A Gift From The Garden

I absolutely love the March Paper Pumpkin kit!  Even if you do not want or need the “bunny bags” there is so much you can do with the contents of the kit!  I ordered extra refill kits as I am using the bunny bags for Easter table favors and need 25 (Big Family!). After I made all my bunny bags (which are so stinkin’ cute!) I had 2 bags left so I made this little gift.


I am going to visit my friend after Easter and she loves to plant flowers and garden. This bag makes a nice little hostess gift and easily holds 6 or more seed packets.  I used the Gift from the Garden stamp set and Basic Gray archival ink to stamp the image and sentiment.  I folded the “ears” in and used the twine, banner, stamp, and clothespin from the kit.  I finished it off with a flower from Grateful Bunch stamp set.  I love that this stamp set coordinates with Blossom Bunch Punch. I just added a rhinestone and attached it to the clothespin with a glue dot.


I think I need to order another refill kit as I am sure I will find many more uses for these bags.  Paper Pumpkin Subscribers can order refills for just $8!  That is unbelievable!  This month you get 9 of these bags plus 9 3×3 note cards and envelopes and all the embellishments to decorate them.  The refill has everything except the stamp set and ink spot. What a deal! I really like the cards but I am not using them as intended with the kit…check back again and I will show you what else I made.

If you want one of these refill kits you need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  You won’t be disappointed…April’s kit promises to be Extra Special!  Not only is it designed by Stampin’ Up!’s CEO, Sara Douglass, but it includes a FREE gift!!  Paper Pumpkin is celebrating it’s 4th year.  I’ve been subscribing for 3 years and it just gets better and better! I think it is well worth $20 a month (price includes shipping).  I use the stamp sets long after the contents of the kit are all gone!  If you are new to stamping or on a budget this is a great way to get a variety of stamps and ink…you get 1 or more ink spots each month and they guarantee they won’t repeat colors within a year! I store my ink spots in a paper pumpkin box and take them with me when I travel for some crafting fun on the go.

I am mailing out my Paper Pumpkin thank you kits this week!  I appreciate everyone who subscribes through me and hope you enjoy your “goodie bag”.  If you’d like to receive my party favor goodie bag subscribe by April 10th! Paper Pumpkin Sara Thing 2

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Paper Pumpkin Party Time!


Hip hip hooray—it’s Paper Pumpkin’s 4th birthday! Join the party and start your Paper Pumpkin subscription today!  I love getting my monthly kit surprise in the mail. February’s kit had 9 unique birthday cards but I don’t always follow the directions as intended. (Shhhh!  Don’t tell my students that!!! LOL)  Yesterday was my Stampin’ Up! anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with a Paper Pumpkin Party!  I got together with some of my Paper Pumpkin Players to stamp and put together our kits. We were having so much fun creating our cards and alternate projects that I didn’t take many pictures. Here’s a few starting with our Paper Pumpkin birthday cake.




I love Paula’s gift box made using 2 cards from the kit.  Sweet Claire made a card and candy bar slider for her friend who had to have surgery.


There’s always so many alternate ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and the Paper Pumpkin Facebook page.  We made many cards, gift boxes, tags, candy sliders, etc.  Here’s a picture of some of the sample projects. I always try to use every last scrap from the kit (even the tissue paper! LOL).


I’m sending out party bags to all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers this month!  Would you like to receive one?  It’s easy to get in on the fun and take advantage of Sale-A-Bration at the same time.  If you are a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber or want to start your subscription today, I suggest purchasing a 3 month prepaid subscription.  It’s simple and easy to do and not only will you save $4 on your “Happy Mail” you’ll also receive a  FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  This is the last month to take advantage of Sale-A- Bration! The 3 month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions are on sale through March 31st but you need to order by the 10th of the month to get that month’s kit. So if you want the March kit, order today!  After today, your first kit would be shipped in April (Trust me when I say you are going to want the April kit!!!  More on that later!).

I love a sale, love FREE stuff, and LOVE my Paper Pumpkin kits! You can take advantage of all 3 right now!  Paper Pumpkin kits make great gifts too so you might want to purchase a subscription for someone else and you can even save it until that special occasion because your prepaid subscriptions are good for 2 years! Or purchase a subscription for yourself and you have a gift all ready to wrap and give (though it might be hard to part with once you see it).

Click HERE to order your subscription today! You need to order from my online store to qualify for Sale-A-Bration.  You will receive an email (almost immediately) from Stampin’ Up! with the coupon code to start or continue your subscription from Paper Pumpkin.  Easy step by step directions will be in the email (including a link to print out a gift certificate if you choose to give it to someone else).  Use the Hostess code when placing your online order to receive your monthly gift from me.

March Hostess Code:  MDETS7YZ 

Use the Hostess code when placing your online order to receive your monthly gift from me.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  As an added bonus, Stampin’ Up! added three new Sale-a-bration products on February 21! Click HERE to shop my online store.

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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!


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 at j.stark@myactv.net if you have any questions or want to plan a time to chat. Click HERE and HERE for more information and Join the Fun!

E is for Edgelits

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I’m showcasing the Star Blast Edgelits Dies. This fun new set is great for cards and gift packaging! I made this gift bag which could be used for a birthday, graduation, Golden Globe winner (LOL), or any special occasion.


I went all glitz and glam making this gift bag after seeing all the gorgeous gowns on the red carpet. Did anyone else stay up to watch the Golden Globe awards last night?

The gift bag is quite easy to make using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Start with a piece of 6 x 12 cardstock or DSP.  With the long side along the top, score at 4 1/4, 5 3/4, 10, and 11 1/2.  Turn the paper so the short side is along the top and score at 1 1/2.  Cut off the 1 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip along the bottom.  Use your paper snips to cut along the score lines from the bottom of the bag up to the 1 1/2 inch score line. Apply Tear & Tape along the 1/2″ strip and adhere the sides of the bag together. Fold the flaps in and secure the bottom with Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.

Score a piece of 3 x 12 gold foil at 4 1/4, 5 3/4, 10, and 11 1/2.  Center the Star Blast Edgelit Die along the top inside the 4 1/4 inch rectangle piece and run it through the Big Shot. Move the die so it’s centered inside the other 4 1/4 inch rectangle and repeat.

Fold along the score lines and attach to the top of the bag with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. The sentiment is heat embossed with gold embossing powder on a piece of 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 whisper white. I layered the sentiment on gold foil and gold glimmer paper that measures the same and attached it to the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added some Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Ribbon with Mini Glue Dots. The finished size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/2.  It can hold the small wide stamp cases as well as ribbon, adhesives, and Stampin’ accessories. It goes without saying that a nice piece of jewelry and some chocolate would fit perfectly.

Do you wonder what’s the difference between framelits, thinlits, and edgelits? Are you confused about what to use to cut each?  Here’s a great video from Stampin’ Up! explaining how to use the Big Shot and what you need to make your “sandwich”.

I love that you can use any size paper with the edgelits and it only cuts the designs and doesn’t cut the rest of the paper.  I can’t wait to play with these dies some more.  My mind is racing with different ideas!

I make a lot of birthday cards and I really like that this set is versatile and can be used for masculine cards and kids! The large sentiments really stand out!


You can purchase the Star Blast Edgelits Dies in a bundle with the coordinating Birthday Blast Stamp set and save 10%. Here’s some more ideas using this set. The first one is a card I shared previously.  If you missed it, you can click on the image to see the original post.

Check out the inside of this card for a special way to make a card for everyone to sign!



Here’s another look at today’s gift bag.


Stamp Set: Birthday Blast Ink: VersaMark  Papers: Whisper White, Gold Foil. Gold Glimmer, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Star Blast Edgelits Dies, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Die Brush, Gold Embossing Powder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots

 Shop my online store using the  January Hostess Code EPGDT3KF and I will send you a  kit to make today’s project.  I appreciate your business!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’



Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift with a $50 purchase!

Avant Garden Stamp Set   Item #143272

Carried Away Designer Paper  Item #143608

So Very Much Stamp Set   Item #143343 (c)

Delicate Details Stamp Set   Item #143314

Inside The Lines DSP   Item #143830

3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack   Item #143601

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set   Item #143300

Any Occasion Stamp Set   Item #143348

Card Tin   Item #143833

Hey, Chick Stamp Set   Item #143331

Designer Tee Stamp Set   Item #143359

Pretty Pocket Card Kit   Item #143832