Monthly Archives: July 2012

Halloween Round#2


I figured while I had all the Halloween supplies out I may as well keep on working and get ahead for the holiday.

Can anyone tell I love Halloween??

Materials I used for the cards…..

Papers from My Mind’s Eye and some from the stash.

Trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Loads of buttons chipboard and brads.

I’ve listed these in the etsy shop. Click o the link to check out the details.

A little not-so-spooky fun


I have to say my style of paper crafting is definitely vintage..and that holds true for holidays as well. I spent my day at the shop working with some great vintage inspired Halloween images and tons of embellishments to create some fun not-so-spooky Halloween greeting cards. I think they would be a great addition to a shelf or mantle and used as  seasonal decor : )

Wow…okay…so that was a lot of pictures :/   I will say I am so dedicated that I worked through rainstorms and power outages to get these done before I left the shop.

Materials I used for these cards…

Papers from My Mind’s Eye, Crate, and Pink Paislee.

Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Ink from Tim Holtz

Various vintage images

Lot’s of buttons : )

Paper tape I made myself : )

Hope you all enjoyed this extra long post lol. It’s funny just a few minutes ago a customer came into the shop and saw my work table and asked we had a party in here last night. Oh my…guess I better get to cleaning before I start any new projects!!!

Vintage Dress Form


I’ve been playin around a bit with the printer lately to see what can and can’t be done. This has resulted in some pretty awesome images…and a few that are kinda really bad :/

For this card I ran a sheet through and printed a background…then back through again to print the dress form. It looks a bit like a piece from an ephemera set I think.

For this projects I used…..

Vintage images from Graphic’s Fairy.

Ribbon and lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Paper from My Mind’s Eye and Crate.

Chalk ink from SEI.

Assorted buttons and handmade flowers.

String for buttons…swiped from D.H.s stash for sewing merit badges :/

It’s Raining…It’s Pouring


I’m enjoying myself a nice cup of Traverse City cherry coffee and listening to the rain on the roof here at the shop.  Thank goodness…we have needed the rain so desperately.

I was pretty preoccupied yesterday working on my project for the guest DT spot. I can not wait to share it with you. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next month lol. Until then….I do have another sweet birthday card to share.

These little kiddos are too adorable!

For this card I used ….

Seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Paper from My Minds Eye and Crate.

Assorted vintage images…buttons, pompoms, and rubon sentiments.

Walnut Distress Ink from Tim Holtz.

Okay…looking forward to finishing up some “worky” stuff…then back to playing paper. Hopefully I will be productive after being tired from staying out late to watch the new Batman movie on our Family Fun Date last night. I give it 4 out of 5 stars by the way lol.

Oh My Goodness…


My Sweetie brought in the mail when he came home from work yesterday and GUESS WHAT I GOT????

My order from Really Reasonable Ribbon : ) Yayy Woo Hoo.

Good thing I didn’t know it was there earlier…or I would have never gotten any work done heehee.

So that’s like 120 yards+ the Purple August ribbon club assortment and 30 bitty bags. I AM SWOONING. I get to add this to my already large selection I have from RRR of my favorite seam binding for cards and projects. I’ll be taking this to the shop today and hopefully I won’t have to fight off Jane for them haha.

I choose a few burlap, a few lace, many seam binding, some wrinkle ribbon, chevron, twine, Halloween, bitty bags ( can’t wait to use those), netting, ruffles, and the ribbon club assortment that I will be using for one of my Guest Design Team posts.

If you haven’t had a chance to check them out ….you will be pleasantly surprised at how great their prices are…and huge selection. They ship the same or next day…I was surprised at how quickly my order arrived. 

Okay…off to get ready to run to the post office then work. I’ll be in a big ol happy camper ribbon pile before you know it! Hope you all have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative.

Hooray For Birthday Cards


Just popping in to share some sweet birthday cards I created in the shop yesterday.

This chipper and cheerful retro styled card has loads of paper layers and vintage images.

I used papers from My Mind’s Eye and Pink Pailsee. The banner with buttons makes for a festive detail. I’ve also included a double layer of tags to the bow I created with RRR seam binding.

I was able to add a rubon birthday sentiment to the top and tag. A double layer of stitching for fun.

This card has a lovely Victorian girl image nestled into a pocket made from a printed glassine cake plate liner : )

A nice poofy bow…large dimensional flower and vintage buttons on burlap are nice neutral accents.

Another rubon with a script sentiment and a paper lace edge to finish off the pretty card.

Can’t stay to chat…getting caught up on house work . Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative.

More Layered Cards with Burlap


I was a busy little bee in the shop yesterday. I finished 3 lovely cards and got all the “grown up” work done too!

This card has papers from Graphic 45 and a die cut element from Glitz.

I’m getting pretty quick at making these burlap flowers. I added 2 leaf headed pins from Maya Road and a generous poofy bow made from RRR seam binding. Pearls top off the flowers….nice change from buttons.

I added a bit of twine to the dimensional tag sticker…then layered it over several vintage images. The post card is from Graphic’s Fairy. There’s also a Maya Road tiny craft envelope and of course more burlap. I stitched up all the layers for detail.

Isn’t this card sweet? I love the colors. The paper is from Glitz as well as the die cut.

