Adorable Owls

Have you seen the Adorable Owls Sale-a-Bration stamp set? There are so much creativity with this set. I think because it is truly adorable. For my next three posts I will be sharing cards made with this set & the same sketch- my Sketch 2.

There’s a casual card (today) an avid card & an artfully avid card. Basically it’s a simple card that’s stepped up some in version 2 & stepped up even more in the third version. Nice to have options. Here’s the casual card.

Marilyn Jones Sketch 2

Chose three pieces of coordinating double sided Designer Series Paper (DSP). Cut to 3.75 x 4.5″. TIP: If you use 12 x 12 paper you can get 6 sets. Then cut the 4.5″ side at 1.5″ and 3″. Now there are 3 pieces that are 1.5″ by 3.75.

Pick a coordinating color of cardstock & cut a 4″ X 4.75″ piece to serve as a mat. Mine is Calypso Coral. Mount the three 1.5″ x 4″ DSP pieces equal distance on the cardstock. Set aside. TIP: Align the two outer pieces approximately the same distance from the edges & then center the middle piece between the two outer pieces.

Using a scrap piece of coordinating cardstock, stamp the owl in Basic Black. Stamp your sentiment using the same color of cardstock. Also cut a 1/2″ X 4″ piece of the same color of cardstock & add dimensionals to the back. Tie a piece of ribbon in a coordinating color around the cardstock strip.

Punch out the stamped owl using the Decorative Circle punch. Color the owl according to your taste. Since this is a casual card, I didn’t color much & this is also why I used a light colored cardstock in Fresh Freesia. The non-white background gives the image some fun without adding a lot of time for coloring.

The last steps are building your card. Adhere your DSP-cardstock panel to the card base. Adhere the ribbon-cardstock strip across the center of the DSP panel. Adhere the Owl and the sentiment to the outside. Add a sentiment to the inside.

It’s a very basic card that’s easy to mass produce. I always like the clean & simple designs for a swap group that I belong to. But these stampers are so experienced that I don’t want it to be boring. In my next post, I’ll show how to take it up a notch.

  • Supplies: from Annual Catalog unless otherwise stated
  • Stamps: Adorable Owl #160269 (Sale-a-bration ’23) ; Sentiment- Something Fancy #160416 (Jan-April ’23 mini Catalog)
  • Cardstock: Fresh Freesia #155613, Calypso Coral #122925
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): Dandy Designs #160836 (Sale-a-bration ’23)
  • Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black #132708; for coloring: Fresh Freesia #155611, Calypso Coral #147101, Gray Granite #147118
  • Tools: Decorative Circle Punch #159174, Blender pen #102845
  • Accessories: Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon #155615

Come back soon for the second card- the Avid version. Thanks for stopping today. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Framed Regency Park DSP & Petal Park Flower

I have a card that I have really fell in love with & I hope you like it too. Such as simple design & the colors- Balmy Blue, Sweet Sorbet and Night of Navy are one of my favorite color combinations.

On the Sweet Sorbet card base, Petal Park flowers were stamped using Versamark. Then a left-sided layer of Night of Navy (2.5″ x 5.5″) that is topped with gorgeous Regency Park DSP was added to the Sweet Sorbet card base.

Stylish Shapes dies were nestled together to create the Balmy Blue frame. A different pattern of the Regency Park DSP was mounted on the inside.

The entire panel was amped up with dimensionals. A Night of Navy ink on Balmy Blue cardstock flower was punched out using the Petal Park Builder punch. It was added to the corner of the framed DSP using dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Picturesque stamp set; it was inked with Night of Navy & stamped on Balmy Blue & die cut using Stylish Shapes. Two Milky Dots in Night of Navy were added to the sentiment banner.

I hope you like it as much as I do. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Here are some of the products I used:

REGENCY PARK 6″ X 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER • 160559 |48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
#160511 Picturesque

Petal Park & Regency Park

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Today I’m sharing the new stamp set & punch bundle called Petal Park. It’s part of a Suite Collection called Regency Park. The Suite has two stamp sets, a punch & dies plus Designer Series Paper, textured Shimmer paper, Embossing Folder, ribbon & Milky Dot embellishments. All perfectly coordinated in true Stampin’Up style.

You’re going to love this fresh & trendy suite. The colors are so crisp just in time for our spring creations. Here’s a look at the Designer Series Paper (DSP).

REGENCY PARK 6″ X 6″ DESIGNER SERIES PAPER • 160559 | 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs

The DSP was cut at an angle & mounted on a 4”x 5.25” of Night of Navy cardstock. Then the new Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon was wrapped across the connection between the two angled pieces of DSP.

Using the Stylish Shapes dies, a stitched circle was cut in Sweet Sorbet and another in Basic White. The leaves stamp was inked the Shaded Spruce & stamped off onto scrap paper & the stamped on the stitched circle.


The trio of flowers stamp was inked in Sweet Sorbet & then punched out. Three leaves in “full strength” Shaded Spruce we’re stamped & punched out. Last Milky Dots in Mango Melody were added to the center of the flowers.

Here’s one last look. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

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?!

# 160361

I used a sketch from 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.

# 160752

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

Love Treats Kit

Have you started thinking about Valentines Day? We’ll, I have a quick & easy & fabulous kit for you!


Get ready for the latest addition to the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! The Love Treats Kit comes with everything you need to make sweet, homemade crafts and spread the love this season!

#161121 Love Treats Kit

This kit includes:

  • 20 treat boxes measuring 3″ x 2″ x 15/16″ (7.6 x 5.08 x 2.3 cm)
  • One photopolymer love-themed stamp set
  • One Basic Gray Ink Spot
  • Different die-cut stickers with heart designs
  • Coordinating colors include Petal Pink and Soft Succulent
  • Building the 20 treat boxes takes less than 60 minutes to complete

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love to help you. Contact me to discuss your project at or order directly from me.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Peace to You & Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you & yours have a wonderful day.

I’m sharing my favorite card of the year. Like many of you, I make many different cards throughout the season so to pick a favorite is a challenge.

I do like making faith related cards for my prayer & church friends. I loved this Peace to You set from the minute I saw it in the July-December’22 Mini Catalog. Unfortunately this set is now retired & no longer available.

The gorgeous new in color ink, Starry Sky, was inked up & stamped on Basic White. I used our blending brushes & Starry Sky ink on the Silver & Gold Specialty DSP from July-August Sale-a-bration. Elegant trim from the Annual Catalog was wrapped twice & knotted on the image panel.

Close up of the image detail.

It was an easy card to duplicate & it’s “mail friendly”. The last card (below) was an even easier alternative- no blending & a Starry Sky card base.

Enjoy you holiday, Christmas or Hanukkah. Thank you for your continued support! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Card Parade with Last Chance for Holiday Supplies

If you really loved something from the mini catalog now is the time to order. Things are flying off the shelves so to speak. Quite a few things are gone forever. Almost all the ribbon & embellishments are out. Once the current inventory is depleted, it’s gone forever. 😦

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When I checked last night these favorites were still left. Prices are examples & are not guaranteed.

This was my go to last year & it carried over.

Have a wonderful day! Marilyn (aka MJ)