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Handmade Father Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a handmade card that was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest made with the Father Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I made this card with two different color combinations and also made a slight change to the layering of the card.
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This card uses the Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper from Stampin’ Up!  I love the color combination of Real Red, Crumb Cake and Chocolate chip in this patterned paper and couldn’t decide which card I liked better. 

Father Christmas is stamped on a
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I used alcohol markers to color in the image.

The Whisper White piece is layered onto 2 pieces of cardstock.  One is Real Red and the second is Crumb Cake.  The layers are reversed on the two cards so the Father Christmas image pops with the pattern of the Designer Paper. 
So the dimensions are:
  1. Whisper White layer:  2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  2. 2nd Layer:  2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″
  3. 3rd Layer:  2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
Layering with 1/8″ of an inch makes a very narrow layer.  If you want a wider layer, you would layer with 1/4″ between the layers.   You may notice that the Crumb Cake Card has a slightly wider layer between the card base and the card front.  I used a 3/8″ layer between the base of the Crumb Cake card and the Card front vs.  a 1/4″ layer between the Rfather-cueal red card base and card front.

So the dimensions for the Crumb Cake card are:
  1. Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  2. Real Red layer:  5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  3. Crumb Cake DSP Layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″
The dimensions for the Real Red card are:
  1. Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  2. Crumb Cake layer:  5 1/4″ x 4″
  3. Real Red DSP Layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″
Father Christmas was colored with Alcohol markers.  I used a Cherry Cobbler like color for Santa’s coat.  His shoes are belt are colored with shades of gray.  My goal was to bring out each of the toys that he is carrying with a different color.  The bag is crumb cake and the tin man is also grays.  The tree is colored with an old olive shade of color.  Last, I used the Wink of Stella to color over the images to add some sparkle.  You can’t really see the sparkle in the picture, but it really made the card pop!

So which card do you like best?

Happy Stamping!

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Year End Closeout!

Stampin’ Up!
has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and WOW! It’s time for their annual Year-End Closeout!
cm10600bBoy, do they have some great deals for us!  From December 1, 2016, through January 3, 2017, a selection of holiday retiring products, clearance rack items (while supplies last) and high-inventory catalog items will be discounted (up to 60%).  Here are the highlights of the 2016 Year-End Closeout:

  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
  • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.
  • Closeout & Sale.  Many of the retiring items and high-inventory items will be offered at a discount between December 1 and January 3.  High-inventory items will be available after January 3rd at the original price.

Check out what is on Sale and what is on the Closeout list.

Don’t miss out!! 

Ready to Shop?  I have a sweet deal for you if you place an order in December! 
If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code 7PP4ERWD and receive a 6″ x 6″ sampler of the Falling in Love DSP! Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.   You will absolutely love this paper!!  It is my favorite from the upcoming Occasions catalog!

One of the things that I love about being a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator is the ability to pre-order items before they go on sale.  As a demonstrator, we get our hands on the new things a month before they are available to the public!!  That is a month to play with them!  Want everything in the catalog?  What about becoming a demonstrator to get the discount for you and your friends?  Check out the details HERE.

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Cyber Monday & December Classes

Happy Cyber Monday!!  Today is the last day of Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extrvaganza and also Cyber Monday.  So Stampin’ Up! is offering a FLASH sale with select items at a large discount!  And today is the last day to win a chance at the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set with the coordinating thinlits!

24-Hour FLASH Sale! November 28 Only!

  • Flurry of Wishes Bundle  – $31.20
  • Bell Punch – 40% off!  $10.80
  • Big Shot Magnetic Platform – 35% off!  $26.00
  • Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack – 40% off!  $6.00
So Don’t miss out!  And to sweeten the pot – I am offering my own special for the Online Extravaganza!   … AND to sweeten this deal, I am offering a chance to win the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set and coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlits.

Enter an order for $50 or more with the hostess code: 4AX6MRMT and you will be entered into a drawing to win this stamp set and framelits. I love this versatile stamp set that can be used for any occasion! If your order is over $100, you will receive two entries in the drawing. Winners will be announced on Tues. November 29th!

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And also – I have updated my December Calendar!

Friday December 16th
Daytime: 1pm to 4pm
Evening: 7pm

Need some packaging ideas for all of those Holiday gifts? I have lots of cute bags, gift card holders and packages to Wow your family and friends.  Check out some of the really cute ideas here:


Happy Shopping!!

