Step it up!

In this recent Facebook Live, I demonstrated how you can make a few changes to a simple card to "step it up" making a more interesting card with more details. I enjoyed using the Harvest Hellos Bundle including the stamp set and Apple Builder Punch to make 3 different cards for teachers.

Harvest Hellos Stamp Set & Apple Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!


Harvest Hellos Stamp Set, Apple Builder Punch, & Subtle 3-D Embossing Folder  by Stampin' Up!


Harvest Hellos Stamp Set, Apple Builder Punch, & Subtle 3-D Embossing Folder  by Stampin' Up!


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Gold Metallic Thread
Gold Metallic Thread
Paper Snips

Soaring Above the Clouds

I'm thrilled to be able to feature the Above the Clouds Bundle in today's post. I'm sharing a swap card I received from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Linda Cullen. What a wonderful summer feel it has. This card would be great for a new graduate or anyone starting a new job, promotion, retirement, or any new phase of life. I love that Stampin' Up! provides us with versatile stamp sets that we can use for so many different reasons and occasions.

Here is a downloadable PDF I made so you can recreate or CASE (Copy And Share Everything) this card.

Download Project Sheet - Let Your Dreams Soar Card by

Above the Clouds Bundle & Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper


Above the Clouds Bundle & Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper


New Wonders Swap Card

I received this card created by Ellen Barner in a card swap recently. Because this card is so stinkin' cute and because I don't have this stamp set, I just had to show it to you here! Isn't it adorable with its bit of whimsy and bright colors? New Wonders is a Hostess only stamp set. How can you get one? Place an order of $150 or more (not including SH/tax) or host a SU! party with total sales being at least $150, and you can get this exclusive Hostess only stamp set got using your Stampin' Rewards. Contact me to help you earn your New Wonders Hostess Stamp Set.

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Paper Snips

Picnic Paradise & Summer Savings

I love working Stampin' Up! as a business, but I also enjoy receiving some creativity in a box each month. My Paper Pumpkin subscription brings "creativity in a box" to my house each month. There's no fuss, no stress, no long list of things to buy or pull out. I simply sit and open my box to a surprise with projects planned for me and all the supplies I need. I simply sit down with my red-orange box, my adhesive, and paper snips, and I'm ready to craft. I love that the projects come with directions, color photo, and high-quality supplies. And if I'm not "in love" with the project (which usually I am), I know there are lots of sources on social media that will give me alternative projects to make using that month's kit. AND, if I REALLY, REALLY love it, I can often purchase refill kits on the Paper Pumpkin website. PLUS, I have an extensive collection of stamp sets and ink spots that I can use over and over in the future. It's a winning situation no matter how you look at it.

Monthly subscription cost is $19.95 + tax per month. New Subscribers, get 50% off their first kit when you subscribe in the next 2 days. Promotion ends August 10th. Please click to be directed to and sign up today. I'd appreciate it if you would designate me, Mary Knabe, as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. You can cancel your subscription at anytime.


In case you're wondering what the kits are like, here are some photos of my July kit as I unboxed it to do the projects which were easy, fun, and colorful. I think I'll fill the baskets with little treats for some back to school gifts. The 3" x 3" note cards will certainly get used and bring smiles to their recipients, perhaps, with baked goods, flowers, or small gifts.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will arrive by USPS after the 15th of each month.
Every kit comes with a stamp set and ink spot.
Behind the tissue paper is your complete kit wrap and sealed to protect your supplies.
Add paper snips and adhesive, and you're ready to go!
I suggest you begin by sorting your supplies. Notice that pieces are die cut for you. They punch out quickly and easily.
The printed ruler at the bottom of the directions makes measuring and cutting ribbons and trims quick and easy.
Left over supplies, stamp set, and ink so I can keep on creating.


I made a few cards without the sentiment so I can use them for whatever I want.
I bundled 6 cards and envelopes to give as a teacher gift.


I use some extra supplies and a bit of my own ribbon to make a couple alternate projects...3 bookmarks and an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" photo holder to be framed or added to a scrapbook. You could add a title or caption such as "The Apple of My Eye" or "First Day of Kindergarten". IMG_8154

Thoughtful Branches goes Back to School

I have really been enjoying creating with my Thoughtful Branches Bundle!  With so much talk about "back to school", I came up with these apple tree cards.  A great way to wish your students and teachers a great new year or to thank a teacher for their dedication and service.  Make a set of apple tree cards for a great teacher gift.  Remember the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating thinlits dies are available for a limited time only, now through August 31st or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  You can save 10% on each product when you purchase the bundle for $52.  This bundle's versatility makes this a great value.  Please enter my August Host Code 79ERJCHR when ordering online.

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