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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’


Happy 90th Birthday to Sister Corda!

Last week I had my monthly get together with my Paper Pumpkin Players.  Everyone put together their kits and made lots of alternative cards and projects (Thanksgiving table favors, boxes, etc.) but the fun didn’t stop there. After spending the afternoon crafting we surprised Sister Corda with a Paper Pumpkin Party in honor of her 90th birthday!  She is one of the most amazing people I know and she loves her Paper Pumpkin kits and crafting as much as I do!

Sister Corda

Before I share pictures of our Paper Pumpkin get together and surprise dinner party, I want to show you one of the cards and gifts I “wrapped” for Sister Corda. I had a special request to make a 90th birthday card for Sister Corda (and to order her a new set of the standard cutting pads for her Big Shot).  Here is the card I made.

Stampin Up Party Pop Up Thinlits and Large Number Dies Birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I made a double z fold card. (Click HERE  for directions and to see the one I made previously for my daughter.) I used the Large Numbers Framelits to cut the 90 from Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I used the Party Pop-Up Thinlits to cut the Happy Birthday die then I cut it apart to go across the front.  The inside sentiment is from a retired stamp set and was the perfect saying for Sister Corda. I stamped the sentiment then punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch.

Stampin Up Party Pop Up Thinlits and Large Number Dies 90th Birthday Fun Fold Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I wanted to wrap the cutting pads in matching DSP so I used the envelope punch board and a piece of 12 x 2 DSP to make a large envelope to hold the cutting pads. It was easy to make following the directions right on the envelope punch board. The standard cutting pads fit perfectly inside!

I decorated the large custom envelope by placing the card in a clear envelope and adhering it to the front of the package.  I added some Mint Macaron ribbon and it was complete and ready to deliver.

Stampin Up 90th Birthday card idea using Party Pop Up Thinlits and Large Numbers Framelits - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Here’s a few of the Paper Pumpkin projects we made. Pictures below is one of the alternative cards Sister Corda made with the leftover punched leaves from the kit. She sponged the leaves and embossed trees and added a sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

Alternative card from Paper Pumpkin kit using the Woodland Embossing Folder and sponging technique.

Paula made the box using one of the cards in the kit. (Check back tomorrow for directions how to make it.)

Good things come in little boxes!!


I love crafting with these ladies! (Unfortunately Margie had to leave early before this picture was taken.)

Bud vase made with test tube from September 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit and Stampin’ Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

I surprised Sister Corda with one of her favorite dinners (Maryland crab cakes) and an ice cream cake for dessert. Everyone popped their “pumpkin” crackers and adorned their party crowns.




Please join me in wishing Sister Corda a Happy Birthday!

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Promotion period: November 21-28, 2016 

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• Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
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Have a wonderful day!

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’