Thursday, December 24, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Earn Free Hostess Merchandise

Dear Stampers,

I wanted to let you know that I am placing a last minute before Christmas stampin' order Tuesday evening.

*Is there anything that you meant to order for yourself or someone else?
*Did you hint to your family about wanting stampin' stuff, but have a feeling that they didn't call me?
*Did you forget something for that project you have been working on? Well, here you go!

This is your last chance before Christmas to place your order and have it arrive on time. How? I plan to place the order with Express 2 day delivery, which is extra. However, if I can wrangle up TEN or more orders before tomorrow night, then we could split the Express Shipping cost at only $2 extra per person! Wow! That Express Shipping is deal is unheard of, and you could get your order by Friday at the latest!

Also, I plan to give away all the HOSTESS BENEFITS! For every $20 spent, you will get your name placed in the drawing! With the possibility of free merchandise AND at least a Level One Hostess Set, how can you resist!?
  • So, replenish your cardstock;
  • Purchase those Stampin' Write Markers you have been wanting;
  • Stock up on SNAIL ink refills, brads or ribbon;
  • Or, buy that stamp set for your best friend!
Whatever you decide, please email or call in your order by 9pm Tuesday night [12/14].  PLEASE DO NOT PLACE AN ONLINE ORDER...this time.  :-)
NOTE: If you want me to call or email a friend or relative to prompt an order, please provide me with their name and contact information. I am happy to help them with Christmas shopping! However, please also provide me with a Wish List [see attached], so I can lead them in the right direction for you.
I look forward to hearing from you and Merry Christmas!
Happy Stamping,
Julie Tupper, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
4R Deca Circle
Derry, NH 03038
(603) 434-1024
Customer Website:

Friday, December 11, 2009

More Christmas Cards

Yultide Christmas -- I saw this main image at the Portland, Maine Regionals in October and just had to create a card around it. LOVE IT!

Cool Dudes Card -- I cased this one from somewhere online. So sorry to the original artist to not give you due credit. Love the color scheme and simple layout! Another favorite of the SAS attendees.


Acetate Ornament Punch Card -- Again, I cased this one from somewhere online. So sorry to the original artist to not give you due credit. Another favorite of the SAS attendees. LOVE IT!

And more...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Christmas Card Idea

Lovely As A Tree Gift Card Holder -- Such an understated card.  Love it's design.  I will get a picture of the inside posted as soon as I can.
Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set – p.110
God’s Blessings Stamp Set – p.140
Four the Holidays Stamp Set – Mini p.19
Textured Jumbo Wheel – p.100
Mellow Moss card stock, 12” x 5 ½” -- p.157
Whisper White card stock, 3 ¾” x 1 ¾”, 2 ¼”x 2”, Scrap -- p.155
Chocolate Chip card stock, 4” x 2”, 2 ½” x 2 ¼”, Scrap – p.156
Always Artichoke card stock, 4 ¾”x 2 ¾” – p.157
Mellow Moss Classic Ink pad -- p.157
Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker – p.156
Mellow Moss Jumbo Wheel Cartridge – p.157
Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon, 15” – p.183
Wide Oval Punch – p.186
Designer Label Punch – p.186
Word Window Punch – p.186
3/4” Circle Punch – p.186
Stampin’ Dimensionals – p.192
Jumbo Wheel – p.193
Sticky Tape – p.192
Paper Cutter, p.191
Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, p.191

  1. Using Paper Cutter, score 12” x 5 ½” Mellow Moss CS at 4 ¼”, 6” and 7 ¾”.
  2. Fold card in a “W” pattern. Line underside of card at folds with Sticky Tape in a “I____I” pattern. NOTE: See example to verify you are gluing properly.
  3. Use pencil to slightly mark ¼” in on sides of flap. Line up outside BLACK edge of Word Window Punch on mark on left side and punch only half way in. Repeat on right side. Use ¾” Circle Punch to punch a half circle on edge in middle of flap.
  4. Wheel front and inside of gift card with Textured Jumbo Wheel and Mellow Moss Ink Cartridge [in wheel]. NOTE: Wheel on either side of the flap.
  5. Stamp saying on 2 ¼”x 2” Whisper White CS. Layer on 2 ½” x 2 ¼” Chocolate Chip CS. Adhere inside.
  6. SNAIL ribbon and wrap around card.
  7. Ink “Pine tree” in Mellow Moss Ink. Use Blender Pen to “brush off” trunk and ground. Ink trunk and ground with Chocolate Chip Marker. Stamp onto Whisper White CS.
  8. Layer main image onto Chocolate Chip CS and then onto Always Artichoke CS. Adhere with Dimensionals.
  9. Use Wide Oval Punch to punch an oval out of scrap Chocolate Chip CS.
  10. Ink “Christmas” with Chocolate Chip Marker. Stamp on scrap Whisper White CS. Use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to image “Merry” OVER “Christmas” with marker. Punch with Designer Label Punch. Adhere to oval and main image.
  11. Tie ribbon.

Christmas Cards

So, at Christmastime I have the toughest time deciding on what I want to do for my Christmas cards.  I make endless samples for myself, my customers, workshops and classes.  I use them in my Big Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.  I cut endless cards for other people, but when it comes down to it, I CAN NEVER DECIDE!!!  I am currently at that place again this year.  I are saying "Seriously, Julie, THIS is what you are worried about?"  Well, no not really, but as you know stamping is a passion that I have!  I just want to get it right.  Oh, and then there is getting the a-okay sign from my husband.  Hahaha!

Here are some of the latest samples:

Tree Trimming Card -- I did this one at Convention in August!  It was a favorite of all of my SAS attendees!  Isn't is so simple and beautiful?

Make Merry Wreath Card -- This was one of the Make & Takes at the Portland, Maine Regionals in October.  I love the non-traditional Certainly Celery as the green with the hint of Real Red popped off the wreath and in the ribbon.   LOVE IT!

So, as you can see, there is much to choose from, and those are just a few of my samples!  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS, Holiday Extravaganza, Holiday Gift Giving Guide & MORE

Dear Stampers,

Remember, TODAY is the day to save BIG!

These deals are so much better than a Black Friday sale. Why? You won't even have to brave the traffic and the crazy shoppers! :-)
*Holiday Online Extravaganza: Save 30 - 50% off of some of Stampin' Up's most popular items with the Online Extravaganza! THIS SALE IS AMAZING! A list of the items is noted below for your convenience. For all the sale details and to shop online visit my website. JUST CLICK HERE.

*Holiday Gift Giving Guide: You'll love the convenience of our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide! With gift ideas for kids, teens, neighbors, and more, it's your one-stop shop for all your holiday needs. Plus, when you spend $50 on products in the guide, you'll get a D├ęcor Elements for FREE (up to a $16.95 value)!

In addition to SU!s great sale, I am adding TWO additional offerings:

*My Black Friday Special: TODAY, when you place an online order of at least $50 on my SU! website, you will receive a "credit" equal to 20% of your retail purchase to spend with me in January!

*Julie’s Blog Special: Go to this BLOG POST for an additional GREAT deal! Leave a comment on there, and I will apply your deal to when your order is placed.

Remember that when you order online your stampin' products are shipped right to your home! How easy is that!?

· Do your Christmas shopping and get a gift they'll love!

· Get a special gift for yourself and get a great deal!

Woohoo! So what are you waiting for? PLACE AN ORDER TODAY!

Happy Stamping,

Thanksgiving Blessings to You!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Don't Forget - SPECIALS

Don't Forget these fabulous Specials going on now until Monday the 30th.





Place an online order, of at least $50, through my website ( on November 27th and you will receive a "credit" to spend in January equal to 20% of your retail purchase.

You are eligible to combine the Black Friday Special with my current BLOG SPECIAL and the Online Extraveganza!

Note: If you are a Stamper’s Club Member, your credit may be used on your January club purchase! Yippee!


This week is a time of Thanksgiving, and I give God thanks for the many blessings and trials [yes, even the trials] that have come my way.  This has been a tough year emotionally for me.  Why?  I don't know.  But, what I do know is that I am blessed.  God reminds me every day of His unfailing love through any means necessary.  He speaks His love to me where I am at, can hear and accept it....a hug from my son, the smile on my daughter's face, the graciousness of my husband to know when I need a hug verses to be given some space, a friend's caring and persistant calls to check in on me, my customers excitement to the my creations...  For these and many other things, I am thankful this year.  God is so good.

Take time in this busy season to remember why you are thankful, and if perchance you are having a tough time coming up with something.  Just stop, be still and listen for God to speak to your heart.  He is trying to get through to you.  If you cannot hear Him, just breathe.

Wow...that came out a lot more solemn than I anticipated.  Truely, I am thankful!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cardinal Christmas

My grandmother loved cardnials.  The Cardinal Christmas stamp set reminds me of her, so I stamp with it for only the most special cards to give to only the most special people in my life.  She was a fabulous woman and gave the best hugs!

Anywho, I used Shimmer Spray on this card's background, which I explained how to make in THIS POST.  Oh boy, DO I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Cardinal Christmas Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Basic Brown Classic Ink
Ruby Red Classic Ink
Garden Green Classic Ink
Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder
Shimmer Spray
5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin' Sponges

Petals-A-Plenty Poinsetta Card

So, in my last post I told you about my passion for the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder.  Well, here is another example of how I have used it.  It really decorates up a card FAST!  Like I said have GOT to get your hands on this little tool!  So, so many ways to use it!

Berry Merry Stamp Set
Real Red Card Stock
Kraft Card Stock
Soft Suede Card Stock
Certainly Celery Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Real Red Classic Ink
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Big Shot Die-cut Machine
Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder
Silver Brads
Paper Piercing Tool
Mat Pack
Scalloped Edge Punch
3/4" Real Red Grosgrain Polka-Dot Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, November 16, 2009

Simple Cardinal Christmas, Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder & Shimmer Spray

Hi Stampers -- I have as of late been obsessed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog on page 21.  It is what makes those fun little poinsetta flowers around the image of my cardinal.!  I have seen many takes on how obtain the oval void in the card front.  I made an oval template out of my husband's disgarded comic book backboards.  It took a while to cut, and, though I am pleased with my inginuity, I decided that it was not the best way to get this look.  My favorite tutorial on this technique is done by Patty Bennett.  She does it with a thin wooden template.  Go check it out!  I went out and bought my own for $1.19!  Big spender...I know!

