Oops! Card and Blog Candy Winner

Yesterday I shared a spring wreath birthday card I made using the Stamparatus.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.  I love the Stamparatus for many reasons, one of which is I get a “do over” if I don’t get a good image the first time I stamp.  It’s so easy to just reink and stamp again…it stamps in the exact spot making it look great every time! Here’s a video showcasing the Stamparatus if you want to see it in action.

So, what do you do if you get too much ink? I’m sure we’ve all experienced inky fingers getting on our project after it was finished! I prefer not to start over again so I try to turn my “boo boos” in to new creations.  Let’s face it, the recipient had no idea what my first attempt was supposed to look like (right?). Most times I just add an embellishment to cover it up (which is why I’m in love with the new Butterfly Duet Punch and Bitty Blooms Punch Pack).  Unfortunately, that wouldn’t work with this particular oops! Look what happened when I stamped the sentiment (after I had stamped my pretty spring wreath).

Stampin' Up! wreath builder template - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I hate it when ink gets on the rim of the stamp and transfers to the paper! I did not want to toss my pretty wreath! So a quick fix was to stamp the sentiment again on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, punch it out with the 1 1/2″ Circle Punch and cut a navy layer with the Layering Circles Framelits.  Just adhere on top and mission accomplished!

Stampin Up Perennial Birthday and Accented Blooms wreath - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I like to challenge myself to find a way to “make it work” before tossing it in the trash and starting over. My friend Susan gave me a Tombow sand eraser and it helps to fix little smudges.

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You can purchase these from Amazon. If you have a stamping fix story or idea, I’d love for you to share.  Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) or leave a comment below.

I can’t decide which card I like better. Do you have a preference?

Stampin Up Perennial Birthday and Accented Blooms birthday wreath card idea made using the Stamparatus and Lovely Floral Embossing Folder - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin Up Perennial Birthday and Accented Blooms birthday wreath card idea made using the Stamparatus and Lovely Floral Embossing Folder - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Are you ready to find out the lucky blog candy winner? I really do appreciate everyone who took the time to comment.  The winner (chosen from random.com) is……..

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Beth Ann Halvorson!  Here’s what Beth had to say:

Happy Birthday Month! I like to spend my birthdays with family and friends, eating tacos and/or pizza, and angel food cake with strawberries! Yum!

Congratulations Beth!  Email me your address and I’ll put your birthday stamp set in the mail. I loved reading each and every comment the other day about how you like to spend birthdays. An underlying theme was certainly enjoying it with family and friends! My daughter is coming home this weekend for spring break so she can spend my birthday with me.  She is the sweetest! I feel like the luckiest person in the world!

Have you signed up for my Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet for March? Click HERE to see what others say about my kits and get all the details!!! You don’t want to miss out!!!

Are you celebrating your birthday this month?  I offer FREE shipping (and a birthday card) on any Stampin’ Up! product purchase of $50 or more placed through my online store during your birthday month (in addition to my monthly thank you gift!) *Please use the current host code.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

*Host Code Exclusive! All orders placed through my online store are eligible for my FREE monthly gifts (card kits and more!). Please use the current host code below. *If your order is $150 or more, do not use this code as You become the hostess and get the Rewards! Click HERE to shop.  

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Grid Paper

$11.75

Stamparatus

$49.00

Big Shot

$110.00

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More Birthday Wishes

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I absolutely LOVED reading the comments yesterday with stories of your birthday memories. Thank you so much for sharing!!!  It just reaffirms my feelings on “gifts”…it’s not what you get, it’s who you spend your time with! My husband and I like to give our children a “birthday experience” each year.  Fads come and go but memories last a lifetime! And when you give an experience, everyone enjoys the gift! Many family trips have been someone’s “gift”.

Speaking of gifts…Sharing handmade kindness is a gift from the heart! When someone takes the time to write a note inside a card and/or make a card, it is a “gift” in and of itself! I treasure the handwritten notes and cards from my kids over the years as well as those I’ve received from friends and family. I bet you do too! My friend Laura always sends me a beautiful letter in her card every year. We used to teach together in Virginia many years ago and she always shares a memory from our “adventures in teaching” that makes me smile.

