collage curios paris birthday card

Do You Want To See Sneak Peeks?

collage curios paris birthday detail
A Collage Curios Paris Birthday
Stamps: Collage Curios, Itty Bitty Banners & Hearts a Flutter

Did you know that sneak peeks are posted on my Stamping Julie facebook page?  They are.  Here are snippets of a few that were posted recently.  So if you want to see the latest sooner, hop on over to facebook and ‘like’ Stamping Julie .

Also, if after you like the page, you hover over the ‘liked’ button you can check ‘get notifications’ and you’ll never miss a thing!  Cool, huh?

bloomin' marvelous hummingbird flower chalkboard stamping card
Bloomin’ Marvelous Chalkboard Stamping Card
Stamps: Bloomin’ Marvelous
more amore designer series paper box
More Amore Designer Series Paper Box

Check out these projects on the Stamping Julie facebook page and let me know which one you like the best.

See you on facebook!

Enjoy!  Julie


blueberry oatmeal

Personally! 2 Plant-based Meals – ‘Homemade’ Chili and Blueberry Oatmeal

blueberry oatmeal

When my friends learn that we eat a plant-based  diet, one of the first questions they ask is, “What do you eat?”  This of course is always accompanied with a shocked look and dismay.  To most of us who have eaten a standard American diet our whole lives, giving up meat, fish and dairy can seem daunting, foreign and just plain strange!   I understand – I was a reluctant enthusiast.  It has taken me 20 years to realize that I – personally – feel better on a plant-based diet.

And most people can only think of the beloved foods they would have to give up.  So after “What do you eat?”, the next response is “I could never give up ____.”  You can fill in the blank with cheese, milk, hamburgers or pizza, etc.  The fact is I still enjoy most of these things in a plant-based fashion.

My definition of sacrifice is to give up something good for something better.  Think exercise.  When you get up early to exercise you may be giving up a little sleep but you are gaining so much more from your activity.  And really when you are motivated to improve your health and the health of your family it doesn’t long before your taste buds change and your healthy food tastes amazing.  Really!

Sometime later I’ll tell you about my reluctant conversion so you don’t make the same mistake I made of being sick for years when all I needed to do is change my eating habits.  Silly!  In fact, in the past three weeks I’ve lost 6 pounds while enjoying lasagna, burritos and burgers (all yummy and vegetable based), eating out and entertaining friends at my house.  I’ve not measured my food, or counted calories.  Yay!  Because, let’s face it, I’m not going to!!

So what is in the purple bowl above?  That’s my yummy breakfast. I started with the Better Oats RAW Organic Pure & Simple Multi-Grain Hot Cereal.  It comes in this great little pouch that also acts as a measuring cup to add water.  Just reading the ingredients makes me feel healthy – organic oats, barley, wheat, flaxseed, quinoa, and rye and evaporated sea salt.

Here’s the complete list from my breakfast bowl:
RAW multigrain hot cereal with flax
about 1 c. blueberries (mine were frozen)
chopped dates
chopped walnuts
and a drizzle of Agave syrup after heating
The cereal package recommends 2 minutes in the microwave, but because I added frozen berries I needed to cook it longer.

brussels sprouts greens

I wish I had taken a picture of this plant before I started cutting it up.  Seriously interesting looking.  These are Brussels sprout greens.  Until I saw this plant I didn’t realize how brussel sprouts grow.  Google a picture.  It’s quite interesting.  The sprouts grow up the stalk of the plant in rows, like a column.  Apparently you can eat Brussels sprout greens.  I didn’t know that until this plant came in my farmers market co-op order this past week.

I was told to cook Brussels sprout greens like you would kale so I added it to my soups and chili this week.  I learned that these leaves don’t cook down or wilt the way kale or spinach leaves do, so I chopped it small.


My easy ‘homemade’ chili started with store-bought vegetarian chili.  (Sorry I can’t remember the brand.)  It was not canned but rather in the refrigerator section at Costco.  In addition to lots of beans it had a ton of great veggies in it including mushrooms.  I always read the labels to make sure I know what I’m getting, but I laughed when I read heat and top with cheese, sour cream, etc.  I skipped that step!

This chili was a medium spicy and I knew my husband wouldn’t like it quite that spicy so I added a can of diced tomatoes in addition to the added Brussels sprout leaves.  I try to add more greens to everything I do, because you can never get enough.

I have so many stamping projects to share with you this week, it will be hard to decide which to show you first!!  So I hope you will join me this week.

