Friday, September 24, 2010

Celebrating the First 50 Years...


What a day!!!

Happy 50th Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos

It is indeed a milestone birthday for me.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes that I have
been receiving over the past few days.
It has definitely been a time to contemplate the question
'how did this number come so quickly'?
I was thinking about it earlier today that 10 years
ago, there were a few celebrations for my
40th because at that time, I still had my store open
and between a variety of stamp clubs, regular customers
and other surprises, it was an easy time to celebrate.
Here I am 10 years later...10 years older...
with a whole new batch of friends from virtually
all over the world...thanks to your visits to
Julie's Open Window.

How will I be celebrating?
I enjoyed a lovely dinner with parents last night
and will be having a fun dinner out with my children
and 3 grandchildren tonight.
On Saturday, Paul and I will be heading up to Madison, WI
for a couple of days and staying at the Hilton Garden Inn
which is 'literally' attached to ... wait for it ...
an Archiver's Store!
So over the weekend, I am going to spend an afternoon
using their workroom to have a little creative time.
Paul is going to bring the laptop and some movies
and have a little relax time.
I have the best husband!

As a little tribute to him, I created a card that
shares my heart towards my dear Paul...


Today is my last day hosting

It has been such a terrific week!
For my last 'official' post for Unity,
I thought I would share 3 different projects
using their newest stamps called
'Itty Bitty'


 Most of you know that I am not one to do a lot
of coloring, but these stamps make it so easy!
This set is called 'Rain or Shine'.
I used my Paisley EF from Cuttlebug for the base card.
I have been waiting for just the right project to use these
sweet blue rhinestones.  When I bought them, I had always
envisioned using them as raindrops.


Another fun set is 'Sit.Eat.Enjoy'
What a great little set for all sorts of invites.
I called on my Swiss Dot EF this time.
Labels One from Spellbinders create a nice frame
and I pulled out some really old designer paper for
the faux tablecloth.  That's my BOO for this week!


 My final project is a little something for the holidays.


 This is 'Merry & Bright'
Lots of possibilities...lots of fun!

Have you seen Unity's 'Itty Bitty' stamps yet?


Now you have!

So how would you like an opportunity to
win a set of Unity stamps?
All you have to do is leave a comment on each of my
GIU posts for this week (M-F).  That's it.
You will have through Sunday to do so.
On Monday, when I return home from the weekend,
I will randomly draw one winner from the comments left
and announce it here on my blog.

Thank you for joining me this week for 'Growing in Unity'.
I've had an absolute blast!

57 comments:

Davi said...

Wonderful card for your honey that says it all!! Happy 50th Birthday! Have a fabulous weekend :)

*** Suzi B *** said...

Happy Birthday Julie! have a great week end. Archivers Store? sounds interesting.

Tante K├Ąthe said...

Happy Birthday dear Julie, it's so good to know you are having the time of your life!

Hugs
Majo

Katrina said...

LOVE THEM ALL!!!!!! What a great week here on your blog....and Happy Birthday...have fun!!!!!!

Snuffermus said...

Happy 50th birthday, Julie. Enjoy your day and keep on inspiring us!

Tons of greetings
Janna

Anne Jagger said...

All your cards are beautiful. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. X

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Cute cards Julie! Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your special day & weekend with Paul! :)

Helen said...

Happy Birthday! 50 is just a number (I was 51 this year... like you say, where do the years go?) Have a hugely happy day with your family.
Love your cards.

StampinCathy said...

Happy 50th Birthday to my Birthday Partner Julie! You have a fabulous time on your birthday weekend. Your cards are just awesome. Love the stamps, colors, and all the bling on each one. Thanks for a very creative and inspiring GIU week.

downrightcrafty said...

congratulations on your milestone birthday 50 years whoop whoop and a lifetime of experiences, great card too hun
Kate xx

Regina said...

Happy Birthday for the 25th! I hope all your wishes come true!!
All these cards are fantastic creation!
Regina*

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday!!! Congrats on your milestone!! :) :) :) :) :)

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday Miss Julie! I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend!!! Your creations are fantastic! Loving all the Unity Goodness!

Tracy Evans said...

Great fun cards Julie, I love the jewels used as raindrops and the Christmas card is a great idea especially for those where you need to do hundreds like me LOL. Love them all. Glad to hear you are enjoying your birthday, hope you have a fantastic weekend too. Tracy Evans x

Wendy ten Hove said...

Congratulations, Julie! What a wonderful age and way to celebrate!! Love your cards today, very nice and colorful. So pretty!!! Hope you'll have a wonderful day today!

Hugs, Wendy

Suzanne C said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it is fabulous!

scrapperjulia said...

Have fun celebrating your birthday! I turn 50 in November! Such bright, fun cards!

Jan said...

Do hope your birthday is the best :)

de said...

LOVE your card! And happy happy birthday!

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

Happy birthday! and have a great week end.

bukaeyes said...

Very Cute Christmas Tree Card, Have a Happy Birthday today! :)

Lillian Child said...

Wishing you a birthday filled with fun, friends, family ... and CAKE! Paul sounds like quite the catch! And your week of Growing with Unity has been so much fun. Thanks for sharing all your creativity with us!

stampjourney said...

What fun birthday weekend plans! Hope you have the best time! I've really enjoyed your GIU week! The bling raindrops are just perfect on your umbrella card. Love your projects today!

