A Pool Party Cycle Celebration Birthday Card

cycle celebration birthday card stampingjulie cards stampin up I love bicycle stamps!  And I wanted the Cycle Celebration stamp set the minute I saw it in the new catalog!  This bicycle is adorable!!  So cute!

And yes, I know I’ve been missing in action on the website, but rest assured that if you email me, call or text me at the email address or phone number at the top of the website I’m always available to you!  I will not bore you with everything that has been going on since June.  It has been crazy!!! - moving, surgeries, a funeral, a birth, etc.  But things are starting to settle down and I’m hopeful I’ll be in a new house in about two months and I’ll be able to set up my new stamp studio and share it with you!  Yay!

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The inspiration for the design and colors in this card came from page 10 of the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  If you look at the picture you may be surprised that gift packaging on the birthday ensemble could be the inspiration for a card, but notice how I stamped the tag and repeated the bicycle pattern across the card – all inspired by the packaging.

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The ruffle ribbon is the perfect border for the ‘road’ these cycles are rolling on!  And it’s super easy to work with.  I used a bit of SNAIL adhesive on the ribbon to set it in place and then taped it behind the Quatrefancy designer series paper.

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps: Cycle Celebration wood-mount #130279 clear-mount #130273
Ink: Crushed Curry #131173, Pumpkin Pie #126945, Pool Party #126982, Black StazOn #101406
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Pool Party cardstock #122924, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper #130141
Extras: Itty Bitty Shapes Punches #118309, Little Labels Punches #126881 , Rhinestones #119246,  Coastal Cabana Ruffle Ribbon #130024, Dimensionals #104430
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Order your Cycle Celebration stamp set today.  I promise you’ll love it!

Enjoy!  Julie

Inspiring pictures, inspiring art

phg england pic Beautiful photos and landscapes inspiring me.  When I saw this picture at Pretty Handy Girl from her trip to Keswick, England, I had to share it with you.  This picture moves me to create.

When I saw it, I immediately started searching my memory banks for stamps that would help me recreate this picture on a card and thinking about ways I could use the lines and the colors in my creations.  I even thought about painting  a stylized acrylic inspired by this photo.  If you want to see the rest of her amazing photos of this location you can find them here.

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Another crafty friend has been touring Scotland.  She happened upon a quilt shop and took a picture of this amazing quilt the shop owner had crafted of her view out her window.

scotland lake landscape view

To see all her post on her Scotland visit you can visit a maiden hair fern.

What inspires your art?

Enjoy!  Julie

Cycle Celebration Sweet Birthday Card

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Easily, one of my very favorite new stamp sets is the Cycle Celebration.  Fun, fun, fun.  I love the bicycle in this set but I also love the candles.  Well, really, I love just about everything about this set.

I wanted to group three bright candles together as the focal point for this card so I used the Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper for color inspiration and chose Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush for my candles.  Using Paper Snips I had no trouble trimming these out in a snap.

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Also, I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter shimmer to the flames with 2-way glue.  And I added a sliver of dimensionals under the tops of the candles so they would stand out from the card a little.

Because I chose the bright colors for the candles and I wanted them to stand out on the card I chose a paper from the pack with a monochrome pattern to complement the candles and the message.  The paper backed with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock is lifted off the card with dimensionals.

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To create the “sweet birthday” oval tag I stamped with the Strawberry Slush and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder mixed with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Then clipping it out was super fast and easy with the oval punch.

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps: Cycle Celebration wood-mount #130279 clear-mount #130273
Ink: Island Indigo #126986, Strawberry Slush #131178, Pumpkin Pie #126945
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper #130141
Extras: Heat Tool #129053, Clear Embossing Powder #109130, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #102023, 2-way Glue #100425, Oval Punch #119859, Dimensionals #104430

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Order your Cycle Celebration stamp set today and get started now on all those birthday cards you’ll need to send this year.

Enjoy!  Julie

20 Washi Tape Thank You’s in a Jiffy

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I always need a stack of thank you cards. But lately the need has been even greater. So many friends have helped me as I’ve prepared to move. I’ve had friends come over and help me do a bit of painting, cleaning and packing. Not only was their help wonderful for getting a lot done, it also was just GREAT to have the company and moral support. When I was a kid I used to beg my sister to just come sit in my room with me while I cleaned.  I’m a social cleaner, for sure.

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I love to find a design that’s cute AND fast.  Washi tape came to the rescue on this note card.  I started with the note card pack of precut cards and envelopes.  And the Gingham Garden Washi Tape comes  as a pack of these three patterns that harmonize together.  Just tear off three strips and adhere for an instant colorful design.

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And four punches really amped up the quick and fun factor.  I stamped ‘Gee, thanks’ from Really Good Greetings and punched it out with the Modern Label punch, then punched the end with a corner of the 1″ square punch.

