Monthly Archives: April 2012

Welcome Summer Card


This card made with my S.E.I. die cuts has a fun little window and flower box.

I coordinated the colors from the shutters and window box for a warmer summery look. Still using the My Mind’s Eye vintage Halloween papers and layering them on  craft brown cardstock.

I choose to embellish this card with a simple length of ribbon and bow then topped it off with a super tiny clothes pin and metal mailing tag.

I had fun playing paper with heather yesterday…and watching reruns of The Finder (my new favorite show.) Then after work and making dinner  I spent my evening on the tractor mowing the back 40  and watched D.H.Kenny and Jonathan throwing the football : ) Followed by a nice rest in the lawn chairs with a lager to watch the sunset. I do love this country life!!

Feeling the need to get back into some shabbyer and vintagy colors so that’s the plan for Jane Day tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative. G

Bloom and Grow


Good Morning Paper Peeps! Today I am sharing with you another card made from the sweet little summery die cuts from S.E.I.

Still using the same papers from My Mind’s Eye. I seem to be doing more layers lately. lol This time around I’m also layering the die cuts as well.

Oh how I would love a sparkly front door and white picket fence in real life. We live on three acres out in the country so a fence is out of the question. The door I could maybe do something about : ) I added the little banner and some flowers here along with the ribbon and buttons. I finished off this card with a nice bow and layered and inked tags. Now if we could just get some summer weather.

The boys will be home from camping all weekend and I can’t wait to see them and hear all about their below freezing sleeping in tents. As for me I was nice and toasty curled up with the cat’s.Hope you all have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative. G

Smiling Bird Card


I used a great little box of die cuts from S.E.I. with a summery theme to create this sweet card.

I was able to use scraps from my vintage Halloween paper from My Mind’s Eye to coordinate with the sentiment and flowers. There’s a whopping 8 layers of well inked paper before I started adding the die cuts. As you can imagine this card has a nice weight to it : )

I added a mocha colored ribbon and bow and topped it off with a vintage button. There’s another of my favorite inked doilies and I think they help soften the edges and make a larger impact of the die cuts.

I like a banner anywhere but they look especially good on a summer themed card don’t ya think? This one is made simply by trimming shapes from the scrap cardstock from the card. It’s inked to help define the edges, strung on a nice length of twine with super tiny bows and finished off with more of the vintage buttons. Don’t forget to sew through the button holes with a bit of coordinating string.

I have lot’s more die cuts to use from the box so be on the lookout for more summer projects. Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative : ) G

Sweet Buttons


I made some sweet little covered chipboard buttons on Jane Day this week and they found just the right project yesterday.

I used several layers of well inked My Mind’s eye papers for the base then added way too much goodies on top : )

I used vintage sheet music image from Graphic’s Fairy to create the banner. It has a border of the coordinating charcoal gray to help separate the patterns. The chipboard buttons were covered in small portions of an old wall paper image also from G.F. I adhered it to the button then covered in Glossy Accents from Tim Holtz. I used a vintage ticket also from Tim Holtz and a very cute little girl image. I created a faux button card and topped it of with a bow of mocha ribbon.

I have a super busy morning ahead so I should be on my way. Thanks to all the folks who placed orders in my Etsy shop!!! I’m getting most of them to the post office this morning…the rest go out tomorrow. I’ll be a busy bee getting the cards restocked for Mother’s Day. Hope you all enjoy a lovely day and find some time to be crafty. : )

If One Is Good…..


Three is better!!! I just love this new vintage image Karen at Graphic’s Fairy posted this week of a lovely rose with lace trim. I wound up printing 8 of them intending to create some tags. But before I knew it…..they found their way onto cards. Seems they had a mind of their own.

I used My Mind’s Eye papers and layered on a bit of Cosmo Cricket for the sentiment.

An additional tag and doily and mocha colored trim here along with a vintage button.

Pretty much the same elements here…just arranged differently gives me another sweet card. 

I layered the sentiment over a sage green element to pull the leaf color down to the corner.

For this card I added a bit of the blue and gold dot pattern from yesterdays card. It’s a simpler arrangement .

I was very pleased with myself for using up all the papers and not adding to the scrap pile. I will be trying this more often.

