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Perfectly Penciled Cash Card for the Graduate

Mother's Day is here once again. Every year at this time, I find myself reflecting on my years as a mom. Am I good enough? Have I shown enough love? Did I praise enough? Was I a good listener? and on and on. Yes, I've always taken my role as a mom very seriously, maybe too much so at times???, I don't know. I consider being a mom the most important work I'll ever do. Did I always get it right? No. Did I make mistakes? Yes. I think I can look back at my 30+ years as a mom and honestly say I did my best - the best I knew how with what I had. From the moment they were born and I learned what instant love was to now as I embrace the time I get to spend with them as adult children, I have loved them unconditionally and with all my heart and soul, and I have thanked God every day that he entrusted them to me.

I look at my daughters now (Andrea is 30. Emily is 25.) and see what truly good people they are. They're hard working, kind, caring, loving, compassionate, respectful people. They always strive to do and be their best, give of themselves, and care for others. They're both quite fun to be around and are good at making me laugh and smile. I look at Andrea and Emily and see that they are my greatest achievement and my legacy. I am forever grateful to be their mom. 

My own mom passed on nearly 6 years ago. I spend time thinking about her too, knowing that she too did her best. It's still strange not to call her on this day to wish her Happy Mother's Day. I think, though, that she'd be just as proud of me and my family today as she was when she was here on earth with us. I think she looks down on us and sees the wonderful people we are and celebrates milestones and special moments with us and watches over us in our struggles too. I'm grateful for the signs I get that she is still with me in spirit.

Happy Mother's Day to ALL the wonderful moms out there. I hope your day is blessed with love, happiness, family, and friends, and perhaps a few surprises too.

This day is also a day of celebration for another reason. Today I'll watch my niece graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. I'm so proud of Alison, and in celebration of her achievement, I created a special money card for her. I want to show you how you can make a money card too. 

I've chosen some new products that I though would be perfect for this task. You can't go wrong with the Perfectly Pencilled Designer Series Paper for black & white cards with a pop of color. This black and white DSP can be used as is or customized with any of our color tools and inks. My money card also features the Happiness Abounds Bundle. Why not dress your cash gifts in some pretty packaging perfect for graduations, birthdays, weddings, Mother's Day, and so many more gift giving occasions. You'll have fun doing it and your special people will be delighted with your handmade presentation.

Cash Card Cutting & Scoring Dimensions:

  • Basic Black card base = 7" x 8 1/2"
  • Basic White card stock =  6 3/4" x 3" (cut 2) and 6 3/4" x 1 3/4"
  • Basic White for banner = 4" x 3/4" plus scrap for stamping & color flower and leaves
  • DSP = 6 5/8" x 2 7/8" and 6 5/8" x 1 5/8"
  • DSP for belly band = 8 1/2" x 1"

Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe (4)

 

Here's a slightly different version I made for my niece who is graduating from The Ohio State University today. I colored the flowers on the Perfectly Penciled DSP with Real Red Stampin' Blends.

Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe
Stampin' Up! Happiness Abounds Stamp Set & Perfectly Pencilled DSP - Mary Knabe

 

Stampin' Up! products used - Click on any link below to be directed to my online store or contact me to order.

 

My Wild & Sweet Class to Go is selling fast. Deadline to order is May 10th..

My Wild & Sweet Class to Go is the first of many to come featuring fabulous new products from the Stampin' Up! 2022 - 2023 Annual Catalog. With 3 great options to choose from, I have something for everyone - full class kit including stamp set, class kit without stamp set, and PDF Tutorial only! Choose the option that's best for you.

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Option 1: Wild & Sweet Class to Go = $48.00  Includes Wild & Sweet Stamp Set, pack of Lovely Layers Vellum, supplies to make 8 cards, PDF Tutorial sent via email, and Priority Shipping.  

Option 2: Card Supplies = $32.00  Includes pack of Lovely Layers Vellum, supplies to make 8 cards, PDF Tutorial sent via email, shipping to your home. This option does NOT include the Wild & Sweet Stamp Set needed to complete the cards.

Option 3: PDF Tutorial Only = $15.00  Includes supply list, color photos, cutting dimensions & instructions to make 8 cards. 

Add Ons: Those purchasing Wild & Sweet Class to Go Option 1 or 2 may add the following Stampin' Up! products to their order at catalog price without additional shipping charges:  Tuxedo Black Momento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black Momento Ink Refill, Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1, and Bough Punch.

Deadline to order & pay is Tuesday, May 10th.

To purchase Option 1 or 2, please email me for link to order & pay.

