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)

Pretty Presents

Hi friends!

I’m posting late this Monday but for a good reason… as I had a busy, fun 3-day weekend crop & I didn’t get my card photographed last night for early morning posting.

Anyway…I made this card at the crop. I was inspired or CASEd Mary Fish’s card . She made a fun fold gift card holder & she even made a tutorial (how awesome is that?!) I eliminated her snowflake, used different ribbon & moved the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the ribbon. The Mint Macaroon velvet ribbon is so soft & to me, says Winter. I tied (silver) Simply Elegant Trim. I’m not sure if you can see but the present DSP has silver bows on the presents. So I wanted to pull in more silver to coordinate .

The dots on the sentiment are our Rhinestone Basic jewels although it just doesn’t capture the sparkle. At the crop, I had a sheet of our Rhinestones on my craft table & a friend walked by, did a double take and came back to comment that Stampin’ Up’s rhinestones are “so shiny & bright…better than any other brand”. I couldn’t agree more- they really outshine every other brand!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please check for my next post on Wednesday.

Happy Stampin’, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies- All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Polished Pink
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): Whimsy & Wonder
  • Stamps: Heartfelt Wishes
  • Dies: Seasonal Labels
  • Ink: Polished Pink
  • Accessories: Wintery 3D Embossing Folder, Mint Macaroon Soft Velvet Ribbon, Simply Elegant trim (silver), Rhinestone Basic Jewels