Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hurray! The All About Fall Blog Hop is finally here!

The entire talented Joy's Life design team is hopping today, sharing projects that are "All About Fall."
Here's the whole hop order, in case you just stumbled across this hop:
 Joy --
Laura --
Lori --
Maria --
Stacey --
Kendra --
Julie -- (you are HERE)
Dawn -- (go HERE next!)
I have a project to share with you that has lots of pictures, so bear with me.  It may make for a long post, but I think you'll like the end result. And, of course, there's a story. I seem to always have a story, LOL!  One of my dogs, Sophie, is terrified of thunderstorms.  My craft room is in the basement, and she seems to be the most relaxed there.  So, when it storms, we often craft.  Several Friday nights ago, it began storming around midnight.  I started working on this project for today's blog hop.  At 5 in the morning, it was still storming.  Wave after wave of thunderstorms came through all night.  I stayed up all night, and had this project just about complete when the thunder finally faded away. At 5:30, with Sophie snoring at my feet, I finally went to bed for a couple hours. And, what did I make on that all-night crop session?  A Fall banner.  Tell me what you think...
There's a lot to see on this banner, so I have pictures of the individual panels.  I'll tell you more of how I made it as I go along, too.
First, a close up of the top square of the banner.  Each of these 4x4 decorative squares is from a mini album that I took apart.  Close To My Heart used to make them.  They were called a Mix & Mingle album.  I love them for banners because some of the panels are acrylic and some are chipboard -- perfect for something like this!
I used a stamp from the Joy's Life stamp set "It's All Fall Puns" on the first panel, the "Give Thanks" sentiment.  The #4 and all the letters were cut out on my Cricut, using the Cricut Classic font cartridge.  The designer papers are from the Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup 6x6 paper pad. The white and cocoa cardstock are from Close To My Heart.


I used various Spellbinder dies to cut the shapes throughout the banner.  Here, you can see an acorn cut from a Tim Holtz die, painted with Creative Inspirations paint.  The leaves are from a cutting file from The Cutting Café using American Crafts Autumn cardstock.  The twine is from Trendy Twine, and can you see that jute string on all 4 corners?  That's the new jute string found in the 3 Girl JAM store.  It worked perfectly on this banner because of the wonderful Fall colors.  I used the Jute ribbon found in the 3 Girl JAM store at the top of the banner.
the "a" is decorated with more leaves from the Tim Holtz die. They've all been painted with various Creative Inspirations paints.
On this first "l", you can see another of the acrylic pieces that I used. There's some more Trendy Twine here, too, along with leaves cut from The Cutting Cafe's file and the Tim Holtz die.
This final "l" gives you a good look at the pretty jute string from 3 Girl JAM.
At the bottom of my banner, I used another Joy's Life stamp, from the same stamp set -- It's All Fall Puns.
That cute squirrel is cut from a die.  I didn't use my electronic cutter during the stormy night, so I stuck to metal dies as much as possible.  The Spellbinder ones were perfect for this project, as was this squirrel die from Cottage Cutz. I cut the squirrel out on white cardstock, but used TH distress inks to ink him up.  The eye was made with a Viva Décor Pearl pen.
I have one more view of the whole banner for you, since it was a few pictures back when you saw the whole thing.
In honor of today's hop, and the fun I had making it (it's been years since I've pulled an all-nighter!), I have some blog candy to give away.  I have some stamps, a 6x6 paper pad, some embellishments, and brads.  To be eligible to win, please follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  I'll pick the winner with my Joy's Life post on Monday.
Now, off you go to the uber talented Dawn's blog. It's All Fall and all beautiful at  Off you go!


  1. What a great fall banner! I love all the die cuts and the paper choices!

  2. very creative Julie! beautifully embellished, love the wee squirrel at the bottom!
    have a great wknd!

  3. This is so fun and awesome Julie!
    FAB job!!

  4. I LOVE this banner. I need to make one!!! Thanks for sharing!
    We have a dog that is a little storm shy as well, but he's usually ok if he has his blanket! He's a 125 lb lab and the biggest baby ever. LOL

  5. Great banner! I love the sentiments you used and that great paper! :)

  6. This is truly fabulous! Love love all the papers and great details. TFS

  7. Awesome banner, Julie! I can't believe you stayed up all night :) You sure used all kinds of products on this-great job!

  8. Beautiful banner Julie! Love your little squirrel.. amazing job with the inking! I can't remember the last project I created WITHOUT using my electronic cutter. :) One day I need to break out my Sizzix and use some of the hundreds of dies I have!! LOL!

  9. Julie, since getting my dog I have a whole new understanding of staying up to calm the dog. That's so sweet and makes this banner even greater just knowing that story. :) I love your painted leaves and all the detail. I think it's so cool that it's a mix of acrylic and chipboard. Hanging those pieces as a banner is a terrific idea! Thank you for being part of the All About Fall Blog hop!

  10. This banner is just adorable! Wow, I am not sure I could pull an all nighter any more myself- but it sure did not affect your creativity! Great job!
    Teresa K

  11. This is wonderful. Thanks for the close-ups so we could enjoy seeing all the those amazing glittery leaves! My favorite is the squirrel and how you made him look all furry with the
    DI's. Beautiful job and terrific project to do while keeping your dog comforted. My dog shivers and shakes and quivers and quakes during storms, too. Poor pups.

    How lovely of you to offer blog candy. I am a follower of yours by Google Friend and by email. Yippee!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  12. Sweet Fall banner. Like all the cool cuts.

    marg0006 at Verizon dot net

  13. You and Sophie did a great job on the banner - love the squirrel.
    Now following you with bloglovin'
    isoscia at aol dot com

  14. What an awesome job... I love how your squirrel came out :) am a follower :)

  15. Fabulous job on your wall hanging Julie. I keep thinking I am going to make one and keep forgetting. I have got to do a Christmas one now. Thanks for the inspiration.
    I'm following your blog hope you will come follow me too.

  16. What a great banner!!! I love all the details!!

  17. Fabulous banner. What a fun piece and one you can pull out year after year to decorate. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance for some blog candy.

  18. Wow, this is FABULOUS! All the details are spectacular! I love the fun papers, cuts, stamping and embellishments:) Such a fun home decor piece! Fantastic project!
    Sherrie K

  19. Wonderful fall banner. Love the papers and the adorable squirrel.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  20. Your wall hanging is so sweet! IT would be great for the kids' bedroom door. :)

  21. Oh, I'm so making a wall hanging...Ilove it..and the warm, fuzzy yarn embellishments!

  22. Wow such pretty stuff you have done. Love the wall hanging!