Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Paper Pumpkin

     Hey everyone! How are you doing? For today, I decided I wanted to show you Stampin' Up!'s March Paper Pumpkin kit. Stampin' Up! keeps it a surprise, to everyone, the contents and name of the kit until it ships and you get it in your hands. You get everything you need in their signature orange box to complete the project including a photopolymer stamp set, one to two inks spots that don't repeat for 12 months, pre-cut
cardstock, embellishments, instructions, a clear D sized block (if it is your first Paper Pumpkin), envelopes if this is a card kit, and adhesive. All you need to bring are a pair of scissors, maybe a group of friends and their Paper Pumpkins, and some uninterruptible time for you to create a fabulous project. There are usually around 8 things to make that can range from cards to gift bags and such. 
     The name of this month's kit was Bunny Buddies. It creates 9 bunny mini cards with envelopes and 9 cute as can be bunny gift pouches. After opening the box, you will
open the light blue tissue paper, be careful of the stamps and ink spots, to reveal a cute project. It comes all plastic wrapped together. You open it up and lay out all the contents. The instructions are inside and on back the the cover photo insert. As stated before, with this month's Paper Pumpkin, you get to make two items and I started with the mini cards. I followed the instructions exactly as they had stated them in the instructional insert. I first started with stamping the bunny face in Basic Gray. Then I stamped the two ears above the face at an angle. Next, you take the smaller ear stickers and chose any of the colors you want to match your card and place them inside of the stamped ears. Now, you need to stamp one of the little white banners with one of the smaller sentiments. Then, you stamp the inside of the card with one of the other sentiments all using Basic Gray.
     Now, cut a piece of coordinating twine at 8" and wrap it around the card close to the
center fold and tie a bow and viola! You now have a cute little mini card to give a friend or family member.
     Now, get out one of the little canvas pouches. First, you are going to stamp the little bunny face on it just like before. Then you are going to get two large Bunny ear stickers, which you are going to be placed on the inside of the pouch handles. Once you do this, you can then cut a piece of coordinating twine again about 12" and wrap this around the top of the pouch. Next, you are going to again stamp one of the little white banners with the sentiment of your choice and this time you are going to attach it with a cute little clothes pin to the bunnies ear. Lastly, take one of the glue dots and place it about the middle of the backside and
place one of the little pom poms in a coordinating color on top of the glue dot. And you have a cute little Bunny candy pouch.
     Now, you are not limited to only the products in the box and the ideas Stampin' Up! presents to you. I pulled out the ink colors that matched the kit and used them to stamp the sentiments. Then I decided to make my own card and goodie box. I started with the card base and thought I would use the stamp set Basket Bundle. I wanted to use the flower stamps so I stamped the Daffodil in Crushed Curry and the other flower in Flirty Flamingo. I then stamped the leaves, stems, and grass in Emerald Envy. I got out my 2016-2018 In Color Markers and used Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugarplum markers on the egg
stamp and then stamped the card. Next, I stamped the front and inside sentiment in Basic Gray. Finally, I used my Clear Wink of Stella on the Easter Eggs and took a piece of Dapper Denim twine and tied it around the card.
     For the cute bunny box, I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies and Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the bunny face onto one of the sides of the box that tucks underneath Then I got out a scrap of Very Vanilla and placed two of the larger sticker ears on it and then cut out around them leaving a piece about 1/4" at the bottom. I cut this flap up the center to the sticker part and then folded the ear in half. Before I assembled the box I glued the ears on in a position I liked. After the glued dried I put the box together. I stamped one of the sentiments onto another scrap piece of Very Vanilla and used the oval tag from the box dies and die cut it out. I then tied some of the twine around the box handle and used a clothespin to attach the stamped tag. I finally used some more glue and glued one of the pom poms onto the back of the box for a cute bunny tail!
Here are my supplies:






     I really hope you enjoyed today's blog post. I have so much fun each month when my Paper Pumpkin box shows up. And next month, Stampin' Up! is having a special
Paper Pumpkin. Our CEO Sara Douglass designed a spectacular box that is both bold and sassy just like her! And in each and every April Paper Pumpkin box will be a special surprise gift for everyone. Plus, if you hurry and and purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription by tomorrow, March 31st, you will still get the Sale-a-Bration price of $55! Plus, you will get to choose 1 Free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice. Use item #137859 on your online order. Go here and click on Shop Now to place that order! Here are some reasons why Paper Pumpkin is a great choice for anyone!

