Hello Ladybug Swap Card

I made this card for my “crafting friends” card swap. Each month we get together & stamp & we also bring cards to swap. Most often I create simple cards that are easily “mail-able”.

I just love this “Hello Ladybug” stamp and punch bundle. Sooo cute & springtime-y (that’s not a word but you know what I mean, right?) My card base is Real Red with a 4” x 5.25 Basic Black layer. Before I adhered the Basic Black layer, I added a triangle of Sweet Talk DSP.

A quick way to cut a perfect triangle is to cut a square in half on the diagonal. Here I started with a 4” square.

The large leaf was stamped in Granny Apple Green on a panel of Whisper White. TIP: When stamping a large, solid image, use your Stamp-a-ratus. So if there’s an area on your stamped image that is too light, you can ink the stamp a 2nd time & re-stamp perfectly over the first stamped image.

Next I stamped the flowers in Daffodil Delight around the Granny Apple Green leaf. The ladybug is so easy! Punch the body in Basic Black. Then stamp the wings in Black ink on Real Red card stock & punch. TIP: When adhering the wings, add glue only to the inside of the wings. Avoid glue on the edges that won’t be in contact with the body.

My sentiment was stamped in black & after drying, I “over- stamped” the Daffodil Delight flowers.

Have a great weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Hello Ladybug
  • Ink: Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Jet Black Stazon
  • Card stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Sweet Talk
  • Tools: Ladybug builder punch, Stamp-a-ratus

Just Peachy Crate

Hello there, friends! I put together this “Just Peachy” crate as a donation for a silent auction.

You may recall that I shared a Just Peachy One Sheet Wonder (OSW) back in November. I had so much fun creating the peachy cards. So much so that I have left only one sheet plus scraps of the 12 sheet Designer Series Paper (DSP).

So I gathered up eight (8) cards included our Basic White envelopes and made a little peach crate. I added a decorated peachy candle, a notebook & a peach pen. (non Stampin’Up)

Stampin’Up has a fabulous March special- 20% off the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine & select die & stamp bundles from our Annual Catalog including Sweet as a Peach bundle.

20% off these select bundles

Below are the eight cards that were included in the crate.

I hope you have a great Monday & take advance of the sale. Marilyn (aka MJ)

GDP 332- CASEing Kim Fee

Greetings! Lucky me, I had a chance to play in the studio this morning; here’s what I made. Yeah- Happy Satur-Yay!

I always love playing challenges so I chose the Global Design Project 332 to case the card below by Kim Fee.

First I embossed a Basic White panel using the Pretty Flowers EF. Then using our Blending Brushes, I added Mango Melody ink especially on the larger embossed flowers.

The floral image from Shaded Summer is stamped in Crumb Cake & die cut with the coordinating dies from a previous SAB. (Now retired). Using a blender pen, I colored the flower white space with Mango Melody & the leaves with Mint Macaroon.

The floral image was mounted on Paper Lattice just like Kim’s card. My ribbon is Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim & tied the Crumb Cake Bakers Twine from the Essentials pack.

I changed the orientation & mounted the entire panel on Crumb Cake card stock. I didn’t add a sentiment on the front so I can decide later on the occasion (bday, thinking of you, etc.) & I’ll stamp on the inside.

I hope you had a great Saturday! Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Shaded Summer
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic White
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Mint Macaroon
  • Accessories: Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace trim, Crumb Cake Bakers Twine, Paper Lattice
  • Tools: Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder, Blending Brushes, Blending Pen

Artistic Easter

Hello Friends! I’m starting to make my Easter & Spring cards. We’ve had nice weather these past few days in St. Louis so I’m thrilled to be making some bright, cheery cards.

I made this card for two challenges. The first is a sketch on Paper Players (PP580). It’s such a fabulous sketch; take a look at the entrees for the many interpretations. Lots of great ideas on their site.

The second challenge is a color challenge on Color Throwdown. I thought these colors would make a great Easter card & obviously so did the Color Throwdown team based on their graphic. LOL.

I love a plaid or check for Easter cards & choose Pacific Point DSP for the main color. It’s blue & this shade of blue is one of my favorites.

I cut the large Artistic dies flower in Pumpkin Pie & mounted it on top of a strip of Granny Apple Green. My greeting was stamped in Pacific Point on Vellum card stock. Last, I added Blue Adhesive backed gems.

