OWH + Great Impresssions Blog Hop!


Hello all and welcome to my stop on this fun blog hop! Can you even believe all the cute cards??  I hope you are inspired and that you will make your own card (with whatever products you have) and join in the challenge for this sketch!  You can find the Inlinkz and the rest of the hop info back at the beginning of the hop at OWH Stars & Stamps.

I have three cards to share with you.   The first you have already seen back on the start off page at OWH Stars & Stamps.  I wanted to show how the stamps could be used if you didn’t want to color the image.   And in the close up here, you can see that since my card base is black, I’ve lined the card with some white paper.



For my second card, I wanted to use the circle variation on the sketch, and I wanted to color that cute frog, so this is what I came up with:



I put a little glossy accents on his eyes to make them shiny.  I just love this card, it’s so cheerful, don’t you think? And it’s punny! Haha!

For my third card, I wanted to try watercoloring the frog, and it strays a bit from the sketch – the sentiment is stamped on the inside.  I also tried making it a little more feminine.  Can you see how I did that? Look closely…


I gave her eyelashes with a fine tip black pen! See them? She looks flirty, lol!

Here’s the whole group together along with the stamps themselves…



I hope you’ve enjoyed this stop on the hop today! Sad news, though, you only have one more stop to go!

 Click on through to the Great Impressions Stamps company blog!

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop!



Hello friends! Welcome to my stop on this years ginormous OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop! Aren’t you loving all the beautiful red white and blue today?

I know there is a lot to see so I’m keeping my post short and simple.  I used OWH Sketch #175 to create this card!  I think this is a great one for small patterned paper scraps.  That’s what I used here, along with a patriotic heart sticker that has been in my stash forever.  I layered it up with some nice cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set Year Round Sentiments.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the hop, and I can’t wait to visit all the other stops!  Click here to go back to the main hop page!

OWH Die-Versions Fundraiser Bloghop!

Hey y’all! Thanks for joining me today on this fun blog hop! If you got this far you are almost all the way through the list, lol!  Since you’ve come so far, I will keep it short and sweet and get straight to the point!

Here is the first card I have to share, it was also on the start off post at the OWH site but I included it here so I could give you the details:

Thank You Ticket, OWH and Die-Versions | HandmadebyJulie.com

For this one I used the thank you ticket die and I tried to make it look like a strip of red tickets! The stamp in the background is from the Tim Holtz Travel Blueprint set, stamped in white pigment ink on navy blue cardstock.  I tied on a little red, white, and blue baker’s twine as well.

For my second card I used the same die in a different way:

Thank You Woodgrain | HandmadebyJulie.com

I really love the look of all the little wood products that are popular in papercrafting right now. I thought I’d try a variation on that.  I used my die to cut a piece of thin chipboard and then I stamped on it with a woodgrain stamp (from All Night Media).  I love how it came out! I tied on a bit of baker’s twine, layered it up with some cute scraps and ribbon, and what a fun spring-timey card!

My final card is an AnyHero card.  In addition to the beautiful blank handmade cards for troops to write home on, Operation Write Home also includes notes TO the troops to thank them for their service and encourage them during their deployments.  For this card I used this great eagle die on some mirror-finish gold cardstock:

AnyHero Gold Eagle | HandmadebyJulie.com

The picture does not do justice to that shiny gold eagle. The blue layer is dry embossed with a small stars pattern and popped on dimensional tape over the red layer.  The die cut eagle is also on dimensionals.   I heat embossed the sentiment from Stamper’s Best (also an OWH fundraiser set!) with gold detail embossing powder on a strip of vellum.

That’s all I have to share today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog hop and gotten some great ideas of how to use these new dies! Your next stop is Nicole at Scraps and Stamps!


Made With Love

Happy Monday, all! I have a special card to share today – my mom’s birthday card!

I wanted something bright and spring-timey so I die cut some cute daisies and stuck them in a vellum mason jar.  I kept the layout pretty simple because there’s tons of detail and pattern going on.

Made with Love | HandmadebyJulie.com

I stamped the jar twice, once on vellum and once on some patterned paper then fussy cut them both out.  I layered them with the stems and leaves for the flowers stuck in between. The label is stamped on patterned paper, then I used a marker to color the border before fussy cutting it out and setting an eyelet to tie it to the jar with the gingham ribbon. The large yellow button is custom made from yellow polka dot designer paper using the Epiphany Crafts button creator tool – love that thing!

Made with Love close up | HandmadebyJulie.com

All of the papers here were from my scraps stash! The border punch is a discontinued item from the Paper Studio.  The small yellow button is retired from Stampin’ Up.  The die for the flowers is the Sizzix Daisies #2 – I couldn’t find a link for it so it may also be discontinued.  Everything else is linked below!

Specific products used on this card:

My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:

Four for Friday

Hey y’all! I am making up for lost bloggy time by posting four cards today!

