C is for Candy Cane Lane DSP


Welcome to my series, The ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper.

Projects made using Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

Today’s projects are just yummy with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper. I went a little crazy creating and made 4 projects to share with you today. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable as I have lots of photos to share with you.

When I first saw this paper in the Holiday Catalog I thought of my annual cookie exchange. I started hosting a cookie exchange and brunch about 15 years ago and look forward to this event every year. This paper would have been perfect for last years candy cane theme.  Check out the cute lottery ticket favors at each place setting.  I used 3 candy canes wrapped together to make a stand. These work great as place settings with the names of guests or on a buffet table to put the name of the dish.


Here’s a few photos from last year’s cookie exchange/brunch.


My daughter and her best friend made the cookies for me. 🙂  They made around 10 dozen pizzelles. (They look like pancakes in the photo below all stacked up on the breakfast bar. LOL)  Just thinking about them is making me hungry!  They were so good!!  I decorated  Stampin’ Up! boxes to put my cookies in.  It’s all about the presentation (and getting together with friends)!

Well this little trip down Memory Lane made me want to bake some cookies. I decided to forgo the calories and make a cookie container using some Candy Cane Lane DSP.   I made this using 1 sheet of 12 x 12 DSP.

Cookie Container using Stampin’ Up! 12 x 12 Candy Cane Lane DSP

This container was really easy to make.  I was inspired by an article by Kristine at Down Home Inspiration.  She needs a score board!!! She had to measure with a ruler and fold and if she only knew about Stampin’ Up!’s tools she would find this much quicker and easier to make.  It took me no time at all.  Simply score both sides at 4 and 8 inches.  Then you do need to use a ruler and score (using your scoring tool) from the point at each corner to the intersection at the 4 inch score line.

You will fold on all the score lines then pinch the corner folds along the crease and bring them forward.

Next, punch a hole in each corner point and thread some ribbon through and tie a bow. I used a 1/4 inch hole punch and the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog (page 5). This could easily hold a dozen or more cookies or muffins, etc.  What a great gift to give a new neighbor or friend or even a little get well package for someone!

This next project uses the Envelope Punch Board.  Today is the last day to get it on sale for $15 (reg. $20) The Envelope Punch Board comes with two built in punches and it’s own scoring tool, plus measurements for 66 different sized cards. Not only can you make envelopes and their liners with the board but a multitude of other things too. I have been using mine to make Christmas Crackers. These are a holiday tradition! I first learned how to make these from fellow demonstrator, Sharon Cline. Oh what fun!

Christmas Cracker using Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP and the Envelope Punch Board

You need a piece of 6 x 5 1/2 DSP to make the cracker box. Use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to score the sides first.  With the 6 inch side at the top score at 1 1/4 and 4 3/4. Rotate the paper so the 5 1/2 inch side is along the top of the Scoring Tool and score at 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, and 5 inches.  Fold along the score lines.

Fold the 1/2″ strip along the 6″ inch side down and slide the paper into the Envelope Punch Board so the end of the paper is at the 1 1/4″ mark on the Punch Board and punch.  You will be punching through a double thickness of paper.  Flip the paper over and slide in again so you can punch at the 1 1/4″ mark on the other side. Fold the next crease line down and punch each side again at the 1 1/4″ mark.  Flip and repeat until you’ve punched along all crease lines.  Punch the final edge on each side at the 1 1/4″ mark. (You’ll only be punching through a single thickness this time.)

Add Tear & Tape Adhesive along the 1/2″ flap and tape the seam shut. Gently pinch the ends together, fill with candy or a small gift, and tie with a length of ribbon.

Here’a another project made using the Envelope Punch Board. (If you don’t have this handy tool you need to order it today and take advantage of the 25% off!) The measurements for this cute candy cane box came from the talented UK demonstrator, Sam Donald ( aka Pootles).

Candy Cane Box made with the Envelope Punch Board and Candy Cane Lane DSP

Start with a piece of 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 DSP.  Line up at the 2 inch mark on the Envelope Punch Board and punch & score.  Slide to the 2 5/8 inch mark and punch & score again.  Rotate the paper, line up the score lines, and repeat for each side.  On the last side only punch, don’t score.  This will be the top of your holder.  Round all corners using the corner rounder provided on the Punch Board.  Fold all score lines and snip the little scored boxes along the edges (as shown in the photo below).


It takes just 3 glue dots to adhere this box together. Put one on the bottom point and bring the side in.  Then put a glue dot on each side point and close.

I wrapped ribbon around my box and stamped the sentiment from Love You Lots (Exclusive Hostess Stamp Set) and then used the hearts from Perpetual Birthday Calendar to stamp around the sentiment.  I punched this out with the 1 3/8 circle punch and layered it on a 1 1/2 circle punched from Red Glimmer Paper.  I attached this with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added two candy canes and arranged them to make a heart like the DSP.

My last project was inspired by a pocket card from Linda Heller.  I decided to make mine to send some cocoa.

