Gift-wrapping Idea Using Tone-on-Tone Stamping


Like most of you, I enjoy wrapping and giving gifts. I am always searching for that perfect gift wrap. I thought it’d be fun to create your own gift wrapper using some kraft paper or any type of brown paper packaging. There’s just something about brown paper packages that are so pretty.

Also, I have been drawn to tone-on-tone techniques in stamping and thought I could experiment with this technique to create my own gift wrapper.

You will need:

  • any brown paper preferably kraft or any brown packaging paper
  • stamp inks (I prefer Tsukineko VersaMagic in Sahara Sand, Jumbo Java and Gingerbread; VersaColor Bark)
  • stamps
  • cotton string or twine
  • wax seal
  • parchment paper or tissue paper
  • pages of old magazines or book
  • glue and 3M magic tape

Begin by taking your brown paper and randomly stamp on it using your supply of stamps and inks. Since I’m using brown paper, I have found that these color of inks I have mentioned above work well to give you that tone-on-tone effect. One of my favorite brands of chalk and pigment inks are Tsukineko’s VersaMagic and VersaColor.


I’m so glad they are now available at National Bookstores here in the Philippines at very affordable prices. I used to purchase mine from Michael’s and Joann’s in the US. Finally, I can just get them readily available here in my side of the world. Yes! There is a craft God who heard my plea.

Ok, now back to our project. Set aside your stamped paper to completely dry.

Take your  gift and wrap it with a tissue or parchment paper, just to protect your gift. Then wrap it with your stamped brown paper. You may use some washi tape to adhere the ends. I just used a 3M magic tape because I prefer a clean look.

Next, tear a page from an old magazine and use it as a belly band just to give some contrast to this color palette. Adhere the ends with a glue. Then take your cotton string and wrap around your gift several times. To secure and hold the string in place, add a wax seal on the section where the strings intersect.

You may also add some dried flowers or leaves to your packaging.

How easy is that? I think this is a great way to re-purpose some of your supplies like brown packaging bag and magazines.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and you try this really easy tone-on-tone stamping technique on your next project.

Planner Love Arm Candy 2 comments


I’ve been swamped with work and mommy duties since the beginning of the year. January definitely feels like a Monday all month long. But a good kind of busy for my little business and for the family. It was a good start of the year in as far as designing new products and collaborating with my husband and brother. They have been key to realizing my plans and ideas and making it happen. Well, truth be told, being a homemaker is on top of the list but when I do have a little downtime, I enjoy creating craft products for my little online shop. Collaborating with the husband adn my brother only happened once or twice at the beginning of this year. But it was a great kick off this year.

This is going to be a very interesting year for our family. It seems like everyone has their hands full for 2016. I can hardly wait for what’s ahead of us this 2016! Meantime, I’m consumed by mommy duties lately. Running errands, follow-ups on orders, supplies and the never-ending decluttering at home. Yesterday was a very long day of running around  the city. I hardly have time to do some crafts. But I did manage to squeeze in some simple DIY accessory.

I used to sell and do bead-jewelry making about ten years ago. Arm candies were my favorite then. Ironically, I can’t seem to find any accessories for planner nerds like me. I thought I’d make one just to amuse myself!

I hardly use fashion accessories but when I do, it’s something I made or something I’m fond of. Of course, you could always pick up one in your favorite shops but making one and customizing it is so much more fun. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly easy this is to make!

 imageYou’ll need:

1. Polymer Clay Charms from BitsToPieces

2. Jump ring

3. Suede Cord about a meter long

Here’s the quick process for creating this simple bracelet:

1. Take your favorite Polymer Clay planner charm and cut the chains (using a jewelry cutter), leaving the eyepin that connects the chain to the charm.

2. Attach the jump ring to the eyepin using your jewelry tools. There are a lot of simple tutorials online on how to properly attach jump rings to your accessory. This ensures that your charm is durable and will not slip off over time.

3. Slip your suede cord right through the middle and tie a knot to hold it in place.

You may do multiple strands and colors, and do braids. But I prefer mine simply wrapped around my wrist.

So quick and easy arm candy! No one in the bank probably knew what that pretty little mint thing was dangling on my wrist! haha!

Only a #plannernerd like me will swoon over how pretty that little thing is. Oh, and I made a pendant too! Yes, I was running around Cebu City with these accessories.

The husband was just shaking his head and smiling!



p.s. Head over to the etsy shop of BitstoPieces and use coupon code MARRYLCRAFTS to get a discount when you purchase. You will find my friend Kay’s beautiful handmade polymer clay creations. She’ s one of the best polymer clay artists I know. Do tell her I sent you!

