Thursday, July 29, 2010

Time for a Splash...of Color!

It's one of my favorite week's in
It's 'Color Splash' Week!

If you are not familiar with 'Color Splash'
it's a pretty simple concept.
Anything black and white with just a
of color..and this week's color is....

We are so happy to have

as this week's sponsor in The Cafe.
They not only provided our design team
with these fabulous stamps to create this
week's inspiration projects, but they
are also giving you the opportunity to win
the very same stamps that we used!

There are seven layers on top of this card base.

I used the 'Damask Butterfly' stamp to create the layered
background between the 'art deco' green border,
in which I used Martha Stewart's punch.
Spellbinders Large Labels dies were used to create the
frames for the 'Inspire Butterfly Collage' stamp.
A little patience and a good pair of tiny scissors
really goes a long way on this project.

Make sure you pop over to
The Play Date Cafe and see what the rest of our
fabulous design team have created to inspire you.
Then....get out your black, white and greens
and get creatin'!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Little Clean & Simple Goes a Long Way

I have been selling a bunch of my cards lately and was
in need of a quick replenish and decided that it was
time to go a little CAS.

I also realized that as much as I love my
'old-school' wood-mount stamps,
I don't play with them often enough.
So I went to the shelves and picked one that
I have had for quite awhile and had yet to play with.

This fun summer image from Stampabilities has so many possibilities.
So to go CAS was a good start.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Just a little black ink and coordinating buttons and you are good to go. 
I also added tiny pewter rhinestones to a few of the flower centers.

Here is another take on the same design...

It's so easy to get caught up in layer upon layer on our creations.
It's totally ok to give yourself permission to take it down
a notch...or two...or three  ; )

I am going to leave the books up on my blog for another day or two.
I have chopped the prices a little more, so if you are interested in
any of these titles, this will be the only price I will offer them.
Remember, the prices DO include postage.
Click here to see each one.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Purging my Art Space...

If you are here for the
Monday H{ippity} Hop
click here!

I don't normally do this, but...
I have a variety of 'art & craft' &
'lifestyle-related books
that I am ready to now part with. I can't
bear to think of them going to 'no-man's land'

I want to offer them to you (or maybe one of your friends)
as I know this is a group of people who may truly
appreciate them.
All prices INCLUDE postage.

$7.00 (reg price $14.95)

$9 (reg price $17.95)

$12.00 (reg price $35.00)

All of these books are in excellent condition
and the prices do include postage.
They are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prices w/postage are to US only
(Intl please ask about postage)
I can only accept PayPal for payment.
Email me at
if you are interested.

Once these are gone, I will let you know.

As I continue to 'purge' my art space, I may offer
some other goodies from time to time
so I hope you don't mind.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

So Many Thanks...So Little Time...

I don't know about you, but I feel like I can never send
enough 'Thank You' cards.  I sometimes think that the
simpler you can make them, the quicker you can get them
to the one who deserves it.

It is H{Ippity} Hop Monday here at
Julie's Open Window.
There are so many fabulous 'Ippity Chicks'
that have created something to share with you
today, so make sure you stop by the
Ippity Blog and check them out!

Today I wanted to share something that is
simple, quick, dimensional and elegant.

I used some fabby DP from Teresa Collins and stamped
the images with Ranger Archival ink in 'Coffee'. 
I gave the panel a little 'depth' by inking
the edges with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in 'Old Paper'.

I layered Spellbinders 'Labels 9' dies to create the panel
for the sentiment.  The side border was created using
Martha's 'Deco Border' punch.
A few pearl and silver embellishments and a little
organdy ribbon finish it off.

I can tell you that the 'Bit of Burlap' stamp is one
of the most versatile images I own. 
It's great for backgrounds and adding textures to other images
such as the butterflies on my recent projects.
To see those, click here

I am so happy to be able to offer these wonderful stamps

I have them in stock and ready to ship!

Let me show you what I used and then tell
you about today's 'Ippity Double Deal'...

'The Simple Things'

'A Bit of Burlap'

This week's 'Ippity Double Deal'...

Purchase both featured stamp sets for
only $21.99 w/postage included
(reg. retail price is $24 + postage)

Just email me at
and let me know you want The Ippity Double Deal'.

Here is a public thank you...
To Ippity DT member Maria Gurnsey for choosing my
card as the winner of last week's Ippity Challenge
over at SCS.  It really meant a lot to win because
it was a CASE challenge and it was Maria's card
I CASED!  Here is a quick click to see it.

