S is for Sympathy

Welcome to my ABC Card Series! Throughout this series I’ll be sharing a variety of cards for every occasion from A to Z! It’s good to have a few Sympathy cards on hand. Today’s card design is another one of those that you can easily change the sentiment and use for any occasion.

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases and Healing Hugs Sympathy Card Idea using Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Anyone else in love with the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper?! I love the rich colors and hand-painted impressionistic imagery! I chose Blackberry Bliss and Purple Posy for my layered background. I stamped the flower from Healing Hugs in Purple Posy.  I love to stamp a sentiment over an image and this worked great by stamping off the flower first.

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases and Healing Hugs Sympathy Card Idea using Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Sympathy cards are not something we enjoy having to make but we can make them beautiful to remember a wonderful life. I had to make this card in shades of purple in honor of the person who passed. (It was her favorite color.)  I love that we can add that personal touch by making our own cards!

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases and Healing Hugs Sympathy Card Idea using Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Here’s the measurements if you would like to make this simple card design:

  • Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 (Blackberry Bliss)
  • Layer 1: 4 x 5 1/4 (Purple Posy)
  • DSP Layer: 3 7/8 x 4 (Perennial Essence)

Adhere the DSP then wrap the ribbon before adhering the layer to the card base. The sentiment layer was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered on a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut with the Layering Circles Framelits. Attach the metallic thread to the back of the sentiment layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere to the card. Finish it off with a few Metallic Pearls.

*Note – Stampin’ Up! announce that the Purple Posy ink passed its last sample test and things are moving forward. They have placed orders with their manufacturer to begin producing the ink pads and refills. They do not know the timeframe when this ink will be available, but they will update again in September. In the meantime, if you must have this ink, you can purchase the In Color Markers to color your stamps.  When I first started stamping I bought all the markers before I started to collect the ink pad because it was cheaper to get all the colors that way.  I still use my markers especially with tiny sentiments as I find it easier to ink them up without getting ink on the edges and transferring to my card.  I also like to coordinate colors when addressing envelopes I’ve stamped on the front.  How do you use the Stampin’ Write Markers?

Many thanks for all the retirement wishes! I was thrilled to read many of you enjoy stamping in your retirement.  It seems it was pretty close as to the favorite retirement card (vertical or horizontal) but horizontal won by a few votes!  I also have another winner to announce, the winner of the “retirement” blog candy…..Judy!  I realize we have 2 Judy’s who posted and rather than tell you which one was chosen by random.org I am going to send some retired goodies to both!  So Judy, (and Judy) , please email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will put your blog candy in the mail! Congratulations!

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to comment! I do love reading each and every one!

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Just Stampin’


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Paper Pumpkin August 2019

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service by Stampin’ Up! It is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. The kit includes all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting! Subscribers always have cards and cute gifts on hand for every occasion. Your first kit includes a free gift —a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time. Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!

Here’s some details about the August kit.

  • The August kit includes 6 gift bags and 12 gift tags. To receive this kit you must subscribe by August 10. Click HERE to view a preview of the kit and see some samples of past kits.
  • The Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle is a separate purchase for those who would like to convert their August Paper Pumpkin kit into cards.
  • Once you have completed the August kit, you will have extra kit components so you can easily combine them with the add-on without having to purchase additional kits.
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Just Stampin’ Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet TO GO – March 2019

I have another fun kit for you this month! Because it is my birthday month you can be sure to find some birthday card ideas enclosed in this month’s kit.  As always my kits are intended to be versatile so you can use different stamps sets that you already have.  (Of course I am not opposed to you purchasing some from me!! LOL)  Here’s the details if you are interested in my monthly kit:

“Just Stampin’ Kit Buffet” TO GO cost:  $12 (plus shipping and handling)

Here’s how you can reserve your seat at the buffet table:

Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) with “Just Stampin’ Kit Buffet” in the subject line. Include your full name, mailing address, and email address.  I will send you a PayPal invoice. *You do not need a PayPal account in order to make your payment. Upon receiving my invoice, you may choose the credit card/debit card option instead of using a PayPal account. Instructions are given and the process for payment is simple. Orders need to be placed by March 24th. (*Please note I can only accept a limited number of orders each month. I may reach my limit before the deadline.)