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • The surprise factor!
     So, if you like the idea of a little box of craftiness showing up on your doorstep each month, or know someone who would like this too, then Paper Pumpkin would be great idea. And remember, Paper Pumpkin would make great birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, or any holiday presents!


Hugs,
Julie






Monday, March 27, 2017

Carousel Horse Card - GDP Challenge

     Hello again, I am so sorry for the break in my posts, but my husband and I took a short vacation to the "Valley" (Phoenix) to pick my brother up from the airport to stay with us for a couple weeks. I hope you are all having a great week so far. Last week, Global Design Project had a Theme Challenge that I so wanted to participate in. I created my card and everything, but just did not have the time to get it onto my blog. So
I am putting it on today for you, because I believe anything created can be inspiration for someone out there.
     The theme for this challenge was Amusement Park and of course the first thing, and I'm sure for a lot of people too, that came to my mind was Carousel Birthday from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog. In this suite you get a gorgeous stamp set, 6"x 6" paper pack, a cardstock pack, an embellishment pack, and a set of two markers to choose and purchase from. Also, in the Up & Away Framelits are two dies that will cut two stamps in the Carousel Birthday stamp set. Too Cute! I got the stamp set out and decided what I wanted to make.
     I first started with a 3-1/2"x 4-3/4" piece of Watercolor Paper. I took my Embossing Buddy out and ran it over the paper. I took out the Ferris Wheel stamp and stamped it with Versamark ink in the middle upper part of the paper. I next poured White Embossing Powder onto the stamped area. I shook off the excess and poured that back into the jar. Then I turned on my Heat Tool and began to heat up
the embossing powder until it turned bright white and shiny.
     Next, I got out the Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painters. I first scribbled across the embossed area with five colors I had already picked out. I then took the smaller Aqua Painter and filled it with water. I took the Painter and squeezed until the water ran through the tip and then I brushed it across the area that I had just scribbled with the Watercolor Pencils. I tried to blend the colors together as I went. When I was satisfied with the outcome of the colors I set the piece of Watercolor Paper aside to let it dry.
     I then started on the Carousel horse. I stamped the horse onto a piece of Very
Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink. I used this ink as I was going to watercolor again and I did not want the black ink to run. I got out my Stampin' Write Markers and used them and the Watercolor Pencils to color in the Carousel Horse. I then took the Aqua Painter, again, and water colored the horse. I then took my Heat Tool and heat dried the paper where it was wet. After it dried, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut out the Carousel Horse. Next, I used the Layering Ovals and a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock to die cut out a scalloped frame. I then glued down the Carousel Horse piece onto this piece and placed Stampin' Dimensionals onto the back.
     Now that the Watercolor Paper was dry, I stamped the Birthday sentiment onto the bottom of the paper using Early Espresso ink. I then glued it onto a piece of Bermuda
Bay Glimmer Paper cut to 4"x 5-1/4". I then glued this whole piece onto a So Saffron A2 sized card base. Next I placed the Carousel Horse onto the card using the attached Stampin' Dimensionals. Then I got out some gold sequins and placed three of them around the horse using glue.
     For the inside of my card, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to 4"x 5-1/4" and stamped the Circus Tent stamp onto it using Bermuda Bay ink in the left corner going off the cardstock a little bit. I then glued this piece onto the inside of the card. And we are done! Didn't it turn out great! I so wished I had had the time to get it posted before the challenge had ended. Oh well. There is always the next challenge which in fact has already started so I better get started on that one!


Here are my supplies:



     Thank you so much for looking at my blog post today. I have so much fun creating projects for you to look at and be inspired by. If you ever have any questions for me or want to place an order with Stampin' Up! just go here. I am more then willing to help you with anything Stampin' Up! related such as how something works, or how to do something, like maybe, the embossing I did today. I am going to be starting to do more "How To..." videos to better inform you on fun techniques like fancy folds, and watercoloring with our Watercolor Pencils. So please stay tuned!

Hugs,
Julie




Only 5 days left for Sale-a-Bration!!

     That's right! Less then one week of Stampin' Up!'s BEST celebration of the year! Don't miss out on free product. And as the final days are ticking away, Stampin' Up! has
ITEM NUMBERDESCRIPTION
1473612016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” X 11” Cardstock
147365Party Animal Designer Series Paper
147363Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
147364Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
147362Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
147360Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
147356Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
 added 5 more items to the free Sale-a-Bration list! For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering and get your free items. Get to chose from over 14 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all these items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, The Glimmer Paper 6"x 6" pack #143831, The Seaside TIEF, #147360, and The Sparkle TIEF, #147356, has sadly already sold out! Don't miss any more! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!

