Healing Thoughts

Heres’s an alternative card from the September Paper Pumpkin.

The minutes I saw these pre-cut but unmade pumpkin treat boxes, I was reminded of bandaids; after all, I am a nurse! So I knew I was going to create a get well card.

My daughter & I made most of our treat boxes; see my 10/4 post “WCMD- September Paper Pumpkin. But I saved two to make some alternative cards. BTW- her coworkers loved the treat boxes (& the candy inside😉)

Here’s what I did. First, I cut the treat boxes sections apart & cut off the scored end.

Next I took a rounded end section & traced it at the cut off scored edge. Then I trimmed with my scissors.

Next, I embossed Crumb Cake cardstock using the Tasteful Textures embossing folder; and cut two 1” x 1” squares. I adhered to two of my bandaids.

My card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Pale Papaya popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I topped the Pale Papaya with a piece of Tasteful Textures embossed Crumb Cake to keep consistent with the “bandaid pads”. The top & bottom bandaids in Soft Succulent and Poppy Parade are adhered directly using mono adhesive.

My sentiment from “Inspired Thoughts” stamp set; it’s stamped in Early Espresso on Pale Papaya. Both the bandaid & sentiment are up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Linen thread triple wrapped peeks out on each side of the Pale Papaya bandaid. I added three brilliant Champagne Rhinestones but the picture does chapter their shine.

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

As promised on Wednesday, below are a few pictures from our 10 day Northeast trip. It was gorgeous- great weather & such a fun time. I shouldn’t be MIA again for a while, so check back on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for more blog posts.

George (Kodak) Eastmans estate & gardens, Rochester NY
Ogunquit, Maine along
the Marginal Way
Us, all smiles & ready for our
Lobster Boat cruise

Harvest & Hope Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October 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 center around Harvest & Hope, so prepare yourself for gratitude and love in Fall-themed projects. 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.

Right now, I’m just starting to play with the Time of Giving bundle from the July- December mini catalog. I love these dies & stamps& I know they’ll be a staple to this season’s cards & paper crafts.

I’ve been MIA because we had a 4 day family visit in TN & a 10 day trip. So… I haven’t created for two+ weeks. No complaints though as we had great times & I feel blessed to have been able to travel. I’ll post some pictures on Friday along with a Paper Pumpkin alternative card.

I paired the Time of Giving die-cut pumpkin tag dies with the Tailored Made Tags dies from the Annual Catalog to make these seasonal tags for my card. On Mossy Meadow card stock, the “Thankful” is stamped three times without re-inking in Early Espresso.

Time of Giving Bundle #156742

I love this Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP) & it inspired my colors of Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso.

The horizontal Early Espresso Faux ribbon was frayed at the ends. The Linen thread & Brushed Metallic adhesive backed Dots add to the fall theme.

  • Supplies- All current Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow
  • DSP: Beauty of the Earth
  • Stamps: Time of Giving
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Dies: Giving Gifts, Tailor Made Tags
  • Embellishments: Faux Suede ribbon in Early Espresso, Linen Thread, Brushed Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots

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!

Happy Stampin’ , 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:

Shaded Summer in Magenta

Hi Friends!

I rarely make non-A2 (4.25 x 5.5) cards but I wanted to mix it up a bit so I made this 6 x 6 square card.

Years ago I bought a box of large, square envelopes & in my stamp stash I have a Stampin Up set with the stamp “extra postage required”- perfect for this card. I saved the set as I knew it come in handy. I have no idea the year it was made but I’ve been stamping since 2005 so it could be quite old. Anyone know? Regardless, the image is still crisp & clean. Gotta’ love Stampin’Up’s quality!

A black & white card paired with a bold color makes such a classy card, don’t you think? Here my black and white focal point is surrounded by Magenta Madness. To keep the the diamond design & break up the large Magenta Madness border, I scored the front diagonally.

I used the Shaded Summer stamp set & the free Sale-a-bration dies to cut the beautiful flower image stamped in black ink. (Unfortunately, Sale-a-bration is over so I hope you took advantage of getting the dies). I popped the image up with dimensionals & put it on a black & white diamond platform.

On the inside I used the smaller floral image & double stamped in black & the less bold Polished Pink . I left plenty of room on the inside for a personal message. If you’re going big with the card size, go big & write a long, lovely note to the recipient.

It was enjoyable to mix it up by creating this larger card, but definitely challenging! And to me, artistic challenges are always fun.

