Two Days Left for Sale-a-bration’s Wonderful World

Happy Monday, friends!

Wonderful World SAB

My card today features another Sale-a-bration set of products. You have ONLY two days to order this beautiful suite of products called Wonderful World. Below are pictures of the catalog pages…just look at that gorgeous paper.

Wonderful World
Stampin’ Up Artists share their ideas

I just love the Stampin’ Up catalogs because they are filled with great ideas for card-making. They help me think “outside the box”. But today my card is a “go-to” sketch for me; definitely an “inside the box” sketch.

We made this card in my Card Class. We usually have a time consuming card & then I add two more quicker cards. This is one of the fast cards & it’s card base is Flirty Flamingo.

We added a piece of DSP measuring 4 x 3 to the lower section of the card base. When you cut your DSP into 4×3 pieces, you get 12 pieces- plenty to make duplicates.

The flower was stamped onto a scalloped rectangle die cut from the Scalloped Contours dies using our Stamp-a-ratus. After centering the big floral image, we used a sponge dauber to pick up ink from the Flirty Flamingo ink pad & we tapped it onto the flower part of the stamp. Then we used Pear Pizzazz ink pad & dauber for the stem. Using the stamp-a-ratus, we could go back & re-ink any areas we missed. Next we inked the scalloped edges with the dauber.

If you hold the inked sponge dauber & paper exactly perpendicular to each other, you transfer just a little color to the edges.

From the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack we added a white bow to the stems.

Ta-da! A quick & beautiful card.

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

Watercolor Wash Butterfly

I’ve been practicing the Watercolor Wash technique. I am planning on teaching this to my card class in September; I hope they like it although it is a bit messy. The card will be different, but we’ll use this technique.

The background on the card above is one of practice panels I made. I was pleased enough to incorporate it into a card.

Using Black Stazon ink & my Stamp-a-ratus, I stamped the large Butterfly Brilliance stamp on thick white cardstock. Then I die cut using the large outline Brilliant Wings die. I set aside the diecut butterflies.

Then, I created the watercolor panel by scribbling Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie on my large “F” block using my Stampin’ Write Markers & spritzing it with water using our Stampin’ Spritzer. Laying my cardstock on the inky block, I lightly rubbed the dry side of the Basic White panel so it absorbed the “spritzed” ink. Then I dried it using my heat gun.

Next I picked one of the butterflies & lightly adhered to the Watercolor Wash panel. I cleaned my block & repeated the scribbles & spritzing & laid my panel with butterfly on top. Again, rubbing & drying with my heat gun.

I stamped my sentiment from the Charming Sentiments set using Stazon ink, as it won’t run with water. I picked up a little color that was left on the block for the sentiment to keep it from having a stark white background & to blend better with the watercolor wash background. Then, I die cut the sentiment using the matching Sentiment Silhouette dies.

My watercolor was panel was adhered Daffodil Delight & then the card base of Pumpkin Pie.

I was a bit intimidated by this technique, but it ended up being fairly easy but messy. Stay tuned in September for another card (my stamp class card) & an accompanying free tutorial including tips & tricks.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn, aka MJ

Masculine Wildlife Wonder

When this Wildlife Wonder stamp set was introduced in January in the Mini Catalog, I order it right away. I’ve probably mentioned that we have many awesome guy friends & I enjoy making “guy” cards so this was a no-brainer for me.

I noticed that the Rings of Love DSP from Sale-a-bration had this terrific tree branch paper which I thought would coordinate perfectly with the stamp set. What do you think?

It was a fairly easy card to put together. I got this sketch & stamp set idea from Terri Tank at My Stamp Vault. I changed up her design but it was her card that gave me inspiration for this CASE. I cut four 1-1/8 squares in crumb cake & stamped each of the animals from the set knowing that there would be some (or a lot) of the image that would be cut off. The fourth square was for the sentiment.

I mounted the small squares on a larger square; 3.5″ Mossy Meadow and 3.75 Early Espresso. The Branch DSP from Rings of Love DSP was adhered to the Mossy Meadow card base. The large square panel was adhered on top of the DSP. Seriously friends- this is an incredible pack of DSP for the fall & holiday creating & it’s yours free with a $50 product purchase. (before tax & S/H). The sale ends on 8/31 or when supplies run out. I don’t want you to miss out!

I added a couple of strips of cardstock toward the bottom of the card- Soft Suede, Early Espresso with a skinny angled piece in Mossy Meadow. Rustic Metallic adhesive backed dots were added along the Mossy Meadow strip. I decorated the inside too.

