Enjoy the Rhythm & a Throwback Sketch

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a card that uses the new Enjoy the Rhythm stamp set. Drums, keyboard & guitar work perfectly for my musical family & friends. So last week I made this card but wanted to keep it on the QT because it’s for my “drummer” nephew. He’s such a fantastic young adult & in addition to many great things, he plays in his church band.

Here’s a picture of the stamp set. How awesome, right?!

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I used a sketch from Splitcoaststampers.com. You don’t hear about that site much anymore but it’s a great resource for all things Stamp-y. The sketch was introduced in 2007- a real flashback yet it hasn’t become outdated.

The DSP is from the Ready to Ride suite. It has a black foil on many of the pages. It’s a little hard to see but it’s obvious in real life. Very Handsome! My card’s cardstock colors are Basic Gray, Smoky Slate & Basic Black.

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I hope you like my drum card & this new set. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Petal Park & Regency Park- NEW

Happy Monday! You may think “Crazy MJ!” I just like the opportunity to start afresh on my goals. These include personal & SU! business. I love being a SU! demonstrator. But that’s for another day;)

Today I’m showcasing the Regency Park suite [pages 30-33 of our newest Mini Catalog]. It’s such a fresh suite with fun flowers, great colors & trendy embellishments.

Regency Park Suite samples

I really love the Petal Park bundle- stamp set & punch. Punches make it so easy to create. The center flower on my card was stamped in Night of Navy on Balmy Blue & punched out with the bundle’s punch.

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My flower was mounted with dimensionals onto a Basic White circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies #159183. Then mounted on a Balmy Blue square from the Stylish Shapes Dies.

Close up view of Petal Park punched flower

The DSP is from this Regency Park suite. It was cut at an angle & mounted on Balmy Blue. A thin strip of Balmy Blue separates the two patterns of DSP. The entire panel of Balmy Blue & DSP with the pretty punched flower was mounted on A Bight of Navy card base.

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Another look

A Basic White panel which was stamped in night of Navy using the Petal Park flowers was added to the inside.

Stamped inside

Check out this Regency Park suite- it’s really pretty & on- trend! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Just in…New Kit

Happy Saturday! Stampin’ Up just released their latest kit. This is sure to be a big hit!


This kit includes: 

  • Enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
  • Printed die-cut words, precut pieces, and enough adhesive to complete projects.
  • White baker’s twine and iridescent diamond sequins.
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm).
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Tahitian Tide.
No stamping kit

I’m excited to get this & didn’t want to wait to preview it before sharing with you. For just $13 (before tax & shipping), the kit is yours. What a deal!!

No new MJ paper creations today as we’re hosting my siblings in a later holiday celebration. We intentionally set a later date so none of us stress about trying to fit one more thing into a busy December calendar. So excited to see everyone!!

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Stamping!! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Paper Pumpkin Alternative Cards

Hi friends! Here are two more alternative cards from the products in the December ’22 Paper Pumpkin called “Good Things Come in Small Packages”.

But before I dive into these PP alternative cards, I want to make sure that you have your very own copy of the NEW SU! mini catalog (January-April ’23). Plus Sale-a-bration is happening! Spend $50 (before shipping & tax) and earn free product! If you don’t have these new catalogs, please contact me at Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com.

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For both of my cards today I used products from the Paper Pumpkin kit and new products from the mini & sale-a-bration catalogs & also our current annual catalog. Don’t forget about all those great products! {wink, wink}

