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!!


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 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!