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Marilyn’s Black Friday Special

Good Morning and Happy Black Friday! 
I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving Holiday yesterday and were able to celebrate with family and friends!  I had a great day with my Kids and my Sister and Brother-in-law.

So today is Black Friday and I have a special for all of you to say thank you for a great year!  Stampin’ Up! has some great products on sale with the week long Online Extravaganza and I am sweetening the deal with a special of my own! 

I love the Stampin’ Up! Sunshine Sayings stamp set with coordinating Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  This stamp set is so versatile and can be used for any occasion.

Enter an order for $50 or more and you will be entered into a drawing to win this stamp set and framelits.   If your order is over $100, you will receive two entries in the drawing.  Winners will be announced on Tues. November 29th!

So here is how it works:  Enter an order using the hostess code:  4AX6MRMT for a chance to win this bundle!   Check out the cards thatsunshine-sayings-w I made this weekend with this stamp set and the Serene Scenes Designer Series Paper.  This offer is good until the end of the day on Monday – Cyber Monday.

So don’t miss out!!

You can place orders on my website HERE.

Happy Shopping!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!!

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities.  The Holiday gives us time to poPaisley & Posies stamp setnder upon what lessons we have learned this year, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives.  Please know that I appreciate all of my Stamping Family, Friends and Customers!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

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Stampin’ Up! Holiday Extravaganza Starts Today!

Today is the Start of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Extravaganza!!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Extravaganza
Online Extravaganza only happens once a year so be sure to make the most of it. For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products.   There are 2 Special 24-hour Flash sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only.  Click Here to see the List of Products on special!

AND to sweeten this deal, I am offering a chance to win the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set and coordinating Sunshine Wishes thinlits.  Enter an order for $50 or more and you will be entered into a drawing to win this stamp set and framelits.  I love this versatile stamp set that can be used for any occasion!  If your order is over $100, you will receive two entries in the drawing.  Winners will be announced on Tues. November 29th!

So here is how it works:  Enter an order using the hostess code:  4AX6MRMT for a chance to win this bundle!   Check out the cards thatsunshine-sayings-w I made this weekend with this stamp set and the Serene Scenes Designer Series Paper.


So don’t miss out!!  You don’t want to this special and a chance to win this beautiful Sunshine Sayings Stamp set and Framelits!

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Seasonal Bells Handmade Card

Today I am sharing a card that I made for the Holiday seasonal bellsseason using the Seasonal Bells stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  This card was inspired by this week’s Global Design challenge sketch.  Here are the details for this card.

The card base is Real Red cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Emerald Envy cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and then a piece of the Presents and Pinecone Designer Paper cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.

I wanted to try out the new Stitched Framelits.  So the center white piece is cut using the square framelit and layered onto a piece of Real Red Cardstock.

bells-close-upMarilyn’s Tip:  you can use the square framelit to cut a rectangle.  Line the framelit up on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and roll it half way thru the Big Shot.  Don’t roll it thru the whole way or you will have a square.  Roll the plate with cardstock and framelit backwards and then move the framelit down.  Line up the top of the framelit down the piece that has been cut part way.  You can feel the stitches on the edge of the framelit line up.  Put the sandwich back into your Big Shot and roll in the opposite direction part way.  When you pull out your piece you will have a cut and stitched rectangle!

Next I stamped two bells on Whisper White with Silver ink and embossed them with Silver Embossing Powder.  These were cut out with the coordinating Bell Punch.  Next I punched a hole in the top of the bells and tied them together with a piece of narrow Silver Ribbon. Next I stamped the banner with the Happy Christmas stamp in Emerald Envy ink from the Seasonal Bells stamp set and cut this with the coordinating Banner Framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

And last but not least is the bling!  I adorned the bells with Rhinestone jewels.  I also added a couple of rhinestone jewels to the bottom of the middle section of the card.

Here are the supplies that I used to make this card:

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage

Last weekend was the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Secaucus, NJ.  I went down with a couple of my downlines and had a great time!  We also took two extra days and spent some time in New York City. 

