Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Best Things In Life Notebook


I just love the dreamy pale colors on this notebook. I wanted to create an extra sturdy notebook with lot’s of lined pages and an extra special cover.

This lovely hydrangea image comes from Graphic’s Fairy and was the inspiration for my creamy color scheme. The cover is hard book board. It would be a snap to put in a new set of pages when you need more room to write : )

I layered quite a few patterns here from Pink Pailsee and embellished with  chipboard elements that I covered in my new favorite Picket Fence Distress Stain. To the bits on the top I also did a bit of stamping with chocolate brown. I choose to anchor the light colors be inking the edges in Walnut ink.

There’s a few pieces here from S.E.I. I finished it off with a simple length of lace and a few vintage buttons.

I wrapped the paper around so there’s no unfinished edges.  A sweet little bird for the inside cover.

I love lined pages!

Pretty French paper from Pink Pasilee’s London Market line for the back cover : )

I’ve added this notebook to my Etsy Shop. Click on the link to check out the details.

Pretty Pockets for Jane Day


Another lovely day to work with my dear friend Jane : )  I’m always more in the mood for shabby chic colors and roses when Jane comes to play.  And of course there has to be lot’s of buttons.

I was so excited when I saw this image from Graphic’s Fairy that I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s just perfect for Jane!!!! She said it reminded her of ballerina shoes. She is so right. And just the perfect color pink!

I created a simple wallet fold mini album that has pockets for tags. I’ve made these before…but with more pages and rings for binding…this time I wanted the cover to have just one bow…so I added the page between the pockets.  The pages are actually made from small glassine bags : ) The sweet girl image here is from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper.  So is the tag with the bird.

I filled in some spots with trimmed doily’s from a sheet from My Mind’s Eye.

I inked all the tags and added a reinforcing dot. I elected not to add ribbon to the tags to keep this little book from getting too bulky.

These little pockets are very sturdy…and just the right size for gift cards. I’ll be making lot’s of these for Christmas and baby showers! I used my newest favorite Picket Fence Distress Stain to cover the edges around the paper. It gives it a nice finished look…and saved me from being super precise with the measuring.

Jane made a set of beautiful tags to display her vintage buttons. She uses them as decoration on a silvery Christmas tree that she keeps up all year in her craft studio. So lovely!!!!

I’ve added this Shabby Chic Mini to my Etsy shop. Hop on over and have a look : )

Father’s Day Card


Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to make masculine projects. I really love to add lot’s of details and ribbon and flowers and embellishments. So the question is…how do you embellish with layers…but keep it from being feminine? You mix in lot’s of warm colors and vintage images like the ones from Graphic’s Fairy.

I started with the great plaid pattern from Paper Loft and bordered in brown. The typography is from Jenni Bowlin. All layers were well inked.

I choose a  chocolate colored ribbon and made a nice loopy bow. To top that off I added twine and a vintage button. I trimmed a few clock faces from a sheet of Graphic 45 paper and added a chunky chipboard tag.

I layered the vintage golfing image onto a border that’s actually a journal card from American Crafts. A simple painted and inked chipboard frame on top with a fun little ticket stub . Yes I did add a doily to a masculine card….but I’ll bet you didn’t even notice it until I said something right??? It’s pretty subtle…but works well to break up some of the typography. There’s a few vintage buttons to finish this card off. This card is going out to my Dad Michael in Texas. He is a golfer…but not a pipe smoker lol. Hope he loves it as much as I love him!

I’m entering this card in the Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge for fathers day/masculine cards. Wish me luck! : )



Okay…so I’m having myself a Mom moment. Seems like just yesterday my little guy was wearing his Osh Kosh  biballs and watching Blue’s Clues and going fishing with his Dad with his Snoopy “fishing rope” and calling the firetrucks “firesharks”. Today is a huge milestone for us as #1 Son just got his first car. Oh snap…did I just say that?????

D.H. Kenny brought it home today. Alex drove us to Taco Bell for dinner LOL. Yes that is the big black truck I drive. I did mention that I’m a country girl right? Actually that’s D.H.’s truck but it got handed down to me and Kenny drives my car “awesome gray Charger” to work since he has such a long commute and it’s better for gas mileage.

Hopefully this milestone is easier with #2 Son Jonathan. I still have a few more years until he starts driving. Until then…I think I’ll go drown my misery in a festive beverage and enjoy some beautiful  weather out back and watch the sunset. Hope you all have a wonderful evening! G

Patriotic Peat Pot


Turned the last peat pot from dear friend Jane into another patriotic project yesterday : ) I did recruit Jane to make a few rosettes for me with her handy dandy creasing tool.

I used my new favorite Picket Fence Distress Stain to give a very mottled look to the pot. A little bit of twine wrapped around is a nice and simple finishing touch.

I used a few of the leftover dimensional stars form the last project. The vintage image is from Graphic’s Fairy and was the inspiration for the monochromatic brown color scheme. She has the most serious look on her sweet little face.  The tag in the back of the collage is from Glitz. I aged it a bit with some ink and stamping text. Crimped and cut and crinkled brown craft paper to fill in and cover the floral foam.  Thank you Martha Stewart for making scissors that cut tiny strips!  Last but not least there’s a bit of natural fibers to soften the edges.

