Sweet Stamping

Time is flying by much too quickly these days! It’s hard to believe it’s been two and a half weeks since my last blog post. Life does have a funny way of throwing you unexpected curve-balls.

Today I have another card design featuring the stamps from the latest Maya Road Classic Card Kit, Hello Actually.


All the stamps, paper and embellishments are included. All you need to do is add ink. The stamp set is adorable and is exclusive to this kit.


Looking for the kit? You can find it here.

Maya Road also has some fabulous FREE coordinating digital cutting files to go with the kit.


There’s a pinwheel, a rolled flower, leaf, two script sentiments and a journaling card. Click on the above image for a link to the files.

Happy creating!


What’s the Word?

I’m a fan of that trendy icon, the word bubble. It’s so much fun and it’s the perfect accessory to cards as that’s the point of sending one, right? To say something.


Pair it up with some bright happy colors and prints and you have the latest Maya Road Card Kit, Hello Actually.HelloActuallyTrimDetail

Everything you see is included from the fun chipboard, the neat zipper trim, that frothy yellow tulle, papers, pins and jute. And that’s just what I used on this one card…there’s plenty more.HelloActuallybubble-detail

I’ve used two of my favorite chipboard techniques here on this card. The main word bubble is covered with a sunny yellow paper included in the kit. Just glue on the paper, trim carefully and sand off the rough edges with a piece of sandpaper. The heart punches out of the bubble and I’ve colored it in with a red Copic marker. Copics give a great uniform finish on chipboard as the alcohol based ink doesn’t streak.



If you’re looking for a beautifully bright and fun kit to create with this spring, you can find Hello Actually here.

Happy creating!

Hello Actually

Hooray for April! I’m looking forward to spring finally showing it’s face around here, the end of a truly dreadful cough and cold, Easter and seriously, some brighter clothing. April is also bringing a new Classic Card Kit from Maya Road and I’m super excited about this one. It’s called Hello Actually and is a perfect balance of fresh colors and prints, fun and trendy embellishments and a fabulous stamp set.


Today I’m sharing one of my favorite projects from this release. It’s a cathedral window or folded circles card design and is super easy to create using a 1.5″ circle punch.


Speech bubbles are a fun theme throughout this kit and I just love this darling Hello Word Bubble clip that does double-duty as a sentiment as well as an embellishment.

The Hello Actually Kit goes live tonight, Thursday April 3 at 8 pm EST. You can find it here.

Enjoy your day!


A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

…makes for a freestyle card design.

This is another of my Maya Road/Chic Tags Blog Swap projects. I’ve layered all kinds of goodies over the grey ombre chevron journaling card. The chipboard tag is covered with Chic Tag paper and that lovely red arrow is a sweet transparency from Chic Tags as well.



I think one of my favorite items that I received from Chic Tags was an awesome sheet of gold foil letter stickers. LOVE the look. I’m trying to decide whether to hoard them or just use them up on everything I create.

You can also find this project here on the Maya Road DT blog.

Take care!

Stencils and Copics

Stencils are one of my favorite crafting supplies to work with. While I’ve been using them for ages, I’m not surprised they are a hot item right now as they are so flexible. There are just so many different ways to use them.




I’ve been playing around with combining the use of stencils and Copic Markers for a unique look and pop of color. Join me here in the CLASSroom for the tutorial and step outs.

Keep on creating!

Hello Lovely!

maya-road-plus-chic-tags-woThis week I’ve been excited to be part of the Maya Road and Chic Tags blog swap. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Maya Road. This was my first experience creating with Chic Tags and I can definitely say it will NOT be the last. Their heavy paper with big beautiful patterns, great transparencies, stickers and die cuts were a dream to design with and I loved every minute of it.

Hello Lovely Card by Julia Stainton - Chic Tags Meets Maya Road

Today I’m sharing one of the card projects I created for the blog swap. I was inspired by the lovely die cut circles from the Chic Tags Happy Place line. To define them from the bold chevron background, I punched coordinating circles to mat them with.

Hello Lovely Card by Julia Stainton - Chic Tags Meets Maya Road

The design was then accented with some of my favorite Maya Road goodies. I’m loving how easy the paper twine is to loop into circles and adhere for a fun pop of color and a unique accents. It really highlights the circle theme in the design. You can find more product detail on the Maya Road blog here.

As part of the fun of the blog swap week, Maya Road is also having a great giveaway that you don’t want to miss. Time’s running out quickly so be sure to check it out here.

Happy creating!

geometric bliss… the folded circles background

One of my very first paper crafting tools was the humble circle punch. It’s one of those go-to tools… very simple but very handy to have. With the circle being such a classic shape and extremely difficult to cut well, it really was a no-brainer to invest in a few sizes of circle punches.

Enter the die cutting era. All those beautiful dies that are so much smaller, lighter and less expensive. I love my circle dies.

The Folded Circles Background, Tutorial and Card by Julia Stainton

But…I will never part with my basic circle punches. Why? They are so quick and easy to use. And I’m all about making paper crafting as simple as possible. Totally worth the storage space. Today I’m excited to share a tutorial on the folded circles background. It may have another name. I’m not sure. It’s a technique I saw on a project somewhere so long ago that I have no idea when or where and finally took the time to figure out and try for myself. I’m in the CLASSroom with the tutorial and step outs and invite you to join me here.

Have a wonderfully creative day!