Happy Birthday Carl!

Today is my husband’s birthday!  He spoils me 364 days of the year so I am excited to surprise him today! We recently attended a Casino Night fundraiser for my school and had such a great time. Here’s a photo of us from the event.

casino night me and carl

I thought I would continue the theme for his birthday.  Here’s the card I made for him.

Stampin Up birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used several retired stamp sets, dies, and DSP to create this card. I know my husband is going to love it! The red glimmer paper and silver foil really make this card sparkle! Here’s a close up of the “slot machine”. The lever actually pulls down! I fussy cut the cherries from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired).

Stampin Up Simply Socred slot machine birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Some chocolate covered “casino chips” add a sweet treat.

Stampin Up birthday card slot machine idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Can you guess his birthday gift? I made these “dice” to go with the card to hold his “chips” and added surprise.

Stampin Up Simply Scored Cube Box idea - Jeanie Stark Stampin Up

The cube box is quick & easy to make with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I started with a piece of 8 x 11 Thick Whisper White cardstock.  With the long side across the top I scored it at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, and 10.  I scored the short side at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2.

Look at the photo below to see where to cut to make the box. Remove the little rectangle from the bottom of the box and cut up each of the score lines along the bottom. You remove quite a bit from the top of the box just saving one section for the top/lid. Notch the ends to make it easy to close the box.

Visual for Cube Box made with Stampin Up Simply Scored tool - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Apply Tear & Tape to adhere the sides of the box. Fold the bottom flaps in and adhere with Tear & Tape or another strong adhesive.  I punched 3/4″ circles and adhered with Multipurpose Glue to the sides of the boxes to look like dice.

Stampin Up Simply Scored Cube Box idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

For his birthday gift, I booked a weekend getaway at the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino.  I wanted to include a little extra surprise with some “gambling” money. The cube box is a great way to give cash. I folded $ in thirds accordion style and attached with washi tape. The washi tape can be removed without tearing the bills. It is so much fun to pull the top bill and see what looks like a never ending money box!

I hope he’s feeling lucky! I love the way this makes such a fun gift presentation.

Stampin Up Casino Birthday Gift Set idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Sets: One Tag Fits All (retired), Curly Cute (retired)  Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Soft Sky Papers: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Red Glimmer, Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)  Tools & Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Star Blast Edgelits Dies (retired), Little Numbers Thinlits Dies (retired), Big Shot, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Silver Metallic Thread, Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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S is for Serene Scenery DSP Stack

Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today I am using the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack to make a card for my sister.  This convenient 6″x 6″ size is perfect for card fronts, small gifts, and tags.  You get 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. One side has nature and textile photography; the other side is coordinating graphic imagery.


This photo does not do the paper justice at all!  In fact, I admit I passed it over in the catalog again and again thinking it is not for me. (I’ve since changed my mind!) Check out this 1 minute video to get a better view of the paper in this stack and see some sample ideas (even some home decor).

When I finally got my hands on this DSP I was blown away by the realistic prints.  I love photography and wish I was better at capturing images in the right light. My inspiration for today’s card is the view from my sister’s new “dream home”.

I would have to pinch myself if I woke up to this every morning.  Aaaahhh!  Here’s my card…

Double Window Pane with Hearth & Home Thinlits and Serene Scenery DSP

I wanted to make a larger window to look more like my inspiration and show more of the view from my sister’s windows.  To do this you have to make sure the cutting plate does not cover all the way to the end of the die. I added some photos below so you can see how I cut the window die with the Big Shot.  I placed the cutting pad just short from covering the die on the right hand side the first time I ran the die through the Big Shot. You can see how it cut the die only where I placed the cutting pad on top.  Then I lined the die up and placed the cutting pad on top making sure not to cover all the way on the left this time.

It’s easier to do than it sounds and you end up with a nice large window to fill your card front.  I saw a card on Pinterest doing this for a tall window and I just adapted the idea to make mine wide instead.  I added a sentiment from Sheltering Tree and to make it even more realistic I decided to add a window sheet which I attached with glue dots.

I stamped grass from the Wetlands Stamp set in Old Olive ink.  I used a sticky note to mask part of the stamp as I didn’t want tall grass everywhere. I adhered the DSP to the window sheet then popped the window up with foam adhesive strips. I love how it turned out and hope my sister likes it too!  What a view!

Matching envelope with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Sheltering Tree  Inks: Crumb Cake, Old Olive  Papers: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack  Tools & Accessories: Hearth & Home Thinlits, Big Shot, Foam Adhesive Strips

Here’s some more ideas using other designs from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper.



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Thanks for stopping by! What does your view look like today? I’ll be looking at smiling faces from my sweet 4 year old students in the morning and beautiful fall leaves in the afternoon as I help my friends do some yard work for a family that needs our support.  Leave me a comment.  I love hearing from you!

Just Stampin’