Tuesday, January 5, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Occasions 2016 Step Up!

Happy New Year!! We've had an amazing Christmas season and are all ready to hit the ground running now that it's January!  Today is the unveiling of the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs! Aren't you excited?

If you are familiar with Sale-a-bration, you know that there are fantastic new stamp sets and accessories that are only available for a few months and cannot be purchased...they must be earned!  With every $50 in purchases, you get to pick from the great products in the SAB catalog.  If you join Stampin' Up! during SAB you can receive your starter kit for only $99 (reg. $125) plus another $30 in free product!  Even if you have just been thinking about signing up, you should jump in NOW!!!  Finally, if you host a workshop or party during SAB you get $25 more in Stampin' Rewards to spend in the catalog (with a qualifying $250 workshop).  Have I piqued your interest yet? Contact me for more information or if you would like your own copy of the Occasions catalog or the SAB brochure.

My step-up project is done from products from the Occasions catalog.  I love this catalog! It has so many different styles and designs.  There is something for everyone.  A couple of my favorites are the Balloon Celebration stamp set as well as Shine On specialty designer series paper.  The paper is a kraft base with bold, bright designs on one side and silver foil designs on the other!  This is soooo me!  I may have to get another pack...just sayin'.  I loved using the Box Punch Board to make my little box to match my card!
Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper

Balloon Bouquet Punch

Fun colors with a touch of bling of Bermuda Bay sequins along with the Balloon Bouquet punch, which I adore!  The shine of the foil in the photos is not easily seen, but trust me when I say this DSP is a must have!!  

We have a few people missing from our blog hop this time, but head over to Tanya's and the rest of my friends to find some inspiration.

I pray that you all have a very prosperous and happy new year!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Step Up Paper Pumpkin!

Happy December! It's hard to believe it's already here!  My tree is not up, but my outdoor christmas lights are.  I will try to get the tree up this week but with my crazy schedule, I'm not promising anything!!  Right now I'm trying to get the family together for a quick photo so I can finish our annual Christmas card...much harder than it sounds. :/

Well, a bright spot in all my craziness--Paper Pumpkin! This economical subscription is a great gift for the crafter in your life or a super fun gift for yourself.  It contains all you need to create unique, exclusive projects that you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and family.  Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past Paper Pumpkin kits or refills while supplies last.  All your supplies are easily stored in the cute red box the kits come in so it's easy to get out and put away if you only have a small space to craft.  Also, after all your projects are completed there's very little left over supplies to store, another great space saver.
November's Paper Pumpkin kit is so festive! All the instructions come with each box of Paper Pumpkin projects and they are very simple and quick.  But, what if you want to do something different? What if you have a few extra supplies to use from the Holiday catalog?  Great news! There's a Pinterest page for each of the Paper Pumpkin kit so the fun never stops!
My first card is just the basic instructions project, no extra frills, just the basic.  I stepped up the kit by
adding a few scraps of card stock or DSP.  I made two cards and a framed decor piece that I can add to my fun Christmas decorations. 

If you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, go to PaperPumpkin.com add me as your demonstrator.  You can also give Paper Pumpkin as a gift! 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month gift subscriptions are available here! If you sign up by the 10th of each month, you receive that month's kit!  Join with your friends and have a monthly craft night to put together your projects.  It's easy and fun!

Time to stop by to see the other bloggers and their fun projects!

Question: Do you put a star or an angel on top of your Christmas tree?  I have a star on the top of my tree!  Hope you have a extraordinary Christmas holiday!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Step it Up November

How was your Halloween?  I had to work last night but it we made it fun!  It's really amazing that most of the Christmas items are on the floor already at my store and pretty much all of it is somewhere in the stockroom!  I know that shortly, the Christmas music "loop" will be playing and I will get to listen to the same Christmas songs...every. single. day.  Oh well, that's life in retail!!

This month, I made a card that really can be used all year long, but I gave it a fall look.  I love the Wonderous Wreath stamp set for that reason.  Even though it is technically a Christmas set, just changing the colors can take it through the whole year.  Now that's versatility.

The first card is a simple one-layer card with a bit of added dimension with the Linen Thread bow and a bit of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  This was pretty much a 5 minute card (other than the drying time of the DD).
The stepped up version has some of the same details, but I used the wreath Framelit to cut out the wreath and embossed the  Very Vanilla card stock with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  I used the sentiment from our new October Paper Pumpkin set (you really should sign up for Paper Pumpkin!!) I embossed the "Thinking of You" in gold embossing powder and 'fussy cut' around the words.  I tied it all together with a little bit of Cherry Cobbler seam binding (which I figured out later that we no longer carry--sorry!) You can use any trim to tie the card.
I have really enjoyed stepping up my projects the last few months! I really makes me think about the project from start to finish (I'm really a create-as-I-go type of girl!) I love the process!!

Enjoy the rest of the bloggers!

I'm sure November is going to fly by! We've had a pretty mild October, but I think our wonderful weather is over! Welcome winter!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Step It Up October!

Well, before I get to the fun project for today, I just have to share something I think is amazing!  Last week my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!! I know, can you believe it?  I'm so not old enough to celebrate 25 years of married bliss (ok, yes I am) but in truth, we have been a couple for 26 + years and I am more in love with him today than all those years ago.  In an age where temporary and convenient is the norm, having someone who has promised to love me for eternity as well as making that covenant with God, makes me try harder to be a better person.  Marriage takes a lot of work and both people need to give all they have to that relationship.

Well, enough of these lovebirds!!

It's time for Halloween! And Stampin' Up! has some absolutely adorable Halloween stamps, paper and accessories in the Holiday Catalog.  I have this super cute set for today's project:
This set actually has a Framelit set that goes along with it, which also includes a "BOO!" Framelit for fun!  
This is the original version.  I used the Fry Box Bigz die  and the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and then also used the scallop die from the Circle Card Thinlits die for the tag.  Fun for a party favor or a treat for your neighbor kids (not all trick-or-treaters, just the special ones!!)  I found these cinnamon roll pretzels at Winco--yum!  This is a simple, cute idea that you really can use for anytime, just change out the paper and stamps and go!
Here is the stepped up version!  Don't you just love the Black Glimmer paper?  It is beautiful in person!  I took my Heart punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack and punched out 6 hearts and glued them to the inside of the box for a scalloped edge, added the BOO! and the cute jack-o-lantern and then I took a Vintage Faceted Designer button and inked it with the new Basic Black Archival ink pad and glued it on my spider! So fun!!  I love the look of the Glimmer paper!! I love to add a bit of sparkle whenever I can.  
Time to check out what Tanya has stepped up this month!

I'm getting all my decorations out for Halloween, how about you? I love fall!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Step it Up!

Here we are, another month, another blog hop! We are still working on stepping up our basic cards, and I hope you are enjoying the projects the other bloggers are sharing.  Today, our new Holiday catalog goes live!! YAY!!!  You will not believe all of the fantastic new products!  Check it out here.

One of the new hostess sets is called Six Sayings.  It is a set that I won at the past Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City!!  I love the font used for this "thankful" stamp and thought it would look oh so lovely with gold embossing.  The original card is very basic, I only used the Watercolor Wash background stamp on Old Olive card stock with the "thankful" stamp.  I added some of the simple Blackberry Bliss striped cotton ribbon to coordinate with the card stock and a Very Vanilla Candy Dot.
The "stepped up" version added splatter from Gorgeous Grunge, a crinkled piece of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, and a strip of Burlap Ribbon (which I cut in half).  I also distressed and inked the edges of the card stock.

I would love to hear which new stamp set is your favorite from the new Holiday catalog, I have several...it's so hard to pick one, but prepare to see Howl-o-ween Treat bundle projects soon!

It's on to Tanya, let's see what she's come up with!
I have to admit, I'm not quite ready for summer to be over, but I do look forward to autumn! I know it's right around the corner!  Enjoy the last few days of summer!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

We Create Blog Hop--Step it Up!

We have decided that our readers would probably appreciate something different, so we will be doing "step it up" posts for the remainder of this year's blog hop posts.  We will all be creating a simple card or project and then step it up by adding a few more details.  We hope that will get your juices flowing.

Today's card is the one I made for this years Stampin' Up! North American Convention. I usually don't make a lot of swap cards, but I was asked by my friend Jeanna to join an "organized swap" which is one that is planned ahead with a set amount of people.  We met at Red Rock Brewery for some yummy dinner and passed our swaps around the table.  It's always fun to meet new people and share some great ideas.

I started with Hello Honey card stock and used my circle Framelits to punch out the opening.  I stamped the candles from Build a Birthday Photopolymer stamp set with Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango on Whisper White card stock.  I added a "Celebrate" stamp from my favorite birthday set Endless Birthday Wishes which I punched out with my new Washi Label Punch. (You totally need this one!)  For a little bit of dimension, I layered with another piece of card stock in Pool Party.  Easy peasy and only took me a couple minutes!
The "stepped-up" card added the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF), stamped some dots on the Pool Party cs, curled the Washi Labels with the bone folder to add more dimension and glued some Pear Pizzazz 1/4" cotton ribbon and a little star punched out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper .  This took me a few extra minutes than the first one and has much more texture and dimension. Doing 20 of these for a swap took a bit of time, but I was pleased with the outcome!  It was nice to have some extra help as well! (Thanks Jeanna B!!)

Convention was so much fun, but it has come to an end in more ways than one! Stampin' Up! has decided to change the way they gather with all the demonstrators throughout the world and as the company grows, change is inevitable.  I'm anxious to see the new directions SU! is taking, I'm sure it will be a blast!

Time to see what the rest of the "hop girls" have to share!  I'm sure it will be great!
Hope your weekend is filled with some creativity!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015


{YAWN} Aw man, I am pooped!  I haven't been sleeping as well and I am feeling it!  I've been able to make a few things for different occasions, but I still struggle most days to find time to do the things I want to do instead of the things I have to do.  I love the new catalog and I have enjoyed playing with a few of the new items I've purchased.  I'm really looking forward to our final Stampin' Up! convention coming up in just a few weeks...YAY!!!  SU! is changing the way they do their annual conventions now that the company is all over the world. I am really looking forward to see the fun and excitement the new changes will bring.
I thumbed through the new DSP paper pack called Cherry On Top--how darling it that?  There are beautifully-colored patterns that are just perfect for celebrations.  I used a returning favorite Endless Birthday Wishes and my go-to Framelit Chalk Talk as well as the Ovals Collection for the scalloped edge.  My little tag has a fun cupcake I made with the Cupcake Builder punch and the 1" circle punch. Doesn't it look good enough to eat?  Ok, I really need to get to bed, but don't forget to visit all the other bloggers to see the fun they've created!

Make sure you check out the new catalog if you haven't seen it yet and you should follow me on Instagram (Stampinjul) and or Twitter (@stampinjul) if you want to see some of the fun happenings at this last convention!  Both links are on the right side of my blog! See you soon!