A Mini Treat Bag for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #4


It’s Thursday so that means it’s time to play Tic Tac Toe!  I am so excited to be the designer for this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  Of course my Tic Tac Toe Challenge is an abc board.  I hope you will pick 3 and play along! We have extended the contest until Tuesday at noon (CST) to enter. You do not need a blog to play along. Click HERE for all the details. Here’s this week’s challenge board.


I used all 9 elements on my project this week. Can you find them?


I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die to make a gift card holder. I embossed the bag using the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The DSP is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. Happy Birthday is heat embossed using Dapper Denim Ink , VersaMark, and Clear Embossing Powder. (I love this shade of blue.) I colored the flowers using my blender pen and In Color Inks in Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist. I added a Perfect White Accent to my ribbon.

The mini treat bag is so easy to make using the dies.  Check out this short video to see how to put it together as well as some of the different projects you can make using these dies.

I love the versatility of these dies! Know what else I LOVE…the new 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layered Leaves!!! You can create deep, dimensional embossed impressions so quick & easy.  It is a little different process to emboss because it is a thick folder. You need to spritz the paper first with water to get a deep impression.  Here’s a quick (3 min.) video explaining how it works and how to make your embossing “sandwich”.

I love the final results and can see using this embossing folder again and again.  It really adds a quick & easy WOW to any project!


Stamp Set: Label Me Pretty  Ink: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, VersaMark  Papers: Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pretty Label Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Spritzer, Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon, Dapper Denim Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine, Perfect White Accent, Tear & Tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Hole Punch

I hope you will play along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. It is really easy and fun to do!  I had never done a challenge before the TTTC and couldn’t believe how easy it is to create by simply choosing the elements from the challenge board. I knew I wanted to use the In Colors so I pulled the In Color DSP and Dapper Denim (for blue) and decided that I liked Lemon Lime Twist with the blue. I decided to include “gift” from the board and I immediately thought of a gift card holder. All I had to do was choose a stamp set and cardstock and let the items dictate what I create.  It is a fun way to make something different.  I am amazed at how quick & easy it is to come up with an idea when you have the items right in front of you. I did not start out intending to use all 9 elements but it just came together once I started to create using the different elements in front of me. Give it a try! Click HERE to see what the design team and others created this week.

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Here’s the links to some fun fold card inspiration from my ABC series.  I hope you will pick one to create and participate in my fun fold card swap. *You do not need to make one from my series…feel free to make any fun fold card. I will showcase all the cards on my blog in July.

My ABC Fun Folds from A-E

My ABC Fun Folds from F-J

My ABC Fun Folds from K-O

My ABC Fun Folds from P-T

You can find even more fun fold card ideas under categories/fun fold cards!

Make A Wish for Tic Tac Toe Challenge 002

Welcome to the second week of our Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Congrats to last week’s winners and a huge thanks to all who participated! I love this week’s challenge board designed by Corinne Blake! I enjoyed playing with gray and yellow as they are one of my favorite color combos!
Tic Tac TOe 002 board
This challenge is so much fun and easy to do! Pick 3 boxes in a row across, down, or diagonal and create using those elements. I made a “t” this week (you know me and the alphabet!!!) by choosing the elements down the middle and across the middle.
It was easy to create with the 3 elements across the middle of the board… birthday, gray, and yellow.  All I had to do was add a die cut butterfly (which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder) and I had the elements going down the middle.  (I couldn’t get a good photo of the embossing but trust me it adds a little shine and texture to the card.)  I popped up the DSP layer and the butterfly with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped the banner in Smoky Slate on a piece of 3/4 x 4″ Very Vanilla.
I love this beautiful Designer Series Paper, Whole Lot of Lovely.
DSP Whole Lot of Lovely
The print I chose reminded me of a lovely memory with my daughter…she loved to pick dandelions, make a wish, and blow the seeds.
img_3419                                  (That baby doll never left her arms day or night!)
The sentiment I chose is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. It has lots of great sentiments and a fun font!
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
I used the Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside panel paired with a stamp from the Bright Wishes stamp set.
I hope this card inspires you to pick 3 (or more) and play along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.
Stamp Sets: Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Watercolor Wings, Bright Wishes  Inks: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, VersaMark  Papers: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits, Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Metallic Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Just click the graphic above to go to the challenge website to enter your card! You can also see what the other designers have created for even more inspiration!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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P is for Pop Up Fun Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series. Today’s card is one I have made several times.  I love this Pop-Up fun fold!

Pop Up Fun Fold Card. For directions and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

I used the Affectionately Your Specialty Designer Series Paper for my card base.  This piece is a thick cardstock with copper embossing.  Oh how I love it! It is retiring tomorrow so if I were you I would stock up now…it’s even on sale!!! Click HERE to add this to your shopping cart.

To make the pop up card you need a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4 x 11. Score at 1, 2 3/4, 3 3/4, 5 1/2, 7 1/4, 8 1/4, 10. Line it up in the personal trimmer in the center (at the 5 1/2 inch score line) and trim from 3/4 inches – 3 1/2 inches. The arrow on the cutting blade makes  it easy to see where to cut.

Next, fold the cardstock along the center cut line and trim the opening with paper snips for a clean cut along the score line.  Then fold along all score lines. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive along the top and bottom of the card base.


I heat embossed the sentiment from Big on Birthdays on a piece of 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy cardstock using Copper Embossing Powder. I layered the sentiment on Flirty Flamingo cardstock that’s just 1/4″ larger (2 3/4 x 5 1/2). Notice how I stamped higher on the cardstock to make sure it would show when the card is sitting in the base.  I used the Star Blast Edgelits Dies (also retiring) to cut the design from Copper Foil.  I adhered it with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.


The card slides up and down through the slot.  It’s so cool how it folds flat for mailing and is free standing once it is opened.  I wrapped some of the new Copper Trim around the card and tied a bow. I punched the flower from Flirty Flamingo cardstock using the Pansy Punch and stamped the center with VersaMark using the Love & Affection Stamp Set and heat embossed it before adhering it to the card front. I adhered a piece of 2 1.4 x 6″ piece of DSP to the envelope and trimmed the excess.

Here are some other Pop-Up cards I made previously using the Gift of Love Stamp Set (retiring May 31). You can click on the image to see the original post with lots photos.

Pop Up Fun Fold Card. For directions and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Pop Up Fun Fold Card. For directions and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

Pop Up Fun Fold Card. For directions and supplies visit www.juststampin.com

I love this infinity shot of some of the ones I made for a card swap.

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Hope you get some time to play today!

Just Stampin’


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Making an Impression for the Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

It’s no secret that I love to emboss! Embossing is a quick and easy way to add texture. Did you know you can use your dies to emboss? This is a great way to stretch your supplies and use dies you already have. I used the Star Framelits to do the Embossed Impressions Technique on my cards today.


Just like embossing folders you can highlight either side to get two different looks.


To make the embossed impression, you use the Big Shot like you would use any Embossing Folder. Make a “sandwich” with the cutting plate, add an embossing mat (I used 2 pieces of craft foam), then cardstock, dies (taped together) with cutting side down, and cutting plate on top.


I love this technique as it makes a big impression on a background. I die cut the congrats from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and adhered it with Glue Dots.  The sentiment I used is from B.Y.O.P.  This stamp set is on the retiring list and is a MUST HAVE! It is so versatile and has great sentiments for giving money or gift cards for birthdays, thank you, wedding, baby, and/or graduation.

BYOP stamp set

I masked and heat embossed the sentiment. I used white embossing powder on the Pacific Point cardstock and clear embossing powder on white cardstock. You can heat emboss any color sentiment using the Clear Embossing Powder.  Simply ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then in the ink color of your choice before stamping it on your cardstock.  (I only wanted part of the sentiment on my stamp so I “masked” what I didn’t want by covering it with tape so the ink would not transfer to my paper.) Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess,  then watch the magic happen as you use the Heat Tool.

I cut a piece of craft foam 3 3/4 x 5 and adhered that behind my embossed layer to pop it up. Which look do you like best?

Stamp Set: B.Y.O.P. (retiring)  Ink: VersaMark, Pacific Point  Papers: Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point  Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Stars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Enamel Shapes, Craft Foam (non Stampin’ Up!)

This technique works with single dies, greetings, or layering shapes.  Jennifer McGuire has several you tube videos using this technique. Give it a try and stretch your supplies!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  4. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  21. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  23. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com

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More Birthday Fun!

I absolutely LOVED reading the comments the other day with stories of your birthday memories. Thank you so much for sharing!!!  It just reaffirms my feelings on “gifts”…it’s not what you get, it’s who you spend your time with! My husband and I like to give our children a “birthday experience” each year.  Fads come and go but memories last a lifetime! And when you give an experience, everyone enjoys the gift! Many family vacations have been someone’s “gift”.

Speaking of gifts…Sharing handmade kindness is a gift from the heart! When someone takes the time to write a note inside a card and/or make a card, it is a “gift” in and of itself! I treasure the handwritten notes and cards from my kids over the years as well as those I’ve received from friends and family. I bet you do too!

The other day I shared some of the beautiful birthday cards I received.  You can see that post HERE.  Yesterday my blog was “hacked” by my daughter.  If you missed her post and the card she made for me, click HERE. Today I have a few more cards to share with you from some of my very talented stamping friends…


Nancy heat embossed this card and even punched the envelope flap. I love the extra protective piece she added to protect the card.  How clever!


Chris R.’s card is striking in black and pink with washi tape!


Chris did something I have never done before and I love it!  She stamped the inside on DSP.  I love her envelope too!

Ramsey added sparkle inside and out!


Ramsey knows I love adventures! It just so happens I am going on one today with my friend and upline, Susan Itell. We are taking a road trip and will be joining our friend, Roseanne, for an afternoon crafting adventure somewhere in Delaware.

It’s time to announce the winner of the birthday blog candy…Linda Schilling!

random birthday winner

How funny that she was # 13…here’s her comment:


  • Sounds like you did have a happy birthday I “held my breath” all day when I turned 13 on Friday the thirteenth – but nothing bad happened. Best birthdays are shared with family doing nothing really special except being together. Having grandkids makes it even sweeter


Linda, it looks like #13 is pretty lucky! Please email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send my birthday party favors to you.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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A Crafting Weekend

I had such a wonderful weekend! I was able to do 2 of my favorite things 2 days in a row…hang out with friends and craft.  I didn’t even have to cook! I went out to dinner on Saturday and my wonderful husband cooked dinner on Sunday while I was getting together with C3 (Creative Card Club).  Each month I meet with these talented ladies and we share ideas, techniques, and projects we’ve created and then we make each others projects.  I shared a variation of a card I posted previously with the triple bow.  I brought lots of ribbon so they could choose what they wanted to make a bow to match their card. We used 2 of the Sale-A-Bration items, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the new Glimmer Paper, to make these cards. img_0261

You can click HERE to see the original post with directions how to make the card and bow. This is one of those “formula” cards you could use again and again with different sentiments and colors.  I like black & white with a pop of color!  Here’s a photo of the ladies with their finished cards.


I love how they used their leftover scraps of glimmer paper to add a strip to their envelope. Don’t these look so bright and springlike?

Colleen shared a card using a quilt design. Here’a a picture of her with her card.


I wish I had taken another group picture of everyone’s cards as they all looked different because we used different designer series paper.  When you start with a neutral base you can do so many color combinations!

Marissa had us heat embossing and water coloring with blender pens, ink, colored pencils and aqua painters.  Here’s her card. Perfect for any occasion!


I totally messed up as I don’t have a photo of Margie with her card! I’ll make sure to catch her next time!

Susan and I took a road trip on Saturday to beautiful Virginia!  We enjoyed some crafting and catching up with a fellow demonstrator, Sharon Cline, and learned to make a “bendy card”.  This 3D card is not a quick & easy style card to make.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another one but it was definitely a fun day!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great day ahead!

Just Stampin’


S is for Stylish Stems

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I am showcasing the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies and Special Reason Stamp Set featured on page 42 in the Occasions catalog.


I love fun fold cards!  This pocket card is very simple to make. I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand as my card base.  I scored it at 1 1/4 and 5 1/2.  The fold is on the bottom and the 1 1/4 piece folds down on the front of the card. I didn’t adhere the sides as the ribbon holds it together.  I just wrapped it around the card and tied a simple knot. I cut a 2 x 4 1/4 piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a layer of Sweet Sugarplum that measures 2 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The insert piece measures 3 1/2 x 5 (Very Vanilla) and 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 (Sweet Sugarplum). I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum ink.


Next, I stamped and cut my floral pieces and layered them on my card.


The Stylish Stems Framelits are unique and very versatile.  Let me forewarn you… these were not on my original wish list as I felt I already had enough florals but, once I saw this video and all the different possibilities, I knew I had to add them to my collection.  I always say, it has to be versatile for me to invest and this one definitely fits that bill! It may just be my new favorite floral!  Check out this video (if you dare)! LOL

I love the projects Holly created in the video and I especially like how you can use the negative image from the die to create different projects.

I had so much fun playing and creating with the Stylish Stem Framelits. Here’s another card I made.  The card measurements are the same but this one is made with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Silver Metallic Ribbon (from Sale-A-Bration), Silver Foil, and Silver Embossing Powder.


Here’s how I layered the floral using the Stylish Stem Framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits.


Which one do you prefer?


I made coordinating envelopes but forgot to photograph the second one. Oops!


Here’s another look at the projects Holly created in the video.So pretty!!!




The Stylish Stems Dies coordinate beautifully with the Special Reason Stamp set which has great sentiments.  You can never go wrong with a set of sentiment stamps!



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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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