Shadowed Festive Flurry Card


Here is a Festive Flurry card that I made using the versa mark pad to create a shadowed effect.  I love the look of this technique and the shadowed effect.  What a great technique to show off the delicacy of the snowflakes.

The details:

You will need a versa mark pad or illuminate pad and a white Staz-on pad.

Stamp the large snowflake with the versa mark or illuminate pad.  Ink up the large snowflake and stamp again lining up as close as possible to the first image.  NOTE:  you don’t want it to be exact…  Slightly off creates the shadowed effect!  Set aside to dry.

Stamp the small snowflake in Pool Party ink and the medium snowflake in smoky slate ink.


Cut out with the festive flurry framelits.

Use dimensionals to add depth to the snowflake.  Add rhinestone jewels to the tips of the snowflakes and a Festive Flurry embellishment to the center of the snowflake.

Attach to center of card.

The message is stamped on a scrap of vellum card stock.  Since vellum is translucent, you can see the snail or tape through the vellum.

So, my tip for Vellum:  Create an element or use an embellishment to hide the area where you tape the vellum.  I stamped the small snowflake in pool party and cut out the center start.  I attached this to the card over the side of the vellum to hide the tape.

Have a great weekend!

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Box It, Bag It, Tag It Class

101_0001 copy Join me on Friday night at 7pm for my Box it, Bag it, Tag it Technique class. I love the ideas that my friends and I designed using the Season of Style Designer paper.  We have designs for several gift bags, boxes of various sizes and some tags – all the things that you need to package those Holiday gifts!   Lots of great ideas for packaging!  I also have ideas for packaging gift certificates too!   Happy Stampin’!    

Marilyn’s Black Friday special


Happy Black Friday!

Welcome to my special for the Day!!

Make a purchase to today and receive one of my technique classes

(or videos if not local to me) for FREE!

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  You can place an order on my online store HERE.  Use the Hostess code 9CDRP7DN for your order.   If you are shopping for a family member, send me your email and I will email the gift certificate to you!! Happy Shopping! signature line-003  

Scrapbook Class – Register Now

Join me on Sunday January 5th for a Scrapbooking class to scrap all of your Holiday pictures! Not ready to scrap those Holiday pictures yet?  I will also have a couple of inspiration journals available for you to work on. 101_0001 This year’s Holiday Scrapbook is an 8×8 scrapbook with 10 divided pages.  That is 20 pages for lots of great pictures to celebrate this Holiday Season or past Holiday seasons…   Here are a few pictures of what I did with this Holiday Scrapbook.  It comes with 35 card stock weight tags that are pre-cut and fit into the slots for labeling pages.  101_0002  101_0003 That makes this project a snap with lots of room for great photos and journalling.  I will have extra page protectors available for purchase.  The cost of this class is $30 which includes the scrapbook, one set of 10 page protectors, a set of 35 pre-cut journaling tags and a partial package of the Season of Style designer paper to finish the book. Since I need to pre-order supplies for this class and this scrapbook is only available until the end of December, I am offering a special discount for early registration for this class!  If you register before December 2nd – I will pass along the savings on the SALE of this scrapbook to you. Regsitration will be $27 before the 2nd of December.  See below to register for this class! For those of you that aren’t interested in a Holiday scrapbook, I will have more inspiration journals available for you to work on.  A few weeks ago I hosted a class to make these journals using the This & That journal from the current Idea Book.  This class was a huge success and 5 people completed journals that were all very different and personalized to their needs! 100_9819_e1This journal is great to use for documenting things that inspire you or to document things about yourself that others may not know.  One lady prepared this journal as a gift for her son and his fiancé for them to document the process of planning their wedding.  It was beautiful and I am sure will mean so much to the engaged couple! The class includes the journal, stickers, ribbon and designer paper to decorate this beautiful journal.  The cost of this class is $30 but I will offer a discount of $3 (thats 10% off) for those that register prior to Dec. 2nd!  See below! I hope to see you on the 5th of January!
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November Card Bundle

100_9943_edited-1 Check out these gorgeous handmade Christmas cards made with the Joyful Christmas stamp set.   I love this Christmas stamp set! As I have mentioned several times, I have a really creative downline/team.  A couple of members of my team have agreed to help me design my monthly projects.  This will be such an advantage to all of you since you will see a broader range of work and ideas! This is my bundle for November.  These directions are available for purchase for $7.95 or you can receive the directions for these cards for FREE by placing a $35 order with me.  These cards use the following items:
  • Joyful Christmas stamp set 131805      $16.95 (30% off $11.87 until 12/2)
  • Vellum Card stock   101856  $6.50
  • Pretty Print Embossing Folder         132175  $7.95
  • Winter Frost Designer paper     132341  $12.95
  • Silver Foil Sheets        132178   $3.95
  • Silver 1/8″ ribbon   132137  $4.95
  • Pearl Basic Jewels  119247  $4.95
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels   119246  $4.95
Cardstocks include  :  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Primrose petals and Crumb Cake  (NOTE:  you can substitute other shades of pink or red if you don’t have all these colors.) Inks used include:  Silver ink with silver embossing powder, White ink with White embossing powder, Gold ink with gold embossing powder.  NOTE:  you can use a versamark  pad in place of the silver, gold and white ink with the appropriate color embossing powder. You can place an order on my website at  Just click on the SHOP in the top right corner and be sure to use the hostess code of 9CDRP7DN when you place your order.    Then you will have a chance to be the mystery hostess for this month and receive the hostess benefits = FREE Stuff!! Purchase the Card Directions for $7.95:
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Black Friday arrives early at Stampin’ Up!

Image   Stampin’ UP! has started the sales for Holiday shopping early this year!  check here for a large list of products that are discounted between now and December 2nd.  A Great time to start your holiday shopping for your Crafty Family and Friends!   You can place an order on my online store HERE.  Use the Hostess code 9CDRP7DN and you might be the Mystery Hostess for this week!  I will be choosing a mystery hostess on Sunday!   Happy Shopping! signature line-003  

New Weekly Deals at Stampin’ Up!

All I can say is what GREAT timing!!  I am working on a Box it, Bag It, Tag It class for December (Friday Dec. 12th) and this week the Bow Die for the Sizzix is on Sale!!  So you don’t want to  miss out on this one!! So I have setup a Mystery Hostess order for this week!  Go to my website Here and click on the SHOP in the top right corner and be sure to use the hostess code of 9CDRP7DN when you place your order.  Then you will have a chance to be the mystery hostess for this month and receive the hostess benefits = FREE Stuff!! gift-bow-bigz-die   I love the Bow die and can’t wait to show you all the beautiful bows that you will be able to make with this die!! Gift Bow Bigz L Die – 129977 Price $32.95 Special  $24.71     these Muslin bags are great for decorating and then wrapping small gifts  (jewelry would be great in these bags!) Mini Muslin Bags  132180  Price $9.95  Special  7.46 mini-muslin-bags                   This gift tag set makes tags a snap!! Real Red Simply Created Goodie Gear Simply Created Item # 132161 Regular Price: $4.95  Discounted Price: $3.71 real-red-goodie-gear                   Don’t forget about all those goodies that you are making for Family and Friends!  These boxes are perfect! Extra Large Gift Box Item # 132147  Regular Price: $3.95   Discounted Price: $2.96  extra-large-gift-box                   Stock up on your Halloween Paper for next year!! Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper   Item # 132185 Regular Price: $10.95   Discounted Price: $7.11  witches'-brew-dsp                   And last but not least – what about documenting all the family recipes for your Family Members with My Digital Studio?? Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Item #128137 Regular Price: $12.95     Discounted Price: $7.77 orchard-harvest

