Sunday, June 17, 2012

Giveaways . . . Inspiration . . . Giveaways !

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Here we go . . .
It's Sunday night . . .
A post you've been waiting for ! ! ! 

This one is all about GIVEAWAYS ! ! !

Along the way, I will be sharing a few favorite projects from
my blog.  I will include the link to the actual post so
you can see how the cards were created.


Click HERE to find out more about this card.


Click HERE to see what I created for my Irish Mum-in-Law
{EDIT TO ADD: some have said this link is not working, but I find it ok
on my end if you are unable to get there, I apologize}

Just in case, here is another little peek of one of my faves . . .


You should be able to read about this one by clicking HERE


The first giveaway I'd like to share is from the terrific folks over at


I know I speak a lot about my team over at The Twinery, but we
definitely enjoy playing with a variety of designers & the companies
they represent and SRM is definitely on that list.
Here is a card I recently made during a terrific team-up with SRM.


The next one has a special place in my heart because it was made
especially for my dear friend & co-creator of the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge
Michele Gross.  I loved working with her at both the PDCC & the CFC
and do all I can to stay in touch with her each week.
She is one of those people who came along in blogging and became
a fast friend and a beautiful designer.


So here is what SRM Stickers is giving away to one lucky person . . .


A big thanks to Susan & her team!

Another wonderful designer who has also become
a wonderful friend is Tami Mayberry.
She has been featured in a variety of publications & is
a stamp illustrator for GinaK Designs.
I love her work and love her !

She is offering a really fun giveaway . . .


 How about another truly fabulous giveaway ? !

My friend Julie Smith, owner of


has offered a jaw-dropping prize package . . .


Make sure you visit their website to see all the beautiful stamps
and accessories they make available.


How about another favorite project or two . . .


Click HERE to find out more about these fun holiday greetings.


This was a fun dimension project created for Little Yellow Bicycle
Click HERE for all the details

My friend Cindy Coutts is always very generous
when it comes to sponsoring The Play Date Cafe and now
she is sharing a giveaway for the party . . .


How about a very UNIQUE prize ? !

How many of you are Copic fans?
Or any coloring medium for that matter.

My friend Carissa over at 'Designed to Color
has offered a very unique prize . . .

and another winner will get the 
June/July 2012 printed issue!
{ a total prize value of $25}

One more for tonight!

For those who love digi images or maybe have wanted
to give them a try, here is a perfect opportunity for you
as By LORi Designs is giving away . . .


To see the designs available for LORi, make sure you visit her
website HERE.  So much cuteness in one place should be illegal.

I leave you with a couple more projects from my personal
favorites list.


Click HERE to see how this was created


Finally...you can find this one HERE and I hope you'll check it out!

OK....lots more giveaways on this post and a lot of inspiration
from projects previously posted.

Over $100 in giveaways on this post once again!
So what do you have to do to have a chance to win.

Make sure you are a follower of my blog . . .

Come  follow The Open Window on Facebook . . .
Come *LIKE* me, Julie Ranae on Facebook

and 
answer one simple question at the end of this post . . .

Of the projects I share today from my favorites list,
which was YOUR favorite ? ? ? 
Make sure you click the links to check them out in full.
You would be surprised at the details once you see the entire piece.

Later on Sunday evening, I will be sharing a very hearfelt post with
all of you. Even though I don't know all your names by heart, I know
many of you will be a part of this post.  So make sure you plan to
spend some time with me later on Sunday night.


A BIG thank you to:
SRM Stickers
Tami Mayberry Art & Design
Papers and Such
Cindy Coutts 
Designed to Color
By Lori Designs

108 comments:

Angela Crafty Spot said...

I'm follower and like your facebook! My favorite is the Happy Birthday card. I love all the polka dots.
Angela
chewiescrappin@hotmail.com

Sassy said...

I like, love, follow... all the above.

My fav project: I am all over the LYB Relax ... Dream ... Love ...FABULOUS!

Looking forward to your post this evening.

Cheers!

Miriam Prantner said...

I'm following you everywhere! My favorite is that first card. The butterfly is so pretty and I love the color combo!

Susan Martin said...

Okay... I'm not sure how you can ask us to pick a favorite. That is so unfair when they are all so fantastic. I couldn't open the "a little birdie told me". The link wasn't working.. but I think the holiday cards are my favorite. They are all so wonderful!!

Lisa said...

FB = long since done. :) My favorite is the first, the color splash...

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

All of your projects are gorgeous I love the last happy Birthday one there are some beautiful details on that one!!!!

jessica said...

WOW Julie! I am a huge fan of your beautiful work, loving all your CAS designs and all the attention to details you add....how am I supposed to pick just 1 fav??? So I am not going to pick one.....I am so loving both of those cards using SRM stickers....the birthday card is such an eye catcher with that beautiful twine and CAS design!! Another fav is the acrylic frame! You have now made me put this on my list on must have's.....I love the papers and love all the elements and dimensions! Amazing designs in this whole post!!
Thanks for another fun share....I am a fb fan and follower!
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

julie e said...

I'm a follower, etc. My favorite project on the post is the LYB project

Karen B. said...

Yes, I remember your last post as a CAS-ual Friday's designer and how you created that entirely way to fun birthday card with SRM stickers. That one has to be my favorite. It was fun to be on the challenge with you and get to know you better.

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

Oh I like all the posts, but I really like the birthday your friend made for you. It is simple, but fabulous!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

I am a follower of your blog!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

I am a follower of The Open Window on facebook!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

I like you on facebook-I sent a friend request on facebook!

Kelly Beam Brown

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Susie said...

I'm a follower and "like" you on FB.
Hmmm...my favorite card has to be the black & white with a splash of green, butterfly card. So elegant and detailed. SO pretty!

Tami said...

I liked you on FB a couple of weeks ago and then I sent the personal friend request as well.

I LOVE the happy birthday card you made for Michelle- I love the bright cheery colors all together :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I like the Sew Happy card, since I won that set, that's a good one, plus the swiss dots embossing folder card-- I should pull that out again... Fun to revisit projects.

Lin said...

Good grief, it would be easier for me to tell you which of them I didn't like! (the answer is none of them)...they all are really special! I'd guess I could narrow it down to your card for Michele and the one you did for SRM, both used lots of dots, and today they are appealing to me the most. You certainly can do all styles!

WOW, what a wonderful bunch of giveaways you've lined up!

Kaylee Snyder said...

Wow lots of giveaways. I love your card layouts (that's why I started following your blog, I'm hoping some of your scrap style rubs off on me!) I think my favorite project is the color splash butterfly card-it's gorgeous. I also really loved your simple Christmas tags/cards.

BTW: The link to the 2nd to last project isn't working. Just thought you'd like to know.

Linda R. said...

Hi! Favorite HAS to be that first beautiful butterfly! Wow. I love just about everything about it. Colors are gorgeous! That one has defenitely provided some inspiration. The other touch that I really liked was the braided twine. That looks great. I love the colors you chose. BTW, the "little birdie" link wasn't working. I couldn't see that card's page. But I really do like all your work. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad I can go back and look at older pages on your blog!

Annette said...

My favorite are the holiday greetings...such pretty cards...but really they are all amazing...thanks for sharing...great post..

Percilla G said...

I love your dimensional acrylic frame piece

Jennifer Scull said...

I absolutely adore the Little Yellow Bicycle 'Relax, Dream, Love' project with all of it's beautiful elements. but gosh, you make it really hard to pick just one with so many neat projects! :)

you have some very generous friends, too!

Cyndee K. said...

I love the 'little birdie' card - so sweet!

Tonya said...

Hmmm this was hard as they are all great and each have elements that really "speak" to me. If I have to pick I would say the three tree card in the Christmas collection. I don't know there is just something about it that makes it keep popping back into my mind.
BTW link to the card with the yellow bird is not clickable. Just wanted to let you know.

You have had so many wonderful sponsors. Thanks to them and you for being so generous.

Have a great day, hun.

Cristine said...

I love all of the CAS Christmas cards you made! They are just my style.

April said...

Your Happy Birthday card is just fabulous!!

Jessica S said...

So much to enjoy today! Love those CAS cards. Fantastic braided twine with the pennants. I really enjoyed the collage with LYB papers. The link for the "a little birdie told me" card didn't work, but what I could see here, is adorable.
:O)
Jessica S

Alina said...

Wonderful cards Julie! I loved the fun holiday greetings. They are super cute!

Anita said...

Follow you on your blog, like you on FB and love the Relax, Dream, Love for LYB. Hugs, Anita

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

My favorite is the birthday card with the dots and twine! Lovely and very simple!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

ahhhh how do I pick just one favorite out of all of those? Your work is so amazing and I love when you bring up older works to share that I might have missed or forgotten about... I have to say my favorite ( since I'm forced to choose one hehehe ) would be the Christmas Cards because I love Christmas and these are out of this world! Thank you for all of your inspiration and for so many fun chances to win!!!
Lisa

Becca said...

