So this happened…

You may be wondering where I’ve been…

This happened at the end of April.

I broke my wrist or the radial bone; tripped over a pair of my shoes at night on the way to the restroom. Went down hard on my hand.

I ALWAYS put my shoes away except that night so I was totally not expecting them to be there. Lucky for me- no surgery, no hard cast, & it’s my non-dominant hand. For the first two weeks it was quite swollen & bruised & I wasn’t doing much.

I’ve just finished my templates/samples for my May 27 & 29 card classes. I’ll share those later.

Hope to be back blogging soon! Hugs & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Pretty Abstract Beauty

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I have a pretty card for you using the Abstract Beauty DSP & the Hello Beautiful stamps & dies from our January-June mini catalog. Even though our new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog is launching in May, we still have our mini catalog until the month of June. Whoot!!

This is such a fun stamp & die set- geometric & a few little wonky shapes. And guess what? Yes- the stamp & die set are in the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. BUT you won’t see the bundled price carry over. To get it now, use this link: Hello Beautiful. And you won’t see this Abstract Beauty DSP again. But, ME always the optimist you can get the DSP now. Click on my store or use this link to order. I’ve added the products to the bottom for your convenience.

Here is the sketch I created. The picture is a little deceiving but the large Night of Navy hexagon’s center was cut so that the center is open & the DSP peeking thru. (Alternatively you could cut a smaller hexagon with the DSP & adhere above a solid Night of Navy hexagon but I was being stingy with the DSP. I think the floral DSP & the geometric shapes are so on trend…just like Stampin’ Up. Love these colors too.

Hello Beautiful sketch- MJ #001

I stamped the solid wonky oval in Polished Pink onto the Basic White wonky oval diecut. The sentiment is from the set & stamped in Black Momento. To add a little sparkle, I added the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels in Polished Pink. These jewels are also retiring & on sale (20% off) & they are still available as of Tuesday evening. So gorgeous!

Below are two close up shots.

That’s it for me today! I’ve been busy with creating for my card classes. I am enjoying thinking about my stamping friends & what they would like to create. Fun folds & techniques are always favorites as well as new products.

Stay well & have a great week!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Beautiful
  • Paper: Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry, Basic WHite
  • DSP: Abstract Beauty
  • Ink: Polished Pink, Black
  • Accessories: In Color Jewels
  • Tools: Beautiful Shapes Dies
HELLO BEAUTIFUL #158047
ABSTRACT BEAUTY 4X6 Specialty Designer Series Paper
2021-2023 In Color Jewels #155571

InKing Royalty Blog Hop- Oceans & Seas

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start planning our trips to the beach, the lake or the in-town aquarium. Today we’re sharing projects inspired by the ocean and sea – we are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I have a double treat for you today! First, as previously mentioned the InKing Royalty’s blog hop theme- Oceans & Seas. The second treat is that I used our new Stampin’ Up In Colors & two more new things.

You probably know that every year Stampin’ Up releases five (5) on trend colors which we get to use for two years. I am just over the moon about these colors; after all, there are two blue shades, Starry Sky and Tahitian Tide. There’s a bright green called Parakeet Party. Sweet Sorbet is a pretty red & Orchid Oasis is a rich purple.

Seas the Day stamps and dies (bundle #157858) which are in the Jan- June mini catalog (page). I love that the die cuts have a large background die that cuts a panel. I diecut a 4 x 5.25 piece of Tahitian Tide. (HINT: Save those little “popped out” bubbles (circles) for later use).

The Tahitian Tide panel was mounted on a piece of In-Color glimmer paper in Starry Sky. I know it looks a little purple-y. That’s because Starry Sky has a purple undertone & the paper is ombre’. I put the lighter at the top of the card to simulate the sea with the light closer to the surface. You can’t see much of the dark at the bottom. But you’ll get a good look at Starry Sky with the inside” pics.

Did you know that our glimmer paper does not lose it’s sparkle? Remember the days when we wore sparkle from our paper as part of our outfits? No more- with Stampin’ Up’s glimmer paper your hands and clothes are glitter free. Gotta love that!

