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)

Apple Harvest

Hi friends! I am sharing one of the cards we will be making at Card Class today plus a few pictures from our Colorado trip.

I started with a 4″ x 5.25″ panel of Granny Apple Green. I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set along the bottom. Next I added a triangle of the host DSP called Celebrate Everything. TIP: Cut a piece of 4″ x 5.25 of DSP & cut it on the diagonal. I stamped & die-cut my apple tree branch image & colored using Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green & Crumb Cake Marvelous Markers. Yes, I used Poppy Parade and not Real Red & here’s why: Poppy Parade is a little more bright (or a little less intense) than Real red & I wanted the stamp’s shading to show.

Using dimensionals, I mounted my colored Tree Branch image on a 3″ x 4″ piece of Garden Green Cardstock. I placed it on top of the DSP & Granny Apple Green panel lining up the opposite corners along the diagonal of the DSP.

Finishing touches of a little Linen Thread bow and Red Rhinestones. The card shouts fall, don’t you think?

One of the things that I really enjoyed was a stop to a fruit farm, called Apple Blossom Farms. We got to sample their jar products including jellies, fruited hot sauce and peach salsa which I love with grilled chicken (yum!).

The Kitchen and Store
Raspberry bushes in the front and peach trees in the back; & beautiful mountain scenery
Do you see the little kitty on the dirt road?
That’s me picking (& eating) raspberries

Here’s one last look at the Apple Harvest card. Thanks for indulging me with the trip pictures.

Have a great day & weekend!

Water Color Wash – Fall Leaves- InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. 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.

Here is the watercolor wash process that I used.

1.Set up- prepare workspace & gather supplies

1. Gather your supplies & protect your work surface with waterproof pad. You will need a large acrylic block, markers and re-inkers, and Stampin’ Spritzers, Thick Basic White cardstock, two leaves from Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969). Here I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil delight. I used a paper towel to catch run off (& also so you could see the block better).

2. Use Markers & Re-inkers to color your block

Step 2. Color your block. I used both marker and re-inkers to make sure I had enough rich color. Try to keep your colors separate as they will blend with the next step. TIP: Sometimes your markers will leave enough ink/color & other times you will need a drop or two of re-inkers. This is dependent on the color itself and the age of your markers.

3. Scribble on block & spritz a light mist

Step 3. Scribble the ink drops around with the same colored marker. Then use your Stampin” Spritzer to lightly mist your colored block.

4. Lay cardstock Face down

Step 4. Lay your Basic white cardstock down on your block. Do not move around as this will blend the colors & make them muddy. You want to mostly keep the colors separate & distinctive.

5. Heat dry with Heat Tool

Step 5. Lift your paper straight up & use your Heat Tool to dry the paper. Don’t worry if your piece if warped; you can fix this later.

6. Loosely apply leaves to cardstock & repeat 1-5 Steps with leaves attached

Step 6. Loosely adhere your leaves to the cardstock in the position that you want. I used just a little bit of Stampin’ Seal in the middle of the leaf. (You will want to be able pick the leaves off the paper. Clean off your block & then repeat steps 1-5.

After you’ve dried the leaves & cardstock for the 2nd time with the Heat Tool, remove one leaf & distress by curling the edges & creating a couple of creases. Replace it in the original spot with more adhesive. Repeat with the second leaf.

I adhered my panel on Crumb Cake using “green” glue or Multipurpose liquid glue (#110755). This will flatten the panel. I added a narrow strip of Crumb Cake on top of the panel and made a little ribbon adornment using Natural Woven ribbon that was colored/distressed with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie; and then I tied two pieces of Crumb Cake twine from the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (#155475) in the middle of the woven ribbon knot. Last, I added gems from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969).

We will be making this at my card classes this Friday. If you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Here’s a close look.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, my friend, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards . 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:

Happy Stamping, Marilyn aka MJ

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ <<==That’s me

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons

Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: None
  • Cardstock: Thick Basic White & Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo pack (#159969); Natural Woven ribbon (#159611); Baker’s Twine Essential Pack- Crumb Cake twine (#155475)

Two Days Left for Sale-a-bration’s Wonderful World

Happy Monday, friends!

Wonderful World SAB

My card today features another Sale-a-bration set of products. You have ONLY two days to order this beautiful suite of products called Wonderful World. Below are pictures of the catalog pages…just look at that gorgeous paper.

