Monday, April 6, 2015

Creativity Blog Hop!!


I had a glorious Easter, how about you? It was also my dad's birthday and LDS General Conference, so it was an even better Easter than normal (if that is possible!)  I was inspired, uplifted, and spiritually fed this weekend and I'm feeling encouraged to face life with strength and steadfastness, as well as feeling a deeper appreciation for my Savior's love and grace. 
I have to thank my friend Jeanna Bohanon for nominating me for the Creativity Blog Hop!  I'm honored that she thought of me! She is a sweet friend and a super creative person and I'm so grateful to know her!
My card is a CASE from a Stampin' Success demonstrator magazine.  I love the many samples Stampin' Up! shares.  I used Boutique Borders photopolymer set as well as Fabulous Four wood mount and Gorgeous Grunge clear-mount sets. I embossed the sentiment in gold and grabbed a few gold sequins for extra shine and tied it up with a Crisp Cantaloupe thick baker's twine bow.
What am I working on right now?  Honestly, I'm working on cleaning up my craft room!  When I go into my room, I have to clear a space just to create...that is not fun and certainly not conducive to creativity!! I've done a bunch of projects on MDS (not nearly as messy) and I am sad that it's being discontinued :(.  Lately, I just make bridal and baby shower gifts.
How does your work differ from others in your genre? I'm a CASE girl (Copy and Share Everything)!  I love to see what others have created and make it my own!  Even when I go to convention, I try to make the make & takes differently than they are displayed.
Why do you create what you do?  I LOVE to create for my friends and family! A birthday card, a baby onesie, a personalized gift for a bride & groom, it makes me happy to see them happy.  Even if I can add a small tag to a store bought gift, the recipient knows that I at least spent the time to create for them.
How does your creativity work? I like to imagine that I can just sit at my desk and beautiful creations flow from my head straight to my hands...sadly that is not the case!!  Usually, I'm frantically digging through my pile of scraps trying to find that last small piece of "just right" DSP (for sure an argument for hoarding paper!!) and searching for that one missing stamp from the stamp set that may or may not be in the stack of stuff in front of me as I'm walking out the door to attend some gathering or another. I actually create better under a bit of pressure, I don't like it, but it is what it is!

Thanks for joining me on this fun journey! The next person on the hop will be the fabulous Chrissy Neilson! She's a fairly new Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but not new to SU! by any means! I know that you will love whatever she creates--she is so talented!  Show her some love next Monday!!

Julie

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--April Showers

I'm back! I know I'm sounding like a broken record (yes kids, I am that old!) but I really have a lot of good intentions to post more, but with all the many things I have going on right now, I'm just lucky to get this project out today!  My creativity planning time is still a work in progress but I am doing better.  I do have a great opportunity though...my dear friend Jeanna has asked me to participate in a perpetual blog hop and I am the next one on the list!  Stop by next Monday to see all the fun! Anyway, on to this month's project.
I did a Z fold card this time and used a fun border set called Borderettes.  I like this photopolymer set because you can actually curve the stamps to make fun curvy borders.  I also used a sentiment from Work of Art.  I thought this card could be used for either a baby shower or even a bridal shower.  A sprinkle of blossoms from the Itty Bitty punch pack. I also took a small piece of ribbon from the SAB Best Year Ever Accessory pack (no longer available). The ribbon is unraveled--it looks really cool!  I love to add bling to shower cards, so I added some Rhinestone basic jewels for some "pretty"!!

Time to see what Tanya has to share!
Remember to stop back in next Monday!  It will be a blast!!

Julie

Sunday, March 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--March Madness!

Sorry for the delay!  This has been a super busy time, it's really hard to believe that it's already been a month since my last post :( I keep telling myself that things will start to slow down and get a bit easier but that is not the case.  Creating is such a part of who I am that when I don't have the opportunity to make something, I don't feel like myself.  Well, this is what I created for March Madness, because I am sure that March will be completely mad, but with the mild winter we have had here in Utah, I expect that soon we will be seeing beautiful flowers all over (I have seen them already sprouting up!!)
Yesterday was my birthday (Yay!) and my cute friend brought flowers to me at work (Yes, I had to work on my birthday!!) It was such a surprise to me and it made me so happy that she would think about me enough to come to my work and bring flowers! It really did make my day!  This card will be going to her! I used a small circle of Best Year DSP from the fabulous Sale-a-bration catalog and the stamp is also from Best Day Ever set from SAB.  They are only available until the end of March, so don't delay!  I love the soft palette with the browns.  I used the Early Espresso embossing powder to add dimension and shine to the sentiment.  I love the Clear faceted buttons, they add some bling but are neutral so can be used in any color palette.
I really want to spend more time creating, I really just need to pick a day to spend in my craft room--it just makes me so happy that I need to carve out time in my busy week to create.  How do you find time in your busy lives to do what you love to do?  I'd love some suggestions!

Julie

Sunday, February 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Sale-a-Brate 2015!

Sorry I've been MIA for a month.  Life is just crazy and I'm trying to keep up.  Anyway, I just found out this week that I am officially a permanent employee at Crate & Barrel and I'm thrilled!  I'm trying to time manage better, but still the "extras" (like blogging) are falling on the back burner at this time. Creating is my passion and I need to make more time for creativity. Right now, I'm cramming when I need to make something and while I usually don't like time constraints, my creative juices seem to flow better when I'm working last minute...Yikes!!  This was what happened for this project.  I really can't take much credit for this card, I totally CASE'd it from the talented Patty Bennett.  I got up early Saturday morning and quickly put this card together and took some photos before I had to be at work at 9:30am!  Is it just me or is this the cutest DSP!! I love the colors and the patterns of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper!  I may have to get another package of it (paper hoarder--yep, that's me!!) Both the Best Day Ever stamp set and the DSP are from the Sale-a-bration catalog and are only available until the end of March, so don't wait too long!
Well, that's it for today.  I will try really hard to share something for Sale-a-bration once a week--there's so much to see and I figure that if I commit to something for a short amount of time, I don't feel so overwhelmed!  See you soon!

Julie

Thursday, January 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Occasions Catalog


Happy 2015!!!  I hope you have wonderful plans for this new year!  I have a quick card I made with the new, beautiful Painted Petals from the fantastic Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  I used Smoky Slate embossing powder on the greeting and I cut out the flowers and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals all on DSP from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.  The new catalog will go live on January 6, I will have a link on my blog then! Until next Tuesday, check out the fun projects my friends came up with using products from the new Occasions catalog!
May you have a happy, productive new year surrounded by loving family and friends!

Julie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--Merry Christmas From the Davidses?

Well, it almost Christmas and I have been super busy at work--retail is CRAZY!!!  It's fun to help people find gifts for loved ones and friends, but the days are long and my body is screaming at me every night when I come home!  I had great plans for a family picture and fun Christmas card, alas, with grown children in different places and everyone's schedules never matching up, the family picture didn't happen and my Christmas card will be more of a "holiday card" only because it probably will arrive around New Years Day--that's still ok, right?  I had each family member take a pic of themselves at their new jobs, I think it came out pretty well. Hopefully next year I can plan my card much better (yeah, right!!!)

I chose a trifold card this year, it gave me room to add larger pics.  My computer is getting old so my program becomes as slow as molasses when I add several components so this took me a lot longer than normal. Maybe Santa can bring me a new computer for Christmas!! I just love that I can create my own one-of-a-kind card for Christmas or any other occasion. 
With all the holiday craziness going on, I will not be blogging until the first of the year, I am choosing to spend the little free time I have with my family (so excited to have my daughter home for a few weeks!)  See you back here on the first of January for the We Create Blog Hop!  Enjoy our final MDS Blog Hop of 2014!
We wish for you a very merry Christmas and may you all enjoy the love of your families during this holiday season!

Julie

Thursday, December 4, 2014

MDS Blog Hop--Winter/Christmas Traditions


The last few years I have created screen savers for my phone, this year I have done one to remind me of the reason for the season--Christ!  One of my favorite Christmas CD's for the last 20+ years has been "The Forgotten Carols" by Michael McLean.  The premise of the story is an older gentleman who has a nurse (who has lost the true spirit of Christmas) to care for him and he shares the unknown stories that occurred during the time Christ was born. The innkeeper, a shepherd who fell asleep and missed the angelic message, Handel's dream, a woman who held the Christ so Mary could sleep, as well as others.  One of the songs I love is called "Let Him In" about the Innkeeper who didn't have room for Mary and Joseph and how he regrets not allowing them to stay.
I am trying to focus more on the reason why we celebrate during this Christmas season.  I mean, I always try to focus on the Savior and His birth but I know that sometimes, with all the craziness that happens during the holiday season, I can momentarily loose sight of my focus.  My children are grown and so it's not so much about Santa and the gifts he brings--I LOVE Santa and the symbol he stands for, but as long as we remember that the giving of gifts is in remembrance of the wonderful, glorious gift we have been given by our Heavenly Father!  There is no other gift that can compare to the blessed gift of our Savior Jesus Christ!  I have chosen to surround myself as much as possible with reminders: creches, pictures, my cute little shepherd woodcut that I made with my dear friend Michelle Williams (who died several years ago), my olive wood nativity ornaments from Jerusalem, and because I'm on my phone every day, I thought I would have a quick reminder to make room for Him in my life daily.  I pray that we can all make room in our hearts and homes for the one for whom we celebrate this beautiful season!
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Can you believe that Christmas is just three short weeks away!  It doesn't seem like I've been in Utah for 6 months, but it has been fun decorating my new home for the holidays.  What is a special tradition you enjoy? Favorite Christmas carol? Leave a message, I would love to hear what you like to do during the Christmas season to make it special.

Julie