Tuesday, November 25, 2014



We are offering some great deals at great prices this week.  Please remember that to insure Christmas delivery on any order you must order before December 10.  To shop online with me please click here and click on SHOP, or send me an email and I will order for you that day. I also have some great classes coming up making fun packaging for Christmas treats and gift wrapping and décor you can check out here

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These deeply discounted prices are available as a limited supply.  What this means is that once the allocated discounted products have sold out  .... the discount is no longer available and the item goes back to it's regular price.  In other words .... if you want the discounted price .. do not delay in ordering!!

50% Off

Available November 24th - December 2nd
  • 133795 Chalkboard Banner Simply Created Kit $9.98 (page 203)
  • 133629 Tag a Bag Accessory Kit $3.98 (page 201)
  • 129027 Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill $3.75 (page 204)
  • 133785 Fun Flower Punch $8.48 (page 219)
  • 133782 2" Circle Punch $8.48 (page 221)
  • 133781 What's Up Punch $8.48 (page 222)
  • 131267 Mosaic Punch $7.98 (page 222)
  • 133784 Hearts Border Punch $7.98 (page 222)
  • 133786 Sweetheart Punch $7.98 (page 222)
  • 133779 Seasons Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps $5.48  (page 199)
  • 130018 Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48 (page 207)
  • 131151 Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48 (page 207)
  • 130015 Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48 (page 207)
  • 130011 Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48
  • 133671 Hello Honey 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon $4.48 
  • 130017 Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48 
  • 130014 Chocolate Chip 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48
  • 130016 Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48 
  • 130013 Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48
  • 130012 Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon $4.48
  • 133672 Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon $4.48 (page 207)
  • 126187 Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack $3.98 (page 218)
  • 127844 Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon $3.98 (page 207)
  • 133778 Eclectic Paper-Piercing Pack $3.98 (page 218)
  • 134548 Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon $3.48 (page 206)
  • 134547 Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon $3.48 (page 206)
  • 125583 Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon $3.48 (page 207)
  • 134582 Early Espresso 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon $3.48 (page 207)
  • 130685 Simply Pressed Clay $3.48 (page 208)
  • 131269 Epic Day Designer Washi Tape $2.48 (page 190)
  • 134583 Gold 1/8" Ribbon $2.48 (page 206)
  • 133689 Beach House Designer Washi Tape $2.48 (page 190)
  • 133690 Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape $2.48  (page 190)
  • 133719 Gold Glimmer Paper $2.48 (page 193)
  • 135314 Silver Glimmer Paper $2.48 (page 193)
  • 133769 Alphabet Rotary Stamp $7.48 (page 191)
  • 132290 Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps Handle $2.98 (page 199)

40% off 

November 24th - December 2nd
  • 130658 Big Shot Magnetic Platform $23.97 (page 224)
  • 132147 Extra-Large Gift Boxes $2.37 (page 200)
  • 131260 2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers $8.97 (page 179)
  • 133654 2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers $8.97 (page 179)
  • 133453 Settin' Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set $8.37 (Online)
  • 133519 Banner Punch $7.77 (page 223)
  • 133697 Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper $7.77 (page 184)
  • 132142 Silver Metallic Encore Pad $5.97 (page 211)
  • 132141 Gold Metallic Encore Pad $5.97 (page 211)
  • 133756 Silver Stampin' Glitter $ 2.37 (page 213)
  • 133457 Gold Stampin' Glitter $2.37 (page 213)

