Monday, February 28, 2011

Sparkling Stained Glass Sweet Summer

I finally had a chance to ink up these great flowers from the Sale-a-Bration set Sweet Summer! These were perfect for a little "sparkling stained glass". This is also a cute variation of the Easel Card but it's twisted. jac-inks has a great inspiration photo this week to challenge us to feel the warmth! I'm so looking forward to spring let me tell you!!!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up except acetate
Cardstock: Whisper White
DSP: Ice Cream Parlor
Stamps: Sweet Summer, Perfect Punches
Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Acetate sheet, Supernova Fine Stampin' Glitter, Crystal Effects

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

A Little Luck

Sometimes having the right DSP (designer paper) on hand makes all the difference! I only used one stamp in this card and it was the sentiment. ;) I actually did try to add some other sort of embellishment to it but quite honestly, I felt the elegance and simplicity of the card didn't need anything else.
Come play along at the Stampin' Royalty Challenge! They are hosting a great sketch challenge this week!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red
DSP: Love Letter Designer Series Paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake
Stamp: So Happy For You
Accessories: Very Vanilla Silk Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Cupcake Easel Card

This card is full of Sale-a-Bration & Occasions Mini goodness! ;) By now, you have to realize this cupcake stamp set & punch are like one of my all time favs! So very versatile!!!
I'm entering this in a new inspiration challenge this week from Jay Gee's Nook.
Great color combo and yes there's a touch of green and other colors in the last frame! ;)

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White

Ink: Old Olive

Stamps: Create a Cupcake

DSP: Ice Cream Parlor

Accessories: Bright Designer Button Collection, Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Large Scallop Punch, Supernova Fine Stampin' Glitter, Build a Cupcake Punch

Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Sooty Kind of Love

WOOHOO! Virtual Stamp Night is here! YAY! I've been anxiously waiting for this weekend to arrive as it's my weekend to host my challenge! :) You'll find my challenge HERE. Come join us for a great weekend of fun challenges!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Paper: Designer Series Paper in Love Letter
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Versamark
Stamp Set: Sweet Shoppe Alphabet - lower case, Valentine Defined
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder,

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Virtual Stamp Night!

Don't forget to join us for Virtual Stamp Night! Tons of fantastic challenges in two days!!!

My Challenge

I host a workshop in the AM during the week for a few ladies. They decided today to challenge me! They finished all four cards in about an hour and 15 minutes so they said to me, "Let's make another one! We want to see what you can come up with on the spot!" LOL Boy, the pressure was on, but I think the card I created off the top of my head was pretty cute and they enjoyed it! :)
I used two new Sale-a-Bration sets Sweet Summer & So Happy For You. I've been wanting to play with them for two weeks now! YIKES! Just no time to do so until today! YAY!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Markers: Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Sets: Sweet Summer, So Happy For You
Accessories: Very Vanilla Silk Ribbon, Brights Designer Button Collection

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sharin' the Love!

In the midst of all my travel drama this weekend due to the weather, imagine my surprise to receive a Stylish Blogger Award from Jayme Ziemer over at Closet Stampin' - (BTW, the Superbowl Win Excitement post is definitely worth checking out for all you GB Packer fans!), Ellen Uhl over at Create & Stamp w/Ellen - (Great ideas in her Growing Green post!) & Cindy over at Turtle Creations - (the Orchid Opulence Wedding post is so elegant!). Holy cow!!!! Thank you so much ladies! I am totally floored but very honored! :0)

When you recieve this award you are to pay it forward and follow these rules:
1) thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog (THANKS!!!)
2) share 8 things about myself
3) pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!

Eight things about me:
  • I love to line dance! In fact, when I went home this weekend, my bestie Dawn and I went out with my mom and stepsister to go dancing! Dawn & I were both on a line dancing team in travel school.
  • One day, I want to go skydiving.
  • I love to travel & plan to go to Spain.
  • My indulgences: Grilled Mozzarella Cheese & Hard Salami Paninis, White Chocolate Tiramisu, Reese's Miniatures White Chocolate PB Cups, Slim Jims
  • My favorite stampings things: butterfly stamps, glitter, glitter embossing powder, ribbon.
  • My husband & I are celebrating our ten year anniversary this year! :) Free Smiley Courtesy of
  • The beach is my absolute favorite place to be! I love the smells, the sand between my toes, & the peaceful feeling that settles over me! Must be my Pisces side kickin' in!
  • Every vacation or mini-vacation, my husband & I always visit an aquarium but I just finally went to the Atlanta Aquarium in December! LOL We just haven't made time to go while we're actually here in town. ;)

I pass the Stylish Blogger Award on to some very inspiration ladies:

Julie B - Julie B' Stampin' Space

Leena - A La Cards
Sandi MacIver
Tiffany - Pink Stampede
Renee - Renee's Scrampin' Spot

Leslii - Studio 23
Patty - What are you Inking?

Have a fab day ladies!

Julz ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crazy weekend!

Whew! Boy, was my weekend in OH just crazy as could be! I headed home to host a Stampin' Up workshop and a Scrapbook-in-a-Day workshop for family & friends on Saturday. It was great! I got to see my bestie, Dawn and my friend, Mindy who was home visiting her family. Mindy lives in San Diego now and Dawn just moved back to OH from UT so it was wonderful to catch up with them! I was also able to visit with some family as well and then on the way home I was stuck in that nasty snow storm! YIKES! After being diverted to Fort Wayne, IN on Sunday, I traveled to Detroit then Louisville and then finally Atlanta on Monday night. Here are some pics from the weekend and then I'll show you the cards we made in the next few days! :)
My cousin Bobbi Jo & Aunt Debbie
My Grandma & my Mom
Grandma with Aunt Nancy & Bobbi Jo making cards

Mindy, her mom Teri, her sister Sarah, & Dawn making the first gift card.

Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cupcake Slit Latch Gift Card Holder

Using a tutorial, , I created this cute Cupcake Birthday Slit Latch Gift Card Holder. You could easily switch colors on this to personalize it for your recipient with his/her favorite colors! The Build a Cupcake Punch made this super easy peasy and fast!

The inside:

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Paper: Designer Series Paper in Brights
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake
Accessories: Build a Cupcake Punch, Silver brad, Sliver Glass Glitter, Whisper White Silk Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch
Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage Love

There's a style of card that I just do not do well. I really love the way they look but when I try to create a card with a vintage feel, the results are not fantastic. In fact my first card for this challenge, left a lot to be desired. LOL So I tried again and I love the simpleness of this card even with a bit of a vintagy vibe! ;)


I ran the Crumb Cake cardstock through my Big Shot using the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder. I sponged on some Real Red and Pacific Point to give it a little bit of a Patina type feel to it then spritzed on some SMOOCH in Gold Dust. After punching out the tissue paper, I sponged on some Pretty In Pink and Real Red then added a Glass Glitter topped brad. Over time, the glitter will tarnish to look vintagy too!
Supplies: All Stampin' Up except the tissue paper
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Valentine Defined
Ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Silver Glass Glitter, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, small Brad
Tools: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heard from the Heart

Today I have a special My Digital Studio Hybrid card to share with you! A few weeks ago I printed off a bunch of sayings and heart images using My Digital Studio. I am still building my supplies of inks up and don't have all the colors I would like to yet but MDS makes that so easy peasy! I can just add the images and sentiments I want in the colors I want, print it off, cut and paste! It's great! So today, I'm using Melon Mambo & Whisper White. I actually found some retired SU! DSP in my stash that matched too! :) Thanks to MDS, this card literally took 5 minutes!

It qualifies for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge & the jac-inks color challenge: neutrals + one color.

Supplies: Stampin' Up & My Digital Studio
Cardstock: Whisper White, retired DSP
Stamps: Heard from the Heart, (I can't recall the names of the Hearts stamp set so I'll need to update that in a bit.)
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Half Pearls

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Have you received your free Sale-a-Bration items yet? Everything is so cute! Mr. Brown will be here on Monday with my Sale-a-Bration items and I can't wait!!! Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.netI chose the stamp sets, "So Happy for You" & "Sweet Summer" plus Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack! Remember with every $50 spent, you receive a free product out of the catalog above!
Click here for more details!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Rose by Any Other Name...

I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to use this for yet, but it's just simply gorgeous and so easy to put together! I sponged the tips with Whisper White and sprayed it with some SMOOCH Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer.

Supplies: All SU!
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Ornament Punch, SMOOCH Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer
I think I might add this to a notepad holder! Wouldn't a vaseful of roses be lovely!!!
Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Falling Hearts Waterfall Card

I've been itching to make another Waterfall Card and I think these challenges were just perfect for what I wanted to create!

Hand Stamped Sentiments #53: I used Basic Black, Real Red, & Whisper White
jac-inks Challenge #1 - Pick any neutrals plus one color

Stampin' 411 Saturday Sketch ChallengeLink

Using the "frosting" stamp from the Create a Cupcake Stamp Set, I stamped clouds on black cardstock. I cut out some embossed hearts from the Valentine Defined set to look like falling hearts in the sky. I used these great Rub-0ns for the Hot Air Balloons and sentiments.

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Supplies: All Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Whisper White, Real Red
Stamp Sets: Valentine Defined, Create a Cupcake
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Love Impressions Rub-ons, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Whisper White
I'm off to make snacks for the Super Bowl in a bit. Are you watching? Who are you rooting for? I'd love to see the Packers win but my husband thinks the Steelers will squeek by! ;)
Have a fab day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I'm the "Pick of the Party" at Stampin' Celebration!

Free Smiley Courtesy of

Today sure has been a crazy day and it started at 7a! After a visit to the doc to find out my husband has the flu Free Smiley Courtesy of, I drove him home and went back out for soup, Kleenex, & meds. Poor guy just can't catch a break! This is the second viral infection he's had since January 1! I came back home and made him as comfy as possible before jumping in the shower and then starting work a few minutes later. Thankfully, I work from home! WHEW! One less drive for me! But I've definitely had a whirlwind morning so far! Free Smiley Courtesy of

What a nice surprise to find that I was one of the Top 3 picks this week at the Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge blog!Free Smiley Courtesy of This is the card that was chosen.

They have a new challenge up this week which is awesome! Come play with us!

Have a fab day!

Julz ;)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just Add Ink: A Burst of Color Challenge

Just Add Ink has a great challenge this week! Using this photo as inspiration, add your own burst of color to your creation.

I used the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge as my base.

This is super CAS and I made it in about 5 minutes from start to finish. Everything was stamped directly onto the designer paper except the butterfly which was stamped and embossed on an additional scrap piece of designer paper.

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, retired SU! DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Perfect Punches, Flight of the Butterfly, Valentine Defined
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Whisper White 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon
Have a fab day!
Julz ;)