Monthly Archives: March 2011

Easter Card


I made this card yesterday while waiting for my Pink Paislee delivery. It’s 6×6 inches and includes a sweet image from Grapchic Fairy. I made the flower last week and this seemed like the perfect project for it! A little button swag, tag, and chipboard elements and lot’s of stamping and inking.

New Layout with Butterfly Banner


I am just smitten with this new layout display for the shop. It really helps to have such cute children in the pictures!!!

This is an online tutorial…so grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable. : )

First the layout complete…..

I added only 1 new sheet of paper for this layout…the rest came from the salvage and scrap box! Also you will notice the paper flower I made from my previous post “Flower Day at Polly’s” It coordinates perfectly. It’s almost like I knew…. LOL.

This is the new sheet from Graphic 45.  Not sure why….but I use it as more of a solid. I guess the pattern is so small. It’s a bit distressed looking too! I just love it.

Next is this strip of striped paper from Crate. It definitely also has a bit of an aged appearance. This strip is only an inch x 12 inches…more leftover for another project!

Overlap the orange paper just a little…this will be the base. The paper is from Three Bugs in a Rug…previously seen in the Church Card Crop post.

The trim on this next layer was the salvage that gets cut off when I ran a strip of paper through the border punch. I jazzed it up a bit by punching a tiny hole in each scallop.

Another left over from the card class…The patterned paper is from Crate. You see the lace look trim? That’s the paper strip mentioned above . You will need two…one for top and bottom of patterned paper layer. : )

These two small black ribbon bows will be the perfect embellishment for the butterfly banner!  They are attached with the new love of my life…ZOTS!!!!

These little cuties are images from The Graphics Fairy. They are leftovers from the last layout that I posted.

They are shown here as layered. You will need 3 of these to complete the banner. I also put eyelets in the wing tips for a place to attach the string.

Closeup of the banner. I threaded some cute orange buttons between for a little added detail.

I added the picture next along with the butterflies. I matted the picture in black and used the border punch again. A little leftover chipboard completes this layer.

I added this chip flourish and flower next.

Next came the previously mention paper flower that I made last week. 1 more butterfly…sparkly bling…3 buttons tied with string and 1 more chip element.

The Chipboard element was finished off with another layer in the form of a chipboard frame, butterfly and buttons.

Last but not least…some Liquid Pearls in the Bisque color for a little added detail. Not bad for leftovers right???? : )

New Layout Display for Store


I appealed to my friend to donate some pictures for a layout display for the shop. She is a local photographer and her work is just amazing! She brought in a stack of beautiful pictures of her niece. I will post an update with info on how to reach her tomorrow…I wanted to post with the layout…but I forgot her card on the counter at the shop.  This is the first 2 page layout…..

I am really quite proud of how they turned out. It took 2 days…but well worth it. I really loved these pics…and it started out the color scheme. Lavender and grey. I started with a base of the charcoal grey and added the lavender square. A little stamping with my current fav stamp that looks like lace. I inked it with the chocolate chip color from Stampin up that I just got from friend Heidi. I stamped off one impression on scratch paper then went to the layout. Once I got all the way around I went around again using a chalky purple color to give it some depth. I added some flourishes cut on the Cricut next. The final piece to the outside was a border punched strip. The patterned paper actually started as white and black. It was inked with the chalk ink…spritzed with glimmer mist then aged with the chocolate chip ink and a distressing tool. Next I scrunched up the edges and inked the outside with Concord from Distress Ink. Of course the pictures speak for themselves! I actually made the large flower in the left corner and all the stems for the floral flourishes. I added some sparkle by including some chandelier drops to the stems. Lot’s of pearl embellishments were added next. The butterflies came from Graphic Fairy…I cut them out and added new metal antenna and added liquid pearl accents on the wings. The lettering was the last piece of the puzzle and I’m so glad friend Shelly talked me into a Xyron!!! Otherwise I would have been a gluey mess!

Planning New Layouts


In the planning stage of making some more new layouts. The fun part is running around the shop selecting items that might coordinate. The best thing about working in the shop is when you pull product that you think might work and  if it’s totally wrong you can just put it back on the shelf!

The photo here was taken by  professional photographer Chele. She does phenomenal work and she’s local!!! I will post info on how to reach her when the layouts are done : ) She printed this on water color paper and at first I wasn’t sure about it…but now I absolutely love it!!! The colors are soft and muted. I will really enjoy working on this : )

More pictures from Chele. That little cryin cutie is the same one from the black and pink layout I posted last week. Just adorable!!!

Think I a going to get a different flower scheme but the papers I like. And the pictures I love! Makes me wish I had a girl.

I’m more in my element working with the pictures donated by Sandy Fradette. You all know I have boys myself so I am more used to darker colors and less embellishments! This will be a fun layout to work on. I have been waiting to get my hands on this paper from Paper Loft. Very good paper for boys don’t ya think???

Okay so it looks like I have my work cut out for me…better get in the shop and get started!

Flower Day (2)


Here’s a few more flowers I made yesterday. These all came from the same sheet of paper!

With only 2 layers this one is much simpler than the ones from yesterday but still cute!

One more layer and that same little flower looks much fuller!

The center of this flower is a rose made from the 6 petal flower punch. I added more layers for a little more fullness. I alternated the paper too using the back for some layers.

This is the same rose center as above..only with the green side more prominent. The outside layers are a different flower pattern cut on the Cricut. I like this one better!

This little cutie would be great as the center for a larger flower. This one just has two layers and a brad in the middle.

I’m sorta on the fence about this one. I do like it…but it’s more stylized and doesn’t really resemble any flower I know of. It would work great though in the center of another larger flower or as a ribbon slide.

I really like this one. I do not recommend trying to make it unless you were born with the unfortunate abnormality of having two sets of hands. Every time I got some of it glued down..another part would slide out of place. It is totally adorable though so I will be making them again however frustrating it was!

Polly’s Flower Shop????


So here is the results of my day of making flowers! First attempt. My impatience got the better of me and I didn’t wait very long for the layers to dry. It’s a bit poofy but I still like it.

Second try…much better.

Third try is my favorite! I added a little sparkle to the edges.

This is the same color cardstock and inks but I made them into buds to put on a stem.

Different color cardstock and ink. I also added a vintage looking button center.

I really like this color combination. Very vintage and shabby!!!

This one is my favorite. I love the natural look of it. It’s just like a real flower!

Stem with buds…. same color as favorite flower.

Different flower shape+richer color+brad center= perfection!

Not a bad days work if I do say so myself : ) Oh yeah…in case you’re wondering all the cardstock came from the salvage and scrap box so I did use something old!!! I did add a new bottle of Glimmer Mist to my collection, but all the inks were previously used.

Guess I shouldn’t use all these on the same project hahaha.