Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Little Girl


Hello, my friends!

What a beautiful day we’re having…really feels like spring today!  It really put me in the mood for springy colors…soft & fresh…

And what better to go with those colors than a wonderful new stamp set devoted to sweet little girls?

Available February 11th from Crafty Secrets, this medium-sized set, “Little Girls” is just filled with vintage, girly charm…here’s my little card…


Lots of paper-piecing here…one of my favorite techniques…I find it very relaxing, and I love the depth of color & texture it gives to the images.


Soft yellow, cream & coral…with a little bluebird of happiness thrown in! 


Some vintage seam binding dyed to match what I needed by combining a few colors of “Glimmer Mist”…I just love doing that…makes me feel like an alchemist or something!  Can you see the slight variation in color?  So pretty!


I stamped the scallop binding three times to make this layered topper for the image…then accented it with my favorite Platinum Stickles…


Of course, this sweet little girl reminded me of a few little girl pictures of mine that I’ve always loved…

Karen Ann Ostlund, about 1941

My adorable mother, Karen…about 1941…doesn’t look like she’s exactly thrilled with her sucker, does it?!

Little Karen with pretty hairdo

What is it about a child’s silhouette that’s just so pure and magical?  Here’s Mom again…about 1943 at 4 years old.  I just want to squeeze her!

Julie in a pretty dress, 1964 2

And me…about 1964…I’ve always loved this dolled-up photo. 

Before I sign off, I wanted to share this absolutely gorgeous sunset from a couple of nights ago, as seen from our side yard…


What rich color—love the silhouette of the landscape in contrast to the vivid color in the sky…


…and just a minute later…so much more intense!


And here is one of my sweet little girls, capturing the moment by my side…my budding photographer, Sarah.  Can you see the rosy glow reflected on her?  (Not to mention her already sunset-colored hair!) Beautiful…

Wishing you all a beautiful, rosy sunset and some peaceful moments to be able to enjoy it with those you love…



  1. Oh..this is adorable Julie! I can not wait to play with this set. I have it sitting right here waiting for me. Loved the photos!!!

  2. Julie, I just love all those details you put into your work, Lke all those scallops, So pretty. Speaking of pretty what a sunset!!!
    hugs Lynn

  3. What a beautiful set of stamps! You've done a wonderful job with them.

  4. i really love this and was wondering if you would be willing to sell it? or make another and sell it? i am not sure if your work is available somewhere to buy? i would love to put it in my daughter's room...

  5. Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. So, so sweet,
    Julie! Reminds me
    of those Lois Lenski
    friendship books from
    when we were little : )
    My mom was a 1940 baby
    and just as cute as a
    button, like your mom!
    Loved this!
    xx Suzanne

  7. What cute girls and priceless pictures. My daughter is a red head too and starting to love taking photos (just like her mom).

    Have a wonderful week!

  8. I so adore your daughers hair colour....I always wanted red hair and I still do.


  9. Those stamps are darling! You do beautiful work! We never seem to have time to get to our stamp up scrapebook projects. Hopefully we will find some time soon. We love the pictures of you and your mom they are so sweet :).

    Laura and Michele

  10. Lovely card you made..sweer story too!


  11. Beautiful new card Julie, as always! Your work never ceases to amaze me. You have a beautiful eye for creating the perfect thing with each stamp! Love, LOVE it! Loved the pictures of your mom as a girl, and of you and of your dear daughter as well! You are such lovely ladies/girls! Beautiful sunset too! How inspiring! Thanks for the lovely comments you always leave me. They always make my day. I cherish your friendship, always. xxoo

  12. Dear Julie,
    You colored the sweet girl so perfect, for all the layers, and colors of this wonderfull card-an I love ofcourse also the bow..
    How cute you are in that fhoto, a real little prinsess- and your mother looked so sweet, too.

  13. Beautiful card. I just love what you have done with the scallops.
    Lovely photos too. X

  14. This is most definitely one of my favorites, that little girl is so so cute!
    Have a loveliest of Wednesdays, Julie. We have some sunshine, it makes me crave Spring! xxx

  15. What a sweet card, and sweet photos of your Mom! And I LOVE the gorgeous photos of the sunset!

  16. Hi Julie!

    You put your new set of stamps to perfect use!

    I love the colors you used and how you gave the little girl a sweet blue birdie to hold. The layered topper is so pretty, and your matching seam binding bow as well...all such sweet touches! The card is just beautiful!

    You and your mom were such adorable little girls!

    Hope you're enjoying another beautiful day!

    xo Paulette

  17. Hi Julie! So glad you stopped by for a visit, and thanks for your sweet comment! Nice to meet a fellow Californian. :)

    The card you made is really beautiful! The stamp set definitely has a vintage feeling to it, as I thought your card was vintage until I read through the post. The colors you used are beautiful, and I love the layering effect you used!!

    What sweet pics of your mother and you when you were little... precious... and gorgeous sunset!

    Hope you have a great day!
    ~ Jo :)

  18. Thanks so much for stopping bymy blog Julie! Your mother was such a CUTIE! I love those stamps and what you did with them :)

    Sandy xox

  19. Sugar and spice and everything nice! Such a cute stamp set- love what you made with it. The scalloped edge is pretty. Just adorable pictures too- you have a lovely family of girls!

  20. Love this little girl, so adorable! I've stopped by to give you an award. Check out this post:

  21. This is a beautiful card and what a great way to showcase a new set!

  22. Beautiful card and such a sweet image!

  23. Julie, your card is so totally adorable, the colors and paper piecing you used are perfect!

  24. Shw is the sweetest little girl and you really brought her to life! LOVE the new blog design, too :)

  25. Hi, Julie! Yes. :) Your little brother is our pediatrician! He is fabulous!

    Hope you have a great day!