Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mini for Halloween


I thought I may as well keep working on the Halloween projects while I had the supplies out : ) I’ve been crafting away and watching reruns of Sherlock on Netflix. I just can’t seem to get enough BBC shows lol. Pretty soon I’ll be speaking with an accent. Today I’m sharing a fabulous mini album…created with a wallet fold to hold tabbed topped tags. The front of course is vintagy and has lot’s of trims and buttons.

Lot’s of room on these tags for pictures and journaling. The inside pockets hold additional tags with a bit of room leftover for small mementos. I’m loving these glittery stickers.  The inside page is a stationary tag that helps keep the ribbon closure in place. I’ve used a variety of paper patterns and mix and matched them throughout…most from My Mind’s Eye. All the trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon .

Thinking of other fun Halloween projects to work on today when the Peep’s come in to play. This will be a great day. Hope your day is happy and productive and you find some time to be creative : ) G

P.S. I’ve listed this mini in the Etsy shop. Why not hop on over and check it out : )

Halloween Pocket with Tags


I love making creative projects this time of year. Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays. They have a certain magic don’t they? I created this fun Halloween Pocket yesterday…then filled it with fabulous tags. The best part is it’s got a space in the middle to add a little bag of yummy teats. This time of year for me it would be candy corn lol. I know they sell that sweet delicacy for every holiday now in different festive colors….but that is just wrong.  Candy corn should be savored only at Halloween and only in yellow…orange and white. Period. End of story. Otherwise it will loose it’s magic.

I love this spooky sweet black kitty cat. I’ve layered it over a spiderweb die cut…with a border of black pom pom trim, some orange and black argyle from My Mind’s Eye and a fabulous burlap trim with black and white stripe.

These great little tags have layers of vintage inspired papers and the one on the right has a chunky chipboard button from Jenni Bowlin. More fun trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon at the top and black buttons for accent.

More tags in the back pocket????? Don’t mind if I do : )

I blinged out the tag on the left with some awesome little black crystal flowers.

Fill up the middle with some goodies…and your sure to make a favorite little trick or treator very very happy : )

I got the idea for the pocket from lovely friend Donna who recently gave me a thank you tag in a similar pocket. Thanks Donna for the inspiration : ) I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) what will I be up to??? You guessed it…making more treat pockets!

Shabby Chic Christmas Trunk


I had a lovely time playing paper with Jane yesterday.  She made a wonderful card for her Father in law while I took care of computer and online order business. I didn’t have as much time to be creative….I did however have an (in progress) project to pull out. I’m trying to give new life to some old projects by reworking them….in this case…the shabby chic trunk I had painted for a summer project. I filled it with treasures given to me from Jane…little bits and pieces…you know the really good kind of treasure.

The trunk used to contain vintage beach scenes…but I think it just really wanted to be filled with Christmas goodies.

Pretty roses frosted with glitter from J.

I filled the silvery light reflector with some painted bells, and layered it behind an inked and glittered chipboard snowflake. Trims in yummy cremes from Really Reasonable Ribbon are topped off with vintage buttons and give wonderful texture. The antique color looks great against the painted paper mache trunck.

Another chipboard piece….this time from Dusty Attic nestled in amongst sparkly stars shapes on stems from J. I wound some burlap trim with pink stripe to the acrylic sheets to help fill in the space…and it give me a place to tuck in some sweet vintage images.

Another large chipboard snowflake here…with some sweet little dimensional trees to fill in this corner. The beautiful vintage image in the back is from Graphic’s Fairy. A little bit of a darker colors to anchor the lightness from the rest of the project. I added a few more buttons to the edge for texture.

It’s a bit easier to see the dimension from the side. I filled the trunk from front to back. The inside lid of the trunk is covered in a sheet from and antique hymnal. The paper has aged perfectly to give in an authentic old look. The acrylic sheets hold up the images and are wrapped in that fabulous burlap trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This side view shows off the yummy little goodies inside better.  To support all the bits and pieces…the trunk is filled with floral foam…and the exposed areas were covered with scrunched bits from an old sewing pattern. I casually draped a tassel  over this side to balance the roses and seam binding on the other corner. The pink sheet in the back was just a little scavenged scrap that I inked and added some pearly accents to. The button card image is one of my favorites as you can tell by how often I use it : ) Last but not least….I topped off the last acrylic sheet with a bit of cream colored Penelope lace. It’s attached very casually with some super tiny paper clips from Tim Holtz.

A big thanks to Jane for being my very dear friend…and for all the yummy little treasures for my project….and for the encouragement to pull it out and finish it. I just love how it turned out…and how sentimental all the bits and pieces are : )

I hope I’ve motivated you to rethink an old project… it was a great way to make some holiday decor that fits into the shabby chic theme of my shop. Wishing you all a happy and productive day….and I hope you find some time to be creative. G

New Shop Hours Update


I just wanted to take a minute to update everyone on our shop hours. After careful consideration and a family meeting….we’ve decided to change our schedule at the store so I can spend more time with my family. Our regular hours Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm will stay the same….but we will now be closed Monday and Sunday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Fun Happy Birthday Mini


I created this great birthday mini with Simple Stories papers. This line is so chipper and cheerful it’s just like a party! I love the big graphic images and bright colors. This mini has 10 pages and 4 pockets…so there’s lots of room for pictures and journaling.

