Monday, September 20, 2010

Crafty Secrets’ Design Team Halloween Challenge….and a Little Treat!


Good morning, dear friends!

I hope it was a wonderful weekend for you all…a busy one here, as usual…fun, friends…the Renaissance Faire…

Here we are…another month, another Crafty Secrets challenge for those of us on the Design Team…always a fun time to use new product and try something different!

This month, we were to focus on the new Halloween products…here’s just a couple of them…


“Halloween” Creative Scraps


“Halloween Treats” large stamp set…

For my project this month, I decided to make a chipboard booklet out of one of the new Maya Road chipboard sets Crafty Secrets will now be selling…

And here are some of the individual images:


I just chose some fun Halloween-themed papers…these are all either Graphic 45 or retired Stampin’ Up papers…


…glued them to the chipboard pieces,  sanded the edges & grunged them up with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink…


…added the main images, taken from Crafty Secrets’ “Halloween” Creative Scraps, “Halloween” Images & Journal Notes booklet, and their “Seasonal” Images & Journal Notes booklet…


…added a bit of glitter for some sparkle…


…framed some of the images or the overall star with platinum Stickles…


…added ribbon, lace, buttons,  pom-pom or rick-rack trim…


…then tied it all up together!


…sprayed the chipboard tag with some yummy Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Mist…

…a wonderful jumble of vintage, sparkly Halloween goodness!


To close up--this is a couple of weeks late in coming, but my first blog anniversary was at the end of August, so I think it’s time for a little giveaway!


…just a few of my favorite vintage things for you…

*4 new Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps

*1 new Crafty Secrets flower stamp set

*A bottle of my favorite real silver shavings glitter (it’s so fabulous—tarnishes over time to really give a vintage look!)

*A package of K & Co. lace frames

*10 vintage cards with envelopes from the 30’s & 40’s

All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post, and let me know if you’re a follower & I’ll count you twice! 

I’ll do a drawing next Monday, September 27th, and let you know who won!

Please take a few minutes and stop by to visit the other very talented ladies on the Crafty Secrets’ Design Team—I know they’ll have so many inspiring things to share with you!

Vicki Chrisman, Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Marisa Grossen

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Melissa Phillips

Flo from France

Mary Hamer

I hope your day is beautiful in every way…

See you soon with something new.



  1. Julie, I am sitting here trying to decide which little star shaped page I like best. CANNOT DECIDE! They are all too stinkin' cute! The EEK and costume party ticket are sooooooo cute.
    Golly I wish I had time for some good old fashioned MY TIME! Just not to be, at least not for the next few weeks.
    And you are having a giveaway! Happy Blogaversary! Doesn't time just fly by?
    Yup I am a follower and I promise, if I win all your wonderful things - I will put aside some ME TIME and PLAY!
    How fun would that be?
    Have a great day! and a great week too!
    Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

  2. I'm a follower...and I confess you are SO INSPIRING! The little Halloween book is just wonderful! Crafty Secrets are some of my very favorite images and stamps! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  3. I cannot believe your project!!! It is wonderful. So pretty.

    I am also a follower and love your ideas.

  4. Julie, all of your star creations are so beautiful. What a wonderful idea in putting them all together. Of course, I'm a follower! Happy Blog Anniversary!

  5. What awesome halloween treats you created! I love
    the"costume Party".

    Please enter me for your goodies, and I am a follower :0)

  6. Love your darling ideas! I'm a follower, too ~ I enjoy checking in. Your designs are right up my alley!


  7. Julie, you come up with the cutest things! I love everyone of these cuties, I could not choose just one! Please enter me ;D

  8. Love your Halloween creations..and what a lovely things you give away.


  9. Oh my gosh, Julie!! Your Halloween pieces are AMAZING!!! I love them!!!
    I'm so glad you came over to's always great to see you. And your giveaway is awesome beyond words...I'm a follower.

  10. love your project, oh and I am a follower too ;)

  11. such cute Halloween creations! LOVE the little tag book and this CS stamps set..."The Witching Hour" stamp is so neat!!

  12. Hi Julie,
    This comment is not for entering in the give-away, seriously someone else would use all the "fun creative stuff" much more than me.

    I just wanted to let you know how much I like your chipboard Halloween booklet. I love the colors, the embellishments and the list goes on and on. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  13. Julie, You are an inspiration. I have been following your blog for a while now since your Aunt Diana(she is one of my bff's)put a link on her blog. Actually you are the cause of my newest obsession with paper crafting. It is so fun. Thanls for sharing. I love your stories of your family,too.

  14. Hi Julie... these are just adorable! As you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I think I need to try my hand at making some cards again, they are all just so cute! Please enter me in your generous giveaway, I would love to win those! Oh yes, I have been a follower since I found you!... xoxo Julie Marie

  15. Dear Julie, all your stars are so sweet and wonderfull Halloweenish-love :the witching hour-- with the black pom-poms.
    And I would certainly love to win your great giveaway.