To purchase Option 3, click on PDF STORE in red bar at the top of this page. You'll be able to download the PDF immediately upon purchase.

 

BIG NEWS:

I recently welcomed Patricia D to my Merry Stampers Team of Demonstrators. She just couldn't pass up our In Color Starter Kit Promotion.

You too can become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and get FREE GIFTS when you join May 3rd - 31st. By purchasing the In Color Starter Kit, you'll get $125 of Stampin' Up! product of your choice PLUS a selection of new In Color Products valued at $66.50. Pay just $99 plus tax for a total of $191.50 of Stampin' Up! products. And...IT ALL SHIPS FREE for an additional $21.00 in savings! It doesn't get much better than this!

Click on the download link below to see all of the fabulous new In Colors included in this sweet deal.

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New Branded Merchandise for everyone who loves Stampin' Up!

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Thanks for stopping by. Once again, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Enjoy this special day of honoring and remembering our moms and celebrating family. Have a good week and keep on stamping!


Make this Beautiful Pocket Card!

I love a cool Fun Fold Card and this one does not disappoint. This Pocket Card starts with a half sheet of your favorite Designer Series Paper. It's easy. It's quick. It's so fun to make and give. The Pocket Card I demonstrate in this Facebook Live video replay features 2 of my favorite products - Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper and Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set. I love the versatility of my Stampin' Up! products!

Cutting & Scoring Dimensions:

  • Mossy Meadow card stock base = 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
  • DSP = 5 1/4" x 12", score at 4" and 8" on LONG side
  • Early Espresso card stock = 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Basic White card stock = 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
  • DSP strip = 1/2" x 3 1/4"

Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set & Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set & Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!I really like the "earthy" feel of this twine with the Beauty of the Earth DSP. Did you know that new Baker's Twine Essential Pack contains black, white, and 3 other colors of twine? I love having several choices of color in 1 product making finding the perfect color twine for my cards and paper crafts easy. AND, you can customize the color of your twine with our Stampin' Blends markers.
Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set & Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set & Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!I swapped out the Baker's Twine with the Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon. It really brings out the yellow in this beautiful paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper pack.Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set & Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

 

 

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

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

 

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Spread a little sunshine with handmade cards!

Friday, June 25th, is the Last Day to order my Sunny Sentiments Class to Go. 

With my Sunny Sentiments Class to Go, you can create bright, cheerful cards and spread warm, sunny thoughts of love and caring when you send them out. This combination of cards is perfect for building your card stash. Class to Go kit includes the Sunny Sentiments Stamp Set ($20 value), supplies to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), PDF Tutorial, and Priority Shipping.

Please email me for registrations and payment information.

          

Sunny Sentiments Class to Go = $36

Card Supplies Only = $24

PDF Tutorial Only = $15

Add On Ink Pads in Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Real Red, and Black Momento at catalog price if needed. No additional shipping charge.

Schedule for Sunny Sentiments Class to Go:

  • June 25th - Deadline to register
  • June 26th - Stampin' Up! products will be ordered.
  • July 1st - July 8th - Class Kits will be prepped, packaged, and labeled for shipping.
  • July 9th - All Class Kit will ship no later than this date.

Please email me for registrations and payment information or if you have any questions or would like to host a Stampin' Up! party for you and your friends.

 

Thanks for visiting Stampin' Peace with Mary Knabe. I hope you found today's post full of inspiration and helpful tips and information. Please let me know how I can serve you going forward. 

Make today a great day!


Make a Gift Box from Single Sheet of DSP

Let me show you how to make gift box quickly and easily using a single sheet of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper. You are going to love it! The finished box measures 6" long x 3" high x 2 1/2" deep making it useful for so many purposes. Roll up a couple of ties for Dad or Grandpa for Father's Day or a cute onesie for the new baby. How about an assortment of gift cards and candies for new grads and college students? Cookies for co-workers? Concert or sports tickets? The possibilities are endless. Take a look at my "How To" video now, then give it a try. I'd love to see what fun or pretty paper you use to make your box and to know what occasion you make it for and what surprise you're putting inside.

Scoring Dimensions:

  • 12" x 12" DSP = score at 3" & 9",
  • Turn DSP 90 degrees = score at 1", 3 1/2", 6 1/2", 9"
  • Refer to video for cutting
  • card board insert = 2 1/2" x 12", score at 3" & 9"

Create with Friends Stamp Set & Pattern Party Designer Series Paper

Create with Friends Stamp Set & Pattern Party Designer Series Paper

Same box - different pattern paper & different ribbon!
Create with Friends Stamp Set & Pattern Party Designer Series Paper
Create with Friends Stamp Set & Pattern Party Designer Series Paper

 

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

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

Pansy Petals Card Class to Go - Register by Friday, June 18th

I am so excited to offer you my Pansy Petals Card Class to Go. Your Class to Go kit includes Pansy Patch Bundle ($51.25 value), 2021-2023 In Color Jewels ($7 value), supplies to make 8 gorgeous cards (2 each of 4 designs), and Priority Shipping.

