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