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!

Christmas in July

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July 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 Christmas! I hope you are in a Holiday mood because there is a lot of Christmas fun headed your way. 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.

Merriest Moments

As a Stampin’ Up demonstrators, we are able to “pre-order” products from the holiday catalog so we can prepare samples and classes for you. So I used a new bundle called Merriest Moments. The focal point on my card is the Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder; it cuts & embosses in a single pass through you die cut & embossing machine. It’s quite stunning, don’t you think?

I wasn’t sure about getting this bundle, it was on & off my wish list multiple times. But I finally decided to give the Hybrid EF a try. I’m so glad I decided to see what it was all about!!I just love it. It may end up being one of my favorites.

Blending & Shimmery Crystal Effects

After cutting & embossing the Soft Succulent frame, & using our Blending brushes, Evening Evergreen ink was added to give some depth and contrast. I layered the frame on Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum & the entire panel on a base of Evening Evergreen. For the inside of the frame, a piece of Tidings of Christmas DSP was used to add some color. The sentiment is from Inspiring Thoughts & it was die-cut with Stitched Rectangles. I stamped Evening Evergreen on Soft Succulent with the branch stamp from this set & die cut it & also die-cut the smallest poinsettia in Real Red.

Shimmery Crystal Effects were added to some of the leaves & an all new red Wonderful Gem was added to the center of the poinsettia.

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

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

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ << You are here

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Book Binder In Symmetry Card

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Who doesn’t need a little lift on Monday from a friend!?

Sweet Symmetry DSP

Today I’m sharing a card I made on Stamp with MJ Facebook Live for Triple Play Thursdays. It’s a book binder card- so fun & easy to make.

Starting with a 11 x 4.25 piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, I scored at 5.5 and again at 6.5”. Next I wrapped a piece of Flirty Flamingo Gold Metallic ribbon between the 5.5” & 6.5” score lines & tied my bow. I ensured I was happy with the placement of the bow on the front & unfolded my card. Then I added Stampin’ Seal+ between the score lines & closed the front panel.

Tip 1: If you want to try it for the first time, skip the ribbon. You can decorate the front between the score lines with a 0.75” x 4” coordinating piece of DSP.

Look closely for the score line

Tip 2: Keep the adhesive between these two score lines- it’s ok if you get adhesive on the inside ribbon as you’ll be sealing this 1” section.

That’s it for the book binding fun fold.

All that’s left now is to decorate the front panel. I used the Sweet Symmetry DSP & layered it on a piece of Just Jade card stock. The DSP colors and patterns are right on trend; just take a look around at home decor or women’s fashions & you’ll see what I mean. I love this about Stampin’ Up- so trendy along with the color coordination.

The DSP sale runs thru August 2nd.

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The “hey friend” sentiment is from the In Symmetry stamp set; Flirty Flamingo ink stamped on basic white & punched with the Tailored Tag punch. Two additional tags were punched in Flirty Flamingo & bordered the white sentiment panel.

Thanks for stopping over! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Just Peachy

Hi friends! I’m sharing a card I made on my Facebook Live- Stamp with MJ on Thursday.

I used the sketch 494 at Freshly Made Sketches.

The card base is Calypso Coral topped with a layer Calypso Coral embossed with The Tasteful Textures EF. The vertical panel uses You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP) on Pale Papaya. By the way, many of our Stampin’ Up DSPs are 15% off.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Sweet as a Peach stamp set. White craft ink was stamped on Calypso Coral & White crinkled seam binding ribbon was tied through an oval hole created with the Detailed Trio punch.

To add a little interest right corners were rounded & punched with the Detailed Trio punch. Pale Papaya Loose Flowers were added.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping!

Bright & Cheerful- Artistically Inked

Hi friends! Today’s card is one that I created on my Facebook Live a while back but I hadn’t shared it here. Watch this Thursday for Paper Pumpkin “un-boxing” & creating; including an alternative card.

