vintage Sailor Birthday Card


Hey Peeps…we’re rolling full steam ahead with all our  crafty inspiration for March…..and today I’m sharing a project inspired by the March Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

March2015RClgeIt’s just dreamy for Easter and Spring projects….and it coordinates perfectly with Bohemian Bazaar from Graphic 45!!!! So I created a card with layers of patterned papers, a fun vintagy image and great polka dot flowers and last but not least….a perfect little loopy bow : )

IMG_5033IMG_5034IMG_5035IMG_5036These great papers are from Graphic 45’s Bohemian Bazaar collection and they match perfectly!!!!

Okay that’s all for me….wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

March Linky Party With Crafty Secrets


 GO GREEN! Spring, Gardening/Botanical theme with upcycling twist.

Everyone is ready for a dose of springtime by this time of the year. Let’s feature flowers, green, growing things, garden journals or farm images in our projects this month. Easter banners, Easter baskets, or home décor would also be great ideas! Here’s the twist: Use an “upcycled” item in your project: a bit of corrugated cardboard, packaging material, paper bag, twist ties, jars and bottles or anything that would normally go to the landfill.

I created a lovely Spring inspired hard cover journal with a re-purposed  blank book from the $1 section at my local craft store and recycled paper bags,

IMG_4978IMG_4977IMG_4977-001Here’s how I created the cover….

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I used the fabulous images and printable paper patterns from the Crafty Secrets:

VPP103 Best Buds 54 Piece Images ,Creating with vintage Patterns – CD1 ,Creating with Retro Christmas – CD5,Creating with Vintage Typography – CD3,

I used these beautiful trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon…Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, Shimmer Satin, Olive Center Stitch Burlap.

 Now it’s your turn! Create a NEW project featuring any Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up on the Crafty Secrets BLOG by Sunday, March 15th at midnight PT.

To thank you for playing along, you’ll find a FREE gardening digital paper and printable over on the Heartwarming Vintage BLOG that you can download and use in your project. Or use any Crafty Secrets goodies you might have in your stash to play along. We also have dozens of FREE DOWNLOADS that you can use in your project. You do NOT have to follow the theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.

One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win this lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25:

* Digital Garden Papers, * Digital Garden Printables, * Garden Girls Digital Art Stamps, * Bunny Gift Bag and Tag set.

I encourage you to visit the entire Crafty Secrets Design Team to enjoy their fabulous projects:

Kathy*DarleneDiane Elizabeth Gloria MelodyMicheleShantaieSheila* and guest designing Karen : )

Thanks for playing along! We can’t wait to see what you bring to the party!

Happy National Craft Month and Times Nouveau Journal


Happy National Craft Month Paper Peeps! As promised I starting of this fabulous month with a Times Nouveau Journal I created for Graphic 45. I am all about the journals lately….it’s like a card and a book and a planner all at the same time yay!!!

Times Nouveua Journal 1I want to tell you how much I love this journal!!!! It’s got vivid colors and beautiful women and flowers and metal embellishments.

Times Nouveua Journal 2It’s also very dimensional. I used Swiss Dot’s on Satin Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keyhole  to create the closure.

Times Nouveua Journal 3I used the Shabby Chic Metal Brads to anchor the corners…a little bling is a very good thing.

Times Nouveua Journal 4I think I must have looked like that fabulous tall blond in another life.

Times Nouveua Journal 5Love me some Shabby Chic Ornate Meal Keys…the perfect accent tied with ribbon and twine.

Times Nouveau Journal Supplies List:

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~It’s the Berries

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Bee’s Knees

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Lollapalooza

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Chipboard

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau~Stickers

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Ornate Keys

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Metal Brads

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twigs

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Well this was a fun way to kick off National Craft Month…Can’t wait to share the rest of my projects : ) Until then I’m wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time ti be creative : ) G

Baby Boy Mini Album with Baby 2 Bride and Precious Memories from Graphic 45


Well good morning Paper Peeps. This is a great morning for me because I get to share a very special Mini Album I created with Graphic 45’s Precious Memories and the re-release of the Baby 2 Bride Deluxe eddition.   This album is so full of pretty patterned papers, Staples, flowers and trims.  It doesn’t actually close because I just couldn’t stop…that’s’ll look really pretty sitting on the shelf in the nursery of the new baby who is getting this album. It already has a home….yay!

