Carols of Christmas Handmade Card

Carols of Christmas Today I am sharing a card that one of my team members made using the new Carols of Christmas stamp set which will be available in August.  How can it almost be August??

Perfect timing for my Christmas in July Class this Friday!  I love being part of a Stamping Team.  My group, Stamping New England gets together once a month to design projects for upcoming classes.  I can’t believe the variety of ideas that two different people can design using the same cardstock and stamp set.

The Carols of Christmas stamp set is beautiful and I can already envision so many beautiful cards with it.

Carols of Christmas stamp setAnd what really makes this set special is the thinlits that are also available.  They are beautiful!
Carols of Christmas thinlits

Here are the details on this card:
The card base is made with a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.  The first layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The outline thinlit was used around the edge of this piece of cardstock.  (You will need to run this piece of cardstock thru the Big Shot twice to outline the whole layer).  I love the detailed cuttings on this thinlit..  I see some great frames for Family Christmas pictures!  Margaret used scraps of Gold Foil and Gold Glimmer paper behind the detailed cutouts along the edge of the frame.

The next layer is the gold embossed piece of Dapper Denim Designer paper that is part of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper.  This piece is cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. Next is a set of pine trees cut using the pine tree thinlit with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

Last is a piece of Whisper white cardstock stamped with “Peace on Earth” and Versamark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  This sentiment is cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits.

These are the products used for this project.  The Carols of Christmas stamp set will be available to order on
August 1st (146037).
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Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, use the hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a sampler of the new Be Merry Christmas paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  I love to share the host benefits with my loyal customers!

Thanks for stopping by Marilyn’s Creative Playground and checking out my project made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.


Petal Garden Card Class

Today I am sharing my newest class the Petal Garden Card Class that I designed using the new Stampin’ Up! Petal Garden Designer Series Paper and the Petal Garden Card ClassPetal Garden Memories & More Card Pack. As soon as I saw the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew that I had to design a class with this paper.  It is so my style! If you are into Shabby Chic, you do not want to miss out on this class!

The Petal Garden Card Class provides 12 unique card layouts with all of the pre-cut cardstock and supplies to make 24 unique cards.

There are 3 ways to get this class:
Option 1 – $70 (includes priority mail shipping) –
This is the full class to go kit.  It includes the clear mount Graceful Garden Stamp set and all of the cardstock and supplies to make 24 complete cards with envelopes.  That includes the pre-cut cardstock, 24 sheets of Petal Garden Designer paper, 1/2 a package of the Memories & More cards, a package of Rhinestone Jewels and 1 yard of each of the 4 Colors of 1/8″ sheer ribbon that coordinate with this paper. This option includes a full color PDF with all of the instructions that you need to make 12 different card layouts.  NOTE:  There is enough product to make the 12 cards shown on the PDF and a 8″ x 6″ scrapbook.  The Petal Garden designer paper would be perfect for a Wedding or shower scrapbook!

Option 2 – $45 (includes priority mail shipping)
This option is for those of you that already have the Graceful Garden stamp set or just want to use the sentiments from the Memories & More card pack for all of your cards.  This option includes all of the pre-cut cardstock, envelopes, 24 sheets of Petal Garden Designer paper and 1/2 of a package of the Memories & More card pack, a package of Rhinestone jewels and 1 yard of 4 colors of 1/8″ sheer ribbon.  This option also includes a full color PDF file with all of the instructions to make these cards.

Option 3 – $20 – Full Color PDF with instructions and supply list for making these 24 cards.  It also includes all the cutting instructions to prep these cards yourself. 

Order HERE (make sure to click on the option that you would like):

All Petal Garden Card Class kits and included product will be ordered and prepped following your order to me (approximately 10-12 days).  I do not have the stamp sets or materials on hand to immediately prep the kits and send them out immediately (per Stampin’ Up! policy).  I can only ship the Class kits (Option 1 & 2) in the USA.  If you live outside the US, you can still order the Petal Garden Class PDF (Option 3) which will be delivered to you immediately upon placing your order.  NOTE:  The PDF will be delivered to anyone ordering the kit (Option 1 or 2) via email, immediately following your order.  Make sure to save this PDF.

If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are free to use this class for one of your local events.  But please do not sell the class or PDF online.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my new Petal Garden Card Class!  Enjoy!


FREE Stamps anyone??

FREE stamps anyone??  It is Christmas in July!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  I can easily say that signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was the best decision that I have made.  In 17 years I have made the best friends all while doing something that I love! 

There are so many advantages to signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:
1.  Work on your schedule – this is the perfect job to allow you to spend quality time with your family but make a little extra money!
2.  Earn a discount on all the high quality Stampin’ Up! product and be the first to see the new releases of product!
3.  Make new friends while building a business

As a demonstrator you’ll earn 20 – 25% income on everything you sell; plus, when you meet certain benchmarks you can also earn commissions on your team members’ sales. 

Even better, during the month of July, Stampin’ Up! is offering a fantastic special – they are adding $72 in product to the Starter Kit!  That is nearly $200 in product for the price of a $99 Starter kit!  What could be better? How about a FREE Christmas stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog?  Check out the details on the additional product HERE.

Ready to check it out?  Check out my team page HERE.  I have a fantastic team!  Join the fun today!

Questions?  Send me a message or give me a quick call!


Use one Sketch to make two different Cards

use one sketch to make two different cardsToday I am sharing two cards that were made from the same stamp set and Designer paper using one sketch to make two different cards.

My Stamping friend Jeannie and I were working on ideas for a Christmas in July class using the new Stampin’ Up!  Be Merry Designer Series Paper and the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

We picked a random sketch from a stack of MojoMonday sketches that I keep around for inspiration.  And as you can see our two cards are very different!

Need inspiration??  I love sketches!  I chose a sketch that has an element that matches the stamp set that I want to use.  In this case Santa’s Sleigh.  Then we selected the Be Merry Designer paper which coordinates with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstocks and inks.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! prints the colors for each designer paper on the back of the package??  I love that.  So when I am designing using a specific paper, I just pull a couple of pieces of each color of cardstock and pick out those inks.   Then it is time to design!

So the Reindeer card is made with a Cherry Cobbler Base, a layer of Whisper White and then a layer of the cute little reindeer pattern from the  Be Merry designer series paper.

The second card uses Garden Green cardstock as the base with a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock and the small triangle pattern in Garden Green that looks like trees.  I have found that if you are working with green shades, brown can be a really good color to use as a layer to set off the pattern of the designer series paper.  For this card, the design is flipped to be landscape to accommodate  the sleigh and the tree.  The Sleigh is cut from Red Glimmer paper to add a little bling to the card.  After all, what is a card without bling?

Want to make these cards?  Here are the supplies!

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Ready to place an order? I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US. If your order is under $150 use the Hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a 6x6 sampler of the Be Merry Designer Series paper.  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, claim your own hostess benefits!

Happy Stamping!

So Which Card do you like better??

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Happy 4th of July!

HapHappy 4th of July cardpy 4th of July!  This is one of my favorite patriotic cards that my friend Margaret Galvez on the Stamping New England design team has created. Margaret always surprises with a different twist on a theme!  This card was actually designed two years ago but is so appropriate for the 4th!

This card is made with Real Red Cardsock for the card base.  A layer of Night of Navy cardstock with a layer of Newsprint Designer paper.  Small pieces of real red ribbon are layered on the corners to highlight the real red color of the card.

The flag is made from a piece of Whi
sper White cardstock.  The red stripes of our Flag are stamped with Real Red ink and the Work of Art stamp set.  The Stars are punched using the Star border punch from a scrap of Night of Navy cardstock.  The flag is attached to the card front with dimensionals to give it a little pop!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!