Monthly Archives: January 2011

On the lighter side….


What’s a girl to do on her day off???

Monday again. Day off for Ginny. The problem with that is I wind up wanting to play paper. All my paper goodies are at the shop. : (  Problem solved….D.H. has generously provided me with the current issue of one of my favorite magazines…Where Women Create!!! Let the happiness and joy commence!!!  I have time to peruse the pages. Working studios of women artists from all over the country! So many ideas for storage and decor!!!  Even better…no tv…just my favorite Pandora channel. Melody Gardot and Adel, and Amos Lee.  Now all I need is a good cup of coffee and Scooter to curl up with.

I am actually working a bit today…or should I say preparing to work. Getting chipboard pieces ready to turn into delicious little elements for projects. As requested by my ever so wonderful Paper Peeps!

Oh…and just for good measure I will try to sneak in some housework. : )

Hope your day is going as well as mine….: )!!!!    G

Road Trip


This is a mini for adventure! Definitely not girly!  The paper is from Crate Paper. The die cuts are too!

These pages ROCK!! Literally…cars, guitars and motorcycles. How fun is that???? There are page pockets here too, for extra pictures.

What could make this even cooler? Yep…you guessed it…surfboards! I just love the vintage feel of the paper! Can we say “Route 66” ???? lol

Does’nt this make you want to go on a cool vacation…just to have pictures that would match this book???

You know I couldn’t let the back cover be boring!!! Grundgy stripes! This paper is from Scribble Scrabble. Too fun…I just love it!

Pretty frame…


This pretty frame is soooo girly!  I used a wooden frame for the base and added paper from Websters Pages. There is chipboard letters and dimensional butterflies! Just the right amount of bling to consider it bedazzled and some pretty little flowers. So sweet! This should be in Polly’s Etsy shop later today…just follow the link on the right : )

Just a note…..


This is a pretty little set of note cards I made in the shop yesterday. I layered lot’s of paper and stamped and inked the butterfly. A little bling for added detail. They are blank inside…so they are just right for any occasion.

This set is for Valentines.  There’s 4 cards with envelopes and tied together with a little ribbon trim! So pretty! It’s blank inside…so you can add your own sweet nothings.

I really love this set. It’s more funky. The stamp I used is more stylized than realistic..and I used two different blues for a dimensional effect and topped it all off with a blingy flower! These note cards are blank inside….so perfect for any occasion….just add your own sentiment!

These note card sets are available in Polly’s Etsy shop. If you’re interested…follow the link from the right…and it will take you right there!

Guest Teacher Heather Hudson


Pretty little mini class…..

Want to take a fun class on a sweet little Valentine project? Heather Hudson has designed an original project just for the Polly’s Peeps! She will be at Polly’s Tuesday night at 6:15 to instruct us on how to make one of our own! Please be ready to get down to business when the class starts…as it does involve a lot of inking and stamping. An old shirt might not be a bad idea either…ink sets quickly and dries permanently.  Cost of the class is $25.00 and includes all materials and the use of Heathers/Polly’s tools. If you would like to join in on the fun….and take home a great little project please email me at with Heather’s Class in the subject column. Or stop in the shop.

Recipe for success!


I don’t get to join in the challenge…but I do want to join in the fun! Here is the little mini I whipped up for the recipe theme for our blog challenge. Super fun paper and lot’s of it. 6 layers just on the front cover! I added a few flowers from Petaloo. The top one I had to use some orange marmalade Distress ink on to make the color pop. The center is a chip element that I covered in a flower pattern that was on a scrap from the patterned paper…topped off with a cute little brad.  A few buttons for some accent color and that is a recipe for a sweet little book cover.

First set of pages with recipe cards attached at the top and secured at the bottom with a little metal element. The card flips up…so more room to add your recipe details. Notice the tabs on the side of the pages??? I just love em! I should have put dessert first though…darn! There is a lot of pattern going on here so all it needed for embellishment was a few buttons.

There is a pocket on the right of this set of pages to tuck in extra recipes. Another flip up card and a sweet little flower I made simply by layering some buttons on a paper flower and leaf. Very cheerful I think.

