Adorable Owls

Have you seen the Adorable Owls Sale-a-Bration stamp set? There are so much creativity with this set. I think because it is truly adorable. For my next three posts I will be sharing cards made with this set & the same sketch- my Sketch 2.

There’s a casual card (today) an avid card & an artfully avid card. Basically it’s a simple card that’s stepped up some in version 2 & stepped up even more in the third version. Nice to have options. Here’s the casual card.

Marilyn Jones Sketch 2

Chose three pieces of coordinating double sided Designer Series Paper (DSP). Cut to 3.75 x 4.5″. TIP: If you use 12 x 12 paper you can get 6 sets. Then cut the 4.5″ side at 1.5″ and 3″. Now there are 3 pieces that are 1.5″ by 3.75.

Pick a coordinating color of cardstock & cut a 4″ X 4.75″ piece to serve as a mat. Mine is Calypso Coral. Mount the three 1.5″ x 4″ DSP pieces equal distance on the cardstock. Set aside. TIP: Align the two outer pieces approximately the same distance from the edges & then center the middle piece between the two outer pieces.

Using a scrap piece of coordinating cardstock, stamp the owl in Basic Black. Stamp your sentiment using the same color of cardstock. Also cut a 1/2″ X 4″ piece of the same color of cardstock & add dimensionals to the back. Tie a piece of ribbon in a coordinating color around the cardstock strip.

Punch out the stamped owl using the Decorative Circle punch. Color the owl according to your taste. Since this is a casual card, I didn’t color much & this is also why I used a light colored cardstock in Fresh Freesia. The non-white background gives the image some fun without adding a lot of time for coloring.

The last steps are building your card. Adhere your DSP-cardstock panel to the card base. Adhere the ribbon-cardstock strip across the center of the DSP panel. Adhere the Owl and the sentiment to the outside. Add a sentiment to the inside.

It’s a very basic card that’s easy to mass produce. I always like the clean & simple designs for a swap group that I belong to. But these stampers are so experienced that I don’t want it to be boring. In my next post, I’ll show how to take it up a notch.

  • Supplies: from Annual Catalog unless otherwise stated
  • Stamps: Adorable Owl #160269 (Sale-a-bration ’23) ; Sentiment- Something Fancy #160416 (Jan-April ’23 mini Catalog)
  • Cardstock: Fresh Freesia #155613, Calypso Coral #122925
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): Dandy Designs #160836 (Sale-a-bration ’23)
  • Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black #132708; for coloring: Fresh Freesia #155611, Calypso Coral #147101, Gray Granite #147118
  • Tools: Decorative Circle Punch #159174, Blender pen #102845
  • Accessories: Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon #155615

Come back soon for the second card- the Avid version. Thanks for stopping today. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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Friend Valentine

Happy Thursday, friends! My card today starts with a Petal Pink card base with layer of Petal pink embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder.

Then a piece of Balmy Blue was die cut along the bottom in a whimsical way using the hearts from the Around the Bend dies. The bikes were taken from a piece of the Country Floral Lane DSP.

The sentiment from the Love for You stamp set was stamped in Sweet Sorbet on Petal Pink. The “Happy Valentines Day” was die cut using the Something Fancy dies.

Last, three of the Balmy Blue die cut hearts were added along with three Balmy Blue Iridescent Gems.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Stay tuned for more ideas for Valentine’s Day cards! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Sending Support

Hi friends! Today’s card was made to showcase more of Stampin’ Up’s new products. There are so many great products in the new Mini Catalog (January-April ’23). I wanted to share something other that the favorite Petal Park & Regency Park which I’ve used on previous days. Another day I will get going on Valentine cards but in the meantime I made this card.

I used for the Color Throwdown Challenge of Gray, Navy and White.

I also chose a sketch from this week’s Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers but I flipped the sketch so I could show you these fabulous dies called “Around the Bend” in the new Mini Catalog. .

The papers are really the star here…the silver is from “Like an Animal” DSP & the Night of Navy is from “By the Bay”. Both DSPs have such a nice shine & the design is similar with the scale or shell design. Gotta’ love how SU! products coordinate even between product bundles!

