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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

The New Catalog is Live!

View the 2013-2014 annual catalog online (Flash)

Annual catalog

Stampin’ Supplies

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.

Birthday Basics
Birthday Basics
Soho Subway
Soho Subway
I Am Me
I Am Me
Venetian Romance
Venetian Romance
Gingham Garden
Gingham Garden
Eastern Elegance
Eastern Elegance
Epic Day This and That Product Suite
Epic Day

What’s your style?  Which new stamp set or product suite is your favorite?

Spring catalog ends today, May 31st.  Order your favorite stamps and accessories now!

Enjoy!  Julie

Spring Catalog Comes to an End!

Oh Whale Baby card
A Whale of a Baby Card

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.)

Ciao Baby! Blissful Bird Wedding Card make a card
Blissful Bird Wedding Card

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.

oh hello flower greeting card
Oh, Hello Greeting Card
oh. hello red pirouette wisteria scallop card
Oh, Hello Emboss Resist Card

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!

collage curios paris birthday card
Collage Curios Eiffel Tower Birthday Card

And I could not resist the Collage Curios stamp set (wood-mount #129099 or clear-mount #129102) with it’s mini Eiffel tower stamp.

cross my heart crossword puzzle birthday card
Cross My Heart Crossword Puzzle Birthday Card

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.


  • GET AN EXTRA $30 IN THE STAMPIN’ UP! STARTER KIT! That means you will get to choose $155 worth of ANY products you choose for only $99!  You can even include new catalog sneak peek items in your starter kit.  (Learn more.) Act fast – Offer ends today May 30th.
  • Spring catalog ends Friday, May 31st.  Order your favorite stamps and accessories today.
  • 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.

Enjoy!  Julie

A Visit to Texas and Last Day of Free Shipping

free shipping stampin' up!

Today is the last day to get free shipping on your Stampin’ Up! order!   Many of you have already taken advantage of this great savings – thank you for choosing me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!  Read more about the free shipping offer and the new color changes here.


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.

We had a funny moment when my sister asked James about the traffic on his website,  He mentioned a couple of articles that get a lot of hits, namely High-voltage DC transmission lines and Science Background to North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb Program.   I started laughing.  “You know what gets the most hits on my website?” I asked, “How to Make Flowers from a Dryer Sheet!”  Is that not just the funniest comparison!?! It cracked me up!!  🙂

Kristin's new house in Austin

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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Enjoy! Julie