Splendid Thoughts- Sending Hugs

Hi friends- Happy 5th day of Christmas. In faith circles, in the song lyrics each day represents something from the Bible. The five golden rings represent the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. Who knew? Certainly not me but I love this!

My card today is quite simple especially compared to yesterday’s card. The Evening Evergreen checked paper is a sheet from the Fitting Florets DSP. A strip of gold Metallic Specialty Paper separates the DSP & Basic White base.

The Fitting Florets oval dies were used to cut Basic White and Soft Sea Foam. Using the soon-to-retire Splendid Thoughts stamp set, a light & dark green stem was stamped on the white oval. Finally the “Sending Hugs” sentiment was stamped towards the bottom of the oval.

That sentiment is perfect for many situations- illness, sympathy or just “rough time”. The mix of fonts is right on-trend.

Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set #159668
The decorated inside

Below is a closeup. Be sure to check out this awesome stamp set & matching dies.

Splendid Thoughts Bundle #159677

Have a great day! Marilyn ( aka MJ)

Fitting Florets DSP & FMS#566

I know I’ve written before about this stunning DSP called Fitting Florets. But I just love it! And it was already out on my workspace so I made another card & made it for the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge #566. It’s one of my favorite challenges.

The Balmy Blue & White ribbon match perfectly with the Fitting Florets DSP. The ribbon is still available & is a carryover (not retiring).

I enjoy making all kinds of cards but I really enjoy using DSP, ribbon & embellishments. So most of my cards have lots of goodies! Stampin’ Up makes it easy with their color coordination. The ribbon was showcased with the Storybook Gnomes but the Balmy Blue &

J-D ‘22 P. 43

The blue gems are so pretty in person but the card picture just doesn’t do it justice. Stampin’ Up color coordinates between catalogs too- these gems are in the new January-April catalog & are also Balmy Blue, along with Calypso Coral & Gold.

#160429 Iridescent Pastel Gems $8 p
.15 January-April ‘23 catalog

This January, I’m focusing on Thank You cards, Sympathy cards & Birthday cards so stay tuned for more ideas. Later in January, I’ll work on Valentine cards. Anyway for this card, my sentiment comes from a set in the Annual Catalog called Artistically Inked. I love the big script font!

Here’s another close-up & pictures of other products not pictured above.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Peace to You & Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you & yours have a wonderful day.

I’m sharing my favorite card of the year. Like many of you, I make many different cards throughout the season so to pick a favorite is a challenge.

I do like making faith related cards for my prayer & church friends. I loved this Peace to You set from the minute I saw it in the July-December’22 Mini Catalog. Unfortunately this set is now retired & no longer available.

The gorgeous new in color ink, Starry Sky, was inked up & stamped on Basic White. I used our blending brushes & Starry Sky ink on the Silver & Gold Specialty DSP from July-August Sale-a-bration. Elegant trim from the Annual Catalog was wrapped twice & knotted on the image panel.

Close up of the image detail.

It was an easy card to duplicate & it’s “mail friendly”. The last card (below) was an even easier alternative- no blending & a Starry Sky card base.

Enjoy you holiday, Christmas or Hanukkah. Thank you for your continued support! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Oh Christmas Tree

Have the people in your life elevated things to a new level of excitement waiting for Santa? Here in St. Louis, like the entire country, we are in a big winter storm. So it will be an extra crazy few days with the Snow Apocalypse ’22. Earlier yesterday, Mr. Mister (BJ) went to the grocery store & got all our regular provisions plus all the ingredients for our favorite holiday recipes. (Thank you BJ)

In the holiday spirit, my card today features the black & white (b/w) tree paper from the Celebrate Everything host DSP pack. I featured this b/w DSP last week when I shared four different cards. I love taking a single sheet of DSP and creating different cards. On last Thursday’s post, I shared the process I used for the four cards. I had cut this card’s DSP piece last week & didn’t use it in the quartet line-up. So I decided to try a different color combination.

