Quick Valentine’s Day Cards

Hi friends- an extra post for me this week so I can share a couple Valentine’s Day cards.

My first card is a long & skinny (8.5 x 3.5). It’s fun to create with a different size. Stampin’ Up even has pretty envelopes in the January-June mini catalog.

I used the two pieces of the fun Sweet Talk DSP & added a 1/4” strip of Highland Heather between the two pieces. Two Real Red die cut & embossed hearts were added. A sweet sentiment “yay for love” was added.

My second card is simple stamping too. Again, the Sweet Talk DSP was used & mounted on Granny Apple Green card stock & then onto a card base of Pool Party. An embossed heart was centered with a Granny Apple Green skinny sentiment strip. The sentiment is from the January Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happy & Heartfelt, January Paper Pumpkin- Kisses and Hugs
  • Paper: Real Red, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
  • DSP: Sweet Talk
  • Ink: Real Red, Momento
  • EF & Dies: Banquet of Love
  • Embellishments: Red Rhinestones

Simple Cactus Cuties Cards

Hi friends! I have a fun set to share with you today. I can’t believe I’ve had this punch and stamp set for about a month & I’m just now playing with it! Well, I made up for it as I spent a couple of days creating with it.

I have two cards for you. Two are simple stamping worthy. On Friday, I’ll share a stepped version. Basically, I used the same layout but changed some things up.

The first starts with a Cinnamon Cider card base (4.25 x 5.5). The front panel was partially embossed with one of the small Greenery EF. The DSP is from the Annual Catalog & is called Bloom Where You Are Planted. Using the Layering Circles dies, a scalloped circle was cut. The cactus was stamped & punched & mounted on the circle. The sentiment “Just a Note” in that fun font is from the set.

My second card is also Simple but a little different from the first card, although the sketch is virtually the same. I used a card base of Basic White, and mounted my DSP onto Just Jade card stock. As you can see, the cactus is exactly the same. It is mounted on a white circle backed with Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum. The side piece is Cinnamon Cider which was embossed with dots from the Checks & Dots small Embossing Folders. (These EF fit in the mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine- gotta’ love that, right?!). The sentiment is in a different spot but the same design.

Come back on Friday when I share my Stepped-up version of the same card. Hugs, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ UP
  • Stamps & Punch: Cactus Cuties Bundle
  • Ink: Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
  • Paper: Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Polished Pink
  • DSP/Specialty: Bloom Where You Are Planted, Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Embossing Folders: Greenery, Dots
  • Dies: Layering Circles

Even More Daffodil Afternoon DSP

I don’t think I’m obsessed with this paper, but I am on a mission to show you how versatile our Stampin’ Up Designer Series Papers are. The cards I created today use a simple cutting strategy for a single piece of DSP as shown below. This is the same cut that I used on my card from Monday.

You get twelve pieces of DSP and there are so many ways to use these pieces. You might need to pay attention to the orientation of the design if there is a true horizontal or vertical orientation, like Monday’s card or today’s card.

This one was made by cutting the 4”x 3” into two pieces; two 2”x 3” pieces. Then a large label was placed between the two pieces giving the appearance that it is on big piece.

The card base is the standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5 “) in Daffodil Delight. I used the Hive 3D Embossing folder on a 3.75″ x 5” piece of Daffodil Delight paper. THen with my Blending Brush, I burnished with Early Espresso ink. Then I distressed the corners and edges a bit.

The sentiment label is cut from Bumblebee cardstock using the Tasteful Labels dies. The sentiment is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set from the Mini catalog. Last a Bumblebee Trinket was added on the label.

I have a second card for you today. Same layout, but different papers and a different piece of DSP from the same Daffodil Afternoon Sale-a-Bration paper. (free with $50 purchase).

The card base is Pear Pizzazz & a Daffodil Delight piece of card stock was run through the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. The label in Very Vanilla was made using the same label as the first card (Tasteful Label dies) & the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz is from the new celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog. The little flowers stamp from Hello Ladybug stamp was inked with Daffodil Delight ink & stamped off & then stamped on the label to add color and dimension. I added Bumblebee Gingham ribbon & a bow.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! See you again on Monday. Marilyn (aka MJ)

Slimline Card

I was so excited to get the new Slim Card dies! I had so much fun making my first card. My brain is exploding with other ideas- more ideas than I’ll ever have time to make. Stampin’ Up also added envelopes to the catalog.

I wanted a design that showed off the die cut papers so I used a small sentiment from our Annual Catalog called “Happiest of Birthdays”.

I cut three pieces of paper with one of the slim card dies- Bumblebee, Pacific Point & the Sale-a-Bration DSP, Daffodil Afternoon. Yeah- I’m using it again. LOL. Next I adhered the Pacific Point frame to a base of Bumblebee. Then I pieced the angled pieces into the frame. It was so easy to put together!