“Happy Day” Stamp Layering Guide


Florals and botanicals on paper craft projects is always a classic. Whether on planners, journals, memory-keeping or cards, they always make a plain cardstock look pretty. I’ve wanted to create floral stamps to create projects using different techniques. It took some time to do my homework and finally it’s here!

We had just released the two new stamp sets this week. Yay! It took a while to have it produced. It’s a bit challenging for  a new clear stamp designer like me from the Philippines to have it manufactured in the US. Production costs are very costly. The time difference is one big factor. I stay up very late to the wee hours in the morning to communicate and get updates from my manufacturer in the US. Also, designing them takes me and my husband longer as we go through at least four (4) softwares to create the design. But even if it takes longer, we prefer this long process because our original designs render very crisp and clean stamped images. It’s definitely hard work and a true labor of love.

Finally, the two new sets were released in the US this week. As for me and my friends in the Philippines, we will hopefully receive the stamps next week, I can’t wait!

One of the new clear stamp sets released this week is “Happy Day.” I’m so excited about this set not only because of it’s cute icons but it features floral stamps that you can use in different projects using differenttechniques like stamp layering, watercoloring and heat-embossing. I love the stamps in this collection and the many projects you can create with it.

We took a real rose flower pictured and created the layers all from scratch. I took longer to create the layers as I was learning this new program my husband taught me. Well, most days he gets frustrated as I was working too slow. Slow woman here takes forever to figure out these programs. Creating the shadows to form layers was very tedious but after seeing the finished flower, I couldn’t help but admire this simple but beautiful rose.

Below is a guide on how to create the layered images. There’s just a bit of a learning curve the first time you use the rose stamp set. The only thing to keep in mind is to align the base stamp of the rose – number 1 in the illustration below  (that whole rose shape) to stamp no. 2. Take note of the bottom curved lines. Stamp no. 2 is the shadow creating highlights and outlines of the petal. You may want to use a darker shade of ink for this. Stamp No. 3 gives a more detailed layer of the rose. You may opt to use this or not. This uses a much deeper and darker shade from your base stamp ink.

The inks I used differ depending on the paper I use for a particular project. For planners, I use Versamagic chalk inks and Brilliance. This dashboard is made from parchment paper. I love how this kind of paper takes on chalk inks. For card-making, I prefer to use premium dye inks. Experiment with different brands of ink when layering stamps and see which give best results.


Happy Day Guide

Equally important is using small stamp blocks appropriate for the sizes of these tiny stamps. This is to avoid ink smears on your block which may transfer on your paper. Here I used my  itty bitty stamp block from my own line of acrylic blocks. It’s approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches. This is listed in the shop but only for shipping within the Philippines. There are many brands and stores in the US who sell tiny stamp blocks.

How beautiful is that dashboard using the rose stamp layering technique. It’s so easy once you get the hang of it. You are limited only by the shades of your inks :) I hope you’ll have fun using the two new stamps in your projects: planning, memory-keeping, card-making and other paper craft projects. It’s available in the US and other countries through www.cliquekits.com. For our friends in the Philippines, you may place your order here in our website. Just click the shop button to find our stamps.


Please do share it using hashtag #MarrylStamps or #MarrylStampArt and tag us on Instagram @marrylcrafts.

Happy Stamping!

August at a Glance in my Memory Planner

imageThe Month at a Glance is probably where I can do a little decorating and planning. The rest of the pages in my memory planner serves as my journal/memory-keeping where I add photos, memorabilia and journalling. But this page allows me to add important dates and important reminders.

This is probably the prettiest month on Heidi Swapp’s memory planner. From the month’s divider to the month at a Glance which has this beautiful floral design with gold foil details. One of my favorite pages in this planner.

imageI used stickers from the washi booklet in this collection to mark important dates. The rest are stamps from my ‘Hearstrings” stamp set. Here’s a closer look at how I use the notes section in my Memory planner.

I stamped ‘Goals” and the ‘heart’ stamp to make a checklist.  Below it I stamped FOCUS and used the Heart stamp again as bullets to write down our priorities for the month. I find it useful to do more intentional planning than just usual appointments or to-dos.

One of those in my list is being ‘hands free’. I’ve been logging off social media once a week or as often as I can stay away from devices. It has done wonders to me! Being a mom and wife is my priority and it has helped me focus on what truly matters.


p.s. My apologies to my friends here if I haven’t been doing a good job saying Hi! on Instagram or facebook. But know that I am inspired by all your posts and comments.

