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 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.
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F is for Friend for the Pals Blog Hop

Pals Blog Hop June 2019

Welcome to the Pals’ June  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects using “Anything with Wings” You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

This month I’ve been sharing cards for each letter of the alphabet in my ABC Card Series. (Make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss out on cards for every occasion from A to Z!) Today I have a quick & easy card for a friend using the Free As A Bird stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Free As A Bird friend card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I couldn’t decide between birds or butterflies for our “Anything with Wings” theme.  This simple card design would work with either. I knew I wanted to use this sentiment from Free As A Bird so this one stamp set did it all!

Here’s all the details if you would like to make this card:

  • Card Base: Seaside Spray Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
  • DSP Layer:  2″ x 4 1/4″.  Adhere to the center of the card base.
  • Cardstock Layer: Daffodil Delight 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • Stamped Layer: Whisper White Cardstock 2-1/2″ x 4″. Stamp the image and using Memento Black Ink.  Color with Stampin’ Blends: Daffolidl Delight Combo, Old Olive Combo, and Crumb Cake Combo. Stamp sentiment in Seaside Spray ink. Adhere to Daffoldil Delight Cardstock.
  • Wrap a piece of Seaside Spray Scalloped Ribbon around the stamped layer and adhere on back.  Tie a simple knot in front. Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Embellish the envelope with a 1/4″ strip of Seaside Spray cardstock and a 2 x 6 piece of DSP.  Trim around the flap with Paper Snips.

Stampin' Up! Free As A Bird friend card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The best part about this card is you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to send this to someone.  Make someone smile today!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 10, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Mixing It Up” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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Have Fabulous Day!
Just Stampin’

Stampin' Up! Free As A Bird friend card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

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A Card Challenge, A Sale, and more!

Stampin’ Up! announced last night that they are offering a discount on select retiring products starting this afternoon.  This came as a total surprise to me and my fellow demonstrators.  If there is something you have been on the fence about, check out to see if it is on sale. Retiring products are available while supplies last now through June 3rd. Click on the image below to view the newly discounted products. (Many are on My Favorites List!!!!)

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My newest ABC Series, ABC Cards, will showcase cards for many different occasions. Even though I will focus on a different occasion for each letter, most of these cards could work for other occasions simply by changing the sentiment or Designer Series Paper.

If you find a card design/layout that you like, simply change it to make it work for what you want/need.  So far I have shared card ideas for anniversary and birthday. (*You can click on the images if you want to see the original posts for each.)

Stampin Up Foliage Frames and Beautiful Bouquet Anniversary card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUpStampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday and Touches of Texture birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Either of these cards are easy to adapt for different occasions.  You can see below how I changed these up for get well and birthday cards.

Stampin' Up! Dandelion Wishes and Woven Threads get well card idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin' Up! Amazing Life and Broadway Bound birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Here’s some more examples. I shared this trio on my blog a couple of years ago. (*Click on the image if you want to view the original post.)

Stampin Up Clean & Simple Bold Butterfly Thank You card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Did you know that Stampin’ Up!’s online store gives you the opportunity to shop by occasions?

Shop by Occasion

CLICK HERE to see the category options.

CLICK HERE to see all of the products that are perfect for Birthdays.

Are you up for a Card Challenge? Take either of these card designs and make it your own. Add a sentiment, Use your Designer Series Paper, embellishments, etc.  I would love to see what you create and showcase your work on my blog! Send me an email (j.stark@myactv.net) with a photo of your card or send your card to me in the mail and I will photograph it for you. Get your card to me by June 25th.  Who’s in?

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Have a great day!

Just Stampin’


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