Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Year's..."Renaissance Faire" Style!

My, don't the days fly by?!  We've been preparing for Christmas for quite a while now, and then, in a's over!  Now, we're suddenly closing in on the end of this year...amazing!

Hope you're all still having so much fun with family and friends this holiday week!  We've been so busy playing games, watching movies and just being together--haven't even posted anything since Christmas Eve!  Oh, well!  It's all about family time, isn't it?!

Just a quick post this afternoon--just had to get a little inky hands have been too ink-free lately, and there's been no glitter on my face and clothes--something HAD to be done about it!!!

Here's a quick card I made using the new and improved "Seasonal" Images & Journal Notes booklet by Crafty Secrets.  They've redone the old Seasonal booklet, made the images larger, and added some beautiful new ones--I love it! 

This image was in the older book, and I really liked it, but wished it was bigger--and here it is! 

The saying underneath the image is just so wonderfully old-fashioned:  "Be your New Year a happy round of months..."--I just love that!

Isn't that background paper gorgeous?!!!  That's from my new favorite paper line--from Graphic 45--"Renaissance Faire"!  Every print in this collection is just delicious!  I loved this print--all the joined circles seemed to go well with the "round of months" saying on the card--not to mention that beautiful blue!  I'll be using this fabulous new collection a LOT!

To close up, I just wanted to share this sweet picture of my girls on Christmas Eve...I'm so blessed with these daughters of mine!  Each of them is lovely, funny, clever, sweet, respectful and love their parents--it doesn't get any better than that!  (Doesn't mean they're perfect....but they're pretty darn great!)

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday evening!   See you soon!


  1. I love that you love Graphic45 too! They have such a fabulous collection every time around...the new ones coming out in Jan are TOO fabulous!

    I am so glad that you had such a wonderful Christmas with your family...your girls look pretty 'perfect' to me!

    Your card above is luscious! That is the exact word that came to mind! : )

  2. Such a beautiful card! I see you have the same love as my dear friend Julie Ranae :) I feel like I am back in Italy visiting some gorgeous art museums when I look at this card!
    Your girls are beautiful as well :)
    Happy New Year!

  3. I don't know anything about "graphic45" But I sure love your artwork! Do you have my address...I think you may have lost it because I have yet to recieve any of these works of art in my mail box! And by the way My nieces are goregous! Love you!

  4. Always such beautiful cards from you! Glad to hear you continue to have happy holiday family fun time. Blessings to you and yours for 2010. Tammy

  5. Julie, you are so right, Christmas is about family togetherness and I am so happy you are enjoying lots of that!! ((((hugs)))) Love the beautiful picture of your darling daughters. Oh how wonderful to see them all together and how lovely they are!!! But then again, how could they not be? I just adore this newest card of yours also! It is a true work of art, but then, once again, all your cards are. I am so happy that I have one of them. I shall cherish it always! Would you like one of my newest pieces to play with? Just say the word. I would love, LOVE to see what you come up with! One of my greatest blessings in 2009 was discovering you. I can't wait to see what 2010 will bring to each of us! I am sure it will be quite special indeed! Love you loads!! xxoo

  6. I ust had to come for a quick visit; great pictures Julie; I still have a house full of lovely family; off to my kitchen.

  7. How right you are Julie, it seems forever coming then suddenly it's all over. Such a lot packed into a few days.

    Loads of cooking here, seemed like I was cooking for the Nation, but was wonderful having so many of the family for a few days.

    A lovely picture of your girls.

    Happy New Year.

    B x

  8. Sweet Julie ... your daughters are gorgeous! I'm so glad you've had this precious time with them ... what fun playing games, eating goodies and making memories!!
    Your creations are as amazing as ever and I am always inspired by your handy work!! We too are looking forward to the new year!
    Don't be surprised if I call you again very soon ... maybe even later today!! HUGS to you my dear, dear friend!!

  9. Your girls are darling! Lucky you having 3 girls! Hope you are all having fun being together this week. Have a Happy New Year sweet friend. I am so glad we met in 2009 & look forward to our friendship in 2010. Hugs! Charlene

  10. Happy New year Julie!!!
    I love Renaissance Faire too!
    I just saw the glimpse on Graphic 45's blog of their new line and OH MY! I can't wait for that!
    I am very excited for the new year. I can't wait to start January! It has been a fun year but I am ready to start creating for the new one!

  11. I'm going to have to check into this, because your card is just so beautiful. I need all the help I can get, but I do love creating! Your daughters are just so darling, and they sound like "Perfect" little gals to me!
    Blessings for a wonderful New Year!

  12. pretty images, pretty girls, and a pretty card! I think I saw Crafty Secrets is part of the Splitcoast sale this week. You're making me want to power shop!

  13. Beautiful card you created. The photo of your daughters is precious. Family is the most important thing in all of our lives. Having 3 daughters must be a charm. Bless them.