Yesterday I shared some of the beautiful birthday cards I received.  If you missed that post you can see it HERE.  Today I have a few more cards (and a “special delivery”) to share with you from some of my very talented stamping friends…

Stampin Up Falling Flowers fun fold birthday card idea - For ideas and to order Stampin' Up! products to create this card visit www.juststamping.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Falling Flowers Fun Fold Card Created by Ramsey Alexander
Stampin Up Happy Wishes birthday card idea - For inspiration and to order Stampin' Up! supplies, visit www.juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Happy Wishes Card Created by Karen Hallam
Birthday card idea - visit juststampin.com for inspiration, tips,and to order Stampin Up supplies.
Butterfly Birthday Wishes Created by Chris Robinson
Friend card idea - for inspiration, tips, and to order Stampin Up supplies, visit www.juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Friend Card Created by Jill Killeen
Stampin Up clean & Simple Happy Birthday Thinlits floral embossed birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Floral Embossed Card Created by Ariane Stark
Stampin Up We Must Celebrate Birthday treat idea - For more information visit www.juststampin.com Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Special Delivery Created by Susan Itell

I definitely “feel the love” and appreciate all the birthday wishes from friends & family!

There’s still time to receive some birthday blog candy.  Leave me a comment sharing a favorite birthday memory or surprise and I will pick a random winner to receive one of my birthday party favor bags.  Anyone who shops with me this month will automatically receive my birthday party favors…a goodie bag with one of my Tutti-frutti pens, card kits, and more!

Have a great day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Here’s a look at all the different items you can get for FREE. SAB ShopSAB Shop 2SAB Shop Level 2

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart: 
“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference.”

U is for YOU!

Welcome to my ABC “Sale-A-Bration” Series! This series showcases products from the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything in the catalog that begins with u to showcase today! So I am taking this opportunity to thank yoU! Thank you for following my blog, commenting when you can, and purchasing products from my online store. I appreciate YOU and enjoy the feedback and sharing of ideas. Together we make a difference!

Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart: 

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference.”

Last week I posted some questions and many of you responded and let me know how much fun you had going on a scavenger hunt through the catalogs. I promised to post the answers and give away some blog candy to one lucky winner.  Here’s the questions and answers:

  1. What is “a little cheesy” in the Occasions catalog?         DAD JOKES
     2.  Finish this sentiment from a stamp set featured in the Occasions catalog: “Life is beautiful ___ __ __”  BECAUSE OF YOU
     3.  What new product allows you to create unique backgrounds with coloring techniques?   BRUSHO
       4.  I hope you didn’t miss this quick tip in the catalog…What should you do when stamping on vellum to prevent smearing? HEAT SET INK WITH HEAT TOOL
     5.  What color watercolor pencils are exclusive to the Lots of Happy kit (and are not available in our set of watercolor pencils)?  FLIRTY FLAMINGO AND LEMON LIME TWIST
     6.  Which stamp set answers this question: What happens if someone forgets your birthday?  BIRTHDAY WIT
     7.  What new item can you use to “frame your art”?  MINI EMBROIDERY HOOPS
     8.  What new item can you use to make an interactive card?  SLIDING DOOR FRAMELITS DIES 
     9.  Here’s another quick tip answered in the catalog…How should you store Stampin’ Blends (and other Stampin’ Up! markers)?  HORIZONTALLY
     10.  What products can you get for FREE with a $100 purchase?   HAPPY WISHES, CELEBRATE YOU THINLITS DIE, BLOSSOMING BASKET BUNDLE, SWEET CAKE FRAMELITS DIES, PETALS AND MORE THINLITS DIES

 

Question #1 seemed to stump many; however, the winner got them all correct! The winner is Nancy Huhn!   Congratulations Nancy! Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send you the Shimmer Ribbon Pack from Sale-A-Bration!

Yesterday I shared some Tutti-Frutti pens.  I loved reading the comments and what you like to do with your friends and family. The random winner to receive one of the Tutti-Frutti pens is Karen H.   Here’s what she had to say:

Auuugh! Your post makes me so jealous that I won’t be joining all of you Stampin’ sisters in April! You are going to have so much fun! I adore these little pen holders – what a great idea. Just like the comment above me, I too have a long-time friend coming to visit the end of May. We’ll be up late with a glass of wine and our old high school photo albums, laughing and catching up after 40+ years!

Congratulations Karen! I will be sending one of the Tutti-Frutti pens your way.

Many thanks to all who commented and stop by to visit each day. I am thankful to have you in my stamping circle!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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*Orders of $50 or more qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

Sale A Bration

DO NOT wait until the last minute!! As we head into the last days of Sale-A-Bration some of the gift options will sell out.

Check out these additional ways to shop and save in March!

  • New Sale -A- Bration items!! – more added March 16!
  • My Birthday Party kit – FREE with every order in the month of March!
  • Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet – 3 card kits and a 3D project for $10! Order yours before they sell out!  For more details and ordering information click HERE.
  • For every $50 you spend, you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  New $100 level! 
  • Two FREE Stamp Sets when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration.  Click HERE to learn more or contact me and let’s chat!
  • Save 10% on Bundles
  • Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products with Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions! Click HERE for details. *When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through me I will send you FREE Step-By-Step PDF Tutorials with 3 alternate kit ideas in the months you receive the kit.
  • 50% off your first 2 months of Paper Pumpkin – for NEW subscribers!  Click HERE to join. (*Click on Monthly Subscription/ Subscribe and enter the code SAVEFIFTY0418.)

 

 

T is for Tutti-Frutti Treats

Welcome to my ABC “Sale-A-Bration” Series! This series showcases products from the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures. Today it is all about family, friends, and fruit with the Tutti -frutti Suite.

Growing up I would go blueberry picking with my dad and 5 siblings.  My dad would tie buckets around our waste so both hands were free for faster picking! My mom would  bake homemade pie and all kinds of blueberry treats. YUM! I’m not much of a pie baker but I do enjoy making homemade breads and jam.  Strawberry season will be here before you know it and I love to make strawberry jam! The Tutti-Frutti suite makes it quick & easy to create tags and gift enclosures to go with homemade goodies (or store bought favorites)!

Stampin Up Tutti-frutti hello friend note card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

This little gift card is for Sister Corda’s roommate.  After Sister Corda passed away, I have been spending Monday evenings with her roommate.  We chat, have dinner together, and watch a few episodes of Longmire on Netflix. Sister Al loves blueberry jam and enjoys some with her bagel every morning.  I bought some of my favorite Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam to give to her.

Stampin Up Tutti-frutti hello friend 3 x 3 note card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I love to make note cards to go with gifts. To make this simple note card start with a 3 x 6 piece of cardstock and score it at 3″.  I added a layer of Night of Navy cardstock that is a 2 3/4″ square. Then I added a piece of  2 x 2 5/8  DSP and some gingham ribbon. The sentiment is from the Fruit Basket Stamp Set, cut out with the new 1 1/8 Scallop Circle Punch, and layered on a 1 1/4 punched Night of Navy circle. I popped the sentiment up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  Quick & easy!

Here’s a quick 1 minute video showing how to make another quick & easy 3 x 3 card using products from the Tutti-frutti Suite!

I will be heading to Hartford, Connecticut in two weeks for Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage convention. I can’t wait to get together with “my people”!  Six of us rented a historic home just outside of Hartford so we could be together for a little extended vacation.  We are planning to stamp, shop, sightsee, and I’m sure chat until the wee hours of the morning.  It is always so much fun when we get together! I made these little gifts using the Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper for my “Stampin’ Sisters”.

Stampin Up Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I got this idea from Sam Donald (Pootles.co.uk).  I changed mine up a bit and used coordinating DSP rather than washi tape. I bought several different fruit pens and had so much fun making these that I just couldn’t stop!  I wanted to try different color combinations and ribbons. I ordered the fruit pens from Amazon.  I love the way they coordinate with our DSP! I love the pens with the bauble fruit charms (above) but I also love the way the DSP and ribbon pictured below can serve double duty as a  bookmark. Two gifts in one!

Stampin Up Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper bookmark & gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin Up Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper bookmark & gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I love how they turned out! For the first set of pens (with the charms) I used a smidge smaller than 2 x 8 cardstock, 1 3/4 x 6 DSP  in the center, and (2) 1 3/4 x 3/4 strips on the top and bottom. These fit in Stampin’ Up!’s  2 x 8 Cellophane Bags.  You get 50 sturdy bags for just $3.00!

