Sunday, September 6, 2020

Creation Station Blog Hop - Tool Time!


 

Welcome to Just Julie B Stampin' and to the Creation Station Blog Hop for the month of September! This moth we are focusing on tools! Simple stamping can be fun and easy, but with 'tools,' you can really up your stamping game! And my #1, go-to, always-out-and-ready-to-use tool is the new Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. Die-cutting with the machine makes that perfection shine through, and embossing adds that sometimes subtle, but powerful extra pop of coordination. And our new machine is the sleekest and smoothest running machine!! - I Love it!!




So the card I made for the hop this month is Halloween-themed! I just love this time of year, decorating for Halloween and creating Halloween cards and treats! And of course, I relied on the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine to help with my creation.


The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Papers are the Wow! that helped me plan the color palette of the card. And then I used a sample from the catalog to help design the Have A Hoot owl. I Loved the look of the owl and spider popped up from the branches. 

And that's where the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine helped with the precise cutting of those guys! They stand out so much more interestingly!




The machine cuts so quietly and smoothly! And Love that the new plates, with numbers, make it easy to know how to stack them to cut.



And this card may look like it's just a layered card, but it's also a fun-fold! The top Pumpkin Pie layer is actually a flap that uncovers a small writing area, plus a pocket for a gift card or money!


Here's a closer up of the pocket front, where I embossed the extra piece withe the Cobwebs Embossing Folder.


And again, the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine was the tool to create the perfectly coordinated, embossed piece - in a flash!

I hope you enjoyed your stop here, and I can't wait to see what's up next on the hop, from the awesome Kathy Kartak.


Thanks for hopping in today,

Julie B


Sunday, July 5, 2020

Creation Station - New In Color Combos!


Welcome to Just Julie B Stampin'! This month we're stamping with the New In Colors! - Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Bumblebee and Just Jade - I Love our new In Colors!! But I 'most' Love Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight; they're my favorites!!


So I decided to make two monochromatic cards with my two new favorites! First is the Magenta Madness card. I started with the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. These are really just a set of 2 each of each In Color Card Base. I added the In Color Designer Series Paper, a Tasteful Labels die cut from Whisper White.


And I am Loving the new Playful Alphabet letters, especially when used with the Foam Adhesive Sheets!! So glad this finally happened! Now we can die cut stuff with a "Dimensionaled" back!!  


Here's a look at the side to show you how the Dimensionals really do make the card!!


And a top view! And you like the sublty of the little Confetti Flowers with the Faceted Gem centers?


Or do you like the pop of a Whisper White Confetti Flower with a Misty Moonlight Enamel Dot on the Monochromatic Misty Moonlight card? 


I used a lot of Dimensionals on that one as well! I think they make the difference!

I hope you enjoyed your stop here! And I can't wait to see what the fabulous Amber Trubiak has created for us next.


See you soon,

Julie B

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Creation Station - A Man After My Own Heart! Blog Hop


Welcome to Just Julie B Stampin'! This month at Creation Station we're stamping masculine cards. Sometimes I feel like masculine cards are the hardest for me, but once I make one I realize they are actually kinda easy. I guess my tips or thoughts for making masculine cards are to keep things fairly simple, use masculine colors and don't over-embellish.


For today's card and treat box, I did that - kept it simple, used masculine colors and didn't over-do any embellishments. I used some elements from the In Good Taste Suite of products. The Designer Papers definitely have a great variety of masculine patterns, including this tweed pattern. 

I did add layers - layers are good, layers are important! Just not anything to frou-frou! I used the new Misty Moonlight ribbon, but just a flat swatch, a banner die cut from Night of Navy Cardstock and some looped Linen Thread.

Both the card and the box have the same elements on them.

Here's a closer up of the Tuck-in Flap Treat Box. I saw this made in a much larger size by a fellow UK Demonstrator, Pootles, and I set out to make it smaller to fit two Ghiradelli squares.  


I Love that it needs no adhesive to close; you just tuck the flap into the edges of the top! So cool!!



Here it is flat. I started with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" Misty Moonlight Cardstock piece. The top edge was scored at 3/4" and 3 3/4". I turned it and scored at 2", 2 3/4", 4 3/4" and 5 1/2". Then I used a Stylus Tool and straight edge to score the diagonals on the four 3/4" sections. I also cut off the two end 3/4" squares. To round the corners on the flap, I folded in each side to make it fit in the Detailed Trio Punch.

