With a Little Help From My Friends

I have said this before…I am blessed with a wonderful family and the best friends! Many have called; stopped by; sent cards, flowers, and meals; driven me to doctor appointments and physical therapy; made post office deliveries, and helped with so many other things…including crafting!  It’s hard for me to ask for help and I have been touched by such an outpouring of kindness and support since I dislocated and fractured my elbow. Many friends offered to help cut, label, and assemble my kits so I could get them out last month. My friend Susan spent the day with me earlier this week putting together Valentines for my Pre-K students. (I miss them!) We had so much fun making these!  Laughter (and crafting) is the best therapy! Look at these stinkin’ cute fish!

Stampin Up Painted with Love Valentine treats - Jeanie Stark StampinUp For inspiration, project details, ordering, and more, visit www.juststampin.com

This idea came from Rachel Tessman.  The fish are made from envelopes! We used the Stampin Up! medium envelopes. Simply lick and stick the envelope shut then cut the long side at 4 3/8″ so it is square.

Score on the diagonal with the open side on the right. Measure and mark 1 1/2″ along the score line from the top and the bottom.  Cut from each corner along the score line to each point.

Using the trimmer, line up the envelope from the other points and cut from the score line in the middle to the point on the open end of the envelope.

Use the trimmer (or scissors) to cut from the middle to the marked points along the score line as shown in the photo.

Cut a 3 3/4″ square of Designer Series Paper then cut it in half from point to point.  Adhere to the front and back of the envelope as shown.

Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive along the score line.  Adhere a 1/4 x 6 1/2 strip of coordinating color cardstock against the DSP.

Punch 17 gold foil stickers using the 1″ Circle Punch.  Start in the center and adhere on each side of the center cut. Adhere 6 circles.  Cut 5 of the circles in 1/2 and overlap the full circles adhering with glue dots. Repeat on other side.

Cut the eyes from black and calypso coral cardstock using the 1/2″ and 3/4″ circle punches.  Adhere with glue dots. Cross over the ends of the envelope and adhere with a glue dot to form the tail of the fish.

You can easily slide a treat inside the fish. The Valentine M&M’s are the perfect color to coordinate with the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper we used. Even though I won’t be back to school for Valentine’s Day, I want my students to know I’m thinking of them.

Stampin Up Painted with Love Valentine treats - Jeanie Stark StampinUp For inspiration, project details, ordering, and more, visit www.juststampin.com
Created by Susan Itell

The fish reminds me of a beautiful story I read to my Pre-K students every year, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister . If you have young children or grandchildren, I highly recommend this book! (It’s available from Amazon.)

The Rainbow Fish                                      “The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.”

I always gave my children a book for Valentine’s Day when they were younger. I would write a message inside the book, sign, and date it.  Someday when they have their own children I hope they will enjoy rereading these books.

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8 thoughts on “With a Little Help From My Friends

  1. Aren’t friends wonderful? And crafting together adds to the fun. Cute, cute fish–love the gold scales. Thank you for the great directions and pictures. Hope you’re healing well.

  2. Friendship is great and your friends sound like awesome “helpers.” This fish is adorable and the saying is perfect for a teacher to give to a student. I tip my hat to you and Susan. Way to go ladies!

  3. Jeanie~I love the treats for your preschool students and also love the Rainbow Fish book, it’s one of my favorites! I bet you’re going to read them this book on Valentine’s Day! So glad you’re getting the help you need. I’ve been praying for you for healing and quick recovery. Blessings, Beth 🙂

  4. Jeanie.. these are adorable and I am sure your students will love them. So glad that you are able with help from friends ( truly God’s gifts to us) to do some crafting… something we all know that you are truly missing. Prayers for continued healing…

  5. Hi Jeanie! Your fish cards go perfectly with The Rainbow Fish! I always read that book to my kinders when I taught, along with a project or two! A classic and favorite. I would be making these fish for them if I still had a class! I’ll bet my younger grandsons would love them! Thanks for the instructions! I hope PT is fixing you up!

  6. OMG, friends are wonderful. I wish I were closer to you all. I can’t wait to meet you in April! Love the fishies! I remember The Rainbow Fish, from my two girls. <3

  7. You did an AMAZING…..simply AMAZING job with these instructions……hey – YOU MUST BE A TEACHER! It was super fun to be together….always is and always will be!

    Ladies…..I hope you know what a special person Jeanie is….we have been thru a bunch of fun times together….from girls with American Girl Dolls….to be dragging her up the highway to get my Horse Trailer painted….picking strawberries….staying up to wee hours crafting……girls weekends away…..and we are truly blest with the BEST HUSBANDS…..we always say to each other…..they are Saints as they know what makes us tick…..friendship and paper, stamps, ink & scissors!

    Your kids are going to adore the treats!

  8. Well, I should get some credit or at least a C for effort. I had E-mailed Susan asking how many kiddos was in your class as I knew you wanted to make the little treat holders Beth McCullough had on her blog. Also, I couldn’t decide if you would want the flashy colors like Susan used for the fish which are absolutely adorable by the way or did you want the red and black ones that were also on Beth’s blog. I didn’t think I had enough cardstock to make the Painted with Love paper ones. Then Susan said she was going over on Monday and she would make them so I didn’t need to worry. Sorry, I didn’t know about the book as the fish are oh so perfect! Anyway, I have been thinking about you and at least I did send you a card about your moosehap! I do have an excuse, I have taken a couple of fun classes at the art center and have been making fun stuff. I made over 50 valentines for the hospitalized kids and finishing up some for seniors for local ones. This darn govt shutdown business has worried me sick too. I actually spent time contemplating buying my favorite name brand cans of veggies vs. store brand at the store. Last month for the shut down, Mike’s job was deemed not essential and he did not get paid for the day. But, life goes on and who knows what moosechief I can get into?!?

    Honestly, Susan’s fish and the matching treats look super good and probably a lot better than what I would have made. Besides, you two had a great time together.

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