Friday, October 23, 2020

October 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card

 Hi friends!

I’m just over the top excited! I have been challenged with the correct orientation on my Facebook Live videos. I finally found the solution... it wasn’t hard but it was not intuitive to me. My Facebook page is “Stamp with MJ”. 

Anyway, I made this card tonight using the sketch below from Case This Sketch #394. I used my October Paper Pumpkin supplies including the stamps & I repurposed a card & envelope. 

All supplies by Stampin’ Up

Stamps: October PP- Joy to the World

Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam, October PP card base & envelope

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive. Stampin’ Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight  

Accessories: Flower for Every Season gems  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Boho Indigo & CTS #394


 Hi friends! 

How are you? Are you getting some fun crafty time amid all the awesome fall activities? Monday I posted a card with the Boho INdigo kit and I have another card to share today. As I mentioned, I've been a little burned out on fall colors, leaves, and Halloween, so I pulled out the Boho Indigo card kit. I am so in love with this kit!

I used sketch #394 from Case this Sketch. These challenges are so fun! I only look at the sketch challenge designers' cards before I create mine. But once I'm done, I LOVE seeing what all the challenge players designed. 


 Have a great day!!

 All supplies by Stampin' Up:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (thick), Misty Moonlight, Garden Green
Ink: Misty Moonlight
Accessories: Dies, DSP & Flowers from Bojo Indigo kit; & Banner Punch

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Boho Indigo & FMS #457


Hi friends! I was getting a tad bit bored with making fall cards, so I pulled out my new Boho Indigo kit from Stampin' Up. I'm a "blue" girl so this kit is right up my alley. It has a great stamp & die set and comes with all the fixin's...papers, ribbon, embellishments. It's easy to overlook these kits in the catalog, but this one is like a Paper Pumkin on steriods! Check it out. 

For my card, I used Freshly Made Sketch #457. I enjoy challenges & sketch challenges are the easiest for me. Color and photo inspiration are not so easy...a real challenge. LOL! :)

Have a great week! 

Hugs, Marilyn

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

July Paper Pumpkin Alernatives

Greetings Friends! 

Here are some of the cards I made using the July Paper pumpkin supplies; also known as Paper Pumpkin alternatives. 

This Sunday, join me for the opening and creating of the August Paper Pumpkin. You can catch this on my Facebook business page, Stamp with MJ, at 3 p.m. on the 23rd. 

Below are the alternatives that I made. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Throwback Thursday- Baby Cards

Throwback Thursday- Baby Cards

I needed some baby cards so I created these cards out of retired stamps and papers. I made duplicates for card swaps and for my stash.

For both cards, I used the retired Witty-isms from this year's Occasions catalog. 

For the girl card, I used a Whisper White card base & topped with a Mint Macaroon panel that was embossed with the retired Tufted 3D folder. The Pretty in Pink cardstock & DSP is a real throwback. The yellow, So Saffron is current. The sentiment is on a Whisper White Stitched Nested Label diecut. 

The boy card base is Balmy Blue (current) with a Soft Sky (retired)piece embossed with the Tasteful Textures 3D folder (current). The banner, DSP and ribbon are in the retired color, Certainly Celery. 

I hope that you can use the sketches of the general color scheme to make some cards for yourself. 

Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

July Paper Pumpkin

 Hello friends!

Here are the July Paper Pumpkin projects that we made at the Stamp with MJ Facebook Live session this past Sunday (8/9). The kit contains 3 each of the postcards (9 total) & 9 tealights plus 9 envelopes. We made the kit according to the directions; which is what you see above. I'll be using these postcards & tealights to make alternatives. Mostly, I send A2 cards (5.5 x 4.25) greeting cards so I'll be posting my creations in a later post. 

Join me for the August Paper Pumpkin FB Live. Order deadline is the 10th of each month, so you missed the August kit, but join me anyway so you can see the value. Sign up now for the September Paper Pumpkin here. 