30% Off

November 24th - December 2nd
  • 140354 Big Lullabye Wood-Mount Bundle includes Big News Wood Stamp Set (134015)
    Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695)
  • 140355 Big Lullabye Clear-Mount Bundle includes Big News Clear Stamp Set (134018)
    Lullaby Designer Series Paper (133695)
  • 140356 Perfect Banner Clear-Mount Bundle includes Perfect Pennants Clear Stamp Set (133230) Banners Framelits Dies (132179)
  • 140357 Something Itty Bitty Wood Bundle includes Something to Say Wood-Mount Stamp Set (134177) Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)
  • 140358 Something Itty Bitty Clear Bundle includes Something to Say Clear-Mount Stamp Set (134180) Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)
  • 132637 Paper Pumpkin Wahoo Refill Kit* $5.57 (Online)
  • 132022 Itty Bitty Banners Wood Stamp Set $11.17  (page 79)
  • 133007 Celebration Basics Kit $10.47 (page 202)
  • 133411 Bombs Away Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set $9.77 (Online)
  • 127555 Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons $4.17 (page 209)
  • 129964 Essentials Hardware Clips $4.17 (page 209)
  • 133753 Crushed Curry Stampin' Emboss Powder $3.47 (page 213)
  • 133752 Calypso Coral Stampin' Emboss Powder $3.47 (page 213)

20% off

November 24th - December 2nd
  • 140359 This and That Bundle Alphabet Rotary Stamp (133769) This and That Documented Journal (133707) Documented This and That Designer Stickers (133688)
    $24.68 (page 190-191)
  • 132007 From My Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set $31.96 (page 106)
  • 133723 Stars Framelits Dies $21.56 (page 231)
  • 131056 A Dozen Thoughts Wood-Mount Stamp Set $21.56 (page 108)
  • 129021 Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies $21.56 (page 231)
  • 130159 Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies $19.96 (page 230)
  • 133450 Show & Tell 1 Photopolymer Stamp Set $11.16 (Online)
  • 133481 Show & Tell 2 Photopolymer Stamp Set $11.16 (Online)
  • 131271 Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers $3.96 (page 191)
  • 133707 This and That Documented Journal $8.76 (page 190)
  • 131521 Paper Pumpkin Hello to You Refill Kit* $6.36 (Online)
  • 132288 Paper Pumpkin Love Notes Refill Kit* $6.36 ()
  • 132630 Paper Pumpkin Pedal Praise Refill Kit* $ 6.36 (Online)
  • 136922 Paper Pumpkin Sweet as Pie Refill Kit* $6.36 (Online)
    *Refill does not include stamps or ink.

Cyber Monday Door Busters

These items are only available while supplies last on December 1st.
  • 140352 Project Life Bundle -$66.75  Includes: Black Leather 12" x 12" Project Life Album (135292) , Design 1 12" x 12" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages (135295), Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection (135830) , Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack (135832) , Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (135188)
  • 140353 Gift Box Bundle - $12.49 Includes: Decorative Window Gift Boxes (132146), Takeout Boxes (135827)
  • 140388 Blendabilities Bundle - 30% Off  - $100.00 Includes:  12 Blendabilities assortments
    Note: does not include Skin Tone Assortment or Color Lifter


One Week Only

 From November 24th -December 2nd You can join my team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators for only $74.25 (plus tax) and you choose $125 in merchandise.

  • You can add Online Extravaganza Sale items to your Kit in addition to Clearance Rack, Weekly Deals and all catalog and supplement items.
  • You will also receive 30% off your first order of $150 placed in the first 45 days.
Please contact me if you would like more information about joining my team. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

mY cARd FRenZy

Once I got started, I knew I couldn't stop. I am making a frenzy of cards. I remember now how much I love blogging and doing card challenges.  It is so much fun to make cards when half the thinking has been done by somebody else.  Wanted to get this set of cards done over the weekend, and I was successful because I had some inspiration to help me.  Thank you to all the design teams that are diligently making layouts, color choices, and their own wonderful cards to inspire all the little people out there who are having a creative block, or just like to play along. 
My layout came from Sketch Frenzy Friday101714Late Night Stamper's were looking for FALL themed cards. 
This little card was pretty simple, using paper from Motley Monsters DSP for the focus of the card, but I had to flip the sketch a little so I could use my Hearts border punch.  What were they thinking when they made that punch to stamp from the top only?  I stamped a little greeting from a new set I have called And Many More, which has a salutation for any occasion you might have.  So, Happy Halloween to you!  Come back soon!
Mary Alice 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Feeling creative with Connie and Mary

