A Box of Sunshine from Kathy

Yesterday was my first day back at school and after a long day I came home to the most pleasant surprise!  There was a box by my front door.


OH MY GOODNESS!!! Talk about a box of sunshine!!!! I had the biggest smile on my face as I checked out all the fun surprises inside.  What a sweet and clever idea!!!  I also love how Kathy recycled the Paper Pumpkin box by turning it inside out. She decorated it too. Look at all the yellow goodies that was inside!!

Enclosed was this beautiful card!!!!

Sunshine card
Card Created by Kathy Royce

Kathy wrote that this was to cheer me up after dropping my daughter off at college.  I’m sure many of you can relate to that experience.  If so, I hope you had a “Kathy” in your life to drop a box of sunshine on your doorstop! I’m reminded of this quote, “A mother’s job is to teach her children not to need her anymore. The hardest part of that job is accepting success.” #audreylovesparis

Words cannot express how absolutely touched I am to be the recipient of these gifts! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Kathy, thanks for making my day!!  

I had just finished opening box # 2 (Do you believe there was more?!!!) when my daughter called to see how my first day back at work went. (I know I am biased but she is just so sweet and thoughtful!!!) So, I shared with her all about my box of sunshine. Here’s what was in box #2.

These goodies are not only fun they are useful too! You can bet I will put a lot of these items to use in my home and classroom (and smile as I use each of them)! There was another card enclosed too!

Enjoy Today
Card Created by Kathy Royce

I am blessed to have the best blog readers ever!!!  I love to create and enjoy sharing my projects with others.  I never dreamed I would have a blog and it has just been so much fun getting to know so many of you through cyberspace. You inspire me and fill my joy tank with your comments and kindness!! Kathy, I plan to “pay it forward” and promise to do an act of kindness in your honor. I hope I can bring as much joy to someone else as you delivered today!

I hope you will leave a comment for Kathy today for her amazing talent, creativity, and thoughtfulness! I love this idea of sending a little sunshine to others!

Have a wonderful day (filled with sunshine I hope)!

Just Stampin’


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D is for a Date with Dragonfly Dreams and Detailed Dies


Stampin Up Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits calendar card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I’m showcasing Dragonfly Dreams. This is already one of the most popular new items and I can see why!  It is so easy to create a quick and simple card with the Detailed Dragonfly Dies and some DSP. I used different dies, sentiments, and Designer Series Paper on each of these calendar cards.

Stampin Up Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits calendar card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The sentiment is from the Designer Tee Stamp Set which you can get FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.  There are 10 different stamps in the set. I cut the detailed dragonfly from gold foil and attached vellum behind the wings.

Stampin Up Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits calendar card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

It’s hard to tell in the photo but I added Wink of Stella to the dragonflies.  I masked the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and cut it out with the Layering Circle Framelits. It is quick and easy to stamp masked sentiments with photopolymer stamps!

Stampin Up Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits calendar card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I watercolored the bees using the new Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen. I cut them out with my paper snips. The calendars are from Taylored Expressions.

I don’t know which one is my favorite.  I love the Detailed Dragonfly Dies!  These calendar cards are made just like a basic card with the addition of a “tent” to make it sturdy to stand up all year long.  To make the tent support, start with a matching piece of cardstock that measures 4 1/4 x 5.  Score at 1, 2 1/2, and 4.  Adhere to the inside of the card.

Do you have a favorite? Read on to find out how you can get one delivered to your mailbox!


Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Designer Tee, Perfectly Wrapped  Ink: Basic Black  Papers: Basic Black, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Vellum, Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack  Tools& Accessories: Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Wink of Stella, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I used the Serene Scenery DSP on my calendar cards but they would look just as nice on different paper.  Have you seen all the new Designer Series Paper in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs?  Take a look at these delightful designs!


Party Animal Designer Series Paper   Item # 142738



Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack   Item # 142744



Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack   Item # 142733



Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper   Item # 142778



Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper   Item # 142770



Urban Underground Designer Series Paper   Item # 142783



Falling In Love Designer Series Paper   Item # 142788



Carried Away Designer Series Paper  SAB item # 143608



Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper  SAB item # 143830

Which one is your favorite new Designer Series Paper?  Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite.  I would love to hear from you!

Here’s some more ideas showcasing Dragonfly Dreams…




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Have a Delightful Day!

Just Stampin’


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Y is for Shades of Yellow

We are near the end of my ABC’s with DSP series.  My favorite color is yellow.  I’d say  I’m mostly a Daffodil Delight or So Saffron shade of yellow gal; however, I have a new found likeness for Delightful Dijon since discovering the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. Previously, I shared a window pane card I made with this DSP Stack.  If you missed it (and the cool trick to make a double window), you can Click HERE.  Today I am going to share another card I made using one of the photographic artwork designs.

Stampin Up Time of Year Thinking of You card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I had a request to make some cards for a patient undergoing cancer treatment.  I thought this paper would be perfect as I love the underlying “wish” in the design. I remember as a kid I would pick these “flowers”, make a wish, and blow the seeds everywhere.

This was a simple card to put together and I used every bit of my 6 x 6 DSP.  First I cut 2 1/4 x 6 from the top section of my paper (which I used to adhere to the flap on my envelope).  Then I cut 1 inch off my remaining 3 3/4 x 6 piece.  (I saved the 1 x 3 3/4″ piece for the inside of my card.) I heat embossed my sentiment using a cool technique for color embossing.  First you ink the stamp in Versa Mark. Then, with the Versa Mark on your stamp, ink it in the color of your choice before stamping it on your cardstock. (I chose Soft Suede ink.)  Next, sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder on your sentiment, pour the excess back in your container and heat your stamped image with the heat tool.  You can heat emboss any color you want using the Clear Embossing Powder!  How cool is that?!

Stampin Up Time of Year Thinking of You card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I layered my DSP on Soft Suede cardstock ( just 1/8″ larger) and added some linen thread to keep it light.  (I tried ribbon but I didn’t want to cover any of the beautiful design on my paper.)  I popped the layer up on dimensionals and adhered it to a Delightful Dijon card base.  I repeated the layers for the inside of my card and added the 1 inch piece I had leftover from my 6 x 6 piece.

Stampin Up Thoughts & Prayers get well card idea with Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Sets: Time of Year, Thoughts & Prayers  Inks: Soft Suede, VersaMark  Papers: Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Pack  Tools & Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool, Linen Thread. Stampin’ Dimensonals

I placed my order yesterday for the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Did you? I can’t wait for them to arrive!


There is also select stamp sets on sale that coordinate with these framelits.



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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’