With a Little Help From My Friends

I have said this before…I am blessed with a wonderful family and the best friends! Many have called; stopped by; sent cards, flowers, and meals; driven me to doctor appointments and physical therapy; made post office deliveries, and helped with so many other things…including crafting!  It’s hard for me to ask for help and I have been touched by such an outpouring of kindness and support since I dislocated and fractured my elbow. Many friends offered to help cut, label, and assemble my kits so I could get them out last month. My friend Susan spent the day with me earlier this week putting together Valentines for my Pre-K students. (I miss them!) We had so much fun making these!  Laughter (and crafting) is the best therapy! Look at these stinkin’ cute fish!

Stampin Up Painted with Love Valentine treats - Jeanie Stark StampinUp For inspiration, project details, ordering, and more, visit www.juststampin.com

This idea came from Rachel Tessman.  The fish are made from envelopes! We used the Stampin Up! medium envelopes. Simply lick and stick the envelope shut then cut the long side at 4 3/8″ so it is square.

Score on the diagonal with the open side on the right. Measure and mark 1 1/2″ along the score line from the top and the bottom.  Cut from each corner along the score line to each point.

Using the trimmer, line up the envelope from the other points and cut from the score line in the middle to the point on the open end of the envelope.

Use the trimmer (or scissors) to cut from the middle to the marked points along the score line as shown in the photo.

Cut a 3 3/4″ square of Designer Series Paper then cut it in half from point to point.  Adhere to the front and back of the envelope as shown.

Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive along the score line.  Adhere a 1/4 x 6 1/2 strip of coordinating color cardstock against the DSP.

Punch 17 gold foil stickers using the 1″ Circle Punch.  Start in the center and adhere on each side of the center cut. Adhere 6 circles.  Cut 5 of the circles in 1/2 and overlap the full circles adhering with glue dots. Repeat on other side.

Cut the eyes from black and calypso coral cardstock using the 1/2″ and 3/4″ circle punches.  Adhere with glue dots. Cross over the ends of the envelope and adhere with a glue dot to form the tail of the fish.

You can easily slide a treat inside the fish. The Valentine M&M’s are the perfect color to coordinate with the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper we used. Even though I won’t be back to school for Valentine’s Day, I want my students to know I’m thinking of them.

Stampin Up Painted with Love Valentine treats - Jeanie Stark StampinUp For inspiration, project details, ordering, and more, visit www.juststampin.com
Created by Susan Itell

The fish reminds me of a beautiful story I read to my Pre-K students every year, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister . If you have young children or grandchildren, I highly recommend this book! (It’s available from Amazon.)

The Rainbow Fish                                      “The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.”

I always gave my children a book for Valentine’s Day when they were younger. I would write a message inside the book, sign, and date it.  Someday when they have their own children I hope they will enjoy rereading these books.

You can purchase the products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below to order!

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Have a great day!

Just Stampin’


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From the Heart for the Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “From the Heart” featuring heartfelt projects like Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and Sympathy. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Stampin Up Sweet Soiree Valentine card idea - Jeanie Stark - StampinUp

Here’s a clean & simple card that’s quick & easy to make! I started with the heart patterned paper from the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the gold foil accents on one side of each of the designs in this paper pack. Check out all the other designs below! (Trust me, they are much more gorgeous in person!)

Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

It’s so easy to coordinate colors when you start with patterned paper. Stampin’ Up! makes that easy for us as each paper pack has the coordinating colors on the package. My card base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 Melon Mambo cardstock scored at 4 1/4 for a square card. I added a 1 1/2 x 4 1/4 strip of Gold Foil and used a scrap piece to cut out love from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. The DSP measures 3 x 3 and is layered on a 3 1/4 square piece of Rich Razzleberry. I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut the heart and adhered the sentiment on top. This is one of those cards that you can use for different occasions…simply add a sentiment or handwritten note inside for Valentine’s Day, Thinking of you, etc.! I used the envelope punch board to make a coordinating envelope.

Stampin Up Sweet Soiree Valentine card idea - Jeanie Stark - StampinUp

You can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below for more information.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 14, 2018. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme Crafts
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  11. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
  13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  17. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  18. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  20. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  21. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
  22. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  23. Kat Chancellor at Stamp ART Connection
  24. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  25. Lisa Milligan at Stampin’ Made Simple

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