Friday, December 30, 2011

A Bag Full of Creativity…and a Giveaway!

Bag 7 

Hello, my friends!

How could Christmas possibly be over?!  It does go by in a blink, doesn’t it?  Hope you enjoyed—and are STILL enjoying—every single moment with your families…


…I sure have been!  Here we are—taken last week in my “office”…the beautiful park where I take sweet little school children on field trips & teach them about our local wildlife…not a bad job, huh?!

I finally took a little creativity time for myself this morning, and this is what I came up with…

Bag 9

…a very easy bag made with prints from Crafty Secrets’ new “Creating with Vintage Illustrations” CD—I had so much fun with this!

I can’t even tell you how easy it was—I already had a canvas bag (from Michaels) all ready to go…a striped piece of muslin for the background…

Bag 8

…then a print chosen from the CD for the background, printed on printable cotton—so fabulous!

 Bag 4

…then the main image, also from the CD and printed on cotton was added on top.  I just typed up the word “Supplies” in a lovely vintage font, and that was it!

Everything was quickly stitched together with the sewing machine, and all that was left was embellishing!

Bag 6

Some pretty, older lace was dyed with Glimmer Mist (one of my favorite things to do!), then vintage mother-of-pearl buttons were added on top…

 Bag 5

…sweet, very shabby handmade roses were added next, made with old scrim given to me by my mother, and also dyed with Glimmer Mist…

Bag 3

…a bit of chocolatey seam binding added here & there, some Platinum Stickles framing the main image, and that’s about it!

I thought it would be fun to give one of these wonderful CD’s away so YOU could have fun creating with it, as well!

image {Crafty Secrets CD shown with samples showing some of the things you can do with it!}

***To win, all you have to do is leave me a comment here—let me know if you’re a follower & I’ll count you twice!***

The winner’s name will be drawn at noon on New Year’s Day—not a bad way to start the year, huh?!

Meanwhile, I’ve got my new bag stuffed with yummy yarn…a warm, wintry scarf being made while I watch late night movies with my family…

Bag 1(1)

…can’t wait to hear what you create with your CD!

Wishing you a wonderful last week of 2011…see you soon with something new!



  1. What a great photo!!! Love the bag!! What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Thank you for the opportunity to get my name tossed in the hat!! (I am a follower and have been for a bit)

    Happy New Year!!!


  2. Wonderful post! Happy New Year Julie.

  3. Hi Julie, that bag is just adorable!... the roses are so pretty!... love the photo of your family, and yes, I also love your "office"... it is so wonderful that you are teaching little ones about Nature and the earth, and how to take care of it all... please enter me in your generous giveaway... I am a faithful follower!... xoxo Julie Marie PS Happy New Year!!!

  4. Julie this is that me time. I have been longing for it! What a sweet family...enjoy your time...Renee

  5. Hi Julie!
    So glad your time with family is still happening! We had but a brief 2 day visit with the grandbabies...but we were grateful for the time we had!

    I (of course) have been a follower and inspiree of yours for years. :-) Your bag is FAB...did you see the projects I'm doing for New Years eve? A canvas with printed cowgirl on'd love it!

    Toss my name in the hat...I LOVE Crafty Secrets best of all!

  6. Julie, Julie, Julie,
    Your family is just adorable! I love the individual "looks" of your daughters. They all have different parts of you and your husband and all are so cute. That bag is pretty cute, too. Toss my name in the hat...ok?

  7. What a great way to start the year you are correct and I am a follower. Have a great 2012. xo

  8. This is gorgeous! If only I could sew! I can totally make a paper project but sewing is still a challenge! Love your flowers in that dusty pink. Fabulous! I am a faithful follower. :-) Your family is absolutely lovely! Happy New Year!

    :-) Amy

  9. Hi Julie,

    I have been cleaning my studio out today and wanting to start the New Year with some fresh and exciting projects. I think the "Crafty Secrets CD" will be just the ticket to get me going!!
    Please add my name for your wonderful Giveaway!! Thank you so much!!
    Oh and BTW...Your bag is the cutest thing!!! :)

    Blessings to you and your lovely family!

    Susan :)

  10. Beautiful outdoor photo of you all! Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas!
    Love the little canvas bag you created ,its just darling!!!
    Of course I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance Julie.
    Wishing you a New Year full of Health Happiness and lots of creative time!
    hugs Lynn

  11. I'm definitely a follower.This is so beautiful.I had no idea you could do so much with the CD's.I have to rethink my feelings about them.

  12. Your family is so handsome. Very pretty bag and of course I'm a follower. You are right Christmas goes in a flash and I'm taking it all down now, sigh.

  13. Julie what a lovely picture of you with your family, and fun too!! You are such a sweet family. I love, love, LOVE what you have done with this bag! Oh my, your creativity astounds me! You never cease to amaze me. Of course I would love to win this fab cd and you know I am a follower of long standing! I hope that you are enjoying this time with your family all around you. I KNOW you are! I send love, hugs and Happy New Year wishes to all the Campbells! xxoo

  14. Dear Julie,How beautiful, is your bag, I love the images, and wonderful roses you have created-how lovely.
    The cd, would be a wonderful thing to win :)
    I also have had my dear family here, and it feels so empty since they left,for home...
    Wishing you a happy-and healthy New Year 2012, dear friend.

  15. yes im a have a beautiful family treasure them always
    great prize cd thanks for the chance to win
    hugs chrissy o

  16. Love the bag - very different and so unusual - would love to win. I'm also a follower.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  17. You bag is lovely Julie! I am indeed a follower and fan of your blog. I am still in awe of the first Crafty Secrets CD, what I wouldn't give to have the second one also! Here's hoping I win, thanks, Marilyn

  18. Julie, your bag is gorgeous; I love your shabby flowers, the color is so soft and vintage.
    I am a follower and would LOVE to win ; I so love the work I see created from these Cd's.

    Happy New Year !!

  19. LOVE your canvas bag ... it's so sweet. I would love to win Crafty Secret's CD. Everything about them is good good good. Thank you and Happy New Year!
    SuZeQ ~

  20. I am a Follower!
    SuZeQ ~

  21. Oh cripe ... I see I put the wrong e-mail address. It should be
    SuZeQ ~

  22. Wow, what a beautiful bag! Can't wait to make one for my Vintage girlfriends. The CD looks fabulous! Would really, really love one.

  23. Good Morning Julie;
    Your Tote is Beautiful! YOu have inspired me!!
    Yes Please! I would Love a Chance at your Giveaway! Already a Follower Too!
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Oh I did send you an Email too about making your own Banner! I must Say I Love your Current one!

  24. Hi
    Oh my goodness this is divine, adore the image and the colours. Altering totes is such fun, something I like to do on a regular basis so I can tell you I would love to win this cd.
    I am already a Follower.
    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your Giveaway.
    Warmest Wishes

  25. Hi!

    Your tote is beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing. If I'm lucky enough to win, maybe I can create soemthing half as pretty.


  26. What a lovely bag! Thanks for the chance to win the CD - I have admired a lot of projects made using it but think it'll be a long time before it gets to the UK. I'm a follower too! Thanks so much Julie.

  27. Your bag is so beautiful!!! I would love to win the CD, thank you so much fro the chance!

  28. I love checking out your blog, you have such beautiful things to show everyone! Yes I am a follower!!! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

  29. Now THERE'S a supply bag! Beautifully done my friend! Love the crochet lace on the bottom and the buttons placed just so seem to really put the finishing touches on the whole thing. {can't wait to see what you make with that yarn!} And...of course, I am a follower.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabulous prints from that CD! p.s. your family photos are ADORABLE!

  30. Happy new year!!!
    I am a newer follower....I love the bag you created and I love everything vintage...
    thanks for the chance. :)

  31. I love the canvas bag! Love everything vintage! I'v been a follower for quite some time and enjoy your blogs.

  32. Hi, you have a wonderful looking family.This is a great way to start the New Year with a giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  33. Wonderful your bag! Are you a fairy with a magic wand?
    The warmest wishes for the New Year!

  34. Hi Julie, it's so nice to meet you. I am now your latest follower and am excited to see what you come up with in 2012.
    Love the bag and all the tips too.
    Have a very Happy New Year with your lovely family and yes, would like a walk in the woods, Char

  35. I would love to try and create with the CD. I'm an ink kinda person myself. And..I do think I need to face up that times are changing and take the plunge!
    oh yes, I am (and have been) a follower of your blog! Hugs

  36. love your project. i would love to have one of those cds! i am a follower, too.

  37. That bag is adorable! Please include me in your giveaway! We celebrate the 12 days of Christmas so we've still got all the decorations up and singing carols!

  38. What a beautiful bag! You make it look so easy!

  39. What a great idea, and it can be personalized so easily. I'm a follower and would love to win the CD's. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. The bag is so beautiful. You have such wonderful designs on the CDs. Would love to win one.

  41. Hi Julie - I like your bag, especially the glimmer mist dyed lace! I am a
    (new) follower!

  42. I love the bag and especiaLLY the roses. My mohter used to make the roses out of satin. I would love to use some of the designs on the CD to make some pillows and use the flowers and some of the vintage lace she had....What a sweet memory item for myself and my neices in Memory of my Mom.

  43. Oh I so love this shabby chic goodies.....

  44. Your bag is so lovely! I have the same one from Michaels and I don't want to say how long its been just sitting there, waiting for inspiration. The CD looks like a lot of fun and endless ideas. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

  45. what a gorgeous bag! love all the texture and shabby goodness! i am a new follower. love your work. thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous CD. thanks for sharing and have a happy new year! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

  46. Julie that bag is adorable. I really miss you's wishing you and your family had a marvelous Christmas and an awesome New Years.