Stampin Up Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used a sightly smaller piece of cardstock for the other pens (a smidge less than 2 x 7) and cut 3/4″ off the top of the cellophane bags.  The DSP measures the same. I used the 1/4″ hole punch to punch an opening for the ribbon. I fussy cut the fruit from the DSP.  (You could stamp and punch fruit using the Fruit Basket stamp set and Itty Bitty Punch Pack.) I used glue dots to adhere the fruit pieces to the cellophane bags.

Stampin Up Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Paper bookmark & gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Would you like to receive one of these Tutti-Frutti pens? I am sending one to everyone who places an online order of $50 or more with me in March.  It’s my “party favor” and will be included in my birthday party thank you kit for ordering this month! I appreciate each and every order and love sending little thank you gifts and card kits to show my appreciation. I will also be giving one away to a random winner on my blog.  Leave a comment sharing something you enjoy doing with friends or family members and you could be the lucky winner.

Yesterday I showcased all 7 suites from the Occasions catalog and asked my readers to share which one was their favorite suite.  If you missed that post you can view it HERE. From the comments it looks like Petal Passion is the most popular for it’s versatility and great sentiments!  I enjoyed reading all the wonderful comments about the other suites as well.  Like me, some of you liked several and have a hard time choosing a favorite!

I have been making so many projects lately using the products in the Tutti-Frutti Suite! You can view previous projects I have shared HERE or HERE.

You can purchase the products used to make today’s projects from my online store.  Click HERE to shop or click on the images below.

Have a Terrific Day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Product List

1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch
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$9.00
Peekaboo Peach 3/8" (1 Cm) Ruched Ribbon

Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ (1 Cm) Ruched Ribbon
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$8.00
Real Red 3/8" (1 Cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon

Real Red 3/8″ (1 Cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon
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$9.00
Glue Dots

$5.25

*Orders of $50 or more qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items.

Sale A Bration

DO NOT wait until the last minute!! As we head into the last days of Sale-A-Bration some of the gift options will sell out.

Check out these additional ways to shop and save in March!

  • New Sale -A- Bration items!! – more added March 16!
  • My Birthday Party kit – FREE with every order in the month of March!
  • Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet – 3 card kits and a 3D project for $10! Order yours before they sell out!  For more details and ordering information click HERE.
  • For every $50 you spend, you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  New $100 level! 
  • Two FREE Stamp Sets when you purchase the $99 Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration.  Click HERE to learn more or contact me and let’s chat!
  • Save 10% on Bundles
  • Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products with Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions! Click HERE for details. *When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through me I will send you FREE Step-By-Step PDF Tutorials with 3 alternate kit ideas in the months you receive the kit.
  • 50% off your first 2 months of Paper Pumpkin – for NEW subscribers!  Click HERE to join. (*Click on Monthly Subscription/ Subscribe and enter the code SAVEFIFTY0418.)
Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart: 

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference.”

Blog Candy Winner, Paper Pumpkin Video, and more!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and stories you shared on my blog the other day! I loved reading each and every one of them! We are so fortunate to have special people who bless our lives!  Please know that you bless mine!  I appreciate that you visit my blog and take the time to comment.  I used random.org to pick the blog candy winner.

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The lucky winner of the “Sister Corda Wink of Stella gift bag” is….  Kathy H. May you think of my special friend as you add a little sparkle to your projects! Please email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will pop this gift in the mail to you!

Stampin Up Fresh Florals In Color gift bag idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp

My Paper Pumpkin box arrived last week and all I can say is WOWZERS! It is a winner! You can use these adorable stockings for so many things…to hold gift cards, decorate packages, as table favors (fill with treats or silverware), ornaments, etc.  Sister Corda would have loved this month’s kit!!! I could just see her tucking some of her homemade candy in these to give to others.

Check out the how-to video to see everything in the kit and how easy it is to put these projects together!

Stampin’ Up! will be sharing project ideas combining elements from the coordinating Season of Style October (Pining for Plaid) and November (Back in Plaid) kits later today, November 21st, in a Facebook Live broadcast at 8 PM ET (7 PM CT, 6 PM MT, 5 PM PT)

Stampin Up Merry Little Labels gift box idea using Everyday Label Punch, Leaf Punch, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Layering Circles and a pizza box. Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Are you looking for gift ideas for friends or family members? Paper Pumpkin would be a great gift for any age! Purchase a prepaid subscription and give the gift that keeps on giving! I’ll even send you this pizza box and gift certificate when you purchase a 3, 6, or 12 month prepaid subscription through me. Click HERE to order!

