Sister Corda Blog Candy

Today is Sister Corda’s birthday.  It breaks my heart that she passed away 3 days ago. I had planned to share her birthday card today; however, I am going to share some blog candy in her honor instead. img_9443

If you know me or follow my blog, you have heard about Sister Corda. She was an amazing woman in so many ways! At 90 years old she was my oldest “Paper Pumpkin Player”, still made her delicious homemade candy to give to others, volunteered each week at the homeless shelter, helped out in my Pre K classroom, walked daily, and was completely devoted to her faith. She taught for many years and made a difference in so many lives! If you couldn’t remember something, you’d ask Sister Corda…she had a mind like a steel trap!

I had the pleasure of introducing Sister Corda to card making. I still remember the excitement and joy on her face when she made her first card. She continued to have just as much joy with each and every card she made.  She followed my blog daily (and would have something to say if I missed a day or two).  Often she would be waiting in my classroom in the morning with a list of items she needed or to show me something she created. Just recently she was so excited to start stamping her handmade Christmas cards and wanted a Wink of Stella brush.  I made this little bag (adapted from Pootles) to put it in to gift to her but never had the chance to give it to her before she went to the hospital.

Stampin Up Fresh Florals In Color gift bag idea- Jeanie Stark StampinUp

We all have people who come in and out of our lives and some make a difference. Sister Corda has been a huge blessing in my life! Leave me a comment with the name of someone who has been a blessing in your life.  I will choose a random winner to send this gift bag with the Wink of Stella.

Sister Corda also enjoyed my “Just Stamping Card Kit and 3D Project Buffet To Go” kits and each month she would tell me to “put her on the list”.  In her honor I will be gifting one of my project kits each month.  Everyone who places an order for the kit will have their name in a drawing and one lucky recipient with receive “Sister Corda’s kit” for FREE. This month I am offering a special “Holiday Edition” of my monthly kit to go.  For details and ordering information click HERE. I will draw a winner prior to sending Paypal invoices (on the 26th) and let one lucky recipient know they are receiving their kit for FREE this month.

Sister Corda was truly an inspirational woman. She had such an impact on me and my family. My friend Paula said it best, “How lucky are we to have been blessed with the opportunity to witness complete devotion and love by a person who touched each of our hearts in a very personal way.”  Sister Corda would have been 91 years old today.  Here’s a few photos from her 90th birthday celebration at my home last year.




Wishing you many blessings in life!

Just Stampin’


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What’s In Your Shoebox?

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I recently attended a “Shoebox Swap” with my friend (and upline), Susan Itell. We had lots of laughs and chatted away as we traveled down the road and joined fellow demonstrators in the Northern Virginia area for a day of Stampin’ Fun!  Each person brought a card they made and put everything they used in a shoebox so others could create it.

This is what was in my shoebox:

Stamp sets: Gift of Love, Tin of Cards   Papers: Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Gray, Whisper White  Ink: Memento Black, Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzaz  Accessories: Organza ribbon, Wink of Stella Brush, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The exclusive Gift of Love stamp set is one of my favorites. Ask me how you can earn it for FREE!  (I like free, what about you?) This flower is a simple two-step process and you get a beautiful watercolor effect.  I added a little sparkle to the flowers using the clear Wink of Stella Brush.

Here’s the details how to make it:

Attach a piece of organza ribbon to a 1 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Gray. (See how you can save ribbon?) Attach gray strip 1″ from the bottom of your card base.  Take a second piece of ribbon and tie a knot. Stamp sentiment in Memento Black ink above the gray strip.


Stamp the outline flower with Memento Black Ink.  Be sure to use a Stampin’ Mat to get a nice clean image when using Photopolymer stamps. Stamp the leaves using Pear Pizzaz Ink and the blooms with Sweet Sugarplum.  The photopolymer stamps make it easy to see exactly where to stamp.

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Adhere the stamped image to the basic gray layer and attach to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Brush the blooms with Wink of Stella and you’re done!  Well, almost….Don’t forget the envelope! I think Sweet Sugarplum may be my new favorite color! So pretty!!!


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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day Just Stampin’