Happy New Year!

Start a new family tradition!

A friend of mine posted this idea on Facebook and I knew this was something I could do and enjoy with my family. It’s quick & easy!  I decided to spruce up my jar to make it part of my decor so I could set it out and be reminded to do it throughout the year.


I had a Longaberger mason jar in my pantry and decided to use that.  I love and use Longaberger baskets throughout my home and craft space to keep things organized. My husband buys the tree trimming basket for me every year and I put those on a tree in our kitchen for the holidays. You can see in the photos that I chose the colors for my jar and paper holder to match the table runner and curtains in my kitchen.


My Longaberger basket tree.  I fill the baskets with candy for the holidays.

I made a belly band for the mason jar using a 2 inch strip of soft suede cardstock. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch each end and threaded mint macaron mini striped ribbon through the ends and tied a bow. I heat embossed the sentiment from Paisleys and Posies with clear embossing powder.  To emboss any color all you have to do is ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then ink it in whatever color you want and stamp it on your cardstock. Add clear embossing powder and heat it.  I used mint macaron ink for the sentiment.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the lid.  I stamped the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set with soft suede ink and punched it out with the pansy punch.  I also punched a mint macaron flower and attached both to the top of my jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I can’t wait to start adding wonderful memories to the jar!


I found a pad of paper in my desk drawer that was the perfect size to fit in a business card holder.  You can click HERE for directions how to make the business card holder.  You can easily cut copy paper to size (2 x 3 1/2) to fit in the holder or just use any little paper pack.


I used soft suede cardstock and ink for my paper holder along with the same mint macaron ribbon I used on my jar.  I love how the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set matches the flower in my material.  I punched the flower out with the pansy punch and attached it with a dimensional.  I used the date stamp on the rotary punch from the December Paper Pumpkin kit to stamp my paper.

Rotary stamp from the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit

I am going to send my daughter back to college with some of these papers in a stamped envelope for her to write on and then send home when she has them completed.  I am hoping I can get my son and husband to add their good blessings to the jar too! What fun this will be to share a year from now.


Stamps Sets: Flower Shop, Paisleys & Posies, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Rotary Stamp  Inks: Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, VersaMark  Papers: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla  Tools & Accessories: Pansy Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Mint Macaron Mini Striped Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I am not one to make new year resolutions.  Mainly because I never seem to be able to keep them. This is something I know I can do and I love that it is a wonderful way to reflect upon and remember the many blessings. I hope this has inspired you to use what colors you have to create one for yourself or as a gift. If you would like to purchase any of the products I used you can Click HERE to shop my online store.

Last night we rang in the new year doing something we’d never done before. We usually travel over the holidays and visit family in Massachusetts.  This year our plans changed and we stayed home. We decided to check out the local celebration that has become a New Year’s Eve tradition in our small town. New York City may have the ball dropping at midnight but, here in Hagerstown, Maryland we have a Donut Drop.  A local family owned business, Krumpe’s, makes the most delicious donuts and they gave away 6,000 free donuts last night to everyone who assembled downtown to watch the annual Donut Drop countdown. I am all about trying new things and we had a fun time with my daughter and her friend.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year filled with many blessings!

Just Stampin’



U is for Unique DSP (and you could win some blog candy!!!)


Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  Today I am making some Unique DSP.  You can find inspiration anywhere.  Today mine came as I was wrapping a gift and needed to make a card to go with it.  The paisley pattern on the wrapping paper reminded me of Stampin’ Up!’s  Paisley & Posies Stamp Set.  So I gathered my markers, stamp set, and cardstock and decided to make my own designer series paper to coordinate with the wrapping paper.


I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock.  I randomly stamped 3 images from the Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set using Sweet Sugarplum ink. Next was the fun part…coloring! I used Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, and Wild Wasabi markers to color on the cardstock. (The Wild Wasabi turned out to be darker when colored on the cardstock so I switched to using the Pear Pizzazz.)

Next I cut a piece of 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 piece from my unique DSP and layered it on a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock that measures 5 1/2 x 3 1/2. I adhered this to my Whisper White card base. I stamped the sentiment from Birthday Blossoms with Sweet Sugarplum ink and cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I cut a scallop oval from Sweet Sugarplum to layer my sentiment.  Most of the cards I make seem to evolve as I create and this one was no exception.  I wish I could say I planned it that the flower would match up perfectly but, I was playing around with where to lay the sentiment and noticed how cool that worked out!  I attached the layered sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals then I used the Paisley Framelits to cut out a flower from my “unique” DSP.  I cut off the stem before attaching it with a glue dot.


I used more of my DSP to decorate my envelope to match.


Stamp Sets: Paisleys & Posies, Birthday Blossoms  Inks: Sweet Sugarplum (ink & marker), Wild Wasabi/Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach (markers)  Papers: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits, Paisley Framelits

Do you know what today is?  It is my 100th blog post! Let’s celebrate with some blog candy! Leave me a comment and I will pick a random winner to receive a set of cards from me.  I have been sharing ideas using Stampin’ Up! DSP all month long…What’s your favorite DSP?  You have until midnight (EST) on October 30th to leave a comment. (It would be awesome to get 100 comments!!! Spread the word and share with your friends!)  I will announce the winner on Halloween, October 31st.  (No tricks, just treats! 🙂 ) If I reach 100 comments I will pick 5 winners!!!


Don’t forget about the Designer Series Paper Sale through October 31st…Buy 3, Get 1 Free.  Yesterday I shared another Special from Stampin’ Up! that will be offered in November.  You can check that out HERE.

Click HERE to shop my online store. 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! Hope your day is unique!

Just Stampin’



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P is for Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP


Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today I am using the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper pack is found in the Holiday Catalog (page 47).  It has 12 sheets: 2 each of 5 double-sided designs; 1 each of 2 single-sided designs with copper foil. I chose a leaf design today to go with the changing leaves here in Maryland.

Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper

I really like the layout of this card design from Linda Heller. I am hoping to meet her in Atlanta when I attend the Stampin’ Up! Convention the beginning of November. She is so talented and very creative!  You can easily change the sentiment and DSP and use it for any occasion. I love the colors of fall.  For my card I used Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon with Very Vanilla.  The Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper is cut at 3 1/4 x 3 1/2.  The Cajun Craze layer is just a smidge (1/8″) larger.  I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla with cajun craze ink and cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits. I cut the leaf from Delightful Dijon cardstock using the Paisley Framelits Dies.  I used the fine-tip glue pen to adhere it to a scrap of very vanilla and cut it out with my paper snips.  I attached the sentiment layer and the leaf with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a candy dot to the leaf.

Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper and Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set & Framelits

Here are some other projects I shared previously using the Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper. You can click on the image to see the original post.

Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper   http://www.juststampin.com


Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper   http://www.juststampin.com

Simple card using Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper     http://www.juststampin.com

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Pleasant Day!

Just Stampin’


Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper