More Birthday Fun!

I absolutely LOVED reading the comments the other day with stories of your birthday memories. Thank you so much for sharing!!!  It just reaffirms my feelings on “gifts”…it’s not what you get, it’s who you spend your time with! My husband and I like to give our children a “birthday experience” each year.  Fads come and go but memories last a lifetime! And when you give an experience, everyone enjoys the gift! Many family vacations have been someone’s “gift”.

Speaking of gifts…Sharing handmade kindness is a gift from the heart! When someone takes the time to write a note inside a card and/or make a card, it is a “gift” in and of itself! I treasure the handwritten notes and cards from my kids over the years as well as those I’ve received from friends and family. I bet you do too!

The other day I shared some of the beautiful birthday cards I received.  You can see that post HERE.  Yesterday my blog was “hacked” by my daughter.  If you missed her post and the card she made for me, click HERE. Today I have a few more cards to share with you from some of my very talented stamping friends…


Nancy heat embossed this card and even punched the envelope flap. I love the extra protective piece she added to protect the card.  How clever!


Chris R.’s card is striking in black and pink with washi tape!


Chris did something I have never done before and I love it!  She stamped the inside on DSP.  I love her envelope too!

Ramsey added sparkle inside and out!


Ramsey knows I love adventures! It just so happens I am going on one today with my friend and upline, Susan Itell. We are taking a road trip and will be joining our friend, Roseanne, for an afternoon crafting adventure somewhere in Delaware.

It’s time to announce the winner of the birthday blog candy…Linda Schilling!

random birthday winner

How funny that she was # 13…here’s her comment:


  • Sounds like you did have a happy birthday I “held my breath” all day when I turned 13 on Friday the thirteenth – but nothing bad happened. Best birthdays are shared with family doing nothing really special except being together. Having grandkids makes it even sweeter


Linda, it looks like #13 is pretty lucky! Please email me ( your address and I will send my birthday party favors to you.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I am showcasing the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies and Special Reason Stamp Set featured on page 42 in the Occasions catalog.


I love fun fold cards!  This pocket card is very simple to make. I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand as my card base.  I scored it at 1 1/4 and 5 1/2.  The fold is on the bottom and the 1 1/4 piece folds down on the front of the card. I didn’t adhere the sides as the ribbon holds it together.  I just wrapped it around the card and tied a simple knot. I cut a 2 x 4 1/4 piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a layer of Sweet Sugarplum that measures 2 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The insert piece measures 3 1/2 x 5 (Very Vanilla) and 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 (Sweet Sugarplum). I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum ink.


Next, I stamped and cut my floral pieces and layered them on my card.


The Stylish Stems Framelits are unique and very versatile.  Let me forewarn you… these were not on my original wish list as I felt I already had enough florals but, once I saw this video and all the different possibilities, I knew I had to add them to my collection.  I always say, it has to be versatile for me to invest and this one definitely fits that bill! It may just be my new favorite floral!  Check out this video (if you dare)! LOL

I love the projects Holly created in the video and I especially like how you can use the negative image from the die to create different projects.

I had so much fun playing and creating with the Stylish Stem Framelits. Here’s another card I made.  The card measurements are the same but this one is made with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Silver Metallic Ribbon (from Sale-A-Bration), Silver Foil, and Silver Embossing Powder.


Here’s how I layered the floral using the Stylish Stem Framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits.


Which one do you prefer?


I made coordinating envelopes but forgot to photograph the second one. Oops!


Here’s another look at the projects Holly created in the video.So pretty!!!




The Stylish Stems Dies coordinate beautifully with the Special Reason Stamp set which has great sentiments.  You can never go wrong with a set of sentiment stamps!



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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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