Rings of Love

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!

Ringed with Love DSP #159139

My card for today features the Rings of Love DSP which is Sale-a-bration freebie with a $50 product order. It’s so pretty & coordinates with the Ringed with Nature bundle in the Annual Catalog. It’s a gorgeous set but I don’t have it (yet). But I loved the DSP so much & had to have it.

The design is another “go-to” for me. I cut a piece of the DSP at 4 x 5.25 & then cut the 5.25 side at 2.5. The 4 x 5.25 size gives me 6 card front panels; perfect for card swaps or making multiples. On the reverse side of the birds & branches DSP, is the pretty blue watercolor paper. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped in Night of Navy the large sentiment from the Good Feelings set, new in the Annual Catalog.

A strip of 0.25 or 1/4 x 4″ piece of Crushed Curry was placed between the two papers. Then a little bling using the Fine Sparkle Adhesive backed Gems was added. One last look below.

Thanks for stopping & see you again on Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Purple Pansy

Hi friends! I’m back… our move went great. We’re still unpacking & my studio is in rudimentary shape but I have my essentials close at hand.

My card today features two of the new In-Colors- Starry Sky and Orchid Oasis. I’m just over the top crazy about this years In-Colors. Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet are the others. All gorgeous!

This card’s sketch is a simple one- a real “go-to” sketch. A 2 x 5.5” piece of DSP (6×6 In-Color DSP) mounted on 2.25” of Orchid Oasis. That panel was mounted on a Starry Sky card base.

The Pansy, stitched circle & sentiment used those same colors. All are dies. In the new Annual Catalog (AC), Stampin’Up generously kept the bundled price (10% off) for the Pansy Patch from the January-June mini catalog.

The stitched circle is from a new “stand alone” die set called Stylish Shapes (#159183). It’s easy to miss this new die set as there isn’t a coordinating stamp set…that said, they go with everything. You can see them on p.173 & in use on p.50 of the AC. These dies are so versatile, it’s a must have for essential tool kit.

The sentiment is from a new bundle called Charming Sentiments (#158734). Another set that you’ll likely want. In addition to the die cut sentiments, there are useful shapes like candles, hearts and stars. Look for them on p.161 & with the stamps on p.38.

Thanks for staying with during my move hiatus. I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. You can follow me to get notified of my new posts. I’d appreciate it if you would like my page.

Let me know if you need paper/hard copy catalogs- remember Sale-a-Bration is happening now.

Stay cool & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Starry Sky, Orchid Oasis, Daffodil Delight
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6
  • Dies: Pansy, Charming Sentiments, Stylish Shapes
  • Embellishments: Fun Flower resin shapes

Free Product = Sale-a-Bration

Hi friends! I’m blog MIA again… we’re moving from our villa to a “new to us” house. Even though I don’t have anything personally to share, I didn’t want you to miss the incredible “free with $50” promotion called Sale-a-bration.

Two of my favorites are shown below.

It’s easy to overlook this Silver & Gold 6×6 paper. Dots & stripes in silver & gold- it doesn’t get any more versatile than this. Although I love the cards shown with Amazing Phrasing stamp set, I’m thinking about holiday cards. After all, it is Christmas in July time, right!?

The Amazing Phrasing stamp set is free with a $100 product order (pre-tax, pre-shipping). I LOVE big word sets! So easy to make a wow card using our DSP, decorative masks/stencils, embossing paste… you get the idea. If not check out “The Wow Factor” on page 128 in the Annual Catalog.

That’s it for me today… an update on our move. Most of my current paper crafting supplies have been moved & I’ve packed for a crop with my bestie crafty girlfriends next weekend. Now it’s time to clean cabinets and closets at the new house. Our furniture movers arrive on Monday 7/18. WooHoo!

Stay cool or go to the pool! Hugs & Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Harvest Cards

On July 1st, the July-December catalog goes live. WooHoo! Plus Sale-a-bration too! Double WooHoo! I have two super quick & easy cards for you showcasing the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I love when Stampin’ Up gives us at least one sheet of DSP in a pack that can be cut in half at 6” x 12 & trimmed to 5.25” x 4”. These 6 pieces can be used a card fronts. Today I’m sharing two cards made with these pieces.

I used Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot for card bases. I added a piece of coordinating card stock under the DSP & on top of the card base. I stamped sentiments in Merry Merlot on Crushed Curry. Punches were used to make labels. Brushed Brass Butterflies were added to the sentiment label.

