Winter Wonderland

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well & haven’t been hit too badly by this winter storm. In our little St. Louis suburb, we got 11.5 inches. We rarely get more than 4 inches. True story: my first winter in STL, we had a huge storm- 14 inches.

My card today was made for a “members only” Royal Inking Team challenge to be inspired by winter, sports, winter sports, patriotism, travel…tie it to The Olympics.

Well, I’ve stretched it a bit with my card. I really needed a sympathy card- unfortunately. And like many of you, my stash is completely diminished. So my layout with the snow hill (in Shimmery White card stock) represents the Winter Ski Games.

I just love this sentiment! “Sheltering you with love when words fall short” can be for just about any hardship, not just sympathy.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps & Dies: Inspired Thoughts Bundle
  • Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White
  • DSP: Marbleous (SAB)
  • Ink: Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Classic Matte Dots

Have a great Monday & start to your week. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Even More Daffodil Afternoon DSP

I don’t think I’m obsessed with this paper, but I am on a mission to show you how versatile our Stampin’ Up Designer Series Papers are. The cards I created today use a simple cutting strategy for a single piece of DSP as shown below. This is the same cut that I used on my card from Monday.

You get twelve pieces of DSP and there are so many ways to use these pieces. You might need to pay attention to the orientation of the design if there is a true horizontal or vertical orientation, like Monday’s card or today’s card.

This one was made by cutting the 4”x 3” into two pieces; two 2”x 3” pieces. Then a large label was placed between the two pieces giving the appearance that it is on big piece.

The card base is the standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5 “) in Daffodil Delight. I used the Hive 3D Embossing folder on a 3.75″ x 5” piece of Daffodil Delight paper. THen with my Blending Brush, I burnished with Early Espresso ink. Then I distressed the corners and edges a bit.

The sentiment label is cut from Bumblebee cardstock using the Tasteful Labels dies. The sentiment is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set from the Mini catalog. Last a Bumblebee Trinket was added on the label.

I have a second card for you today. Same layout, but different papers and a different piece of DSP from the same Daffodil Afternoon Sale-a-Bration paper. (free with $50 purchase).

The card base is Pear Pizzazz & a Daffodil Delight piece of card stock was run through the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. The label in Very Vanilla was made using the same label as the first card (Tasteful Label dies) & the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz is from the new celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog. The little flowers stamp from Hello Ladybug stamp was inked with Daffodil Delight ink & stamped off & then stamped on the label to add color and dimension. I added Bumblebee Gingham ribbon & a bow.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! See you again on Monday. Marilyn (aka MJ)

Slimline Card

I was so excited to get the new Slim Card dies! I had so much fun making my first card. My brain is exploding with other ideas- more ideas than I’ll ever have time to make. Stampin’ Up also added envelopes to the catalog.

I wanted a design that showed off the die cut papers so I used a small sentiment from our Annual Catalog called “Happiest of Birthdays”.

I cut three pieces of paper with one of the slim card dies- Bumblebee, Pacific Point & the Sale-a-Bration DSP, Daffodil Afternoon. Yeah- I’m using it again. LOL. Next I adhered the Pacific Point frame to a base of Bumblebee. Then I pieced the angled pieces into the frame. It was so easy to put together!

I hope you’ll consider these dies- great fun & something different with which to play. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Papers: Bumblebee, Pacific Point
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (yes- again)
  • Ink: Momento
  • Accessories: Shaker Shapes

More Fun with Daffodil Afternoon DSP

Hello friends; I’m here again today with more ideas on how to use “Free with $50 purchase” Designer Seriers Paper (DSP).

One of my favorite ways to cut my DSP is into 12 pieces; each 4” x 3”. There’s just so many sketches you can use to make different cards.

And so many ways to decorate even if you don’t have the matching stamp set & dies. Here I used Pierced Blooms dies in So Saffron with Flirty Flamingo centers. I added the gorgeous Champagne Rhinestones.

My sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo cardstock & reads “you’re on my mind & in my heart”. It is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set in the January-July mini catalog; a fantastic set of seasonal sayings including Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Congratulations (graduation), Baby, Wedding, & more. It’s easy to flip past it in the catalog but pause when you get to page 65.

This particular sentiment is just so special- it let’s a special someone know that you’re thinking of them. So many have lost love ones & others are struggling with different challenges so this is the perfect sentiment. I know I’ll be using it often.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White card base; Evening Evergreen (4-1/8 x 3-1/8); Flirty Flamingo (4-1/8 x 2-1/8)
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Dies: Pierces Blooms
  • Accessories: Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP – take 2

Hello, my fun friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday- life just took a minor left turn. As you may recall, my focus this week is the Sale-a-Bration Daffodil Afternoon DSP.

