Thursday, September 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Stepped Over?

In the past few months we haven been doing a lot of stepped up projects, starting with a simple design and then adding more...paper, accessories, stamps, whatever.  The next few months we are doing it a bit different.  We are making a project and then doing a similar one using holiday products! I hope you enjoy it!

I am loving so many of the new Thinlits.  They are so fun and versitile.  For the first project I used Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies along with Sunshine Sayings stamp set. These products are coordinated to be used together and you can create cards and gifts for so many occasions.

The holiday wreath was made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits along with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Again, another all-around set for many different projects.

I can't wait to get my hands on some new products from the Holiday Catalog! You can order from it today, so head on over to my website and get a jump on your holiday cards, tags, gift bags and boxes-it will be here before you know it!
I bet there's some great projects on the blog hop today. Check out my creative friends!
Life is just as crazy as ever--it never seems to slow down!  Fall is around the corner and I can't wait!


Monday, August 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Banner Birdcage

Well, time got away from me this month so my post is a bit late, but better late than never, right?  I did have a bit of time to make a card with a few new items from the amazing catalog.  

This is the basic one.  I used Badges & Banners with a little splatter stamp from Swirly Bird.  I tied it up with a little bow made with linen thread. A simple banner in Mint Macaron adds a nice sentiment.

For the stepped up version, I ran some Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall embossing folder and added some "swirlies" from Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  I kept the linen thread and the banner but I colored bits of the birdcage image with our great dual tip Stampin' Write markers. This is a very versatile set and with the two punches that it coordinates with, you have even more fun to create!

Time to move on to the rest of my friends! I just love all the projects they come up with!

So, my question to you is...what is your favorite item in the new catalog?  I'd love to hear!!


Friday, July 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Banner Day!

Summer is in full swing here.  We've had hot sunny days, pouring rain, pounding hail and blowing wind!  Pretty normal around here!!  The hail ripped up my veggie garden a bit, but most of the plants are doing rather well, just lost one snap pea plant.  I do not have a green thumb by any stretch, but I've been enjoying watching my little seeds turn into large plants!  Yay!

I am loving so many of the new stamp sets in the new catalog, what about you?  I am using the Badges & Banners bundle as well as the beautiful Serene Scenery DSP for this month's step up project.

I love the colors in the paper pack as well as the scenery and textures that are on flip side. So many options!!  

On the stepped up card, I cut around the edge of the image and then punched a Crumb Cake layer piece and used dimensionals to pop them up.  Some cute thick baker's twine and new Delightful Dijon striped ribbon finishes off the card. Both cards are super simple. I'm excited to use this DSP on more projects.

Hop through the rest of my friends, lots of new products!

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! God bless the USA!!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--It's Here!

Today's the day! The new Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 annual catalog!  I've been perusing the pages for 6 weeks and I've been so excited for my customers to see it...and order from it!
I have no doubt you will "Find Your Inspiration"right here.  From all-inclusive kits to stamps and accessories, you will find something for you!

I will apologize now because I didn't do a stepped up project.  Honestly, I just ran out of time and didn't get the pictures of the basic card.  I used the new Moroccan Nights with Dapper Denim and Copper Stampin' emboss powder.  My tip: buy a copper Sharpie!  You can color many of our amazing accessories with the Sharpie to coordinate with the ep and the new copper Metallic Thread. That's what I did with our our Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I used the Dapper Denim ink pad and swiped it across some Whisper White cs and then spritzed it with water after it dried. It looks kind of like a starry sky. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see all the new creations made with new catalog stuff!  I already have a board on Pinterest just for the new catalog--you can follow my boards at

Check out my friends! We've added Libby and Kimberley to our line-up, please make them feel welcome by leaving sweet comments!

Now, back to my wish keeps getting longer and longer, YIKES!!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Retirement Party!

Hey everyone! I recently was able to attend my first "On Stage" gathering for Stampin' Up!  While we used to call it convention, our global company requires adaptations and changes to allow the company to include as many demonstrators as possible, hence On Stage!  On Stage Live took place in Salt Lake City, Utah this time (the last one was in Brussels, Belgium!) and On Stage Local events take place in cities across the globe.  It was great meeting with my good friends and of course stamping!!  I did get to walk on the stage for my 20 years in Stampin' Up! YAY!!!! (I'm a couple months early, but I may not get a chance next time). I love this company!!
We always have a great time at our Stampin' Up! events, and even with the changes, it was a total blast!  The next On Stage Live will be in Australia, so most likely I will not be attending that one, but maybe I will be able to make it to one of the local ones in the US.  
Since we just received the brand new catalog at On Stage and also the retired list, I thought I'd use some of the items that will be retiring soon, namely Cherry On Top DSP and Silhouettes and Script (host only) stamp set, as well as the 2 1/2 in. Circle Punch and Decorative Dots embossing folder. These items are only available while supplies last, so don't wait!
On my basic card, I cut the paper on a little bit of a slant to give it some interest and stamped the hat with Crushed Curry. Easy card to make for a last minute party or if you need to do several at a time. Great to put on a gift or as an invitation!
The stepped up card I turned the other direction and stamped the hat in Crushed Curry and Watermelon Wonder and fussy cut around the hat and top and mounted with Dimensionals. I ran a piece of Pool Party through the Big Shot in the embossing folder for texture and added some beautiful Whisper White 5/8 in. Satin Ribbon (which happens to be on sale right now!!)

I am always a bit sad when they announce the retired items! Some of them I have loved and used regularly, but I know that to make room for the new, some of the 'oldies but goodies' need to say goodbye.  I have seen the new catalog, (okay, it's sitting next to my bed so I can peruse it every night!!) so I am excited for it to be released to the customers--I'm pretty sure you are going to LOVE it!  Please contact me if you want your own copy of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog!

Time to head over to see the rest of my crafty friends and their creations!

We've had some lovely days here with the occasional rain storm, but I think we've finally said "so long" to the snow in the valley...finally!!  Hope you are enjoying some beautiful, sunny weather!


Friday, April 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--It's Wild!!

Well, it's going to be another quick post today! I purchased It's Wild a few months ago and I've used it a few times, but yesterday it sat on the shelf whispering "Pssst, Julie, I want to come out and play!" So, of course, I pull out Pool Party (don't you just love aqua!!) and another little used item, my Project Life Cards and Labels Framelit (he was hiding in a stamp box...out of sight, out of mind!) with some Whisper White cotton ribbon and put together a quick and easy monochromatic card with some sass!

So, for the stepped up card I sponged and tore. it. up...literally!  Added some Tangerine Tango ink, gold foil and gold baker's twine and POW! AWESOMESAUCE!!

Ok, so looking through my past projects I didn't really realize that have a little bit of an addiction to orange and aqua, sorry (not sorry!)!!  I promise, next time I will use a completely different color scheme...any suggestions?

Hey, while I've got your attention, make sure you go sign up for Paper Pumpkin!  Stampin' Up! is giving subscribers a gift for their 3rd anniversary and their one millionth kit, so they are adding an extra stamp set along with the one that goes with the kit!  All for $19.95!  I know you will love these fun kits sent right to your home, I sure do.

Head on over to see the rest of my creative girls!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Step it Up March

Well, I'm back...kind of!  The last couple months have been a bit of a whirlwind!  At the beginning of the year, I was asked to be the leader of the women's group at church!  It was definitely not expected, but an absolute honor all the same. So, honestly my life has taken a bit of a turn and my crafting time is taking a hit.  Luckily for me, my daughter will be giving me the gift of her time and talents for my birthday so that we can organize my craft room to make it easier for me to get in and out when I need a quick card or gift.  Organization is great, but if you're not great at it, life can become more crazy than it needs to be.  I still want to create, so stick with me, I'll do my best to keep up with all the girls!

I got my new Paper Pumpkin kit a couple weeks ago and I have been chomping at the bit to get some time to play with all my stuff!

Fun cards, fun colors and fun product all dropped off at my door each month! (ok, not my actual door but my mailbox is not too far from my door!!) This month's kit is called Hello Sunshine and although, sorry, you can not get the actual kit (other than the refill), you can sign up for next month's kit right now!  Stampin' Up! is celebrating 3 years of Paper Pumpkin and I'm sure the next kit will be one that you are going to want!
Most of the projects are really not complicated either!  They can be completed in an evening or a few at a time. You can follow the instructions or you can do your own thing.  If you have more paper crafting products, you can step up the basic card to something a bit different.  That is what I've done! The picture above are the basic "instruction" cards, and I took the last printed flower card and added something different--a die cut tag from the "Chalk Talk" Framelits set.  I sent the tag through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots embossing folder for texture, then added some Pear Pizzazz 1/4"cotton ribbon and the sentiment and flower die cut sticker that are included in the kit, and it's done!
Just like that! In one night you can have 9 handmade cards with envelopes and still have the stamps and ink spot for other projects you may have.  And don't just think the kits are only cards! There are home decor items, gift bags, tags, scrapbooks and more!  See for more info.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the bloggers and give them some love!

I can tell spring is just around the corner, I'm so excited for some warmer weather!!