The centerpiece of the card is the leaf branch from the Stampin’ Up Artistic dies. I die cut the Daffodil Delight panel & removed the leaf branch (for another time). Then the Granny Apple Green leaf branch was cut and weeded.

The Daffodil Delight panel was mounted on a Polished Pink card base. I used my silicone mat & a sponge to add a light layer of mono- adhesive glue to the back of the Granny Apple Green leaf branch. Then the branch was inserted into the blank leaf branch outline of the Daffodil Delight panel.

Using the huge pack of Host Pattern Party DSP, I put a strip of 3/4” paper on the left side. I stamped “hello” from the Artistically Inked Stamp set on Daffodil Delight & flagged the right end using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Last, using just a four inch piece of Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon, I tied a knot in the center & adhered to the sentiment panel.

This Artistically Inked bundle is often featured with watercolor techniques or using the Expressions in Ink Speciality paper with those gold accents. But I wanted to share a different look using this suite. I hope you like it.

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Thanks for stopping. Have a great day!

Paper Pumpkin Alternative

Hi friends!

Today I’m bringing you another paper Pumpkin alternative card. This time I’ve only added a few things to the June kit.

Starting with piece of Vellum, I stamped our new In-Color, Soft Succulent using the watercolor splatter stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I added adhesive to the center of the vellum piece & secured it to a Soft Succulent card base.

Next I cut in half the kit’s smaller card in Evening Evergreen (another new In-Color). I took the Watercolor paper in green tones & cut three 0.75 inch strips & used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch on both ends & then centered those strips on the Evening Evergreen panel. The entire panel was adhered to the vellum.

Soft Succulent card stock & the Scalloped Contour dies were run through the mini cut & emboss machine. The floral stamp from the Paper Pumpkin was inked in Evening Evergreen on the Scalloped contour piece. An Opal Round was added to the center flower. The Evening Evergreen bakers twine from the kit was looped across the panel & then popped up with dimensionals.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are the bomb! So many supplies – a stamp set, an ink spot, and cards & envelopes. This kit had 9 & next month is 12 cards & envelopes! And I always have extra embellishments, glue dots & dimensionals left over. All for only $22 for a month at a time; less expensive if you sign up for automatic monthly shipments. Anyway, consider giving it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn

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June Paper Pumpkin- Expressions in Color

Today I am sharing with you an alternative card from the Expressions in Color Paper Pumpkin. I’ve used the stamp set & added a few things from my current stash. If you don’t have these things you can substitute or purchase these items from my SU Store.

Starting with a 5.25 X 4 inch piece of Basic White card stock, the watercolor splatter stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set was inked up with Polished Pink and stamped off once on a scrap paper & then stamped onto the top portion of the paper once & again without re-inking. This was repeated until the desired result was achieved. The “Thanks” stamp was stamped in Polished Pink to the right side.

Next, the gorgeous coordinating Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper (or DSP) was layered on Gold Foil paper & then adhered to the Basic White Panel. I wrapped the gold Fine Art Ribbon around the Panel & secured to the back. Separately I tied a bow & adhered with glue dots. Last the entire panel was adhered to a base of Polished Pink.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Welcome to Stamp with MJ

Hi friends!


Welcome to my new website! I’m so glad you found me. A little about me & my site.
I’ve started this site with two purposes in mind; first, to share my love for creating Stampin’ Up! paper crafts, to teach others to CASE my creations, ( CASE= copy and share everything) & to inspire you to create.


I love to hand make cards, little gifts made of paper (treat boxes, notebooks etc.) and scrapbook pages. I have fun experimenting & it thrills me to do that “leg-work” & give you the tips & tricks along with the good, bad & ugly (what works & what doesn’t).

My second reason for creating this site is to keep my retired brain active by learning new things; & not just stamping but website design, photography, & other social media technologies.

I hope you will join me on my journey!


—MJ (aka Marilyn)