I can't wait to see what is next on the hop. The fabulous Andrea Tracy Tucker is up next - 


Thanks for hopping by,


Julie B

Thursday, June 4, 2020

You are the Happy to my Day!


You are the Happy to my Day! I Love this saying! It's from a Stampin' Up! set that we've had for a while now, called Country Home. It's a great set, with a few really nice sayings.

So I pulled that out, but I was excited to use some new Stampin' Up! products to create this simple, but elegant card. The Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper is probably the star of the card! So pretty!!


I used what I know is going to be one of my new favorite "go-to" embossing folders - Tasteful Textile. It's one of those backgrounds that can be used with almost anything - and I Love it!! Isn't it so pretty white on white, just for that little something for the base of the card?!


I used one of the Tasteful Labels Dies to set off the saying, and added a Just Jade bow!

I hope you're enjoying the new products in the 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog. I can't wait to show you more ideas!!


Julie B 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Mad as a Hatter Mash Up! for Creation Station!




This month at Creation Station we are Mad as a Hatter - we are doing things that are just crazy - crazy colors, crazy mix of stamp sets or just whatever kind of crazy mix up that we think fits this theme! 

And sometimes getting out of the box and mixing things up is hard for me. But I did what I could and it was kinda fun! 

I Love the new stamp sayings that Stampin' Up! has with the COVID-19 Giveback digital stamp set download and so I decided to use a couple of those sayings in combination with a couple other odd couple sets to create my Mad as a Hatter creation!


Inside the Broadway Lights Die cut, I added the saying from the COVID-19 Giveback sayings, but in mixed up order - "So..." was supposed to come first in the saying, but I chopped up the words and put 'so...' last in order to say "I FINISHED NETFLIX SO... (leaving a bit of hanging for the inside saying)


Here's a little closer look at the card front parts. With a few Dimensionals I added some pop to the super cute and sweet Highland Heather Walrus (from We'll Walrus Be Friends) and the die cut party hat! I did some fussy cutting to make this happen. And some crazy Pumpkin Pie High Seas Dry Embossed waves  are the background to it all - who has seen orange waves?!


All of that card front fun-ness to find the other COVID-19 download saying inside - "I've been working on my homebody" with a chubby Walrus and the Broadway Birthday ice cream cone... 

So maybe those two sayings weren't probably meant to be put together as a card outside and inside sentiment duo - but I thought it was kinda funny in combination with the chubby Walrus. 

And ya, maybe some of us have our COVID-19lbs (or more or less) to deal with when all of this lets up... so whatever! But trying to have some sense of humor hopefully lightens things up. I know who I'm sending this card to, who will appreciate it as a joke and not be offended! ;) 

I hope you enjoy the fun in this Blog hop - Can't wait to see what Andrea Tracy-Tucker has in store for us next! 


Stay Safe, Healthy and Positive during these trying times!


Julie B


Sunday, April 26, 2020

May Stamp Class Project Choice!


Yes! My May Stamp Class is ON for the coming week!! And yes, for sure this will be a whole new way of doing stamp class for me. I feel like an old dog who isn't that into learning too many new tricks. But when it came down to learning a new way or not doing it at all, then I'm up for the learning curve!! - I miss my stampin' friends! 

So, by mail and Zoom calls will be our new way - and we'll see how this goes! ;)


So one of the projects that will be going out is this Pineapple Treat Holder/Note Card. It's not really both - but a choice. This is another 'new' thing I thought I'd try. 


With the set of supplies I'm mailing out, there will be one pineapple with it's top, tag, linen piece and Tropical Oasis Trinket, a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock (and yes, who woulda thought that Crushed Curry makes a prettier color for a pineapple than Pineapple Punch would?!...). All those pieces will create this little Treat Holder, pictured above.


And then I decided to include a Very Vanilla Note Card and Envelope, just in case the participants would rather use the pieces to add to a card, instead of having a Treat Holder. 

Everything is the same, just a slight trim off the Crushed Curry Cardstock piece if it's going to be added to the Note Card front!


And the 'treat' isn't really very much of a treat, as I usually do something along the lines of a sweet - chocolate, something in the pre-wrapped candy range... But with mostly essential shopping in past couple months, I did find these 'gems' on Amazon (and ya, I could have bought some candy treats on Amazon too, but thought these were a fun 'practical treat' we could all use right now)!

The little Treat Holder holds these perfectly stacked inside. Or the set of two are a great little 'pretty much flat' addition to put inside a card you're going to mail out (as long as you use the postage stamp that has the extra ounce - like 70 cents I think!).

I hope you are finding time to craft some fun things, and hope to see you on one of my Zoom calls if you're joining class this coming week!


Julie B

Thursday, April 16, 2020

For The Win Birthday Card!


Tomorrow is my nephew's birthday, and this is the card that is on it's way to him! He's turning 13 and loves baseball. I'm sure this will be a different birthday, not being able to be out and playing baseball. But I still wanted to make a card with something he really likes.

I used the main catalog card idea (on page 59) for inspiration in making the card. I just changed colors and made it all baseballs!


I did fussy cut the win banner and MVP pieces - but I love the POP! that they both give to the card! And the little line of black in between the Balmy Blue and Pacific Point layers, it's Black Satin Ribbon. I like how it creates a distinct separation between the layers, and also uses ribbon on a 'boy card'! ;)


And here's the inside! So, ya, maybe the saying, "it's game day" might not be the most accurate sentiment, but hopefully he'll make it fun even if it's not an outside ball-playing game day!


Thanks for stopping by,


Julie B

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Creation Station Blog Hop! It's What's on the Inside that Counts!


Welcome to Just Julie B Stampin! This month's theme is 'It's What's on the Inside that Counts' - I Love this idea!! So often we spend so much time creating a beautiful card front and then leave the inside blank. But this time, the focus is on the inside of the card! 

So I had a request to make a birthday card with purple and teal, and it was right about the time when I was thinking about what to make for this month's design - so I combined them into this card! 


I used a retired stamp set, Balloon Celebration, for the front. We do have a current stamp set with balloons in it, but I always liked the style of these ones, so I had to use it! But I first stamped the Happy Birthday (from Perennial Birthday) across the middle-ish to start. Then I just stamped those balloons in Gorgeous Grape all over the top part and in Bermuda Bay on the bottom part, some of each are stamped-off ink. 



And then for the inside 'WOW' - all I did was add a 3/4" white strip of cardstock (that hopefully just made it fade into the background of the card base), that was folded in half and then again in half again, to make quarters. I only glued down the two ends and left the middle sections folded out to create a section to pop-out.

Then I punched a bunch of balloons from Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I glued them randomly onto the 3/4" strip.


And to highlight one balloon (and kind of balance out the left side of the inside of the card) - I added a Black Twine string and bow.


And on the right side I added the inside greeting - and I Love the font and greeting from the Perennial Birthday stamp set!


Here's just another view, from the top, of the balloons to see how much they pop out!

I hope you enjoyed your stop here - and you have to check out what's next! I can't wait to see what the fabulous Sara has in store for us! 


Thanks for stopping by,


Julie B

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Creation Station Blog Hop - Make it Interactive!


I'm so excited to be back this month with a fun theme! The Creation Station Design Team is going interactive! We're making cards that shake, flip, spin... How fun is that, right?!

As soon as I heard the theme, I couldn't wait to make of one of my favorite interactive cards - most call it a Twist and Pop Card!


When you see the card front you would think it's just a typical card (but you'll see that it's what's inside that counts...).

I decided to use the Birthday Bonanza Suite of products. I love the little animals in this suite, especially the sweet little koala. And a little secret - the ones on this card are all cut outs from the designer series papers!


And the Assorted Pompoms that are included in this suite - too sweet too!

And here's the WOW! When you open the card, this four panel section twists and pops out from the card! So, so fun and addicting to keep opening and closing the card!!


The little koala cut-outs and the sweet saying from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set fill the panels.


And there's this space at the bottom to write and sign the card! If you're looking for a tutorial on this type of card, you can google Twist and Pop Card.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here, and can't wait to see what the amazing Kerstin has created this month.


See you soon,


Julie B