Another favorite new "toy" is Shimmer Paint!  Oh my...if you haven't tried this fabulous new bling for your creations, you don't know what you are missing!  Shimmery is the key word.  LOVE IT!  At the Portland, Maine SU! Regional, I saw Shimmer Spray for the first time.  One of the demonstrators had done this technique on her cards, and I just fell in love with it!  She was kind enough to give me a quick rundown on how to acheive this SHIMMERY look.  [I know it is hard to see on the card, but trust me it is there!]


  • Simply take Hydrogen Peroxide and a small spray bottle. 

  • Fill the spray bottle with the Hydrogen Peroxide.

  • Dip the sprayer tube in the Shimmer Paint and then into the peroxide 5 or 6 times until the peroxide is shimmery.

  • Spray your cardstock and let dry for 5-10 minutes.  DONE!

Stampin' Supplies
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Soft Suede Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Basic Black Ink
Real Red Ink
Modern Label Punch
Word Window Punch
Big Shot Die Cut Machine
Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder

Shimmer Spray
2-Way Glue
Fine Cosmo Glitter - Red

Sunday, November 15, 2009


When you place an online order between now and November 30th, you will...
  • Be entered in a raffle to win a $20 Stampin' Up! shopping spree from me, plus a Mystery Stamp Set from my Stampin' Closet!
  • Earn a raffle ticket for every $25 ordered [i.e. purchase $75 and recieve THREE raffle tickets!] could purchase My Digital Studio for $79.95 [plus S/H] and earn a $16.95 Decor Element. And, possibly earn a $20 SU! shopping spree AND a Mystery Stamp Set! That is potentially $140 in product for $80!

Woohoo! So what are you waiting for? PLACE AN ORDER TODAY!

Blog Header

Oh, and by the way, I used My Digital Studio to create my new Blog Header! I just love that program! You seriously have got to get your hands on it.

To ORDER go to my website at , click on "SHOP NOW", and enter Item #118108 to place your My Digital Studio order. NOTE: Since your purchase is in the Holiday Gift Giving Guide and over $50, you will receive a FREE $16.95 Decor Element! Go to the Definately Decorative Brochure to pick yours today!

*This was my first blog header....bright, cheery and impossible to match colors to make the blog look nice! So, I went back to the drawing board.

Finally DONE!

So what do you think?  I am thouroughly pleased with my blog's new look!  Woohoo!  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but I finally got it!  Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU think.  Even if you have constructive critisizim, that is fine by me!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Hi all -- I am revamping my blog, so please bear with me!  Thank you! --Julie

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Bearthday -- How Cute Is She?

The 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog has so many fabulous new items and the Build-A-Bear Collection is one!!  Check out this sweet card I made with the Beary Best Friends stamp set.

1. Adhere 2” So Saffron DSP ½” from the bottom of Kraft gift card. Punch two holes at either side of small DSP strip, add Silver brads, then adhere above the large piece of DSP.
2. Punch a 3/16” hole ½” in and down on the right side under the small DSP strip. Tie Close To Cocoa Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon around front of card. [Ask for tips on how to tie a “stay-put” bow.]
3. Pierce row of holes above DSP using paper-piercing tool.
4. Stamp girl bear image in Jet Black StazOn ink on watercolor paper. Watercolor image using Stampin’ Write Markers and Aquapainter. [Tip: Use the Aquapainter to slightly wet the Watercolor Paper where you want to apply the color. Take your marker and apply small amount of color around the edges. Use the Aquapainter to blend the color inward. Add more ink as needed.] Rich Razzleberry = dress, flower; Soft Suede = arms, legs, head; Mellow Moss = ground; Going Gray = shoes; and, So Saffron = balloon
5. Round corners of watercolor paper using Corner Rounder punch and adhere to card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
6. Stamp "Happy Bearthday" in Jet Black StazOn ink on DSP underneath girl bear.
  • Beary Best Friends stamp set, Mini – p.34
  • Beary Nice Wishes stamp set, Mini - p.36

  • Kraft card stock, 11”x 4¼”, p.159
  • So Saffron Designer Series paper, 2 ½” x 4¼”, ½” x 4¼”, p.161
  • Watercolor paper, ½ sheet, p.158

  • Jet Black StazOn Ink pad, p.190
  • In Color Stampin’ Write Markers, p.155
  • Going Gray Stampin’ Write Marker [Assorted only], p.155
  • So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker, p.157
  • Mellow Moss Stampin’ Write Marker, p.157

  • Soft Suede ½” Grosgrain Ribbon, p.182
  • Silver brads, p. 179
  • Stampin' Dimensionals, p.192
  • Aqua Painter, p. 192
  • Paper-piercing tool, p.191
  • Cropodile, p.191
  • Mat Pack, p.191
  • 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, p.186
  • 1/16” Circle Punch, p.186

Sweet Treat Cup Sunflower Card

O.K., so, I am well aware that Christmas is just around the corner and Thanksgiving is even closer.  However, I finally figured out what this stamp is for out of the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog and just HAD to share this card with you. 

The Sweet Centers stamp set has six stamps in it:  a "hot air balloon", an "ornament top", a "heart", an "'Eek You're Sweet' Square", "leaves", and .....what is that other thing?!?  My husband and I pondered it for quite some time and came up with some of the weirdest ideas...."A tongue?  Nah!  Stampin' Up! wouldn't do that!"  Sheesh!  So, I put the set away for a bit and pulled it out again before my Mini Catalog Stamp Camp in September.  Ahha!  I ran upstairs exclaiming, "It's a PETAL!  A PETAL!  Hence the leaves, duh!"  My husband stared at me like I had lost my mind.  Phew!  Took me forever to figure it out, but I finally got it.  I know, I know....not too bright....or perhaps you wondered what it was, too.  Hahaha!

Anywho, if you have not had the chance to view the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog, please email me at and I will send you a FREE copy!  It is fabulous! 

So, here is my Sweet Treat Cup Sunflower Card.  I just LOVE it.  I stamped the petal from point to point around a 1-3/4"Circle Template that I made with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch that coordinates nicely with the Sweet Treat Cups.  Then, I stamped it again layering the petal stamp in between two stamped petal images.  This gives the double flower look.  LOVE IT!  Fill your Sweet Treat Cup with Mini Chocolate Chips.  The only thing that I forgot to do was make a "door" inorder for the receiver to get the chocolate chips out.  Oh well!  Live and learn!


1. Fold your gift card. Adhere Chocolate Chip CS. Tie ribbon.
2. In Garden Green Ink, stamp “leaves” on Old Olive CS. Cut out and set aside.
3. In Summer Sun Ink, stamp “petal” SIX OR SEVEN times in a circle. [Tip: Use the “Circle Template” to line up the curve of the petal.] LAYER “petal” stamp in between two flower petals and stamp again to create a fuller flower image. Trim the flower.
4. Add Dotto to the back of the flower. Line up, stick on the Glass Mat, and cut a 1 ¾” circle in the middle.
5. Adhere the “flower” on top of the Sweet Treat Cup. [Tip: The remaining Dotto should keep it in place. If not, add some SNAIL to the edge of the flower.] Pile the chocolate chips onto the Chocolate Chip CS. Adhere “flower” by pulling off the white liner and centering over the Chocolate Chip CS.
6. Add leaves with SNAIL.

Sweet Centers stamp set, Mini – p.6
Think Happy Thoughts Stamp Set

Old Olive, scrap, p.156
Chocolate Chip, 4”x4”, p.156
Whisper White, 4”x4”, p.155

Summer Sun Classic Ink, p.156
Garden Green Classic Ink, p.156
Staz On – White, p.190

Dotto, p.192
Paper Snips, p.191
Circle Scissors Plus, p.191
Glass Mat, p.191
Sweet Treat Cups, Mini – p.6
Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain, p.183
Chocolate Chips, grocery store

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Digital Studio CARDS

O.K., so Stampin' Up!s NEW My Digital Studio absolutely ROCKS!  I am so excited to have on the go creating with me no matter where I go!  I love all the choices that can be made with it. 

Let's talk about CARDS with MDS.  Love the template ideas.  Love the images.  LOVE IT!  Here is the card that SU! presents in the MDS commercial.  Yes [in case you are wondering] I really did watch it and replay it a bunch of times to figure this card out!  Really love the colors, the text, the layout.  Super easy to duplicate, but I love turning this creation into a Hybrid they do in the MDS Commercial.  So, here it is! 

 Oh, and, click here to view the MDS Commercial.  YOU HAVE GOT TO GET THIS PROGRAM!!!

Lovely As A Tree Matted Card

Last year's Stamp-A-Stack included this fabulous card, too!  I love the matted snowflakes behind the tree!  So, pretty!  O.K., so I got the idea for this card off Beate John's blog last year.  She credits her inspiration from Julie Buhler's card.  Both ladies have fabulous blogs and ideas!

Comments: Fold Whisper White CS in half. Adhere Handsome Hunter CS to the card front. Lay the ¾” Border Template that I made over the Kraft CS and wheel with the Snowflakes. Then, sponge with White Craft ink in the center and remove template when done. Ink the tree with Handsome Hunter Classic ink and use a Blender Pen and Chocolate Chip Ink Pad to color over the stem. Stamp it on the right hand side of the rectangle. Stamp “Merry Christmas” in Chocolate Chip by using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help you line it up. Using the Paper Piercing Tool, Guide and Mat from the Crafter’s Tool Kit, pierce a border around the white rectangle. Layer onto Chocolate Chip CS. From provided scrap CS, punch 1” Chocolate Chip circle and SNAIL to the upper left hand side. Using the Cropodile punch 3/16” hole and set a Jumbo Eyelet. Tie your White Taffeta Ribbon through the hole and adhere layer to card with SNAIL.