Just Stampin’ Buffet TO GO Kits include:

  • Pre-cut supplies for four projects (stamped images not included, in accordance with Stampin’ Up! policy)
  • Envelopes for non 3D projects
  • Pre-punched items and/or Big Shot items, such as die cuts and textured embossed
  • Ribbon and/or embellishments

My “Kit Buffet TO GO!” is intended to make it easy for you to be able to see and try out different products while being able to substitute different stamps you already have. You don’t have to worry about having coordinating designer series paper to go with the cardstock, the right color ribbon to match, or other embellishments…everything is in the kit!  You just need to stamp and adhere.  I can’t wait for you to see this month’s kit!!! The cards are perfect for birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, thank you, etc.! So versatile!

If you have ordered my card kit buffet before, I would love for you to leave a comment. Here’s what others have said about my past kits:

I love your kits. Your attention to detail is amazing. Instructions are fantastic and precise so that each item is quick and easy to put together. The pictures are a big plus in following the instructions.. Thank you so much for making these kits available to us.   Bernice P

Oh my goodness, thank you! I so enjoyed the last kit! Kept me occupied for a week! And this set is equally as beautiful! You do such thoughtful and intriguing projects! Please know that your talents and creativity are appreciated! (And your directions are a retired teacher’s dream!)  Nancy B.

I worked on your Card Buffet this afternoon. What a delightful way to

spend an afternoon! Your directions and photos really are EXCELLENT. I
think that part of the reason that you write such good instructions is
because you are programmed to teach little kids; it makes you really
good at spelling out every step. Well done!  ~M~

My kit arrived today and I’m so excited!  What great cards and I love the flexibility.  They’re beautiful.   Thanks, Susan

Your kit arrived yesterday and I’ve had great fun putting it together. You did a terrific job!  I love the way everything coordinates (which is my biggest challenge) and the kit was so well organized with the pieces for the box all together neatly in a glassine envelope.  Such attention to detail!  

Your instructions were impeccable.  Your pictures were beautiful and a big help in putting everything together. Obviously I am very pleased. And I will be ordering again if you have future kits.    Thank you so much,
Deborah M

I haven’t had much time to craft lately but I did these in a jiffy and they are sooo cute. Thank you for offering this for us!

*Please note… I can only accept a limited number of orders each month. I may reach my limit before the deadline. I will send out PayPal invoices on or before March 24th. You will receive an email when your kit is shipped (~end of March). It will include an attachment with the project samples, supplies, and directions. You can substitute different stamps and sentiments using what you have or just copy my samples. The choice is up to you!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Memories & More

Here’s something you may not know about me…I was a scrapbooker (and Creative Memories consultant) before I was introduced to Stampin’ Up!  I remember making my first card at a friend’s house and thinking “Where has Stampin’ Up! been all my life?”  I was hooked! I still enjoy scrapbooking but now that my children are older I do not make as many albums as I used to.  I made baby albums, school days albums, birthday albums, etc. (I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I also made ABC Albums for my kids.) Nowadays I just try to stay up to date on our family album. (The key word here is “try”.) The Memories & More albums, pocket pages, and coordinating packs of cards make it easy to put projects together quickly. The card packs are perfect for cardmaking, memory keeping, or any other project you can dream up. Check out this video to see how easy it is to create with the Memories & More card packs.

Here is a beautiful card I received from Chris R. using the Memories & More cards.

Card created using the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack by Stampin Up. For more ideas and supplies visit my blog www.juststampin.com
Card Created by Chris R.

She wrote, “These Memories & More cards are so fun to play with! I had to make you one!” I am so glad she did! I love and appreciate it! Chris used the different size cards in the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack and layered them for a quick & easy card that’s just beautiful! She used the coordinating Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack to decorate the envelope.

I admit these cards were something I just skipped over in the catalog (pages 190 – 194) until now. You can bet these cards will be on my next order! Click on the links below to see all the card designs in each pack as well as lots of ideas. (FYI…the photos in the catalog do not do them justice! When viewing from the links below make sure to enlarge the photo and also click the arrow button to see all the cool ideas using the cards in each pack. It’s what sold me on them!)

Perfect Days Memories & More Card Pack

Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack

Bundle of Love Memories & More Card Pack

Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack

You can purchase the Memories & More products from  my online store.

Don’t miss out on my offer to “Have Fun with Color”! Click HERE for more information.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas Bundle is now available!  Click on the photo above to see the available items in my online store. Click HERE to see a video and more ideas using this versatile bundle.

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How to Redeem Your Bonus Days Coupon Codes?

  • If you’re redeeming your coupon codes with an online order, see these instructions
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