The Big Shot Is….


For the Birds Blendabilities

Every project…EVERY PROJECT…is improved with the Big Shot!

Imagine these adorable birds on a background of So Saffron without those perky little chevrons…or on a rectangle instead of this fun little tag.  How did I make these things happen?   THE BIG SHOT! 

The big shot is a work horse.  I’ve had mine for years and with doing stamp classes, I’m sure I use mine much more than the average stamping enthusiast.  And it just keeps cutting and texturing.

This month you can get a free stamp set and framelits bundle (including the framelits I used to crop out the tag above) with your purchase of the big shot.  That’s nearly half off the big shot!  That’s a BIG deal!

There is no time like now to invest in this great tool.  And I love the sleek black look of the Stampin’ Up! Big shot.  It looks great in any craft room.

Stampin' Up! Big Shot Sale Ends August 31st stampingjulie
Big Shot Sale Ends August 31st

Order your Big Shot today and create beautiful cards everyday!  Click on the picture above to order or get more details

For the Birds Blendabilities

If you look very, very, very closely, you can see the bit of Crystal Effects on the bitty heart.  Look very, very, very closely.  Can you see it?

For the Birds Blendabilities

And check out these Weekly Deals?  You can get even more accessories for your new Big Shot on sale.   This sale ends August 18.

When your order reaches $150 or more you’ll also receive $25 of Stampin’ Rewards ‘money’ to spend.


My Word for 2014 Is LOVE

love is always the answer

Truly, love is the only thing that really matters!

When you back into your garage door…yes, I did that…all that really matters is love.

When you’re ten minutes late for an appointment because you lost track of time….yes, I did that too…love is all that really matters.

When you don’t agree about politics…it’s true, my husband and I don’t agree…love is the answer.

Love is always the answer blue

When you are overwhelmed and you’re not sure what to do…love.

When you’re sad and lonely…love.

When you feel sick and tired and tired and sick…the answer is love.

LOVE is always the answer!

I believe in God.  And I believe that God loves us with a powerful love that is incomprehensible.  And I believe that when we replace all our sad, bad, lonely, frustrated feelings with love, we fill our lives with God’s love.

And that is powerful.

What’s all this have to do with stamping?  Maybe nothing.  Except that I feel so blessed to have stamping and you in my life.  And I feel blessed to hear about how you bless others with your handcrafted cards and gifts.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day!


Something to Say Coastal Cabana Thank You Card

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Do I have something to say?


Almost always.  But what’s the most important thing to say behind “I Love You”  and “I’m Sorry?”

“Thank you.”

Is that the order you would put it in?

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Look at these adorable flowers?  Can you imagine fussy cutting those flowers out?  I can’t…and I didn’t.  The secret….a coordinating punch.  Can you say “woot, woot?”

I used the Coastal Cabana blendabilities to paint the flowers.  If you look closely you can see that I also used a little Rich Razzleberry also in the center.  I love combining a couple of colors to add some interest.

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A little bit of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Diamonds  in the center of the each flower adds the obvious – sparkle.

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered through my online store.  Thank you!  I love my customers!  <3 )


Product List


Summer Silhouettes Wood-Mount Stamp Set


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Enjoy! Julie

Bachelorette Andi

I’m warning you.

If you recorded the Bachelorette two nights ago and still have not watched it…

…go watch it and…DO….NOT…READ…ANY…FURTHER!

But chances are you already know the results…

…or you live in a different solar system!

This is my first season ever watching the Bachelor franchise.  I know.  Hard to believe.  And I’m sorry if you are a big Bachelor fan, but it is likely to be the last season I watch it too.  My sister was visiting when the season started and wanted me to watch the first episode with her or the second, or both.   I can’t remember.

That’s the problem with reality shows – or the good thing, if you are the producer - they suck you in.  Because they are REAL people, hence the ‘reality’ in reality show, it doesn’t take long to care about the people and want to know what happens to them.  So I watched the end of the season and …

…I loved the outcome!

Therefore, this..

for josh and andi murray

…For Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray

(To see how I made this in MDS click here and if you know how I can send this engagement gift to them send me a message.  haha)

I think they are adorable and I love their positive energy.  Best of all, it reminded me of my engagement to my husband – minus the beautiful setting, beautiful clothes and beautiful people – which is a super sweet memory.

And the way Josh ended up in a puddle of sweat when he proposed…oh my…that was just like my Ron.  You should have seen him the day we got married.  Ron said he wasn’t nervous but the puddle he was standing in when the ceremony was over said otherwise.

