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.)


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.


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)!


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.


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.







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’


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Stampin Up candy treat holder. Quick & Simple treat holder made with Envelope Punch Board. For directions and more visit juststampin.com

Happy Fourth of July!  Welcome to my blog! Today I’m sharing my very first post, a party favor treat holder I made. It is quick and easy to make using the envelope punch board.

Start with a 4 x 4 piece of whisper white card stock.  Punch and score at 1 3/4″ and then follow directions on the envelope punch board to punch and score each side.

Next run it through the Big Shot using the Lucky Stars embossing folder.

Then fold on the score lines and attach with glue dots. I filled each with 2 mini KitKats I found at Target.  These are simply adorable and patriotic wrapped in stars and stripes. (They’re yummy too!)



Now the fun part….time to decorate!  I punched and cut different size stars using the star punch and various framelits (Stars, Wish Big, Mini Treat Bag).  Use whatever stars you have.  I used the paper piercing tool to punch two tiny holes to insert a sparkler (found at your local Walmart or in my case, under the seat of my car. It’s amazing what I can find there).

I added the sparklers to the treat holder and wrapped the holder with organza ribbon.  Tomorrow I will share with you my Tuesday Tip on how to make this ribbon in any color.

I stamped the banner and sentiment in Night of Navy ink on whisper white card stock using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  I punched it out using the Duet Banner Punch.  I also punched a banner with the dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and attached it offset with glue dots. Then  I added two of the metallic star enamel shapes on either side and attached to the treat holder with stampin dimensionals.


Oops!  I forgot to photograph how you can bend the photopolymer stamps to fit in the banner.  (I am new at this!!!) Look at all the choices this stamp set offers.  It was first on my wish list because of all the possibilities. (And the fact that it had a matching punch available as a bundle which makes creating so much easier and you save 10%).  I used the celebrate stamp for this project.

That’s it!  I hope you enjoy this project and have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends.  Our party is going to have to move inside due to rain.

Stampin Up candy treat holder. Quick & Simple treat holder made with Envelope Punch Board. For directions and more visit juststampin.com

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Stamp sets: Thoughtful Banners  Inks: Night of Navy, Real Red  Papers: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer   Tools and Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Duet Banner Punch, Star Punch, Stars Framelits, Organza Ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Sponge Dauber, Paper Piercing Tool, Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals

Just Stampin’