Friday, November 30, 2012

Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger Frame by Frame

Hello Friends -
I hope you have had a great week!  It has been a busy one here!

I liked the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Frame by Frame.  Funny thing.  I painted this frame for their mint green challenge several weeks ago.  But I got busy and missed making a card in time to enter.  So this frame has been sitting on my desk needing to be used.  {Back story - I did not have mint green paint so I made it by mixing a bright green and sky blue acrylic.  And surprisingly it turned out a perfect color!  And then I didn't make the card.  Probably spent too much time admiring the color!  LOL!}

Well, anyways . . . here is what I made.  I knew it could have a lot of dimension since it was going in a bubble envelope.  It is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.  Have a Happy Day!  Mary -

Bird Stamp - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock and Pattern Paper - Bazzill
Die - Sizzix (I cut it apart to have the leaves on the right side)
Corrugated Frame - Jillibean Soup (available in my online store - Iron Gate Stamps)
Ink - Staz-On {Timber Brown}
My Stash - Watercolor Paper and Crayons, Aqua Painter Brush, Buttons, Twine, Punches

Here is the inspiration:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Good Morning Sunshine -

Hello Friends -
It is a bright and chilly morning in Chicago!  If you do not have sunshine, I am sending you some . . .
Hope you have a Happy Day!
Mary -

This is a 4.25" x 4.25" card.  Sometimes I like a smaller card to feature what I watercolor.
Farm Scene and Sentiment - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill
My Stash - Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Crayons, Aqua Painter Brush
Ink - Staz-On {Timber Brown}

Starting Tuesday (11/27/12) . . . I have been adding new products to my on-line store.
See what is there today . . . Shop Iron Gate Stamps  or 
I will be adding new products all week!  Thank you!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Winner Day - Harvesting Memories Blog Candy!

Hello Friends -
Whoohooo!  It is Winner Day!

Thank you to all of my new followers and friends that shared their comments during the Harvesting Memories Blog Hop this weekend!

Sentiment - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Paper, Soup Labels, Pea Pod Parts, Banner Bites - Jillibean Soup
My Stash - Buttons, Twine
Ink - Staz-On {Timber Brown}

My Random Number Generator Jack picked . . . four!

Your LO was great - I hope you had fun creating this treasure! Just became a follower - TFS!
Pam, thank you so much for your kind words.  Please contact me with your contact information -
Happy Day to you!
Mary -

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Harvesting Memories Blog Hop -

Hello Friend!
Thank you for stopping by my blog for the Harvesting Memories Blog Hop!

Below is a list of the bloggers participating in the Hop.  I am your 12th hop, if you came from Elecia - you are on the right track!

Lisa ~

Ashley -


Misty -

Pam -



Melanie ~

Melissa ~

Beth ~

Elecia -

Mary -

Mandie -

Now on to the fun stuff!

When I signed up for this blog hop I definitely was leaving my comfort zone.  Acckkk!!  A scrapbook page.  I knew I had photos from apple picking with my children and nephew.  But I have this real commitment issue with photos stuck onto paper.  Too many decisions.  Too many choices.  What is the right size?  So I started small 6" x 6"- less space is good for me.  And after doing one page, I have a goal to finish the whole (yes, 6 pages - but 12 sides!) book.  I know it is fairly primitive, with layers of paper and one photo.  But this is a major step for me.  Thank you for the encouragement - I can hear it out there.

Pumpkin Stamp and Plank Background Stamp - Iron Gate Stamps (my stamp company)
Cardstock - Bazzill 
Designer Paper - Jillibean Soup
Die Cuts - Jillibean Soup
Bling - KaiserCraft
Ink - Staz-On
Chipboard Album - Apple Pie Memories

Please leave a comment and become a follower to be entered for
my blog candy prize:

Plank Background Stamp - Iron Gate Stamps
6" x 6" Country Pumpkin Chowder Paper Pad - Jillibean Soup

Happy Day to you! Thank you again for stopping by. I am really excited to be a part of this Hop - Thank you Lisa ! Your next stop is - Mandie -

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fantasy in Fall Trigger Tuesday Challenge

Hello Friends -
I hope you had a great weekend!  Ours was busy . . . but when are they not?

I took a few minutes this afternoon to play with some paper for the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.

Happy Day to you!
Mary -

Sentiment Stamp - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Pebbles
Die Cut - Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Punch - EK Success

Inspiration:  Moxie Fab World

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mojo Monday #267 Challenge - Fall Y'All

Hello Friends -
Where did this week go?!  I hope you have had time to make something fun this week!

I need to get back with my mojo . . . Mojo Monday that is!  Here is what I made for this week's challenge.  And I am entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Journaling Cards Challenge.

Happy Day to you!
Mary -

Rooster from Weathervane Stamp Set - Iron Gate Stamps
Plank Background Stamp - Iron Gate Stamps
Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Jillibean Soup
Journaling Cards - Jillibean Soup
My Stash - Chipboard Oval, Buttons, Twine
Punch - EK Success
Ink - Staz-On
Here is the Mojo Monday Challenge so, you can play too!
Here is the Moxie Fab World Challenge so, you can play too!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Feeling Blue . . .

Hello Friends -
I hope you are having a great day!  I am!  Found some great sales in the stores (doing a bit of Christmas shopping).

No, I am not sad.  I just decided to use blues today.  I do not know why but I usually am more of an earthy browns and greens kind of girl.  So trying something different!

I used stamps from my new stamp line Iron Gate Stamps the Weathervane Stamp Set.  The tickets are cut from a piece of the Authentique paper.

Happy Day to you!
Mary -

Cardstock - Bazzill
Designer Paper - Authentique
Ink - Ranger
My Stash - Button, Twine, Canvas

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A New Stamp Company

Hello Friends -
Today is the day!  I have talked for years of wanting to create a stamp line and sell it online.

Welcome to Iron Gate Stamps!

I hope you enjoy what we have created for you!  There will be a new clear stamp set and coordinating background released the first week of the month.  And as we get going look for a changing variety of paper, embellishments and kits.  And if there is something you are wishing for - send me an e-mail at  We have pages of ideas and stamp sets that we are working on.

For our Grand Opening there are two stamp sets and two backgrounds - just for fun!  You can view the full release for November here:  Iron Gate Stamps

You can find many more samples over the next few weeks on my blog.

And my great friend Tammy {The Purple Muse} has been posting samples on her blog - over the last week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a Happy Day -
Mary -