Wednesday, December 30, 2020

January and February Class Updates

I'm providing a quick update on my winter-spring classes.  Below are details on 4 classes. I can combine shipping, add in inks and blocks, whatever you need. Don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions or to RSVP.

Each "series" is 3 classes, with 12 projects and includes the stamp set and shipping to you. The "basic" class is $40 and you have several add on options.  If you do add options, you can select a Sale-A-Bration (SAB) item (there is a wonderful set of stamp set options and patterned papers). If you don't have a SAB catalog just let me know!  It goes lives Jan 5 but I can email you a PDF or get a paper copy in the mail to you.  

I hope to see you at class!

 1.      I’ll be continuing my series of online classes in January and the next one will use a fun new Dragonfly set (with an optional punch), it’s Jan 12, 19 and 26 (Tuesdays 6-715pm).  See page 25 in the Mini catalog

a.       Kit options include 3 classes (12 projects) and the stamp set: total $40 

b.      or add the punch, sparkle and coloring tools $60 with a free pickup at Warsaw or add $8 for shipping.

c.       Please RSVP by Jan 4 (latest!) and I’ll ship the packages Jan 8th.


2.      I have 2-night Valentine Class: Wed Jan 13 and Jan 20 6-715pm, with the Heartfelt Stamp Set for $35 (2 classes and the stamp set) or $15 without a set.  Check your stash, the projects will be easy to pair with a stamp set you own!   I can combine shipping if there are several of you near each other, or for several classes; otherwise shipping is $8 extra. Total 8 projects – but lots of extra ideas in the PDF!  Heartfelt is a set in our annual catalog. Please RSVP by Jan 4 (latest!) and I’ll ship the packages Jan 8th.


3.      Jan/February is “Strawberry Social” with a wide variety of cards and some packaging.  Tues Feb 2, Feb 9 and Feb 16, 6-715pm (12 projects, stamp set and a coloring tool) $45 You can see this fun set on page 44 in the enclosed Mini catalog, if you add the punch for $20 you can also select a free SAB item.  Please RSVP by Jan 13.


4.      Tues Feb 23 March 2 and March 9 6-715pm “Ice Cream Treats see page 49. Cards for birthday, hello, Thank you and more!  3 classes, 12 projects, stamp set $45, if you wish to add the punch for $20 you can select a free SAB item.  Please RSVP by Jan 31

Happy Stamping, MaryKate

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Pantone's Color of the Year 2021

Each year the color "experts" release the color of the year -- and check out this coming year's colors!!

Illuminating (Yellow) with Ultimate Grey

If you are interested you can read more here and also see the other colors of the past years.  Click here to read the details on their thinking.

I might try and play with this combination!  I think it's really close to our  Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey!  Hmmm... this might make a fun team challenge for January ... I'm so grateful to have such a fun, engaged team that is always up for color or stamping challenge. I love the fun we have!

Happy coloring, MaryKate

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Paper crafting Christmas tree ornaments

I thought I'd show you my Christmas tree ornaments! It's a bit of a "walk down memory lane" with all the different paper ornaments I've made over the years!

The one above is new this year, just released by Stampin Up!

Warning... we don't do designer style tree decorating here, just family ornaments, collected over the years ;)

Tag Buffet Kit from 2020

From my amazing team leader Cathy Jones, to celebrate my gold promotion!

Moose ornaments, little house from Dec 15 and a treat box

Do you remember these cute Cookie Cutter Creatures?

The cardinal from Tag Buffet

stunning poinsettia from Laurie Wilber (it was on my Secret Sister package)

Treat box from earlier this month

Wine tag/Gift card holder from Susan Morrison

More cookie cutter creatures

Another poinsettia from Laurie Wilber - wow with the foil!

Any symmetrical punch can be made into a 3D item, this is the Gleaming punch

The Christmas stocking die from last year and to the left the big triangle box I made Dec 15 on video

Ok ... that's it for now!  What are you decorating for the holidays? a tree? a wreath? your front door?  

Happy decorating, enjoy the holidays, MaryKate

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Wrap it - box it - make your own paper packaging!

I have 2 fun boxes for you today! A smaller Trimming the Town Gift box that looks like a village!! And a larger triangle box. I'm creating a video and will put a link in here!

click here to see the video

Trimming the Town box

3 1/4 x 8 

Score on the long side 1 3/4, 2 1/2, 5 1/2 6 1/4

Score on the short side 3/4, 2 1/2

See the video for cutting and punching 

Close with about 12" of ribbon

Decorate with houses from the Town paper.

