Not too Scary Halloween

Happy Monday, friends!

Here’s the third card we made at our Friday card class. It was a simple card as our other two cards were a little more time consuming. See these two here: watercolor wash card & Apple Harvest card.

The base of the card is Gorgeous Grape which was embossed with Gingham EF. The DSP with those cute little ghosts & jack-o’-laterns is from the Celebrate Everything Host pack. It’s amazing- 48 sheets of DSP with lots of fall & Christmas papers. So awesome for the fall & season’s holiday cards!

The DSP was mounted on a piece of pumpkin pie. The Alphabest bundle (stamp set & punch) was used with Stazon ink to create the letters “BOO!”. A strip of Basic Black cardstock was added across the bottom to “ground” the letters.

My favorite ribbon, the black & white Gingham ribbon was added around the top of the card. Last, Elegant Faceted gems were added to the DSP in upper right corner.

I hope you like this not too scary Halloween card. here’s one last look. Have a great week! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Brilliant Butterflies

Hi friends! The card I have for you today is a “Simple Stamping” card (#simplestamping).

I had these butterflies lying on my desk from a previous project. So I decided to color them in Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade and coordinate with Black and White DSP. I just love this color combination!

It was super easy! I started with a 4 x 5.25″ of DSP. Then I cut it on the diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner to give me a triangle. This was mounted on a Basic Black card base. Next I colored my butterflies with dark and light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, our alcohol markers. Then I added a bit of Poppy Parade on select areas. Last I added the beautiful white sequins from the Adhesive backed Seasonal Sequins.

I’m including a super close up so you can see the sequins. Depending on the light & background paper, they can look white like the top two sequins or iridescent like the lower three sequins. Regardless of what color you see – they are gorgeous!

Have a great Friday, friends! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Lovely You in Pretty Colors

Hi friends! Happy Labor Day to my US friends.

Today I have a pretty card featuring the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge. I used Polished Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Garden Green.

The technique I used is a fun one when you have the “right” stamp set. The Lovely You” stamp set is just perfect with its smaller images.

I took a strip of Basic White card stock & put it across my Basic White card front. Then I stamped away. Next I used my Basic Black marker to draw lines. I stamped my Congratulations sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. I added a few lines of color.

I mounted my stamped panel on a piece of Polished Pink & then mounted the entire panel on a thick Basic White card base.

I like the way it turned out. Lots of white space… Clean & Simple. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Santa Express Card Pack Card

Hi Friends & Happy Friday! Happy LONG weekend!

My card today is another #simplestamping card. Have you ever ordered the Memories & More Card Packs? I love them for pocket scrapbooking & Simple Stamping cards.

One side of the cards often have space for journaling & the other is artwork. The kits have lots more things; this one has designed acetate, wooden words & shapes & stickers.

SU offers card packs that work perfectly with the Cards. SPOILER ALERT: my friend Sally Nusbaum at The Gathering Place and I are designing a class for you using both the cards & envelopes and the card pack so you’ll have lots of holiday cards in no time. Stay tuned for more details.

My card & a few of the card pack contents

The center of the card “Joy, Peace & Love” is one of the cards; I cut 1/8” off all four side & then mounted it on a piece of Mint Macaron. The white layer is actually our White Velvet paper; it’s scrumptious! It has a little sparkle- very subtle & it feels so nice. A super close up below shows the detail (I hope).

I embossed the White velvet with the Wintery 3D folder & mounted it on my Mint Macaron card base. Then I cut a 1.5” x 5.25” piece of the Celebrate Everything DSP & mounted it on my white Velvet & added my main panel.

Close up of embossed White Velvet

Super Simple right? Have a great weekend & holiday. Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies- All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Mint Macaron
  • DSP: Celebrate Everything
  • Speciality Paper: Snowy White Velvet Sheets
  • Other: Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack
  • Accessories: Wintery 3D Embossing Folder

Last Chance for Sale-a-bration

I’m tempting you one last time with the marvelous Sale-a-bration (SAB) Wonderful World Stamp set & DSP- free with a $100 product purchase (before S/H & tax). Honestly, this is a must have set…some many options with these flowers.

And who doesn’t love a big flower?! I stamped it in Highland Heather. Then I inked up the circle from Watercolor Shapes with Fresh Freesia & stamped off. I then lightly spritzed the circle stamp with water & then stamped it right on top of the flower. I really like how it turned out. What do you think?

I mounted my floral image panel onto Highland Heather cardstock & then that was applied to a Fresh Freesia card base. The sentiment is from a set called Celebrating You. It was stamped in Highland Heather & mounted on skinny strip of Highland Heather cardstock.

