Wednesday, September 6, 2017




Hello Friends,

I do not want to think about summer being just about over, but I have to get excited about fall and winter right around the corner when it's time for Stampin' Up's NEW Holiday Catalog release.  Check out the fun video to get a sneak peak at what we have to offer, then shop with me here

If you have not received a catalog, and would like one, let me know.

But, there is something else I have to tell you about that's not in the catalog. There is a special stamp set available only to hosts. It is yours FREE with a qualifying order of $300 or more. It will be automatically added to your order, in addition to the other Stampin Rewards you have earned. So, place your own order, gather orders from friends, or host a workshop, and earn this wonderful stamp set FREE.





You can come and check out some of the fun new products at my upcoming Fun Fall Card Class on Monday, September 18 at 9:30 am or 6:30 pm. You can get more information and register HERE. Come join the fun and make 4 beautiful fall theme cards.

Mary Alice


Friday, August 4, 2017


STILL TIME TO JOIN US! 


You are invited to a CARD FREE-FOR-ALL

Sunday, August 6 3:00-7:00 or
Tuesday, August 8 12:00-7:00


Come for a Card Free-For-All and see and try some fun new products from our New Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  I will have 4 fun and fast, fabulous cards for you to make, all at NO COST!  How fun is that?  I just want you to come, relax, and have fun playing around with some new stamps and products, and to see some of the marvelous things I have been making, and the ideas I have for some up coming classes.  It's your opportunity to get your fingers inky, and have a little fun.  Life has been busy, and it's been a while since I've held stamp classes, so I wanted an opportunity to invite you back to stamping with me.  If you'd like to bring a friend, the more the merrier!  I love meeting new people.  I'll have some wonderful refreshments, and you can stop by any time during the open house hours and stay as little or long as you'd like.  Take your time, make some cards, and visit with me.  All I ask is that you RSVP in advance, so that I know how many people will be coming, and if you can give me an idea which day you are coming so I can have cards prepared for you to make.  Looking forward to seeing you again for this FUN and FREE event.  RSVP HERE or drop me an email.


STAMPIN' UP'S EARLY RELEASE FROM NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG
AVAILABLE NOW


Order HERE and you can be making your beautiful Christmas cards soon.







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sunny and bright forcast for Oh So Eclectic



 I have been having a busy summer, and I really haven't done much crafting.  My husband and I took a 3 1/2 week road trip driving from Minnesota west to Seattle, Washington with stops in Black Hills in South Dakota, Devil's Tower in Wyoming, Yellowstone Nat'l Park, then to Spokane for 5 days to visit family. We continued west to Mt. Rainier, Olympic Nat'l Park, then to Seattle for another visit with family.  We drove south through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, to Salt Lake City, and on to Arches Nat'l Park, headed up into Colorado and headed toward Denver before heading back to Minnesota across Nebraska and Iowa.  Over 5,000 miles driven, thousands of photos taken, and millions of memories made.  It has been so many years since we've taken a trip like that, and a first without children.  Came home exhausted, and all I could think of was how much I missed crafting.  I did quite a bit of knitting on the trip, which is a change for me.  

Surprising to me that I just didn't head right into the craft room when I got home, as I had new products just waiting to be played with and a list of more things that I wanted to order when I got home.   I packed up my craft supplies and headed for the camper the next weekend for some fun, relaxing time, and I was intent on creating cards.  Three days, and all I made was one card.  I kept pulling out paper, and looking at stamp sets, and nothing seemed right.  I'd lost my crafting mojo.  
Another week went by, and I received my order with new products, and I was determined to make some cards. Today was the day!  I went to my list of card challenges and looked for my inspiration.  Started with Create with Connie and Mary Challenge 468  and they had a fun layout.  I knew right away that I would use the Oh So Eclectic Stamps and the Eclectic Layer Thinlets.  I knew just which designer paper was perfect for my plan.  I was on a roll.  Birthday cards is what I need to make this week.  I have two I need to mail tomorrow for next week.  SUO Challenge #180 is looking for birthday cards this week too.  I used the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge at the Paper Players to tie it all together, and I think I scored on this one.  I think I got my mojo back.  I'll have to tell them over at As You See It Challenge too.  I usually start with a sketch to inspire me first.  
And the creativity just kept flowing.  I was up past midnight creating and blogging tonight.  Come back again tomorrow to see what else I made.  

Mary Alice 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Woohoo Celebration Time


I have another card to share today using Celebration Time and the wonderful Celebration Framelits.  This fast and fun card was a breeze to make with just a few easy stamps on the tag.  The Bundle of Love DSP has a funky print that gives this card a fun flair.  
I used the colors from the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #226, and the layout from Freshly Made Sketches #291, and the cute patterned paper will make it eligible for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #175.  
Hope you enjoy my card, and come back soon so you can see some more cards and other new products. 

