Cool Treats

Stampin Up Cool Treats Gift Card Holder idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Today’s gift card holder is made using the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits and the Cool Treats Bundle. I find most teenagers hard to buy for.  They usually just want/need money.  I prefer to give a gift certificate or gift card and enjoy making fun cards to go with them.  After a ballgame the kids like to go to the local Friendly’s for a bite to eat and/or ice cream.  I chose the colors for my card from the gift card and Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Stampin Up Cool Treats Gift Card Holder idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

People often ask me how I choose my color combinations.  I get inspiration everywhere…clothes, bedding, home decor, catalogs, and even gift cards.  When I looked at this gift card, Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach popped out at me.  I pulled out cardstock in those 2 colors to start and made my gift card holder with a piece of 6 x 6 Peekaboo Peach.

Then I needed a belly band so I flipped through my designer series paper swatches (which I purchase from my upline, Susan Itell at  I keep them in a basket in my craft area and refer to them all the time!!


I thought the sprinkles pattern from the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper would be perfect for this card.  The belly band measures 1 1/4 x 9.  I wrapped it loosely around the gift card holder and secured it with Fast Fuse adhesive.  (You want to make sure you have room for the gift card and can move it easily on and off.)


Next, I chose colors from the DSP to cut my ice cream scoops using the Frozen Treats Framelits. I cut the dish from another piece of DSP and popped it all up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Whisper White circle I cut from the Layering Circles Framelits.

Stampin Up Cool Treats Gift Card Holder idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

My projects seem to evolve as I work. I decided to emboss the inside of the card holder using the Confetti Embossing Folder to tie in the sentiment I wanted to use and the sprinkles on the DSP. My Whisper White measures 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  I layered it on a piece of 2 5/8 x 3 7/8 Watermelon Wonder and adhered it to the inside of the card.


I hope today’s project inspires you to look for inspiration all around you.  I often sit down with an idea of what I want to make and half the time the project I end up with isn’t at all what I originally planned.  Don’t be afraid to use what you have and let your project evolve as you go.  I’m usually happy with the end result and the recipient doesn’t know I didn’t make what I originally planned.


Stamp Set: Cool Treats  Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, White Craft  Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits (retiring), Frozen Treats Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Confetti Embossing Folder (retiring), Stampin’ Dimensionals

The Confetti Embossing Folder and the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits are retiring. They are available While Supplies Last! I use both of these a lot!!! Also, the Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits will be in the new annual catalog; however, they will no longer be offered as a bundle. So… if you want to save an extra 10% you need to buy the bundle now before it’s too late!

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I hope you will check back tomorrow for more inspiration. I will be sharing swap cards I received showcasing the Cool Treats Bundle.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Something Old, Something New

Stampin’ Up! So in Love Bundle (available Jan. 4th)

I made this card and gift card holder for my niece who is getting married in February.  Her bridal shower was earlier this month and even though I was unable to attend, I wanted to make her something special. I used something “old” (Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits) and something “new”(products from the Falling in Love Suite: So in Love Stamp Set, So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Falling in Love Embellishments).

I made the card at the Stampin’ Up On Stage Convention earlier this month. We did several Make ‘n Takes using some of the new product that will be in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper features bokeh patterns-a blurred look created by out-of-focus, clustered shapes. I love the different patterns!



This suite is really gorgeous! You will be able to purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle and save 10%.

I used the die to make a matching belly band for my gift card holder. I cut my die, wrapped it around my envelope, and adhered it to a 1 3/8 x 4 inch strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. I left it a little loose so it will be able to slide on and off.  I stamped the flowers (to match the DSP) in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a piece of Very Vanilla that measures 2 5/8 x 3 3/4. I stamped the sentiment from the B.Y.O.P. Stamp Set in Sahara Sand ink and used the Sahara Sand marker to personalize the front of the gift card holder.

I love the way it all coordinates and makes a nice gift presentation.

Stampin’ Up! Falling in Love Suite with matching Gift Card Envelope

Stamp Sets: So in Love, B.Y.O.P.  Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand (including marker)  Papers: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Falling in Love DSP  Tools & Accessories: Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits, So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Falling in Love Embellishments, Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Die Brush

Here’s some Stampin’ Up! news with Something Old, Something New…

Something OldTODAY is the LAST DAY that you can take advantage of the Stitched from the Heart 25% off opportunity that has been going on all month. There are some great stamps on sale! (Click on the image to view the stamp sets on sale.)


Something New…Starting tomorrow (Dec. 1), Stampin’ Up! will be offering up to 60% off on Year-End Closeouts.  I’ll post more information tomorrow (once it becomes available) including a list of retiring holiday products (available while supplies last).


Here’s the details:

  • Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up! will release its “retiring list” of items in the Holiday Catalog on December 1st…the items that will no longer be available after they are sold out.
    • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.  All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.
  • Closeout Sale.  Many of the retiring items and high-inventory items will be offered at a discount between December 1 and January 3.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


E is for Envelopes

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series. Today we’re talking Envelope Envy. I love the quality of the Stampin’ Up envelopes. Trust me, you can feel the difference. Also, our envelopes match our Very Vanilla and Whisper White Cardstock.  Who knew there were different shades of white?!  I’m all about matchy matchy and when you can see and feel the difference I always go with quality.  Let’s face it, we put a lot of effort and love in to making our homemade cards, our envelopes deserve the same.  If you’ve been following my blog, you know I always make coordinating envelopes to go with my cards.  I decorate my envelopes many different ways…I stamp, emboss, watercolor, add DSP or washi tape, or make my own.


You can scroll through this showcase of some matching envelopes I’ve made to go with my cards.









Here’s a video using one of my favorite tools…the Envelope Punch Board.  You can easily make any size custom envelope with this tool.

The Envelope Punch Board is not just for envelopes either…you can make so many treat holders with this and it also has a corner rounder! I made these tea bag holders using the Envelope Punch Board!


We traveled to England last July and knowing how the English like their tea, I stocked up.  I like the way this makes a nice little presentation to give to someone.

Here’s a candy treat holder I made using the Envelope Punch Board!


Stampin’ Up! also has Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits which makes gift giving (especially for teenagers) quick & easy. Win! Win!  Here’s a short video showing how to make them.

Here’s a card and matching gift card holder I made for a friend using the thinlits.

As you can see there are a lot of options for decorating envelopes. And if that isn’t enough, Stampin’ Up! also has clear envelopes.  Did you know you can mail your cards in clear envelopes?  And it doesn’t cost anything extra! I use clear envelopes a lot to protect my cards that I make to sell or display. You can also use them to dress up a plain gift bag for a quick gift.  Just attach the clear envelope to the bag with Tear & Tape and slide your card in.  No lost cards at parties this way!


Whew!  That was a lot for one day!  I hope you learned something new or saw something that inspires you. I love hearing from you!

Here’s my Back to School Special for today…With a purchase of $30 or more today, I will send you a sampling of Stampin’ Up! envelopes (White, Very Vanilla, Crumb cake, Clear, and two that are handmade by me…one custom envelope using the envelope punch board and envelope paper and one using the envelope thinlits die and DSP). Remember to use the Hostess Code VS23B4FP  when you check out. If your order is $150 or more, do not use the Hostess Code as you will receive Hostess benefits. (I will of course still send you today’s gifts with purchase.) If you have any questions, just ask!

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Have an Excellent day!

Just Stampin’