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The punched sentiment was layered on the base stamped with the Label Love stamp and punched out with the new and coordinating Artisan Label punch.  The center was decorated with a scallop circle punched from Whisper White cardstock spruced up with the Gingham wheel.

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I used the same Gingham wheel to decorate the envelope flop for a coordinated surprise.  Don’t you just love getting a note card with a decorated envelope?!  Not much chance it will be mistaken as junk mail when you embellish the envelope.

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Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps: Label Love Bundle includes the Label Love stamp set and the Artisan Label punch with a 15% discount: wood-mount #132723 clear-mount #132722
Ink: Melon Mambo #126948, Island Indigo #126986
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730
Extras: Note Cards and Envelopes #131527, Gingham Garden Washi Tape #129314, Rhinestones #119246, Modern Label Punch #119849, 1″ Square Punch #124094, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch #129404,  Gingham Wheel #130110, Dimensionals #104430

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 Ends July 31st.

Need some thank you cards on hand.  The Label Love Bundle makes it quick and easy.  Order the supplies you need above and you’ll be on your way to 20 handmade thank you’s that your friends will love!

 Enjoy!  Julie

Adorable Treat Box

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Love, love, love the new treat boxes in the new catalog.  (Do you still need a new catalog?  Let me know and I’ll get one out to you!)

Isn’t this treat box from Stampin’ Up! adorable?  I love the tiny hearts stamped on the clear lid with white craft ink.  And mini powdered donuts is a great filler idea.  You can find all the supply details here.

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Enjoy! Julie

Label Love Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

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Our oldest daughter, two of our grandchildren and my mother just pulled out of town.  Over a month ago we found out that we were moving and I got busy working on the house, plus we had over two weeks of company already coming to town, and a family wedding to attend.  (The house painting blog post I promised will post later this week!)  I was also facing important deadlines for some volunteer work that I do.  In addition, other family emergencies and events came up that could not be foreseen.

I apologize for the silence on my end here.  I was already planning for a very busy summer, but when the move suddenly came up, that just cranked up my schedule past manageable.  Normally I can plan for these things and schedule posts in advance, so I don’t leave you hanging if you check in often as I hope that you do.  But the move and other surprises just took it over the top and I found myself falling far behind!!

But no fears, I’m back now with new projects and new ideas!

The card above is the one I made for my niece Danielle’s wedding that we went to last week.  I made it specifically with Danielle in mind.   Tomorrow I’ll show you some cool wedding decorations my sister made using Stampin’ Up! products and My Digital Studio.  So, so awesome!  You won’t want to miss it.

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I used the new Smoky Slate ink to stamp the Mr. & Mrs. from the new Label Love stamp set.  I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to which I added a little dazzling diamonds glitter for a little extra special sparkle.  And of course, I punched it out quickly with the new coordinating Artisan Label punch.

hint:  I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to an extra tub of clear embossing powder and labeled it so I always have this mixture on hand.

label love mr & mrs wedding card www.stampingjulie.com Look closely.  Can you see the glitter shimmer?  Also, did notice the pearl accents?  The adhesive-backed basic pearls makes adding this little embellishment super easy.

The card base is the new Stampin’ Up! In Color Crisp Cantaloupe with the clear mosaic-patterned window sheet from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  hint: I only applied adhesive and adhere the window sheet to the card base only where the label and ribbon would cover it.

label love mr & mrs wedding card www.stampingjulie.com To cover the ribbon on the inside I used a piece of gray polka dot dsp from a retired dsp paper stack.   I also used this same dsp to line the envelope.  Danielle loves polka dots and she used subtle polka dots on her wedding announcements, her wedding dress and other wedding décor.

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The ribbon tie is a combination of a (retired) gray taffeta, white bakers twine and White Organza ribbon.  One end is taped down under the left side and the other end is adhered with glue dots and knotted on the right.

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps: Label Love Bundle includes the Label Love stamp set and the Artisan Label punch with a 15% discount: wood-mount #132723 clear-mount #132722
Ink: Smoky Slate #131179
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock #131298, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper #130141
Extras: Basic Pearls #119247 ,White Organza Ribbon #114319, White Bakers Twine #124262, Clear Embossing Powder #109130, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #102023,  Heat Tool #129053, Dimensionals #104430

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I love making a wedding card that is specifically designed with the bride in mind.  The Label Love stamp set and punch bundle helped make this card perfect for my beautiful niece and her new hubby!

Enjoy, Julie

Hey There Card

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This seemed like the perfect card to share today since I haven’t been around for a while. Yikes! I love crafting and I love showing you my projects, teaching and sharing. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to do more of it consistently like I’ve enjoyed doing in the past, but right now I’ll probably be a little sporadic for the next little bit.

We’ve had company – lots of it! And it’s been great. For the first time in almost 3 years we all our children and grandchildren home to visit at the same time. Unfortunately, one son-in-law wasn’t able to make it because of his work schedule, but everyone else was here this past week. My daughter and her two kids are still here and we are having fun spoiling them.

