Life is Beautiful!

Life is beautiful. Sometimes in the midst of pain, illness, isolation, stress, hurt, and loss it can be hard to see the beauty in our world. But then, if we look closely, we can see beauty all around us, in the faces of our family, friends, and loved ones. We can see beauty in the comfort in our homes. We can see beauty in the eyes of a child, and the wrinkles of someone who has lived a long full life. It's also nice to step outside and see the beauty in nature no matter the time of year, new buds in spring, all shades of green in the trees in summer, the many shades of autumn, and in the glittering frost of winter. We just need to take time to observe, see what's around us, and be grateful for that beauty.

Stampin' Up!'s Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper was so popular in 2019, they brought it back for us in 2020 as a "Returning Fave". This paper shows true beauty of nature in the winter with its soft colors and delicate images of frozen droplets, snow, and frost on evergreens, leaves leftover from fall, and barren branches. 

Below are cards I made with the beautiful Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper. They layout is quite simple and the same for each card. I wanted to focus on the beauty depicted in the various papers without a lot of embellishing. If you've never done this "window pane" layout, you can see me demonstrate it with this link:  https://bit.ly/32JnUbf. The Life Is Beautiful Stamp Set is featured in our 2020 Holiday Catalog.

Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!
Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!
Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!
Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!

If you've never done this "window pane" layout, use this link:  https://bit.ly/32JnUbf for my video demonstration with cutting dimensions and other card samples.

 

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I hope you'll take some time to enjoy the beauty all around you and be grateful. Life is beautiful!

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Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Class to Go

Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Class to Go 

With this Class to Go, you'll make 10- 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" cards - 2 each in Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, & Misty Moonlight with Memories & More; 5- additional standard A2 cards measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"; and four 8" x 10" seasonal collages ready to frame and hang or give as gifts. (Frames not included.)

 

Class fee of $48 includes $30 of Stampin' Up! products (10 Flowers for Every Season Cards & Envelopes, full pack of Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards, 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots); a PDF Tutorial with color photos, supplies list, instructions; & Priority Shipping. Registration & payment due August 10th.

Email me for registration and payment information.

 

  • Flowers for Every Season Class to Go is $48 including priority shipping
  • PDF Tutorial Only is $15

 

Schedule for this Class to Go:

  • August 10, 2020 - Registration & payment due.
  • August 11, 2020 - I will order supplies for class kits.
  • August 17-23, 2020 - I will sort, prep, package, and label class kits. 
  • Week of August 24, 2020 - Class to Go Kits will be shipped by Priority Mail (assuming no backorders)

 

Email me for registration and payment information.


Magic in this Night Flip Flop Fun Fold Card

Yes, there is Magic in the Night with this year's gorgeous, a bit creepy, Halloween suite. The Magic is the Night Designer Series Paper is so striking with its patterns and images in shades of Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, and Pretty Peacock which was a surprise to me. While this color combination is bit outside of the box, it is still somewhat classic as it has purple and orange with black which we typically think of as Halloween colors. I love that Stampin' Up! is constantly challenging us and helping us to create with new combinations of color, patterns, and textures in the products they offer.

Truly, once I started working with the Magic is the Night Suite, I fell in love with it. Another thing I love about it, is there are many patterns in the DSP that I can use beyond Halloween, and their are two nesting dies that can be used with so many of our other stamps, especially large sentiments. I know that I will get my money's worth from these items. The variety of uses for this suite makes for endless creative possibilities.

Today's post features a demonstration of two Flip Flop Fun Fold cards I learned recently. This is the first time I created cards with this fun fold. I LOVE how these Halloween cards turned out. I'll definitely be making more Flip Flop Fun Fold cards. So enjoy the following video replay of my July 29th Facebook Live, then give this fun fold a try. Let me know how you like it too.

 

These two cards look like standard A2 size cards until they are opened where a Fun Fold surprise awaits.

Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

 

I love the 2 nesting label dies in the Halloween Night Dies collection.Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

These iridescent pearls are like none I've ever seen. They add both an elegant and spooky vibe to this card.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

This large spider was cut out with a coordinating die. I love how adhering it to the card front with a Mini Stampin' Dimensionas
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

Flip up the card front to reveal 2 gate folds and more fun Designer Series Paper.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

Here's a look at the card opened all the way. Once again it is showcasing more fun Designer Series Paper on the gate fold flaps. The stamped spiders inside make the card more fun and spooky too.Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

What a fun way to wish someone 'Happy Halloween' than with this awesome card.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

 

Here's a similar yet different Flip Flop Fun Fold Card also made with the Magic in this Night Suite.Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

Metallic Mesh Ribbon is so unique and really adds to the Halloween charm and spookiness of this card. I think Silver Metallic Mesh Ribbon would be great for many holiday paper crafts for Christmas, New Year's, Silver Wedding Anniversaries, birthdays, and more! The possibilities are endless. It's also great for wrapping presents as it is 1 1/2" wide and is very easy to tie bows with without a lot of bulk.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

Flipping up the front of the card reveals this delicate spider web lace Designer Series Paper.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

A look at the card opened up. Notice on the front and back sides of the left & right flaps have a layer of Blackberry Bliss card stock under the Designer Series Paper.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!

More creepy spiders ready to crawl up this card.
Magic in this Night Suite by Stampin' Up!



Stampin' Up! supplies used in today's cards - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store. Note that the products in the Magic in this Night Suite are available to purchase beginning August 4th when the 2020 Holiday Catalog launches.

Paper Snips
$10.00

Flowers for Every Season One Sheet Wonder

I can't get enough of these 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonders. They make card making quick, easy, and fun. One Sheet Wonders are also a great way to build up a stash of cards to have ready as you need them. The one I feature in the following Facebook Live video replay makes 4 cards. I made all of mine vertical cards, but you could easily change things up a bit to make them horizontal cards if you prefer. This One Sheet Wonder is also quite versatile. I think it could work with most, if not all, Designer Series Papers and stamp sets. I hope you'll give this 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder a try!

 

I started out my FB Live demonstration by showing these 4 cards I made using only a 6" x 6" piece of Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper.

Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder

 

The next two photos, show you how I cut my 6" x 6" DSP.

I first cut at 1 1/2", then cut the remaining piece at 3" leaving 2 pieces measuring 1 1/2" x 6" & middle piece measuring 3" x 6".
Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder

 

Next, I cut 1/2" off the bottom of the first piece. That tiny bit of DSP is the only part I did not use.

I cut the center piece so that I had two 3" x 3" squares. I then cut the second square into three strips measuring 1" x 3".

The last piece I cut into four 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.
Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder

 

The following photos show the 4 different cards I made using the 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder above. I did switch out the Bumblebee card stock in the samples with Just Jade card stock and added some embellishments, but the card layouts are exactly the same.

Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!


Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

 

Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This sentiment is from the Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set. The sentiments on the other 3 cards come from the Lovely You Stamp Set.
Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

 

Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!


Forever Fern Stamp Set & 2020-2022 In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

 

Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder sure makes me smile when I see the beautiful cards I created with it.
Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder & Lovely You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

 

Stampin' Up! products used in cards above - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store for easy ordering.

 

Be sure to check out my Facebook Group "Mary's Sale-A-Bration Rewind 2020" to find out how you can get retired Sale-A-Bration stamp sets & bundles FREE from me with a qualifying purchase through August 3rd.

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Stampin' Up! Bonus Days are happening now through August 3rd. For every $50 you spend now, Stampin' Up! will give you a $5 Coupon Code to redeem August 4-31st...just in time to order from the Holiday Catalog. There is no limit to the amount of coupon codes you can earn. AND, you'll also get to choose a free retired SAB product from me for even more value for your purchase.

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Thanks for visiting stampinpeace.com. May you find the beauty & wonder in today, and may you be inspired to create something wonderful.


Artistry Blooms for Birthdays

I have to admit, I was stepping outside of my comfort zone a bit by using the Artistry Blooms Designer Series. While I love the combinations of the bright colors, the patterns and prints really just don't speak to me. I gave it a go, though, and applied it to the card layouts I learned from Heidi Collins and used in a recent Facebook Live. Check out the cards in my video replay below. 

Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

I chose Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, and Gorgeous Grape for the color combination.
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

The "Birthdays are the Best Days" sentiment is from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp set.
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

I colored Basic Rhinestone Embellishments with a Dark Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Marker.Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

For this last card, I switched out the card stock strips with more Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper
Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set & Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! supplies used - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store.

 

 

Friendly Reminder: Place a $50 order and get $5 Coupon Code from SU! to use in August AND choose a Retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set from me. Now that's what I call a WIN WIN situation!

  • Bonus Days are happening now. For every $50 order now through August 3rd, you'll get a $5 Coupon Code to redeem August 4- 31st. There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn.

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  • Get Retired Sale-A-Bration stamp sets FREE from me with qualifying purchase. Check out "Mary's Sale-A-Bration Rewind 2020" on Facebook for complete details. I am extending this offer through August 3rd. 

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Mary's Sale-A-Bration Rewind 2020

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I am cleaning house & want to give you the opportunity to get Retired Sale-A-Bration Stamp Sets & Bundles FREE with qualifying orders.
My Sale-A-Bration Rewind Promotion is happening July 27th - August 3rd only.
 
Note that SU! Bonus Days are still happening which means that your qualifying orders for my promotion below will also earn you $5 coupons to redeem with SU! beginning August 4th. Double WOW!
 
You will need to join the Private Facebook Group I created - Mary's Sale-A-Bration Rewind 2020 -  to view photos of all my retired promotion & claim the items you want free. Go to Facebook, enter "Mary's Sale-A-Bration Rewind 2020" in the search box. Click on the name of the group, then click the JOIN box.
 
PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW, so you understand how this promotion works & what the rules are.
 
Here's how my Sale-A-Braton Rewind 2020 will work:

1)  First, you look thru the photos. If there is something you want, click "Reply" under that specific photo and type "Claim". ***You may claim as many items as you like & can get those free with qualifying order as stated in photo for each item.(Most items are free with $50 order, not including sh/tax. There are a few, though, that are free with orders of $100 or $150. You'll see these as the last 6 photo entries.

2)  You then have 24 hours to place an order on my website www.maryknabe.stampinup.net using Host Code CSPG7WE9. ***Please use this host code only for this promotion which is different than my monthly host code. Contact me if you need assistance placing an order. I'm happy to help.

3)  Once I receive notification of your order from SU!, I will package your FREE items & ship them to you FREE.

4)  There are no holds. If you do not place your SU! order within 24 hours of claiming your free items, those items will once again become available for others.

5)  My SAB REWIND Promotion is available July 27th - August 3rd ONLY.

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Variation on Scrappy Strips Technique

I want to give a BIG shout out to my friend and Merry Stampers Team Member, Beth Jones, for introducing me to this cool variation on the Scrappy Strips Technique. Here is her photo of the cards she shared with our team. 

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In the following video replay of my July 24th Facebook Live, I demonstrate this variation of the Scrappy Strip Technique using 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. Check it out, then give it a try. The results are impressive.


Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!

I love the creative twist on the Scrappy Strip Technique used in making this card with a 6" x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper.
Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!
Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!
Customize your rhinestones and other embellishments by coloring them with Stampin' Blends Markers. They are alcohol-based so dry permanent.

Life is Beautiful Stamp Set & Feels Like Frost DSP by Stampin' Up!

Sometimes I like to add an extra layer of card stock in a coordinating color behind my Whisper White.

Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, & Whisper White card stock by Stampin' Up!

Here is a link to my demonstration of the original Scrappy Strip Technique: https://bit.ly/2LbRPyI

 

Stampin' Up! products used in card above - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store for easy ordering.

 

Thanks for visiting stampinpeace.com. Have a beautiful day.


Playful Pets 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder

A 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder, the darling Playful Pets, Designer Series Paper, a few punches, embellishments, and a classic red, black, and white color combination make for three awesome cards sure to delight any and all dog lovers. I the following video replay of my July 20th Make It With Mary Monday Facebook Live, I demonstrate how to cut your 6" x 6" DSP and how to make 3 cute cards. 

