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)

Fall Thanks- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop! November is a time of gratitude and thanksgiving, and we’ve made projects that say “thanks!” to special people in our lives. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Sometimes all you need is pretty paper & an awesome sentiment to make a great card. That’s one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up- the gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP)! This paper is called Rustic Harvest. It has wonderful fall colors and designs on one side and black/white designs on the other side. I used one of the black and white design with yesterday’s cards.

I often cut my DSP so that I can make multiples of the same card. This works well for my card class too. And this is a sneak peek of one of the cards we will be making at class on Friday. *

*If you’re in the St. Louis area, we’d love for you to join in for a fun Friday afternoon or night out. We make 3 cards. Everything is provided, so all you need to do is bring YOU & a beverage.

…Back to the blog post… The card base is Crushed Curry. Then a layer of Basic Black cardstock. A piece of 3.5 x 5″ piece of Merry Merlot was embossed with the Timber 3D embossing folder & Adhered to the lower part of the card. The 3 x 4 piece of DSP was mounted on Crushed Curry. That panel was mounted with dimensionals to the card.

A close up

The “thanks” sentiment from the Amazing Thanks dies (a must have {in my humble opinion}). The shadow is in Basic Black & the “thanks” in Crushed Curry. Three gold sequins from our Seasonal Sequins were added to give it a pop.

One of the things I do with my card class is create a more intricate card & then two easier cards. This is one of the easier cards. Since I cut everything, the participants only need to assemble. The card is seasonally appropriate & I know they will be able to use it soon, perhaps a thanks for including me at your Thanksgiving table.

One last look

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  7. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  8. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Masculine Birthday Cards

Good Monday morning, friends! Today I have several masculine cards for you. As you can see these cards have the same layout. They were made with my October card class & there’s a funny story behind the top left card.

I designed & stamped the top left card but I couldn’t find the Brewed for You matching dies. So I fussy cut the mug with full intentions of finding the dies & cutting for class participants. Since we recently moved homes & the studio needs organizing, I wasn’t surprised that the dies were MIA.

But after looking & looking to no avail, I checked my past orders. Guess what?! Right, I never ordered the dies! What was I thinking?! I knew my class members would not enjoy fussy cutting so I redesigned the card; the top right.

The bottom card was designed as an alternative card to the beer mug card. The cards were super easy. We began with a 3.75” x 5” piece of Basic White & stamped the beer mug or compass in Momento Black ink.

The DSP is Rustic Harvest & we colored the larger stripe using our Crushed Curry marker. The central image was stamped on a layering circle piece. It was mounted on a Basic Black piece punched with the Decorative Circle punch & then a Crushed Curry Layering Circle dies. A strip of Crushed Curry card-stock was added under the DSP. Matte Black dots were added to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping today! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Splendid Thoughts & Fitting Florets Dies

Hi Friends! I hope you are having an excellent start to your November. Today I have a pretty card for you. It was made with the Splendid Thoughts bundle PLUS the oval frames from the Fitting Florets dies.

The base of the card is Mossy Meadow; on top of that is a layer of Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the gorgeous Splendid Day DSP. I cut the frames in Basic White and Soft Sea Foam.

I stamped “Sending Hugs” from the Splendid Thoughts stamp set in full strength Mossy Meadow on the Basic White oval. Next the tall open leaf stamp was inked in Mossy Meadow & stamped off two times & then stamped onto the Basic White oval. Then the large leafy open image was stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

The Soft Sea Foam oval frame was centered & adhered on the panel of DSP. The stamped Basic White oval was then centered in the Soft Sea Foam frame. Next were all the pretty adornments. An open leaf die cut in Mossy Meadow. Then the beautiful Open Leaf trinkets in gold was added with glue dots and a pretty bow in the Gold and Vanilla Satin edged ribbon.

That’s it for today. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Birthday Piggy- Class Card

Hi friends! Today I want to share with you a card that we made on Friday at Stamp Class. I was a little unsure if my stamping class friends would like this card but it was an overwhelming hit- “Yes, we LOVE it”. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Some of the friends actually burst out into giggles or laughs saying ‘this piggy is so cute”. Agree wholeheartedly!’

It was a fun fold too. The Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper or DSP measures 5.25 x 11. It is scored at 1.5”, 4.25” & 7” & adhered to a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of Petal Pink cardstock. A piece of Basic White was hidden under the first fold for the sentiment. A scrap piece of DSP lined the bottom. Since the fold was with DSP (& not cardstock) we burnished the folds & it stayed closed without a belly band.

We stamped This Birthday Piggy on Petal Pink in Black Momento ink. We colored him with our Stampin’ Write markers. We mounted the Petal Pink panel onto Pool Party. Then we made a little ribbon flag out of the velvety Petal Pink Soft Polyester ribbon. And we topped the ribbon with a little Flower Trinket.

I hope you like it! I’m so happy my class friends did! Have a great Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Holiday Cards & Class Sign-up

Hi friends! Are you making your holiday cards this year? I’m here to help… I can help you design a unique card with what you have or some on-trend product. I also have two different card class options for you.

The first is a traditional class format for my local friends. It’s a Stamp -a – Stack. I have 5 cards designed & you can make 5, 10 or 15 cards. You’ll make the cards in my home with all the elements ready for you to stamp & put together. Above is a picture of one of the five cards we will be making.

The second option is a “workshop to go”. It’s a porch pick-up. My friend & fellow demonstrator Sally Nusbaum from The Gathering Place and I put together this kit for you using Santa Express products found on page 17 of the July-December mini catalog.

You will get one pack of the & one pack of the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack and one pack of Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. Plus 1/2 pack of Red Rhinestones; that’s #110 of these jewels.

All extras such as die cuts, and pieces of ribbon are included. In other words- everything you need to make 12 different cards.

You’ll also get a full-color PDF with instructions & pictures for 12 cards. You keep the extras to design more cards and scrapbook/pocket scrapbook your holiday memories.

For my non-local friends, the kit can be mailed for an additional fee.

Email me at if you’re interested in either or both. RSVP deadline for Stamp-a-Stack is 11/11. RSVP for Workshop to Go kit is 11/4.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Red Rhinestones- 1/2 pack or #110

Not too Scary Halloween

Happy Monday, friends!

Here’s the third card we made at our Friday card class. It was a simple card as our other two cards were a little more time consuming. See these two here: watercolor wash card & Apple Harvest card.

The base of the card is Gorgeous Grape which was embossed with Gingham EF. The DSP with those cute little ghosts & jack-o’-laterns is from the Celebrate Everything Host pack. It’s amazing- 48 sheets of DSP with lots of fall & Christmas papers. So awesome for the fall & season’s holiday cards!

The DSP was mounted on a piece of pumpkin pie. The Alphabest bundle (stamp set & punch) was used with Stazon ink to create the letters “BOO!”. A strip of Basic Black cardstock was added across the bottom to “ground” the letters.

My favorite ribbon, the black & white Gingham ribbon was added around the top of the card. Last, Elegant Faceted gems were added to the DSP in upper right corner.

I hope you like this not too scary Halloween card. here’s one last look. Have a great week! Marilyn (aka MJ)