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)

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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