3D Swaps from World Card Making Day

I am late posting today because I am just getting back from Atlanta and the most amazing weekend!  My mind is on inspiration overload!  I wish I could take a week off and just create!  My sister asked me what was my favorite thing from the Stampin’ Up! weekend events and I didn’t even have to think about my answer…it was the people!  I was surrounded by so many wonderful and talented people and we had a blast! Brian King and Pam Morris hosted World Card Making Day on Friday and I met so many wonderful and creative people and made many new friends! One of the first things we did on Friday was a 3D Swap.  Everyone made a little gift and we walked around and mingled until we were told to stop and swap with the person closest to you.  Here’s my 3D swap.


I used a 12 x 12 piece of Candy Cane Lane DSP to make this treat holder. You can click HERE to see my previous post with the directions.  I figured the recipient could sit this on their table and have something sweet to enjoy all weekend.

I received this cute handmade box filled with chocolates.  YUM!

Here’s a few pictures from World Card Making Day and some of the other 3D swaps.

I was so excited to meet the infamous WCMD hosts, Pam Morris and Brian King !
My wonderful friend and upline, Susan Itell.
Look at this awesome candy train made by Joanna!
Karen made an adorable box and gift tags!
What a cool idea for a countdown to Christmas!
Great way to dress up a tissue box!  Change the DSP for different holidays.
Gorgeous ornament!
Quick & easy colorful ornament using strips of DSP.
I love this curvy keepsake ornament!
Beautiful homemade decor!




Here are some more great ideas showing how you can frame your creations for Holiday decor and/or gifts.



Now you can see why I am on inspiration overload! And this was just one of the events! Friday night I went to dinner with some of the members of our team.  These are “my people”!

Joanna Latham, me, Rosanne Mulhern, Susan Itell, Bridget Trefethen, Karen Hallam

I will be sharing more inspiration and photos from all the events later this week so be sure to check back.




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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


X is for Box

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series. You really didn’t think I was going to come up with something that starts with X did you?  When I teach the letter X to my Pre-K students we say “X as in Fox“.  I almost went with sharing the Foxy Friends Suite today but I love to make boxes.  As you know, I like to give little gifts to the hairdressers where I sell my cards to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. This is what I made for the ladies this month.

Mini Box idea from Sam Donald of Pootles Papercraft

I got this idea from the eXtremely talented Sam Donald (Pootles.com).  Check out her YouTube video below to see how to make it.

Here’s a few photos and measurements for the mini box.  The cardstock measures 4 1/2 x 7 1/2.  Use your Simply Scored Scoring Tool and with the long side across the top score at 1 1/2, 3, 4 1/2, and 6 inches.  With the short side across the top score at 1 1/2 and 3.

See the diagram below (or refer to the video) to see where to cut and apply adhesive.  I used Tear & Tape adhesive.


The mini boxes are the perfect size for a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate.  Yum! I decorated the sides of my boxes with Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  Each square measures 1 1/4″. The flowers are punched from the Itty Bitty Accents (retired) and adhered with glue dots. You can easily substitute the smallest flower from the Blossom Bunch Punch or one of the many flower choices from thinlits dies.  I love the linen thread accent under the flower. I used a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the center of each flower.

You can also make boxes using the Stampin’ up Gift Box Punch Board, the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits, or the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies.  I already shared the Gift Box Punch Board with you (G is for Gift Giving) and the Curvy Keepsake Box (Curvy Keepsake Apples).  If you missed those posts you can see them HERE or HERE. You can check out how to use the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies in this short video.

The Curvy Keepsake Box is so versatile and I have used it many times to put treats in for my students, hostesses, holiday table favors, gifts, etc.  Here is an exhibition of some cool projects you can make.

I received this adorable tiny treat bofrom Ramsey the other day when she came to visit.  I love the tag and how she layered the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper with Real Red cardstock to make it pop!  She cut out the strawberry from the DSP and glued it on. How clever!  Thank you Ramsey! I love it and can’t wait to try the strawberry jam inside!

Created by Ramsey Alexander

I have heard from so many of you about how much you like my ABC’s of Stampin’ series. Thank you so much for all your kind words, support, and encouragement!  We are almost done with this series and like you I am a little sad to see it end.  But don’t worry because  I have an eXciting new series coming up for the month of October!  Today I have 2 posts for you… X is also for EXTRA, EXTRA, Read All About It! Be sure to check your inbox for this eXciting news!

Speaking of eXciting news…Did you see the Merry Medley Stamp Kit I am offering?  Tomorrow is the last day to preorder your kit! Click HERE for all the details then email me ( j.stark@myactv.net ) to order your kit!

Merry Medley Stamp Kit    October 2016

Here’s my Back to School Special for today…With an online purchase of $25 or more I will send you a kit to put together today’s box  I made for the hairdressers. And because this is the letter X…you will get an eXtra box kit for each additional $25 you spend!!! Be sure to enter the Hostess Code 7CNZAUYM when you check out. (I’ve included a visual below.) Click HERE to go to my online store. (Clothespins like I used with today’s box are on clearance as well as lots of gorgeous ribbons, stamp sets, etc.  Make sure you check out the Clearance Rack for eXtra savings!!!)

Have an eXtraordinary day!

Just Stampin’


Watch It Wednesday…Curvy Keepsake Apples


For some reason I had a craving for an apple on my way home from school yesterday. (Hmmm…I wonder if it has anything to do with my projects the last few days?  LOL ) When I got home I decided to make some treat boxes…apple ones of course! I really liked the more realistic look of the apples after I sponged them on my card the other day so I decided to give it a try with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits.

Here’s a short video from Stampin’ Up! with directions for the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits.

I like to make the most of my paper so here’s how I cut 2 thinlits from a piece of 6 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock.

I sponged my pieces first using Pear Pizzazz and Delightful Dijon ink. Then I adhered them together with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I used my bone folder to curve the ends like she did in the video.

I freehand cut the stem from a scrap piece of Early Espresso about 1/2 x 1 1/2.  See the photo below for how I attached the stem with a glue dot so I could open and close the box easily.

Next I stamped the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set in Old Olive ink and cut them out with the coordinating die.  I attached these to the stem with glue dots.

This makes a nice gift filled with chocolate, caramels, jewelry, etc.  What would you like to receive in the box?  The curvy keepsake box is so versatile…I have used it to make graduation caps, table favors for Thanksgiving (turkeys), Christmas (Santa, ornaments, and reindeer), Easter, etc.  I have got my money’s worth out of this!  It even comes with 3 different tags to use with this or other projects.  Click HERE to go to my online shop and see everything you get.

Look how nice it goes with my other projects this week to make a great gift set.


Did you notice I used the Thoughtful Branches Bundle on all three of these projects?…the stamped tree and sentiment on the card, the stamped and cut out trunk on the Post-It note holder, and the stamped and cut out leaves on the curvy keepsake apple box.  Today is the LAST DAY this set is available.  I hope you got yours!  You don’t want to regret letting this set pass you by.

I made these apples for 2 eighth grade students who are going to help me out and set up the gym in the mornings for my little ones.  We don’t have a separate play area to leave everything out so we need to store the bikes, etc. in closets and take everything in and out daily.  My students learn quickly how to  clean up and put it back away so the big kids can use the gym after us. 🙂  I like to make little treats like these to give our helpers each year so they keep coming back. I think these will start the year off just right!


Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow is September 1st which means you can start shopping from the new holiday catalog. Lots of new ideas, stamp sets, designer series paper, and embellishments to choose from!  If you are not currently working with another demonstrator and would like a catalog, I’d be happy to send you one.

2016 Holiday catalog

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’