Monday, October 20, 2014

Crafting for a GOOD Cause!

Hello all! Today is a super fun day because I am today's hostess over on Splitcoaststampers for one of their Hope You Can Cling To challenges! Are you playing along this month? It not, you're missing out on the chance to lift the spirits of women battling breast cancer at MD Anderson. There's also about $5000 in prizes from some of your favorite crafty companies!

Just click HERE to join in on the fun!

So what is my challenge? It's called -- GET SMOOSHED! In the past 15 years, more than 200,000 breast cancer deaths have been averted thanks to that ground-breaking test we know and love -- the mammogram. With this challenge, help spread the word! All you need to do is try one of these fun Splitcoast tutorials (Ink,Spray,Smash or Acrylic Smash), make a card to inspire others and encourage those women you love to "smoosh or smash" and get that annual mammogram!

I used the  Ink Spray Smash Technique for my creation! If you want to see a fabulous tutorial, all you need to do is click on that link and scroll down to the end for a BRAND NEW video done by the ever-so-talented Dina Kowal! 

On to my creation! 

I put a bit of a spin on this technique. Instead of just creating a background with ink splatter, I started by stamping the Poinsettia image from Power Poppy on the glossy card stock using Versafine Ink. I heat set the image to make sure that it wouldn't smear and hoped that after I inked up my paper, I would have a beautiful resist image! After heat setting, I squeezed a few dots of  reinkers using Vivid! Bermuda Blue and Memento Summer Sky. I followed the directions of the tutorial -- spray my ink splotted paper with a mist of water and "smash" two pieces of glossy card stock together! I didn't use gloves but man -- I should have! My fingers were MORE than inky! ;-) It was fun though! 

From there, I used a Spellbinders embossing folder called Holiday Magic. The main image is matted on some sparkly glitter paper and accented with a sentiment from the Poinsettia set and some sheer sparkly ribbon. Add a splash of bling and that's about it! 

WHY NOT GIVE THIS TECHNIQUE A TRY and....join me with Hope You Can Cling To? The  Master Challenge Thread can be found  HERE.  (My challenge is HYCCT1420.) You have until November 7th at noon CST to be in the running for some of those fabulous prizes! :-)

And, because we want to lift the spirits of women undergoing cancer treatment, please help us with our Hope You Can Cling To Card Drive!!!


DONATE CARDS BY SENDING TO:
The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030


Thanks for stopping by! I sure hope you join in on the fun!

~Julie


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Little Trees for You & Me!


Hi all! Hope you are having the happiest of Fridays! To close out the week, I have a little Christmas inspiration to share! I hadn't used a few of the newly released Power Poppy stamps from the Happiest Holiday Collection and thought that they needed a little love!

On to my creation!

I started by stamping these darling little bottlebrush trees using Memento Toffee Crunch ink and then, grabbed a whole mess of green Copic Markers! I used YG11, YG13, YG17, G20, G24, G28, G40, and G43 and then, accented with R14, R24, Y32, and Y35. The bases were done with E31 and a blender pen and then I accented the trees with some gold marker and white paint pen. 

Here's a close up! 


The paper is all from last year's Teresa Collins Christmas collection. I added a little pennant flags and some twine with a wood button and that is pretty much it!

Have you been playing along in Power Poppy's Peep of the Week challenge? HERE’S HOW TO PLAY: All you need to do is make and share a new Power Poppy creation. Just that simple! It can be anything — a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING! Click HERE for all the fun-filled details!

Before I ride off into the sunset, want to see what some of my fellow comrades on the Bloom Brigade have been up to this week? I know you won't be disappointed if you pay them a little visit!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have some fun-filled plans! I'll see you all back here real soon!

~Julie


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Monday, October 13, 2014

10 Minute, Sketch Inspired Creation!

Hi all -- time for another PageMaps Monday -- when we dig into the CardMaps possibilities, pick a sketch and bring it to life! Today's card literally took me 15 minutes and that's why I'm excited to share!

On to my creation!

I have to say, I had already stamped and punched these butterflies and they were just sitting on my stamping desk. The images are from the Stampin' Up set called Kinda Eclectic and I stamped them using Memento Sweet Plum and Memento Cantaloupe. After stamping, I used the Elegant Butterfly punch as well as the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Once I saw those and saw this sketch below -- I knew I could whip out a card in no time flat! 


