Thursday, July 1, 2010

Red, White & Blue!

Good afternoon, my friends!

WOW!  I can't believe it's been over a week since I posted!  Still visiting my parents, and as I'm sure you all know, when you're surrounded by family, time is definitely not your own!  (And I wouldn't have it any other way!)

I have managed, in the last few days, to steal away a bit of time and make a few red, white & blue-themed cards which I have to share with you today...

First, for this week's Crafty Secrets' challenge over at use red, white and blue, but NOT make it Fourth of July-ish....tricky, right?!  Here's my take on it...

I love this beautiful image from Crafty Secrets' new and improved (printed on BOTH sides!) "Garden" Creative Scraps...beautiful strawberries...perfect! 

Lots of pretty creamy lace, grosgrain & slim satiny ribbon, my favorite vintage mother-of-pearl buttons (I had to bring a bagful with me from home!)...

...Platinum Stickles, lots of Dazzling Diamonds...nice and sparkly...

Next, just a fun summertime card...

One of my favorite images from Crafty Secrets' "Summertime" Images & Journal Notes booklet...If I could have a bathing suit like this, I'd be out in the water MUCH more often!

Some pretty crocheted lace, nice fat rick-rack trim, and some fabulous sea shells...

...more Dazzling Diamonds to sparkle up the water and a bit on her umbrella, and surrounded by platinum Stickles.  I just printed up the "Bathing Beauty" on the computer...

And lastly, a little something for the Fourth of July...

This fun bunch of images comes from Crafty Secret's "Seasonal" Images & Journal Notes booklet...the three vintage images are quite small, and just seemed perfect to fit inside that wonderful journalling space...

Lace, some beautiful red Martha Stewart seam binding, my vintage buttons again...

...I cut out some cardstock to mimic the shape of the journalling image, and covered it with Glossy Accents and some fabulous bright blue vintage German glitter glass I just found at a wonderful antique shop here near my parent's house....found some real treasures I'll share with you later!  Also, some silver German glass glitter from the same shop--nice and chunky! 

Surrounded it all with some silver Stickles, just to clean up the edges...some Dazzling Diamonds on the sparkly parts of the little images...and that's about it!

I'll have some family time to share with you all when I get home in a couple of weeks, when I can edit things properly (it's hard on someone else's computer!) 

We're having a marvellous time with my family...lots of cousins for the kids to play with, warm & beautiful weather in the Rocky Mountains....just perfect!

Hope you're all having a most wonderful summer day, and I'll see you soon with something new!


  1. Super cute cards girl!
    So glad you are having fun with the fam!

  2. Hi Julie... love your red, white and blue cards! The bathing beauty is a real cutie... hope you are enjoying your vacation, I believe you are here in Utah??? You must be somewhere not real close to me if you are enjoying cool weather, it is high 90's today in Centerville! Happy 4th of July to you! xoxo Julie Marie

  3. SQUEAL!!! These are SO SO cute!! I know I probably say that about everything you do, but I LOVE them! Crazy mad for that framboise label, and the rick rack waves are genius! (I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" it?)

    Can't wait to see wait you do next!

  4. Adorable! These are my colors you know.

  5. Love your cards. Have a great time with your family!

  6. I really, really, really like these cards!! I mean I really like them!! :-) I would proudly display them on my mantel with the rest of my patriotic "stuff"!!

    So glad you're enjoying your family!! :-)

  7. I so love each and every one of these pretty! I am glad you are having a wonderful time with family! :D

  8. HOW do you manage to create even on vacation?????????? You are amazing!!!! Love your beach girl with her bloomers & all that sparkely water. Have a great 4th! Hugs Charlene

  9. Very cute! I need a bathing suit like that too. Have a happy 4th. Mimi

  10. so glad you are having a marvy time with your family :)the cards are soooo cute.

  11. Just a quick note:
    I love your blog! It is so nice!
    I am for sure signing up to be a follower!
    Happy 4th to you and yours!

  12. Such wonderful creations!!

    Glad you're enjoying family time...hope you have a wonderful 4th.

  13. Hi Juile

    Please you are having a good time with family.

    Great creations as well.

