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best of butterflies hope card

Best of Butterflies Hope Card

best of butterflies hope card I saw three challenges at Splitcoaststampers that I combined to create this Best of Butterflies hope card – a color challenge, a sketch challenge and a technique challenge.  These challenges inspired my color selection, the layout and the ribbon loops on this card.  And I used the new totally clear Designer Typeset stamp set to stamp hope.  It’s so easy with this new stamp set to create what ever message you would like.

best of butterflies hope card
Rather than adding the loops under the stamped panel, I decided to trim them to a point and attach them to the top of the panel for a little different look.  Can you see the glitter I added to the butterfly wings.   A little touch of 2-way glue  with a sprinkle of Dazzling Diamonds glitter goes a long way to adding a little something special.

COLLECT THE STAMPIN’ UP! BEST OF 25 YEARS STAMP SETS and earn a free stamps!  When you collect 6 of the Best of 25 Years sets and send in your collectors card and six 25-year proof of purchase stickers to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95!

best of butterflies hope card

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit the online store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps:  Best of Butterfly #133345, Designer Typeset #132956
Ink: Melon Mambo #126948, Elegant Eggplant #126969, River Rock #126977
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Elegant Eggplant cardstock #105126
Extras:  Big Shot #113439, Striped Embossing Folder #123128, Mini Silver Brads #122941, Natural Trim Ribbon #129287,  Dimensionals #104430

The Best of Butterfly Stamp Set is the April edition of the Stampin’ Up! Best of 25 Years special stamp set releases.  There are four sets available right now.  Check them out and order your favorites today.

I hope my creations help to inspire your creations!

Enjoy!  Julie

From the Stampin’ Up! Designers

stampin' up! bombs away birthday cassette

Another fun birthday idea from Dave and the new Bombs Away Birthday stamp set.

concept art color challenge card ideas

Some great card ideas from the Concept Art Color Challenge!  Do you see the Sent with Love products and Designer Typeset stamp set in these cards?

concept art color challenge

I love this Bakers Twine storage idea.  I’m definitely going to do this!!

DISCONTINUING COLORS AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, River Rock, Lucky Limeade.  Some are already gone!  Read more here  and order here.

TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE SPRING SURPRISE – A Round Array stamp set and coordinating scallop punch bundle available now.

THE EPIC DAY THIS AND THAT BUNDLE IS AVAILABLE NOW!  I love the Epic Day Journal and accessories! Available now at a 15% savings!

Coming soon!  Wood-Mount Stamp Cases

Enjoy!  Julie

A Visit to Texas and Last Day of Free Shipping

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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

Free Shipping and New Stampin’ Up! Color Refresh

FREE SHIPPING on all products now until April 8!

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A new color remix coming! And all retiring colors are available now while supplies last! You’ll need to hurry if you want to purchase retiring cardstock, stamp pads and reinkers and with free shipping this is the perfect time to order what you need.

new stampin' up! colors refresh

The following are returning colors from previous In Color groups: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride & Soft Sky.

Adding NEW color : Smoky Slate (will be available with the new catalog in June)

And these colors are discontinued/retiring:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, River Rock, Lucky Limeade.

Stampin' Up! new color refresh chart

Again, the discontinued colors are only available while supplies last!

I’m excited to see many of the 2011-2013 In Colors being continued, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder.   I’m bummed to be losing Regal Rose and Baja Breeze.  But always when the colors shift I find new color combos that I LOVE and new colors that become my go-to colors and so that is fun and exciting!!

Enjoy!  Julie

Happy 25th Anniversary

Stampin' Up! best of 25 years!

As part of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary celebration, each month they are introducing a collection of favorite stamp images from the past 25 years.

April’s stamp set is a beautiful array of butterflies!  I love butterflies – don’t you!

best of butterfly stamp set

Click here to view all the ‘Best of’ stamp sets. 

In addition, Stampin’ Up! is “including a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.”

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Enjoy!  Julie