As I mentioned I have been working on my crafting space, including cleaning out of stuff, and as I was going through my stash I found these four card kits that I received in a Facebook group swap awhile back.  I didn’t want to continue to store them, so I used them to make some cards! Since it’s been SNOWING this week here in Louisiana (no, really! everyone is freaking out, including me!) I thought I’d post these wintry cards today.  They are out of season now for OWH, but I will add them to a box to send in later this year to be used for Christmas 2014.

Dropping By kit swap card | HandmadebyJulie.com

The kit included all the papers, the stamped image and sentiment, and the embellishment.  I colored the image with Copics and inked the edges of all the papers and came up with the layout.  I love this one!

Snowman kit swap card | HandmadebyJulie.com

The papers in this kit were so cute, and double sided, which makes it so hard to decide what to use! This is what I came up with.  I colored with Copics again, and cut out the image.  Am I the only oddball who actually enjoys fussy-cutting? I find it soothing somehow.

Holographic Let It Snow kit swap card | HandmadebyJulie.com

This card was all about showing off this awesome holographic paper.  That stuff is so cool.  I also loved the cute ribbon!

Let it Snow kit swap card | HandmadebyJulie.com

And another kit with really cute double sided papers! Loved the ribbons here, especially that burlapy-twine stuff.

Since all the supplies here were part of the kits, I don’t have a shopping list to share.  I wish I knew where that holographic paper came from. If anyone knows please leave it in the comments, ok?

Have a great weekend, all!


Happy Birthday

Hi, all! I have a super girly birthday card to share today! I’m on a tear again to use up my scraps (the scraps bin is ridiculous) so you’ll see a few cards coming up with lots of pattern and color mixes.

I made this birthday card for a co-worker, and since I knew I’d be hand-delivering it, I didn’t worry about making it envelope-friendly, and my flowers are bursting off the card!

Happy Birthday floral card | HandmadebyJulie.com

The white flowers with the pink rhinestones are pre-fab from my stash, and the little pink ones are as well.  The rest were created with scraps and punches.

Happy Birthday floral close up | HandmadebyJulie.com

The sentiment is from a retired Technique Tuesday set.


My go-to favorite tools for all cardmaking:

Gold Star Thanks

Happy New Year! Sorry for yet another absense.  I’m working on some big stuff – including a new craft space! Can’t wait to share it with you!

I do have a card to share today, a thank you card with a gold star theme – love that for thank yous!

Gold Star Thanks | HandmadebyJulie.com

Sorry for the poor quality of the picture.  You can see the colors better in the close up picture.

I layered on my papers and stamped my image, then added touches of gold gel pen to jazz it up a little bit.

Gold Star Thanks close up | HandmadebyJulie.com

The gold star was punched with a retired SU star punch  from a scrap of metallic gold cardstock – I’m pretty sure it’s Worldwin brand.  I hand cut the mat for it.   The Thanks sentiment is from a retired SU stamp set called Outlined Occasions.  Everything else is linked up below!

Specific products used on this card:

My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:

Joyful Christmas… and a surprise!

Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas and enjoying some downtime – maybe finding time to get crafty! Here is my official 2013 holiday card…

Joyful Christmas | HandmadebyJulie.com

I have a Christmas surprise for you! I made a video!

I’ve been wanting to play around with making videos for awhile now, and I finally did it. Let me tell you, I have a whole new appreciation for cardmakers on YouTube now. It is WAY more work than it seems like.  Check it out!

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot making that video. Can’t wait to try another one!  I hope you enjoyed it!


Specific products used on this card:

My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:

Peace & Joy

Recently I had a special commission to make a single Christmas card. I don’t know if the recipient has received it yet, hopefully I’m not spoiling it by posting about it today! I had just gotten a new Technique Tuesday stamp set so it was a perfect opportunity to use it. A little heat embossing and sponging and I was pleased with the final result…

Peace & Joy | HandmadebyJulie.com

The picture doesn’t really show all the shimmer of the gold spray I did on the background paper, but trust me it’s shimmery!

I’m working on something special for Monday so be sure and check back!

Specific products used on this card:


My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:


Out of This World!

I wanted a break from all the Christmas card-ing so I decided to make a card for my OWH box.  They always need cards for kids so I created this cute little birthday card for a deployed serviceperson to send back home to a little one.

I was inspired by this week’s OWH sketch, #203.  I used some ribbon for the vertical element, and moved the sentiment slightly but I think you can see the inspiration.


The stamps come from two different stamp sets.  I liked the space ship and planet from one set because the style of stamp allows me to paper piece, but I liked the sentiment from another.  I think it worked out well!


I love paper piecing as an easy way to add color and use up scrap papers.  All of the papers on this card came out of my scraps bin.  I had originally planned to add a third small image to the card as well, but it made it too crowded. Since I had already stamped and cut it out, I decided to put it on the inside – rare for me to do anything to the inside of a card!


The ribbon and papers are all from my scraps bin, but everything else is linked below.

Specific products used on this card:

  My go-to favorites for all cardmaking: