Enjoy the Rhythm & a Throwback Sketch

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a card that uses the new Enjoy the Rhythm stamp set. Drums, keyboard & guitar work perfectly for my musical family & friends. So last week I made this card but wanted to keep it on the QT because it’s for my “drummer” nephew. He’s such a fantastic young adult & in addition to many great things, he plays in his church band.

Here’s a picture of the stamp set. How awesome, right?!

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I used a sketch from Splitcoaststampers.com. You don’t hear about that site much anymore but it’s a great resource for all things Stamp-y. The sketch was introduced in 2007- a real flashback yet it hasn’t become outdated.

The DSP is from the Ready to Ride suite. It has a black foil on many of the pages. It’s a little hard to see but it’s obvious in real life. Very Handsome! My card’s cardstock colors are Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Basic Black.

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I hope you like my drum card & this new set. Have a great day! 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)

Masculine Wildlife Wonder

When this Wildlife Wonder stamp set was introduced in January in the Mini Catalog, I order it right away. I’ve probably mentioned that we have many awesome guy friends & I enjoy making “guy” cards so this was a no-brainer for me.

I noticed that the Rings of Love DSP from Sale-a-bration had this terrific tree branch paper which I thought would coordinate perfectly with the stamp set. What do you think?

It was a fairly easy card to put together. I got this sketch & stamp set idea from Terri Tank at My Stamp Vault. I changed up her design but it was her card that gave me inspiration for this CASE. I cut four 1-1/8 squares in crumb cake & stamped each of the animals from the set knowing that there would be some (or a lot) of the image that would be cut off. The fourth square was for the sentiment.

I mounted the small squares on a larger square; 3.5″ Mossy Meadow and 3.75 Early Espresso. The Branch DSP from Rings of Love DSP was adhered to the Mossy Meadow card base. The large square panel was adhered on top of the DSP. Seriously friends- this is an incredible pack of DSP for the fall & holiday creating & it’s yours free with a $50 product purchase. (before tax & S/H). The sale ends on 8/31 or when supplies run out. I don’t want you to miss out!

I added a couple of strips of cardstock toward the bottom of the card- Soft Suede, Early Espresso with a skinny angled piece in Mossy Meadow. Rustic Metallic adhesive backed dots were added along the Mossy Meadow strip. I decorated the inside too.

Thanks for stopping over. I think I’ve got my rythym back after our move so I will be here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An occasional extra post when there’s a special offer. I hope you’ll come back after the weekend. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
  • DSP: Rings of Love (SAB)
  • Ink: Soft Suede
  • Embellishments: Rustic Metallic adhesive backed dots

InKing Royalty Blog Hop- Red, White & Blue

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop! As we prepare for the July 4 holiday ahead, we are sharing projects that celebrate the Red, White & Blue. Not all projects will be patriotic, but you are certain to be inspired by all of 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.

I prepared a baseball card with the soon-to be retiring “Hey Sports Fan Suite”. The DSP and dies are 50% off; & the Resin Stars are 30%. Retiring items are only available until 6/30 or while supplies last. I’m encouraging my St. Louis stamping friends to consider it, since almost everyone I know has at least one St. Louis (baseball) Cardinals fan in their circle of family & friends. And nothing says America louder than baseball and hotdogs and ice-cream. Anyway…

Let’s get to the card! Since the DSP is double sided, I cut a piece of 5.25′ X 4″ piece. Next I cut that 5.25′ side to at 3″; this gives two pieces, measuring 3″ x 4″ & 2.25″ X 4″. I flipped one piece over for the contrasting design and adhered to my Night of Navy base. I also cut a little row of tickets in Night of Navy from the Sports Event Dies & adhered between the two pieces of DSP. This creates a border between the two papers & gives a finished look.
HINT: When placing your two pieces, ensure alignment at edges; you can use the die cut tickets to hide any unevenness where the two pieces meet.

I stamped the ticket outline in Real Red on Very Vanilla, then die cut it. Next, I stamped the “Horray” & “Happy Birthday” on the die cut ticket. More diecutting-a flag in Real Red, and the #1 circle and flag tails in Very Vanilla.

For finishing touches my card uses five (5) Resign Stars and Fan Bakers twine. The inside is finished with a row of tiny tickets in Real Red on a Very Vanilla base.

Red, white and blue colors schemes are perfect for masculine cards. I often use earth tones for masculine cards so it’s super fun creating with the bright colors.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots. 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. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  8. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots

See you all again on Friday. Happy Stamping, MJ (aka Marilyn)

Wildlife Wonder & Fussy Cutting Tips

I knew the minute I saw the Wildlife Wonder stamp set that I had to have it. I love making simple masculine cards especially when the Designer Series Paper (DSP) does the “heavy lifting”

I’m submitting this card to The Paper Players challenge for a wildlife CAS card.

This set doesn’t have dies but it’s easy to fussy cut. I have a few tips to make it look like it’s perfect even if it isn’t. I stamped my image on Basic White card stock & cut as close as I could without cutting into the inked area.

FIRST TIP: Color with the brush end of marker any white areas that shows around the edges from fussy cutting. Use the brush marker around the entire edge. Use the same color marker as your stamped image; here, I used Soft Suede.

Below is a close up where I colored along the bear’s back but not the legs. [some of the bear’s backside will eventually get cut off but I colored it all because I wasn’t sure exactly what would get cut off].

SECOND TIP: Stamped the image directly on the background paper before adding the fussy cut image. Here, the bear was stamped on the New Horizons DSP. Even though you won’t see the image when you add your fussy cut image on top of the background image there may be details that were cut off with fussy cutting. The bear is popped up on dimensionals.

Below are two close-ups. Look at the front paw & the chin of the bear. The details of the claw and chin hair were cut away on the fussy cut but with the image stamped on the background, these details show. It gives the bear some depth & definition.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the same DSP & cut it out. One last look at the card. I hope you like it!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Evening Evergreen, Basic White
  • DSP: New Horizons
  • Ink: Soft Suede, & Soft Suede marker
  • Technique: Fussy cutting

Happy Birthday- Royal InKing Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This is a great time of year to build your stash of handmade birthday cards, so we are sharing birthday-themed projects with you today. 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.

Today I am sharing a masculine birthday card, although technically it could be for any baseball lover. In St. Louis, we love our baseball Cardinals so it is no surprise that I used the bright Poppy Parade on my card.

I used a splatter technique on my Night of Navy card base. I put a few drops of Whisper White Craft ink in a Water Painter & added a few drops of water & then tapped the end opposite of the brushes over my card stock for the splatter effect.

The DSP and the Stamps and Dies are from the Hey Sports Fan suite in our January-June mini catalog (page 68). This was one of the first things I ordered because we are BIG Sports fans. There’s twine and resin stars that coordinate with the DSP & bundle. I used Night of Navy resin stars and the Poppy Parade stars were made from the dies. I just love this suite, plus it pairs nicely with the Hats Off bundle in the Annual Catalog.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Your Biggest Fan
  • Paper; Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
  • DSP: Hey Sports Fan
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White craft
  • Dies: Sport Events, Hat builder
  • Accessories: Resin Stars

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, circling back to the beginning with Brian King at Stamp with Brian. 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:

Masculine Birthday

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a masculine birthday card. I love this Beauty of the Earth DSP. So much so, that I didn’t want to cover it up.

So I chose Mary Fish’s Stampin Pretty sketch #34. It’s really very versatile. She has an entire sketchbook that’s filled with great ideas.

I cut the DSP at 5 x 3.75 & mounted on a piece of 5.25 x 4 Merry Merlot cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Early Espresso Faux Suede ribbon around the DSP panel.

My sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays set is stamped in Merry Merlot & cut it using the Stitched Rectangle dies. The diecut sentiment was then mounted on a Merry Merlot diecut from the Tasteful Labels dies.

The sentiment was mounted on the DSP panel which was mounted on a Cinnamon Cider cardbase.

I ended up cutting the entire sheet which made 7 more DSP pieces (total of 8). I’ll duplicate this card & add the extras to my stash.

Happy Stamping! Have a great weekend & I’ll see you again on Monday.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Cinnamon Cider, Merry Merlot, Basic White
  • Ink: Merry Merlot
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Tasteful Labels
  • Accessories: Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon