Saturday, March 8, 2014

My parents and Make it Crafty

Hey everybody, its been a really long time since my last post.  I didn't want to wait any longer, so I'm doing this from my tablet.  Because of that I won't have any links, but you can find all but one digital image from the Make it Crafty store,

My parents are 83 years old and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October 2013.  I wanted to document moments in their lives with images I colored matched up with photos of them.  I used a 6 x 6 scrapbook kit.  The front page is an image by CCDesigns as this was a Christmas gift.


In the first photo they are only 15 years old and are standing in front of their high school.  The next photo of them they are 18 and just married.  The next is a group photo of them with all seven of their children, the baby in my dad's arms is me.  The last photo I'm just finding out was taken about ten years ago so that would make them 73 years young.  Thank God, at 83 they are both still with us that's why the last page says To Be Continued.  As I find more images that go with moments in their lives I will add to it.

I hope you enjoyed another post about my parents.  Can you tell I love them dearly?  Have a beautiful weekend.  I'm trying to post more frequently, lol.  Thanks for looking in.  Hugs, Julie.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Make it Colourful - Black and Orange

Wow, has it been forever since my last post or what?  Sorry, all I can say is Life Happens.  This is a card I did for the challenge on the Make it Colourful blog.  I've been working on this Zoe Celebrates image and thought she looked like she was happy it's going to be Halloween next month.

I hope you like her.  After coloring her up with my copics, I matched her up with some of my old papers from my stash.  Distressed everything and added a few flat pearls to her bow and center of the flowers on her jeans.

Have a great day,

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

Just wanted to wish everybody a very Happy Fourth of July.  Hope everybody has a great holiday planned, with lots of yummie food to indulge in.

Sorry I haven't posted in quite a while.  I have a lot of cards ready for you but I'm having camera problems.  I will be back as soon as I get my camera fixed or give up and buy another.  I hope you have some patience with me and give me time to return.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

LMM's "Iris May Hatter" Easter Card

Happy Thursday friends.  Today I have something special to share.  I recently won the Forgotten Scraps blog candy.  You can link to them by clicking the image on the right side of my blog.  The rubber stamps I won are "Iris May Hatter" and "Angel Wings", both by Little Miss Muffet Stamps.  Again there is a link on my side bar.  I also won a guest spot on their design team.  I chose the Easter posting because "Iris May Hatter" is perfect dressed up for Easter.

I was inspired by a CAS card layout I saw, but I couldn't help but add a little bling.  Hence the five crystals and the butterfly.  I also added wire on the little chick instead of cutting out the curls in the stamped image.  By the way, the egg w/chick is an InkaDinkaDo stamp I've had for a long time.



I actually used 24 Copic Markers for these two little images.  I had a lot of fun using "Iris May Hatter".  I'm sure I will get many uses out of her and the "Angel Wings" which I did not use on this card. 


Thank you to Barbara and Faye for setting this GDT spot up for me.  Hope everyone has a Happy Easter. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Hello friends.  I know, I've been mia for almost two months now.  As you know from a previous post, my parents are 82 years old.  My father was in the hospital the whole week before Christmas, which threw a monkey wrench into my crafting and blog posts.  He is home, but he is now hooked up to oxygen 24/7.  He s doing much better now, and has a new ICD with pacemaker.

Now this month I had to have my ICD w/pacemaker changed because the battery life was up after six years in my chest.  It was supposed to be an out-patient procedure, but my white cell count was elevated.  So, they admitted me to the hospital for three days to give me mega doses of antibiotics.  They did the surgery last thursday.  They gave me an upgrade, so this one will last 12 years, yahoo.  Now tomorrow I go back to Phoenix to get the stitches out.  Thank goodness.

I'm not able to get back to my crafts just yet, but soon.  I also want to do an over- haul on my studio.  I'm slowly getting back to leaving comments on everybodys blogs.  Been missing you guys.  Don't give up on me, please, I'll be back to blogging regularly very soon.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas 1948

Hi everybody, I'm still here.  I know I've been MIA lately but you all know how it is this time of year.  I have been coloring Christmas images like crazy but have not made any of them into cards yet.  So, I thought I would share one of my most favorite photos with you.  My parents, Mary and Howard Washburn, were born in 1930.  They married October 22, 1948.  My dad was in the Army, stationed in Alaska at that time.  This is a photo of their very first Christmas together.

My parents are the cutie patooties on the right.  My dad is standing in front of the tree and my mom is standing in front of him.  That was their only Christmas without children, as the very next August my sister Janet was born.  Following her was my sister Judy, then my sister Jacque.  Following them was my oldest brother Joe, then my brother John, then my brother Jeff.  They thought they were all done having children, then four years later they got a suprise, ME.  So yes, that makes seven children all named with J's. 

Janet has four children and three grandchildren.  Judy has three children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.  Jacque has one child, and three grandchildren.  Joe has three children.  John has three children, and three grandchildren.  Jeff has three children, and four grandchildren.  I am 50 years old and have been married to my best friend, Michael, for 27 years.  We were never blessed with children of our own, but we do have two fur babies, Siamese cats named Buffy and Angel. 

So over their 64 years of marriage they have a lot of love spread around.  They are now 82 years old and I live right next door to them.  My brother Joe lives in a trailer on their lot.  He helps them out a whole bunch, and I do what I can to help also.  I'm so glad to be able to share this time in their lives with them.  They've been the best parents anyone could ask for.  My mom is my very best girlfriend.

Thank you Mom and Dad, I love you, and Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wryn and Mo

Happy Tuesday everybody.  Hope you're all having a good day.  It's beautiful here in Arizona today.  We have the "snow birds" showing up from the northern states and Canada right now.  They are all running around in shorts while we are in long pants and sweatshirts.  Those of us that live here full time get summer days around 110 to 114 degrees, sometimes even higher.  So, when we get to the high 60's we're cold.  Today we're in the 70's so our house is open.  My husband is in shorts but I'm not.

Today I have a digital Tiddly Inks image for you called Wryn and Mo - Love You Most, and you can get it HERE.  She's super adorable and was so fun to work with.  I'm learning to color black hair using my Copic cool grey markers.  This is actually my fourth attempt at getting the hair right.  I hope you like it. 

I made her into a 6 x 6 card with pale yellow textured card stock for the base.  I paired it up with patterned paper from DCWV Fall Stack and green solid to matt with.  The "FRIENDS" was a word cut from a piece of the patterned paper from that same fall stack.  I then inked all the edges with distress ink.  The leaves are buttons that I cut the shanks off of and mounted with adhesive dots.


I colored them up using my Copics.  The colors I used are, Skin-E000, E00, E21, R20, Hair-C9, C7, C5, C3, Dress-B18, B14, B12, and Mo-E19, E15, E13, E11.


I will be submitting her as class homework for black hair using cool grey in Suzanne J. Dean's CMC online Copic Marker class.  I would also like to submit her to the CMC Copic Challenge Group.

Well, that's it for now.  I hope everyone has a nice day.  Would appreciate all comments.