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!!

Julie

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 www.pinterest.com/stampinjul.

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 list...it keeps getting longer and longer, YIKES!!

Julie

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!

Julie

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 PaperPumpkin.com 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!!

Julie

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!

Julie

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!

Julie