Category: My Digital Studio

love is always the answer

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!


for josh and andi murray

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.

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

Enjoy!  Julie

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Digital Tuesday: Free Downloads

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Have you missed me?  Please say that you have!  I’ve been busy working on a how-to-paint-a-room post.  Seriously, we’re putting our house on the market VERY soon and so I’m busy, busy, busy trying to get it show ready, which means I’m painting the rooms we didn’t paint when we moved in.  (Another job transfer.  More on that later.)

I finished the master bath yesterday (at 11 PM) and today I get to tackle the dining room.  And I AM planning that how-to-paint-a-room post.  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about being a DIY painter, things I wished I had known during my first project, so I’ll share them with you when I get a spare moment.

In the meantime, click on the freebies picture above and check out the free digital downloads.  And here’s a couple of other links:

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digital downloads by occasions scrapbooking Enjoy!  Julie

Digital Tuesday: Make a Graduation Announcement

James graduation pic My son James recently graduated from high school.

james and mother high school graduation Hopefully, soon I’ll have some better pictures to share from the occasion but for now here’s a couple of OK snap shots.  (That’s my mom in this photo with James)

make a digital high school graduation announcement

And here’s the graduation announcement I made for him in MDS.   I’m out of town so I just have this phone picture I took of the prototype which isn’t the best picture of the announcement, but hopefully you can get the idea.

guess what!

I thought about using this ‘Guess What!’ designer card template with the announcement inside, as in ‘guess what! James graduated’.  But I decided that might be a little goofy.  8) This announcement I made includes the honeycomb and the hexagon brush stamps from the Lemonade Stand Digital Designer Kit.

make a digital high school graduation announcement

The Lemonade Stand Digital Kit was available during Sale-a-bration.  I love this kit with it’s trendy designs. If you got this kit during Sale-a-bration make sure you load it and take a look at all the elements.  If you didn’t just check out the other digital kits available. You are sure to find something you love!

His high school colors were black and green so I used Wild Wasabi for the hexagon stamps and for some of the text.  The rest is printed in black.  Other than the stamps I just used various fonts to complete the announcement.   Then I trimmed out the card fronts at 4″ x 5-1/4″ and mounted it on Basic Black cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  The picture was lightly adhered to the front so the recipient can remove the picture for their wallet if they would like to.  Of course, grandparents love that!!

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Stampin’ Up! is committed to bringing you fresh, exciting digital content each and every week!   And right now get 25% off on MDS products.  Click the banner above for more details.

Check out all the latest digital downloads all in one place or browse by digital categories including freebies!

Check out this week’s downloads below.   Click on the download title to see it in the store, or click on the images to get an even closer view. You can also click here to view a PDF with additional details about this week’s downloads.

Hash It Out Greeting Card Templates


Label It Stamp Brush Set


Summer Possibilities Kit

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper

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Enjoy!  Julie

MDS Comfort Cafe Birthday Card

Digital Tuesday – A MDS Happy Birthday

MDS Comfort Cafe Birthday Card

This is the fabulous card my sister gave to me for my birthday.  She designed these 5″ x 7″ birthday cards in MDS and then sent them straight from the software to Stampin’ Up! to be printed.  The printed cards are really nice and they come with envelopes too.

She used the Comfort Café digital dsp for the background on the front, the back and the inside.  She added a Crumb Cake band across the middle front, a Very Vanilla decorative label punch and a Night of Navy happy birthday stamp from the Engraved Greetings digital stamp brush set.

MDS Comfort Cafe Birthday Card

After adding the background to the back she included a Night of Navy filled punch with her initials to personalize her creation.

MDS Comfort Cafe Birthday Card

She kept it simple on the inside with more dsp at the top and a ‘make it a good one’ greeting.

Make a few of your own birthday cards and order them today so you’ll always have what you need on hand.

Products used on this card:
MDS software
Comfort Café Designer Series Paper – Digital Download #127203
Engraved Greetings Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download #124567
Get it Done Kit – Digital Download #129924

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S new digital downloads and this month’s digital freebie.

Enjoy!  Julie