Real Red Flowing Flowers

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. Today I have a pretty card for you. I hope you think so too.

I chose to use the stamp set called Flowing Flowers from the January- July mini catalog. It is a stunning flower, don’t you think? It is a one of Stampin’ Up’s DistINKive sets where the stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. Look at that flower- it was stamped with a single stamp that was inked up with Real Red. Amazing, huh?

The Real Red panel is embossed with the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. Although much of it is covered up the parts of the panel that peek out give the card texture and depth.

The DSP is from the soon to be retiring Host DSP called Pattern Party. On one side is black and white designs and the other is colorful designs like this Granny Apple Green panel. . I’ve used it so much this year. It is on the retiring list so it’s a good time to order it along with all the other amazing products that will be retiring. I added two more retiring items. A bow in Double stitched Real Red Satin ribbon and the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

I hope you consider taking advantage of all the last chance items which are only available while supplies last. Some are even discounted up to 40%. The stamp set will be with us at least until the end of the January-June mini catalog.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Flowing Flowers
  • Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Basic White
  • DSP: Pattern Party
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Pretty Flowers EF, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon; Holiday Rhinestones

Hello Beautiful meets Just Jade

Hi friends! Have you missed me? I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while… I had a terrible head cold; I just couldn’t “work” or in reality, play. I’m not complaining- just letting you know why I’ve been AWOL.

The card I have for you today uses a bundle called “Abstract Beauty” from the January-June mini catalog. It’s a fabulous stamp and die bundle with some awesome coordinating paper & embellishments. There’s even cards & envelopes and a ephemera pack.

Above is a close up of the card with a good view the adhesive backed hexagons and the DSP 4×6 with gold. The dies are so wonderful- there are circles, and hexagons & other shapes that fit the sentiments.

One last look at the card, I hope you like it & I really hope you have a great weekend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps & Dies: Hello Beautiful Stamps & Dies
  • Paper: Just Jade, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Basic White
  • DSP: Abstract Beauty
  • EF: Painted Texture
  • Accessories: Adhesive backed Hexagons

New In-Colors from Stampin’ Up

Here are the new just released 2022-2024 In- Colors from Stampin’ Up. The new catalog releases today at 2 pm CST for demonstrators. I can’t wait to play with these colors!

Sweet Sorbet
Parakeet Party
Tahitian Tide
Starry Sky
Orchid Oasis

I’m really liking Tahitian Tide. It reminds me off one of my all-time favorite colors- Tempting Turquoise but Tahitian Tide is fresh & up to date. Which color is your favorite?

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Flowers InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! As we prepare for Spring, flowers are always on our minds. We are sharing flower-themed projects with you today 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.

Forever Blossoms & Cherry Blossom dies

I have so much fun creating for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop. I try to create something special & I hope you like it. I reached for Forever Blossoms & the matching Cherry Blossoms dies, a favorite from the Annual Catalog.

A SIDE NOTE: The reason this set is a favorite is because it reminds me of a March business trip to Washington, DC. which I took many years ago. I was fortunate to be able to see the cherry trees in bloom. I didn’t have a lot of time, after all it was a business trip, but I spent an hour-ish walking among the trees. What a beautiful experience & memory!

Back to the card… Over the years, I’ve watched many videos on how to color with alcohol markers. For full effect, layering color is the trick with blends & allowing the colors to dry before proceeding with more color or lifting of color. Stampin’ Up makes it easy to know where to shade darker as the shading is “built into” the stamp design.

Even though these blossoms are more vivid than the real life version, I really like them & also I wanted to use the gorgeous Polished Pink color. It takes time to layer color with Blends but so totally worth it! Here I used Petal Pink and Polished Pink on the blooms, Soft Succulent leaves and Pool Party for the background.

I have been making Easter cards, as I send out quite a few. I think this Cherry Blossom is a perfect image for an Easter card. My sentiment is from “Celebrating You” stamp set in the Jan- Jun mini catalog. I can’t believe how much I have used this set! Anyway, I heat embossed with gold & added gold Simple Elegant trim behind the sentiment panel. A little gold bow was added to the stem of the the flower. Lastly, I added some “Loose Flowers” as an extra “wow” embellishment.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Forever Blossoms, Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Pool Party
  • DSP: 6×6 In Color DSP (Polished Pink)
  • Ink: Momento Black, Versamark
  • Stampin’ Blends: Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Soft Succulent, Pool Party
  • Dies: Cherry Blossom, Layering Circles
  • Embossing Folders: Dots from Checks & Dots, Tasteful Textures
  • Gold Metallic Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  • Accessories: Gold Simply Elegant Trim, Loose Flowers

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping . There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

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. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Joanne Whittington at The Inky Dragon
  6. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  7. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  10. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  11. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  12. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots

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