Thank you to Simone Bartram in Australia, a fellow IDEAS demonstrator who created this!

And the triangle box -- so big!  I used a piece of patterned paper 6 x 12, fold in half along the long side. Then find the middle on the short side and score from the middle to the fold you just made. Do this 4 times.  Super easy and quick. 

Here's a diagram. The dashes are score lines.  The video makes it easy!

Happy wrapping! Happy Holidays, MaryKate

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sweet Ice-Cream Sunshine Stamp a long

I belong to the Sunshine Demonstrator group in Florida.  Yesterday I was part of a Stamp a long where we craft and create together! I presented on the ice-cream bundle that will be available Jan 5th 2021.

Here are my projects and recipes: I started by making 2 "triangle" cards.   DSP is Designer Series Paper or patterned paper.

DSP:  4 ½ x 4 ½

Foil:  4 ½ x 4 ½

Foil:  3 x 3

Take these 3 pieces of paper and cut diagonally into 2 triangles.  Put 1 of each triangle into a pile and then create the card with these 3 triangles.  Put the pattern paper over the foil leaving 1/8" of foil showing. Layer the triangles on the card. Add an embellishment such as an ice cream cone!

Some close up's of these cards. This is a flexible design and you can put any shape in the middle of the card.

And then we made a matching triangle box
Pattern Paper 3 x 6 
Fold in half so it's a 3 x 3, then score a line (or pinch and fold) from the top middle to the side, below is a diagram.

The diagram shows the score lines of the 3 x 6 paper.

Then I showed several other ice-cream projects, another triangle card with the new patterned paper and the new Sahara Sand foil.

A pop up card!
Front: DSP 5 1/4 x 4 and Bermuda Bay 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Greeting is 1x3 with 10" of ribbon
Inside card is 1/16 smaller than your base and the pop up is made by scoring a "vee" at the top (1 1/4 down and 1 1/4" to each side of center).  Here's a link that shows you a diagram. Click here for the post with the diagram

These are "reminder" notes.  The tags are 2 x 3 and punched with the tag topper punch. I added an ice cream with sprinkles and ribbon. They are an easy thing to hand out when people ask for my contact details as I have my name blog stamped on the back.

This is a slider for a gift card.
Cardstock 5 1/2 wide x 3 1/2 long
Score at 2 1/4, 2 1/2, 4 3/4, 5
Burnish your folds
Punch a hole through both front, thread a ribbon through the front and the back, push the card in, pushing the ribbon down. Tie the ribbon in a knot or bow and add 2 x 3 1/4 of pattern paper.

I had fun stamping with a great group of demos! 
Don't hesitate to email me with questions
Happy Stamping, MaryKate

Demonstrator Connections & Training Event

I appreciate that so many Stampin Up demonstrators have subscribed to my blog! I'm honored!  

I'm hosting a "Demonstrator Connections & Training Event" online Jan 8 or Jan 9 (same program, 2 date options) from 12-430pm EST. 

If you are a demonstrator - I'd love to have you join me!  You'll meet and network with lots of demonstrators from coast to coast!

Below are the details.  These are live (and recorded) sessions and you'll meet other demonstrators in small breakout groups. It's a great way to start your Stampin Up new year!

Not a demonstrator?  I'd love to have you join our group!  This event would be a great way to "try it out"!  We all join for the discount (we love our 20-25% off all Stampin Up products!) but stay for the fun, friendships, and crafting comradery!  The kit is $99, you select $125 of any product you want, and then you have 6 months to enjoy your experience. If you wish you can either purchase $300 of products each quarter, or simply drop, no obligations.  email me and I'll answer all your questions!

Details on the event

Jan 8 or 9th, 3 crafting sessions (9 projects) a stamp set, blender, prizes and 2 training sessions about managing your Stampin Up account or business online. (We are pretty good at in-person but for a few more months it looks like online will be our venue, so let's get good at it!) $45 including shipping to your door.

Come and craft, network, meet demos and hear new ideas on creating and hosting successful online classes.  Training on increasing sales, finding customers, creating new workshop or class formats and engaging your team (even if your team is 1 or 2 or many people!)  We have created 3 crafting sessions with 9 projects prepped for you with fun folds, 3D, cards, coloring, and more. We will have 2 training sessions with an agenda designed for business and hobby demonstrators 

What a great way to meet other demo’s, enjoy crafting, get 9 projects that you can use for your classes. It’s online and live – but will be recorded so you can go back and watch anytime.