Supplies: All Stampin’Up 
Stamps: Shaded Summer
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic White, Magenta Madness
Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento, Polished Pink
Dies: Shaded Summer (Sale-a-bration retired)

Have a great Wednesday & Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

WCMD- September Paper Pumpkin

On Sunday, while visiting with our Tennessee daughter, we celebrated World Card Making Day & put together our September Paper Pumpkins. We both get kits (as does our Missouri daughter) so it’s a fun mother-daughter activity.

We didn’t have treats to put inside so we made the treat boxes & decorated just a few to give you the idea. Once she picks up some sweets or another goodie like a small hand-sanitizer or votive candle, she will be giving them to her co-workers. There’s plenty of time to finish them up. Below I’m showing a little bit of the kit contents- too much to get in a single picture.

September 2021 Paper Pumpkin
So much product!

Here are a few pictures of the finished boxes.

These boxes are just so stinking cute especially with the curly stem & leaves. We didn’t make any Jack-o-lanterns boxes with the included black face stickers & we didn’t make the wheelbarrow. You can see those on the Stampin’Up YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/TU4OdvFmzKs <== Kit

https://youtu.be/ZIro8Cqtnvo <== Wheelbarrow

My daughter loves to decorate her home for all the different holidays so I took some pictures of the treat boxes with her decor as the backdrop.

A close up view

Last, here’s an infinity shot with all the boxes ready for filling & completing. We stamped all the leaves & tags so they’re all ready to go.

It was such a fun afternoon! It is always so much fun creating together! I hope you had a chance to celebrate World Card Making Day.

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

Halloween Haunting

Hi friends!

Happy October! Last week I put out our Halloween decor around the house. I love the change of seasons & I love refreshing the look of our home with seasonal decor. So I was in the mood for creating a Halloween card.

I’m just crazy about the Black Glittered speciality paper in our mini catalog. For one thing, the glitter doesn’t rub off & secondly it sparkles so very bright. Below is a close up.

You really need to see it in person! I paired it with our black glittered ribbon for a little extra sparkle.

The sketch is an old favorite. I’ll be making 11 more of this exact card for a card swap so I wanted it to be easy to duplicate but I didn’t want it to be plain. The DSP squares & the glitter paper & ribbon give it a real “WOW”.

Below is another view.

Supplies
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Black
DSP: Cute Halloween
Speciality Paper: Black Glittered
Stamps: Banner Year
Ink: Black Stazon
Punch: Cat
Dies: Layering Circles, Tasteful Labels
Accessories: Black Glittered ribbon

Let me know what you think.

Happy Stamping! MJ

Happy Retirement with Senior Years

Happy Monday friends!

I’m over the top excited for one of our very best friends- she retired on Friday. Big party at a Mexican restaurant where we decorated with balloons, banners & even had blinky button for the reitree. So much fun! And looking forward to spending more time with her.

Here is the card that I created.

Love this LOL sentiment on the inside.

For the card, I used a Crumb Cake base with a layer of Flirty Flamingo and then a layer with the (fabulous) Pattern Party DSP. I used my Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the lady twice onto Crumb Cake with Momento ink. Double inking & stamping makes for a more prominent image.

Next I used one of the Shape dies from the Seasonal Labels dies & then colored the image using my Stampin’ Write Markers.

Again, using my Stamp-a-ratus, I stamped the sentiment on the front using a scrap of Flirty Flamingo card stock. Then I cut it up & adhered using my Tombow Liquid glue. Since the sentiment is about “up & down”, I wanted to create that feeling by angling the words. Pearl rounds were added for a bit of pop.

I decorated the inside & envelope with the Hostess gift DSP called Pattern Party- so colorful on one side & black & white on the opposite side in this huge 48 page pack.

I hope you like it!

Have a great Monday, Friends!

Marilyn (aka MJ)

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Inspiring Hope with the August Paper Pumpkin

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a happy & productive week. Even more, I hope you have a great weekend with a little R&R.

Today I’m featuring this month’s Paper Pumpkin called the Hope Box. Our Stampin’ Up co-founder, Shelli Gardner, designed this kit. The shipping box can be transformed into a decorative “Hope Box” to hold those things that instill hope for you. Favorite pictures, quotes, Bible verses, trinkets from travels or any memento that uplifts your spirits. The supplies to decorate the box are included.

Each month, on the 4th Thursday at 2 p.m. CST, I unbox & make the month’s Paper Pumpkin kit live on my Facebook page, Stamp with MJ. Join me or watch the replay.

The 4th Friday evening, I host in my home a Paper Pumpkin club for my subscriber friends. I’ll make my box with them. We have lots of laughs, a free alternative card to make & some refreshments. If you live in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Below are the cards from the kit. The envelope is peeking out from behind the card.

