Wonderful Snowflakes

Happy Friday, friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday; I had a head cold which really dragged me down. Thank goodness it wasn’t COVID or Flu! And with the Thanksgiving holiday, I just didn’t get a card & post done for you. My apologizes.

Speaking of the holiday, I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving. Here, it was just a small group of four even though My Mister bought & roasted a 26 pounder. Yikes! I need a great skinny turkey tetrazzini recipe. Please help!

I had so much fun making this card and a stack of 9 others just like it, but they are very detailed, so not exactly quick. I wanted to make some special cards that had a feminine feel. Center stage is our Wonderful Snowflakes from our July- December mini-catalog. They are stunning IRL (in real life) & pair perfectly with the Whimsy & Wonder DSP. I just wish my picture could capture the shimmer.

I embossed a piece of Marvelous Magenta card stock with our Wintery 3D embossing folder (EF); one folder is snowflakes (shown here) & the other is pine boughs. These folders are 3-3/8″ wide so you can emboss just part of your paper. (& fits in the mini Stampin’ cut & emboss machine).

Next I lightly sponged some white craft ink over the snowflakes to bring out the pattern. Then I heat embossed my sentiment with silver embossing powder on the lower 1″ of non-dry embossed area. In STL, we are a high humidity area, which can sometimes make heat embossing a challenge- the powder sticks to anything moist. So, I always use my Embossing Buddy & even put some on my fingertips. I have a fine dry paintbrush & also use the putty end of my Take Your Pick tool to remove excess powder. Below is a close-up of the front panel.

I tied silver elegant trim around the front panel twice where the folder embossing and non-embossing area meet & tied a knot. A piece of 1/4″ strip of Silver Foil Specialty DSP demarcates the division of the DSP and Marvelous Magenta embossed card stock.

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin” Up
  • Paper: Thick Basic White & Marvelous Magenta card stock; Whimsy & Wonder DSP: Silver Foil Specialty Paper.
  • Ink: Versa-mark, White craft.
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Accessories: Silver Elegant trim, Silver embossing Powder, Wonderful Snowflakes

Just Peachy OSW

Hi friends! Back in October, on this post, I shared that I was making cards as a gift sets. I have a few more peachy cards for you.

For these cards, I created a One-Sheet Wonder (OSW) so I could make a variety of cards with a single sheet of 12 x 12 DSP. When I have such beautiful DSP as this Sweet as a Peach paper, I like to let it take center stage. Image stamping and die cutting make gorgeous cards, but there’s no need to feel obligated when the DSP, a sentiment & a few embellishments also make beautiful cards.

There are three sizes of cut DSP. My October cards were sized at 3.75” X 5” (or “Card 1”) so I won’t repeat those cards.

Below are two cards using “Card 2”, the 3” X 5” size. You could easily flip the orientation. Add ribbon & embellishments to complete the card.

Below are cards made using “Card 3”, the 4” X 4” size.

Card 3 size
Card size 3

For variety, you can flip the orientation of the card base. I also mixed up the sentiments, added extra card stock & DSP, and coordinating embellishments and ribbon and twine. The cards will be different but set will still be cohesive.

I hope you have a chance to try my one sheet wonder. See you again on Wednesday . Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)


Cardinal Christmas

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!!

I’m busy making holiday cards. What are you up to? For my card today, I used the TGIF Challenge but I didn’t get it done in time to submit. Regardless, it always fun to play a sketch challenge.

As you probably know, we live in the St. Louis area, and we love our baseball Cardinals. My Mister likes Christmas cards in traditional colors- red and green. So I made this for him to send to all his fellow sports fans. I hope he likes it as I’ll be making duplicates.

I’m using a current set of dies from one of my favorite suites that was new two years ago & it keeps going strong. I cut it in Mossy Meadow & the bird in Real Red.

To me this card has a Vintage feel & the reason I used the Diamond Weave ribbon the was doubled over & tied it with a linen tread bow. I wanted a more distressed look so I used my Crumb Cake ink pad top & my watercolor brush to pick up some watery ink.

Here’s a closer look at the ribbon embellishment. It looks a bit red even though I used Crumb Cake ink.

I like to use the narrow strips of paper from trimming my front for the inside. It really pulls the outside & inside together.

