Monday, November 22, 2010

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge…Christmas


Good morning, my friends!

Another month, another fun challenge for the Crafty Secrets Design Team!  This month we’re focusing on all the new & fabulous Christmas products…so many to choose from!

I’ve already shared a couple of pages from my Christmas chipboard album with you…here it is all together:


First, a couple that you’ve already seen:



Okay…here’s a new one.  This is me talking to Santa…my brother Steve waiting for his turn right behind me…about 1969…DSC06240_edited-1

This little sweetie is one of my favorite Crafty Secrets’ images…from the “Christmas” Creative Scraps.  I just had to add a little pom-pom to her hat…


I decided I’d better have a page to represent my husband Roger’s childhood Christmases as well…couldn’t be ALL about me, right?!  Here he is, a sweet little 5-year old in his striped Christmas jammies, along with a postcard to Santa, from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Creative Scraps…


The last page…this cute little vintage image is from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet.  The first time I saw it, I thought of this photo of my brothers and me coming down the stairs the first Christmas morning after we’d moved to Ohio…1969…


I put my new jingle bell punch from the fabulous Miss Martha Stewart…love these!  Covered with some chunky glitter, of course…

I really enjoy seeing these little mini albums all bound together…the chunky boards, the multi-colored pages full of memories all tied together in one fun bundle!

This album—and the others I’ve used this year—are all from Maya Road and are available through Crafty Secrets.

I’ll be doing more of these for sure—I’m hooked!

And last, another view of Christmas…


The beautiful illuminated-style Nativity illustration is from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet…


…the beautiful angels watching over the scene are from the very new “Angelic Blessings” stamp set…such an elegant set!

 Angelic Blessings

I stamped the angels a few times on white and cream cardstock, cut out the pieces, layered them and popped them up…


…had to add copious amounts of iridescent glitter to the wings, of course!

The only problem with close-ups is that I can now see where I needed to trim this a little closer!  Oh well! 

I hope you’ll stop by and visit each of the other  girls on the Design Team…they always have such beautiful inspiration to share!

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Melissa Phillips

Flo Teixeira from France

Julie Campbell—me!

Mary Hamer

Anna Wight (November Guest Designer)

Since my college girl is home for the week and my husband’s family is coming for the big day, I’ll be taking a bit of a blog break until just after Thanksgiving, so here’s wishing you all a most wonderful holiday week with family and friends!



  1. Just gorgeous Julie, as always. Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with your family. X Anne X

  2. What great projects, Julie! Love, love, love your Christmas album - a perfect balance of photos and yummy vintage images (see, there was no way I was going to call your photos vintage, LOL!) Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Lovely creations you made today!


  4. I love all of your projects in this post Julie. The chilpboard album with pics of you and your husband's childhood photos is a great idea and you did a stellar job as always. I don't think I ever saw this Craft Secret's Angelic Blessings it new? I will have to search the internet for it. I wish I had a local source for their product.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

  5. Love your sweet little album Julie, and your card is so pretty!

  6. As usual Julie absolutely beautiful. What a legacy you are creating for your darling daughters. I love all that you do. You amaze me with your talents! Have a wonderful time this week with all your family gathered around you! Love you lots and lots. xxoo

  7. Both are just beautiful Julie. What a treasure the album will be for many generations. Love your card. Linda Duke

  8. Julie, I love the album you created!! What a wonderful keepsake! Love all of the photos and details. Your card is Beautiful!! Love those colors--so rich looking!

  9. Your album is just darling, Julie!
    You must have lots of extra fun during this season while creating your gorgeous cards.
    Love for a happy Monday xxxx

  10. Hi Julie!! LOVE your album! So inspiring! I don't have any pictures of my husband's childhood Christmases! This is such a great idea. And your Angel Blessings card is beautiful!

  11. All roads to happiness lead right here Julie! So much to see, so much to love! First of all, your husband in his striped pj's! Now that's cute! Your nativity card is so lovely Julie. I must get MS jingle bells punch! I had eyed them but wasn't sure how to use them. I always learn so much here, thank you for that! I am excited to visit your other team members. Truly you all have been so busy this year! I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! Elizabeth

  12. They are all so beautiful..I love the little girl with the hat and muff...I always wanted one of those when I was a little girl! Have a great Thanksgiving my friend :D

  13. OH Darling as usual miss julie! I love to see you using those vintage photos! Always a TREAT to see what you create with such love!

  14. Hi Julie, what a great little album! I also wanted to tell you how cute your apron pocket turned out! Love the paper and all the little touches. How in the world did you make so little glitter circles so perfect? Have a great week, Nan

  15. As always, love your creations!!

    Enjoy your family and your Thanksgiving!

  16. LOVE the shape of this book, and of course your decorations are perfection!!

  17. Wow!! Gorgeous project!! Love all the details! Thanks for including me in today's challenge! :) -Anna.

  18. Now thats wht I call a book! just darling, Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family Julie!

  19. Hello, I just found your lovely blog and really enjoyed seeing your collage work. Your Christmas Chipboard album is beyond beautiful! You did an amazing job. I'm following you now so I can keep up with your posts and see you lastest works!

    Happy Holidays,

  20. Hi Julie,
    You are amazing!!! I love everything!!! What a fabulous talent you are...
    AND I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  21. This is truly gorgeous!!! I am so glad I have a partner in glittering crime! ; ) Beautiful work Julie! Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday with your family!!!

  22. Love how you've added some beautiful family photo's...awesome!

  23. Hi Julie, happy rest of the week, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Love the childhood photos. Always love how you connect your cards with your family photos. Best wishes, Tammy

  24. Hi Julie,

    Your book is awesome, and I really liked it for an interesting reason.....your style is very similar to mine or visa versa, when putting together books. I have this weird feeling that had I made that book, it would have turned out almost exactly the same!

    Now I have a question......are you taking any new people onboard for designers???? I'd love to play with "Crafty Secrets" product. Just wondering........I'm a pretty prolific crafter and can do a lot of projects quickly. If you ever have an open call, I'd appreciate a heads-up! Boy aren't I the bold one? It's worth asking about!

    Have a great Thanksgiving,

  25. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!! As usual you did an amazing job!!! Glad you hopped over to meet Jill. She does do such detailed digital work. I HOPE to learn that in the next year. Now, on this you said you cut out multiple angels layered them & popped them out. In an email (after the holidays) would you tell me how many to layer & did you use pop dots? I love the effect. You are soooooooooo super creative & clever. Have a marvelous Thanksgiving. HUGS! Charlene

  26. Love the chipboard book! All of your crafty projects are always so pretty and fun!

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

  27. I just love these ideas for Christmas especially with the old pictures for memories. Lisa

  28. I love your work. It is all so gorgeous, I am feeling inspired to go through my papers.

  29. Hi Julie, I love all of your creations, their just beautiful... you are one talented lady. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  30. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Julie. Your album is just precious!!! Enjoy spending time with your college girl this weekend! xo Paulette

  31. Hope your Thanksgiving
    was filled with joyous
    moments, Julie! I am
    into stamps this season
    and making gift tags,
    so thank you for all of
    this lovely inspiration!
    Happy Friday,
    xx Suzanne

  32. I love your chipboard Christmas book..the idea is lovely. I'm a california girl too....near Carmel...I'm new at this blogging world and would love it if you'd stop by and visit me. Hope your turkey day was all that you could have imagined. Blessing...xoso Sandy

  33. Hope your Thanksgiving was amazing my friend. xoxoxo

  34. Love the album! You've done a great job putting the pictures and adornments together. Takes me back to my childhood.