Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fun Fold for a Perfect Mix

I couldn't help myself, I just had to make another card with Perfect Mix.  I just love anything that has to do with baking, and was having so much fun with these stamps.  As I was creating cards, my granddaughters were right at my elbow begging to make a card, too.  One wanted to color some bowls, so I stamped them on a card for her.  "Make 3" she says.  The other wanted to cut out mixers like I was doing.  They are quite the crafters.
I must admit that I saw this card on Dawn Olchefske's blog here, and absolutely loved it and thought it would be perfect layout to use with these stamps. 
Then I realized that I could use the colors from CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #219, but later realized that my card was not really "CAS" (clean and simple). 
The Seize the Birthday Challenge calls for using TWO DIFFERENT PATTERNED PAPERS, so I'll play along with their challenge, too.

What I love most about this card is the fun fold.  I liked that the little card folds on the right and flips over the front panel.  I popped my salutation up with dimensionals so I could tuck the little card under it to hold it closed, and later thought that it would have been easier to make a half panel on the left instead of an accordion fold, and will do that if I make this layout again (which I know I will, 'cuz I love it!)
I hope you enjoyed mixing it up with this card today, and come back to see what else I've been making in the craft palace.

Mary Alice


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 It's coming June 1, and you will want your own!
2017-2018 Annual Catalog

It's almost time.....the NEW STAMPIN' UP! ANNUAL CATALOG is coming in May-and goes live in June!  

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Perfect Mix for a birthday card

I had some catching up to do this week with making some birthday cards.  So many to do this month, and I got the flu.  It's been hard to get into the craft room and play when I feel wiped out most of the time.  This week I am starting to feel more like creating, and with 3 birthdays creeping up this week I had to get busy. 
As usual, I look for inspiration in the challenge blogs, and I was totally inspired when I saw the colors from Just Us Girls Color Week #389.  Who couldn't make up a birthday card with these fun colors.  Seize the Birthday Challenge was to USE TWO PATTERNED PAPERS, and the layout at Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #95 was perfect for that idea. 
I couldn't wait to play with a stamp set that I won at our demonstrator meeting, and had not had the chance to play with yet, Perfect Mix.  It was fun choosing which of the elements I would use.  The bowl and mixer are my favorite, and making a cake is top priority, so they made a wonderful birthday card.  When I couldn't come up with a birthday cake for the inside that wasn't from a retired stamp set, I decided to make my own from scraps of the paper used from Playful Palette DSP.  It worked for me!  I sure hope my friend likes the card, and you, too.

Mary Alice

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Retired List was released this afternoon by Stampin' Up! If you want to see it, here is a link to the PDF.

You will want to print it and check it over closely to see all that will be retiring from the Annual Catalog as well as the Occasions Catalog. Things will go fast, so be sure to place your order right away. And, once they are gone......they're gone!


2015-2017 IN COLOR Ink Refills

I knew it was going to happen, but I didn't think it would happen this fast. The 2015-2017 In Color Ink Refills are already on back order. You can still order them, but they will not be available to ship until mid to late April. If you are planning to order them, do it now and be put on a waiting list before they are unorderable, and you will be forced to go online an find them at an exhorbitant price!

Don't forget to order your favorite colored cardstock and ribbon, too.

Cucumber Crush Ink Refill: 138329
Delightful Dijon Ink Refill: 138332
Mint Macaron Ink Refill: 138331
Tip Top Taupe Ink Refill: 138330
Watermelon Wonder Ink Refill: 13832

Mary Alice Bellis

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Twisted Beautiful You

 I have been dying to try a twisted pop-up card for a long time, and then I saw someone make it with the Beautiful You stamp set and my heart just sang.  It was time to head over to Splitcoast Stampers to find a tutorial and get started.  It was surprisingly easy.  The only wrong twist I made was when I got it assembled and opened it up, the ladies were upside down.  Took it apart and fixed it in a jiffy.

I love paper piecing with the Beautiful You girls.  It reminds me of making paper dolls when I was a girl.  Yes, I had the store bought paper dolls, but as I got older there was the Betsy McCall you got to cut out of mom's McCall's magazine each month, but with 3 sisters I only got to cut them once every few months.  So, I started cutting paper dolls out of catalogs.  Well, actually I would draw dolls and cut out dresses and accessories.  So for this card my dresses were inspired by Curtain Call's Inspirational Challenge #58.  I used Festive Party DSP for the perfect colors for the challenge.   I have to admit I strayed a little from the colors.  I had a Calypso Coral Card all cut, but accidently grabbed a Melon Mambo card when I was gluing the front, so I had to go with Melon Mambo for the rest of the card.  Phewy!  Hate when I screw up, but in this case, it's pretty.  I did get the colors right on the card front, where I found this great layout at Match The Sketch Challenge 168.  It reminds me of sketches for a dress designer.  I added a little Metallic Ribbon and some rhinestone accents to bling up this card.


After I got my Beautiful ladies dressed, I gave them a little watercolor wash to give them some grounding with just a light wash of Smoky Slate.  Did you notice the belle on the right?  I stamped the top of the lady with the umbrella, masking her below the waist.  I then drew a long full skirt for a dramatic party dress.  I got my inspiration from Cheryl Algie who did a beautiful series of cards using all the different designer series papers. 
I am going to share my card on one more challenge at Just Add Ink #351 where they said to Just Add "L", and I think my LADIES will apply. 
Hope you like this project, and stop back again to see my work.
Imagine the marvelous possibilities and what I will create tomorrow.

Mary Alice

Big on Birthdaydays with Washi Tape

I am really enjoying making birthday cards for a swap that I am in.  I have birthday cards on my mind all the time.  But, I sometimes don't want to spend too much time or get too elaborate, or it takes all the fun out of making so many cards.  So "Fast and Fun" has become my new mantra. 
The Big On Birthday stamp set was one of my first choices, because of the big images.  Knew it would be simple when the big sentiment says it all.  So, it opens the opportunity to use some fun Party Animal designer paper, and a little bit of washi tape, a couple of Enamel Shames, and I've got a card all made. 
What makes it even more fun.  Great challenges to inspire me.  Freshly Made Sketches #279 had the perfect layout.  Less Is More #320 said to use Washi Tape.  And, CAS on Sunday Challenge#104 was to Use Only Sentiment - No Image. 
Easy, peasy, fast and fun. 
Hope you liked my card today and come back for more.  Just remember the marvelous possibilities.
Mary Alice   


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eggstra Special Basket Bunch card

 Finally it's looking like spring is around the corner in Minnesota.  I actually went outside wearing a sweater today.  Yeah!  I came home with a spring in my step and the desire to head to the craft room and make something for Easter.  Actually, I have to admit that this is the third day in a row that I've spent crafting.  Yesterday a friend came and joined me and we had so much fun making Easter projects.  But, here's what I made today.
I have never made a shaker card.  When Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #90 said to make a shaker card, I decided this was the week I would do it.  Besides, I had just got the cutest little sequins in my order this week along with the Basket Bunch bundle.  I have been wanting this set, because I knew the grandkids would love playing with all these cute pieces to create their craft projects.  (That will happen Tuesday, but for today it was all for me.
I chose the layout from the Global Design Project this week, and the colors from Fab Friday 108.  This gave me the opportunity to open up the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP stack.  I added some of the fun sparkle ribbon I got free during SaleABration, and I have a wonderful Easter card.  It was really fast and fun to make.  The Framelits make it so fast to cut all the little pieces that make this card extra special.  Stampin Royalty's Challenge this week was to make something for spring, so I'll share this with them, too.  
Hope you like my card.  I have lots to share with you this week, so come back again.  Imagine the marvelous possibilities. 

Mary Alice