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

Paper Pumpkin Alternative #2

Hi friends!

I have another Paper Pumpkin alternative card for you today. I venture to say that this October ‘21 Paper Pumpkin (PP) is my favorite of the year. And that’s saying a lot as I am always raving about PP.

I used the sketch over on the Fusion Challenge. I flipped it & turned it into a “Tall & Skinny” card.

The size is 8.5 x 3.75 & it fits in a business size envelope. I took a full sheet of cardstock & cut the 11” side at 8.5; and on the 8.5 side I cut a 7.5 & scored at 3.75. This size is good if you also send a family photo or letter with your handmade card.

I cut the PP envelope sides & top off & was left with these gorgeous silver trees on Shaded Spruce paper. I mounted the envelope piece on a piece of Silver Foil Speciality paper, then the whole thing was mounted on Thick Basic White cardstock base.

For the sentiment circle, I die cut a piece Evening Evergreen & a scalloped piece of Shaded Spruce with the Layering Circles dies. On the Evening Evergreen circle panel I used two of the stamps from the PP kit & embossed with silver. The stamps in the kit are fabulous.

The ribbon is from the Annual Catalog & called Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon. It was cinched with a knotted piece of Simply Elegant trim. To me, the ribbon has a nice “winter-y” look & feel.

I hope you like my take on the Fusion Challenge as well as my alternative PP card. I think the PP is one of the best values around; it really is worth signing up to receive it monthly. If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love it if you would order your Paper Pumpkin from me, Marilyn Jones. Not ready yet? Email me & we can discuss the benefits.

We always get a sneak peek & a little info like colors, & if we’ll see cards or treat boxes or other items like tags. You can pause your subscription by the 10th of the month without “penalty”.

Thanks for stopping & please come back on Wednesday for another something new.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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)