I also die cut sections of the background die for the plants (Parakeet Party) and for the coral (Sweet Sorbet). Then I adhered the plant and coral “paper pieces” on top of the Tahitian Tide. The fun octopus is a tone-on-tone with Orchid Oasis paper and ink. His eyes are Classic Matte Dots in black.

Public Service announcement: An octopus can change colors according to the environment; its eyes are low & on the side of his head. If you look at a picture of a live octopus his eyes are actually on the “neck”- the narrow band between his head and tentacles. But human-drawn octopus place the eyes higher like I did. Apparently, we humans find that high eyes make for a “cuter” octopus. Source: the internet & there is only the truth on the web, right? LOL

The sentiment from this set is inked with Orchid Oasis & stamped on Parakeet Party card stock & then die cut with the NEW Stitched Shapes dies. Seriously consider these- there are 15 total (6 circles, 5 squares, 4 banners). I already know this will probably be used over and over. I love the look of a stitched sentiment or stitched panel. Polished Dots (#158134) from the mini catalog were added to the corners.

I added those saved punched out circles on top of the glimmer paper with a fine tip glue pin (#138309). YAY!! It’s BACK! I am thrilled that we have this adhesive again. But it’s not for everyone… the tip is so narrow that it can clog easy when the pinned lid is not immediately replaced. If you can commit to capping right away, you will probably love it. If that’s not you, it might frustrate you. I’ve had mine for three years. When you need precision glue-ing, this is your pal. Just look at those two tiny circles in Starry Sky.

Here are a few pictures of the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment & plant in Parakeet Party on white with a narrow piece of glimmer paper. The sentiment is from Nuts about Squirrels which carried over from the 2021 June-December mini.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Seas the Day, Nut about Squirrels
  • Ink: Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party
  • Paper: 2022-2023 In-Colors: Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, Basic White
  • Glimmer Paper- 6X6 2022-2023 In Color (#159246)
  • Dies: Seas the Day; 2022-2023 Annual Catalog- Stylist Shapes (#159183)
  • Accessories: Classic Matte Dots (#158146), Polished Dots (#158134)
  • Technique: Paper piecing

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spot
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Ladybug inspiration from Card Class

Hi friends! I’ve got a really wonderful card to share with you. Wonderful because it was inspired by a couple of my friends & card class participants. I LOVE that we share ideas in class. I think I learn as much from the participants as they learn from me. Anyway, do you remember the ladybug card from April 6th.

The next classes are this Friday at 1p.m. & again at 7p.m. Then Sunday 24th at 2p.m. Registration deadline is today at 7 p.m. Email me if you’re interested.

I mentioned that you could flip the paper over the paper & make a black/white and red card instead of the Granny Apple Green & Crushed Curry side. Two friends did just that & it looked great. I had an extra kit cut so I decided to adapt the card using the”other side” of the paper.

Did I already mention that I love this bundle?! Ha- ha only a ‘gazillion times” right?! Anything with a punch is so quick & easy. Although I love our dies, the punches are especially good for mass production and card classes.

On this card, I flipped over the papers & added another ladybug & changed up the sentiment. I was inspired by Pinterest but this isn’t an exact copy; otherwise I would give credit to the creator. So many ideas out there- I grabbed an idea from here & there. Below are a couple of close-ups of my card.

Buffalo checks have been around for a while but still popular & I still love that black/white look! The dotted background is perfect for stamping on directly like I did with the sentiment. The Pattern Party papers will be missed as they were in a huge package of DSP as host gift. (If you love it too, you could host an on-line party before the end of April; just a $150 order qualifies. Connect with me if you’re interested).

I wrapped & frayed the ends of the black white twine from the soon retiring “Playful Pets” trim combo pack (20% off & in stock on Sunday). Black Matte dots were added. That’s it- easy peasy!

I hope you like this alternative to March’s card class card.