 Join My Team!!

     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personal
suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join Now". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping! Questions? Email me at scrapnmom@live.com.


More Rewards!!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog.
Plus, you get 5+ Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Also, if you have placed any order with me in the past 6 months and don't have a current catalog, just let me know and I will get one in the mail for you. Also, if you place a new order with me as your demonstrator, you will receive the current catalogs in your "Welcome" package as a gift from me!

     

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kylie Bertucci's "Aim For Alaska" Blog Hop - A Little Foxy




     Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great day and are enjoying the blog hop so far. You are here today with Julie Kight from the United States and I am bringing you a card that I made for Kylie Betucci's "Aim For Alaska" Blog Hop. "Aim for Alaska" is a Facebook support group run by Kylie Bertucci for Stampin' Up! demonstrators around the globe that want
to increase and improve their business to earn the Stampin' Up! incentive trip. Each year Stampin' Up! offers an incentive trip for the top demonstrators to go for and earn. This year we are earning to go on an Alaskan cruise in the summer of 2018. For those that earned the incentive trip last year, they are going to Thailand this coming Summer!
     I am learning so much in this Facebook support group of demonstrators. There is such a wide range of us from all over the globe. Some of the demonstrators in the group have already earned the trip. I haven't yet, but I am not worried about it. My goal is just to improve my business right now and learn everything I can. I am learning how to blog everyday and improve my following. I am also learning how to be a better demonstrator and how to give excellent customer service. We have some amazing Top 100 Global demonstrators, like
Robyn Cardon, Michelle Last, and Patty Bennett doing Facebook Live videos and talking to us about how we can succeed with our businesses like they have. They tell us all about how they got started with Stampin' Up! and what they do to help not only their customers, but also their teams. They give us advice and great tips on how to truly run our business and not let the business run us. It is so much fun and hard work at the same time! But I am truly enjoying it and already seeing the benefits.
     So on to my card. Our theme for this Blog Hop was anything to do with Alaska whether it be, nature, animals, boats, colors, weather etc. It took me quite a bit to choose what I wanted to do but finally I settled on the fox from the stamp set Foxy Friends. I first cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/2"x 8-1/2" and folded it in half. Next, I cut a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock to 4"x 5-1/4" and embossed it using the Woodland TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) and my Big Shot. Then, I got out my Layering Squares Framelits and die cut out a window into each piece. I made the card base a little smaller so that a bit of the Whisper White will show through
the Calypso Coral piece. I then took a piece of the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration items in the Gold and wrapped it around the bottom of this piece. I taped it in the back, and I glued this whole piece down onto the card front lining up the windows.
     For the inside of the card I first started with the fox. I used the Foxy Friends stamp set and stamped out the sitting down animal onto another piece of Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink. I stamped it twice so I could use the punch and punch out the head and body separately. Next, I stamped the tail with the white tip onto the cardstock using the same ink and punched it out too. I also stamped the stump onto the Whisper White cardstock using Early Espresso and then cut it using Paper Snips. I glued the fox head and tail onto the body. I then placed several Stampin' Dimensionals onto the back of it and set it aside.
     Next, I wanted to stamp the background. I started with the larger tree from the Foxy Friends stamp set and stamped it on the right with Garden Green ink. Then, I stamped
the smaller tree from the same stamp set on the left side of the card in Old Olive. Now, I didn't want the ink from the next stamp to go onto the two trees I already stamped and change the colors so I made a couple masks. I stamped one of each tree onto a couple Post It Notes. I cut these out with my Paper Snips and placed them over the two trees I already stamped on the card base. Then I stamped my third tree in the middle using Pear Pizzazz ink. I removed the two masks and voila! You have a seamless stamped tree!
     Now to place the fox. I first put the stump down using the Mini Glue Dots so that it popped up very little. Then I put the fox down onto of the stump so it is sitting on it. Next, I stamped the little mushrooms around the bottom of the trees in Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, and Soft Suede ink.
Then I stamped the little paw prints along the very bottom of the card using Calypso Coral ink again. The clouds in the sky I stamped using the Lift Me Up stamp set and Smoky Slate, and Soft Sky ink pads. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set, Lift Me Up, onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink and die cut it with my Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then took a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and die cut a larger oval using my Layering Ovals Framelits. I glued the sentiment onto the Pear Pizzazz piece. I pop dotted it onto the front of the card over the Gold Ribbon with Stampin' Dimensionals. And finally we are done!
     How do you like my little Foxy card? It turned out too cute, didn't it. Now time to move onto the next person on the Blog Hop. Just click on the name under mine. And don't forget to visit everyone on the Hop! Everyone has some amazing projects they have made for you to get some inspiration from. And if your are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and want more info about the "Aim for Alaska" Facebook support group, then go here.



