Gifts From The Sea with DSP

I love to give homemade gifts. Creating something special for someone is a gift from the heart!  I love the ocean and have always enjoyed combing the beach for sea glass and shells. My sister and I made some gifts from shells we picked along the shore.
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I had so much fun trying different patterned paper and napkins. The great part about using your DSP is you can create a matching card, gift, and/or box.
Stampin'_Up!_Smooth_Sailing_Birthday_Card_and_gift_Idea-Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin’ Up! offers fun and FUNctional packaging, so you can wrap it up in style! I used a clear acetate card box (#144628) to gift the sailboat shell. I wrapped it in tissue paper and placed the coordinating card in the front of the box for a quick birthday gift. This simple card design can be used with any DSP. I used denim ribbon and the Smooth Sailing Dies to tie it all together.

The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes (#153069) are the perfect size for large shells. I decorated the top of the box in matching DSP. I stamped (and punched) the sentiment from Friends Are Like Seashells to put inside the box. It’s the perfect saying to go with these shells when gifting to a friend!

I have several of these shells throughout my home. They have so many uses! You can put them by the sink in the kitchen or bath, or in the bedroom to hold rings/jewelry/trinkets. You can keep one by the stove for a spoon rest and/or teabag holder. They also make a great decor piece on a coffee table, end table, etc.

I used some paper napkins to make table favors to coordinate with my place settings!

You can put some after dinner mints in the shells and wrap them in the printed gusseted cellophane bags (#151312) for your guests to take home or give as a hostess gift.
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The best thing about this project is my sister and I enjoyed the oysters, clams, and stuffed quahogs for dinner before using the shells to create gifts for friends & family. How great is that?!!!
So what do you think of this project idea? I bet you can think of even more uses for these shells.  I’d love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment below.
(*It’s more fun collecting these in the summer!  LOL)

Have a great day!
Just Stampin’

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Sweet Strawberry Berry Basket

The Sweet Strawberry Bundle is one of My Favorite Things in the new Mini Catalog. I paired it with one of my favorite Sale-A-Bration items, the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper, to create this berry basket for gift giving.
Stampin' Up! Sweet Strawberry basket with Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I love to make homemade strawberry jam. This past year was different (to say the least!) and I didn’t get to pick strawberries and make homemade jam like I normally would. I really like the Stonewall Kitchen products (Red Pepper Jelly is my favorite) so I decided to try their Strawberry Jam and it did not disappoint. I usually give my homemade jam to friends and family so I created this cute strawberry basket to hold this jar of jam.
Stampin' Up! Berry Delightful berry basket idea with Sweet Strawberry Bundle - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
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It pairs perfectly with the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and Strawberry Builder Punch. This set was one of the first sets I purchased from the new Mini Catalog (January – June 2021).
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I used the stamp set and coordinating punch to create the tag for the top of my jam jar.
Stampin' Up! Sweet Strawberry Tag idea for strawberry jam jar - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
I cut out a Basic White circle using the Stitched Shapes Dies then stamped the strawberry vine image in Garden Green ink. I colored the leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. The strawberry outline image is stamped in Poppy Parade ink then stamped again with the filler image and punched out using the Strawberry Builder Punch. I stamped the stem on Granny Apple Green cardstock with Garden Green ink and punched it out. Strawberry flowers are white with a yellow center and a touch of green. I punched the flower, used the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend to draw some lines in the center, and added a bumblebee dot from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots. The circle tag is adhered to the top of the jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wrapped it all up in a cellophane bag with some Granny Apple Green ribbon. This makes a great hostess gift or a little something to brighten someone’s day. You could also give with some bread, bagels, or crackers as a housewarming gift.
Stampin' Up! Sweet Strawberry and Berry Delightful berry basket gift set idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp
Check back tomorrow for the tutorial to make the berry basket. I have another berry basket I made to share with you. Can you guess what flavor? I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below.

Have a great day! Stay safe! Stay well!
Just Stampin’

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G is for Gather Together (with a Kit To Go)

Welcome to my ABC Holiday 2019 Series! Throughout this series I will be sharing all kinds of cards, gifts, and ideas to help make your holidays as easy as ABC! I can’t seem to get enough of the Gather Together Stamp Set and Gathered Leaves Dies! I have been creating many projects with this bundle. I am offering 3 FREE Come to Gather tutorials with any purchase of $40 or more. Each tutorial will include full color photos and clear step by step instructions for creating 3 very different cards using these products.  These tutorials are exclusive and will not appear on my blog.  In addition, you will receive a handmade card from me along with a card kit to create it!  I appreciate each and every order! You can click on the link to shop my online store!

