Game On!

Today is my husband’s birthday! We are a huge game family! I grew up with 4 sisters and a brother and we were always playing cards and games. When I moved away after college I missed having someone to play games with so when I got married and had kids we played games! We have been playing more than ever during this pandemic! I have been using the Game On Stamp set to make all kinds of cards and gifts. Here’s what I made for my husband.
Stampin' Up! Game On birthday card and gift ideas- Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I think I used almost every stamp image and sentiment in this gift set! Here’s a look at the Game On stamp set.Stampin' Up! Game On Stamp Set - for inspiration and ordering visit - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I love this stamp set! The sentiments and images are great for all kinds of gifts and masculine cards. I used it to make my fun fold card, notebook cover, and Mini Paper Pumpkin gift box.  Here’s a look at each starting with the card.
Stampin' Up! Game On masculine birthday card idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp
This plaid from the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper pack is so my husband! (I think he may actually have a shirt with this plaid.) You will see below the new game I bought for his birthday and this sentiment couldn’t be more perfect! This card is a Dutch Door Fun Fold. You know how I love fun fold cards and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve made one of these!  It is so stinkin’ easy too!!! I love how it looks standing up.
Stampin' Up! Game On masculine birthday card idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Here’s the details:


  • Cherry Cobbler (Card Base): 9 x 4 scored at 5 1/2, 2 x 8 1/2 scored at 2 1/8 on each end, 5/8 x 2 7/8, scrap to fussy cut layer around cards
  • Basic Black: 4 x 3 1/4, 2 pieces cut 1 7/8 x 1 7/8, 3/4 x 3 (to layer sentiment strip), scraps to fussy cut layer around dice
  • DSP (Plaid Tidings): 3 7/8x 3 1/8, Cut 2 pieces 1 3/4 x 1 3/4, 1 3/4 x 4 (inside)
  • Whisper White: 1/2 x 3 to stamp sentiment then punch each end with Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, 4 x 5 1/4 (inside piece), 1 full sheet to stamp images in Real Red and Memento Black Ink. *I stamped everything for all 3 projects at once and fussy cut out.


  1. Fold and burnish both pieces for the card base. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue between the score lines on the 2 x 8 1/2 piece and lay the other card piece on top to adhere. The liquid glue gives you a little wiggle room to make sure the bottom is lined up straight and the sides fold in easily.Dutch Door Fun Fold card - visit just for complete tutorial - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
  2. Adhere DSP pieces to black layers and adhere to card front.
  3. Stamp images and fussy cut. Layer with cardstock and fussy cut leaving a little border.  This creates a shadow and gives it a 3D look. Adhere to card.
  4. Stamp sentiment and punch each end with Lovely Labels Pick A Punch. Add cardstock layers and adhere to card.
  5. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White layer and adhere inside card. *I added the DSP strip on the inside because I liked the look better when the card was on display. I only adhered it on the bottom and sides and left the top open so I could add a gift card. I Love this sentiment.  I told my husband it must be why I win all the time.  HAhaha
    Stampin' Up! Dutch Door Fun Fold masculine birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Next I decorated a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box to coordinate.
Stampin' Up! Game On Mini Paper Pumpkin Gift Box idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I stamped all around the box. I’m going to be totally honest here and tell you it took me 3 tries to get this right!  LOL  I didn’t realize when you folded the box the dice and “club” images would be upside down. I plan to just cover those “mistakes” with DSP to use on a future project. To make sure you don’t make the same mistake, here’s a picture showing how to stamp the images to they will look right when you assemble the box. (You’re welcome!)
Stampin' Up! Game On Mini Paper Pumpkin gift box idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
This box is the perfect size to fit two decks of cards!
Stampin' Up! Mini Paper Pumpkin Box gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
We completely wore out our cards playing Sequence and will use these to replace them! Sequence is one of our favorite games!

My last project is a notepad cover (to keep score of course!)
Stampin' Up! Game On Notepad cover gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
My husband and I are very competitive when it comes to playing games! When our kids were little we would play games to decide who had to clean up after dinner, pick up the kids from sports, etc. It always made the game a little more interesting! When we play dominoes we each put in 50 cents (kids too!) and the winner would get to keep the money. I thought of it as teaching my kids finance! LOL

This notepad cover is easy to make! Brandy Cox did a video back in 2014 and I’ve been making these ever since! You need an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock scored at 5 1/4, 5 3/4. I stamped the images on a piece of 5 1/4 x 5 1/2 Whisper White to create my own “DSP”.
Stampin' Up! Game On notepad cover- Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I adhered this to the front of the notebook and then added a 3 x 5 1/4 piece of black cardstock and a 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 piece of the same Plaid Tidings DSP I used on the other projects.  The heart is punched from a heart in the Heart Punch Pack. I added a bow using the twine in the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack.