I had a little fun with the photo effects on this last picture. I love the pixilated and aged look: )

Alex Picks Another Winner!


Alex our super prize number picker has done it again! The fabulous prize package goes to …

Lucky #16 Yayyyyy!!!!!

That means Theresa Kowalewski is the winner : )

Theresa please email me at with an address to ship your prize to. Congrats to you : ) You have one week to claim your prize or it will be reposted for everyone to have another chance to win. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Patriotic Wall Pocket


Oh how I love the summer holidays : ) Not to mention that the 4th of July is D.H. Kenny’s birthday! So I’m always on the lookout for items to decorate our house for an Americana theme. I struck gold this week at Nichols Stafford. The sweet and charming shop keeper Laura is constantly bringing in new items so you have to visit often or you might miss out on something wonderful. I found a  metal wall pocket that was very nice as it was…but you know me…I have to glue paper to everything.

I filled it with some old wall paper rolls that I wrapped in bits of vintage sheet music tied simply with a bit of twine.

I used an image from Graphics Fairy and added lot’s of dimensional and handcrafted embellishments.

I created this fun arrangement with patriotic goodies to give a very built out appearance. It was far too many steps to make these great little “vintage” crackly flags but I am so pleased with how they turned out I will be making many more. I decided once I had this embellishment done it would be great to put on a backing and wear it as a pin! Guess what I will be making this week on Jane Day lol.

I was able to work into my patriotic theme a star spangled banner. Not in the traditional sense…but subtly.

This is my actual star spangled banner I created for Kenny last year for his birthday and was my inspiration for the wall pocket.

Butterfly Cards


I spent such a lovely day enjoying the sunshine and playing paper yesterday. My inspiration was some lovely images from Graphic’s Fairy of French butterflies. Well…I’m not sure if the butterflies are French…but the text on the image is! Wherever they come from I think they are beautiful : )

I used some favorite patterns from My Mind’s Eye and layered them with craft brown well inked paper.

To this card I added some ruffly ribbon trim, a nice large poofy bow, pretty leaf headed pins from Maya Road, a bit of twine and a lovely layered flower from Petaloo with glass glitter center. I should mention that the ribbon for the bow was inked to match with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink.  The blending tool works great to get an even application.

I added a small “frame” pattern from Crate here and topped it off with a doily, and tag made from the scrap of the craft paper.

I used basically the same elements for this card…but arranged the differently. I also chose to add less poof with smaller embellishments.

I have one more butterfly image left…but I’m saving it for a special project : )

You still have 2 days left to enter our One Month in our new location blog giveaway. Just scroll down to the post to see all the details and easy peasy rules to enter your name in the contest.

Vintage Art Journal


I’ve been super busy wrapping up big projects in the shop and preparing for meetings so I haven’t had as much creative time for my own projects this week. Yesterday I did finally work on an art journal for the shop  that turned out even better than I had hoped.

I should have started by saying that Dear Jane came and left Tuesday in a whirlwind of glitter and paint and fairy images. In her wake was left a pile of paper of sweet vintage images she printed for me. I am fairly certain she did not intend for me to use them all on one project.

I created the base for this book by sewing lot’s and lot’s of layers of paper together. Next came patterned papers and cardstock and all the pretty images from Jane.

There’s a stitched lace ruffle topped off with a shabby chic white rose and fiber trim accent. I love this striped ribbon : )

I left the inside pages pretty neutral to allow for more  from pictures, mementos and journaling. These patterns are from Webster’s Pages and My Mind’s Eye.

Turns out to be a great way use up the larger bits from the scrap and salvage box. I was able to create this journal without cutting into any new sheets of paper. Hooray for me!!! Crate and Webster’s Pages combined to make these pages. I used my new favorite Tim Holtz product to finish off the edges of my pages. Picket Fence Distress Stain has changed my life forever.

Because this book is bound on rings…there’s plenty of room for larger embellishments and mementos. This print is from Pink Paislee.

This typography print is from Pink Paislee. Love it!!!!

Oh how I love these sewn pages!!!!! Look how thick and chunky they are. After sewing the layers these pages are super sturdy. It also gives the journal a nice weight.

They look great now….but over time the edges will fray apart even more and create a really awesome texture. I love projects that have a very hand crafted appeal.

Layered Greeting Card


Yikes! Haven’t had much time to post this week. Working hard to get some Mother’s Day orders done in time. This card is one I made for my dear Mother : ) She really is the best! But Texas is too far away and seems to get further everyday. Miss and love you Mom!!!

I pulled lot’s of different elements to make this card. I really love the craft envelope from Maya Road. I layered it over pretty pale patterned paper from Glitz and an inked doily.

I filled the envelope with a few tags to give it a layered look.

I trimmed the sentiment from a sheet of Crate paper. To thank my Mom for everything she does to make my life happier. The sweet little vintage bee image is from Graphic’s Fairy. A few vintage buttons finish off this sweet card.

Just wanted to share these nice pics of the ol homestead with you. Lol. This is the “back 40”

I just love living in the country : ) Here is our new froggy friend. For some reason they want to live on our porch. This does not make the cats very happy!