Halloween – InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! Boo! Today we are sharing scary and sweet projects perfect for Halloween. 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.

Isn’t this little silhouette image the cutest?! I just love it. I stamped the fairy princess image in Momento Black on Basic White card stock & added a layer of Pear Pizzazz across the bottom. Then I layered the “spooky” frame on top. I intentionally placed the frame with the branches on the bottom so it would appear like a thorny bush that the princess was walking by.

When I’m not sure of my placement, I use non- Stampin’ Up removable tape. Then when I have is right, I use our all purpose liquid glue to make it secure.

Next I cut the Basic White & Pear Pizzazz using my little guillotine trimmer (a SU! promotional item from years ago). I wish we had these in the catalog but you can find a non-SU!guillotine trimmer at your local craft store.

I colored the Pear Pizzazz card-stock with my Pear Pizzazz marker to make it a little darker. I created a rectangular panel using In-Color 6×6 DSP in Orchid Oasis on Orchid Oasis card stock. Also in Orchid Oasis, I stamped a sentiment from the September “Spooky Treats” Paper Pumpkin. This panel was adhered to the Tahitian Tide card base & then the silhouette scene was popped up with dimensionals.

Extra black stars from the Paper Pumpkin kit were added. Black Bakers Twine was wrapped & tied in a knot plus extra pieces were added to mimic a spider. Its hard to see but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her wings, crown & wand.

This is definitely a different layout for me. What do you think?

A special Thank You to my fellow demonstrator & friend, Sally Nusbaum from The Gathering Place for letting me use her stamps & dies.

Thank you for hopping along with us. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink. 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:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  3. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Basic Black, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6 in Orchid Oasis
  • Stamps: Scary Cute & September Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink: Momento Black, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz marker
  • Dies: Scary Silhouette
  • Accessories: Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (black) & leftover Black stars from September Paper Pumpkin, Wink of Stella.

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

Birthday Card Organizer Kit

I’m super excited to show you the newest kit from Stampin’ Up. I just ordered mine but I couldn’t wait to show you.

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Party all year long with the Birthday Card Organizer Kit! This kit comes with 12 cards you can customize to celebrate any birthday. You’ll also get a monthly planner to help keep track of all your friends and family’s birthdays. It even comes with a card holder for each month so you can craft ahead without misplacing your handmade cards. Make quick multiples and store them in the planner, ready to use at any moment. Never miss a birthday again!

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  • Kit includes one 8″ x 10″ (20.3 x 25.4 cm) monthly planner with space to record birthdays each month as well as a pocket sleeve to hold birthday cards. 
  • Includes 12 full-size birthday cards, 6 of 2 designs, and 12 coordinating envelopes.
  • Includes Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Adhesive-Backed Embellishments, and Tear & Tape Adhesive
  • Includes die-cut florals and pieces ready for you to use­—no prep work required! 
  • Includes sticker sentiments and die-cut labels in Dutch, English, French, and German
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Evening Evergreen, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent
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I’ll be sure to share it with you when I make it! I’m going to make mine as a holiday gift. Perfect way to start 2023.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Scottie Holiday

We’re dog lovers. To be more accurate we’re animal lovers & we have a little 15 pound rescue. She’s not a Scottie but she is the spice of our lives. To honor all dogs, I used the Christmas Scottie bundle on my card today.

Christmas Scottie bundle #159744

I had so much fun with this card by using supplies from the Annual Catalog & the July-December catalog that aren’t part of the Christmas Scottie bundle. First the card base is Real Red with a Basic White Scalloped Contours rectangle.

Next is a square of Real Red topped with a black-in-black piece of DSP from the Gingham Cottage 12×12 DSP. I used the plaid stamp from the Christmas Scottie stamp set & stamped Real Red on basic White.

The Scottie was stamped in Black & punched out. He was popped up with dimensionals & a Red Rhinestone collar was added.

Using the Christmas Banners bundle, I created the “‘Tis the Season” banner. The inside of the card repeats the Scalloped rectangle from the front for continuity. In Black, the Christmas Scottie sentiment “May your days be Furry & Bright” & “Merry Christmas” were stamped on the Basic White scalloped rectangle.

Here’s one last look & a look at our rescue, Maggie. Thanks for indulging me with our little dog. Have a great day!


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Witch Hat Fun

Hi & Happy Friday, friends! Do you enjoy Halloween as much as I do? First, there’s candy; second, there’s fun decorations; but my most favorite is seeing the kiddos in costume. In St. Louis, the trick-or-treaters tell jokes before candy is exchanged. Hearing a five (5) year old recite a joke is priceless. My card today is all about Halloween.

Don’t you just love this witch’s hat & boots? I used my favorite in-color, Starry Sky, as the card base & stamped the little stars in Starry Sky.

The Black & Crushed Curry star DSP is from the Host Pack called Celebrate Everything.

I stamped the boots in Starry Sky directly on a Basic White panel. On a scrap of Basic White I stamped the hat in Starry Sky & punched it out with the Witch Hat Builder punch. The hat was popped up with dimensionals.

Across the bottom of the white panel I put a strip of the black washi tape. The entire white panel was mounted on a piece of Starry Sky.

Last, I added sequined from the Sparkle & Shine sequins to add to the glitz. The stamped stars were repeated on inside corners & the sentiment is from the Scary Cute stamp set.

Have a great Friday & weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

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Celebrate Everything
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Holiday Cards & Class Sign-up

Hi friends! Are you making your holiday cards this year? I’m here to help… I can help you design a unique card with what you have or some on-trend product. I also have two different card class options for you.

The first is a traditional class format for my local friends. It’s a Stamp -a – Stack. I have 5 cards designed & you can make 5, 10 or 15 cards. You’ll make the cards in my home with all the elements ready for you to stamp & put together. Above is a picture of one of the five cards we will be making.

The second option is a “workshop to go”. It’s a porch pick-up. My friend & fellow demonstrator Sally Nusbaum from The Gathering Place and I put together this kit for you using Santa Express products found on page 17 of the July-December mini catalog.

You will get one pack of the & one pack of the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack and one pack of Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. Plus 1/2 pack of Red Rhinestones; that’s #110 of these jewels.

All extras such as die cuts, and pieces of ribbon are included. In other words- everything you need to make 12 different cards.

You’ll also get a full-color PDF with instructions & pictures for 12 cards. You keep the extras to design more cards and scrapbook/pocket scrapbook your holiday memories.

For my non-local friends, the kit can be mailed for an additional fee.

Email me at Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com if you’re interested in either or both. RSVP deadline for Stamp-a-Stack is 11/11. RSVP for Workshop to Go kit is 11/4.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Red Rhinestones- 1/2 pack or #110

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!!

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

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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)

Vivid Halloween

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a great weekend. Today’s card is all about October- Halloween with vivid colors.

I had some scraps lying on my cutting table; “leftovers” from other projects. Then I cut the scraps to 1” x 5” & adhered in a haphazardly way to a strip of Gorgeous Grape.

The ghost & the Granny Apple Green DSP are both from “Celebrate Everything” host paper. The Pumpkin Pie piece was dry embossed with the Splatters 3D embossing folder.

The fussy cut ghost & the sentiment stamps were two of the stamps from our recent Paper Pumpkin. I added five Classic Matte Dots to finish it off.

TIP: Color edges of image with a black marker preventing any white fussy cut edges from showing.

If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, you can order past kits & refills like this one. Great for office & classroom treats. I’ll be making the kit with my daughter (like we did last year) so watch for that upcoming post.

That’s it! Fast & Easy. Great card for mass-production.

Products shown below.

48 sheets
Classic Matte Dots #158146
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin stamp case
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin kit

October- Join Promotion- My Top 10 reasons

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Reach out via email at Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com. We can set up a phone call or Zoom meeting so I can answer your questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

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
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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
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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.


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)

WooHoo! Free Shipping- one day only- Tuesday 10/4/22

Oh, happy day! On Tuesday (TODAY), Stampin’ Up is offering free shipping on product orders over $75 before taxes.

It’s a great time to order supplies for your holiday cards! Or stock up on frequently used card stock, adhesive, and envelopes. Shop with me at Shop with MJ.

Not sure about your holiday card design? I’m here to help you design one or several & prepare a list of the products you will need. Connect by emailing me at Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com

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