Saturday, November 10, 2012

And I'm done :)

Hi everyone! :)

I finished my Christmas cards last night! YAY!! :)

And today I went to Meri's house to make an ornament wreath :)

I won't lie -- I almost gave up on this :) Everyone there was using hot glue guns -- but here's the thing -- I can't use hot glue guns -- I have no feeling in my right hand (born with a nerve tumor in my wrist) -- so I have to be careful of all things HOT -- because I will NOT know when I have burned myself  -- which isn't good :) Soooooo I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry glue --- and it worked -- but it was hard to get my first set of ornaments (or my base) onto the Styrofoam wreath with just the Quick Dry glue -- once I had that part set -- it was a lot easier getting everything else laid on here  :)

So, yes -- I almost didn't finish this project -- as I was getting frustrated with how it was going in the beginning -- but I had an AMAZING support system at Meri's house and they all convinced me to keep going!! And they were all right!! I finished it -- and here it is :)






Okie dokie -- a little info on this :) The Gold glass balls Meri had available for her guests, the colored balls my Mom painted for me awhile ago, the blown glass ornaments were Brian's before we met as were the wooden white ones :)

The Merry Christmas sign, the red berries, the big jingle bell, angel on the sliver moon were also items that Meri had available to her guests :) 

I had sooooooo much fun with the girls that were there! It was fun catching up with everyone and seeing everyone's wreaths come together!!!! Thanks Meri for having me!!! :)









Peek-a-boo!!! Recognize someone in this photo?!?!?? *wink*




And now for the rest of my Christmas cards :)


I used a lot of different goodies 3indypapier.com papers, EAD Designs stickerz, Cosmo Cricket, Echo Park :)
























Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)

59 comments:

Jennifer said...

Well I bet your glad you kept going because it turned out AWESOME!!! LOVE all the cute ornaments!!! (= GREAT cards too!!! (=

Sherry Eckblad said...

Congrats on finishing your cards Julie and that wreath is beyond awesome. I wanna come and make one.

Short and Sweet said...

So good to see you today! Your wreath is spectacular and I'm so glad that you kept working on it. Your cards are just darling...you are so creative and talented. I got a kick out of Brian especially because he is so easy-going. You two are so good together, and it was fun interacting with both of you at Meri's house.
Stay happy and safe, my friend.
Loretta

Jodi said...

OH MY GOODNESS... you have been so busy!!!! LOVE the wreath... and your Christmas cards are AMAZING!

Connie Mercer said...

turned out super great!! aren't you glad now:):):) It's gonna look fab on your door:):)

phinner said...

wow Julie! I'm in awe! of your wonderful eclectic wreath and your xmas card collection!

: .)

Caroline said...

OMG this is AMAZING girl and wow on the cards, i can not believe how prepared you are :)

Laurel said...

Yay for finishing your cards and what an amazing wreath!

wendipooh13 said...

WAY TO GO on all the cards!!!! the wreath looks amazing!!!!

Keren Tamir said...

Wowwwwww that wreath looks amazing!! Fantastic job!! And love all the cards!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Julie Sweetie...
Looks like you gals had a wonderful time, and I am thrilled with your wreath. It is magical and each time I peeked, I saw another special treat. Thank you for sharing with me this evening.

Love your cards, you did a phenomenal job with each one of them. Your detail always amazes me.

Hope to get together soon. I have missed you. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

ImagiMeri said...

I'm so glad you made it out girlfriend. I don't know about you, but I had a blast and your wreath turned out magical! I'm so glad you stuck with it and managed to finish it. Thank you for the gift and the cookies. I hope we can get together again soon. I'll be really interested to see if you try the paper making goodies.

Love ya'
Meri

Jacky said...

Love your wreath, it is awesome Julie, and so are your x/mas cards.

Kelly Massman said...

what a beautiful wreath and fun idea!! great cards, too! hope all is well! I've just been a horrible blogger since we moved!!!