    B x

  14. Glad you're having fun with the family! Great cards and I can just see you in one of those bathing suits!

  15. Julie,
    they are gorgeus, so wonderfull.I love the framboise-one,so beautifull with the silver glitter.

  16. Julie, I LOVE all of your latest cards! You are so very talented. Have a wonderful 4th! Nan

  17. Wow, this is dazzling!!! I hope you will come to my Linky party next week and link up an inspirational pic...details are on my blog...
    can't wait to see you!

  18. Oh my these are so stinkin cute! I love anything Patriotic and these just are the cat's meow! I love your spin on the red, white and blue.
    I am now your latest follower and would like to extend the invitation to come follow on La Bella Vie as well, I would love to have you along for the ride! By the way I am a California girl myself, grew up near Santa Cruz:)
    Most sincerely, Terry
    PS, Beautiful blog you have by the way!

  19. love the vintage raspberry image. i hope you're having a fabulous time with your family.

    have a lovely holiday weekend,

  20. These are so beautiful. In case you haven't noticed I'm a little partial to these colors. I really adore your French raspberry one.

    Have a sparkling and spectacular Fourth of July!

  21. Still making my rounds for our Sorority. I love the look of you cards - especially the bathing beauty! I'm off to become a follower!


  22. Hi, I am late at visit, had company last week but caught up now and ready to say hi. Love all the pretty vintage treasures on this post. I will be back soon but wanted to say thank you for the visit to my cottage.
    Have a good weekend.

  23. Julie, You have so much going on and yet you stop by to say hello. Thank you so much. I love your holiday cards in my favorite shade of blue with the red and white. I hope your stay with your family is wonderful over the holidays! Elizabeth

  24. Sounds like a perfect Fourth of July, Julie! I love all of these sweet images, but perhaps the last, just 'cause I'm in the mood!! I also think the one of the bathing beauty would be cute in a room with a beachy theme. So cute! Keep having fun and making memories for future cards!
    xx Suzanne

  25. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Even being away from home, your creations are FANTASTIC! Each & every one is beautifully crafted! YOU ROCK! So glad you're enjoying your family time ... precious memories I'm sure!! Safe travels on your way back home!!

  26. Gorgeous cards!!! Happy 4th of July! Hope your holiday is delightful!!!

  27. So cute!
    I love the addition of the seashells. :-)

    I hope you're having a wonderful and safe 4th!

  28. love your recent vintage pieces and glad to hear you are having fun with the family! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

  29. These are all gorgeous, Julie! It's always such a pleasure to visit your gorgeous blog!

  30. Hi Julie! You know...your cards are always just so beautiful and charming! ;) I love these!!! Love all the sparkly stuff you add too! So, so pretty!...Enjoy the rest of your visit and safe home! xo Paulette

  31. Julie these are just beautiful, you are so clever with yoru creations and whilst on holiday! I love the framboise picture, very inspiring for my cupcakes. I've also been blessed with a fur baby this weekend, so I have a new friend for you to visit over at Dolliedaydream upon your return :-) xxx

  32. Hi Julie! Your cards are beautiful. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday weekend. Have a great week! Twyla

  33. Honey I sure have missed coming by here. Since my accident I have not been visiting too many blogs.
    So glad I got to see your post today. Love what you did with these cards. Especialy the summertime one with the bathing suit.
    Just what I need for my pool therapy.
    Sounds like your having a great time with your family

  34. Love ALL of your beautiful cards--you should write a book! Have fun with your family!

  35. Your cards are amazing..I love them all! Thank you for entering my giveway...fingers crossed. xoxo

  36. These are all very beautiful! ~Diane

  37. I love the pretty palette of these beautiful creations- so very beautiful.

  38. Those are really cute! I am going to have to check out Crafty Secrets...I see wonderful things for there!


  39. Hey Julie. I'm really eeking and ahhhhing over all these fantastic creations. I just LOVE them to pieces, they are so cute. And what a great job you did making them not look just 4th of July-ish.

    I had to stop by and say thank you for your California postcard. I love this winking girl - she's just too darned cute!

    Hope you're having a nice evening, hugs...Tracy :)

    P.S. I'm having blogiversary giveaways this month. I hope you get the chance to come by and enter.

  40. hi julie!

    {oops! i began typing you a comment and closed/deleted it by accident. oh well ... anyway ...}

    LOVE your top image/strawberry creation. i think of all of your amazing work, this piece is my favorite. the details and color combos are so sweet and just-right. beautiful!

    hope all of your busy-happy-family fun continues!