Another inspiration from a challenge at Create with Connie and Mary today.  This card was another one I made for my friend, and I used a print paper from Color Me Autumn DSP that I was saving just to go with the Truly Grateful stamps.  I loved playing with the Crumb Cake base for each of my cards, to give it the little autumn touch of brown.  I grabbed my circle framelits to cut a circle for my card, and decided that the one size was too much coverage for the card as it would have gone from edge to edge, so I grabbed the next size down to use instead.  As I assembled my card I decided that this size was a little too small, and wish I had something in between these sizes.  Well, as I typed this today I thought "wait a minute!"  As I held the two sized circles together I remember thinking that there was a significant size difference between the two circles, and much too big a border to use it for backing the printed circle, so I hand cut the brown circle to back the print one. In the light of day (as I was stamping late into the night), I realized that I was missing a circle framelit, the one that was sized between the two I looked at last night.  Went back to the drawer and looked, and there in the pile of framelits waiting to be filed back into sets was the circle size I was looking for!!  That's what I get for piling up instead of putting away.  Well, too late now, I have the card finished already, and I like the way it turned out just fine.  Hope they like it over at the Sketch challenge #385 with Create with Connie and Mary.  I hope you and my friend enjoy it too.  Come back again soon.

Mary Alice

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back for another challenge

I was inspired to do another challenge card yesterday, as I needed a little inspiration to get me going.  It was such a beautiful fall day, and the sun was shining, and I was happy just to stay curled up in my chair playing games on my tablet.  I'm bad that way.  It was just so nice to be alone by myself on a Saturday, as the grandkids keep me so busy during the week.  My husband had gone up to our trailer to winterize it, but came home today saying that he'll be going back next weekend, as the weather is supposed to continue to be nice. 
I wanted to make up a pack of cards for a friend and I decided to use an autumn theme, as I had all this pretty paper from Motley Monsters DSP that I wanted to play around with.  I kept the card pretty clean and simple, and let the leaf print be my focal point.  I added a sentiment from Trust God stamps that I love.  Each one of us is God's special work of art is what autumn leaves speak to me.  I love it that you have a new, colorful tree out every direction that you look.  I wish I could keep them forever.  I just love this time of year in Minnesota. 
Well,  back to my inspiration for this card.  I took my layout from the challenge at Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 336 and I am happy to share my card with them, as well with you.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, colorful weekend yourself.  Come back Soon. 
Mary Alice

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's been a while


It's been a long time since I have blogged.  Funny how live gets so busy, and you don't even have time for the things you love.  I love playing in my craft room, but for health reasons I spent months without doing any crafting.  I recovered from my ailments, but I had so much going on in my life that I just could not find the time and energy to blog.  I kept promising myself I would do it, and now I am going to fulfill that promise to myself. 
Last week I was looking for inspiration for a card swap that I was doing.  I knew the stamp set I wanted to use, but needed help with my layout.  I went to some of my favorite card challenges, looking at layouts, and past layouts for inspiration, and I came up with some fun ideas.  That was all I needed to get me started again.  I did the swap with an old layout, but this week I went back again and chose a layout from Freshly Made Sketches to inspire this card.  I needed some thank you cards to send, and had to make cards for another monthly swap I do, and this is the card I came up with.  I used a technique that I learned at our demonstrators meeting last week that I think they called  "pouncing".  I inked the image from Seasonally Scattered with Crumb Cake ink, then took markers in Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzelberry, and Old Olive and just pounced the colors all over the inked image to add a variety of colors.  It was quick and easy, and I made a dozen cards in no time, and every one of them unique. I colored a few rhinestones with an orange marker to add a little glitz to this card, but decided not to do it to all of them (to save time!). I added a little embossed strip of the Rich Razzleberry card stock to the inside with a greeting from Lots of Thanks. Hope you like it, and that they like it at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #158. 
Thanks for coming by my blog, and hope you will again.

