Wildlife Wonder & Fussy Cutting Tips

I knew the minute I saw the Wildlife Wonder stamp set that I had to have it. I love making simple masculine cards especially when the Designer Series Paper (DSP) does the “heavy lifting”

I’m submitting this card to The Paper Players challenge for a wildlife CAS card.

This set doesn’t have dies but it’s easy to fussy cut. I have a few tips to make it look like it’s perfect even if it isn’t. I stamped my image on Basic White card stock & cut as close as I could without cutting into the inked area.

FIRST TIP: Color with the brush end of marker any white areas that shows around the edges from fussy cutting. Use the brush marker around the entire edge. Use the same color marker as your stamped image; here, I used Soft Suede.

Below is a close up where I colored along the bear’s back but not the legs. [some of the bear’s backside will eventually get cut off but I colored it all because I wasn’t sure exactly what would get cut off].

SECOND TIP: Stamped the image directly on the background paper before adding the fussy cut image. Here, the bear was stamped on the New Horizons DSP. Even though you won’t see the image when you add your fussy cut image on top of the background image there may be details that were cut off with fussy cutting. The bear is popped up on dimensionals.

Below are two close-ups. Look at the front paw & the chin of the bear. The details of the claw and chin hair were cut away on the fussy cut but with the image stamped on the background, these details show. It gives the bear some depth & definition.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the same DSP & cut it out. One last look at the card. I hope you like it!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Wildlife Wonder
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Evening Evergreen, Basic White
  • DSP: New Horizons
  • Ink: Soft Suede, & Soft Suede marker
  • Technique: Fussy cutting

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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Happy Birthday- Royal InKing Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! This is a great time of year to build your stash of handmade birthday cards, so we are sharing birthday-themed projects with you today. 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.

Today I am sharing a masculine birthday card, although technically it could be for any baseball lover. In St. Louis, we love our baseball Cardinals so it is no surprise that I used the bright Poppy Parade on my card.

I used a splatter technique on my Night of Navy card base. I put a few drops of Whisper White Craft ink in a Water Painter & added a few drops of water & then tapped the end opposite of the brushes over my card stock for the splatter effect.

The DSP and the Stamps and Dies are from the Hey Sports Fan suite in our January-June mini catalog (page 68). This was one of the first things I ordered because we are BIG Sports fans. There’s twine and resin stars that coordinate with the DSP & bundle. I used Night of Navy resin stars and the Poppy Parade stars were made from the dies. I just love this suite, plus it pairs nicely with the Hats Off bundle in the Annual Catalog.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Your Biggest Fan
  • Paper; Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
  • DSP: Hey Sports Fan
  • Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White craft
  • Dies: Sport Events, Hat builder
  • Accessories: Resin Stars

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, circling back to the beginning with Brian King at Stamp with Brian. 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:

Quick Valentine’s Day Cards

Hi friends- an extra post for me this week so I can share a couple Valentine’s Day cards.

My first card is a long & skinny (8.5 x 3.5). It’s fun to create with a different size. Stampin’ Up even has pretty envelopes in the January-June mini catalog.

I used the two pieces of the fun Sweet Talk DSP & added a 1/4” strip of Highland Heather between the two pieces. Two Real Red die cut & embossed hearts were added. A sweet sentiment “yay for love” was added.

My second card is simple stamping too. Again, the Sweet Talk DSP was used & mounted on Granny Apple Green card stock & then onto a card base of Pool Party. An embossed heart was centered with a Granny Apple Green skinny sentiment strip. The sentiment is from the January Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happy & Heartfelt, January Paper Pumpkin- Kisses and Hugs
  • Paper: Real Red, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
  • DSP: Sweet Talk
  • Ink: Real Red, Momento
  • EF & Dies: Banquet of Love
  • Embellishments: Red Rhinestones

Simple Cactus Cuties Cards

Hi friends! I have a fun set to share with you today. I can’t believe I’ve had this punch and stamp set for about a month & I’m just now playing with it! Well, I made up for it as I spent a couple of days creating with it.

I have two cards for you. Two are simple stamping worthy. On Friday, I’ll share a stepped version. Basically, I used the same layout but changed some things up.

The first starts with a Cinnamon Cider card base (4.25 x 5.5). The front panel was partially embossed with one of the small Greenery EF. The DSP is from the Annual Catalog & is called Bloom Where You Are Planted. Using the Layering Circles dies, a scalloped circle was cut. The cactus was stamped & punched & mounted on the circle. The sentiment “Just a Note” in that fun font is from the set.

My second card is also Simple but a little different from the first card, although the sketch is virtually the same. I used a card base of Basic White, and mounted my DSP onto Just Jade card stock. As you can see, the cactus is exactly the same. It is mounted on a white circle backed with Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum. The side piece is Cinnamon Cider which was embossed with dots from the Checks & Dots small Embossing Folders. (These EF fit in the mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine- gotta’ love that, right?!). The sentiment is in a different spot but the same design.

Come back on Friday when I share my Stepped-up version of the same card. Hugs, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ UP
  • Stamps & Punch: Cactus Cuties Bundle
  • Ink: Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
  • Paper: Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Polished Pink
  • DSP/Specialty: Bloom Where You Are Planted, Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Embossing Folders: Greenery, Dots
  • Dies: Layering Circles

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.

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)