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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It’s an Online Extravaganza!

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We’re entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” and not just because of the holidays.  Online Extravaganza is starting on Monday! During this promotion, you can take advantage of some exclusive deals and sales available for limited times.

Click HERE to download the Extravaganza List and see a sneak peek of what is going to be on sale November 20 – 26, 2017!

The first incredible offering of this promotion will be the 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets will be 20% off on Monday only!

139891 Remarkable You Wood $45.00 $36.00
139894 Remarkable You Clear $33.00 $26.40
140643 Bloomin Love $17.00 $13.60
141054 Éclosion d’amour $17.00 $13.60
143775 Celebrate You Wood $25.00 $20.00
143778 Celebrate You Clear $18.00 $14.40
142982 Cool Treats $27.00 $21.60
143440 Souhaits frais $27.00 $21.60
138682 You’re so Sweet Wood $27.00 $21.60
139440 You’re so Sweet Clear $19.00 $15.20
140180 Juste comme ça $19.00 $15.20
143949 Garden Girl Wood $27.00 $21.60
143952 Garden Girl Clear $19.00 $15.20
143740 Good Vibes Wood $27.00 $21.60
145080 Good Vibes Clear $19.00 $15.20
142871 Super Duper Wood $27.00 $21.60
142874 Super Duper Clear $19.00 $15.20
138764 Heartfelt Sympathy $17.00 $13.60
140098 Des adieux du fond du cœur $17.00 $13.60
144865 Every Good Wish $18.00 $14.40
144862 Every Good Wish $25.00 $20.00
145103 Que de bons vœux $18.00 $14.40
144870 Good Tidings $21.00 $16.80
145124 Bouquet de houx $21.00 $16.80
142954 Milestone Moments $21.00 $16.80
143426 À souligner $21.00 $16.80
143689 More than Chocolate $17.00 $13.60
140653 Number of Years $27.00 $21.60
141091 Au fil des ans $27.00 $21.60
140386 Oh What Fun $21.00 $16.80
140469 Hourra pour Noel $21.00 $16.80
141934 Touches of Texture Wood $45.00 $36.00
143251 Touches of Texture Clear $33.00 $26.40

One of my favorite stamp sets, Number of Years, is included in the 24 hour flash sale!

Number of Years Stamp Set

Here’s some of the cards I’ve created using this stamp set. You can click on any of the images to see the original post with directions.

Stampin Up Number of Years Fun Fold Birthday Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp


Stampin Up Never Ending Fun Fold Card using Number of Years Stamp Set, Large Number Thinlits Dies, and Party Animal Designer Series Paper. For more Fun Fold Cards, directions, and to order supplies, visit my website

Stampin Up Number of Years 50th birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

*The Large Numbers Framelits will be on sale for 10% off during the Online Extravaganza! I’ll have more inspiration for you on Monday using some of the other items on sale. Get your shopping list ready!  Many items are available only while supplies last.

Have a great day!

Just Stampin’


To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA



An Angled Double Gate Fold for TTTC#24

Stampin Up Number of Years Fun Fold Birthday Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

tic tac toe

Today is Thursday which means it’s time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  This week’s challenge is as easy as ABC!


When I created this challenge board I had no idea what I was going to create.  I just picked an element for each letter A-I. Today’s card idea came together quick & easy as I started thinking about what I could create.  You know how I LOVE fun folds so I started with that and then thought what I could make that would be angled and that’s where I started…An angled double gate fold.

Stampin Up Number of Years Fun Fold Birthday Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

To make this fun fold start with a piece of designer series paper that is 5 1/2 x 12. Score on the 12″ side at 2, 4, 8,and 10.  Mark the center on each 5 1/2″ side at 2 3/4.  Then make diagonal cuts from the top of the DSP at the 4″ and 8″ score lines to the 2 3/4″ mark on each side.

This is what is should look like after you cut and fold on the score lines.

I used other elements from the challenge board to decorate my card.  My daughter just turned 20 so I used the Number of Years Stamp Set to mark the occasion. Using a circle die cut to stamp and heat emboss my greeting combined 4 elements from my board. I made  a belly from a 1 x 9 1/2 piece of whisper white cardstock which I wrapped around my card and adhered in the front.  I also adhered some coordinating Fresh Fig Ribbon with Tear & Tape then  I attached the layering circles to the belly band with Stampin Dimensionals.

The inside of my card offers some inspirational thoughts for my daughter’s milestone birthday.  I used the Fresh Fig Stampin’ Marker to write my message and added a bow using 1/2″Finely Woven Fresh Fig Ribbon. I love the way this card can display on a desk, bookcase, or mantle.

Stampin Up Number of Years Fun Fold Birthday Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used the same Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to decorate the flap on the envelope.

Stampin Up Number of Years Fun Fold Birthday Card Idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I hope you will play along with this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  You can click Here to see what the other designers created this week to inspire you.

Today is the day you need to preorder the Stamparatus! Click HERE for all the details.

StamparatusHow to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


You can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make today’s project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below.

To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA

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Introducing the Stamparatus

Prepare to be amazed! The Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus will change the way you stamp!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Product Details…

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 16th to reserve your Stamparatus. (See details below.) Then set your alarm if you want to be one of the first to get THE BEST STAMP PLACEMENT TOOL ON THE MARKET! Check out this video!

WOW!!! I bet now you’re thinking, Okay. I’ve gotta have one. How do I get in line?

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • The first reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. *For those of you on the East coast like me, set your alarm for 4:00 PM!
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

Reserve now for the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.

*If you do not have an online account with me you will need to do that first. To create one, click Create Account on the online store. Here’s the info you need…
  • Jeanie Stark
  • Demo ID 2119776
  • Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

When you order through me you will receive a FREE thank you gift in the mail.  I would love to send you a card kit to use with your new Stamparatus!

Q & A for the Stamparatus

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step instructions, Click HERE.
Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store. You can find me with this info…  Jeanie Stark, Demo ID 2119776, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742
Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.
Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.
Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.
Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?
A: Yes.
Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.
Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.
Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.
Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.
Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.
Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.
Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on
a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked
block or die or other instrument
Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a
particular activity or purpose

Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

Contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Just Stampin’


To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA

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Just Stampin’ Holiday Kit Buffet To Go

I am offering a special “holiday edition” of my Just Stampin’ Kit Buffet To Go this month! Take the stress out of the holidays with some ready to go handmade projects to make your gift giving quick & easy! The special holiday edition of my kit buffet includes 4 projects… a special holder for a gift card (or cash), a box, a bag, and some tags!

Do you like making cards and 3D projects but don’t have everything you need?  Do you find you have limited time to craft and wish there was a way to make it quick & simple? Well, if you answered yes to either of these questions, my “Just Stampin’ Kit Buffet” to go is just what you need!

Holiday “Kit Buffet” TO GO cost:  $10 (plus shipping and handling)

Here’s how you can reserve your seat at the holiday buffet table:

Email me ( with “Holiday Kit Buffet” in the subject line. Include your full name, mailing address, and email address.  I will send you a PayPal invoice. Orders need to be placed by November 25th. (*Please note I can only accept a limited number of orders each month. I may reach my limit before the deadline.)

Just Stampin’ Buffet TO GO Kits include:

  • Pre-cut supplies for four projects (stamped images not included, in accordance with Stampin’ Up! policy)
  • Envelopes for non 3D projects
  • Pre-punched items and/or Big Shot items, such as die cuts and textured embossed
  • Ribbon and/or embellishments

I love to spoil my customers and they have been enjoying my card kits and 3D projects at classes and/or when they place an online order. I love to send out card kits and/or treats for orders placed with me. You can get a “thank you” card kit for FREE with an online purchase using the hostess code. (*See below for the current hostess code.) *October thank you kits are ready to go in the mail tomorrow.  Due to the holiday I could not mail them on Friday.

My “Kit Buffet TO GO!” is intended to make it easy for you to be able to see and try out different products while being able to substitute different stamps you already have. You don’t have to worry about having coordinating designer series paper to go with the cardstock, the right color ribbon to match, or other embellishments…everything is in the kit!  You just need to stamp and adhere.

If you have ordered my card kit buffet before, I would love for you to leave a comment. Here’s what others have said about my past kits:

Your kit arrived yesterday and I’ve had great fun putting it together. You did a terrific job!  I love the way everything coordinates (which is my biggest challenge) and the kit was so well organized with the pieces for the box all together neatly in a glassine envelope.  Such attention to detail!  

Your instructions were impeccable.  Your pictures were beautiful and a big help in putting everything together. Obviously I am very pleased. And I will be ordering again if you have future kits.    Thank you so much,
Deborah M

I haven’t had much time to craft lately but I did these in a jiffy and they are sooo cute. Thank you for offering this for us!

Please count me in! Besides being great cards, it’s the BEST value out there and I’d do this even if you charged more–your time is worth more than you are charging!
Thanks, Jeanie. Excited to see the new things you’ve come up with.

My special holiday kit includes supplies for 4 projects. I will send you an email when your kit is shipped (on or before Dec. 4). It will include an attachment with the project samples, supplies, and directions. You can substitute different stamps and sentiments using what you have or just copy my samples. The choice is up to you!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA

Happy Birthday Carl!

Today is my husband’s birthday!  He spoils me 364 days of the year so I am excited to surprise him today! We recently attended a Casino Night fundraiser for my school and had such a great time. Here’s a photo of us from the event.

casino night me and carl

I thought I would continue the theme for his birthday.  Here’s the card I made for him.

Stampin Up birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used several retired stamp sets, dies, and DSP to create this card. I know my husband is going to love it! The red glimmer paper and silver foil really make this card sparkle! Here’s a close up of the “slot machine”. The lever actually pulls down! I fussy cut the cherries from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired).

Stampin Up Simply Socred slot machine birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Some chocolate covered “casino chips” add a sweet treat.

Stampin Up birthday card slot machine idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Can you guess his birthday gift? I made these “dice” to go with the card to hold his “chips” and added surprise.

Stampin Up Simply Scored Cube Box idea - Jeanie Stark Stampin Up

The cube box is quick & easy to make with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I started with a piece of 8 x 11 Thick Whisper White cardstock.  With the long side across the top I scored it at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, and 10.  I scored the short side at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2.

Look at the photo below to see where to cut to make the box. Remove the little rectangle from the bottom of the box and cut up each of the score lines along the bottom. You remove quite a bit from the top of the box just saving one section for the top/lid. Notch the ends to make it easy to close the box.

Visual for Cube Box made with Stampin Up Simply Scored tool - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Apply Tear & Tape to adhere the sides of the box. Fold the bottom flaps in and adhere with Tear & Tape or another strong adhesive.  I punched 3/4″ circles and adhered with Multipurpose Glue to the sides of the boxes to look like dice.

Stampin Up Simply Scored Cube Box idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

For his birthday gift, I booked a weekend getaway at the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino.  I wanted to include a little extra surprise with some “gambling” money. The cube box is a great way to give cash. I folded $ in thirds accordion style and attached with washi tape. The washi tape can be removed without tearing the bills. It is so much fun to pull the top bill and see what looks like a never ending money box!

I hope he’s feeling lucky! I love the way this makes such a fun gift presentation.

Stampin Up Casino Birthday Gift Set idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Sets: One Tag Fits All (retired), Curly Cute (retired)  Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Soft Sky Papers: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Red Glimmer, Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)  Tools & Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Star Blast Edgelits Dies (retired), Little Numbers Thinlits Dies (retired), Big Shot, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Silver Metallic Thread, Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, Tear & Tape, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA

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P is for Peace on Earth with Pretty Pines and Paper Pumpkin

Welcome to my Holiday ABC series.  Today I am “shaking it up” for P! I used my Paper Pumpkin Pining for Plaid kit  (October 2017) with the Pretty Pines Thinlits and Carols of Christmas Bundle to make this “Peaceful” Christmas card . If you missed out on last month’s kit, don’t worry as you can still create this fun shaker card with products in the Stampin’ Up catalog. I like to make and share alternative ideas with my Paper Pumpkin subscribers and this card is just one example of how you can change it up a bit to make it your own.

Stampin Up Pretty Pines Thinlits and Carols of Christmas shaker card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

My card base is from Paper Pumpkin; however, you can cut a piece of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper for the front of your card. I love the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and have used it a lot to create cards and boxes for the holidays. The Peace on Earth sentiment fit perfectly in the precut card front in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I love how my Paper Pumpkin saves me time! You always have the choice of turning over the prestamped image and stamping your own sentiment on the back or cut a piece of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 Whisper White to stamp an image or sentiment and another piece 4 x 5 1/4 to cut the circle using the Layering Circles Framelits. The window sheets, dimensionals, and sequins were included in the kit but you can order any of these items from my Stampin Up store. To assemble you attach the window sheet with glue dots to the back of the circle cut out.  Then add the dimensionals around the circle and fill with some sequins.  Remove the backing from the dimensionals and adhere the sentiment so it faces the front.

Then just add dimensionals to the top and bottom and adhere to the card base.

Stampin Up Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin alternative shaker card idea using Carols of Christmas bundle and Pretty Pines Thinlits - Jeanie Stark Stampin Up

I added the pine branches from the Pretty Pines Thinlits and the trees and deer from the Card Front Builder Dies.  You can purchase the Card Front Builder Dies with the Carols of Christmas stamp set and save 10% on the bundle!

I love the matching envelopes in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  You can always cut the Merry Little Christmas DSP and add to the flap on the back of your envelope to tie it all together if you don’t have the kit.

Stampin Up Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin kit alternative idea using Pretty Pines Thinlits and Carols of Christmas Bundle - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I am so excited that the November Paper Pumpkin kit is designed to coordinate with the cards in October’s kit.  We’ve been told it is a “gifting project”.  I love having cards and gifts to match; however, you don’t have to have the card kit to make the projects in the November kit.  They can stand alone or be used together. If you want to get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss sign up by Friday, November 10th to get the November Paper Pumpkin kit.  Click HERE to sign up.

You can purchase the Stampin’ Up! products to make today’s project from my online store.  Click HERE to shop or click on the images below.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


To get a FREE thank you gift from me, simply enter the host code below at checkout. *If you have an order over $150, DON’T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin’ Rewards AND the free thank you gifts from me! Click HERE to shop.

November Host Code: VYUCFAYA

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