Monday, October 18, 2010

Crafty Secrets’ Design Team Sewing Challenge


Good morning, my friends!


Well, it’s time for another Crafty Secrets’ Design Team Challenge this morning…and this month we were to use stitching in our projects…machine, hand, or faux…

I have to admit to being a late-bloomer in the sewing on paper club…didn’t ever attempt it until this year…and I have to say I’m hooked!

Here’s my project for today…a 10” x 10” layout that I’ll frame…


What fun to lay all the paper and lace out the way you want, and then “quilt” it, as I like to do…crazy quilt style…(another thing I’ve always wanted to make—a crazy quilt!)

Then…just add all the additional elements or embellishments…ribbon, buttons, etc…so much fun!


Just look at all these fabulous, very old vintage buttons…not one the same as another…some with very old thread still remaining…and some with fabric on the back, as if ripped of a garment to save the button…



I used the beautiful man in the moon stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Costume Cuties” set with a bit of Dazzling Diamonds on him for a bit of sparkle…


“The Witching Hour” image from Crafty Secrets’ “Halloween” Creative Scraps…

…and over the entire layout, a VERY generous spritzing of “Irridescent Gold”, “Pumpkin Pie” and “Gold” Glimmer Mist….I just love the stuff!

And I’d like that thank my Great-Great Grandmother, Augusta, for being a good sport and posing as my witch for the project!


She was nothing of the kind, of course…a gentle, kind, loving wife and mother…born in Denmark in 1854, she emigrated to the United States when she was just 16 years old…

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to live the rest of her life in the good old Wild West…very different than what she would ever have imagined as a little Danish girl!

A “Happy Halloween” sentiment typed out on the computer in a new favorite vintage-style font…


Please make sure and visit the Heartwarming Vintage Crafty Secrets blog today for more inspiration, and be sure and stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team’s blogs—they will amaze you, I promise!

We’re so happy to have our special Guest Designer, Sheila Rumney, join us this month!

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader
Pam Hooten
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Michele Kovack
Melissa Phillips
Flo Teixeira from France
Julie Campbell—me!
Mary Hamer
Guest Designer Sheila Rumney

Heartwarming Vintage Blog

Crafty Secrets website

Have a beautiful day, and I’ll see you soon with something new…




  1. Just gorgeous Julie! I'm sure your great-great grandma would be proud!

  2. Stunning-if possible you outdid yourself!

  3. Love this Halloween layout, Julie. The perfect mix of embellishment, vintage, and best of!

  4. This is just fantastic, Julie! And you always share such interesting stories about your ancestors and your family--wonderful post, as usual-have a great week!

  5. Julie you have such a gift with the way you put things together!!! LOVE the buttons and moon face. Your Victorian era ancestor would have loved it too, I think!

  6. Oh Julie! This is absolutely gorgeous! What a treasure this would be in a black frame! It's utterly amazing! I LOVE the crazy quilt style of putting things's my favorite (since I seem to have an aversion for anything symmetrical) it's just right!Really a beautiful addition to a Halloween display...or ANY display!

    Have a wonderful week dear friend!

  7. Julie, how wonderfull, that your great,great grandmother is danish ,just like me!!---we do have a very little bit in common, then dear!
    What a journey in every way possible,it must have been for Augusta.
    I love what you did with her picture,your crasy "quilt" is beautifull.

  8. What a gorgeous layout!!!! I love it!!! Truly!!!
    I just love how you are incorporating your family photos in your fabulous creations! What a neat thing to do!

  9. Fun LO Julie, love those vintage buttons and your sweet witch!

  10. Oh this is just so cool! I love the altered witch! She brought a smile to my face! Love it!

  11. Wow, what a gorgeous piece of Halloween art, all stitched and sprinkled with vintage goodness! Loooooove it! :)

  12. What a wonderful composition Julie! I love every detail of it and your great-great grandmother would love it too I bet! You always have so many beautiful details in your make it look easy but I'm sure it takes time to create with the precision that you do.
    This piece certainly deserves a frame! Graet job!

  13. Wow Julie,
    This is stunning and super special. I love the old pictures about your Great-Great Grandmother. Love your project.

    Thanks to my vintage cards now I found your blog. :)

  14. This is amazing! and I so thoroughly enjoyed reading your post!!!! wonderful work! you are so lucky to have those spectacular heritage photos!

  15. Wow, Julie, this is spectacular!!! And I thought when you saw my tag you'd realize how yours and mine look like they're from the same era (I mean the one that I did with the sewing girl.)

    This piece of yours is just gorgeous!!! And the hat on her is super too!!!
    How fun, huh???

  16. Beautiful Julie, your photos are just amazing, and I loved reading your story. As always your work is beautiful. Hugs Linda Duke

  17. Julie, I love, love, love this! It's just gorgeous! I love the look that sewing on paper gives. It's just the best! So far, we haven't tried it. We sure need to, we have two sewing machines, for heaven's sake! I always love the bit of history you share. Have a great week! Twyla

  18. WOW!! Julie, your layout is Fantastic and you attention to all of the little details is Amazing!! Beautiful work!!!

  19. FABULOUS card Julie, just FABULOUS!!! Of course I'd expect nothing less from you! You're the best! What a great sport your great great Grandmother was to let you use her in such a way! I love it!! I love how you are always able to bring your family history into all that you create. It's so amazing! You're amazing. Sending you lots of love on this cold October morning! xxoo

  20. Awesome card Julie! Love the wonderful collage of Vintage goodness!

  21. So much detail Julie! I saw a very small sewing machine at JoAnn's and wondered if it could be used on paper. The effect on this card is wonderful! I love the witches hat you put on the photo! Elizabeth

  22. Wow Julie that is fantastic! An amazing piece of art.


  23. A wonderful card, dear Julie, it must be a very fun time working on it and specially sewing on paper. Nice meeting Augusta!!!

  24. You turned your great great grandmother into a witch, hee hee. I'm sure she would love it! This really is beautiful, I love every detail. Just wondering, is there anything special to know about sewing on paper?

  25. Julie,

    What a different picture for Halloween! I believe when you frame it the picture will just pop. Thank you for sharing your creativity.



  26. Wow Julie, I love every single detail here, great job.

  27. I AODRE your card. Where did you get that great "Witching Hour" phrase with that cool font??? LOVE IT!!! And your sweet Grandmother as a witch. How fun. When you were telling us about her I thought about Issac Dennison (Out of Africa) & how she left Denmark to embark on strange lands. How scary all that must have been. THEY WERE STRONG WOMEN THEN! HUGS!

  28. I always adored doing crazy quilting! This is cute as a bug's ear.

  29. Julie,I love every little bit of this fantastic piece!!!!!! And I'm certain Great-Great Grandma is smiling down with pride. Great post!

  30. I was online and thought, "I've got to see how Julie is" and hopped over to say "hi" and see what you were up to...still love this is a "show-stopper!"

  31. Your Halloween collage is just fabulous, Julie! Your great-grandmother makes a great witch but I'm sure she was the sweetest woman.
    Have a wonderful Thursday!
    HUGS to you,

  32. Very cute! Love the textures! And how sweet of your great great grandmother to help you out!
    I Like that font!!! I have to look and see if I have it on my computer!
    HAGD! karen

  33. I may never pass this way again, so I HAD to respond to your blog. I, too, am Julie Smith - Julie Smith Strong now. Great, great-grandaughter of Augusta. I'm working on a report for YW on an ancestor and Google Images brought me here. Fun to meet yet another Julie Smith.