Stampin Up Merry Little Labels gift box idea using Everyday Label Punch, Leaf Punch, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Layering Circles and a pizza box. Jeanie Stark StampinUp

When you purchase a prepaid subscription you will receive an email with a subscription code.  Simply sign in to Paper Pumpkin and add the code.  It’s that simple!  If you are purchasing the subscription to give as a gift, simply add the subscription code on the gift certificate along with the number of months they will receive their gift.  Here’s a close up of the custom gift certificate that’s sized to fit perfectly inside the mini pizza box.

Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin gift certificate

Check back tomorrow and I will share the directions how I made the pizza box.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to check out some past kits, now you can!  During the Stampin’ Up! Extravaganza select kits are available and ON SALE (but only while supplies last)!  Check out these deals!

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Click HERE to see the kits in my online shop.

Click HERE to download the Extravaganza List to see everything that is on sale!

Click below to Shop Now!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

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Sister Corda Blog Candy

Today is Sister Corda’s birthday.  It breaks my heart that she passed away 3 days ago. I had planned to share her birthday card today; however, I am going to share some blog candy in her honor instead. img_9443

If you know me or follow my blog, you have heard about Sister Corda. She was an amazing woman in so many ways! At 90 years old she was my oldest “Paper Pumpkin Player”, still made her delicious homemade candy to give to others, volunteered each week at the homeless shelter, helped out in my Pre K classroom, walked daily, and was completely devoted to her faith. She taught for many years and made a difference in so many lives! If you couldn’t remember something, you’d ask Sister Corda…she had a mind like a steel trap!

I had the pleasure of introducing Sister Corda to card making. I still remember the excitement and joy on her face when she made her first card. She continued to have just as much joy with each and every card she made.  She followed my blog daily (and would have something to say if I missed a day or two).  Often she would be waiting in my classroom in the morning with a list of items she needed or to show me something she created. Just recently she was so excited to start stamping her handmade Christmas cards and wanted a Wink of Stella brush.  I made this little bag (adapted from Pootles) to put it in to gift to her but never had the chance to give it to her before she went to the hospital.

Stampin Up Fresh Florals In Color gift bag idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp

We all have people who come in and out of our lives and some make a difference. Sister Corda has been a huge blessing in my life! Leave me a comment with the name of someone who has been a blessing in your life.  I will choose a random winner to send this gift bag with the Wink of Stella.

Sister Corda also enjoyed my “Just Stamping Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet To Go” kits and each month she would tell me to “put her on the list”.  In her honor I will be gifting one of my project kits each month.  Everyone who places an order for the kit will have their name in a drawing and one lucky recipient with receive “Sister Corda’s kit” for FREE. This month I am offering a special “Holiday Edition” of my monthly kit to go.  For details and ordering information click HERE. I will draw a winner prior to sending Paypal invoices (on the 26th) and let one lucky recipient know they are receiving their kit for FREE this month.

Sister Corda was truly an inspirational woman. She had such an impact on me and my family. My friend Paula said it best, “How lucky are we to have been blessed with the opportunity to witness complete devotion and love by a person who touched each of our hearts in a very personal way.”  Sister Corda would have been 91 years old today.  Here’s a few photos from her 90th birthday celebration at my home last year.

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Wishing you many blessings in life!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Blog Candy Winner and Visions of Christmas Past!

Thanks to all who played along with my Holiday Catalog Scavenger Hunt!  I loved reading your emails and appreciate all the positive feedback!  Many of you commented how you noticed things you missed when you browsed the catalog previously. I do the same thing and often tend to overlook all the great sample ideas! FYI…its OK to copy ideas from the catalog…they are there to inspire you.  I often find when I’m not feeling very creative that if I create a project from the catalog or Pinterest I get my Mojo back.  As I create I try things different ways and often end up with something totally different. For me creating is a way to unwind and the fact that I end up with a little something to share and give to others makes it a Win!Win!

