Technique: Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers!

Using Scenery Papers can be difficult. The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack falls into this category. It is perfect for quick cards by adding a saying but most of the nature patterns featured are large and out of proportion for images. My last post featured the beach pattern, along with the Beautiful You stamp set. Today’s card is another great way to use the two together. It reminds me of my youth. I used to sit in grassy meadows just to listen to the quiet. Something that is hard to do these days.

Scenery Papers with Beautiful You

To recreate the card you will need:

It would be good as a Get Well, Thinking of You or Sympathy card. Simply change the saying to use it for other occasions.

I would love to see your cards that use the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack! Feel free to email them to me. I just may feature them on my blog, with your permission of course!

Technique: Paper Piecing

Technique: Paper Piecing

In my last post I featured the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! using black and white with a splash of red using paper piecing. Today I continue with the paper piecing technique only this time the featured paper is the 6″x6″ Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. Paper piecing is a fun card making technique that will give your cards a unique look. It adds so much color and texture to your images. Especially images that include clothing, as in the dress and hat on today’s Beautiful You cards.

Paper Piecing - Beautiful You

The above cards feature many of the same products that were used in my last post – the Beautiful You stamp set and the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper – but they also feature the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and the Me = Grateful stamp set. The cards are quick and easy to create, and exactly what I needed not just for my card collection, but also to show you a fun way to use the beach scene from the Serene Scenery paper collection AND an alternate use for the Envelope Paper. (It’s not just for envelopes!) I’m looking forward to playing with the other scenes that are featured in both collections.

Envelope Paper for Paper Piecing

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I’ll be sharing more projects using the Beautiful You stamp set, and so much more, over the next few weeks, so be sure to come back often and see what I have to share.

Black – White with a POP of Color!

Black – White with a POP of Color!

I participated in a recent challenge where the theme was Black – White with a POP of color. Today’s projects are the result of that challenge. (Note: I’ll be sharing another project I created for the challenge next week, so be watching for it.)

I hadn’t played with my NEW Beautiful You stamp set yet. Like many of you, I accidentally ordered the wood mount version instead of the clear mount version. I had been trying to decide whether or not to exchange it for the clear mount. My desire to play with it finally took priority! I spent last Friday playing with the stamp set. These are the ones I made for the challenge. I chose red as my “POP of color!”

Black - White DSP Dancer



I had seen variations of my first card online and knew I just had to create one for myself. Most of the samples I saw used various coloring techniques for the hat and dress. I decided to use paper piecing instead, using the patterns from the FREE Carried Away Designer Series Paper collection (Available through March 31, 2017 with your $50 purchase!)
Black - White DSP with Mediterranean Moments






My second card features the NEW Mediterranean Moments stamp set as the background to the Beautiful You stylish lady. The look is accomplished by stamping and then masking the Beautiful You image, then stamp the Mediterranean Moments image over top of the mask. So many of our fashion trends start in the Mediterranean countries so I thought the combination of these two images was perfect!


Black - White Dragonfly Dreams Cello Bag



I had intended to share this last project yesterday as a final post to my February unit swap posts, but got busy with some organizing of my craft area. I’m sharing it today because it fits in with today’s Black – White with a POP of Color theme.

This cute cello bag was a Bonus Project for those of us who attended our unit swap in person. (Thank you, Sandra!) I believe the Designer Series Paper is now retired, but you could get the same look by stamping the bee image from Dragonfly Dreams on either Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.

Would you like to see a Watercolor version of the first card in this post? Then feel free to check out my Facebook Page! And, go to my website if you have decided to you NEED to have any of the products used to create these projects!

As usual, feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Split Panel I LOVE Swaps Card!

I LOVE Swaps!

If you are a regular reader then you know I LOVE swaps! Yesterday I shared the results of our Stampin’ Up! unit’s Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure swap that was held last month. I continue the theme today by sharing my second project for the swap. It is my first ever Split Panel card. (Note: It will be one of the cards featured in Saturday’s “Spring is Here!” class.

Love swaps card

You may be asking why swaps are a good idea, and why I like to participate in them. In one word… INSPIRATION! This card is a perfect example! It is a blend of three different cards I received in a recent swap.

First, the card design. I had been seeing cards that used the Split Panel technique all over the internet, but it was the first time I ever saw one in person. As you can see, it inspired me to FINALLY create one myself. Sometimes it is just “the push” needed to give it a try yourself.

