Monday, August 13

♪ Showcase at the Shaque ♪ Julie K of 3 Girl JAM (+giveaway)

 On the 13th of each month, I will be inviting a Guest to
SHOWCASE at The Shaque!
There will be a series of 13 questions that they will answer
in hopes to make new connections 
across Cyber Space and Blog Land 
as well as teach you a few fun facts about themselves 
that you may not know.
For today's Guest, I am honored to have the Wonderful Crafter, Julie K!

Please join me in Welcoming Julie and leaving her some love!!!

1.What’s your name?

Julie Kraling

2. What is the name and link of your blog?  How long have you been blogging? 

Little Bit of Bling- started Feb. 2011-

A Little Bit of Bling

3 Girl JAM- Started Sept. 2011-


Girl JAM

 3.  What is your favorite craft to work with (type, technique, style)?

I love paper!  
I am a card maker for sure!  I honestly am still
figuring out what my style is.  

 feel like I don't really have a
particular style- I just create how I feel.  

I guess that's my own style.  :0)

4. Do you have other hobbies?

I'm learning how to sew!  My mother tried to teach me when I was young but
I wouldn't even try.  I wish I would have listened to my Mother!

5. How did you get started in the Craft World?

Definitely from my Mom.  She did everything- and I have no idea how she
did it!  I've been "crafty" since I was a kid.  When I became a "grown up" I stopped doing any kind of crafts.  I spent my time working and partying and doing other things that college kids
do.  LOL 

Once I really grew up and had kids- they started coming home 
from school saying, "I have to make a collage" or "I have to decoupage this box" my craftiness
started coming back.  One day, two years ago, a Cricut infomercial came on
and my girls talked me into getting one.   10 minutes with my Cricut
Expression and I was hooked.  

I watched videos and started reading a few
blogs and realized that this was something that I really wanted to do.  

I started my blog "A Little bit of Bling" in Feburary 2011 so I could
participate in some challenges.  I started making some friends and fell in
love with this whole on-line crafting community!  I started 3 Girl JAM in
September 2011 and started selling hand-dyed crinkle ribbon and vintage buttons.
Little did I know that the decision to start that blog- would turn into a life
changing event!  I hope to sometime in the near future, be able to turn 3
Girl JAM into my full time "job".  I have a phenomenal group of
ladies who support my efforts and make fabulous projects to share with the
blogging  community every day.  I am blessed beyond measure!

6. Where are you from?

I am from Iowa.  There is a lot of corn here.

7. If you could give a tip to a new crafter/blogger, what would it be?

Craft and write about what makes you happy.  People want to see what
you're doing- even when you think they don't.  Your blog is your own
little piece of cyber real estate!

8. Name some things that you have learned this year, that you are glad  you  learned?

I have learned how to express myself again!  I learned what truly makes me
happy and peaceful- creating!

9. Do you have anything personal you wish to share with the readers?
I hate amusement parks.
I’m allergic to dogs.
I want to play the tambourine in a rock band.
Watermelon is evil.
 I love new socks! *Random*

10. What are your future ambitions?

I want to make 3 Girl JAM a household name- but I'd settle for a personal shout out from
Tim Holtz, Heidi Swapp, or Teresa Collins.  LOL

11. What challenges have you faced, but conquered in crafting?</ span>
In crafting- it's always a challenge to learn a new technique.  

A fun but sometimes frustrating too!  When I first tried using
distress ink, I was like, "What is this junk and why does everyone love it
so much!"   Sorry Tim- I just didn't get it.  

So I practiced and watched you tube videos.   
Now I get it - and I LOVE my Distress Inks.  
I'm still not sure about Alcohol Inks though!  Right now I'm
trying to figure out Spellbinders.  I'm not sure I can get over my plates
getting marked up!  (That's my imaginary OCD though!)

In Blogging- the biggest challenge has been learning that not everyone is
"real".  **Spoiler alert- there are some mean people out here in
blog land. (There are some crazy people too!)   However, for every 1
mean (or crazy) person, there are 100 sweet, honest, kind hearted people who
would be willing to do just about anything to help out a fellow Crafter.

12.  When told you would be interviewed for this Guest Post, what
question were you hoping to be asked?

I was hoping to be asked if there was anything new or exciting happening on my

13.  What answer would you give to the unasked question?

Wow!  I'm so glad you asked!!  :0)

At "A Little Bit of Bling" I continue to be busy as Design Team
member for Pink by Design.  
I love promoting products that I truly love
and use everyday!
“3 Girl JAM” continues to rock my world!  
My Daughters are a huge help to me and I love them more than anything in the world!  
We launched a new store website:   

A couple weeks ago we announced our latest Design Team
AND we are starting a new Challenge Blog!  
The first challenge is scheduled for August 25th, 2012.

Thanks for having me as a Guest today Jessica!  Love ya!

Here is the wonderful project Julie created
for her Showcase at the Shaque
Isn't this darling?
Look at that adorable little bow...perfection!

Stop over to Julie's Blog to read all the yummy details
on how this beauty was created!

While you are hopping about,
you might want to swing by
Julie's fantastic GIVEAWAY POST
where Julie and 3 Girl JAM
are celebrating the new Challenge Blog.
Go now to see how
you could get entered
to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate
to the 3 Girl JAM store!
Winner will be chosen and announced
on August 23rd!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

for being my August Guest
Showcase at the Shaque
13 Q&A's on the 13th

I hope to have a guest on the 13th of every month
and would love to 
have my Blends join me.
If you are interested in being 
Showcased at the Shaque
please send me an email at
with the following details:
1. Your name and Blog address
2. Which months work for you to be showcased (at least 3 top picks)
{right now I am accepting Guests starting as soon as September}
3. A picture of a NEW project you have created
to share on your Showcase Post
4. Any questions or comments you may have regarding this opportunity
5. Please put Showcase at the Shaque in the subject line of your email
♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪  ♪

Jessica S


  1. So cute! What a great idea! If I didn't follow Julie already I sI would after reading that! Love it!

  2. What a GREAT idea Jess!!! Love the first showcase...Julie is awesome!!!
    TFS and Happy Monday!!

  3. What a wonderful interview Jessica!!

  4. I loved getting to know about Julie K!! Love her cute little card, too with the sweet diecut and the perfect little bow! Left her some love at her blog, too!!


  5. What a nice interview with Julie K. I have been a follower of her blog for a while and really like her work. I think your blog is awesome too, and I am now your newest follower. Please Stop by and say HI. Traci

  6. Jessica, such a great interview. Love the questions asked and love Julie's response. She is such a sweet and fun person. I have been following Julie before she became a big hit and started her online store. I started following her because she really cares about little Blogs such as mine and I appreciate it so much. Thanks Julie!
    Since Julie is allergic to dogs making this card is probably the closest she can get to I love this sweet card and that 3GJ Ribbon really adds a special something.
    Great job ladies!
    Dee B


I so enjoy reading your comments and love hopping back over to your blog to see your latest and greatest!
:O) Jessica B.
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