Monday, February 28, 2011

Crafty Secrets’ Design Team Party Theme Challenge


Hello, my friends!

What a busy, wonderful weekend we had…and yes…we DID get some snow here (just a little)!  Caused quite I commotion, I can tell you!

Well, today’s another fun Crafty Secrets’ Design Team Challenge…this time we’re going with a Party/Birthday theme…so many possibilities!

Again…I have to apologize for the horrible lighting on these photos…the sun just hasn’t been cooperating lately…oh, well!

I’ve got a few party projects to share with you today—first:


A fun, easy birthday card for a girlfriend using a retro magazine cover image from Crafty Secrets’ “Girlfriends” Creative Scraps…


I sparkled up the confetti and streamers on the image with a little iridescent glitter,


…framed everything with platinum Stickles, added buttons and ribbon to make the card look like a wrapped gift…easy peasy!

And here’s another girlfriend birthday card…


…a beautiful flapper era image from Crafty Secrets’ “Girlfriends” Images & Journal Notes.  Nothing too complicated on this one…


…sometimes just one perfect button really makes your project pop!   Love this vintage mother-of-pearl button with a darker rainbow colors…


…more iridescent glitter on the confetti in the image and some decorative framing with platinum Stickles.

And lastly, I couldn’t let this challenge get away without making a special birthday page for my heritage scrapbook…not too far in the past this time!

My wonderful husband Roger’s birthday was just yesterday, and I made this page to commemorate a couple of birthdays past for him…again…sorry about the lighting on these…kinda throws off the colors!


This page showcases Roger and two of his boyhood birthday parties…one in 1970, when he was 6…

Roger's birthday 1970_edited-1

…Roger is the adorable little pirate, front left, in the red shirt and eye patch!

Here he is again at his party in 1972…


…8 years old now…in the back row, blue shirt.  A head taller than most of his buddies!


I cut out this image of Roger when he was 8—one of my very favorites of him as a boy…

Roger, 8 years old, in school_edited-1

…what a sweetie!


A birthday banner tops off the layout, using the banner stamp from Crafty Secrets’ “Artful Banners” stamp set…


…and the lettering using Crafty Secrets’ “Top Hat” alphabet stamp set.  A bit of cording drapes it across the page…


A sweet little boy, paper-pieced and popped-up a bit finishes it off.  He is found in Crafty Secrets’ “Birthday Kids” stamp set…

Well, that’s it for me today…please stop by and visit the other ladies on the Design Team…they ALWAYS have loads of inspiration to share!

Sandy has something to share with you over at the Crafty Secrets blog…a GORGEOUS vintage  crown image as a free download, as well as a cone party hat pattern free download (you can also use it as a cone to hold party favors or to make a beautiful tussie mussie!  Don’t miss these!


See you soon with something new…



  1. All the cards are fantastic Julie! fun photos of your hubby as a boy :)

  2. Julie- I love all your creations! And happy birthday to your sweet husband! What a darling pirate he was and still is!:) Arghhhhhh! Lori

  3. Julie these are great cards!
    but i must say i loved the way
    you did your husband's birthday page =)
    so cute!!!

  4. Hi Julie -

    Love your cards! They are just so cute and so much fun! I really love your birthday layout of your husband. Don't you just love looking at them when they were little!?

    Elaine Allen

  5. Amazingly beautiful vintage cards Julie, and the photos are wonderful - so many childhood memories, thank goodness for cameras!!
    Hugs, Sylvia xxx

  6. Great cards as always Julie!
    I bet your hubby was thrilled!

  7. Hi...those are beautiful! I love how you added glitter to the party favors.

  8. Beautiful cards and layout Julie! I just love that picture too! I still need to break into the new have inspired me to get moving!


  9. Always cooking up something totally fun and sweet around here! I LOVE that flapper birthday card!!
    have a great week Julie

  10. Hi Julie, all adorable cards, as always... Happy Birthday to your hubby!... he made such a cute little pirate!... xoxo Julie Marie

  11. Fantastic girlfriends cards Julie!! I love your page you created for your hubby!! Fabulous work!!

  12. Oh Julie,
    These cards are simply gorgeous!!! I love everything you create!!!

  13. I am so in love with those cards...the pink one is adorable.

    Sending you oodles of love my's another week...where do they all go?


  14. Julie, you do amaze me with all that you do! I love the two new cards and what you have done with these new stamps/pictures. How wonderful. Best of all I adore the scrapbook page you have done of Roger! How filled with love it is! You are so talented. I keep thinking I need to do a scrapbook myself. But then . . . I never get around to it! I just keep enjoying yours! Love you loads. It looks like the sun might just shine today! Fingers crossed! xxoo

  15. Fab stuff! It did have me wondering - just how much Platinum Stickles do you go through, my friend? lol! Love the LO of Roger's birthday celebrations, that little banner is fabulous!

  16. Oh, I LOVE those cards! How did we craft before stickles!

  17. Hey Julie! Snow in California now? Amazing! Thanks for your visits and the birthday wishes. I loved seeing your trip to Carmel. That little house with the thatched roof and red door is just adorable. And the burgandy dress your mom made is gorgeous! How wonderful to see three generations wear it so beautifully! Happy belated birthday to your hubby! I love how you always tie the past and the present together through your cards and images. Hope you are having a great day. Best wishes always, Tammy

  18. Hi Julie! I have missed your lovely things and wonderful stories!! I hope in the next month or two to have more energy for visiting! Hugs my friend, I hope you and yours are well!!

  19. Julie,

    LOVE the Party Girl image! But, be still my heart... your Carmel post made me pea green with envy. Oh how I love the Carmel/Monterey area! Pacific Grove... Seven Galbes Inn... Lovers Point... it's calling my name. Thank you for the reminders of my happy times there. My soul craves to return. Have a great week. Charlene