  47. Hi Julie,
    Love the bad you made it is so beautiful!!
    Your family is adorable
    Please enter me in your giveaway.
    I am already a follower
    Happy New Year!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  48. Hi Julie,

    I think the bag is great. I love the printing on fabric. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year

  49. Hi Julie,

    I think the bag is great. I love the printing on fabric. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year

  50. I love your bag and the printing onto the fabric. I would love to win the CD and give it a try. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  51. Hi Julie,
    Your bag turned out so cute! I just found and started following your blog-yay! Thanks so much for a chance to win that great CD!
    Happy New Year,

  52. the bag is so cute, I'm following your blog too thanks for the chance to win the CD. Happy New Year from chris in australia

  53. Oh Julie this tote is adorable, I would so love to win this CD! I am a quilter at heart and am just getting starting in papercrafting and scrapbooking, but my heart will always be with my stitching! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful CD, I would love to play with it and see what all it can do! I am your newest follower and look forward to getting to know you and see all your wonderful projects!
    Crafty Hugs,

  54. Gorgeous bag, and great giveaway. I just became a follower of this lovely blog of yours.

  55. I would love to win our lovely bag! Such a beautiful project also. I'm your newest follower also so please enter me twice!


  56. The bag is beautiful.Your family is beautiful. I'm new to you're site all looks beautiful as well. I have just ordered the CD,however, I do have a friend who I know would love it.

    Thanks Elaine

  57. Hi Julie,
    Love the tote bag and everything else you create! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us. You inspire me to try and create pieces of art I thought I could never do!
    I'm happy to say I just "found" you and I will be following you every day!

  58. Julie, as a follower, I always look forward to your posts. I found you via Crafty Secrets,and I love this precious bag. Would love a copy of the CD to play with. Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. I love your new craft bag. Beautiful! I now am the proud owner of both of the Crafty Secrets CD's and just love them. (please don't include me in your wonderful giveaway as I already have mine.) Wishing you a wonderful New Year, sweet friend.

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  61. I like the way you made the flowers and used Glimmer Mist as your dying agent on fabric. I think I especially like the way you combined paper crafting and fabric, my passions. Thanks for doing a giveaway and Happy New Creative Year to you!

  62. Dear Julie, Your family is lovely. Yes, I would love your job. Your bag is charming and sweet. I would love to have a cd. I have been eyeing them for a while now. I follow your blog too. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year.

  63. hello from Greece!!the gift is sooooooooooo adorable.....<3<3<3<3 i am a follower :)

  64. Hi Julie. What a fantastic family you are.

    I love that bag you made. It`s gorgeous.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

    Hugs from Norway.

  65. what a beautiful bag....I just love crafty secrets vintage style...I would love love to have a cd...your family is so lovely.

  66. Hello my friend and Happy Holidays! Gosh, I sure miss you!!
    Your creation is AMAZING as always and I just LOVE the family photo! WONDERFUL!
    Wishing you all the best in 2012! Don't be a stranger ... I'd love to hear from you!
    Snowing today ... shall I send you some? LOL!
    Happy Crafting Julie!

  67. What great photos and memories!
    Have a wonderful New Year!
    xxx Liz

  68. Julie, this is beautiful! I have 3 plain canvas totes just begging to be altered now! I am a follower.

  69. Hi Julie, Gorgeous bag! so talented, you are.
    Beautiful family, all of you. Just have to mention I have 3 daughters also. Named Joan, Julie and Jill.

    Yes I am a follower and I have wanted
    this cd for soooooo long!

    Antique Lady playing with paper

  70. This is such a wonderful prize. I have used Crafty Secrets for years. I am also a blog follower. Love it. Happy New Years.

  71. What a beautiful bag!! I always love seeing your gorgeous creations. Thank you for a chance to win that great CD!! I'd love to try out some of your ideas. I am also a follower of your blog. Happy New Year to you and your family :)
    Ann Marie

  72. Oh WOW, Julie--this is purely amazing!!! I LOVE what you have created--it is gorgeous!!! Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with happiness!! I am a follower--Oh, and I am having a giveaway too!!!

  73. Hi Julie, good to meet you! Your project is exquisite! I sew (when I get the time) as well as paper craft and your post has made me look at my trusty old sewing machine with a contemplative eye! mmmm! always room for another project! I have happily joined you as a follower and thank you for the chance to be entered for your lovely CD. Happy New Year from 'over the pond!'

  74. Wow, wonderful bag!! I would love to win a copy of that CD! I am a follower too!
    hugs and Happy New Year!

  75. I love Crafty Secrets products and this bags is so pretty! I'm also a follower. Happy New Year to you!

  76. I love the looks you make. I am a follower too! Thank you!

  77. I've been reading your blog for-evuh but I'm proud to say that I am your newest follower!

    LOVE this bag you created ... vintage loveliness!

    Thanks for the chance to win that CD ... it was on my holiday wish list but Santa forgot!

  78. Love the bag and love Crafty Secrets vintage style. Just found your Blog today and am now a follower (lucky me).