beauty lies within

expressing self by creating

It’s been 6 months…. August 26, 2010

since I have visited my own blog.  I haven’t stamped AT ALL!    To be honest, with not stamping, I was afraid to start up again.  Would my work be the same?  Do I remember my blog login info?  Do I have enough new Stampin’ Up! items to complete a project?  Do I know all of the new colors?  I even forgot how to use Photoshop. 

When I think of the SU! color Crumb Cake and Vintage-style, I instantly think of my dear friend Kimberly Van Diepen.  I wanted to create  some projects for her.    These are way overdue….I wanted some projects to be waiting for her at her new home.

I am extremely pleased with the turnout.  Like I said, I was afraid to stamp.  It does help when the creative ideas in my head can be executed.  







You open up the top and place a small gift inside.  Below is a birds eye view looking directly down on top of the gift box.



I hope you enjoyed looking at these projects.  Hopefully, I won’t be gone for another 6 months.  Thanks for stopping by.


STAMPS:  Artistic Etchings, Tiny Tags, and Bella Toile Background.

PAPERS:  Newsprint Designer Series Paper; Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and White Vellum.

INKS:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Stazon Jet Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso.

ACCESSORIES:  Mini Vintage Tags, Mini Library Clips, Simply Adorned Charm 1″ x 1-1/4″, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Stamping Sponges, Color Spritzer Tool, Aqua Painter, Chunky Essentials Stampin’ Glitter, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Curly Label Extra Large Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1/2″ Circle Punches, Big Shot Die-Cutting System, Square Lattice textured impressions embossing folder, Sewing Machine.


42 Responses to “It’s been 6 months….”

  1. Jo Eades Says:

    Welcome back Mary Jo, I’ve missed seeing your beautiful creations and I KNOW that Kimberley is just going to LOVE these beautiful gifts.

    • Your return to blogging and stamping is a triumphant one! Honestly, these are 3 masterpieces that I couldn’t even dream of coming up with. I hope the 6 month break was not the result of something bad happening, I totally understand how one would need to step back though…so welcome back!!

  2. Sara Langland Says:

    Welcome back–I was worrying about you! Beautiful, creative stuff–as always!

  3. absolutely stunning and the box template can be found online

    you will never lose your mojo and I am glad you are back online, I have missed your projects!!

  4. Mary Jo so glad to see you back I was worried that not being able to appy for the artisan award had ruined your Mojo but by your work here I can tell you started right where you left off! Looking forward to seeing the SU artisan award crown returned to you!

  5. Dawn Gross Says:

    Welcome back Mary Jo! Obviously you haven’t lost your touch!


  6. I LOVE these projects! There are so many beautiful elements to each of them. There are so many details on the card! And it makes for a very cohesive design. Great job and thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Laura Isham Says:

    So glad to see some projects from you. You have been missed! Your talent is boundless and I selfishly want to see more!

  8. Denise Says:

    Thanks for sharing. We miss you. Your projects are awesome.

  9. Brenda Blum Says:

    Mary Jo…It’s great to have you back again. You have been missed. Trust everything is fine. Your projects are awesome – as usual!! The box is stunning and so unique. The details on the card are beautiful. When you have talent, it doesn’t really go away…sometimes all that’s needed is a bit of a break!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  10. Cindy Major Says:

    First of all, welcome back! You have been missed big time!!! I thought you had been busy stamping super secret projects for publications or contests, maybe, but I see you have been on a break. Well, you haven’t lost your magic touch one bit, my dear!
    Kimberley is a lucky, lucky girl… I can totally see her style in what you’ve created, and I think she’s going to hit the roof when she sees her gift. That is one magnificient set you have created there. Je suis particulièrement en amour avec la boîte! (I’m especially in love with the box!)
    Hope to see more projects in the near future!

  11. Carolyn Says:

    Wonderful MJ…. you haven’t lost a thing. Hugs!

  12. Lori Craig Says:

    Absolutely beautiful… I hope you’re not gone another 6 months either. I’ve missed you! 🙂 Hugs, MJ!

  13. jenn Says:

    Beautiful, MJ. Just beautiful. (((hugs))))

  14. Tandra Boyer Says:

    Oh MJ I am so excited to see you are back!!

    What a stunning group of projects!
    Thankyou so much for sharing!