Cheryl said...

WooHoo for being done!! I'm done, too and gave over 50 cards to charity this year.

LOVE your wreath. I'm glad to hear that the Helmar's 450 worked because I have some on order! I'm expecting big things from it. :)

Sandy said...

Julie,
It was nice to see you again. It had been a long time, since Sherri got us all together a few years ago for the AZ Bloggers luncheon in Mesa....your wreath turned out amazing, I didn't get to see it because you left before I could see it! WOW!!!!
I just love how everyone's was so different and really brought out their personalities....hope we can do this again!
Sandy @ 521 Lake Street

Lynnda said...

Hey Julie...Woot Woot Congrats on finishing your cards!!! They are so beautifully made with love!!!! And that wreath is amazing!!!! You rock SIsta!!! hugs...xoxo

I can see you!!!...cute!

Heather Landry said...

Your wreath is amazing! I'm so glad you were able to get it finished, and I'm SO impressed with your cards. You must scrap insanely quickly!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

I am so jealous of you getting all those cards done.I finally started to create some this weekend.
I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE that wreath! How spectacular with all those special pieces.
I never thought of using so many great pieces.
Thanks for sharing sweetie

michelle hodges said...

I love your wreath!!!!! It is gorgeous!!!
What a awesome way to cherish all those ornaments from your family & friends!!! Sounds like a fun time with the scrapbookers!!
love all of your cards and how fun that you are done!!
WTG!!

JulieJ said...

Blimey - you have been busy. You never cease to amaze me with how much you get done. Do you ever sleep?

Lizzy Hill said...

Wheew! Well done getting all those cards done...I've just started writing in mine. LOVE your wreath & the fact your friend's name is Meri...how appropriate is that for a wreath making hostess!!! Oh, & BTW, yep, know the 'other' version of the word 'thong' but like Karen Wray I REFUSE to give up on calling my summer foot ware that name. Thongs have been around forever...unlike those other things that disappear up your butt never to be seen again:):):):) Not that I'd know.......

Naomi Edwards said...

OMGOSH!!! I wish I had that wreath to hang on my wall, it is the prettiest one I have ever seen!!!!!! I am so happy the men in your house encouraged you , you must be so pleased with yourself!!! I am also loving all of your cards , hahaha.. it really strikes me funny how much you can do... I cannot wrap my mind around it! So are you selling the wreath???

Mitra Pratt said...

Goodness!! Glad you kept going with that wreath!!! So very pretty!!! And congrats on your cards!!!

Izzy Anderson said...

WHOA! That wreath is awesome. WOW! I love it so much. So fun and festive and creative! And you finished your Christmas cards already? I haven't even started mine. Ayieee! Beautiful work, all.

artfuldelight said...

WOW, amazing wreath!! Love it. I just bought a wreath form yesterday so I can make a holiday wreath. All those cards, wow. You sure have been busy. Great job!!

Cindy deRosier said...

That wreath is awesome! So pretty and fun! Congrats on finishing your Christmas cards. Very impressive!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am SO GLAD that you didn't give up because truly your wreath was one of my favorites! It was full of meaning as well as beauty!

Antonia Krajicek {Green Horned Unicorn} said...

Your wreath is AMAZING!! I love the variety of ornaments you used. I bet you can guess which is my favorite... :)

Luvy said...

Gorgeous wreath! You are so talented! Love the cards too! Jealous that you're done with your cards!

Krista said...

absolutely LOVE that wreath!! now I want to do one!

Lalo said...

OMGosh...you've been busy!!! Christmas looks fantastic!!!

Mo said...

Oh what a beautiful wreath! I'm so glad you finished it! It makes me smile real big! So cheery! And I love all those cards! It reminds me I've got to get crackin' on mine! Aaaah! Where is the time going????

Debbie P said...

The wreath is awesome! I love all the fun bits used on it! Awesome job on it and on all your cards!

