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Bloomin’ Marvelous Color Chalk Butterflies

bloomin' marvelous chalkboard butterfly card 2

This little butterfly number features two exclusive Sale-a-bration products the Bloomin’ Marvelous Stamp Set & Vine Street Embossing Folder.  The card base is made with Crumb Cake cardstock, embossed with the Vine Street Embossing Folder and splattered with a little Melon Mambo reinker.

To create the butterfly panel, I started with Basic Black cardstock and rubbed it lightly with the Whisper White Craft Pad.  After heat setting the craft ink, I prepared the panel with the Embossing Buddy and then stamped a couple of butterflies with VersaMark.

bloomin' marvelous chalkboard butterfly card detail

I heat embossed the first set of butterfles with the Melon Mambo embossing powder, then stamped a couple of more butterflies, heat embossed that set with Tangerine Tango embossing powder.  And then finally stamped a couple of more butterflies and heat embossed with the Pool Party embossing powder

One butterfly was stamped on a scrap of basic black, heat embossed, punched out with the Bitty Butterfly punch and blinged up with a little rhinestone.

If you look closely, you’ll see that I scored a couple of lines on the top and bottom edges of the butterfly panel with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I also ran the edges across the versamark pad and heat embossed it with Tangerine Tango embossing powder.

bloomin' marvelous chalkboard butterfly card

 Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies from Stampin’ Up! Click on the links below for product details & ordering.)
SAB: Bloomin’ Marvelous Stamp Set & Vine Street Embossing Folder

GET EXCITED!!!  STAMPIN’ UP!’S BEST SPECIAL OF THE YEAR, SALE-A-BRATION!  Special ends March 22nd.

Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 in merchandise you order!

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Sale-a-bration FREE product

free stampin up product during sale-a-bration

I hope you enjoyed this take on the chalkboard techinique using colored embossing powders.  I just love the SAB Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set and all the possibilities with the butterflies.

Enjoy!  Julie

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Digital Tuesday: A St. Patrick’s Day Card

Lucky-Framable-St-Patricks-Day-Card 4Remember the My Digital Studio Lucky Framable digital download that came out last year?  Well, here it is as a St. Patrick’s Day card.  The card background looks a little brown and gray in the picture but it’s actually a green that matches the clover.  Somehow the photo picked up the colors differently.  🙁

Below I have a video tutorial on how to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card with a digital 8-1/2″ x 11″ framable template.  And next week’s Digital Tuesday post and video will be a totally cool and inexpensive personalized wedding gift!  Be sure and check back next week.

And every Tuesday you can expect new digital downloads.   Click here to check out the very latest!

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After I printed the cards I added the clover with the “happy patrick’s day” flag.  Happy Patrick’s Day was stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. The clover was made with the heart punch and a clipped-out stem and topped with a rhinestone.  Backing the clover with a 1-1/4″ glimmer silver circle makes it sparkly and fun.  And the sentiment flag was matted with a slightly larger flag of Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.

Lucky-Framable-St-Patricks-Day-Card 3This second copy is just the printed Lucky framable card with three little rhinestones for just a little added bling.  🙂

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In this My Digital Studio video you’ll learn how to use guide lines to design, how to group elements, and how to resize and mat  grouped elements.

To view new downloads, click here.

Did you know that you can receive FREE Sale-a-bration goodies when you order digital products too?  You can!  You can even combine digital products with other Stampin’ Up! products to earn your stampin’ rewards!

DO YOU STILL NEED DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING SOFTWARE?  Click here to view the My Digital Studio options – including a 30-day FREE trial offer.

Enjoy!  Julie

feeling sentimental bicycle card

Feeling Sentimental Bicycle Card

feeling sentimental bicycle card I love this Sale-a-bration Sentimental Journey Stamp Set.  And it’s only available during SAB.  (SAB ends March 22nd.)  This stamp set has so much detail and charm that it makes it quick and easy to create a lovely greeting card.

feeling sentimental bicycle card

The Tangerine Tango ribbon in the SAB Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button pack inspired my color choice.  And the First Edition Specialty paper is the perfect fit for the style and feel of this stamp set.  The bicycle was stamped with Versamark and Early Espresso, and clear embossed on Crumb Cake cardstock.

