Crosses of Hope Handmade Card & Class

Crosses of Hope handmade cardToday I am sharing a card that one of my team members, Margaret Galvez made that I call the Crosses of Hope Handmade card.  I absolutely love the Stampin’ Up! Hold on to Hope stamp set and Crosses of Hope Framelits.  This is such a beautiful set with fantastic dies to compliment the stamp set.

These crosses are perfect to make Easter cards, Sympathy cards, Confirmation or Baptism cards.  I love the detail of the dies.

So one of my Team Members on the Stamping New England Team designed 5 beautiful cards using the Sale-a-bration DSP – Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and this stamp bundle.  This DSP  has several sheets of embossed lilies and other spring flowers that are very commonly used for Easter.  The designs on the paper are embossed with Silver, Gold and Copper.

I have pulled together a PDF with the details for making these gorgeous cards!

This beautiful card uses Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry cardstock with Cardstock Vellum.  The Narrow Cross and Wide Cross are cut from Copper Foil Cardstock and layered together.  Both the Vellum and Blushing Bride cardstock base are embossed with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.   I love the look of embossed vellum as the image turns a little white around the embossed image.Springtime Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper

The embossed vellum is layered onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and then on a slightly larger piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  A White Organza ribbon is wrapped around this layer.  Next a lily and leaf are cut from the Springtime Foil Specialty Designer paper that is one of the new Sale-a-bration items.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous!  

So are you interested in the detailed instructions for these these beautiful cards?  I have assembled a PDF with full color directions to make 5 beautiful cards using the Hold on to Hope bundle with the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer paper.  These cards also use Gold and Copper Foil.  You can purchase the full color instructions for just $9.95 through Paypal.

Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my cards.  These cards will be featured at my Class this Friday.  10am to 3pm during the day or 7pm for nighttime. 

Registration for Fall Fest full day Event & Register for Classes

I am so excited to announce the plans for our next FULL Day Crafting Retreat on Saturday October 14th!!  We have so many great things planned for the day!! 

Stamp, Scrap, Quilt – All Crafters’ are Welcome!

Event Details:
Saturday October 14th
9am to 9pm
at the Tewksbury Congregational Church
10 East Street, Tewksbury, MA

Attendees can plan on:
  • 6″ of table space available for you to work on for the day – bring your latest crafting project
  • Access to Big Shots with lots of embossing folders and dies
  • A goodie bag of items from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog including a sampler of Autumn Harvest DSP and the “At Home with You” stamp set from the new 2017-2018 catalog   
  • 4 Classes to join – everyone will learn lots of new crafting things!
  • Inspirational Display Boards – including lots of samples using your new Stamp set!
  • Games and Raffle prizes!

Proposed Schedule:
9am – Event Starts
Muffins and fruits will be available to nibble on through the morning
A hearty lunch of Mac & Cheese with a Garden Salad will be provided
Snacks available throughout the afternoon
Appetizers & Deserts available early evening

Early Bird Registration is $75 before September 8th – $85 after September 8th
Registration will close on October 9th (we need time to order supplies)

We are offering the option to purchase the Home with You framelits that match the stamp set with your registration (at a 10% discount).


Fall Fest Registration

And we have 4 fantastic classes that we are offering that day!

Click here to Check out the Class details and Register


We had such great reviews after the first retreat – We hope that you can join us for our Fall Fest Retreat!


Happy August! Carols of Christmas stamp set

Carols of Christmas stamp setToday I am sharing the new Carols of Christmas stamp set that you can now order!  This is one of the new beautiful Holiday stamp sets that will be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. 

My Stamping cohort Lisa from the Stamping New England Design team made this beautiful card.

The card base is Whisper White cardstock with a layer of So Saffron Cardstock.  Next is a layer of Pacific Point cardstock that has been cut with the sky thinlits that are part of this set, so the So saffron cardstock shows thru the moon and stars…

Lisa made the snow by tearing a few scraps of Whisper White cardstock and layering them to look like snow drifts.  The trees and deer are also cut using the framelits. 

Here is a short video highlighting some of the things that you can make with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, use the hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a sampler of the new Be Merry Christmas paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  I love to share the host benefits with my loyal customers!

Thanks for stopping by Marilyn’s Creative Playground and checking out my project made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, use the hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a sampler of the new Be Merry Christmas paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  I love to share the host benefits with my loyal customers!

Thanks for stopping by Marilyn’s Creative Playground and checking out my project made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.


Use one Sketch to make two different Cards

use one sketch to make two different cardsToday I am sharing two cards that were made from the same stamp set and Designer paper using one sketch to make two different cards.

My Stamping friend Jeannie and I were working on ideas for a Christmas in July class using the new Stampin’ Up!  Be Merry Designer Series Paper and the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

We picked a random sketch from a stack of MojoMonday sketches that I keep around for inspiration.  And as you can see our two cards are very different!