Baby Boy Mini Album 1Isn’t that little sleeping baby so cute? This turned out to be a great pattern mash up with the two lines….the soft colors and delicate patterns from Baby 2 Bride really work to set the stage for the more vivid images from Precious Memories. I’ve layered in some chipboard, butterflies, and painted Metal Ornate Keyhole. The binding has Ornate Metal Keys, a vintagy button , Blue Micro Plaid, and Light Blue Burlap String from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Baby Boy Mini Album 2I used my Tonic edger to get that great tattered edge. I’ve also added tags from the Ivory Tag Album to the ends of the pages to make them easier to turn.

Baby Boy Mini Album 3I combined paper and fabric flowers with hand crocheted flowers with a sweet plaid topped brad.

Baby Boy Mini Album 4See….I told ya it was never gonna close : )

Baby Boy Mini Album 5I kept the embellishments going all though the book and added delicate die cuts for accent.

Baby Boy Mini Album 6I created frames for this set of pages with die cuts and foam spacers. These blooms are Mulberry Flowers and the ribbon is Light Blue Chevron Striped Twill.

Baby Boy Mini Album 8Baby Boy Mini Album 7Baby Boy Mini Album 9I fussy cut the flowers for this page and layered them between sweetheart blooms and stamped and stacked flowers. More of those sweet little plaid brads too!

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Baby Boy Mini Album Supplies List:

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Precious Memories

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Cuddle Time

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Cutie Pie

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Pat-a-Cake

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Baby’s Breath

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~Lullaby

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~Sentimental Baby

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~Love is Blue

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~From This Moment

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~Endless Love

Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride~Unforgettable

Graphic 45 Staples~Medium Tag Album-Ivory

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Ornate Metal  Key Holes

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key

Really Reasonable Ribbon Trim

Reasonable Ribbon Mulberry Flowers

Dusty Attic Chipboard

Tim Holtz ~Metal Clip

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twigs

Spellbinders Dies

Petaloo Flowers

Okay that’s all for me today…wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : )

Vintage Easter Tags


Hey there Peeps. The cold weather here in Michigan has got me in the mood for it to be Spring so I’m working on some Eastery items I can add to my holiday decor. I’m starting with some sweet tags because you can add them to just about everything…a stack of vintage books, drape over a lampshade or picture frame….add to a vase of flowers or labels a tasty homemade treat : )






I whipped these up in no time with poofy satin bows and images from my Eggstraviganza Easter Egg Tag Collage. I printed them and cut them out..then added a layer of 110 lb cardstock to the back so they’re super sturdy and will hold their shape without curling. And best of all….straight line easy is that?

Okay now if I could only bring on warmer weather with these paper pretties…

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Retro Easter Cards and Creativity Kit


Hey there Peeps! I’m just dropping in this morning to share the arrival of the much anticipated Easter Creativity Kits! Here’s some inspiration so you can get your craft on…



These are just a few of the projects I was able to create with paper and images from the kit and some bits and pieces from my scrap and salvage box.  Hop on over and check out all the fabulous paper pretties in the Retro Easter Creativity Kit 2015.

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Vintage Travel Journal Mini with RRR and Graphic 45


Good Morning Peeps! It’s my turn to share on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog today and I created a fun vintagy Travel Journal Mini.  I am the worst for keeping track of dates and details when we travel….so my new plan is to create the journal first and take it with me : ) I’m starting with this one….created with beautiful trims from RRR and patterned papers from Graphic 45.

IMG_4966IMG_4967-001IMG_4968IMG_4969I used Light Blue Checkerboard Satin, Capri Blue Diamond Satin, Blue/Gold/Ivory Plaid Ribbon, Brown Wrinkle Ribbon, and Pink Lemonade Swirls Organza for the rings and Baby Blue Roses and White Cosmos for the cover.  The patterned papers are Come Away With Me from Graphic 45~Come Away With Me~Wanderlust~Globetrotter~Pleasure Trip~Travel Odyssey~Vintage Voyage~Look Out World.  The fabulous frames were cut with Spellbinders dies.

Okay that’s it for me wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G