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Magnolia Lane DSP Explosion Box

I have one more project to show you that showcases the beautiful designer series paper from the Good Morning Magnolia bundle. The paper is called Magnolia Lane and it is BEAUTIFUL!  I love the color combination of Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow. And, don't get me started on how fabulous this Petal Pink organdy striped ribbon is!

This project is another oldie but a goodie. It's had a number of different names over the years like box card, card in a box and explosion box. This is a quick and easy card/box that makes a BIG statement. 


The box measures only 2.5" x 2.5". It's the perfect fit for the tea light birthday cake!

For the bottom:

  1. Cut a 7.5" x 7.5" piece of cardstock
  2. Score @ 2.5" and 5"
  3. Rotate cardstock 90 degrees and score again at 2.5" and 5"
  4. In the 4 corners, create a diagonal score to the horizontal score line
  5. Burnish and fold all score lines to create the box.

For the top:

  1. Cut a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of cardstock (or my preference is designer series paper)
  2. Score @ 7/8" on all 4 sides
  3. Cut a line from the edge to the scoreline in all 4 corners.
  4. Fold in corners and adhere to side panels to create the lid.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. As always, I appreciate you stopping by!


Mary Ann

Good Morning Magnolia - Part 2

Well, look at me! Two posts in a row. That's probably because I'm excited to show you another card using the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set. Not only am I showcasing this beautiful set again, but I also wanted to (re) introduce the diagonal double pocket card. When this fancy fold first came out over 10 years ago (yep, that long ago!) I made a lot of these! This fold has several possibilities. With two pockets:

  1. One pocket can be used for a gift card and the other sentiment.
  2. Create your own birth announcement and enclose a photo.
  3. Keep both tags as I have done for a sentiment a personal note. 

Sometimes it's just fun to get a non-traditional card!

If you would like a chuckle, I made a tutorial for this fold in 2009: It's a bit old-school, but it shows how long it's been around. Videos are in my future!

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Thanks for stopping by!




I'm Back... with Good Morning Magnolia!


Remember me? 

It's been a while.

Two years and two months to be exact.

One might think that I quit crafting or stopped blogging. Fortunately, neither is correct. I simply took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, but my love for stamping and all things Stampin' Up! continues.

I'll admit that I am a bit behind on using technology and social media for my crafting projects - so much to re-learn! Technology is amazing but it changes so quickly. I know there are so many cool advances with blogging and videos and Instagram, etc. I promised myself to start up again slowly. This post was the first step. My posts may be a bit simple initially, but I will eventually get up-to-speed.

I took some time off of work this past week to enjoy some time in my craft room. Creating with the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and coordinating designer series paper was my first priority. The images in this set are beautiful! I made quite a few projects and will share them over the next couple of days.



This is a 4"x4" card which showcases the magnolia bud. It's the perfect small card to accompany a gift!

There you have first post in over 2 years. 

Baby steps...




Craft room makeover

Well, it's been a long time coming, but after 12 years as a demonstrator, I finally got my dream craft room. We moved about a year ago to a home that had a "media room" and my husband graciously gave me that room to call my own.  I worked with a wonderful rep from More Space Place who helped me design a functional and organized room.  I am so happy with the results!  It honestly has made crafting more efficient and a lot more fun!  Take a look:


 The picture above shows my crafting table put away in the cabinet allowing for ample space for me to move about in the room. In the second picture the drop-down table provides ample crafting space in length and width but tucks away nicely in the cabinet when not in use. It is based on the idea of a murphy bed.  I really love how everything has a place and is in easy reach.




 Above: I had a window seat made that is comprised of file drawers.  Two of the drawers hold designer paper and the third drawer are files pertaining to business and personal use.

Below: On the opposing wall from my desk is my die cutting station.  I had the cabinets raised so I could stand at the counter without any discomfort in my back.  All of my die cutting supplies and embossing folders are within easy reach either in the cabinets above or in the drawers.




Behind the closet doors is where all of my card stock is stored.  I was able to purchase paper racks from a store that went out of business many years ago. The doors are kept closed so the sun doesn't fad the paper.

Thank you for letting me share my new room!  I have taken a bit of a break from stamping over the past several months but am happy to be back at it in my new room.  


Mary Ann



Summer Solstice

Things have been a bit hectic around my house as we are in the process of selling our current home and buying a new one.  Going back and forth between the two houses has consumed a good part of my life over the past couple of weeks and has left little time for crafting.  However, I did have my monthly stamp camps last week so I was able to indulge in some stamping time with them.  

I broke out a new set (well, new to me) called Summer Solstice (#122037 clear).  I'm not sure what took me so long to use this because the images are beautiful!  They have so much detail!  We created a "general use" card with this set, as it is fitting for so many different occasions.  

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One of my new favorite colors is Rich Razzleberry and it compliments the Lucky Limeade so nicely!  We placed a torn piece of First Edition DSP between the two to break up the color and sponged the edges to give it a slightly aged appearance.  Everybody really enjoyed making this card.


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Peekaboo Frames

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  While you might think I would share a St. Patrick's Day card or perhaps even a green card today, I'm not.  But, my card does have some green in it!  For some reason, I didn't make any St. Patrick's Day cards this year...shame on me.  I'm even Irish!  I've got the pale, no-pigmentation skin to prove it too!  If you are someone who celebrates this day o' green, I hope you enjoy it.

I pulled out a Big Shot die that I haven't used in awhile...the Peekaboo Frames (#124587).  This die has 5 frames in different sizes that can create fun, interactive cards and scrapbook pages. People love to receive cards that have an unexpected surprise and the Peekaboo Frames are perfect for creating it.

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This card uses designer series paper from the Sunshine and Sprinkles pack (#126922) and the Cloudy Day embossing folder (#127022).  The colors in that paper pack are so bright and cheery.  I had both of my monthly stamp camp participants make this card and everyone agreed that the colors really make the card.

You can't have a peekaboo card without something else to look at, so underneath those flaps you will find this:

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Aren't those little images adorable?  Those are from the Spring Sampler set (#125510W, #125512C) and it is paired with the sentiment from the Rain or Shine stamp set (#126775W, #126777C).  They worked perfectly together!

Thank you for stopping by today. Whether you are Irish or not, enjoy this St. Patrick's Day!




Swap Showcase continued

I have five terrific cards to show you today.  These are all part of the swap that I began to showcase yesterday.


Nancy created a feminine card that showcases a lot of eye candy in the mini catalog; butterfly punches, fabric flower trim, designer builder brad and a doily!  


One of my favorite sets, Oh Hello.  Lori also added some dimension and texture by using pearls and the flower trim.


Cathi's card incorporates the Secret Garden stamp set and framelits along with the Sale-a-bration designer series paper for a big pop of color!


Linda created this fun, interactive easel card that uses the Oh Hello stamp set and Tea for Two designer series paper.


Karen's card highlights the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and coordinating framelits to create this pretty birthday card.

I hope you enjoyed viewing these cards as much as I enjoyed receiving them!

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Swap Showcase

I received some great cards from a recent card swap.  I am fortunate to be able to exchange card ideas with these talented women!  Each card was to showcase products from the Spring Mini Catalog.  Click on each card to enlarge.

Henry Says

This adorable card features the elephant from Henry Says (#128093C, #128090W).  Paired with the Parkers Patterns DSP, this card is bright and fun.


What a great masculine card!  Sandy incorporated the Dapper Dad stamp set (#129198C, #129195W) and the new Oval Framelits to create this handsome card.  


Oh hello

This gender-neutral card features the Parkers Patterns DSP and the sentiment from the Oh Hello stamp set (#130733C, #130730W).  Bold and bright, it will make the recipient smile.

DioramaIf you like 3-D cards, then you will love this one.  This diorama card is stunning and interactive too. Featuring the By the Tide set (#129120C, #129117W) and some great brayering  this is definitely "thinking outside the box"!

Interested in seeing more?  Be sure to come back tomorrow when I showcase the rest of them!

Thanks for visiting!


Mary Ann

Simple envelope with a chocolate surprise

As a little welcome gift, everyone who attended the Ink Happens! team meeting on Sunday received this envelope with filled with chocolate. 

Chocolate envies

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Envie open
This pattern came from my friend and upline, Pennie McCallum.  Interested in making one too?  Pennie has the pattern and the simple directions on her blog.  They're easy to make and a lot of fun too!

Happy Stamping!

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Collage Curios meets Sycamore St DSP

One of the cards my guests made over the weekend featured Sale-a-bration product and images from the Collage Curios and Mixed Bunch stamp set.  The color combination of Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango pop off the white background and draws attention to the beautiful, little butterfly in the middle of the bottle cap.  A simple, bright card that can be used for nearly any occasion.

The designer series paper (called Sycamore Street) and the ribbon/button pack are two of several items you can earn for FREE when you spend $50.  But, hurry!  This is for a limited time only!  Sale-a-bration, the biggest promotion of the year, will end on March 22, 2013.

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Enjoy your day.  Thank you for visiting!

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