Christmas Bird

Happy Sunday, friends!

I had some extra time this weekend to play in the studio. One of my favorite things to do is to play along with card challenges. So I chose the Global Design Project Challenge “Case the Designer” & this week it is Stesha Bloodhart (Stampin Hoot). Below is my card & the second picture is the card to case.

Don’t you just love her card!

I chose a base of Real Red & added a layer Crumb Cake to keep with Stesha’s card. On top of the Crumb Cake is a green plaid which looks like DSP but it is actually from our October Paper Pumpkin, specifically I cut down the envelope.

My bird is from the “Free as a Bird” stamp set which was stamped on a Crumb Cake circle using Momentous Tuxedo Black. Then I used my Crumb Cake blend to outline the image.

A Real Red Scalloped Circle is on top of the Merriest Moments frame cut down using a scallop circle. A few leaves from the Forever Flourshing dies were added under the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from the set “Christmas to Remember” & stamped in Real Red. Red Rhinestones were added for a little sparkle.

I hope you have a Blessed Sunday & that you too were able to find some time to stamp.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

One Design, Three Ways

Hi Friends & Happy Wednesday!

Today I have three cards for you. Naturally, you should see the similarities. Each has an embossed panel, ink blending, a Whimsical Tree, and the horizontal element.

I was at a crop recently & a friend loaned me her Whimsical Tree dies. I designed the card below & then diecut a load of these trees to bring home. I planned on using the card as my template & make more with all those diecut Whimsical trees. I was inspired by Rachel Woollard’s card seen HERE

I loved the way Rachel shaded her background & the placement of her tree. I then set out to make it my own.

I grounded my card with a strip of Real Red cardstock & a piece of the retired sale-a-bration Peaceful Prints. Wink of Stella highlight the tree which is topped with a gold star. The “Christmas Wishes” sentiment is from the “Banner Year” stamp set. Three Red Rhinestones add a little bling to this clean & simple card.

I changed a few things on my next card but it’s still easy & simple.

I added Embossing Paste on the tree & used two pieces of DSP; the Real Red piece is from “Heartwarming Hugs” & the Evening Evergreen/Soft Succulent piece is from Annual catalog’s “Tidings of Christmas” DSP. I love these fun & bright prints.

The background is blended with Soft Succulent ink. The tree star is one of the “Cute Stars” in Highland Heather. The sentiment is from our October Paper Pumpkin. The dark green jewels are from the Annual catalog & called Holiday Rhinestone Jewels”. I really like how the paste looks on the tree!

My last card is totally stepped up but you can still see the similarities, right?!

I decided to amp up with gold metallics including the Gold Metallic Paper behind the white panel & on top of the Evening Evergreen card base. Also used on the scalloped oval.

I pulled out two of my favorites that carried over to this year from the Jan-July ‘20 catalog, specifically, the Gold Leafing on the tree & the Fine Art ribbon. I tied a bow with the gold elegant trim on the ribbon. The sentiment is from the “Merriest Moments” stamp set. Champagne Rhinestones from the current mini catalog add a little more sparkle.

I hope you like these three cards & are inspired to make cards similar yet with different products for a totally different feel. Which one is your favorite? I got a “thumbs up” from the “Sports Fan” here.

Thanks for stopping & have a great day! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Merriest Moments

Hi friends!

Today’s card features the Merriest Moments Bundle. I like a few non-traditional color cards although traditional colors are preferred by DH (dear husband). So I can be sure this card & its duplicates are just for me. (Teehee)

The card base is Soft Sea Foam & the background dots stamp & Evening Evergreen ink we’re used to make the background on the base.

Soft Succulent cardstock was cut & embossed using the hybrid EF & die. The white ink was used to soften & define the embossing. The sentiment is from the set & stamped in Evening Evergreen on Soft Sea Foam; and there’s a piece of Polished Pink cardstock sneaking out behind the sentiment panel.

My flowers were inspired by Nikki Spencer; she used Blushing Bride & Polished Pink & I used the same. My centers were Evening Evergreen with an In Color Jewel.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Merriest Moments
  • Cardstock: Soft Sea Foam, Soft Succulent, Polished Pink, Basic White
  • Ink: Evening Evergreen, White, Polished Pink, Blushing Bride
  • Dies: Merriest Frames hybrid Embossing Folder
  • Accessories: In Color Jewels

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stampin’, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Easy Peachy Day Cards

Hi friends!

I have three cards for you today with the same layout. I’ve been making cards to bundle as holiday gifts & I want to keep them quick & easy.

When I do these gift bundles, I pick a suite of products. This bundle is “You’re a Peach” as seen on page 60-61 of the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. I chose the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) Sweet as a Peach. Then I gathered coordinating cardstock, ink and embellishments. That’s what I love most about Stampin’ Up- it all coordinates perfectly.

The card base is 8.5 x 5.5 in Calypso Coral & Thick Basic White cardstock. The next layer is 5.25 x 4 in Pear Pizzazz cardstock. The DSP is cut at 3.75 x 5. With one sheet of 12×12 DSP, you will get six panels with a little left over that you can use to decorate the inside of your cards or save for your other cards.

I designed the sentiments a little different. I used layering circles dies, double oval punch and the Tailored Tag punch. The middle card has a strip of leftover DSP instead of ribbon.

I hope you like these quick & easy cards! Have a peachy day!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

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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