Pumpkin Spice Everything?

My card today was inspired by pumpkins. I love the taste of pumpkin, (especially pumpkin pie); it always reminds me of fall. But in a effort to be health conscious, I try to get the pumpkin taste in a lower fat calorie way.

Are you a Pumpkin Spice lover? Me- that’s a yes! As long as it’s not too sweet. I ran across a recipe for homemade low-fat, low-sugar PS coffee creamer using pumpkin purée (aka canned pumpkin). I’ve modified it to fit my tastes & it’s super easy & delicious! I’ll be “over PS” thing by Halloween or Thanksgiving but it sure is good now. Then bring on Peppermint & Mocha. Hello Christmas! But let’s not get ahead of the seasons…

My card today features (again) the Rustic Harvest DSP. So pretty. See Wednesday’s post for another card & link to two more cards with this DSP.

I used the Stylish Shapes dies to create the stitched rectangles and frame. I LOVE these dies… I use them quite frequently.

See the picture below for how I made the Crushed Curry Frame. The smaller rectangle was centered inside the larger frame. Then I fit the pumpkin die cut rectangle right into the frame. If you’re worried about slipping, you can use Scotch tape on the back to adhere the two pieces together after cutting & before putting it on your card.

Yes I’m still using my Big Shot! I hope to get the newer Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine soon with some reward points… stay tuned:)

I use 3M Low Tack artist’s tape to hold it in place. Post-it note tape is similar. I find my “older & less pretty” non-SU washi tapes get gummy & tends to peel a layer off the card stock. I’m done with that hassle especially after ruining several die cut pieces. YKWIM? Below is another closeup of the card.

I added a bow made from the fun Silver-threaded twine; quite a bit thicker than our regular twine as you can see, but oh-so- fall!!

Item # 159662
SILVER-THREADED TWINE

Lastly, the frame embellishment are Brushed metallic dots. Perfect for fall or Guy cards- don’t you think?

Item # 156506
BRUSHED METALLIC ADHESIVE BACKED DOTS

Here’s one last look at my no Stamp pumpkin fall card. I hope you like it.

I’d love to hear your opinion on Pumpkin Spice flavoring, your favorite recipe or this card. Happy weekend, MJ (aka Marilyn)

Hello Fall

Hi friends! I’m late posting today so thanks for waiting for me. Like you had a choice- LOL! I’ve been in a fall mood lately so last night I made this super quick card to share with you today.

I love our Stampin’Up Designer Series Paper. (Geez, MJ, That’s about the 100th time that has been said!). This DSP beauty is called Rustic Harvest. You can see it on age 49 of your July-December 2022 Mini Catalog (aka “the mini”). I chose the Mossy Meadow piece as my background with a strip of the Cajun Craze piece. Both are on a Mossy Meadow base.

Rustic Harvest 12×12 DSP
Item # 159633

My main attraction is the leaf & amber gems- a pack of 25 leaves & 50 gems per pack. That should cover all my fall cards! This time, I sponged the leaf with Mossy Meadow ink & stamped “Hello” from “Biggest Wish” stamp set. My ribbons are from the Annual Catalog & called Old Olive & Sahara Sand Twill Ribbon combo pack.

#Leaf Label & Amber Gem Combo Pack
#159969
Biggest Wish #155052

So I need your opinion here… the ribbon is Old Olive & the DSP & base are Mossy Meadow. Not an exact color match but do they go together? Obviously I think so or I wouldn’t have used them together but I need to hear your thoughts. Below is a close-up.

OLD OLIVE & SAHARA SAND TWILL RIBBON COMBO PACK Item # 158955

I previously made this watercolor wash card with the leaves & this card with the DSP. Here’s one last look at today’s card.

Stamp with MJ

I hope you have a great rest of your week! Happy Stamping, MJ (aka 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

Harvest Cards

On July 1st, the July-December catalog goes live. WooHoo! Plus Sale-a-bration too! Double WooHoo! I have two super quick & easy cards for you showcasing the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I love when Stampin’ Up gives us at least one sheet of DSP in a pack that can be cut in half at 6” x 12 & trimmed to 5.25” x 4”. These 6 pieces can be used a card fronts. Today I’m sharing two cards made with these pieces.

I used Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot for card bases. I added a piece of coordinating card stock under the DSP & on top of the card base. I stamped sentiments in Merry Merlot on Crushed Curry. Punches were used to make labels. Brushed Brass Butterflies were added to the sentiment label.

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

Rustic Harvest DSP #159633
Label Me Fancy Punch #151297
Double Oval Punch #154242
Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152833
Brushed Brass Butterflies #15813600

So this happened…

You may be wondering where I’ve been…

This happened at the end of April.

I broke my wrist or the radial bone; tripped over a pair of my shoes at night on the way to the restroom. Went down hard on my hand.

I ALWAYS put my shoes away except that night so I was totally not expecting them to be there. Lucky for me- no surgery, no hard cast, & it’s my non-dominant hand. For the first two weeks it was quite swollen & bruised & I wasn’t doing much.

I’ve just finished my templates/samples for my May 27 & 29 card classes. I’ll share those later.

Hope to be back blogging soon! Hugs & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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)

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