I love that sweet baby card! Thanks for sharing your talent, and happy blogoversary!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous cards! Love them all bit the Christmas ones are absolutely adorable! Heading over to FB now =)

Thanks for all these amazing giveaways!

Emily H said...

Wow Julie! You are so talented! I love the projects you shared today! I am going to have to spend more time on your blog. I am a liker on Facebook. I also follow your blog. I really loke your inspire card. It is so creative ans beautiful!

Pattie said...

I'm in love with vintage, sewing themes and the beautiful colorful roses on your "Oh Sew Happy" card! I'm pretty sure I follow everything here too, but I'll go make sure! Have a fabulous day!

Sharon Roselli said...

Ok not fair to make us choose one. I love them all. Since I'm a Christmas freak I choose the dear santa one. with the stickers from srm etc. love the glitter on the snowflakes too.

Chriss America Real said...

Okay, it is very hard to choose just one. I think I may have to steal...err..borrow your "Oh Sew Happy" card, but the one that I absolutely just fell in love with was the frame you made with Little Yellow Bicycle's "Saturdays" that just spoke to my heart. I could see some lovely black & white photos added to that....just wonderful!

Hugs,
Chriss
america57@comcast.net
www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Fab giveaway, Julie! My favorite would have to be your butterfly card. I just love butterfly. :)

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Such an awesome collection of goodies! TY to all your sponsors for this special anniversary!
I love the baby card ... a star is born ... the braided twine looks awesome!
FB friend/follower, JOW Blog follower!
Congrats on 3-yrs and here's to looking at many more! ;o)

jengd said...

I'm not picking one. I can't. However, 3 jumped at me. I LOVE the LYB Saturdays line and I have one of those acrylic collage frames I don't use. LOVE that idea! Those kraft Christmas cards are adorable! The colors and distressing work wonderfully with the kraft. Finally, your birthday card for Michele is wonderful- definitely perfect for CAS but the knotted twine it such a punch. BEAUTIFUL work everything!

Stephenie said...

There are so many of your cards I like, but my favorite of these cards is your Inspire Butterfly Collage.

nancyparker55 said...

My favourite project of yours is "happy Birthday To You". I am so enivious of the CAS look...I just can;t seem to master it & you've done a beautiful job with this card.

Viji Siddharth said...

I like the happy birthday to you card. It is so colorful and simple. I needed ideas for a card I have to make today! Thanks for the inspiration:)
I will check the other links to see the details now!

I am sure your dad is watching you from above and his blessings are always with you. He must be very proud of you:)

Lizscraps said...

like them all but the butterfly caught my eye -- great celebration :)

Amber (bambi64) said...

Pretty sure I'm a follower all over. Love your Give Thanks card! the bling, the flower... well all of it is awesome!

Dorina D said...

WOW!!! I'm so glad to have found your site and I love your cards. I can't wait to learn more from you. As to choosing a favorite it'll be hard, but I think the CHristmas Cards as it's time to start making Xmas cards. I really liked the tree card with twine in the background.

Jingle said...

I LOVE the CAS SRM birthday card with the beautifully colored dots! It is just perfect! That last project you shared is a favorite of mine, too! I like your FB page AND I'm friends with you on FB! :-)

T said...

Like so many others I love them all and it would be hard to just choose one...but..since you asked..I think mine is the Give Thanks..love the pretty colors...just a gorgeous card!!!
Terry

tlgerrior@yahoo.com

cmu said...

I love A star is born - I like its clean look and pastel colours. But they are all fab!!

Angi Rankin said...

I love ALL of your fabby cards! It's so hard to choose a favorite, but if I must choose, I'd say it's the birthday card with the sewing theme. I really like the story about your grandma...so sweet. I already like your fb page and we're friends too! Congrats on three years of blogging inspiration!!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

I'm a new blog follower...now a FB fan too! Love the polkadot happy birthday card...after having just come back from Madagascar 3...I have to admit...now a huge POLKADOT fan!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

I'm a new blog follower...now a FB fan too! Love the polkadot happy birthday card...after having just come back from Madagascar 3...I have to admit...now a huge POLKADOT fan!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

I'm a new blog follower...now a FB fan too! Love the polkadot happy birthday card...after having just come back from Madagascar 3...I have to admit...now a huge POLKADOT fan!!! Thank you for the chance to win!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

I'm a friend, follower, etc!! My favorite project today is your "Give Thanks" card. I love the flower and gorgeous pearl accents!!

*Alison* said...

Julie.. this is so fun! I love love love your holiday greetings creations.. I love the holidays and so those are my fav.. :) hope you are having a wonderful weekend.. hugs

Ivanka said...

Wow what a fun party you've had! Thanks for all the hard work in lining up such great prizes and all the inspiration year round. I love all of your cards, but my fave has to be the holiday grouping. I find it hard to do CAS Christmas cards and yours are such great inspiration. Thanks!!

Donna said...

It's definitely a difficult choice to juts pick one. I really like the birthday card you made for your friend with the embossing and a rainbow color of dot and twine. I also love the Christmas card you made. They are all so inspirational! Thanks for all the great giveaways. I'd love to be picked!

Jessica Pascarella said...

I am a follower and a liker! My fav is the "Little Birdie" card. However, I could not get the link for preview the card in its entire, but I love birds! I will keep checking this link to see if it is on me end :)

Ruby Taylor said...

I am in love with the dimensional project you did with the "Saturdays" collection. Absolutely awesome!!!!

Anita Braddock said...

Wow Great projects. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.thanks for having this very Inspirational Days. My Favorite is the Give thanks one love the pattern papers and the layering. the Blue Rose is Beautiful and the added Bling adds that Special Touch. thanks for sharing
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callyannc said...

I cannot believe how cute all these projects are and so fun! I love the little reindeer in the christmas projects! Too cute! Congrats again! CallyAnn

Lindsey said...

I have to pick a favourite??? :P I do like the "Inspire" butterfly card A LOT. :)

Froggietalks said...

I believe I'm a follower (google won't let me check to make sure right now) and I like you and Julie's Open Window on Facebook.

My favourite project you've shown here today? The Christmas tags. When you first blogged about them I wanted to CASE them so badly, but didn't have the stamps to do so.

Caroline said...

Hi ! My favorite card is the one for your mother-in-law. I love all those detailed borders...

Dawn Mercedes said...

My favorite must be the bluebird card for your mil Mum...b/c I sort of have a very small bluebird of happiness collection myself!

Meagan Vaughn said...

It's really hard to choose my fab but I really love the Christmas reindeer

Kelly Sas said...

My favorite is A Little Birdie. Love the texture and colors. I a newer follower through Google as Buckskinbelle and on FB too.

Jean said...

Such wonderful inspiratioN!! I love the Inspire card with the butterfly! I am a follower! Thank you for a chance to win!

SandiB said...

I have become a follower on your blog and on FB too. I love all your projects but I will choose the Give Thanks card on 6/11 that you made. Love the colors and the great details on it. Thanks for the chance to win.

rlovew said...

There is lots of inspiration in all of the projects but my favorite is the inspire butterfly card.

Amy said...

Julie, I don't know how I would choose just one! But your CAS baby card is just perfect! Not too fussy!

I'm a follower and friends on Facebook!

Ceal said...

wow so hard to choose a favorite but if I must. i think the holiday tags. i just love the bright colors against the kraft! Thanks for the chance to win some of these awesome prizes

Diana Maldonado said...

YOu are a really talented girl! and I love all your projects, but my favorite one is the acrylic photo frame, it's just amazing!!

I am a follower here, Like your page on Facebook and Like you too, lol!!!

Happy Father's day to Paul!

Love,
Diana

Kara Lynne said...

My favorite was "A Very Special Welcome" First, I love the card design. Second, it was for Lily Pad Cards, which I love/d, Third, you were spotted by Moxie Fab, and Fourth, there was your 4th grand-baby! So many wonderful things to share on one post!

Tana said...

I can't pick just one, just can't do it! I love the birthday card for Michele, the holiday greetings, and the dimensional projects with Little Yellow Bicycle! FUN! FUN! FUN!

Sue D said...

I am a follower but am not on Facebook.
I think my favorite would be the little birdie project but I can't click the link so I will pick the last one done with TCM Sew Happy set.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

beadz said...

Seriously - just one! I really love the LYB piece - such fantastic dimension. Looking forward to seeing what all you create in the next 3 years!
hugs,
Gini

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOOOOOOOORAY for a successful celebration! LOVE all your cards--I remember the first one (with the butterfly and the EAD set, but again--LOVE it all!!

Sandy said...

I'm a follower all over... lol. My favorite is... a tie! The Christmas cards and the sewing card - I just can't choose! Hope that doesn't disqualify me.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I loved your 3-D collage. Blessings!

SmilynStef said...

Love all of the fabulous dimension on the Little Yellow Bicycle piece ... lots of eye candy to draw in the viewer.