It doesn’t look like Daffodil DSP, does it?! For many of our Stampin’ Up designer series papers, one side is a beautiful artwork & the other side is a color-matching paper like this- diagonal stripes in Flirty Flamingo on Pale Papaya. So if you’re not crazy about daffodils, or you want to switch it up, the flip side offers another fabulous design.

I used the card sketch from The Paper Players #575. Honestly, I’ve used this sketch for years. It’s one of those “Go To” sketches & when you check out The Paper Players site, you’ll see many beautiful interpretations.

My base is Pale Papaya. Using the flowers in the “Butterflies & Flowers” Decorative Masks & Blending Brushes to first lay down Flirty Flamingo ink with the floral outline mask & then Polished Pink ink with the detailed flower mask onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

My sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration “freebie”; this one with $100 purchase. It’s called “Special Moments”. This is definitely a “must have” sentiment stamp set; there’s a total of 21 sentiments. I stamped in Polished Pink on Pale Papaya; & used our “Double Oval” punch for the sentiment & Flirty Flamingo scalloped oval.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Special Moments
  • Paper: Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink
  • Tools: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Double Oval punch
  • Accessories: Pale Papaya & White ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP week

Hi friends! Happy Monday. We had a nice weekend. Yet today, I’m happy to get back to my weekly routine.

This week I’m going to focus my energy on creating with the beautiful Daffodil Afternoon DSP in the Sale-a-bration catalog; it’s free with $50 purchase”.

Today I am sharing two of the same layout – a clean & simple design and a detailed design. I usually send a good number of Easter or Spring cards. In my faith, Easter is a big deal so I like to send cards to family & friends. Nothing says Easter or Spring to me more than tulips and daffodils.

Lucky for us, Stampin’ Up released some awesome new bundles in the January-July mini catalog & one was daffodils and the other tulips. That said, I haven’t purchased the daffodil bundle… yet.

But I love this DSP so I’m planning on featuring this paper this week with other current products that I already have. Maybe this will help you to use your DSP even if you don’t have the coordinating stamp & die set.

Honestly, this DSP sheet really does all the work for you. This particular sheet has the daffodils on both sides of a vanilla center. I cut the DSP in half at 6” & then I cut 1/2” off the flowers’ green edge. Next I cut the 5.5 x 12 panels into six 4 x 5.5 panels. From there I trimmed to fit my card front.

For the simple card, I added a layer of Evening Evergreen under the DSP & used my Stamp-a-rates to stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.

For the detailed designed card, I stamped my sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock & punched it out with the Label Me Fancy punch. An additional piece of Mossy Meadow was punched & cut in half & spread to make a border for the sentiment

I also added a 1.5” x 5.5” piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that was masked with one of our new Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks. I used Mossy Meadow ink & our blending brushes to create a shaded panel- dark to light.

Last the beautiful Chevron Weave ribbon in Evening Evergreen was wrapped around the DSP panel before adhering to my Vanilla base.

I hope you like these cards & come back all this week for more creations with this “free with $50” DSP.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Cardstock: Thick & regular Very Vanilla, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow
  • Ribbon: Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon
  • Accessories: Stamp-a-ratus, Label Me Fancy punch, Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Blending Brushes, Silicone mat.

Birthday Tulips

Yesterday was our youngest daughter’s birthday. She is a lovely, beautiful young adult who works very hard at a dream job in her field. She and her handsome husband live about 40 minutes away so we don’t see them on a daily basis. 😦 I mailed this card with a special “birthday present” check tucked inside from My Mister (her Dad) and I.

She loves elephants and I’ve bought & used just about every elephant stamp that Stampin’ Up has ever made (Good Luck, Henry Says, elebration birthday single stamp, little elephant stamps & builder punch to name just a few). And I still have all of them since that’s her favorite. But this year I wanted to switch it up & send just a beautiful card that represents her beauty, both inside and out.

She has always been our “little sunshine” so I decided to use So Saffron card stock as the base & topped with a piece of So Saffron that was embossed with our Tasteful Textures EF (Embossing Folder). Over that layer, I added a piece of vellum with the corner cut with the geometric collection of tiny squares from the Tulip Dies.

For the tulips the “Simply Marbelous” DSP in Bumblebee- Saffron and also Balmy Blue-Misty Moonlight from the Sale-a-bration catalog was used. It’s a wonderful collection of blended, gradient colors that work great for all sorts of images such as these tulips.

There is no “right” way to put the tulips together; you can look at the catalog images for ideas. I watched a few YouTube videos but most people had their own idea on how the pieces went together so I went with my own idea. Just pioneer your own way!

When making this card, I tried to add some bling or ribbon, but that took away from the beauty of the flowers. I just love the look of the tulips against the vellum! The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulip stamp set too; there are a lot of wonderful sentiments- I like the Thank You the best but not appropriate for a birthday card- LOL!

  • Supplies: All Stampin up
  • Stamps: Flowering Tulips
  • Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
  • DSP: Simply Marbleous (Sale-a bration)
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight
  • Dies/Punch: Tulip dies. Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Accessories: Tasteful Textures EF

Sale-a-brate with Royalty

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! We are having so much fun with our new Sale-a-Bration products and are excited to share some of that fun with you today. This month’s projects feature papers or stamp sets (or both!) from Stampin’ Up!’s January – February 2022 Sale-a-Bration brochure. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Isn’t this DSP the most fun? It is one of the products that’s free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-a-bration catalog. I just love all the happy colors and the rainbow images. My card base is Magenta Madness & on top is another Magenta Madness piece embossed with the Tasteful Textures EF.

Using my rectangle postage punch, I punch out the little rainbow and sun from the DSP. The Misty Moonlight background DSP is mounted on Crushed Curry card stock.

For my sentiment, I chose “Thanks for Brightening up my day”. This is from “Special Moments” stamp set also from the Sale-a-bration catalog (free with a $100 purchase). Check it- the entire set is sentiments in fabulous fonts for all kinds of occasions (or no occasion at all like “hang in there”, “just a little hi from me”, “thinking of you” and ‘Hello sunshine which would work great with this DSP too.

My sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight on Crushed Curry and mounted off the bottom edge of a Mango Melody panel. I cut two narrow pieces of DSP in Mango Melody and mounted across the sentiment panel across the bottom & extending past the edges. Last I added three small Pale Papaya Loose Flowers along the edge which are from our Annual Catalog.

Here’s one more look.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

 

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Daffodil Afternoon – Fast & Easy cards

Hi friends & Happy Monday! I have some quick & easy cards using DSP from our Sale-a-Bration catalog. The DSP is Daffodil Afternoon. On one side are beautiful floral images & the other is basics patterns.

I love taking a pack of DSP and making basic cards. For all these cards, I used the same layout. The DSP is cut at 4” x 1.75”. I took three pieces & adhered to a 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” piece of cardstock in a coordinating color. I put a narrow piece of cardstock between the DSP panels. This allows me to lay down the DSP right next to each other versus cutting the DSP smaller & centering the DSP pieces on the cardstock. The effect is similar. I learned that trick from one of Connie Stewart’s videos.

I used the double oval punch & created “thinking of you” sentiment panels using the Sale-a-Bration set called “Special Moments. The “thank you” is from “Happy & Heartfelt” set in the January – June catalog. I added coordinating ribbon & embellishments to finish the cards.

Thanks for stopping over. I hope you are having as much fun as I am with your Sale-a-Bration “free with $50 purchase”!

Marilyn (aka MJ)

Driving By- SAB sneak peek

Hi friends! I hope your holidays were as wonderful as mine. Today I have a sneak peek of upcoming products from the SAB (Sale-a-Bration) catalog.

Isn’t that car image fun?! I stamped it on a 2.5” x 2.5” of Basic White & mounted it on a 2.75 x 2.75 piece of Bumbebee card stock. I colored it by scribbling my markers on a silicone mat & picking up the color with blender pen. This technique allows for good control of the color intensity; it’s a great way to add color lightly. The car image from a stamp set called “Driving By”. It’s yours free with a $50 purchase during SAB.

The DSP is also a Sale-a-bration special; also free with a different $50 purchase. It’s called “Marbleous”. It’s so versatile with lots of great colors. I cut 0.75 x 5” strips in Bumblebee, Coastal Cabana & Misty Moonlight. And then mounted them side by side on a piece of 3.75” x 5” Misty Moonlight.

“Fan” Baker’s Twine in Night of Navy from the new January-July Occasions min catalog was wrapped around the Misty Moonlight panel & tied in a knot with a small piece of Bumblebee gingham ribbon.

Lastly the birthday sentiment was stamped on Bumblebee.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Driving By; sentiment- Art Gallery
  • Paper: Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee; DSP- Simply Marbleous
  • Ink: Black Momento; Markers- Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Basic Black, Sahara Sand.
  • Accessories: Fan Bakers Twine, Bumblebee Gingham ribbon
  • Tools: Silicone mat, Blender pen

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)