Monday, June 14, 2010

It's a Beautiful Day! It's a Giveaway!

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I am so happy to share with you that today is
indeed the anniversary of my very first post
here at Julie's Open Window.

As I created this card, I began to think of all the
'sweet' things that have happened over the past year.
If you go back to my very first post, I think you will see
that things have definitely 'changed' over the
course of the past 12 months.

I have come to make so many friends here...
learned so many techniques...
and most of all, been inspired by you.

I do want to mention just a few people/things that
have made this such a fabulous journey for me.

 Sarah Anderson...
my best friend in the world
and the ultimate encourager who made sure
I knew I could start a blog!

'Google Blogger for Dummies'
for obvious reasons
Paulette aka 'Beedeebabee'
who became one of my dearest friends all because
when we lost our followers list for the first time,
(and I KNOW you know what I'm talking about)
went to the help forum, met there, shared our woes,
and the rest is history

 Mona Pendleton...
One of the most creative & innovative paper crafters I have met here.
We've shared many hours on the phone together and
my life is richer for knowing her.

The Play Date Cafe
Design Team and Players
All of you make Thursdays one of the best days of the week!

So now it's time to CELEBRATE!

How would you like to win
this fabulous prize package?

Here's how to do it.....

Leave me a comment and tell me...

What inspires you here at
The Open Window?

 Place my blogaversary badge on your sidebar
(you'll find it on my sidebar) and link it back here
and you will have an additional chance to win.  
Just let me know that you have done so
when you leave your comment.

You have until Friday, July 2nd to enter.
I will announce the winner on Monday, July 5th.

 ...and of course, 
I welcome new followers!
So please feel free to follow along.
I will pop by to see you and thank you
for your support of  
Julie's Open Window!


Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Am I the first one???? HOOOOOOOOOOORAY! I love love love your blog, Julie;) I see your heart through each post and so much creativity! I love coming back to see what you made--it inspires me;) Can't wait to post about your candy:) THANK YOU for all you do:)

scrapperjulia said...

Your "style" inspires me, Julie!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I follow, I've placed this on my sidebar, and I have found tons of ideas on your blog (and cased a few!)

Beedeebabee said...

Awwwwh! You are just sooo dear, sweet friend! Thank you (GIGANTIC hugs!)

Holy cow, this is a great giveaway!!! So many yummy goodies!

Aside from your very beautiful art Julie, and your ability to organize 10,000 things at once, I have to say I totally admire your always upbeat personality, cheery "voice", and the warm and welcoming feel you've given this blog. There's always a "come on in and join the fun" type of feel here, and I just love that!

Happy Blogaversary Sweetie!!! You're linked!

You're such a doll Julie!
xoxo Paulette ;)

usaqsue said...

Congratulations! Your blog is wonderful and I hope we can celebrate many more years for your future.

Suzanne C said...

Whoo Hoo! Happy blogaversary! Love to see what you have cooked up! Always inspiring.

Sharli Schaitberger said...

I love your blog because you always have something different! I love the artist interviews, the inspiration of texture, color, and media (for example, reusing things!). You are very talented and very positive - I always feel better after a visit to your place, and I usually have an idea (or two!) that I want to try out! Thanks and Happy Blogaversary!

Mandy said...

so..i have put up the link...a follower..and your work inspires me...your blog was one of the first i saved to my blog ist when i first started making cards...congrats on turning

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Anniversary Julie! Thanks so much for all the kind words of encouragement & priceless words of wisdom :) So glad we met in blogosphere - looking forward to meeting you IRL :)

Ashley Newell said...

Girl, how can I pick one this that inspires me?! I love how you layer! But then I love everything about your style. :)

Cecelia said...

Hello Julie! You know I just joined you about a week ago so I am still a newby to your blog;0) I have enjoyed looking at your work because it is all so different. I go to many blogs where the projects are so similar and that gets boring. I only hope to enspire so many people within my first year as you have;0)
You are now officially posted on my sidebar;0) have a great night!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie :)
I love your style, excpecially the colours you used and how you mix them!!
I put a link with photo of this fabolous Candy on my blog links on the left :)
Hugs :)

Hearts Turned said...

Congrats on your blogaversary, Julie! LOVE your card, too--just gorgeous!

Hope you're having a wonderful night!


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary Julie, hope the next 12 months are as good as the last for you. Your card is beautiful. I find other blogs and artwork inspires me; my garden inspires me; magazines can inspire; fashion also inspires me i.e. colours etc. Have a wonderful day Julia. I have linked you on my blog. Tracy Evans x x

Sarah Anderson said...

Woohoo, a whole year!! Happy blog birthday my friend :) Your cards inspire me, I love how you use patterned papers and embellishments so

Jaclyn Miller said...

Congrats on your first year! What an exciting milestone. Isn't blogging fun? I truly appreciate you sharing your passion and beautiful work with us, and for returning the favor by visting others blogs as well. Here's to many more bloggerific years. (cheers)

Jaclyn Miller

p.s. I love the Play Date Cafe, it is my favorite challenge!

lisa said...

Doesn't the year go quickly Julie!!
I have to say you inspire me. Your work is so beautiful and totally different from how I do things. I just love to stop by and admire!!!
I also enjoy hearing about life on your side of the water.
Here's to another great year and thanks for the chance of winning your gorgeous candy. I have put a link on my sidebar.
Congrats again.
Hugs Lisax

Monika Reeck said...

Congrats on your first many inspiration on your Blog and thanks for offering me to join your Play Date Challenge that is a nice challenge and I will put your Candy on my Blog...will tell you again after many lovely are so generous....hugs, Monika

Harriet said...

