Monthly Archives: August 2012

Okay I admit I got pretty excited….


I have to admit I got pretty excited this morning when I saw Bonnie had posted the Design Team Call for Really Reasonable Ribbon. But it’s not like I ran right to the shop and started designing fast and furious to get my projects started. Well okay…I did.  But really can you blame me???? I just love all her trims!!! So here is project #1. Keep your fingers crossed for me to make the Design Team : )

I started with a nice shadow box frame. Taking the glass out was a bit of an adventure…as you all know I am the clumsiest person in the world. But I’m glad I went to the trouble….because it gave me lot’s more room for goodies.

I created a big ol pile of the sweet dimensional flowers last week that has a lovely ruffle of RRR cream colored lace and pearly centers. They originally had a pin back so they could be added to scarves or hats or if your like me the ketchup stain on your shirt lol. I’ll be saving the tutorial  on how to make this flower for a later date. There are 2 smaller flowers there…also made from RRR netting : ) I absolutely love the banner with the script paper. Well inked of course : )

I added a few tags here and layered them with some painted metal lock plates. A ginormous dimensional butterfly…also painted with a light dusting of flocking powder. I tucked a few trimmed flowers from the patterned paper in also to add fullness. The paper is from Simple Stories. I just added this brand to the line up at Polly’s. Can you imagine me trying to talk myself into keeping it all instead of stocking it out for my Peep’s??? LOL

Dusty Attic chipboard is one of my favorite embellishments. I choose to whitewash these pretty little flourishes.  More of the Simple Stories paper trimmed and layered over an inked doily…a sheet from the antique law book I’ve been using….well crinkled and inked. I added some pretty painted flowers to create a nice finished corner…and of course some more of the cream colored lace.

Friend Brandy who stopped in to work on an adorable stuffed walrus put in her two cent’s worth and suggested I add some dimension to the top corner to balance out the weight on the bottom corner….so thanks for the suggestion…I think the flowers trimmed and layered with pop dots looks awesome : ) A couple of little painted and inked chipboard corners….and some real vintage buttons are the perfect details for a vintage project.

This is a very dimensional project : ) I plan to display it in the shop.

You don’t think there’s too many layers do you?? I found the Paris image at Graphic’s Fairy : )

Well…I hope I’ve inspired you to hop on over to Really Reasonable Ribbon Ramblings and check out the details on how you can try out to join the super creative DT members and have lot’s of fun sharing your projects and using RRR trims.

Fall Photo Albums


I’m sure that you all had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to post more photo albums right???I just cant help myself when we get in new paper that I just love. HAVE TO PLAY WITH THE PAPER!!

Isn’t that just the best Fall paper???? I love the warm rich colors. The bingo cards are awesome too! I’ve added vintage buttons for extra detail. The albums hold 36 (4×6) pics. Great way to protect and display your photo’s that didn’t make it into the scrapbook. I’m thinking of pics of pumpkin carving, or hay rides with cider and doughnuts, or fall leaves.

Holiday Photo Albums


Okay…I’ve gone on a nice little trip to Crazy Town…making these great little photo albums. I can only say..they are quite addictive!

They are great to use for brag books…since they have a durable plastic cover…and hold 36 (4 x 6) photos. Nice way to preserve and show off all those pics that didn’t make it into the scrapbook. And it’s portable : ) I’ll be making some for myself to display on the coffee table for the holiday season. Can we say teacher and bus driver and grandparents gifts???? Not to mention Secret Santa and stocking stuffers : ) Just sayin! I’m going to be sooo ready this year!

While I had all the yummy Christmas paper and trims out I also whipped up a totally adorable shadow box collage with all my favorite holiday elements. It’s a nice 9×11 inches. Perfect to hang…or display on a mantle or shelf.

Isn’t it just darling?????? Snowman and snowflakes and Christmas Trees and buttons and glitter.

I’ve added some posts to the back of the snowman so he comes out further for a dimensional look.

Hoorayy for giant chipboard snowflakes! I covered these in Distress Stain and chunky clear glitter flakes.

You don’t think that’s too many buttons do you??? I wanted them to be my snow lol.

Okay…that’s enough crazy Christmas town for one day. I’m off to do like a million things before I help out at my Sons fundraiser for his Eagle Scout project. Oh and did I mention it’s my 19th wedding anniversary??? Happy day to you D.H. Kenny. Love you!!! Can you tell it’s never boring around here???? Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative.

Hanging Christmas wall decor


I created this extra special Christmas wall hanging yesterday with lot’s of paper layers, chipboard,vintage image, and glitter. The best part is I added eyelets and hung it on a sweet little white coat hanger.

That totally awesome paper is from Simple Stories.  The bingo card sheets are my favorite!

I painted and inked the chipboard frame…then a coat of Glossy Accents and some clear glitter flakes. The snowflake got some glitter too!

The coat hanger is the perfect size for hanging on the wall or on the tree. I added eyelets to keep the ribbon from pulling through the top.

The lovely vintage image is from Graphic’s Fairy. The trims are all from RRR of course!

We’ve got lot’s of new Simple Stories variety in the shop..that is if you can get some before I use it all lol. This Christmas line is FABULOUS and vintagey.

Did anyone notice that yummy vintage jar of buttons? A surprise from my Muskegan BFF Lisa. She came to play paper…but the jar had lot’s more colored buttons and her O.C.D. took over and she had to sort them all into the tiny jars I store them in. lol  Thanks Lisa for the treat. And for the organizing : )

Birthday Butterflies and Giraffes


Just popping in to share another sweet birthday card I created earlier this week.

I layered these butterflies for extra dimension and topped them off with pretty pearly accents. The handcrafted flower is lightly inked with Distress Stain in Picket Fence. The trims of course are from RRR.

The vintage floral and frame image are from Graphic’s Fairy. The paper in soft teal checks and dots is from Lily Bee. I stitched it with the zig zag setting.

I’m loving all the dimension on this card! 

Just in case you’re wondering to yourself”self…she said there was going to be giraffes” Well my dear friend Brandy came in to play paper with me today and gifted me this totally wonderful and sweet hand crafted giraffe : ) I named it Tallulah. It makes me happy just looking at it. Thanks so much Brandy for the sweet surprise…you are very talented and generous!!!! : )

Okay that’s it for me…..finally at the end of a very long..but super productive day.

French pocket with tag


Here is another sweet project I made with one of the collage sheets made just for my by my BFF Heather.

That beautiful French label is from Graphic’s Fairy . I gave it a little extra inking for an aged look.

I added a large handmade flower. The trims are all from RRR.

A little more trim at the top….and buttons,  and pearls.

The tag was made with the collage sheet. Nice place to put a picture…or better yet a gift card! : )

The pocket is filled with cardstock so it’s extra study!

Cards for sweet babies : )


I knew as soon as I saw the collection from Simple Stories that I would have to get right into it. The soft colors and sweet images had me swooning. I pulled out one of every sheet and the stickers too and before long I had taken over 3 tables in the shop!!! I have 6 cards total..but to keep the post from being too long I’ll share 2 today : )


All ribbon trim from RRR.

Hooray for Birthdays!!!


Birthday cards that is. LOL My BFF Heather made  a beautiful collage sheet just for me. AWWWW. It was just perfect to coordinate with some of the new paper we got in from Lily Bee. My friend Heidi also dropped off some stamps I ordered.  I had lot’s of company this week even though Dear Jane didn’t get to come play.

I used a sweet chipboard frame on the collage sheet and the sentiments are from the stamps.

That polka dot paper makes me happy just looking at it.

Every layer is well inked of course. And buttons are a must have!

I added a pretty ribbon bow and used some lace from RRR on my large dimensional flower. A few little hanging tags for subtle accent.

I have a few more cards done…but they will have to wait for tomorrow. I’m heading into the shop early to

stock out a nice big order from Simple Stories. I already have 4 or 5 cards plans working in my head lol. Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative! G

This card is listed in the ETSY shop : )

Post for Really Reasonable Ribbon and RRR Prize Winner Announcement


Another exciting day to share one of my projects on Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings. This time it’s a Chunky Halloween board book.

I used layers and layers of papers and chipboard stickers from My Mind’s Eye, and some  vintage

images of spooky sweet skeletons and bingo cards. These fabulous trims  from Really Reasonable Ribbon finish off the book perfectly! The different ribbons add a wonderful texture. I found all these trims in the Halloween section .

Each set of pages has a different but coordinating theme. Using common elements like the inked doily

bingo card, and craft tag on every set of pages help to keep this book from going over the top.

There are a lot of patterns here….but I mixed up the scale of the prints and gave them a solid black border.

The pages on the left side have lots of room for pictures and journaling.

This book would be a great addition to holiday decor and will certainly be admired year after year.

I did mention this book is chunky right? lol. I just love that laser cut fence from Dusty Attic with the chipboard banner on top.

Funnest Halloween paper patterns ever!!! Look at all that yummy trim : )

I can’t believe I have only one more project to share for being Guest Designer for August for Really Reasonable Ribbon. This month sure has flown by. My next post for RRR is a fabulous tutorial that I can’t wait to share. You are gonna love it!

Okay…for my last bit of business today I’m announcing the winner of the great gift certificate to have a little shopping spree on me at Really Reasonable Ribbon. ( I suggest you check out the Halloween section!) This time around I got D.H. Kenny to pick the lucky comment number out of the prize bucket : )

Hop on over to RRR to see the name of the lucky winner!!!!!

 Thanks to everyone who played along and to Bonnie for helping me set up the coupon code and for chipping in to help make the prize awesome!