Boo to You!

Hi Friends!

I received my demonstrator pre-order of the amazing products from the 2019 Holiday Catalog (available on Sept 4th). All I can say is, "Wow!". There are so many gorgeous new stamp sets, papers and embellishments. You will not be disappointed! If you need a catalog, please send me an email and I will get one to you.

As the name implies, the Holiday Catalog has sets for all the holidays in October, November and December, including New Year's. Since this is only August, I was struggling to create a Christmas or Thanksgiving card. In my  mind it was simply way too soon for that. Today's card is from a new set called Boo to You. A super cute Halloween set that begs to be colored with your favorite coloring tools!

My favorite element on this card? The googly eyes! They come in several colors and sizes and are the perfect touch to this card. Who doesn't love a cute monster with googly eyes?

Boo to You

I'm working on a few other Halloween cards with the same set that I will post this week. 

Thank you for dropping by! 


Mary Ann

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!

Double pocket_front

Double pocket_front

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...




If the Broom Fits...

I've been stamping and crafting for a long time and while I enjoy creating cards and 3-D items for various occasions, I'd have to say that Halloween is probably one of my favorite.  I don't do a lot of decorating around the house or have my front yard covered in Halloween-related lawn ornaments, but crafty things have my full attention.  Over the next couple of days I'll be showing some of the things I've done lately.

Broom cardedited

Today we'll start with the card.  Several times a year I swap cards with other fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators to share ideas or to show our customers.  This card features several great new products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  It's hard to for me to pick a favorite new product because this catalog is jam-packed with them, but there's something about black spider web doilies that just make me happy. What's even better is that 24 of them come in a pack!  These doilies are not just for Halloween.  I'll be posting other projects using them in the near future.

A listing of the new products used is listed below. The stamp set is called If the Broom Fits and I can't help but smile every time I use it.  

Come back tomorrow to see the candy treats I made for some of my co-workers.  They make such a great gift for anyone!

Thanks for 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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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.  

Summer Solstice
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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You Rule!

I had the pleasure of participating in a Woman's Expo this past weekend and met some great women who stopped by my booth.  It was a great opportunity for me to introduce more people to Stampin' Up! and to share my love of stamping.  I was even more excited to have a few women sign up for my classes!

I would not have had the booth I did or the successful interactions with so many people had not been for the help of my friends (and team members) Lori and Paula.  They were rock stars and were critical in helping me get things together.  I had a simple thank you gift that I included in this card using the You Rule stamp set:

You Rule
Thank you Paula and Lori for being a huge help and amazing friends.


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For a friend...

On Thursday, a very dear friend of mine will be having a double mastectomy.  She has spent the last couple of weeks preparing herself and her family for this life-changing surgery.  I can't imagine how difficult this has been for her mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  I made this card to simply tell her that I care.  Truth is, I never know what to say in these types of cards.  I can't imagine there is much I could say to help her get through this.

I kept the colors simple, using black and gray as neutrals and having the Pretty in Pink be the pop of color.  The ribbon is retired 5/8" satin ribbon.  For some added femininity, I added a flower from the 5/8" fabric trim that was colored with Pretty in Pink ink.  A few petals were added by using a flower from the Boho Blossom punch. The designer paper is from the Twitterpatted pack and a final pop of bling comes from some Silver Glimmer paper.

Thanks for taking a peek.






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.

Thoughts of you

Thoughts of you side

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:

Thoughts of you open
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!