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Stampin Up Rose Garden Thinlits card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Delayed flights and icy road conditions did not prevent our family reunion yesterday!  My daughter made it home from college and I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks!! I made this card for her and chose the perfect sentiment. She is amazing and I am one proud mama! (She just completed her first semester at Georgia Tech with all A’s!)

Her favorite color is purple so I chose Elegant Eggplant for my card base and die cut flower. I used copper foil and copper embossing powder to coordinate the sentiment with the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the copper foil in the design.

Stampin Up Rose Garden Thinlits card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

This card went together quick.  I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the die cut flower and word and popped the sentiment layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I did not need to make a matching envelope as this card was beside her bed when she got home.

Simple and elegant card for an amazing young lady

Stamp Set: Crazy About You  Ink: VersaMark  Papers: Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Hello You Thinlits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

If you like this project and want to order the supplies needed to make it yourself, please feel free to contact me.  Also, you can visit my online store to order any of the project supplies needed and save on great deals during the Stampin’ Up! year-end closeout sale.


Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


V is for Very Vanilla DSP

Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today I am sharing 2 cards I made using Very Vanilla from This Christmas Designer Series Paper.


I think the snowflake DSP makes great thank you cards to send after Christmas.  These would make great teacher or hostess gifts as well as stocking stuffers! I always make thank you cards to give to my children for Christmas so they are all set to thank family members for their gifts.


The Very Vanilla card base measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  My snowflake DSP measures 5 1/4 x 4.  I cut the thanks from the Hello You Thinlits and adhered it to Very Vanilla cardstock that measures 1 5/8 x 5 1/2″.  The basic black layer is 1 3/4 x 5 1/2. My husband often asks me for thank you cards and this one will work for him.



The musical notes DSP is perfect for note cards for yourself or to give as a gift. I don’t know the music director at our school very well but he was kind enough to give me a guitar pic I needed for a special card for someone. (I’ll post that card another time.)  I made him a set of note cards to show my appreciation. I used the Crumb Cake note cards and Envelopes. I say this all the time but this is a great bang for your buck!  You get 20 cards and envelopes for $6.00.  I use the white note cards all the time for thank you cards.  I think this crumb cake note card makes a great masculine card.  I had some extra clips from the Tin of Cards kit so I added them here.


The musical notes DSP measures 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 and is layered on a 3 x 3 piece of basic black cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases on Very Vanilla with Basic Black ink and punched it out with the 1 1/2″ circle punch.  I punched the basic black circle with the 1 3/4″ circle punch and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Check out this gorgeous gift card holder showcasing the Very Vanilla musical notes paper along with some new dies that are going to be available Nov. 1st! These new Stitched Shapes Framelits are going to be such a beautiful addition to cards and projects. Email me ( to preorder yours today!



Here are some other Designer Series Paper Packs that coordinate with Very Vanilla.  I included some photos I shared previously that showcase the paper. Click on the image to see the original post.

Moroccan Designer Series Paper


Stampin’ Up! Moroccan Designer Series Paper


By The Shore Designer Series Paper


Stampin’ Up! By The Shore Designer Series Paper


Do you prefer Whisper White or Very Vanilla in your craft projects?  Leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!

There’s only a few more days to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Special from Stampin’ Up!  Now is the time to plan your projects for the holidays (and beyond) and Save! Both the Moroccan and By The Shore DSP are included in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free SALE until October 31st.


Click HERE to shop my online store and take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale before it’s too late!  Please use the Hostess Code 7DB3CBKS when you check out.  I’ve added a visual below to show where to enter the code. I always send a thank you gift each month when you order from me.  I appreciate each and every order!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave a comment on yesterdays 100th blog post for a chance to win some blog candy!  If you missed that post you can see it HERE.

Just Stampin’


A is for Adhesives

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series! Each day I will focus on some of the basics of stamping and share some tips, tutorials, and exclusive Back to School Specials as I share cards and projects. Let’s start Stampin’ our way through the alphabet!

It helps to start at the beginning and let’s face it, you need Adhesive if you’re going to make cards or 3D projects.  It’s always helpful (no matter what you are making) to have the right tools; and adhesives are no different. Stampin’ Up! offers a great selection of adhesives so you can make the right choice for whatever project you are making.


I certainly have my favorites when it comes to adhesives and one of them is the Fast Fuse. I will be the first to admit there is a learning curve when it comes to using it… mainly because you hold and release it a little differently than the Snail Adhesive. Once you get the hang of it you will love it! Check out this short video Stampin’ Up! created with lots of helpful tips on how to use the Fast Fuse Adhesive .

Both the Snail and Fast Fuse Adhesive are refillable which is a great cost saver.  At first you may think the Fast Fuse is more expensive but, if you look at how much you get in the refill (21.9 yards) you will see that the cost per yard is the same as the Snail.  And I like that I don’t have to refill it as often. If you create where there is high humidity, you want to use the Fast Fuse because it has a nice strong hold to keep your cards from coming apart. I use Snail Adhesive when adhering Designer Series Paper because it is not as thick as our cardstock. When layering cards, I find it helpful to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (aka green glue) because it allows time to play with it to make sure it is just right before it dries. I keep my adhesives, etc. in a kitchen tools carousel and you can see I store my Multipurpose glue upside down so it is always ready to go.  Just remember, a little goes a long way.img_4032

If you happen to use too much glue you can remove it easily with the Adhesive Remover. It works just like an eraser.

When adhering thin dies to your card it is best to use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  It is also perfect for adhering sequins or glitter. Here is another quick video with tips for using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Another favorite adhesive that I use on almost every card I make is Stampin’ Dimensionals. They add depth and dimension with just that little pop up.

I used several different adhesives to create this simple card below. (I like to think of this card as a “formula”. You can substitute any 2 x 5 1/2 piece of Designer Series Paper with some matching cardstock and ribbon.  Add a sentiment and you’re good to go.)


I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere the hello from Hello You Thinlits. I popped up the middle section with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used Mini Glue Dots to attach my ribbon bow. (I like to use my paper piercing tool to pick up the glue dots.)  I used the Snail Adhesive to attach the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper to my envelope and whisper white cardstock layer.

Stampin Up Clean & Simple card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

One of my other favorite adhesives is Tear & Tape. It is perfect for boxes and 3D projects. If you have been following my blog you have seen several projects where I have used this (card box, post-it note and business card holders, treat holder). You can view any of these projects by typing the key word in the SEARCH button or just scroll the categories on the right and click 3D items.

Lastly, if you want to make a shaker card, you need the Foam Adhesive Strips for that. Stampin’ Up! created this video to show you how to make a shaker card. They are really fun! (Check out all the samples she shares!!!)

Click HERE to see the adhesives and shop online 24/7. As a special thank you for purchasing from me today, I am offering a Back to School Special…I will send you a pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals with your purchase of $30 (or more) OR you can receive a FREE Fast Fuse Adhesive with your purchase of $75 or more (before tax and shipping). Be sure to enter the Hostess Code VS23B4FP when you check out. (Note- the free gift will come directly from me and will not be shipped with your order.)

I hope you found this information helpful. I would love to hear from you.  Do you have a favorite adhesive?

Check back tomorrow for more ABC’s of Stampin’ and Back to School Specials. Tomorrow my Pre-K students come to school!  Here’s a couple photos of my classroom all set up and ready for them to arrive.



It’s a Labor of Love! Have an Awesome Labor Day!

Just Stampin’