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Marilyn's Crafting Playground in Tewksbury.

Open Stamps
Every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snow storm Blog Hop - Boston MA

So I was on an online chat group this morning talking to Stampin' UP! Demos around the country.  My discussion started with Sandy Moriarty who lives in Slanesville, West Virginia.  Sandy was in the middle of the snow storm that is traveling across the middle of the country toward the coast.  Then Carol Smith joined the discussion from Schellsburg, PA which is not too far from West Virginia.  It was also snowing very heavy there.  They estimated that they had about 8 inches at about 10:30 in the morning.

Amanda Frankel joined in the conversation from Burr Ridge, IL.  They have quite a bit of snow as the Chicago area usually does.  I think they got their snow Tuesday.  Liz Hamman joined in and it was also snowing there in Winchester, VA (northern VA not too far from West VA).

Last but not least is Robbie Rubala who lived in Maryland.  It was just raining there in the morming when we were talking.

So we were discussing the storm and its travels across the mid-west to the east coast.   We thought that it would be really fun to do a blog hop of the snow storm and how much each area has received.

So today, Wednesday, it has been raining and sleeting on and off all day.  The temperature has been hovering around 34.  The snow is supposed to start around 7am Thursday morning and the prediction is that we will have 4" to 8".   I live 25 miles north of Boston, MA in Tewksbury, MA.,  just south of Nashua, NH.  So we are usually on the higher side of the estimates as we are not near the water.  They are predicting that it will start snowing at 7am and snow through the day Friday.

Stay tuned to see how the storm falls!!  I will post pictures first thing tomorrow morning and throughout the day Thursday and Friday morning.  So it will most likely have stopped snowing for my friends in West VA, VA and PA.

If you are on the blog hop, you should be coming here from Liz Hamman's blog from Winchester, Virginia.  The next stop on the blog is Sandy Moriarty's blog from West Virginia.

Thursday - I will update pics during the day
8:30 Thursday
Good Morning!!  It is 8:30 here and the snow hasn't really started yet.  It is just spitting a little.  Last night at 10:30 it was also snowing lightly as it is this morning.  I think it is too warm for the snow to stick.  So I took some before pics this morning....

 I live in an old farmhouse so this is looking from the deck off the back of house next to our barn into our back yard...  You can see the remnants of the last storm from 3 weeks ago.  The drift along the side of our barn was over 2 feet high.  The last storm was a foot of light snow and very strong winds.  So there was a lot of drifting.

THis is a picture of our driveway and my car with just a light dusting.  The snow along the side of our driveway is what is left from the last storm.

So the news is saying that the storm "has a strong hold" on the south side of Boston and is traveling our way!

I will add more pics throughout the day!

3:30pm Thursday
Well it has been snowing all day but not sticking.  I think the temp has just dropped as now it is starting to stick.

Friday morning

Well - it has now been snowing all night and this is what it looked like at 8am this morning.  We are in the heart of the storm now...

 The first two pics are from 8am.  We had 7 inches of snow and it is snowing about an inch an hour.  

So we are supposed to have new kitchen appliances delivered 
today.  So I cleaned a path off on the back deck since that goes directly into the kitchen and is the widest door.  
This is 45  min. later..  It is definitely snowing an inch an hour at this point.
This is what our driveway looks like less than an hour after we have cleaned it out. 

A great day to clean out the craft room and work on the new blog format!!

5:00pm Friday

So the snow stopped around 4pm.  So this is what it looked like cleaning up the second time on Friday...  

The it was 46 here on Saturday so it is all melting now...  But there is still a lot!

Previous Blog    Liz Hamman - Winchester Virginia

Next Blog   Sandy Moriarty's blog - Slanesville, West Virginia

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy March - 3 Weeks left of Sale-a-bration!

Wow - only 3 more weeks left to Sale-a-bration, the biggest crafting sale of the year at Stampin' up!  There are so many ways to ear FREE product during Sale-a-bration.   Interested in going to the Cape for a Girl's weekend??  See how below!

Check out the details here:

Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!
Customers may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50* they spend. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalog stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone! 
View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.
*Excluding tax and shipping

Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host 
a Stampin' Up! party!
  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!*  
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!* 
Hostess Bundle Details:
The Hostess Bundle includes

  • Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack

Join my group before March 22nd and join us for our bi-annual 
Girl's weekend to Cape Cod from April 19th to April 21st!!

Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!
Bonus products for your new recruits, rewards for you! Get a new recruit bundle when you recruit one new demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration!
The new recruit bundle includes the following products from the 2013-2014 annual catalog:
  • Happy Day Stamp Set
  • Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
  • Hardware Clips Essentials
Demo Starter Kit - what's in it? Whatever you want!
  • The kit is - $125 ** $156.50 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice, for only $99 (that's $26$57.50 FREE!) plus FREE SHIPPING on the demo kit.
  • 20% OFF future purchases (bonus 10% off your first order)
  • Join my New England StampINKers group and join us for our bi-annual retreat to the Cape on April 20 & 21st.  
  • You CAN join just for this great deal and the discount, no "parties" necessary.

Give me a call today with any questions or to book your Sale-a-bration Party...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy March!!

Where to start? There are several new things for the month of March from Stampin' Up!

The First big announcement is the introduction of polymer stamps.  You can watch a quick video with information about polymer stamps here.

And the special for March and April is Sent with Love Bundle

From now until April 30th you can puchase the exclusive Sent with Love Stamp Set  with Love Designer Series Paper.  This product suite offers an array of travel-themed projects.  

And finally, the newest Best Of Stamp set for March is a flower theme!

