Fun Fold- Nuts about YOU!!

Today I am sharing the fun fold I made for my Card Class this upcoming Friday. It’s usually the 4th Friday of the month in my home in Chesterfield MO. So if you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love to connect with you. I don’t usually share the cards before the class but this is an exceptional week. And, unfortunately, I had to cancel my class.

My Mr. started feeling like he had a cold on Monday. We both gave each other that inquisitive look. Aren’t we all conditioned to think of COVID these days? Since we were to meet friends for lunch today, we thought he’d better test. Sure enough, his home COVID test was positive. He’s doing fine except for a terrible headache, fatigue & mild sore throat. But I’m keeping my retired RN eyes on him. Like most metro areas, we still have a fair amount of COVID, but it seems we have this milder variant where many vaccinated & boosted folks (like my Mr.) get better without hospitalization. Thankfully, mine was negative this morning.

So I masked up & went grocery shopping this afternoon- stocked up on my Mr’s favorite food & drink & got a few things for myself, just in case. {wink, wink} And now I’m rushing around like a mad lady to get everything done in case I fall ill. Since I’m cancelling card class, I’m making kits for my peeps. I don’t want to disappoint my wonderful friends.

I created a PDF for my peeps; if you would like to receive it, please follow me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/StampwithMJ.MarilynJones & then comment that you’d like the PDF.

If you’re already a follower- thank you. Please comment so I know to send you the PDF too.

Stay Healthy & Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Free Product = Sale-a-Bration

Hi friends! I’m blog MIA again… we’re moving from our villa to a “new to us” house. Even though I don’t have anything personally to share, I didn’t want you to miss the incredible “free with $50” promotion called Sale-a-bration.

Two of my favorites are shown below.

It’s easy to overlook this Silver & Gold 6×6 paper. Dots & stripes in silver & gold- it doesn’t get any more versatile than this. Although I love the cards shown with Amazing Phrasing stamp set, I’m thinking about holiday cards. After all, it is Christmas in July time, right!?

The Amazing Phrasing stamp set is free with a $100 product order (pre-tax, pre-shipping). I LOVE big word sets! So easy to make a wow card using our DSP, decorative masks/stencils, embossing paste… you get the idea. If not check out “The Wow Factor” on page 128 in the Annual Catalog.

That’s it for me today… an update on our move. Most of my current paper crafting supplies have been moved & I’ve packed for a crop with my bestie crafty girlfriends next weekend. Now it’s time to clean cabinets and closets at the new house. Our furniture movers arrive on Monday 7/18. WooHoo!

Stay cool or go to the pool! Hugs & Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Ladybug inspiration from Card Class

Hi friends! I’ve got a really wonderful card to share with you. Wonderful because it was inspired by a couple of my friends & card class participants. I LOVE that we share ideas in class. I think I learn as much from the participants as they learn from me. Anyway, do you remember the ladybug card from April 6th.

The next classes are this Friday at 1p.m. & again at 7p.m. Then Sunday 24th at 2p.m. Registration deadline is today at 7 p.m. Email me if you’re interested.

I mentioned that you could flip the paper over the paper & make a black/white and red card instead of the Granny Apple Green & Crushed Curry side. Two friends did just that & it looked great. I had an extra kit cut so I decided to adapt the card using the”other side” of the paper.

Did I already mention that I love this bundle?! Ha- ha only a ‘gazillion times” right?! Anything with a punch is so quick & easy. Although I love our dies, the punches are especially good for mass production and card classes.

On this card, I flipped over the papers & added another ladybug & changed up the sentiment. I was inspired by Pinterest but this isn’t an exact copy; otherwise I would give credit to the creator. So many ideas out there- I grabbed an idea from here & there. Below are a couple of close-ups of my card.

Buffalo checks have been around for a while but still popular & I still love that black/white look! The dotted background is perfect for stamping on directly like I did with the sentiment. The Pattern Party papers will be missed as they were in a huge package of DSP as host gift. (If you love it too, you could host an on-line party before the end of April; just a $150 order qualifies. Connect with me if you’re interested).

I wrapped & frayed the ends of the black white twine from the soon retiring “Playful Pets” trim combo pack (20% off & in stock on Sunday). Black Matte dots were added. That’s it- easy peasy!

I hope you like this alternative to March’s card class card.

Have a great Monday, friends! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Black
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder
  • Accessories: Black Matte Dots, Playful Pets black & white twine

Spring Thank you- Card Class

Happy Friday, friends! I am excited to share a card that we created at my March card class. Yes- I am unashamedly promoting my card classes. I would love for you to join us if you live in the St. Louis area. Contact me for more information. Isn’t this a “spring-y” card? I offered an alternative panel to the “thank you so much” that said “Happy Easter” from the Celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog (page 65). Instead of the banner, the sentiment was cut with our Layering Circles dies in the same color combination.

This past Wednesday, I shared on this blog a Hello Ladybug card that was quick and easy and wrote that it was because we were making a more time consuming card at class. This is that more time consuming card.

We started with a Basic White panel 4 x 5.25 & embossed it with our Painted Textures Embossing Folder. Next, using Balmy Blue ink & our blending brushes, we lightly shaded the embossed folder to give a sky appearance.

The Cinnamon Cider trees were die cut with the Inspired Canopy dies and adhered to our embossed panel. Also these dies have “swoops” or hills which we cut in pear pizzazz & added that to the bottom of the embossed panel.

Also included in the dies are four (4) different leaf bunches. We cut 6-7 of the bunches in the various shapes in Pattern Party DSP & adhered to our trees. An easy way to adhere multiple small pieces is to use your Silicone craft mat. In one corner, put a small amount of Multipurpose liquid glue & use a sponge & binder clip to dab into the glue the then dab onto the backside of leaf bunches & then adhere to the trees. We layered the bunches & even cut a few to fit. Below is a closeup of the leaf bunches; the detail is amazing!

These Inspiring Canopy dies are part of a bundle called Inspiring Thoughts. The bundle is retiring & so are the dies, but the stamp set is not. That was a little confusing at first. Anyway, as I write this, you can still get the bundle; retiring products are available while supplies last. So once they are gone, they are gone for good. Click on the shopping card to order now or send me an email.

Our sentiment from the companion to the dies (Inspiring Thoughts). We stamped it in Fresh Freesia on a 1/2″ panel of Basic White. Then using our Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, we created the 3/4″ Fresh Freesia base. We mounted the entire tree panel on a base of Thick Basic White card stock.

It was a little time consuming but what a pretty Spring card, don’t you think? Well worth it for that someone special!

My next card classes are April 22 and April 24. If you’re interested, email me and I’ll share the details including pictures of the cards that we’ll be making.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inspired thoughts
  • Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Pear Pizzazz, Fresh Freesia, Basic White (thick and regular)
  • DSP: Pattern Party (host)
  • Ink: Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue
  • Dies/Punches: Inspired Canopy dies, Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Tools: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, Silicone mat, Blending Brush, Multipurpose liquid glue, sponge & binder clip

Ladybug – Card Class card

Hello friends!! At my March card class, we created this adorable card. We kept it simple so it will be easily “mail-able” and fast. Since we had another card that was a little time consuming, it worked out perfectly.

The card base is real red so there’s an inner piece of basic white for writing a message. The black panel is topped with Pattern Party DSP, a host reward that is retiring soon. One side is colorful and fun & the other is black and white (and equally fun but more classic). I cut a very narrow strip of Basic Black card stock to place between the two patterns of paper.

I just love this ladybug.. So easy with the punch. It’s part of a bundle in the January-June mini catalog & you’ll want to grab before June so you can get the discounted bundle price. The sentiment is from the Hello Ladybug stamp set.

My next classes are Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. If you live in the St. Louis area, I would love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black and Basic WHite
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder

Flowers InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! As we prepare for Spring, flowers are always on our minds. We are sharing flower-themed projects with you today 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.

Forever Blossoms & Cherry Blossom dies

I have so much fun creating for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. I try to create something special & I hope you like it. I reached for Forever Blossoms & the matching Cherry Blossoms dies, a favorite from the Annual Catalog.

A SIDE NOTE: The reason this set is a favorite is because it reminds me of a March business trip to Washington, DC. which I took many years ago. I was fortunate to be able to see the cherry trees in bloom. I didn’t have a lot of time, after all it was a business trip, but I spent an hour-ish walking among the trees. What a beautiful experience & memory!

Back to the card… Over the years, I’ve watched many videos on how to color with alcohol markers. For full effect, layering color is the trick with blends & allowing the colors to dry before proceeding with more color or lifting of color. Stampin’ Up makes it easy to know where to shade darker as the shading is “built into” the stamp design.

Even though these blossoms are more vivid than the real life version, I really like them & also I wanted to use the gorgeous Polished Pink color. It takes time to layer color with Blends but so totally worth it! Here I used Petal Pink and Polished Pink on the blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and Pool Party for the background.

I have been making Easter cards, as I send out quite a few. I think this Cherry Blossom is a perfect image for an Easter card. My sentiment is from “Celebrating You” stamp set in the Jan- Jun mini catalog. I can’t believe how much I have used this set! Anyway, I heat embossed with gold & added gold Simple Elegant trim behind the sentiment panel. A little gold bow was added to the stem of the the flower. Lastly, I added some “Loose Flowers” as an extra “wow” embellishment.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Forever Blossoms, Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Pool Party
  • DSP: 6×6 In Color DSP (Polished Pink)
  • Ink: Momento Black, Versamark
  • Stampin’ Blends: Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Soft Succulent, Pool Party
  • Dies: Cherry Blossom, Layering Circles
  • Embossing Folders: Dots from Checks & Dots, Tasteful Textures
  • Gold Metallic Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  • Accessories: Gold Simply Elegant Trim, Loose Flowers

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

Happy Stamping, 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:
  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Joanne Whittington at The Inky Dragon
  6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  10. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  12. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots

Just Peachy Crate

Hello there, friends! I put together this “Just Peachy” crate as a donation for a silent auction.

You may recall that I shared a Just Peachy One Sheet Wonder (OSW) back in November. I had so much fun creating the peachy cards. So much so that I have left only one sheet plus scraps of the 12 sheet Designer Series Paper (DSP).

So I gathered up eight (8) cards included our Basic White envelopes and made a little peach crate. I added a decorated peachy candle, a notebook & a peach pen. (non Stampin’Up)

Stampin’Up has a fabulous March special- 20% off the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine & select die & stamp bundles from our Annual Catalog including Sweet as a Peach bundle.

20% off these select bundles

Below are the eight cards that were included in the crate.

I hope you have a great Monday & take advance of the sale. Marilyn (aka MJ)

GDP 332- CASEing Kim Fee

Greetings! Lucky me, I had a chance to play in the studio this morning; here’s what I made. Yeah- Happy Satur-Yay!

I always love playing challenges so I chose the Global Design Project 332 to case the card below by Kim Fee.

First I embossed a Basic White panel using the Pretty Flowers EF. Then using our Blending Brushes, I added Mango Melody ink especially on the larger embossed flowers.

The floral image from Shaded Summer is stamped in Crumb Cake & die cut with the coordinating dies from a previous SAB. (Now retired). Using a blender pen, I colored the flower white space with Mango Melody & the leaves with Mint Macaroon.

The floral image was mounted on Paper Lattice just like Kim’s card. My ribbon is Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim & tied the Crumb Cake Bakers Twine from the Essentials pack.

I changed the orientation & mounted the entire panel on Crumb Cake card stock. I didn’t add a sentiment on the front so I can decide later on the occasion (bday, thinking of you, etc.) & I’ll stamp on the inside.

I hope you had a great Saturday! Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Shaded Summer
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Mint Macaroon
  • Accessories: Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim, Crumb Cake Bakers Twine, Paper Lattice
  • Tools: Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder, Blending Brushes, Blending Pen

Artistic Easter

Hello Friends! I’m starting to make my Easter & Spring cards. We’ve had nice weather these past few days in St. Louis so I’m thrilled to be making some bright, cheery cards.

I made this card for two challenges. The first is a sketch on Paper Players (PP580). It’s such a fabulous sketch; take a look at the entrees for the many interpretations. Lots of great ideas on their site.

The second challenge is a color challenge on Color Throwdown. I thought these colors would make a great Easter card & obviously so did the Color Throwdown team based on their graphic. LOL.

I love a plaid or check for Easter cards & choose Pacific Point DSP for the main color. It’s blue & this shade of blue is one of my favorites.

I cut the large Artistic dies flower in Pumpkin Pie & mounted it on top of a strip of Granny Apple Green. My greeting was stamped in Pacific Point on Vellum card stock. Last, I added Blue Adhesive backed gems.

I hope you are inspired to make some Easter or Spring cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Ink: Pacific Point
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Vellum
  • DSP: Brights 6×6 In Pacific Point
  • Dies: Artistic dies
  • Accessories: Blue Adhesive Backed Gems

Watercolor Shapes meets Flowers of Friendship

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Now that I’m retired, I really like Mondays… it gives me a chance to start fresh with new goals. I had some challenges with my posts last week so I am sorry I missed you on Friday. Anyway, today I am sharing a card that is totally out of my comfort zone- only one layer if you don’t count the matte and the base. No DSP & no embellishments.

I made this card for the color challenge from Sunday Stamps. I love blues so their Winter Blues color challenge was right up my alley. I used Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso on watercolor paper.

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #523; even though I didn’t make it in time for the challenge. Isn’t this a great sketch?! So many things that you can do with it. I wanted to try my hand with my new stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.

The Balmy Blue rectangle and the Bermuda Bay circles on my card are part of the Watercolor Shapes stamp set. I used a ruler and my Early Espresso marker to draw the lines around the Balmy Blue rectangle.

A close- up view

Next I masked off the lower edge of the rectangle & then stamped in Early Espresso the floral image from Flowers of Friendship. Last, my sentiment from Enjoy the Moment stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso.

Here’s one last look. Thanks so much for stopping over. Have a great Monday!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Watercolor Shapes, Flowers of Friendship, Enjoy the Moment (sentiment)
  • Paper: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Watercolor paper
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay; Early Espresso marker
  • Tools: Stamp-a-ratus, ruler