  16. This is gorgeous Julie, I love it. Just the sort of thing I love. Thank you so much for the chance to win your beautiful candy. I'm a follower too! ( hurray!).
    Have fun and thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and for your visits too. X

  17. Yes, dear-I am a FOLLOWER--

  18. Hi Julie! Holy cow girl, that star album is too, too cute! I don't know which page I like the best. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.
    Congratulations on your blogversary and yes, I AM a follower too. Have a wonderful week, Nan

  19. Your projects are fantastic and I'm loving the new products!

    I'm a follower - thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Love your little star album!!! IT is adorable!!! You now have me officially addicted to the Stickles! (Like I needed another addiction!) : )

  21. Oh, wow! This is really gorgeous! I just found your blog and I really love your work! I am now a follower!

  22. What a lovely Halloween book, you really showcased the products. It is fabulous.
    I am a follower.
    Happy Anniversary,
    Have a lovely week,
    cari B.

  23. Julie,
    That is just adorable. I am a follower, ifnot under my name, under my daughter's (we can have only one person who owns the blog). I would love to win your giveaway but am mostly grateful for all the treats you present to us with your words and darling creations.

  24. Wonderful creations! Love the way you create vintage. My favorite is the "Whiching Hour" star.
    I am now a follower.

  25. Hi!
    I just stopped over from Bluebird Notes {your comment was above mine}
    Your fall crafts are so inventive! I love how you tied all the stars together~ great idea!

    What a surprise that you are having a giveaway!
    If I had to choose... I'd definitely use the stamp set! As a teacher of sixth graders, I use stamps all the time on their papers! They just love the little extras :D

    So glad I stopped by today!
    ~nice to meet you~

  26. Absolutely adore your Hallowe'en mini album, Julie!!! So much vintage goodness!! I'm having fun hopping along... thanks for the chance to win some goodies, too! :) I am of course a follower (you are on my blogroll, too ;)). Have a wonderful Monday (or I suppose, Monday evening by now).

  27. Julie this is such an adorable star album. You really did a marvelous job with it.

  28. Julie, Thank you for listing the other members of the Design Team. I will be sure and visit each one of them this Home Alone week. These stars are just wonderful! All the steps involved and yet you make it look so easy. Perfection! E

  29. I have been an admirer of your work for a while now, and stop by quite often -but I don't comment much...sorry. I am a folower and will try to comment more often!

  30. I just love coming to your blog each day to see what knew things you have made.I also love the way you always talk about your family! You are always inspire me! Your give away is so cool. Count me in for the give away!

  31. I also just became a follower of yours


  32. Love your projects Julie. You are so talented!

    d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

  33. Super cute and fun book Julie, love the details!

  34. I wanna WIN and I am a FOLLOWER, sort of thought I was already but hmmm, so glad I am now for sure. Anyhow, I am super jealous of everything you and the Crafty Secret gals have at your fingertips. Let me know if you need a Guest Designer

  35. WOW!! Julie, what a Fantastic altered album!! You do amazing work!! I love all of the details on each star and all of the sparkles!!

  36. Hi Julie,
    I love your blog and all the sweet vintage inspiration you give so generously. Your stories and memories are heartwarming.
    Thank you for sharing!

  37. Oh Julie, I love, Love, LOVE them all!! If I had to pick a favourite though, I think I like the Witching Hour most of all! How wonderful is your giveaway. Oh how I wish I could win it, so many goodies that we can't get over here. Of course you know I am a follower! I expect you will get lots of entries for this, but one can but hope that they will be the lucky one! I have missed your posts these past couple of days. I know you will fill us in soon on that Renaissance Faire. I have always wanted to go on one of those! You do lead the most interesting life Julie! I love that you share it with us! I love you!! Sending lots of happy week wishes across the sea to you. OOdles of love and hugs too my dear friend! xxoo

  38. Adorable, Julie! I especially love that bingo card, I don't think I'll ever get tired of those! If you're ever so kind to consider sharing your source of silver glitter, I would be sooooo appreciative! Love following you, Julie, yours was one of my first blogs I followed! Take care and thanks for sharing, I just love Halloween decs!

  39. Hi Julie...
    I am a follower and a long time user of Crafty Secrets!!!
    In fact I just cut into my Halloween Creative Scraps last night and now everything on my work table is orange and black {{{and a little purple}}}
    Love your star creations...A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

    HUGS ~victoria~

  40. Hi Julie! I love the star with the "Trick" bingo card & the costumed kids - it really captures the energy of trick or treat night! I had to giggle at the guys dressed as clowns with the "creepy" caption, though. You know I'm a follower! :)

  41. Hi Julie

    I'm on big time catch up, off to look round at what I've missed and the work on this post is just awesome.

    Hopefully back into blogland again unrestrained so will be back.

    B x

  42. Sensational stars and Halloween images. You are always creating something fabulous! Best wishes for a great rest of the week. :) Tammy

  43. Hi Julie- I love the halloween book! You are so crafty : ) I love the sparkly glitter accents too. (Thanks for offering the giveaway! I am a follower- love reading your vintage posts and seeing your great paper projects!)

