Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3 different views

Today, I've got 3 different looks for the same basic card. It's really easy to change up a card just by using some different papers, adding ribbon, brads, & so on. These cards were made using the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set from Stampin' Up!I stamped on Whisper White. Then I layered cardstock using Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss & Green Galore. The card with the striped paper background is from the Sale-a-bration mini catalog using the Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper. So easy to do! I had fun with them & will be using them soon!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Busy Weekend

Hi All!
I had just a moment today so I'd thought I'd let ya'll know what's going on. Yesterday, I went to pick up 3 of the missionaries who are taking part in our conference at the Austin airport. It was terribly foggy all the way there but I didn't really have any problems. I made a wrong turn once in Austin & had to ask directions on how to get back to where I needed to me but it wasn't bad. I was able to have a nice visit with the ones I picked up. If you're in Temple, hopefully, you'll be able to stop by Immanuel Baptist some time tomorrow morning & meet our missionaries. The ones I've gotten to talk to so far are wonderful!
We're having the senior adults fellowship at our house this evening so I've got a lot to do today. We will have the missions fest at the church tomorrow morning from 9 - 11:30 am. After that, weather permitting, we will have a prayer walk, then a picnic at Miller Park. Hope you can come. Sunday morning service should be great. Pastor Ron will be interviewing the missionaries in with his sermon. After worship, we're having lunch in the FLC. Then I get to drive back to the airport to deliver the ones who flew in. David is planning on going with me then, so I won't have to drive.
I'll try to come up with something creative to put here for you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I've got a cute layout for you & it can be used with your upcoming Easter layout. The background is stamped with 2 stamps from the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set that will be in the new mini catalog that comes out April 1. You can pre-order this set right now if you wish. It is a set of 10 stamps for $34.95.
If you want to be on my mailing list & receive this mini catalog free, email me your snail mail address & I'll send one out to you. You can find my email address in the "About Me" section on my blog.
Here are the directions.

1. Using the Easter egg stamp from the Wagon Full of Fun stamp set, stamp eggs around the Mellow Moss cardstock in Certainly Celery ink. Stamp the eggs to about 1" from the top, bottom and left side and about 3" from the right side.
2. On the So Saffron 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock, stamp the duck with Summer Sun ink.
3. Using the Snail tape runner, adhere the So Saffron cardstock over the Mellow Moss cardstock. Place it so that it will slightly cover the eggs that you stamped on it.
4. Stamp your title on Whisper White cardstock and cut around the words.
5. Stamp 1 Easter egg and 1 duck on Whisper White cardstock with the Staz-on Jet Black ink. Using the Watercolor Pencils and the blender pens, color the egg and duck.
6. Apply Snail tape runner to the back of a 12 1/2 to 13" piece of So Saffron ribbon. Let the ends overlap the Mellow Moss cardstock & attach to the back. Slightly overlap the So Saffron cardstock with the ribbon.
7. Place dimensionals on the back of the egg and duck to pop them from the page. Add your pictures and journaling.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

Today has been a very busy day for me & it looks like it's not going to let up until next week. I hope I'll be able to post some ideas or layouts tomorrow & Thursday but I know that after that I won't have time to post until Monday. Please check back then & hopefully, I'll have something creative to share with you. My church is having our missions conference this weekend and since I'm on the missions committee, my whole weekend is booked solid.
I thought I'd share this layout with you today of 2 of my grandchildren from a couple yrs ago. The papers used in this layout are from SU! Tea Party designer series papers. I just love the floral and the lavenders! I think my favorite color is changing to lavender from the blue that it's been all my life. This was so easy to put together with the papers already matching. The title I stamps with Schoolbook Serif alphabet in Certainly Celery ink. The ribbon across the top is the Certainly Celery from the ribbon bundle in the Sale-a-bration brochure. If you want to get any of the free sets in the SAB mini, be sure you order by March 31. That's the last day for this sale.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tag album in 3 posts

Part One.

Good Morning! It's Monday and the start of another great week. Today, I've got a cool tag album that I made of my dgd, Victoria when they lived in Abilene. She was on a soccer team & I got to go up to watch her play one Saturday. That was a bit difficult to do often since it was a 3 hr drive from where we live. Maybe someday they'll live close enough for me to see all their special things!

To make this I used Brilliant Blue, Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I cut each piece to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and then folded each in half, like a card. I used my Big Shot and one of my old Sizzix dies, the large oval tag. I love the Big Shot because I can cut just about anything with it. Dies from any cutting machine will work with the Big Shot! I placed the folded side just to the inside of the right steel die cut area. Then ran it through the machine. This gave me a tag with one side folded. After I did this with 3 complete sheets of cardstock (2 folded tags per sheet), I then started running adhesive with my Snail on 1 side of the folded tag. I then glued 2 tags together so that they would stand up and 1 side would overlap the other. Hope that makes sense.

After I adhered all of the tags together, I took a few of my favorite stamps (Fifth Avenue Floral & Best Kind of Friend) and stamped over several of the tags. I stamped in the same ink color as the color of the cardstock. It gives a really nice look that way. Use scrap paper to use as a mask so that the ink goes just where you want it. That means, cover up the areas you don't want stamped with the scrap paper so you stamp only where you want it.

I used some pieces of scrap cardstock and designer paper (Raspberry Tart) to make pockets, journaling boxes and elements to decorate my album.

I finished it up with 1/4" strips of Whisper White grosgrain ribbon. What? It doesn't look like I used Whisper White ribbon? Well, since I'm still new in SU!, I can't afford to have every matching ribbon color available. Soooo... I took 8" pieces of the Whisper White and rubbed it across my Brilliant Blue, Green Galore & Tempting Turquoise ink pads. I left one end for my fingers, used the end of a paint brush to mash down & rubbed the ribbon back & forth on both sides several times in the chosen color. It gave me some beautiful matching ribbons. Be sure you give the ribbon at least 30 min. to dry. Then I tied the ribbons to the tops of each tag.

Tag album

Part three
This is what the finished tag album looks like. You can see from the pictures that this makes a 2 sided album. I used a total of 3 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock to make the complete album. It gave me 12 pages plus a title page. I hope that all of this makes sense. If any of it is confusing, leave me a comment & I'll try to explain better or clearer to help you in making your own tag album.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Sunday

Hi all! Tomorrow I'll give you a new paper craft of some type. Today, I want to be a bit more serious. Sunday is my favorite day of the week for lots of reasons. Of course, I love having a relaxing day, like most people, but the main reason it's my favorite is because I get the chance to worship my Lord & God, Jesus Christ, with other Christians. Our pastor preached an excellent sermon today on the conversion of Saul/Paul from Acts. Before Paul "saw the light," he was a very religious and self-righteous man and he had good reason to be. He had just about everything a Jew in that day could want. He was well respected and well educated and he was one of the chief persecutors of this new "cult" called the Way. Well, after his trip to Damascus, he had truly become a different person! He had actually met the risen savior and knew that He was the true Lord and God. Being a zealous man, he became one of the most active men in the Way. He wanted everyone to have what he had, faith in Jesus Christ and a knowledge of eternal life. Even the chief of sinners can be saved. Salvation requires a personal encounter with Christ. Luke 19:10 tells us that "the Son of Man (Jesus) has come to seek and to save that which was lost." We are all lost & we've all sinned, especially me but Jesus loves me anyway. Romans 3:23 tells us that"all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God's forgiveness is available for all. God loved us so much that "He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not persish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. We can not be good enough, no matter how hard we try, to get to heaven on our own. "By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is a gift of God--not of works, lest anyone should boast." Eph. 2:8-9. To be saved from the fires of hell, all we have to do is to repent of our sin and accept this gift that God so freely gives us. "No one come to the Father except through Me." Jesus said in John 14:6 To repent means to turn away from our sin. We turn from our sin and turn to Jesus. Ask him to come into your life and He will. He will also send His spirit to live in you for the rest of your life. All you have to do is just ask him. Salvation requires personal acceptance in Jesus Christ. It requires making a committment to Jesus as Lord of your life. If you haven't done that before, do it today. He is waiting for you.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring everyone!
I know I'm a day late but that just shows you how much attention I pay to the calendar. Here in Central Texas we have been having beautiful weather this week. We had rain last week but that was the first time in quite a long time. The "people who know" have said that it wasn't enough to break the drought so we'll all have to pray for more rain. The farmers need it badly. We all do really!

This great spring weather makes me feel like going for a ride in a pick up truck with all the windows rolled down. That's what I was thinking as I put this card together. The bluebonnets are doing very well this spring because we haven't had enough rain for them but the ones in my front yard & flower bed look really nice! So let's load the back of the pickup with some flowers & take them over to visit friends.

This card is made with a Tempting Turquoise background. I inked my Stampin' Around Fast Flowers wheel with Tempting Turquoise classic ink and ran it across the background paper. Looks like we're trucking through a field of flowers. I made my Stampin' Pastels pop with my blender pens. Just use your blender pen to dip onto the color of pastel that you want to use. Then put it onto your card. Do this lightly & gradually blend the color out onto the image. You'll get a great watercolor look.

I love this Loads of Love stamp set and the accessories set too. That's where this cool pickup came from and the girl & flowers in the bed. This set has some cool phrases with it including "friends for the long haul," "driving by with a birthday hi" and "thought you could use a little pickup!" I'll use the "loads of love!" to send a big hug to all my friends!

Friday, March 20, 2009

This little basket is so cute and easy to make. For the eggs, I used one of the stamps in the Wagon Full of Fun set that is brand new to Stampin' Up! It is in the new occasions mini catalog that comes out April 1. Email me if you're interested & I'll send you the mini now so you can be looking at all the cool new sets they've got. Actually, the Wagon Full of Fun & 2 more sets, plus a jumbo wheel can be pre-ordered so that you'll have time to use the Easter stamps before Easter gets here. The flowers on this little basket were stamped & cut out, using a stamp from Best Kind of Friend set. I stamped the flowers on Pink Passion cardstock & made the basket from Tempting Turquoise cardstock, both from SU! of course. The eggs were colored with my favorite Stampin' Pastels. I think chalk must be my favorite medium! I just love using it. Now, where did I get the Easter "grass" for my basket? I took strips of left over cardstock & just ran them through my crimper! So easy, even my youngest grandchild, Jacob, could do it! (Of course, all of my dgc are gifted anyway!) :-)

Oh, btw, if you want to make this cute little basket, let me do a workshop for you & we can make a bunch of them! Now, if you live too far for me to drive (like KS or ID), then email me & I'll send you the template.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


I love this z-card I made. I used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and my Stampin' Pastels for the flower images. The side stamp is from the Wonderful Watercolors stamp set. I stamped it in Certainly Celery ink on the Certainly Celery cardstock. I used Whisper White, Certainly Celery, and Green Galore cardstock for my mat. While you can't see the inside in my pic, I've stamped "Joy is to behold God in everything." for my greeting. This is also from the Wonderful Watercolor set.

To make a z-fold card, cut your cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11." Score at 5 1/2" & at 2 3/4" or fold your paper in half & then one side in half again. My layered mat is 3," 3 1/4," and 3 1/2." Have fun making this easy breezy card.

Stampin' Up!

Hi! I'm brand new to blogging so please give me some time to learn all the ins & outs. I love Stampin' Up! products and hope to be able to share some of my creations with you. If you are interested in buying any SU! products either email me or check out my SU! website at judyjohnson.stampinup.net.

This is a lo I recently did of my ds & dil. They went to a "1905" party & everyone dressed up for it. No, my ds is not in law enforcement but he does like his guns!

I used SU! Perfect Plum cardstock for the background, Pal Plum for the center strip, and Lavender Lace for the mat & embellishments. I used So Saffron ribbon and the images are from the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set stamped in Whisper White craft ink.