It’s been 20 years for us, and I hope that Andi and Josh enjoy their next 20 years as much as we have.  I would show you a picture from our wedding but I haven’t found them since the move.  oops.

DON’T FORGET Buy 3 Designer Series Paper packs and get one FREE.  Only until Thursday, July 31st!

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What did you think of the finale?  Are you happy with her choice?

Enjoy!  Julie

A Chalk Talk Thank You and Missed Opportunities

Chalk Talk Thank You

What happens when you create, and create, and you take pictures and you don’t share them?


      … a Chalk Talk thank you card that includes great stuff that you can’t get anymore.

Big bummer!

All is not lost…lots of great stuff on this card that is still available…but it could be gone too eventually.

Moral of the story?

          …I’ll leave that up to you.

I love the Apothecary framelits I used to trim the layers of the tag.  And…BONUS…they’re still available!

Using only one color with a couple of neutrals is an easy way to get a unified look.  Score!

Coordinating pattern paper, cardstock and embossing powder in Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo - it’s like Color Coordination for Dummies.

Chalk Talk Thank You detail

Black always adds so much style and sophistication to a card even if it is a chalkboard.  I’m a fan of black.  I disagree that Orange is the New Black.  Sorry, Netflix.

I still love the chalkboard look.   How about you?  You can easily achieve this chalkboard technique by heat embossing on black cardstock.   Then rub white craft ink randomly across the black cardstock with a sponge for that chalky, just erased look.

Chalk Talk Thank You card front

Apparently, Stampin’ Up! does not feel the need to consult me before making product retirement decisions.

What’s up with that?

I can guarantee you that if they had asked me, I would have said you can’t retire these sweet open hearts from Hearts A Flutter or the Melon Mambo embossing powder until after I’ve walked on the moon.

Which is NEVER!

But the good news, I guess, is that amazing stamp sets and accessories retire so we can have more amazing stamp sets and accessories.

And we don’t all have to have back surgery from carrying around a catalog that weighs 500 pounds.

Chalk Talk Thank You close up

And more good news - the bakers twine is now available in seven new colors and the new thick baker’s twine is available in five colors.  Seven plus five equals twelve new options.  Check it out here.

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered through my online store.  Thank you!  I love my customers!  <3 )
Stamps: Chalk Talk wood-mount #130631 or clear-mount #130634
Ink: Versamark pad #102283, white craft pad #101731
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Black cardstock #121045
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Apothecary Framelits #127003, White Baker’s Twine #124262, Rhinestones #119246, White Embossing Powder #, Dimensionals #104430

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Enjoy!  Julie

Zoo Babies Congratulations


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This is embarrassing! I wrote this post last November and never posted it.  So it’s a little late.


     …a lot late.

I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Cute Cohen featured below is now crawling everywhere.  So cute!  And we’ve had another grandbaby since I wrote this among many other things.

This is part of my No-More-Perfectionist Manifesto, so I will share it with you even if it’s not perfect!!

Right?       Right!

So on to the ancient post…

Isn’t this the sweetest Zoo Babies card?  I made this at a Stampin’ Up! event this past summer and I love it.  I love the soft colors, the patterns, the scallops, the ruffle ribbon and the adorable Stampin’ Up! Zoo Babies stamp set animals.  (More details on this card below.)

Part of my absence from this space has been the welcoming a new grandbaby!  Little baby Cohen was born last month and his sister and brother LOVE him.  Recently while at a trick or treat party a friend was holding the sweet newborn and his two year old brother reminded her repeatedly that the baby was his and she could NOT take him home!  So cute and sweet!  And now I’m going to do the proud grandma thing and whip out my virtual photobook!  Ha!  (And thank you to all my wonderful friends out there who continue to order from!)

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I have the cutest grandchildren.  <sigh>

OK, back to the card!  Loved the Zoo Babies stamp set as soon as I saw it in this year’s catalog.  Did you notice it too or is it just because we were expected TWO new grandbabies this year.  And these new colors are beautiful with this set.  Isn’t Smoky Slate just perfect for this playful elephant?  And combined with the Coastal Cabana toucan - excellent!

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The scalloped panel was created with the scallop circle die and trimmed to 4″ wide.  What a clever way to use this die.  And, of course, everything with Stampin’ Up! coordinates beautifully from candy dots to ruffle ribbon to pattern paper – fabulous!!  Spend less time looking for the perfect match and more time creating!

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The Modern Label punched designer series paper is a wonderful layer for the word window punched greeting.  I love the look of the new In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks.  The patterns shown above are just opposites sides of the same paper.  Again, superty-duperty easy designing!