Have a great Monday, friends! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Black
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder
  • Accessories: Black Matte Dots, Playful Pets black & white twine

Spring Thank you- Card Class

Happy Friday, friends! I am excited to share a card that we created at my March card class. Yes- I am unashamedly promoting my card classes. I would love for you to join us if you live in the St. Louis area. Contact me for more information. Isn’t this a “spring-y” card? I offered an alternative panel to the “thank you so much” that said “Happy Easter” from the Celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog (page 65). Instead of the banner, the sentiment was cut with our Layering Circles dies in the same color combination.

This past Wednesday, I shared on this blog a Hello Ladybug card that was quick and easy and wrote that it was because we were making a more time consuming card at class. This is that more time consuming card.

We started with a Basic White panel 4 x 5.25 & embossed it with our Painted Textures Embossing Folder. Next, using Balmy Blue ink & our blending brushes, we lightly shaded the embossed folder to give a sky appearance.

The Cinnamon Cider trees were die cut with the Inspired Canopy dies and adhered to our embossed panel. Also these dies have “swoops” or hills which we cut in pear pizzazz & added that to the bottom of the embossed panel.

Also included in the dies are four (4) different leaf bunches. We cut 6-7 of the bunches in the various shapes in Pattern Party DSP & adhered to our trees. An easy way to adhere multiple small pieces is to use your Silicone craft mat. In one corner, put a small amount of Multipurpose liquid glue & use a sponge & binder clip to dab into the glue the then dab onto the backside of leaf bunches & then adhere to the trees. We layered the bunches & even cut a few to fit. Below is a closeup of the leaf bunches; the detail is amazing!

These Inspiring Canopy dies are part of a bundle called Inspiring Thoughts. The bundle is retiring & so are the dies, but the stamp set is not. That was a little confusing at first. Anyway, as I write this, you can still get the bundle; retiring products are available while supplies last. So once they are gone, they are gone for good. Click on the shopping card to order now or send me an email.

Our sentiment from the companion to the dies (Inspiring Thoughts). We stamped it in Fresh Freesia on a 1/2″ panel of Basic White. Then using our Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, we created the 3/4″ Fresh Freesia base. We mounted the entire tree panel on a base of Thick Basic White card stock.

It was a little time consuming but what a pretty Spring card, don’t you think? Well worth it for that someone special!

My next card classes are April 22 and April 24. If you’re interested, email me and I’ll share the details including pictures of the cards that we’ll be making.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inspired thoughts
  • Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Pear Pizzazz, Fresh Freesia, Basic White (thick and regular)
  • DSP: Pattern Party (host)
  • Ink: Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue
  • Dies/Punches: Inspired Canopy dies, Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Tools: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, Silicone mat, Blending Brush, Multipurpose liquid glue, sponge & binder clip

Ladybug – Card Class card

Hello friends!! At my March card class, we created this adorable card. We kept it simple so it will be easily “mail-able” and fast. Since we had another card that was a little time consuming, it worked out perfectly.

The card base is real red so there’s an inner piece of basic white for writing a message. The black panel is topped with Pattern Party DSP, a host reward that is retiring soon. One side is colorful and fun & the other is black and white (and equally fun but more classic). I cut a very narrow strip of Basic Black card stock to place between the two patterns of paper.

I just love this ladybug.. So easy with the punch. It’s part of a bundle in the January-June mini catalog & you’ll want to grab before June so you can get the discounted bundle price. The sentiment is from the Hello Ladybug stamp set.

My next classes are Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. If you live in the St. Louis area, I would love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black and Basic WHite
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder

Real Red Flowing Flowers

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a pretty card for you. I hope you think so too.

I chose to use the stamp set called Flowing Flowers from the January- July mini catalog. It is a stunning flower, don’t you think? It is a one of Stampin’ Up’s DistINKive sets where the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. Look at that flower- it was stamped with a single stamp that was inked up with Real Red. Amazing, huh?

The Real Red panel is embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. Although much of it is covered up the parts of the panel that peek out give the card texture and depth.