The Sentiment was stamped and embossed on Tangerine Tango and matted with matching Early Espresso cardstock. The Tangerine Tango ribbon, which is fabulous, is easy to work with and the perfect touch. And rhinestone adds that just a little bit something extra.

feeling sentimental bicycle card detail

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies from Stampin’ Up! Click on the links below for product details & ordering.)
SAB: Feeling Sentimental Stamp Set, Sycamore Street ribbon & button pack

feeling sentimental bicycle card

 SALE-A-BRATION IS THE PERFECT TIME TO STOCK UP ON PAPER!  Purchase paper variety packs to you have a wide-range of color choices and  earn free SAB product with a $50 order.

Are you Feeling Sentimental?  Get your set today and be on your way to making simple but beautiful cards to impress your friends with your artistic abilities.

Enjoy!  Julie

Membership Has Its Privileges

Stamper CrafterEVERYONE LOVES A DEAL!  Am I right? And we all know that membership has its privileges.   Here’s a chance to love your hobby even more and a deal that most serious crafters take advantage of.  During Sale-a-bration, take membership in my SJ Quality Stampers group and the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit on a trial run for only $99.  You’ll receive $156 (that’s 25% more during SAB) in products of your choice with absolutely no shipping fees (another 10% savings). The complete kit is a $240 value and hobbyists are welcomed!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IF YOU ARE A NEW CRAFTER?  It means you’ll get all the tools you need to get started at a significant savings and enjoy the freedom to start creating right away with everything you need on hand.  PLUS you’ll receive access to exclusive inspirational samples and tutorials.  What a way to start!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED CRAFTER?  If you have been wanting to up your skills, this is the time.  You can choose those crafting tools you are dying to get at a significant discount (think Big Shot & Dies or Simply Scored Tool & accessories, My Digital Studio, etc.) PLUS have access to exclusive inspirational samples and tutorials that will help you learn how to use your new toys!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ALL CRAFTERS?    Increase your stamping/crafting skill with your trial membership.  You’ll be a member for 3+ months and enjoy access to exclusive materials, discounts, and more. You’ll also have access to  an exclusive online community of enthusiastic stampers.  Join in or not – your choice.  THEN after your 3+ months, you decide when, OR if, you want to renew.  Absolutely no pressure, no obligation.  It’s an easy choice for any crafter.

Click here to take your trial run, become a part of my group (the SJ Quality Stampers) and receive your Stampin’ Up! starter kit.

Enjoy!  Julie

craft room tour - organize and craft storage

Organize and Store Your Crafts: A Craft Room Video Tour

craft room tour - organize and craft storage

I did some cleaning and so I decided to let you in for a virtual tour!  You’ll find the video below where I show how I organize and store my crafts supplies.  I’ll show you how I store my paper, punches, dies, glitter, scissors, pens, adhesive, stamp pads and more.  Do you have a specific question?  Leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer.

I haven’t done too much to the space yet to make it inviting.  You’ll notice color swatches all over the chest of drawers.  I’m trying to decide what color to paint it.  I do love the bird painting that I painted and hung last year.  And I have found some fun odds and ends to liven things up.

craft room tour - organize and craft storage Here’s my work station, with paper, die, adhesive, embossing powders and stamp storage on the right.  On the left is my tool table and my chest of drawers where I store my punches, glitter and other odds and ends.

craft room tour - organize and craft storage I hope you enjoy this tour of my space.

Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 in merchandise you order!

Click here for the complete list of SAB products!

Wish you could all come over and we could have a party playing in my stamping playground!  I’m loving having my area cleaned up.  You would not believe the mess I had made over the past month!!  Can’t let that happen again, for sure.  🙂

I hope you will find inspiration and ideas to organize and store your crafts and stamping supplies.

Enjoy!  Julie