Mary Alice 


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Celebration Time for my weekend stamping




It's so much fun to have new stamps and framelits to play with, especially this weekend.  I went up to our camper in Wisconsin for the weekend, and it was so hot and sticky on Friday and Saturday.  I was glad on Saturday when the family all decided to go to the flea market, and I could stay behind, in the air conditioned trailer and stamp.  I popped Momma Mia into the DVD player and stamped away.  (Can you say Glamping?)  What a great way to spend the afternoon.  
I pulled out my new Celebration Time with framelits and started to create.  First thing I do is punch out all the framelits to see what they do, and then start creating.  For this card I wanted to keep it clean and simple and just feature one of the cute tags with the set.
I chose a simple layout from CAS(E) this sketch #225, and some fun colors from Color Throwdown #446
I wrapped up the weekend with a big storm that knocked the power out for more than 4 hours.  Thank goodness for battery backed up lights.  We did head down to the campground shelter when the storm started, but we were lucky we only had rain, and were able to go back to our trailer in no time.  Gave me several hours of stamping, so I have plenty more to show you this week.  Come back soon. 
Imagine the possibilities!

Mary Alice     




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Window Box card



My Stampin' Up order is coming tomorrow, and I can hardly wait to play with new products, but this weekend I told myself that I had to take the time to play with some of the "new" things that I bought in the past couple of months and have not used yet.  I know we all buy things that we are excited about, but the occasion to use them just has not come up yet.  This was one of those things.  I bought the Window Box Thinlets, and they have waited patiently for the occasion that I would need a pretty gift box.  Then I started seeing people using the thinlets for creating cards, so I had to give it a try.  


I had a challenge to use all five new 2017-18 In Colors on one card for our demonstrator meeting yesterday, and this is the card that I made.  I sponged behind the cut image with Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig, then I used Berry Burst for the card base and Powder Pink in the flowers.  I wish I had some ribbon to add, but no In Color ribbon until my order arrives.  The little flowers I used came from Jar of Love stamp set and the greetings came from the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamps.  This was a fast and fun card to make.  So easy I made it up 3 more times using different color combinations.  Can't share those with you, because I like to keep the surprise for the recipient when I mail a card out.  You get the idea, and I know you'd enjoy making this card yourself. I can help you with that.  Just let me know.  

I found my inspiration for the layout for my card on Inkspire Me Challenge #103, and I'm also going to play along with the Birthday challenge at the Paper Players Challenge #347.  
Stop back and see what I got in my order today as I play with new products this week. 

Mary Alice 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fast and Fun Happy Birthday


I wanted to share with you one of the other birthday cards I had made this weekend.  It's not often I make something so fast and simple, but I was dying to try this idea that I had seen someone else use.  They had new Happy Birthday die cut, and they stamped on the white paper after cutting it.  I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp on another card, so I tried those flowers for a fun image.  The flowers were small enough that they fit nicely on the delicate die cut.  

I found inspiration in a couple places for this card.  Just Add Ink's color challenge #362 was for Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Peekaboo Peach.  Hand Stamped Sentiment #265 had a layout that worked for my card, and surprisingly CAS-ual Fridays' challenge 175 was to use patterned paper.  Just Us Girls #396 wants you to use die-cuts. Since it is a birthday card, I will play along at The Paper Players Theme Challenge #347.  See, they practically made the card for me!
I just had to share this fun birthday card with you, and after I swap tomorrow, I can share another with you.  Just you want and see!

Mary Alice 


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stampin' at the camper





I went to our camper in Wisconsin this weekend with a full list of cards to make.  I have swaps to do for several groups I participate in.  Some had to get done this weekend, but others will get done over time.  I decided to write them down, so I would know what to focus on first.  Twelve cards that need to be in the mail by the 6th, 13 cards for our demonstrator swap on Monday, 42 cards that need to be made for a new catalog swap, one set is nearly done, another is waiting for new stamps to arrive from the new catalog.  Can't wait for Tuesday!  I counted 3 anniversaries, one wedding card, and 14 birthday cards for June.  I am leaving on a long vacation the end of the month, and I have to have my swap cards done before I leave, so another 12 plus 12 birthdays in July. That's 108 cards!  I was overwhelmed to say the least!  So, I really cranked out the cards, and with no wi-fi, there was no chance to CASE, which I seldom do, but with all the cards I have to make this month, I might have to resort to that eventually.  I completed 40 cards.  Just 68 left to go. 



What I did before I left home was looked up my favorite card challenges, and took along a little inspiration.  For this card I chose the color inspiration from Global Design Project to use Black, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive.  I did have some retired paper, Succulent Garden, with me that had the right colors.  I used a new stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I just love these sweet flowers.  You'll see me using this one often.  The layout from the card is from Try Stamping On Tuesday's #324 card challenge.  

Then came my final challenge, to take some photos.  It was hot and sunny, and it seemed like all my favorite places for setting up photos had too much sun, too many shadows, or too many flower/weeds growing.  I snapped away, and when I came home and downloaded, I had a whole lot of interesting photos.  None were really up to par, but you take what you've got, or start over.  No time to be starting over, when I want to get in the Crafting Palace and do more cards tonight. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and stop by to see what else I am creating this weekend.  I don't know how much time I will have to blog, but I will definitely be back this week. 