One more thing....

There is still plenty of time to play
this week's challenge over at The Play Date Cafe.

Unity Stamps is this week's sponsor and they are
offering a very generous
prize package worth $75
to this week's winning creation.
So what are you waiting for???

Hope you will go out and make it a great day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sweet Friendships

Offering a very quick post today.

I was playing around with my new favorite 'branch' punch
from Martha Stewart and a wonderful new stamp I
picked up a couple weeks ago, and here is the result...

I have been creating with a lot of kraft cardstock lately
and I really like how these blues
work with the simple background.
The sentiment is a great $1 Studio G find.
Some lovely Prima flowers in a variety of shades...
The birds are just a tiny portion of the actual stamp
from a company I have come to love, Memory Box
who by the way, will be  
next week's fabby sponsor
over at The Play Date Cafe!.

Now...speaking of sweet friendships...

These are my 3 yummy grandsons.
(even yummier than that Pop-Tart Caleb is eating!)
That's Alex, jr on the left, he's 2.
Alex is cousin to Caleb, 4 1/2 and CJ, who is 7.

I had the blessing of having all 3 boys over this past week,
trying to keep up with them playing catch and a little soccer.

The brothers sometimes don't display friendship to
one another as often as they should
(as brothers tend to do)
but I love watching them display friendship to their little cousin.
It would be nice to keep this crew as young as possible...
just for a little longer...

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Visit to Dublin, Ireland by Way of The Play Date Cafe

It's my turn to host the 'color story' again this week at
The Play Date Cafe Challenge
and this is one that I am really excited about!

This is one of my favorite places on Earth!
No...not just Ireland.
No...not just Dublin.

The photos you see are of the lovely
Russell Court Hotel
on Harcourt Street in the
Heart of Downtown Dublin.

Paul and I stayed there just over 20 years ago
and it is probably the place we talk most often
and most fondly about.
Ireland is fond to my husband's heart as well
because both his mother and father are from
Northern confuses people quite often
when my husband Paul, who is British tries to explain
that he has Irish parents : )

Back to Dublin.....

Not much has changed over the years...
It's still as beautiful as ever.
The card I chose to make was not intentional,
but in the end, it certainly speaks to how I feel
about this wonderful place...

The stamps that I used for sentiment and for the designs
around the clock are from Ippity Stamps 'Now and Always' set.
Again, how apropos is that??!!

The clock was cut from the DCWV 'At Home' Stack.
The papers that make up the 'wallpaper' are from
the same DCWV and The Paper Company.
I used Spellbinder's 'Labels 9' for my die.

Here is a close-up of the clock so you can see the subtle
stamping I did using these wonderful Ippity stamps.

I used Ranger Adirondack Ink in Mushroom.

If there was ever a week to play...
This one is it!

Ippity's parent company, Unity Stamps is
our sponsor this week and there is
$75 worth of stamps sets up for grabs to
the most creative entry this week!

Unity Design Team Member and one of
Paper Crafts Magazine's 'Go-To Gals'
Maren Benedict
is our Celebrity Guest Designer.

So what are you waiting for?

Oh...well I know it's to leave me a comment...
but get going...and git er done!
See you soon and enjoy your trip!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Still Feelin' Happy...

Last night I had a little time to sit down and play.
I was still very inspired by Maria Gurnsey's card
that I CASED for the Monday H{ippity} Hop
and thought I would see what I could do with the leftovers.

I used all of the same stamp sets and paper elements that
I used yesterday, so if you are interested in all the details,
you can scroll down or take a quick trip by clicking here.

If you are new to Ippity stamps, and you like the ideas that you see,
you have come to the right place!

I would love to be your 'Ippity Chick' and you can
find the sets used for these cards on my

Check out yesterday's post for the specific sets
used AND for the great deal that you can get
this week ONLY.

I will be back tomorrow night at midnight, EST with a
There is still time to get your entry in for this week's challenge 
and have an opportunity to win a fabby $14 gift certificate for
an entire stamp plate from our gracious sponsors,

See you then!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Cheerful Day Indeed...It's H{ippity} Hop Monday!

It's Monday...the start to a brand new week!

It's's H{ippity} Hop Monday!

This is the day where you can take in a
whole bunch of inspiration from a group of
very talented creators...The Ippity Chicks!

Stop by the Ippity Blog by clicking here
and not only will you see what the design team
have to offer, but also the list of all those participating
in the H{ippity} Hop!