Thanks for stopping over. I think I’ve got my rythym back after our move so I will be here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An occasional extra post when there’s a special offer. I hope you’ll come back after the weekend. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
  • DSP: Rings of Love (SAB)
  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Embellishments: Rustic Metallic adhesive backed dots

Another Amazing Year for Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! Can you believe it’s already time for schools to start back up?! The return to school after summer vacation is a really big deal for students, teachers, school workers and the parents who are left home alone. To honor this big event, we have created projects with a back to school theme. We are excited to share our creations 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.

Our theme, Back to School, was a bit of a challenge for me as we don’t have “littles” in our life, so I usually refrain from buying kid themed stamp sets. So, when Brian King (our awesome leader) wanted a school themed blog hop, I thought I was sunk & wouldn’t be able to play along on the hop. Then thought non-traditional & came up with this.

My card probably needs some explaining-after an initial look at my stamps, I knew I would need a non-traditional Back to school card. Our Tennessee Son-in-Law is a High School math teacher & the head wrestling coach. So my card incorporates his school colors- orange and black. I recently purchased the Rays of Light background stamp. Spoiler alert: I’ll be using it to make holiday cards.

The closeup pictures are over-exposed intentionally as I wanted to show you the detail of the stamp. I placed my Rays of Light stamp in the Stamparatus & stamped with Versa-mark on Pale Papaya cardstock. Then clear Emboss powder was added on top of Versa-mark & it was heat embossed.

Using a Pumpkin Pie inkpad & our SU! Blending brushes (the best!), I inked over the entire panel focusing more color in the center. Then using a soft, smooth cloth, I rubbed over the entire panel to remove the ink on the embossed ray. Likely you know this technique is called Emboss resist. TIP: You can use paper clothes, but I prefer the easier $1 microfiber dish cloth.

The rest of the card went together fairly fast. Using Stazon Black ink, I stamped words from Amazing Phrasing a Sale-a-bration & I cut them apart. There is an “amazing” stamp in this set but I chose to use The Amazing Thanks Die set & double mounted “Amazing” in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock.

I added three Matte Black dots to finish it off & keep it masculine. Our SIL is already back at school with the kids. So I’ll get it sent off right away. In our little STL berg, our kids start on Monday. It’ll be a little less busy during the day with the neighborhood kids at school.

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

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. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  6. <==THAT’S ME
  7. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  8. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Have a great Wednesday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Wonderful World Anniversary

Hi Friends! I hope you has a great weekend & are ready for another outstanding week! Today I have an anniversary card to share with you. Last week I depleted my stash of my last two anniversary cards so I definitely needed to add a few.

Nothings prettier than beautiful flowers for anniversary wishes. So I pulled out the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s part of a stamp set & DSP duo in the Sale-a-Bration catalog; free with a $100 product purchase (before shipping & taxes).

The card base is Polished Pink card stock; 5.5 X 8.5 inches, scored at 4.25. Next is a layer of Basic White 5-3/8 x 4 4-1/8. Then the Wonderful World DSP 4 x 5.25. The flower colors in this sheet of DSP are Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry & I think the Polished Pink blends nicely. What do you think?

I added a 3/4″ piece of Basic White on the diagonal. TIP: Mark lightly with a pencil at one inch down from the top right corner & one inch up from the bottom left corner. My sentiment is from the Celebrating You stamp set in the Annual Catalog. It was stamped in Polished Pink & punched with the double oval punch. I sponged the edges with Polished Pink ink. A pretty bow in Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon.

The inside of the card uses the sentiment from Nature’s Prints stamp set; new in the annual catalog this year. Then a 1/4″ strip of the DSP was added at the bottom of the white inner panel.

Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of August so get your orders to me soon! That’s it for me today. Have an awesome day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You, Nature’s Prints
  • Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White
  • DSP: Wonderful World (SAB)
  • Embellishments: Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon

Rings of Love

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!

Ringed with Love DSP #159139

My card for today features the Rings of Love DSP which is Sale-a-bration freebie with a $50 product order. It’s so pretty & coordinates with the Ringed with Nature bundle in the Annual Catalog. It’s a gorgeous set but I don’t have it (yet). But I loved the DSP so much & had to have it.

The design is another “go-to” for me. I cut a piece of the DSP at 4 x 5.25 & then cut the 5.25 side at 2.5. The 4 x 5.25 size gives me 6 card front panels; perfect for card swaps or making multiples. On the reverse side of the birds & branches DSP, is the pretty blue watercolor paper. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped in Night of Navy the large sentiment from the Good Feelings set, new in the Annual Catalog.

A strip of 0.25 or 1/4 x 4″ piece of Crushed Curry was placed between the two papers. Then a little bling using the Fine Sparkle Adhesive backed Gems was added. One last look below.

Thanks for stopping & see you again on Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Purple Pansy

Hi friends! I’m back… our move went great. We’re still unpacking & my studio is in rudimentary shape but I have my essentials close at hand.