  15. Rebecca Says:

    My Time, My Creations sells this template.

  16. Rose Kerry Says:

    I am so happy you are back creating such beautiful work and sharing it with us girls. Your pieces are stunning, thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  17. Everything is just gorgeous! It sure doesn’t look like you’ve been away from stamping for 6 months.

  18. Tracey Says:

    Your projects are awesome!!! Nice to have you back:)

  19. R. Selecman Says:

    You definitely still have it. Glad you are back to share your wonderful creations with us.

  20. So glad you’re back. As always, your projects are amazing. I smiled when I read “Please don’t ask for instructions or a template.” Because I know that’s probably the first thing everyone asks for. Then when I saw your box I was a little sad because *I* would have asked for one! It’s absolutely stunning. Beautiful work.

    Oh, and I haven’t posted anything creative or of substance on my blog since April, so I’m right there with you!

  21. Sarah Sagert Says:

    What beautiful creations Mary Jo! You truly are a rare talent!! I am so glad you shared these with us. Please post again soon.

  22. mary grace Says:

    mj, you have been missed…glad you are back it appears your stamping has not missed a beat

  23. Jayne Mercer Says:

    What a gorgeous display of work to return to blogging with. It’s good to have you back.


  24. Diana Gibbs Says:

    These are all amazing MJ, it sure is nice having you back.

    Looks like your mojo was right where you left it…beautiful work as usual.

    Big hugs,

  25. It’s so good to have you back:) Your projects are absolutely gorgeous – as always. You’ve still got it girl! Thanks for the burst of inspiration.


  26. Sarah Naber Says:

    Hi Mary Jo! Glad to have you sharing your talents with us again!!! Didn’t see you at Convention so I missed you! Hope everything is going well in your world! Beautiful projects as always – going to have to copy your Simply Adorned pieces and figure out how to make a box like that! Fabulous!!! 🙂

    • Kathie Haley Says:

      I have missed you and am so glad to find you are back! Your work has always been a HUGE inspiration to me. Best wishes — you definitely still have what it takes to create gorgeous projects.


  27. Jill k Says:

    amazing amazing amazing. i was so excited to see you had a post today. i have really missed seeing your work. you’re so amazing and always inspire me. KEEP STAMPING!!! ☺

  28. Donna Foster Says:

    Apparently you remembered your password. That’s what I keep forgetting. Your work is elegant and gorgeous. I’m glad you’re stamping again.

  29. kathleenh Says:

    You definitely haven’t lost your touch Mary Jo! These projects are gorgeous! I kept checking your blog during the past 6 months hoping you would post. It made me so happy to see this new post on your blog. I’m hoping this means you are back to stamping and blogging. You have such a wonderful talent!

  30. Serenity_Stamper aka Lela Says:

    I am SO glad you are back. I’ve been checking in periodically with high hopes. I love your creations. I hope you are ok.

    Blessings, Lela aka Serenity_Stamper

  31. Jen Timko Says:

    You have been missed but projects like this are worth the wait. I am even happier just to know that you are stamping. I suspect you needed a well-deserved break and thanks for sharing your first projects with us.

  32. Sarah Wills Says:


    And you projects are just GORGEOUS…you inspire me sooo much and I really hope you get back into your groove…you have so much talent 🙂

  33. Corinna Says:

    Oh so pleased to have you return to blogland – You’ve been missed.

    Your mojo certainly isn’t lost – it’s gone into overdrive! Absolutely stunning projects! Kimberley will love them!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share.

  34. Barb Says:

    WOW! I don’t think you need to worry about lost mojo :). Welcome back!

  35. Cindy Beach Says:

    Mary Jo,
    These projects are gorgeous and stunning! So glad you are back to stamping, may it bring you much joy as it does to us when you share.

  36. Nancy Amato Says:

    Welcome Back, Mary Jo! I have missed seeing your wonderful creations, but it looks like you have not missed a beat! I, too, love the new Crumb Cake ink. Yummy! PLEASE keep stamping and sharing with us. We love seeing your projects. You inspire us!

  37. These are great samples of stampin up artwork. I love what you do. See you in July for convention. Sherrill Graff Late Night Stamper

  38. just stopped by to look at this site. It seems to be really
    interesting and I had a good time browsing it, thanks for the helpful stuff!

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