Magic is in the Air

Happy December, friends! I hope you are having a great day. I’m posting a little later than usual as I had to enter my Stampin’ Up order. As demonstrators, we are able to order from the new January -June 2022 & the January- February Sale-a-bration catalogs.

I am sharing an alternative to our November Paper Pumpkin. This month’s kit featured gift packages as shown below. The second photo shows all the components that are in the kit.

The die cuts are larger than a standard A2 card (4.25 X 5.5), so I cut off a portion of the lower tree so it would fit on a card. The presents were made with real red cardstock & the rectangular present was stamped with the diagonal rectangular image in the stamp set.

Here is a super close up picture. I hope you like it & will consider subscribing to Paper Pumpkin. For just $22, you get the entire kit shipped right to your door. Here’s a little tickler about what the December kit looks like.

Have a great day. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Stenciled Christmas to Cherish

Happy Monday, Friends. Have you recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday? This year we had a small celebration at our home so there wasn’t any travel or lots work to be done in prep or getting back to normal.

I had some fun with the new stencils in the holiday (July- December) mini catalog . It’s not a technique I use frequently but it’s always wonderful.

Today I chose to cover my entire front panel with our white stencil paste on Real Red card stock. I had previously cut a circle out before stenciling.

I cut a white scalloped circle frame & adhered over the circle. I used versamark to stamp the sentiment in Real Red card stock & heat embossed in white. Then I reverse mounted it under the stenciled panel.

I added a bow in Real Red ruffled ribbon & a strip of Real Red double stitched satin ribbon.

I hope you like it! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • All Supplies: Stampin’Up
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic White
  • Ink: Versa mark
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Accessories: Adorning Designs Decorative masks, Embossing Paste (white matte), Embossing powder, Layering Circles dies, Real Red Ruffled Ribbon, Real Red Double-Stitched ribbon

Wonderful Snowflakes

Happy Friday, friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday; I had a head cold which really dragged me down. Thank goodness it wasn’t COVID or Flu! And with the Thanksgiving holiday, I just didn’t get a card & post done for you. My apologizes.

Speaking of the holiday, I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving. Here, it was just a small group of four even though My Mister bought & roasted a 26 pounder. Yikes! I need a great skinny turkey tetrazzini recipe. Please help!

I had so much fun making this card and a stack of 9 others just like it, but they are very detailed, so not exactly quick. I wanted to make some special cards that had a feminine feel. Center stage is our Wonderful Snowflakes from our July- December mini-catalog. They are stunning IRL (in real life) & pair perfectly with the Whimsy & Wonder DSP. I just wish my picture could capture the shimmer.

I embossed a piece of Marvelous Magenta card stock with our Wintery 3D embossing folder (EF); one folder is snowflakes (shown here) & the other is pine boughs. These folders are 3-3/8″ wide so you can emboss just part of your paper. (& fits in the mini Stampin’ cut & emboss machine).

Next I lightly sponged some white craft ink over the snowflakes to bring out the pattern. Then I heat embossed my sentiment with silver embossing powder on the lower 1″ of non-dry embossed area. In STL, we are a high humidity area, which can sometimes make heat embossing a challenge- the powder sticks to anything moist. So, I always use my Embossing Buddy & even put some on my fingertips. I have a fine dry paintbrush & also use the putty end of my Take Your Pick tool to remove excess powder. Below is a close-up of the front panel.

I tied silver elegant trim around the front panel twice where the folder embossing and non-embossing area meet & tied a knot. A piece of 1/4″ strip of Silver Foil Specialty DSP demarcates the division of the DSP and Marvelous Magenta embossed card stock.

Thanks for stopping! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin” Up
  • Paper: Thick Basic White & Marvelous Magenta card stock; Whimsy & Wonder DSP: Silver Foil Specialty Paper.
  • Ink: Versa-mark, White craft.
  • Stamps: Christmas to Remember
  • Accessories: Silver Elegant trim, Silver embossing Powder, Wonderful Snowflakes

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

A Christmas to Remember

Hi friends!

I have an easy to duplicate card for you today. One sheet of DSP will make 9 identical cards!

The minute I saw the “Painted Christmas” suite & DSP (page 16-19 July-December catalog- aka the “mini catalog”), I knew it would serve as my “go to” for this year’s holiday cards. I LOVE the colors especially our newer Evening Evergreen & Soft Succulent in-Colors.

Start with a sheet of 12×12 DSP & cut into 4” squares. To add a little texture, I embossed with the Tasteful Textures Embossing folder. Then I chose matching card stock, ink & ribbon. Here I used Evening Evergreen.

Next, adhere the DSP to an Evening Evergreen card base & add a 1/4” strip of metallic paper such as the “Brushed Metallic” or “Silver Foil” paper. Here I used the now recently retired Sale-a-bration “Be Dazzling” Specialty paper. [sorry- I couldn’t resist using a retired product… it’s just so pretty! I hope you got some].

I stamped my sentiment from “A Christmas to Remember” stamp set & die cut using the “ Seasonal Labels” dies. I left room at the top to add ribbon which was tied in a knot. I used about 6” for each bow. For 9 cards that’s just 4.5 feet. You’ll still have lots of ribbon left for other projects.

Because I’m using dark card stock , I needed to add an inside panel for sentiment & a personal note. I used Basic White & used another sentiment stamp from “ A Christmas to Remember” set. I added a couple of evergreen sprigs from the “Christmas Season” stamp set. And POW, nine cards done in a flash!

Using this 4” x 4” piece of DSP is a fairly standard sketch that you can use over & over; flip it sideways or put the paper at the top. You can add a layer or two but it won’t be quite as quick but certainly makes a bigger impact.

Change up & mix the colors of the card stock, inks & accessories & you’ve got a much different card! Add some coordinating jewels or gems for more sparkle. This is one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up – the color coordination! Here’s one last view.

Join me again this Wednesday for a fun Inking Royalty blog hop. I’m honored to participate with some of the most talented stampers! I can’t wait to see their creations!!

Until then, Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

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)

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)

Holiday cards a la Paper Pumpkin

Here is an alternative card created with our October Paper Pumpkin “Peaceful Christmas”. I always like to make at least one of the cards as designed as shown in the two images below

Five of the 10 cards have a Basic Gray snowed evergreen image; & it is printed on the front and BACK! So I cut the card in half & trimmed off 1/4 “ on each side so it would fit on a Basic Black card base.

I embossed the beautiful scripty “Merry Christmas” from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set in silver on black cardstock & punched it out using the double oval punch.

Under the oval sentiment is Smokey Slate textured ribbon. Add a few silver Metallic Pearls & call it done. Simple stamping albeit beautiful & fast. A perfect combination for Holiday cards.

Have a great Monday & a start to your November.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)