Z is for Zigzag DSP

Welcome to my ABC’s with DSP series. Today I am featuring the zigzag design from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper Stack.


I am heading to Atlanta this afternoon to see my daughter, attend World Card Making Day with fellow demonstrators, and go to Stampin’ Up!’s  On Stage Convention!  I am so excited!!!  I have been a busy beaver making cards to swap, a 3D project to share, as well as a shoebox swap!  I will be sharing my projects as well as all the ones I make and receive at these events.  Lots of inspiration ahead!

Today’s card is for my daughter’s birthday.  I am thrilled to be able to deliver it in person to her when I get to Atlanta. We are going out to dinner to one of her favorite places, The Cheesecake Factory!  YUM!!  I made her a double Z fold card (for the last letter in this alphabet series). I CASEd the Z fold design from Susy Wood.

Stampin Up Stylized Birthday fun fold card idea using the Blossom Bunch Punch - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

You can see the two Z’s when you look down on the card.

Stampin Up Stylized Birthday fun fold card idea using the Blossom Bunch Punch - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

This card is not as hard as it looks to make.  It is actually rather easy!  I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  I scored it at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.  I cut another strip of Flirty Flamingo at 1 1/2 x 11″ and scored it the same as the card base.  (You just flip it so that it folds the opposite of the card base.) I attached a piece of 4 x 2 1/2″ DSP to the front.  I stamped the Happy Birthday in Black Momento Ink on a piece of Whisper White that measures 3 x 2 3/4″ and adhered it to a layer of Flirty Flamingo 1/4″ larger (3 1/4 x 3).  This is adhered to a layer of Basic Black that measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/4. Next I stamped the flowers from the Grateful Bunch stamp set using Black Momento ink and punched the flowers using the Blossom Punch.  I added Rhinestones for some bling, attached the flowers with Glue Dots, and tied a piece of Organza ribbon in a knot. Here’a another view with the card open.

Stampin Up Stylized Birthday fun fold card idea using the Blossom Bunch Punch - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Sets: Stylized Birthday, Grateful Bunch  Ink: Black Momento  Papers: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Rhinstone Basic Jewels, Blossom Bunch Punch, Organza Ribbon

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’





Y is for Shades of Yellow

We are near the end of my ABC’s with DSP series.  My favorite color is yellow.  I’d say  I’m mostly a Daffodil Delight or So Saffron shade of yellow gal; however, I have a new found likeness for Delightful Dijon since discovering the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. Previously, I shared a window pane card I made with this DSP Stack.  If you missed it (and the cool trick to make a double window), you can Click HERE.  Today I am going to share another card I made using one of the photographic artwork designs.

Stampin Up Time of Year Thinking of You card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I had a request to make some cards for a patient undergoing cancer treatment.  I thought this paper would be perfect as I love the underlying “wish” in the design. I remember as a kid I would pick these “flowers”, make a wish, and blow the seeds everywhere.

This was a simple card to put together and I used every bit of my 6 x 6 DSP.  First I cut 2 1/4 x 6 from the top section of my paper (which I used to adhere to the flap on my envelope).  Then I cut 1 inch off my remaining 3 3/4 x 6 piece.  (I saved the 1 x 3 3/4″ piece for the inside of my card.) I heat embossed my sentiment using a cool technique for color embossing.  First you ink the stamp in Versa Mark. Then, with the Versa Mark on your stamp, ink it in the color of your choice before stamping it on your cardstock. (I chose Soft Suede ink.)  Next, sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder on your sentiment, pour the excess back in your container and heat your stamped image with the heat tool.  You can heat emboss any color you want using the Clear Embossing Powder!  How cool is that?!

Stampin Up Time of Year Thinking of You card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I layered my DSP on Soft Suede cardstock ( just 1/8″ larger) and added some linen thread to keep it light.  (I tried ribbon but I didn’t want to cover any of the beautiful design on my paper.)  I popped the layer up on dimensionals and adhered it to a Delightful Dijon card base.  I repeated the layers for the inside of my card and added the 1 inch piece I had leftover from my 6 x 6 piece.

Stampin Up Thoughts & Prayers get well card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Sets: Time of Year, Thoughts & Prayers  Inks: Soft Suede, VersaMark  Papers: Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Pack  Tools & Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool, Linen Thread. Stampin’ Dimensonals

I placed my order yesterday for the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Did you? I can’t wait for them to arrive!


There is also select stamp sets on sale that coordinate with these framelits.



Click HERE to shop my online store. Please use the Hostess Code 7DB3CBKSwhen you check out to receive a FREE gift from me.  I’ve added a visual below to show where to enter the code. I appreciate each and every order!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


X is for A Little Foxy DSP


Welcome to my ABC’s of DSP. Today I am showcasing A little FoXy Designer Series Paper Stack. (OK so I may be stretching it a bit for the letter x but when I teach the letter X to my Pre-K students we say “X as in Fox”.)  This paper stack has 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided 6 x 6 designs. It coordinates with Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate cardstock. I used the Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Fox Builder Punch along with A Little Foxy DSP to create this card and treat for my daughter (from her cat LOL).


I love to make little gifts that coordinate. The treat holder is quick & easy to make.  Start with a piece of 2 x 8 1/2 cardstock and score it as 4″ and 4 1/2″ then punch each end with the Tag Topper Punch.  I added the heart pattern from A Little Foxy DSP stack then stamped, punched and adhered my kitty on to a 2″ whisper white circle which is adhered to a smoky slate circle cut from the Layering Circles Framelits and popped up with Dimensionals. This cat is so stinkin’ cute! It holds a mini Kit Kat (of course!) with a note, “Your Kit Kat misses you!”  How perfect!

The matching note card has the same cute kitty made with the Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Fox Builder Punch as well as the heart DSP from A Little Foxy DSP stack. The “love” is from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  I cut it in both Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette cardstock and offset it on my card. Check out those X’s on the front of the envelope. (Way to tie in the letter for today don’t you think? 🙂 )


The inside sentiment is from Designer Tin of Cards and I added an enamel heart.


Stamp Sets: Foxy Friends, Bloomin’ Love, Places You’ll Go, Designer Tin of Cards  Ink: Smoky Slate  Papers: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack  Tools & Accessories: Fox Builder Punch, Tag Topper Punch, 2″ Circle Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits

Here is a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing some of the possibilities with this stamp set and punch!  Check out the cool tip for stamping with this set!


Here’s some more ideas using this product suite.



As you can see, you can make more than cards using this bundle.  Tags and treat holders are another fun way to make the most of your supplies!


My daughter loves cats!  We already had one before she found 5 in a storm drain and called me to help rescue them.  The first thing I said was, “OK but we are not keeping them!” What can I say, we nursed those babies (actually had to bottle feed them) and found homes for the other 4 but there was no way she could let go of “Storm”.  Storm chose Ariane! She was the last one rescued and Ariane actually had to climb down into the storm drain to get her as she was so tiny, frightened, and frostbitten. (Storm actually lost the tip of her tail.) Well to make a long story short, we kept her and she never left Ariane’s side (seriously!).  She would sit on her lap while she did homework, wait outside the bathroom door while she showered, and slept beside or on top of her every night.  As we looked at colleges I thought Storm was my ticket to her choosing a college close by. HA!  Needless to say, Storm and I have grown closer these past 2 months as we both miss Ariane. Here’s a picture of Storm all snuggly warm on top of my quilt I pulled out the other day to show you. (Didn’t get that put away fast enough!)


Isn’t she adorable?! So, as Pete the Cat would say, “It’s all Good!”  Speaking of Pete the Cat, every year I dress up for Halloween to go along with a book. (Last year I was the alphabet tree from Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom). My PreK students this year love Pete the Cat stories so I am dressing up as Pete for our Halloween party today.


My PreK students go trick-or-treating throughout the school and visit each classroom. The older kids don’t get to dress up so they enjoy seeing the little ones in their costumes and I always make them guess what character I am.  If you have young kids or grandchildren you need to read them Pete the Cat.  Let me forewarn you, once you get the songs in your head, you’ll be singing them for days!  LOL  Pete is upbeat and there’s a good lesson and moral in the stories. The buttons on my costume are attached with velcro so I’ll be “losing” them all day (and having my students find them).  I love Halloween almost as much as April Fool’s Day!  LOL





Many thanks to everyone who left comments on my 100th blog post!  The winner of a set of handmade cards from me is Marie.  Please email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send out your set of cards.  I will post the set of cards later this week. (I don’t want to spoil the surprise for Marie.) I really appreciate all the wonderful comments and I am so glad you enjoy my blog and feel inspired.  I love to create and share with others!

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper Sale.  I have been showcasing the beautiful Stampin’ Up! designs all month long. (There’s only 2 alphabet letters left in this series.) Many of you left comments the other day sharing your favorite Designer Series Paper and so I thought I’d share my Top 4 choices from the DSP SALE (just in case you want to know which ones I recommend on this last day of the sale)…Floral Boutique (LOVE navy and white…so classic!), By the Shore (I love the beach, combing for shells, and sand between my toes.  Plus, the prints on the back of these designs are versatile for year round projects!),  Candy Cane Lane (So stinkin’ cute and perfect for Christmas projects!), and my last choice is a toss up…  I just recently purchased the Moroccan DSP so I haven’t used it as much yet but I really like the prints (so much better in person than you see in the catalog!). My other choice is Fruit Stand. (It has been the biggest surprise for me.)  I admit it was not on my wish list; however, I won a pack at the shoebox swap I attended last summer and fell in love with the prints!  I used that whole pack and have just about used up all of my second pack. I made a bunch of apple note cards for teacher thank you notes, used the lemon DSP to go with little gift packets of lemonade as well as get well cards, made adorable 3 x 3 strawberry cards to go with a basket of fresh berries or jam…I could go on and on about this pack! Try some out for yourself!

Click HERE to shop my online store and take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale before it’s too late!  Please use the Hostess Code 7DB3CBKS when you check out.  I’ve added a visual below to show where to enter the code. I always send a thank you gift each month when you order from me. This month I have lots of 4 x 6 DSP samples going out to my customers along with a thank you card.  I appreciate each and every order!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a Happy Halloween!

Just Stampin’



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