I am so excited to share today’s projects!

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You card and gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The sample for the Gather Together Bundle on page 5 in the Holiday Catalog caught my eye and I knew I wanted to recreate it. Here’s the inspiration and my card side by side. I used the same stamp set but different color ink for my background. I layered mine with Gold Foil and added a strip of vellum.

Who knew the background was actually sponged using a mask?! Oh my, now I have another favorite technique! I have been having so much fun playing with the new Decorative Masks.  They are found on page 35 in the Holiday Catalog and I missed them the first few times I browsed through the catalog. Take a look at these fun designs.

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Stampin’ Up! Basic Pattern Decorative Masks

I used sponge daubers and 4 ink colors (Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Crumb Cake, and Delicata Golden Glitz) to get the effect I wanted. It was so much fun! I did the envelope too!

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I cut the leaves from the Gathered Leaves Dies from Grapefruit Grove, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze cardstock.  I love how the dies cut and emboss at the same time! I sponged the leaves with the Delicata Golden Glitz Ink and popped them up with Dimensionals on top of the vellum strip and Gold Thread.

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

This is one of the cards everyone made at my monthly card club and the ladies loved it! This sentiment works for a Thanksgiving or thank you card. Of course you can easily change the sentiment and use it for birthday, get well, thinking of you, etc.  I had the piece I used to demonstrate and not wanting to waste anything I decided to use it to decorate one of the new Gold Mini Pizza Boxes. Talk about easy! All I had to do was cut it to 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 and wrap the box with Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle Pizza Box with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I cut and sponged the leaves the same as I did for the card and punched a 2 1/4″ vellum circle. I added the gold thread to tie in with the card and now I have a coordinating gift box. Here’s what I put inside….

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle Mini Gold Pizza Box with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You gift idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

… leaf shaped wax melts! The best part….I found them at the Dollar Store! (Remember….It’s all about the presentation! LOL) I stamped the large leaf from the stamp set in gold and the sentiment is from the same set (Gathered Leaves) stamped in Cajun Craze. The perfect little gift for a hostess.  It just so happens I will be needing this hostess gift for Sunday as I am going to a friend’s house to make “velvet” pumpkins. We were told to bring a glue gun, old tube socks or batting, and some fabric. I have no idea how to do this but it sounds like fun! Here’s another look at the card and gift.

Stampin' Up Gather Together Bundle with Decorative Mask technique Thanksgiving or Thank You card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

So do you think you’d like to give this decorative mask project a try? If so, you are in luck because I am planning to provide this technique based “Decorative Masks Kit To Go” for my October kit! Here’s what the kit will include:

  • Stampin’ Up! Basic Pattern Decorative Masks (set of 4)
  • 4 card kits (using the different masks)
  • Pre-cut supplies for all four cards. *Stamped images not included, in accordance with Stampin’ Up! policy.
  • Envelopes for each card
  • Punched items and/or die cuts and textured embossed
  • Ribbon and/or embellishments
  • Step-by-step photo tutorial to complete each card (sent via email)
  • Alternative technique ideas

The cost for this special product based technique kit is $20 (plus $3.50 shipping & handling).

You will be able to use the decorative masks again and again on future projects. You will need ink, sponge daubers (or sponges) and adhesive to complete the kit. You can adapt this kit to use inks you have.  I will include a complete supply list for each sample included with the tutorial.

Orders need to be placed by October 10th. *This is a firm deadline so I can order the decorative masks and get them shipped out to you by the end of the month.

Here’s how to reserve your kit:

Email me ( with “Decorative Mask Kit” in the subject line. Make sure you include your address! Then send payment through PayPal. To do this, go to, sign in or register for an account, click “Send” and fill in my email address. Click “next”, then “Send to a Friend,” fill in the amount ($23.50), and Continue. If you do not use PayPal, you may send me a check.

I hope you are as excited about this technique kit to go as I am! It’s fun to try something new!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Just Stampin’


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