Monthly Archives: February 2011

Flowery Frame and Coffee Crew


Tuesday morning during Coffee Crew I will be demonstrating how to make lovey dimensional  paper flowers. This is the final project I designed using the flowers. I am neither a gardener or a floral designer…but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

We have had two Crew Members let me know that they can’t make it so there are 2 spots available. This is a free demonstration and a free make and take flower so you can try them out for yourself. If you’d like to join us we will be meeting at 9 am Tuesday morning to have coffee, and be creative! Please email me if you want me to save you a spot!

P.S. There is special discount pricing for all members if you shop during crew hours.

Baby Mini (Girl)


The base of this mini is blank cards. I added an extra piece of cardstock before I folded it to give it a little extra sturdiness. Once I had the layers of paper on I inked and stamped it for extra detail.

The stickers were applied to cardstock then cut out to give it more of a chipboard look. I was able to finish this book with only one sheet of stickers! A little goes a long way on a mini.

I cut the paper big enough to wrap around the corners to give it a nice finished edge. Inking the edges adds a nice detail. Chalk ink works perfectly for this as it gives a nice opaque image.

I love the contrast of the tiny flower print against the pink. More inking here too!

The back is finished of with some pretty ribbon trim on the binder rings. You could whip up a mini like this and add it to a shower gift!

Baby Mini (Boy)


Gone but not forgotten…these little books have already sold but I wanted to share them with you as they are super cute and easy to make!

This cover has three layers of paper! I applied the sticker to stiff cardstock then cut it out again to give it a nicer profile. This is a nice trick if you love the look of chipboard!

The sticker sheet I used had lot’s of little stickers. They work great for mini books.

I pulled some paper for these pages that wasn’t in the baby section. I think it adds a nice balance and keeps the book from being “cutie.”

You can’t go wrong with plaid and polka dots! The dots here came from the backside of a sheet of Christmas paper. LOL. It’s nice and subtle with low contrast. Love it!

Back cover has more of those dots and ribbon trim to accent the binder rings.

Something Special for Baby


I made this little treasure in a sweet shabby chic style. The colors are so soft and pretty. The frame originally had glass, but I wanted to include dimensional embellishments, so I left it out.  Two patterns of paper as the base. Just some little bits I had from another project. The baby accent is cut from a page of Cotton Scraps from Crafty Secrets. They are printed on canvas…so as soon as you start cutting them they will want to fray…so it’s important to get them glued down to a piece of cardstock…then it will be easier to work with and will have a nicer finished look. The cloth adds a nice texture though so totally worth the extra effort. I layered it on a nice little lace edge. On the top is a satin flower ribbon, with another flower layered on top then finished off with a pearl accent. All different shades of beige. I just love it. Wouldn’t this be nice in a nursery?

Nest Plaque


Scrapbooking Nest BirdThis plaque started with a base the I found ages ago in the Busch’s $1.00 aisle. It originally had some funny looking french cook with a big mustache . What it had going for it was that it was already cut, it was heavy and sturdy, and it had a hanging bracket already attached.

I covered the whole thing and wrapped the corners too so it would have a finished edge. Then I set about layering on the paper. The brown is from My Mind’s Eye, and so is the french book print I cut the little bird out of. The glittery chipboard letters were stickers I found in the Christmas clearance bin. Woot Woot! Gotta love when you can get a bargain! Next came the pretty layered flowers. I added a beautiful big brad from Melody Ross as the center. The ribbon slide was originally pink and shiny(ewwww) so I simply flipped it over….inked it with Distree Ink and added the bling from a set of beauties from Petaloo. I went ahead and finished the back off…so all that shows is the hanger. I think this little project would be a nice little decor addition. Maybe on a bookcase?

Who says a scrapbook has to be a book?


Not me!!!!! I made this accordion folder to hold pictures and special journaling cards. Some of our treasured pictures have writing on the back that we want to preserve.

There is lot’s of paper layering here. Jenni Blowlin, Scribble Scrabble  were some of the brands used. I did a fair amount of inking and stamping to add detail. The butterfly actually started as a stamped base then I covered the wings in small portions of flower petals that I cut out and layered . If you look carefully you can see the different elements. As a finishing touch I added the pretty pearl bling and ribbon trim to tie it all closed.

There are 4 journal tags here. You could mount your pictures to them also. There is plenty of room in the pockets to tuck in more treasures!

Close up of the journal cards show the stamping. The paper is from Scribble Scrabble, definitely has a vintage appeal.

The accordion pockets are notched so it’s easy to get to whats inside, and they keep things very organized.

Vintage Home Mini


I really love the shape of these old post cards. They were a portion of a 12×12 sheet we carry in the store. The paper here is from Webster’s Pages and Basic Grey. The Home element was trimmed from a sheet of Cosmo Cricut Christmas paper.

I did a fair amount of inking and stamping to give it a vintage appeal.

The post cards are great for journaling. (If your handwriting is better than mine! Lol)

Don’t be afraid to split your pages into thirds if you have smaller pictures.

I carried the paper layering right on to the back cover to utilize some smaller pieces left from the inside pages. I loved this striped paper from Basic Grey…but it was a little hard to look at as a full sheet. A little goes a long way!

There is quite a bit of ribbon trim here. Be careful when you add the trim…too much and the book won’t open all the way. You only have to learn that lesson once. Okay…maybe twice. LOL. The accents here are new…but old looking. Vintage style key with paper flowers and buttons. I think this would be just the right book for black and white photos.

Polly’s Coffee Crew


I am very excited to share with you the details of our new Coffee Crew.

What is it? When is it? How much is it? How can you join?

Coffee Crew will be meeting every other Tuesday at 9 am to enjoy coffee and a free product or project demonstration. You’ll get a free make and take item and enjoy special shopping discounts on Crew days.

You can join by emailing me….or commenting on this post with your name and email. Spaces are limited…so rsvp if you plan to join us.

Coffee Crew is before business hours so drop your child off at school and get on over to join in the fun.

Next weeks project will be this beautiful dimensional paper flower.  Please let me know if you plan to attend so I can reserve your spot.

Shabby Chic Mini


I made this book using a variety of paper from Webster’s Pages. It’s so pretty and shabby chic.I inked the cover then wiped it down with a damp cloth to give it a smeary effect. A generous amount of ribbon on the binding makes it feminine and sweet.

I cut out this little froggy pair from a different sheet then pieced them on to the front of this pocket. The flowers on the right page are also cut and pieced to fit the width.

The pockets on these pages are so nice to tuck in little bits that you want to see both sides of.

There are two pockets here. If you look closely at the scroll on the right it’s actually a pocket with a pretty edge and a butterfly!

Back cover is sweet and simple.

These flowers were fun to make. It’s layers of paper cut on the cricut, sprayed with glimmer mist, then inked with a distress ink. I think they add a lot to the cover. The bling was actually two bits out of the jewelry findings, attached to look like a necklace that was casually tossed in a drawer.

A Word of Thanks……


I just want to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and every one of you who support Polly’s and every other business in Pinckney. We all strive to make goods and services available locally but without your support we would be nothing.  Keeping business in town helps everyone and we show our thanks by giving back to the community whenever we can. It is my mission to provide quality products at competitive prices and friendly expert service here at Polly’s and I am certain my fellow business owners would agree. So from the bottom of my heart…my thanks go out to you for helping to keep Polly’s a successful small business in a wonderful small town!