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)


Friday, July 24, 2020

Holiday Preview

 Hi Friends - Happy Fabulous Friday. 
Above is a preview from the Holiday Mini Catalog using the Case this Sketch #382.  

Warning: a long post; I,m sorry but I missed Tuesday so I'm making it up to you with two cards. I was ill with something- probably a virus, but not COVID as my antigen test from Sunday came back negative. I thought it was probably a head cold because I did not have a fever or chills, but I had terrible muscle and joint aches along with a runny nose and sore throat which made me wonder if I had a mild case of COVID. So, I thought I should check so I could tell the few people I had been around. Thank goodness! I'm much better-about 90-95% but the aches continue. But I can deal with that! 

A close up so you can see the bling and stamped images a little better. 

Oh, how I wish I could show you this stamp set but you'll have to wait until the catalog is released to the public on August 4th. Let me just say- it is a set that can be used not only Christmas, but also Halloween and Valentines Day. It coordinates with the new postage stamp punch. When I'm making a large quantity of cards or 3D items like little gifts, I gravitate to my punches because it is faster for me. (I do love my dies thought.). So I was very excited when the new annual catalog had  a new punch & stamp set; Posted for you Bundle.

But I was even more excited when there was a all holiday stamp set that coordinated with this punch. A real win for me! Maybe you too? 

Below is another preview from this same stamp set the Holiday Mini Catalog using last week's Case this Sketch #381 from Brian King. It is the card I made to post on Tuesday but did not have the energy to post. 

A close up. 

In both my cards, I used papers from the holiday mini catalog. The ribbon and bling are from the Annual catalog. If you don't have a catalog or a demonstrator, I'd love to help you with your creative adventure - a one time thing like invitations or holiday gifts or if you are new to paper crafting. I've been told I am patient and kind... it's just paper! 
Before I retired, I worked in a high stress, life & death environment, so not much gets to me. I really believe this has to be fun & I strive to make it that way for you! 

You can contact me via my Stampin' Up business page (click on image below) or reply to this post & I will answer your request. 
Thanks for looking & thanks you your understanding about Tuesday. 

Supplies for both Cards: All SU
Stamp Set: Festive Post (coming soon)
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White; Plaid Tidings & 'Tis the Season DSP (coming soon)
Ink: Real Red, Shaded Spruce blendability, Garden Green marker. 
Accessories: Red Rhinestone basic jewels, Real Red double stitched satin ribbon. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Paper Pumpkin - Share Sunshine- Alternative Card

Happy Fabulous Friday! I wanted to share with you an alternative card I made with the June Paper Pumpkin- Share Sunshine. Every month you get a complete paper crafting kit. Below are the cards I made using the instructions & contents of this kit. It includes an ink cube & envelopes. A couple times a year your kit includes 3D items such a Halloween treat holders. You always know beforehand so you can skip your subscription for that month if you're not interested in 3D items. 

The Paper Pumpkin is perfect for taking on the go such as an afternoon watching the kids outdoors or a mini vacation. There are so many extras in every kit that you can make many more cards or scrapbook pages by just adding your own card stock. 

Sign up between now and August 10th to get the kit below in mid-August. (The July kit has already shipped). If you sign up with me for a 3 month subscription, I will send you a token of appreciation from the current catalogs (hint: embellishments). Sign up for 6 or 12 months & I will send you even more gifts! You can sign up to get the kit(s) on my Paper Pumpkin site.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

CAS Blossoms

Hello Friends! Welcome to another Terrific Tuesday here at Paper Dreams. 
Today I have a clean and simple card for you. About a week ago, I watched a video by Mary from Stamp ‘n Lingers on how she made her April card. I used different colors & a different shape. You can see her card & video here:

I’ve not done much blending so I wanted to give it a go. I picked up some cosmetic blending brushes with handles at the bargain store. They really keeps the ink off your fingers & are so easy to control. 

