Monday, January 28, 2013

Thanks a ton! and Recover quickly!

Thanks a ton to all the friends who came to our Open House yesterday.  We really enjoyed seeing all of you, and love visiting with everyone.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the Make-N-Take projects we made, and they loved the little Smartee cards that I had made for all of our guests.  We had a lot of laughs.  Debby and I keep saying that we have to get better organized, and do things differently every time we have an event.  I think our friends are getting used to our crazy behavior, and we would blow them away if they walked in the door and we weren't running around looking for something or moaning over something we forgot.  That is part of the problem with doing an event in the party room, instead of our homes, is you don't have all your supplies in another room, or close by.  Sometimes I wish I were an elephant, because an elephant never forgets, and they have a big trunk (so they can carry heavy things, and probably don't have to make as many trips to the car as we do when we pack and unpack all our crafting stuff that we bring for a day, which is usually too much.)
So the card I have for today features an elephant that says "Thanks a ton!", and it comes from the Patterned Occasions stamp set which is available free from the SaleABration line with a qualifying purchase.  I also used the new Honeycomb embossing folder from the new SU Spring catalog, and the printed paper is from Summer Smooches DSP.  I was so tickled to find that I had an old punch from years ago that was the exact size hexagon to fit the Honeycombs.  Yeah!! No cutting necessary, making this card so easy, and you will be seeing alot of honeycombs coming from me. 
This second card also used stamp from Patterned Occasions that says "recover rapidly" with the bandaid.  I love the bandaid.  Thought the torn circle idea was really cute.  I saw it on somebody's card, but don't remember where.  Just adds a little whimsy to the card.  I used the Summer Smooches DSP for this card as well.  Inside another couple bandaids and a greeting from Petite Pairs that says "Sending a kiss to make things Better". 
I found the card layouts and color challenge at Viva la Verve! weeks 1 and 2 for January and it was especially fun to play with the colors.  The blue, green and orange combination is nothing that I would have come up with, and so it made it even more fun to dig out my paper and come up with something befitting this challenge.  Hope they like it :)  Hope you do, too.  Come back soon.
Mary Alice

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gifts for our guests at todays Open House

January 26, 10:00 to 2:00
and Scrapbook Crop-a-thon 1:00 to 6:00
at 101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN
Come and join us to see new products, samples, and make a couple of free Make-n-Take projects for free.  We have these cute little door prizes for our guests today.  Hope to see you there. 
For further information, check out here for details.

 I made some of these cute little Smartees cards earlier in the week, and everybody thought they were so darn cute, that I made up a bunch or our guest today.  With the Patterned Occasions stamp set from the SaleABration brochure makes such darling cards with all it's cute little sayings, there is one to fit almost any occasion.  I found a new blog this week, Still addINKtive challenges, and they were all about using the SAB stamps sets, and the Patterned Occasions was one of the sets they called for, so I took the challenge.   Today I used a layout I found on the Red Hot Stampers Stamp Challenge #72, and the photo of the luscious strawberries was my color inspiration courtesy of The Pink Elephant Monday Challenge.
I hope the cards inspired you to get out and do a little stamping this weekend.  Stop by and see us, and if you want to stay all day, we have a table free for you.  You don't have to even scrapbook, you can work on cards, or even bring your knitting, if you like.  We will have food on the table to keep you happy all day, so come on by. 
See ya,
Mary Alice


Friday, January 25, 2013

Oh, Hello! I love you!

Oh, Hello!  I think I love you!!  I had mixed feeling about this stamp set when I ordered it.  I really wanted the Oval Framelits that coordinated with the Oh, Hello stamp set, and was just going to order the Framelits.  At the last minute, as I was placing my order, I decided to bundle it, and buy them together (saving me money!LOL!).  Once I placed the order, I started running into cards on blogs all over using the stamp set, but not many using the ovals.  Funny how I looked forward to playing with it by the time it finally arrived. 
I had seen another card where they had cut out a panel using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits banner die.  They extended it by cutting one banner twice to extend the length.  I thought it was interesting and put it in the back of my mind.  Then I found the challenge on Sentimental Sundays to use NEGATIVES.  So, make use of the cut away's background piece.  I Loved the idea.  Oh, I knew right away what I wanted to do....the banner cuts.  And, I used the banner piece I cut out, too.  The paper I used to back it is from the Tea for Two DSP, from the new SU spring catalog. It fit perfectly behind the cut banners. 
I loved making this card, and I am sure that I will be looking for other ways to use my negatives.  Actually, I have a special place where I save (hoard)  negative scraps that I always intend to use again someday. 
It was lovely of you to stop by my blog today, and I hope you will stop by our Open House tomorrow.  For more information, check my sidebar Events.   If not, check back on the blog, and find out what we will be making at our Make and Take Table on Saturday. 
Mary Alice

