Thursday, May 29, 2008

Some News.... and Graduation Time Cards!

You want the news? Or the Grad cards first. Oh.... the news you say??? Great! LOL!

Well, First, I got an email from Paula Pascual who runs this blog - Crafty Storage - and she profiled my stamp room!! I have to admit I was a bit taken back. My stamp room?? I mean, I love my little space but it's just that -- a little space. Basically, it's a closet and a desk! I was honored! If you click on "Crafty Storage," there's a link. There are some real Cadillac stamp rooms on her blog! Like THIS one. Holy Cow -- can you imagine???? Or even THIS one.... Ok, that one is only in my dreams and maybe not even then!! Ok.... let's move on!!!

Wanna hear some fun news? One of my cards made it into Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine.... and I didn't even know it! I got a congratulations and I actually said, "huh? Really?" HA! So, I went and got and it low and behold - there is one of my Valentine Martini cards!! It was this one.... FUN stuff!

Now... to a card! Finally! My two twin nephews graduate this weekend and I had to make some kind of "masculine" grad cards. I had these images from Paper Inspirations for a while! So, thankfully, I got to use them!
This first card is super duper easy. I used the Success Background from Paper Inspirations and just stamped it with Versamark ink and embossed it in silver on a piece of grey textured paper. I matted this onto a piece of silver paper that is 1/8" larger. The Mortar Board was stamped on white with black ink and then double matted onto black (1/8" larger) and then silver. It's a 5-1/2" by 5-1/2" card.

This next card I did as a money holder card. I tried to find a template that was like a card and the only thing I found was a website that helped you make your own card with printed images on it. Well, I actually ran through this program, printed it, and used it as a template for my card! THIS is the site if you want to try the same thing! I used silver Stardream paper, and stamped the success background stamp all over my template with Versamark ink. I love how subtle this effect is! I wasn't sure it would show up on metallic paper -- but it did! On the inside, I stamped the Graduation Sentiment (sorry, couldn't find a link to this one! It's also Paper Inspirations) It says, "Graduate, may you find great joy and success as you pursue the dreams of your future."

Well.... off for now! Before I go, I want to say thanks to my bud Jacki who gave me an award the other day-- the Arte Y Pico award for artful bloggers. Click HERE to read her blog. She rocks. She's a designer for the Hero Arts Website and I just love her style! Thanks Jacki!

Ok, this was just one big Julie fest wasn't it? Well - my friends, if I can't tell you some fun things -- who on God's green earth can I tell (other than my mom and hubby)?? Gotta celebrate with someone-- right?

Have a fab Thursday! It's almost time for Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge-- let's just say if you like drama--- this challenge will be right up your alley! :-) See ya then!

13 comments:

Barb Schram said...

And what a great Julie fest it is! Congratulations, Julie, your card is adorable and well deserved to be published. Love the grad cards too!

Diane said...

My oh my,never a dull moment in your life girlie!!! That published Valentine card is Awesome!!!
Congrats on that!
Your grad cards are wonderful as usual!
Hey that's why we're here for...for you to share all these wonderful news with us!!
You go girl!!!

Kim said...

Congratulations on getting your card published Julie, it's beautiful! And to have your stamp room featured....awesome!!! I just love your graduation cards...I used the same stamps to do invitations to my nephews grad party! The sentiment you used is also from Paper Inspirations....I have that one too! lol Have a wonderful day and congratulations again, you deserve it!!!

Lesli said...

Congrats on all the fun things happening for you! Th cards are wonderful!!!

Curt in Carmel said...

I'm actually thinking that you need to have your own magazine! I'd subscribe! Congrats, the card is incredible! Curt

Julie said...

Great news! Congrats on being published, that's awesome. :) Your stamp/craft room was what first drew me into your blog, now I'm addicted, your work is great. From one Julie to another. ~Julie

Cathy I. said...

Congrats - love your card!!! We share the same section this month!!! I'm on the opposing page - I'm glad to be in such good company!!!

Ann said...

I recognized your card immediately! The grad cards are great, and thanks for the template link. I had to make one earlier this month, and wished for something like this!

Janine said...

Hi Julie
Just got back from having my hair highlighted, am packing up the car and heading out...
Congratulations on your publication and for having your craft room highlighted too.
WOW !!! What a way to start the weekend. Talk to you soon.

Jennifer Buck said...

Congrats! I love your stamp space! It's so warm and inviting! Of course she would profile you! :) Love the cards...they are so cute! Congrats on the magazine as well! What a happy day for you! :) :) Take care and have a good one! :)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

You celebrate all you want with us!! We're thrilled for you!! That's what this world wide web of girlfriends is for!!!! LOL And I love those grad cards....wonderfully masculine with a great sentiment inside!! And CONGRATS on the valentine card!! I sooooooo wanna be published someday.....you'll keep me inspired to keep trying!!!

Melanie said...

this is the best grad card i've ever seen!

Mauna said...

Congrats on getting your room published. I have always thought it was beautiful...a peaceful place to create...The title of your blog is perfect because you do impress!!!!!