Sarah Anderson said...

I love that this year you have birthday wishes from all around the world - what a difference in technology in these last ten years, that means we can make really great friends over the internet :) Wishing you a wonderful, wonderful weekend. You will have a fabulous time over at Archivers, I just wish I could be there too - how cool would THaT be :) Happy Birthday! Love you lots, Sarah xxxxx

Maria Levine said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Wonderful creations all week! You totally rocked GIU! I hope you have a super fabulous birthday weekend and oh my archivers, soo cool! I've never been to one, let us know how you make out there! :-)

Ruby said...

Have a totally wonderful birthday Julie! Wishing you lots of cake and a great time with your family tonight. Archivers sounds like the perfect treat! Love your projects, especially the umbrella one! Have fun!!! x

Pattie said...

Happy Birthday Julie! Enjoy your weekend!

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Tatanky said...

Happy Birthday Julie !!! Have fun this weekend.

butterflyamanda said...

Happy Birthday Julie!!! have a wish filled wonderful day hugs Amanda

NoraAnne said...

I enjoyed all your projects this week! Sounds like you have a wonderful weekend planned~enjoy it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

JeanFB said...

Happy Birthday, Julie!! So happy for you on your birthday, and that you get to spend it with your hubby AND doing your fave hobby! All the best!!

Eryn Hagen said...

HAPPY HAPPY birthday Julie!! ENJOY celebrating this weekend...a visit to Archiver's sounds EXCELLENT indeed! Your cards are all just AMAZING, i just love your style! :)

Sue Lelli said...

Happy Birthday Julie! Just remember - 50 is FAB! I'm 52 and it's not so bad! So many deets in your blog but you DO have a wonderful understanding husband and this weekend Archivers is having a Tim Holtz love fest with all kinds of goodies and new techniques! Have a SPECIAL SPECIAL day just for you!

foursenuff said...

HaPpY bIrThDaY!!! Your cards are awesome!!! Have a great weekend!!!

Bogner's said...

Wow, your birthday plans sound so fun! My birthday at the first of the month consisted of my DH asking if I wanted to go to the city and watch a movie and eat out... and then laughed and we did NOTHING! How fun to go play at archivers! Enjoy... Oh, and before I forget... I loved your creations today! I really love the umbrella card. Those rain drops are awesome!

Michele Gross said...

Happy Happy Happy birthday! You are going to have an amazing weekend! Enjoy every second of it and I can't wait to see what you create! btw, nice coloring ;)

Cecelia said...

Happy Birthday Julie! Have a great time with your husband this weekend and relax. Your cards are wonderful and I am sure your husband will enjoy his;0)

Hugs
Cecelia B

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I especially like the "merry and bright" one :)

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Gwen said...

What a SWEET way to celebrate your day!! Your dh is definitely a keeper! Have a great birthday, love your card!

Deb said...

Have a wonderful day!!

Lavender Rose said...

Happy Birthday! Your colourful cards are fabulous.

Monique said...

All your cards are just fabulous.. I just started following you and I am inspired every time I visit,,,Hope you have a Happy 50th Birthday .. They say once you hit 50 it's all GOOD!! Some of your best times are coming your way.. Cheers!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOWOWOWOWOW!! This week of GIU has ROCKED! These cards are so fun! I love those silverware--and that Christmas card! SO FUN! I love the rain drops on that first card too--I JUST LOVE THEM ALL! Great job:) Happy birthday, Julie!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 50th!!

TROG said...

Happy Birthday Julie... Please save me a piece of cake! :)

Beedeebabee said...

Good grief...I almost didn't make it on time, Sweet Birthday Girl! I was looking in my "little pink book" and saw today was your birthday!!! I couldn't get over here fast enough to send you my love and best birthday wishes....A real card will come in the mail a little late...so sorry Julie. Sounds like you've been having a great time celebrating, and that trip with Paul for the weekend sounds sooo good. Have a wonderful time, Sweetie! Happy, Happy Birthday!
Lots of xoxo's Paulette :)

1CardCreator said...

Happy Birthday, your cards are beautiful. Enjoy your weekend. ~Diane

Nancy said...

Happiest of birthday wishes!

Eve said...

Happy 50th Birthday!! Hae a great time in Archiver's store! :-)

Susan Allan said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday.........I hope you have a wonderful day.
Sue xx

jmahugger said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your weekend away!!

Your cards are Fabulous!! Love the colors!!

Andrea M said...

Happy, happy birthday!!! I hope you had a wonderful day! Gorgeous cards!!!

maryr917 said...

happy birthday-sounds like you have and had some great birthday plans-yourhubby sounds like a dear and I love the card you created for him

Sarah A said...

Happy belated birthday Julie, hope you had an amazing time!

Sarah x

Sharon Basel said...

Happy Birthday Julie - a bit late but so glad I stopped by your blog to see what you've been up to. Hope you've had a glorious time - sounded like it would be fun!

I just love every project you showcase here - lots of bright color cards I see! I love those raindrops and the card that goes with it! And the placemat/place setting card is fabulous. You're so creative!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Happy Happy Belated Birthday, Julie! It sounds like you had a fabulous weekend celebrating! Hugs!!

FibreJunky said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!! That's my first view of what the Itty Bitties look like all packaged up. I hope I get to see them for real soon.