My card today features two of the new In-Colors- Starry Sky and Orchid Oasis. I’m just over the top crazy about this years In-Colors. Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet are the others. All gorgeous!

This card’s sketch is a simple one- a real “go-to” sketch. A 2 x 5.5” piece of DSP (6×6 In-Color DSP) mounted on 2.25” of Orchid Oasis. That panel was mounted on a Starry Sky card base.

The Pansy, stitched circle & sentiment used those same colors. All are dies. In the new Annual Catalog (AC), Stampin’Up generously kept the bundled price (10% off) for the Pansy Patch from the January-June mini catalog.

The stitched circle is from a new “stand alone” die set called Stylish Shapes (#159183). It’s easy to miss this new die set as there isn’t a coordinating stamp set…that said, they go with everything. You can see them on p.173 & in use on p.50 of the AC. These dies are so versatile, it’s a must have for essential tool kit.

The sentiment is from a new bundle called Charming Sentiments (#158734). Another set that you’ll likely want. In addition to the die cut sentiments, there are useful shapes like candles, hearts and stars. Look for them on p.161 & with the stamps on p.38.

Thanks for staying with during my move hiatus. I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. You can follow me to get notified of my new posts. I’d appreciate it if you would like my page.

Let me know if you need paper/hard copy catalogs- remember Sale-a-Bration is happening now.

Stay cool & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Daffodil Delight
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6
  • Dies: Pansy, Charming Sentiments, Stylish Shapes
  • Embellishments: Fun Flower resin shapes

Harvest Cards

On July 1st, the July-December catalog goes live. WooHoo! Plus Sale-a-bration too! Double WooHoo! I have two super quick & easy cards for you showcasing the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I love when Stampin’ Up gives us at least one sheet of DSP in a pack that can be cut in half at 6” x 12 & trimmed to 5.25” x 4”. These 6 pieces can be used a card fronts. Today I’m sharing two cards made with these pieces.

I used Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot for card bases. I added a piece of coordinating card stock under the DSP & on top of the card base. I stamped sentiments in Merry Merlot on Crushed Curry. Punches were used to make labels. Brushed Brass Butterflies were added to the sentiment label.

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

Rustic Harvest DSP #159633
Label Me Fancy Punch #151297
Double Oval Punch #154242
Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152833
Brushed Brass Butterflies #15813600

Bold Lovely in Linen

Happy Friday, friends! It has been a super hot week here in St. Louis just like many parts of the US. I hope you are able to stay safe and cool. Today I have a fresh and fast card for you today.

I love using our DSP to create cards… whether you make fast & easy or more intricate (Avid Artistic) cards the Designer Series Papers (DSP) make your card especially gorgeous.

Here I used the Lovely in Linen DSP. It is so easy to Color Coordinate as Stampin’ Up identifies all the colors that make up the DS papers. So I used a base of Sweet Sorbet (a new In-Color). I stamped with one of the bold “Good Feelings” stamps in Sweet Sorbet on Pale Papaya. Then cut it our with a Stitched Rectangle die.

My DSP is mounted on a piece of Night of Navy. I tied Pale Papaya weave ribbon (#155672) and bow and added dimensionals on the back before placing on the Sweet Sorbet base. I used dimensionals to mount the sentiment panel. To add a little extra, I added a Pale Papaya Loose Flower.

I hope you like today’s card… super fast & easy. I’ll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend & stay cool!

Below are some of the products I used.

  • Supplies:
  • Stamps: Good Feelings
  • Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Night of Navy, Pale Papaya
  • DSP: Lovely in Linen
  • Ink: Sweet Sorbet
  • Embellishments: Pale Papaya weave ribbon, Loose Flower Flourishes
Good Feelings #158737

Loose Flower Flourishes #158808

Real Red Flowing Flowers

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a pretty card for you. I hope you think so too.

I chose to use the stamp set called Flowing Flowers from the January- July mini catalog. It is a stunning flower, don’t you think? It is a one of Stampin’ Up’s DistINKive sets where the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. Look at that flower- it was stamped with a single stamp that was inked up with Real Red. Amazing, huh?

The Real Red panel is embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. Although much of it is covered up the parts of the panel that peek out give the card texture and depth.

The DSP is from the soon to be retiring Host DSP called Pattern Party. On one side is black and white designs and the other is colorful designs like this Granny Apple Green panel. . I’ve used it so much this year. It is on the retiring list so it’s a good time to order it along with all the other amazing products that will be retiring. I added two more retiring items. A bow in Double stitched Real Red Satin ribbon and the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

I hope you consider taking advantage of all the last chance items which are only available while supplies last. Some are even discounted up to 40%. The stamp set will be with us at least until the end of the January-June mini catalog.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Flowing Flowers
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty Flowers EF, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon; Holiday Rhinestones