Happy Retirement with Senior Years

Happy Monday friends!

I’m over the top excited for one of our very best friends- she retired on Friday. Big party at a Mexican restaurant where we decorated with balloons, banners & even had blinky button for the reitree. So much fun! And looking forward to spending more time with her.

Here is the card that I created.

Love this LOL sentiment on the inside.

For the card, I used a Crumb Cake base with a layer of Flirty Flamingo and then a layer with the (fabulous) Pattern Party DSP. I used my Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the lady twice onto Crumb Cake with Momento ink. Double inking & stamping makes for a more prominent image.

Next I used one of the Shape dies from the Seasonal Labels dies & then colored the image using my Stampin’ Write Markers.

Again, using my Stamp-a-ratus, I stamped the sentiment on the front using a scrap of Flirty Flamingo card stock. Then I cut it up & adhered using my Tombow Liquid glue. Since the sentiment is about “up & down”, I wanted to create that feeling by angling the words. Pearl rounds were added for a bit of pop.

I decorated the inside & envelope with the Hostess gift DSP called Pattern Party- so colorful on one side & black & white on the opposite side in this huge 48 page pack.

I hope you like it!

Have a great Monday, Friends!

Marilyn (aka MJ)

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Inspiring Hope with the August Paper Pumpkin

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a happy & productive week. Even more, I hope you have a great weekend with a little R&R.

Today I’m featuring this month’s Paper Pumpkin called the Hope Box. Our Stampin’ Up co-founder, Shelli Gardner, designed this kit. The shipping box can be transformed into a decorative “Hope Box” to hold those things that instill hope for you. Favorite pictures, quotes, Bible verses, trinkets from travels or any memento that uplifts your spirits. The supplies to decorate the box are included.

Each month, on the 4th Thursday at 2 p.m. CST, I unbox & make the month’s Paper Pumpkin kit live on my Facebook page, Stamp with MJ. Join me or watch the replay.

The 4th Friday evening, I host in my home a Paper Pumpkin club for my subscriber friends. I’ll make my box with them. We have lots of laughs, a free alternative card to make & some refreshments. If you live in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Below are the cards from the kit. The envelope is peeking out from behind the card.

I made the below alternative card using the kit’s stamp set & my own supplies. My club friends will be making it too.

I cut a 5” x 3.75” piece of Pattern Party DSP; then I cut a 0.75” piece off the left side & turned it over to the b/w striped side. Using my Tombow liquid glue, I adhered the pieces to a Basic Black card base.

The Hope sentiment was stamped onto a 3” x 2.75” piece of Vellum using Stazon black ink. I stamped that cute little butterfly from the kit’s stamp set onto card stock scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green & then fussy cut them.

I adhered the vellum sentiment using the extra glue dots from my kit. I wrapped a piece of the gorgeous black & white gingham ribbon from the mini catalog. (I ❤️ this ribbon!)

Last, I added a white panel to the inside that was fancied up with a 0.25 piece of the DSP.

  • Supplies: Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock- Basic Black 8.5 x 5.5; scored at 4.25 for the card base; scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green
  • Vellum
  • Stazon Ink in Jet Black
  • Black & White Gingham ribbon

I hope you like your kit as much as I do!

Have a great Friday!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Awesome Autumn with Blackberry Beauty Ephemera

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing two cards I made using the Blackberry Beauty ephemera pack from our mini catalog. Same basic layout & papers, the only major difference is the die cut. The colors inspired by this suite are stunning, don’t you think?!

I started with a card base of Rich Razzleberry. I taped down a stencil from our Basic Patterns Decorative Masks. I used my silicone mat & some scrap paper to keep my work surface clean. Next I used our blender brushes & Blackberry Bliss ink to create the stenciled background.

While letting my stenciled card base dry. I embossed a piece of Early Espresso using our Hammered Metal 3D EF & layered it on a piece of Cinnamon Cider.

If you look closely at the embossing on the two cards, you will see that one has the embossed side & the other a de-bossed side. Looks great either way, right?

The sentiment panels were made with 1/2” piece of Cinnamon Cider & 3/4” piece of Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment is from Banner Year. The Lovely Labels pick-a-punch was used on both cards but I chose the two different styles offered with this punch. To finish the card, Brushed Metallic Adhesive dots were added; gold on the oak leaves card & copper on the owl card.

Have a great day! Marilyn

Autumn Card- a Mini Catalog Case

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Today I’m sharing a card that was cased from the July- December catalog on page 54.

I just love the Harvest Season bundle & coordinating products yet; I have the DSP & ribbon but I haven’t purchased the stamps & dies yet. So I substituted Garden Wishes stamps & Dandy Wishes dies from the annual catalog (page 23).

Copyright- Stampin’ Up
Mini Catalog July- December 2021

I pulled a few tricks out of my stamping hat. First, for the dandelions… I used my Stamparatus & inked the leaves with Soft Succulent. I used my shammy to “erase” any green on the flower part & stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. Then, I used the brush end of my Calypso Coral marker & colored the flower part of the stamp. It works best if you stamp the lightest color first so if there’s a little light color remaining, it will be covered by the darker color.

