Another Amazing Year for Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! Can you believe it’s already time for schools to start back up?! The return to school after summer vacation is a really big deal for students, teachers, school workers and the parents who are left home alone. To honor this big event, we have created projects with a back to school theme. 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.

Our theme, Back to School, was a bit of a challenge for me as we don’t have “littles” in our life, so I usually refrain from buying kid themed stamp sets. So, when Brian King (our awesome leader) wanted a school themed blog hop, I thought I was sunk & wouldn’t be able to play along on the hop. Then thought non-traditional & came up with this.

My card probably needs some explaining-after an initial look at my stamps, I knew I would need a non-traditional Back to school card. Our Tennessee Son-in-Law is a High School math teacher & the head wrestling coach. So my card incorporates his school colors- orange and black. I recently purchased the Rays of Light background stamp. Spoiler alert: I’ll be using it to make holiday cards.

The closeup pictures are over-exposed intentionally as I wanted to show you the detail of the stamp. I placed my Rays of Light stamp in the Stamparatus & stamped with Versa-mark on Pale Papaya cardstock. Then clear Emboss powder was added on top of Versa-mark & it was heat embossed.

Using a Pumpkin Pie inkpad & our SU! Blending brushes (the best!), I inked over the entire panel focusing more color in the center. Then using a soft, smooth cloth, I rubbed over the entire panel to remove the ink on the embossed ray. Likely you know this technique is called Emboss resist. TIP: You can use paper clothes, but I prefer the easier $1 microfiber dish cloth.

The rest of the card went together fairly fast. Using Stazon Black ink, I stamped words from Amazing Phrasing a Sale-a-bration & I cut them apart. There is an “amazing” stamp in this set but I chose to use The Amazing Thanks Die set & double mounted “Amazing” in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock.

I added three Matte Black dots to finish it off & keep it masculine. Our SIL is already back at school with the kids. So I’ll get it sent off right away. In our little STL berg, our kids start on Monday. It’ll be a little less busy during the day with the neighborhood kids at school.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog , Jan Dufour, at Stamp Me Silly. 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. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  6. <==THAT’S ME
  7. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  8. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  9. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  10. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

Have a great Wednesday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Wonderful World Anniversary

Hi Friends! I hope you has a great weekend & are ready for another outstanding week! Today I have an anniversary card to share with you. Last week I depleted my stash of my last two anniversary cards so I definitely needed to add a few.

Nothings prettier than beautiful flowers for anniversary wishes. So I pulled out the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s part of a stamp set & DSP duo in the Sale-a-Bration catalog; free with a $100 product purchase (before shipping & taxes).

The card base is Polished Pink card stock; 5.5 X 8.5 inches, scored at 4.25. Next is a layer of Basic White 5-3/8 x 4 4-1/8. Then the Wonderful World DSP 4 x 5.25. The flower colors in this sheet of DSP are Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry & I think the Polished Pink blends nicely. What do you think?

I added a 3/4″ piece of Basic White on the diagonal. TIP: Mark lightly with a pencil at one inch down from the top right corner & one inch up from the bottom left corner. My sentiment is from the Celebrating You stamp set in the Annual Catalog. It was stamped in Polished Pink & punched with the double oval punch. I sponged the edges with Polished Pink ink. A pretty bow in Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon.

The inside of the card uses the sentiment from Nature’s Prints stamp set; new in the annual catalog this year. Then a 1/4″ strip of the DSP was added at the bottom of the white inner panel.

Sale-a-Bration ends at the end of August so get your orders to me soon! That’s it for me today. Have an awesome day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You, Nature’s Prints
  • Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White
  • DSP: Wonderful World (SAB)
  • Embellishments: Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon

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)

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)

Another Splendid Day

Hi Friends! How are you? Only a few days left in June; then here comes July! And the new July-December mini & the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) catalogs. WooHoo!

My card today features a something from both catalogs. The Splendid Day Designer Series Paper (DSP) is in the mini catalog. The DSP pack has 12, 12×12, double sided sheets that have one side covered with foil & white ink. It’s stunning!

The item from the SAB catalog was also featured on my Monday’s post. The product is Pool Party & Soft Sea Foam cards & envelopes. There’s 10 Pool Party cards & 10 Soft Sea Foam & 20 coordinating envelopes. The packet is free with a purchase of $50 merchandise.

I used the Soft Sea Foam card base & 5 scraps of DSP mounted on a piece of Soft Sea Foam card stock. Then a different piece of DSP was alongside the other piece. Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon was tied in a bow.

Last, using the sentiment from Flowers of Friendship was stamped in Fresh Freesia onto Soft Sea Foam & punched out with the Double Oval punch. The sentiment was mounted on a copper foil scalloped oval from the punch. 