Another priority is making memories. I believe in simplifying memory-keeping and focus more on spending time with loved ones making memories.

They say your planner/calendar reflects your priorities. What’s your focus this month?

Weekly Planner Lists using ‘Heartstrings’ Stamps 1 comment

Hello crafters! My name is Rachel a.k.a. therachmark on Instagram. I was lucky enough to be chosen by Marryl to be a member of her creative team a few months ago! I am currently a little obsessed with stamping, but especially stamping in my planner. It is a cost effective and creative way to create the exact layout that you want!
Each week, there are a few things that I like to track: my weekly to-do list, my weekly goals, my incoming and outgoing mail, people I need to contact and a list of things I may need to buy. On two pieces of blank inserts, I wrote ‘this week’ on the top and then stamped in my different headers from Marryl Crafts Heartstrings stamp set. The to-do and goals are on the left side since they take up more room and I find them most important as I go about my week. Then on the right, I stamped the happy mail, telephone and shopping bag stamps onto page flag stickers and used the heart border to block off each section.
I decided to fill it in with my weekly info, but you could also laminate these pages and use a dry-erase marker so you can fill it in for each week! I also added a journal card with some hearts stamped in a list format with the grateful stamp in the corner so that I can write in some happy things that happened to me this week. Marryl’s tiny double heart checklists are some of my favorites because they are small enough to fit into inserts that have tiny lines on them like these Filofax pages.
The VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Inks are my favorites for stamping because they add some lovely color, but also do not bleed through most inserts. This weekly checklist has helped me stay on track for the week since usually a lot of this information ends up scattered on various sticky notes in my multiple planners. I hope you could take some inspiration from how I used these stamps! If you would like to see more posts from me using Marryl’s stamps, please let us know and we will plan some more!
I would love to see how you use #MarrylStamps in your planner, so be sure to tag me and Marryl on Instagram! What are some things you track weekly?

Creating Tiny Layouts on your Mini Albums

imageI’ve been having a lot of fun working on my We R Memory Keepers Instagram Mint album. I’ve printed tons of pictures and I’m slowly working on this Summer album. I thought I’d share with you how I use my “Heartsrings” clear stamp set in my memory-keeping projects.


Some of you might think that this set is solely for planner-stamping. But when I designed this set, I didn’t want it exclusively used for planner-stamping, although the size might suggest that. Being a paper-crafter and scrapbooker, I designed this clear stamp set for different projects, including of course memory-keeping.

I used an extra page from my @heidiswapp memory planner, cut it to 4×4 and rounded the corners. Cut a small cardstock from “My Favorite Things” paper pad collection and used it as a photo mat. I stamped ‘Today’ on this page and did a short journalling directly on the cardstock. I added an embellishment from Notes and Things which was just perfect. I just love how that glittered magenta thickers just pops on the tiny layout.

imageOn the other side of the spread, I’ve taken a We R Memory Keepers 4×4 card from the Inked Rose collection and used it for this tiny layout. This might be a very tiny card for a Project Life layout but it didn’t stop me from creating a background. I thought I’d use the banner stamp from my ‘Heartstrings” stamp set and used it to write the date. I used Versamagic Pink Petunia ink. I love the muted tone of this ink.


I took the “Best ever” stamp still from my ‘Heartsrings’ stamp set and did generation stamping all over the page to create a background. The black ink is Versafine Onyx Black. Always crisp images. The rest are Versamagic inks with its chalk finish, it’s perfect for creating backgrounds on this tiny layout. Finished off this page by adding ephemeras from the ‘Notes and Things’ kit.

Simple. Quick and easy layouts.

I hope you will try creating these projects in your tiny albums or mini books. Please do give me a pingback so I can check your posts.


Happy stamping!

DIY Embellishments using Marryl Stamps 1

Summer is over in my side of the world. My brother came home for a vacation and we had so many wonderful times together, making memories especially with the little lady. Oh how she adores him! The two would go to the playground in the late afternoons and she would tell her friends about her Uncle who was a computer scientist. That’s how she would call him :) We went on food trips, he was a foodie like us. We went to family gatherings, short vacations, swimming…there was always great conversations and moments worth keeping. I couldn’t wait to do our Summer 2015 album.

Finally, I found time last week to visit a photolab and printed our summer 2015 pictures. I don’t have a pocket printer because I find it more economical to print tons of pictures in a studio (or I may be wrong).  I’m still on the fence if I should get a pocket printer. I don’t know which ones in the market are good. I hear a lot of good things about the Fuji Instax Share and the LG Pocket printer. What are your thoughts?

Anyways, I’ve started working on the first few pages of my album last week. I’m loving this size of the We R Memory Keepers 4×4 Instagram album. It’s not too daunting for me compared to my 12 x 12’s and I can easily slip pictures into the page protectors without worrying too much about how my layout looks. In fact, I can squeeze in a little bit of layout design even with this tiny size.

Today, I’d like to share with you how I used some stamps from my  Heartstrings clear stamp set to make your own embellishment or ephemera. When I designed my first stamp set, I didn’t just have planners in mind. Although many thought it was solely intended for planners because of the size. When I was working on the designs, I wanted to be able to use it for  different craft projects I am passionate about. Memory-keeping (Project Life) was on top of my list.

Here’s one simple and quick project you can do using my “Heartstrings’ stamp set to make your own embellishment for memory-keeping or your planners.

imageI took my scraps of cardstock from Heidi Swapp’s My Favorite things 6×6 paper pad and stamped Beautiful on to paper. For those who are not familiar, the words at the bottom 2 rows in this stamp set are in my handwriting :)  I love including handwritten sentiments in the stamp set especially those positive words that I use on my planner or on other craft projects.

Here I used Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks.

imageI also used the Love round stamp  using Versamagic Persimmon, Versamagic Java, Versafine Smokey Gray and Onyx Black inks onto cardstocks. I love how the different colors of the ink and paper gives it very varying results. My favorite is when it’s stamped on this turqouise paper and using the Versamgic Persimmon ink. It looks a little distressed or rustic.

imageI used a 1/2 inch punch to cut the love stamped image. The size of the punch is perfect for the inner circle of the stamped image. I hand-cut the words beautiful.


I took a small piece of paper , inked the edges and used it as a photo mat.

imageI took a small piece of paper, punched one side to be added as a layer for the layout. I then took the stamped words and did simple layering on one side of the layout. Surprisingly, I had a lot of fun making this layout despite the tiny size.. The different ink colors, papers and simple overlapping of the stamped and punched-out sentiments tied all of it together because of the colors. It probably would have looked differently had I used too much bright ink colors. I may have used scraps of paper but it was from the same paper pad collection so I guess I need to keep that in mind when doing this DIY embellishments. You could also ink the edges of the all the embellishments if you want a more distressed look.

imageimageSo here’s my simple DIY embellishment/ephemera using some of my stamps. I hope you’ll try doing this simple project and share your pictures. Please give me a link back so I can see your project.


Big love,


DIY Personalized Tissue Paper



I’ve shipped out all the “Heartstrings” stamps for the first batch of orders and I thought I’d share how I packaged them. It was a very simple packaging that I did myself but lots of love and DIY went into every little package. I made a simple thank you card and had a little fun adding texture to the paper and embossed the edges. Unnoticeable to most people, but not to me :) Because they say ‘love is in the details.’



imageA great way to personalize wrapping your gifts is to use clear stamps and design/decorate your tissue paper. Featured here are stamps from my “Heartstrings” clear stamp set.

I took some white gift-wrapping tissue and stamped my “happy mail” stamp all over the tissue paper. I tried stamping on both the glossy side and the matte side of the paper. Both sides took on the stamped images quite well. but I prefer the glossy side as it takes on crisper images of the stamps. I used Versamagic inks and it really looks pretty good. These inks have great coverage and gives me crisp images. Below is a close up of how my stamped images look on the tissue paper. You can still read the word ‘happy’ which is pretty tiny on the stamp.

imageIf you’re not familiar with this stamp, the happy mail stamp is part of my ‘Heartstrings” Clear Stamp set that I designed (my very first set!) and is meant for planners as well as different craft projects. I’m showing here how you can use it to personalize a gift-wrapping tissue paper. I used muted tones here but you can experiment with bolder or brighter shades of the Versamgic inks. I’ve also used Versafine and they render very crisp images of the stamps.imageSO that’s how my stamps were packaged using my DIY personalized tissue paper. I hope you try doing this quick and simple project using my stamps. Please give me a ping back so I can see your work.

p.s. The “Heartstrings” stamp set have sold out but if you’re from the Philippines and wish to pre-order, please email us marrylcrafts@gmail.com, your name and city and we’ll contact you as soon as the next batch of orders arrive. For those outside the Philippines, thank you very much for your support and patience. We have received all your queries, emails and messages on Instagram and Facebook. Just warms my heart to know you find our stamps adorable!

We are trying to get a reseller in the US to help us distribute the “Heartstrings” stamp set and make it available for everybody. We’re working to arrange this very soon for all of you. Again, we thank you for your encouragement and support.

This has my heart!