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

Rustic Harvest DSP #159633
Label Me Fancy Punch #151297
Double Oval Punch #154242
Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152833
Brushed Brass Butterflies #15813600

Splendid Day Monday

Happy Monday, friends! We had a great day celebrating My Mister yesterday with our daughter and son-in-law. We met in Washington, Mo & ate at a local pub right on the Missouri River. A short walk completed the afternoon.

My card today is beyond Clean and Simple- it’s fast too! I was so excited to receive the new Sale-a-bration & the July- December mini catalogs early (perk of being a demonstrator). Plus we got to order early! (so we could prepare for you).

One of my favorite ways to make quick cards is use the Cards & Envelopes; these coordinate DSP and other embellishments. The cards & envelopes I used are from the Sale-a-bration catalog coming on July 1st! The pack contains 20 cards & envelopes; 10 in Soft Sea Foam & 10 in Pool Party. Two of my favorite colors- woohoo!!

These designs coordinate with the Splendid Day suite. I used a 5.5″ x 1.25″ piece of that DSP & mounted on a piece of Pool Party card stock. It was adhered to the card toward the top. In Pool Party ink, I stamped “Thank You” from the Good Feelings stamp set in the corner. A little bling using three Fine Sparkle Adhesive-backed Gems completes the card.

I hope you like my card. Two Heads up today: 1) There will be free shipping on orders over $75 on Tuesday. 2) there are still some cards & envelopes in the Last Chance sale. 50% off the Abstract Beauty! 10 cards & envelopes for $5 her in the US.

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

Bold Lovely in Linen

Happy Friday, friends! It has been a super hot week here in St. Louis just like many parts of the US. I hope you are able to stay safe and cool. Today I have a fresh and fast card for you today.

I love using our DSP to create cards… whether you make fast & easy or more intricate (Avid Artistic) cards the Designer Series Papers (DSP) make your card especially gorgeous.

Here I used the Lovely in Linen DSP. It is so easy to Color Coordinate as Stampin’ Up identifies all the colors that make up the DS papers. So I used a base of Sweet Sorbet (a new In-Color). I stamped with one of the bold “Good Feelings” stamps in Sweet Sorbet on Pale Papaya. Then cut it our with a Stitched Rectangle die.

My DSP is mounted on a piece of Night of Navy. I tied Pale Papaya weave ribbon (#155672) and bow and added dimensionals on the back before placing on the Sweet Sorbet base. I used dimensionals to mount the sentiment panel. To add a little extra, I added a Pale Papaya Loose Flower.

I hope you like today’s card… super fast & easy. I’ll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend & stay cool!

Below are some of the products I used.

  • Supplies:
  • Stamps: Good Feelings
  • Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Night of Navy, Pale Papaya
  • DSP: Lovely in Linen
  • Ink: Sweet Sorbet
  • Embellishments: Pale Papaya weave ribbon, Loose Flower Flourishes
Good Feelings #158737

Loose Flower Flourishes #158808

I’m Back with Flowering Tulips

Hi friends…it’s been a while. What’s kept me away? You might recall that I broke my wrist at the end of April. Now it’s all healed & I have great mobility! Strength is a “work in progress”. The second HUGE thing was a quick decision to sell our villa and purchase a home. We won’t close and move until mid July but most of the craziness with showing & looking is over. I’m so happy that I am able to get back to blogging.

So here I am with a pretty tulip card. The base is Fresh Freesia. I diecut a piece of Highland Heather with the tulip edge die & placed it next to my panel of Flowering Field DSP & Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The gorgeous Flowering Fields DSP is retiring & on sale (30% off) while supplies last. The Flowering Tulips stamp set & Tulip dies are available in the new Annual Catalog.

The sentiment does not have a die so I fussy cut it. Below are pictures of my process. First I stamp my sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink on Fresh Freesia.

Next I put my block with stamp face down on a plain piece of paper. I look at the edges of the stamp, the photopolymer edge, and free cut that design.

The pretty Loose Flowers surround the sentiment.

I will see you again on Wednesday. Happy Stamping, MJ (aka Marilyn)

Spring Thank you- Card Class

Happy Friday, friends! I am excited to share a card that we created at my March card class. Yes- I am unashamedly promoting my card classes. I would love for you to join us if you live in the St. Louis area. Contact me for more information. Isn’t this a “spring-y” card? I offered an alternative panel to the “thank you so much” that said “Happy Easter” from the Celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog (page 65). Instead of the banner, the sentiment was cut with our Layering Circles dies in the same color combination.

