Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Workshops

I've just updated my class list for 2013.
Won't you join me for some fun & stampin'?  :)

Triple Easel Card

As you can see, I'm working hard now. Well, hard on crafting that is! ;) I found this tutorial for a Triple Easel Card! How cool is that!?! And it folds up nicely to fit in a standard size envelope! Sweet!

I used the Stampin' Celebration Challenge #61 as my inspiration and I liked the nature feel of it more than the holiday feel so I went with flowers & butterflies.  I'm just really ready for the New Year! :) 

Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Vellum Sheet, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Whisper White, Versamark
Stamps: En Francais, Everything Eleanor
Accessories: Glimmer Brads, Big Shot, Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, White Embossing Powder
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Tiling the Baby Wipes Blues

I'm bored.  Not really bored-bored but more "I seem to have lost the motivation I had yesterday" bored.  I have tons I want to accomplish and today was scheduled for shopping for organizational items.  I have big plans of organizing at least one of the rooms in my house while I'm off the next four days.  However, that all changed and I'm going shopping with friends tomorrow.  For some reason though, it just threw me off course. I suppose I could still go shopping today.  Hmm, decisions, decisions. ;)  In the meantime, I'm being crafty which is fun since I haven't done that in forever!
I've combined a whole bunch of techniques below - Faux Tiling, Baby Wipe Reinkers, Embossing, sketching - you name it, it's probably there! ;)
Supplies: All Stampin' Up! except the Baby Wipes
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Versamark, Marina Mist
Stamps: Everthing Eleanor, En Francais, Apothecary Art
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Brights Deisgner Buttons, Retired 1/8" Whisper White Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Shimmer Mist (made from Shimmer Paint & alcohol)
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy 2013!

It's hard to believe but 2013 is just days away!  3 days, in fact!  This year has just flown by so fast I didn't send out too many Christmas cards due to time constraints.  Instead, I'll send out some New Year's cards!  This is a very CAS card with two layers - the second layer being 3 Red Glimmer Paper dots so really it's one layer! ;)

I first embossed Happy 2013 in White Embossing Powder then went back over with some flourishes stamped with Versamark & added some clear embossing powder for a watermark finish.  After I added some dots and a few spritzes of Shimmer Mist, Voila!  LOVE. IT!  :)  This card took exactly 5 minutes, 32 seconds to make.
Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink: Whisper White, Versamark
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Memorable Moments, Word Play
Accessories: Shimmer Mist, Embossing Powder, 1/2" circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch (for multiple circle sizes)
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

May your day be filled with family, friends, & love! :)

Have a fab Christmas!
Julz ;)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WOW on a CAS card!

Clean and Simple (CAS) one-layer cards are oh, so simple - so you think!  Honestly, they are probably a little more tricky b/c you skip the layers, ribbons, & extra goodies.  But what if you want to add some WOW! to that card?  Here's an easy technique that will give you some WOW!  

1. Stamp your flower image
2. Take an Exto-knife and cut around the edges of the petals (about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way down the petal). Do not cut all the way down because you will end up cutting out the image instead of just a few key petals.
3. Slightly curl up the petal edges.

As you can see in the pictures, it really adds a special touch to a one-layer CAS card.


Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Rose Red
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Word Play
Accessories: Waterbrush

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
May your holiday be filled with family & friends, love & laughter!
Julz ;)

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Online Extravaganza begins TODAY!


The Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year! Starting today, November 19, through November 28, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!

In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters! Woot! Woot!
You're also eligible for my Incentive Club: PUNCH ME! where you can earn FREE Stamps! 
Check it out here!
Friday, November 23 I'm hosting a Turkey-thon with additional discounts of up to 20% off!!!!
Click here to start shopping for your favorite crafter or yourself! ;)
The Fine Print:
  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent--awesome!
  • There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion. Sale on!
  • For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won't get the discount--bummer.
  • You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs on the same order.
  • Sunday, November 18, 2012

    This is HUGE!

    Simply Sent iPhone App SentApp
    It has been hard to keep this a secret-we're so excited about it! We have created a card-making application, and we already have a great name for it: Simply Sent!
    This iPhone app allows you to create an e-card-from a template or completely on their own-and send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. And it's free!
    Here's something you should know about this app: it's not My Digital Studio on a mobile device, not even close. This scaled-back version will give you a taste of what they can create when you buy MDS.
    Download it from iTunes or the App Store today! Just search: SIMPLY SENT
    I just got it today and OMGoodness!! It’s just awesome!! One of you has already received a Birthday Message!!
    Oh, but there’s more…
    Texture Boutique Embossing MachineTexture
    'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. Give the gift of texture. The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece.
    This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. We have 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, we may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.
    To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special Texture Boutique Bundle (item 132700) that includes the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine and the Flower Garden and Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for $39.95 (a $45.85 value).
    Or purchase just the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (item 132657) for $29.95.
    Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders. Want to see a video?
    Oh, but there’s more still…
    Talking Tags TalkTag
    Give the gift of sound. Handcrafted projects show loved ones how much you care--let your voice tell them too! With Talking Tag, you can record your own personal message that recipients can access by scanning the Talking Tag. Attach them to cards, invitations, gift tags, business cards, catalogs, scrapbook pages, wine bottles . . . well, anything!
    With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!
    How to send a voice message:
    1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
    2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
    3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
    4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure your ready!).
    You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you've completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.
    To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code. Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.
    Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for $7.95 (item 129723).
    Click here for more details & pick up your own!
    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Late Night Stamper's Treasure Hunt Winners!

    Congrats to
    Tricia Miller & Daniela Capparelli
    who BOTH have won $150 in Stampin' Up Merchandise in the Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt!
    I've also pulled a winner for my own blog candy!
    Lisa Eisner has won her choice of color of the Satin Stitched Ribbon!
    Congrats to all of you & many thanks to all who played along!  :)  Stay tuned for another Treasure Hunt in the spring!
    Have a fantastic Halloween!
    Julz ;)
    P.S. My costume - I'm a bath pouffy! ;)

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Boooo! Secret message card

    Don't you just love fun cards?!?!  I made this cute secret message card over the weekend.  As you know Halloween is my favorite holiday so you'll be sure to see more out of me using the fun set Googly Ghouls.

    How do you get to the secret message?  Push the two flaps together and separate the middle! :)


    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
    Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi
    Stamps: Wicked Cool, Googly Ghouls
    Accessories: Shimmer Mist, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die, Big Shot

    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    This is it!

    One more day left to enter the Late Night Stamper's Treasure Hunt!!!  You could win over $150 worth in Stampin' Up merchandise!  Click here for all the details & Good Luck!

    Have a fab day!
    Julz ;)

    Monday, October 15, 2012


    In my search for new challenges today [I truly have been busy - read two books AND have laundry going right now, thank you! ;0)], I found two new ones - Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: Tic-Tac-Toe (I chose Black, Sparkle, & Brads) & Sentimental Sundays Black/White + Another Color.  My grandma's 90th birthday is coming up in December!  The BIG 9-0!!!  Blue is her absolute favorite color so this card with all it's shimmer & blues fits perfectly!  :0)
    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
    Stamps: Memorable Moments, En Francais
    Ink: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise
    Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Sparkling Black Brad, Rhinestones, Shimmer Mist, Big Shot, Framelits Labels Collection
    Have a fab day!
    Julz  ;)

    Twisted Gift Card Holder

    I'm on vacation this week so I'm browsing the web for some fun new challenges to try!  :0)  I found a new sketch challenge called Retro Sketches.  I used the sketch and decided to make a twisted gift card holder as my base. 
    Here's the inside.
    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
    DSP: Be of Good Cheer DSP
    Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi
    Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet, Ornament Keepsakes
    Accessores: Baker's Twine - Whisper White / Real Red, Framelits-Holiday Ornaments, Big Shot, Shimmer Mist
    Have a fab day!
    Julz ;)

    Saturday, October 13, 2012


    Halloween is just a few weeks away!!!  :)  Woohoo!!!  My little owl needed a costume so thanks to Hand Stamped Sentiments' Pumpkin Challenge, he's going as a pumpkin this year!  ;)  Mr. Owl is new to me as is the linen thread so I'm going to enter this in the Just Add Ink challenge as well.  This follows the iSpy Sketch Challenge for this week.

