Monthly Archives: November 2011

Vintage Mini With Tags


I had such a good time yesterday having a play date with my peeps. I even managed to get something done haha. I created this sweet little mini with pockets and tags : )

The little girl image is from the Graphics Fairy. She is so stinkin cute!!! I layered her over a lovely sticker from Glitz and typography paper from Jenni Bowlin. I added a punched decorative edge and real vintage buttons. I created the little brackets with hand me downs from my dear friend Jane. A little paint and some perfect pearls and voila! Inside are pockets with tags.

And a couple of pages for pictures or journaling.

Plenty of room on the ends to tuck in pictures or memorabilia.

The base for this little book is brown craft paper….the best neutral in my opinion for shabby chic.

Shabby Chic Holiday Decor For the Shop


I’ve been working on getting some holiday displays done for the shop. This particular hutch wanted to be filled with dreamy shabby soft colors and vintage finds. I think I was really decorating it for my Dear friend Jane who hasn’t been able to come play paper for the last few weeks and I miss her : (  She is truly the queen of shabby chic and all things vintage. Maybe she will be feeling better and come in next week to see. I still have to finish the bottom shelf….but I have committed to using things that are already in my stash…or can be an altered item to look vintage.

I do love those vintage snowmen ( and lady.) I added a sweet little bottle brush tree, pretty birds and tree ornaments to a silver candy serving tray.  Of course there’s flowers in a creamy yellow, some candles and a fairy wand, some milk glass and a few sparkly ornaments tucked in.  The next shelf down has just a bowl of silver pine cones for now. A customer in my shop yesterday grabbed a handful of them and set them on the counter to purchase. Yikes!!! Note to self….must make a sign for the display tomorrow. LOL.

Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving!!!

A New Toy!!!


My dear Friend Anja came by the shop today to play paper with me and brought me a great little gift!  For all the tools that I have in my arsenal….I did not have a corner rounder. And with all new toys….I did have to use it on all me projects today : )

This first card made especially for Annie for her kind support and generous contribution made to help provide a meal for the friends and family of my Husband’s  after the memorial service for his Father 2 weeks ago. I stamped on the green flourish pattern and used a lovely butterfly image from Graphics Fairy. I think it’s pairs beautifully with the chocolate brown paper layers : )

This was a card created totally from the scrap and salvage box. I love the colors. Notice the rounded corners? LOL Thanks Anja : )

I really love the retro colors of this card. It’s super cheerful: ) I made the flower from bits cut out of a page with cut apart tags on it. The paper is from Cosmo Crickett. The buttons are real vintage and go so well with that cutie patootie little girl image.



Yayy!!! I am so very excited to share with you the winner of our Very Merry Blog Giveaway.

If you all recall our wonderful prize…Super excited that we had 74 total entries : )

I choose the winner at random by writing numbers from 1-74 on tiny slips of paper…folded them all up even tinier, put them in my kiddos sand bucket and drew out a slip then counted down the list of comments until I arrived at lucky # 39.

And the winner is…..drum roll please!!!!

Maddy from Izzwizz creations.

Congrats to you : ) I will be getting one of your fabulous cards this year for Christmas right??? Wink Wink. Please email me with info on where to mail your prize to : )

Thanks for everyone who played along. I did have lot’s of fun and also very happy to announce that we got to a fun milestone of over 200 subscribers. ( 203 to be exact) So I for sure will be doing another giveaway soon : )

Crate Paper Boy’s Smash Book


I will admit that I get by with a little help from my friends. I started this project….then let it sit on my work table for a few days with little motivation to finish it. My dear friend Carol had other ideas. Maybe it was when I tried to convince her to just take over and complete the book for me. Ha…..seems my ability to con other people into doing my work is slipping. Dang. With gentle persuasion( nagging) I stayed at work and she helped me bring this cute book past the finish line.

The cover is chipboard and the paper is from Crate….my fav for boy paper. I added a large B cut on the cricut and fun chipboard.

Merry Giveaway Reminder : )


Okay all you Paper Peeps…this is the last day to get your name in the drawing for our awesome Christmas giveaway.

To see all the details….check out the post Very Merry Giveaway.

Just a reminder….you do have to be a subscriber to be eligible to win….so if you left me a lovely comment but forgot to hit the sign me up button on the right side of the screen…now is the time so you won’t loose out for your chance to win.

You can enter until 11:59 tonight Nov. 20th.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced tomorrow by noon. Good luck to all who enter and thanks for signing up to be a follower. I just love when you drop by for a visit to my little corner of the world : )

A Smashing Good Time!!


I had myself a super awesometacular day at the shop. My very

dear friend Lisa from Muskegan came to town to surprise me!!


Well of course we had to play paper. Funny thing is I thought I was getting

a little bored of working on Christmas projects…..but  Karen

from Graphics Fairy keeps adding wonderful holiday images for us to share.