Mary Alice

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Defined

 I have a Valentine stamp set that I don't think I will ever part with, because I think the images are just too cute.  I just have to be careful not to use it EVERY year to make my husband's Valentine. 
This is the card that I made for him this year.  I used the Circle Card Thinlits Die for the base of the card, and added an additional flap of Kaleidoscope DSP.  The little XOXO and chevrons come with the Circle Card Thinlets and I used a die from Hearts a Flutter framelits for cutting hearts.  I used 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and a 1 3/4" circle punch for the central images. 
I thought I would share this card with the folks at Crafty Boots Challenge where they are playing Bingo this week, and I chose to play diagonally with Pink, Stamp, Die Cut for my play.  The SU-Only Challenge #90 this week was to use punches for Punch Parade!, and they are included in this project.  The Pink Elephant Challenge 237 was for anything Valentines Day, and this meets that challenge nicely, too. 
Hope they all enjoy my card, and you do, too. 
Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Valentines Day to you, too. 

Mary Alice  

Venetian Romance Scrapbook Pages

We have a scrapbook class on Saturday, and I wanted to make something that had a romantic feel to it, but not just Valentines day.  I decided to use the Venetian Romance DSP, which adds a beautiful, soft look.  I did a little stamping with the Happy Day stamp set, but it's hard to see in my photo stamped in Pistachio Pudding. 
Debby made a great Valentines Day layout filled with love, and lace, and lots of hearts and bling for our other 2 page layout.  Join us for our class on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10:00 - 12:00.  We'd love to have you join us.

Mary Alice

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Open House on Thursday


Debby & Mary's
Sale-A-Bration OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, February 6, 2014
3:00 to 9:00 pm
101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes, MN
Come join us for our open house to see the new products from the new Spring Occasions Mini Catalogue and kick off the Sale-A-Bration sale. We will have new products, along with lots of samples, make-n-take projects, and new catalogues for you to browse. Remember with every $50 you order you place from Jan 28 to March 31 you will get a fabulous, fun product from the Sale-a-bration line.

Refreshments will be served, and fun will be had by all. We have so many ideas to keep you busy during this winter cold snap that will have you thinking about spring. Drop by any time, and check out the fun. Bring a friend who has never been to our classes, and you will each receive a gift. Check out our new class schedule and sign up for the classes we will hold in February and March.

RSVP by February 4 via email, give us a call, or stop by my blogs.

Phone: 651-353-4594

Monday, January 27, 2014

Perfect Pennants for me and you

I have have been so busy this week playing with all my new products and created a lot of fun cards for my display for an upcoming craft event this weekend.  I am going to be attending a two day,stay up all night-or sleep overnight if you must, scrapbook and card making event.  I went for the first time last fall, and had such a great time, and am looking forward to going with my friend Debby for the whole weekend.  It's been years since we have done a craft get-away weekend. 
I have been feeling better, and finally have some creative flow, and so I have so many things that I want to get made for display, but I also look for some inspiration from other stampers and from challenge blogs to get my ideas flowing.  I try to bring my own twist to it, and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.  I wanted to do something that was a little non-traditional, but also appropriate for Valentine's Day.  The Eastern Elegance DSP had the lacy look with a non traditional color choice.  I was going to add some hearts, but decided that a little lace doily gave it the romantic touch I was looking for.  The sentiments are from Perfect Pennants stamp set, and I know that inside is hard to read, but says "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful". 
I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches #120 the sketch this week.  I loved using the new Banner Framelits for the challenge at Late Night Stamper's #241 challenge to use Dies or Framelits.  I like anything that makes the layout fast and easy is great with me.  Sentimental Sundays #191 was looking for Lovey Dovey cards, and this one is my version of romantic this week.  
I better get back to the craft room, while the ideas are running wild.  Come back again soon, to see what else is new.
Mary Alice

Another Great Year for birthday


With another blizzard hitting Minnesota it's not fit to leave the house, which means it's a beautiful day in the crafting room.  It was bright and sunny, but it was terribly windy, and the snow we got overnight was blowing like crazy.  I packed up all the Christmas stamps and snowflakes, and put them away in favor of something bright and new. 
I was excited about a new stamp set, Another Great Year, that I just received.  I thought it would be fun for making some birthday cards with a really big statement.  Pairing it up with the Birthday Basics DSP, some Crisp Cantalope and Bermuda Bay, made for a fun and funky birthday card. 
I used a layout from Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 189 which called for some clever laying of the paper, that appealed to me today.  Hope you like it, and come back for a little more birthday fun tomorrow. 

Mary Alice

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 Calendar

 Happy New Year 2014!

I know I'm a little late kicking off the celebration, but at least I have not given up on my resolution to get back to blogging again.  I made this cute little calendar a couple weeks ago, I just have not had time to share it with all of you.  I made the calendars to give to the members of a swap group that I participate in every month through the mail 
This month I felt that I really owed them a little extra something nice, because I screwed up big time. 
I had gone to New York City to visit my son for Thanksgiving, and I was determined to have my swap cards for December in the mail before I left.  I had started them, but the were not completed before I left, but that was no problem, because I would have a week to get them in the mail, when I got home.  However, on my last day in New York I came down with a very bad cold.  I came home and climbed in bed (after a miserable flight home), and I stayed in bed for days.  I finished up the swap cards on Friday, and I was going to mail them on my way to a craft sale I was selling at on Saturday.  I forgot to drop them off, and they ended up going into a tote box for the day, packed up when I left that night, and put in the trunk of the car.  It was my last sale of the season, and I left those boxes in the trunk until after New Years, when I found the cards I never mailed!  Ugh!!  I could not mail them now that it was January, because they were Christmas cards.  I had just made the cards to swap for January, and I had seen this cute idea for the calendar on LeeAnn Greff's blog, and decided to make them up for my 6th Swap friends.  They were fun, fast and easy, and I made a few more to share with some other special friends. 
I just stamped a page for each season, mounted them on all four sides of a standard card, and I connected the bottom with a tab to form an easel that slips behind one of the pages so you can flip it around when you need to. 
The Late Night Stampers Challenge 240 was looking for Something New, and I guess a calendar for the new year would fit the bill.  Hope they like it.  Addicted to CAS #30 was using code word: NEW this week, and this new year calendar was my answer to that challenge, too. I have my new calendar right here by my computer to keep track of the dates when the challenges are due.  
Thank goodness I have deadlines to meet with the swaps.  I have continued to be sick since Thanksgiving with this cold and cough coming and going.  I have a couple good days, then I revert back to coughing again.  I have tried all the remedies, and can't quite kick it, and this week I am trying some prednisone to see if that will cure it.    

Come back soon, and see what else I have been doing.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Baby, We've Grown and I'm back to tell you about it

Happy New Year everyone!  I am back to blogging, and creating, and it's been a long time since I have been here and a lot has happened.  First of all, I have a new granddaughter, Maya Alice, as of last week, and she makes #5.  I am looking forward to visiting her tomorrow.  I saw her the day she was born for a little bit, and was supposed to be there to watch the delivery, but arrived about 8 minutes after she arrived, much to my disappointment, but I was there for the best part, and that was watching her look at her mother and dad with her big wondering eyes, and the joy in their eyes looking back at her.  Wonderful! 
The card I am showing you today is one for I made a few weeks ago for a swap I participated in.  I used the new stamp set Baby, We've Grown, which was the first thing I picked out of the new SU Spring Occasions catalog.  The sweet little owl family just spoke to my heart.  It was the first time I used the Circle Thinlets die to make a card, and I did a modified extention to create an extra flap to the card.  The beautiful new Retro Fresh DSP and Retro Fresh Washi tape were a fun choice for the card, too. 
I am sharing the card on a couple of challenges that seemed just right for the occasion.  SUO Challenge #88 was to Use your new toys, and I pulled out all the stops on that one.  The Late Night Stampers's Challenge 240 called for Something New, and the new baby fits the theme for that one. 
It feels great to be blogging again, and I have been doing a little creating lately that I would love to share, so come back soon and see what else I have been making.