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)

Fitting Florets- New

  • 1 November 2022–4 January 2023

Starting 1 November 2022, customers can order items from the Fitting Florets Collection. All items in the collection can be ordered separately.

The following exclusive products are only available while supplies last: 

  • Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (item 160888)* 
  • Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (item 161814)
  • Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (item 161822)

The following will be available for purchase in the Mini Catalog starting January 2023: 

  • Framed Florets Bundle (item 162407) 
  • Framed Florets Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 161815)* 
  • Framed Florets Dies (item 160623)

Christmas Scottie

Little black Scottie dogs- doesn’t get any cuter, right!! My card today features the Christmas Scottie bundle- stamp set and punch. I always love a set with a punch as it is fast to make a stack of cards.

I started with a piece of Garden Green Gingham Cottage DSP & mounted it on Garden Green cardstock. That DSP panel was then mounted on a Merry Merlot card base. Another piece of Merry Merlot was scored & placed in the middle of the card.

Garden Green Stylish Shapes squares were the base for the Scotties. The Scottie dogs were stamped in Momento black ink on Basic White cardstock & punched out.

The sentiment is from the Merriest Moment stamp set. It was die cut with the Stylish Shapes banner die. Last Black Matte Dots we’re added.

Thanks for looking! Have a great start to your week! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Witchy Hat in Parakeet Party

Are you counting down the days until Halloween? We make it fun & not scary. This year we be joining family at our adult nephew, & his charming wife”s home for a bonfire. The littles will be in costume. Can’t wait!!

I’m finishing up my cards; & getting them ready to mail. I don’t make many Halloween cards so my friend & fellow demonstrator, Sally, graciously allowed me to borrow her Bewitched bundle. Thanks, Sally!

My card base is the fun Parakeet Party. I added a layer of Crushed Curry & topped it with DSP from the host pack, Celebrate Everything. A strip of Old Olive Glitter Washi tape was added on the left side.

Next & center stage is the witch’s hat stamped in Parakeet Party & punched out. It was mounted on Basic Black & a star pattern DSP from the same host pack. Last, in-color Decorative Matte dots were added.

Have a great Friday & weekend, friends. Enjoy the fall activities! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’Up
  • Stamps & Punch: Bewitching Bundle # 159857
  • Paper: Parakeet Party, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Celebrate Everything
  • Ink: Parakeet Party
  • Embellishments: Glitter Washi Tape & in Color Decorative Matte Dots

Scottie Holiday

We’re dog lovers. To be more accurate we’re animal lovers & we have a little 15 pound rescue. She’s not a Scottie but she is the spice of our lives. To honor all dogs, I used the Christmas Scottie bundle on my card today.

Christmas Scottie bundle #159744

I had so much fun with this card by using supplies from the Annual Catalog & the July-December catalog that aren’t part of the Christmas Scottie bundle. First the card base is Real Red with a Basic White Scalloped Contours rectangle.

Next is a square of Real Red topped with a black-in-black piece of DSP from the Gingham Cottage 12×12 DSP. I used the plaid stamp from the Christmas Scottie stamp set & stamped Real Red on basic White.

The Scottie was stamped in Black & punched out. He was popped up with dimensionals & a Red Rhinestone collar was added.

Using the Christmas Banners bundle, I created the “‘Tis the Season” banner. The inside of the card repeats the Scalloped rectangle from the front for continuity. In Black, the Christmas Scottie sentiment “May your days be Furry & Bright” & “Merry Christmas” were stamped on the Basic White scalloped rectangle.

Here’s one last look & a look at our rescue, Maggie. Thanks for indulging me with our little dog. Have a great day!


Item # 159744
Item # 155560
Christmas Banners #159993
Item # 159651

Item # 146924

Witch Hat Fun

Hi & Happy Friday, friends! Do you enjoy Halloween as much as I do? First, there’s candy; second, there’s fun decorations; but my most favorite is seeing the kiddos in costume. In St. Louis, the trick-or-treaters tell jokes before candy is exchanged. Hearing a five (5) year old recite a joke is priceless. My card today is all about Halloween.