This past Wednesday, I shared on this blog a Hello Ladybug card that was quick and easy and wrote that it was because we were making a more time consuming card at class. This is that more time consuming card.

We started with a Basic White panel 4 x 5.25 & embossed it with our Painted Textures Embossing Folder. Next, using Balmy Blue ink & our blending brushes, we lightly shaded the embossed folder to give a sky appearance.

The Cinnamon Cider trees were die cut with the Inspired Canopy dies and adhered to our embossed panel. Also these dies have “swoops” or hills which we cut in pear pizzazz & added that to the bottom of the embossed panel.

Also included in the dies are four (4) different leaf bunches. We cut 6-7 of the bunches in the various shapes in Pattern Party DSP & adhered to our trees. An easy way to adhere multiple small pieces is to use your Silicone craft mat. In one corner, put a small amount of Multipurpose liquid glue & use a sponge & binder clip to dab into the glue the then dab onto the backside of leaf bunches & then adhere to the trees. We layered the bunches & even cut a few to fit. Below is a closeup of the leaf bunches; the detail is amazing!

These Inspiring Canopy dies are part of a bundle called Inspiring Thoughts. The bundle is retiring & so are the dies, but the stamp set is not. That was a little confusing at first. Anyway, as I write this, you can still get the bundle; retiring products are available while supplies last. So once they are gone, they are gone for good. Click on the shopping card to order now or send me an email.

Our sentiment from the companion to the dies (Inspiring Thoughts). We stamped it in Fresh Freesia on a 1/2″ panel of Basic White. Then using our Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, we created the 3/4″ Fresh Freesia base. We mounted the entire tree panel on a base of Thick Basic White card stock.

It was a little time consuming but what a pretty Spring card, don’t you think? Well worth it for that someone special!

My next card classes are April 22 and April 24. If you’re interested, email me and I’ll share the details including pictures of the cards that we’ll be making.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inspired thoughts
  • Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Pear Pizzazz, Fresh Freesia, Basic White (thick and regular)
  • DSP: Pattern Party (host)
  • Ink: Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue
  • Dies/Punches: Inspired Canopy dies, Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Tools: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, Silicone mat, Blending Brush, Multipurpose liquid glue, sponge & binder clip

Ladybug – Card Class card

Hello friends!! At my March card class, we created this adorable card. We kept it simple so it will be easily “mail-able” and fast. Since we had another card that was a little time consuming, it worked out perfectly.

The card base is real red so there’s an inner piece of basic white for writing a message. The black panel is topped with Pattern Party DSP, a host reward that is retiring soon. One side is colorful and fun & the other is black and white (and equally fun but more classic). I cut a very narrow strip of Basic Black card stock to place between the two patterns of paper.

I just love this ladybug.. So easy with the punch. It’s part of a bundle in the January-June mini catalog & you’ll want to grab before June so you can get the discounted bundle price. The sentiment is from the Hello Ladybug stamp set.

My next classes are Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24. If you live in the St. Louis area, I would love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black and Basic WHite
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Stazon Jet Black
  • Punch: Ladybug Builder

Real Red Flowing Flowers

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a pretty card for you. I hope you think so too.

I chose to use the stamp set called Flowing Flowers from the January- July mini catalog. It is a stunning flower, don’t you think? It is a one of Stampin’ Up’s DistINKive sets where the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. Look at that flower- it was stamped with a single stamp that was inked up with Real Red. Amazing, huh?

The Real Red panel is embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. Although much of it is covered up the parts of the panel that peek out give the card texture and depth.

The DSP is from the soon to be retiring Host DSP called Pattern Party. On one side is black and white designs and the other is colorful designs like this Granny Apple Green panel. . I’ve used it so much this year. It is on the retiring list so it’s a good time to order it along with all the other amazing products that will be retiring. I added two more retiring items. A bow in Double stitched Real Red Satin ribbon and the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

I hope you consider taking advantage of all the last chance items which are only available while supplies last. Some are even discounted up to 40%. The stamp set will be with us at least until the end of the January-June mini catalog.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Flowing Flowers
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty Flowers EF, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon; Holiday Rhinestones