Of course, we are getting set to move as well and that has consumed every spare moment. I’ll try to get a good picture of the walls that I’ve painted so I can post my painting tips, as I promised to do. Tried to take a few pictures the other day but the lighting was all wrong.

The card today is from Stampin’ Up! and it doesn’t have any stamping on it! For the complete list of supplies click here.

Keep in mind that I’m never too busy to help you. Please call or write if you have any questions or need something! My email address and phone number are at the top of the page.

Enjoy! Julie

Digital Tuesday: Free Downloads

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Have you missed me?  Please say that you have!  I’ve been busy working on a how-to-paint-a-room post.  Seriously, we’re putting our house on the market VERY soon and so I’m busy, busy, busy trying to get it show ready, which means I’m painting the rooms we didn’t paint when we moved in.  (Another job transfer.  More on that later.)

I finished the master bath yesterday (at 11 PM) and today I get to tackle the dining room.  And I AM planning that how-to-paint-a-room post.  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about being a DIY painter, things I wished I had known during my first project, so I’ll share them with you when I get a spare moment.

In the meantime, click on the freebies picture above and check out the free digital downloads.  And here’s a couple of other links:

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digital downloads by occasions scrapbooking Enjoy!  Julie

New Blue Ribbon Card Sketch

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I was going through my card stash and ran across an old card that became the sketch inspiration for this Blue Ribbon card.  I made this card for my husband for father’s day.  Using the card design sketch and the color coach to choose a masculine palette this came together very quickly.

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This is the card that acted as the design inspiration.  With the Blue Ribbon card I covered the front panel completely with the ‘best’ ribbon.  I also left the corners square on the tab for a more masculine effect.

blue ribbon fathers day card

The design of the blue ribbon makes it super easy to put together with coordinating punches.  And I’ve used this stamp set a lot for masculine cards this year.  It tends to lend itself to a masculine design.   You can see how I punched out this star burst in Early Espresso with the scallop punch here.

blue ribbon fathers day card

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon wood-mount #125979 or clear-mount #125981, Hearts a Flutter wood-mount #131922 or clear-mount #129252
Ink: Marina Mist #126962, Tangerine Tango #126946, Early Espresso #126974
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Marina Mist #119682, Tangerine Tango #111349, Early Espresso #119686
Extras:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch #118874, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch #119854, 1-3/8″  Circle punch #119860,  Vintage Trinkets #118764, Paper Snips #103579, Dimensionals #104430
 

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This made a great father’s day card, but it could also make a wonderful masculine birthday or graduation card.

Enjoy!  Julie

Really Good Greetings Thank You Flowers

really good greetings flower thank you card www.stampingjulie.com I’ve had the idea for this thank you card swimming around my head since the introduction of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors – Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pistachio Pudding.  If you look closely you’ll see that the front panel is scored into sections, then in each section is a Floral Fusion Sizzlets flower with the ‘gee, thanks’ (from the new Stampin’ Up! Really Good Greetings stamp set) stamped in the top middle section in Strawberry Slush.

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I even made a matching envelope.  The envelope was stamped with the flowers from Betsy’s Blossoms in Strawberry Slush.  I’m making a coordinating envelope with almost every card these days.  It doesn’t take much to do and I think it makes the card extra special.  But if you are like me you are wondering about the dimensions on this card.

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I had to do some real math to get this panel to work out just right.  Here’s my math.  The card base measures 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″.  The front panel is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.  The front panel is scored across at 1-3/4″ and 3-1/2″ and then turned and scored crosswise at 1-3/4″.  When you are done, each scored section is 1-3/4″ square.  Of course, the Simply Scored Scoring Tool made this a super simple task!

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The new Strawberry Slush In Color is definitely one of my favorites, so I used that to stamp the greeting.  If you stamp your greeting on an angle, you didn’t have to worry about lining it up just right to make it straight.  Plus, I think it adds more whimsy and interest to the card.  What do you think?

Each flower was centered with a circle of contrasting cardstock and topped with a rhinestone.  I just love the self-adhesive rhinestone Basic Jewels.  And I love the fact that they also come with a few rhinestones attached in a line, which was perfect to underline ‘gee, thanks’.

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Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps:  Really Good Greetings wood-mount #130330 or clear-mount #130333, Betsy’s Blossoms wood-mount #131955 or clear-mount #126006
Ink: Strawberry Slush #131178, Crisp Cantaloupe #131176, Pistachio Pudding #131177, Coastal Cabana #131175, Baked Brown Sugar #131174
Paper: Whisper White #100730
Extras: Big Shot #113439, Sizzlets Floral Fusion #115959,  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, Rhinestones #119246, Dimensionals #104430
 

GRAB YOUR GREETINGS AND SAVE!  25% off three popular stamp sets.  Ends June 30th.

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Enjoy!  Julie

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