I made a mask or template by die cutting an oval onto a panel of thick card stock. Using temporary glue dots, I placed the panel with the oval hole over my card base & the blended So Saffron & Blushing Bride. I hope you like it. Thanks to Mary for sharing her talents! 

Thanks for looking!

Supplies: All SU
Paper: Thick Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Black
Stamps: Forever Blossoms
Accessories: Layering Oval dies

Friday, July 10, 2020

Triangled Thanks

Happy Fabulous Friday!
As promised, here I am again on Friday...Check here every Tuesday and Friday for a new post. Occasionally I will throw in an extra post, but for sure, I'm here every Tuesday and Friday. 

Triangles and geometric shapes are all the rage in paper crafting, DIY and decorating. I just had to jump on this fun bandwagon. The sketch design is all mine & I’m unabashedly proud of it as I usually do sketch challenges or fall back to the same few sketch designs. I hope you like it too!

Supplies: All SU
Paper: Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Whisper White, In-Color DSP
Stamps: Peaceful Moments
Ink: Misty Moonlight
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Seaside Spray metalic ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fun Fold with In Colors

Happy Thursday, Friends!
I always post on Tuesdays & Fridays, but I wanted to add an additional post today to share this fun fold that I created for The Paper Players Challenge. 

Can’t  see the fun fold? That’s because it’s disguised. The base of Cinnamon Cider is scored at 2” & 4 1/4”. At the 2” score it is folded back toward the 4 1/4 fold. Before glueing down the fold, I added a piece of Bumblebee DSP. Then I added four strips of 3/4” In Color DSP; two to the front on the fold-over piece & two to the right side of the inside of the card. (See the picture below.) 

For a quick & easy way to do the ribbon, I use a stapler & then use scotch tape to adhere to the back of my sentiment. I’m sure you could use any adhesive, but I use tape to cover the sharp points of the staple. Washi tape would work great too. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for Fabulous Friday. 
Thanks for looking! 
Supplies: All SU
Paper: Cinnamon Cider, Whisper White, In Color DSP
Stamps: Silhouette Scenes
Ink: Cinnamon Cider
Accessories: Layering Ovals, Cinnamon Cider ribbon, In Color dots (with the enamel top removed so it’s just a dot). 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Rooted in Nature- Terrific Tuesdays

Greetings friends!

Today is another Terrific Tuesday here at Paper Dreams.
My card today is another masculine card- there are so many guys in my family that need lots of masculine cards. It’s simple and easy, but it isn't plain.

You may know that Stampin' Up is offering Bonus Days- for every $50 you spend you will receive a $5 coupon. What a great way to get ready for the new holiday supplies coming in August. Please visit my on-line store:

Bonus Days. Earn in July, spend in August.

Supplies: All SU
Stamps: Rooted in Nature
Paper: Early Espresso card stock, Crumb Cake cardstock, In Good Taste DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Nature's Roots dies, Braided Twine.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Forever Greenery

Hi friends! As promised, here is a card I made using the same sketch as the one I used on Tuesday. It’s my “go to” sketch. I’d love to hear or see your “go to” sketch! For me, it’s helpful to have a few sketches “up my sleeve” when I’ve either lost my mojo or I need to mass produce cards. 

Are you as crazy about this Forever Greenery DSP as I am? But then again I’m a paper lover. The beautiful reversible ribbon is a carry-over from last year’s catalog & I’m so happy to see it again. The colors, Pretty Peacock & Old Olive match the paper exactly. No picture could do this ribbon justice- it’s really stunning.

Thanks for stopping by. And for my US friends, Have a great 4th of July weekend! 

Supplies: All SU
Card stock: Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, Whisper White
DSP: Forever Greenery
Stamps: Peaceful Moments
Ink: Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Greenery EF, Tasteful Labels dies, Reversible ribbon. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Masculine Card- CTS#378

This card was made last week but I haven’t had a chance to share it yet. I think the card fits perfectly for the CASE this Sketch challenge #378 even though I made it before seeing the sketch.  It was my original- weird, huh?!

Another masculine card similar to Tuesday’s card as I used the Tasteful Touches bundle & the same colors. I appreciate that you stopped here to take a look. 
Supplies: All SU
Card-stock: Thick Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cinnamon Cider
DSP: In Good Taste
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: old World Paper & Tasteful Textile EF; Faux Suede Early Espresso ribbon, In Good Taste elements, Tasteful Labels dies. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tremendous Tuesday- Masculine Card

Hello Friends! Here’s my card for Tremendous Tuesdays here on PaperDreams.

This card uses a sketch that I’ve been using for years- it’s my “go to” sketch.

One third in one paper, two thirds in another paper. A strip between the two to “hide” the connection & and an element. The strip in between could be narrow or wide paper; it could be ribbon or twine; or even an embossed or die cut strip. The element could be an image or a sentiment.

I hope you like it! Come back on Friday for another card using this sketch.

Supplies: All SU
Card-stock; Thick Very Vanilla, Early Espresso.
DSP:  Cinnamon Cider In-Color, In Good Taste
Stamps: Tasteful Touches
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Tasteful Labels dies, In Good Taste elements

Sunday, June 28, 2020

In Color Thanks

Hi friends! Thanks for jumping over to visit my blog and card today.
I’m sharing a creation I made for the Freshly Made Sketch for the week;
To make the circle, I pieced together new in-color DSP strips & cut using a circle die. I pieced together another set of strips & pieced two of the halves together in opposing directions on a layer of white card stock. The Cinnamon Cider card stock was embossed with the new Tasteful Textures embossing folder.
I just love this sketch, don’t you? Substitute the circle with a different object & you’ve got an entirely different look. Take a peek at the gallery for the FMS & you’ll see a wide variety of cards.
Thanks again for looking!
All SU Supplies:
Card stock: Bumblebee, Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
DSP:  In Color
Stamps: Well Said
Accessories: Layering Circles dies, Classic Label punch; Tasteful Textiles EF, In Color Enamel Dots.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Birds and Branches Fun Fold

Hi friends!
I created this card as a Make 'n Take for the 2020 VIP Conference At The Gathering Place with my friends Sally and Kim. It's a z-fold card.

I used the Bird and Branches bundle in the new 2020-2021 annual Stampin' UP catalog. If you haven't check it out, be sure to have a look on page 120 for the stamp set and page 174 for the dies. The bird dies have such detail, & I love the leaf circle die, but my favorite is the edge die. It makes a real statement & matches the circle and branched leaves.
So many fun new things in this catalog! What's your favorite new thing?
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Regular Whisper White, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Sahara Sand, So Saffron
DSP: Forever Greenery
Stamps: None
Dies: Birds and More
Accessories: Wink of Stella

Monday, April 13, 2020

Baby Girl Welcome

Hello Friends-
Last night I created this card for several challenges & for a card swap.
FabFri187- sketch

CAS581 from Splitcoaststampers (SCS)- Use the same color in shades. I chose shades of purple with a little bit of pink. Colors include Elegant Eggplant, Blackberry Bliss, BB DSP & Purple Posy Vellum DSP.

USEIT2020 from SCS- use your stash or retired stuff. I used retired card stock- Elegant Eggplant for the base & although not old, the DSP papers- Lily Impressions & So Very Vellum are now retired as these were Sale-a-bration papers. I have two packs of each so I’m happy to use all these items on a card swap; making 16- 12 for the swap & a few extra for my stash.

Here’s a detailed shot.

To keep the coloring from getting too dark when using a dark color like Blackberry Bliss, I touch my blender pen to the brush side of the marker & scribble off some of the color & add more color if needed.  If coloring a Large area, I use the lid of my SU ink pad. 

Have a great day! TFL!!