Spring Has Sprung for the PALS Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring or Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.


The inspiration for my card today came from the beautiful spring wreath my sister made me for my birthday.  We celebrated a little early this year and I couldn’t wait to hang it on my front door.


I love the way she personalized my wreath with the big monogrammed letter.  To recreate this beautiful wreath, I used the Large Letter Framelits to cut the letter S from Daffodil Delight cardstock. I stamped the wreath from Wondrous Wreath in Old Olive and then turned it slightly and stamped it again without reinking. I cut it out with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits. I punched flowers from Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight cardstock using the Tree Builder Punch and Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  I curled the flowers using the end of my stylus to give them some dimension. I added a little Pear Pizzazz ink to the center of the yellow flowers using my blender pen.  I used the Everyday Jar Framelits to cut some stems from Always Artichoke and Old Olive  cardstock to add some more greenery to my wreath.  I popped up the wreath and monogram with Stampin’ Dimensionals and attached the greenery and flowers with glue dots.img_0087

My sister has made me several wreaths before and every year a bird builds a nest in our wreath and lays eggs. This wreath came complete with a bird and eggs so perhaps we will get to use our front door this year.  I made my nest with linen thread and just wrapped it around my finger and attached it with glue dots.  The “eggs” are punched from the Tree Builder Punch.  I tucked the tips of the “leaves” into the nest so you just see the rounded end.  I used Melon Mambo Thick Bakers Twine and Old Olive Bakers Twine to make my bow and attached it with a glue dot.

My card base is a 4 1/4″ square from Sahara Sand cardstock.  I cut a 4″ square and scored it at 1/2″ on all four sides using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I like the way the scoring highlights and frames the wreath.  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching custom envelope for my card. The Envelope Punch Board (133774) is one of my favorite tools and it’s a bargain for just $20! Not only is is so easy to use to make custom envelopes but it also makes great treat holders and other 3D items. Check out this video and see just how easy it is to use!


Another favorite of mine is embossing folders…they make it quick and easy to add depth and texture.  I used the Floral Affection Embossing Folder to add some texture and fun to the envelope flap.


Stamps: Wondrous Wreath  Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz  Papers: Sahara Sand, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Wonderful Wreath, Large Letters, and Everyday Jar Framelits, Tree Builder Punch, Floral Affection Embossing Folder, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Melon Mambo Thick Bakers Twine, Old Olive Bakers Twine, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here’a a final look at my wreaths side by side.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

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My WCMD Shoebox Swap

Simple Christmas Card with Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set

I am reliving all the fun I had in Atlanta as I share with you the cards and projects we made. After dinner on Friday night we had a shoebox swap. Each person that wanted to participate brought a card or project they made and put everything they used in a shoebox so others could create it. We each provided enough supplies for 10 people. I needed to fit everything in my carry on luggage for my flight to Atlanta so I made a simple card that did not require my Big Shot.

This is what was in my shoebox:

Stamp sets: Wondrous Wreath, Flourishing Phrases  Papers: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, This Christmas Designer Series Paper  Ink: Cherry Cobbler  Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Triple Banner Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Everything was precut so everyone just had to stamp, punch, and assemble. Here are the measurements:

Whisper White: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4, 1 x 3 1/2 (for banner)

Cherry Cobbler: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4

DSP: 3 x 4 (You can get 12 pieces per 12 x 12 sheet), 2 1/4 x 6 (for envelope flap)

I made 2 different sample cards so people could choose which one they wanted to make. Let’s face it everyone needs thank you cards after the holidays and this is a great one to mass produce. I have a stack ready to send!

One card kit with 2 different options

For the thank you card I just tied the ribbon in a knot instead of a bow and attached it to the banner with a glue dot. Either option is quick & easy and still makes a statement.  The crisp white really stands out against the DSP.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the Cherry Cobbler layer to add depth. Check back tomorrow to see some of the cards I made at the shoebox swap.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’



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G is for Garden Green DSP

Garden Green Designer Series Paper from the Regals Paper Stack

Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today’s paper is from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. Garden Green is a great choice to use for your holiday projects.

Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and matching Framelits with Garden Green DSP

Today’s cards would be easy to reproduce multiples to send.  I cut the DSP 2 x 6 to get 12 strips from each 12 x 12 sheet.  You could make 48 cards or 24 cards with matching envelopes from each color scheme. I used Garden Green on my cards today. (Cherry Cobbler is also in the Regals Collection. You could make another 48 cards if needed and you would still have 8 more colors to choose from.)  I used 3 of the 4 designs for my cards.

I used the Triple Banner Punch, Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set, and Wonderful Wreath Framelits to make my cards.  Check out this short video from Stampin’ Up! for some great tips and samples using the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and Framelits.

I stamped my image a little different than she did in the video.  I used Garden Green ink to stamp the image then lifted and turned the stamp a little to the right and stamped again without reinking so it stamps a lighter shade and fills in the space. Also, I cut the inside piece on the first card then decided I didn’t really need to cut that piece out for this particular card.  It made it easier to adhere the die cut sentiment with the center piece intact.  Did you notice the difference in the cards?  You could choose to do it either way. When I’m mass producing I try to save steps wherever possible.

I love the Joy die that comes with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  Noel is also in the set and if you want even more choices there’s merry, jolly, and peace dies in the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  If you want to see an easel card I made with the peace die CLICK HERE. I used the Cherry Cobbler silky taffeta ribbon from the Holiday Catalog to make my bows. You could use the bow die that comes with the framelits.  Here’s a look at each card and matching envelope.


Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and matching Framelits with Garden Green Striped DSP


Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and matching Framelits with Garden Green Polka Dot DSP


Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and matching Framelits with Garden Green DSP

I can’t decide which is my favorite DSP pattern with the wreath.  Do you have a favorite? I love each of the 4 patterns in the Designer Series Paper Stacks and I have decided to offer a Paper Share so you can get a sampling of each collection. You will get 100 6 x 12 sheets: 20 Regal, 20 Bright, 20 Subtle, 20 Neutral, and 20 In Color.  The cost is $35 (includes shipping and tax). Email me (j.stark@myactv.net) if you would like to take advantage of this offer. Please put “Paper Share” in the subject.

Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath  Inks: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler  Papers: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack  Tools & Accessories: Wonderful Wreath Framelits, 3/8″ Cherry Cobbler silky Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Have a Great day!

Just Stampin’