Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snow Day!!!!!


First came the sleet….

Then came the snow…….

Then the ice…….

Our back country roads were so hazardous.

So we get a snow day : )

Home with my boys♥

Whats the best way to spend it?????

Baking of course!!!!

IMG_0895Gingerbread  muffins with  Streusel topping.

The house smells heavenly.

Cinnamon & ginger.

Cloves and brown sugar.

IMG_0894A house full of teenaged boys means they won’t last long.

IMG_0893The best part is…..they’re vegan. I’ve been having lot’s of luck veganizing recipes lately.

Tonight we are having whole wheat pizza with D.H.’s homemade pesto, mushrooms, onions, peppers and olives.

And they say vegans only eat salad. ( I actually had a salad for lunch : ) LOL )

I’ve also been busy refilling my Etsy shop after a thankfully super busy Christmas season. ( Taking lot’s

of pictures when your back is killing you is not too fun : ( After 2 days…I’m hoping it will feel better tomorrow)

 Right now Alex is registering for his college classes with the help of his Dad. It won’t be long then they’ll be all grown up 😦 So thankful to have had this extra time off with my little family.

I hope you all are enjoying your day as much as I am and found some time to be creative . G

Valentine Creativity Kits


I had myself a lovely day selecting a ton of Valentiny goodies for some awesome Creativity Kits. I do tend to go a bit overboard : ) When I had all the supplies worked out…I wrapped them up in a super sweet pink striped Middi Bag and tied them up with yummy pink string and a heart punched tag!

IMG_0822You know I had to work in some awesome trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0821IMG_0819IMG_0824These have to be the cutest wrapped kits I have ever made : ) I even punched a heart in the tag and tied it up with pretty pink string.


10 ( 6 x 6 inch) sheets of patterned papers
18 Piece Valentine die cut set
3 Paper doily’s
4 Craft tags
1 Yard silver edge white trim
1/2 Yard pink seam binding
1/2 Yard pink striped trim
1 Full rhinestone bling strip
2 Large bling flowers
2 Pink bling with adhesive
10 Paper flowers
3 Pink metal paper clips
7 Buttons
1 Chipboard heart
1 Pink striped Middi Bag
That’s 65 pieces of crafty goodness.

These little cuties are already packed up and ready to ship Monday…..just in time to get your Valentine craft on! Why not get a few and plan a scrap day with your besties : )

I’ve got these kits listed on Etsy. Click on the link to get the details and pick up a Creativity Kit for yourself. And the other good news….they qualify for or special Valentine gift with purchase promotion…’ll get a set of Valentine tags to add to a gift, label a home baked treat, write some sweet nothings to your someone special, or tuck an ” I’m thinking of you” to your kiddos pack lunch : ) Check out the details in the header to our Etsy shop.

Okay…that’s it for me….I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Easter Card with Ribbon Banner Tutorial


Well today is my day over at Really Reasonable Ribbon to share a tutorial : ) I just love creating fun embellishments with those trims! 


I’ve used this beautiful image from Graphic’s Fairy before…but I’ve never paired her with pink. I kinda love it!

IMG_0793I layered Pink Wrinkle Ribbon over Pink Gingham and Bakers Twine in

Cotton Candy. As you can see…I’ve inked the ribbons to make them extra shabby.

IMG_0794All the little pieces of this banner were easy to slide right into place to get the perfect spacing. I topped it off with some vintagy butons.

IMG_0796IMG_0797In my humble opinion…..a bow can never be too poofy!

See I told ya it was easy. And man do they go together in a snap. Next time I’m going to try layering the ribbon banner over a paper banner.

Okay that’s it for me…gotta get ready to take the kiddo to the frigid freezing bus stop : /

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

I’m sharing this project at Le Chatuau des Fleurs

By the way….there are lot’s of great ribbon tutorials posted from the talented designers at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings…..why not hop over and check em out?

New House Mini


Not too much time for a post today…but I wanted to share with you a sweet little New House Mini that I created last week.

