Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Them Bones, perfect for Halloween or a Get Well Card

I'm creating my Halloween class (9 projects, in person, Sept 10 130-4pm Hartland ME) and I had an idea for a get-well-card for a knee replacement!

Here's the card and the treat.

The suite #ThemBones by Stampin Up is really fun with a ton of dies so you can make skeletons and even decorate them!

And a close up. I tied a bow around the skeleton knee and the knee bone of the pen.  

Both projects (excluding the bows!) will be part of the Halloween class. I'll be posting all the projects here. Lots of cute quick cards and several fun treat packages.  I also created some quick home decor. Stay tuned here for all the projects with tips, measurements, how-to's and links for the bone pens, lights and more.

Let me be the first to say to you .... Happy Halloween! 

And Diane - get well soon - all the best with your new knee!


And if you'd like to join us Sept 10th for Halloween crafting, email me, I'm organizing the pricing but it will be super reasonable!




Monday, August 28, 2023

Joy to You Stamp Set & my Leader Swap

Hello all - we are using the set Joy to You for the September online series.  3 Classes - you can request a packet for $30 plus shipping for all 3 classes, add the stamp set for $20 more that is Joy To You and you can do a front porch pickup or include $10 for shipping.  Tuesday nights 6-730pm on Zoom (and yes recorded to a private page).  Sept 12,19, 26.

Here's 1 of 9 cards we are making, our class will use different paper. 

I created these cards for our Leader swap. We make 16 identical cards (mine is the same layout, different holiday paper and ribbon) and we get 16 different cards back. So many awesome ideas!

Measurements: Base 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, cut off 1 panel 2 3/4 x 4 1/4, this is the green panel that goes under the Contours die.  Designer paper is (inside) 4 x 5 1/4 and outside 4 x 2 1/2.  Easy, pretty, perfect if you are making lots!

So these head off in the mail tomorrow and in 2 weeks I'll do a FB live showing you all the cards I get back. I'll post that FB here so you can see the cards.

email me to register for class, or to get a paper catalog or with questions! My online store is always open... and this new catalog will go live Sept 5. 

Happy stamping, MaryKate




Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Darling Details with Guest Designers

We are on for 6pm ET tonight Aug 22!   We'll make 2 cards tonight.  There will be different options and different cutting / layouts - so please join us by FB or by Zoom.  If you'd like a zoom link or the FB page, please reach out to me at

The first card is by Frances Wagner and is a "classic zee".  Mine is below with "half zee". Ingredients are below

For both cards – bring a quarter sheet of cardstock to stamp your flowers and leaves


Ingredients for the Zee / Zed Card


Lost Lagoon 4 ¼ x 11 score at 2 ¾ and 5 ½ on the long side

2 pieces of Espresso (or other neutral) 5 ½ x 4 ¼

2 pieces of Vanilla 5 ½ x 4 ¼


I’ll show you 2 different versions / layouts of this card.


Inks:  I used Lost Lagoon for the tone on tone stamping (Versa mark works)

Flowers: I used Bubble Bath and Fresh Freesia


For the top card by Frances Wagner


White front: 4 x 2 ¾

Neutral front: 4 ¼ x 3

Inside:  white 3 ¾ x 5 and neutral 4 x 5 ¼



For the bottom card by me


Vanilla front 4 x 2 1/2

Lagoon front 4 ¼ x 2 3/4

Neutral front 4 ½ x 3


Inside:  vanilla 3 ¾ x 5 and neutral 4 x 5 ¼


Below by Suzie Barnes.

Vanilla 8 ½ x 5 ½ folded in half

Vanilla 5 x 3 ¾ for your die cutting.

Dark blue: eg Navy, Starry Sky, Misty 5 ¼ x 4 ¼

The “cone” is from the center of the die cut – or feel free to bring extra vellum

Bright green for die cutting leaves/flowers

Greeting (you may want to bring a circle punch/die cut) I used Deckled Circles

I love these cards and can't wait to see what you create with your own ideas.  If you don't have the Darling Details bundle, I'm sure you have some flowers and a frame die!