Deadline to pre-order is Friday, June 18th. 

Email me for registration & payment information.

Choose from the following 4 options: 

Option 1:  Pansy Petals Card Class to Go = $72  

Option 2:  Buy 2 Kits - 1 for you, 1 for a friend - Save on Shipping! = $136

Option 3:  Card Supplies & 2021-2023 In Color Jewels Only = $28

Option 4:  PDF Tutorial Only = $15

 
Email me for registration & payment information.
 
 
Thanks for your interest in Stampin' Peace with Mary Knabe. Please contact me if I can answer any questions about this event or something else or if you would like to schedule a Stampin' Up! party (in person or virtually) to earn Free Stampin' Up! products.
 
Have a good day!

 


4 Corners Fun Fold Card

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers. That's no secret to many of you. Today's Fun Fold Card is perfect for showcasing your favorite DSP's. I call this my 4 Corners Fun Fold Card. Check out this video replay of a recent Facebook Live. My demonstration with cutting dimensions and clear instructions will allow you to make these 4 Corners Fun Fold Cards of your own. This layout is a great way to use up some DSP scraps too.

Cutting Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4" on long side, fold in half.
  • Basic White Layer = 5 1/4" x 4" 
  • Basic White inside = 5 1/4" x 4" 
  • Cut 4 DSP rectangles = 1 3/4" x 2 3/8"

Well Suited Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings by Stampin' Up!
Well Suited Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings by Stampin' Up!Don't you just love all the patterns and prints in the Well Suited Designer Series Paper?
Well Suited Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings by Stampin' Up!

I made another pair of cards using the same card layout and stamp set, but switching out the colors and DSP.

Hydrangea Hill Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Hydrangea Hill Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

The Pastel Pearls and Highland Heather 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon are both beautiful embellishments to use with the Hydrangea Haven Designer Series Paper.
Hydrangea Hill Suite & Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

 

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

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

The Designer Series Paper used in the cards for this post as well as the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set are all retiring. Be sure to get these and the other products on our LAST CHANCE LIST before they're gone. Many are discounted, some up to 50% off. ALL Last Chance Products are available through June 30th while supplies last only. Click here to view and/or order Last Chance Products.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog, Stampin' Peace with Mary Knabe. I'm grateful for your support and respectfully ask you to share my blog.


Life is Great!

Years ago when I first attempted adding Facebook Lives to my business, I was a nervous wreck. My hands were shaking. My voice was quivering. UGH. I was a hot mess. I committed to continuing to do them but never thought I'd come to like doing them. And now??? I love doing Facebook Lives. Why??? For the immediate feedback and interaction I get from my views. The following video replay from my May 12th Facebook Live, shows you just how much fun my viewers and I have together. I'm warning you, though, we all seemed to be a little out of control that evening. Perhaps, I gave them too many choices, but the continuous back and forth got me (and probably) a few others giggling. I'd even say I was giddy, but hey, that's what Facebook Lives are all about - having fun while sharing and being real! I'm so grateful to all my Stampin' Peace viewers. You make my job even more fun than it already is. I look forward to much more sharing and interacting through Facebook Lives in the future.

 

Cutting & Scoring Dimensions:

  • Calypso Coral Card = 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4" on long side, fold in half.
  • Calypso Coral Embossed with Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder =  5 1/4" x 4"
  • Basic White/Basic Black Layer = 2 7/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Coastal Cabana Layer = 2 3/4" x 4"

 

Here's that resource for cutting card layers that I referred to in my video:  Download Card Layering Measurements - A2 size

Hats Off Bundle by Stampin' Up!

I "bedazzled" the ball cap on this card with lots of Rhinestone Basic Jewels. My Take Your Pick tool made picking up and placing the rhinestones easy.Hats Off Bundle by Stampin' Up!

The Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon and Matte Black Dots are wonderful embellishments for the following card being that a Basic Black card stock layer was was used instead of the Basic White layer.
Hats Off Bundle by Stampin' Up!

I chose to use the card above with Basic Black card stock layer and black embellishments as my swap card for the Maui Incentive Trip. The colors were perfect for this amazing tropical getaway.



