Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Make a card and matching envelope with patterned paper

Here's a fun easy project.  I love the use of the designer paper for the card and envelope. Email me if you want the project sheet to

Here's a video making the card and envelope 

And at the end of the video I show you a suite of cards from Artistically Inked - it's a wow set!  


12 x 12 sheet of designer paper

Shapes (dies, punched shapes etc) in Basic white and matching cardstock

5 ½ x 4 ¼ cardstock to match the paper

3 ¾ x 5 Basic white

1 x 4” of foil

~12-16” of matching ribbon

Optional: twine and brads to close the envelope.

Optional: Trio punch to round the corners




1.    Cut the paper 4 x 12 for the card – thinking about the direction of the paper. My card is horizontal so, the paper is too.

2.    Trim the paper to 4 x 10 ½ and fold in half.

3.    Attach to the 5 ½ x 4 ¼ piece of cardstock.

4.    Attach the foil to the front edge of the card

5.    Stamp your greeting and attach to the matching colored shape

6.    Attach to the front of the card, add ribbon in a bow or a zee

7.    Attach a 3 ¾ x 5 white piece inside the card

Envelope - see the diagram above for cutting and scoring.  The red is cut out, the dashed lines are scores.

1.    Cut the paper 6 x 12

2.    Score on the short side at ¾ from either side (so ¾ and 5 ¼)

3.    Score on the long side at 2 and 7 ¾

4.    Burnish the folds

5.    Trim using the diagram.

6.    Round the corners if you wish

7.    Fold up the envelope and secure the sides

Enjoy the Designer Series Paper Sale in July 2021. Here is a card with a matching envelope. Happy Crafting, Happy 4th to you all!


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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Color and Contour Freesia Spine card

 It's a spine card!

Base 4 ¼ x 11, score at 4 ¼, 5 ½, 6 ¾

Freesia layers:  4 x 4 and 4 x 1

White is 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 and 3 7/8 x 7/8


Adhere the spine part of the card with glue inside so it only opens at the scoring.  Cut a vee or use a small e.g., 1/2" circle punch to make the notches on the spine. 

Once your stamping is done, layer this up and add to the card.

Now tie your ribbon around the spine, add in an extra piece of lace or tulle ribbon!

Super easy but a pretty effect.

Let me know if you have questions,

Happy stamping, MaryKate

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Color and Contour Pretty Layered Card with Texture

A pretty card with texture and layers.  Texture comes from small details with splattering, the large vellum layer, the die cuts, the twine and bling embellishments.  I'm doing a video later today and when done I'll add in a link.

Cutting details
Blushing Bride         5 ½ x 8 ½, score at 4 ¼; 5 ½ x 4 ¼
Vellum         3 ½ x 5
Pool Party     4 x 3 for die cut
Basic White for die cutting label
Rose Gold Glimmer paper      3 ¼ x 3/8
DSP    3  ¾  x 5 ¼ cut
DSP    3 ½ x ¾ for inside the card
1.Cut  DSP  to  3 ¾ x 5 ¼,  then  into 3  1 ¼ strips.      DSP  at 3 ½ x ¾

2.Die cut vellum scalloped rectangle, Pool Party flower die cut (Hand Penned Dies) and white label (tasteful labels).

3.Stamp splatter in Pool Party onto label die. Stamp sentiment in Memento Black.

4.Glue strips of DSP to card base.  Now create the vellum layer, die cut the Contour rectangle). Add the flower die cut, then add the greeting label with dimensionals.  Add a twine bow.  Add bling (why not!)?

Don't forget free shipping June 24th - add the host code and I'll mail you some bling! 

In the video I give credit to Zahra Premji a talented demo in Canada, thank you!!
Happy shopping, happy crafting, MaryKate

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Color & Contour - Layered Cards

I love these nested Color & Contour dies, here's a quick card that has a pop of color


These cards are the same, except the Polished Pink uses the die cut for the flower and dimensionals pop up the flower, and the Fresh Freesia has a "flat" flower. 

Base 8 ½ x 5 ½

2 nested dies (largest and 2nd largest) from the Contour die sets.

Greeting ¾ x 2

What makes the card is the coordinating ink, ribbon and cardstock!

Happy crafting MaryKate

PS Don't forget - free shipping June 24 on all orders $50 or more - and the host code will get you bling in the mail!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Just in - Free Shipping on June 24

 It's a flash sale!

Free shipping for June 24th for all orders over $50.  Just click on the shopping cart (to the right).

Include the host code VRQCJQBC and I'll send you some bling to accessorize your projects!  You will also receive the 50 page Full-Color IDEAS Tutorial, over 25 fun projects featuring happy colors! 

Happy Shopping, MaryKate

Color and Contour with a Scalloped Edge card

The contour dies include a scalloped edge die.  This "edge" die is perfect to dress up the edge of a box or a card.  


A few tips:

Cut the DSP (patterned paper) and then without adhering it down, run it though your die cutting machine. Do you stamping on the patterned paper.  Now glue it down (you don't want your dies gummed with adhesive).  

Base 5 ½ x 8 ½

DSP 3 ½ x 5 ½

Run the base and DSP through the Stamp Cut and Emboss, then adhere to the front.

Stamp and die cut flowers (I stamped off the bumblebee), add splatters, greeting.