So…… Lisa and I made SMASH BOOKS : )

The sweet Santa image is framed with chipboard that

I painted and inked the glittered.  I added several layers of

pretty and well inked papers. Vintage buttons of course and a

silvery metal key charm.  Nice big sentiment letters and


I love adding different sized pages so all the layers show. Fun dimensional stickers add

bulk and the tattered edge of the page adds texture.

These large bingo cards have been a lot of fun to work with : )

Have to admit…I am in love with this chartreuse pom pom trim. The pocket opens

to add more goodies to the book.

Die cut page from Lilly Bee is a nice detail.

I did add a generous amount of printed tape. This page has rubons too!

Last page has lot’s of room for pics and journaling.

Back cover is nice and simple.

Okay… here is a list of fun things I would smash in this book if it

were mine to keep…

Cup hugger from first peppermint mocha of the season

from my favorite coffee house and who I shared it with and the date.

Tickets to holiday movies or musicals.

Flyer from holiday band performance.

My kiddos Dear Santa Letters.

Pictures of kiddos in funny holiday hats.

Picture of new grey kitten climbing the Christmas  tree .

List of our favorite shows of the year….compare list from last year!

List of favorite songs. Compare list to 10 years ago : )

Hubby’s dear Santa list.

My dear Santa list.

Small map to mark where all the family is living. Mine are in Texas : (

Favorite new holiday recipe.

Picture of first snow of the season.

Picture of the kiddo’s first snowman of the season.

Pictures of me getting pelted with snowballs by kiddos while

trying to capture first snowman image.

4 furry beasts dressed in kitty sized reindeer antlers.

Pics of family who came for Christmas dinner….hopefully wearing

kitty sized reindeer antlers.

First victim of too much desert falling asleep on the couch while

everyone else points and laughs.

Okay so the list goes on and on….but if I finish this post I can go

sit by the fire and have a nice glass of wine and wait for the home Peeps

to get back from Boy Scouts.

Thanks again to Lisa who made my day!!!!

A Little Decking the Halls


This pretty little arrangement sit next to the hutch

in my kitchen. It’s a very simple collection in keeping

with my new low key decorating theme.

I arranged a set of large candlesticks on a sweet little

painted trunk.  The lantern with a few shinies tucked

inside. A simple little garland of sparkly snowflakes.

The pictures in back I am particularly proud of.

I made them years ago from bits and pieces of my

hoarded Pottery Barn catalogs. I think it makes

a fun graphic back drop…without being to busy.

You guessed it…I’m still having fun with the photo effects!

Here’s a better look at the pictures.

Isn’t this picture just dreamy? I could stay home and play with the camera all day : )

However…..I gotta get motivated to go to the shop. It’s paper playin day with my Peeps.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the world today! Hope you have a wonderful

creative day!

Very Merry Blog Give Away!!!!


I’m very very very excited to share

that we are having a blog giveaway!!!

I’ve selected  a ton of fabulous Christmas paper

goodies for you to use in your scrapbooks,

cards, and all kinds of crafts!!!

Here’s whats included:

                        * 10 sheets printed cardstock(12x 12)Crate

                       *    chipboard sticker set ( 12 x 12) Crate

                       *    holiday border stickers ( 12 x 6) Crate

                       *    coordinating holiday trim   Crate

                       *    canvas and metal brads   Crate

                       *    striped acrylic buttons   Crate

                       *    Christmas tickets set   Jenni Bowlin

                       *    chalk ink pads in red and green  S.E.I.

                       *    green check printed tape  Pink Paislee

                       *    chartreuse glitter

                       *    chipboard elements ( 12x 6)  Scenic Route

                       *    red label stickers   Scenic Route

                       *    tinsel trim in red and green

This awesome giveaway has a retail value of $50!!!! YAYYY!!!!

Okay….so here’s how you can enter for your chance to win..

1.     Click the sign me up button and become a subscriber of

2.    Leave a comment on this post.

3.    Let’s make it a fair game….please only one entry per IP address….so no voting for pets, long passed relatives or imaginary friends.

4.   You can enter until 11:59 on the 20th of November.

5.   We will draw a name at random on the 21st of November.  Winner will be announced in a special post after 12 pm on the 21st.

6.   You must be a subscriber  of to qualify to win. Facebook fans….you still have to subscribe to the blog to enter : )

7.   Good luck to all who enter!!!!

Holiday Hutch-Photo Fun


I’ve toned down the amount of decorations I put in the hutch this year

and I’m finding that a less is more version of Christmas suits me just fine.

Same white plates and platters as fall….but I added only a few splashes

of color.  A little evergreen with red ribbon and poinsettias.

Compote with red ornaments and a couple little vintagy

Santas. Red charger plates and some peppermint striped metal

tin cups. The red vase is the last detail and is repourposed

from Valentines Day. Thought I might have some fun playing with the picture settings.

↓Here is the original ↓

I adjusted the film grain on this one…reminds me of how pictures looked in old

magazines before everything went high tech and HD : )

↓Center shelf original↓

I really like this one. Much softer and you notice the texture more.

I think this one looks really old LOL. You know I love vintage : )

I sprinkled white beans on the red plate to add texture…and some snowflake garland

for sparkle.