Daffodil Delight 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.

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)

Hello Ladybug- Two versions- Simple & Avid

Hi friends! Today I have two cards for you, again, like last week. A simple and avid or stepped-up version. I love Stampin’ Up & all the coordinating products. But sometimes you need just a simple card that packs a punch. Below is a picture of both cards, side by side.

The simple & avid cards both use the same sketch, stamps and colors.

For the simple card, the first layer is a Basic Black 4” x 5.25”. On top of that is a piece of Basic White 3.75” x 4.25”. I stamped in Granny Apple Green the large leaf from the “Hello Ladybug” stamp set.

A 1.5” x 5.25” strip of Daffodil Delight DSP from Sale-a-bration was adhered directly to the black and white cardstock. A sweet sentiment “It’s a good day!” from the stamp set was inked Real Red ink & stamped on Basic White.

I stamped the wing dots in black Momento & punched them out using the new Ladybug Builder punch. Then I punched the Ladybug body out of Basic Black.

The avid card follows the above except the DSP was cut down so a Real Red panel could be added below it & popped up with dimensionals. I used the gorgeous Black & White Gingham ribbon that carried over from the past July -December Mini catalog.

For the sentiment, I pulled a little trick using our double oval punch. I stamped my sentiment on a 0.25” strip of Basic White. You can see in the picture below how I centered the strip & then punched to get the rounded ends.

I added Black Matte dots from our Annual catalog on the sentiment & the ladybug, like eyes. Last I changed the card base from Basic White to Granny Apple Green.

I hope you like these cards! Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Lots of Pun- Paper Pumpkin Alternative & next month’s Kit

I am so over the top crazy about our December Paper Pumpkin. I made the above card using the “piece of bread” image from the stamp set. So here’s the story…I was participating in a Paper Pumpkin Zoom meeting with my AWESOME Up-line (my SU! demonstrator sponsor), Brian King and fellow demonstrators. Brian made the comment about stamping the bread pieces in a row. That’s when it hit me that this image would be perfect for the Freshly Made Sketch 517 . I’d been staring at the sketch all week & trying to come up with a unique design. Thanks Brian for inspiring me!

Here are two pictures of the kit. One with the cards as fully detailed with instructions so you can copy them. And the second shows all the pieces that are in the kit. It is such as great deal! Nine (9) cards & coordinating envelopes, embellishments and a stamp set for just $22.

Here’s a close-up of the card. I added the Balmy Blue dots from the kit at the last minute & I’m not sure if I like them or should have just used the Early Espresso”eyes” from the face image. What do you think?

Next month’s kit is sure to be a winner too. Here’s a sneak peek. Remember, demonstrators don’t get to see the contents or stamp set, just like you. But here is what I do know. I really like when the Paper Pumpkin is “occasion” oriented; this one is sure to have love/Valentine

IMPORTANT: SUBSCRIBE by the 10th of the month (TODAY) if you want this month’s kit.

Name: Kisses & Hugs- January 2022

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 10 cards—5 each of 2 designs—and 10 coordinating envelopes
  • Kit features an exclusive Two-Step photopolymer stamp set
  • Kit includes a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (11.4 x 10.8 cm) heart-shaped cards; folded
  • Coordinating colors: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla

Add-on

Name: Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes  Item number: 160147 | $10.00 USD | Details:Contains

20 mini treat boxes and 20 heart tags

Gold cord: 10-1/2″ yards (9.6 m)

Finished size: 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ (4.4 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm)

Printed with gold foil

These coordinated treat boxes are not included in this month’s kit and are only available for purchase separately as an add-on online starting 25 January. You must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase and they are only available while supplies last.

I hope you’ll consider signing up for the Paper Pumpkin. Here’s my link:

Have a great Monday, Friends. Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

You’re Wonderful- two takes

“I think You’re Wonderful” is an excellent sentiment for a valentine for friends, acquaintances or colleagues, don’t you think? Today I created a simple card (left) and a more stepped up version (right) using the same sketch.

I like a simple card if I’m short on time or I’m mass producing cards. But it’s still beautiful, don’t you think? I used the new catalog “Sweet Talk” DSP and adhered it directly to my Basic White card base. The sentiment tag was made using Real Red ink on Basic White & cut with the Lovely Labels pick a punch. Red Rhinestones from the annual catalog were added to the sides of sentiment panel.