The panels of decorative paper are 1-7/8" by 3" and then matted onto 2" by 3-1/8" pieces of white card stock. The shorter decorative panels are 1/7/8" square matted on 2" white squares. Attach it to your card front, making sure to wrap one of the longer panels with some silver cording and you're almost done! I did add a sentiment from the Another Thank You clear stamp set from Stampin' up using Sweet Plum, punched it out using a 1" circle punch, matted it on a 1-1/4" circle punch, punched a 1/16" hole at the top, threaded my cording through and then tied it in a bow! Attach the little butterflies with glue dots and accent with rhinestones and... ta da! Done! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

Here's a close up of those little butterflies. I am seriously in love with them! ;-)


So you see, inspiration is literally just a click away over at CardMaps! Click HERE to see the latest round of sketches and HERE to go through all of the CardMaps archives! Grab a cup of coffee before you go -- you're going to want to stay awhile! ;-)

See you back here soon!
~Julie


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Monday, October 6, 2014

PageMaps Monday!

Hi all! Like most Mondays, I like to share a little PageMaps fun to get that creativity started for the week! There's nothing better than picking out a fun sketch and putting it to paper! And, this month, there's a whole new crop of Cardmaps Sketches! Just check them all out HERE!

On to my card! Here's a peek at the finished creation..... 


And here's the sketch that inspired it! 


I used Penny Black's stamp set called A Bunch for this one. I love the fact that this set has a variety of blossoms and then a handful of ways to display them -- a terra cotta pot, a vase or... like I chose -- I mason jar! ;-)

The images were stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored with Copic markers Y32, Y35, Y38, Y00, G20, G21, and G24. The jar was stamped on decorative paper, cut out and overlayed so that my flowers looked like they were just happily sitting inside!

Here's a close up!


The rest is just matting it up! All of the papers were from Carta Bella's Hello Again paper pack. I followed the sketch pretty much to a tee -- using an EK Success border punch, some May Arts Twine and a Spellbinders die for the curvy edge. 

And that, my friends, is it! Need some inspiration to kick start your week? All you need to do is hop on over to CardMaps and see all the fun sketches for this quarter! 

I'll be back soon and hope you will too! 
~Julie


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Psst!!! I have something fun to share!


Hello all! Just a heads up -- I've got a fun tutorial over on the Power Poppy blog HERE that's perfect for the gift giving season!

Want a peek?




So click on over and see what I have in store!

~Julie


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

More World Card Making FUN!




Well folks... I'm BACK for more fun on this HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!  Like I mentioned HERE, Power Poppy is celebrating this oh-so-special day and honoring all of the creativity that is at the heart of this craft with... a handful of challenges! It is a day that you can WIN some Power Poppy goodness! You'll have to click HERE to see all the fun challenges that Power Poppy has in store!  

SO WHAT'S THE NEXT CHALLENGE? 

PPWCMD04: FAVORITE THINGS! 



HOW TO PLAY: Look around for some of your favorite things and be inspired! Take a photo of a few of those things and then, see it as a bit of an inspiration challenge -- spark a little creativity with the textures, the colors, or even the objects themselves! This one is wide open for interpretation! Not sure about your favorite things? Click HERE and see a photo of some of Marcella's faves and use that as an inspiration piece! Just that simple! You'll also find the official rules HERE along with how long you have to get those entries in! 

For my creation, I looked to my kitchen window sill for a little spark of inspiration! 


I have no idea why, but I have a "thing" for cute little owls. The owl was my sorority's symbol, so maybe that just stuck with me! My mom and I were shopping one day and I came across this cute little guy. My mom laughed at it and thought it was kinda sorta awful, but I said -- I LOVE IT! Another thing I love are African Violets. I have been growing them literally since my son was born 17 years ago. During all of those years, there hasn't been a time when I haven't had a trio of these bright and bold beauties sitting in my kitchen window! 

So for my creation, I chose to be inspired by the teal, ivory, green and bold pink! And, here's my card!



This card is pretty easy peasy. I started by stamping the large floral spray from the BRAND NEW Power Poppy stamp set called Poinsettia! I stamped using Memento Toffee Crunch and then colored it up with Copic Markers. I used: E81, E42, E0000, G21, G11, G24, Y26, Y28, YR0000, R81, R83, RV00, BG0000, and BG11. The papers are all Stampin' Up. The die is Spellbinders Petite Labels One. Add a little bling, some silver cording and a fun rhinestone button! 

Here's a close up! 


And that, my friends, is it! A pretty simple and sparkly creation that is ready to rock and roll for the holidays! I should mention that one of my fellow Bloom Brigade members, Leslie Miller also joined in on this challenge, so be sure to stop by her place (just click on her name to get there) and see the absolutely gorgeous creation she whipped up!  

And... click  HERE  to read up on this challenge and HERE to see all of the challenges going on in this very Happy World Cardmaking Day! Get those fingers inky and join us for some FUN!

~Julie


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Happy World Card Making Day! Here's a challenge for you!




Hello all and.... HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY! Power Poppy has a ton of fun planned to honor this special day! It's a day for the card making community to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is at the very heart of card making! 

So, on this day we not only celebrate the hobby we know and love BUT we also say -- join us in the creative effort! And that's why Power Poppy is ushering in a handful of challenges! I took part in the one that kicked off at 8AM this morning! But, you'll have to click HERE to see the other challenges taking place over on the oh-so-fun Power Poppy blog! 

SO WHAT'S THE CHALLENGE? 

PPWCMD03: CHOOSE HOPE, THINK PINK! 



HOW TO PLAY: During this entire month, we honor our mothers, sisters, aunties, friends, grandmothers, and all women facing breast cancer. Let's spark awareness by Thinking PINK on our cards or creations! As a Pink Ribbon Sponsor for Splitcoaststampers' Hope you Can Cling To Campaign, simply join in on one of the Challenges HERE on SCS this month! Link your creations up there and be sure to share your card creation over on the Power Poppy blog as well! 

For my challenge creation, I picked Holly Brown's Stripped Down Challenge, where you use strips on your card front for a bit of punch! On to my creation!


I do want to share a bit of what influenced my creation. Rececently, I had the priviledge of meeting a lady who fits wigs for women undergoing chemo for breast cancer. She is a vibrant lady and what struck me about her was the fact that she loves to tell women during this difficult time to live it up when picking a wig -- choose a red wig if you've always wanted to be a red head or why not give a short and sassy cut a try? Basically, she tells women to live with excitement even in the midst of treatment! I loved how she sees cancer as a "life sentence" -- a time to fight with all you've got to live. So, for my card, I wanted to be bold, daring and tell someone else to live with excitement -- and to Breathe in & Breathe out in the process. I chose spunky and bold prints with sass, just like my wig-fitting friend Susan.

You can see above that I stamped two 1" strips with Power Poppy's Azalea stamp set. One time using Memento Espresso Truffle and the other time using Memento Rosebud ink. I then took some Copic Markers to accent the images -- I used C00, C01, R81, R83, RV00 and then I used YR0000 to shade around both stamped strips. The paper is from Echo Park's Love Story paper pack. The sentiment is from the Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set. I really thought this sentie was perfect for those facing cancer treatment.

Here's a close up of those fun and spunky strips!


Add a few punched strips and added a bit of bling and that, my friends, is it!

Now, back to the challenge! Click HERE  to play along in the Power Poppy challenge... AND... here's the fun news! If you play along in this challenge, you are "killing two birds with one stone!" You can get in on the challenges over at Splitcoast where there are more than $5000 up for grabs in prizes-- FYI Power Poppy is a prize sponsor! And, after you link up your creation there, link your creation on THIS post as well and double your chances for a prize! Fun stuff, right?

Some of my fellow "Bloomies" joined in on the fun, so be sure to stop by and see what these fine ladies have up their creative sleeves!

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan


Happy World Cardmaking Day and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Psssst! Did you know?

Grab your scissors, your favorite embellies and decorative paper and get ready to get your craft on! Why? Well, tomorrow is....


Throughout tomorrow, October 4th starting at 8:00 AM EST, the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade will be ushering in some full-tilt fun  with a World Card Making Day Extravaganza! Watch for a brand new Bloom Brigade hosted challenge every few hours! We'll have four in all, which means four ways to win some Power Poppy goodness! Be sure to check back throughout the day to see what's new! And... SQUEAL! We'll have blog candy to give away for each challenge!

LET’S GET READY!

  • Check the Power Poppy Blog starting at 8AM for the first challenge
  • Play in all four for a chance at a GRAND PRIZE
  • Winners of individual challenges will receive their pick of a stamp set or 3 digi downloads in the Power Poppy Shop!
  • Enter as many times as you like!
  • Use Power Poppy Stamps if you have them but if you don't -- now is your chance to win some!
  • Link your creations on the linky tied to the challenge blog post
  • Use the keywords mentioned for each challenge if you load your cards to an outside gallery! 
  • Mention Power Poppy in YOUR blog post with a link back to the challenge! 
  • Deadline to enter will be next Friday at 3PM EST with the winners announced right here on Saturday, October 11th.Winners will be randomly picked!
  • GET READY TO HAVE SOME FUN! 