This last photo down below I included, just because I loved the long shadows that the embossing and pearls made on the card.  Kind of a cool shot. 

Mary Alice 

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Thursday, June 1, 2017


It's what we've all been waiting for!  Here today for your shopping pleasure.
The NEW 2017-18 Catalog



I placed my order today, and fun is on it's way!  I had so many things on my wish list, I just wanted it all!  Well, that's not happening right away, but give me time.  First of all, you have got to see the fun bundles we have.  The Birthday Deliver Bundle is such a blast.  I was able to get this with my preorder, and I have been enjoying the fact that I have framelits that cut out the images on the Designer Series Paper that matches the stamp set. So Cool!! The Celebration Time Bundle was the one at the top of my list today.  It just tickled me with the cute little frames and layering pieces.  SWEET!!  You are just going to have to check it out for yourself.  Click on the catalog in the right margin to see the catalog now, then click on the shopping basket in the right margin and you can order 24/7.  


Workshops, classes, and individual orders of $350 or more will earn you and extra $35 in Stampin' Rewards the entire month of June. So, if you spent $350 you will earn $77 in Stampin' Rewards to spend on ANYTHING in the catalog that you want.  This chart shows you what you earn from your workshop or order.  Don't want to hold a workshop, or place a large order yourself?  Combine an order with your friend and split the rewards.  How about hosting a catalog party with your friends?  I can help you with that.  

This is the perfect time to place an order, and stock your craft room for endless fun. 

If you don't have a demonstrator, and are in the United States, I would love to be yours.  If you want a copy of the actual catalog, let me know.  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A sweet birthday card




I like to hoard designer paper card stock, and then when it retires i panic and try to use as much as I can before the new catalog is released and new paper is available.  Sound familiar?  i love the Fruit Stand DSP, and I thought this was perfect for a spring birthday card. With so many things retiring, I have to keep checking my list to see if what I am using is current or still available.  This one is a real mix.  




I had a couple challenges I wanted to play along with this week, and butterflies seemed to be the theme with a couple.  Fusion had a wonderful butterfly image over a colorful background, but I didn't have the time to play around with watercolors, so I chose a paper that reminded me of water-colored images.  I decided that I would pull the water-colored look into my butterfly with a bit of sponging, and then I added a little Wink of Stella for some sparkle. It never quite shows up in my photograph.  Curtain Call Challenge was calling for Flutter.  No problem, I've got my butterfly.  The layout at Match this Sketch was perfect using a doily to complete the layers.  A birthday greeting from Birthday Banners was perfect for this card, but I wish I'd had a mother's day greeting that fit it two.  I always make 2 cards when I am creating.  Why not?  I might make the second one for a mom.  Inside a used a greeting from Suite Sentiments, that played along with my peach paper.  You know that I send a lot of birthday cards, so I love to play along with Seize the Birthday, and this week Anything Goes!   

I hope you enjoyed today's card, and come back to see what I was working on this weekend.  I had a very creative weekend.  

Mary Alice 
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Berry Tickled with Oh So Eclectic





I had received the Oh So Eclectic stamp set from the Prize Patrol at OnStage, and I was a little intimidated to use it.  They had demonstrated using watercolor paper and spritzing, and I was just not into doing that, so I put it aside to experiment with later.  I think a lot of other people did the same, because I have not seen anyone creating anything with this stamp set and posting it with all the sneak peeks we are seeing.  So, when I got time to play in my little craft palace this weekend, I was determined to create something with my Oh So Eclectic stamps.  I looked for a layout that would inspire, and found one at Freshly Made Sketches 285.  Then I came across the Paper Player's Tic Tac Toe Challenge, and I chose the circle, die cut, and flower for my challenge.  SU Only Challenge is for Oh So Feminine, and what could be more feminine than flowers and lace?  So, I was set to create. 
In looking for ideas, I did come across a blog that discussed the idea of 3 generation stamping with this kind of stamps, and so I experimented a little with this, and I love the results.  I first stamped my flower outline in Memento black, then I stamped the flower background with Berry Burst once, twice and a third time.  Love the results, so I did the same with the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist.  The flower kind of reminded me of the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets so I used that for my die cut cut from Powder Pink.  Don't you love these new In Colors?  I painted over the flower with Wink of Stella, although it would not show it in my photos.  So, for a little more bling I added a new embellishment, Clear Faceted Gems.  I decided the card needed just a little something more, so I stamped the background with Berry Burst tone on tone.  Love It!! 
I hope you love it, too.  I think I will make this card for a swap that I am in.  Sorry girls for posting it before I mail them to you, which I never do.  Come back and see what else I created this weekend. 

Mary Alice

I WOULD LOVE TO BE YOUR STAMPIN' UP! DEMONSTRATOR
 If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store HERE.