Friday, June 17, 2016

Mixed drinks for my open house

 Tomorrow is our New Catalog Open House, and I have been busy creating cards and samples using our new products.  I am crazy about the Mixed Drinks stamp set.  It's like a having an adult coloring book and you get to choose your colors to fill it it, and add all the little embellishments to make the drinks fun.  I try to imagine what kind of drink I am putting in each glass, and what my friends would be drinking at my party.  However, when it gets late at night, and I am trying to come up with inspiration for another card, I will turn to a couple challenge blogs to give my brain a poke.  Stampin' Celebration Challenge 128 just looked like it was screaming "party" to me.  The SU-Only Challenge #150 was looking for "Summer Celebrations", and I was up for that too. 
I found the perfect summery papers in the Affectionately Yours DSP with some Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush papers.  And as I stamped my card I imagined making sweet lemonade in a mason jar, some cucumber limeade over ice, and some watermelon sangria for me!  What's your summer pleasure?  Hope I inspired you, and stop by the open house tomorrow for some more inspiration.  Check my events in the left column for more information.
Mary Alice 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sunshine Sayings and Watercolor Words for the Grad

I had so much fun playing with a challenge yesterday, I went looking for more inspiration and found it at Pals Paper Arts Challenge 304.  I did take the liberty of flipping the sketch on it's side.  I started with the Blooms & Bliss DSP for my background and a star, then cut the salutation with the Sunshine Wishes framelits and added a little banner with the graduate stamp from Sunshine Sayings.  Adding the text made it eligible for the challenge #110 at Inkspirational to use TEXT.  I carried through with the star theme using Watercolor Words to stamp the background.  I added a few of the new In Color Enamel Shapes stars for some sparkle and texture, but the photo doesn't do them justice.  They are so cute!   I enjoyed making this one so much, I think I'll go back and make a masculine one, too. 

Mary Alice

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunshine Sayings for a challenge

I haven't played along with a challenge in forever.  I am busy making card samples for my Stampin' Up! New Catalog Open House, and I needed some inspiration.  I came across the layout at Freshly Made Sketches #290, and I knew it gave the opportunity to play with some new DSP and some stamps.  I chose the Sunshine Sayings stamp set with coordinating Sunshine Wishes framelits and the beautiful Blooms and Bliss DSP.  I embossed the background layer with the new Petal Burst embossing folder.  It was fun to play along with the challenge and play with new products.  Hope you like it, too.

Mary Alice

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Catalog Open House and other great offers

Come check out the New Stampin' Up! Catalog

at our


at 101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes

Saturday, June 18, 9:00am – 12:00

Let's get together early and see what's new. Have fun checking out the new products from the brand new Stampin' Up! Catalog. We will have fun displays, stamps and paper and accessories for you to see. Check out the new 2016-18 In Colors.

Pick up a copy of the catalog if you don't have one yet. They are $5 or FREE with an order. Check out our new class schedule and get to try some fun projects for yourself.
FREE Make-N-Take projects for you to make. FREE gift for everyone.
Door prize drawings. Coffee and donuts.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Join our my team and become a members of the Stampin' Up! family! Fill your Wish List by putting it into your Starter Kit . . . $125 worth of whatever products you want for only $99. SHIPPING is FREE! Then . . . add in TWO FREE Stamp Sets of your choice as a gift from Stampin' Up! for starting out on the first month of a brand new catalog year! Hip Hip Hooray!!!
Hosts who have qualifying events with$350 or more in sales during the promotion period will receive $35 in Extra Stampin’ Rewards for the order. Hosts may participate in this promotion multiple times by hosting multiple events, but each event must qualify on its own.
Individual customer, workshop, and online orders qualify for this promotion.
Qualifying orders must qualify with commissionable merchandise prior to shipping and tax.
Extra Stampin’ Rewards earned through this promotion can be redeemed in the “Stampin’ Rewards” section of the ordering process. Remember, Stampin' Rewards can be used toward the Starter Kit!   Promotion Period: June 1-30, 2016

Mary Alice  


Get ready for a flash sale!
For ONE DAY ONLY New Paper Pumpkin subscribers can get their first kit for just $5!

This amazing offer starts Thursday, June 9th at 5 pm (MST) and ends Friday, June 10th at 11:50pm (MST).  Technically that is just shy of 31 hours - a little more than a day, but it will go by in a blink!
Get ready to hit subscribe at 5:00pm Thursday evening!
  • First time subscribers only.  Discount applies to one kit for June 2016.
  • After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95.
  • Offer starts Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 pm (MT) and ends Friday, June 10th at 11:50 (MT)
  • Available for month to month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
Don't forget!  Thursday evening at 5 pm, sign up for your first kit for only $5.  Use promo code "ONEDAYDEAL" HERE

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp A Stack

Stamp A Stack

Saturday, May 21 9:00-2:00

This event will be held at 101 Willowpond Trail, Lino Lakes

#imbringingbirthdaysback is a movement started by Shannon West from Stampin' Up!'s corporate office. In January she was contemplating how she had neglected to send out her Christmas cards. She had noticed that many of her friends had posted Christmas cards on Facebook, just like they did with birthday cards. A handwritten card arriving in your mailbox was becoming obsolete. She resolved to change this situation. On Facebook she posted that she was going to send actual birthday cards to any of her friends that wanted one. Just tell her your birthday, and address and she'd send you a card this year. In a matter of 3 days, she had over 1300 people respond! A movement was begun! She told the people at Stampin' Up! about her story after she had hand carved herself a stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback. They loved it, created a stamp for sale, and the movement is catching on. Don't you love it! Won't your friends and family love to have a handmade card from you? Join us now!

You will have the opportunity to stamp 12 cards with birthday themes (some will have other salutation options available). Two each of 6 designs. Envelopes included. The cost for this event is $20.00 Light snacks will be served. If you want your own #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp, I can order you one for $12. 

Grab a friend and come join the fun!! If you bring a friend that has never been to our class before, you will each get to make an extra special card!!

Registration is a must!
In order for me to be prepared for you, I’m asking that you RSVP by Saturday, May 14. Let me know then if you want a stamp.  If you have any questions please let me know.

Monday, February 15, 2016

New Winter/Spring Class Schedule


Classes held at 4455 Rosebriar Ave., Vadnais Heights, MN

I am excited to share with you the fun new products from the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure. I know you'll love the things we plan to make.


Saturday, February 13 10.00 am 
Make a special box for someone special that holds a set of 4 notecards and a candy treat. It will have a love theme suitable for many occasions. 

Thursday, February 18 6.30 pm
Saturday, February 20 10:00 am
CARD CLASS Fee $10 RSVP by February 15
I will have 4 beautiful cards for you to make for a variety of occasions. All cards will be prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. I will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques I might teach. All supplies will be provided, except for adhesive.

Saturday, February 27 9:00 am
Fill an entire scrapbook with 10 beautiful and eye catching double layouts by starting with 6 sheets of patterned paper. We will be using Botanical Garden designer series paper for some bright, colorful layouts. No photos needed for the class. You will have to supply your own adhesive and basic tools. Lunch will be included.


Saturday, March 19 10:00 am
Monday, March 21 6:30 pm
CARD CLASS Fee $10 RSVP by March 15
I will have 4 beautiful cards for you to make some with spring occasions. All cards will be prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. I will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques I might teach. All supplies will be provided, except for adhesive.

Thursday, March 31 6.30 pm
Saturday, April 2 10:00 am  
Make a lovely paper purse with a coordinating set of 6 all occasion cards using the Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper. Perfect for a gift, or to keep for yourself. Your mom would love it! 


Thursday, April 14 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 16
CARD CLASS Fee $10 RSVP by April 10
I will have 4 beautiful cards for you to make for Mothers and Fathers Day, Wedding and Graduation. All cards will be prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. I will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques I might teach. All supplies will be provided, except for adhesive.

Saturday, April 23 10:00 am
SCRAPBOOK CLASS Fee $10 RSVP by April 15
I will have two 12 X 12” 2-page layouts ready for you to make. One will usually be a seasonal layout, this time one will be FAMILY themed, and the other general themed. You do not need to have photos with you for the class, you will add those on your own. All supplies will be provided except for adhesive. 


Thursday, May 5 6.30 pm
Another fun explosion gift box with pockets for tea and chocolate that will be sure to tickle your mother, or someone special. We will also make a coordinating card. This one is sure to pack a punch. All supplies, including chocolate and tea, will be provided, except for adhesive. 

Saturday, May 21 10:00 am
Monday, May 23 6:30 pm
CARD CLASS Fee $10 RSVP by May 15
I will have 4 beautiful cards for you to make and this time it will be all about Birthdays!! All cards will be prepped and ready for you to stamp and assemble. I will be there to instruct you from the basics to special techniques I might teach. All supplies will be provided, except for adhesive.

Recommended adhesive for my classes are Snail Adhesive and Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, which I will have available for purchase. Any other type of adhesive needed to complete the project, I will provide.


You may RSVP on the class calendar on my event site, on my blog, or you can respond by email, or call me.
I ask that you observe the RSVP dates, so that I may order and prepare all the supplies we will need for the class. 

Mary Alice Bellis
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