In the top left corner, I poked two holes side by side & threaded the Fresh Freesia open weave ribbon down & then back up.

I hope you like it! Be sure to get your orders in before the end of the day to Take advantage of free merchandise.

Have a great Wednesday friends! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Two Days Left for Sale-a-bration’s Wonderful World

Happy Monday, friends!

Wonderful World SAB

My card today features another Sale-a-bration set of products. You have ONLY two days to order this beautiful suite of products called Wonderful World. Below are pictures of the catalog pages…just look at that gorgeous paper.

Wonderful World
Stampin’ Up Artists share their ideas

I just love the Stampin’ Up catalogs because they are filled with great ideas for card-making. They help me think “outside the box”. But today my card is a “go-to” sketch for me; definitely an “inside the box” sketch.

We made this card in my Card Class. We usually have a time consuming card & then I add two more quicker cards. This is one of the fast cards & it’s card base is Flirty Flamingo.

We added a piece of DSP measuring 4 x 3 to the lower section of the card base. When you cut your DSP into 4×3 pieces, you get 12 pieces- plenty to make duplicates.

The flower was stamped onto a scalloped rectangle die cut from the Scalloped Contours dies using our Stamp-a-ratus. After centering the big floral image, we used a sponge dauber to pick up ink from the Flirty Flamingo ink pad & we tapped it onto the flower part of the stamp. Then we used Pear Pizzazz ink pad & dauber for the stem. Using the stamp-a-ratus, we could go back & re-ink any areas we missed. Next we inked the scalloped edges with the dauber.

If you hold the inked sponge dauber & paper exactly perpendicular to each other, you transfer just a little color to the edges.

From the Baker’s Twine Essential Pack we added a white bow to the stems.

Ta-da! A quick & beautiful card.

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

Floral Trio with Wonderful World

Good morning, friends! I have a card to share with you that has no stamping except for the inside sentiment. Crazy, I know, right!?

I have been using my free Sale-a-bration papers and stamps pretty frequently here but that’s because I want to show you all the ways you can use these amazing products.

I cut some of the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 2.25 X 5.5. I added some color with a strip of Orchid Oasis & an embossed piece of Pear Pizzazz. I used the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. It’s not obvious in the picture but in real life, the recipient will notice the texture. I wrapped a piece of 1/8″ Metallic Woven ribbon in Orchid Oasis & tied a bow. Isn’t it stunning?

Next I cropped three flowers from the DSP using the Stylish Shapes dies. Then mounted them along the side using dimensionals.

A white layer was added to the interior since the base is BlackBerry Bliss. As I often do, I left the inside blank so I can write a personal note.

The Sale-a-bration promotion ends on 8/31, so be sure to order soon. Some of my friends have ordered their supplies for Christmas/Holiday cards & cashed in on the free savings. I’m here for you if you need help designing cards; that’s one of my favorite things to do! Please use my HOST code if you do shop at my store.

Doesn’t get any easier than this, friends! I think this sketch might end up being a swap card because it is simple to make multiples. What colors would you like to see?

Have a great weekend! I just might sneak in another blog post this weekend, but definitely check back on Monday to see another card.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Fun Fold- Nuts about YOU!!

Today I am sharing the fun fold I made for my Card Class this upcoming Friday. It’s usually the 4th Friday of the month in my home in Chesterfield MO. So if you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love to connect with you. I don’t usually share the cards before the class but this is an exceptional week. And, unfortunately, I had to cancel my class.

My Mr. started feeling like he had a cold on Monday. We both gave each other that inquisitive look. Aren’t we all conditioned to think of COVID these days? Since we were to meet friends for lunch today, we thought he’d better test. Sure enough, his home COVID test was positive. He’s doing fine except for a terrible headache, fatigue & mild sore throat. But I’m keeping my retired RN eyes on him. Like most metro areas, we still have a fair amount of COVID, but it seems we have this milder variant where many vaccinated & boosted folks (like my Mr.) get better without hospitalization. Thankfully, mine was negative this morning.

So I masked up & went grocery shopping this afternoon- stocked up on my Mr’s favorite food & drink & got a few things for myself, just in case. {wink, wink} And now I’m rushing around like a mad lady to get everything done in case I fall ill. Since I’m cancelling card class, I’m making kits for my peeps. I don’t want to disappoint my wonderful friends.

I created a PDF for my peeps; if you would like to receive it, please follow me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/StampwithMJ.MarilynJones & then comment that you’d like the PDF.

If you’re already a follower- thank you. Please comment so I know to send you the PDF too.

Stay Healthy & Happy Stamping, Marilyn

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

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