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

Host Code Exclusive!  Earn Free gifts from me (card kits and more) with your order. Simply enter the host code at checkout. *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.

Host Code: PH6HPQF3 

*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.)

 

 

Q is for Questions and Quick Tips

Welcome to my ABC “Sale-A-Bration” Series! This series showcases products from the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochures. The catalog and brochures offer ideas, quick tips, and techniques! Today I decided to have a little fun and send you on a scavenger hunt through the catalog and brochures to find answers to some questions. (*I will post a link to the Sale-A-Bration brochures below. You can access the catalog from the menu bar on my blog.  If you are reading this in your email, click on the title to go to my blog.)

I always loved scavenger hunts and remember fun times racing around the neighborhood with brown paper bags seeing who could be first to find the items on the list. Well, you don’t need to run around! You can grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and enjoy browsing the catalog.  Look for answers to the questions below, copy and paste the questions with your answers, and email them to me (j.stark@myactv.net).  I will pick a random winner to receive a Sale-A-Bration surprise!

Let’s see how well you do with these 10 questions…

  1.  What is “a little cheesy” in the Occasions catalog?
  2. Finish this sentiment from a stamp set featured in the Occasions catalog: “Life is beautiful ___ __ __”
  3. What new product allows you to create unique backgrounds with coloring techniques?
  4. I hope you didn’t miss this quick tip in the catalog…What should you do when stamping on vellum to prevent smearing?
  5. What color watercolor pencils are exclusive to the Lots of Happy kit (and are not available in our set of watercolor pencils)?
  6. Which stamp set answers this question: What happens if someone forgets your birthday?
  7. What new item can you use to “frame your art”?
  8. What new item can you use to make an interactive card?
  9. Here’s another quick tip answered in the catalog…How should you store Stampin’ Blends (and other Stampin’ Up! markers)?
  10. What products can you get for FREE with a $100 purchase?

Have fun! You have until Sunday, March 18th (midnight) to complete the Scavenger Hunt.  Email me with “Scavenger Hunt” in the subject.  Answers and winner will be announced on Monday, 19th.

**Last chance to get my “Just Stampin’ Card kit and 3D Project Buffet” to go this month. You will get 3 card kits and a 3D project kit. For more details and ordering information click HERE.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

Host Code Exclusive!  Earn Free gifts from me (card kits and more) with your order. Simply enter the host code at checkout. Click HERE to shop.

Host Code: PH6HPQF3   

*Orders of $50 or more qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration items. *Just 2 weeks left to take advantage of these freebies!

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Sale-A-Bration Second Release

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NEW Sale-A-Bration Items Added Today! 

Check out these new items (from current catalogs) that will be available for FREE starting today, Thursday, March 15th. *Click on the image flyer below to enlarge and print.

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**The item numbers from the flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items. The items have different numbers in the catalog that do not mark the item as part of Sale-A-Bration.

SAB FREE with $50

SAB FREE with $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s My Stampin’ Anniversary!

Today I celebrate 5 years with Stampin’ Up! Let’s celebrate with some blog candy! Leave a comment sharing what you love about Stampin’ Up!  It can be a favorite product or anything! I will pick a random winner to receive 5 of my handmade cards.

I have to say I made one of the best decisions ever when I joined Stampin’ Up!  I didn’t know at the time that I was about to embark on such a rewarding and fulfilling experience! Who knew that creating and sharing cards could bring so much joy?! I love the products (and the discount on the products) but I have to say it is the people…you and many others that I met along this journey, that bring me such joy! I love how we share and inspire each other. I have met so many new friends through this common interest. We are gearing up to go to the Stampin’ Up! Convention in April and I am looking forward to seeing and hanging out with “my people”.   If this is something you have thought about or considered doing, I say Go for it!  Come join the fun! There is no obligation, no pressure, and the rewards are plentiful!!!!

Sale-A-Bration is the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator! You can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose choose $125 in products plus TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! Plus, the kit ships for free!  That’s an awesome deal!!

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Starter Kit:

Stampin’ Up!’s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! The products you choose are completely up to you.  For just $99, you get:

* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products!

* A business supply pack valued at $50!

*A FREE Paper Pumpkin Kit included in your kit!

*FREE shipping: The kit ships to you FREE, another 10% savings!

Product Discount:

Demonstrators get at least a 20% discount on all Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. You even get a discount on bundles and clearance!

Extra Income:

Stampin’ Up! offers a fun opportunity to share your passion for stamping and earn extra income and product.  You’ll earn extra income and product based on your sales and recruiting – just how much extra income is up to you.

Flexible Schedule:

This is your business, so you can put as much (or as little) time into it as you’d like!

