Birthday Tulips

Yesterday was our youngest daughter’s birthday. She is a lovely, beautiful young adult who works very hard at a dream job in her field. She and her handsome husband live about 40 minutes away so we don’t see them on a daily basis. 😦 I mailed this card with a special “birthday present” check tucked inside from My Mister (her Dad) and I.

She loves elephants and I’ve bought & used just about every elephant stamp that Stampin’ Up has ever made (Good Luck, Henry Says, elebration birthday single stamp, little elephant stamps & builder punch to name just a few). And I still have all of them since that’s her favorite. But this year I wanted to switch it up & send just a beautiful card that represents her beauty, both inside and out.

She has always been our “little sunshine” so I decided to use So Saffron card stock as the base & topped with a piece of So Saffron that was embossed with our Tasteful Textures EF (Embossing Folder). Over that layer, I added a piece of vellum with the corner cut with the geometric collection of tiny squares from the Tulip Dies.

For the tulips the “Simply Marbelous” DSP in Bumblebee- Saffron and also Balmy Blue-Misty Moonlight from the Sale-a-bration catalog was used. It’s a wonderful collection of blended, gradient colors that work great for all sorts of images such as these tulips.

There is no “right” way to put the tulips together; you can look at the catalog images for ideas. I watched a few YouTube videos but most people had their own idea on how the pieces went together so I went with my own idea. Just pioneer your own way!

When making this card, I tried to add some bling or ribbon, but that took away from the beauty of the flowers. I just love the look of the tulips against the vellum! The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulip stamp set too; there are a lot of wonderful sentiments- I like the Thank You the best but not appropriate for a birthday card- LOL!

  • Supplies: All Stampin up
  • Stamps: Flowering Tulips
  • Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
  • DSP: Simply Marbleous (Sale-a bration)
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight
  • Dies/Punch: Tulip dies. Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Accessories: Tasteful Textures EF

Sale-a-brate with Royalty

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! We are having so much fun with our new Sale-a-Bration products and are excited to share some of that fun with you today. This month’s projects feature papers or stamp sets (or both!) from Stampin’ Up!’s January – February 2022 Sale-a-Bration brochure. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Isn’t this DSP the most fun? It is one of the products that’s free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-a-bration catalog. I just love all the happy colors and the rainbow images. My card base is Magenta Madness & on top is another Magenta Madness piece embossed with the Tasteful Textures EF.

Using my rectangle postage punch, I punch out the little rainbow and sun from the DSP. The Misty Moonlight background DSP is mounted on Crushed Curry card stock.

For my sentiment, I chose “Thanks for Brightening up my day”. This is from “Special Moments” stamp set also from the Sale-a-bration catalog (free with a $100 purchase). Check it- the entire set is sentiments in fabulous fonts for all kinds of occasions (or no occasion at all like “hang in there”, “just a little hi from me”, “thinking of you” and ‘Hello sunshine which would work great with this DSP too.

My sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight on Crushed Curry and mounted off the bottom edge of a Mango Melody panel. I cut two narrow pieces of DSP in Mango Melody and mounted across the sentiment panel across the bottom & extending past the edges. Last I added three small Pale Papaya Loose Flowers along the edge which are from our Annual Catalog.

Here’s one more look.

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

 

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Daffodil Afternoon – Fast & Easy cards

Hi friends & Happy Monday! I have some quick & easy cards using DSP from our Sale-a-Bration catalog. The DSP is Daffodil Afternoon. On one side are beautiful floral images & the other is basics patterns.

I love taking a pack of DSP and making basic cards. For all these cards, I used the same layout. The DSP is cut at 4” x 1.75”. I took three pieces & adhered to a 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” piece of cardstock in a coordinating color. I put a narrow piece of cardstock between the DSP panels. This allows me to lay down the DSP right next to each other versus cutting the DSP smaller & centering the DSP pieces on the cardstock. The effect is similar. I learned that trick from one of Connie Stewart’s videos.

I used the double oval punch & created “thinking of you” sentiment panels using the Sale-a-Bration set called “Special Moments. The “thank you” is from “Happy & Heartfelt” set in the January – June catalog. I added coordinating ribbon & embellishments to finish the cards.

Thanks for stopping over. I hope you are having as much fun as I am with your Sale-a-Bration “free with $50 purchase”!

Marilyn (aka MJ)

Art Gallery meets Black & White Stripes

Hi friends! Happy Friday. I hope you all are safe from the winter weather. Today’s card is one that I played with for two days before I “got it right” or was happy with it.

I used The Card Concept challenge as my inspiration. I really wanted to use my new Flowering Tulips bundle from the January-June mini catalog but I just couldn’t get them to work. So I pulled out my favorite floral back when the new Annual Catalog came out last June- Art Gallery

Even though I wasn’t able to use the new tulips, I was able to use new Layering Designs vellum from the January-June mini catalog. And new to me, but from our Annual Catalog, Encircled in Beauty dies.

My central flower was made by stamping Polished Pink on Flirty Flamingo. Then I used Versa-mark, Heat & Stick powder & my embossing gun to create a sticky layer & then I added Gold Leafing. With a stiff art stipple brush, I brushed off the excess leafing.

The inside of the card

Have a great weekend! If you’re snow bound, take some time for paper crafting! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Art Gallery
  • Ink: Polished Pink, Versamark
  • Paper: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Gold Foil Speciality, Patterns Party DSP, Layering Designs Vellum
  • Dies: Floral Gallery, Encircled in Beauty
  • Accessories: Heat & Stick powder, Gold Leafing

Hello Ladybug- Two versions- Simple & Avid

Hi friends! Today I have two cards for you, again, like last week. A simple and avid or stepped-up version. I love Stampin’ Up & all the coordinating products. But sometimes you need just a simple card that packs a punch. Below is a picture of both cards, side by side.

The simple & avid cards both use the same sketch, stamps and colors.

For the simple card, the first layer is a Basic Black 4” x 5.25”. On top of that is a piece of Basic White 3.75” x 4.25”. I stamped in Granny Apple Green the large leaf from the “Hello Ladybug” stamp set.

A 1.5” x 5.25” strip of Daffodil Delight DSP from Sale-a-bration was adhered directly to the black and white cardstock. A sweet sentiment “It’s a good day!” from the stamp set was inked Real Red ink & stamped on Basic White.

I stamped the wing dots in black Momento & punched them out using the new Ladybug Builder punch. Then I punched the Ladybug body out of Basic Black.

The avid card follows the above except the DSP was cut down so a Real Red panel could be added below it & popped up with dimensionals. I used the gorgeous Black & White Gingham ribbon that carried over from the past July -December Mini catalog.

For the sentiment, I pulled a little trick using our double oval punch. I stamped my sentiment on a 0.25” strip of Basic White. You can see in the picture below how I centered the strip & then punched to get the rounded ends.

I added Black Matte dots from our Annual catalog on the sentiment & the ladybug, like eyes. Last I changed the card base from Basic White to Granny Apple Green.

I hope you like these cards! Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Lots of Pun- Paper Pumpkin Alternative & next month’s Kit

I am so over the top crazy about our December Paper Pumpkin. I made the above card using the “piece of bread” image from the stamp set. So here’s the story…I was participating in a Paper Pumpkin Zoom meeting with my AWESOME Up-line (my SU! demonstrator sponsor), Brian King and fellow demonstrators. Brian made the comment about stamping the bread pieces in a row. That’s when it hit me that this image would be perfect for the Freshly Made Sketch 517 . I’d been staring at the sketch all week & trying to come up with a unique design. Thanks Brian for inspiring me!

Here are two pictures of the kit. One with the cards as fully detailed with instructions so you can copy them. And the second shows all the pieces that are in the kit. It is such as great deal! Nine (9) cards & coordinating envelopes, embellishments and a stamp set for just $22.

Here’s a close-up of the card. I added the Balmy Blue dots from the kit at the last minute & I’m not sure if I like them or should have just used the Early Espresso”eyes” from the face image. What do you think?

Next month’s kit is sure to be a winner too. Here’s a sneak peek. Remember, demonstrators don’t get to see the contents or stamp set, just like you. But here is what I do know. I really like when the Paper Pumpkin is “occasion” oriented; this one is sure to have love/Valentine

IMPORTANT: SUBSCRIBE by the 10th of the month (TODAY) if you want this month’s kit.

Name: Kisses & Hugs- January 2022

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 10 cards—5 each of 2 designs—and 10 coordinating envelopes
  • Kit features an exclusive Two-Step photopolymer stamp set
  • Kit includes a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (11.4 x 10.8 cm) heart-shaped cards; folded
  • Coordinating colors: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla

Add-on

Name: Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes  Item number: 160147 | $10.00 USD | Details:Contains

20 mini treat boxes and 20 heart tags

Gold cord: 10-1/2″ yards (9.6 m)

Finished size: 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ (4.4 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm)

Printed with gold foil

These coordinated treat boxes are not included in this month’s kit and are only available for purchase separately as an add-on online starting 25 January. You must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase and they are only available while supplies last.

I hope you’ll consider signing up for the Paper Pumpkin. Here’s my link:

Have a great Monday, Friends. Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

You’re Wonderful- two takes

“I think You’re Wonderful” is an excellent sentiment for a valentine for friends, acquaintances or colleagues, don’t you think? Today I created a simple card (left) and a more stepped up version (right) using the same sketch.