Don’t you just love this witch’s hat & boots? I used my favorite in-color, Starry Sky, as the card base & stamped the little stars in Starry Sky.

The Black & Crushed Curry star DSP is from the Host Pack called Celebrate Everything.

I stamped the boots in Starry Sky directly on a Basic White panel. On a scrap of Basic White I stamped the hat in Starry Sky & punched it out with the Witch Hat Builder punch. The hat was popped up with dimensionals.

Across the bottom of the white panel I put a strip of the black washi tape. The entire white panel was mounted on a piece of Starry Sky.

Last, I added sequined from the Sparkle & Shine sequins to add to the glitz. The stamped stars were repeated on inside corners & the sentiment is from the Scary Cute stamp set.

Have a great Friday & weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

# 159857
Celebrate Everything
# 158137

Pumpkin Spice Everything?

My card today was inspired by pumpkins. I love the taste of pumpkin, (especially pumpkin pie); it always reminds me of fall. But in a effort to be health conscious, I try to get the pumpkin taste in a lower fat calorie way.

Are you a Pumpkin Spice lover? Me- that’s a yes! As long as it’s not too sweet. I ran across a recipe for homemade low-fat, low-sugar PS coffee creamer using pumpkin purée (aka canned pumpkin). I’ve modified it to fit my tastes & it’s super easy & delicious! I’ll be “over PS” thing by Halloween or Thanksgiving but it sure is good now. Then bring on Peppermint & Mocha. Hello Christmas! But let’s not get ahead of the seasons…

My card today features (again) the Rustic Harvest DSP. So pretty. See Wednesday’s post for another card & link to two more cards with this DSP.

I used the Stylish Shapes dies to create the stitched rectangles and frame. I LOVE these dies… I use them quite frequently.

See the picture below for how I made the Crushed Curry Frame. The smaller rectangle was centered inside the larger frame. Then I fit the pumpkin die cut rectangle right into the frame. If you’re worried about slipping, you can use Scotch tape on the back to adhere the two pieces together after cutting & before putting it on your card.

Yes I’m still using my Big Shot! I hope to get the newer Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine soon with some reward points… stay tuned:)

I use 3M Low Tack artist’s tape to hold it in place. Post-it note tape is similar. I find my “older & less pretty” non-SU washi tapes get gummy & tends to peel a layer off the card stock. I’m done with that hassle especially after ruining several die cut pieces. YKWIM? Below is another closeup of the card.

I added a bow made from the fun Silver-threaded twine; quite a bit thicker than our regular twine as you can see, but oh-so- fall!!

Item # 159662

Lastly, the frame embellishment are Brushed metallic dots. Perfect for fall or Guy cards- don’t you think?

Item # 156506

Here’s one last look at my no Stamp pumpkin fall card. I hope you like it.

I’d love to hear your opinion on Pumpkin Spice flavoring, your favorite recipe or this card. Happy weekend, MJ (aka Marilyn)

Vivid Halloween

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a great weekend. Today’s card is all about October- Halloween with vivid colors.

I had some scraps lying on my cutting table; “leftovers” from other projects. Then I cut the scraps to 1” x 5” & adhered in a haphazardly way to a strip of Gorgeous Grape.

The ghost & the Granny Apple Green DSP are both from “Celebrate Everything” host paper. The Pumpkin Pie piece was dry embossed with the Splatters 3D embossing folder.

The fussy cut ghost & the sentiment stamps were two of the stamps from our recent Paper Pumpkin. I added five Classic Matte Dots to finish it off.

TIP: Color edges of image with a black marker preventing any white fussy cut edges from showing.

If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, you can order past kits & refills like this one. Great for office & classroom treats. I’ll be making the kit with my daughter (like we did last year) so watch for that upcoming post.

That’s it! Fast & Easy. Great card for mass-production.

Products shown below.

48 sheets
Classic Matte Dots #158146
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin stamp case
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin kit