Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Little Something for Saturday

It's the weekend and although I personally find it a bit
quiet in the blog world, I thought I would share a
few of the fun things I have been working on.

Paul and I took one of our favorite daytrips to Madison WI
where we spend the day scouring used book stores and
stopping at a few of my favorite places, which include
Archivers and an LSS or two.

Before I share my projects, I just want to say....
If you have not become a part of the Groupon
or Living Social set yet, you really should.
We have gotten some terrific deals and one of them
happened to be for the Claddagh Irish Pub in Madison.
We paid $10 and received $25 for our meal and
it was terrific!  We will most definitely make plans
to go back and as Archivers is within eye-view from
the parking lot, it's a no-brainer : )
If you need more information or a link to either of
these money-saving sites, please email me.

I Webster's Pages and I could not wait to
dig into the stash of 6 x 6 packs I bought.
(all told, I think I purchased at least five of these fabby
mini-decks from a variety of designers)
This one is part of the 
'Spring Market' & 'Yacht Club' Collections.

I loved that I had the EF from Cuttlebug for the backdrop to
the fun rhinestone cherry that became the focus of this card.
I thought that my baker's twine from The Twinery was the
perfect 'tie-on' for these little jars.

I don't know about you, but I always match my envelopes
with my cards before they go anywhere.

I had this little $1 Studio G stamp that was perfect!

I must say that I treated myself to some really great stamp
sets and most of them were from Hero Arts.
I've always been a fan, ever since the days I sold them in
my store.  Of course, that was back in the Stone-Age when
they were still wood-mounted and color-indexed!

Inspired by the banners & the 'Yacht Club' papers, 
I went to work....well, had a play.
I love adding dimension on my cards and this was
an easy one.  Along with the flags & the stars, I also
added Stickles to the fireworks, although it's not
that clear in the photo.  I also distressed the edges
of the blue frame just to give it a ragged edge.

Now for a little somethin' Clean and Simple....

This I actually did post-daytrip.  I was playing around with a
stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs and came up with this
simple design, full of texture and dimension.
The sentiment is another $1 stamp from Studio G.

Speaking of Lizzie Anne Designs, they are the cool
sponsors of this week's challenge over at 

The colors are really cool and great for getting
in the mood for Spring.  Lizzie Anne is giving away
a prize package worth $40!  So come check out
all of the inspiration from our design team and
play along!

And...speaking of design teams and Clean & Simple...

Have you heard about the new challenge that I am proud
to be a part of?  CAS-ual Fridays is a nod to those who
love to design in the CAS~style.

The Design Team Call is still going on, but only
for another week or so....

We are looking for our first 'Girl Fridays'!
If you love to design with the CAS~Style, then we
may have a space for you.
Come check out the CAS~ual Fridays blog
for all the details you need!

Well...that's my 'stuff' for today.
I have a whole bunch of new things to share
and will look forward to posting them soon.
Thanks so much for coming by....

'Homemade' Recipe:
Designer Paper: Webster's Pages
Stamps: Studio G
Ink: VersaMagic in Bamboo Leaves & Rhubarb Stalk
Tools: Big Shot, Cuttlebug 'Mixed Fruit' EF
Spellbinders 'Scalloped Circles' & 'Basic Circles'
Martha Stewart Border Punch 'Eyelet Lace'
Embellishments:  baker's twine by The Twinery
Rhinestones by Recollections

'Time to Celebrate' Recipe:
Designer Paper: Webster's Pages
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memories in black
Stickles in Stardust
Tools: Distress Tool by Tim Holtz
Embellishments:  baker's twine by The Twinery
Rhinestones by Recollections

CAS Recipe:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs, Studio G
Ink: Memento & Memories 
Tools:  Fiskars Corner Rounder punch
Embellishments:  American Crafts ribbon
Rhinestone Flourish by Prima


Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Omg I love these I don't even know where to start they are all fabulous love the Webster's pages!!!!

Ann said...

Ohhhhh my, these are amazing! LOVE the bits of twine on your jars!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Wow! You had a great creative day!! Every last one of these projects is amazing - I especially love the blingy cherries and those sweet canning jars. Super yummy!!

Janna Werner said...

yummie yummie gorgeous cards! Have a great day, Janna

Lindsey said...

Oh. Wow. LOVE these cards, Julie! There is no way I can decide which one I like best, because they are all so awesome! (Are you using a glue pen to adhere the twine to your preserves jars?)

Sarah Anderson said...

I would so love to visit an Archivers!!! And a US Anthropologie. One day!!!!!

Tenia Nelson said...

All of these projects are sooooooo awesome!!!!!

Michele said...

Incredible! All three cards are super fantastical but if I had to chose my favorite ... or if I just wanted to ;) I would totally chose the first one, "homemade" ~ my goodness! That is the most precious card ever! Love Love Love how you did the banner and sail boats on the "celebrate" card and last but not least, great balance and simplicity in the last one ~ I can't wait to check out the CAS sight. Sweet & Simple is Awesome! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)

Kelly said...

All three cards are beautiful! I do love that 'friend' card, the colors are so great together :)