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

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)

Otterly Awesome Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Fold Blog hop. We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

The card I have for you today is a super cute gate fold flap card. I used Mary Fish’s sketch #38 only I flipped it on it’s side. Her measurements were extremely helpful.

Don’t you just love this little Otter? He and his other otter friends in the Otterly Awesome stamp is only available through the end of the month (when Sale-a-Bration ends). The paper, Simply Marbleous, is also from Sale-a-bration. I really love this paper & I’m so glad I stocked up on it as it makes the perfect background for so many cards. Anyway, the point is get your orders in before Sale-a-Bration ends on this upcoming Monday, February 28th.

The shot above and below show the card unfolded; first standing up and 2nd lying flat. As you can see, I decorated the inside. First, I cut out a small piece of the reverse side of the paper, rounded the corners & stamped my sentiment. It hides under the front flap. I added Balmy Blue panels on both sides for writing a special note & added a narrow strip of DSP to give it a little character. I also added, on the backside of the flap, a DSP diecut Scalloped Contour piece.

Here is a close up of the otter. I colored him with the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. For the water, I used a combination of Stampin” Blends and Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I wanted the water to look lighter than my Misty Moonlight light blend so I used the color lifter & it affected the water based markers but I love how it turned out. [Note to self: Don’t use this technique unless you’re sure it’s the look you are trying to achieve.]

I used to struggle with closure of flap cards. Some people velcro & others use lightweight magnets. Lately, I have been using a small glue dot that I have worked over between my index finger & thumb to roll it. It loses its permanent sticky-ness but is still tacky enough to hold the flap closed. I’m guessing that over time that this rolled glue dot will lose all of its tackyness.

Here is one last look at the gate fold flap card. I hope you like it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

I’m so happy to be posting today for the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop. It is an honor to be hopping with these very talented artists. Check it out!

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Sheltering You- Simple & Artistic

I think most of you know I like to make a few versions of the same layout and papers. The Stampin’ Up products are so versatile and beautiful that you can make simple cards that are gorgeous or you can step it up with all the coordinating products. So it is no surprise that I have a trio of cards for you today.

For my first card, I inked up the Poppy Seed Pod in Crumb Cake and stamped off before stamping on the Daffodil Afternoon DSP. In Early Espresso, I stamped the sentiment from Inspiring Thoughts. [This is the same for all three cards.] Then, it was mounted on an Early Espresso panel before adding to the Bumblebee card base. Easy simple but pretty, right? A great card to mass produce or for a class.

The second card is still simple but adds a little more. First, it is likely difficult to see, but the Early Espresso panel was scored at 1/4″ all the way around, creating a little frame for DSP panel which was elevated with Stampin’ dimensionals. Instead of centering the main panel, it was placed towards the top of the card so that a 1/2″ strip of Early Espresso card stock could be added to the bottom. Last an Early Espresso Faux Suede ribbon was added.

The Artistic card was so much fun! I just love all the embellishments from Stampin’ Up. I distressed the stamped image with Crumb Cake ink & our Blending Brushes.. That was adhered to a Scalloped Contour rectangle die. Bakers twine was wrapped and knotted; plus a little Bumblebee trinket was added. The entire panel was elevated with dimensionals on top of an angled Paper Lattice piece.

So you can see that you can make a variety of cards depending on your embellishments and techniques. You don’t have to have everything, but it helps to have a few things. I think ribbon and especially Bakers Twine add a nice touch and you get so much that they will last a long time.

Thanks- that’s it for me this week. Have a great weekend! See you all again on Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inspiring Thoughts, Enjoy the Moment
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Dies: Scalloped Contour
  • Embellishments: Paper Lattice, Bumblebee trinkets, Early Espresson faux suede ribbon, Bakers Twine essential pack
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Triple Gate Fun Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have one last V-day card to share with you. It’s a fun fold so you can use the design anytime. I’m calling it a Triple Gate.

It was fun & easy to make. First step, score your 8.5 x 5.5 at 2-1/8 & at 6-3/8 (or 2 1/8″ from each side). This will give you a split center card base. Next, use three pieces of 1.75 x 4″ card stock & adhere 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ of DSP to each piece. . Next adhere two of these to one side of the split card base; one towards the top & the other towards the bottom. HINT: Be sure to only add adhesive to the area that touches the front flap. Next adhere the third piece between the other two but on the opposite split front panel. HINT: Be sure that the three panels do not overlap but weave together.

As you can see I rounded the corners using our Detailed Trio punch. I also decorated the inside of the card. I used the Word Wishes die cuts for the sentiment on the front.

Here’s a look at the inside when folded out.

Here is one more look at how the card folds together.

I hope you liked this fun fold in a non-traditional colored Valentine. Have a great week! Marilyn (AKA MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Evening Evergreen, Just Jade
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Dies: Word Wishes, Bouquet of Love
  • Punch: Detailed Trio