Sunday, December 27, 2009

Flying Butterflies & Blog Candy

Here's another card using the Floating Snowflakes techique. I thought I'd use butterflies this time and also try the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge TLC253 Van Gogh.

The grass was stamped using a flourish stamp and then sponged w/the same color ink. The sky is sponged w/blue pigment ink. This was done on the outside panel and the inside of the card as well. The butterflies were sponged in the same color blue and green then colored using blush strokes of markers.

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What is your favorite technique?
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Button Bear Floating Party Card & Blog Candy!

How was your Christmas? Ours was kind of a whirlwind. We are relaxing today and have pretty much lazed around! ;) It was a nice change of pace, I must admit! I changed my blog design and am so happy with the layout! Thanks to thecutestblogontheblock.com for their designs!

Friday while I was working, I saw the cutest card on Creations's by Patti. She was chosen for the Wicked Challenge in December and made a card called Floating Snowflakes. I don't have many punches beyond the standard scalloped circles and such. I thought the Button Bear set would be perfect as it has many images that would be cool for floating - party hat, balloon, presents, etc.
Button Bear was stamped twice - once on the main card front and then again on a piece of scrap. I colored him in w/colored pencils and layered him w/foam tape. The balloon and party hat were both embossed w/glitter powder then attached w/foam tape as well.
I made this flower one first but I don't think I like it as much as the Button Bear card. I did get to use my new Crop-a-dile though! It was a present from my in-laws for Christmas. It's very cool! The flowers on the side of the card were embossed in silver sparkle.

I'm going to try and post something every day this week. While I'm at it, I think I'll give away some blog candy! Answer the question posted every day this week for your chance to win! Contest ends December 31 at 1159p. Winner to be chosen on January 1.

What is your favorite new product for cardmaking/scrapbooking?

Have a fab day!

Julz =)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

May your day be filled with laughter, love, & many blessings!
Julz =)



Friday, December 18, 2009

Movie Night Gift Basket

Second post for today is my SIL, Angie & her husband's Christmas gift. I was a little worried about them liking it but I shouldn't have. They LOVED it! LOL They both LOVE movies! I myself am not a big movie watcher, but their Christmas list contained nothing but movies this year! So I decided to create a movie basket for them as I was a little stumped on what to get them.

I found these great plastic movie popcorn containers at Target. I included Popcorn Reindeer and Snowman Candy Bars for them. I added the movie and a pair of movie tickets as well. There was also another snowman that I created from a lightbulb but I'll post that a different day.

The snowman is a printable candy wrapper from Rubberstampingdiva.com. I just added the fleece hat and scarf.
Rudolph was so easy to make! I saw this post on the Splitcoaststampers.com Facebook page for candy bars but I decided to make mine for the popcorn holders instead.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)


TLC251 Ho Ho Ho Beanie Gift Card Holder

Wow! It's been quite sometime since I posted. These past few months have just been so crazy! I'll share two posts with you today as I have some cool projects that I just love!



The first post is the Splitcoaststampers.com Technique Challenge for Beanie Gift Card Holders. This is a great tutorial so easy to make! I was a bit stumped on the 5in circle b/c I do not own any circle punches or Circle Scissors Plus so I looked around my house for what I could use. The inside lip of the top of a big Creamer container worked just fine but how to cut it out? I don't think you can really tell here but I inked that little lip up with black ink, stamped it onto my cardstock, and cut it out. That's thinking outside the "circle"! LOL

Enjoy!

Have a fab day!

Julz =)

Monday, October 26, 2009

A little Noel sparkle....


Here's another Clean & Simple card. I matted the snowflake paper bag on white cardstock and tied the ribbon around both. The chipboard letters were coated in Paper glaze and silver thread glitter and set aside to dry. After attaching the letters, I glued on the confetti snowflakes and added a little bling w/some gems.


Have a fab day!

Julz =)


Recipe~

Supplies: Reconnections cardstock, designed paper bag, confetti snowflakes, Silver ribbon, gems, Chipboard Letters, Silver thread glitter, Paper glaze

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SB2009 Happy Birthday Susanna!


One of the blogs I regularly follow is Lynn Mercurio's Stamperosity. She heads up the SCS technique challenges each week and always has great ideas! This week there is a challenge over on Paper Craft Planet to make a birthday card for founder, Susanna Boyd.

I chose a very clean & simple easel type card this time but it's packed w/sparkle! =) I do love my sparkle! The swirls and sentiment were stamped in Silver Comet and heat embossed w/Twinkle. I also inked up a button and heat embossed in twinkle. The button is faux threaded w/matching cardstock.

Happy Birthday to Susanna! I hope your birthday was fantastic! =)

Have a fab day!

Julz =)


Recipe~
Ink: Brillance Silver Comet
Technique: Heat Embossing, Easel Card
Supplies: Reconnections cardstock, Twinkle embossing powder, Chipboard self-adhesive letters, Paper Glaze, Silver thread glitter


LPSC38 Joy

It's been quite sometime since I've posted due to the Leadership Conference we've had all week. So now, I'm back and ready to create!!!
I've decided to start branching out more and trying out more sketch challenges. Here's the latest from Little Paper Shop.
I started out by covering some chipboard letters w/Paper Glaze and chunky green glitter then set those aside to dry. I heat embossed this great snowman image and colored in w/Sharpies. I added a tad bit of glitter to the snow and falling snowflakes. The image is matted on a paper bag! My mom found all these great lunch sack style paper bags that were decorated for Christmas and gave me TONS! I thought the multi-colored mittens made a great background for this!
I sprayed a piece of green cardstock w/some Pearl-EX mixed w/hairspray for some shimmer. I matted everything and attached the letters w/red liner tape and the snowflakes w/mini gluedots.
I wasn't real sure about the yellow cardstock against the green but thought it made a nice touch. what do you think? Thanks for taking the time to look and comment!
Have a fab day!
Julz =)
Recipe~
Ink: Black dye ink
Stamp: Penny Black "Warm & Cold"
Technique: Heat Embossing
Supplies: Reflections Cardstock in green and yellow, designed paper bag, felt snowflakes, chipboard letters, glitter, Paper Glaze, Sharpies, Quickie Glue Pen, Clear embossing powder, Pearl-EX shimmer powder, mini-gluedots, redliner tape

Monday, October 12, 2009

TESC86 Just for Ewe!


Here's another Taylored Expressions sketch challenge entry! The main image is an Anita's stamp called Just for Ewe. I heat embossed in silver twice and then paper pieced the head and feet. I sponged some light blue around the edges and then matted w/green and blue cardstock. I added the ribbon, button, and a few gems for bling.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)


TESC86 Foil Christmas Tree


Here's entry #6 in the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. This one is my husband's favorite card out of all of the entries. I flipped the sketch again and the embellishments are at an angle instead of in a straight line.
The snowflake panel is actually aluminum foil that I attached to cardstock and ran through a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The image is a Stampin' Up image but unfortunately, I do not know the name of it. It was heat embossed w/black ink and Sparkle Embossing powder. I then colored it in w/Sharpies. The red button was also heat embossed as well w/red glitter powder.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

TESC86 DRS Snowman

If you can't tell by now, I REALLY want one of those sketch design spots w/Taylored Expressions. Here's my 5th entry! :) This also satisfies the Technique Challenge of the week from SCS - TLC242 Easel Card.
A few weeks ago, I received in the mail one of the new DRS Designs stamps. I think this snowman is so cute! I heat embossed in black ink and sparkle powder then colored the image w/Sharpies. (One day I'll get some Copics!) I rubbed a little platinum ink for highlighting alongthe hat and scarf. I cut him out and attached w/dimensionals. The ribbon is a bit different this time as I wrapped the blue ribbon around the green ribbon. I flipped this sketch just a bit placing the 3 embellishments under the ribbon instead of on top. Instead of a button to hold the card up, I decided to use a snowflake brad and bent the top of it a bit so it would catch the card to hold it up.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)




Sunday, October 11, 2009

TESC86 Choo-Choo


Happy Sunday! I'm back with yet another post for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. My cutie nephew, Cody has his first birthday coming up in just a few months and I though this would be a cute first birthday card for him!
The train (SU! set Choo Choo) and chipboard #1 were all heat embossed in black ink and attached w/dimensionals. I handcut the railroad track myself as I didn't have anything I could use for the track. The words are rub-ons letters and the clouds are heat embossed as well. I attached two buttons w/faux thread on either side of the 1 to fulfill the embellishment part of the sketch.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

TESC86 Blue Flowers

Here's my third entry for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. This is my favorite out of all of them! I just couldn't get the right picture for this so I took two different angles so you could see the words at the top in one and the flowers in the other.


I was looking around at my supplies trying to figure out what to do with the next card. I saw this fab deep gray/silver cardstock and remembered that I had been looking at this magazine article for Olay the past few days (can you figure out what I used it for?). I also remembered that I had this great flower Flourishes ribbon in all these browns/grays/blues. It just matched perfectly to the article. Looking around I also had this patterned paper to match as well. Don'tcha just love it when a card comes together so easily?!?!
Now I bet you're wondering about that magazine article. A little silver embossing powder and Platinum ink was used to create these little flowers using the Cloisonne Technique from Splitcoaststampers.com. This is so easy! Find a great pattern from a magazine and tear out the page. Stamp your image and heat emboss. Cut it out and attach to your card.
The background for the flowers is a silvery blue piece of cardstock that I ran through a Cuttlebug Swirl Embossing folder and a pasta machine. I ran a blue ink pad over it to pick up the swirls. It's matted in the same gray/silver cardstock as the base.
The sentiment is also heat embossed in silver. I attached the flower ribbon and some bling to finish it off.
I ended up reversing the sketch on this card as I wanted the flowers more on the left side than the right.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

TESC86 Life Card

Here's my second entry in the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.

I used the Acrylic Smash Technique from Splitcoast Stampers. I've actually had this completed image sitting around a few days but couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it. This is a pretty easy technique using some acetate, a piece of cardstock, and various acrylic paints. I dug through my box of patterned paper and found this flowery paper that matched perfectly. I added a little ribbon and bling to the bottom.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

TESC86 Baby Boy

I decided to enter this week's sketch challenge on Taylored Expressions. I've been very interested in joining a team of designers and would really like to broaden my horizons more.
Lately, everyone around me is having a baby! I've recently had two new additions to my family in the past few weeks - Ethan and Amanda. They are so adorable! I decided to make a baby boy card for this challenge as my first entry.

The edges of the card and matted cardstock pieces are all distressed. The main images and the baby blocks are actually stickers. I used this adorable ribbon that is actually a string of different baby items. The buttons are faux threaded w/matching cardstock.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Batty for You!

I saw this great treat box idea on Creations by Patti and really wanted to make these for my niece and nephews. I didn't have the treat cups so instead I made a small box out of acetate and attached it to the back. I used some giant googley eyes that I had used instead of making the eyes out cardstock.

Have a fab day!
Julz =)







Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day!

Sadly, I must work all day today and cannot participate in WCMD! =( I'll have to celebrate later this week. Here's a card I made a while ago but just haven't had the time to post.

This is very simple to make! Stamp your sentiment in a very light blue ink then cover it heavily with red ink. Set aside to dry. For the decoder ring, punch out two scalloped circles. Then punch the centers out with a circle punch. Cut out a piece of red cellophane and layer it between twon scalloped circles w/tape. That's it! =)

The flourishes & butterflies were heat embossed w/red ink and sparkle embossing powder. The Butterflies were cut out and then added with dimensionals.

Have a fab WCMD!

Julz =)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Foil Embossing - Pink Christmas

This week's new technique challenge is TLC240 -Foil Embossing. This is my second card. I used a Snowflake Cuttlebug folder to make it. I then sponge Red Craft ink lightly over the embossed images. I heat embossed the image in sparkle powder and pink pigment ink and added some brads.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Foil Embossing



I really need to start working on my Christmas cards now that vacation is over and my brother's wedding is finished. The latest new technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com definitely got me started! It's called TLC240 Foil Embossing and it's so easy!!!



I actually created two foil panels using Cuttlebug embossing folders and a pasta machine! =) The main background was created w/Swirls and the matte background used Snowflakes. The image was stamped in Platinum and heat embossed in Silver. I then matted everything together w/brads and attached with glue dots.

This technique would be very easy to use on a mass of cards. I think I'll be using it a lot come holiday time b/c it's so very easy and adds just that right shiny touch to your cards! =)

Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

One Card - Two Ways

Andrea from sunnystampin.com challenged us to make one card but two different ways. You use the same layout on both card but change the colors and stamp sets or techniques you use to make it seem like a totally different card. This is such a versatile way to make cards b/c you could literally make hundreds of cards and they all seem different from one another.


I've been fascinated with this ribbon frosting so I made some more cupcake cards but reversed the layout a bit one each card. I also made a punched scalloped pumpkin for my second way card. The result was a bumpy looking sort of pumpkin. I think those are the cutest that I see in the stores especially the baby bumpies! ;)
So now I'm passing on the challenge to you! Play along and make one card but two different ways! Email me - whatajul@yahoo.com with your designs! I'd love to see what you create! =)
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Ribbon Frosted" Cupcake Card


How cute is this?!?! I love the "frosting"! It's so easy to do, you can whip out quite a few of these at a time!
For the frosting, take a long strip of ribbon and baste it with some thread. Pull the thread and it ruffles up. I used glue dots to adhere it to the card. I decided to add a little "airbrush" of color to the frosting by dabbing an inkpad over the ribbon.
The cupcake liner is a piece of designer paper run through a crimper and attached with popup dots.
If you'd like to see a tutorial on the ribbon frosting, leave me a comment! =)
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Monday, August 31, 2009

Accordian Fold Card



The latest Cuttlebug Challenge is for the Accordian Fold Card. I was unable to see the video so I kinda guessed at the dimensions. My card is 4.25 x 11 and I scored at 4", 6", 9", & 1.5". The flowers and sentiment are all heat embossed. I think I'll give this to my friend Bev for her birthday!

Have a fab day!

Julz =)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Flower Power Desk Set

Welcome to Friday's Be Inspired #46 Cuttlebug Challenge! For this challenge, we were to create a desk set for a student. I thought this Flower Power set was perfect!




I took out the sprial and then glued my cardstock to the cover of this notepad. After punching the holes, I then put it all together and added the sprial back! The flowers and sentiment are embossed w/star sparkle embossing powder. I tired out Lisa Johnson's Ruffled Ribbon Trim Technique as well and it added a cute touch!

Here's a cute pencil holder! The acetate was actually embossed as well! You have to be careful b/c the heatgun can warp the acetate if it gets too hot. I went w/more of a clear flower here so the student could locate what she needed easily!


And of course, we need a cute photo holder for our pictures!

Have a fab day!
Julz =)






Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wedding Butterfly Boxes


These adorable little boxes were made for my SIL-to-be's Bridal Shower. I printed and cut out the templates on white and black cardstock. I found half pearls to embellish along w/punched butterflies and bowes. My mom had these great little silk roses that were the perfect touch to the "bride" box. My SIL-to-be loved them so much, she kept some to use at the wedding.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Clean & Simple Hi!


I made this easy, breezy clean and simple card with a little designer paper, a large jeweled brad, and some chipboard letters. The letters were sponged w/Brillance Moonlight White and then embossed with white sparkle embossing powder.
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Buckle & Pocket Card Swaps

Every so often I like to participate in swaps. I did a double swap this time for the two cards below.

Pocket Card - I found this great coordinating designer paper set at Michaels that perfectly matched the stamp set.

Big Buckle Card - I kinda changed this up a bit. The hole for the buckle was supposed to be made w/a Word Punch that I didn't have. I started thinking of other punches that I could use instead and I decided on the star punch. I really love the colors and the way this turned out!
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hey Sweetie Pie!



I participated in the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog challenge of this week for the first time ever! Mel had this great pie card that was absolutely too cool! I just had to make one too!

I decided to go with blueberry. The blueberries on top are buttons that I "faux threaded" w/matching cardstock. The crust was sponged lightly w/brown and gold inks then covered w/Paper Glaze. While wet, I added this chunky glitter that looks like sugar to give it a sugar crusted look. I just love how it turned out! I'm not sure I can bring myself to send this yet! LOL

Have a fab day!

Julz =)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crimped Envelope Cards



This is such an easy but adorable project! Check out the link above for the resource guide found on splitcoaststampers.com
Have a fab day!
Julz =)

Baby Buggy Card


I saw this card and had to make one of my own! This is so cute!


Photo Holders

These cute little photo holders are so quick and easy to make out of binder clips! Plus binder clips come in a variety of sizes so you can range from big to small.




Easily create your own by taking the binder clip of your choice (here I used a 2 inch binder clip), and wrapping a piece of designer paper under the lip on one side to the other side. The slip of paper is 3 1/4" x 2 ". Using the glue of your choice (gluestick here), mold the paper to the bunder clip. Decorate with your embellishments of choice and voila! This takes seconds and so easy to create in batches!

Makes a great gift for someone special! The ones below were made for my friend Tracie along w/the Box in a Bag which was the perfect size to hold them!



Have a fab day!

Julz =)