     If you get stuck at any time just restart from any one of the blogs above. I hope you had a great time with this Blog Hop. If you want or need any of the items I used in my card, then here is my supply list. Remember also that Stampin' Up! only offers current bundles at 10% off during that catalog period. So if there is a bundle that you just can't live without then you need to get it now when it is available at the 10% discount, because if it carries over to the next Annual catalog it won't be offered as a bundle discount again. Just some FYI about bundles. Just click on any item and it will take you to my store.




Only 10 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Only 1 & 1/2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s BEST celebration of the year! Don't miss out on free product. And as the final days are ticking away, Stampin' Up! has
ITEM NUMBERDESCRIPTION
1473612016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” X 11” Cardstock
147365Party Animal Designer Series Paper
147363Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
147364Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
147362Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
147360Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
147356Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
 added 7 more items to the free Sale-a-Bration list! For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering and get your free items. Get to chose from 20 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, and the Glimmer Paper 6x6 pack #143831, has sadly already sold out! Don't miss any more! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!



     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personal
suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join Now". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping! Questions? Email me at scrapnmom@live.com.

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog.
Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Also, if you have placed any order with me in the past 6 months and don't have a current catalog, just let me know and I will get one in the mail for you. Also, if you place a new order with me as your demonstrator, you will receive the current catalogs in your "Welcome" package as a gift from me!

     Thank you so very much for hopping with us today! I hope you have enjoyed yourself and have received some great inspiration for your next project. Please don't forget to subscribe to my blog to get notifications when a new blog post has been posted. Have fun stamping! Hugs, Julie


Saturday, March 18, 2017

SUO Challenge-Things That Fly

     Hello again, it has been a looooong week. You ever have one of those? Everything seemed to come out of nowhere and attack you from all sides. This week it has been a combination of more pain and my depression. Yuck!! I'm not sure if a lot of you know that I suffer from a condition called Degenerative Disc Disease plus a few other back ailments. And one thing that goes hand in hand with chronic pain is depression. So to sum it up I had a bad pain week so my depression was high too. What fun!! Well, enough of that, on to my post.
     Today for you I have a very beautiful card that I made for the Stampin' Up! Only blog
challenge. This challenge was themed #170- Things That Fly. I knew a lot of people would choose the butterflies or the new dragonflies but I wanted something a little different. So I got out my Annual catalog and went through it page by page and made note of all the flying things. I finally decided on the flamingo from the Pop of Paradise stamp set. Next, came a card idea so I headed over to Pinterest and looked around. I picked and chose a few things and came up with my card.
     First, I made my card base by cutting an 8-1/2"x 11" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half to 5-1/2"x 8-1/2". Next, I folded one piece in half and I have my A2 card base of 4-1/4"x 5-1/2". Then, I took a piece of Basic Black and cut it to 4"x 5-1/4" and glued it on top of the Whisper White card base. I then wanted to use a piece of the gold specialty paper from the Pop of Pink DSP (Designer Series Paper) that I had on my desk on this card so I used the Botanical Builder Framelits and die cut the long leaf die on the edge of this paper. I glued it down along the edge of the card base.
     Next, I stamped the flamingo in Flirty Flamingo, of course, on a piece of Whisper
White. I die cut it out with my Stitched Shapes in the largest oval. Then I die cut a scalloped oval in Flirty Flamingo cardstock using the Layering Ovals Framelits. And then I glued these two together. I wanted a little more on this piece so I got out my Gold Foil paper and die cut out three small flowers. I glued them onto the Flamingo piece and then placed rhinestones in the middle of each. I put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back and placed this piece onto my card base.
     Then, I made the flowers in the corner of the card. I started with the Botanical Builder Framelits and die cut two large leaves and two small ones, one large and one small in each color of Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. I then stamped the vines on them using the Botanical Blooms stamp set with each corresponding color. Next I cut out the flower in Flirty Flamingo cardstock. Then I stacked the leaves onto the card base and glued them down. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up
the flower. I die cut out a flower center using again the Gold Foil paper and glued it onto the flower. On top of that I glued down a gold sequin and then a rhinestone. I then cut a 3-1/2" piece of the Metallic Ribbon available only during Sale-a-Bration which ends March 31st! I folded this slightly off centered and used glue dots to tuck it under the flower.
     Next, I  added my sentiment. I found the one I wanted from the Endless Thanks stamp set and stamped in onto a piece of Whisper White using my Versamark ink pad so I could emboss it. I sprinkled the Gold Emboss powder on top and used my Heat Tool to melt it. After a few seconds it becomes nice and shiny! I then used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut out the sentiment and I put this onto my card front using
Stampin' Dimensionals.
     I couldn't leave the inside blank so I used the Pop of Paradise stamp set again and stamped the large leaf in Pear Pizzazz and the smaller leaf in Old Olive. I stamped them a little off the edge for a cool look. And there you have my card.