Stamp Sets:
 Lovely As A Tree
 Snowflake Wheel
 All Holidays

Classic Stampin’ Pad®, Handsome Hunter
 Craft Stampin’ Pad®, Whisper White
 Classic Stampin’ Pad®, Chocolate Chip
 Stampin’ Write Marker®, Chocolate Chip
 Standard Wheel Cartridge, Uninked
 Ink Refill, Whisper White

 Whisper White Card Stock, 5½” x 8½”
 Kraft Card Stock, 3¾”x 5”,
 Chocolate Chip Card Stock, 5¼” x 4”
 Handsome Hunter Card Stock, 5 ½” x 4¼”,
 Whisper White Envelope, Medium

 Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
 Crafter’s Tool Kit, Paper Piercing RETIRED
 1” Circle Punch
 Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White, 4”
 Jumbo Eyelets, Antique Brass
 Cropodile
 Stampin’ Sponge
 Blender Pens

Watercolor Die-cut Snowflake Chunky Glitter Card

My Customers made this glittery card at last years BIG Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.  Looks hard, but is really easy!  NOTE:  The word stamp is from Punches Three which is a retired Hostess set from the last catalog.  If you do not have it, feel free to replace it with another saying stamp.  Enjoy!

Comments: Fold the Whisper White CS gift card. Adhere Night of Navy CS to card front. Using Watercolor Wonder Crayons color streaks across the Watercolor Paper from top to bottom: Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Night of Navy. Blend colors with the Aquapainter. Allow to dry. [This paper will curl up when wet, but will dry flat.] Die-cut SIX small snowflakes [2 Night of Navy, 4 Whisper White]. Adhere the Watercolor Paper to the card front. Adhere the white snowflakes with one Mini Glue Dot each. Adhere other snowflakes to top. Ink “A very merry…” by brushing Night of Navy Marker across the image and stamp on provided scrap Whisper White CS. Punch out with the Scalloped Square Punch. Trim with Paper Snips and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Place card in Powder Pal® tray. Apply 2-Way Glue in swirls to card front and across some of your snowflakes. Cover with glitter, then tap the card stock firmly to remove excess glitter. Pour glitter into jar.
Stamp Sets:
 Punches Three RETIRED

 Stampin‘ Write Marker, Night of Navy
 Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Rich Regals
 Whisper White Card Stock, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scrap
 Night of Navy Card Stock, 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, scrap
 Watercolor Paper, 5” x 3 ¾”
 Whisper White Envelope, Medium

 Aquapainter
 Powder Pal® Trays
 Stampin’ Glitter, Chunky Essentials
 2-Way Glue Pen
 Scalloped Square Punch
 Mini Glue Dots®
 Paper Snips
 Sizzix Die 4-Pack, Snowflakes Set #2
 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
 Stampin’ Dimensionals


So, it has been a while.  Sorry, Stamper's, but this Fall season has taken it's toll on me.  I have created many, many fabulous things, however time has flown by and taking pictures of everything has not been on the top of my list.  I hope you understand.  However, I am back and ready to share consistantly!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Brag Book Album - In Memorium

The Manhattan Flowers stamp set coupled with a saying from the Refuge and Strength stamp set are what I used to make this Brag Book Album.  I have posted brag books before, so Click Here to view them. if you want to see some different designs and directions.

If you are wondering what I put inside this one, it is full of pictures of someone dear to my family...Great Grandma Emily.  She was my husband's "adopted Canadian grandmother" and she passed away recently after living a wonderful life.  Long story short, but she and her husband ended up being just like grandparents to Erik while he was attending high school at Grenville Christian College.  Hence, she was given a special coursage and escorted down the aisle to a special seat at our wedding over eight years ago; we had the chance to visit with her and introduce her to our children on two seperate occassions in Canada; and, today we celebrate her life in memorial.  I didn't know her for too long, but she was a dear woman and I am sure she is in Heaven with the Lord today!

O.K., at any rate, Erik is off to the memorial today and asked me to pull together some pictures of our Canada trips for Emily's children.  So, that is why I made the Brag Books.  I hope they speak comfort to her family.  It was a blessing to know her!

Project Supplies:
Manhattan Flowers Stamp Set
Refuge & Strength Stamp Set
Night Of Navy CS
Brocade Blue CS & Ink
Old Olive CS & Ink
Staz On Ink - Black
Jumbo Eyelets
Wide Oval Punch
5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive
2-Way Glue Pen
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Powder Pal
Stampin' Sponges
Medium Envelopes - Clear
Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks Birdie Card - Dry Embossing with SU!'s Texturz Plates

Fun & Fast Notes is really such a versitale stamp set, but rarely do I stamp with it!  I really should change that up! 

Not sure if you can see it or not, but the Basic Black CS is dry embossed with SU!'s Flower Texturz Plate [one of many].  Here is a tip to getting a super good impression.  Ready?  I learned this at Convention!  Wait for it.....

Spritz the CS with a bit of water BEFORE you run it through the Big Shot and the impression will come out super clean and extra deep!  "Water!?!  Seriously?  That is the big secret?"  Yes, indeed-ee-do!  Give it a go!

1. Fold your Whisper White CS in half and crease with the Bone Folder.
2. Use the Flower Texturz Plate to Dry Emboss “simple flowers” on the Basic Black CS with the Big Shot. Build your “Big Shot Sandwich” from bottom to top as follows: Multipurpose Platform on TAB 1, Textured Plate, Basic Black CS, Silicone Rubber and Impressions Pad. Adhere to gift card.
3. Stamp “birdie” in Black Staz On Ink onto Whisper White CS. Clean stamp with Staz On Cleaner.
4. Color in the “birdie” image with the following Stampin’ Write Markers:
        • Flower – Bermuda Bay, Stem – Old Olive, Bird – Crushed Curry, Beak & Feet – Pumpkin Pie
5. Layer onto Bermuda Bay CS.
6. Punch the flower center with the 1/16” Circle Punch and insert an Earth Elements Brad – More Mustard. Adhere to Old Olive CS with three Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere to gift card.
7. SNAIL, fold in half & trim a 2½” piece of Black Gingham Ribbon. Adhere under Bermuda Bay CS.
Project Supplies:

113500 Fun & Fast Notes $33.95 p56

101406 Staz On Ink Pad – Jet Black $7.95 p190

116329 Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker – Assorted $17.95 p155

116329 Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker – Assorted $17.95 p155

105115 Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker $3.25 p156

100079 Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker $3.25 p156

101731 Whisper White Cardstock, 8½”x 5½” & 2”x 2¼” $7.50 p155

115317 Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 2¼”x 2 ½” $5.50 p155

100702 Old Olive Cardstock, 2 ¾”x 3” $5.50 p156

104832 Gingham Ribbon – Black $7.50 p183

101227 1/16” Circle Punch $8.95 p186

106955 Earth Elements Brads $8.95 p179

108362 Cropodile $29.95 p191

109196 StazOn Cleaner $4.95 p190

113439 Big Shot Die Cut Machine $99.95 p194

115962 Stampin’ Up! Texturz Plates – Backgrounds 1 $11.95 p195

111353 Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber $5.50 p194

114614 Standard Texturz Impressions Pad $5.95 p194

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Birthday Special #4: Earn extra hostess $$$ in October

Hi there, Stampers!

Well, we've celebrated the week away together. I know some of you are eagerly awaiting the next special, so here is the last one, Special #4! You are going to LOVE this one, too!

Note: Please make sure to read down all the don't want to miss out on any details!


Special #4: Earn extra hostess $$$ in October & Earn "My Digital Studio" for 50% off!!!

This special has THREE fabulous deals all wrapped into ONE! Check it out!
  1. I am offering you $10 EXTRA in Hostess Free Merchandise just for booking and hosting a successful workshop in the month of October! Unbelievable, but true...yes, you have read this correctly Stampers. Book with me in October and I will guarantee you at least $25 in Hostess Free Merchandise! [Normally, with a $150 workshop you would earn $15 in free merchadise.] WOW! You could get that stamp set you've been drooling over for a long while, OR a whole bunch of card stock, OR several ink pads, OR something from the Holiday Mini Catalog!
  2. Also, when you host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10! *Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.
  3. And, if you host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50% off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97)!
Now you are probably saying, but "I don't know what My Digital Studio even is, Julie! Why is this such a huge deal?" Well let me tell you.....actually, why don't you check it out?!

Want more information about My Digital Studio CLICK HERE to view a video. [Be forewarned ;-), I already have MDS and the video made me want it even more!] You are going to want to earn this for 50% off! CRAZY!

So if you have been thinking that you want to have some friends over for a fun evening of stamping or even if you haven't, you are defintately going to want to book a workshop with me in October!

Available Dates:
Monday, October 5th
Tuesday, October 6th
Friday, October 9th
Monday, October 12th
Tuesday October 13th
Tuesday, October 20th
Friday, October 23th
Monday, October 26th
Tuesday, October 27th
Friday, October 30th

It pays to host in October.....
  • A free catalog [if you don't already have one],
  • At least $25 in Free Merchandise,
  • At least a Level 1 Hostess Set,
  • Possibly an item from the Mini for $10,
  • And, possibly earning My Digital Studio for 50% off!
Call me at 603-434-1024 OR email to arrange your workshop date!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

SPECIAL #3: All Occassions Card Contest

Hi there, Stampers!

As you all know by now, I celebrated my birthday on Monday, and we are continuing to celebrate all week long together as stampin' buddies! Here is Special #3! You are going to LOVE this one, too!

Note: Please make sure to read down all the don't want to miss out on any details!

SPECIAL #3: All Occassions Card Contest

I am hosting my very first All Occassions Card Contest!
  • Are you having a tough time finding new card layouts?
  • Are you in need of some new and fresh ideas?
  • Do you like to swap with other people, but do not have anyone to swap with?
  • Do you want some free Stampin' Up! merchandise?
Yes? Then, send me a card via good 'ol fashion Snail Mail! Come on! Give it a try. You have nothing to loose and only great ideas to gain!

What will I get? For your efforts, you will recieve a digital copy of ALL the entries sent to me, AND, be entered to win a $10 gift certificate from me to use on your next Stampin' Up! catalog order!

How do I enter? Please make sure to do the following...
  1. Create a card for any occassion...birthday, holiday, get well, etc. It is entirely up to you.
  2. Use only Stampin' Up! cardstock, stamp sets and accessories to create your card. [I am after all partial to SU! ;-) ]
  3. On an attached sticky note, please list the ingredients [colors, tools, accessories] for your card.
  4. By all means, make sure to include all of your information [i.e. name, address, phone number, email]
  5. Can you send more than one entry? YES! Bring it on!
  6. Have fun!
When is it due? Please have all entries to Julie Tupper, 4R Deca Circle, Derry, NH 03038 by Thursday, September 23rd. That gives you ONE full week to come up with your fabulous idea and snail mail it to me!
When will the card contest winner be chosen? By Monday the 28th! [I will be asking my Stamp Camp attendees to vote for their favorite!] I'll let those who participate know who the winner is.

So, get crafting! I can't wait to see all of your fabulous ideas!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"All Inked Up" Mystery Hostess Special

Hi there, Stampers!

I celebrated my birthday yesterday, and I want to continue celebrating all week long with YOU, my stampin' buddies! Here is Special #2! You are just going to LOVE this one!

SPECIAL #2: Hostess Level III Benefits for only $63.75!

Did you know that you can save $1.12 per ink pad by purchasing your Stampin' Up! Classic Ink's in color families?

Through my "All Inked Up!" Mystery Hostess Program, you have the possibility of earning the following items for FREE!
Color Caddy OR $55.00 in Stampin' Up! product of your choosing AND

Exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets: 3 level I OR 2 level I and 1 level II OR 1 level I and 1 level III (Hostess Stamp Set Choices, see attached pdf) AND

1 item from the Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10.00!!!

For only $63.75 (includes shipping) you can select your color family. Your name will then be entered into my Mystery Hostess draw and you could win the products above! Feel free to select multiple color families to amp up your chances to be the Mystery Hostess. For each color family you purchase, your name will be entered into the draw.

Normally, to earn these benefits, you'd have to host a party (or place an order) of at least $550.00! So, why not spend a fraction of the cost - get ink pads and get your name entered for the Mystery Hostess beneftis? [Note: I need 10 people inorder to guarantee benefits at a $550 workshop, so now is the time to add to those color family ink pads!]

BONUS: If you reserve a spot by September 16, 2009 - your name will be entered TWICE into the drawing!

Mystery Hostess offer ends Friday, September 18, 2009.
Email me at to reserve your spot today.


SPECIAL #1: Sign up by TODAY...I still have several openings in a new Stamper's Club that I am starting THIS month [September 15th]. If you join a club this month, you will not only receive a free catalog and guaranteed $15 in Hostess Benefits and at least a Level 1 Hostess Set during your club hostess month, BUT you will also receive a FREE STAMP SET from my stamp bin when you join! And, you will be eligible to come to the Mini Catalog Stamp Camp on Sept.25th or 26th for free, as well! Sign up by TODAY, Tuesday, Sept. 15th, for your free stamp set! [Current Club Members: You may join another club and double your membership! Give me a call if you are interested for more details.]

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rich Razzleberry Lemonade Card

Oh my, oh my, RICH RAZZLEBERRY pie!  I just LOVE the names of the new In Colors for this well as the new In Colors themselves.  ;-)  Say them with, come on....they are so much fun to say!
Dusty Durango
Rich Razzleberry
Melon Mambo
Crushed Curry
Soft Suede
Bermuda Bay
Can't you just imagine sitting in a room and having the job of coming up with the names?  Oh the pressure, the fun!  But, whomever does it, does it soooooo well!  Hats off to you!  [I would love to see some of the names that are disgarded...wouldn't you?...just curious...]

Anywho, here is an easy card.  I just adore the new Razzleberry Lemonade DSP.  So fabulous!  It dresses up this card quickly, and, coupled with the Razzle Dazzle and Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets, makes a quick addition to your card collection.  Switch up the colors for a different look.  Give it a try and let me know what you came up with at  OR leave a comment on this post.

1. Fold your Rich Razzleberry CS in half and crease with the Bone Folder.
2. SNAIL Razzleberry Lemonade DSP onto the gift card.
3. Use the Cropodile to punch a 3/16” circle approx. 1” UP & 1” IN on the left side of DSP.
4. Wrap the ½” Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon around the FRONT of the gift card. Push the ends through the hole in the BACK. Now, knot ends around the ribbon on the card front.
5. Stamp the “flower” image on the bottom right in Rich Razzleberry Ink.
6. Stamp “friend to friend” in Basic Black Ink.
Project Supplies:

116714 Razzle Dazzle $27.95 p124

115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes $36.95 p145

115316 Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p155

101179 Basic Black Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p155

115316 Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, 11”x4 ¼” $5.50 p155

115675 Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, 3” x 4 ¼” $9.95 p162

115613 ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon – Rich Razzleberry $9.95 p182

108362 Cropodile $29.95 p191

Thursday, September 10, 2009


IT IS HERE!  IT IS HERE!  My Digital Studio, by Stampin' Up!, was released to demonstrators on Sept. 1st, and will be avaliable to customers on Oct. 1st. This gives us a chance to read the tutorials and play with the program and be able to answer all your questions on Oct. 1st !! :)

I am HOOKED on this program. I LOVE IT!!  I received my UPS shipment this afternoon, loaded the program onto my laptop tonight, and have been playing ever since! are just going to LOVE this!

This is my first page.  And, I created it all on my laptop with My Digital Studio [MDS].  I decided to go freestyle with a Photo Template and create my own page from there.  Oh my, too much fun!  Tomorrow I am going to use one of the many scrapbook templates that is provided on MDS to create a FULL SCRAPBOOK in minutes.  All I will have to do is the "drag and drop" feature with my photos and added text... WAY TOOOOO EASY! and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH FUN! :)  I can not wait to play more.