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Smartee

I made up another one of my Smartees card, and just wanted to show you how cute it turned out.  I have been having so much fun playing with the Patterned Occasions stamp set.  The images are so playful, and they are perfect for these little tiny cards.  I make these with a 3 1/2" square card, with an inch added to the side to hold the Smartees candy rolls.  It's the same design I use when I make post-it note holders with a pen on the side. 
I found my inspiration for the colors in the card at the Pink Elephant Monday Challenge which had a color/photo inspiration this week.  Don't the strawberries look yummy.  I am tempted to make some like this for our Open House on Saturday.  I'll have to see if I have time.  LOL!  I used the layout from Clean & Simple Stamping challenge this week.  (I am so glad I was able to find the right blog for the sketch.  I dislike it when there is nothing to identify the picture when I save it as a photo on my computer.  Sometimes I forget to double check and make sure that I save it in the photo label.  I almost gave up hope of finding this one again today.)  This is the first time I have played along with the challenge at Clean & Simple  Fall to Layout #223.
Have you started thinking about Valentines?  I have some really great ideas from blog hopping today.  Can't wait to get back to work. 
Come again soon :)

Mary Alice

Shabby Sweet Valentine

I don't usually choose to do a shabby chic kind of card, but when it comes to the new spring catalog, it's got so much shabby chic type products, that I was just bound to be drawn to it.  I've always loved doilies and lace, and I could not wait to start playing with all the fun new embellishments.  The card started with some paper from More Amoire DSP.  I wanted to put a doily on the front and I just did not think it looked right, so I tried a little dark sponging on the paper so that it would show through the doily more, and it really did not work, thus the little dark spots (that showed up much more in the photo than when I looked at the card).  I decided to just use a part of the doily on the left, and to add my hearts from Hearts a Flutter stamp set.  The sentiment comes from the free stamp set, Vintage Verses available during SaleABration. The buttons came from SAB Sycamore Street ribbon and button embellishment pack.  I added pearls, and a rose from the Artizan embellishment pack, and a Tiny Tag. 
My inspiration today came from a couple challenges that I have never tried before.  First, the color inspiration is from Stampin' Celebrations! Challenge #62.  I loved the yummy pink and white and blue.  And, all the bling was inspired by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  I love the shabby chic stylings of the design team, and I'll have to try to bling things up more often.  So, my line up was Flowers, Pearls, and Die Cut. 
When it comes to sweet, there is nothing sweeter than grandkids.  And, of course, mine are the sweetest :)  Recently, I had all the grandkids together at one, which is a rare occasion.  One lives in New York, and they came for a visit, and we celebrated a birthday, and everybody was there.  It was our intention to do some family photos that day.  My son, David, is a wonderful photograper, and I asked him to bring the equipment and get some nice photos.  Turned out that several of the adults had the flu the week before, and none of us felt like photos (still a little greenish).  So, we tried to get the kids together for a photo.  It was getting late, and they were all hopped up on cake, so this was the best we could do. 
And, I have to say this one is priceless. 
On the left is  14 month old Kol, then 8 yr. Emily holding her baby brother, 4 mos. Grayson, and Olivia, the 1st birthday girl.  Getting them to sit there for a minute was a joke.  They are all looking at the moms standing close by saying "sit there!".  We tried to get another shot.  A better one, and this is the best we could do.
I will treasure this one, because those are my sweeties.  I wish we had more opportunities to be all together for a wonderful day like we had this day.  Love my bunch.

You have a great day, and come back again soon.

