Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cherish Card with Butterfly


I’ve been cleaning and rearranging in the shop a lot this week to make room for the new stock coming in. I’ve rediscovered some paper and pretties that I knew I had…but some how lost track of in my mind when I pull supplies to make projects. I made this card yesterday with a box of lovely die cuts with lightly sparkly edges. The butterfly came from Graphics Fairy,  I cut out two images and layered them to get the desired effect. The paper is from Crate : ) I finished it off with some ribbon and buttons.

There is lot’s of die cuts left in the box…so I am challenging myself to use up this set before I open another!

Boys Will Be Boys!!!!


Turns out to be a totally gloomy rainy fall day here in Michigan. Just the right weather to stay busy working on paper projects and watching re-runs on Netflix. I got all caught up on Warehouse 13. Woot Woot!!! Wish I had me some of those fun gadgets : ) Or better if I don’t…I seem to get into enough trouble without them LOL.

I worked all day on boy projects ( and watched my show.) The challenge with boy projects is that all the vintagy things I love to add doesn’t  really seam to go to well. Getting details with out glitter and lace is a tough job. I did have a selection of awesome papers and chipboard from Crate Paper though so it made a challenging job fun : )

I think this is such a great classic color combination for boys! The airplane and arrow are chipboard.

My oldest son used to call fire trucks -fire sharks when he was a toddler : ) I miss those days!!!! I added a fun bingo card from a larger sheet of tags.

I just love the blue and green on this card. Needless to say the theme was boys and their wheels….starting from a vintage 4 wheel wagon to an awesome classic hot rod race car!!! I may have gone a bit overboard on the chipboard on this one…man it’s heavy!

Okay I have to admit, this one is my favorite! I think because the car reminds me of the General Lee. My sister and I used to watch the Dukes of Hazard sitting in front of the tv and have  our dinner on tv trays with the short little legs. I don’t want to brag….but I also had the matching lunch box lol. If you are wondering about my fascination with that classic orange charger….I do drive a charger. Not a classic…and not orange. for now anyway…my newly driving son has his eyes on it yikes.

That’s enough boy projects for one day…tomorrow I break the glitter out again : )

For the Love of Jane


I do believe my very dear friend Jane is trying to covertly  come up with new challenges to test my abilities. I should mention that she is also very sweet and generous and always brings me some new treasures when she comes to play paper with me in the shop.

Jane Brought a Spoon.

No Really.

It is a lovely tarnished spoon though.

Okay…I’m up for this challenge. Did I bring my “A” Game???? Of course. I don’t even have a “B” Game LOL.

So here is to all the spoons out there waiting for their place in a collage.

Once again I searched my fav Graphics Fairy images and came up with this sweet girl. I gave her a frame of silvered Dusty Attic chipboard and a cute little dimensional embellishment …also from Jane : ) The paper for the background is from Graphics 45. I always love typography. I inked it heavily with vintage photo disstress ink. I then added stamped paper lace trim and some of the yummiest crushed velvet trim. The spoon was accented with beautiful wings from Mellisa Frances a couple of keys and a small inked mailing tag and an additional stamped tag and cut out butterfly.The final touches were a bit of lace trim and a few vintage buttons : )

Small Disclaimer……You can not….I repeat…can not punch a hole in the handle of a stainless steel spoon with a cropadile. Believe me…..I tried.

Halloween Card ( Mom no peeking!!!)


I know you will see this card and say….that’s not vintage….or shabby chic. I made this card especially for my Mom down in Texas who has a much more traditional taste. She calls my style Frou Frou lol. So here is a card that is much simpler and no fancy lace or inking and stamping. Mom happens to love the Peanuts and I found this great little sticker set right after the holiday last year and managed not to loose it for a whole year!!!! YAY ME!!!! I did manage to sneak in a little paper layering though tee hee and some buttons. I think green and purple make a nice color combination for Halloween.

I had to finish the inside too!!!!