I just came upon your blog this morning. WOW! AWESOME! What inspiration and creative mind. Congratulations on your first Blogaversary.Love the cards. Harriet

Ruby said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!

I'm SO pleased to be part of your Play Date Cafe team! It's so much fun!

I love that your cards are all so different, each time I come over to visit I see more new surprises! Love it!

Your birdcage card is gorgeous! I LOVE the colours! :o)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats on one year. I love your up close photos of your cards, great to see all that detail. Well done!!!

Unknown said...

O wow congratulations on your blogoverssary!!! love all the inspiration from your work!

TZel said...

Your creativity...and congrats!

Janelle said...

Dear Julie, congratulations on one year! How time flies when you're sharing the fun. I enjoy your creative flair and use of color.

Best wishes.

Lisa Somerville said...

Congrats on your Blogoversary! Beautiful card, wonderful color combination, the mix of patterns is just wonderful!

Jan Hennings said...

Your art is inspiring to me and SO many people! I love to hp over and see what's new! (and just a side note...the PDCC has the best challenges and I look forward to them every week :)

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Julie! Saw you were celebrating from Sarah's sweet blog. A big Congrats on your anniversary! That is fabulous! You sparkle with so much inspiration! Love all your creations, especially the Play date challenges! I remember Paulette mentioning how you two met. I love that! I just added your sweet link on my blog. Keep inspiring us!

Lisa :)

Create With Joy said...


Congrats on your blogaversary! I love your beautiful projects and also appreciate the wonderfully encouraging comments you've left on my blog as well!


Create With Joy said...


I've also added your blogaversary badge to my sidebar at Create With Joy!


Rufus said...

Wow, are you 1 already?? Happy Blogoversary! I always like to come check on you to see what new things you're up to. Congrats on the ArtQuest DT!
I like the "voice" of your blog. Happy, cheerful, enjoying life, growing and experimenting.

Ren-Yi said...

Hello Julie -
thanks for stopping by on my end. I'm a new follower so i'm looking forward to reading your blog more frequently. From what I see your range of card styles are amazing. I can't wait to learn more from your ideas.

Ren-Yi said...

Julie -
i have also added your badge on my blog. i hope people will join the bandwagon and have a chance to play too!
thanks for your generous blog-o-birthday giveaway.

Majo said...

I am always inspired by your beautiful creations and I also added your badge to my side bar. I have been following your blog for quite a while now and enjoyed every moment ;)

Anonymous said...

Happy blog Anniversary Julie. Love your blog cos I see your creative journey and the subtle changes from the beginning of your blog till now. You have such good and organized creative blog. Its inspiring for newbies like myself to look up to.
I have put your candy at my sidebar.

Janet said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. Way to go! I've added your badge to my blog and I'm a to look at all your posts.

Emma said...

Hi Julie, congrats on your blogaversary! I just came accross your blog today from ruby two shoes blog, and WOW! your blog and your designs are wonderful!
I love how you put colours together that I'd never have thought of combining and when you say things like where you get your inspiration from, like something in a shop window, has inspired me to keep a look out and look around for ideas!
I love how you put so much detail into a card without it being overwhelming and o.t.t, you've inspired me to stop hoarding all my favorite embellies and just go for it, don't hold back!
thank you for such an inspiration blog! I'm a follower now! and I'm going to work on my first colour challenge, as I LOve the colours you've picked. (sorry comment is so long! so so happy i found your blog!)

Emma said...

p.s I added your link to my blog too!

Unknown said...

I'm very inspired by the uniqueness and cuteness of your cards! I saw your handmade cards on etsy, and I have to say, they're very pretty and amazing! :) I love to make cards, so you'll definitely serve as an inpiration in the future :)
Thanks for this great opportunity, I love the set! :)

kae pea said...

Congrats on your blogaversary!! Your blog and your work is always inspiring and wonderful to look at ! Thanks for being so sharing :) keep up the fantastic just keeps getting better!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing the things you create! And I really like that you mention those that inspire you! I love my blogger buddies! Thanks! ♥

walchowDesign said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I've linked your blinkie to my blog.

Love to see all your creative cards and they gives so much inspirations! thanks for your generosity for the giveaways!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i have only just found your blog but visiting your work space has inspired me!

Lorie a.k.a.The Peddler said...

Hi Julie:

Of course I would love an opportunity to at a chance to win this blog candy. But first I must say "Congratulations" on the anniversary of your blog. I began The Peddler's Galley blog in February of this year and each day has been a welcoming learning experience and that includes losing precious information too. Also thanks for the very kind words you left on my blog and thanks for inviting me over here. There is a lot of information and inspiration to draw from. I wish you much success in year #2.

Sal-Gal said...

Hi Julie, Managed at last to get the picture up with a link back to here (ooh err, had a bit of trouble, as Frank Spencer would say)!!
Thanks for your help Julie - not only am I a cardmaking newbie but not that genned up on computers either! lol
I been browsing your blog and find it very inspirational and helpful for a newbie like me - and I mean that! Your ideas, the colours and the finished cards are awesome and I loved seeing them all. I only hope I can create some beautiful cards like you have in time.
Sal xx

PEA said...

I am new here but have spent a little bit of time here and I can say that your cards and artwork are lovely. This is very inspiring. Your color choices are happy. Little signs like practicing creativity is also inspiring. I will be returning simply for the pleasure.
May you continue to grow and find happiness.

izunika said...

Congrats on your first year!