Happy stamping, please reach out if you need anything - MaryKate


Monday, August 7, 2023

Darling Details Class 2

 This is our second class for Darling Details! I love this gorgeous bundle - truly the details make it fabulous.

This class is Aug 8 6-730pm ET online.

Each class is $10, 3 classes $30 (plus shipping if needed). We meet most / nearly all Tuesdays online 6-730pm ET and we have such a fun group.  You'll get great conversation and lots of ideas as each of us "make it our own".  You can join live by Zoom or live by Facebook or watch the replay.

Here are the 2 cards for Tuesday August 8 (often we make 3 cards but this class calls for more detailed cards, so only 2!)

Just a note Striped Card

Card base in Bubble Bath 8 ½ x 5 ½

Frame cut white 4 7/8 x 3 ¾ - then die cut

Designer paper 5 ½ x 4 1/4

White card stock to die cut flowers and for stamping (about ¼ page)

Misty Moonlight for die cutting the flowers

Bubble Bath ribbon 8”

White inside 5 ¼ x 4

Just a note with an acetate front

Back Lost Lagoon 5 ½ x 4 ¼

White 4 x 5 ¼

Acetate 4 x 5 1/4

Cardstock for the lace (eg coral, misty moonlight

Lost Lagoon ribbon 3/8” about 20”

Questions? Want to join us in September? email me we are doing Holiday cards with "Joy to you" a new stamp set.

These cards were inspired by Zahra Premji (top card) and Suzie Barnes (bottom card)

Happy stamping, MaryKate

#Darling Details

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

IDEAS Blog Hop August 2023 Fun Fold Cards

Hello and welcome to the IDEAS Blog Hop for August 2023 - featuring cards with fun folds.

We have a range of projects from easy and fun for new stampers or more detailed designs for an avid crafter.  Each tutorial includes 1-2 projects.

This month we have curated tutorials from 15 international Demonstrators with a 75 page full color tutorial bundle for you, featuring colorful cards.  You will get 1t 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 used the fun Bright & Beautiful designer paper along with the Darling Details bundle and made a fun fold card and a fun fold box.

All the details, how-to, dimensions and tips are in my tutorial. Lots of photos and diagrams to make it easy to follow along.    A super fun suite of projects!  

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 and so many tips.

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, 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 Elizabeth in Canada, she's the next talented IDEAS demonstrator.

Happy Hopping! MaryKate


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Creating a Faux Stepper Card

My talented teammate Terry Dell'Amico sent me a stunning faux stepper card.  Her's is the one with the pretty flower.  I recreated it with the Sleigh paper and cute Trucking Along set with the punch (both Online Exclusives).


The bottom piece is 9 x 4 1/4, score this at 1 1/4, 2 1/2 and 5 3/4

The patterned paper for the bottom is a 4 x 4 cut at 4 x 3 and 4 x 1 (smaller piece on the lower front)

The top piece is 2 1/2 x 11 scored at 5 1/2

The patterned paper for the top is 2 1/4 x 5 1/4

I stamped the road below the truck (otherwise it looks like it floats!) 

I stamped the truck in Pecan Pie (stamping off for a lighter look) the tree is Lost Lagoon.  

It's really easy but has a wow effect.

Other news:

Kits are up to 30% off for August - lots to choose from - click the cart (top right) to browse the store

This month's Tuesday night class 6-730 is Darling Details.  Kits are out but you can get a tutorial free if you are a customer or team member or you can buy the tutorial for $10 (5 cards and a matching box). Email me

We have not yet chosen a set for September but classes will be Sept 12 19 and 26 6-7pm and I'm leaning to selecting a Christmas set.  Stay tuned. Email me for details.

Happy Stamping - MaryKate