Up North

My Prince and I hit the road yesterday heading up North to where my husband lives with my Dad.  For those of you who don’t know, my Dad is getting up there in years and has a beautiful place between 2 lakes in Northern Minnesota.  A perfect fit for my fishing husband.

This is the view in front of me as I sit at the desk area that we have set up.  Pretty nice.  The sunsets are gorgeous.

So fittingly today I am sharing a couple of cards using the Wood Words stamp set which is bundled with the Wood Crate framelits in the new catalog.  The background of the card also showcases a great designer series paper stack – the 6″ x 6″ kind called Wood Textures.  The greeting on this card came from the Lovely Friends stamp set.

I am loving this designer series paper stack. . . I actually had a conversation with myself yesterday about not hoarding it!  When you get it, I think you will feel the same way! Product List

Crafting Forever

I pulled out this new Crafting Forever stamp set and did a little playing – well doing what I love!  And of course I had to use my new favorite color – Lemon Lime Twist!   What a perfect pairing with Basic Black.  And if you haven’t checked out the new Fresh Florals Designer series, I am loving it!   It’s like one of the color family designer series paper stacks we have had in the past.  This one comes in the new 2017-2019 In Colors.

And if you are a lover of the 6″ x 6″ designer series paper stacks, this cardbase layer comes from the Color Theory designer series paper stack.

I used more of the Crafting Forever stamp set.  I love this saying; “Do something Creative Everyday.”   It goes with my new motto;  “Create & Feel Great.”

Enjoy this weekend!

Tutoring with BJ on Thursdays – Beautiful You

Welcome to the next edition of Tutoring with BJ on Thursdays.  Today I am featuring a stamp set from the Occasions catalog that has been very popular and will be carrying over to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog – Beautiful You!

Here it is paired with a fresh color palette – Peekabook Peach and the Delightful Daisy designer series paper.  This greeting is one of my favorites – and frankly feels like a motto for how I want to live my life!

The card is a pretty duplicatable layout.  And the Stitched Shapes framelits are perfect.

Be sure and download your FREE Beautiful You Tutorial.  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday – Gorgeous!

Here’s another one of the cards that we made at my downline stampin’ bonanza last weekend.  It was designed by my friend LuAnn.   It uses the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set which is bundled with the Happy Birthday Thinlit – what a great combination!  And when you purchase as a bundle remember you save 10%!

You can also see one of the new embossing folders – “Oh My Stars.”  Another bonus of this stamp set is that it coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet punch – which you may already have!   Don’t you love it when you can use something you already have with something new?

What do you think of this color combination?  Have you checked out the 2017 In Color Combinations sheet that I posted on my website?  It’s under Catalogs and it is a free download for you!   Whoop Whoop!   There are great color combos there for you to play with!  This color combo is on there.

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Thailand Achievers Blog Hop – Annual Catalog Sneek Peak

Thailand Grand Vacation Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thailand Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop featuring Sneak Peeks from the FABulous 2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog!  These sneak peeks come from the top Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world!

Lovely Inside & Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

Now THIS is a whole lot of LOVELY!   In fact it comes from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set which is bundled with the Lovely Words Thinlits for a 10% savings!   Since this is truly a sneak peek, I did have to add a couple of other sneak peeks too!  The beautiful flowers come from the Colorful Seasons Stamp set which is bundled with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  They are the cuuuuutest little flowers!   Oh, and if you are checking out the cardbase – yummy Lemon Lime Twist a new 2017-2019 In Color (my fav)!   And the designer series paper is from the Pick a Pattern designer series paper pack.

Of course with a peek through card, I couldn’t forget about the inside of the card!   And I had to finish the full sentiment;  “Lovely Inside & Out!”  If you live in the U.S. and need to have your 2017 Annual Catalog, check out how you can get one from me here. 

I hope you enjoyed this bit of sneak peek inspiration.  Now make sure you check out the other amazing demonstrator creations from around the world.


Tips & Tricks with BJ on Tuesdays – Shadow Die Cutting

Welcome to Tuesday and another version of Tips and Tricks.  Today I am going to share how to do Shadow Die cutting with the Lovely Words thinlits and it’s coordinating bundle stamp – Lovely Inside & Out.

Lovely Inside & Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

What a FUN card!  Can you think of someone you would like to “send hugs & kisses” too?  This would be the perfect card to send!  You are going to love the tips & tricks that make this card amazingly fun!

Don’t the “hugs” just stand out with the shadow of Melon Mambo?  Just check out the video for all of the tips & tricks on this one!

If you don’t yet have your FABULOUS 2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog, find out how you can get one here.  Or download your wish list to start creating it here.

Don’t forget about my New Catalog Open House and my annual BOGO sale on June 3 9:00am-2:00pm!  RSVP!

Tranquil Tulips Beauty

Yesterday evening was a super FUN day!   Members of my team (the North Starz) came over and we had a stamping good time!   We stamped, shared and swapped cards and ideas.  Everyone went home with at least 10 card – some had 18!  All brand new ideas!

This Tranquil Tulips card was one of them.  It’s one of the new Hostess Sets in the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  The tulips look so life like!   This card is in Fresh Fig and Old Olive – a super yummy combination.

I know it’s hard to see but I added clear Wink of Stella to the tulips – a perfect accent.   And then I added some Crumb Cake flecks in the background to soften the Whisper White just a bit.  Super simple but stunning card!

If you would like to know more about joining my team (we are a super fun bunch), just let me know!   You can check out the details here.   It’s a great time with the excitement of the new catalog! Product List

Happy Birthday Thinlits!

Happy Birthday Thinlit,

I am loving the new In Colors!   And this card amazingly showcases them beautifully.  This card was inspired by one I saw created by Mary Fish, a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  It’s easy too. . . 3/4″ x 5″ strips!

Can you name the new In Colors yet?  From left to right;  Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.  I can’t pick a favorite because I am loving most of them!

I used the new Happy Birthday Thinlit to create the greeting.  LOVE the font!  Don’t be nervous about adhering this – once you can order the adhesive sheets, adhering this is a breeze!  You’ll want these on your first order for sure!

2017 In Color Product Shares,

Don’t forget to get your name on the list to reserve your In Color product share!   Check out all of the details on the 2 available product shares here. 

Creative Inking Blog Hop – What Goes Around

Welcome to this months Creative Inking Blog Hop!  Our thinking this month is; “What goes Around. . . ”  Basically anything that is round!  For my share I used the Eastern Palace product suite.  As a bonus, this product suite is the special this month from Stampin’ Up!  And this card is VERY special too!

This truly is an Eastern Beauty!  The Bermuda Bay and Eastern Gold vinyl stickers are the PERFECT match! And you’re going to love the touch of a special fold too!

Stampin' Up! Eastern Palace Special Fold

Check this out!  You are going to amazed at how simple it is to make too!  Did I tell you that this product suite is on special this month from Stampin’ Up!?   It is – and it comes with FREE gifts too!  And I have a deal sweetner too!

Special folds can be a little tricky sometimes but this one is amazingly beautiful and simple to create!  Of course the Eastern Palace bundle make it easy too!

My deal sweetner is 25 FREE tutorials if you purchase one of the limited time bundles from me!  Not only will you have a fabulous bundle of products complete with free gifts from Stampin’ Up! and me!  Check out the details of this promotion here.

You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.   Oh, and here is the video showcasing how to make this card.

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Now let’s check out the other “Round” inspiration!

Be sure and check back on the 20th of every month for more amazing ideas!

Fabulous (Foil) & Lovely Friends

Lovely Friends with Fabulous Foil Acetate

One of the carry over items into the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog is the Fabulous Foil Acetate.  If you haven’t used this in the past, it is gold on one side and silver on the other.  Here I have used the gold color with our brand new Berry Burst cardstock in the background.


The Fabulous Foil sure creates a fabulous and classy background.  I adhered it at the corners with a glue dot.  I embossed the greeting in gold to match the gold in the acetate.  A few flowers in Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist finish off the greeting.

The final touch is a Powder Pink bow with our new ribbons – LOVE.

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