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Christmas Stamp-a-stack Class this week

. Mary and Debby's Holiday Class Schedule .
Shopping and baking and trimming the house,
wrapping the gifts as quiet as a mouse .
Sending out cards to friends old and new
Find the right gift when nothing will do
So much to get done and not enough time,
we're here to help you get ready on time . Thursday, November 21   Stamp-a-stack Christmas Cards 6:30 - 9:00 pm               Fee $18.00 Make 12 fast and fabulous cards - 4 designs/3 of each. RSVP by Nov 19
Friday, Dec. 6 Winter Shadowbox Class 6:30-9:00
Create a winter themed shadowbox suitable for gift, or to decorate your own home or office.
RSVP by Nov 25 Fee $15.00

Thursday, Dec. 12 Totally Awesome Tags 6:30-8:30
Create a dozen tags that will be too cute to toss.  (watch for photos coming soon)
RSVP by Dec. 8 Fee $10.00
Hope you can join us, just click the link above to sign up now.  Mary Alice

Craft Sale in Mounds View on Saturday

RCCCA Holiday Shopping Extravaganza Mounds View Community Center 5394 Edgewood Drive Mounds View, MN Saturday, November 16 10:00am to 2:00pm Come by and do some Christmas shopping, and be sure you check out all the fun things I've made for Thanksgiving, too.  There will be plenty of crafts and vendors.  Something for everybody. 

It's sweet to be back

I recently made this card for a swap that I am participating in, and I could not be more tickled.  I had such a fun time creating this, but decided that coloring is really not my thing anymore.  My hands have gotten so shaky that's it's hard to stay in the lines.  My little granddaughter never criticizes my coloring when I am doing it with her, but I felt a little bad passing off these cards to friends!  I hope they just looked at the delightful, colorful design, and overlooked the poor coloring. 
I know I will have a bunch of fun with this new Halloween Hello stamp set, and can't wait to share more projects with all of you, too.  The paper is Witches Brew DSP. 

I think I will share this one with the Crafty Boots Challenge where they are looking for Sweet Treats.  The colors are perfect for the Nacho Average Challenge #58, and the Paper Players Challenge #166 Trick or Treat wants a Halloween card.  Hope they like this one. 
Stop back and see what other fun projects I have…

Two scrapbook events this week

Scrapbook Class    Thursday, September 26 - 6:30-8:30pm    Fee: $10.00 These are the pages I designed for this weeks scrapbook class.  They are perfect for the trip you took this summer. We will be making 2 double-page layouts with fall themes for this class. They will be suitable for many occasions, so you do not have to have photos ready, you can add them later. So, grab your camera and hit the road to capture some fall colors. RSVP by September 23 We are also hosting an all day scrapbook event on Saturday.  It's been a while since we have actually put pictures to pages, so Debby and I decided that we need to get back to scrapbooking, and not just creating layouts.  Hope you can join us, too.  Come for a few hours or stay all day.  Back-ta-Scrap Day Saturday, September 28 – 9:00-4:00pm        Fee $15.00  A day for you to come and craft all day.  Bring your scrapbook or make some cards, it's up to you what you do.  We will provide use of our products, including stamps, inks, pape…

WOW Card Class on Sunday, September 22

WOW Card Class Sunday, September 22 3:00 to 5:00pm You asked for it, and we heard you. You want to make some cards that make them say WOW! You can knock their socks off with the cards you will make in this class. We will have 2 card designs, one seasonal and one for general occasion. They will be a bit more challenging, but we will walk you through each step to produce a wonderful, WOW card.  Here is the card I designed for the class, and Debby has a wonderful Halloween card to make.    Fee $8.00 RSVP by September 18  Click on the EVENTS CALENDAR to register, or leave a comment. 

Simple Card Class September 19

SIMPLE CARD CLASS Thursday, Sept. 19 6:30 - 8:30
Triple Time Stamping, Washi Tape, Coredinations Card stock, and more new stamp sets to try. Four fabulous cards with fun techniques is what we have planned for you. Fun, fast and easy to make. 

These are a couple of the cards that we will be making in this class.  

Fee $8.00 RSVP by September 15   Click on EVENT CALENDAR on left of page to register

Fall Classes

Mary & Debby's Fall Class Schedule We look forward to seeing you at classes this fall. We have lots of fun and exciting new products to show you, and new classes you've been asking for. New friends are always welcome, so please feel free to share this with your friends who might be interested, too. Regardless of whether you are experienced or not, there is always room in our class for you. We always say “You may come a stranger, but you will leave as a friend!”Thursday, September 19 - Simple Card Class 6:30-8:30pm Fee: $8.00 Triple Time Stamping, Washi Tape, Coredinations Card stock, and more new stamp sets to try. Four fabulous cards with fun techniques is what we have planned for you. Fun, fast and easy to make.     
RSVP by September 15
Sunday, September 22 – WOW Card Class 3:00-5:00pm Fee: $6.00 You asked for it, and we heard you. You want to make some cards that make them say WOW! You can knock their socks off with the cards you will make in …

Halloween Happiness

In my past I used to do a lot of sewing, making clothes for myself, my family, and décor for my home.  I sewed products for craft sales for many years, too, and eventually I went to work in an alteration shop. So, I guess you could say I have a professional background, as well as a passion for sewing and all that is used to create things. 
Over the years, I started paper crafting with rubber stamps, and then scrapbooks, and creative home projects, and my passion turned from fabric to paper.  I have often said that paper crafting today has replaced fabric crafts of yesteryears. 
For years women strolled through a fabric store, to look and be inspired by the fabric, often buying without knowing what they would create with the fabric.  I have the stash to prove that!  Sometimes the pattern or inspiration came first, then the hunt for the perfect fabric, and trim, and buttons, ribbon, or lace came next.  Now, we get the same creative satisfaction using paper for our creative inspirations.…

It's all about the Candy

I have been busy preparing for my Open House tomorrow, making cards and projects with all the new products that I got from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I know it's still August, and I dislike posting Halloween cards already, but I just have to share the cutest card I made.  This new stamp set called Halloween Hello has all these cute little images that I used on these stamps.  I bought it especially to use on candy treats I plan to make, but I just had to put together a card.  I have to admit that I saw a similar card made by Linda here.  I changed mine up a little bit to fit the challenge at CAS-Colours & Sketches Challenge #39 this week.  I added a cute little banner with the greeting inside the card, too.  The printed stripe paper comes from Witches' Brew DSP. 
We have lots of new cards and products to show off Wednesday night, along with some great MakeNTake projects.  Stop by and you are sure to have fun. More info is here.   Sign up for some fall classes while you are …

FALL Stampin' Up! OPEN HOUSE coming next week

You are invited to
Mary and Debby's
Fall Stampin' Up! Open House
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
at 101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes
Come to see NEW PRODUCTS and SAMPLES from the 2013 Holiday Catalog. Pick up a copy of our Fall Class Schedule and sign up for classes. We will have a fabulous fall Make-N-Take project for you to do. Take a look at all the WOW-wonderful cards and OMG-scrapbook pages we brought back from Convention, and tell us whay you would love to make. As always we will have food, drink, and a merry good time for you! Drop in any time, and bring a friend or two. If you do, we have a gift for you.  Please RSVP by August 26, so we can prepare for you.

Cards for a Cause - Coming up soon

I want to tell all of you about a wonderful event that is coming up in two weeks, but there is still time for you to join us.  This is going to be a great day of stamping and fun.  Kay has some wonderful card projects planned and the proceeds from this event will benefit the Concordia Academy's Dance Team.  If you cannot attend, but would like to participate with the Cards to Go option, I would be glad to recommend that option as well.  Come as my guest, and support this worthy cause.  I would love for you to come, and would appreciate you leaving me a comment so I know you are participating.                                                                                                                                            Mary Alice