Support From Stampin’ Up!:

Stampin’ Up! loves their demonstrators and it shows through our demonstrator support materials. Workshop ideas and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics are available at your fingertips on our demonstrator website. Plus, you’ll receive “Stampin’ Success”, a magazine just for demonstrators, which is full of informative tips and beautiful samples.

Support From Me:

Whether you’d like to start a business or would simply like the great discount, I am here to support you along the way. When you join through me you become a member of the PALS team. We have monthly team webinars, weekly email updates, and private Facebook pages to chat, share ideas, ask questions, and showcase our creations. You can choose to participate or just quietly lurk and take it all in. Oh, and there’s prizes and giveaways and lots of inspiration!

DO IT JUST FOR YOU!  

Consider becoming a Hobby Demonstrator: There’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit! There is no penalty if you decide to stop and you get to keep all of your starter kit goodies! If you maintain $300 in retail sales per quarter, you can continue to be a Demonstrator.  If you don’t, that’s okay too! You can always just join now and receive a discount on everything you order from now through July 31st!

Another bonus of being a Demonstrator…you receive FREE catalogs and an opportunity to preview and purchase new products in advance–one of my favorite benefits.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Demonstrator, click  HERE  to see some of the benefits and the compensation table.  You can also sign up electronically to join. If you have any questions, please contact me.  I’d love to tell you more about it! Come Join the Fun!

Sale A Bration

This is the last month of Sale-A-Bration. Some items from the Occasions catalog and Annual catalog will be retiring soon.  Do you have everything you want?  While we don’t know exactly what is retiring yet, we do know that the 2016-2018 In Colors will retire the end of May.  They will be available while supplies last before then so I suggest if these are colors you like, make sure you have what you need!  In the past they have sold out fast once they announce the retiring products in April!  *If you have the ink pads you may want to make sure you have the ink refills. Purchase now while you can earn FREE gifts with your qualifying purchase.  I always stock up on adhesives and other essentials like envelopes and cardstock during Sale-A-Bration.

Click HERE to see the 2016-2018 Retiring In Colors!

Do you like making cards and 3D projects but don’t have everything you need?  Do you find you have limited time to craft and wish there was a way to make it quick & simple? Well, if you answered yes to either of these questions, I have just what you’re looking for…my “Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet” TO GO!

Monthly “Kit Buffet” TO GO cost:  $10 (plus shipping and handling)

Here’s how you can reserve your seat at the buffet table:

Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) with “Just Stampin’ Kit Buffet” in the subject line. Include your full name, mailing address, and email address.  I will send you a PayPal invoice. Orders need to be placed by March 16th. (*Please note I can only accept a limited number of orders each month. I may reach my limit before March 16th.)

Just Stampin’ Buffet TO GO Kits include:

  • Pre-cut supplies for four projects (stamped images not included, in accordance with Stampin’ Up! policy)
  • Envelopes for non 3D projects
  • Pre-punched items and/or Big Shot items, such as die cuts and textured embossed
  • Ribbon and/or embellishments

I love to spoil my customers and they have been enjoying my card kits and 3D projects at classes and/or when they place an online order. I love to send out card kits and/or treats for orders placed with me. You can get a “thank you” card kit for FREE with an online purchase using the hostess code. (*See below for the current hostess code.)

My “Kit Buffet TO GO!” is intended to make it easy for you to be able to see and try out different products while being able to substitute different stamps you already have. You don’t have to worry about having coordinating designer series paper to go with the cardstock, the right color ribbon to match, or other embellishments…everything is in the kit!  You just need to stamp and adhere. My kits are versatile to be able to use for different occasions!

Here’s what others have said about my past kits:

Your kit arrived yesterday and I’ve had great fun putting it together. You did a terrific job!  I love the way everything coordinates (which is my biggest challenge) and the kit was so well organized with the pieces for the box all together neatly in a glassine envelope.  Such attention to detail!  

Your instructions were impeccable.  Your pictures were beautiful and a big help in putting everything together. Obviously I am very pleased. And I will be ordering again if you have future kits.    Thank you so much,
Deborah M

I haven’t had much time to craft lately but I did these in a jiffy and they are sooo cute. Thank you for offering this for us!

Please count me in! Besides being great cards, it’s the BEST value out there and I’d do this even if you charged more–your time is worth more than you are charging!
Thanks, Jeanie. Excited to see the new things you’ve come up with.
Susan

*One lucky person will receive my Just Stamping Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet for FREE!  I will use random.org to choose a winner.  The winner will be notified and will receive their kit for Free in honor of Sister Corda.  If you are new to my blog, you can Click HERE to read more about Sister Corda.

You will love the cards and projects in this kit. The kit includes supplies for 3 cards and a 3D project. I will send you an email when your kit is shipped. It will include an attachment with the project samples, supplies, and directions. You can substitute different stamps and sentiments using what you have or just copy my samples. The choice is up to you! Order your kit today!

Have a wonderful day! Share some handmade kindness!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

Host Code Exclusive!  Earn Free gifts from me (card kits and more) with your order. Simply enter the host code at checkout.

Host Code: PH6HPQF3   

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

SAB FREE with $50

SAB FREE with $100

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.”

Get Ready to Sale-A-Brate from A to Z!

Sale-A-Bration is one of my favorite times of the year.  I always love it when a new catalog debuts and along with the Occasions catalog that came out last month, came the Sale-A-Bration flyer and that means FREE stamping stuff!  Woo Hoo! My new stamps, dies, Designer Series Papers, etc. have been waiting patiently for my elbow to heal so I can create. Last year I introduced many new items through my alphabet series and even though I may be a little late getting started this year I am going to do it again! I love doing my alphabet series and I look forward to sharing my favorites with you from A to Z!

Let’s have some fun and see who knows my stamping style best! Answer each of the questions below and whoever has the highest score will win some Sale-A-Bration Blog Candy! (If there is a tie, I will use random.org to choose the winner!)  Leave a comment with your numbered answers. (Click HERE if you want to view the Occasions catalog online.)

*Updated 2/21/18

  1. What is my favorite bundle in the Occasions catalog? Petal Palette Click HERE to view the new bundles.
  2. What is my favorite Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog? Petal Passion, Sweet Soiree, and True Gentleman               
  3. What is my favorite Suite in the Occasions catalog? (Picture Perfect Party p. 4-5, Sweet Soiree p. 10-13, Painted With Love p. 18-19, Petal Passion p. 22-24, Tutti-Frutti p. 28-29, Myths & Magic p. 36-37, True Gentleman p. 44-45)
  4. Which kit (p. 15-16) is my favorite in the Occasions catalog? Lots of Happy (I love to color!) Click HERE to view the kits. (*If you click on the photo you can watch a video showcasing the projects.)
  5. What is my favorite Sale-A-Bration gift? Celebrate You Thinlits Click HERE to view the Sale-A-Bration catalog.

I can’t wait to read your answers! You have until February 20th to enter. I will post my answers and the winner on February 21st. I am making progress with my elbow and can’t wait to start “Sale-A-Brating” from A to Z!

Here’s the answer to my question on the blog the other day…Paper Pumpkin and I share the same anniversary, 5 YEARS in March!!!  Congratulations to Dee Whitaker!!! I will mail you your blog candy!

SNEAK PEEK!  Beginning tomorrow, February 16th, you can earn even MORE
Sale-A-Bration freebies!  Click on the image below to view.

SAB 2nd release 

I am honored to be featured in an article on “Homemade Thank You Cards” on Gifts.com. You can click HERE to check it out!
Have a wonderful day!
Just Stampin’
Jeanie
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.”

Check out some great ways below to shop and save on Stampin’ Up! in February!

*All orders qualify for my monthly thank you gifts!

Use the host code  SUMCMQRW (if your order is under $150).

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  • For every $50 you spend, you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  New $100 level!
  • Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products with Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions! Click HERE for details.
  • Say hello to colorful creativity with Stampin’ Blends Markers.  Click HERE for ideas and more.
  • Save 10% on Occasions & Annual Catalog Bundles
  • Spend $150 or more and earn FREE products with Host Rewards.  Get a $25 rewards bonus when you spend $250 or more during Sale-A-Bration.
  • Host Code Exclusive!  Earn Free gifts from me (card kits and more) with your order. Simply enter the host code at checkout.  Host Code: SUMCMQRW   Click HERE to shop. 
  • Join the Fun and choose 2 FREE stamp sets as a bonus Jan. 3 – March 31!  The $99 Starter Kit is the best deal of ALL.  At a minimum, enjoy 20% off  Stampin’ Up! products through July 31 (or longer).  I welcome hobby demonstrators! Click HERE or HERE to learn more or contact me and let’s chat!
SAB FREE with $50

SAB FREE with $100

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!

PaperPumpkin sale items

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.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA


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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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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

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When you join my team in July…

  • You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack with your Starter Kit ($52 value)
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    • 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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A Birthday Surprise!

Today is my birthday and I have been getting “Happy Mail” all week. (Read all the way to the end to find out how you can get some happy mail too!) Here’s some of the beautiful handmade birthday cards I received.

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Remember the beautiful wreath my sister made me? (You can see it HERE.) This is the bag (pictured above) that she presented it in.  I love the way she attached the card to the bag in a clear envelope.

I am blessed and so very grateful for my family and friends!

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Birthdays have always been special in our family! I have been celebrating all week with my daughter home for spring break. This year has been a bit of an adjustment for me with her 10 hours away at college and my son 7 hours away in the opposite direction. (He recently transferred with his job.) Our house is so quiet! I was taken by surprise when my son walked in the door yesterday afternoon to surprise me for my birthday. My husband and daughter were in on the secret but I didn’t have a clue. We enjoyed a wonderful family dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant and then we stayed up til the wee hours of the morning chatting and laughing. Unfortunately he has to drive back today.  Short but oh so sweet! And here’s something else that’s sweet….some more 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 some retired DSP, card kits, and more!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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You can earn Host Rewards with sales of $150. Place an order of $250 or greater or host a party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards/Host Cash!!  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!

 

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It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free! Send me an email (j.stark@myactv.net) if you have any questions or want to plan a time to chat. Click HERE and HERE for more information. I hope you will Join the Fun!

My Favorite Things and Blog Candy Winner!

Last week I created a little “quiz” for the letter Q in my alphabet series.  It was fun reading your responses and it was really hard to narrow down my favorites.  To be fair, I wrote down my answers before I posted the blog quiz.  I admit it seems like my favorites sometimes change daily as I usually fall in love with what I am presently using to create.  Though, for me to purchase and invest in something new,  it has to have my #1 requirement…versatility!   Here’s my answers to the quiz…

  1. What new item from the Occasions catalog was #1 on my list (had to have!)?

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Most of you got this one…the watercolor pencils.  I couldn’t contain my excitement at the Stampin’ Up! convention when I saw these and got to play with them!  I love to color and paint and have never considered myself all that great at it.  These watercolor pencils are so easy to use and they make everyone look like an artist!  🙂 There are thirteen pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White.  Paired with Blender Pens or AquaPainters, they are perfect for watercoloring. Check out this video.

 

Click HERE or HERE to see some of my watercolor projects.

2. What is my favorite bundle in the Occasions catalog?

There are 14 new bundles in the Occasions catalog and I have purchased 10 of them! (I love that I can save 10% when purchasing Stampin’ Up! bundles.)  This is my favorite Stampin’ Up! catalog to date!  This was the toughest category for me to choose just 1 favorite as each has something special that I love.  I decided I needed to go with my first love… the one that I put on my demonstrator preorder, Dragonfly Dreams.

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This set makes gorgeous stamped and cut out images and it fits the versatility test. I can use this set for anything…from note cards to birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, or thank you cards.  And it is fun to color with my watercolor pencils! I also love that I can make a quick & easy card that makes a statement! I really thought the fact that I made calendar cards with these would have been a hint…it’s something I am going to look at every day all year long! 🙂

3. What is my favorite Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog?

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This category was tough as I love my DSP!  I think it is the different, blurred look of this paper that has me in love with Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. You really need to see it in person.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the catalog image but, when I saw it up close and personal, I had to buy it. Again, it goes back to versatility.  I have used this for many different occasion cards lately. (Click HERE or HERE or HERE to see several cards I’ve made using this paper.)

4. What is my favorite Suite in the Occasions catalog?

I kept going back and forth between my top 2 suites so I decided to go with a tie on this one because I love all the embellishments, etc. that goes with each of these suites. The Falling in Love Suite has the beautiful font (and sentiments for the inside), gorgeous lace doilies, metal embellishments, satin ribbon, and the Falling Petals Embossing folder (Click HERE to see a card I made using this embossing folder).

I make and need a lot of birthday cards and the Party Animal Suite has large fonts that I love and it is versatile to use for tags as well as masculine and kid cards. I love the party hat and balloon embellishments to add a special touch.  The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are so cool and make fun pop up and shaker cards! (Click HERE to see a card I made with this set. Be sure to check back to see a shaker card I made.)

5.What is my favorite Sale-A-Bration gift?

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Another tough category to choose from…especially when they are all FREE!  I had to go with the Card Tin as I love to give cards as gifts and this makes a wonderful presentation!  I am using one as a perpetual birthday calendar and organizer for myself. (Click HERE to see my card tin and print a perpetual calendar for yourself or as a gift.)

Now that you know some of my favorites, what are yours?  Leave me a comment with your favorite new item (or items) from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalog or both. I look forward to sharing more of these items with you.  Now for the winner with the highest score on the “quiz”… There was a tie…both Mary Ann and Jeannine had 4 out of 5 answers. Congratulations! I know I said I would use random.org to pick a winner if there was a tie but, I would rather send both of you a gift.  Email me your address (j.stark@myactv.net)  along with the Sale-A-Bration item you would like. (I will be placing my order January 31st.)  Thanks so much to all of you who played along. I love hearing from you and always appreciate you taking the time to comment.  You inspire me to keep sharing my projects! Check back tomorrow as I continue my alphabet series showcasing new products in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

Use the January hostess code EPGDT3KF when you check out and I will put a card kit in the mail to you as my thanks for shopping with me.  🙂 Click HERE to Shop.

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