Isn’t that the funnest book????So it wouldn’t be overly busy  I trimmed the front simply with with a nice poofy bow of seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon and just a few yellow buttons.

I also want to say a big THANK YOU to Guidobono Concrete for donating and delivering the concrete for my sons Eagle Scout project….if you haven’t yet caught a post with his project in it…he is building a gazebo shelter at the Arise church for the folks who bring the pets to the dog park. The concrete donation is greatly appreciated by our family and all those who will be using the shelter once it’s complete : )

Trio of Halloween Cards


I found some great little Halloween metal charms at a local shop and knew I could add them to some vintage Halloween projects.

I used papers from My Mind’s Eye and Simple Stories.  Ribbon Trim and Pom Poms from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I had so much fun at our class last night. Carol and Donna are super funny. Your projects turned out awesome! Can’t wait to see you girls again. Also sorry to your hubbies for keeping you out so late : ) wink wink

But what to do with……


After creating that mini album from the last post I found myself with a big stack of scrap paper all the same craft and white dot pattern. Can’t let that awesome print go to waste. Sooooo… I got into the Christmas goodies and the Middy Bags and whipped up these little charmers.

Supplies I used to create these Christmas goodie bags….

Papers from Simple Stories

Die cuts from My Mind’s Eye

Middy Bags and trim Really Reasonable Ribbon

Vintage Santa image from Graphic’s Fairy

A mini for ME!!


I’ve been spending some time on a trip down memory lane the last few days while working on this mini album.  We take our boys to Florida every year to play on the beach. The pic’s in this book are from when they were much younger…so cute in their little swimmy trunks. One will be off to college next year and one will be in high school. How time flies : ( Some day’s I wish they were little again.

I may have gone a bit overboard on the embellishments??? Nah…it’s for me and I like it just the way it is. I anchored the corner with a nice arrangement of pretty pale flowers, Dusty Attic chipboard, buttons, leaves, resin shells and string.  I choose the beautiful burlap trim with blue stripe from Really Reasonable Ribbon for a nice strip at the top and bottom. I inked the edges and layered on some creme colored netting….seemed very nautical without being too themey.

There are quite a few elements layered on. I started with this fabulous white dot on craft brown from Simple Stories then added several die cuts, chipboard letters, vintage images, metal corners and netting with a bit of gold.

AWWWWW my little puddin pops at the beach : ) Proud Momma moment : ) Jonathan was such a little ham hock!!! The die cuts I used are from Pink Paislee.  Notice that burlap trim again? I added it to each page and used the same papers for a consistent look.

Those boy’s were sooo blonde.  As you can tell…I’m not very good about including journaling. I’m working on it I promise.

Loving these die cut letters. They match my Beach theme perfectly. Did you even notice the turtle with that chubby little bald boy in swimmy trunks in the picture? Me either : )

We spent a lot of time working out whose chair this was lol. I guess Alex decided it was better to have sand in his pants.

I’m gonna journal on this page soon…really… believe me…don’t you?????? LOL

It’s nice to take time to make something for myself. A way to remember the good ol days. They grow up way too fast.

I wanted to take a minute to also show off this lovely little gifty  I got in the mail at the shop. Such a sweet and generous surprise from Juanita Baker. Thank you  thank you thank you…they are so beautiful : )

She made all these pretty pins and even made a card from one of the pics I posted last spring of the tree beside my front porch : )

Second Seating for Christmas Art Journal Class Sept. 18th


In case you missed out on our class for tonight…second seating Sept. 18th at 6pm

Come join us for a night of fun and make this beautiful vintage inspired Christmas Album. There’s  details like vintage buttons, jingle bells,ribbon, glass headed pins, a dimensional Christmas tree and snowflakes. The cover is from an actual vintage law book. Inside there is variety of pages with different sizes and lot’s of holiday die cuts. Some pages have pockets so there’s lot’s of room for pictures, memento’s and journaling.

This class will be from 6-9:30 pm Sept. 18th. All materials, adhesives and use of tools included. Just be on time and be ready to work : ) Snack and beverage included during small break.  Cost for this class is $40. Reservation and deposit are  required and will be available on a first come…first serve basis. You can stop in the shop to check out the rest of the details for this book and leave your deposit. You can also leave your deposit over the phone…734-268-1109 during our regular business hours….please do not leave any information for your deposit in a message. Book with a friend and you will each receive 10% off your class. First seating for this class is for 4 people.

Creativity Kits!!!


I’ve been working on the dreamiest little kits full of flowers, buttons, tags, bags and pages from vintage law books. You know anything with typography gets me all happy. Add flowers and button???? SWOONING : )

Paper crafting goodies oh how I love you. I’ve included 20 pages from the vintage law book, 8 craft tags, 4 large and 4 small glassine bags,4 petite paper doily’s, and a full tag of beautiful dimensional flowers on wire stems. They’re available in the Etsy shop and I can tell you  this little kit is a great value! I’ve got a few listed now…more throughout the day.