Second, that “mop head” (or would it be “duster head”?) chick peeking in from the sides with such curiosity. Loved it, and don’t know if I would ever have come up with the idea on my own.

Third, the combination of coloring techniques: our new Watercolor Pencils and Stampin’ Write Markers for the coloring. The watercolor pencils give the bodies a gentle shading, while the markers provide the “mops” the intensity of color that they deserved.

I definitely had fun creating the card. I am looking forward to showing my class attendees how to make the card in Saturday’s “Spring is Here!” class. The other cards featured in the class will be Spring, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation themed. All will use a combination of products from Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. It is an opportunity to come try out new products while learning some new techniques, and enjoying the fun and fellowship with others!

It is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

It is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

It has been way too long since I have posted and shared projects, sales and new products with you, so I decided it is “Sharing the Swap” Time!

I am sure that by now you are aware the Occasions catalog is in full swing, as is Stampin’ Up’s annual Sale-A-Bration promotion (You will find more information on both below the photo). We held a unit swap last month. The theme was to feature new products from the Occasion catalog or the Sale-A-Bration. These are most of the resulting cards, in no special order.

It's Swap time

Two of us offered to make two submissions so everyone would have more projects to inspire them. I am saving my second project for tomorrow’s post in order to give you more detailed photos and information. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure and 2nd release Flyer.

The Occasions catalog is one of Stampin’ Up!’s seasonal catalog. It covers holidays and occasions which take place the first part of the year – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter – as well as spring and summer. The Occasions catalog features several bundles – stamp sets with matching Framelits or punches. They are very popular these days because they make it even easier to create cards and 3D projects. Some of them were used in the cards shown above. Be sure to check them out. The Occasions catalog is valid through May 31, 2017.

Sale-A-Bration is an annual promotion from Stampin’ Up! It is held every year at this time. All the products shown in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and 2nd Release Flyer are available for FREE with any $50(*) purchase! The brochure and 2nd release flyer are both valid through the end of this month.

You can find the Occasions Catalog, Sale-A-Bration brochure and Sale-A-Bration 2nd release here!

Come back tomorrow to see my second contribution. It features one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.

Halloween Break!

It’s a Halloween Break!

It’s already past midnight on Halloween night here on Guam, but for many of you your Halloween day is just starting so I still consider myself on time with today’s Halloween Break!

I had a customer order for some Halloween Favors. I had been wanting to make some of the Haunted House version of Stampin’ Up!’s Home Sweet Home, so that is exactly what I made. Twenty four of them: 12 in Basic Gray and 12 in Smoky Slate!

Halloween Break homesweethome_customorder02

I used the Home Sweet Home Bundle from the Holiday catalog. It includes the Sweet Home Stamp set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies. Buying them together saves you 10%!

I wanted an easier way for people to access the candy, so I adapted the roof. To make my adaptation you will need to (once the main two pieces of the house are assembled):

  •  Glue the roof flap on the right side (the side with the ghost) closed, but leave the other flap unglued.
  • Cut a 3″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock and scored it down the middle (at 1-1/2″).
  • Glue the right side of the roof too the right side roof flap with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. (I find it holds the best in our climate.).
  • Fill the house with treats and then close the left side roof flap.
  • Add a Glue Dot to the top left edge, then attach the left half of the roof piece… and you are done.

It’s a Haunted House that they can open without destroying the house in the process! YAY!

Here is a bonus share: a Haunted House card I made a for a recent card swap with some of my stamping friends.

halloween break 2016cardswap_maria

Click here to see the rest of the Halloween cards from the card swap!

3D Fall Christmas Trees Projects!

3D Fall Christmas Trees Projects!

I continue my Fall Christmas Trees collection with a couple of 3D Fall Christmas Trees projects that are easy to find the time to create during the busy holiday season. Both use the Stitched with Cheer and Paisleys & Posies stamp sets, and the same fall colors as my previous Fall Christmas Trees project.

3D fall christmas trees_postit

Everyone can use a Post-It Holder for those quick lists or notes to one’s self! They are another quick & easy project, making them another nice gift to have on hand year round! The scallop circle focal point was created using the Layering Circles Framelits. I started by stamping the “THANKFUL” portion of the saying (from Paisleys & Posies) on the lower center portion of the Very Vanilla cardstock circle using Early Espresso ink. I stamped the tree outline image (from Stitched with Cheer) on Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon cardstockalso in Early Espresso ink. Then I cut them out by hand (after all they are just straight lines!) and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to glue them to the Very Vanilla circle. (Tip: Glue the middle tree in place first, using a ruler to help you space the trees and to glue them in a straight line.) The ribbon is one of three in the 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack and the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (3″ x 6-3/4″) are both from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog.