Ashley Pearl said...

Wow, so many beautiufl projects it's hard to pick... I REALLY like the dimension project that you did with the Little Yellow Bicycle collection!! It was absolutely gorgeous!!! I really love how you added the bling to the bicycle to make it look like cherries in the basket! SO cute!! Thanks for all the chances to win such fabulous prizes!

Kelli Hull said...

There are SO many beautiful cards but the one that grabbed my eyeballs and heart was the card for Michelle Gross using the SRM Stickers... it was just SO bright, fun and funky! That twine... PERFECTION all frizzed at the ends!!!

Janetcraft said...

what a great blog!
Many blogs with giveaways are given!
love it and really have fun with it

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I follow you on Facebook. I'm going to re-follow your blog here on GFC. I was having an issue with it showing up in my reader twice so I was trying to fix it.

My fave card is the Give Thanks one. I love the pearls and the shabby feel.

My Angel said...

I am a follower on both your pages.

I love all your cards! So hard to be asked to pick just one!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Tammy V said...

I do follow you, but cannot check if I follow your blog from where I am (middle of nowhere). My phone is really limiting what I can do that & signal is almost nonexistent. I love your LYB one the best. So much wonderful creativity in it ;)

HeatherLynn said...

I am already a follower of your wonderful blog! :)

HeatherLynn said...

I love your card to Michelle the best if I have to pick but I love them all! We are already facebook friends. :)

HeatherLynn said...

i am now a fan of your facebook page! :) Thank you for the chance to win!!!

Karen L said...

I follow your blog, your FB page and your personal FB page as well! As for my favorite project from this post, it would have to be the Relax, Dream and Love project from LYB. I am crazy about those gorgeous designs and colors and the striking way you combined them all for your dimensional project. WOW, and double wow!!

Denise Bryant said...

I love that group of holiday cards... my favorite occasion to stamp and create! I am off to go check out the links you provided! Thanks for sharing them with us! I'm new to your blog and it looks like I could be here looking around at your past posts for awhile! You are a busy lady!
DeniseB

Jennie said...

I am a follower of both and what fab creations. Hard to pick just one, but love the Star is Born with SRM stickers and the CB dots background.

Houses Built of Cards said...

I'm a follower of both your pages on Facebook! And I love all the projects - but that second to the last picture I think is my favorite! The link isn't working on that one though...but would LOVE to see more of that one! That little bird is just TOOO cute!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Margie said...

My favorite is the last birthday card-I love the colors!

cardsbymo said...

As a lover of all things Clean and Simple I have to choose the "A Star is Born" card. It was hard to choose just one favorite though!

Romaine said...

Love all the colours in the Christmas card collection!

Jackie said...

My favorite would be your super sweet butterfly card, it's the first on in today's post...talk about sweet!

Stephanie said...

Love A Star is Born, simple and sweet!

Margaret said...

It's a toss up between the butterfly card and the baby card. They are both so beautiful and creative. I guess if I have to pick just one, it would be the butterfly.

Paper Deckerations said...

WOW! I can see why you picked these as your favorites! You have mastered the CAS! That is something that is so hard for me! But I absolutely love 'A star is born'. What a beautiful card!!! I am a new follower and new liker for fb. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
Jessica
www.paperdeckerations.blogspot.com
paperdeckerations@gmail.com

Tabitha said...

New follower and I love the holiday greetings. So super cute. Well they all are! Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Fitzgerald (aka MommaJess) said...

I love seeing your work so this was a great post. I have to say that my favorite was the Happy Birthday to You card. The simplicity of it and the little pops of color make it the perfect card, in my opinion.

SHartl said...

I liked you on Facebook..on both of your pages and my favorite project is the mothers day card you made! I am in love with that cute little bird and sweet fabric covered button!

Anita Rex said...

I am a follower of both! My favorite are the CHristmas cards on the post It's beginning to look a lot Christmas! :> Thanks so much for these amazing giveaways!

melllisssa said...

I am a follower, FB fan, and sent a friend request :) Of all the projects you shared today, it was hard to pick just one. However, the one that stood out to me the most was, "A star is born". It is so clean and cheerful. I especially love the detail in the banner and braided twine! I had never seen nor thought of doing that before. So super cute :)

Thanks so much for sharing!
misshoanggg (at) gmail.com

Amy C said...

My favorite is the SRM Stickers birthday card.....so bright and happy!!

Hugs,
Amy
http://www.scrappingmommy.com

Alicia said...

If I HAD to choose.... Loving the little spools of twine. Super-darling!