Not too Scary Halloween

Happy Monday, friends!

Here’s the third card we made at our Friday card class. It was a simple card as our other two cards were a little more time consuming. See these two here: watercolor wash card & Apple Harvest card.

The base of the card is Gorgeous Grape which was embossed with Gingham EF. The DSP with those cute little ghosts & jack-o’-laterns is from the Celebrate Everything Host pack. It’s amazing- 48 sheets of DSP with lots of fall & Christmas papers. So awesome for the fall & season’s holiday cards!

The DSP was mounted on a piece of pumpkin pie. The Alphabest bundle (stamp set & punch) was used with Stazon ink to create the letters “BOO!”. A strip of Basic Black cardstock was added across the bottom to “ground” the letters.

My favorite ribbon, the black & white Gingham ribbon was added around the top of the card. Last, Elegant Faceted gems were added to the DSP in upper right corner.

I hope you like this not too scary Halloween card. here’s one last look. Have a great week! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Apple Harvest

Hi friends! I am sharing one of the cards we will be making at Card Class today plus a few pictures from our Colorado trip.

I started with a 4″ x 5.25″ panel of Granny Apple Green. I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set along the bottom. Next I added a triangle of the host DSP called Celebrate Everything. TIP: Cut a piece of 4″ x 5.25 of DSP & cut it on the diagonal. I stamped & die-cut my apple tree branch image & colored using Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green & Crumb Cake Marvelous Markers. Yes, I used Poppy Parade and not Real Red & here’s why: Poppy Parade is a little more bright (or a little less intense) than Real red & I wanted the stamp’s shading to show.

Using dimensionals, I mounted my colored Tree Branch image on a 3″ x 4″ piece of Garden Green Cardstock. I placed it on top of the DSP & Granny Apple Green panel lining up the opposite corners along the diagonal of the DSP.

Finishing touches of a little Linen Thread bow and Red Rhinestones. The card shouts fall, don’t you think?

One of the things that I really enjoyed was a stop to a fruit farm, called Apple Blossom Farms. We got to sample their jar products including jellies, fruited hot sauce and peach salsa which I love with grilled chicken (yum!).

The Kitchen and Store
Raspberry bushes in the front and peach trees in the back; & beautiful mountain scenery
Do you see the little kitty on the dirt road?
That’s me picking (& eating) raspberries

Here’s one last look at the Apple Harvest card. Thanks for indulging me with the trip pictures.

Have a great day & weekend!

Water Color Wash – Fall Leaves- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. 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.

Here is the watercolor wash process that I used.

1.Set up- prepare workspace & gather supplies

1. Gather your supplies & protect your work surface with waterproof pad. You will need a large acrylic block, markers and re-inkers, and Stampin’ Spritzers, Thick Basic White cardstock, two leaves from Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969). Here I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil delight. I used a paper towel to catch run off (& also so you could see the block better).

2. Use Markers & Re-inkers to color your block

Step 2. Color your block. I used both marker and re-inkers to make sure I had enough rich color. Try to keep your colors separate as they will blend with the next step. TIP: Sometimes your markers will leave enough ink/color & other times you will need a drop or two of re-inkers. This is dependent on the color itself and the age of your markers.

3. Scribble on block & spritz a light mist

Step 3. Scribble the ink drops around with the same colored marker. Then use your Stampin” Spritzer to lightly mist your colored block.

4. Lay cardstock Face down

Step 4. Lay your Basic white cardstock down on your block. Do not move around as this will blend the colors & make them muddy. You want to mostly keep the colors separate & distinctive.

5. Heat dry with Heat Tool

Step 5. Lift your paper straight up & use your Heat Tool to dry the paper. Don’t worry if your piece if warped; you can fix this later.

6. Loosely apply leaves to cardstock & repeat 1-5 Steps with leaves attached

Step 6. Loosely adhere your leaves to the cardstock in the position that you want. I used just a little bit of Stampin’ Seal in the middle of the leaf. (You will want to be able pick the leaves off the paper. Clean off your block & then repeat steps 1-5.

After you’ve dried the leaves & cardstock for the 2nd time with the Heat Tool, remove one leaf & distress by curling the edges & creating a couple of creases. Replace it in the original spot with more adhesive. Repeat with the second leaf.

I adhered my panel on Crumb Cake using “green” glue or Multipurpose liquid glue (#110755). This will flatten the panel. I added a narrow strip of Crumb Cake on top of the panel and made a little ribbon adornment using Natural Woven ribbon that was colored/distressed with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie; and then I tied two pieces of Crumb Cake twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (#155475) in the middle of the woven ribbon knot. Last, I added gems from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969).

We will be making this at my card classes this Friday. If you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Here’s a close look.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, my friend, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards . 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:

Happy Stamping, Marilyn aka MJ

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ <<==That’s me

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons

Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: None
  • Cardstock: Thick Basic White & Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969); Natural Woven ribbon (#159611); Baker’s Twine Essential Pack- Crumb Cake twine (#155475)

Sale! Stamp Sets- 15% off tomorrow only – Thursday- 9/15

Hi friends! I’m on vacation but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this sale. It doesn’t happen often & it’s only one day.

Sand Dune National Park

Click on the pdf to see the list. Please shop at my store. Stamp with MJ Store. If you purchase less than $150, I’d appreciate it if you use my Host Code. 9DGTN6PE If more than $150, be your own host & get rewards!

Thanks & I’ll see you again next week!! Marilyn

Paper Pumpkin- Last Day

Hi friends! Today’s the last day to sign up for the September Paper Pumpkin. I don’t want you to miss out!

It’s a very fun kit called Spooky Treats.

This kit includes:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 18 treat boxes—6 each of 3 designs. This all-inclusive kit includes printed box bases and tops, die-cut paper pieces, adhesives, and more!
  • The Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin Kit includes an Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set puts the TREAT in trick-or-treat with fun, Halloween-themed sentiments and designs. Embrace the spooky season with ghost, bat, spider, and star images. 
  • This kit also includes a special peek-through box top on one of the box designs. 

Finished box size: 2-1/2″ x 3″ x 1″ (6.4 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Gray Granite, Orchid Oasis, Fresh Freesia, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Why not try a 3 month pre-paid subscription & get the trio of holiday kits.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Brilliant Butterflies

Hi friends! The card I have for you today is a “Simple Stamping” card (#simplestamping).

I had these butterflies lying on my desk from a previous project. So I decided to color them in Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade and coordinate with Black and White DSP. I just love this color combination!

It was super easy! I started with a 4 x 5.25″ of DSP. Then I cut it on the diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner to give me a triangle. This was mounted on a Basic Black card base. Next I colored my butterflies with dark and light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, our alcohol markers. Then I added a bit of Poppy Parade on select areas. Last I added the beautiful white sequins from the Adhesive backed Seasonal Sequins.

I’m including a super close up so you can see the sequins. Depending on the light & background paper, they can look white like the top two sequins or iridescent like the lower three sequins. Regardless of what color you see – they are gorgeous!

Have a great Friday, friends! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Weekly Special Card- Splendid Day & Summer Shadow Dies

Did you get the memo? Stampin’ Up is offering weekly specials again. Today I’m featuring two products from this week’s special deals- Splendid Day DSP & Shaded Summer dies.

Each week the discounted products will change. I don’t want you to miss out because tomorrow (Thursday, 9/8) the below deals will be over & we’ll see a new set discounted products.

This paper- oh my! It’s so soft & pretty. One side of each sheet is covered entirely with foil & white ink. I wish you could see it IRL as it’s always hard to capture the shine of foil on camera.

Splendid Day DSP
Copywrite- Stampin’Up

For my card, I started with a Soft Sea Foam card base & stamped tone on tone with Soft Sea Foam ink & one of the leaf stamps from the Splendid Day stamp set. Next I added some of the Fresh Freesia foil paper on one side of the card base.

On top of the Foil DSP, I added a layer of Soft Sea Foam cardstock that was embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. An open leaf in Fresh Freesia from the Splendid Stems dies was added. I used glue dots in just two places to allow a “lift off” the paper giving the card a little more dimension.

The flower was cut using two dies from the Shaded Summer dies. A more solid piece in Fresh Freesia topped with the open flower in the Splendid Day DSP & then popped up on dimensionals. Three Opal Rounds were placed to add to the shimmer & shine of the card.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Splendid Day
  • Cardstock: Soft Sea Foam, Fresh Freesia
  • DSP: Splendid Day
  • Dies: Splendid Stems, Shaded Summer
  • Accessories: Opal Rounds
  • EF: Pretty Flowers

Order today & check back tomorrow for new specials. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Lovely You in Pretty Colors

Hi friends! Happy Labor Day to my US friends.

Today I have a pretty card featuring the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge. I used Polished Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green.

The technique I used is a fun one when you have the “right” stamp set. The Lovely You” stamp set is just perfect with its smaller images.

I took a strip of Basic White card stock & put it across my Basic White card front. Then I stamped away. Next I used my Basic Black marker to draw lines. I stamped my Congratulations sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. I added a few lines of color.

I mounted my stamped panel on a piece of Polished Pink & then mounted the entire panel on a thick Basic White card base.

I like the way it turned out. Lots of white space… Clean & Simple. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Sketch & Step-back Saturday

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! And happy long weekend!

Today I am sharing the sketch that I used yesterday. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite sketches from time to time. The new sketches will always be on a Saturday, but not every Saturday.

I usually don’t share a card that doesn’t have current product but I wanted to show you how you can take a card & make a similar one with whatever you have on hand. But you won’t be able to buy all the supplies for this one.

My card uses a 14 year old stamp and the rubber is in great shape and it stamps incredibly well. Gotta’ love how our SU! products hold up over time. The stamp is from a set called Thanksgiving Blessing. I think the image is ageless. The other stamps in the set are too, but the font is a bit old-school. Anyway, this stamp is 3.25 X 3′ even a larger size works such as 3.5 x 4 inches. I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla with lots of “white space” & it’s mounted on slightly larger piece of Blackberry Bliss. I set it aside so as to prepare the rest of the card.

My card base is also Blackberry Bliss. I embossed a 4 x 5.25 piece of Mango Melody with the Stripes & Splatter embossing folders (#157180-Currently available). Then I added a 1.5 x 5.25 piece of DSP. This is retired “Plaid Tidings” from 2020. I added my main panel using dimensionals.

Around at the top, I wrapped & made a bow in the retired Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon from 2021. Three orange/yellow Holiday Rhinestones from last year were added in the corner.

This sketch is so versatile, the image, the base and the side panel can all be size adjusted. I change up the papers & embellishments & sometimes it seems like you have a totally different card even though you are using the same sketch. Bounce back to yesterday to see the same sketch in action.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sketch & Step-back Saturday. Card.

Happy Weekend & Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)