Day Outing at the “Cottage”

Hi friends! I’m posting a picture of my favorite independent Scrapbook & Card brick & mortar store, Checkered Cottage. Looks like I’m squinting but it really was not sunny- just cold.

This store is in downtown Kirkwood, MO a block north of the train station. It’s about 15 miles from my home, so typically I go about 1-2 times every month when I am running other errands. Kirkwood’s downtown is a fun outing- lots of local shops with unique items AND great restaurants. During the holidays, Kirkwood & the Checkered Cottage are all decked out. The owner has a real talent for decorating & ‘on trend’ home decor. She’s often seen re-arranging so if you missed something you’ll be sure to see it the next time. Shipments of product arrive regularly from the top makers. It’s packed with product but it never feels crowded or overwhelming- Just beautifully decorated.

Like many of you, I’m a Stampin’ Up person, so I don’t buy much of anything except SU! brand. SU! quality lasts even if the product is 10 years old as long as it was well cared for. See Real Red corduroy buttons below.

Sometimes I get a little non- SU! paper or ribbon but mostly I buy retired SU! items. YES- you read that right! In the back of the store is a section called “Recreate” & this is where used items are sold. All brands but I look for SU! Anything that has been on the “floor” for a month goes to 1/2 price. I wait for that unless I really want something specific & it’s there.

Today I took two medium sized shipping boxes filled with retired stamps. I love the idea that someone will find that stamp set that they missed before it retired & create with it. I do save some of my favorite sets but since I almost exclusively use current product, I don’t hold onto much except Christmas and masculine.

The above is what I got for paper crafting.

  • Inventory:
  • A sheet of 12 x 12 for pocket scrapbooking or cards- Photoplay ($1.25); Not re-Create; new item
  • Un-opened package of 1 round sponge for $0.50,
  • A 2005 3 x 4 Penny Black Scene stamp #3231K; Snowy Park $3; I’ll probably make a bunch of sympathy cards & then take it back for re-sale. That’s what fun about the Re-create section; you can get something new to you & play & then re-sell it.
  • AND MY FAV- SCORES from SU!-
    • Real Red Corduroy brads $1.50. I’ll use these on some Christmas cards using retired plaids- a folksy kind of card. I’ll remove the metal brad prongs & adhere with strong adhesive.
    • A SU! Background stamp called Hardwood; $5.00. I make a lot of guy cards & it will be good for wreaths too.
    • All this for less than $15

And Here’s the Good News for my pocketbook- I picked up $17 in commissions from my retired re-create stamps that sold. {I know you’re green with envy.} Anyway, I came out $2 ahead & so it seemed logical that I should splurge- just a little bit. So I picked up this little bird for $9.(see pictures below)

We have downsized our Holiday decor but I like to get a little something new. And I like to support my favorite local businesses. C’mon on- isn’t he adorable?!! I have a larger brown bird in a red plaid & a wall hanging with red/black lumberjack ribbon. This lil’ guy is going to fit right in. I haven’t gotten into the gnome trend- it’s cute but just not me & My Mr. So I’ll stick with the winter flannel theme.

Cute, trendy chick in b/w lumberjack & pine petals. Not gnomes 🙂
Back side & tail.

That said, I hope to make some gnome cards with that fun DSP from the July- December mini catalog. But please that’s not a promise. Right now it is just a dream as there’s not action plan…I’ve got to finish a few projects before I jump to that.

Last month I got a high quality fall candle that lasted for at least 4 weeks! That’s a win-win- support local business & consumable product that we loved!

Anyway, I have convinced you to visit St. Louis? Or at least if you’re from Missouri & coming to the Lou anyway, to stop over at Checkered Cottage inn Kirkwood. You might even find one of my retired stamp sets.

I have a post for tomorrow, but since I’m posting so late today, I’ll post tomorrow’s a little later too.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

St. Louis downtown city skyline at twilight.

Fall Thanks- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! November is a time of gratitude and thanksgiving, and we’ve made projects that say “thanks!” to special people in our lives. 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.

Sometimes all you need is pretty paper & an awesome sentiment to make a great card. That’s one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up- the gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP)! This paper is called Rustic Harvest. It has wonderful fall colors and designs on one side and black/white designs on the other side. I used one of the black and white design with yesterday’s cards.

I often cut my DSP so that I can make multiples of the same card. This works well for my card class too. And this is a sneak peek of one of the cards we will be making at class on Friday. *

*If you’re in the St. Louis area, we’d love for you to join in for a fun Friday afternoon or night out. We make 3 cards. Everything is provided, so all you need to do is bring YOU & a beverage.

…Back to the blog post… The card base is Crushed Curry. Then a layer of Basic Black cardstock. A piece of 3.5 x 5″ piece of Merry Merlot was embossed with the Timber 3D embossing folder & Adhered to the lower part of the card. The 3 x 4 piece of DSP was mounted on Crushed Curry. That panel was mounted with dimensionals to the card.

A close up

The “thanks” sentiment from the Amazing Thanks dies (a must have {in my humble opinion}). The shadow is in Basic Black & the “thanks” in Crushed Curry. Three gold sequins from our Seasonal Sequins were added to give it a pop.

One of the things I do with my card class is create a more intricate card & then two easier cards. This is one of the easier cards. Since I cut everything, the participants only need to assemble. The card is seasonally appropriate & I know they will be able to use it soon, perhaps a thanks for including me at your Thanksgiving table.

One last look

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!

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. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  8. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Masculine Birthday Cards

Good Monday morning, friends! Today I have several masculine cards for you. As you can see these cards have the same layout. They were made with my October card class & there’s a funny story behind the top left card.

I designed & stamped the top left card but I couldn’t find the Brewed for You matching dies. So I fussy cut the mug with full intentions of finding the dies & cutting for class participants. Since we recently moved homes & the studio needs organizing, I wasn’t surprised that the dies were MIA.

But after looking & looking to no avail, I checked my past orders. Guess what?! Right, I never ordered the dies! What was I thinking?! I knew my class members would not enjoy fussy cutting so I redesigned the card; the top right.

The bottom card was designed as an alternative card to the beer mug card. The cards were super easy. We began with a 3.75” x 5” piece of Basic White & stamped the beer mug or compass in Momento Black ink.

The DSP is Rustic Harvest & we colored the larger stripe using our Crushed Curry marker. The central image was stamped on a layering circle piece. It was mounted on a Basic Black piece punched with the Decorative Circle punch & then a Crushed Curry Layering Circle dies. A strip of Crushed Curry card-stock was added under the DSP. Matte Black dots were added to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping today! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Last Call for Holiday Cards- Workshop to Go

Just a friendly reminder that Today is your last chance to register for the Holiday Cards Workshop to Go.

My friend, fellow demonstrator & partner in mischief, Sally Nusbaum from the Gathering Place created a Card Kit.

We’ll have everything you need to make twelve (12) cards from Santa Express products. PLUS a colored & detailed PDF. All extras are included.

Below is a card that is part of the twelve.

Send me an email to let me know you want to be included.

Splendid Thoughts & Fitting Florets Dies

Hi Friends! I hope you are having an excellent start to your November. Today I have a pretty card for you. It was made with the Splendid Thoughts bundle PLUS the oval frames from the Fitting Florets dies.

The base of the card is Mossy Meadow; on top of that is a layer of Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the gorgeous Splendid Day DSP. I cut the frames in Basic White and Soft Sea Foam.

I stamped “Sending Hugs” from the Splendid Thoughts stamp set in full strength Mossy Meadow on the Basic White oval. Next the tall open leaf stamp was inked in Mossy Meadow & stamped off two times & then stamped onto the Basic White oval. Then the large leafy open image was stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

The Soft Sea Foam oval frame was centered & adhered on the panel of DSP. The stamped Basic White oval was then centered in the Soft Sea Foam frame. Next were all the pretty adornments. An open leaf die cut in Mossy Meadow. Then the beautiful Open Leaf trinkets in gold was added with glue dots and a pretty bow in the Gold and Vanilla Satin edged ribbon.

That’s it for today. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Birthday Piggy- Class Card

Hi friends! Today I want to share with you a card that we made on Friday at Stamp Class. I was a little unsure if my stamping class friends would like this card but it was an overwhelming hit- “Yes, we LOVE it”. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Some of the friends actually burst out into giggles or laughs saying ‘this piggy is so cute”. Agree wholeheartedly!’

It was a fun fold too. The Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper or DSP measures 5.25 x 11. It is scored at 1.5”, 4.25” & 7” & adhered to a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of Petal Pink cardstock. A piece of Basic White was hidden under the first fold for the sentiment. A scrap piece of DSP lined the bottom. Since the fold was with DSP (& not cardstock) we burnished the folds & it stayed closed without a belly band.

We stamped This Birthday Piggy on Petal Pink in Black Momento ink. We colored him with our Stampin’ Write markers. We mounted the Petal Pink panel onto Pool Party. Then we made a little ribbon flag out of the velvety Petal Pink Soft Polyester ribbon. And we topped the ribbon with a little Flower Trinket.

I hope you like it! I’m so happy my class friends did! Have a great Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Fitting Florets- New

  • 1 November 2022–4 January 2023

Starting 1 November 2022, customers can order items from the Fitting Florets Collection. All items in the collection can be ordered separately.

The following exclusive products are only available while supplies last: 

  • Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (item 160888)* 
  • Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (item 161814)
  • Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (item 161822)

The following will be available for purchase in the Mini Catalog starting January 2023: 

  • Framed Florets Bundle (item 162407) 
  • Framed Florets Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 161815)* 
  • Framed Florets Dies (item 160623)

Christmas Scottie

Little black Scottie dogs- doesn’t get any cuter, right!! My card today features the Christmas Scottie bundle- stamp set and punch. I always love a set with a punch as it is fast to make a stack of cards.

I started with a piece of Garden Green Gingham Cottage DSP & mounted it on Garden Green cardstock. That DSP panel was then mounted on a Merry Merlot card base. Another piece of Merry Merlot was scored & placed in the middle of the card.

Garden Green Stylish Shapes squares were the base for the Scotties. The Scottie dogs were stamped in Momento black ink on Basic White cardstock & punched out.

The sentiment is from the Merriest Moment stamp set. It was die cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die. Last Black Matte Dots we’re added.

Thanks for looking! Have a great start to your week! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Witchy Hat in Parakeet Party

Are you counting down the days until Halloween? We make it fun & not scary. This year we be joining family at our adult nephew, & his charming wife”s home for a bonfire. The littles will be in costume. Can’t wait!!

I’m finishing up my cards; & getting them ready to mail. I don’t make many Halloween cards so my friend & fellow demonstrator, Sally, graciously allowed me to borrow her Bewitched bundle. Thanks, Sally!

My card base is the fun Parakeet Party. I added a layer of Crushed Curry & topped it with DSP from the host pack, Celebrate Everything. A strip of Old Olive Glitter Washi tape was added on the left side.

Next & center stage is the witch’s hat stamped in Parakeet Party & punched out. It was mounted on Basic Black & a star pattern DSP from the same host pack. Last, in-color Decorative Matte dots were added.

Have a great Friday & weekend, friends. Enjoy the fall activities! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’Up
  • Stamps & Punch: Bewitching Bundle # 159857
  • Paper: Parakeet Party, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Celebrate Everything
  • Ink: Parakeet Party
  • Embellishments: Glitter Washi Tape & in Color Decorative Matte Dots