I hope you’ll consider these dies- great fun & something different with which to play. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Papers: Bumblebee, Pacific Point
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (yes- again)
  • Ink: Momento
  • Accessories: Shaker Shapes

More Fun with Daffodil Afternoon DSP

Hello friends; I’m here again today with more ideas on how to use “Free with $50 purchase” Designer Seriers Paper (DSP).

One of my favorite ways to cut my DSP is into 12 pieces; each 4” x 3”. There’s just so many sketches you can use to make different cards.

And so many ways to decorate even if you don’t have the matching stamp set & dies. Here I used Pierced Blooms dies in So Saffron with Flirty Flamingo centers. I added the gorgeous Champagne Rhinestones.

My sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo cardstock & reads “you’re on my mind & in my heart”. It is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set in the January-July mini catalog; a fantastic set of seasonal sayings including Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Congratulations (graduation), Baby, Wedding, & more. It’s easy to flip past it in the catalog but pause when you get to page 65.

This particular sentiment is just so special- it let’s a special someone know that you’re thinking of them. So many have lost love ones & others are struggling with different challenges so this is the perfect sentiment. I know I’ll be using it often.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White card base; Evening Evergreen (4-1/8 x 3-1/8); Flirty Flamingo (4-1/8 x 2-1/8)
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Dies: Pierces Blooms
  • Accessories: Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP – take 2

Hello, my fun friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday- life just took a minor left turn. As you may recall, my focus this week is the Sale-a-Bration Daffodil Afternoon DSP.

It doesn’t look like Daffodil DSP, does it?! For many of our Stampin’ Up designer series papers, one side is a beautiful artwork & the other side is a color-matching paper like this- diagonal stripes in Flirty Flamingo on Pale Papaya. So if you’re not crazy about daffodils, or you want to switch it up, the flip side offers another fabulous design.

I used the card sketch from The Paper Players #575. Honestly, I’ve used this sketch for years. It’s one of those “Go To” sketches & when you check out The Paper Players site, you’ll see many beautiful interpretations.

My base is Pale Papaya. Using the flowers in the “Butterflies & Flowers” Decorative Masks & Blending Brushes to first lay down Flirty Flamingo ink with the floral outline mask & then Polished Pink ink with the detailed flower mask onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

My sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration “freebie”; this one with $100 purchase. It’s called “Special Moments”. This is definitely a “must have” sentiment stamp set; there’s a total of 21 sentiments. I stamped in Polished Pink on Pale Papaya; & used our “Double Oval” punch for the sentiment & Flirty Flamingo scalloped oval.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Special Moments
  • Paper: Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink
  • Tools: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Double Oval punch
  • Accessories: Pale Papaya & White ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP week

Hi friends! Happy Monday. We had a nice weekend. Yet today, I’m happy to get back to my weekly routine.

This week I’m going to focus my energy on creating with the beautiful Daffodil Afternoon DSP in the Sale-a-bration catalog; it’s free with $50 purchase”.

Today I am sharing two of the same layout – a clean & simple design and a detailed design. I usually send a good number of Easter or Spring cards. In my faith, Easter is a big deal so I like to send cards to family & friends. Nothing says Easter or Spring to me more than tulips and daffodils.

Lucky for us, Stampin’ Up released some awesome new bundles in the January-July mini catalog & one was daffodils and the other tulips. That said, I haven’t purchased the daffodil bundle… yet.

But I love this DSP so I’m planning on featuring this paper this week with other current products that I already have. Maybe this will help you to use your DSP even if you don’t have the coordinating stamp & die set.

Honestly, this DSP sheet really does all the work for you. This particular sheet has the daffodils on both sides of a vanilla center. I cut the DSP in half at 6” & then I cut 1/2” off the flowers’ green edge. Next I cut the 5.5 x 12 panels into six 4 x 5.5 panels. From there I trimmed to fit my card front.

For the simple card, I added a layer of Evening Evergreen under the DSP & used my Stamp-a-rates to stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.

For the detailed designed card, I stamped my sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock & punched it out with the Label Me Fancy punch. An additional piece of Mossy Meadow was punched & cut in half & spread to make a border for the sentiment

I also added a 1.5” x 5.5” piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that was masked with one of our new Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks. I used Mossy Meadow ink & our blending brushes to create a shaded panel- dark to light.

Last the beautiful Chevron Weave ribbon in Evening Evergreen was wrapped around the DSP panel before adhering to my Vanilla base.

I hope you like these cards & come back all this week for more creations with this “free with $50” DSP.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Cardstock: Thick & regular Very Vanilla, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow
  • Ribbon: Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon
  • Accessories: Stamp-a-ratus, Label Me Fancy punch, Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Blending Brushes, Silicone mat.

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

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