me know if you have questions about this fun monthly crafting kit. All supplies are included and you get a stamp set and an ink, and lot of goodies to create projects such as cards, boxes, packaging. It's a little different every month and you can buy a single month or you can subscribe to make sure you don't miss a month!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives April 2020

This was a fun box to craft with. Mostly I create the projects as designed but this time, I did the opposite and made mostly my own designs.

I loved the verse about family and didn't want to cover it up so I created several cards that allowed the recipient to read the full card.

Do you see the 4 cards on the left? I created a 4 season collection and the tree is created by the stencil left over from punching out the trees!  I hope you can see "winter" with the dazzling diamonds!

Enjoy - don't forget to subscribe by the 10th of the month to get your crafty box in the mail

Happy crafting MaryKate

Friday, April 24, 2020

Poppy Clutch Bag (Card Holder)

If you follow me you know I love bags.  And while I'm more known for my LL Bean Bags (click here to see different options, or click here)... I love a gorgeous handbag.

What do you think? It's a clutch bag that easily holds 4-6 cards and envelopes.  

Super fast to make. Starting with the ingredients

Start with 8 ½ x 11 – score at 1 ½, 2 ¼ 7, 7 ¾
Now cut it to 7 ½ x 11 – with the leftover 1” piece create 2 gussets, 1” wide, scored at 1, 1 ¾, 3 ¼ (you need 2) (they are already scored from the left over piece)
Punch out a closure (I used Label me Lovely)
DSP 7 x 3 (or add a ½ strip for décor) and if you wish a gem that looks good but is not essential.

Burnish the folds. I often say "use a bone folder" but really this project needs a bone folder!

Adhere in the gussets. You'll see I used tear n tape, in part as it's easy to photograph and also as it really holds well. 

You want to be sure the gussets line up very evenly with the ends of the clutch.  

You can use liquid glue to attach these gussets and I think it's a bit easier.  I attach both front sides, clip with clothes pins so the glue dries evenly.  

I then adhere the back part of the gusset and the clothes pins are enough weight to ensure the back dries evenly.

While it's drying you can decorate the front. 

Now decorate the front. I used the Peaceful Poppy paper with the big poppies to match my Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  

Add 3 dimensionals to the bottom of the label.  Add the label to the front of the bag. The front flap slips under the label to hold the clutch closed. If you wish you could also use magnets.  

In black with a 1/2 strip of foil.  

Now here it is in black ... I love this elegant look.   It's like my Audrey Bag but more modern, sort of a 60s look. Click here to see the Audrey bag (yes like Audrey Hepburn!)

And below with a flower closure made with the vase punch (8 "petals") with the smaller vase.

So I added a 1/2 strip of champagne foil and a champagne foil Lovely Label.  Which do you like better?

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Piece of Cake Tutorial for the Cake Builder Set

One of my favorite products is on the retiring list - the cake builder punch and the matching stamp set.

However it's also on sale - the punch is $10.80 (40% off) so with the stamp set it's $27.80 - a sweet deal.

I created a great tutorial using this set with 4 cards and a fun card holder. The tutorial is free to you with any size order in my online store!  Head over and click on "last chance" and see the deals!

Or it's free to anyone on my team (all my tutorials are!) a perfect time to join the team and shop from the brand new catalog that launches June 3rd.

Happy shopping MaryKate

Last Chance Products - the retiring list is out!

Lots of great deals... click on my cart then click on "last chance". You can sort price (low to high) or alphabetically.  Don't forget the host code to get your free goodies!

Happy shopping, MaryKate

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Poppy Post It Note Holder

A cute post it holder or business card holder for your desk.

This holder is a box and a "flap".  You make the box and fold the back flap part and attach them.  Here are the tips and dimensions. First the ingredients (all in inches)

2 pieces
Box:  2 ½ x 8 ½ scored at ½, 4, 4 ½, 8 and on the short side at 2
Back piece: 3 ½ x 8 ½ score at 2 ½, 3, 3 ½, 6

DSP 1 ¾ x 3 ¼

Trim your tabs and add tear and tape to the last 1/2" edge.

And a close up of the tab trimming. Do you see the little wedges I take out to reduce the bulk?

Put the box together, first by removing the tear n tape backing, making it into a box.  Then close the bottom of the box.  I suggest liquid glue or tear n tape.

Now fold the flap.  Do you see the photo below with the bottom in an "M" shape? And the last flap (at the top of the photo)? Attach your box to the flap.

Now the fun part, decorate the front. I kept it simple with white twine and some leaf elements. What will you do??

Don't forget to add a post it pad and pen.
Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, April 20, 2020

April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Video

Here's the April 2020 kit video, a 2 minute demonstration on how to put the kit together. 

In a few days I'll post my cards and several alternative projects.

Enjoy your Paper Pumpkin (and if you'd like a subscription, you sign up by the 10th of the month), either month to month, or you can buy a series of months for a small discount. 

Happy crafting MaryKate

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Peaceful Poppy Double Zee card

A double zee folded card.  Dimensions are below.

