I is for Invitation

Welcome to my Holiday ABC series! I enjoy the holidays and today I am going to share with you one way I make my own invitations for different events.  My holiday cookie exchange has become an annual tradition. Here’s a fun invitation I made that could also be used for birthdays or other parties by simply changing the DSP and stamped image.

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

This is a simple fun fold card. The card base measures 4 1/4 x 11 and is scored at 1 1/4 and 5 1/2. Fold the card in half then fold the top flap down. I adhered a 3 3/4 x 4  piece of DSP (from Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper) to the front and wrapped the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the card and tied a bow. You don’t need any adhesive to keep the card closed…the ribbon holds it together.  (You could staple the flap on each side if you want and hide it under the ribbon but it really isn’t necessary.) I stamped the gingerbread man from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set in soft suede ink and punched him out with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I added a bow tie I punched from DSP and a candy cane I fussy cut from DSP.  I adhered it to Layering Circles with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I typed my invitation on the computer and printed it on Whisper White cardstock.  I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut it to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 and adhered it to a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of Old Olive Cardstock.  It’s easy to slide in and pull out to read.

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Here’s a couple of photos from last year’s cookie exchange. Looking at these yummy cookies is getting me thinking about what I will bake this year!  Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. The DSP used on my invitation is part of the special Stampin’ Up promotion going on now through the end of October.  Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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You can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below to order.

Today is my friend Susan’s birthday. We celebrated over the weekend with fellow demonstrators and team members. We call ourselves “Sisters of the Traveling Stamps”. We spent the weekend in Annapolis, Maryland at Ramsey’s and had so much fun sharing ideas (we each brought a shoebox swap), watching videos, learning new techniques, and stamping until the wee hours of the morning! Stampin’ Up! is so much more than just stamps and making cards…I love the friendships and spending time with “my people”.  Here’s a photo from our fun weekend!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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C is for Christmas Cards

Welcome to my ABC Holiday Series! With Christmas less than 12 weeks away it’s time to think about what card you want to make to send this year. Now is the best time to order what you need… Stampin’ Up! is offering specials on Fast Fuse, DSP, and more (*See details below)!  I send out a lot of Christmas cards so I like to start early. I make several different cards before I decide on “the one” which I will make in bulk to send.  Here’s today’s contender.

Stampin Up Holly Berry Happiness Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUP

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! products (besides the quality) is how everything is made to coordinate. The Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder coordinates beautifully with the image from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set.  This card has everything that I feel sets it apart from store bought cards…texture, layers, embossing, ribbon, embellishments, and watercolor all in one! The fact that it is handmade from the heart…priceless! Here’s the measurements:

Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 (Whisper White)

Layer 1 (Embossed): 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (Always Artichoke)

Layer 2: 4 1/2 x 2 (Real Red)

Layer 3: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 (Whisper White)

Layer 4: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 (Always Artichoke)

Layer 5 (stamped panel): 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 (Whisper White)

DSP Layer: 1/2 x 2 1/4

I stamped the holly image in Always Artichoke ink and used my blender pen to color inside the leaves. The sentiment is from the Star of Light Stamp Set (another beautiful stamp set). I added matching plaid from Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper pack (part of the Buy 3, Get One Free Special going on now) to the front of my envelope. Many thanks to my friend, Rosanne Mulhern (Heartfelt Stamping), for sharing her paper saving idea! This is a great way to still add that special coordinating touch when making many cards.

Stampin Up Holly Berry Happiness Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUP

Here’s some other Christmas cards I shared previously.  You can click of any of the images to see the original post with directions.

Stampin Up Painted Harvest Christmas Joy Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp For inspiration and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Stampin Up Watercolor Christmas card idea with Fabulous Foil Acetate - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Joy card made using products from the Stampin Up Year of Cheer Suite. For inspiration and more visit www.juststampin.com

Do you have a favorite from today’s parade? I’m curious…How many holiday cards do you send? Do you send the same card to everyone or do you make several different cards each year?  I can’t wait to read your responses!

You can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below to order.

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!

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*OCTOBER ONLINE ORDER SPECIAL…I am giving away the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE to 1 lucky winner in October!  Anyone who places an online order using the host code will be entered in a drawing to win this stamp set. The winner will be announced November 1st after all October orders are complete!

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Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting sneak peeks at new products and being able to order early. Demonstrators (and anyone who signs up between October 1st – 15th) can purchase the new Stampin’ Blends before the are released (sometime before the end of the year). You could get the Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (all 26 colors plus the color lifter)  with “no strings attached” as part of your $99 starter kit.  I welcome hobby demonstrators! Click HERE for more information and to join my team! Questions? Email me and we can arrange a time to chat!

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Only 1 week left to take advantage of these savings!!!!

World Card Making Day is October 7th. In celebration of this day, Stampin’ Up is offering 15% off select card making essentials, plus a deal on Fast Fuse Adhesive (BUY FAST FUSE ADHESIVE AND GET TWO REFILLS FOR FREE) October 1–10! Don’t miss out on this chance to stock up on card making staples to keep celebrating all year long. Click Here for the WCMD flyer.

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During the entire month of October, select packs of Designer Paper will be part of a Buy 3, Get 1 Free special! Click HERE for the DSP sale flyer.

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Click on the image above to find out about the upcoming October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits and how you can earn $5 off your next online order!

 

 

 

A is for Advent Boxes

Welcome to my ABC Holiday Series! I am excited to share some fun holiday projects from A to Z, starting with these Advent boxes.

Paper Pumpkin Layered Leaves Advent Boxes Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

When my kids were little I always made some type of Advent calendar for the month of December.  I would plan a special activity for each day and put a note or clue inside the numbered project. For us, Advent was all about family time, giving, and remembering the reason we celebrate Christmas. I don’t know who enjoyed this tradition more, my children or me!

These advent boxes are quick & easy to make using the pillow boxes from the Paper Pumpkin Layered Leaves Kit and the Large Numbers Framelits. When it comes to purchasing products I am all about versatility! I love the Large Numbers Framelits.  These dies are great for milestone birthdays and anniversaries and perfect for numbering advent boxes! (They coordinate with the Number of Years Stamp Set.)

You already know how much I enjoy getting my monthly Paper Pumpkin kits! If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can order refills of past kits (while supplies last).  I ordered 3 refill kits which will make 24 pillow boxes (not to mention 24 cards & envelopes which I plan to use for gift sets). Click on the image below to find out about the upcoming October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits and how you can earn $5 off your next online order!Paper Pumpkin season of style

If you are not a subscriber (I can’t imagine why not!!!) you can make your own pillow boxes (or stockings) using the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies (available separately or as a bundle).

Here’s a size comparison of the pillow boxes side by side.

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Here’s my decorated pillow box using the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies. Stampin Up Trim Your Stockings Thinlits Dies Pillow Box Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

You can easily fit notes, gift cards, and small treats in either one. Basically, it all depends on preference and how much time you have to create. You can add the stocking die to the pillow box which would be cute hanging on a tree. (I’ll be sharing more ideas using the stocking dies later.) There are many possibilities for these pillow boxes and just as many ideas for what to put in them…inspirational quotes for a college student during finals, gifts for 8 days of Hanukkah,  date night cards numbered for each month, a  birthday with their age on top, countdown to a wedding or big day, etc. What would you use them for? I would love to hear your ideas!

Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin and Trim Your Stocking Pillow Box Ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Click HERE for printable notes for Advent

Click HERE for Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Children

You probably already do many of the activities you’d put in the advent boxes but there’s something special and exciting about opening a box to find out the special activity for the day. (FYI…the pillow boxes make it easy to slip the note in the night before or switch them around if something comes up.)

Even if you don’t have young children, you could make a set as a gift to give to grandchildren or a friend. You could even keep for yourself and fill with a random act of kindness to do or give away each day! We can all make a difference by spreading joy to others.

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!

Current Host Code:  BHYQXWS2

*OCTOBER ONLINE ORDER SPECIAL…I am giving away the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE to 1 lucky winner in October!  Anyone who places an online order using the host code will be entered in a drawing to win this stamp set. The winner will be announced November 1st after all October orders are complete!

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October special savings starts today! See details below!

  • World Card Making Day Sale (Oct 1-10)
  • Designer Series Paper Sale (Oct 1-31)
  • Stampin’ Blends Demonstrator Only Early Release (Oct 1-15)
  • Merry Patterns Host Stamp Set continues (ends 10/31)

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World Card Making Day is October 7th. In celebration of this day, Stampin’ Up will be offering 15% off select card making essentials, plus a deal on Fast Fuse Adhesive (BUY FAST FUSE ADHESIVE AND GET TWO REFILLS FOR FREE) October 1–10! Don’t miss out on this chance to stock up on card making staples to keep celebrating all year long. Click Here for the WCMD flyer.

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During the entire month of October, select packs of Designer Paper will be part of a Buy 3, Get 1 Free special! Click HERE for the DSP sale flyer.

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Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Stampin’ Up! announced the return of alcohol-based markers!! One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting sneak peeks at new products and being able to order early. Demonstrators (and anyone who signs up between October 1st – 15th) can purchase these before the are released (sometime before the end of the year). You could get the Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (all 26 colors plus the color lifter)  with “no strings attached” as part of your $99 starter kit.  I welcome hobby demonstrators!  Why not be your own customer and enjoy getting product at a discount? Click HERE for more information and to join my team! Questions? Email me and we can arrange a time to chat!