Cocoa Pocket Card using Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

This is a quick card to make using punches and framelits. Score a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 Early Espresso cardstock at 1 1/2 and 5 1/2.  This is a bottom fold card with a fold down front flap.  I stapled the flap down to make the pocket.  This gets hidden with the 1 x 4 1/4 piece of DSP that is adhered on top along with a 1/4 x 4 1/4 strip of coordinating DSP. I cut the circles from Candy Cane Lane DSP and Real Red cardstock and glued them together before adhering them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I stamped the adorable gingerbread man from Cookie Cutter Christmas in early espresso ink and punched him out with the matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. (You can purchase these together as a bundle and save 10%.) I attached him to the card with Dimensionals. The pull out card in Real Red measures 5 1/4 x 3 3/4.  I stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Wings in Early Espresso on a piece of 5 x 3 1/2 Whisper White.  I stapled a 3 inch piece of burlap ribbon between the layers and placed it in the pocket with some cocoa.  It’s ready to send with a handwritten message. This would be a cute little gift to give with the candy cane box.


candy-cane-lane-dspToday’s projects were all about cookies, candy, and cocoa. And I made them all using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  Here’s another look at each of the individual projects. Do you have a favorite?





I want to remind you that today, October 5th, is the LAST DAY to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s World Card Making Day Specials. Get up to 25% off these essential card making supplies. Don’t forget to place your order today!


This is a great deal on Fast Fuse Adhesive!!  It is my adhesive of choice!  I also love the In Colors.  And the Designer Tin of Cards are gorgeous! You make 16 cards for just over $20. WOW!  I posted a video previously showcasing the Tin of Cards.  If you missed it, you can CLICK HERE.

Some of our wonderful designer series paper is also on sale (including Candy Cane Lane)!


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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’



Z is for Zig Zag Edges

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series.  We have reached the end of this alphabet series and I hope you have been inspired and learned some new things about stamping along the way. I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know if you had a favorite letter, tip, or project from this series. Today  I am going to share a fun way to make zig zag edges using the envelope punch board (I absolutely love the versatility of this tool!!).

Each month I meet with a talented group of ladies to share cards, projects, techniques, and ideas. One of my team members named our group C3 (Creative Card Club). Last month Marisa shared a fun birthday card using the zig zag technique. (How perfect in seeing I had no idea what I was going to share for Z.  LOL)


You need the Envelope Punch Board to create the zig zags on this card.  Start by lining up your card with the tip of the score guide and punch. Slide your card over to the 1 1/2″ mark and punch again.  Continue sliding over and punching each time at the 2 1/2, and 3 1/2 inch marks. Flip your card over and repeat for the bottom of the card.  Punch at each point (score guide, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2).  So easy!

Add 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch strips of DSP on the inside of the card along the top and bottom so it peeks through the zig zag on the front of the card.  You can stamp and embellish any way you want. Here’s the finished card and stamped envelope to match.

Card Design By Marisa Kenney

I have great news for you if you don’t already own the Envelope Punch Board…It will be on sale for $15 (reg. $20) for 5 days starting tomorrow!  I love my envelope punch board and use it for more than just custom envelopes. Here’s another zig zag card I made using this tool.

Zig Zag Edges made with the Envelope Punch Board

Stamp sets: Spooky Fun, Suite Seasons  Ink: Basic Black  Papers: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies

Have a Zippy Day!

Just Stampin’


P.S. Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.   Click the link below to see all the items that will be on sale in honor of World Card Making Day! Share some handmade kindness with someone!


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T is for Stampin’ Trimmer

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series!  Yesterday I left you with a teaser for today. I’m so glad you stay tuned as I have a real treat for you!  Before we take a look at the Stampin’ Trimmer and tips for using it, I want to share with you my Favorite Background Stamp that I did not tell you yesterday…it’s Merry Medley!  This stamp has so many cool sentiments that I thought it could be more than just a background stamp. In fact, when I started playing with it yesterday, I decided that I would offer this stamp with my Stamp of the Month Kit.  You can preorder this  kit from me now through September 29th. The kit includes the Merry Medley stamp, Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers, and all the supplies…card bases, envelopes, ribbon, cardstock, Designer Series Paper, die cuts, embossed pieces (precut and ready to stamp and assemble) to make 5 cards and a 3D project (mini notebook)!

Merry Medley Stamp of the Month   October 2016

All the sentiments used on these projects came from just 1 stamp! Take a look.

I inked it up and stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I  used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut it up to make all the different sentiments for my cards! Here’s a tip for inking up large stamps like this one: Turn the stamp over and tap the ink on top of the stamp. It is easier to get good coverage that way. I love how some of the sentiments are open for you to color. I find it very relaxing to color!

I couldn’t have cut these pieces so precise without my Stampin’ Trimmer. Here’s a short video from Stampin’ Up! highlighting it’s features.

Here’s a visual for you showing how I cut the sentiments apart step by step.


How cool is that! You get 12 different sentiments to use on cards, tags, etc. Here’s the 5 cards you’ll make from the kit.

Here are some alternate ideas you could do using different sentiments.

You will make just one of the mini notebooks. The tag is included as a Bonus; however, the  sentiment shown on the tag is used on one of the cards above.

The cost of the Merry Medley Stamp Kit is $40 (Merry Medley clear mount stamp and set of 2 Stampin’ Write Markers are included with the kit).  Note: If you prefer the wood mount Merry Medley stamp the cost is $45. Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) by September 29th  with “Merry Medley Kit” in the subject and I will send you a PayPal invoice.  Be sure to include your shipping address! I will order the stamp set and markers and precut everything for your kit. You will just need ink (Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green), adhesive and trimmer.  I will send you a file with all the directions when I ship your kit.  Just think, you can get a head start on some fun Christmas cards to use or give as a gift to someone else.  I make Christmas cards for my mom to send out and I like the way this has different sentiments you can send to each person.  And I love the little notebook!  I keep one in my purse all the time and I have made a bunch to give as gifts. So, do you have a favorite card from today?  Leave me a comment.  I always enjoy hearing from you!

Have a Terrific Day!

Just Stampin’