Pale Papaya for the 4 pieces of ribbon (2” folded, adhered to back with Seal +)

The ribbon look is different - it's a 2" folded piece that is adhered to the back. So not a bow!

This is a great bundle, if you liked the Stitched Dies, Nested Dies, Stitched So Sweeting dies... this set is for you. Super versatile.  

Let me know if you have questions, happy Crafting, MaryKate

#Stampin Up




Saturday, June 19, 2021

Color & Contour Zee Fold card

A zee fold for you today! 
Base 8 ½ x 5 1/2 scored at 2 1/8, fold over the front to make the "zee"

Use 3rd largest die in the Color & Contour set for the front greeting, stamp your flower and then stamp with the flower petals (2 step stamping). You'll see the 2nd stamp is a bit "blotchy", that's the look, not a perfect lining up of the petals to the base. 

There are lots of options to color the petals: Stampin Blends (our alcohol markers), a Stampin Write Marker, a Blender pen dipped in any ink you wish.

Stamp thank you in Black memento. 

The Patterned Paper is from the Hand-Penned collection, cut at 2 x 5 1/8 for front and inside, it's the same paper using both sides.  I love that our paper has patterns on both sides that coordinate. 

I added a papaya ribbon to the front with a glue dot.

I'm featuring this Color & Contour all week on my blog, an amazing versatile stamp and die set (in my online store if you don't already have it)!  I have a tutorial with 10 Color & Contour projects, free to customers and my team or for sale $10, contact me

Happy crafting (and happy to answer questions, don't hesitate to reach out!)


Friday, June 18, 2021

Color & Contour Scalloped Box

 A fun box from a 12 x 12 sheet that easily holds 4 regular sized cards.

Take a piece of 12 x 12 (I used the DSP backing (you hardly see the writing as it’s on lower inside of the box), cut it to 12 x 8.  

Score along the short side at 2” (near the writing). 

ON the long side score at ½, 5, 6 ¼, 10 ¾.  

Fold the 2” up so the piece is 12 x 6 (folded) and then die cut the scallops on the long side.  

Make into a box by cutting the tabs and folding in the bottom.

Front DSP is 4 x 5 1/2. 

Die cut the mid-size scalloped piece. 

Die cut the flower (cut the flower off so you have the stem only) in Jade.  

Stamp and Die cut the daisy flower. Add the stem and the flower with dimensionals.  Add freesia ribbon.

Hand Penned Class is June 22 and 29 6-730pm online, recorded

Artistically Inked Hartland ME 2-4pm

RSVP and any questions.

Happy Crafting, MaryKate

Monday, June 14, 2021

Update on Classes for Mid June 2021

Hello crafters!!

We have a new updated class schedule.  There was a bit of delay in creating the class list given supplies were on backorder.

Online Tuesdays will continue with June 22 and June 29 6-730pm with the Hand-Penned paper.  You can use sentiments you own, or the Hand-Penned set (so pretty).  Your packet will include a 1/4 share of the paper, so 6 sheets of 12 x 2 paper, ribbon for projects, card bases, die cuts and matching ribbon.  Total 12 cards (6 designs, 2 of each) over 2 classes.    

Front porch pickup (or nearby drop) is $15, contact me for shipping (which you can combine with others.  If you would like the Hand-Penned stamp set or dies, add $20 for the set (yes you get a discount when you buy the project packet) or add $40 for the stamps and dies (again a discount!)

Saturday June 19 2-4 is Art Gallery at my home in Hartland! (woohoo!)  6 cards, gold leafing techniques, fun acetate overlays, foils, shimmer ribbon, big stunning flowers and greetings.  $15.  You can use my stamps and dies, or add $45 for the bundle of stamps and dies.   

Saturday June 26 2-4 is Artistically Inked at my home in Hartland! 6 cards, gold leafing techniques, fun acetate overlays, foils, shimmer ribbon, big stunning flowers and greetings.  $15.  You can use my stamps and dies, or add $45 for the bundle of stamps and dies.   

RSVP as soon as you can (or until I run out of supplies!) Talk to me if you need shipping email me at

Save the date July 24 for our Christmas in July event, cards and gifts - it's a 11-3pm event with lunch, prizes and more in Maine, looking at July 31 for Florida

If you are part of our team please save the date Mon June 28 for a our "here's to summer party" online 6-7pm with crafting, games and fun. You'll want a crafting packet - email me for your free packet to make 3-4 projects!  Or.. if you are not, it's always a good time to become a discount shopper, save 20% on your Stampin Up purchases, contact me for all the details. NO obligations, but lots of fun!

July classes will include the fun "What's Cookin" and other sets.

Happy crafting!


Monday, June 7, 2021

IDEAS Blog Hop June 2021 Color Me Happy



Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for June 2021. We are 12 international Demonstrators with a 50 page full color tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is Color Me Happy with projects featuring in colors and bright fun color combinations.  You'll want to make them all.  You will get 12 detailed tutorials with a range of projects.  The tutorials have detailed instructions in imperial (aka inches!) and metric. (No it's not a typo on the cover... our global markets spell color with a u)!

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

I made a handbag with a matching card.  This bag is quick and easy, just folding no glue!   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 55 pages of detailed full color instructions with 15+ projects (cards, 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 Caroline in the Netherlands the next talented IDEAS demonstrator! 

Happy Hopping! MaryKate

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