We will also host a live technology “how-to” class with live Q&A, Monday Jan 11 6pm-7pm EST and share how to Zoom to Facebook, how to create great FB Lives, setting up online classes, and answer your questions!  It will be fun and give you lots of new ideas specific to your stamping business in an online world.  We can’t wait to be in-person, but let’s all be the best we can be online (while we have to!)

Our team has hosted many online demonstrator connection events where we gather, stamp, craft, share training.  There's such a fun vibe when we get together and we learn so much from each other. 


Survey responses from our Sept 2020 online event: 


Q:  Would you recommend this event to other demos?  94% said yes, 6% maybe: comments from participants:


YES! I would want to do this again -- as long as the format, organization, and presenters were top-notch -- like this one.


I LOVE the online training tips. I am testing out what I learned and so far its going well. Thank you again for all your hard work on this event.


Excellent event with the right balance between crafting and training. It was very professional and well executed.


wow, it made me realize just how good an online event could be! Lots of small details, prep, project selection and tech tips made it better than I expected


email me and I'll send you a flyer with more details!

Join us! Happy Stamping MaryKate

Tag Buffet Card Kit and Bottle Tag Gift card holder

Hi  -- I did a short video on the tag buffet cards (the kit is for 30 tags) but I made them into cards. A fun easy way to create some holiday cards.  Any set will work and the tag kit is on sale at 50% off! Here's a short video on the tag cards and also includes a gift card holder that doubles as a bottle tag!

click here for the video

I posted about these cards on Sept 12 - but given the sale - I thought I'd repost!  You can search "tag buffet" to see the original post.

There are really 2 sales... the "close-out" sale where many items are 50% off and the 2nd "sale" is the retiring list. Once these items are gone, they are gone!  Maybe a little present for yourself under your Christmas tree?

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Winter cards with Tasteful Labels and Snowflake Pattern Paper

Hi -- I created 12 cards for project "Operation Cheer" a group that collects and distributes cards to families impacted by mental health challenges. The request was for "winter" "family" "seasonal" cards (not Christmas and not Red/Green!

These are quick to make but super pretty.  2 layered labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies and Patterned Paper from Snowflake and Frosted Foliage. Both these packs of patterned paper are on sale!  

And here's a video showing you lots of different greeting and paper combinations

click here for the 2 min video


Base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded

Pattern Paper 5 1/4 x 4 (left card)

Pattern Paper 5 x 3 3/4 (right card)

6" of ribbon wrapped around the front and about 12" to make the bow

1 little tiny snowflake! do you see it?

I hope this inspires you to create, happy crafting MaryKate

PS Clearance Rack was refreshed just yesterday - lots of great things on sale!! Use the host code and happy-bling will be coming your way :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Quick Fold-Over Gift Card and Clearance Refresh today!

Hi all - I'll be doing a live video today on showing you how to make this quick easy gift card holder.   Click here to see the video


Card stock is 3 x 7 1/2 and 3 x 2 1/2 each folder in half

Pattern Paper is 2 1/2 x 3 and 1 x 2 1/2

Ribbon about 16"


Circle punch - 1-2" round - I used a 1 1/2 circle punch

Tear n Tape

And check out the clearance rack today - now that's a sale! Click on the cart and click on clearance, I'd be quick things are selling fast

Happy crafting, happy shopping


Monday, December 7, 2020

Gift Card Holder week - Snowflake wishes Pinch box

A quick easy gift card holder, no glue, no cutting! 

This one uses a 6 x 6 sheet of patterned paper (I used the Snowflake Wishes paper and stamp set).

Here's a video on how to create this quick easy versatile holder.  Click here to see the video

Patterned Paper 6 x 6 scored at 1 and 5" , rotate 90 degrees score at 2  1/2 and 3 1/2

Ribbon about 12" to wrap around the box and 12" to create a bow.

I hope you make one, so easy, fun and perfect for giving.

Happy giving, MaryKate

IDEAS Blog Hop Dec 2020 Let's Get Ready for a New Year



Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for December 2020. We are 14 international Demonstrators with a 75 page full color tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is Getting Ready for a New Year.  You will see clever organization items (3D), collections of cards in pretty holders, a New Year card and so much more! The tutorials have detailed instructions in imperial and metric.  

Here is our sneak peek collage for the November IDEAS Tutorial Bundle.  Each photo represents one designer's tutorial in our bundle.

I used the fabulous Boho Medley!  Here are my projects.  I made a lot of these holders with notecards.

All the details, how-to, dimensions and tips are in my tutorial. Lots of photos to make it easy to follow along.