The Heartwarming Hugs DSP has traditional colors like my Mister likes. These papers & the Tidings of Christmas DSP will be “his” cards.

Thanks for stopping today. Happy Weekend!!& Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Heart Warming Hugs DSP
  • Ink: Jet Black Tuxedo, Crumb Cake for ribbon distressing, Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Die/ Punch: Birds & More, Peach Dies
  • Accessories:Red Rhinestones, Tasteful Textures EF
  • Ribbon: Diamond Weave ribbon, Baker’s Twine

Royal Inking Blog Hop- Pretty Packages & Tags

Hi Friends!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature pretty packages and beautiful tags to inspire your holiday gift-giving. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Looks a little “messy” in still life but it’s actually gorgeous in real life with all the shiny papers & variety of ribbons.

I have two projects for you today- one is a “Tag” Card & the second is a treat box. The Tag Card is a fun & inexpensive way to give a set of tags. The holiday box is a pretty package that is filled filled with one candy (a Reeses’s tree); also not too expensive. These are both great if you have a large group that you wish to share a little cheer without breaking your bank account & without the receiver feeling obligated to return a gift. I used papers from the 12 x 12 Speciality DSP called Whimsy & Wonder with a few other scrap pieces that I had in my stash.

Let me share the Tag card first. Cut a piece of DSP to 10″ X 10″. Then score at 5″ on both sides. Then score one of the 5 x 5 sections at an equal diagonal.

Next fold the card into quarters with the diagonal fold on top. Next take the next 5 x 5 layer & score approximately 1″ from the original triangled piece. Repeat at approximately 1″ more for the third square. Leave the last 5 X 5 piece to serve as a base.

You’ll need large envelopes, 5-3/8” square or bigger. I have 6-3/8” envelopes that work with my 6 x 6 cards so l’ll use these.

Next I made a lot of tags using the Tailor Made Tag & the Giving Gifts dies. Also I used a punch & a die to make tags too. If you want a long tag you can cut your paper the width of your punch/die & thread it through the lower part so it isn’t cut. (See pictures below)

Here are pictures of some of the tags

Let’s look at the treat box again. I had some of the Tombstone treat boxes left from Halloween so I turned them into holiday treat boxes. I cut off the “legs” & turned it sideways & punched a hole at the top for my Polished Pink ribbon. The Tombstone package gives you 8 boxes with the top & bottom pieces being identical. But I made my own bottom for the box using Thick Basic White card stock & duplicating the box pattern (minus the decorative top). This will give me 16 boxes & I’ll use as little gifts for one of my church groups.

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

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

Stenciled Christmas to Cherish

Happy Monday, Friends. Have you recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday? This year we had a small celebration at our home so there wasn’t any travel or lots work to be done in prep or getting back to normal.

I had some fun with the new stencils in the holiday (July- December) mini catalog . It’s not a technique I use frequently but it’s always wonderful.

Today I chose to cover my entire front panel with our white stencil paste on Real Red card stock. I had previously cut a circle out before stenciling.

I cut a white scalloped circle frame & adhered over the circle. I used versamark to stamp the sentiment in Real Red card stock & heat embossed in white. Then I reverse mounted it under the stenciled panel.

I added a bow in Real Red ruffled ribbon & a strip of Real Red double stitched satin ribbon.

I hope you like it! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • All Supplies: Stampin’Up
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic White
  • Ink: Versa mark
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Accessories: Adorning Designs Decorative masks, Embossing Paste (white matte), Embossing powder, Layering Circles dies, Real Red Ruffled Ribbon, Real Red Double-Stitched ribbon

A Christmas to Remember

Hi friends!

I have an easy to duplicate card for you today. One sheet of DSP will make 9 identical cards!

The minute I saw the “Painted Christmas” suite & DSP (page 16-19 July-December catalog- aka the “mini catalog”), I knew it would serve as my “go to” for this year’s holiday cards. I LOVE the colors especially our newer Evening Evergreen & Soft Succulent in-Colors.

Start with a sheet of 12×12 DSP & cut into 4” squares. To add a little texture, I embossed with the Tasteful Textures Embossing folder. Then I chose matching card stock, ink & ribbon. Here I used Evening Evergreen.

Next, adhere the DSP to an Evening Evergreen card base & add a 1/4” strip of metallic paper such as the “Brushed Metallic” or “Silver Foil” paper. Here I used the now recently retired Sale-a-bration “Be Dazzling” Specialty paper. [sorry- I couldn’t resist using a retired product… it’s just so pretty! I hope you got some].

I stamped my sentiment from “A Christmas to Remember” stamp set & die cut using the “ Seasonal Labels” dies. I left room at the top to add ribbon which was tied in a knot. I used about 6” for each bow. For 9 cards that’s just 4.5 feet. You’ll still have lots of ribbon left for other projects.

Because I’m using dark card stock , I needed to add an inside panel for sentiment & a personal note. I used Basic White & used another sentiment stamp from “ A Christmas to Remember” set. I added a couple of evergreen sprigs from the “Christmas Season” stamp set. And POW, nine cards done in a flash!

Using this 4” x 4” piece of DSP is a fairly standard sketch that you can use over & over; flip it sideways or put the paper at the top. You can add a layer or two but it won’t be quite as quick but certainly makes a bigger impact.

Change up & mix the colors of the card stock, inks & accessories & you’ve got a much different card! Add some coordinating jewels or gems for more sparkle. This is one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up – the color coordination! Here’s one last view.

Join me again this Wednesday for a fun Inking Royalty blog hop. I’m honored to participate with some of the most talented stampers! I can’t wait to see their creations!!

Until then, Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Seasonal Sale starts Tuesday 11/16

Hi friends!

Just popping in with a friendly reminder about Stampin’ Up’s Seasonal Sale. I don’t want you to miss it!

10% off Card Stock, 15% off Ink pads, 20% off Dies


  • The sale will run for three days only.
  • The discount includes 10% off cardstock, 15% off ink pads (excluding ink pad bundles and third-party pads), and 20% off dies.
  • The discount applies to products featured in the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog only. Products from the July–December 2021 Mini Catalog are not included.
  • The sale is available through both online store purchases and demonstrator orders.

I don’t know about you, but I go thru a lot of card stock this time of year. Seriously, It’s a great time to stock up!

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Until next time, Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Masculine Birthday

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a masculine birthday card. I love this Beauty of the Earth DSP. So much so, that I didn’t want to cover it up.

So I chose Mary Fish’s Stampin Pretty sketch #34. It’s really very versatile. She has an entire sketchbook that’s filled with great ideas.

I cut the DSP at 5 x 3.75 & mounted on a piece of 5.25 x 4 Merry Merlot cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Early Espresso Faux Suede ribbon around the DSP panel.

My sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays set is stamped in Merry Merlot & cut it using the Stitched Rectangle dies. The diecut sentiment was then mounted on a Merry Merlot diecut from the Tasteful Labels dies.

The sentiment was mounted on the DSP panel which was mounted on a Cinnamon Cider cardbase.

I ended up cutting the entire sheet which made 7 more DSP pieces (total of 8). I’ll duplicate this card & add the extras to my stash.

Happy Stamping! Have a great weekend & I’ll see you again on Monday.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Cinnamon Cider, Merry Merlot, Basic White
  • Ink: Merry Merlot
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Tasteful Labels
  • Accessories: Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon

A Little Smile

Hi Friends!

I have a fun little kit to share with you. It’s called “A Little Smile”. And who wouldn’t smile with this beach themed kit? The below picture shows the kit as it was intended to be made.

Copyright Stampin’ Up

The kit makes small gift enclosure cards & has matching envelopes. And can be given as a set in the acetate case with the kit. Below are my cards.

A Little Smile stamp set -copyright Stampin Up
Kit contents- copyright Stampin’ Up

I wanted a few cards for our friends who take off to warmer climates to avoid our Midwest winter. So I made cards by using the card fronts, and kit elements; and mounted on full sized card bases. A total of nine cards were made easily.

The palm trees & watercolor-like backgrounds are part of the kit. I used “Timeless Tropical” stamp set for the sentiment. The colors are Basic White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay. Plus I still have lots of elements left for more cards.

I hope you’ll consider this kit- at just $19 (pre-tax & pre shipping) it is a real value.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)