I made the below alternative card using the kit’s stamp set & my own supplies. My club friends will be making it too.

I cut a 5” x 3.75” piece of Pattern Party DSP; then I cut a 0.75” piece off the left side & turned it over to the b/w striped side. Using my Tombow liquid glue, I adhered the pieces to a Basic Black card base.

The Hope sentiment was stamped onto a 3” x 2.75” piece of Vellum using Stazon black ink. I stamped that cute little butterfly from the kit’s stamp set onto card stock scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green & then fussy cut them.

I adhered the vellum sentiment using the extra glue dots from my kit. I wrapped a piece of the gorgeous black & white gingham ribbon from the mini catalog. (I ❤️ this ribbon!)

Last, I added a white panel to the inside that was fancied up with a 0.25 piece of the DSP.

  • Supplies: Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock- Basic Black 8.5 x 5.5; scored at 4.25 for the card base; scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green
  • Vellum
  • Stazon Ink in Jet Black
  • Black & White Gingham ribbon

I hope you like your kit as much as I do!

Have a great Friday!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Awesome Autumn with Blackberry Beauty Ephemera

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing two cards I made using the Blackberry Beauty ephemera pack from our mini catalog. Same basic layout & papers, the only major difference is the die cut. The colors inspired by this suite are stunning, don’t you think?!

I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry. I taped down a stencil from our Basic Patterns Decorative Masks. I used my silicone mat & some scrap paper to keep my work surface clean. Next I used our blender brushes & Blackberry Bliss ink to create the stenciled background.

While letting my stenciled card base dry. I embossed a piece of Early Espresso using our Hammered Metal 3D EF & layered it on a piece of Cinnamon Cider.

If you look closely at the embossing on the two cards, you will see that one has the embossed side & the other a de-bossed side. Looks great either way, right?

The sentiment panels were made with 1/2” piece of Cinnamon Cider & 3/4” piece of Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment is from Banner Year. The Lovely Labels pick-a-punch was used on both cards but I chose the two different styles offered with this punch. To finish the card, Brushed Metallic Adhesive dots were added; gold on the oak leaves card & copper on the owl card.

Have a great day! Marilyn

Autumn Card- a Mini Catalog Case

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Today I’m sharing a card that was cased from the July- December catalog on page 54.

I just love the Harvest Season bundle & coordinating products yet; I have the DSP & ribbon but I haven’t purchased the stamps & dies yet. So I substituted Garden Wishes stamps & Dandy Wishes dies from the annual catalog (page 23).

Copyright- Stampin’ Up
Mini Catalog July- December 2021

I pulled a few tricks out of my stamping hat. First, for the dandelions… I used my Stamparatus & inked the leaves with Soft Succulent. I used my shammy to “erase” any green on the flower part & stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. Then, I used the brush end of my Calypso Coral marker & colored the flower part of the stamp. It works best if you stamp the lightest color first so if there’s a little light color remaining, it will be covered by the darker color.

My second trick was coloring the diamond weave ribbon. I used a four drops of Calypso Coral re-inker and 91% isopropyl alcohol in a small leak-proof container. I let it soak for 15 minutes & then laid it out on paper towels & let it dry overnight. The alcohol (vs. water) quickens the drying process; if in a time crunch, use your heat tool.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent,
  • Stamps: Garden Wishes, Banner Year
  • Card stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent
  • DSP: Harvest Meadow, Pattern Party (scrap for Bumblebee die cut)
  • Dies & Punches: Dandy Wishes, Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch
  • Embellishments: Diamond Weave ribbon, Bakers twine

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Holiday Penguin

Hi friends! Today I have a fun, non-traditional color holiday card for you.

This paper is free with any $50 purchase starting on Wednesday. It’s part of the Sale-a-bration promotion & just in time for your holiday crafting.

I started with a card base of Fresh Freesia & added a mat of Misty Moonlight for my Penguin Playmates DSP. The colors are Fresh Freesia, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam & Just Jade.

Our new holiday mini catalog starts Tuesday & includes a stamp & punch bundle featuring this Penguin. But I fussy cut my Penguin from the DSP & adhered him to a Soft Sea Foam label from the new mini catalog’s Seasonal Labels dies.

For the sentiment, I stamped in Misty Moonlight the “Season’s Greetings” from the Merriest Moments bundle.

The White Glittered ribbon is new too & so gorgeous! It’s wrapped around the DSP panel & a small piece is tied to the side. Three Fresh Freesia In- Color Jewels were added for a little extra sparkle.

I just love these colors & this DSP!