Celebrate…and Win Some Blog Candy!

Stampin Up Fourth of July Flag card made with Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder and Ruffled 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. See more card & gift ideas @ juststampin.com

Happy Fourth of July!  There is much to celebrate! Today is the one year anniversary of my blog! My very first blog post was the treat holder pictured below that I posted last year on the Fourth of July. (You can click on the image to see the original post.)


This past year has been a year full of changes, lots of travel, and so much fun (minus my surgery and recent concussion)!  My husband and I became empty nesters as our children spread their wings and became independent…our daughter went off to college in Georgia and our son moved to Massachusetts with his job.  I have loved creating and sharing with you and have enjoyed the interactions with comments, emails, and cards from so many of you! You have helped make this transition much easier than I ever thought possible! Never underestimate the difference you can make in someone’s life! I am so happy to have you along on this stamping journey with me!!

This day of independence, reflection and appreciation needs some blog candy!!! Leave a comment by noon (EST) on Thursday, July 6th letting me know what blog post, card, or project was your favorite this past year. I would love to hear from you (especially if you have never commented before).  If you can, post the date of the project so others can check it out in case they are new to my blog and may have missed it. You can always refer to past posts by clicking on Archives (to check by month) or search by Categories. Just click on the drop down menu on the right. (You may need to click on the blog title first to go directly to my blog if you are reading this in your email.) I will use random.org to pick a winner to receive today’s card along with one of my favorite embossing folders that just seemed appropriate for this occasion…The Celebrations Duo.


I love embossing folders… they are a great bang for your buck and provide a quick & easy WOW factor by adding dimension! I used the celebrate embossing folder from this set on my card today.  My inspiration for today’s card came from a napkin (of all things)!


I also used the new Ruffled 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on this card.  I thought the ruffles looked a lot like a flag blowing in the wind.


I live in Maryland near the Antietam National Battlefield.  It’s a family tradition on the Saturday before 4th of July to go to Antietam for their Independence Day event. Everyone packs a picnic and spreads their blankets, chairs, and umbrellas on the battlefield. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra entertains the crowd, planes fly overhead, cannons are fired, and the most spectacular fireworks display lights up the sky at night. I was not able to attend this year due to my recent concussion; however, my daughter and husband went and they face timed me during the fireworks display. Here’s a few photos they took at the event.







I hope you have a wonderful holiday today! We have some friends coming over for a cookout.  Check back tomorrow to see the favors I made for everyone this year! Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by!

Just Stampin’


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32 thoughts on “Celebrate…and Win Some Blog Candy!

  1. Wow…one year already….congrats and thank you! Thank you for your fun blog, great ideas and inspiration. Many of us are a crossover from Susan’s blog which I feel makes us a “cyber family.” You have so many great posts and it is hard to choose just one but the August 16 post was a very loving, heartwarming post giving your daughter her wings. That is one of my favs. Enjoy and Happy 4th!

    1. Happy Fourth of July!!!! I am new to your posts! I fell in love with the rocking baby card! So precious!
      Hope your noggin is felling better!!! My son lives in MA, in Cambridge. I go visit twice a week. Such fun! Is your son a student?
      Love the pics of your daughter and husband at the festives near you!!! So Patriotic!!!! Enjoy your cookout!!!! Tricia

  2. I fell in love with this flag card and using that embossing folders really made it look like the flay was waving. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Congrats, Jeanie, on your one year blog anniversary. I have enjoyed your many creative projects and can’t choose just one. I think your series on folded cards has been the greatest inspiration to me. Happy 4th to you!

  4. Heartfelt congrats on the one year anniversary of your blog – I cannot tell you how much joy and inspiration you provide when reading it each day. There are SO MANY of your posts that are AWESOME but one of my all-time faves has to be “A Jar Full of Thanks” from August 22, 2016 and the Gift Box idea the following day. I had no idea the boxes could be purchased either. The cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for all that you do for so many and for giving us so many great tips and for sharing your life with us. Blessings and deepest thanks!

  5. Congratulations on your one year of blogging! I haven’t been following you that long, I’ll have to see what I missed!

    Your flag card today is wonderful, the embossing folder does make it look like it’s waving.

    It is truly impossible to pick a favorite blog post, so I’m picking a favorite series. ABC Fun Folds that started in May are incredible! I want to try every one.

    Keep up the inspiration filled posts.

    Wishing you & yours a safe & happy 4th of July.

  6. I have enjoyed the fun fold series. The one I immediately started planning is the waterfall card with the piggies this week. They are so cute. Thanks for the series.

  7. Congrats!!!! I *heart* today’s wavy flag card as I’m celebrating with my family this amazing country we call home.

  8. Oh my goodness ….your flag creations are so pretty ! I am on the fence about that EF you used ,but I may just have tp play around with it after seeing what you did .
    Congrats on your ONE YEAR BLOG !!! I am so glad Susan pointed me this way ! You have so many wonderful ideas and I love my daily visit here !
    I must say your Waterfall Card post really made me smile and inspired me because your directions are simple to follow and I do simple well !! GIGGLE !
    Happy 4th ! Loved the pictures !!

  9. Jeanie, your flag is wonderful and I love the Ruffled EF used as the flag!! Very inventive! I love your blog posts about the Fancy folds. I still need to try some, but you made them so appealing and your card samples were fun and fancy to go with the folds! Happy Anniversary on your blog and Happy Fourth of July! We are so blessed to live in this Nation!

  10. Congratulations on your one year anniversary but WE, your readers, are the true winners! Thank you for the time and love that you put into blogging and sharing with us. All the pictures are so helpful and I love the other pictures of family, school and places that you also share. Your cards are awesome and I love them all but the one that popped into my mind first is the L is for Lever Card (https://juststampin.com/2017/05/24/l-is-for-a-lever-fun-fold-with-butterfly-basics/). I love the colors and the butterfly. Butterfly Basics is one of my all-time favorite sets. Also love the W is for Waterfall card–you make it look so easy and those piggies are too cute! Love your blog and so glad Susan referred us to you! Happy Fourth!

  11. Hi Jeanie, First Happy Anniversary! I remember your first blog very well and just knew you were going to be great. Your instructions and photos are so easy to follow. You opened your heart, your family and your incredible teaching ability to us all. Thank You. Your ABC Series are my favorite posts. It is so much fun to think of what you would make next, in whatever series you are doing. Thanks for the Fun Fold swap too. I can’t wait to see all the cards.
    Have a great July 4th and a wonderful vacation!!

  12. Congratulations on one year! I have enjoyed seeing your projects and you have inspired me to make projects I had not thought of! One of my favorite posts was on March 8th. You made a beautiful wreath card that was inspired from a wreath your sister gave you. My last name also starts with the letter S, so I thought that was neat. Hope you and your family have a great 4th! 🙂

  13. Congratulations on a blog well done! I enjoy your posts and look forward to your projects and ideas. Great fireworks pictures also. God Bless the USA!!!

  14. Congrats on a whole year of blogging! I am glad I found your blog. I love your fun fold series. One of my favorites is the bridge fold card. I think it is from May 12?? I remember when I had a concussion at the end of June / beg of July one yr. I think it was the last yr of an annual family 4th of July party so they brought back fireworks. I had to to go in the house plus I was super tired, one of the fun things that comes along with a concussion lol. So I slept thru them 🙁 Happy 4th!!

  15. Happy Anniversary. I recently subscribed to your blog because of the ABCs of Fun Folds posts.

  16. Happy 4th and anniversary. I enjoy your blog and all the inspiration. I have a couple favorites. This Little Piggy waterfall card. Love those little pigs! I also like the joy fold daisy card. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  17. Happy first blog anniversary! I have so many favorites that I can not list them all here. Wishing you many, many more years of posting. Susan and you are like the sisters I never had. Again, congrats!!!

  18. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!
    I so look forward to your posts they are such an inspiration 🙂
    I’d have to say your fun fold series is my favorite and I love today’s card!
    Happy Birthday America – with all of today’s issues we are still so blessed to live in the best country on earth ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

  19. i thought you must have been blogging for a lot longer than a year, i look forward to your post i so enjoyed your fun folds series and have been inspired to do a couple of them i will be using yesterdays waterfall fold to make a christmas card for my christmas card challenge group wish me luck!!

  20. Hi! I habe really enjoyed the fun fold cards! My favorite so far is the bridge fold, but plan to try others. Thanks for this series.

  21. Happy Anniversary! and Happy 4th to you too! Thanks for sharing all your Wonderful ideas!

  22. I just love your ABC fun fold series – couldn’t pick just one because you have such fantastic ideas and wonderful card ideas😀

  23. Congratulations!!!!! Your creations are so amazing that I could not pick just one but as I was flipping through other’s favorites I noticed one! Your Sweet Trees on Dec 16th. So very fun! Then I notices so many others that I love! Can’t possibly list them all! Again, congrats on your one year anniversary!!! Well done!

  24. Congrats on your one year anniversary! I discovered you on one of your ABC series of items in the catalog. I love those series! I like the way you tie in your preschool activities and especially when you tie in books! My daughter is a teacher too. Today’s flag card is awesome. I like the idea of using that EF to portray the waviness of the flag.

  25. Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your blog!! I too am so glad Susan shared about your blog. Your cards and other projects are amazing! I have really enjoyed your fun fold series. My favorite card was on Jan 29th. A beautiful daisy card! Loved it!! 🌼

  26. It’s 2019 and I just found your beautiful card here. Do you remember HOW you did it? did you run the white and the red through your Big Shot and then cut the strips? I love this card. Now 4th of July is heading this way again two years later.

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