I like a simple card if I’m short on time or I’m mass producing cards. But it’s still beautiful, don’t you think? I used the new catalog “Sweet Talk” DSP and adhered it directly to my Basic White card base. The sentiment tag was made using Real Red ink on Basic White & cut with the Lovely Labels pick a punch. Red Rhinestones from the annual catalog were added to the sides of sentiment panel.

Both cards feature a Real Red embossed heart from the new “Love & Happiness” bundle.

The stepped up version adds a piece of Blushing Bride card stock under the “Sweet Talk” DSP. Real Red Double Stitched Satin ribbon from the annual catalog was tied around DSP-card stock panel. I used one of the Label die cuts from the “Love & Happiness” bundle to cut the sentiment & added Red Rhinestones on the sentiment panel like the simple version. I also added three Red Rhinestones at the top left.

I hope you can use this sketch for your cards. Have a great Friday & weekend. Stay warm! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Valentine Greetings

Hi friends! Today’s card features products from the new January-July mini catalog.

The embossed open heart was created using the “Love & Happiness” bundle. I mounted the open heart on a panel of Highland Heather & then stamped the sentiment in Real Red in the middle. If you look close you can see the beautiful detail of the embossing.

The DSP is called “Sweet Talk”; it has some great Valentine colors- Real Red, Petal Pink, Highland Heather, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green & Balmy Blue.

The sentiment is also from the “Love & Happiness” bundle; there are 15 sentiments in total including anniversary, wedding, engagement & love.

I hope you have a chance to look at the new catalog. It has some marvelous products & something is bound to strike your fancy. Let me know if you’d like a catalog.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Love & Happiness
  • Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Highland Heather; DSP- Sweet Talk
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Dies & EF: Love & Happiness
  • Accessories: Playful Pets Trim

Driving By- SAB sneak peek

Hi friends! I hope your holidays were as wonderful as mine. Today I have a sneak peek of upcoming products from the SAB (Sale-a-Bration) catalog.

Isn’t that car image fun?! I stamped it on a 2.5” x 2.5” of Basic White & mounted it on a 2.75 x 2.75 piece of Bumbebee card stock. I colored it by scribbling my markers on a silicone mat & picking up the color with blender pen. This technique allows for good control of the color intensity; it’s a great way to add color lightly. The car image from a stamp set called “Driving By”. It’s yours free with a $50 purchase during SAB.

The DSP is also a Sale-a-bration special; also free with a different $50 purchase. It’s called “Marbleous”. It’s so versatile with lots of great colors. I cut 0.75 x 5” strips in Bumblebee, Coastal Cabana & Misty Moonlight. And then mounted them side by side on a piece of 3.75” x 5” Misty Moonlight.

“Fan” Baker’s Twine in Night of Navy from the new January-July Occasions min catalog was wrapped around the Misty Moonlight panel & tied in a knot with a small piece of Bumblebee gingham ribbon.

Lastly the birthday sentiment was stamped on Bumblebee.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Driving By; sentiment- Art Gallery
  • Paper: Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee; DSP- Simply Marbleous
  • Ink: Black Momento; Markers- Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Basic Black, Sahara Sand.
  • Accessories: Fan Bakers Twine, Bumblebee Gingham ribbon
  • Tools: Silicone mat, Blender pen

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Frosty with Stenciled Snowflakes

Hi friends! Today I have a fun & quick card that was created with the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. I just love Christmas carols, stories and movies. Whenever I see a super cute snowman, I think of “Frosty the Snowman”. So I am naming my card “Frosty” because I can; after all, it is my card. LOL!

Anyway, the kit was originally designed as treat holders, but I wasn’t planning on sharing this sized treats this holiday so I re-purposed the contents.

I made my card base in Poppy Parade. Next, I mixed a small amount of our Matte Finish embossing paste with a few drops of Pool Party; then I used the Snowflake stencil in our Adorning Designs Decorative masks to stencil onto the card front. The snowflakes turned out looking more gray than blue because of the Poppy Parade paper, but even though I didn’t anticipate this, I do like it. BTW, these masks are going to retire at the end of the month; so grab yours now.

You can speed up the drying process by using your heat gun. But I wasn’t in a hurry so, I waited until the following day to adhere the snowman to the front allowing the sides and bottom extend past the card front. Then I trimmed down the snowman at the edges. I inked up only “Merry” from the kit sentiment’s “Merry Christmas” and stamped it on the front.

My Posts during the holidays will be inconsistent. We’ll be spending a lot of time with family. But I’ll still be escaping to my studio for some mood enhancement & I’ll share my creations as time allows. If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up to follow me.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)