Poofy bow with button. I added a lovely doily and inked up all the layers.

This Graphic Fairy image is a nice contrast to the brighter colors of the rest of the card. 

I took a little trip to carzytown with all these layers. This paper is from Pink Paislee.

I like the look of the poofy ribbon bow squished in between the burlap flowers. Isn’t that a pretty brad??

See I told you there was a lot of layers.  I added these sweet mismatched buttons and that was all the embellishing this card could take without getting too busy.

Do you find that you have to have noise on when your creating? I do. I’ll put a show on netflix on my computer and just listen as I work. While I made the cards yesterday I was listening to Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein . LOL Odd choice I know…but it sure did bring back memories of when I watched it  the first time as a child and thought it was really scary. lol

Okay off to get ready for work. Today I’m in the mood for Halloween projects. Gee I wonder why??? LOL

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

I just listed these cards in the Etsy shop. Click on the link to check out the details.

Two new cards and an announcement


I’ve got two really sweet and cheerful cards to share today…just right for summer!

I found this great berry image on a sheet of Cosmo Cricket paper..isn’t it sweet?

Yep…you guessed it. I’m still playin with that burlap lol. I gave my flower some leaves this time. Oh and I found the perfect fabric brad for the center. It matches perfectly.

This seam binding from RRR is summer scrumptious : ) The papers are from Lily Bee and American Carfts. I added the  little french clip as an added detail.

This card has a sweet pea! I layered it over a trimmed journal card from the same sheet and added it to a lovely post card image from Graphic’s Fairy.

I stitched up all the layers with a zigzag stitch and inked the edges well with Old Paper Distress Ink.

I found lot’s of goodies to add to this card.  Tiny clips from Tim Holtz, more seam binding, another fabric brad, a mailing tag, and a stamped tag. Oh and some cute little green buttons.

Okay…now on to my announcement….

I received a lovely email yesterday from Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon

She had such kind comments on my projects and wanted to know if I was interested in being the Guest Designer for August??? Isn’t that awesome? I can’t wait to receive my ribbon order and get to work. What fun…Thanks Bonnie!!

Yay we finally got some rain!


We finally got some rain yesterday…just a little…but we needed it so desperately. Our poor lawn has gone from dry to extra crispy in this drought.  That with the high temps have driven us inside a lot this year. Lucky for me…that’s where the paper is tee hee hee.

I actually made this card for the brad challenge I posted at facebook…but I couldn’t wait to post it : /

Oh how I love to layer flowers. I added 2 sweet little stick pins from Maya Road. Oh and a poofy little bow of seam binding from RRR.

Oh dear…I may be on layer overload here…there’s 10 if you count the burlap strip I stitched in. The lovely vintage postcard on the edge is an image from Graphic’s Fairy. I used the Word program to type out the sentiment. The Fabulous green patterned paper is from Lily Bee.

I used a rubon sentiment for this card. It was sheer…so I applied it first to a sheet of white paper…then trimmed it out and layered it over a sweet doily.

Who would think you could match orange chevron to green checks??? I think it’s a  bright and cheerful combination. Of course I did break it up with a neutral solid.

I added another little bit from the rubon sheet to these tags. I choose a zigzag setting on my sewing machine this time for fun.

Once I had the machine out…I decided to try to gather some of that burlap to create a dimensional look…then I twisted and stitched down some seam binding to finish off the top. I JUST LOVE IT!!!!! A simple little poofy bow is all it needed to complete this lovely greeting card.

Last….but not least. This is my fav card of the day. Super soft colors and sweet images. The blue checkered paper is from My Mind’s Eye. The “frame” image is trimmed from a sheet of Pink Paislee.

The charming little girl is from Cosmo Cricket…as well as the journal tag I layered her on. I created this extra fluffy flower by trimming and layering some felt flowers from my stash. Topped off with vintage button.

More burlap???? Yes please!!!! Stitching it down adds a lot of stability to this card.  More buttons too…since you can never get enough : )

Hope the weather holds out today so my boys will enjoy their trip to Cedar Point with the Boy Scouts! It will be a long day of missing them. Thankfully we have folks coming in to crop today…so they can keep me company.

I’ve added these cards to the Etsy shop. Click on the link on the right to go to Polly’s on Etsy to check out the details.

Thinking of You


Just popping in to share a card creation I made  at the shop yesterday…great place to be when it’s really hot outside! I choose papers from Glitz and My Mind’s Eye…and some lovely vintage images.

I stitched up loads of layers…but all pale colors… so it won’t be too “busy”. The sentiment is a rubon that I applied directly to the vintage image.

For embellishment…I added vintage buttons to a scrap of that same burlap drawstring I’ve been working on this week. Sad to see one gone….but I have 3 more…and the entire burlap bags from the baskets I acquired to hold fruits and veggies on the bakers rack in my kitchen. How’s that for upcycling? lol

This seam binding from RRR in pale blue was just a shade too light…but not to worry…I darkened it a bit with Glimmer Mist in Cappuccino. Now it’s perfect. I’ve also tried inking it with Distress Ink and a blending tool…I have to say…it’s kinda awesome!!!! There’s a couple of chipboard leaves..painted and inked to give visual weight to the bow.