I am so glad to see my favorite hydrangea from a few years ago in this set!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Technostamper Challenge

So I am going to start making Mary Jo's challenges at
This week I used the Everybunny stamp set and the Floral Frame Framelits.  The cardstock is so saffron, old olive and the Sunshine & Sprakles designer paper on a crumb cake base.

I stamped the bunny on whisper white card stock with Staz-on.  Then I used the watercolor crayons with an aqua painter to color in the bunny.  the Crayons are my favorite way to color in outline stamps!
I tinted a couple of rhinestone pearls with a pink sharpie and added those to the edge of the sentiment to catch the eye.
I cut the bunny and layers out using the Floral Frame Framelits.  To outline the bunny, I cut a flower the same size as the bunny out of old olive.  I cut the flower in half down the middle and layered it under the flower with the bunny to give it a little pop!

Everybunny is definitely my favorite Easter set!!

Have a great day!

Stampin' Basics Videos now available!

Good Morning!

Are you ready to learn innovative new ways to get the most out of your supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) using clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success?  Then it is time to sign up for Stampin' Up!'s just released On-Line Class! Divided into six sections, focused on a variety of topics, this class includes videos, step outs, and supply lists for 30+ projects. 

You can check out the class here.

YOU DO NOT NEED MY DIGITAL STUDIO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CLASS!  After purchasing and downloading the class, open "Stampin' Class--The Basics" folder and there will be 6 individual "sessions" folders inside.  Click on each and enjoy!
PC InstructionsThe files will be downloaded as archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (be sure to note where you save them). Follow the prompts on the extraction program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click on the file and open.

Mac Instructions
When you click on the download link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your hard drive. The files can then be opened.

I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Until next time...

Item number 133385 on my website or order here.

Have a great day!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Join my team during Sale-a-bration

All I can say is WOW!!  I can't believe the special for joining Stampin' UP! during Sale-a-bration this year!!

Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!

and Bonus products for your new recruits.   During Sale-a-bration the new recruit bundle includes the following products from the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog (to be released in June) - you can see these items here.
  • Happy Day Stamp Set
  • Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
  • Hardware Clips Essentials
In addition you still receive the same items that you normally receive in the starter kit  including:

Even better, Stampin' Up!'s New Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get
  • Your choice of up to $125  in new product worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
  • A business supply pack valued at $65!.
  • Plus, during Sale-A-Bration, when you join Stampin' Up! you'll get 25% more products for FREE in your Starter Kit—that's 25% more for 25 years of making a difference in our demonstrators' lives!That's a total value of $215  during Sale-a-bration!!

You can watch a short video here about becoming a Stampin' up! Demonstrator.   Click 
JOIN NOW to fill out your online form now!!

Give me a call or send me a message with any questions!!  Just 22 more days to take advantage of this special!!

Easter Cards

Good Morning,

I hope that everyone is enjoying their vacation week.  I have pre-scheduled this post and am actually in Cozumel today!  I hope I am enjoying the sun!  LOL

This is an upcoming card set that I have designed using the Everybunny stamp set from the big catalog and the new spring designer paper from the spring mini catalog.

I love this set.  Stay tuned for more information!

I will be offering a watercolor class in conjunction with this set to show the different ways to watercolor!

I am offering the directions for these cards for $2.  The directions have the list of supplies and all the cutting and assembly instructions for these 5 cards.

2.00 USD

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thinking of You Card

I just love this simple but elegant Thinking of You card that one of my friends Kathi MacFadden made on Wednesday.

 I love melon mambo and pool party together!  To me it just says spring or refreshing.

Kathi stamped the Just Thinking stamp in Melon Mambo on whisper white twice.  She cut out the middle circle to raiser up the Thinking of you and give the card some dimension.  She added a large rhinestone to the center of the image for just a little bling!!  She cut the Thinking of YOu out using the Window Frames Framelits.

The designer paper is the Pool Party designer paper from the in-color stack. This is mounted on Whisper White and a Melon Mambo card base.  She added a piece of melon mambo ribbon for another splash of pink.

I love this card!!  Well done Kathi!

Monday, February 4, 2013

More Amore Cards - Technostamper challenge

Good Morning!  I am sharing another Valentine today.  This is one that I designed for Mary Jo's Sketch Challenge at

I have missed doing Mary Jo's weekly challenges, so I am going to get back into doing her challenges again.  Sketch challenges are my favorite type of challenge.

Here is Mary Jo's sketch for this week.
I used my favorite shade of blue - Baja Breeze with very vanilla.  I used a piece of the More Amore designer paper and the hearts embosslit to cut and emboss small hearts.  I used my favorite embellishment, the pearl rhinestones.

Don't forget to check out what my other Stampin' Friends have made with Mary Jo's sketch.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentine's Ideas

The past couple of days, I have been in a Valentine's frame of mind...  It is just a little under two weeks away!

What are you doing for your special Valentine?

I have designed a couple of Valentine's cards which I will showcase over the next couple of days.

Also, Friday night is my Bring Your own project night and I will have these Valentine's ready to go as well as the Valentine's made with the Artisan Embellishment kit.

I just love this romantic card made with the doily and laser cut heart from the More Amore designer paper collection.

  I embossed a piece of vanilla card stock added 3 pieces of More Amore designer paper to fill in the center of the card. 

 I added a paper doily and then cut  two heart using the Hearts a Flutter framelit.  I then embossed the two hearts and added a heart cut from the red shimmer paper.

To finish off the card I addd a couple of hearts cut from the More Amore designer paper to the inside of the card.