Check back soon for more pages!!!

If you are interested in purchasing this program on Oct. 1st, just let me know and I'll be sure to send you a reminder in a couple weeks. Check pages 38 and 39 in your Holiday Mini Catalog for more details.  And if you don't have a Mini Catalog, please contact me at!  I would be happy to send you one for free!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

So Saffron DSP Build-A-Flower Card

This card is surprisingly easy to do. Give it a try!

1. Score and fold your So Saffron DSP gift card at 1¾” and 5¾”. Then, crease with the Bone Folder.
2. Round the edges with the Corner Rounder Punch.
3. Decide which pattern you would like on the inside/outside.
4. Die-cut Real Red & Crushed Curry flowers with the Big Shot & Build-A-Flower Bigz Die. Layer from bottom to top [Cutting Pad, Bigz Die, two colors of CS & Cutting Pad] and then roll through the Big Shot.
5. SNAIL your flower together. Use the 3/16” punch on the side of the Cropodile to punch a hole in the middle. Push Jumbo Eyelet through. Crimp with the Cropodile.
6. Wrap 15” of the ¼”Grosgrain Ribbon- Real Red around the card. Push ends of ribbon through the Jumbo Eyelet Flower and tie a knot. Trim edges of ribbon. Add two Stampin’ Dimensionals underneath flower for stability.
7. Round the edges of the Crushed Curry CS.
8. Stamp the “circles” on the bottom right corner in Crushed Curry & Real Red Ink.
9. Use the Cropodile to Dry Emboss the top of the CS. [Tip: Line up the 1/8” holes on the guide along the edge and press firmly, but not too hard, with the Cropodile. Move the guide over as needed.]
10. Stamp the saying in Real Red Ink using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, if you want. Stamp it close to the dry embossed circles. [Tip: I flipped my card and stamp upside-down for visual ease.]
To place an order go to . I have listed all the items used in this project and the item numbers below to help you with your shopping! Feel free to email me with any questions at . Thanks!

Project Supplies:
115778 Circle Circus $28.95 p129
113722 Hope Happens $19.95 p141
115659 Crushed Curry Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p155
103133 Real Red Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p156
112152 So Saffron DSP, 4” x 12” $9.95 p161
115319 Crushed Curry Cardstock, 5” x 5” $5.50 p155
102482 Real Red Cardstock, 5” x 5” $5.50 p156
109034 ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red $4.95 p183
108431 Jumbo Eyelets $9.95 p179
101049 Stamp-A-Ma-Jig $11.95 p191
108362 Cropodile $29.95 p191
104403 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95 p192

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Two Step Stamping - Dusty Durango Rose Friendship Card

I am a sucker for roses! I just love them. The way they smell. The different colors. Ooooo....I just love them! So, when SU! announced that it was retiring their "Wild Rose" set, I was so so so sad.....BUT, they must have known that I NEEDED a current rose set, and when the new catalog came out....VOILA....the "A Rose Is A Rose" set was there! Yippee! This set is just perfect! I love the Two-Step Stamping Technique and really enjoy showing it with this fabulous bunch of stamps. Thank you Stampin' Up!

I admit that yellow roses are my favorite, but to this day, I have yet to stamp a card with yellow roses.....that will need to change pronto! At any rate, when I saw the new In Colors, I HAD to try the Dusty Durango Ink with Pumpkin Pie. It is such a fabulous combonation. What do you think????

1. Fold your Old Olive CS in half and crease with the Bone Folder.
2. SNAIL Dusty Durango CS onto the gift card.
3. Stamp the following using 5 different stamps and the demo as a guide for placement:
· “Lg. Bold Rose” – Pumpkin Pie Ink
· “Lg. Rose Highlights” – Dusty Durango Ink
· “Bold Leaf” – Old Olive Ink
· “Leaf Highlights” – Garden Green Ink
· “Leaf with stem” -- Old Olive Ink
4. Stamp “frame” in Basic Black Ink onto Old Olive CS.
5. Using Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help guide the placement stamp “You’re a friend…” inside the frame. Cut out using Paper Snips and use two Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere over “Leaf with stem.”
6. Use 2-Way Glue Pen to lightly trace “friend.” Lay card in Powder Pal and sprinkle with the Fine Cosmo Glitter – Celery.

To place an order go to .
I have listed all the items used in this project and the item numbers below to help you with your shopping! Feel free to email me with any questions at . Thanks!

Project Supplies:
113792 Great Friend $17.95 p107
111560 A Rose Is A Rose $37.95 p99
115654 Dusty Durango Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p155
105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p156
102277 Old Olive Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p156
102272 Garden Green Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p156
101179 Basic Black Classic Ink Pad $5.95 p155
100702 Old Olive Cardstock, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scrap$5.50 p156
100730 Whisper White Cardstock, 3 ¾” x 5” $7.50 p155
115321 Dusty Durango Cardstock, 4” x 5 ¼” $5.50 p155
101049 Stamp-A-Ma-Jig $11.95 p191
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95 p192
108796 Fine Cosmo Glitter $13.95 p180
102197 Powder Pals $19.95 p188
100425 2-way Glue Pen $3.50 p192

103579 Paper Snips $9.95 p191
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