Wonderful World
Stampin’ Up Artists share their ideas

I just love the Stampin’ Up catalogs because they are filled with great ideas for card-making. They help me think “outside the box”. But today my card is a “go-to” sketch for me; definitely an “inside the box” sketch.

We made this card in my Card Class. We usually have a time consuming card & then I add two more quicker cards. This is one of the fast cards & it’s card base is Flirty Flamingo.

We added a piece of DSP measuring 4 x 3 to the lower section of the card base. When you cut your DSP into 4×3 pieces, you get 12 pieces- plenty to make duplicates.

The flower was stamped onto a scalloped rectangle die cut from the Scalloped Contours dies using our Stamp-a-ratus. After centering the big floral image, we used a sponge dauber to pick up ink from the Flirty Flamingo ink pad & we tapped it onto the flower part of the stamp. Then we used Pear Pizzazz ink pad & dauber for the stem. Using the stamp-a-ratus, we could go back & re-ink any areas we missed. Next we inked the scalloped edges with the dauber.

If you hold the inked sponge dauber & paper exactly perpendicular to each other, you transfer just a little color to the edges.

From the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack we added a white bow to the stems.

Ta-da! A quick & beautiful card.

Have a great week! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Fun Fold- Nuts about YOU!!

Today I am sharing the fun fold I made for my Card Class this upcoming Friday. It’s usually the 4th Friday of the month in my home in Chesterfield MO. So if you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love to connect with you. I don’t usually share the cards before the class but this is an exceptional week. And, unfortunately, I had to cancel my class.

My Mr. started feeling like he had a cold on Monday. We both gave each other that inquisitive look. Aren’t we all conditioned to think of COVID these days? Since we were to meet friends for lunch today, we thought he’d better test. Sure enough, his home COVID test was positive. He’s doing fine except for a terrible headache, fatigue & mild sore throat. But I’m keeping my retired RN eyes on him. Like most metro areas, we still have a fair amount of COVID, but it seems we have this milder variant where many vaccinated & boosted folks (like my Mr.) get better without hospitalization. Thankfully, mine was negative this morning.

So I masked up & went grocery shopping this afternoon- stocked up on my Mr’s favorite food & drink & got a few things for myself, just in case. {wink, wink} And now I’m rushing around like a mad lady to get everything done in case I fall ill. Since I’m cancelling card class, I’m making kits for my peeps. I don’t want to disappoint my wonderful friends.

I created a PDF for my peeps; if you would like to receive it, please follow me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/StampwithMJ.MarilynJones & then comment that you’d like the PDF.

If you’re already a follower- thank you. Please comment so I know to send you the PDF too.

Stay Healthy & Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Ladybug inspiration from Card Class

Hi friends! I’ve got a really wonderful card to share with you. Wonderful because it was inspired by a couple of my friends & card class participants. I LOVE that we share ideas in class. I think I learn as much from the participants as they learn from me. Anyway, do you remember the ladybug card from April 6th.

The next classes are this Friday at 1p.m. & again at 7p.m. Then Sunday 24th at 2p.m. Registration deadline is today at 7 p.m. Email me if you’re interested.

I mentioned that you could flip the paper over the paper & make a black/white and red card instead of the Granny Apple Green & Crushed Curry side. Two friends did just that & it looked great. I had an extra kit cut so I decided to adapt the card using the”other side” of the paper.

Did I already mention that I love this bundle?! Ha- ha only a ‘gazillion times” right?! Anything with a punch is so quick & easy. Although I love our dies, the punches are especially good for mass production and card classes.

On this card, I flipped over the papers & added another ladybug & changed up the sentiment. I was inspired by Pinterest but this isn’t an exact copy; otherwise I would give credit to the creator. So many ideas out there- I grabbed an idea from here & there. Below are a couple of close-ups of my card.

Buffalo checks have been around for a while but still popular & I still love that black/white look! The dotted background is perfect for stamping on directly like I did with the sentiment. The Pattern Party papers will be missed as they were in a huge package of DSP as host gift. (If you love it too, you could host an on-line party before the end of April; just a $150 order qualifies. Connect with me if you’re interested).

I wrapped & frayed the ends of the black white twine from the soon retiring “Playful Pets” trim combo pack (20% off & in stock on Sunday). Black Matte dots were added. That’s it- easy peasy!

I hope you like this alternative to March’s card class card.

Have a great Monday, friends! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Black
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder
  • Accessories: Black Matte Dots, Playful Pets black & white twine