Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Black Cats & Pumpkin Girls



Good afternoon, my friends! 

Are you ready for fall?…it’s coming!  Even here in California, you can just feel it….a change in the air…my favorite time of year is here! 

Just look at the view I was greeted with when I stepped out onto our back patio this morning…


…oh, how beautiful…!

I was still in a Halloween mood after our Crafty Secrets challenge the other day, so I did a little more playing last night, and came up with this little card…


This cute little image is from Crafty Secrets’ “Halloween” Images & Journal Notes booklet. 

I just added some of my favorite black & white gingham print paper, some buttons,  lace, rick-rack trim & ribbon…


…just for fun I thought I’d run a few stitches through the bow, and I really liked the way it turned out!

…a little touch of Dazzling Diamonds on the vintage greeting, a bit of framing with some platinum Stickles, and that’s about it!

I thought I’d also show you the swaps I’ve been working on for Elizabeth’s (Creative Breathing) Halloween Banner swap--


My assigned letter is “A”…the banner to spell out HALLOWEEN—can’t wait!

I love vintage pumpkin girl images, and got this one from a vintage image book I’ve had for ages…


…then I just drew the arch and the “A” by hand and made my own patterns…then embellished—easy peasy!  The “A”’s were then colored with Glimmer Mist…Pumpkin Pie & English Ivy.

I made two different styles…not enough of the harlequin print, which I love, so I had to change it up a bit!


Two little pumpkin girls ALMOST ready to be shipped of with 8 others to my friend in Ohio…they’ll be there soon, Elizabeth!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I’m off to my daughters’ field hockey games this afternoon—yep, two games—back-to-back!  My older daughter is on the varsity team and my youngest on JV…maybe next year we can work on getting them on the same team!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to leave a comment here for my blog anniversary giveaway…


…I don’t want anyone to miss out!  I’ll be drawing the winner’s name on next Monday night.

Hope your day is wonderful….you can just smell the autumn in the air….aaaaahhhhh!

See you soon with something new.



  1. Love your pumpkin card. So sweet. You tag "A" tag for Elizabeth's banner is absolutely adorable. Love the vintage graphic and the black and white theme. So pretty. Have a wonderful time at your daughter's games.

  2. Hi Julie!
    Your sweet letter "A" will be an "A"dorable addition to the Halloween banner! I can't wait to receive mine!

    I wanted to let you know I've highlighted Crafty Secrets Halloween stuff and your blog on my Halloween post! I find you and Crafty Secrets SO inspiring!


  3. I just love your Halloween card and banners, Julie! I've definitely caught the Halloween spirit (no pun intended, LOL!). Unfortunately there is no fall in the air here in NC... we are supposed to be setting heat records over the next few days. I'm just hoping we get tons of snow this winter in exchange for dragging ourselves through a record-setting hot summer! I totally envy your view, BTW... so many beautiful places in the world!

  4. Julie you are such a sweetheart. What a gorgeous view!! I love the way you put your cards together! I am sure the ladies in Elizabeth's swap will be beyond thrilled with your contribution!

  5. Hi Julie,

    I am so ready for fall, it's my favorite season.

    I just love the black cat, so cute! I've always had a thing for vintage/Victorian pictures. As always, love, love, love your creations. I'll have to go see what Elizabeth is up to, another one of my favorite creators.


  6. Oh Julie, what a beautiful scene you wake up to each morning! I think you must live in heaven on earth! I love your newest creations too. It always amazes me how you come up with these fabulous cards and creations day after day! You are such a talented gal! I send you lots of love and hugs from across the sea. Sleep well my dear friend! xxoo

  7. Julie your wiew is as beautifull as mine-yours over the mountains, mine over the sea--
    And your cards and arches so very darling and wonderfull,Love them dear,-and thanks for you alwayes telling what you used, in your creations.

  8. What super work Julie.

    There's something about the Halloween and Fall colours that is so attractive.

    B x

  9. Julie, my sister in late night posting, AAAH!!! what an "A"mazing "A"! I am only just beginning to collect Halloween items for my mantle and wouldn't you know they are all Pumpkin themed! This image will fit right in! Thank you so much for joining in Julie, it is an honor! Elizabeth

  10. Your card is absolutely fabulous and your BANNER! Wow! I love that!

  11. Your "A" is wonderful, can't wait to receive the whole banner! And I can never resist a kitty, too cute!

  12. I know where to go when I want to see the loveliest Halloween kittens and jack-o-lanterns! Here to your blog! Julie, your cards and designs are perfect for this time of year. Just love them! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love your banner pieces Julie, super cute!

  14. Julie,
    your A is super cute and perfect for E's banner!
    Good luck at the games.

  15. Dear Julie, so wonderful sourrindings where you live, hills and mountains like here where I live.
    Your crafts are so sweet and lovely.
    What a great joy must be for your watching your two daughters playing hockey.. this sport is not so common here.
    much joy to you,
    maria cecilia
    p.s. will go to your giveaway now!!!

  16. You do Halloween so perfectly!! Love the card and your A banner pieces!!!!

  17. What lovely work you do! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad to find yours, too!

  18. My favorite post of yours is Enjoy the Journey, about your family. I just love those kind of things. Of course it reminds me of my family Grandmother & Grandpa when I was a kid.
    Oh yes and my Great Aunt Ollie(who I named my pug after)