Seriously the best, when you have to stay home

Oh my, social distancing and avoiding events has restricted so many things, including St. Patrick’s Day celebration – but try to have a Happy St. Patty’s day anyway. The Houston Rodeo (big deal here with enormous income generated for rodeo participants, high school kids competing with their animals for college scholarships and performers) closed down 11 days early last week.

So what do you do when you have to stay home, especially with many of the schools closed, and the kids are complaining how bored they are right now? Crafting kits by mail to the rescue – see the possibilities here!

Stampin’ Up! has a good assortment of card and projects kits, a great way to spend time with family and children. It keeps everyone engaged and excited while creating cards to send to family and friends. And you have peace of mind and less whining about boredom (although you can “wine” if you want while putting the kits together!).

One of those kits is the “Seriously the Best” project kit. It comes with a beautiful storage box with all the pieces you need to create 4 cards of each of 4 designs.

If you want to duplicate them exactly, you’ll need the Seriously the Best stamp set and the Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock ink pads. But you can also use other stamp sets you have and other ink pad colors.

Here’s my first set of cards created just like the kit suggests (the kit comes with pictures and instruction on how to put together).

But then I branched out (haha…do you get the pun?) and created alternative cards using just the items in this kit. I switched the pieces and greetings among different card bases to create these two cards.

Then I cut the blue layer (see original card above) in half and used the halves on these two cards. The greetings came from the Sale-a-Bration “Sending you Thoughts” stamp set which you can earn for free with a minimum $50 purchase by March 31! Which is easy to do when you purchase the project kit + stamp set + adhesive!

Here’s more alternatives using the blue and green striped card bases with the halves of the top blue layer:

So that’s 12 different cards so far and no repeats. Still working on other ideas, but I wanted to get this posted so you can see all cards you can make from this one project kit! And here’s what I have left to create the last 4 cards.

Here’s what I used to create these cards, including the free Sale-a-Bration Sending You Thoughts stamp set. Let the kids’ and your imagination go wild with this kit. You’ll be glad you did!

If you order under $150, use this hostess code when you order. If you order over $150, don’t use the code because you’ll earn free host rewards!

I’m working on several other card and project kits (see the possibilities here) this week to show you all the things you can create while having to stay home with the kids, or just yourself! It’s a creative staycation, or is that craftcation?

Don’t forget, Sale-a-Bration is going on until March 31 and for every $50 you spend, you earn 1 credit towards free product. Also look at these projects you can create using Sale-a-Bration items!

Thanks for stopping by today, and stay safe by limiting your exposure others and washing your hands!Happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Rise & Shine for Sale-a-Bration

Have you heard about Stampin’ Up!’s reversibles stamps? These patent-pending, photopolymer stamps let you ink and stamp on both sides, giving you super-fun, mirror-image stamping and layering options.

And if this news isn’t cool enough, we have more: with our Sale-A-Bration second release (ends March 31), you can earn the reversibles, 15-piece Rise & Shine Stamp Set (item 152303) FREE. Wait! It gets even better. This set also coordinates with our Cup of Cheer Dies (item 151150). Just look at some of the cards you can make with this set!

As I started to plan a few cards using my new stamp set, I saw this week’s FMS426. And the challenge was on! Here’s the challenge template:

I wanted to create a similar card to the middle card above, but using the FMS426 as my guide. If you’ve followed me at all for a while, you will know that simple is not usually a word you would use to describe my cards. But today I created not 1, but 4 (!) what I’d call for me, simple cards. These first two use the Rise & Shine stamp set and the Subtle DSP papers. The “you’ve been on my mind” greeting is from the Butterfly Gala stamps.

I stamped only part of one of the greetings stamps for this card.

As I was finishing up the above cards, I noticed my heart and tulip cards from the Pleased as Punch DSP paper post (see it here). I decided to try another version of each of them using the FMS426 template. Again, fairly simple for my usual cards! This first one is a get well soon. I’m hoping I won’t need it in the near future, but it pays to be prepared. (P.S. Wash your hands and stay well everyone!)

These tulips reminded me of Easter, so I made this one my first Easter card…it’s just around the corner!

Here are some other examples of cards you can make with this Rise & Shine stamp set and the coordinating Cup of Cheer dies. Remember this stamp set is free with just $100 purchase! You know you want it!

