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.
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.
Isn’t the cover so cute? And wait until you see inside. Adorable! And if you are wondering what was used to make a sample you see in the catalog, use the Stampin’ supplies list above to find the specifics.
And check out the new product suites! What are product suites? They are products specifically designed to work together. They include stamps, designer series papers and accessories, like ribbons, buttons, etc. Click through these links to find your style.
The spring catalog is coming to an end today, May 30th. That means Oh Whale will no longer be available. Sad. :’( I love this little whale from the Oh Whale stamp set (wood-mount #129129 or clear-mount #129132) and the coordinating Happy Whale clearlits die that makes it so easy to trim out with lots of fun little accessories. These happy stamps and accessories are all part of the Sunshine and Sprinkles Suite.
Here’s some more of my favorites from the Spring catalog…
(Click on the picture to go to the original post with full size pictures and complete descriptions.)
The Ciao, Baby stamp set (wood-mount #129645 or clear-mount #129648) is also from the spring catalog and includes this adorable little love stamp that punches out perfectly with the Petite Curly Label punch. The Friendly Phrases and Blissful Bird stamp sets also featured on the card above are retiring too.
The Oh, Hello stamp set (wood-mount #130730 or clear-mount #130733) is part of the Tea for Two product suite. I love the chevron patterns, the bold greetings and the delicate flower included in this stamp set!
And I could not resist the Collage Curios stamp set (wood-mount #129099 or clear-mount #129102) with it’s mini Eiffel tower stamp.
Recently I showed you this card created with the Cross My Heart stamp set (wood-mount #126580 or clear-mount #126582). Fun and simple.
That’s just a sampling of my favorites from the Spring catalog.
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Retiring stamp sets and accessories will be available through June 3. Note that accessories are only available while supplies last. Click here for the retiring Stampin’ Up! stamps list. Click here for the retiring accessories list. Some discounted up to 60% off.
First day to order from the new 2013 Stampin’ Up! catalog – June 1.
I’ve been traveling for nearly two weeks! I was in Michigan with my mom, sister and nephew visiting my brother, James Wells, who is a physics professor at the University of Michigan, but has been a research scientist at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland for almost six years.
Then my husband Ron, and my son James and his friend all drove to Texas for spring break. We first went to my daughter Kristin’s to help them move into their brand new house in Georgetown, Texas, a suburb of Austin! It was so fun to see them and especially to squeeze on our cute grandbaby, Siena!! She calls us Nini and Papa, and it is so sweet!
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Yesterday I saw this fun post on creating an indoor hopscotch grid at PrettyHandyGirl.com. I’m sure there are tons of restless kids out there with anxious moms looking for a fun activity to keep the kiddos happy until the weather is nice enough to send them outside again.
When I was a kid we used to turn the chairs upside down and create a ring toss with the chair legs. Here’s a picture above to show you what I mean. We used old rubber canning rings that were used to seal Ball Jars, but any type of rubber or plastic ring would work. If you have the bright plastic dive rings that the kids use to play games in the pool this would be a great way to use them during the winter.
Another favorite indoor game that is easily set up with common household items is the bean drop game. Get a quart size jar, place it on the floor, hold a large bean near your nose and try to drop it into the jar. The taller you are the harder it is, which makes this game perfect for families.
Another family favorite is the toothpaste cap game. I think this is best played in a group of 6 or more. We’ve played this with as many as 25 people in a circle. The person that is ‘it’ fills a small toothpaste cap with water and chooses a category, such as makes of cars, disney movies, animals, colors, etc. And they choose a specific item in that category. Then the stand in front of the each person as they guess an item. When someone guesses correctly, the ‘it’ person splashes them with the water and now they are ‘it’.
This past week my daughter Kristin posted some interesting recipes at Green Leaves and Jam. One is a simple toasted peanut butter sandwich and the other a carrot ‘hot dog.’ Before your dismiss the idea of a carrot hot dog, you’ve got to read about it. Very interesting. And I had never thought about toasting a peanut butter sandwich, but it is yummy when it’s cold outside, and I’ve toasted my peanut butter sandwich everyday this week.
I have a new Stamping Julie button. And an easy way for you to add it to the sidebar of your blog. Just copy the html code in the box on the farside bar and paste the link into your sidebar on your dashboard. I hope you’ll enjoy having easy access to this link.
If you read Stamping Julie in a rss feed or email you may have noticed a strange message yesterday called ‘testing’ that didn’t go anywhere. I was testing the new button on my sidebar and it was inadvertantly sent out to the list, but the link was just a test and so it didn’t link to anything. Sorry!
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I will be celebrating my dad and hubby birthday….two of my greatest loves…
plans … unsure at moment… love your site! hope you have a wonderful valentine’s day yourself.
Alicia Graham wrote:
We usually have a quiet at-home celebration to avoid the crowds. We always write each other letters and then read them together on Valentine’s Day. It’s been a sweet tradition!
Marcie King wrote:
For the first time since 1996, I will NOT be delivering flowers to others on Valentine’s Day! Therefore, I will be able to actually enjoy the day. Already received a beautiful heart necklace from my hubby of 31 years so I can wear it this week and have tickets to a nice dinner with entertainment of an illusionist after. Really looking forward to the
romantic holiday that I used to dread!
Lynette Gales wrote:
I hope to spend a little quality time with my Honey before leaving to go babysit my new grandbaby for a week! Love your card ideas Julie!
Betty T. wrote:
My hubby made reservations for us at our favorite restaurant.
Karen Lipinski wrote:
Well, I will be attending a stamping sleepover at a friends house and we will be stamping 8 a.m. to midnight. We do this every Valentine’s weekend. Can’t wait…..
Suzie Paul wrote:
Well, after 32 years of marriage, two years ago I was dealt a divorce that I never wanted. So this Valentine’s Day I’ll be babysitting two sweet grandchildren who will be waiting for their mommy to return after a 4-day business trip. She was widowed when she was 28 yrs old, and 6 weeks pregnant. None of us would choose to be in these situations, but we each know that God is in control and promises to provide for our every need! Maybe we’ll make Valentines for Mommy while we wait for her arrival!
My sis-in-law gave me some instructions for making some valentines so I made several and am having fun filling them with sweet chocolate goodies and giving them away, tomorrow I plan to give to someone I don’t yet know. Not sure yet details for our Valentines of our wonderful 29 years marriage! Still an amazing love!
Jo Dee Geer wrote:
Made valentines for all of the widows in my SS class. Made pocket cards with treats for my co-workers.
Recently we’ve had some great things to celebrate in our family: son James earned the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts, son Dallin called home to report his great grades in college so far this semester, son-in-law Joel recieved an award at work and niece’s husband Weston took first place in an interviewing contest at the university. So I got busy making some masculine congratulation cards, which is quick and easy to do using the Stampin’ Up! Blue Ribbon stamp set!
Yay! Congrats everyone for a job well done!
Here’s some more pics of the Blue Ribbon cards.
The Large Scallop, 1-1/4″ Circle and 1-3/8″ Circle punches make this project super fast.
The card base is Sahara Sand and the ‘blue ribbon’ is Stampin’ Up! color’s Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand and Cajun Craze.