Mary Alice

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Smartee meet Patterned Occasions

 I got a lot of teasing from my family recently when they saw this giant size bag of Smartees candy in my craft room.  They mused about who would buy a big bag of candy that was not chocolate.  They thought I was eating them!  I explained that I bought the giant bag on clearance after Halloween, and I used it for craft sale crafts, and I still had all of these left over.  Little did they know that I already had another project planned for those little rolls of Smartees, but I was just waiting for my new SaleABration stamp sets to arrive.  This set, Patterned Occasions, had these cute little jeans that say "Congratulations, smarty pants", and I was primed for the project.  I took the design from the post-it holders that I made in the past, and made it wide enough to hold 2 rolls of Smartees.  You could alter it to fit a little candy bar if you wanted to.  In the green card I decided to wrap the Smartees with matching paper, but really don't think it's necessary.  I love the candies, and how they look.  (I don't care what anybody says, I still like my Smartees candy, because it reminds me of my childhood, and sharing the roll with my sisters. 
I did take advantage of a couple of challenges for my inspiration.  Sketch Frenzy Friday had this fun layout that I used, and for the green card I used the color combination form Just Us Girls Challenge 172 for lime green, gray, and white.  Inside I just added a little white paper with patterned paper trim, for you to write a personal note.  These were fun to make, and I can hardly wait to make some more with the other stamps in the set.  Maybe tomorrow, so please stop back.   

Mary Alice

Stippled Blossom and Vintage Thanks

I am trying my hand at another clean and simple type of card today.  I say an idea, and just thought I would give it a try.  I love the color combination form the Just Us Girls Challenge 172 to use lime green, white, and gray.  Yes, that band is gray, but my camera and/or lighting gives everything a blue hue.  (I've got to get a decent light box, and trying to make do with what I have.  At least now I have a new camera, which is a good start.)  I used the stamps for Stippled Blossom, and stamped first with Basic Gray, and then with the Lucky Limeade.  Kind of a weird combination, but I liked the effect.  I added the Basic Gray band with the eyelet edges cut with my edgelits.  I then stamped Thanks from the new Vintage Verses available in the SaleABration products.  I did the gray on gray and like that look, too.  I added a few rhinestones to the flowers because I felt like I needed something dimensional.  I am so used to layering everything on the card, that doing something clean and simple is just pushing the envelope a little for me.   Glad I tried it, and it might just end up in a class one of these days, because it was so simple to make.
It was the sketch at Retro Sketches that really got my idea going.  I was looking for just the right stamp set, but the one I have in mind I had loaned to a friend, but with a little digging through my garden full of posies stamp sets, I decided to give Stippled Blossoms a try, and it worked out nicely for this sketch.  See what a little inspiration can do? 
I hope that you are inspired by something today, and get those stamps out, too.  Come back again and see what else is inspiring this week. 

Mary Alice

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CAS(E) This Sketch and Inspired by Challenge

 When it comes to making cards, clean and simple is not my usual way.  I can't say that I don't keep it simple, I just like to add lots of color.  So, this card was my attempt at keeping it simple.  I used a sketch from CAS(E) this sketch! challenge, (Ooopps!  I missed the deadline, and did not get to submit my card) and for the colors I went to a new blog I found called Inspired By ....Challenge #58.  This photo was the inspiration this week, and I immediately thought of this polka dot paper from Summer Smooches DSP for my take on the inspiration.  I used the stamps from Hearts A Flutter done in Midnight Muse on Daffodil Yellow and backed them with Not Quite Navy. 
It may be too bold for a clean and simple card, but this is my take on it for today.  I hope they like it, and you do to. 
Have a simply wonderful day, and stop back again soon.

