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

Paper Pumpkin Alternative

Hi friends!

Today I’m bringing you another paper Pumpkin alternative card. This time I’ve only added a few things to the June kit.

Starting with piece of Vellum, I stamped our new In-Color, Soft Succulent using the watercolor splatter stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I added adhesive to the center of the vellum piece & secured it to a Soft Succulent card base.

Next I cut in half the kit’s smaller card in Evening Evergreen (another new In-Color). I took the Watercolor paper in green tones & cut three 0.75 inch strips & used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch on both ends & then centered those strips on the Evening Evergreen panel. The entire panel was adhered to the vellum.

Soft Succulent card stock & the Scalloped Contour dies were run through the mini cut & emboss machine. The floral stamp from the Paper Pumpkin was inked in Evening Evergreen on the Scalloped contour piece. An Opal Round was added to the center flower. The Evening Evergreen bakers twine from the kit was looped across the panel & then popped up with dimensionals.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are the bomb! So many supplies – a stamp set, an ink spot, and cards & envelopes. This kit had 9 & next month is 12 cards & envelopes! And I always have extra embellishments, glue dots & dimensionals left over. All for only $22 for a month at a time; less expensive if you sign up for automatic monthly shipments. Anyway, consider giving it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn

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June Paper Pumpkin- Expressions in Color

Today I am sharing with you an alternative card from the Expressions in Color Paper Pumpkin. I’ve used the stamp set & added a few things from my current stash. If you don’t have these things you can substitute or purchase these items from my SU Store.

Starting with a 5.25 X 4 inch piece of Basic White card stock, the watercolor splatter stamp from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set was inked up with Polished Pink and stamped off once on a scrap paper & then stamped onto the top portion of the paper once & again without re-inking. This was repeated until the desired result was achieved. The “Thanks” stamp was stamped in Polished Pink to the right side.

Next, the gorgeous coordinating Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper (or DSP) was layered on Gold Foil paper & then adhered to the Basic White Panel. I wrapped the gold Fine Art Ribbon around the Panel & secured to the back. Separately I tied a bow & adhered with glue dots. Last the entire panel was adhered to a base of Polished Pink.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Welcome to Stamp with MJ

Hi friends!


Welcome to my new website! I’m so glad you found me. A little about me & my site.
I’ve started this site with two purposes in mind; first, to share my love for creating Stampin’ Up! paper crafts, to teach others to CASE my creations, ( CASE= copy and share everything) & to inspire you to create.


I love to hand make cards, little gifts made of paper (treat boxes, notebooks etc.) and scrapbook pages. I have fun experimenting & it thrills me to do that “leg-work” & give you the tips & tricks along with the good, bad & ugly (what works & what doesn’t).

My second reason for creating this site is to keep my retired brain active by learning new things; & not just stamping but website design, photography, & other social media technologies.

I hope you will join me on my journey!


—MJ (aka Marilyn)