Not too Scary Halloween

Happy Monday, friends!

Here’s the third card we made at our Friday card class. It was a simple card as our other two cards were a little more time consuming. See these two here: watercolor wash card & Apple Harvest card.

The base of the card is Gorgeous Grape which was embossed with Gingham EF. The DSP with those cute little ghosts & jack-o’-laterns is from the Celebrate Everything Host pack. It’s amazing- 48 sheets of DSP with lots of fall & Christmas papers. So awesome for the fall & season’s holiday cards!

The DSP was mounted on a piece of pumpkin pie. The Alphabest bundle (stamp set & punch) was used with Stazon ink to create the letters “BOO!”. A strip of Basic Black cardstock was added across the bottom to “ground” the letters.

My favorite ribbon, the black & white Gingham ribbon was added around the top of the card. Last, Elegant Faceted gems were added to the DSP in upper right corner.

I hope you like this not too scary Halloween card. here’s one last look. Have a great week! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Apple Harvest

Hi friends! I am sharing one of the cards we will be making at Card Class today plus a few pictures from our Colorado trip.

I started with a 4″ x 5.25″ panel of Granny Apple Green. I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set along the bottom. Next I added a triangle of the host DSP called Celebrate Everything. TIP: Cut a piece of 4″ x 5.25 of DSP & cut it on the diagonal. I stamped & die-cut my apple tree branch image & colored using Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green & Crumb Cake Marvelous Markers. Yes, I used Poppy Parade and not Real Red & here’s why: Poppy Parade is a little more bright (or a little less intense) than Real red & I wanted the stamp’s shading to show.

Using dimensionals, I mounted my colored Tree Branch image on a 3″ x 4″ piece of Garden Green Cardstock. I placed it on top of the DSP & Granny Apple Green panel lining up the opposite corners along the diagonal of the DSP.

Finishing touches of a little Linen Thread bow and Red Rhinestones. The card shouts fall, don’t you think?

One of the things that I really enjoyed was a stop to a fruit farm, called Apple Blossom Farms. We got to sample their jar products including jellies, fruited hot sauce and peach salsa which I love with grilled chicken (yum!).

The Kitchen and Store
Raspberry bushes in the front and peach trees in the back; & beautiful mountain scenery
Do you see the little kitty on the dirt road?
That’s me picking (& eating) raspberries

Here’s one last look at the Apple Harvest card. Thanks for indulging me with the trip pictures.

Have a great day & weekend!

Water Color Wash – Fall Leaves- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. 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.

Here is the watercolor wash process that I used.

1.Set up- prepare workspace & gather supplies

1. Gather your supplies & protect your work surface with waterproof pad. You will need a large acrylic block, markers and re-inkers, and Stampin’ Spritzers, Thick Basic White cardstock, two leaves from Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969). Here I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil delight. I used a paper towel to catch run off (& also so you could see the block better).

2. Use Markers & Re-inkers to color your block

Step 2. Color your block. I used both marker and re-inkers to make sure I had enough rich color. Try to keep your colors separate as they will blend with the next step. TIP: Sometimes your markers will leave enough ink/color & other times you will need a drop or two of re-inkers. This is dependent on the color itself and the age of your markers.

3. Scribble on block & spritz a light mist

Step 3. Scribble the ink drops around with the same colored marker. Then use your Stampin” Spritzer to lightly mist your colored block.

4. Lay cardstock Face down

Step 4. Lay your Basic white cardstock down on your block. Do not move around as this will blend the colors & make them muddy. You want to mostly keep the colors separate & distinctive.

5. Heat dry with Heat Tool

Step 5. Lift your paper straight up & use your Heat Tool to dry the paper. Don’t worry if your piece if warped; you can fix this later.

6. Loosely apply leaves to cardstock & repeat 1-5 Steps with leaves attached

Step 6. Loosely adhere your leaves to the cardstock in the position that you want. I used just a little bit of Stampin’ Seal in the middle of the leaf. (You will want to be able pick the leaves off the paper. Clean off your block & then repeat steps 1-5.

After you’ve dried the leaves & cardstock for the 2nd time with the Heat Tool, remove one leaf & distress by curling the edges & creating a couple of creases. Replace it in the original spot with more adhesive. Repeat with the second leaf.

I adhered my panel on Crumb Cake using “green” glue or Multipurpose liquid glue (#110755). This will flatten the panel. I added a narrow strip of Crumb Cake on top of the panel and made a little ribbon adornment using Natural Woven ribbon that was colored/distressed with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie; and then I tied two pieces of Crumb Cake twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (#155475) in the middle of the woven ribbon knot. Last, I added gems from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969).

We will be making this at my card classes this Friday. If you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Here’s a close look.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, my friend, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards . 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:

Happy Stamping, Marilyn aka MJ

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ <<==That’s me

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons

Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: None
  • Cardstock: Thick Basic White & Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969); Natural Woven ribbon (#159611); Baker’s Twine Essential Pack- Crumb Cake twine (#155475)

Paper Pumpkin- Last Day

Hi friends! Today’s the last day to sign up for the September Paper Pumpkin. I don’t want you to miss out!

It’s a very fun kit called Spooky Treats.

This kit includes:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 18 treat boxes—6 each of 3 designs. This all-inclusive kit includes printed box bases and tops, die-cut paper pieces, adhesives, and more!
  • The Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin Kit includes an Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set puts the TREAT in trick-or-treat with fun, Halloween-themed sentiments and designs. Embrace the spooky season with ghost, bat, spider, and star images. 
  • This kit also includes a special peek-through box top on one of the box designs. 

Finished box size: 2-1/2″ x 3″ x 1″ (6.4 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Gray Granite, Orchid Oasis, Fresh Freesia, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Why not try a 3 month pre-paid subscription & get the trio of holiday kits.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Sketch & Step-back Saturday

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! And happy long weekend!

Today I am sharing the sketch that I used yesterday. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite sketches from time to time. The new sketches will always be on a Saturday, but not every Saturday.

I usually don’t share a card that doesn’t have current product but I wanted to show you how you can take a card & make a similar one with whatever you have on hand. But you won’t be able to buy all the supplies for this one.

My card uses a 14 year old stamp and the rubber is in great shape and it stamps incredibly well. Gotta’ love how our SU! products hold up over time. The stamp is from a set called Thanksgiving Blessing. I think the image is ageless. The other stamps in the set are too, but the font is a bit old-school. Anyway, this stamp is 3.25 X 3′ even a larger size works such as 3.5 x 4 inches. I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla with lots of “white space” & it’s mounted on slightly larger piece of Blackberry Bliss. I set it aside so as to prepare the rest of the card.

My card base is also Blackberry Bliss. I embossed a 4 x 5.25 piece of Mango Melody with the Stripes & Splatter embossing folders (#157180-Currently available). Then I added a 1.5 x 5.25 piece of DSP. This is retired “Plaid Tidings” from 2020. I added my main panel using dimensionals.

Around at the top, I wrapped & made a bow in the retired Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon from 2021. Three orange/yellow Holiday Rhinestones from last year were added in the corner.

This sketch is so versatile, the image, the base and the side panel can all be size adjusted. I change up the papers & embellishments & sometimes it seems like you have a totally different card even though you are using the same sketch. Bounce back to yesterday to see the same sketch in action.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sketch & Step-back Saturday. Card.

Happy Weekend & 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)

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:

WCMD- September Paper Pumpkin

On Sunday, while visiting with our Tennessee daughter, we celebrated World Card Making Day & put together our September Paper Pumpkins. We both get kits (as does our Missouri daughter) so it’s a fun mother-daughter activity.

We didn’t have treats to put inside so we made the treat boxes & decorated just a few to give you the idea. Once she picks up some sweets or another goodie like a small hand-sanitizer or votive candle, she will be giving them to her co-workers. There’s plenty of time to finish them up. Below I’m showing a little bit of the kit contents- too much to get in a single picture.

September 2021 Paper Pumpkin
So much product!

Here are a few pictures of the finished boxes.

These boxes are just so stinking cute especially with the curly stem & leaves. We didn’t make any Jack-o-lanterns boxes with the included black face stickers & we didn’t make the wheelbarrow. You can see those on the Stampin’Up YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/TU4OdvFmzKs <== Kit

https://youtu.be/ZIro8Cqtnvo <== Wheelbarrow

My daughter loves to decorate her home for all the different holidays so I took some pictures of the treat boxes with her decor as the backdrop.

A close up view

Last, here’s an infinity shot with all the boxes ready for filling & completing. We stamped all the leaves & tags so they’re all ready to go.

It was such a fun afternoon! It is always so much fun creating together! I hope you had a chance to celebrate World Card Making Day.

Have a great Monday & 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