  • Garden Green base- 5.5″ X 8.5; scored on the 8.5″ side at 4.25
  • Balmy Blue 4″x 5.25″
  • Dandy Designs DSP from SAB 3.75″ x 5″
  • Coastal Cabana embossed with the Gingham Embossing Folder- 1.75″ x 5.25″
  • Paper Pumpkin gradation sleeve cut along score lines
  • Garden Green Decorative circle punched shape
  • White label from PP kit & stamped with PP stamps in Garden Green
  • Base of Soft Sea Foam cut to 5.5″ x 5.25″ ; score the 5.25″ side at 4.25″; this creates a 1″ overlap.
  • Country Gingham DSP from the Mini catalog -4 x 5.25″; adhere to the 1″ fold from the inside
  • From the outside add a 1/2″ x 5.5″ strip of Garden Green on top of DSP & next to the Soft Sea Foam 1″ fold over
  • Adhere a green label from the PP kit
  • In Garden Green ink, stamp sentiment “Good Things Come in Small Packages onto a scrap of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Punch it our using the Lasting Label punch.
  • Add Elegant Faceted Gems
  • From the annual catalog’s stamp set Celebrating You, stamp “Happy Birthday” in Garden Green ink on inside
A view of the inside showing the reverse side DSP from the front panel

As promised with Last Thursday’s alternative cards, I wanted to take a little time to explain the Paper Pumpkin and the PP “Cycle”.

  • Subscribe by the 10th of any month to get your first kit delivered that month.
  • The Paper Pumpkin box that arrives around the 20th of the month. Give or take a few days.
  • You receive a tracking number so you’ll know when it’s coming OR just wait for that box of happiness to arrive.
  • The kits are designed so you can create for the following month which is why I get a little jumbled on which kit I’m creating for you. Today’s cards were from the December kit.
  • Another example, is this January kit will be all about February’s Valentine Day. We get some hints & a description. But we won’t see everything until it’s released.
  • So it’s a bit of a surprise but you know whether it’s cards or something else like tags at Christmas or treat boxes.

Have a great day & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Paper Pumpkin plus Alternative Cards

Happy Thursday, friends! I’m posting my December ’22 Paper Pumpkin creations. It always seems to throw me off a bit when I talk about the Paper Pumpkin kits according the their month. This December kit is not for December holidays . It has things for January & the start of the another wonderful year. On my post tomorrow, I’ll explain in a little more detail why it seems “off” sometimes.

A look of all 16 boxes in a variety of designs.

This kit is getting us ready for the new year; the little boxes hold gift cards (or cash), candy or other little somethings. The occasions that are featured include New Baby, Birthday, Graduation and a general Congrats that could be used for a Wedding or Wedding shower. Make your kit and you’re sure to have a head start on this year’s milestone events.

The contents of the December 2022 kit. So much!

One of the things that we can count on with Stampin’ Up is quality products. These are boxes and their sleeves are sturdy, making them easy to create with. The Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin instructions are easy to follow, however, as your demonstrator, I am here to help you. I make my kits each month so I can advise easily. Never hesitate to reach out. Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com

Below are the boxes I made; I followed the directions so you could see the boxes close up. I always like to make the products as intended so I can best advise.

All four boxes made according to directions.
A close up.

I also enjoy making alternatives; something that uses the kit contents in a different way. Sometimes I add something not from the kit such as Designer Series Paper, matching cardstock or use a different stamp. Below is a picture from Stampin’ Up showing some alternatives from other artists. WOW! such talent!

From Stampin’ Up artists

Below are two of my card creations. {I’ll have two more cards for you tomorrow.} I took each theme & created a card. Here are the Baby & Birthday cards.

Baby and Birthday Cards using Paper Pumpkin December ’23 kit

A close up of the birthday card:

Directions for the Birthday card:

  • Cut a base of Blushing Bride to 8.5″ x 5.5″; Score the 8.5″ side at 4-1/4.
  • Cut the double sided sleeve at score lines. Alternating the pattern, mount four pieces of the confetti & stripes onto a 5-3/8″ x 3-1/4″ of Tahitian Tide cardstock. If desired, add a 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Tahitian Tide to break up the pattern. Set aside.
  • Adhere the extra piece of the sleeve that was cut up onto the left side of the card base as shown.
  • Mount the Tahitian tide panel with the confetti & stripes to the card base.
  • Punch a Tahitian Tide circle using the Decorative Circle punch.
  • Use kit’s white die-cut circle, and stamp the sentiment “It’s your day” (from the kit) in Tahitian tide ink toward the bottom of the circle.
  • Mount cupcake die cut (from the kit) using Stampin’ dimensionals onto the circle.
  • Mount the decorated die-cut circle onto the Tahitian Tide Decorative punch shape using Stampin’ dimensionals.
  • Add a bow of Tahitian Tide Metallic Woven ribbon.
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on the inside of the card.

