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Best Dad Ever Father's Day card

Best Dad Ever Father’s Day Card

Best Dad Ever Father's Day card Just stopping by for a few minutes to share this ‘Best Dad Ever’ bowtie Father’s Day card from Stampin’ Up!  You can find all the details here.  I hope this will inspire you to remember the dads in your life this weekend.

I’m traveling today so not much time to write.  As I mentioned yesterday, I drove to Nashville to be here for my niece’s bridal shower earlier in the week and I was supposed to have gone home two days ago, but my family just kept talking me into staying just one more day!  Before I knew it I had been here all week and I’ve got to get home and back to work!

It’s been so fun being here.  We have watched movies, visited and played a lot of Settlers of Catan.

Have you played Settlers of Catan?  It’s addictive!  It starts out slow but pretty quickly it starts to get really interesting and then it’s over, which just makes you want to play again.  We changed the rules a little though because we were too competitive and it caused problems.  I’ve known families that stopped playing it because it was causing so much animosity.  So I came up with new rules that we adopted that make it a more friendly game.  We do not use the robber at all and I’m sure purists wouldn’t approve of my new rules.  Not using the robber does change the ability to stop someone who is racing ahead but in the spirit of family fun, the changes are worth it.

OK, enough about all that.  Have a wonderful weekend with the fathers in your life and don’t forget to get that hand-stamped Father’s Day card made!  Do it today before you forget.  What are you doing for Father’s Day?


Enjoy!  Julie

friendly phrases ombre chevron card

How to Make an Ombre Chevron Birthday Card

friendly phrases ombre chevron birthday card This birthday card is simple, but it includes some great trendy elements: ombre color and a chevron pattern.   Ombre style is all the rage in hair color, but what about incorporating it into your card making?  And ombre has French origins which makes it super chic.

I’ve created a video to show you how I made this ombre, chevron birthday card.  You can view the supply list and video below.

define ombre

This card is not about perfection, it’s about highlighting the chevron pattern with a trendy technique and creating a fun card to celebrate a birthday. Don’t get hung up on perfection because you will likely get a little ink where you didn’t want it, but it’s all part of the effect.

friendly phrases ombre chevron card

I chose Regal Rose for this card because this color is being discontinued and it is one of my favorites. But the good news is Island Indigo will continue in the new collection instead of retiring this year and Rose Red will continue in the Stampin’ Up! regal collection line up. Check out more information about the color changes and be sure to order your favorites now as they will no longer be available as supplies are depleted.

Here’s the card recipe:
(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! Click on the product link to visit my store for pictures, details & ordering.)
Stamps:  Friendly Phrases wood-mount #126149 clear-mount #126151
Ink: Regal Rose #126947, Rose Red  #126954, Island Indigo #126986
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, Island Indigo  cardstock #122923
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Chevron Embossing Folder #127749, Brayer #102395, Island Indigo Bakers Twine #125575, Dimensionals #104430

If you are viewing this post in an email feed, click here to see the how to make an ombre chevron birthday card video.

friendly phrases ombre chevron birthday card

Have you ordered your favorite retiring colors?  Do it fast, while supplies last!  And consider adding a brayer and the Chevron embossing folder to your order so you can make an ombre chevron birthday card too!

Enjoy!  Julie

Bloomin’ Marvelous CAS Sketch Challenge

bloomin marvelous mixed bunch clean and simple

I love the simple layout of this card created with the Bloomin’ Marvelous and Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I love it so much that I’m excited to have you play along!  Announcing the FIRST EVER StampingJulie CAS challenge linky party (SJCAS001)!  To enter go to the bottom of this post for details and linking instruction.  And have fun!!

StampingJulie CAS sketch challenge linky party

Here’s the sketch.  I purposely did not give you dimensions because I’d prefer you customize your dimensions and have fun with it.  I love sketches because it makes creating soooo much easier if you already have a design in mind.  It’s kind of the ‘complete pancake mix’ of crafting! Instead of ‘just add water’, ‘just add paper’!!  Sometimes I like to just pick up a scrap on my craft table and make it work.  I think some of my best work has started that way.

bloomin marvelous mixed bunch clean and simple

Here’s a close up.  I stamped the background flowers from Bloomin’ Marvelous with versamark on the Basic Gray cardstock and then stamped the sentiment in Black StazOn over that.  To finish the button, because I don’t like buttons without a finish, I added a rhinestone to the top.  A super easy solution to naked buttons!!

bloomin marvelous mixed bunch clean and simple

And here’s another variation.  I used the same More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper (not just for Valentine’s Day) and the same Primrose Petals stamped and punched flower, then changed up the background paper, the ribbon and used butterflies.

bloomin marvelous mixed bunch clean and simple Can you see that I heat embossed the butterflies on the background?  I also stamped and punched a scallop circle to layer under the button.

Here’s the card recipe:
FREE exclusive Sale-a-bration items with qualifying order: Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set & Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (SAB supplies are free with a $50 product purchase.  All supplies are from Stampin’ Up! Click on the links below for product details & ordering.)
Mixed Bunch Bundle: Order the Mixed Bunch clear-mount stamp set, Acrylic Block ‘D’, Blossom Punch, Dimensionals AND choose 1 FREE Sale-a-bration item.  (Substitutions can be made. Order must total $50 or more in product to qualify for free SAB item.)

SALE-A-BRATION IS THE PERFECT TIME TO STOCK UP ON YOUR CRAFT SUPPLIES!   Earn free SAB product with every $50 in products you order.  Click here for the complete list of SAB products!   Click here to shop. 

Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set The StampingJulie CAS Sketch challenge is open all week.  (If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, send me your picture and I’ll post it for you. 🙂  And you do not have to use Stampin’ Up! supplies only.)  So feel free to enter more than once.  My goal is to give you inspiration so you can enjoy your time in your craft room: the stress-free zone!

Have fun!  Julie



Thoughts and Prayers sympathy card angle

Praying For You

I can’t hardly watch the news this week because of the reports of the movie massacre in Colorado.  It just makes me so sad!  I just keep thinking of all the families (including the family of the suspect) that are hurting deeply because of this senseless violence.

I thought about them as I made this card last night.

Thoughts and Prayers sympathy card angle

Five years ago I started blogging on a blog I called creative distraction.  I called it creative distraction because it was a distraction from my pain of losing my two youngest children in a car accident in the spring of that year.  So seeing the suffering is very real to me.  My thoughts and prayers are truly with these families.

Thoughts and Prayers sympathy card detail

So no long explanation today.  No card recipe.  Just prayers for the many who are suffering.

Thoughts and Prayers sympathy card

Please forgive me for being so personal.

God Bless, Julie