Happy Birthday America!

Happy July 1st!

It's official!

I can now announce that I am one of the newest Design Team members for Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.


I cannot wait to share my creations with you each day!
Be sure to check them out at 8:00am EST.


If you came from Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration's blog, I welcome you to Literally My Joy.
(LMJ - my initials)

Let me introduce myself.

Hello, my name is Leanne Johnson.
 I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (August of 2010)

I was born and raised in Connecticut and currently still here.
No, I do not have an accent. In case you were wondering. Ha

I invite you to meet my family.

My husband, Scott
After work, on days off and most weekends
you will find him here on the golf course.
My fur-babies, Divot and Bunker
Divot is all gray and Bunker has a white face, paws and belly
They too love when UPS delivers my Stampin' Up! orders.

I do not have a crafting style. I think I'm still searching for a name for it but it is unique. I try to challenge myself to come up with my own ideas with the assistance from sketch, color, theme or product specific challenges. There are some days though where I cannot find my crafting mojo and I end up CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) other Stampin' Up! demonstrators or go searching on Pinterest for ideas.

I am not a messy stamper. Meaning I do not like having inky/glued fingers. But really who does?  I do make a pretty big mess when I craft. Ink pads, card stock pieces, punches, stamps and those dimensional backing pieces are everywhere (on the couch, in the bathroom floor, on the cat's paws).  Once my project is complete everything is cleaned up and put away for the next project.

A clean crafting place is healthy for the creative mind. At least it helps me become more creative when I don't have to worry about all the previous used supplies.

Ok so enough about me, lets get to the real reason you are here, today's project.

You should have seen the mess I had after making this next card.

I have to give major creative credit to Scott because he was seeing me stress over what to make for this blog post and gave me a few unique ideas.

The sketch challenge is from Mojo Monday (#mojo404).

My card size is 6" X 3 1/2".


Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team is making crafts for the 4th of July. 

I did a LOT of fussy cutting. My upline Julia would just love it. NOT! She hates fussy cutting. 
Good thing I only had to make one card. I don't think I could have done this multiple times without complaints.

All the cake layers, stars, USA banner and dog tags are all popped up with dimensionals.

Here is a different angle to see the white stripes in the background.

I used the Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP and just left it white.

You also can see the white stripe embossed middle cake layer.

Let's go visit the other design team members blogs to see what they created for us today. Don't forget to leave some blog love (aka comments - share the project on social media - Pinterest, Facebook, etc.) to let them know what you like about their project.

Be sure to check Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog each day for new Stampin' Up! projects. Better yet, sign up for an email to be sent directly to your inbox, this way you won't forget to visit us.
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