Two more flip up cards here. Kiss the cook says it all…no need for further embellishment. I used that strong orange solid to separate the patterns…. otherwise it might make your eyes go buggy.

This has turned out to be my favorite set of pages. Funny considering that when I was assembling them I wasn’t sure I was going to like them at all. lol . It came to life after I added the little paper strips to the pocket…then layered on some flower parts. The center of the flower is another piece cut from the scrap I mentioned earlier. It just goes to show that even little scraps can make a big impact!

The back is covered in a fun little plaid.  You can see all the tabs from the back now.

Blog Challenge….Recipes!!!


Polly’s Blog Challenge

Want a chance to show off your mad scrappin skills? The theme for this challenge is recipe books…or anything with recipe cards. Whip up a tasty little mini, or layout, or any project with recipes and you could have the bragging rights as the winner of the very first challenge from Polly’s.  How can I enter you ask???  How does it work you want to know???  Here are the guidelines…….

  • Please submit as many as three pictures of your original project with a brief description to my email with “challenge ” in the subject column.
  • Put your name on your homework!!! Entries without a name will not be considered for voting.
  • The project with the most votes will win a fabulous prize…so tell your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, the mail man, anyone to go to and vote for your project!!! Let’s make it a fair fight though….no pet’s ,imaginary friends, or long passed relatives.  All votes should be accompanied by the name of the voter.
  • The fabulous prize is a gift card…redeemable at Polly’s Paper Studio.  Any challenge winner that is not local can select a prize “package.” Package  will contain merchandise from the store and may include paper…stickers or other product equivalent to the value of the prize…minus shipping.
  • The value of the prize will be determined by the amount of entries.  Starting at $10.00.
  • All entries should be submitted by February 8th and will be posted by the 11th. Voting can begin as soon as they are posted and can continue until 10 am on the 18th.  Winner will be announced on the 19th.
  • Good Luck to all who enter!

Pink Paislee Valentine


This Valentine book is a real hardcover. I started with two small canvas’s meant to be used for painting. It’s covered in Pink Paislee paper, then inked and stamped. I added some pop dots on the embellishment in the center so I could add a little ribbon trim.

I bound it on the top….so it opens like a calendar. The journal tags and photo mats are all Pink Paislee. They come on a sheet and you just cut them apart. A lot of mileage from one sheet of paper! I really like the brown check pattern.

Lot’s of inking and stamping. I really love chalk ink!!! It goes on really dry so if you’re  an impatient crafter like me you can quickly go on to the next step.

This is my favorite set of pages. The heart at the bottom was part of a section of paper…but the background was blue so I just cut it right out of there and it accents this photo mat perfectly! More trim on the top page. It’s attached on the back….so there is plenty of room to slide a picture behind it. : ) This book is really nice and heavy thanks to the cover. I used  coordinating ribbons on the binder rings.

Fancy French Flair


Little Mini with a French flair.  The flowers are from Petaloo…I layered 3 for a really big impact. The stickers are Stickabilities. I covered chipboard with pretty music paper then added the sticker and buttons. The ticket element is actually a stamp that I applied to a scrap of file folder and cut out and inked….more stickers to finish the look.  I topped it off with a pretty metal element for a little bling.

The first set of pages has pretty paper from GCD Studios. I layered a butterfly that I cut out of a separate sheet with more stickers, some chipboard elements from BasicGrey, and a lock and key chip set from Maya Road. Notice the French ribbon on the key?

The paper on these pages is from Paper Loft. So pretty!! I printed out my favorite little clip art postale card…cut them out and inked them.  I thought the photo corners were a nice touch…like you would find in a really old scrapbook. I layered a few things on give some dimension. More flowers from Petaloo.

I really love this set of pages. Just something about blue and brown together I guess. Those of you who frequent my store will say ahh huh. LOL  The little tower element is some sticker covered chipboard. Actually it’s 2 stickers with a rub on corner. the flourishes are rubons too. So are the photo corners.

Simple back cover. Same paper as front. I think it’s from Dreamstreet. If I’m wrong…I’ll post an update. It’s so fancy and flourishy. Just a little tip….the stickers were kinda I applied them first to paper and cut them out again. I chose darker paper…to give the stickers a more aged look…but you could do the same with white paper…for a more crisp look.