Who doesn’t like chocolate!?! Especially this time of year when you can find lots of special flavors for the holiday season! Somemores, Candy Corn and Peanut Butter! I love the image the “May your SEASON be cozy” (from Stitched with Cheer) conjures up…. sitting in front of the fireplace drinking hot chocolate and eating M&Ms.

Don’t like chocolate? Fill the bags with baked goods, coffee beans, candles, specialty shaped soaps or whatever else your heart desires.

3D Fall christmas trees treatbag

Additional supplies you will need to create the 3D Fall Christmas Trees projects shown today are:

Fall Christmas Trees!

Fall Christmas Trees!

I shared the Stitched with Cheer Project kit and stamp set in yesterday’s post, with the promise of sharing alternate uses for the stamp set that were NOT Christmas. I am doing just that today with the beginning of my Fall Christmas Trees collection! I have mentioned before how much I miss all the lovely colors of fall now that I am living in the tropics. My Fall Christmas Trees collection gave me the opportunity to play with those colors while reminiscing about those days.

I begin my Fall Christmas Trees collection with a special “thank you” card. It’s perfect to have on hand when you need something for that person who goes out of their way to help you or was there to support you in your time of need.

Fall Christmas Trees

Today’s quick & easy card uses the Stitched with Cheer and Paisleys & Posies (*see note) stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog. I love how well they work together! (Tip: I found it easiest to line up and properly space the trees by stamping the outline first and then the inside image, but try both ways to see which works best for you.)

*Note: Paisleys & Posies is available as a bundle! You can purchase the stamp set and the coordinating Paisley Framelits Dies together for a savings of 10%!

Would you like to see more non-Christmas projects that use the Stitched with Cheer stamp set? Then be sure to check me out on Facebook: Stamping with Mia… and be sure to come back tomorrow.

Additional products needed for today’s project:

Christmas Crafting Time!

Christmas Crafting Time!

It’s Christmas crafting time! It has actually been Christmas Crafting Time for a couple months already, but I have been so busy creating projects for custom orders and classes that I completely forgot to share some ideas and information with you, my reader. I’m back now… and plan to post more regularly from now on.

Have you seen Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalog? If not, then you are missing out on a lot of wonderful papers, stamp sets, embellishments, etc! There are several products available as bundles, for a savings of 10%. More on those over the weekend.

Today I am featuring the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit. It was, and is, my first “must have” from the Holiday catalog!

Christmas Crafting Time - Stitched with Cheer

The kit contains the card bases, envelopes, envelope liners, card front backers, kraft circles and banners, gold baker’s twine, gold and white bakers’s twine, metallic gold thread, gold adhesive backed enamel dots, burlap ribbon, printed die-cut images, red and white adhesive pearls, gold foil doilies, two needles and one needle threader so you can create 18 cards; 6 each of 3 different designs (all shown in the photo above). You will also need the following products in order to complete the cards:


The Stitched with Cheer Project Kit and stamp set are intended for Christmas, but there are lots of other ways to use the stamp set that are NOT Christmas. Be watching my future posts for some of those ideas.


My Stitched with Cheer Tutorial featuring five additional projects you can create using the Stitched with Cheer stamp set once you have completed the cards in the kit.

Meanwhile, Happy stamping!

12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown!

12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown Launching Soon!

Christmas Craft Countdown

Time is running out for you to sign up for my first annual 12 Weeks of Christmas Craft Countdown! I will be launching my first annual 12 Weeks of Christmas email campaign at 1:00pm today, Guam time. That is only 1-1/2 hours from now!

Every week you are going to receive, via email, a holiday project plan from start to finish. From weeks 1-5 you are going to receive a different card project every week; weeks 6-9 you will receive a different gift project; and weeks 10-12 you will receive a bag, tag or wrapping project.By the end of the 12 weeks you will have an amazing collection of holiday projects you can complete.

Here’s the thing, to receive these emails you must sign up for my mailing list BEFORE 1:00pm today, Guam time! To do that, simply go to the sign form in the upper right corner of your screen and follow the directions.

If you have any problems signing up then please contact me at: