Friday, January 31, 2014

Another Valentine!

It is coming up fast--it will be here before you know it.  This is one of the card from my last class it was really fun to combine these sets for this card.

I love the banner on this and of course I had to throw in a bit of blue to make the red and black not SO traditional!  Love it.  This is my hubby's valentine this year. 

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Banner Blast
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Basic Black, Real Red
Other: bakers twine, small heart punch, nestabilities

Hope you are ready for a wonderful weekend--I know I am--seem crazy that it is Friday already my son was off school Monday - Wednesday because of the weather so the week flew by!

Happy Today
Mary Jo

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Whoops, second post today--LNS challenge.

Almost did it again, I keep forgetting about posting my card on Wednesday for the LNS challenge.  The two week challenge for this time is to use your dies or framelits.  I must say I do that on most of my cards so it was a really easy one!  I decided to go with an nontraditional Valentine! Those of you who visit my blog often know I love to be different and Valentines is no exception.  I love these colors on this card, really fun to use the Oh, Happy Day for a Valentine card too--the unexpected!  

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do--we did this at my class tonight.  Along with a few other fun ones I will be posting in the next few days. 

Used lots of sets for this card:
Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Banner Blast, Starburst Sayings
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Really Retro DP
Ink: Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar
Other: Starburst Framelits, Hearts Framelits, rhinestone
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Happy Today!
Mary Jo 

Busy and Cold day!

It is so crazy cold outside!  I can not even stand to let my dogs out--my nose hairs freeze in the couple seconds I have the door open--and those silly animals don't want to come back in when I call them--they act like it is just another day in paradise?!   The good news is that I have had lots of time today to create since much of what I had planned was canceled!  So now I have cards to post for the rest of the week--and then some, lol.  I am going to start out with a card I made for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge--I have not played along with them in quite some time.  I really liked the sketch so I thought this is the day!

Remember that Sale-A-Bration has started and this is a paper pack that you can get for FREE with your $50 purchase.  Don't have a catalog or need a demo to place an order with--I am just who you are looking for--leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and I will get you the catalog and/or take your order!  You don't want to miss out on all the freebies you can earn.  I am loving each and everyone of them--can you tell I have spent a bit of money to earn them ALL!  Shhhh, don't tell my hubby.  If you want to see the catalog NOW you can view the catalog HERE.

Here is the sketch,,,,
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And the card details:

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Banner Blast small flower
Paper: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White and Sweet Sorbet Paper Pack
Ink: Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Other: Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Rhinestones, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Nestibilities

Don't forget now that SAB is started you are going to want go get my newest tutorial for the See Ya Later stamp set that you can earn for free!

Stampin Up's Big Sale-A-Bration Event is finally here.  So of course I had to make a tutorial with one of the sets you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  It is such a cute set and I matched it up with the darling papers from the new Occasions Catalog--Retro Fresh Designer Series--awesome colors.  So here is the newest tutorial--remember all of my tutorials have step by step directions for all of the cards with cut sizes and tips.  Each card has it's own page with full pictures and directions.  You are gonna love these cards--super cute!



 Still only $2.50

Six cards--fresh layouts that can be used again and again.

All cards use the new SAB set See Ya Later

you can earn this set for FREE during SAB

let me know if you need more details about how to get if for free!

Get it now!


Have a great day and stay warm! Mary Jo

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 299 (TSSC299)

Here we go again--are you ready for the new sketch, I hope so.  Here it is...

I combined the sketch challenge with the LNS challenge to use framelits or dies. Here is my card...


Don't you love the fun colors on this card?! This new Starburst Sayings set with matching dies is really fun to play with.  The base of the card is Summer Starfruit.  The other supplies are as follows:
Stamps: Petite Pairs, Starburst Sayings
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Basic
 Black, Whisper White and Sweet Sorbet DP
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding
Other: framelits, circle punch, black marker

Now for the rest of the teams samples....




Pretty fun huh: I am excited to see what you do with this sketch.  Give it a try.  When you are done be sure to come on back and leave a direct link below.
Here are a few rules of play....


  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

    Thanks, Mary Jo

Top Three For Sketch 298!

Fun cards this week!  I am always amazed at the talent of all of you!  Great job.  My top three picks in no particular order are....


 

 

There you have it.  Awesome cards, each and everyone that was entered this week!

If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!
  
 You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.
 I will be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo
 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quick and Easy--non-mushy Valentine!

My son does not do Valentines anymore, but the last few years that he did he did not want anything that was mushy or lovey dovey.  With that in mind I decided to create a quick and easy Valentine that can just be printed, cut and assembled.  I hope you like it.  You can download the file with four to a page below. 

It was so easy to create too.  Print out the file from HERE, 
Cut out the fish bowls
Put into one of our clear envelopes or a baggie.
Add some gummy fish or even Fish Crackers
Tie up the top with a piece of ribbon and hang a tag 
Happy Valentines Day
(mine is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set)

Pretty easy right?!

Be sure to check out my sidebar for my newest tutorials--including one for the
 brand new Sale-A-Bration set See Ya Later.
That specific tutorial is HERE.

Happy Wednesday--half way to the weekend!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Try Stamping on Tuesday with a Twist!

Today's challenge is of course the sketch challenge but also with an added twist of Well Worn--I was excited to see that as the twist as I just got the new single stamp Look Up To Father and wanted to use it--worked out perfect!  Here is my card...