Here is the Baby card.

Here’s How to make the Welcome Baby Card.

  • Cut a piece of Mango Melody to 4-1/4 X 11; Score on the 11″side at 5.5″
  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Calypso Coral
  • Cut the Dandy Designs DSP to 3.75″ x 5″. Mount the DSP onto the Calypso Coral piece.
  • Cut two (2) pieces of 2″ x 3-1/4″ of Crushed Curry
  • Cut up the yellow sleeve at score lines. Mount each of the 1-3/4″ x 3″ pieces onto Crushed Curry.
  • Mount the two pieces as shown in the picture.
  • Using Layering Circles dies, cut a scalloped piece in Calypso COral & a smaller circle in Crushed Curry.
  • Using Calypso Coral, ink up the “Special Delivery” stamp from the kit & stamp onto the Crushed Curry Panel.
  • Add Fun Flower Resin Shapes to the front of the card.
Use the partial sleeve to create a gift card holder on the inside of the card

For the inside of the card:

  • Take the sleeve’s front section & the two 1/4″ scored sections which were leftover from the front panel cutting.
  • Use bone bolder & burnish the 1/4″ sections.
  • Add tear & tape adhesive from the kit to the 1/4″ section only!
  • Fold over the 1/4″ with tear & tape adhesive & adhere to the inside of card creating a “tunnel” or opening where you can slide in a gift card.

I hope you’ve liked this projects. Be sure to sign up in advance (prior to 1/10) for the next Paper Pumpkin; it’ll be all about Valentines Day!

Thanks so much for stopping & be sure to come back tomorrow for more cards with this Paper Pumpkin kit. Marilyn (aka MJ)

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Dainty Flowers- Quick Card

Hi friends! I have a super quick card for you that uses the beauty of the Dainty Flowers Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Designer Series Paper (DSP). I just love when the DSP is so pretty you don’t need to do much else. It’s perfect when you are in a hurry like I am today. Things have been rather busy here as I previously mentioned but I definitely wanted to show you some things from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog. This DSP is free with any $50 purchase (before shipping & tax).

The card base is Rich Razzleberry. On the right side is a piece of Starry Sky 5.5 x 1.5. Then there’s the DSP panel cut to 5 x 3-3/8 . In Rich Razzleberry ink, the sentiment was stamped. The sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration freebie, a stamp set called Sending Support. It’s stamped directly onto the DSP. Consider stamping the sentiment before adhering the DSP panel to the card. If you happen to stamp catawampus, you can use the other side on a different card & cut yourself another piece of DSP to use for this card.

A white panel was added to the inside for a personal message. The card’s front sentiment itself can be used for all different situations. Many of our friends’ parents are in their 80s & 90s; health concerns arise & I just want them to know that I’m thinking of them & praying for a good outcome. So I’ll write a note when the time comes.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Diagonal DSP sketch using Favored Flowers

These Designer Series Papers are gorgeous, yes? I’ve always loved the colors Rich Razzleberry & Blackberry Bliss & this Freebie* DSP really plays to the richness when paired with Evening Evergreen. I used a sketch from the wonderful Julie DiMatteo, The Paper Pixie. She posted this sketch back in April of last year (2022) when she used the double sided DSP called “Hey Sport Fan” for this card.

These cards are super easy once you have the template. I copies this from Julie’s blog.

* Freebie= FREE with a $50 Purchase of product (before Shipping & Tax) Get your free catalog from me, Marilyn Jones (aka MJ).

She calls it a Diagonal DSP card & so I tucked that “nugget” of a sketch away for future. Since I loved both sides of this freebie* I thought this sketch would be perfect. Julie’s card was CASEd from Debbie Henderson from March 2021.