Friday, October 22, 2010

A Little Vintage Christmas…


Good afternoon, my friends!

What a rainy, gloomy day here on the central California coast!  (I love it!)  How’s the weather where you are?

This kind of day makes it feel like Christmas is just around the bend, and I’ve been trying to get a bit of a jump on it with a couple of projects…



A fun chipboard wall hanging…the chipboard piece from Crafty Secrets, as well as all the beautifully vintage Christmas images…


…from both the new “Christmas” Creative Scraps and the “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet…love that collage piece in the background!  A lovely peppermint stripe print from Graphic 45’s Christmas Past collection…


…this little sweetie was cut out and popped up, of course! 


Some lovely red vintage buttons, a single jingle bell, holly flowers, ribbon, lace, a bit of sparkle thanks to Dazzling Diamonds, platinum Stickles & some “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist, and that’s about it!

Next, a completely different color scheme…


Cool grey, silver, pink & white…and a lovely Victorian angel from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet…

I decided to carry on the arched look from the image and used a corner rounder punch for the different layers of the card…


…sparkling falling snow, thanks to a little Dazzling Diamonds…


…and some different sized sparkly snowflakes, all glitzed up with lots and lots of clear, chunky German glass glitter.  A vintage pink button and some lovely Swarovski crystals finish them off…


I hope you all have the loveliest of weekends!

See you soon with something new…


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  1. Wow, you really are thinking Christmas! Each one is very the little girl, she looks a bit like a cupie doll or Shirley Temple! :D

  2. I wish I could have access to your wonderful designing brain,(I am sure it's stunning too!) so I could figure out how to put things together in such a darling way, ALL THE TIME!! *Sigh*

  3. Just beautiful-I'm starting to get the spirit-thank you!

  4. Love your grey and silver card..something different, and the true colours of Christmas..
    Weather here on the West Coast of British Columbia, right above you, is very grey and threatening..supposed to start howling and pouring any minute now..the start of monsoon season here..stay cosy and warm!i

  5. I'm feeling the Christmas spirit...a very nostalgic one!


  6. Hi Julie, those are all so pretty! I am not quite ready for Christmas yet! Still want to enjoy more Indian Summer... xoxo Julie Marie

  7. How Fun!! Christmas, it's on my mind and you helped with that!! ;-) LOVE it all...such talent!

  8. Such beauty in the work you do. I'm in love with the first wall hanging. The colors, images, and those fab buttons tie everything together. Wonderful. Have a great weekend, Julie.

  9. Hi Julie,
    I had to come over and say "hi" after making Christmas tags all Can you believe it? I think we're always on the same wavelength...Your Christmas treasures are gorgeous!!! Wowee!!!

  10. Hi Julie, all your cards are always so beautiful whatever the season. I can't even think about Christmas right now. Just got caught up on many of your recent posts. Love all the old photos of your family and that sweet tea set. A friend here had a gathering one time and as everyone went home, she gave us all a loaf of Amish Friendship Bread. Such a great gift indeed. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. :) Tammy

  11. Love the cards Julie! Crafty Secrets has some lovely stuff. I wish it were more available over here! As always your talents amaze me! It's never too early to get started on Christmas in my opinion! I love the card you sent me last year for Christmas. It was so lovely and is one of my favourite treasures! I hope you have a fun weekend planned! It's our Stake Conference this weekend. A time that I love! Sending oodles of love and hugs your way from across the sea from me to thee!! xxoo

  12. Lovely creations you made..the weather is cold in the Netherlands now...have a nice weekend!


  13. Perfect post to get me back to making ornaments! Thank you!!

  14. Hello, I love all the different layers you concoct on in your work it is so different to anything I do. jennyx

  15. The weather in Scotlant is dreich too.

    Love the Betty Boo style cut/pop out. Pretty.

  16. All I need to do to feel that Christmas cheer is see your Lovely art! sigh..... I really warms me up!

  17. Hi Julie!
    I've been loving the rain in California and am sorry to see it going. It's supposed to be back in the high 70's and low 80's next week.

    I just love the projects. What fun! The little girl image in the first one is so beautiful. I would have been so inspired making that piece. It's gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. hey Julie, YOu had expressed an interest in doing the crown challenge that I had posted about. was wondering if youre still interested. I sort of dropped the ball on it but still want to follow through. There were 6 girls that responded. Im going to hold off posting pics until friday the 29th. Would love it if you were still interested and wanted to make one too! I'm going to make another one during the week. Also it could be a witches hat if not a crown. Let me know.. K?

  19. Oh, Julie,
    You just did it again! I am always so tickled by what you do with one little (but very cute) Craft Secrets picture. You just seem to wind your magic around them to the point that I want to go buy all the Craft Secret images so I can do the same. But do you know what? I could not do the same because you are the queen of wonderful cards, my dear, and you just keep producing them all the time...always adorable, always full of charm. So I will dream my dreams while looking at your lovely pictures!
    Big hugs,

  20. Merry Christmas sweet one!! Now you have me very very excited about what is soon to come. Love the vintage feel of your cards. You are my creative friend indeed. xoxoxo

  21. Thanks for all the Christmas inspiration Julie.
    Beautifully done as always!

  22. Julie, I am in the mood for Christmas after seeing these lovely cards! I had the most wonderful surprise from Vivian, she sent me a sheet of Crafty Secret kitchen images. EEK! They are so wonderful in person! Your tea post was so lovely Julie. The cabbage rose tea set found the perfect place to be with you! Have a lovely week coming! Elizabeth

  23. Hi Julie, your creations are beautiful... I'm getting into the Christmas spirit now after seeing your gorgeous cards, your are so talented my friend!!! hugs~~ Daphne

  24. It is superlovely. The wallhanger is great! And I totally love the christmas girl! Your snowflakes are to die for!

  25. Hi Julie,
    I just popped over to say "hi" and hope you're doing great!!!

  26. Lovely Christmassy project Julie, your glittering always looks divine!