Inside I created a pocket to hold a pen, game directions, scores (who owes who LOL), etc.
Stampin' Up! Plaid Tidings notepad cover - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
The pocket measures 4 3/4 x 6 1/2. Score on the long side at 1/2, 3/4, 5 3/4, 6. Score on the short side at 1/2, 3/4. Snip the little scored rectangles on each side, fold and burnish along the score lines, and glue the 3 sides on left side. I got my notepads at Sam’s Club. The notepad binding cover is 2 x 5 scored at 1 and 1 1/4. Glue over the top of the pad and adhere the pad on the right side using Multipurpose Liquid Glue for a strong hold. I had a leftover strip of DSP so I added that across the top.

Here’s the link to Brandy’s video if you would like to watch how she made hers:

I often use the card to dress up a plain gift bag. It’s quick & easy to do and makes a nice presentation. Just adhere a clear envelope to the bag and insert your card. This bag holds the Mini Paper Pumpkin box, notepad, and a new game! I can’t wait to play!
Stampin' Up! Game On birthday gift bag - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
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29 thoughts on “Game On!

  1. Oh, my hope you don’t mind but I’ll be casing your terrific idea…needed a different men’s idea as a quick present and you gave me the ultimate best idea. Thanks again for your terrific ideas.
    Ellen, SU Demo, Bethlehem, NH

  2. This is super fun and I know your hubby will appreciate the time and love you put into it. And he’ll be raring to beat you in the new game! Love your creativity! TFS

  3. Wow, what great projects! We never play games. I have bought a couple but they never get played. My brother is ten years older and he didn’t play games with me much either. These are just so fun and usable. Such great ideas. Great job as usual. Love the idea of the clear envelope on the gift bag to hold the card.

  4. Well, my game of choice is Rummikub or Boggle. I realize I also like solo games like Sudoku and Jigsaw Puzzles. Have a blessed day.

    1. I love Rummikub! That’s Ariane’s favorite and we play it all the time!! I forgot about Boggle! We play Racko too! I thought you were a scrabble fan!

  5. This is a SUPER post, Jeanie! Each and every project is awesome. I’m sure Carl will love each and every one. I also hope he has a super duper birthday. My favorite competitive game is Scrabble. I also love playing Words with Friends online (we should play this with each other). Sudoku is my favorite solo brain builder game. Enjoy your day!

    1. I agree we should play Words with Friends! I used to play that with Sister Corda! Haven’t played since!

  6. We were loving playing Rummikub, but now we play Double Solitaire every night. We each have a deck of cards (with a different back/color) and play just like regular solitaire turning over one card at a time. The difference is that we both put our Aces at the top and can play on each other’s, so you have to be quick. When we can’t make any more plays, we count the cards at the top and usually play to 100. Really fun!

    Love your card and projects!

    1. Thanks Rita! I love Rummikub too! I forgot about Double Solitaire! Used to play that with my sisters! Time to teach my hubby how to play that one! He plays solitaire online so he will pick it up fast….just not too fast I hope! LOL

  7. OUSTANDING projects!! I always look forward to seeing what you make for your husband’s birthday!
    You come up with the best-ever ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Great card and projects! I’m sure your husband will love his gifts. Especially like the idea of a clear envelope on the gift bag. We don’t play many games, but love to do jigsaw puzzles. We like to share and exchange them with friends.

  9. WOW ! I feel like I have been to STAMP CAMP ! Such great ideas ! Also you reminded me that I need to reorder Plaid DSP ! LOVE IT !! Hope your SWEETIE had a great BD !

  10. Jeanie! This is so awesome. Love your color choices and what a great idea of how to dress up the bag! I made a very small single box for one deck of cards using Kitchen Table Stamper’s tutorial for my husband’s Poker Club. This stamp set is so much fun! Love how you made the pizza box design. Thanks for sparing the rest of us your pain in trying to figure out the correct way to stamp that! I think it is one of those stamp sets that will always be in style! Love it! You continue to amaze me with your creativity and generosity in sharing your talents with all of us! Thank you! I hope you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
    Best regards from Illinois!

  11. This was a fun post to read. Thank you for sharing it, Jeanie! We are a game family as well. My daughter and son-in-law were just here for the weekend. We usually play a game or two. They brought a new one…”That’s Pretty Clever”. A German dice game. It was fun to learn and play. It is…well…pretty clever! I think your family would enjoy it.

  12. Thank you for sharing this cute idea! I enjoyed reading your comments about playing games and your family sounds a lot like mine. We still enjoy playing games and working jigsaw puzzles, and so do our children and grandchildren.

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