Monday, August 23, 2021

A Cute Halloween Tower Card

I'll be on FB Live very soon with a how-to video of this fun card that turns out is very easy!

Here's a link to a quick video with a few how-to's



Tower card - that fits into a regular envelope.

Card base black 5½ x 4-7/8 score at ½, 1¼, 2, 2¾,

3 black pieces 5½ x 2-1/8 (no scoring) 

Designer paper 

4 pieces 5 3/8 x 2 

3 pieces 5 3/8 x 1 1/8 or 2 designer paper pieces and 2 white pieces

1 white 5 3/8 x 1 1/8 for the greeting


Make the first tower section, then add each extra black piece, folding flat each time.

Stamp your greeting

Add the designer paper and white greeting piece

Tip: bone folder essential!!

Inspiration from Frenchie Stamps - thank you!

Happy Halloween.. if you need any supplies my online store is always open!

Questions, don't hesitate to reach out to

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Clever Cats meets Cutest Halloween Aug 15 2-4pm Class

I have a fun Halloween class coming up at home in Hartland ME Aug 15 2-4pm using Clever Cats and Cutest Halloween

Let me know if you are a yes (and if you are far away, let me know if you want a virtual class with a tutorial)

You know you want to make the tower card on the left :)

I love Halloween cards that are decor (vs a usual greeting card) and it's perfect excuse for treat packaging.

RSVP to, of course chocolate is included

Let me be the first to wish you Happy Halloween!

Today is the 10th - last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin's Hope Box for August


Empower yourself and others with the Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit! Created from the heart and soul of Stampin’ Up! cofounder, Shelli, the Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit reminds us why life is precious. 

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit includes supplies to create nine encouraging cards and coordinating envelopes in an inspiring color palette, and a specially designed Hope Box, designed to be a keepsake box.

You can sign up for 1 month of Paper Pumpkin, several months, you can start a subscription and pause anytime, it's super flexible.

Here's a link if you'd like to try it this month

click on this link to subscribe to just 1 month!


  • Kit contains supplies to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes and comes in a special box!
  • The box is specially designed to turn into a Hope Box—a keepsake box full of cherished items to add hope to your life or in the lives of others.
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Let me know if you have questions,

Happy crafting, MaryKate

Monday, August 9, 2021

Color and Contour in bright fun colors

 Our talented teammate Brenda Mann created this fun bright card with the Colors and Contours set

I wanted to show you an "up close" look... she attached the designer paper to the left, then die cut the main piece using the largest contour die.  
Can you see the white embossing for the flowers? And then I think she used Blends to make the flowers.
What's super pretty is that all the colors match, so while there are many colors, it is so pretty as it coordinates so well.  

Are you looking for more ideas using this set? I have a tutorial bundle using this set with 8 projects, free to team mates or customers (no minimum purchase!)

What a lovely thank you card,

I hope this inspires you to make a card -- and importantly put it in an envelope and send it out!

Happy crafting MaryKate

PS enjoy this 2nd Sale-A-Bration where you spend $50 and get a free item, so many lovely things to choose from, paper, stamps, dies and more!  

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Make your own DSP with a video tutorial

 Hi all - I love making my own patterned paper.  Today I'm showing you my paper using the Tidings and Trimmings set.

Here's a short video with tips on making your own paper

Once you have your paper created, you can make a bag and 2 cards, or 4 cards, or bag, card and 2 tags - lots of options, I'll post templates below this post.

Tidings and Trimming

On the left is my stamped paper, in the middle I've cut it to make 1 bag, 1 card and 2 tags (I show only 1 tag)

Tips on making your own paper

1. Start with coordinating colors and not too many.  In the video I show you 2 papers one with Christmas colors with the Tidings set and the other with What's Cookin' set.  The Cookin' paper has 5 colors but they all from the same family of "soft subtle" colors.  The video shows you these projects.

2. As you make your paper, start with the largest image, then 2nd largest etc... finishing with the tiniest stamp.  You'll see that I started with Cherry Cobbler, then went to the softer green Soft Succulent, then added in the darker Evergreen, and back to Succulent and then Cobbler.

3. As you stamp, turn your stamps to make a random pattern.

4. After you cut, if you see white space, you can fill that in easily with more stamping now the paper is cut.

5.  Match your colors to your ribbon. I used the matching Evergreen for the bag, and the matching Papaya for the What's Cookin projects.

Here are the templates - there are so many ways to use your own paper.  The piece on the lower far right is 1" wide and is waste (or a small tag???)

I hope you try this, it is very easy relaxing stamping and by simply matching colors, you'll get a professional looking piece of paper.  

Other info: I used the Be Dazzle paper behind the greeting in the card which is free with a $50 order - yay Sale-A-Bration is back where you get a free item for each $50 you spend!  Click on the shopping card to see all the great free items!!

Have questions? reach out to

Happy stamping, MaryKate

#What's Cookin #Tidings #DSP #StampinUp

Monday, August 2, 2021

Aug 2021 IDEAS Blog Hop with Sale-A-Bration products

Hello and welcome to the IDEAS Blog Hop for August 2021 - featuring projects with our Favo(u)rite Sale-A-Bration items


Welcome to our IDEAS blog hop for August 2021. We are 12 international Demonstrators with a 50+ page full color tutorial bundle for you.  This month the theme is our favorite Sale-A-Bration items (or favourite for our Canadian, Australian and UK demos!) with projects featuring many different stamps, dies and paper.  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.

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

I reworked an "oldie but goodie" notecard holder to become a gift card/treat holder with the Dashing Deer.   All the details, how-to, dimensions and tips are in my tutorial. Lots of photos to make it easy to follow along.  I've included the original notecard holder and several notecards featuring the deer and the Be Dazzled paper.

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 Jacqui in the UK the next talented IDEAS demonstrator! 

Happy Hopping! MaryKate