Autumn’s arrived

Hi friends! I’m happy that Autumn has finally arrived. Our trees haven’t changed in STL but the temperatures are definitely cooler. So today I have a fall inspired card that I made for two challenges.

I used the sketch & colors from The Fusion Challenge. As you can see, I flipped the sketch.

I used the wonderful host paper from the July-December’22 mini catalog called “Celebrate Everything”. It easy to miss on the last page, but don’t because it has all the seasons represented. That DSP was mounted on Crushed Curry & adhered to a Crumb Cake card base.

For the sentiment panel, I diecut a Basic White Stylish Shape circle & used our large flat watercolor brush to add Crushed Curry & Granny Apple Green. I swiped a couple of times & let them be. I wanted a non-uniform look.

Using Evening Evergreen I stamped the sentiment from the Wildlife Wonder Stamp set. A couple of leaves from “Nuts about Squirrels” in Granny Apple Green were added. That layer was stacked on top of a Decorative Circle punch & then a larger Stylish Shapes diecut in Crushed Curry.

Last I tied Evening Evergreen ribbon with a piece of Twisted Twine for interest.

The 2nd challenge I used for inspiration was Tic Tac Toe I picked the top row- leaves, ribbon & Autumn colors.

Don’t forget about Free Shipping tomorrow for product orders over $75 (before shipping & tax). Have a great Monday!

Lovely You in Pretty Colors

Hi friends! Happy Labor Day to my US friends.

Today I have a pretty card featuring the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge. I used Polished Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green.

The technique I used is a fun one when you have the “right” stamp set. The Lovely You” stamp set is just perfect with its smaller images.

I took a strip of Basic White card stock & put it across my Basic White card front. Then I stamped away. Next I used my Basic Black marker to draw lines. I stamped my Congratulations sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. I added a few lines of color.

I mounted my stamped panel on a piece of Polished Pink & then mounted the entire panel on a thick Basic White card base.

I like the way it turned out. Lots of white space… Clean & Simple. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

GDP 332- CASEing Kim Fee

Greetings! Lucky me, I had a chance to play in the studio this morning; here’s what I made. Yeah- Happy Satur-Yay!

I always love playing challenges so I chose the Global Design Project 332 to case the card below by Kim Fee.

First I embossed a Basic White panel using the Pretty Flowers EF. Then using our Blending Brushes, I added Mango Melody ink especially on the larger embossed flowers.

The floral image from Shaded Summer is stamped in Crumb Cake & die cut with the coordinating dies from a previous SAB. (Now retired). Using a blender pen, I colored the flower white space with Mango Melody & the leaves with Mint Macaroon.

The floral image was mounted on Paper Lattice just like Kim’s card. My ribbon is Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim & tied the Crumb Cake Bakers Twine from the Essentials pack.

I changed the orientation & mounted the entire panel on Crumb Cake card stock. I didn’t add a sentiment on the front so I can decide later on the occasion (bday, thinking of you, etc.) & I’ll stamp on the inside.

I hope you had a great Saturday! Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Shaded Summer
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Mint Macaroon
  • Accessories: Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim, Crumb Cake Bakers Twine, Paper Lattice
  • Tools: Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder, Blending Brushes, Blending Pen

Artistic Easter

Hello Friends! I’m starting to make my Easter & Spring cards. We’ve had nice weather these past few days in St. Louis so I’m thrilled to be making some bright, cheery cards.

I made this card for two challenges. The first is a sketch on Paper Players (PP580). It’s such a fabulous sketch; take a look at the entrees for the many interpretations. Lots of great ideas on their site.

The second challenge is a color challenge on Color Throwdown. I thought these colors would make a great Easter card & obviously so did the Color Throwdown team based on their graphic. LOL.

I love a plaid or check for Easter cards & choose Pacific Point DSP for the main color. It’s blue & this shade of blue is one of my favorites.

I cut the large Artistic dies flower in Pumpkin Pie & mounted it on top of a strip of Granny Apple Green. My greeting was stamped in Pacific Point on Vellum card stock. Last, I added Blue Adhesive backed gems.

I hope you are inspired to make some Easter or Spring cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Ink: Pacific Point
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Vellum
  • DSP: Brights 6×6 In Pacific Point
  • Dies: Artistic dies
  • Accessories: Blue Adhesive Backed Gems

Watercolor Shapes meets Flowers of Friendship

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Now that I’m retired, I really like Mondays… it gives me a chance to start fresh with new goals. I had some challenges with my posts last week so I am sorry I missed you on Friday. Anyway, today I am sharing a card that is totally out of my comfort zone- only one layer if you don’t count the matte and the base. No DSP & no embellishments.

I made this card for the color challenge from Sunday Stamps. I love blues so their Winter Blues color challenge was right up my alley. I used Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso on watercolor paper.

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #523; even though I didn’t make it in time for the challenge. Isn’t this a great sketch?! So many things that you can do with it. I wanted to try my hand with my new stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.

The Balmy Blue rectangle and the Bermuda Bay circles on my card are part of the Watercolor Shapes stamp set. I used a ruler and my Early Espresso marker to draw the lines around the Balmy Blue rectangle.