Need inspiration??  I love sketches!  I chose a sketch that has an element that matches the stamp set that I want to use.  In this case Santa’s Sleigh.  Then we selected the Be Merry Designer paper which coordinates with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstocks and inks.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! prints the colors for each designer paper on the back of the package??  I love that.  So when I am designing using a specific paper, I just pull a couple of pieces of each color of cardstock and pick out those inks.   Then it is time to design!

So the Reindeer card is made with a Cherry Cobbler Base, a layer of Whisper White and then a layer of the cute little reindeer pattern from the  Be Merry designer series paper.

The second card uses Garden Green cardstock as the base with a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock and the small triangle pattern in Garden Green that looks like trees.  I have found that if you are working with green shades, brown can be a really good color to use as a layer to set off the pattern of the designer series paper.  For this card, the design is flipped to be landscape to accommodate  the sleigh and the tree.  The Sleigh is cut from Red Glimmer paper to add a little bling to the card.  After all, what is a card without bling?

Want to make these cards?  Here are the supplies!

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Ready to place an order? I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US. If your order is under $150 use the Hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a 6x6 sampler of the Be Merry Designer Series paper.  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, claim your own hostess benefits!

Happy Stamping!

So Which Card do you like better??

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Happy 4th of July!

HapHappy 4th of July cardpy 4th of July!  This is one of my favorite patriotic cards that my friend Margaret Galvez on the Stamping New England design team has created. Margaret always surprises with a different twist on a theme!  This card was actually designed two years ago but is so appropriate for the 4th!

This card is made with Real Red Cardsock for the card base.  A layer of Night of Navy cardstock with a layer of Newsprint Designer paper.  Small pieces of real red ribbon are layered on the corners to highlight the real red color of the card.

The flag is made from a piece of Whi
sper White cardstock.  The red stripes of our Flag are stamped with Real Red ink and the Work of Art stamp set.  The Stars are punched using the Star border punch from a scrap of Night of Navy cardstock.  The flag is attached to the card front with dimensionals to give it a little pop!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Classes for Summer Getaway Day

I am so excited!  The members of Stamping New England have been doing a lot of work in preparation for our Summer Getaway on June 17th!

So here are the details on our first event:

Summer Getaway 2017
Saturday June 17th
– 9am to 8pm
at the
Tewksbury Congregational Church
10 East St.  Tewksbury, MA

This is a day of Crafting Fun for all types of Crafters!  Stampers, Scrapbookers and Quilters are w
1.  Each Attendee will have 6′ of table space to spread out and work for the day!  So bring your latest crafting project
2.  You will have access to our Big Shot machines with lots of Embossing Folders and dies for cutting
3.  You will receive a Goodie Bag full of items from the new Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
4.  Lots of inspirational display boards
5.  Lunch and Dinner will be provided

We are also offering a couple of additional classes.

Delightful Daisy – Class 1 – taught by Jeannie Nielsen
  •  Includes the Daisy punch ($18)
  • 4 card designs (you will make 2 of each) for a total of 8 cards
  • Learn new techniques

High Tide  – Class 2 – taught by Margaret Galvez
  • 4 card designs (you will make 2 of each) for a total of 8 cards
  • $25 for just the class
  • $40 for the class with the Stamp set

Multi-Media Frame Class – taught by new team member Debby Donovan
$35 each frame

These frames are absolutely gorgeous!!

And what is a Crafting Day without Prizes and Giveaways?  Throughout the day there will be ways to earn Raffle tickets for our selection of Raffle Items.  The Grand Prize is a full set of the brand new in-color Products (an $85 value)

You can register for the Day HERE.

You can register for classes HERE.


We are so looking forward to this day and seeing you all there!!


handmade Mother’s Day Cards

Celebrate You

Happy Mother’s Day
to all of my Family & Friends!!  Today I am sharing three of my favorite Mother’s Day cards from the past couple of years!

And I am getting one of the best Mother’s Day presents of all times – watching my daughter Emily graduate from college today!!

This first card is one that is made with the You’ve Got this stamp set and the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series paper. 

The colors in the card are Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy cardstocks.

By looking at these three cards, can you tell that I really like flowers and coloring?

Birthday Blooms Stamp Set – Mother’s Day Cards

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These next two cards are both made with the
Birthday Blooms stamp set.  This set is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets from the past few years. 

I also like the combination of the stripped background designer series paper with the floral design!

This beautiful rose is colored with shades of Lost Lagoon ink.  The ribbon is Mint Macaroon lace

The third card that I have selected for today is another Birthday Blooms card made for Mother’s Day as well.

The flowers on this card are colored with Watermelon Wonder ink and finished off with the Watermelon Wonder lace ribbon.

Bloomin' Birthday Mother's Day Card

Which one of these cards is your favorite??

Enjoy your Mother’s Day!!