Here are the supplies I used:




Only 13 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Just a little less then 2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s best celebration of
the year! Don't miss out on free product. For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering and get your free items. Get to chose from over 10 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, has sadly already sold out! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!


     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personnel suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for
ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join The Fun". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog. Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Thank you so much for coming to my blog today and checking out my post. I hope you have a great weekend! Hugs, Julie


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Global Designer Project - Sketch Challenge

     Hello! Here I am again with another card for the Global Design Project Challenge! I absolutely LOVE these challenges. They have been so much fun to do, are fairly easy, and give me content for my blog. Lol. Plus, I love making cards, or anything crafty. I keeps me busy during the day and allows me to escape the daily pain that surrounds me. For this week's challenge we have been given a sketch. It is a pretty simple sketch too. I love simple! The problem with simple is sometimes they are hardest cards to create. Here is the sketch:
     I started my card with a 5-1/2"x 8-1/5" piece of Very Vanilla. I folded this in half to
create my A2 sized card. I then cut out a piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper) from the 6"x 6" stack of Playful Palette. I cut this piece to 1-1/2"x 5-1/4". I got out a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and cut this to 4"x 5-1/4". Then I got out a piece of the FREE Sale-a-Bration Glimmer paper in Sweet Sugarplum and cut a piece to 1/2"x 5-1/4". 
    Next, I got out the stamp set Perpetual Birthday Calendar from the Annual catalog. I
wanted to use one of the groupings for the background on the Blushing Bride piece. I used the stamp with the little flowers. I wanted a tone-on-tone look so I used the ink pad Blushing Bride. I stamped the stamp several times at an angle twisting and turning the stamp to make the flowers fit well. This was very easy to do because, this stamp set is photopolymer which means it is a clear stamp. I wanted to do this first before I glued it down and the little piece of DSP on top so that I could stamp off the page and it looks continuous. 
     Then, I went ahead and glued the Playful Palette piece on top, and lined it up at the very bottom of the Blushing Bride piece. I then took the Glimmer paper and glued it on top of the two pieces. Next, I glued the whole piece onto the Very Vanilla card base.
     Now it was time to work on my sentiment. I used the stamp set "All Things Thanks" from the Occasions catalog. I had decided I wanted to use my square Framelits to
match the squares in the Playful Palette paper, so I picked a stamp that would fit well. I started with stamping on a piece of Very Vanilla with the same stamp I used on the background in Blushing Bride again. After I stamped an area the I knew would be big enough, I went ahead and stamped my sentiment using Basic Gray. I wanted something softer then Basic Black. Using my Big Shot, I die cut the stamped piece with the Stitched Shapes Framelits making sure I had it all lined up. Next, I took a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and die cut it with the Layering Squares using one with the scallops. Then I glued the two pieces together. I placed Stampin' Dimensionals on the back and placed it onto the card over on the right just like the sketch.
     Next, I grabbed my Basic Pearl Jewels and placed then around on my card mainly
on the right side. I used two different sizes. I then wanted to decorate the inside of the card so I stamped the same stamp I had used for the backgrounds and stamped in Blushing Bride in the left bottom corner. And I am all finished!
     If you need to purchase any of the items I have used in this project please go here. Thank you so much for coming to my blog today and checking out my card. I think it came out pretty good. I really love pink, it is my fave color so it is always fun to use. If you have any questions contact me here.
Here are my supplies:


Only 14 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Just 2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s best celebration of
the year! Don't miss out on free product. For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering  and get your free items. Get to chose from over 10 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, has sadly already sold out! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!

     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personnel suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for
ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join The Fun". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog. Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Thank for coming to my blog and I will see you tomorrow! Hugs, Julie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Retiring 2015-2017 In-Colors

     Hi everyone and welcome back! Well, it is that time of year. When all Stampin' Up! Demonstrators start thinking about the new Annual catalog coming soon and with that brings the thoughts of getting 5 new In-Colors as well. With that idea also comes the thought that when 5 new In-Colors come in, 5 old In-Colors must retire too. 
     Today, instead of a new project I thought I would let you know that it is time to order all the 2015-2017 In Color items, especially the re-inkers. Here are the colors that are retiring:



     So don't put off getting the colors that you have loved these past two years. If you wait to the last minute, they will be all gone. In my experience, the re-inkers and stamp pads go first and this can happen at any time. SO DON"T WAIT. Click here to go to my store and get the colors you love and stock up!
Here are all the retiring products:



Only 15 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Just a little over 2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s best celebration of
the year! Don't miss out on free product. For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering  and get your free items. Get to chose from over 10 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, has sadly already sold out! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!

     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personnel suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for
ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join The Fun". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog. Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Thank for coming to my blog and I will see you tomorrow! Hugs, Julie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Succulents-Because of You...Card

     Hi again, and welcome to my blog! I attend an online support group on Facebook for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and this month our leader has challenged us with a new goal. This new challenge is to have a goal right now to blog everyday one of these weeks in March and I am doing mine this week. I started it yesterday with my card for the Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights challenge. Sometimes it can be hard to think of something to blog about everyday, but if you throw in challenges and product highlights you can have plenty to type about. So, on to today's project.
     Today, I have for you a new card I created. I had just gotten the So Succulent
Bundle last week and could not wait to use it. The DSP is some of the most beautiful paper I have seen with Stampin' Up!. At first I wasn't to keen on getting it. Then I started seeing demonstrators using it and I just fell in love. Doesn't always happen! I started with a A2 sized card base made of Whisper White cardstock. Next, I cut a piece of the Glimmer paper in Mint Macaron to 4"x 5-1/4" and glued it onto the card base. Then, I cut a piece of the beautiful Succulent Garden DSP to 3-3/4"x 5" and glued it down to the Glimmer paper at an angle, something different.
     Next, I wanted to make one of the succulents from the Succulent Framelits. I first cut out all the pieces I needed in Pear Pizzazz. Next, using Whisper White pigment ink and the Oh So Succulent stamp set I stamped the edges of the three largest pieces. A tip about using the Whisper White pigment ink is you need to give this sometime to
dry. It is not like the regular dye inks that dry very quickly. You can also use the Heat Gun to speed up the process. I recommend using it on the lowest setting. Next, I didn't want the pieces to just be glued together and look all smashed, so for the two bottom layers I put a Stampin' Dimensional between them. The top two layers are just glued together regularly. Finally, I place a White Perfect Accent in the middle and glued the whole thing down onto the card in the upper left corner.
     I thought the succulent looked a little lonely by it's self so I die cut two of the tendrils and glued them underneath of it. Next, I picked out one of the sentiments and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock with Tip Top Taupe, which of course I am
going to be sad about seeing go away in a few months, and die cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in the second from the smallest ovals. I then got some Tip Top Taupe cardstock and die cut a piece using the Layering Ovals Framelits in one of the scalloped ovals just slightly bigger then the Stitched one and glued it to the back of my sentiment. I then used the Oh So Succulent stamp set again and stamped a couple of smaller stamps around the sentiment in Mint Macaron and Pear Pizzazz. I grabbed out my Basic Rhinestones and placed three of them around the sentiment, and placed Stampin' Dimensionals on the back and placed in on my card.
     Next, to decorate the inside I took a 4"x 5-1/4" of Whisper White cardstock and a
piece of Tasty Treats Washi tape in Pear Pizzazz and wrapped it around and then glued the whole piece onto the inside of my card. And there we go! Finally finished. This card turned out way more beautiful then I had originally imagined. I have just fallen in love with this Suite from the Occasions catalog. If you have any inkling of wanting to get this bundle then I suggest definitely getting it!