Mary Alice

Monday, January 21, 2013


SATURDAY, January 26
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sale-a-bration begins on January 22 and along with it are new products to share from the Spring Mini Catalog released early this month. Drop in during my Open House for three free Make & Takes. One will feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Spring Mini Catalog, pictured below, and the other features items from the Sale-a-bration Brochure, and the third is a candy treat.  We will have all kinds of samples of cards and scrapbook pages and 3D projects made from all new products. 
For every $50 purchased, you will get to select one of 19 FREE Sale-a-bration items!
As always, You are in no way obligated to purchase anything, just come have fun and make a few free cards.  You can look over our upcoming class schedule, and sign up if you'd like.  We would love to get your feedback for future classes you would like to see us do.    
Come Scrapbook for the afternoon
For those friends who are scrapbookers, know that you are invited to come after 1:00 and stay to scrapbook until 6:00.  Bring some photos and your supplies, and be ready to dive in and get those holiday photos into a book.  Refreshments will be provided.
Please email me, call me, or leave a comment to let me know you are coming, so that I can have your supplies ready. If you bring along a friend I haven't met yet, there will be a gift for both of you.  If you are unable to make it on Saturday, but know a friend who might like to come, please forward this information to them.  Everybody is welcome.  It's and OPEN HOUSE!!  Looking forward to Stamping and Sharing all the NEW with you!
Hope you can come join us.
Mary Alice

Just Because I love making cards

I made this card for our demonstrator's swap earlier this month, but I changed it up a little adding the sentiment from a new stamp set called Vintage Verses, which is available from the SaleABration promotion.  This is just one of the many stamp sets, as well as paper and accessories that are available.  During the sale you get one free item for every $50 spent.  Check out the brochure on my sidebar, as well as the new Spring Catalog, and let me know if you would like to place an order. 
I also used the Hearts A Flutter framelits to punch the little banners used on the card.  The paper is More Amoire DSP, and both are available in the new spring catalog.
Then I embossed the Baha Breeze panel with the Fancy Fan EF. 
I love playing along with the challenges, so for this card think I will show it off over at Just Add Ink Challenge where they are promoting the use of the Big Shot this week with a wonderful blog hop.  I got so much inspiration from the hop, that I just keep going back to show them what I can do.  I think that Fab Friday Challenge was looking right at this DSP paper when they chose the colors for their challenge, and my card was ready for this one.  And, for one more card I am showing off my new toys at SU-Only Challenge
And I hope that everyone is enjoying the cards I made, and I know that I will have something new for tomorrow, so come on back.
See ya later

Mary Alice

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hearts a Flutter for a challenge

I feel like a schoolgirl making valentines for my friends.  I just love the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and the matching Framelits from the new Stampin' Up! Spring catalog.  I tried a little of the chalkboard technique that is so popular these days.  I'd forgotten that I had white ink, it's been so long since I've used it, and I was tickled that I could get a bold enough image for the card I wanted to do.  On the outside I stamped an assortment of hearts on the black, and inside I also used messages from my new stamp set Friendly Phrases.  The phrases kind of reminded me of the silly phrases that were on dime store Valentines we used to get.  I stamped the flags in Basic Black and Real Red, and punched them so I could add bakers twine to string them up.  I attached the twine with a couple black brads.  I embossed the red card stock with my striped embossing folder, which reminded me of of an old schoolhouse. 
 This card was prepped for a couple of challenges.  The layout came from Freshly Made Sketches challenge #69, and the colors were from Dynamic Duos Challenge #36 to use Basic Black and Real Red, with a Dessert Option to make a Valentine themed card.  At the SU-Only Challenge #62 they asked us to show off our new toys.  I loved showing off my new toys using new stamps and Framelits for my Valentine Card. 
I can hardly wait for the big brown truck to arrive today to bring me some more new toys.  wait til you see what's coming. 
Nothing could be more exciting than the last two weeks I have had.  I got the flu the weekend after Christmas, so I was sick over New Years, and through the end of the week.  I was fretting over the fact that all three of us in the household had the flu, and nobody was fit to clean house and prepare for our coming guests. 
My son and his wife, and my little grandson were coming from New York to spend time with us.  My son lost his job on Dec. 29, so we and the baby were able to stay for 10 days, but his wife had to go home on day five.  They came after Christmas, because they wanted to celebrate my granddaughter's first birthday.  Little Olivia took the birthday very seriously as we all sang Happy Birthday.  That's little 14 month old Kol peeking around on the right.  Olivia took her time tasting the cake one little pinch at a time, and she generously shared bites with whoever asked.  Then, all of a sudden she decided to play pat-a-cake with the cake, and began smashing it down, as my granddaughter, Emily looks on and encourages her. 
We had a great time, and we were so lucky that we all felt well enough to party, and that nobody got sick from us. 

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.

Mary Alice