Valentine’s 3D Candy Box

Today I am sharing a 3D Valentine’s box for this week’s Global Design Team Challenge.  I made this box from a pattern that one of my team members on the Stamping New England Team, Margaret Galvez created.  She is a very creative and talented person and a great asset to my team! 

So the details on this project. The box is made from a 4 1/4″ x 9 1/4″  piece of Real Red Cardstock.  Score the piece at 3, 3 1/2″ , 6 1/2″, 7″.  Score the two long sides at 1/4″ x 5/8″.  Fold along the score lines and then cut out tabs along the top and bottom flaps. 

The two flaps are decorated with pieces of the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog!   The tricky part with this box is the arrow on the top.  Margaret used the Heart framelit from the Love Notes Framelits die which has two sides that fold up.  She cut an arrow on the top  of the box and fed the sides of the heart thru the arrow to make a closoure.  When you fold the sides of the heart down, it makes a heart on top of the box.  I used Red Foil to cut the heart for the closure.

This box holds 6 of the Hershey nuggets.  You can wrap the nuggets in 1″ x 3″ pieces of Sending Love Designer paper – perfect for using up the scraps!

I love this cute little box!

Perfect for a small Valentine’s gift for a friend or teacher!
Here are the items that were used for this box:
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What to make next??

Happy Stamping!


Make your own Handmade Christmas Boxes

Today I am sharing a set of beautiful Handmade Christmas Boxes that one of my team members made for our Bag it, Box it and Tag it December Classes! You too can make handmade Christmas Boxes for your Holiday packages.  I love the Stamping New England Design Team!  Each month, 4 of us design 3 projects with the same Designer Paper and stamp sets so we have 12 very different projects each month!.

Handmade Chrstimas boxes

These really cute little boxes are made using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and are perfect for packing cute little stocking gifts!

So to make a handmade Christmas box.  Decide what you want the finished size of the box to be.  For example:  if you want a 4″ x 6″ box that is 1″ deep, then you would:

1.  Add the Width plus the depth for 2 sides together.  So 4″ + 1″ + 1″ = 6″
2.  Do the same for the Length of the box –
6″ + 1″ + 1″= 8″
3.  This means that you would cut a box bottom that is 6″ x 8″ and a second piece the same size for the top.
4.  Score each of the four sides of the top box piece at 1″.   Cut up the score line on the long side to the intersection of the score lines.  Fold along all score lines.  Where you cut will make a tab to put the box together.  Add adhesive (I use tear & tape) to the flaps and attach to the inside of the other flaps.  This will make your box top.

box-pattern  Repeat this step for the box bottom.  However, when you score the sides, score just over 1″ – at 1 1/16th on each side.  This will make the bottom a hair smaller so the top fits over the bottom of the box.

In this example a piece of the Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer paper was used to make the box top and a coordinating solid color of cardstock to make the bottoms.

Stay tuned for more ideas from our Box it, Bag it and Tag it class!

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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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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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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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Hang Your Stocking Christmas Card

Today I am sharing one of the cards that I made for the OctoHang Your Stocking Cardber Stamping New England Design Team projects using the new Hang Your Stocking stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

The card base is a piece of Garden Green cardstock cut to  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Next is a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″  and embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder

NOTE:  This folder is much thicker that other embossing folders which really adds to the detail of the embossed image.  The best way to bring out the detail of the embossed image is to spritz your cardstock with a little water before embossing it.  Also – due to the thickness of the folder, you only want to use one plate.

The stocking is layered onto a piece of the Warmth & Cheer DSP that is layered on a piece of Real Red cardstock.  The detail of the stocking die is beautiful.  The stocking for this card is cut from a piece of Warmth & Cheer DSP with a detail stocking cut from Real Red over the top.  The stocking is decorated with a piece of Holly that is stamped with Garden Green ink and embellished with Berries that are stamped with Real Red ink and then embossed with the Real Red Glitter Embossing powder.

Like this card?  This is one of my designs using the Hang Your Stocking stamp set for the month of October.  The Stamping New England Design Team is focusing on 2 Holiday stamp sets for October classes.  This set and the Perfect Pines stamp set.  Like our designs?  Join my Stamp Club and receive these designs in your inbox each month!  You can check out the details on my Stamp Club here.

Below are the supplies used to make this card. 

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my project today!

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Foxy Friends Card Class

I love the Foxy Friends Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  There are so many diverse things that you can make with this stamp set.  And the Stamping New England Design Team has been really busy designing several different projects using the Foxy Friends stamp set, coordinating a LIttle Foxy Designer Paper and coordinating the Fox Builder punch (bundle 142436, paper 141637). 

There are so many different animals that you can make with this stamp set and punch!

Stampin' Up! Foxy FriendsYou can check out the details of the class HERE!

Interested in receiving a class like this in your email each month?  Members of my Stamper’s Club receive a full color PDF with detailed instructions and a technique video each month!  Check out more details on my Stamper’s Club Here.

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