I hope you are inspired to make some Easter or Spring cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Ink: Pacific Point
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Vellum
  • DSP: Brights 6×6 In Pacific Point
  • Dies: Artistic dies
  • Accessories: Blue Adhesive Backed Gems

Flowering Tulips in Poppy

Hi Friends! I’m finally able to post this card… I made it for our oldest daughter for her birthday. She lives out of town & is a loyal blog follower so I didn’t want to post before she received it.

She’s a beautiful, hardworking & intelligent 30-something young lady. But I’m pretty biased, obviously. Thus, I really wanted a pretty card so I cased our Pals’ Leader, Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty. See her card here. She made a fun fold with a tutorial but I wanted a traditional A2 card so I cased her sketch.

I always love Stampin’ Up’s DSP but this Flowering Fields DSP is one of my favorites this year. It really shouts Spring & I’m so ready for that. I wish you could see the Brushed Brass Butterflies in real life because they really shine. Our January- June catalog shows them off better. Let me know if you need one.

Thanks for stopping today! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Basic White
  • DSP: Flowering Fields, Pansy Petals (Pale Papaya plaid)
  • Dies: Tulip Dies
  • Accessories: Brushed Brass Butterflies, Bakers Twine Essentials Pack

Watercolor Shapes meets Flowers of Friendship

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! Now that I’m retired, I really like Mondays… it gives me a chance to start fresh with new goals. I had some challenges with my posts last week so I am sorry I missed you on Friday. Anyway, today I am sharing a card that is totally out of my comfort zone- only one layer if you don’t count the matte and the base. No DSP & no embellishments.

I made this card for the color challenge from Sunday Stamps. I love blues so their Winter Blues color challenge was right up my alley. I used Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso on watercolor paper.

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #523; even though I didn’t make it in time for the challenge. Isn’t this a great sketch?! So many things that you can do with it. I wanted to try my hand with my new stamp set called Watercolor Shapes.

The Balmy Blue rectangle and the Bermuda Bay circles on my card are part of the Watercolor Shapes stamp set. I used a ruler and my Early Espresso marker to draw the lines around the Balmy Blue rectangle.

A close- up view

Next I masked off the lower edge of the rectangle & then stamped in Early Espresso the floral image from Flowers of Friendship. Last, my sentiment from Enjoy the Moment stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso.

Here’s one last look. Thanks so much for stopping over. Have a great Monday!

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Watercolor Shapes, Flowers of Friendship, Enjoy the Moment (sentiment)
  • Paper: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay, Watercolor paper
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay; Early Espresso marker
  • Tools: Stamp-a-ratus, ruler

Otterly Awesome Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Fold Blog hop. We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

The card I have for you today is a super cute gate fold flap card. I used Mary Fish’s sketch #38 only I flipped it on it’s side. Her measurements were extremely helpful.

Don’t you just love this little Otter? He and his other otter friends in the Otterly Awesome stamp is only available through the end of the month (when Sale-a-Bration ends). The paper, Simply Marbleous, is also from Sale-a-bration. I really love this paper & I’m so glad I stocked up on it as it makes the perfect background for so many cards. Anyway, the point is get your orders in before Sale-a-Bration ends on this upcoming Monday, February 28th.

The shot above and below show the card unfolded; first standing up and 2nd lying flat. As you can see, I decorated the inside. First, I cut out a small piece of the reverse side of the paper, rounded the corners & stamped my sentiment. It hides under the front flap. I added Balmy Blue panels on both sides for writing a special note & added a narrow strip of DSP to give it a little character. I also added, on the backside of the flap, a DSP diecut Scalloped Contour piece.

Here is a close up of the otter. I colored him with the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. For the water, I used a combination of Stampin” Blends and Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I wanted the water to look lighter than my Misty Moonlight light blend so I used the color lifter & it affected the water based markers but I love how it turned out. [Note to self: Don’t use this technique unless you’re sure it’s the look you are trying to achieve.]

I used to struggle with closure of flap cards. Some people velcro & others use lightweight magnets. Lately, I have been using a small glue dot that I have worked over between my index finger & thumb to roll it. It loses its permanent sticky-ness but is still tacky enough to hold the flap closed. I’m guessing that over time that this rolled glue dot will lose all of its tackyness.

Here is one last look at the gate fold flap card. I hope you like it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

I’m so happy to be posting today for the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop. It is an honor to be hopping with these very talented artists. Check it out!

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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: