Q is for Quarter Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series. Today’s fun fold card is quite different, a Quarter Fold. It’s quick & easy to make and you fold it like you would a packing box.

Stampin Up Fun Fold card using Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set.. For more fun fold cards, directions, and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

This card showcases the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper.  Today is your last chance to get this paper before it retires. The bright fun colors of this card just scream birthday to me. I used the Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (also retiring) to stamp my sentiment. This has been one of my favorite stamp sets.  It has cool fonts and lots of sentiments for tons of versatility!

To make this fun quarter fold card you need to start with 2 pieces of cardstock (4 1/4 x 11, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2). Trim a sliver (1/16″) off the long end of each piece so the widths are actually 4 3/16 x 11 and 5 7/16 x 8 1/2.  This will allow the cards to fit together and close easier. Score the 4 1/4 x 11 cardstock at 2 3/4 from each end.  Score the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 cardstock at 2 1/8 from each end. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the two pieces of cardstock together, lining up the edges with the score lines. (It doesn’t matter which one in inside.)

Fold on each of the score lines and crease using a bone folder. Decorate with DSP or cardstock measuring 2 x 2 5/8.

I used the pansy punch to cut a flower from melon mambo cardstock.  I added a White Perfect Accent in the middle and attached it with glue dots.

Cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock for the inside.  I used the Stylized Birthday stamp and Tempting Turquoise ink. The little flowers are from the Designer Tin of Tags Stamp set that I used on the front of the card.

Stampin Up Fun Fold card using Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set.. For more fun fold cards, directions, and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Fold the card as you would close a packing box. Fold in the left side, fold up the bottom, fold in the right side, then tuck the left corner of the top flap underneath the left side panel.

This card would be great to hold confetti or a monetary gift. (No worries of it slipping out!) The card fits in a standard envelope.

Stampin Up Fun Fold card using Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set.. For more fun fold cards, directions, and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Stamp Sets: Designer Tin of Cards (retiring), Stylized Birthday Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP (retiring) Accessories: Pansy Punch, White Perfect Accents

Here’s another version I made using the Eastern Palace Suite. These cards are so fun and easy to do.  You can make these cards vertical or horizontal.

Stampin Up Quarter Fun Fold made with Eastern Palace Suite. For more fun fold ideas, directions, and supplies, visit www.juststampin.com

For this card I used the gorgeous Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and matching dies. These dies are the most versatile set I have ever seen! I stayed with clean and simple on this card.  You can click HERE to see more ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite and read more about the bundle offers.  Today is the last day to take advantage of the special Eastern Palace Suite Bundles!!!

Stampin Up Quarter Fun Fold made with Eastern Palace Suite. For more fun fold ideas, directions, and supplies, visit www.juststampin.com


Stamp Set: Eastern Beauty  Ink: Dapper Denim  Papers: Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Eastern Medallion Thinlits, 3/4″ Circle Punch, In Color Enamel Shapes (retiring)

You can make these fun fold cards vertical or horizontal. Do you have a favorite?

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Have a Quintessential Day!

Just Stampin’


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Kit + Friends = A Fun Afternoon!

The Designer Tin of Cards Kit adds up to fun!  Read all the way to the bottom because I have a special offer for you today! I love the contents in this kit and the final results are pretty amazing!  When I offer my classes locally I always like to give alternative ideas.  I know the teacher in me should follow the directions, but what can I say, I’m all about choices and inspiring others to see the possibilities. Here are some alternative ideas to go with the Designer Tin of Cards Kit.

Cards from Designer Tin of Cards kit coordinate with Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper

Everyone needs birthday cards.  I sell more birthday cards at the shop than any other. Let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather get a bright and cheery card on your birthday than a facebook post? As you can see, just changing the sentiment, orientation, or placement of the balloons changes it up so you are not making everyone the same card.  The kit comes with 4 of each design.  I tried to show the original and other possibilities.  I love the way our Designer Series Paper packs coordinate with the designs in the kit so I could make my envelopes match.  I just think it ties it all together and is a preview of what’s inside.

Cards from Designer Tin of Cards kit coordinate with Moroccan Designer Series Paper

The top right card is the design that was intended with the kit. You can see how simple it is to change it up.  I usually don’t stamp the inside of my cards until I’m giving them out as I try to choose a card that’s special for each person.  If you notice the bottom right card is the one my daughter gave to my husband for his birthday. You can see that post HERE. All I did was stamp “DAD” under the Just For You to personalize it before she gave it to him.  The kit comes with the washi tape, sequins, mini clips,  twine, and everything else you need to make the cards.

Cards from Designer Tin of Cards kit coordinate with Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper

I love navy and white together.  So clean and crisp! I thought this design would make a great wedding or anniversary card as well as birthday.  The directions intend for the large floral die to peek out from under the sentiment but I thought it was just too pretty to hide behind so I layered it on top.  The kit comes with color photos and step by step directions to make it easy to complete.


Cards from Designer Tin of Cards kit coordinate with Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

The top right card is the design from the kit.  All I did for the one to the left is change the sentiment and offset the DSP behind the sentiment. The birthday card uses the leftover circle die from the Moroccan set above. (I stamped directly on the DSP.) Pinterest is a great source for alternative ideas. Once you get the kit in your hands and start playing with placement you’ll find even more ways to change it up!

Here’s a Special Offer for you…If you purchase the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit through my online store, I will send you a set of my stick on labels for the tin dividers, the extra ribbon I used, as well as the directions for the alternative ideas. If you purchase the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit and Designer Tin of Cards photopolymer stamp set through my online store, I will send you the above PLUS the DSP to decorate your envelopes to match.  This would be a great kit to birthday or Christmas gift for a friend or get a group of friends together and have your own fun afternoon!  The kit makes 16 cards and includes the envelopes and beautiful tin with tab dividers! Check out the photos below from my local get together.




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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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