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Hitting the Jackpot

Stampin up full of life jackpot

Uncle Eddie taught my daughter how to win (and lose) her first dollar playing cards at the ripe age of 8.  She's now 15.  However, it has been an on-going challenge (all in fun and the stakes are low) over the years between them.  This card featuring Stampin' Up!'s new Jackpot Designer Series Paper (available Jan. 19) made the perfect theme-based masculine card for Uncle Eddie's recent birthday.  To see more masculine card ideas, click here for "You've Got Male!"

SC210 A-2
The sketch (flipped in my version) is from this week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC210.  TIP:  All my favorite daily challenges are listed on my left side bar for your convenience.  Having coordinated patterns simplifies the decision making for the layers. 

TIP:  The three poker chips running vertically next to the sentiment
were popped out of  Jackpot Designer paper with a 1/2" Circle Punch.  Each receives some dimension courtesy of a Stampin'
Dimensional.  I used the same poker chip pattern on the
envelope flap.


My Stampin' Pretty Stamping Zone continues to shape up daily.  I wanted to share my organization rack for 8.5 x 11 card stock.  My husband discovered this rack on clearance (under $30) as he was walking past a local craft store.  Although it doesn' quite qualify as a romantic gift, it was one of his best ever. Dare I share the birthday he surprised me with a racing car set?  Eek.  Some other day.  The rack has a spot for every Stampin' Up! color and all my special papers (metallics, glossy, matboard, etc.).


I adore these inexpensive clear plastic 9" x 11.5" sleeves for storing scraps.  I purchased one for every color through The Container StoreTIP:  This particular item is not available on-line.  I needed to call and order them (1-888-CONTAIN).  The item number is 10044966.  They come in packs of 10 (I believe they were $2.99 a pack).


They are open on the side and at the top so I can do a quick clean up. 


Each sleeve holds the scraps and sits on top of the matching full sized (8.5 x 11) card stock. I quickly can assess if there is a scrap that I can use in a project. Practical, neat and tidy.

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Stamp Set:  Full of Life (111500)
Paper:  Jackpot Designer Series (available Jan. 19, 113995), Basic Black Textured (Assorted Textured Neutrals, 108693), So Saffron (105118), Real Red (102483), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406), Real Red (103133)
Cool Tools:  Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Wide Oval Punch (112082), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390)
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Red and Black Micro Brads (www.justbrads.com)

Full of life

19 thoughts on “Hitting the Jackpot”

  1. I just tried to order those wonderful bits and scraps storage files from the Container Store and they don’t have any in and won’t be getting any in. I’m so very sad! I was planning to order 10 packages…

  2. I have been looking for nice paper with a playing-card theme for a few months for an idea I have for a craft project. I will definitely be ordering this DSP! I am SO looking forward to the new catalogue, though I thoroughly enjoyed the current one.

    You might change your name from Mary Fish to Mary Fabulous!

  3. Hey Mary, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your paper storage ideas. I am struggling with my 12 X 12 paper. I wonder if you will share your idea for that.


  4. I think your cardstock rack is perfect! And a perfect gift!! And I know the race car story and was wondering if your hubby can speak to mine so maybe he can catch on too? Ha! I love the scrap storage tip but can’t believe you actually organize your scraps????? You are definitely my idol now and have kicked my OCD into high gear! LOL

  5. I think that is a TERRIBLY romantic gift!!! Super cute card…I don’t really care for that paper, but I can see me using it, so I guess I will have to add it to my next order!! MY DH and his family love to play cards, so I could DEFINITELY use it for their birthday cards and such!!

  6. What a great way to store your paper! I am definately going to do this when we build our shop/studio! I love the idea for scraps also. I store my paper in a plastic file box from Wal-Mart. Then I have file tabs for all the colors, it works well, but it would be nice to see all the colors arranged so prettilicously!> (probably not a word!) I totally love this Jackpot paper, too. My hubby plays online poker (for fun) so this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Monica

  7. Wow – thanks for the tip on the scrap storage. I think I will have to call the Container Store and ask for a few packs of those as well. 🙂 What a great way to store scraps by color. I love your organization and your paper racks. Sure wish I lived in your area so I could come over and play. Or even better, hire you to come over and do my space for me. 🙂

    The card for Eddie looks great – love flipping the sketch like that! You’d be pleased to know that I finally did a card from one of the SCS sketches – woo hoo! 🙂

    And major points to your husband for the paper rack. Wish my husband would think of something like that. Definitely makes up for the racing car set. 🙂

  8. A place for everything and everything in it’s place, that’s Mary’s motto. I love the way your room is coming along. Those racks look great and they hold lots of paper. The card is so masculine, I love it. Another item on the wish list.

  9. I saw this card in person and it’s awesome! Way to show us the new Jack Pot DSP…

    Jealous of your paper storage! Thanks for sharing your new workspace too, can’t wait to see the outcome.

  10. I think I’m just going to have come stamp at your house, girl. I’m trying to imagine NOT having to hunt through stacks of paper for that one piece I need. You will be the envy of the stamping world!

  11. I love the card. I love your paper racks too. I too have paper racks and love them.
    It is so much easier to find your paper!!

  12. OH wow what an awesome idea I love it! I need to get to re-org. my craft area as it is also my 2 yr.old DD’s play area and its not that big of an room to begin with. You really inspired me to make of what I have! 🙂

  13. Fun card…love the popped poker chips! Wow what a great paper storage rack and a great hubby! The clear sleeves are great! I currently use page protectors, these look a bit sturdier and completely clear. Nice!
    (This is for 8.5×11 right? How do you handle 12×12?)

  14. I love it! The paper reminds me so much of my husband, now I know what DP to use for him!! Your room is looking good also.

  15. love those clear sleeves! i love that paper rack..it looks so clean and lovely!! a wonderful gift for sure! i can’t wait to see the rest of you pretty zone! xoxo

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