Sweet Treat Tin


This is the perfect little bucket for packaging some sweet little goodies for a gift! One of my favorite papers from Pink Paislee with some snowflakes stamped in chocolate ink. I love this image from Graphics Fairy with the vintage style Santa getting ready to bring the gifts down the chimney!!! I added a nice shimmery silver ribbon and layered tag with stamped sentiment and snowflake. I finished it off with many buttons with string. Now the important question….what treats to make to go inside????? LOL

Shabby Chic Christmas Tag


I created this tag with soft colors and lots of layers. The sweet image is from Graphics Fairy. I gave it a large chipboard frame that was painted and inked, then I accented it with sparkly glitter, pretty layered paper flower and leaves, and bow of blush colored ribbon. Sheet music and buttons are the perfect finishing touch. These tags would make a great addition to seasonal holiday decor since they have an extra thick base for sturdiness. Wouldn’t this be lovely in a vignette with lace, candles and books????

I’m having lot’s of fun finding new ways to finish these extra large tags. Keep posted for new projects! I listed these in the Etsy shop. For more information click on the link on the right→

Spooktacular Halloween Tag


Yep…still working with the large tags! What fun I had with this one!!! I’ll admit it’s not you’re typical Halloween colors….but it’s spooky none the less. I’ve had the bat paper in my stash for a while now, and the green is from Pink Paislee. I just love the scroll effect in the corner. The awesome Halloween image is from Graphics Fairy. The frame was a chipboard element that I painted and inked…then I added a Dusty Attic candelabra. A fun green ribbon with skull print for the bow and tie at the top. A few green buttons and this is a frightfully great tag!!! It’s also quite large… 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches to be exact…so it would be a great addition to holiday decor : )

Large vintage Christrmas Tag


Okay folks…I’ve gone from one extreme to the other. My last project had small tags….and lot’s of them. Just one tag this time….but it’s extra large : ) More room for vintagy goodness right?? I had some pretty paper in the stash with a natural border so I took advantage of it. I added some stamping and inking. I just love the snowflakes in the chocolate brown ink. The sweet image of Santa is of course from Graphics Fairy. There’s also a layer of sheet music donated by my friend Carol who is home recuperating and I hope she gets better real soon so we can get back to playing paper! A bit of lace, ribbon and buttons and some darling little chipboard elements that I painted and inked, and the corners got a coat of clear glitter flakes. A little ribbon and lace tied to the top and voila!

I made this tag on a super sturdy base so it can be put out year after year with the holiday decor.  Can’t you just see it tucked into a mantle display with candles and lace???I’m going to try another tag today with brighter colors! Wish me luck : ) Hope you all have a wonderful crafty day!!!

Quilting Shop Hop


For those of you in our local viewing area of  historic downtown Pinckney Michigan I have very exciting news!!!

Jennifer’s quilt shop owned by my lovely and talented friend Jennifer is participating in the Pumpkin Patch Run. A totally fun hop where you can browse a great selection of wonderful handcrafted sample quilts and the best news is these quilts are for sale!!!!! Stop in early for best selection as these lovingly made works of art will go fast! I also heard a rummer that there might be cookies : )

You can get more information from Jennifer about the other shops participating in the hop.

This fun event starts today the 13th and goes through the 15th. Make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to get one(or more ) of these awesome quilts. Wouldn’t it be great to get a quilt to give away to someone special for the holidays??? Or maybe just a gift to yourself : )

You can find the shop at 149 North Howell in Pinckney….behind the hardware store for those of us who need landmarks to navigate : ) You can also reach her or one of her super nice helpers at 734-878-6188. She’s also on the web at

Shabby Chic Christmas Tag Collage


I want to share with you a project that I created in the shop today. I’m so inspired lately by shabby chic colors so I thought I would work on some holiday projects with cremes and grays and vintage found objects. I added a few pieces with hand applied silvery glass glitter for a little sparkle. My friend Jennifer who owns our fabulous local quilt shop gave me a pattern package so I created a large flower and gave it leaves made from vintage typography and a few star glass headed pins. The buttons were another kind donation from friend Jane and the bingo card was from  friend Carol. I really do have the most sweet and generous friends!!! : ) The frame was previously dark brown with metal trim….that would never do for a shabby chic project so I spray painted it in a soft warm gray. I also painted the jingle bells to match. Several of the tags have wonderful images from the Graphics Fairy. She has the best Christmas graphics!!! The rest of the items are bits and pieces and found objects. I really do love how it turned out!!