Category Archives: Card Samples

Tis the Season

H folks! I have a few things to share with you today. First – I wanted to show you another wonderful card made with the Merry Patterns Hostess stamp set (the one you can earn for free).  I borrowed the layout from a sketch challenge, and the colors from one of the cards Janet Holmes created using that layout.

After switching out a few pieces, here is what I came up with:

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It’s got the Merry Patterns stamp, a snowflake die from the Seasonal Layers thinlits, the Softly Falling embossing folder, Silver Metallic Edge ribbon and Metallic Thread, and a piece of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper. I love the pops of silver with the Cherry Cobbler red.


The second card I want to share is a re-make of one I recently posted. It’s using the same stamp as above, but with a bit more color.

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The original card can be found here.  When I made that one I started gluing things down before properly aligning all the pieces. 🙂  So, I had to leave out the light. I really wanted that light, so I made another one!

I love this one. 🙂  I also added more to the sign post so it didn’t look like the sign was going to fall off the post! I hope you like the re-do!  Is there anything you’ve done and then wanted to make a re-do? I’d love to hear about them!


Last but not least, don’t forget there is a Big Card Class this coming Sunday!
* * Be sure to RSVP so I have enough supplies ready. I have limited space, so reply early if you want to come!
Happy Stamping everyone!
Mak

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Merry Patterns for PCC259

Hi folks!  As I’m going through all the projects I want to share with you, I came across the Paper Craft Crew’s Inspiration Challenge #259. I was completely drawn to the bright colors, and thought… I can use that!!  So here is the inspirational picture:

I was in the process of getting all the Merry Patterns cards lined up, and decided I could use the colors in the Inspiration picture to make a holiday card in a not-so-traditional fashion. Here is what I came up with:

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I love how fun and festive it turned out!  I used the Merry Patterns set (the Hostess special) with some sponge daubers to get the colored letters. I was so excited to finally use the Brightly Lit Christmas set with matching Christmas Lamppost Thinlits for the post and presents. For the background snowflakes I pulled out my go-to set of Christmas Pines – I love how they are just the right size for backgrounds!

I’m not sure what the actual colors in the Inspiration picture are, but I used Real Red, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry and Marina Mist for my card. I used my Aqua Painter with a little Smokey Slate for the shadow on the ground. For the sign, I cut out a little strip of one of the darker designs in the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I sponged a bit of Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake around the edge of the sign to blend it to the wood. I think it turned out great, and I’ll have to try this with the signs that come in the stamp set!

The last bit is some bling, because you can’t have sparklie goodness without rhinestones and Wink of Stella. It’s on the presents, and the swirl of the sign. Just be careful when squeezing your Wink of Stella pen… mine was getting towards the end, so I did squeeze it…. and it promptly told me it was NOT empty. All over the swirl. hmph.  So, I wiped some off, and kept going!  LOL. I still think it turned out fine, just a bit extra shiny in some spots. 🙂 Here are the presents all shiny:

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I hope you liked this take on a holiday card, and don’t forget you can earn the Merry Patterns set for free, just contact me if you have questions!
Happy Stamping!
Mak

Gold Merry Patterns Deer

Today I have a gorgeous card for you using the new Hostess Special stamp set, Merry Patterns. Remember you can’t buy this set, but you can earn it free with a qualifying workshop order!

The Stampin’ Up Artisan Design team has so any wonderful samples they share with us, I decided to make a few cards using one of their layouts! You don’t always have to be crafty on your own – that’s why we all share. 🙂

Here is one card I made from Rochelle Blok‘s design:

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I just changed up a few embellishments, but kept the gold embossed deer and lovely plaid paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper. I used the Gold Mini Trim with some of the Metallic Sequins to carry on the gold shine (I picked out the gold ones to use for this). The Merry Christmas is heat embossed in white and popped up on some dimensionals, It really is stunning in person! I am so happy Rochelle shared this with everyone.

Stay tuned this week for more samples with the Merry Patterns set, and contact me if you would like to host a workshop so you can have this, too!
Happy Stamping!
Mak

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog

Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it is the NEW Holiday Catalog!

There are so many wonderful things to pick from! I’ve chosen just a few items to use this time, but look for lots more to come during the duration of the catalog!

This card I made uses three brand new items:

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– The stamp set “Watercolor Christmas” for the whimsical sentiment.
– Silver Foil Snowflakes – they come with silver and gold!
– Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper with little snowflakes.

Here’s a closeup of the shiny snowflake, and a bit of shimmer from some Wink of Stella that I splattered on the black cardstock.

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There’s a strip of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper along the side, for even more sparkle. Some metallic thread behind the words, and a few rhinestones on the centers of the snowflakes finish off the card.  I love that it can be used for any holiday. It’s neutral colors make it a great option for almost anything.

You can get any of these items by stopping by my online store here. Don’t forget to use the current host code GXQ4WSYR if your order is under $150. If you have any questions – just let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and looking, I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!
Mak


Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Rick, and I hope you have fun looking through everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Conetta Masciovecchio
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Rick Adkins
Lisa Harvey Reber

Peeking Christmas Reindeer

Here’s a quick look at one of the cards I highlighted in my first Facebook Live video.  If you missed that, hop on over there and take a peek at the video by clicking here.

It’s a quick Christmas card using traditional red and green. Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive to be exact.

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The main focus is the diamond patterned design, cut out using the Eclectic Layers thinlits. I used the Sheet Music background stamp with some Crumb Cake ink, and sponged around the edges.  The cute little reindeer peeking through the diamonds is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.

The sentiment is from a new set in the Holiday Catalog – which goes live in just a few days! It’s called Half Full and has some cute wine glasses to go along with the fun sentiments. I swapped it from the set I used in the video, in case you are thinking it looked different! Then, tying it all together, literally, is some Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon. I think it is a fun card!

On to classes – I have some dates now lined up for my next classes – and I’ll be doing a few separate Christmas Card classes as well as the All-Occasion ones.
So, check your calendars and let me know which ones you want to attend!
The first day will be a Double Class on Saturday, September 9th! One set each of Christmas and All-Occasion cards. I’ll put them all up on my calendar with details. I hope to see you there!

Happy stamping and enjoy your day!
Mak