My second trick was coloring the diamond weave ribbon. I used a four drops of Calypso Coral re-inker and 91% isopropyl alcohol in a small leak-proof container. I let it soak for 15 minutes & then laid it out on paper towels & let it dry overnight. The alcohol (vs. water) quickens the drying process; if in a time crunch, use your heat tool.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent,
  • Stamps: Garden Wishes, Banner Year
  • Card stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent
  • DSP: Harvest Meadow, Pattern Party (scrap for Bumblebee die cut)
  • Dies & Punches: Dandy Wishes, Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch
  • Embellishments: Diamond Weave ribbon, Bakers twine

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Holiday Penguin

Hi friends! Today I have a fun, non-traditional color holiday card for you.

This paper is free with any $50 purchase starting on Wednesday. It’s part of the Sale-a-bration promotion & just in time for your holiday crafting.

I started with a card base of Fresh Freesia & added a mat of Misty Moonlight for my Penguin Playmates DSP. The colors are Fresh Freesia, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam & Just Jade.

Our new holiday mini catalog starts Tuesday & includes a stamp & punch bundle featuring this Penguin. But I fussy cut my Penguin from the DSP & adhered him to a Soft Sea Foam label from the new mini catalog’s Seasonal Labels dies.

For the sentiment, I stamped in Misty Moonlight the “Season’s Greetings” from the Merriest Moments bundle.

The White Glittered ribbon is new too & so gorgeous! It’s wrapped around the DSP panel & a small piece is tied to the side. Three Fresh Freesia In- Color Jewels were added for a little extra sparkle.

I just love these colors & this DSP!

Christmas in July

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature Christmas! I hope you are in a Holiday mood because there is a lot of Christmas fun headed your way. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Merriest Moments

As a Stampin’ Up demonstrators, we are able to “pre-order” products from the holiday catalog so we can prepare samples and classes for you. So I used a new bundle called Merriest Moments. The focal point on my card is the Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder; it cuts & embosses in a single pass through you die cut & embossing machine. It’s quite stunning, don’t you think?

I wasn’t sure about getting this bundle, it was on & off my wish list multiple times. But I finally decided to give the Hybrid EF a try. I’m so glad I decided to see what it was all about!!I just love it. It may end up being one of my favorites.

Blending & Shimmery Crystal Effects

After cutting & embossing the Soft Succulent frame, & using our Blending brushes, Evening Evergreen ink was added to give some depth and contrast. I layered the frame on Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum & the entire panel on a base of Evening Evergreen. For the inside of the frame, a piece of Tidings of Christmas DSP was used to add some color. The sentiment is from Inspiring Thoughts & it was die-cut with Stitched Rectangles. I stamped Evening Evergreen on Soft Succulent with the branch stamp from this set & die cut it & also die-cut the smallest poinsettia in Real Red.

Shimmery Crystal Effects were added to some of the leaves & an all new red Wonderful Gem was added to the center of the poinsettia.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! Marilyn

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl

Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ << You are here

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards

Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Book Binder In Symmetry Card

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Who doesn’t need a little lift on Monday from a friend!?

Sweet Symmetry DSP

Today I’m sharing a card I made on Stamp with MJ Facebook Live for Triple Play Thursdays. It’s a book binder card- so fun & easy to make.

Starting with a 11 x 4.25 piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, I scored at 5.5 and again at 6.5”. Next I wrapped a piece of Flirty Flamingo Gold Metallic ribbon between the 5.5” & 6.5” score lines & tied my bow. I ensured I was happy with the placement of the bow on the front & unfolded my card. Then I added Stampin’ Seal+ between the score lines & closed the front panel.

Tip 1: If you want to try it for the first time, skip the ribbon. You can decorate the front between the score lines with a 0.75” x 4” coordinating piece of DSP.

Look closely for the score line

Tip 2: Keep the adhesive between these two score lines- it’s ok if you get adhesive on the inside ribbon as you’ll be sealing this 1” section.

That’s it for the book binding fun fold.

All that’s left now is to decorate the front panel. I used the Sweet Symmetry DSP & layered it on a piece of Just Jade card stock. The DSP colors and patterns are right on trend; just take a look around at home decor or women’s fashions & you’ll see what I mean. I love this about Stampin’ Up- so trendy along with the color coordination.

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The “hey friend” sentiment is from the In Symmetry stamp set; Flirty Flamingo ink stamped on basic white & punched with the Tailored Tag punch. Two additional tags were punched in Flirty Flamingo & bordered the white sentiment panel.

Thanks for stopping over! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Just Peachy

Hi friends! I’m sharing a card I made on my Facebook Live- Stamp with MJ on Thursday.

I used the sketch 494 at Freshly Made Sketches.

The card base is Calypso Coral topped with a layer Calypso Coral embossed with The Tasteful Textures EF. The vertical panel uses You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP) on Pale Papaya. By the way, many of our Stampin’ Up DSPs are 15% off.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Sweet as a Peach stamp set. White craft ink was stamped on Calypso Coral & White crinkled seam binding ribbon was tied through an oval hole created with the Detailed Trio punch.

To add a little interest right corners were rounded & punched with the Detailed Trio punch. Pale Papaya Loose Flowers were added.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping!

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