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you back here tomorrow!

~Julie


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happiest Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi all! It's a fabulous day at Power Poppy! Why? Well, after showcasing the Happiest Holiday Collection all week, today is the day when YOU can order and get your hands on these beauties!!!


Oh my! When you see this collection all together, it's rather stunning, wouldn't you say? You can see all of these sets HERE in the Power Poppy Shop

As a way to celebrate this release, the Bloom Brigade is ushering in a holiday card making parade! It's a time when we reached for our favorite images, created with them and joined together to share them all with YOU! 

On to my creation!

    
For my card, I knew I wanted to use that darling little gingerbread house in the new Frosted Gingerbread set! Oh my, isn't it sweet? I started by stamping my image in Memento Espresso Truffle and then I colored it up with Copic Markers using E31, E55, R27, R21, Y01, Y06, YG17, YG13, YG11, BG0000 and G28. After I was done coloring, I did add a bit of razzle dazzle with the help of some glitter glue!

See?


I should mention that the paper is a mix of Bazzill and C'oredinations. I used a snippet of May Arts ribbon and a few Spellbinders dies -- Classic Circles LG and Beaded Circles. The embossed scalloped edge is from Stampin' Up and the top is a Swiss Dot Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug. Add a splash of rhinestones and some Antique Linen Distress ink and... voila! Done!

Want to see what the Bloomies (a.k.a. the Bloom Brigade) whipped up with this oh-so-fabulous release? Well, hop on over and see......

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

And then..... you can visit the Power Poppy Shop HERE to see these beauties for yourself! This is a release that you won't want to miss out on because it's got classic, sweet, elegant and whimsical images all rolled into one very special collection! Thanks for joining us this week -- hope you had fun seeing all the fun new Power Poppy offerings! :-)

~Julie

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Power Poppy Sneaks: Poinsettia!

Hello all and welcome to the final day of the Power Poppy Sneaks showcasing the Happiest Holidays Collection! Don't you just love these images so far? Well, just like I promised, today's set is as pretty as it is classic. It's a set that I just KNOW I will be reaching for time and time again to deliver some Christmas cheer!


Ahhh..... doesn't this Poinsettia image just beg to be colored? Can't you just smell the pine needles and feel the soft and silky Poinsettia petals? I just love the beautiful imagery in this set and I know you will too! 

In addition to that stunning image in the graphic above, you'll find this elegant stocking adorned with a poinsettia, a splash of ribbon and stuffed with goodies. I just love the sweet feeling captured in this image! Don't you??


I started by stamping my image in Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored it up with Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, G40, G43, G46, G20, Y21, YR0000, and E81). After coloring it up, I cut out my image and the rest is just matting it all up! My papers are a mix of Theresa Collins' Santa's List, Stampin' Up and a bit from my paper scrap bin. I stamped the sentiment on a strip that I notched the end off for a pennant effect. I used a couple Spellbinders dies -- Layered Poinsettia and the die cut behind my image is Fancy Lattice.  I added a bit of bling and some paper piercing and... ta da! Done!

Here's a close up! 


And that, my friends, is it! I can guarantee that if you hop around and see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade whipped up with this set, you  won't regret it! So... what are you waiting for? ;-)

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
The Power Poppy Blog >>>> Get Marcy's take on these fabulous new sets!

Well folks, the fun continues tomorrow when the entire Bloom Brigade gathers back for one heck of a card making parade! We'll all share one of our favorite images AND guess what? These gorgeous sets will ALL be available for sale in the Power Poppy Shop! Too much fun to miss..... so I'll see you back here tomorrow!

~Julie


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Power Poppy Day 3: Frosted Gingerbread!

Hi folks and welcome to day 3 of the oh-so-fabulous Power Poppy Happiest Holiday Collection Release! I cannot wait to show you a sneaky peek of today's set! It's so sweet, you could get a cavity stamping with it! :-)


Say hello to Frosted Gingerbread! I just love the spicy smell of gingerbread fresh from the oven. And the thought of spending an afternoon with the kiddos decking it out -- what's better than that? Well, this set is darn close! ;-) It comes not only with this darling little house (as shown above), but a sugary sweet border that makes a wonderful centerpiece on a card as well! Want to see?




I stamped this darling border with Memento Espresso Truffle ink and then colored it up with a mix of Copic Markers. I used YG11, YG13, YG17, E31, E23, E25, R21, R27, R81, R83, R85, Y35, YG00, YG03, and YG06. I took YR0000 and highlighted around the images to give it a warm glow.The word "Sweet" was colored thanks to a red Copic glitter pen. In real life, it really sparkles!

Here's a close up! 


I added some paper piercing, a cute little ruffled trim gingham border and a few die cut hearts with a little bling! The paper is a mix of Stampin' Up and a bit from my decorative paper stash. And that, my friends is it! Want to see the fabulous ways the Bloom Brigade used this set? Just hop on over and see.......

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog -- get Marcella's take on these fun new sets!

Keep in mind, all of these sets that we are showing off this week will be available OCTOBER 1st in the Power Poppy Shop!  What fun! 

You'll have to swing back tomorrow to see an absolutely gorgeous set that is just as beautiful as it is classic! We know it will be a Christmas favorite for years to come! See you back here then!


~Julie


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Hello Friends!




Hi all and happy Monday! Ready for a little Pagemaps Monday creative spark? I'm ready to share!! This card one actually one that I made a couple months ago and never blogged! Shame on me! So, let's get this show on the road, shall we?

This sketch was from the July Cardmaps & here it is!!!!



And, here's my card!


This shows that darling little pocket that is a part of the sketch! I actually had a kraft colored envelope and using Memento Toffee Crunch, I stamped the poppies from the Penny Black set called Friendship Flowers. The paper is a mix of Bo Bunny and Stamping up. I added some paper piercing, some fun buttons, a bit of May Arts lace and twice. That's it for the outside. Wanna see the inside of the tag?


I stamped the poppies using Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored them up using Copic markers. I picked up R20, R24, R27, G40, YR0000, and YR01. Just that simple!  And that, my friends, is it! If you are ever in need of something to spark you mojo -- check out PageMaps! If you just click HERE, you'll find dozens upon dozens of sketches to give you a shot of creative inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! See you back here soon!

~Julie

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joyful Arrangements -- Power Poppy Sneaky Peek!

Hi all! It's a fun day here on my blog because today I am joining in on the Happiest of Holidays Power Poppy release! That's right.... it's Power Poppy's FIRST release of holiday images and I know you are going to love them! The set the Bloom Brigade is sneaking today puts a new spin on holiday sentiments!


Joyful Arrangements is just what the description above says -- four whimsical sentiments that are PERFECT for quick and easy holiday cards! Just to show how quick, I decided to keep my card on the simple side. Want a peek?


I stamped the Joy to the World sentiment in Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored it up with a splash of Copic Markers - G40, G43, R21, R27, Y26, Y28, Y21, and YR0000. After I was done coloring, I did take a Red Copic Spica glitter pen and added some berries to the word Joy with some little dots! They DO sparkle in real life! ;-)


From there, I have some BasicGrey and Bazill decorative papers, May Arts trim and ribbon, a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Square die cut and, on my bow, a trio of mini jingle bells! Fun stuff, right?


And that, my friends, is it! Thank you so much for stopping by my "place!" Be sure to hop on over and see these fine ladies below and the creative artisty they used with this set!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog >>> Marcy's got a peek here on what inspired this fabulous release!


Be sure to come back tomorrow when the Bloom Brigade unveils a sugary sweet set that is SURE to make you smile! ;-) See you then!

~Julie


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Monday, September 22, 2014

A little sketch to kick off your week!




Hi all and happy Monday! I took a bit of a hiatus from Pagemaps Monday this summer... but now I'm back and I realized there were a couple cards that I made.... and hadn't shared! What's up with that? I guess no time like the present, right?

So, this sketch was from the July Cardmaps & here it is!!!!


And... here's my take! I stamped the flower bucket from the Penny Black set called Friendship Flowers using Memento Espresso Truffle ink. And then? I picked up my Copic markers and went to town! I used V01, V04, V06, Y01, Y04, BG01, BG03, BG05, and G20. The sentiment (also from the set) was stamped on a Spellbinders tag die and then sponged with a little Broken China Distress ink. The ribbon is Hug Snug. The enamel dot is from Stampin' Up and the paper is just a mix from my scrap bin. 

Here's a look!


And here's a close up! You can see I  cut out the bucket and then added a little bit of razzle dazzle with the help of some glittle glue on the centers of the flowers!


And that, my friends, is it! If you are ever in need of something to spark you mojo -- check out PageMaps! If you just click HERE, you'll find a plethora (that's a big word for a Monday!) of sketches to give you a shot of creative inspiration! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! See you back here soon!

~Julie


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