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

Butterfly Basics

Happy Sunday!

I spent yesterday preparing for a class I am having this Thursday to introduce Stampin' Up! to a few ladies. I have a variety of things planned from beginner to intermediate level but this card is my favorite.

Butterfly basics

Cased from a card created by Sandy Mathis, this card has so much texture and interest and it's so feminine!  I love pretty things and to me this card just screams pretty.  When I first started stamping over 13 years ago, one of my favorite techniques was collage stamping.  I had so much fun making this card and it came together so easily with the versatile botanical images from the stamp set called Butterfly Basics.  Every image in this set has so much detail and there are three sentiments too.

But, for me at least, the show-stopper of this card is the gorgeous butterfly. Created with the Butterflies Thinlits dies, I used gold foil paper and Blushing Bride card stock.  Adhered together with a few mini glue dots and then topped by a rose from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  

Who wouldn't love to receive this card in the mail?

My hope is that my new "students" will enjoy making this as much as I did.

Have a blessed week!  Thank you for stopping by.




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Open Seas

I love making cards.  There are times when I'm creating one because I have to (birthday, holiday, etc) and then there are other times I create simply because I want to.  Today's card was a combination of both.  From a family of 7, I am the only girl which means I have to make a lot of masculine cards.  I struggle with them for so many reasons but with my brother's birthday quickly approaching I had to come up with something.  I'm also in a group swap where this month's theme was masculine cards! How lucky for me that I get a two for one deal!  

OpenseasI debated what color to make the base of the card, but lately I have been drawn to neutrals.  I used Sahara Sand which is not a heavily used color for me, however it was perfect for showcasing a little pop of color in the corner with the paper flags.  And, because I love the bronzed buttons, it was a "safe" accessory to put on my brother's card.

The images, both from the Open Seas, have exquisite detail and one of my favorite sets. I hope to see the stamp set around for a long time.

I assembled the card like a shadowbox, having the image set back slightly from the forefront of the card.  Dimensionals do all the work and make shadow boxes easy to create.

I hope today allows you the chance to be creative.

Thanks for stopping by!


Mary Ann


My Pinterest Case and a Kelley Creation

I've had to restrict my time on Pinterest because like so many other inspirational websites, this one can consume HOURS of my time without me realizing it. However, the flip side to that is that I come across fantastic ideas!  The papercrafting ideas are limitless.  Some are over the top and some are more subtle. 

My card today is a case (copy and share everything) from Pinterest on the more subtle side.  I loved the clean, simple look of this card. This was made for my friend and demonstrator, Cassandra.  I typically like a lot of embellishments and layers, but I was drawn to the simplicity of this.  The white on white with just a touch of color is always a classy look.

Cassandra bday
The flower image is from the  beautiful Summer Silhouettes stamp set and the sentiment is from Bring on the Cake, a huge 13 piece word set dedicated especially for birthdays.  Between these two sets, endless birthday cards can be made.  Like the splash of color?  That's Raspberry Ripple, a new In Color. SO pretty!

Happy Birthday, Cassandra! 

And, as promised yesterday, I have a very special Kelley Creation to show you.  If you are new to my blog, a Kelley Creation is a one-of-a-kind fabric delight created by my dear friend Kelley Banducci.  In addition to stamping, Kelley rocks the sewing machine by creating beautiful and functional fabric projects using Stampin' Up! fabric and accessories. Check out her latest creation:

Checkbook cover

Checkbook cover open

Isn't this fantastic?  I LOVE it!

The fabric used on the checkbook cover is Summer Smooches fabric (#125411).  It's so playful and fun.  Notice the fabulous flower on the front?  She created it using theFun Flower Bigz Die (#121812).  (Yes, Big Shot dies cut fabric too!)

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Thanks for visiting!

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The Open Sea Birthday Card

Holy cow, I have a lot of catching up to do!  I have so many cards and projects to share with you. I need to get blogging again!  Time seems to have gotten away from me the past couple of weeks.  So, let's get this party started...

A friend of ours had a birthday in late August and I needed to come up with a masculine card.  My go-to favorite set for men is The Open Sea.  This set originally made its debut in a mini catalog last year and I was so relieved to see it available in the main catalog in July.  The details in the images are  incredible.

The open sea

The open sea close-up 

Marina Mist card stock was a perfect choice for my nautical card  - even the name goes along with it nicely!  Paired with Basic Black and Crumb Cake, the image really pops off the card.  I colored the image using Blender Pens and coordinating ink pads.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Betsys Blossom Birthday Card

Another birthday has come and gone but I have some wonderful cards to treasure long after!  The card I am featuring today came from my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Linda Goldhersz.  Linda and I, along with four other friends/demonstrators, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Orlando as part of Stampin' Up!'s Making a Difference program. I am so grateful to have Linda in my circle of friends...and she makes beautiful cards too!

Betsys blossom birthday
Betsys blossom side
She used the Betsys Blossom stamp set, a new set released in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog. The colors on this card are awesome!  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze and the new In Color, Summer Starfruit - they work so well together. I am definitely going to try this color palette on a card myself.

Betsy's Blossoms Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Betsy's Blossoms Clear-Mount Stamp Set #126006, Wood-Mount Stamp Set #126004



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Enjoy the weekend!

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Perfectly Preserved thank you

Today is my birthday and as a result, have received some lovely cards and gifts. This unexpected beauty came from my brother and sister-in-law.


I know flowers are so expensive to send and I have frequently told my husband not to send them for the mere fact that the money could be better spent. But, I have to be honest, when these arrived on my doorstep, I felt so special!

This was a perfect opportunity for me to create a thank you card using product from the Holiday catalog. I'm really drawn to the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and the coordinating Orchard Harvest designer series paper.

Perfectly preserved thank you
I love the colors in this new paperAnd, the striped and cross-stitched piece is my favorite. 

I used a number of accessories to add interest to this card including the Cannery set framelits (#127822), Adorning Accents edgelits (#125595) and the dotted scallop ribbon border punch (#119275).  I also added an additional sentiment from the Sweet Essentials stamp set.

So, I am off to enjoy my day with a friend for lunch and then a wonderful Mexican dinner with my husband and daughter. I will be back in the craft room first thing on Thursday getting ready for my Blooming with Kindness card class in Clermont Thursday night.  I can't wait!

Have a great day!

Mary Ann


Emerging color with Betsy's Blossom

I'm really enjoying the new stamp set, Betsy's Blossom. With so many different images available, it's easy to make completely different projects every time you ink a stamp. 

Today's project didn't turn out exactly how I intended it to and at one point I was pretty frustrated that my vision wasn't coming to fruition.  Then last weekend I had a couple of stamping friends over and they commented how much they liked it.  Really?  They insisted that they did. 

Emerging betsy
Emerging betsys blossom

Emerging betsy close-up
It just so happens that one of those friends had a birthday yesterday, so guess what?  She got this card! So whether she really liked it or not, it ended up in her mailbox!

The technique I used is called emerging color. This is a technique that highlights the colors or images underneath a stamped image that is embossed in clear embossing powder. After embossing, you brayer color over the entire card and those areas that were not embossed are essentially hidden.  When the excess color is removed from the clear embossed images, the colors or images "emerge" from behind. 

The images that are "emerging" is the new designer series paper called Comfort Cafe (#126898).  I really love the warm colors in this paper pack. Pretty anytime of the year, but I can see really enjoying this in the Fall.

So, happy birthday to my friend, Carolyn!  I hope you enjoyed your day AND your birthday card too!

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