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

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

Thanks for checking out today's blog post. Creating with the new Hats Off Bundle is loads of fun. Once you get started, you'll want to make a card for everyone you know. 

Make someone's day. Send a hand stamped card today.


MORE Sparkling Ombre Gift Card Holders

Did you see my May 13th post? I shared a video demonstration of me making a couple of gift card holders featuring the blue Ombre Specialty Paper. If you haven't seen the video, click here to view it now.

I created a couple more Gift Card Holders also using the Ombre Specialty Paper. I wanted these to be more feminine than the ones I showed you in my May 13th blog post, so I added components of our very popular Pansy Petals Suite. I love these and can't wait to gift them to some special ladies!

Cutting & Scoring Dimensions:

  • Cut Ombre Specialty Paper 5 1/2" x 12"
  • Score at 4 1/4" and 8 1/2" on long side. FYI...the first score line will mark you from bottom flap. I put my paper on the scoring tool with the dark ombre end to the left and the light ombre end to the right.

Ombre Specialty Paper by Stampin' Up!
Ombre Specialty Paper by Stampin' Up!
Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set & Pansy Petals DSP by Stampin' Up!
Ombre Specialty Paper & Pansy Petals DSP by Stampin' Up!

This purple is my favorite of the Ombre Papers.
Ombre Specialty Paper & Pansy Petals DSP by Stampin' Up!

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Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set, Ombre Specialty Paper & Pansy Petals DSP by Stampin' Up!

 

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

Pansy Dies
$32.00

 

Maui Trip Ordering Incentive May 15-24 only:

As many of you know, I currently enjoying my Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip in beautiful Maui. I'm so grateful to be able to do this job that I love so much and to be rewarded in this way for my hard work. I have had many people, including you my followers, who have supported in me in my business for the past 12+ years. I never knew that becoming a SU! demonstrator would bring me so much joy and happiness and countless friendships. 

As a token of my appreciation, I am offering an ordering incentive for the 10 days I will be on my Maui Incentive Trip.

  • Get 10 Handmade Cards Free when you place a Stampin' Up! order of at least $30  at www.maryknabe.stampinup.net using Host Code RVJZ4VKD.
  • Place an order of $50 or more to get 10 Handmade Cards Free AND to be entered into my Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine Give-Away.

This ordering incentive is good May 15 - May 24th.

Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine by Stampin' Up!

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wish you a beautiful, happy day!


Cute & Functional Mini Backpack

Have I got an DARLING 3D project for you! I'm going to show you how to make a Mini Backpack in this Facebook Live Video Replay. It's oh, so cute, functional, and fun to make. This  Mini Backpack can be used for so many occasions - graduations, teacher appreciation day, embarking on a trip or new adventure, birthdays, Father's Day, and more. I'm going to use the Mini Backpack use see in my video demonstration gift for my niece. Avery is graduating high school this month and will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall. I used OSU colors and will fill the main section of the backpack with various gift cards that I know a college student will enjoy. I'll put some mini sticky note pads in the front pocket. Then, I'll put the Mini Backpack in a clear cellophane bag and tie it up with a pretty bow and handmade tag. I think Avery will love the handmade touch I put on her graduation gift.

 

This is the Mini Backpack I received from my friend and SU! team member Tracy Dahling that inspired me to make my own Mini Backpacks for graduation gifts. Tracy had a package of flower shaped sticky notes & a chapstick in her backpack and chocolate mints in the front pocket. 

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And this is my version of the Mini Backpack.

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Cutting & Scoring Dimensions:

  • Cut card stock for main backpack 8" x 11".
  • Score at 1 1/2", 5 1/4", 6 3/4", 10 1/2" on LONG side.
  • Score at 2", 6 1/2" on SHORT side.
  • Partial Score on LONG side at 3/4" and 6" down to 5". 
  • Make angled score lines (see video).
  • Cut DSP 3 1/2" x 1 3/4"

 

  • Cut card stock for front pocket 8" x 4".
  • Score at 1/2", 3 3/4", 4 1/4", 7 1/2" on LONG side.
  • Score at 1/2", 2 1/2", 3", on SHORT side.
  • Cut DSP 3" x 3/4"

 

  • Cut card stock for 2 handles 1/4" x 7" each

 

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

Paper Snips
$10.00

 

Thanks so much for spending some of your time viewing today's Stampin' Peace blog post. I hope you feel inspired to make something special for that someone special in your life. 

Please let me know how I can serve you in your Stampin' Up! needs.

 

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Cheers to everything handmade!