Speaking of win…It’s time to announce the winner of the scavenger hunt… Congratulations to Carmen M!!!  Carmen, email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send you the goodies (pictured below) from the Holiday catalog! Have fun creating with the new embellishments, card box, pizza box, and treat tube!

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Looking at all these goodies spread out like this reminded me of a Christmas card I did many years ago (before I discovered Stampin’ Up!). Let me preface by saying we are not the most photogenic family. (I keep threatening that I am going to make an ugly photo album of all the dud pictures we have! LOL)  One year it was down to the wire and I didn’t have a single decent family photo for our Christmas card.  Well, if you follow my blog, you know that I am a teacher and I love books! I have a bunch of “I Spy” books that my students enjoy and that gave me an idea.  I found a photo I liked of each of my children and took a picture (frame and all) along with little trinkets from our year and made an “I Spy” Christmas card.

I Spy Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark Stampin Up Demonstrator www.juststampin.comI Spy Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark Stampin Up Demonstrator www.juststampin.com

My mom, who is not familiar with “I Spy” books, called to ask me why I sent her a picture of my “messy table”.  LOL  She didn’t get it but all my friends who had kids really enjoyed it.

When you think about it, the scavenger hunt was kind of like an “I Spy” adventure…You had to find items on the pages in the catalog.  As promised, here are the answers.

  1. WHICH STAMP SET INCLUDES A SHY ELF?  Festive Phrases (Isn’t he adorable?!)
  2. WHAT KIND OF BOXES ARE FEATURED ON P. 44? Mini Pizza Boxes (Did you see my blog yesterday featuring these goodies? Click HERE if you missed it.)
  3. NAME ONE THING YOU CAN PACKAGE IN THEM. 3 x 3 cards, cookie
  4. WHICH NEW STAMP SET IS JUST FOR HOSTS? Seasons of Whimsy
  5. NAME TWO NEW PUNCHES FROM THE HOLIDAY CATALOG. Leaf, Cat, Everyday Label
  6. WHICH FOIL COLORS ARE FEATURED IN THE YEAR OF
    CHEER SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER? Champagne, copper, gold, silver
  7. NAME THE KITS AVAILABLE IN THE HOLIDAY CATALOG. Watercolor Christmas, Be Merry, Paper Pumpkin
  8. HOW MANY CATS AND DOGS ARE IN THE SANTA PAWS
    STAMP SET? 18
  9. NAME TWO THINGS THAT SPARKLE FROM P. 21. glimmer paper, mini tinsel trim
  10. FINISH THIS PHRASE (FEATURED ON A STAMP):
    “WHEN I COUNT MY BLESSINGS, YOU ARE ____.” “on the top of my list”

My suggestion for you…Buy that stamp set now for your Christmas cards and get started on your cards early!!!

We still “attempt” a family photo for our annual Christmas card but now I love to add my personal handmade touch.  Last year I used the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set and watercolor pencils to make a fun fold for our photo collage. Here’s our card from last year. (You can click on the photo below for directions and more Fun Fold Photo Christmas Cards from past years.)

Stampin Up Holly Berry Happiness Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp - For directions and ordering visit www.juststampin.com

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Seas the Day!

Simple card using So Many Shells Stamp Set from Stampin Up! For simple card inspiration visit www.juststampin.com

I find inspiration for cards everywhere! When my toes are in the sand, I’m in my happy place! I love the beach! I enjoy combing the shore for shells and sea glass (and an occasional shark’s tooth). Just smelling the salt air and listening to the waves relaxes me like nothing else. I can sit on the beach with a good book til the sun goes down. This picture in one of the shops on the Cape caught my eye. It provided the inspiration for today’s card.

For inspiration and card making supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Here’s the simple card I made using the So Many Shells stamp set.

Simple card using So Many Shells Stamp Set from Stampin Up! For simple card inspiration visit www.juststampin.com

I love this saying!  It can be used for many different occasions. The So Many Shells stamp set has great sentiments and gorgeous fonts!

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This card was quick & easy to make. I cut a square from a piece of 3 3/4 x 5 Sahara Sand cardstock using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I used Sahara Sand ink to stamp the sentiment. I adhered the Sahara Sand layer to the Whisper White card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals .   I stamped the shell on Very Vanilla with VersaMark ink and added Dazzling Diamonds for a little glitz.  I fussy cut the shell and adhered it with a Stampin’ Dimensional. How simple is that?! Take a look around and see what inspiration you can find for your next card. Check back tomorrow to see a stepped up version of this card.