I hope you had a wonderful and healthy weekend.  And thanks for letting me share my plant-based diet and my blueberry oatmeal and ‘homemade’ chili.

Enjoy!  Julie

Collage Curios ‘Bee Mine’ Valentine Card

Collage Curios bee mine card

The big framelit die-cut heart provides impact on this Bee Mine Valentine, made with the Collage Curios and Notable Alphabet stamp sets.  And even though m-i-n-e is spelled out with individual letters, it’s super quick and easy to make this customized card.

Collage Curios bee mine card

After I layered the Whisper White cardstock on the Primrose Petals cardstock, I used my bone folder to gently rough up the edges.

I added a rhinestone to the bee and included a cascading row of rhinestones on the heart for a little sparkle.

Collage Curios bee mine card

So here’s the part that makes this card super easy to make and duplicate.  Add your stamps to your long ‘H’ acrylic block and stamp as many as you would like! This is a great strategy for stamping any word multiple times and it’s one of the great advantages to clear-mount cling stamps.

Collage Curios bee mine card acrylic block

When you add your stamps to the block you have to think backwards to line them up correctly.  And be sure to stamp a sample on scrap paper to make sure you have it the way you want it.

Collage Curios bee mine card block

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit my store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps: Collage Curios clear-mount #129102,  Notable Alphabet clear-mount #126357, Hearts a Flutter Stamps & Framelit Dies Bundle wood-mount #131098 clear-mount #131097
Ink: Black StazOn #101406, Primrose Petals #126858, Pool Party #126982
Paper:  More Amore Designer Series Paper #129309,Pool Party cardstock #122924, Primrose Petals cardstock #126841, Whisper White cardstock #100730
Extras:  Hearts Collection Framelit Dies #125599, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Rhinestones #119246

Collage Curios bee mine card

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Be sure and order your valentines supplies today to make this collage curios BEE mine card.  Valentines is in two weeks!

Enjoy!  Julie

hearts a flutter heart shaped card

How to Make Envelopes

hearts a flutter heart shaped card

Today I’ll show you how to make envelopes.  Yesterday I gave you all the details about this heart-shaped valentine.  Today it’s all about making the envelope that’s perfect for your special card.  NOTE: This envelope is not a standard size.  Please see measurements below.

more amore envelopes

The trick is not only to make the envelope but to make the envelope so that your pattern on your paper is heading the right direction!  For example, if I just cut a square from the papers pictured above and placed my diagonal score lines to create my envelopes, the hearts would be on the diagonal instead of facing up.  Oh, dear.  That won’t do.

more amore envelope back

Of course on the flap the pattern will be necessarily upside down, but that’s ok.  😉  The front is what matters.  Check out the video tutorial on how to create this custom envelope.

Supplies needed:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit my store for pictures, details & ordering.)
 More Amore Designer Series Paper #129309
Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate #125586

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Envelope measurements:  Cut square 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score diagonal on opposite corners at 2-1/4″.  Score remaining corners at 3-3/4″.  Your envelope will measure about 3-1/8″ x 3-3/4″.

Now you can get busy making your own valentines now that you know how to make envelopes!

Enjoy, Julie

hearts a flutter heart shaped card

Make a Heart-Shaped Valentine Card

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hearts a flutter heart box

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hearts a flutter heart shaped card

On today’s video tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how you can make this heart-shaped valentine.  I used the Heart Collections framelit dies to snip out this little wonder that opens just like a card.  Super fun!

hearts a flutter heart shaped card

In tomorrow’s post and video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create the matching envelope that is just the perfect size for this little number.

Here’s the supply list:
(All supplies from Stampin’ Up! Click on the link to visit my store for product pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps & Dies Bundle: Hearts a Flutter wood-mount #131098 clear-mount #131097
Ink: Whisper White Craft #101731, Black StazOn #101406
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730,  Basic Black cardstock #121045, Pool Party cardstock #122924, Silver Glimmer cardstock #124005, More Amore Designer Series Paper #129309, Primrose Petals Core’dination paper #129322
Extras: Hearts Collection Framelit Dies #125599, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, White Embossing Powder #109132, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335

BTW, HAVE YOU NOTICED THE NEW MUSIC ON MY VIDEOS THIS WEEK? My son James wrote and recorded new music for me this week. Be sure to watch to the end so you can hear more of his song.



Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the envelope tutorial for this heart-shaped valentine card!

Enjoy, Julie