Both cards feature a Real Red embossed heart from the new “Love & Happiness” bundle.

The stepped up version adds a piece of Blushing Bride card stock under the “Sweet Talk” DSP. Real Red Double Stitched Satin ribbon from the annual catalog was tied around DSP-card stock panel. I used one of the Label die cuts from the “Love & Happiness” bundle to cut the sentiment & added Red Rhinestones on the sentiment panel like the simple version. I also added three Red Rhinestones at the top left.

I hope you can use this sketch for your cards. Have a great Friday & weekend. Stay warm! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Valentine Greetings

Hi friends! Today’s card features products from the new January-July mini catalog.

The embossed open heart was created using the “Love & Happiness” bundle. I mounted the open heart on a panel of Highland Heather & then stamped the sentiment in Real Red in the middle. If you look close you can see the beautiful detail of the embossing.

The DSP is called “Sweet Talk”; it has some great Valentine colors- Real Red, Petal Pink, Highland Heather, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green & Balmy Blue.

The sentiment is also from the “Love & Happiness” bundle; there are 15 sentiments in total including anniversary, wedding, engagement & love.

I hope you have a chance to look at the new catalog. It has some marvelous products & something is bound to strike your fancy. Let me know if you’d like a catalog.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Love & Happiness
  • Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Highland Heather; DSP- Sweet Talk
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Dies & EF: Love & Happiness
  • Accessories: Playful Pets Trim

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)

Frosty with Stenciled Snowflakes

Hi friends! Today I have a fun & quick card that was created with the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. I just love Christmas carols, stories and movies. Whenever I see a super cute snowman, I think of “Frosty the Snowman”. So I am naming my card “Frosty” because I can; after all, it is my card. LOL!

Anyway, the kit was originally designed as treat holders, but I wasn’t planning on sharing this sized treats this holiday so I re-purposed the contents.

I made my card base in Poppy Parade. Next, I mixed a small amount of our Matte Finish embossing paste with a few drops of Pool Party; then I used the Snowflake stencil in our Adorning Designs Decorative masks to stencil onto the card front. The snowflakes turned out looking more gray than blue because of the Poppy Parade paper, but even though I didn’t anticipate this, I do like it. BTW, these masks are going to retire at the end of the month; so grab yours now.

You can speed up the drying process by using your heat gun. But I wasn’t in a hurry so, I waited until the following day to adhere the snowman to the front allowing the sides and bottom extend past the card front. Then I trimmed down the snowman at the edges. I inked up only “Merry” from the kit sentiment’s “Merry Christmas” and stamped it on the front.

My Posts during the holidays will be inconsistent. We’ll be spending a lot of time with family. But I’ll still be escaping to my studio for some mood enhancement & I’ll share my creations as time allows. If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up to follow me.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Ghirardelli Double Treat Holder

Hi friends! I have a fun treat holder for you today. It’s actually more like a sleeve. And SO easy.

One of my book clubs gathered last evening & I wanted a little something for them but didn’t want them to feel obligated to reciprocate. So I purchased twin packs of Ghirardelli chocolates.

Cut a piece of 5.75”X 3.25” Real Red cardstock. I have a large stack of this size paper left from another project & I’m happy it worked out.

Score at 2, 2.25, 4.25 & 4.5. Burnish the edges. Then fold up like a candy bar wrapper & adhere with Stampin Seal+.

I didn’t have time for die-cutting so I stamped in Real Red a sentiment from Christmas to Remember stamp set & punched out with the Everyday Label punch. Also Holiday Hugs DSP was punched & rotated 90* & adhered with Mono liquid glue.

I decorated the tag with a bow made of Real Red Stitched Grosgrain ribbon from the Playful Pets duo pack. The Cute Stars stars were also added. Here’s a close up

The blue one was made for my dear friend who’s Jewish. I used a scrap piece of retired Dapper Denim, Beauty of the Earth DSP, sentiment from November’21 Paper Pumpkin, White Glittered Organdy ribbon & again Cute Stars.

I hope you have a great weekend! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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