Valentine or Birthday Treat boxes

These envelope treat boxes were introduced in our last July- December Mini Catalog. I’m so glad they “carried over” & are still available. YaY!!

10 white, stampable boxes. 20 gold foil stickers.

The dimensions of the folded box is 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ x 1″ & hold a gift card or a sweet treat. (Food safe box). Perfect for party or office gift(s).

Here are pictures of how I decorated the box.

# 159253
DSP strips on the blank sides
Triangles of Sweet Sorbet Glimmer paper #159246
Item # 159246
2022–2024 IN COLOR 6″ X 6″ GLIMMER PAPER

Instead of the gold goal seal, I created a Glimmer paper stitched circle tab using the Stylish Shapes dies. Sweet Sorbet twine was wrapped around the box & tied in a bow.

Stamp directly on the outside of the box for an even easier way to decorate these perfect gift boxes.

Have a great day! Marilyn (akaMJ)

Petal Park & Regency Park- NEW

Happy Monday! You may think “Crazy MJ!” I just like the opportunity to start afresh on my goals. These include personal & SU! business. I love being a SU! demonstrator. But that’s for another day;)

Today I’m showcasing the Regency Park suite [pages 30-33 of our newest Mini Catalog]. It’s such a fresh suite with fun flowers, great colors & trendy embellishments.

Regency Park Suite samples

I really love the Petal Park bundle- stamp set & punch. Punches make it so easy to create. The center flower on my card was stamped in Night of Navy on Balmy Blue & punched out with the bundle’s punch.

Petal Park bundle #160577

My flower was mounted with dimensionals onto a Basic White circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies #159183. Then mounted on a Balmy Blue square from the Stylish Shapes Dies.

Close up view of Petal Park punched flower

The DSP is from this Regency Park suite. It was cut at an angle & mounted on Balmy Blue. A thin strip of Balmy Blue separates the two patterns of DSP. The entire panel of Balmy Blue & DSP with the pretty punched flower was mounted on A Bight of Navy card base.

# 160559
Another look

A Basic White panel which was stamped in night of Navy using the Petal Park flowers was added to the inside.

Stamped inside

Check out this Regency Park suite- it’s really pretty & on- trend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Paper Pumpkin Alternative Cards

Hi friends! Here are two more alternative cards from the products in the December ’22 Paper Pumpkin called “Good Things Come in Small Packages”.

But before I dive into these PP alternative cards, I want to make sure that you have your very own copy of the NEW SU! mini catalog (January-April ’23). Plus Sale-a-bration is happening! Spend $50 (before shipping & tax) and earn free product! If you don’t have these new catalogs, please contact me at

Shop with MJ

For both of my cards today I used products from the Paper Pumpkin kit and new products from the mini & sale-a-bration catalogs & also our current annual catalog. Don’t forget about all those great products! {wink, wink}

  • Garden Green base- 5.5″ X 8.5; scored on the 8.5″ side at 4.25
  • Balmy Blue 4″x 5.25″
  • Dandy Designs DSP from SAB 3.75″ x 5″
  • Coastal Cabana embossed with the Gingham Embossing Folder- 1.75″ x 5.25″
  • Paper Pumpkin gradation sleeve cut along score lines
  • Garden Green Decorative circle punched shape
  • White label from PP kit & stamped with PP stamps in Garden Green
  • Base of Soft Sea Foam cut to 5.5″ x 5.25″ ; score the 5.25″ side at 4.25″; this creates a 1″ overlap.
  • Country Gingham DSP from the Mini catalog -4 x 5.25″; adhere to the 1″ fold from the inside
  • From the outside add a 1/2″ x 5.5″ strip of Garden Green on top of DSP & next to the Soft Sea Foam 1″ fold over
  • Adhere a green label from the PP kit
  • In Garden Green ink, stamp sentiment “Good Things Come in Small Packages onto a scrap of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Punch it our using the Lasting Label punch.
  • Add Elegant Faceted Gems
  • From the annual catalog’s stamp set Celebrating You, stamp “Happy Birthday” in Garden Green ink on inside
A view of the inside showing the reverse side DSP from the front panel

As promised with Last Thursday’s alternative cards, I wanted to take a little time to explain the Paper Pumpkin and the PP “Cycle”.