Joyful Christmas card sample

It is the second week of November and time to show a sneak peak of the cards that I have designed for my monthly Stamper’s Club.   100_9949_edited-1 This month’s cards use the Joyful Christmas set.    I really love this set and the look that you can achieve when you stamp these images on vellum!  So the technique for this month is Stained Glass which is a beautiful technique to use on vellum. I will be demoing this technique and introducing 5 cards that my team and I have designed using the Joyful Christmas stamp set!     This month’s bundle is the following items.  You can receive a copy of the instructions for the 5 cards and a FREE technique video for the Stained Glass technique by placing an order of $35 or more in the month of November.  With the technique video and the instructions for the cards, it is just like being here in my Creative Playground with me!!    
  • Joyful Christmas stamp set     131805   $16.95
  • Vellum Card stock   101856  $6.50
  • Pretty Print Embossing Folder         132175  $7.95
  • Winter Frost Designer paper     132341  $12.95
  • Silver Foil Sheets        132178   $3.95
  • Silver 1/8″ ribbon   132137  $4.95
  • Pearl Basic Jewels  119247  $4.95
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels   119246  $4.95
Cardstocks include :  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Primrose petals and Crumb Cake  (NOTE:  you can substitute other shades of pink or red if you don’t have all these colors.)
Inks used include:  Silver with silver embossing powder, White ink with White embossing powder, Gold ink with gold embossing powder.  NOTE:  you can use a versamark  pad in place of the silver, gold and white ink with the appropriate color embossing powder.
The flowers are colored with Cherry Cobbler ink and Island Indigo Ink with a blender pen or aqua painter.
You can order from my website here.  Just use the hostess code of 9CDRP7DN when you place your order.    Just click on the SHOP in the top right corner!  And you will have a chance to be the mystery hostess for this month!! Have a great week and stay tuned for other samples from my class!Happy Stampin’! signature line-003  

Christmas Cards

These are the last of the cards from my weekend retreat with my Stampion’ Team!  I love this cute 100_9937 card was designed by Laura Perriera!  This cute little elf is so sweet The elf’s legs are made with the Season of Style Designer paper.  The feet are made by cutting a top note die from Cherry cobbler card stock.   The bows on the elf shoes are two butterflies punched from gum ball green card stock.  The butterflies are cut apart and layered to look like bows.  The bows are made from the silver taffeta ribbon.   And to finish it off, the bells are punched from silver glimmer paper using the small scallop punch. 100_9930 copy This last card was designed by Deanna Czarniecki who is one of the most creative people that I know!!  This card is designed around the Festive Flurries stamp set and matching framelits. The card base is smokey slate.  This card is a gate fold card so is scored at 2 1/8″ from each end of the card base.  She layered a piece of whisper white card stock on the inside of the card and stamped the small snowflake in coastal cabana ink. Deanna stamped the small snowflake with coastal cabana ink and the medium snowflake with smokey slate ink.  She then cut these out with the framelits and also cut out a large snowflake from coastal cabana and the medium snowflake from smokey slate card stock.    She added texture to these snowflakes with the  polka dot embossing folder. 100_9941 copyTo layer the snowflakes, start with the large snowflake in coastal cabana and attach to the right half of the card.  NOTE:  Don’t add adhesive to the whole snowflake.  Just the side you are attaching to   the card!  Then layer the snowflakes stamped in smokey slate on top of the large snowflake.  Next on the left side start with the smokey slate snowflake and layer the coastal cabana stamped snowflake to the top. Deanna added a pearl jewel to the center of her top snowflake.  I used one of the frosted flurry embellishments. Simply Beautiful!!   signature line-003      

More Cards – Thanksgiving

Here are a couple of more cards from my weekend retreat!  The first is a quick and easy Thinking of you card and the second would be a great Thanksgiving card. 100_9933 copy The first card is made with Papillon Potpourri stamp set.  What a great thinking of you card!  This card was designed by my friend Dawn Burke.  She used the square lattice embossing folder to add a little dimension to the gumball green background. 100_9936 copy         This next card was designed by me.  I used the Truly Grateful stamp set with the woodgrain embossing folder.  I used soft suede ink with a sponge to add a little color to the wood grain background.  the second layer is stamped with pool party and the background stamp that is part of the Truly Grateful stamp set. Next is a piece of Sweater Weather designer paper cut using the labels frame lit die.  This piece and the pool party background piece are sponged along the edge with soft suede ink for a little dimension. I stamped the Wheat with cajun craze and tied a piece of linen thread around the wheat.  I then stamped the piece of wood and the chestnut with soft suede ink and cut those out.  The banner is stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge set and sponged with the soft suede ink.  Gorgeous grunge is a  great set to create backgrounds. The last post will be tomorrow with the last couple of cards! Want to participate in our spring retreat??  Join my team!!  We do a Girls weekend twice a year to the cape and have a great time!!  We all learn something new – even us old dogs that have been stamping for 12 years!!   signature line-003    

3D Christmas Tree

This 3D Christmas Tree made with Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper and Dazzling Details glitter is absolutely beautiful in person.  I have had so many compliments on this tree over the past two years since my friend Karyn created it!


The Story behind this Tree.  2 years ago the Simply Scored Scoring Tool came out and my friend Karyn immediately purchased one.  And she went to town.  The next week, when I saw her, she had created this beautiful tree!  Then last year – Stampin’ Up! introduced the Rosette Die for the Big Shot.  The die made this project much easier and quicker!!

So this year – after many requests I am offering the directions for this 3D Tree with full detailed directions and a technique video.

There is a small and large version of the tree.  It is made by cutting strips of designer paper and using the Rosette Sizzix die to score the strips.  You then accordion fold the strips and make lollies for the layers of the tree.

 I am also offering this Tree in Kit form with a   full set of directions with pre-cut and scored designer paper with a bottle of dazzling details for embellishment.  Everything has been pre-cut and scored for you so all you need is a glue gun to assemble the tree.

Option 1 – Full Instructions with Technique Video

Option 2 – Pre-cut Designer paper with Instructions and Video

Pre-cut 3D Tree
There are a couple of options for designer papers…  This is what I have prepped: Winter Frost – Blue/Silver blue-silver               Victorian – Red/Green victorian-red-green         Red/Green red-green              


These trees are a lot of fun to make!

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Holiday Cards Stamp a Stack

It is never too early to get started on those Holiday cards!  How can it already be mid-September??


 I have been working on design for seveal sets of Holiday cards.   These are just a few of the cards that I have ready to go.

 100_9814e The first set is made with the Season of Style Designer paper and the second set is made with the Winter Frost designer paper with all the beautiful shades of blue and silver. Like these cards?  Well, I am offering two opportunities to make these cards.   Join me for a Stamp-a-Stack of Holiday cards 1.  Monday September 16th at 6pm at Sal’s Pizza in Woburn, MA.  Sal’s is at 299 Washington St. in Woburn (in Cummings Park). or 2.  Friday September 20th at 7pm in my Creative Playground. You can register for either location below!
Holiday Stamp-a-Stack
Woburn or Tewksbury
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Stampin’ Up! Convention Review – Wow Swaps

Ok – I had the best intentions to post as much as possible during convention and just ran out of time.  How do other demos do it?   Convention is such a great experience and such a whirlwind of ideas and time.  There is just not enough time to do everything!  I did upload as much as I could to my Facebook page since I had my IPhone. Anyway – So I would like to post a couple of my favorite swaps that I received. I participated in a 75 card WOW swap.  This was my card for that swap. 100_9469 copy I used the new Magnificent Maple stamp from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  I stamped the leaf with gold ink on cardstock vellum and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.   I then cut the leaf out and attached it to a 2 1/2″ square of birch bark paper that is part of the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.    I love the new decorative burlap ribbon that is in the Holiday catalog.  All of these new items can be found on pg. 18 of the new Holiday catalog.  Have you received yours yet?  If not, let me know and I will send you one! The card base is a piece of crumb cake cardstock that I cut the long way 4 1/4 x 11.  I cut off 3/4 of an inch along the bottom and used the scallop border trim punch to make a decorative bottom.  Then I used a strip of the new Sweater Weather designer paper along the bottom.  The second layer is a piece of chocolate chip card stock that I embossed with the woodgrain folder. 100_9468closeupTo bring out the look of the woodgrain, I used  just a little white ink on a brayer and brayered very lightly over the embossed image.  Then I finished the card with some linen thread and a wooden button!  I do really love this card! I can’t wait to make the Thankful Tablescape simply created Kit for my thanksgiving table this year!   One of the advantages of going to convention is touring Stampin’ Up!’s headquarters and distribution center!  I have had that privelage before but was able to share it with a couple of first time downline members.  It is like seeing Disney through the eyes of a little kid on their first trip! 100_9546   This picture is the area where Stampin’ Up! sets up the displays that they use for the catalog photography.  This is the scene that was used to photo the table scene in the upcoming Holiday catalog for Thanksgiving dinner!  this uses the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.  You can see that in this display they used the birch bark to wrap a candle base on the table.   100_9509             These next two pictures show the distribution center for all of the orders that we all place!!  It was fun to watch orders being filled and meet some of the people that keep our businesses running!   100_9508               Stay tuned for more pictures over the next couple of days! signature line-003