TesaB said...

What a fantastic wreath, Julie! One can look at it in ages and discover new fab things!!! So much fun!!!

Lisa Andrews said...

Your wreath really looks great. I'm happy you were able to finish it!

Carin McDonough said...

Wow Julie that is one amazing wreath and well done on completing all your cards! Only a few more days until Breaking dawn!!!! Woohoo! :D

Debbie said...

Love all of your Christmas cards!! Your wreath is amazing!!! I want one .... :) Good way to use up extra ornaments!!!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

woah! that wreath is amazing!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness that wreath is the prettiest ever! I love it and am so glad you finished it. What a wonderful idea. Our St Vinnies have bags of ornaments that would be great for this project. Love it so cute!
Your cards are all wonderful too. TFS

~amy~ said...

Whoa whoa whoa...you finished your Xmas cards and made that super fabulous wreath?! Girl, you're amazing!!!!

gail said...

Yah!!!! It was awesome to see you too. I am soo sooo glad we finally go to see each other. It was so much fun. Your wreath is just adorable. I love how there is so much meaning in your ornaments. Have a great weekend.
:) (()) Gail

glorygirl said...

Sounds like your wreath support group are the type of gals I need around when I want to give up on a 2 page layout! LOL! Can't believe how many Christmas cards you've made, too! WAY TO GO!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

I absolutely ADORE your ornement wreath Julie!
and I'm blown away by your cards!
waouh...BRAVO!!

Linda R said...

WOW!! That wreath looks amazing. Gorgeous photos my friend. And a big high five to you on getting your cards done. They look amazing.

Hugs~

Jackie Rockwell said...

Cool wreath and really FUN collection of christmas cards! This reminds me that I have to get going on mine!!!

sandi said...

Wow! This wreath is pure gorgeousness! I have never seen anything like it! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The pic with you in the ball is cute! You should use that one in a lo!
Love your cards. It amazes me how may you've made.....you are so fast!

Jinny Newlin said...

You just keep plugging away at those gorgeous cards, girl! Stunning! And your wreath is a treasure to behold! LOVE all the meaning wrapped up in one, beautiful centerpiece! Yum!

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh my gosh..you are so amazingly organized and creative!! good for you!! your cards and wreath...wow!!

Helen Tilbury said...

LOVE the ornament wreath & well done on getting all those cards done too :) Excellent!!

Staci said...

You are truly something else!! Loving the wreath and the cards rocked!

Deana said...

OMGosh. The wreath is amazing & that's a cute photo of you in the ornament too! And wowzers on the cards!!! You deserve a nap after all that! ;-)

Juliana said...

WOW! that ornament wreath is awesome! I LOVE IT!!!! And I am sure you are so happy that you "stuck" with it until it was finished!!!

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow!! This is an AMAZING wreath. I'm so glad you had the support system to get through the hard part!! I had no idea about your hand. Such gorgeous cards - so nice to have them all done!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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Leah Crowe said...

WOWwWWWwwwWwWwWWWWZAH!~!!
The finished wreath is totally amazing, Julie!! I have some Christmas ornaments I will probably be getting rid of this year and this would be a wonderful way to keep them and cherish the memories. <3 I am so glad you finished your wreath and shared with us.. just so loving this!

Doreen Vasquez said...

That wreath is amazing! It is a definite treasure too w/ the history of some of the ornaments!
I can't believe that all those heavy items stayed on w/out hot glue! I can barely keep my paper crafts together! LOL!

~Tammy~ said...

STUNNING!!!! That wreath is amazing!!!! Helmers is just as good as a HGG! Awesome!!!!!

Your cards are so cool! Love them!

Teddyree said...

Amazing!! The wreath is just lovely, some nice memories in those decorations too. And your cards are great :)

Gina Citrushearted said...

OMG that wreath is gorgeous!!! I love that so much. I want one just like it. So cool. Great cards! You made a bunch.