     Thank you so much for coming to my blog today and checking out my succulent card post. I have so much fun making all my projects and find great joy in it as well and I love sharing what I make with all of you.

Here are my supplies:



Only 16 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Just a little over 2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s best celebration of
the year! Don't miss out on free product. For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Go here to starting ordering  and get your free items. Get to chose from over 10 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, has sadly already sold out! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW!

     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personnel suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for
ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here and click on "Join The Fun". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog. Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".


     Again, thank you for looking. I hope you have a great day and weekend. I will have a new blog post up tomorrow for you so please come back and check it out! Hugs, Julie.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights Challenge-March - VOTING CLOSED!



     Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I hope you are all doing great. Today, I have a new card for you. I found this great new blog run by Kylie Bertucci, an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who lives in Australia. She is absolutely amazing! Once a month she holds a challenge called, "Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights" where she gives us a theme
and we make a project around that theme. Then, we post it on our blogs. Next, you get to vote for your faves! So I am asking for your vote! Please vote for my card here.
     Our theme this month was to use the stamp set All Things Thanks from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog. I started my card with a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock cut to 5-1/2"x 8-1/2" and then folded it in half. Next, I took a piece of Fruit Stand DSP and cut it to 4"x 5-1/4" and glued it down to the cardstock base. Now I wanted to make a banner on my card so I got one of the
gold specialty papers from the Pop of Pink DSP. I cut a piece of this to 2"x 4-3/4". I used the Triple Banner punch to punch the bottom edge of this piece. Next, I stamped the stamp I picked out from the set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Watermelon Wonder ink. I used one of the oval Stitched Framelits dies to die cut this out. I wanted a little bit of color behind it to separate it from the banner so I used the Layering Ovals and cut out a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock. I glued these two pieces together.
     Next, I pop dotted the banner piece onto my card. I took
my 1/4" hole punch and punched two holes at the top of the banner about an 1" apart. I took a piece of Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon and weaved it into the two holes. If you are wondering how I did this just let me know and I can do a quick video for you. The ribbon does show on the inside of the card but that doesn't bother me. For one reason the ribbon and cardstock are the same color.
     I then pop dotted the sentiment onto the banner. I placed
several rhinestones at the top and bottom of this piece. Then I wanted a little something on the right side of the card so I decided to use some butterflies. I got out the stamp set Papillon Potpourri and stamped out one large and three small butterflies. I used different inks for each one including Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight. I took a small piece of a Stampin' Dimensionals and popped them up on
my card. I didn't realize until I was done with my card that I incidentally placed the three smaller butterflies on top of colors on the paper that matched them! Lol. I then placed a rhinestone on top of each one.
     I next cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4"x 5-1/4" to place on the inside of the card. I took a piece of two washi tapes from the Tasty Treats set and placed them on the right side. And the card is all done!
Here is my supply list:

     Well, thank you so much for coming to my blog and checking out my card. If you would, please, go to this website and vote for my card? I would truly appreciate it! 



Only 18 days left for Sale-a-Bration!

     That's right! Just a little over 2 weeks left of Stampin' Up!'s best celebration of the year! Don't miss out on free product! For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend, you will get to pick a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Get to chose from over 10 products from stamps to paper to ribbon...all FREE. But remember this, Stampin' Up! has told us that all items are now only available while supplies last. The Card Tin, #143833, has sadly already sold out! Get your Sale-a-Bration items NOW before it is too late!

     Also during Sale-a-Bration, if you decide to join my team you will receive two additional stamps sets of your choice FREE with your Starter Kit. My personnel suggestion would be to get the two most expensive stamp sets that you love this way and use your Starter Kit for ink, paper, and such. Now this only lasts until March 31st too so if you love everything Stampin' Up! and would love to receive a discount up to 25% off all your future orders then go here  and click on "Join The Fun". Remember that the Starter Kit only costs $99 for $125 worth of your choice of product. And you get free shipping!

     And one more special! Only until March 31st if you place an order for $250 (before tax & shipping) or more you will get an additional $25 in Hostess Rewards! That is $25 in FREE rewards you get to spend on anything in any current Stampin' Up! catalog. Plus, you get 5 Sale-a-Bration items. Get orders from family and friends to up your total to get this great offer. Go here and click on "Shop Now" to place your online order. Any questions? Then please go to the same page and click on "Contact Me".

     Thanks again, have a great week, and PLEASE don't forget to vote for me! Hugs, Julie.