B is for Blooms & Bliss DSP


Welcome to my new alphabet series, The ABC’s with DSP.  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today’s cards showcase paper from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.


Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

I used a 6 x 6 piece of DSP for each of these cards. I love to challenge myself to use paper in different ways. I cut each piece the same, used every piece on my card, and just varied the layouts for each. Here is how I cut the 6 x 6 DSP for each.  First, I cut the DSP at 3 3/4 which gave me 2 pieces: 1 measuring 2 1/4 x 6 (to be used for the envelope flap) and 1 piece measuring 3 3/4 x 6.  I cut this piece at 5″.  My 3 cuts measure: 2 1/4 x 6, 3 3/4 x 5, and 3 3/4 x 1.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I made this first card for the ladies at the shop where I sell my cards to raise money for our local chapter for Breast Cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I adhered my DSP to a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock a smidge larger (3 7/8 x 5 1/8) and attached this to the Rich Razzleberry card base.  I layered the 1 inch strip of DSP on a piece of 1 1/4 x 3 3/4 Blushing Bride and adhered this to the card.  My sentiment is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits which I cut from Blushing Bride.  The Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Ribbon is attached with a glue dot. Here’s my matching envelope.


For my other 2 cards I just adhered the 1″ strip of DSP on top of the larger piece and adhered these to a layer of cardstock just a smidge larger. I love the way the designs and patterns in this DSP compliment each other.

I stamped thanks from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set in Island Indigo and punched the end with the Triple Banner Punch. I used Stylized Birthday for the sentiment on the other card and cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I popped this up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the flowers from Petite Petals in mint macaron and island indigo ink.  I punched these out with the matching Petite Petals Punch. The mint macaron ribbon used on both of these cards is from the trio pack in the Holiday catalog (page 47).


Stamp Sets: Watercolor Wishes, Stylized Birthday, Petite Petals  Inks: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron  Papers: Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Petite Petals Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Layering Ovals Framelits, Mint Macaron 3/8″ Ribbon, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Look at all the coordinating colors that go with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper: Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White.  There are so many possibilities you can do with these colors as you mix and match with the DSP.

Here is a project I shared previously that I made using Blooms & Bliss DSP.  Click on the the image to see the original post with details how to make these boxes.

Itty Bitty Boxes using Blooms & Bliss DSP


Click HERE to shop my online store and take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! specials Oct. 1-5 to Celebrate World Card Making Day as well as the Designer Series Paper special offer. Please use the Hostess Code 7DB3CBKS when you check out.  I’ve added a visual below to show where to enter the code. I always send a thank you gift each month when you order from me.  I appreciate each and every order!

Have a Blissful day!

Just Stampin’




K is for Kits

Welcome to my ABC’s of Stampin’ series.  Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite Kits…Watercolor Wishes.  This kit is just gorgeous with pre-watercolored designs.  You get an exclusive stamp set and materials to make 20 cards!

Check out this video showing the Watercolor Wishes Kit.

This kit has it all: 20 card bases and envelopes, die cut pieces and flowers, 2 different color inks, washi tape, sequins, wood cutouts, Stampin’ Dimensionals, detailed instructions, an exclusive stamp set and an acrylic block!  I LOVE this exclusive stamp set! lt is so versatile with 1o different sentiments and some hearts.  I have used it many times!!!

Exclusive Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set

I am going to be totally honest and admit I bought the kit just because I had to have this exclusive stamp set. However, when I opened the kit and saw the beautiful watercolored designs I fell in love. (It was like a bonus!)  You can easily make the cards just like the instructions (as seen in the video) or use the contents and do your own thing. I had so much fun making these alternative ideas.


I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Click HERE to see all the exclusive kits and shop my online store. Here’s my Back to School Special for today…With the purchase of the Watercolor Wishes Kit, I will send you my “accessory kit” (which includes ribbon, die cuts, jewels, and glue dots) to complete the alternative ideas shown or to use on other cards with this amazing stamp set.  🙂  Remember to use the Hostess Code 7CNZAUYM  when you check out. (I’ve included a visual below to show you where to enter the hostess code.) Don’t forget to check out the updated Clearance Rack and Special Offers this week from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks so much to everyone who played along with my contest,” J is for…”.  I had so much fun reading your responses!  Congratulations to Kathi Royce!  She was the first to respond and she guessed it right!  The early bird gets the worm (well in this case the “jewels”). Kathi, email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send you a package of Stampin’ Up Jewels.  Check back tomorrow to see the fun fold pocket card I made to send Kathi her prize!

Have a wonderful day!  Share some handmade kindness!

Just Stampin’



Just a Note for Back to School


I seem to have apples and school stuff on my mind this week! Today’s post-it note holder would be a great gift to give with the card I made yesterday. The apple DSP was still sitting on my desk along with some post it notes. (I am such a list person and anytime I get a thought or idea I have to jot it down. Sometimes I need a list to remind me of the list!)   I decided to use the leftover paper and make this post it note holder.  I am going to keep this one for myself; however, now that I know how quick and easy it is to make, I think I’ll make some for the office staff at work. They always do so much for everyone else!  I bet you can think of someone who might like one too.  Or just make one for yourself.

I watched a rather looooooong video by Jan Brown from the UK.  She CASed (Copied And Shared) it from someone else. I decided to change it up as I did not need to put a pocket on the back to hold a business card or gift card for myself. I suppose if you want to make one for someone else and put a nice gift card in the back no one would complain. LOL  I did try to simplify the steps so you don’t have to watch the 45 minute You Tube video but, just in case you want to watch Jan’s video you can click HERE.

Here’s the details for mine. Start with a 5 3/4 x 12 piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  With the short side across the top of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, score at 1/2, 1, 4 3/4, 5 1/4.  With the long side at the top, score at 2, 2 1/2, 6, 9 1/2, 10 1/2, 11 1/2.


Next you need to cut 1 inch off the long sides from the 2 1/2 inch score line. See the photo for where to cut and snip.


Fold and crease on the score lines with a bone folder. See the photo for which way to fold along the score lines. The box section is in front and it looks like a tent from the side view.


Attach DSP (3 5/8 x 1 7/8, 3 5/8 x 3 3/8) and then put Tear & Tape Adhesive as shown and adhere the holder together.

Wrap Old Olive Baker’s Twine around the holder and tie a bow.  To decorate,  I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to stamp the tree leaves in Pear Pizzazz on Old Olive cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Wishes with Soft Suede ink. The tree leaves get punched out with the Tree Builder Punch. Stamp the tree trunk from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set in soft suede ink and cut it out with the matching Thinlits Die.



Attach the tree to the front of the holder with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add your Post-It Notes and that’s it! There’s room on the side of the holder to put a pen or pencil.  I’m going to put a small golf pencil in mine.



I really like the way the Sprinkles of Life and Thoughtful Branches Bundles go together. This would make a nice little gift set. You could put the “Just a note” sentiment on the cards too!   If you missed yesterday’s post how to make the card you can see it HERE.

Stamp Sets: Sprinkles of Life, Thoughtful Branches, Watercolor Wishes  Inks: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz  Papers: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Tree Builder Punch, Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, Old Olive Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Post-It Notes

I remember taking my kids shopping for new backpacks and back to school supplies each year. Before they went to school I always took the traditional back to school photo on their first day. Now that my youngest is off at college, I didn’t think I’d have any first day photos this year. I was touched and surprised when my daughter texted me this photo on her first day of classes at college. So sweet and thoughtful of her to remember!


They grow up so fast! Here are pictures of my son and daughter on their first day of kindergarten. Boy do I miss those days!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’