My vacation is almost over.  I have had so much fun spending time with my son, family, and friends.  It has been a busy month yet relaxing at the same time. When I travel I like to collect something from some of the places I visit.  Can you guess what it is?  Leave a comment with what you think I collect for a chance to win some blog candy. Check back tomorrow to find out (and see my stepped up version of today’s card.)

Here’s a few more ideas from Stampin’ Up! using So Many Shells stamp set…

Stampin Up So Many Shells Stamp Set. For card inspiration and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Stampin Up So Many Shells Stamp Set. For card inspiration and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Stampin Up So Many Shells Stamp Set. For card inspiration and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator (hobby or business demonstrator)!

When you join my team in July…

  • You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack with your Starter Kit ($52 value)
    • 118485 D Block (2 of them)
    • 130148 Grid Paper
    • 103579 Paper Snips
    • 104332 SNAIL Adhesive
    • 102300 Bone Folder
  • PLUS, to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 value)

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With so many basic items provided, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business/hobby off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars (choose $125 for only $99) on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

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  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Essential Gift Pack items (& Carols of Christmas stamp set) may not be exchange for other products.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

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Blog Candy Winner!

Many, many thanks to all who took the time to comment on my blog anniversary post on July 4th!  If you missed that post (and my flag card), you can see it HERE. I loved reading all your comments and enjoyed the trip down Memory Lane. One post actually brought tears to my eyes as it did when I first wrote it. Here’s the winner of the blog candy as chosen by random.org….

Carrie S.

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Carrie was the 14th person to comment. Here’s what she wrote:

Carrie S.

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! 🙂

Carrie,  email me your address (j.stark@myactv.net) and I will put your card and embossing folders in the mail to you.

It seems Fun Fold cards are a favorite of many and the good news is I still have a few more fun folds to finish in this alphabet series.  Between my computer crashing, a concussion, and end of the school year, this series has extended a little longer than I anticipated.  I actually had all my ideas for the series written down months ago…sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the time to create. With my daughter home for the summer you know we have been spending lots of time together catching up. Hopefully it has been fun looking forward to what’s coming next.  And just wait til you see the exciting fun folds I have to share with you from the card swap!  Oh my gosh, I am blown away!!!  Be sure to check back!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you spend between July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.

  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
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  • All order types qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.
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 Join my DOstamperSTARS team during Christmas In July, Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator (hobby or business demonstrator)!

When you join my team in July…

  • You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack with your Starter Kit ($52 value)
    • 118485 D Block (2 of them)
    • 130148 Grid Paper
    • 103579 Paper Snips
    • 104332 SNAIL Adhesive
    • 102300 Bone Folder
  • PLUS, to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 value)

It’s Christmas in July!...Stampin’ Up!® - Stamp Your Art Out! www.stampyourartout.com

With so many basic items provided, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business/hobby off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars (choose $125 for only $99) on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Fine print:

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Essential Gift Pack items (& Carols of Christmas stamp set) may not be exchange for other products.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

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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.)

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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.

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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)!

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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.

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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.

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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’

Jeanie

You can purchase any of the products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop and earn Bonus Days coupons! To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code at checkout when shopping from my online store.

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  • There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.
  • Click here for more details.

Feel free to email me (j.stark@myactv.net) if you have any questions!

 

 Join my DOstamperSTARS team during Christmas In July, Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator (hobby or business demonstrator)!

When you join my team in July…

  • You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack with your Starter Kit ($52 value)
    • 118485 D Block (2 of them)
    • 130148 Grid Paper
    • 103579 Paper Snips
    • 104332 SNAIL Adhesive
    • 102300 Bone Folder
  • PLUS, to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 value)

It’s Christmas in July!...Stampin’ Up!® - Stamp Your Art Out! www.stampyourartout.com

With so many basic items provided, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business/hobby off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars (choose $125 for only $99) on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Fine print:

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Essential Gift Pack items (& Carols of Christmas stamp set) may not be exchange for other products.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Click HERE for more information or click below to Join the Fun!

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I look forward to welcoming you to my team!