Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tickled Pink

Hello friends~
I hope this post find you well. I made this card today for my daughter who is attending a baby shower tomorrow. Obviously, it's a girl! I used the sketch from the MoJo Monday challenge.  
I used the Baby's First dies from Stampin' Up for the little onesie. The colors are Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink. Hope you like it! 
Have a great weekend! 
Hugs~~ Marilyn 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

From the Heart

Happy 4th of July! 

A pretty little card for you today. It's seems out of season until you understand the story behind it. I made this card for one of my husband's friends & co-workers. Two years ago on July 5th, my husband suffered a heart attack at work. His co-worker, Julie, made sure he got an ambulance & was sent to the hospital where I work. She called me & filled me in on the details. We both are so grateful to her! 

Here's the inside:

Thanks for looking! Hugs, Marilyn

Stamps: All Year Cheer (SU)
Paper: Victoria Gardens (EP)
Ink: Primrose Petals (SU)
Accesories: Primorse Papers

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hi There, Friends!

Hi There, friends! 
It has been a very long time since I posted to this blog. Life has been busy and filled with blessings. I never stopped creating, but I stopped playing challenges and blogging. I am renewing this enjoyable activity. 
Today I created this cute little card using some old supplies- Basic Grey's Max & Whispers papers & epoxy sticker. I have so many much that I can hardly fit another thing in my studio, so I am resolving to make at least one card a week with the older supplies.

 I chose the Basic Grey designer paper because it was a perfect match for the Colour Q challenge, CQC286. 

The sketch I chose was from the Retro Sketches challenge, RS160.  

My first thought when I looked at the sketch was "gate-fold" card with off-set panels. After I looked at the Design Team's cards, I realized it wasn't meant as a gate-fold after all. But I went with my initial thoughts. I hope you like it! 
Hugs, Marilyn

Monday, March 10, 2014

Upload experiment & Love u card

Hi Friends,
Today I'm experimenting with pictures & uploading from my phone. Last week my computer bit the dust. I'm obsessive with back-ups & we have a internet service that backups my e-photos weekly so I'm pretty sure the loss was minimal. I'm so fortunate as DH can fix computers. He bought a new hard drive & is loading my programs. He's spent nearly all day Sunday & several evenings earlier this week. What a great guy!
Here's my card for today. I used my Simon Says Stamp papers from the January kit. Even though it looks like a Valentine card, I'm sending to my daughter who lives away. I really miss her!
I hope you like it!
Hugs, Marilyn

Addendum: 04.13.14. -My little experiment didn't work so I finally got around to uploading the ole' fashioned way.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Keep Smiling

Hello Friends!
It's been a while, huh? Well, life is good; I've just gotten busy & had little time for posting to the blog. The good news for me is that I've still been stamping & creating. I created today's card using this month's card kit from Simon Says Stamps.
I love this deal...every month a package comes in the mail with trendy papers & a new stamp set along with little extras.
It's just the right amount for me. You can get more info here.

I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stampers' Challenge, FS368. I cased this card from Stampinscotsgirl's gallery. I love her style!

I added a few things of my own to the products in the SSS kit like the little pearls on the flowers, the craft paper, & the black with white polka dotted ribbon. And of course my own ink! LOL!!I hope you like it!

Have a great Sunday! Hugs & smiles, Marilyn (Aka mlj-mlj)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Stamp Club- SUO Washi Tape card

Tonight is our Stampin' Up card club. In addition to making the cards & projects that our demonstrator prepares for us, we bring 12 cards for a card swap each month. Since we make 12 cards (of the same design), I try to keep my design fairly simple. So here's the one I made for August. Hope you & my stamping friends like it!

Thanks for stopping! Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Marilyn

Supplies- Stampin Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Hello from Pennant Parade
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (retired)
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Accessories: Piercing Bugs (EK Success), This & That Washi Tape, Butterfly punch, circle punch, Corner rounder.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Gift Sets

Today I'm sharing two card sets I made for our mother-in-law & step mother-in-law for Mother's Day gifts. I hadn't posted these before today but I remembered to take pics before we gave the gifts away. I followed Chiaki Haverstick's tutorial for the "Bountiful Purse" on her Stamping Pro blog. Although, I did modify the design of some of the cards. She has a long list of free tutorials of fun papercrafts. So generous! 

I used the Everyday Enchantment DSP from Stampin Up's 2012 Sale-a-bration. Add matching cardstock & ink in images from Fresh Vintage, Triple Treat flower, and other SU! stamps. Punches & accessories added but I tried to keep the cards somewhat flat so extra postage wouldn't be required. I used these magnetic closures instead of velcro which finishes the project so nicely. I truly love this DSP paper & think is was perfect for our wonderful mothers.

Have a great weekend, friends!
Hugs, Marilyn

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July Shoebox Swap Cards

Hi Friends! I hope you have had a nice weekend. Today I want to share with you the two cards I made for the July Shoebox Swap with a group of St. Louis Splitcoaststamper friends. Each month the group gathers at a local library's multipurpose room where each of us designs a card & brings the supplies for each person to duplicate that card (aka as a shoe box swap).  We have a lot of fun, talking while we create & mostly talking about stamping, paper art, and crafts. Gotta' love these friends who are as obsessed as I am with paper and ink!

Some months we have themes but July was "stamper's choice". I wanted to swap a card that used some of my new Washi Tape because it is just fun. So, the above first card was my Washi Tape card. Because this card could be completed in about 5-10 minutes, I decided to make a second card to keep my friends "busy" at my shoebox station for a little while. I think the ladies liked both. Each of my friends has a different style & often bring new techniques or products, so it is nice to step out of my comfort zone. It really gives me a creative boost!. You can follow our thread HERE; and you can see the other ladies' cards HERE in Gill's gallery.

Have a great week!


Supplies- Card1:
Stamps:Compact Sentiments Part 2 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Summer Starfruit (SU), White (Neenah)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Memorable Washi Tape (My Mind's Eye), Scoreboard (MS)

Supplies- Card 2:
Stamps: Curly Cute, French Foliage (SU)
Paper: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP (SU), White (Neenah)
Ink:Pacific Point, Island Indigo
Accessories: 4" Doilies (Wilton), Circle Diamond Gem (Studio 112), Lacy Brocade EF (SU), Boho Blossoms & Decorative Label Punches (SU)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th, friends!
I've been absent from blogland for a while. I'm still creating but I haven't found the time to post or play challenges. Below is a card I made today & I'm trying my smartphone & its camera to post. I cased my card from Pinterest & Splitcoaststamper Peanutbee. See here:

Hope y'all are doing well! Thanks for stopping! Hugs, Marilyn

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mini Virtual Stamp Night Fun

 Last night was the Splitcoaststampers Mini Virtual Stamp Night (VSN). The VSN forum link is HERE.

Every hour a hostess posts a challenge related to the VSN theme. Each player must complete their challenge within 45 minutes (does not include the time to post the card). The theme for this VSN is Birds, Bees & Creepy Crawlies. I was fortunate to host the second challenge, which happens to be my first card here & the rest of the cards are in numerical & chronological order. (I missed the first challenge).

Here are my cards:
- MAR13VSNMINI2- My challenge to make a Spring card featuring flowers as the main image or focal point. Must use at least one flower. Dessert option to use something new.
- MAR13VSNMINI3- Use Hexagons.
- MAR13VSNMINI4- Pick a fun pun to use on your card with a bird or a bee.
- MAR13VSNMINI5- Make a sympathy card with one or more birds or butterflies.
- MAR13VSNMINI6- “flock” together: TWO birds, THREE different embellishments and FOUR colors from a posted picture of brightly colored birds.

 I really love VSN & feel so happy when I can play. Because of the 45 minute time rule, you don't have time to be fussy. [Rather I don't have time to be fussy!-LOL!!] A stamper can't spend 30 minutes rolling ideas around in her head & another 30 minutes picking embellishments. It forces me to CREATE and not THiNK about creating. Usually I get on a roll & the creative juices flow. I forget every other care in the world!

I hope you have a chance to check out this mini VSN; you still have time to play along. Join us for with the full VSN on March 1 & 2. Look HERE for more details! 

Hugs, Marilyn