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered through my online store.  Thank you!  I love my customers!  <3)

Product List


Scallop Circle Bigz Die



Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim


Zoo-Babies-congratulations stampin up


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Enjoy!  Julie

Blendabilities LOVE and How Perfectionism Can Ruin Your Creativity


Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities

Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been absent from this space for far too long!!!  And I’ve missed it.  A lot.  I love having a reason to get up and create everyday.  And I’ve missed you.   You’re amazing, and you keep coming back, and you continue to order from me.  Thank you!!

So what’s with the title?  Perfectionism is the reason I’ve been absent.  Now I could say it is grandbabies and moving and school and volunteer work and, and, and, but truthfully, it’s perfectionism.  See, if I couldn’t do blog everyday, with all the bells and whistles I wanted to add, then I just couldn’t do it.  Which is ri-di-cu-lous!

In fact, right now I want to change everything about my website.  And I mean everything!  I want a different layout, a different color scheme and a different header, etc., etc.  But I’m going to embrace the here and now, and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, for heaven’s sake. I’m sure you would rather for me to post three or four imperfect blog posts every week on my imperfect blog than just disappear.  Am I right?  Well, I hope I’m right, because that is my new No-More-Perfectionism Manifesto.

How has perfectionism stopped you this year?  Join me and embrace your imperfections and enjoy your creativity!!  Don’t let perfectionism ruin your creativity!

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities flower detail

I am in love!!!  Yes, it’s true!  My new, true loves are the Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers!!!  Oh     My     Goodness!!!!!!!!  Seriously, folks, FUN, FUN, FUN!  I love coloring.  Ask my grandkids. I can color Ariel, Barbie and Scooby Doo like nobody’s business.  So give me a new tool for coloring and I’m in heaven.  Love, love, love!

But patience is NOT my strong suit.  If you look closely at the flower above you’ll notice that it is not perfectly blended.  (Yep, there’s that perfect word again.)  If you’ve used alcohol-based markers, like Copics before or you’ve seen a demonstration, you know that working in small areas is ideal because it allows the color to blend together while it’s still damp or something very scientific like that.  But I, on the other hand, do not like the idea of using four different markers on one petal before moving on to the next one.  People, that’s seriously time consuming!

blendabilities markers cherry cobbler

Each color comes in a three pack.  Brilliant!  No blending guess work.  My approach on this flower was to start with the darkest color of the Cherry Cobbler assortment, coloring in the shadows of the petals.  Then I used the medium Cherry Cobbler marker and pulled the darker color out a little further.  And finally coloring with the lightest shade, I blend out to the petal edges.  I love the look of white spaces in watercoloring so I left some small white spaces.  I then went in with the lightest Pumpkin Pie shade and blended into the white spaces for some additional color interest and depth.

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities card front

I used the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers for the flower center.  I then added a few of the tiniest pearls.  Be sure to use the Memento stamp pad with your blendabilities.  The Memento stamp pad and Whisper White card stock are a perfect pair for “blendabiliting”. Yep, I made that up.  “Blendabiliting.”  I think I will be doing a lot of that.   I hope you like my very first blendabilities project. There are many more to come!

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities ribbon detail

This card also features other great, new products: the Something to Say stamp set, the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack and the Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon.

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered through my online store.  Thank you!  I love my customers!  <3 )Stamps: Blended Bloom wood-mount #135906,  Something to Say wood-mount #134177 or clear-mount #134180
Ink: Momento Stamp Pad #132708
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, So Safron cardstock #126957, Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack #133701
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, cuddlebug embossing folder (the Lovely Lace ef #133737 would make a great substitute), Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon #133671, Corner Punch #135346, Dimensionals #104430

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Enjoy!  Julie

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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Quick Links:
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Weekly Deals!  Check out this week’s deals.  To see the sale price add it to your cart.
Shop Stamping Julie Stampin’ Up! store.
Subscribe - monthly My Paper Pumpkin craft kit.  You’ll love getting these kits in your box each month.
View the special edition 25 Year Anniversary stamp sets.

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.

scotland landscape quilt

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

cycle celebration sweet birthday card
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.

cycle celebration sweet birthday card

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.

cycle celebration sweet birthday card

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

Introducing Thinlits Card Dies!
Thinlits Flip Card Dies

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Shop Stamping Julie Stampin’ Up! store
Subscribe - monthly My Paper Pumpkin craft kit.
  Use promo code: pumpkindeal and get 50% off your first two months.
View the special edition 25 Year Anniversary stamp sets

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

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