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A Chance to Win $25 in Stampin’ Up! Product

enter to win stampin' up! stamps paper ribbon designer paper If you are on my mailing list, be sure and watch your in-box tomorrow for a chance to win $25 in Stampin’ Up! stuff!!  If you are not on my mailing list, join today before the notice goes out in the morning!  To be included on the mailing list click on the sign-in box on the upper right of the home page.   See you there!!!

Enjoy!  Julie

Family Share: Indoor Family-Friendly Games and Recipes


indoor hopscotch from

Yesterday I saw this fun post on creating an indoor hopscotch grid at  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.

inside ring toss chair game 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.

carrot hot dog

Carrot Hot Dogs

toasted peanut butter and banana

Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwiches

I hope you enjoyed these family-friendly games and recipes for these last few weeks of winter weather.

Enjoy,  Julie

New Button Testing Blooper

I read Stamping Julie paper crafts

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!

If you include my button on your blog, Thank You!  <3 <3 <3

Enjoy!  Julie

And the Blog Candy Winners Are…

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 Stamping Julie Valentine’s Day blog candy!

Please e-mail me with your name, e-mail address and street address so I can send out your prizes.  I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and all the wonderful plans you have for Valentine’s Day to make it extra special for those you love!

Mari Cece wrote:

I will be celebrating my dad and hubby birthday….two of my greatest loves…

Rosemarie wrote:

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!

Christi wrote:

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Julie

stampin up blue ribbon congratulations card

Family Sunday: A Stampin’ Up! Blue Ribbon Congratulations

stampin up blue ribbon congratulations card 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!

james eagle scout project november 2012 james eagle scout project november 2012

dallin off to college january 2013

Kristin Joel Siena dec 2012

 weston rachel oct 2012

Yay!  Congrats everyone for a job well done!

Here’s some more pics of the Blue Ribbon cards.

stampin up blue ribbon congratulations card  The Large Scallop, 1-1/4″ Circle and 1-3/8″ Circle punches make this project super fast.

stampin up blue ribbon congratulations card

The card base is Sahara Sand and the ‘blue ribbon’ is Stampin’ Up! color’s Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand and Cajun Craze.

Stampin' Up! Blue Ribbon Stamp set
Stampin’ Up! Blue Ribbon Stamp Set
clear-mount #125981 or wood-mount #125979

Enjoy!  Julie