The sentiment if from ” Sending Support” a Sale-a -bration stamp set. Such nice sentiments in this one set. The one on the front of the card pairs with the inside sentiment. Front: There are so many ways you might feel right now… Inside: Alone isn’t one of them. The sentiment was cut with the Tailored Tag dies from the Annual Catalog.

Gray twine left over from the December Paper Pumpkin was wrapped around the tag. And silver pearls from the Red & Green adhesive backed Pearl pack which carried over from the holiday Mini Catalog.

On the inside, I used the cut off piece from the front’s Around the Bend dies & a little strip of By the Bay Night of Navy DSP.

Here are two pictures of some of the new products.

Cling #160650 OR Photopolymer #162383
Sale-a-bration Sending Support #160822

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Framed Regency Park DSP & Petal Park Flower

I have a card that I have really fell in love with & I hope you like it too. Such as simple design & the colors- Balmy Blue, Sweet Sorbet and Night of Navy are one of my favorite color combinations.

On the Sweet Sorbet card base, Petal Park flowers were stamped using Versamark. Then a left-sided layer of Night of Navy (2.5″ x 5.5″) that is topped with gorgeous Regency Park DSP was added to the Sweet Sorbet card base.

Stylish Shapes dies were nestled together to create the Balmy Blue frame. A different pattern of the Regency Park DSP was mounted on the inside.

The entire panel was amped up with dimensionals. A Night of Navy ink on Balmy Blue cardstock flower was punched out using the Petal Park Builder punch. It was added to the corner of the framed DSP using dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Picturesque stamp set; it was inked with Night of Navy & stamped on Balmy Blue & die cut using Stylish Shapes. Two Milky Dots in Night of Navy were added to the sentiment banner.

I hope you like it as much as I do. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Here are some of the products I used:

REGENCY PARK 6″ X 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER • 160559 |48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
#160511 Picturesque

Petal Park & Regency Park

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Today I’m sharing the new stamp set & punch bundle called Petal Park. It’s part of a Suite Collection called Regency Park. The Suite has two stamp sets, a punch & dies plus Designer Series Paper, textured Shimmer paper, Embossing Folder, ribbon & Milky Dot embellishments. All perfectly coordinated in true Stampin’Up style.

You’re going to love this fresh & trendy suite. The colors are so crisp just in time for our spring creations. Here’s a look at the Designer Series Paper (DSP).

REGENCY PARK 6″ X 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER • 160559 | 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs

The DSP was cut at an angle & mounted on a 4”x 5.25” of Night of Navy cardstock. Then the new Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon was wrapped across the connection between the two angled pieces of DSP.

Using the Stylish Shapes dies, a stitched circle was cut in Sweet Sorbet and another in Basic White. The leaves stamp was inked the Shaded Spruce & stamped off onto scrap paper & the stamped on the stitched circle.


The trio of flowers stamp was inked in Sweet Sorbet & then punched out. Three leaves in “full strength” Shaded Spruce we’re stamped & punched out. Last Milky Dots in Mango Melody were added to the center of the flowers.

Here’s one last look. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Valentine or Birthday Treat boxes

These envelope treat boxes were introduced in our last July- December Mini Catalog. I’m so glad they “carried over” & are still available. YaY!!

10 white, stampable boxes. 20 gold foil stickers.

The dimensions of the folded box is 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ x 1″ & hold a gift card or a sweet treat. (Food safe box). Perfect for party or office gift(s).

Here are pictures of how I decorated the box.

# 159253
DSP strips on the blank sides
Triangles of Sweet Sorbet Glimmer paper #159246
Item # 159246
2022–2024 IN COLOR 6″ X 6″ GLIMMER PAPER

Instead of the gold goal seal, I created a Glimmer paper stitched circle tab using the Stylish Shapes dies. Sweet Sorbet twine was wrapped around the box & tied in a bow.

Stamp directly on the outside of the box for an even easier way to decorate these perfect gift boxes.

Have a great day! Marilyn (akaMJ)