On Friday we visited the new 9/11 Museum that opened earlier this year…  The museum is an excellent presentation of the events of 9/11 and the following days.  Very sobering.
Saturday was our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.   This is a picture of a couple of my team members and other Demonstrator friends that I was with on Saturday.  The highlight is getting the new Occasions catalog that will be released in January.  And of course checking out some of the new products!  I am not allowed to show any of the catalog at this point.  But I did pre-order a few sets and my pre-order will be arriving today!  So planning on making some samples over the weekend which I will be able to share with all of you!

During these events Stampin’ Up! also recognizes Demonstrators that have reached a milestone in their careers.  I just celebrated my 15th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! so was recognized for that achievement!
And lastly these are two of my team members that had the top Sales and Recruiting numbers on my team; the New England StampINKers!


Congratulations to Kathy Bedell and Jeanne Nielsen! 

I have a fantastic Stampin’ Up! Team!  We have such a great time!  Interested in joining us?  Check out joining my team Here.

Then after our Stampin’ Up! event on Saturday, a couple of us went to see Wicked on Broadway on Sunday!  What a great time that was!

wickedWhat a great play that is!!  It is such a great twist on the story of “the Wizard of Oz”!

Here are a few other pictures that we took from the top of the World Trade Center Observatory.


Stay tuned for a few samples from the new upcoming Occasions catalog!

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New Release and 25% off Select Stamp sets

STARTING NOV. 1 you can purchase the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies ahead of their official release in the Sampin’ Up! 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Who doesn’t love the sweet stitiched edging the dies create and classic shapes that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! Layering Squares, Circles and Ovals Dies.
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
coordinate with the Stampin’ UP! Layering Circles, Square and ovals Dies!  Here are the appoximate sizes of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

1-3/8″, 1-7/8″, 2-3/8″, 2-7/8″
Squares:  1-3/16″, 1-5/8″, 2-1/8″, 2-5/8″
1-3/4″ x 1-3/16″, 2-1/4″ x 1-5/16″, 2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″, 3-1/4″ x 2-5/16″.

But wait…there’s more! Stampin’ Up! is offering select ssets which coordinate with these dies at 25% off!  Here is the list:

There are two great videos showcasing these great new framelits.

i love the cards that are displayed here with the new Stitched framelits! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code A9F4KHFH and receive a sampler of the new in color ribbons gift from me. Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

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Holiday Cards and upcoming Classes

The Stamping New England Design Team has been very busy working with two great Holiday sets to design Holiday cards:  Hang Your Stockings stamp set and Peaceful Pines stamp sets which are great for making Handmade Holiday cards.



There are two ways to get these tutorials:

You can purchase the following bundle of products for the stamp sets from my online store.   the hostess code for the month of November is A9F4KHFH.  After you place your order, send me an email and I will give you access to the full set of tutorials!  That’s it!

Or you can purchase each tutorial for $11.95 by clicking on the Buy Now button below the description.

Hang Your Stockings:

Hang Your Stocking Bundle (143512)
Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper (141991)
Cable Knit Embossing Folder (143537)

or buy the Hang Your Stocking tutorial for $11.95

Peaceful Pines:
Peaceful Pines Stamp set (139728)
Perfect Pines Framelits (139665)
Presents & Pinecones Designer
Series Paper (141986)

buy the Peaceful Pines Tutorials for $11.95

Any questions?  Give me a call!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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7th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Join me and my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator friends for a fantastic afternoon of Crafting Fun!
Saturday October 29th


Harmony Hall,
1660 Lakeview Ave.
Dracut, MA

2016-sobcOne of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the friendships that I have made!  and everyone helps each other out!  All the supplies for this event are donated by the demonstrators participating in the event.  That means that 100% of the money raised goes directly to the  Making Strides Organization!

Even if you can’t join us you can make a donation to support this great cause!  You can Donate or Register HERE.

For those attending you will make 4 gorgeous cards with cute little purse!

sobc-2016An of course – there are so many give-aways!  This year’s big prizes are a FULL set of Markers, a Big Shot and the 3rd is the Letters for You alphabet stamp set with the coordinating Thinlits!

I hope to see you there!

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Candy Cane Lane Card

Today I have a handmade Christmas card that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  This card layout is inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday card sketch!
Here are the details on this card:
Card Base:  Whisper white cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Real Red Cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and then a layer of Candy Cane Lane Designer paper cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Snip the top left corner of the designer paper to add contrast to the card.

Next is a scalloped circle cut using the Layered Circle Framelits with another piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.

The main element of this card is a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ layered onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock but to 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″. 

The Gingerbread house is actually not stamped but is cut from the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  I used stampin’ dimensionals to raise the cut out house.  Last I stamped the message from the Tin of Tags Stamp set with Real Red ink.

This is a great Christmas Greeting stamp set that has been designed to be part of a Project Kit.  But – you can just order the set which I did since I love this set for Greetings on my Holiday cards.

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Ready to place an order?  Click below to order from my store.

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12 Weeks of Christmas

My annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletters have started?  Are you receiving these great ideas in your mailbox?  If not then you aren’t on my mailing list!  You can signup HERE. 

Also as a bonus for signing up for my newsletter, you will receive a PDF with 5 ideas for using up Designer paper scraps!  Who doesn’t have little pieces of Designer paper saved!

So today, I am posting some of my favorite Christmas cards that I have made this year…  Click on the picture and that will take you to the post with the details of the card!

Star of Light card made with Dazzling Diamonds and Blushing Bride Glimmer paper on Whisper white and Soft Sky cardstocks.


Hang Your Stocking card made with Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Shara Sand cardstocks.  Uses the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper and the Cable knit Embossing folder.

santa_edited-1Santa Card uses the Santa thinlits with Whisper white cardstock and Red Foil (which is now retired).

sleigh3_wThis card is made with the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp set.  It is made with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper with Real Red and Crumb Cake cardstock.

Which one is your favorite?

Looking for supplies?  Click on the link below to order now from my online store.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Don’t forget to let me know which card is your favorite….

Halloween Party Anyone?

Are you planning a Halloween Party?  Need a really cool place setting for your table?  This really neat Halloween place setting was designed by one of my team mates on the Stamping New England Design Team.  I absolutely love this design!

mg-table-setting-wThis design uses the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Spooky Fun and the coordinating edgelits, Halloween Scenes.

I absolutely love the Halloween Scenes Edgelits!  They are perfect for creating spooky embellishments including the tree, bats and the fence using Basic Black Cardstock.

Margaret used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock to make the Silverware holder. 

The place card is made with a 5″ x 3 1/2″ piece of basic black cardstock scored and folded at 2 1/2.  It is then layered with a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The pumpkins are stamped on pumpkin pie cardstock using pumpkin pie ink and cutout with the edgelits.  The fence is cut from a scrap of Smokey Slate cardstock. 
The Favor Box is made using the Box Punch Board and a small box cut from Basic Gray Cardstock.  It is decorated with the tree die cut from Basic Black cardstock.   Next use a sponge to add the worn affect to the edges of the box to make it look at little more spooky!

And how stinking cute is the cup??  Margaret wrapped a 3/4″ band of Basic Black cardstock along the bottom of the cup.  She then added another tree cut  and a bat cut from the Basic Black cardstock.  She stamped the Ghosts with Black Staz-on ink.  NOTE:  Staz-on ink can be used to stamp on plastics and glass.

So are you planning a Halloween Party?  What a great way to decorate!

Happy Stamping,

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Happy October & Stampin’ Up! Specials

Happy October!

Fall is here and some much more comfortable weather!   There are 2 specials from Stampin’ Up! for October. 

header_wcmd_demo_oct0116_na1.  Today – October 1st is World Card Making Day.  In celebration of World Card Making Day, from October 1-5, you and your customers can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long!   Check it out HERE.

2.  FREE Designer paper!  Purchase 3 and receive 1 FREE! – this special is for the whole month! 
Designer Series Paper Special
October 1 through 31 , you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalog and the recently released holiday catalog (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).   Click HERE to download the list of qualifying papers.

141663 Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
141645 Moroccan Designer Series Paper
141660 Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
141654 Booms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
141630 Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
141640  By the Sea Designer Series Paper
141986  Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (from Holiday catalog)
141981 Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (from Holiday catalog)

Don’t forget that my 12 Weeks of Christmas Newletter series starts on Wednesday!!  Have you signed up for my newsletter yet?  Don’t miss out on 12 Fantastic Christmas ideas!

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess Code:  3X4TVQXV and I will send you a sampler of new in-color ribbons.  Of course if your order is over $150 then claim your own hostess benefits!  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!

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