First, I cut the DSP to 2.5 x 5.5. When you cut a 12 x 12 piece, you can get 8 pieces that size. As a demonstrator, I won’t use this DSP again for classes or blog posts because it’s soon to be retired, so I went ahead & cut the entire sheet.

I will put those extra pieces into a kit containing the needed supplies such as cardstock & card-base & a note on what I need to add from my current supplies (stamps & dies/punch, embellishments, etc.) so I can make the other seven(7) cards at a day or weekend crop. Once done, those extra cards go to my stash to sell or give away. Yes, you read that correct, I sell my cards. Send me an email if you interested.

My card base is Mossy Meadow & the accent color is Merry Merlot. A 2 x 5.5 piece is under the DSP with about 1/4″ showing on the left. For the tree, the rectangular base under the Basic White Stitched Rectangle is 3-5/8x 2-1/4. The Mossy Meadow tree is from the Trees For Sale dies.; sadly no longer available. The branch stamp from the same set was stamped in Versamark & embossed with Basic White Embossing Powder from our trio Basic Stampin’ Emboss Powders (black, clear & white).

Here’s a super close up of the embossing; I love this texture.

Using dimensionals, I popped up the tree & wrapped Blck & white Gingham ribbon around the white panel which was also elevated with dimensionals. Last Matte Black Dots were added.

I hope your are safe & warm. Happy Holidays, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Card Parade with Last Chance for Holiday Supplies

If you really loved something from the mini catalog now is the time to order. Things are flying off the shelves so to speak. Quite a few things are gone forever. Almost all the ribbon & embellishments are out. Once the current inventory is depleted, it’s gone forever. 😦

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When I checked last night these favorites were still left. Prices are examples & are not guaranteed.

This was my go to last year & it carried over.

Have a wonderful day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Friends make this season special

I LOVE this sentiment from the Stamp Set Christmas to Remember” which is found in the Annual Catalog. My friends are a very special part of my life & I thought a card with that sentiment would be great!

We made this card at my December 2nd Stamp-a-Stack. I wanted something not too difficult but would have a big WOW factor. I think this Snowflake Specialty Vellum, the White Glittered Organdy ribbon and the Opal Rounds do just that.

The Stamp Set and Dies are from the Annual Catalog (AC) and therefore still available. No longer bundled because it was in last years Holiday Mini Catalog. The cardstock is Orchid Oasis, one of the ’22-24 In-Colors & it was embossed with an Annual Catalog embossing folder called Wintery 3D.

The Speciality Snowflake Vellum was on the Last Chance List & discounted so it sold out fast. That’s my cue to remind you to check out that Last Chance List & the Clearance Rack.

Some of the products are shown below.


Have a great Tuesday & Merry week, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Celebrate Everything- Holiday Trees- #3

Happy Friday! Such an exciting time of year, am I right? Christmas is coming fast! I hope you have been enjoying the season. Today I have a card that again uses the black & white tree paper from the Celebrate Everything DSP host pack.

My card today features a “left-over” piece of the host “Celebrate Everything” DSP from yesterday’s card. This card was the easiest of all & may be a little dark for you, but I love the simple elegance. I mounted the trianglular piece of DSP directly on the Basic Black cardstock. My sentiment was stamped on Basic White & cut with the He’s All that Dies. To give the card a little interest another die in that set was cut in Basic Black & placed perpendicular to the sentiment.

The star of the show is the Iridescent Trim from the mini catalog. It’s really pretty & sparkle-y.

I haven’t talked much about the host pack of papers but I encourage you to take a look. For the past several catalogs, Stampin’ Up has offered these super big packs of DSP for hosts who have an qualifying order of $150. This “Celebrate Everything” pack is from the July-December mini catalog & had summer, fall and holiday papers… Did I mention you get 48 sheets of paper. The annual catalog has Design a Daydream & although SU! won’t let me spill the beans with a picture of the new upcoming January-April mini catalog host DSP, I can say it is a colorful springy collection.

Needless to say, I really love these DSP host packs & this tree paper. I hope you’ve been enjoying these cards.

Enjoy your Friday & your weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)