The DSP is from the soon to be retiring Host DSP called Pattern Party. On one side is black and white designs and the other is colorful designs like this Granny Apple Green panel. . I’ve used it so much this year. It is on the retiring list so it’s a good time to order it along with all the other amazing products that will be retiring. I added two more retiring items. A bow in Double stitched Real Red Satin ribbon and the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

I hope you consider taking advantage of all the last chance items which are only available while supplies last. Some are even discounted up to 40%. The stamp set will be with us at least until the end of the January-June mini catalog.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Flowing Flowers
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty Flowers EF, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon; Holiday Rhinestones

Hello Beautiful meets Just Jade

Hi friends! Have you missed me? I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while… I had a terrible head cold; I just couldn’t “work” or in reality, play. I’m not complaining- just letting you know why I’ve been AWOL.

The card I have for you today uses a bundle called “Abstract Beauty” from the January-June mini catalog. It’s a fabulous stamp and die bundle with some awesome coordinating paper & embellishments. There’s even cards & envelopes and a ephemera pack.

Above is a close up of the card with a good view the adhesive backed hexagons and the DSP 4×6 with gold. The dies are so wonderful- there are circles, and hexagons & other shapes that fit the sentiments.

One last look at the card, I hope you like it & I really hope you have a great weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps & Dies: Hello Beautiful Stamps & Dies
  • Paper: Just Jade, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Basic White
  • DSP: Abstract Beauty
  • EF: Painted Texture
  • Accessories: Adhesive backed Hexagons

New In-Colors from Stampin’ Up

Here are the new just released 2022-2024 In- Colors from Stampin’ Up. The new catalog releases today at 2 pm CST for demonstrators. I can’t wait to play with these colors!

Sweet Sorbet
Parakeet Party
Tahitian Tide
Starry Sky
Orchid Oasis

I’m really liking Tahitian Tide. It reminds me off one of my all-time favorite colors- Tempting Turquoise but Tahitian Tide is fresh & up to date. Which color is your favorite?

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Flowers InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! As we prepare for Spring, flowers are always on our minds. We are sharing flower-themed projects with you today and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Forever Blossoms & Cherry Blossom dies

I have so much fun creating for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. I try to create something special & I hope you like it. I reached for Forever Blossoms & the matching Cherry Blossoms dies, a favorite from the Annual Catalog.

A SIDE NOTE: The reason this set is a favorite is because it reminds me of a March business trip to Washington, DC. which I took many years ago. I was fortunate to be able to see the cherry trees in bloom. I didn’t have a lot of time, after all it was a business trip, but I spent an hour-ish walking among the trees. What a beautiful experience & memory!

Back to the card… Over the years, I’ve watched many videos on how to color with alcohol markers. For full effect, layering color is the trick with blends & allowing the colors to dry before proceeding with more color or lifting of color. Stampin’ Up makes it easy to know where to shade darker as the shading is “built into” the stamp design.

Even though these blossoms are more vivid than the real life version, I really like them & also I wanted to use the gorgeous Polished Pink color. It takes time to layer color with Blends but so totally worth it! Here I used Petal Pink and Polished Pink on the blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and Pool Party for the background.

I have been making Easter cards, as I send out quite a few. I think this Cherry Blossom is a perfect image for an Easter card. My sentiment is from “Celebrating You” stamp set in the Jan- Jun mini catalog. I can’t believe how much I have used this set! Anyway, I heat embossed with gold & added gold Simple Elegant trim behind the sentiment panel. A little gold bow was added to the stem of the the flower. Lastly, I added some “Loose Flowers” as an extra “wow” embellishment.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Forever Blossoms, Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Pool Party
  • DSP: 6×6 In Color DSP (Polished Pink)
  • Ink: Momento Black, Versamark
  • Stampin’ Blends: Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Soft Succulent, Pool Party
  • Dies: Cherry Blossom, Layering Circles
  • Embossing Folders: Dots from Checks & Dots, Tasteful Textures
  • Gold Metallic Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  • Accessories: Gold Simply Elegant Trim, Loose Flowers

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping . There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Joanne Whittington at The Inky Dragon
  6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  10. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  12. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots