Monday, January 31, 2011

One More for Today!

I really wanted to play this week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge! I love the black/white combo w/a splash of Lilac!
I took a little liberty with the Stampin' Royalty Sketch Challenge but I think it still qualifies. ;)

Supplies: All from SU! My Digital Studio
Colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Lavendar Lace
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, All Holidays, Baroque Motifs
Accessories: Brads, Scallop Oval Punch

Have a fab day!

Love & Hearts

Here's a CAS card I whipped up this morning.
This qualified for quite a few challenges today too! Free Smiley Courtesy of

Hand Stamped Sentiments: I love Hearts!
The Paper Players: Anything Goes!
A Gem of a Challenge: Ribbon & Lace
Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge

I wanted something lacey but didn't exactly have lace hanging around so I spotted a doily! I sponged the doily on to my card in the corner and added this cute flying bird from the Valentine Defined stamp set.

I added some hearts in the corners of the doilies as there were some bare spots that just didn't look right. I spritzed on some SMOOCH and highlighted the hearts. I added this Chantilly Crochet Trim which would qualify as a ribbon and lacy! Free Smiley Courtesy of

Supples: All Stampin' Up except the doily

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla

Ink: Pretty in Pink

Stamps: Valentine Defined

Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, SMOOCH Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer, SMOOCH Pearlized Accent Ink in Moonlight, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

Have a fab day!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Upcoming Workshops - Updated January 29

Here is a list of upcoming workshops including two events in OHIO.
Email me if you'd like to attend as space is limited! :)

*Birthday* Workshop
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WHEN: Friday, February 11, 10a-12p
WHERE: My House in Flovilla
WHAT? Let's make some birthday cards!
4 spots available
COST: $10
RSVP BY: February 8
BRING: Your own adhesive, bone folder, papercutter, and scissors


*Birthday* Workshop

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WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 1p-3p
WHERE: Mary Clugh's house in Ohio

WHAT? Birthday cards for young and old!
RSVP BY: February 10
BRING: Your own adhesive, bone folder, papercutter, and scissors


SCRAPBOOK in a DAY Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 3p-7p
WHERE: Mary Clugh's house in OHIO


That's right! An ENTIRE beautiful scrapbook, 20 pages (10 two-page spreads), completed in just a few hours! Let me show you how it is done! When you leave, you will have a completed album, ready for photos, AND a "scrap map" so that you can duplicate this great book over and over again with different designs and themes! Just select the Simply Scrappin' kit of your choice from pages 178-179 of the Stampin' Up!® 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. You may also view these kits online, by clicking the SHOP NOW button in the bottom right of my web site's home page, next select paper, then select Simply Scrappin'. If you choose to bring your photos, I will assist you with photo layouts and you will have the use of my Big Shot die cutting machine with the Naturally Serif Alphabet for titles for your pages.

COST: $45 - must prepay
RSVP BY: February 1
BRING: Your own papercutter and scissors

*Spring* Workshop
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WHEN: Friday, March 11, 1030a-1230p
WHERE: My House in Flovilla

WHAT? Let's make some birthday cards!

6 spots available
COST: $10

RSVP BY: March 8
BRING: Your own adhesive, papercutter, bone folder, and scissors


Girl's Night Out! Workshop
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WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 630p-830p

WHERE: My House in Flovilla

WHAT? Come relax and hang out with the girls for a fun night full of crafting and laughter!

COST: $10
RSVP BY: March 10
BRING: Your own adhesive, bone folder, papercutter, and scissors


Upcoming class dates & workshops TBD:
April 8
May 20

Friday, January 28, 2011

Slimming Down!

Here's my last post from VSN Mini! Michelle challenged us to make a slimmed down card of encouragement. I decided on a Get Well Soon card that's full of love!

Although this is a "slimmed down" card, I used three different stamp sets! LOL Create a Cupcake, Valentine Defined, & Fast & Fun Notes all from Stampin' Up!

I hope you join me for the next VSN in February! My challenge with definitely be a "sooty" fun one for you! ;)

Have a fab day!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two Hearts Beat as One

More fun from VSN! Lee challenged us to use the U2 Song, "Two Hearts Beat as One" in a card.

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paper Piece Your Heart Out!

Here's one of my last three cards for VSN Mini! Donna challenged us to "Paper Piece Your Heart Out"! Two or more images needed to be paper pieced on your card. The flamingos and the heart are both paper pieced.
Have a fab day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love Puffy Box & Matching Card

When I saw the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge this week, I instantly fell in love with the picture! It's just gorgeous and I love the color combo!

I knew I wanted to make a card with a matching box for a gift but it took me a bit to figure out what kind of box. Luckily, I found a great tutorial for a Puffy Box on My ribbon is attached with Velcro so it's easily pulled off but can be placed back on with ease. ;)
The Mojo Monday crew had a great sketch challenge that fit my card perfectly!

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Valentine Defined, Flight of the Butterfly
Accessories: Early Espresso Grograin Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Bigz Island Floral Die, Silver Glass Glitter, Tombow, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Velcro, brads
That's all I have time for today. I have to start work in a bit but I'd much rather stay and play! ;)
Have a fab day!
Julz ;)


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Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Light Up Your Life

For the third challenge in the VSN Mini, Robyn challenged us to "Light Up Your Life" with a luminaire!Free Smiley Courtesy of

Luminaires are so much fun to make and yet so simple! I punched the circles out using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch from SU! then stamped the vines. Prior to adding the pink vellum, I used the same stamp on the vellum and embossed it. After I adhered the vellum and put the box together, I sponged on some white craft ink. One of the girls told me it looks like it was ceramic! Free Smiley Courtesy of Gee, what an incredible compliment!

You have just a few more hours to play with us! Entries must be in by 8p EST tonight!

Have a fab day!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Shape of My Heart

"What is the Shape of Your Heart?" Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netThis is the second great challenge of the night for VSN! Paula challenged us to create a card that was in the shape of a heart.

I immediately had this great idea of a gate card in the shape of a heart! I made my template out of copy paper and then translated it into cardstock. I added some ribbon, a few doilies, and voila! My heart gate card! Free Smiley Courtesy of

Just one more day to get your creations in for VSN!

Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Just for You!

My mom is hosting a workshop in a few weeks and I wanted to do something special for her. She (and my dad) take care of my Grandma who had a stroke two years ago. She doesn't have a lot of extra time for stamping but always makes birthday cards for the people at work. My SIL just gave me a huge bag of baby food jars which is absolutely perfect for a little surprise!

Over at Wee Memories, they have the perfect challenge this week!
It's time to Free Your Creativity! Free Smiley Courtesy of
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My mom loves purple and I love a purple/green combo so I decided to go with Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz! Using the Island Floral Die, I ran my DSP and Pear Pizzazz cardstock through the Big Shot. I touched up the edges with some SMOOCH Pearlized Accent Ink in Moonlight and added a brad that was glitzed up with some Silver Glass Glitter.

The card is 3x3 and I made a matching envelope for it as well. I bet you want to know what's in the jar, huh? ;) I punched two sets of multi colored cardstock using the Build a Cupcake Punch. Perfect for the times when she needs a birthday card - FAST!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up! except for the jar

Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Designer Paper Series in Brights

Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White

Stamps: Afterthoughts

Accessories: Big Shot, Island Floral Die, SMOOCH Pearlized Accent Ink in Moonlight, SMOOCH Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer, Silver Glass Glitter, brads, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Stampin' Up's Filled with Love Promotion

Stampin' Up has another great promotion just in time for Valentine's Day! I know you want to ensure supreme cuteness for all your valentines this year! ;) Check out the Filled with Love Promotion on my website!

From now through January 24, 2011, get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons--a $4.95 value--when you purchase an exclusive Filled with Love Bundle. See details below.

Click here to shop now!

Did you play along for VSN MINI?

The Virtual Stamp Night Mini was last night and boy, did the girls have a blast! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netOver the next few days, I'll show you my creations but there's still time to play! Entries must be in by Monday, January 24 at 8p EST. Get to stampin'! Free Smiley Courtesy of

This first one is for FEB11VSNMINI1 - Theresa's challenge is to Punch Your Heart Out! I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Small Scallop Circle Punch. The ladybugs are pushpins. I used some wire cutters to pull out the pins part of the back.

Have a fab day!


Friday, January 21, 2011

YOU Make My Heart Sing!!!

Tonight's the night baby! Join us over at for the Virtual Stamp Night Mini from 6p-11p EST! Of course, you'll need a shopping list to make sure you have the items needed for the fun!
See ya there!
Julz ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Last week for the Filled with Love Promo!

We're down to the final week of the Filled With Love Promotion. It ends on the 24th of January.
Did you know that Valentine's Day is the second biggest holiday for sending cards? Yep! When you order the Filled With Love Bundle of the stamp set and Designer Series Paper you will receive a FREE pack of Bitty Buttons!
Remember this offer ends January 24th.

Next up? Sale-a-bration! It starts January 25th, you ready??

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mickey Ears and All....

Aaahhhh, home sweet home! We're back from our quick trip to Disney World and we had a blast! Here's a few pics of the trip.

The family in front of the Castle.

Scooter & I in our Pirate Ears! ;)

Have a fav day! I'll be back today or tomorrow with some cards!
Julz ;)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

You Make My Heart Sing! VSN - Jan 21!

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If you've never participated, grab a friend & come join us!
They are super fun and really get your mojo moving!
Don't forget to check out all the details here.
I'll post a shopping list for you soon!
Have a fab day!
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