This past week's challenge over at Ippity was

to visit the SCS Ippity Gallery and CASE a

creation there and I fell in love with
Maria Gurnsey's card which you
can see here.

This is my humble take on it.
I love the random 'writings' of this
K&Company DP.  I stamped the ladybug
on a snippet of DP from Heidi Grace.

Now here's the good news!

All of the stamps I have featured here today
are available directly from my Ippity Page here.
Here's what I used for this card...

'A Little Buggy'

'Now & Always'

'A Bit of Burlap' (butterfly pattern)

I love sharing these cheerful stamps
sets with you and I would love to be
your 'Ippity Chick'!

Order the first two sets from me this week
for only $35 (+ $5 postage)
and you can get 'A Bit of Burlap'
for just $3 !!!

That's $10 off the msrp
Just email me at
and let me know you want this week's
'Ippity Triple'
(I accept Paypal & postal money orders)

One more thing..

I thank the girls over at Ippity for the
honoring my card as one of the Sunday Favs
yesterday!  Just click here to see my card
and the cards from the other talented ladies!

Have fun on the Hop!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Celebrating a Birthday...aaah...Not Mine

Just a quick post today....

To wish my favorite daughter
(my one and only, of course  : )
A Happy 26th Birthday.

Birthday Blinkies

Love you with all my heart, Mallory!

And to those of you who visited, I will be
back tonight by midnight EST with a little
H{ippity} Hop!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Remedies...Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz!

I am super excited to be participating in
my very first
'Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz'.

I am a huge fan of Claire's stamps
and having received my first set, I could
wait to play, I mean...
waltz along.
 The theme for July was to use
'colors of summer'
shades of blue & green'
(obviously I added just a hint of pink as well)

'Rescue Remedies' is one of the newest
releases from The Waltzingmouse line.
It is a collection of 'vintage-style' labels
that are so unbelievably versatile.
When I think of 'sweet confections' I think of  


which is what led me to pull out my
Martha 'Drippy Goo' border punch.

I managed some pretty good 'Boo' on
this card as well, which I haven't done in
quite awhile (shame on me...and if you don't
know what I am talking about, make sure
you click 'Boo' to find out more)
I used DP from Graphic45's
'Baby to Bride' and BasicGrey's
'Eskimo Kisses'

There are so many wonderful creations out
there being shared today by the
'Friends of Waltzingmouse'
so make sure you go over to the
Waltzingmouse blog and find out more!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Get Your Kicks...Yep! You Guessed it!

Over at The Play Date Cafe this week,
we have a wonderful new sponsor and our
design team got to play with whatever stamp set we wanted!
So I chose this set from Artistic Outpost...

...and here are the colors for this week....

...brought to us by the lovely Sarah.

And here is my card...

Growing up in Illinois, I have had opportunity to
travel the famed 'Route 66', but not for very far...
Even my British husband is intrigued by the idea
of taking a little 'road trip'  : )

The design team over in The Cafe have some
really fabulous inspirational pieces to inspire you
so before you 'head on down the road', make sure
you stop by The Play Date Cafe for an
inspirational 'pick me up'!

A big thanks goes out to

for providing our team with fabulous stamps
to help inspire you to play.
Please visit the AO website and check out
all of their 'vintage-style' images.

See you soon....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's H{ippity} Hop Monday!

The beginning of a new week here at
Julie's Open Window...did you have a
nice weekend?  Mine was a busy one!

It's time for another H{ippity} Hop Monday!

If you are new to my blog or this 'hop', it's really
simple, fun and very inspiring.
After you have read my post and gotten an idea
or two, just pop over to the

and check out the rest of the Ippity 'chicks' and fans
that are participating.  You will surely find
some fun ideas for using your Ippity stamps.

I really love the vibrant colors for this CAS card.
I used a variety of VersaMagic & Colorbox Chalk inks
and Spellbinders 'Labels One' for the frames.

Three different Ippity stamp sets complete what you see.

'The Simple Things' (card border/butterfly)

'Faith Blooms' (sentiments)

'Now & Always' (Butterfly/frame border)

I love having the opportunity to share
Ippity stamps with you.

These 3 sets can be yours at the
wonderfully discounted price of just $40 (+ $5 postage)

if you order all 3 sets from me this week,
you can get

'Bit of Burlap'
for only $3 !!!
You TOO can have fun with Ippity stamps
and remember, this specific offer is only
available here at Julie's Open Window.
Just click HERE!

Make sure you stop by the other blogs
on the 'hop' and have fun!