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 75 pages of detailed full color instructions with 30+ projects (cards, decor, 3D, and more!)

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 Sara the next talented IDEAS demonstrator!  Her projects feature gorgeous florals!

Happy Hopping! MaryKate

#BohoMedley #Notecards #NotecardHolder

Sunday, December 6, 2020

IDEAS Blog Hop - Sneak Peek

Our IDEAS Blog hop is Monday Dec 7 at 2pm Eastern. You can start here on

Here's our collage that gives you a peek at our projects!  I hope you join us on Monday!

Happy stamping MaryKate

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Gift Card Holder week! A cello bag gift card holder

Gift card holder week continues... do you give gift cards? I do ... and I love to personalize them with pretty packaging.

Here's a cello bag holder and quick video to show you how to make it  click here for the video

Cardstock 2 3/4 x 8 1/2 score at 3 1/2, 5

Patterned Paper (I used Gleaming paper) 2 1/2 x 3

Matching ribbon about 16"

Cord for your greeting - my greeting is about 1 1/4 x 2

And a 3 x 9 Cello bag - mine are from Stampin Up and available in my online store $7 for 25!

I rounded the corners with the Trio punch, a super versatile punch that adds just "a little something"!

My greeting came from Fancy Phrases and I used Pretty Peacock Ink to match

A big thank you to Suzie Barnes my team leader who created this project for our team event!

The cello bags are $7 for 25 and are 3x9.  I'm sure you have cardstock and paper with matching ribbon in your stash!  Any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me

Happy gifting, MaryKate

Friday, December 4, 2020

Make a paper mug with Stampin UP supplies: Banner Year and Gleaming Paper

It's gift card holder week - every day a new way to "wrap" a gift card.  

Here's a video link to show you how to make this! click here for the video

Let’s make a mug! It’s a large mug that holds a bag of candy or hot chocolate or a gift card.

Cut your mug from 6 x 9 ½

Score on the long side at 1 ½, 3, 4 ½ 6, 7 ½, 9; 

Score along the short side at ¾  (the top of the mug) and 1 ½ for the bottom of the mug.

If you want your mug to be shorter score the top lower eg at 1 or 1 ¼ 

Trim the side tab – this is the ½”  edge – trim off both the top and bottom squares, miter the edge

Burnish the folds, add the dsp cut 3 ½ x 1 ¼ to only 5 sides one side will not (yet) have DSP.

Cut the tabs at the bottom (no need to miter).

Fold down the top “cuff”

Put tear n tape along the ½ side tab and the fit the tab into the on to the mug to make it a hexagon.

Now turn your mug upside down, and adhere all the tabs putting a bit of liquid glue on each tab. Hold the mug carefully to ensure it dries nice and evenly (no wonky mugs!)

Cover the bottom with a 1 ½ or 2” circle (to look nice, not essential) stamping to / from on the circle.

Handle: cut ¾  x 6  and fold over the ends at ¼” 

Curl your handle with a bone folder.

Take your last piece of dsp and attach the handle ends to the dsp (so the ends of the handle are hidden behind the dsp.  Now attach the dsp to the mug (use strong adhesive).

 This is where you attach the handle to the dsp and then add this to mug so now you have 2 covered panels.

Your mug just needs decorating and filling.          I added a greeting from the Beautiful Banner set with the 2 heart punches.  I used a 3 x 6 cello bag for my mug cake, with 14” of ribbon – you can fill with hot chocolate, candy, a gift card, anything!

Do you need the pdf of the logos for the Dunkin Donuts mugs? Just email me 

I hope you make one!

Happy crafting MaryKate

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Gift Card Holder week continues! With a Hershey Slider

Probably my quickest easiest and my most popular gift card holder!!

I used Gleaming paper but anything works! It's a 6 x 6 sheet of pattern paper.  My greeting is from the Stamp Set "Everything Essential".

Here's a link to a quick video click here to see the video

Score at 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 5 1/4, 5 1/2.  Along the 1/2 score line (so it's 1/2 x 6) add tear and tape and make into a sleeve.  

Yes it's open at both end. Punch holes at the top (bigger if your ribbon is wider, smaller it it's narrower ribbon) and insert about 28" of ribbon from front to back.  Now ease down your Hershey bar (the ribbon is now at the bottom of the bar) and then tie a bow. Decorate.  

You just attach your gift card with a glue dot.  Easy-peasy!

I hope you make one (I know you have a 6 x 6 piece of paper!)

Happy crafting! MaryKate