A simple card but with the extra zee, I think it has a "pop".  Do you like the matching ribbon? It's the white ribbon with silver edging and I used my Poppy blends pen to color it in.

I love white ribbon as I can make it any color... so I buy white twine, white dotted tulle... and then it instantly matches with my blends.

The poppy element is part of the "elements" pack, click here for details.

What will you stamp on the inside? Do you see this as a birthday card? thank you? maybe a sympathy with the poppies?

Happy creating, MaryKate

Friday, April 17, 2020

Poppy Pocket Card

An easy fun fold card that holds a note or a gift card (or tickets, or other paper items for a pocket).

The front of the card uses one of the die cut Poppy Elements -- or you could stamp on this front piece if you wish.

To make the curved corners of the front of the small whisper white piece, take your 1/2" circle punch and punch out 1/4 of the circle to form this curved edging.  There is also a die that comes with the set that makes this look but punching out the corners is quick and easy.

The one above uses the die - you can just see the edge that is outlined with the die.  

If you are wondering where I found green twine.. it's white twine colored with an Old Olive blend.

And the inside of the card with a gift card so you can see size.

Here are all the dimensions

Base: Black 8 ½ x 5 ½ score at 1 1/4 , 6 ½
Front DSP 5 ¼ x 2 ¾
Front lower DSP 5 ¼ x 1
Front décor: Black: 2 ½ x 3 ½, Razzleberry 2 ¼ x 3 ¼, White 2 x 3 (punch corners with ½ circle punch)

Inside white 4 ¾ x 3 ½

All these lovely crafting supplies are in my online store, happy shopping!

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Timeless Tulip Basket

How cute is this tulip basket?

It was designed by my friend and team mate Sheryl Knight.  

The clover green base is 2 3/4 x 2 3/4, scored at 3/4 on all sides.  Cut up to where the scorelines meet and make a box. 

Attach a handle cut 6 x 1/2 - can be plain or fancy like mine (supplied by Sheryl!)

Now add your tulip leaves to the tulips so the leaves are glued at the base. 

Add the tulips to the 4 sides of the box.  Add a tulle bow and fill with treats!

I hope you make it!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Peaceful Poppies Designer Paper - Card with a hole

Lots of Poppy Cards coming to you this week!

This one is a design that I've used for a while.  It's my "hole in a card".  I like the idea of looking into the inside of the card.

It's such an easy design.  The base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and you punch a 2 1/4 hole just off to the side, not centered.  

You attach 1/2 strip of paper to the front left (that's why the hole is to the right of center).

Stamp on the front. If you wish you can dry emboss the front.  I added some leaves from the Poppy Elements.  Click here if you want more information on these elements. 

Now fill in the hole. I used the poppy paper with the very large flowers and cut the flower out with a poppy die for a fun shape. But you could use the circle punch.  Or you can stamp something to peek through the hole.  

I also adhered another 1/2 strip of paper on the inside and stamped.

Last fall, I created this "cow" in a hole... I love thinking about what I want to peek through!

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Paper Pumpkin Dec 2019 Something for Everyone Kit - available in April 2020

Hi ... I bought a few extra Paper Pumpkin Dec 2019 kits. This kit makes 12 cards, for just about every occasion and I think it's perfect for a beginner stamper.  Super easy to put together.

Here's the kit

And the 3 min video the Stampin UP created.

And here are my first cards.

You know I love to create alternatives... so here is the first card on the left, and then on the right, it's adapted by placing on the gold foil edge cards (that have matching envelopes).  I cut the original card down to 3 3/4 x 5.

So now I have an extra envelope as I cut up the card base for the card (below left) and I thought that could go on the front of a card along with some left over stickers (I love that you get lots of extra things in the kit).

So ... I have a base left over.   I used the base of that card (the one I cut up) as a background layer for the card on the right, do you see it behind the strip (the color is Terracotta Tile)? 

And finally I had a little strip of the flowered base left, so I decorated my envelope. See that under the card on the right.

I love to stamp inside the envelope and even on the outside (no more naked envelopes)!

And the green card... I love that it is a masculine look... and made it pretty much as designed but horizontal instead.

This is a fun kit and it is available in my online store. Just click on the shopping card (and don't forget the host code right above the cart).

Paper Pumpkin is a fun easy subscription, you can choose a single month or you can buy it  month-month or buy a 3, 6, or 12 subscription, it's $22-$23 (depending on your subscription).  An easy way to bring creativity into your life.  Flexible... as you can "pause" anytime or simply stop your subscription. No obligations, just a fun crafty escape.

email me if you have questions,

Happy creating, MaryKate

PS the foil cards and lots of other items in my online store!

Quick post - the Clearance Rack got updated - get in quick!

Woo Hoo!!
New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store.
Just so you know, supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will most likely go quickly. So be sure to grab your favorites right away!!
Be sure to check out all items available and don’t forget to use the April Host Code (it's on the top right near the shopping cart).  Host code is UMZHANBJ
Thank you for shopping with me!!
Stay safe and enjoy your day -- MaryKate