  • Subscribe by the 10th of any month to get your first kit delivered that month.
  • The Paper Pumpkin box that arrives around the 20th of the month. Give or take a few days.
  • You receive a tracking number so you’ll know when it’s coming OR just wait for that box of happiness to arrive.
  • The kits are designed so you can create for the following month which is why I get a little jumbled on which kit I’m creating for you. Today’s cards were from the December kit.
  • Another example, is this January kit will be all about February’s Valentine Day. We get some hints & a description. But we won’t see everything until it’s released.
  • So it’s a bit of a surprise but you know whether it’s cards or something else like tags at Christmas or treat boxes.

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

Dainty Flowers meets Something Fancy

Happy New Years Eve! Are you doing anything special? We’ll be low key with my Sister & Brother in Law… lots of football & food.

Today’s post features the Dainty Flowers Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Sale-a-bration catalog which begins on 1/5/23. Demonstrators get to order early & we’re happy to post some preview pictures. Another reason to be a demonstrator is early order & catalog view (More later about Sale-a-bration & benefits of being a demonstrator [it’s ok not to sell or hold parties]).

With that, I have a super simple card for you today. I need to make 3 sets of 12 cards over the next week. So I need super easy but I want pretty and simple (& not plain). I’ve got some family ‘irons in the fire’ that are going to keep me very busy for the next 3 weeks; its all good things but I need to keep it simple right now.

Stampin’ Up is so versatile that it lets us do both “Clean & Simple” otherwise known as CAS & an artisan or stepped-up creation, showing lots of embellishments or techniques. Or anything in-between. Whatever way you choose, you have wonderful cards.

My card today uses the free sale-a-bration DSP pack called Dainty Flowers. I picked the paper with six (6) oval floral wreathes. I cut them down to 3.5 x 4.75. It’s little tricky- I cut to 4″ wide & then cut 1/4 ” off each side. I also centered the wreath vertically. The vertical panel wasn’t quite as precise as the width, but I tried to keep the top & bottom border equivalent. I’m a math/numbers/grid girl so this was logical to me. One hint I can say: Use our grid paper to help with alignment.

In Old Olive ink, the sentiment “May the Good you do come back to you” was stamped in the center of the wreath. The sentiment is from the Something Fancy stamp set . I just love that phrase! So many people deserve this card. The sentiments in this set are worth purchasing alone but you’ll want the dies too, right?! Next, a Old Olive bow was added; the ribbon is from the Old Olive & Sahara Sand Twill Ribbon combo from the Annual Catalog (AC).

The DSP panel was mounted on Old Olive and then, with dimensionals, it was placed on a Blushing Bride card base. I left the inside blank so I could write a personal message.

It’s really simple and I hope you think it is pretty too! I hope my card swap group likes it!

You can get this paper by placing a $50 product order (before s/h & tax). Also demonstrator sign-up specials will begin soon…stay tuned for more info. Bottom line, it is a no lose situation…free product with no obligation.

Happy New Year! Have Fun & Stay safe! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Splendid Thoughts- Sending Hugs

Hi friends- Happy 5th day of Christmas. In faith circles, in the song lyrics each day represents something from the Bible. The five golden rings represent the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. Who knew? Certainly not me but I love this!

My card today is quite simple especially compared to yesterday’s card. The Evening Evergreen checked paper is a sheet from the Fitting Florets DSP. A strip of gold Metallic Specialty Paper separates the DSP & Basic White base.

The Fitting Florets oval dies were used to cut Basic White and Soft Sea Foam. Using the soon-to-retire Splendid Thoughts stamp set, a light & dark green stem was stamped on the white oval. Finally the “Sending Hugs” sentiment was stamped towards the bottom of the oval.

