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

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Heartfelt Sympathy in Blue

 It's always sad when you need a sympathy card, and you don't have one on hand.  On the other hand, creating a card with that personal touch that fits the person you are giving it to is nice, too.  I love the Floral Boutique DSP, and it was perfect pair with the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set. 
When I saw the layout from Mojo Monday Challenge 494 today I thought it was perfect for that large sentiment I wanted to use.  It made for an easy, fast and fun card.
As I was making my card, I decided to add pink to my second card, because I had seen it as the color challenge from CAS-ual Fridays.  I don't know which I like better, the silver or the pink trimmed one?  Which is your favorite? 

 I loved using the Stitched Shapes Framelits for adding that little extra touch of interest to the simple shapes used in this card.  I just wish I had gotten the sentiment straight when I was lining up the oval.  I struggle with that every time I cut a sentiment with the ovals.  Must be my eyes!  I felt adding some little punched flowers distracted your eyes from that.  Did you even notice? 
Come back and see what other new cards I've made this week.  Well, Dancing with the Stars is about to come on, and that's always my time in the craft room.  I can always get a little stamping done between the dances.  (I'll give this card a 7!)

Mary Alice

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello, Gorgeous!

Here's another sneak peek at new products from the New Stampin' Up! catalog that will be released in June.  This stamp set is called Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and it has these fun little roses, some balloons and wonderful salutations.  Did you notice I said balloons?  I used one of the balloon images for the vase on this card.  I used some of the new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Blast, and Tranquil Tide. 
Do you recognize the prints on the patterned paper?  It looks like Floral Boutique, but they have taken some of the same prints and made Fresh Florals DSP in the new In Colors.  Perfect for this lovely, feminine card. 
They layout for my card was inspired by In(k)spire Me Challenge #297 and I will also share this one on Seize the Birthday's Challenge to use 2 patterned papers.  I love playing along with card challenges, and I hope they like my cards.  I hope you do, too.  Come on back and see what else I've been making this week.  I have lots of new things that arrived last week, and I just can't wait to ink them up. 

Mary Alice  


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous in bright new In Colors sneak peek

 I waited all weekend to craft with a friend today, and I was determined to get some crafting done, and not just talking.  I was dying to get my fingers inky with the NEW Stampin' Up! In Colors.  I have new stamps and paper and I was excited to stamp.  I went online to look for a little inspiration last night to see what others have been making with their new stamps, and I was surprised I couldn't find anything made with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  So I knew that was where I was to begin. So here is a sneak peek of things to come in the new catalog.   I bought this stamp set because I loved all the salutations in it, and so that's where I started with my idea. 
I found a layout from Match This Sketch Challenge 173 that I liked and I made the fun sayings my focal point, stamped in Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Lemon Lime Twist.  I stamped the background with Lemon Lime Twist flowers on paper the same color to add some interest.  I had stamped the 3 balloons in my coordinating colors, but the green on green paper just would not do, so I punched one balloon from silver glitter paper, and that was just the pop it needed. (no pun intended).  I used the glitter paper for a stripe behind the greeting to tie it together.
Added a festive greeting inside the card with a couple more balloons, and I had a fast and fun birthday card. 
All that glitter reminded me of a couple other challenges I had seen.  Global Design Project's Theme is Sparkles/Bling, so I'll play with their challenge, and then Just Add Ink #356 challenge was to Just Choose Two from Metallics, Circles, Balloons.  I did that!  I hope they like my card.  I hope you did, too.  I'm working on another one with this stamp set I'll show you later this week.  You're going to love it.  
Mary Alice


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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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New Catalog......coming soon!

 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!  

Read this post CAREFULLY to ensure that you get your copy!  I will be ordering catalogs for everyone who requests one by April 25th-SO DON'T MISS OUT!  


If you ordered at least $50 from me between January 1st and April 25th, 2017 I would love to send you a FREE Copy of the new upcoming catalog!  If you have not yet purchased $50, you have until April 25th to place an order!  

BUT-READ CAREFULLY-YOU  MUST REQUEST YOUR COPY!!!  (last year many of the catalogs that I sent out automatically were not received because of incorrect addresses in the Stampin' Up! system.  So this year, YOU MUST fill out this form to receive your FREE COPY and e-mail it to me at maryabellis@live.com )

 If you are not currently a customer of mine, (or have not purchased $50) I would still love to send you a catalog, I just ask that you pay the shipping of $5.00.  I will send you a Paypal invoice for the shipping-Catalog is on me!  Send me an e-mail at maryabellis@live.com and I will send you an invoice.

If you are a demonstrator Stampin' Up! will send you a new catalog with your first demonstrator order in May.

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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