A close- up view

Next I masked off the lower edge of the rectangle & then stamped in Early Espresso the floral image from Flowers of Friendship. Last, my sentiment from Enjoy the Moment stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso.

Here’s one last look. Thanks so much for stopping over. Have a great Monday!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Watercolor Shapes, Flowers of Friendship, Enjoy the Moment (sentiment)
  • Paper: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Watercolor paper
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay; Early Espresso marker
  • Tools: Stamp-a-ratus, ruler

Winter Wonderland

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well & haven’t been hit too badly by this winter storm. In our little St. Louis suburb, we got 11.5 inches. We rarely get more than 4 inches. True story: my first winter in STL, we had a huge storm- 14 inches.

My card today was made for a “members only” Royal Inking Team challenge to be inspired by winter, sports, winter sports, patriotism, travel…tie it to The Olympics.

Well, I’ve stretched it a bit with my card. I really needed a sympathy card- unfortunately. And like many of you, my stash is completely diminished. So my layout with the snow hill (in Shimmery White card stock) represents the Winter Ski Games.

I just love this sentiment! “Sheltering you with love when words fall short” can be for just about any hardship, not just sympathy.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps & Dies: Inspired Thoughts Bundle
  • Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White
  • DSP: Marbleous (SAB)
  • Ink: Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Classic Matte Dots

Have a great Monday & start to your week. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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

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

Lots of Pun- Paper Pumpkin Alternative & next month’s Kit

I am so over the top crazy about our December Paper Pumpkin. I made the above card using the “piece of bread” image from the stamp set. So here’s the story…I was participating in a Paper Pumpkin Zoom meeting with my AWESOME Up-line (my SU! demonstrator sponsor), Brian King and fellow demonstrators. Brian made the comment about stamping the bread pieces in a row. That’s when it hit me that this image would be perfect for the Freshly Made Sketch 517 . I’d been staring at the sketch all week & trying to come up with a unique design. Thanks Brian for inspiring me!

Here are two pictures of the kit. One with the cards as fully detailed with instructions so you can copy them. And the second shows all the pieces that are in the kit. It is such as great deal! Nine (9) cards & coordinating envelopes, embellishments and a stamp set for just $22.

Here’s a close-up of the card. I added the Balmy Blue dots from the kit at the last minute & I’m not sure if I like them or should have just used the Early Espresso”eyes” from the face image. What do you think?

Next month’s kit is sure to be a winner too. Here’s a sneak peek. Remember, demonstrators don’t get to see the contents or stamp set, just like you. But here is what I do know. I really like when the Paper Pumpkin is “occasion” oriented; this one is sure to have love/Valentine

IMPORTANT: SUBSCRIBE by the 10th of the month (TODAY) if you want this month’s kit.

Name: Kisses & Hugs- January 2022

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 10 cards—5 each of 2 designs—and 10 coordinating envelopes
  • Kit features an exclusive Two-Step photopolymer stamp set
  • Kit includes a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (11.4 x 10.8 cm) heart-shaped cards; folded
  • Coordinating colors: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla

Add-on

Name: Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes  Item number: 160147 | $10.00 USD | Details:Contains

20 mini treat boxes and 20 heart tags

Gold cord: 10-1/2″ yards (9.6 m)

Finished size: 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ (4.4 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm)

Printed with gold foil

These coordinated treat boxes are not included in this month’s kit and are only available for purchase separately as an add-on online starting 25 January. You must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase and they are only available while supplies last.

I hope you’ll consider signing up for the Paper Pumpkin. Here’s my link:

Have a great Monday, Friends. Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Cardinal Christmas

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!!

I’m busy making holiday cards. What are you up to? For my card today, I used the TGIF Challenge but I didn’t get it done in time to submit. Regardless, it always fun to play a sketch challenge.

As you probably know, we live in the St. Louis area, and we love our baseball Cardinals. My Mister likes Christmas cards in traditional colors- red and green. So I made this for him to send to all his fellow sports fans. I hope he likes it as I’ll be making duplicates.

I’m using a current set of dies from one of my favorite suites that was new two years ago & it keeps going strong. I cut it in Mossy Meadow & the bird in Real Red.

To me this card has a Vintage feel & the reason I used the Diamond Weave ribbon the was doubled over & tied it with a linen tread bow. I wanted a more distressed look so I used my Crumb Cake ink pad top & my watercolor brush to pick up some watery ink.

Here’s a closer look at the ribbon embellishment. It looks a bit red even though I used Crumb Cake ink.

I like to use the narrow strips of paper from trimming my front for the inside. It really pulls the outside & inside together.

The Heartwarming Hugs DSP has traditional colors like my Mister likes. These papers & the Tidings of Christmas DSP will be “his” cards.

Thanks for stopping today. Happy Weekend!!& Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Heart Warming Hugs DSP
  • Ink: Jet Black Tuxedo, Crumb Cake for ribbon distressing, Mossy Meadow
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Die/ Punch: Birds & More, Peach Dies
  • Accessories:Red Rhinestones, Tasteful Textures EF
  • Ribbon: Diamond Weave ribbon, Baker’s Twine