I’ll be adding these to the selection of cards that will be great for Mother’s Day. I’ll be posting a special promotion for them in the shop starting Sunday. You know I gotta do something special for all us Moms!!!

Shabby Butterfly Card


I started off on a pretty good roll of progress for Jane Day this week. I managed to check a few things off the list. Jane and Heather and I were chatting and gluing and glittering away.I created more of the fun paper packs, some pretty little chipboard buttons, cut out all my vintage images to be ready for crafting and actually finished this shabby sweet card.

I used a lovely blue and gold dot paper and layered it on an off white cardstock with lot’s of ink.

This very dimensional flower with typography print had a previous life on a different project but looks much better here : ) There’s a bit of chipboard and a vintage button. I created the scallop with a sheet music image from Graphic’s Fairy. I crinkled and inked it and I think it coordinates just perfectly.

I added a doily and a Pink Paislee die cut. More is better with buttons…so I added a few more here along with a simple strip of mocha colored ribbon.

Taking advantage of the nice morning sunlight to get the shots and I kinda like the shadows created by the dimensional embellishments : ) Or maybe I just like a nice sunny day???? Even makes the coffee taste better. Decided today to make myself a work list to encourage me to stay on task and not get sidetracked by all the little things that steal my attention.  Wish me luck : )

Note to self….


It’s a very good idea to remove the boxes from Costco shortly after unpacking them and take them right to the recycling. Otherwise it may become a habitat for the local wildlife.

This was quite a dramatic scene….sorry for the picture quality : ( I’m not so good a getting action shots.

Lola has moved into her very own penthouse suite. Not much for amenities….but great location.

We do not like our new neighbor Lily moving in downstairs.

Oh I see you’re leaving.

Very good vantage point for a sneak attack.

Home sweet home at last….without the riff raff downstairs!

Moral of the story???? Great boxes do not always make great neighbors : ) And don’t put off you’re recycling as it may cause a turf war.

Cards With Tags Day Two


As promised more cards made with tags and chipboard embellishments.

This card has more of the paper from the packs in my Etsy Shop. I also used a sheet music vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy.

The pretty little chipboard pieces from American crafts are so bright and colorful. I aged them up a little bit by inking them. There’s a paper doily too and ribbon trim and button.

I used my border punch for this one to give it extra detail. The ticket is from Tim Holtz.

I added some vintage buttons and creme colored trim.

More of the craft paper layers.

This tag has a spool top from Pink Paislee. : )

But what to do with the tags???


I felt compelled yesterday to start using what has become a sizable stash of chipboard pieces. I began layering them on some tags that I had covered in paper some time ago. I had finished a fair amount of them but what to do with them???? Inspiration came today and I spent a fun day using them to embellish cards : )

Aren’t these just the cutest chipper and cheerful summery cards?

The chipboard bits are from American Crafts. They have all sorts of super fun shapes and some are even flocked!

I used a Tim Holtz ticket and an inked doily along with some vintage buttons. The sentiment would work great for an all occasion card.

This card has a lovely sheet music section made from a vintage image on Graphic’s Fairy.

Loving all the bright colors here : ) Especially when combined with my favorite craft paper borders.

I was using similar elements on each card….but got totally different looks.

This giant chipboard flower is so pretty. Don’t forget to ink the edges of your chipboard when working on vintage projects! The fun with these little cards is getting to use up mismatched leftover bits and give them a new life.

I used quite a few sheets out of my new paper packs in my Etsy Shop. They measure 6 x 4 inches and have 16 sheets in each pack…perfect for cards with lot’s of layers. They also work great in your Project 365 and scrapbooks! There’s not too many left as they have been a big hit in the brick and mortar shop. You can check them out by clicking on the link on the right…it’ll take you right to Polly’s on Etsy. I’ll be working on putting more together this weekend so check back for  new varieties.

I have lot’s more of these sweet little cards to share tomorrow…but I have to give D.H. his computer back. lol Hope you all have a nice evening. G

Happy Day Card


I’m in the mood for summer after creating this card today.

I just love these paper patterns from Crate Paper.

I used a lovely vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy with great cherries. There’s a tag image from Cosmo Cricket and a sweet sentiment.  I added a nice blush colored ribbon and spool top from Pink Paislee. I layered these over an inked doily.

Yep…more yo-yo’s. I finished them off with green vintage buttons. Hurry summer get here soon.