Friday, January 22, 2021

Stampin Friends Blog Hop 2021 January Celebrations


Welcome Friends!
2020 is over--on to new beginnings in 2021.

My Stampin Friends and I  are a group of worldwide paper crafters who share their creations every fourth Friday of the month.  This month's theme is Birthday Celebrations.  There's so much amazing and inspiring creativity in this group!  I am always excited when our blog hop rolls around, and I get to see what everyone has made. If you are following along the hop, you have arrived from Tiziana's blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of Blog Hoppers at the end of each blog.  We love it when you leave a comment.

 My mom and dad came from a long line of farmers.  Even though we lived in town, their farming roots were evident in the abundant garden they cultivated.  Our strawberry patch took up a big portion of the garden, and every June there were berries galore.  Yum!  We learned early on how to turn the berries into luscious jam that we enjoyed all year long.  When I saw the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set in the new January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up, it brought me back to those strawberry harvests of my youth.  I had to have those stamps!  Then to my surprise and delight, I discovered a companion bundle in the Sale-A-Bration brochure--the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper.  Love, love, love it all!
Here are my projects:
A side fold card and a box to hold a small jar of strawberry jam made with love for a special niece.


The card
I have seen the side fold card a few places, but the inspiration for mine was found in a tutorial by Mary Deatherage on the Splitcoaststampers site.  Thank you. Mary!

The basic construction is fairly simple:
1.  Cardstock measuring 4-1/4 x 11 scored at 5-1/2 and 6-3/4
2.  Fold forward on the 5-1/2 score line; fold backward on the 6-3/4 score line; like so:

3.  Place adhesive in the small section between the fold lines and close the the valley space.  I used tear and tape.

4.  Punch a small indentation at both ends of the side flap to create a groove for the baker's twine.  I used the Classic Label Punch.

5.  Adhere a mat and piece of pretty paper on the side flap.

6.  Wrap twine or ribbon around the side flap.

(A little family history in that twine--during the Depression my dad's family left the farm and moved to town and opened a small grocery store selling butter, milk, eggs (from the farm), and other basics.  After my dad passed away, I found this giant roll of twine in his tool shed--leftover from the store they ran!  In those days before plastic bags were prevalent, they wrapped items in paper and tied the twine around it.  I will never need red and white twine again!!  I have to be careful to cut off the dusty pieces as they unroll.  If you look closely at the top, you can see dust from my dad's shed accumulated over the years.)  

7.  Decorate the front as desired.  I used the Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set and the Strawberry Builder Punch.  

8.  Decorate the inside and it's done.

The Strawberry Jam Box
To view a good tutorial on YouTube click on this link:

To make the 3-D berries:
1.  Punch out  four strawberries. 
2.  Fold them in half.

3.  Put adhesive on 1/2 of the back of one berry and butt it up against the back of another berry.  Continue that step until all four berries are glued together.

4.  Cover over the small white edges along the outside of each glued flap with a marker.
5.  Glue a stem on the top of the back flaps and place the berry on your project.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects and left a comment.  Be sure to click on the following links to see an abundance of creative projects from my Stampin Friends:

I am already looking forward to next month's Blog Hop--the theme will be BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY.  Thanks for stopping by.

Here are some of the Stampin' Up Products I used.  To shop with me, click on the item picture and you will be directed to the online store.  Thanks!  

 Product List 


  1. You're projects are so lovely!! This is one of my favorite sets thus far! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. So cute - love everything about this - great tip on coloring the edges of the punched strawberries!

  3. Simply beautiful projects Jean - I love those products too!

  4. Love the 3D strawberry and card to match. What a great way to package the jam.

  5. Oh wow so much fun family information here!! I just love it! Also, thank you so much for the visuals on the side fold card. I've seen it but just couldn't wrap my head around how it is made! Love you card and box for the jam!

  6. I just love strawbeeries and I love your projects you are showing with them. So gorgeous! Thank you a lot also for the nice instructions. :-)

  7. Gorgeous projects, thank you for sharing x