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)

Fitting Florets Holiday Stamp Set

Happy Sunday, dear friends! What a glorious day! Can you believe it is just one week until Christmas. This time of year I have to remind myself to keep calm & not stress about all I think I need to do & instead enjoy the season & my people. The Bible verse below has good to advice for me.

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Today, in addition to the Sunday reflection, I want to share with you a card I made using a bundle that you will see in the upcoming Jan-April ’23 mini catalog- Framed Florets. These stamps and dies are so pretty.

And lucky us, Stampin’ Up released this bundle early PLUS a coordinating holiday set & DSP. But there’s a catch, the “Framed & Festive” holiday stamp set & the Fitting Florets DSP are only available until January 4th. You’ll need to grab them as soon if you want them because once the supply is depleted, they’re gone for good.

Framed Florets Bundle (#162407)
Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (#161814)
Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (#160888)

Below is a close-up of the card. The DSP was mounted on a Basic White card base. Next I added the frame & oval which were left over from another project. I stamped the sentiment slightly off center so there would be room for the flowers.

The big flowers were stamped on Basic White & Blushing Bride & die cut. The little flowers were die cut in white & then Cherry Cobbler ink was added using a sponge dauber. All the flowers have adhesive backed swirls.

I hope you have a really wonderful Sunday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Stamps: Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (#160888; Merriest Moments (poinsettias) Stamp Set (carry-over from 2021)
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Basic White, Soft Sea Foam, Blushing Bride
  • DSP: Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (item 161814)
  • Dies: Framed Florets Dies (#160623), Merriest Frames hybrid (carryover from 2021)
  • Accessories: Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (item 161822), sponge daubers

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)

Celebrate Everything- Holiday Trees- #2

Before I share another Card with the Celebrate Everything DSP, I wanted to alert you that Stampin’ Up is having another FREE SHIPPING day. Today only on orders over $75. It’s a great time to stock up on Last Chance supplies or your basic supplies that you depleted making holiday cards.

Speaking of holiday cards, yesterday I shared Card #1 of the Holiday Trees Paper in the Celebrate Everything DSP host pack. Today is card #2.

First, two 3.75 x 5 pieces of the trees DSP with the reverse side is the Granny Apple Green dashed design & cut them on the diagonal. Then I mounted one of each in the corners of a 4 x 5.25 piece of basic white. I saved the two other pieces of diagonally cut DSP for other cards.

Instead of having the white strip showing, I used a long 1/4 inch long piece of Basic Back & covered the middle diagonal section & then I snipped the ends. The trees were cut in Granny Apple Green and Basic Black using the Tree Lot dies. These dies were a big hit during the past celebration & sold out fast so if you missed it you can substitute other tree dies or holiday shape.

I cut a black and a white piece using the Scalloped Contour dies & cut the white in half & mounted it on the black piece. My sentiment from Inspired Thoughts stamp set was stamped in Momento Black. On the black side of the scalloped rectangle, I popped up the trees with dimensionals and added silver Festive Pearls.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)