If you buy the Cup of Cheer Dies (item 151150), your purchase goes toward earning the stamp set (minimum $100 order). Just add several packs of cardstock paper, several basic ink colors and SNAIL adhesive and dimensionals to get your order to total at least $100 to earn the Rise & Shine stamp set!

Here’s a suggested order to make some of the above cards and earn the Rise & Shine stamp set!

So don’t miss this opportunity, since Stampin’ Up! has brewed up this stamp set just for you—and it’s FREE with a minimum qualifying purchase of $100 USD.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy cup of latte with your Rise & Shine stamp set!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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For those you love the most – your family

At Paper Pumpkin, we believe in making a difference—especially when it comes to helping our subscribers build relationships through papercrafting. For April, we created a fun, family appreciation themed card kit that would make it easy for customers to share their hearts with those they love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving your customers the perfect way to show their appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card.

I know…March’s Paper Pumpkin kits are just now going in the mail. I haven’t received my yet, and I can’t wait to see the two stamp sets that are included in this month’s kit. But I’m so excited about April’s kit! Family…with stamps for mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother and various occasions when you need cards! WOW…another great kit to look forward to in the mail! The kit will include:

  • Kit contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

The kit’s coordinating colors include: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam. Isn’t this a beautiful combination of colors for Spring and early Summer cards?


If you’re not a subscriber yet, sign-up here before April 10! This will be a kit-stamp set you will go back to time and time again to create beautiful cards for you family!

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy stamping! And I hope you are anxiously waiting to see what March’s Paper Pumpkin kit will be! I’ll post the video when it comes out – don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you know you want to see it!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Pleased as Punch with these cards

Stampin’ Up! is offering the Pleased as Punch DSP through March 31 (or until supplies run out) and I’m so pleased! It’s part of the coordination products release to go along with Sale-A-Bration items. This DSP coordinates with the Bloom punch in the SAB catalog. It also coordinates with the Umbrella builder and Tulip builder punch sets from the mini catalog. And with this DSP you are able to make such beautiful cards that are quick and easy!

Just look at these beautiful papers! You need them, right?!

I created a set of cards using the punches, the DSP designs in the paper and added a set of the Scalloped Note cards and envelopes from the annual catalog. The notecards’ color goes perfectly with this paper. And with their matching envelopes, ahh…so pretty! Here’s a look at the set of cards I made.

There’s a commercial for a local Houston company that says “I love these guys [insert – “cards”]!” That sums up my feeling for these cards! The easiest and quickest of these cards was the heart card. I punch three hearts, stamped the greeting from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. I die cut it using the Stitched Rectangle dies. This is a go to for many occasions, you can just vary the sentiment to match what you need! Takes less than 10 minutes to put this one together (after you decide on your greeting!).

The tulip card was also quick to make a card for a dear friend or family member. It would also make a wonderful Easter card by just changing the sentiment. This sentiment came from the Timeless Tulips stamp set which includes an Easter and Mother’s Day greeting.

I made another card using the Umbrella builder punch from the DSP (see my earlier card here). This time I added flowers and rain boots to the card. I set the Stitched Shape oval at an angle as well as the greeting from the Under my Umbrella stamp set for a quirky card layout. The raindrop DSP is the backside of the umbrellas – make for fun card.

My final card used the Sale-a-Bration Bloom punch to punch out the flowers from the DSP. I also used the Vase builder punch to create the vase for this. I dry embossed the vase with the Subtle embossing folder for added texture. I layered a piece of the Subtle DSP on the card base, then added the Whisper White piece which was embossed with the Tufted 3-D embossing folder. The underneath flowers were adhered flat to the card, while the top ones were popped up with dimensionals to create the card. The greeting comes from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and is set on top of a strip of the Flax ribbon.

Here’s side view so you can see how the flowers pop off the page.

And with the matching scalloped envelopes they make a beautiful presentation. Wondering how you can create these? Very easy…here’s what you need:


To get the Small Blossom punch (a free Sale-a-Bration item) you need to purchase at least $100 – but that’s easy to do with the above basics. And with a $150 purchase, you can add the SAB So Very Vellum paper . It would go beautifully with these cards! Don’t forget, your order must be made by March 31 to earn the SAB products. Choose what you need here, and remember for every $50 spent you earn 1 credit towards Sale-a-Bration items. Have fun shopping and creating these cards!

JaniceB at JB Stamper



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