“Cards for a Cause”
Saturday, August 17 - 9am - 1pm
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
2131 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113
Two Registration Options:
Option One - Create and Take- We will be making 14 cards; 2 each of 7 designs. Craft, create and sh…

Stampin' at the Campgrounds

I enjoyed a lovely day of stamping at the campgrounds on Friday.  The weather was a perfect day to sit on the porch and get creative.  We had a smoky little fire going in the yard, and I could sit in my screen porch and watch the birds all around me and the deer passing right through the yard eating the hostas, but the bugs could not get me.  Haha! 
I had a box of new stamps and paper to play with, and plenty of inspiration all around me, but I turned to a couple of challenges for inspriration, too. 
I had my new stamp set called Truly Grateful, that I wanted to play with first.  The first thing that struck me about this set was the slice of wood.  I truly wanted to play with that.  So, I opened up my supplies and much to my amazement I had forgotten to pack ink pads!!!! Oh, no!  What to do?  I had just four pads in my box, that were still packed from last Wednesday night's class.  I had a box of markers, and that was the extent of my color range.  I stepped up to the challenge, …

You make me happy

We had a great card class tonight, with a couple of new visitors.  This is one of the cards that we made.  I designed this card last weekend while I was cooped up in the camper with the cold weather.  I was able to spend some time being very creative, and I especially like to play around with little stamps and make collages.  I used a bunch of different stamp sets for this card to get all the fun elements I could find.  The little collage pieces came from a new Hostess stamp set called Postage Collection.  I added a greeting from a set I got at convention called Hello, Lovely.  Inside was a happy greeting from Yippee-Skippee!
And, in case you noticed the spots in the collage, they came from Gorgeous Grunge. I just could not wait to play with all the stamps I got from convention.  The cute little bicycles came from Birthday Basics DSP.  I added buttons and bows and do-das all over the place.  I had plenty of time to play around crafting this pretty card. 
I'll share this one at the …

Loving you is amazing

I have been so busy preparing cards for convention swaps, that I have not had any time to simple stamp and create for fun.  I headed up to the Getaway in the Woods last weekend with some creative energy to spare.  The cold weather with temps in the 60's (down in the 40's overnight) kept me cooped up in the little trailer trying to create at the small table, with some very bad tv to watch.  Not my best creative atmosphere, but I did manage to turn out some nice cards, so time was not totally wasted.   I used the Lovely Romance stamp set and the Venetian Romance DSP for one of my Over the Top card swaps, and I could hardly wait to do some more creating with this beautiful, romantic stamps and paper.  Because I stamped with Pistachio Pudding, it's hard to capture the images with my camera, but it really is very pretty.  I love the sentiments "I like loving you" on the outside, and "I think you are Amazing, I just wanted you to know" on the inside.  Just ad…

Smile, it's your birthday

I made about 150 swap cards for convention, and on the last day before I left, I made this card to swap.  It was the day before I was leaving, and I put my granddaughter down for a nap.  I had sewing and packing to do, but I just wanted to make one more card to swap.  I had mistakenly cut paper to short for the insert on a full card I was making for a swap, so I had a stack of short sheets.  I put them to good use for this card front.  I had seen the idea for this card, done with a circular stamp design, and I thought it would be fun made with my new Simply Stars stamp set.  It was stamped in Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar.  The greetings came from Happy Day and Remembering Your Birthday.  It was fast, simple, and a big hit with the swappers at convention.  It was the first to go in my general swaps. 
This is one of the cards we will be making at our Simple Card Class tomorrow night, and if you let me know today that you are coming, I will make room for you. 
I am …

Simple Card Class, this Wednesday, and it's not too late to join us!

Simple Card Class Wednesday, July 31 6:30 - 8:30 pm 101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, Mn Fee $8 Please RSVP by Tuesday, 7/30 It's not too late to join us.  We would love to have you join us for our simple card class this week.  These are a couple of the cards I designed for the class, and Debby has 2 more fun cards, too.  We have lots to show you from convention, and look forward to sharing all the fun we had. 

SALE! 50% Off My Paper Pumpkin Kits -- only $10!

I was so excited when this was announced at convention, and I am sorry I did not share it with you earlier.  I am finally getting over the excitement (fatigue) of going to convention.  I have so much to share with you, but this is the best. 
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Kind & Cozy Swap

I have had a wonderful time at convention but I have been running on exhaust fumes.  I had a wonderful time wandering, observing and listening.  I have to admit that the highlight for me was the swapping.  I love meeting new people, and I love seeing what they made. Something's are very creative, and I hope that is what they said about mine. I know that is subject to opinion.  This is I made this card for an organized swap for new stamp sets.  I used the Kind & Cozy stamp set, a and this was a lot of work, but worth it. First I used the gingham roller to add Gumball Green checks to the card front.  Then I stamped the green gingham ring which I punched  with the 2 1\2 punch.  I embossed the card front, excluding the checked portion.  Next I layered that circle on the card front and cut the inside circle using circle framelits.  I layered a window sheet stamped with white Stazon ink to the center of the ring.  I stamped flowers on either side of the ring to which I added the mo…

Stampin Up Convention

We arrived in Salt Lake City today for Stampin Up! Convention, and I am too excited. This is my first convention and and I am here with some fun friends and excited to meet many more.  We are in our hotel this evening working on finishing swap project.  Can you believe they are not done?
I am a great worker but a better procrastinator. I have worked on scrapbook pages and cards for several organized swaps that I will share with you during convention but I don't want to spoil the surprise for those who will receive them.
Sorry for neglecting you, but I don't have any excuse except for working on these secret projects.  More tomorrow.

Mary Alice


  We are having a Simple Card Class with simply beautiful cards for you to make this Wednesday evening 6:30 to 8:30.  Fee $8.00.  All you have to bring is yourself, because we supply all the fixings, the adhesives, and the beverages, and you just have to come and have fun.  We need you to RSVP by Monday evening so we have time to prepare for your kit.  We are making cards using lots of wonderful new stamp sets, paper and colors from the newly released catalog, and you are going to love seeing all the displays for our upcoming summer classes, too.  Hope you can join us.  Just click on the events calendar right above to register, or leave me a comment below, I will accept either as your RSVP.  Mary Alice

Baroque Beauty

I  I love the way this card turned out, and everyone's ooo's and aaah's when they see it.  It really is a beauty.  I think I will have some fun with these stamps.  I bought them for scrapbook pages, but I love the cards, too.  The big image is a stamp called Beautiful Baroque and the sentiments and images inside came from Happy Day.  Makes a lovely card for a wedding or anniversary done in the Soft Slate colors, and I love the Chevron Striped Ribbon and the rhinestone accents.  I could have blinged this out a bunch more, but the card has plenty of shine.  Hope it us enough for the Paper Players Challenge 156 to "Bring on the Bling", and the CAS-ual Friday Challenge 106 is "Over the Edge", and the ribbon over the edge of the card satisfies that challenge. 
Hope you like the card, and stop back again soon.
And, HI to all the fun new friends we made at Marketfest in White Bear Lake last night.  It was a gorgeous evening, and it was good to see friends, old …

Join us at Marketfest in White Bear Lake

Join us at Marketfest in White Bear Lake Thursday, June 20  6:00-9:00pm Find us on Banning Ave near 3rd St. Booth B-69
Debby and I are going to be hosting a booth at Marketfest tomorrow evening.  Looks like the weather is going to be fabulous, and we are looking forward to lots of fun, and meeting lots of people.  Stop by and say hi, shop around, enjoy some fun food and music, and partake of the Worlds Largest Ice Cream Sundae that they are making Thursday night.  We will have lots of fun cards, paper crafts, new catalogs, and classes samples and schedules. 
Marketfest is a free family festival held in beautiful downtown White Bear Lake that features live entertainment, fine art, a variety of foods, children's activities, a farmers market, a classic car show and much, much more.

This annual summer festival runs Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm from mid-June to the end of July rain or shine. In its 23rd year Marketfest continues to attract locals and visitors who are intereste…