That sentiment is perfect for many situations- illness, sympathy or just “rough time”. The mix of fonts is right on-trend.

Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set #159668
The decorated inside

Below is a closeup. Be sure to check out this awesome stamp set & matching dies.

Splendid Thoughts Bundle #159677

Have a great day! Marilyn ( aka MJ)

A Few of My Favorite Things from the Clearance Rack

Hey friends- with all the hustle & bustle of the holidays I don’t want you to miss the clearance rack. Lots of awesomeness to be found here! Yesterday, I’ve copied the current prices from my on-line store but there’s no price or availability guarantee.

Here’s are some of my favorites:

$12.40 (originally $31.00) coordinates with
#159107 This Birthday Piggy
from the Annual Catalog (AC)
CLEARANCE $14.00 (originally $35.00) coordinates with #159944 Apple Harvest stamp set which will still be available after December
(carryover stamp set)

PAPER $2 (originally $5)
Perfect for Spring cards or projects in Pool Party & Pink.
SWEET TALK 12″ X 12″DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $4.60 (originally 11.50)
Need I say, it’s perfect for the upcoming Valentines Day holiday.
10 yards $3 (originally $7.50)
#154241 ICE CREAM CONE BUILDER PUNCH $10.80 (originally $18)
Perfect for birthday or summer cards & no need for a stamp set
#158134 POLISHED DOTS $3 (originally $7.50)

There’s a lot more to be found on the clearance rack. Shop here!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Framed Florets Thank You

Blessing on this 2nd day of Christmas. I hope you had a wonderful celebration with family &/or friends. We had a quiet day with our youngest daughter & her husband. I’m posting a little later today due to the holiday. A very Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends.

I hope you have received a January-April ’23 Mini Catalog and the January-February Sale-a-Bration catalog. If not, please contact me & I’ll get a catalog to you. I’ll deliver to you if are local to the STL area (aka St. Louis, “The Lou”, John Hamm’s & Sterling Brown’s hometown, & home to the world renowned Kate Chopin (1851-1904 Novelist- “The Awaking”). If you’re not local to me, I’d be happy to mail the catalogs to you.

Today I’m sharing a new bundle found in the January-April ‘23 Mini Catalog. You might remember that you can order this bundle now & you can also order (while supplies last) the fabulous Holiday “big” sentiments stamp set called “Framed & Festive” & the DSP. The DSP & holiday sentiment will NOT be available after January 4th, so don’t wait.

  • Framed & Festive Cling Stamp Set (item 160888)
  • Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (item 161814)

The bundle in the mini catalog will be available through the mini catalog which ends on May 1.

Framed Florets bundle; the Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls in the upper left corner sold out & are no longer available 😦
  • Framed Florets Bundle (item 162407) 
  • Framed Florets Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 161815)* 
  • Framed Florets Dies (item 160623)

My card features the very pretty coordinating DSP; if you’re a lover of the color blue or green you’re sure to love this paper! The colors are: Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen, Night of Navy, Polished Pink, Soft Succulent.

The card starts with a base of Evening Evergreen & an embossed Evening Evergreen piece (4 x 5.25) using the Annual Catalog’s Pretty Flowers embossing folder. The DSP was added to the left side. My “Thank you” sentiment was stamped in Evening Evergreen on Basic White & die cut using this set’s oval. I left room at the top so the floral sprig would fit without crowding the sentiment. A close-up below.

The fancy frame is also from the bundle & it was cut in Polished Pink. The ribbon is also Polished Pink. The floral sprig from the set was stamped with black Momento ink, for cut & colored with Stamping Blends, our alcohol markers.

Here are some of the products I used:

  • Framed Florets Bundle (#162407)
  • Framed Florets Photopolymer Stamp Set (#161815)
  • Framed Florets Dies (#160623)
  • Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder (#155428)
  • 3/8” Open Weave Ribbon in Polished Pink (#155714)

I hope you have the day off from work today so you can enjoy more family & friends time. Marilyn (aka MJ)

January-April ‘22 Mini Catalog