I had so much fun with this--I love distressing cards but don't do it that often.  The base is Baked Brown Sugar, then I used a piece of the Wood grain Natural Composition Specialty paper ans added some Baked Brown Sugar ink with a sponge.  I added the ink to the ribbon too and frayed the ends before attaching with brads (been a long time since I used those.  The image is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar on Very Vanilla and cut out with the ovals framelits.  Again I sponged ink on the endges.  All the the edges were distressed with out distressing tool.  The sentiment and brads candy dots along the side finished it off!  Hope you enjoy.  Here is the sketch to play along with us

The twist (if you choose to use it) is WELL WORN.
 
Have a great day!
Mary Jo

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 298!

Happy Martin Luther King Day--which around here means--Happy No School!  My son is so happy to have another day off--seems that they have not had a full week of school in at least  a month, between conference days, half days, snow days, holidays--they are off every time I turn around!  Good think I love to have him home with me.  Well if you are home maybe you will have more time to play today--so let's get right to the sketch so you can!  Here is this week's sketch...

Here is my sample...

I think I went a little pattern crazy but I actually like it.  Once your eyes can settle on one thing, lol!  I am so loving the colors in this DP.  Obviously since I did my last tutorial using the new SAB set See Ya Later and all my last few cards with it, I may have to order more!
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Costal Cabana, Very Vanilla and Retro Fresh DP
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Other:  Starburst Framelits, embellishments from Paper Pumpkins January kit and Banner Framelits

Now I am happy to share the wonderful samples that the Design Team designed for this challenges.  They are fabulous.....









Sue Root


Robbie

A bit of a different sketch but it lends itself to lots of great cards, so give it a try.  When you are done be sure to come on back and leave a direct link below.
Here are a few rules of play....


  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

    Thanks, Mary Jo



Top Three for Sketch 297

Amazing sample this week everyone!  It was a fun sketch.  I really enjoyed seeing all the different designs.  I had a bit of a hard time picking my favorites but after going back a forth a few times I decided to stick with these three....




 

 

There you have it.  Awesome cards, each and everyone that was entered this week!

If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!
  
 You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.
 I will be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, January 18, 2014

January Paper Pumpkins Kit

So it is not really my style but I thought I would sit down and make them right now--and see how I could change it up a bit.  But still use what was in the kit.  I have to say I have lots of left over items to use on other projects!  Here are my cards....

And here is how Stampin Up did them...

Here are the cards individually....



Notice the cute little embellishment on the card above--you get 20 of these in the in-colors
an extra FREE gift!
As I said at the beginning--not my normal style--but fun all the same.  I think the extra gift of in color embellishments was a real plus!  Super cool--I have lots of left overs too.  So are you a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber?  If not now is the time to try it out, you can get a set of In-Color markers for free with you new subscription.  Here is some more details for you...

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Dates: January 11-February 10, 2014
The Details:  NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at My Paper Pumpkin between January 11 and February 10, 2014, will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95  value.  We got a sneak peek of the February and March kits and ABSOLUTELY love them.  More for you money than ever before!
  • This special offer is only valid for new subscribers.
  • Customers must sign up at My Paper Pumpkin
  • The markers will be sent with the subscriber's Welcome Kit.  No coupon code is required. Anyone who signs up for a Paper Pumpkin membership during the promotion dates will get a set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers.
They have improved the sets and they are now more than worth the cost so be sure to jump on NOW!
Happy Today!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

LNS challenge--New beginnings!

A new year and lots of new things--that is what we are celebrating on LNS this week!  Our challenge for the next two weeks is to create a project that celebrates something new--new relationship, new home, new baby--you get it.   Here is my sample for today--it uses the brand new set--Baby We've Grown.

I also used the new paper pack called High Tide.  Cute papers--although some of the patterns I would never use--the opposite sides of those prints are darling!  The colors are Summer Starfruit, Pacific Point, Soft Sky and Whisper White.  I tied a really thin piece of Pacific Point paper on the button.  Didn't have any ribbon that matched. 

Don't forget about my newest tutorials

Another New Tutorial--See Ya Later this years SAB set!

or 

Both only $2.50!

Click the links above the tutorial or check them out on my sidebar!

Happy Today!

Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Another New Tutorial--See Ya Later this years SAB set!

Can you believe we are just week's away from Stampin Up's Big Sale-A-Bration Event.  So of course I had to make a tutorial with one of the sets you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  It is such a cute set and I matched it up with the darling papers from the new Occasions Catalog--Retro Fresh Designer Series--awesome colors.  So here is the newest tutorial--remember all of my tutorials have step by step directions for all of the cards with cut sizes and tips.  Each card has it's own page with full pictures and directions.  You are gonna love these cards--super cute!


 Still only $2.50

Six cards--fresh layouts that can be used again and again.

All cards use the new SAB set See Ya Later

you can earn this set for FREE during SAB

let me know if you need more details about how to get if for free!

Get it now!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 297! (TSSC297)

Monday again, already!  Well at least we get to work on a new sketch for the week!  That is always a day brightener in my world!  Here is this week's sketch....

I chose to make a love card--but with nontraditional colors.  I am so in love with the colors on the Retro Fresh Designer Series paper--so much I did just a new tutorial with it--hopefully will be done typing it by Tuesday.  But back to this post, here is my sample...

Aren't these colors fun!?  I love the hearts too.  The arrows on the paper made me think of hearts, lol.
Stamps: Express Yourself
Paper: Costal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla and Retro Fresh Designer Series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Other: rhinestones, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Owl punch, Scallop edge punch, black marker, Tangerine Tango ribbon, Perfect Polka dots embossing folder

Now for the amazing team samples.


Carolyn Bennett





Robbie

Nicole Tugrul 



Sue Root
As always the team has assembled a great group of cards sure to inspire you to want to try the sketch out.  Can't wait to see what you can come up with remember to come on back and add your direct link to the linky tool below.  Here are a few rules of play....


  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

    Thanks, Mary Jo



 
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