  44. It's true, we're approaching Halloween.... in the Netherlands we do not celebrate it as much as the States do ;)
    Your cards are great pieces of art, Julie.
    Have a happy Tuesday xxx

  45. These are wonderful images..good prep for the holiday ahead!

  46. LOL-always look at the pictures before reading! I am a Follower, too..and thanks for this, always!

  47. I am certainly following you now. this is the best Halloween I've seen this year. Can't wait to try my hand at one of these~

  48. hi julie,

    your halloween creations are especially adorable. i can just feel the fun you are having with these fun crafty items.

    you are so sweet and your blog is so nice
    i am a follower
    please enter me twice

    {tee hee}


  49. You sure are a sweet pumpkin! I am already a follower and I enjoy every single visit we share. Thank you!

  50. Julie you always amaze me!! You have so much talent! I would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway, and yes I am a follower!! (yippee!!)

  51. Oh Julie! I love your creations! How beautiful! I'm excited about your giveaway. We LOVE Crafty Secrets and the scrap stores in our area don't carry very much so we'd love to win this! Congratulations on your first blogoversary! I'm so glad we got to know you. You have inspired us so much over the last year. We are followers of yours. Twyla

  52. Hi Julie, love the star book! I immediately thought of how cute it would be if used as a banner too - just separated out and hung across a room. Love your art - your creative eye is genious! You inspire me :)

  53. Julie I am one of your in awe followers. Your talent always amazes you look at something..then you start creating..and wham bam a unique creation. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  54. How very kind of you to offer this great giveaway! Thank you so much! Your cards and paper crafts are just wonderful.
    Deb :)

  55. I also follow your blog and enjoy each post!
    Deb :)

  56. Hi Julie!! Feels like it's been ages!

    I think it's so adorable that your girls play field hockey!!

    You always create the neatest things. I just love your new Halloween tags.

    I would love to enter your giveaway, and I am a follower, too. :)


  57. I just found you through Elizabeth at Creative Breathing, and I am so glad I did! I am now a follower and will continue to watch your creativity flow! You can find my blog at Blessings, Becky

  58. Wow, I read your blog everyday - not sure how I missed this. You are such an inspiration!

    Love everything that you are giving away. Please count me in!!!


  59. Love your little star booklet, and I love how you always share HOW you make your fantastic creations, thank you!

    I just recently found a local store that sells Crafty Secrets, and was so excited, they probably thought I was nuts when I squealed "oh, Julie's stuff!".

  60. Dear Julie, so lovely halloween creations, it looks like you have lots of fun creating them... I have never tried these kind of crafts... well.. really i like better a showel and garden tools, that my hobby!!
    Whoever wins your lovely anniversary giveaway will be really happy!!!

  61. Hi Julie
    Your chipboard creations are adorable!
    Congratulations on your blog anniversary ♥

  62. Congratulations on your blog Anniversary!!! Your halloween creations are sooo stinking cute and I love your blog as well.
    I jusr became a follower!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda Contreras

  63. I thought I had posted on this previously but I can't seem to find it, so I'll tell you again how cute the halloween projects are! I love the paper!! Thanks for sharing!!

  64. i love your holloween cards! what an awesome giveaway. keeping my fingers crossed!

  65. oh and im a follower too!

  66. I found your blog via Elizabeth, when I saw that you were sending over Halloween tags for her banner. Thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway. Your A's are so sweet!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  67. I signed up to be a follower. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! Love & blessings from NC!

  68. I'm a follower...Thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway.

  69. I read your blog everyday . You are such an inspiration! Hugs from Poland -Ewa

  70. Gorgeous project! Such talent!!! I am a follower so count me twice ;)

  71. Congratulations on your blog anniversary!! Love your blog! Please enter me in your give a way:)

  72. I love your creativity! Vintage art is my favorite. I will be back to look at your blog again! Thank yu for sharing.

  73. I am a follower! I love your star art!
    Wonderful! Have a boo-tiful afernoon!

  74. Whoooo! Hooooo! A blogaversary already! Congratulations!! You know I'd "FOLLOW" you anywhere! You are my kind of person!! God love ya for always sharing such wonderfully amazing stories, photos and themes! I hope you continue to do so for many, many more years! You are certainly an inspiration and have a wonderful heart!! Hugs to ya!!

  75. You are so very talented!!

    Please enter me in the giveaway
    And I am a follower of your blog.
    Have a wonderful day!

  76. I am playing "catch up" this morning, as I've not been able to visit as often as I usually do--the Halloween art is just stunning, as is everything you create! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, and am a follower, now, too! Smiles, Jann

  77. WHAT a sweet
    giveaway and
    of course, I'd
    love to win it
    and get my creative
    juices going!
    xx Suzanne

  78. And I am
    a follower....
    You were one
    of the first
    blogs that I
    followed : ) !
    xx Suzanne

  79. LOVE the Halloween book...and all of your creations...congratulations on your anniversary...I am a follower (my husband calls it a cult!)

  80. Super fun mini album! Thanks for dropping by my blog from time to time. Now that I'm working again - I'm hoping to get back to a schedule of reading blogs and CREATING!! :D