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
    Ink: Chocolate Chip
    Stamps: Googly Ghouls
    Accessories: Linen Thread, 1" circle punch, Owl Builder Punch, Scallop Trim Border, Cupcake Builder Punch

    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Just a few weeks left!

    Join us for the Late Night Stamper's Treasure Hunt!  
    There's just a few weeks left to enter to win GREAT prizes!!!

    Click here for more info!

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Owl Punch

    I honestly never thought I'd venture into the "Owl" Revolution.  I thought I'd be one of the fun who resisted the urge to make a gazillion owls in all different forms and fashions.  Then, it hit me.  BAM!  One, I REALLY wanted to make a ghost owl for Halloween!  LOL  And two, this is one extremely versatile punch that can be used for all ages!  Considering I just gave my last kid themed stamp set to my SIL, Angie, I knew I had to find something quick!  I have a LOT of kid birthdays coming up!  ;)

    Anyways, here it is!  My first "Owl" card.  Now granted, it's not really for a kid and there's no sentiment (which I purposely left off so it could really be any sort of card - love, birthday, miss you, thinking you, etc.) but it's cute & trendy!  I like it a lot!  ;)

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red
    DSP: Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP
    Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
    Stamps: Hello Doily, En' Francias
    Accessories: Owl Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch

    Have a Fabu"OWL" day!
    Julz ;)

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    For the birds

    My Grandma loves birds of all kinds!  When I was a kid, I can remember browsing her bookshelves and seeing title after title of bird books.  After making this card, I think I'm going to make her an entire set as one of her birthday gifts.  She writes letters to everyone in the family and can never have enough cards to send.  :0)
    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla
    Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz
    Stamps: Four Seasons
    Accessories: Large Scallop Circle Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Glass Ornaments

    It's been great being able to stamp so much this week!  I've rarely had this much time on my hands so I'm taking advantage while I can! :)  For this card, I had a little fun creating some tiles out of the Ornament die cuts & Crystal Effects.  The tiles are nice & glossy with a little Shimmer.

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
    Ink: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
    Stamps: Holiday Ornaments, Word Play
    Accessories: Crystal Effects, BigShot, Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Shimmer Mist

    Have a fab day!
    Julz ;)

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    So Shelli Creative Challenge

    This month Shelli has challenged us to create a card with only two layers. I decided to add to my stash of masculine cards as I always need them but rarely have any.

    I used my Big Shot in a creative way this time.  Using a shim I left a diagonal blank space to add my sentiment thus eliminating a layer but still keeping the chevrons intact.  I also cut into the ends of the diagonal space to add a faux tag.  By using a Framelit Label die, I utilized the inside of the card as well then added a small Label in Wild Wasabi.

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasasbi
    Ink: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
    Stamps: Memorable Moments, Word Play
    Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Framelits Label Collection

    Have a fab day!
    Julz  :0)

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Glimmering Autumn

    It's my favorite time of year!  Autumn!  Well really, summer is my fav time of year, but I love Halloween!

    Here's an easy breezy yet glimmering pumpkin card I made for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Fall Fun & the Stampin' Royalty Challenge: Big Shot/Die Cuts.

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
    Ink: Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi
    Stamps: Wicked Halloween, Memorable Moments
    Accessories: Retired Chocolate Chip Rick Rack, Large Circle Punch

    Have a fab day!
    Julz  ;)

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    iSpy Summer Starfruit & Silver

    I'm back with more Summer Starfruit.  Isn't a great color paired with Silver Glimmer Paper?  :)

    This is my entry for the iSpy Sketch Challenge this week. You could have so much fun with this sketch!!!

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Silver Glimmer Paper, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
    Ink: Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker, Summer Starfruit
    Stamps: Word Play, Hello Doily
    Accessories: Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Decorative Label Punch

    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    A Sweet Play Date Challenge

    I actually had some free time this morning {meaning free time with no one calling or barking or meowing my name ;0)}!  It's a rarity but I try to take advantage of it when it happens.  

    Anyhoo, I decided to play along with the Play Date Cafe Color Challenge & the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge (also a Design Team call) this week.  Both are great challenges by themselves but I loved the outcome when I put them together! :)


    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Real Red
    Paper: Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP
    Ink: Real Red, Soft Suede
    Stamps: Memorable Moments
    Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embossilit, Rhinestones, Scallop Circle Punch

    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Creative Picks of the Week

    Isn't Penny's Herringbone Pinwheel background lovely?  I just love the mix of patterns and lovely glitter!  She has a lot of great cards on her blog so be sure to check it out! :)

    Dawn's sister Kim made this lovely wreath out of scalloped circle cones!  Perfect for Spring!  Obviously, we're heading into autumn here but you could do this with any colors!  Just gorgeous!

    Both Penny & Dawn are participating in the Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt as well!  There's still plenty of time to get your list in for a chance to win not one but TWO contests!  :)

    Have a fab day!
    Julz ;)

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Happy Starfruit

    I love UPS days!  They always mean fun Stampin' Up! packages with lots of great goodies inside!  This is one of the new "in" colors for 2012-2013 called Summer Starfruit.  It's kinda of a cross between lime and yellow.  I paired it with Early Espresso for a lovely fall feel.
    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso, Whisper White
    Ink: Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso
    Stamps: Reason to Smile, Memorable Moments
    Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Embossing folder, Beautiful Wings Embossilit, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Chalkboard Ornament Gift Tags

    Here's a fun tag twist for you! Chalkboard gift tags! You can reuse these each year.

    Die cut some ornaments out of the thin chipboard or balsam wood. Stamp with Versamark, add a little embossing and ribbon, and voila!

    I think I'll add a piece of chalk with a string when I add them to a gift bag. Cute, right? I have more drying now. :0)

    If your chalk writing skills aren't up to par (like mine), you can easily fix you lines or remove completely with Q-tip and water.

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up! unless noted
    Ink: Versamark
    Stamps: Ornament Keepsakss
    Accessories: Big Shot / Holiday Framelits / Valspar Chalkboard Paint / Retired Ribbon. / Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder / Heat Gun / Balsam Wood (non SU!) / Chipboard packaging from DSP pack

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Creative Cards 3

    I'm all about versatility when it comes to stamps.  I like to envision that I can use the same stamps in different ways.  This philosophy applies to layouts as well.  Check out the cards below by Brenda Rigby Riehle.  Same layouts but each card is slightly different whether it be punches, stamps, colors, etc. 

    I struggle with Sympathy cards but this one is very simple and beautiful.

    If you're keeping track, Brenda is after me in the Treasure Hunt.  :)
    Have a fab day!

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Creative Cards

    I have some great creative folds & technique style cards for you today from some members of the Late Night Stampers Web Ring.  

    First up is this great gift card holder by Elaine!  Isn't this fold great?  I love the unique angles & creatively hidden gift card inside!  Definitely on my "must make" list!  :)

    The second is a Telescoping Card by Tanya Bell.  This card is adorable from the colors to the technique!  Also, on my "must make" list!  ;)

    P.S. Both Elaine & Tanya are part of the LNS Treasure Hunt so be sure to check their blogs for clues!
    Have a fab day!
    Julz :)

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Back to Spool!

    September is a great time not only to go back to school but also to receive FREE ribbon in your choice of color with every $40 purchase (before taxes and shipping)!  Click here for more details & to place your order!  

    Have a fab day!
    Julz  :)


    Halloween is coming!  WOOHOO!  My favorite time of the year!

    The Sweet Stop team has a cute sketch that went along with my Booo! card.

    Mr. Mummy & pals are just waiting to jump out and yell BOO!  :)

    Supplies: All Stampin' Up!
    Cardstock & Ink: Basic Black
    DSP: Howlstooth & Scaringbone
    Stamp Set: Googly Ghouls
    Accessories: Framelits, Big Shot, Googly Eyes, Silver Brads

    I'm off to the store for more sugar.  My first batch of pear preserves is finished, 2 more cooking away, but I have about 3 more batches to make!

    Have a fab day!