Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thoughts of Spring…


Hello, my friends!

You see that beautiful rainbow? This was what we saw in our backyard a couple of days ago…How could I not have thoughts of Spring with that going on?! 


Ahhhhh…winter in California…(sorry!)

With that in mind, I made a couple of Springy projects yesterday, and had so much fun with them!

First off…


…a little  card, just for fun…in colors of deep apricot and chocolate brown…with a beautiful new (to me) paper collection called “Grandma’s Attic Collectibles” from TPC Studio…love it!


A sweet image from Crafty Secrets’ “Birds & Blossoms” Creative Scraps…touched with just a bit of fine iridescent  glitter.


And a doily fan…very simply to make…a few pleats here and there…grunge it up, add a bit of Iridescent Glimmer Mist, and that’s it!  I added some old peachy gauze and a few paper roses, which were tinted with Glimmer Mist.

“Believe in Yourself”…not a bad idea!



This was originally going to just be a card…but I kept adding things…having fun…feeling all springy…and this happened!


I used images from Crafty Secrets’ “Altered Fairy” Creative Scraps, and just kept cutting, layering and popping things up…it’s so fun to just get carried away once in a while!


And my favorite part—I decided to use this frame from Vicki Chrisman’s fabulous portrait shadowbox card die…so fun to use and available through Crafty Secrets…


As I was working on this, I kept thinking of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”…everything green and flowery…and fairyish!  The beautiful new “Once Upon a Springtime” collection from Graphic 45 sure made went along with my theme beautifully…


And if it wasn’t flowery enough…a couple of bright & fabulous Prima flowers on the frame…


I used Tim Holtz’ Crackle Paint in Shutter Green on the frame, then rubbed in a little “Vintage Photo” Distress ink…very shabby!


Well, that’s it for me today…hope you’re enjoying the day, whatever your weather.  Just remember…


…Spring is on it’s way!



  1. Julie- I'm not ready for Spring... yet.:) I need to see a little more snow. But, that rainbow is gorgeous! And your lovely creations just make me smile!:) So pretty! Lori

  2. hi julie,

    sweet projects and the rainbow photos are beautiful but spring is a long way off where i live, and that's okay, i've got plenty of cocoa!

    thanks for the sunny thoughts though, my friend!


  3. hi there! thank you for visiting my blog, really nice to "meet" you. your projects are just beautiful, i really love the "midsummer nights" one - i love fairies! looking forward to following your blog :)

  4. Beautiful creations you made Julie.


  5. Thank you for the inspiration. Now that I am finding my way back to crafting because of reading inspiring blogs, I will look for Tim Holt products. Don't laugh, but Tim Holt was a character in a serieds I read about 20 years ago so I have work to do. I appreciate the extra motivation, the end result is spendid.

  6. Spring is on the way Julie. I can tell coz the birds are singing earlier in the morning. Don't you love rainbows! I do. Each one is so pretty. Love yours. What a beautiful view! Love also your newest cards! They're soooooo pretty and sweet. I love everything you create, so nothing new there! I send love and hugs and special prayers. Have a beautiful sabbath! xxoo

  7. Love your spring creation!!!!!!!! It's so lovely and sweet. Rainbows are nature's art pieces. No rainbows over here, but we have SUN! Woehaa!!! Okay there's lots of wind too, but who cares! Inside our home I only see the sunshine! Have a lovely Sunday!

  8. Hi Julie, all of your new projects are just gorgeous, I love anything with fairies!... and your rainbow is so pretty... Spring must truly be on it's way!... I hope so... xoxo Julie Marie

  9. If you don't mind Julie I think I will put that beautiful rainbow on my laptop for wallpaper! With a little (more) dusting of snow last night I could use a reminder about spring!

  10. What lovely creations!!
    And here's to spring getting here quickly:)

  11. Ooooh, blog makeover - very nice! Love your spring creations, it's been raining and very windy here all day so they were certainly a welcome sight!

  12. Julie,
    no rainbow here, no green hill tops!-
    so To be on your blog-is really lovely-and I love your creations, as alwayes. The card is so very beautifull- and the collage with all its wonderfully bits and pieces-and fantastic colors, is gorgeus, too.
    Here it ia past dinner, but I guess you are in your afternoon, so happy rest sunday, to you.

  13. I almost forgot how green Ca gets in the winter, I've been gone almost 10 years now. Love what you did making the little fairy, my goodness they are a real work of art when you get done with them.

  14. Julie, this is heavenly beautiful post. The hills, the rainbow and the card and frame - everything so wonderful!
    Have a lovely day, Julie! :)

  15. Do you mind if I visit this post several times a day for a while just to imagine that there's a place that looks this lovely in the winter? I was emailing Betty Bates (She's Sew Pretty)yesterday, and she was going out to WEED! That just sounded so funny to January! California is mighty nice in the winter months.
    I love fairies and birds so your latest art piece is so appealing! Your wheels must be spinning all the time!
    Have a lovely Sunday!

  16. WOW!!!!!!!! Two totaly different looks but, I LOVE them both. YOU are such a creative wonder! Thanks for shring. And send some of that sunshine our way. Been grey, cold & gloomy for over a week now. NOT my style at all. HUGS! Charlene

  17. Dear Julie, that incredible beautiful rainbow was a great inspiration for your so lovely work... how pretty your cards are, and that doily fan is absolutely lovely!!!!
    California is not so cold, is it??
    hugs my dear

  18. Your pic makes me homesick for SLO! Love January on the central coast. One of the best months of the year. My grandpa called winter in California "sucker season". Because you could sell real estate to easterners in about 2 seconds. Love all your projects. Mimio

  19. I love your cards!!!!
    we are a loooooong way away from spring. we have been below zero most of this whole week. I want to get outside and do "something" but just not that enjoyable in this cold.
    I think I am suffering from a little cabin my 950 square foot house.
    HELP!!!!!! I need a rainbow.

  20. You and I are thinking the same thing my friend. oxxoxo

  21. Beautiful projects, Julie! Love the crackled look on the frame, too :)
    The picture of the rainbow makes me long for Springtime! It's 29 here and snowing with a chance of freezing rain...

  22. your rainbow is stunning! what a gorgeous backyard view you have. yes, spring is definitely on the horizon and you have recieved a certain sign there.

    i think your creations are lovely. so sweet and imaginative. you have such a beautiful skill.

    wishing you a wonderful week

    warmest hugs

    millie xxx

  23. Hi Julie,
    This is spectacular!!!! Thank you so much for visiting the magazine!
    I would love to have you featured on it...Just let me know if that's okay with you and I will include you in one of the pieces (I'm trying to choose themes.) It gives me each week to do it because it takes alot to piece everything together...But, I'd love to have you in it!!!

  24. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for stopping by from Cindy's blog and following mine! Thanks also for your nice comments and for entering the giveaway~ good luck! I have really enjoyed my visit to yours, too~ your creations are so lovely and really inspiring! I am a new follower, too!