Please note: The July 20th Facebook Live was interrupted not once, but twice while in progress. The first time I was able to restart the Live, so you'll notice where I've added the 2nd Live to the first. The second time the Live was interrupted I was nearly finished with my demonstrations so did not restart again. You'll see the video just ends without a usual goodbye, however, you can see photos of all completed cards as you scroll through this post.

 

This is what the Designer Series Paper looks like when cut to my specifications in the video above. All of it is used in the 3 cards I made except for the 1/2" x 2" piece which I turned over to show you in the photo below.

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

These are the three cards I created from the pieces cut from my 6" x 6" One Sheet Wonder. Aren't they cute?

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper & Dog Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!

 

This happy pup is the focal point of my card below. I punched it with a 2" Circle Punch from a different sheet from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper pack. I then mounted it onto a 2 1/4" Basic Black Circle. The little heart is part of the Dog Builder Punch. I makes a nice embellishment when popped up with a Mini Stampin' Dimensional.

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

Awwww...this second pup reminds me of the family dog we used to have, Rosie. I like the use of Red Rhinestones on each end of the striped label I punched with the Lovely Label Pick A Punch.

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

"And they call it puppy love." Remember that Donny Osmond song??? The dogs and hearts were all punched with the Dog Builder Punch. That gorgeous Real Red Sheer Ribbon is in our 2020 Holiday Catalog which goes live on August 4th.

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper & Dog Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!

 

Such cute cards, don't you think? Which is your favorite?

Playful Pets Designer Series Paper & Dog Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! products used in cards above - Click on any link to be directed to my online store for easy ordering.

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

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Dandelion Wishes Fun Fold Card

I needed a card to send some get well wishes to a friend. I thought the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set would be perfect to create a get well card. I haven't used this old favorite in a long time, so it made me happy when I pulled it out and put it to use. I think it worked perfectly with the Fun Fold Card Layout I demonstrate in the Facebook Live video replay below. Check it out and then make a fun fold card to send to someone who needs good well wishes or just a "pick me up". You'll be glad you did.

You can find the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. If you aren't currently working with a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to earn your business. My first step in doing so will be to send you a complimentary copy of each of our current Stampin' Up! catalogs. Just message me your catalog request with your full name and mailing address.

 

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

This fun fold card looks interesting both closed and opened.
Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!


Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

Rhinestone Embellishments add a nice bit of bling to my dandelions.
Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

Don't forget to dress up your envelopes to coordinate with your handmade cards! It lets the receiver of your card know they are about to open something very special.

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!


Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

The next two photos show the back side of the fun fold card.
Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!


Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

 

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

You know I can't make just 1 card at a time! Making 2 or more at once, helps me to keep a steady supply of cards on hand to use whenever I need them.
Dandelion Wishes Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! products used in today's fun fold card - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store.

 

 

Sending you all Dandelion Wishes for a safe and healthy summer. Thanks for visiting stampinpeace.com.


Snowflake Splendor Fun Fold Cards

These fun fold cards really are fun to make and will be just as fun to give. The Snowflake Splendor Suite makes it easy for you to create and send "Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas" to your family and friends. Check out this Facebook Live video replay for cutting directions, directions, and tips for making these cards.

 

My first fun fold card featuring the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper was created with Pool Party card stock and ink.
Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

A view of the card open.
Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

The Blue Adhesive Gems are wonderful embellishments. I used the darker ones on these cards but the light blue gems are gorgeous too.Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

Pacific Point card stock and ink was the best choice for the DSP sheets I used in this card. Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

View of my card open.Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

I centered the "mini card" and label on this card as opposed to having it toward the left side as I did on the first card.
Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

On this card, the die cut label was adhered to the stamped Whisper White card stock with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to create a little more interest.
Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set & Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

Stampin' Up! products used in today's fun fold cards - Please note that the Snowflake Splendor Suite products will be available to order on my website beginning August 4th.

Stampin' Pierce Mat
Stampin' Pierce Mat
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$5.00

 

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