IMG_0786Yeah I know…it’s not my usual style…but I kinda love it anyway : )

IMG_0787IMG_0788IMG_0789-001IMG_0790IMG_0791See I told ya it would be a quick post : ) I should mention that most of this awesome paper is from on of my favorite brands…Lily Bee. Very retro and chipper and cheerful.

I hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

A Little Valentine Fun with My Girls


Had lot’s of fun with my girls at movie night at the shop. We have our snacks, and our shows, and we get our craft on : ) This time I actually got a project completed!!! Theme for the night??? Vintage Valentine of course : )


You know I love me some layers. Chipboard and crepe and pearls and buttons and glitter oh my : )

IMG_0761This ruffly accent was easy to make ( now that I figured out how to refill the bobbin on my really old machine the right way! ) I’m pretty sure we got some pizza sauce on the machine last night while we were up to our usual shenanigans. But it’s all good : )

IMG_0755To hide the clips holding my Valentine heart to the little hanger I added some poofy bows with my Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Wrinkle Ribbon and Cotton Candy Bakers Twine.

Well that’s it for me today…gotta get ready to head to the shop. It’s still bitterly cold here so I’ll be enjoying shutting myself in to create more projects and dreaming of Summer.

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

The curse of a scrapbook store owner


One of the biggest challenge of owning a scrapbook store is the need to have one of every different item I order.  Like a kid in my own candy store lol. I’ve even been know to create a project to justify to myself the need to open yet another package. Take for instance this beach inspired mini album….. I really wanted to try out the Gathered Twig Distress Ink Pad from my recent order of Ranger Inks. Decided to try it out on some chipboard to see if I could get a weathered painted wood look. I kinda love it : ) I used the chipboard pieces throughout the pages for a consistent look…and I was having too much fun playing with the ink pad to stop at one piece : )

IMG_0740The chipboard frame looks a lot like an old painted dock or pier. Especially with the shabby look of all the other layers. I worked in a generous strip of Ivory Jute Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon…..the Chocolate Brown Seam Binding and Jute Natural Ribbon on the rings is too. I love the textural and natural look it adds.

IMG_0744I even added a bit of the Jute Ribbon to fluff up the flower arrangement. Flowers on masculine projects can be such a challenge. Oh and I also talked myself into opening a package of Ideology pins to give the arrangement a little height with the tiny blue star.

IMG_0743IMG_0746Each set of pages has more of the netting, and inked chipboard and a beach themed sticker. The page on the right has room for nice large pictures and a vintage inspired tab. The left page has 2 large pockets for pics and mementos and 1 large journaling tag.

IMG_0747I love love love those chipboard pieces.

IMG_0748This set of pages shows the journal tag in the back pocket. You can really add ton’s of goodies to this type of mini. I made the pages super sturdy and thick so it will hold up to lot’s of showing off.

IMG_0749IMG_0750So maybe this will keep me out of the new stock for a little while. Nah. Nearing a blog milestone here at Polly’s Paper. We will very soon be at our 600th subscriber. Yayyyy!!! Trying to think of what would make a nice giveaway gift for a contest when we get there. Anybody have any good ideas?

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. G

Hearts on House Valentine’s Greeting Card


Here’s another sweet little Valentiny greeting card I created using items from my scrap and salvage box and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0718Jenni Bowlin papers and house die cut are layered with vintage images, inked doily and craft tags.

IMG_0719-001The red paper rose was painted to lighten the color and an unexpected surprise was this awesome texture. I used Red Wrinkle Ribbon and berries and a generous length of Cherry Bakers Twine.

IMG_0721-001The two glittery chipboard hearts are super sweet on the little house.

I hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. G

A Little Love for You : )


I just wanted to take this opportunity to show how much I  appreciate my Etsy supporters by offering them a little giveaway now until Valentine’s Day I’ll be sending a free little goody bag filled with 6 extra sweet Valentine tags for every purchase of $5.00 or more. The tags are 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and can be opened like a tiny card. I’ve got lot’s of fun prints, some are shown here and I’ll select a nice variety for each goody bag.  Just my way of saying “I Love You Guy’s” Use these tags for little love notes, labels for baked treats, tags for gifts, or add them to your kiddo’s sacked lunches to show them you care : )

IMG_0737 If you’d like to order additional sets, just convo me in Etsy and I whip up a special batch just for you!

Valentine Card for Challenge


They’re having a super fun  challenge going on now at RRR. This time it’s Valentine’s Day/ Love & Ribbon theme.  So you know that had my name all over it.  il_570xN.414032108_fwa7I’ve been inspired by fellow DT member Misty to do a little destashing. So the paper I used here from My Mind’s Eye is from the scrap and  salvage box. The blingy hearts I bought at Target ages ago and recently rediscovered. The chipboard key and lock is from Maya Road….had them forever….but forget about them in the drawer. The pink string in the buttons is from my long abandoned cross stitch bag. 

il_fullxfull.414029981_nv1iIt was 7 degree’s this morning….so I’m thinking longingly of Spring. Maybe that’s why I’ve been using so many of these sweet paper roses and other dimensional flowers lately. They match the pink Gingham ribbon perfectly! Of course it’s from Really Reasonable Ribbon. So is the pink bakers twine SWOON!

il_fullxfull.414032118_id1dHere’s the close up of that little lock and key. I tied it onto the bow with more of the twine. Someday I will have some of every color twine Bonnie has at RRR.

Are you asking yourself ” But I thought Ginny said it was a challenge????” Well here’s the best part….you can create your own awesome Valentiny project and enter the challenge at RRR. Simply click on this link and follow the easy peasy instructions. I can’t wait to see the awesome projects you create: )

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative! G

January Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop



Can it be that another month has gone by so quickly??? Must be because it time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop. My favorite time of being on a team of super creative talented designers…when we get to showcase the Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment.

january ribbon club

Okay…let’s get hopping. You should be coming to Polly’s from the lovely and talented Misty. If you’re just starting here… need to click here to start at the beginning…then follow all the links to see the very inspiring projects created by the design team. Don’t forget to leave a little love for the fabulous projects!

Okay so on to my project. This may shock everyone…but it’s a layout. What????? I know, I’m just as surprised as you are lol. I’m working toward changing out the displays in my shop so be on the lookout for many more layouts to come.

IMG_0708I choose to use the Melina White Crochet Lace and White Iridescent  Edged Ribbon from the club to accent my layout. I gave my ribbon a pinch pleat and used my Score Tape   to hold it place then simply stitched it down to two offset layers of the lace. This serves to anchor the bottom of the layout and give it visual weight.


I layered a sweet chipboard birdie covered in a bingo card image onto a journaling die cut with a post card image from Graphic’s Fairy. Next comes lot’s and lot’s of flowers. Notice I used more of the lace to “fill in” the flowers a bit and give them a softer edge.

IMG_0704-001I cut a scallop edge and inked the paper then crinkled the edge before I sewed it all down. There’s quite a bot of sewing on this layout for stability and texture. Pretty pretty Dusty Attic chipboard corners are painted and pearled.


IMG_0710With a very dry brush and white acrylic paint I dabbed into the flowers to soften the colors a bit.

IMG_0713-001A few more flowers at the top on the pretty tags with dots and gingham. I added the small craft ticket to balance the bird.

IMG_0707-001An extra little bit of lace is a nice detail as well as the tiny metal clips and pearls.

So that’s it for my project using the January Ribbon Club Assortment. I hope you like it as much as I do : ) Can’t wait to hang it up in the store!!!

Your next stop in the hop is the very talented and lovely Gloria. I didn’t get to see a sneak peak this month…I think she is super busy creating projects for Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45 for the CHA. Busy busy girl she is : ) Don’t forget to leave a little love for that hard working designer!

Thanks to everyone for joining us in the hop. Hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. Huggs G