Monthly Archives: February 2013

Shabby Teal Butterfly and Flowers


This is a layout I created for this months challenge over at Let’s get shabby. I am learning to break out of my comfort zone and start altering the base with paints…inks and sprays before I layer on the goodies. I am hooked….so be on the lookout for more : )

First a look at our inspiration picture:

Sept shabby

Soo beautiful!!!! I tried to convince Mandy to let me use that for my profile pic. She said no : (

IMG_1118IMG_1123To get them to match perfectly…..I hand painted the roses…first in teal, then white accents, then Stickles, then glitter. I relly love how they turned out : ) The inspiration pic had a pop of pink so I added the tiny pink flowers on stems. To anchor the smaller flowers I layered them on a huge flower that I painted and cut in half.

IMG_1121This beautiful butterfly image is from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden. 

I found it the same morning I saw the inspiration pic…so I figured it was meant to be right????

Did you notice the amazing texture peeking out from behind the chipboard frame? That’s Faux burlap trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I did trim off the wired edge and pulled a few threads to give it a tattered look.

IMG_1122More flowers for the top. You can see all the layers of paper here too. You should head over to Let’s get shabby to see the other projects from the Design Team they are so inspiring…I love them all : ) If you like to make shabby projects…you should enter the challenge and maybe win the beautiful prize.

One more quick announcement…’s very exciting….Really Reasonable Ribbon is having a Design Team call. If you love to make projects using beautiful ribbons and trims you should click the link to check out the details. I will say that Bonnie is so super awesome to work with….a really fabulous team : )

Sorry about the long post lol. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative… G

Not tooo Pink Shabby Swallow Card


So while Jane and I were having our regular playing paper date yesterday I asked her if the card I was working on was “Too pink???” Jane says……” You can never have enough pink!!!” So here is my not too much pink card…

IMG_1138I created the base layers of this card with the Shabby Chic Pink Patchwork Background from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden. The Shabby Chic Swallows bird image can be found here.  I think Jane’s right…..not too pink lol.

IMG_1141I layered a natural burlap trim with pink edge with a wide pink gingham   under the vintage images, and topped them off with a nice big bow. These trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon : )

IMG_1143More crocheted flowers here …this time I layered a large cream flower with a small pink one and topped it off with a super cute pink checkered brad. I created the flower in the center with lot’s of paint…ink….Stickles….cappuccino spray mist and glitter…then a super bedazzled center.

IMG_1145With all the layers and handcrafted flowers…this card is very dimensional….but not toooo pink : )

Don’t forget to stop in tomorrow for another project created with images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…..but don’t worry…it’s not pink : )

Well I’ve shoveled my way to the garage so the grown ups can get to work…the lucky kiddos did get their much wished for snow day.

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

Cards for the Bride and Groom


I very excited to share that I’m teaming up with Debbie from Ephemera Vintage Garden to share my projects created in my usual shabby chic style with lot’s of vintage goodies and trims and featuring her absolutely beautiful vintage printables.

I created these cards for a bride and groom with these fabulous His and Her Hot Air Balloon images. Click the link to hop over to the post to find this beautiful freebie vintage image set.

IMG_1133I choose lot’s of pretty patterned papers and bordered them in office blue to match the stripe in the balloons. One for the bride and one for the groom : )

IMG_1125I trimmed the image down a bit to create a tag shape…inked it and gave it a reinforcing dot in chocolate brown. The black in the little top hat inspired me to add that block of black with white dots in the background. I also added generous strips of Shimmer Satin in Aqua from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_1128Can’t go wrong with vintage buttons right????

IMG_1129Well inked and layered flowers were Stickled and glittered….then finished of with bits of ribbon.

IMG_1132Here’s one for the bride.


Okay…so that’s my first set of cards made with 2 of her weekly freebie images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…you can also check out her fabulous website here. I’ll be posting another card tomorrow. I’ll give ya a little hint…it’s pink lol.

Well here in mid Michigan were in the middle of a big snow storm….so hoping for a snow day tomorrow….wish us luck : )

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

Sweet Liv Layout


I’ve created another layout display for my shop. My niece Crystal was so kind to let me use this beautiful picture of her daughter Olivia.

IMG_1070Is there anything cuter than a little girl eating an ice cream cone with sprinkles??? Nope! I choose to work with the sweet blue patterns from Lily Bee and pair them an awesome faux wood from My Mind’s Eye. The paper lace border was a kind donation from friend Bobbie. I stitched these layers down for detail…but it also keeps my layout super sturdy since it will be hanging in the shop.

IMG_1026I choose to frame the picture in painted chipboard. To the top and bottom I added some beautiful Diamond Satin Blue Topaz trim. Not only does this help cover what would be too much white frame…but it adds a lovely texture too. I attached it with my favorite Scor-Tape from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used the Scor-Tape to attach the frame to the page and add the chipboard flourishes.

IMG_1030There’s some hand crocheted flowers layered in with the franken-flowers here. what are franken-flowers you ask???? Well it’s various parts scavenged from lot’s of different flowers and reassembled to give them new life. Don’t you just love the blue checkered brad???? Me too!!

IMG_1032Under this collection of franken-flowers I added a few tags. They’re a great way to fill space and stretch your embellishments.

This layout will look fabulous hanging in the shop : ) Stop by and check em out if you’re in the area!!!!

I’ve been working hard at improving my pictures of my projects so I can share all the fabulous little details and get the colors as close to real life as possible. Adding a light box was a great way to focus the light where I want…and get it evenly displayed around my projects…it’s simple really….just a painted shelf backdrop with large pieces of white poster board. I noticed an improvement right away. The light box has had an addition unintended use…’s the perfect gray cat attractor. Everytime I get it out and turn on the lights……Lily shows up : / and gets in the way of the camera lol. But she is too cute so here is her close up….

IMG_1088Not close enough?????

IMG_1089This happens every time I try to work at home lol. It’s amazing I get any good pics at all.

Okay…that’s it for this layout. Make sure you check out the second post for the day for some exciting news!

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

Mom’s Not Frou Frou


We are so happy that Mom’s Birthday is only a few days away : ) We have very very different styles….I am frou…she is not!!!! LOL So here is a simple card more to her liking.

IMG_1112Yes…I did sneak in some lacy paper border lol…maybe she won’t notice.

IMG_1114-001I added 3 large circles…with gray borders for detail. The stamped sentiment got a  Platinum Stickle treatment. Three gray buttons ( to disguise the less than perfect stamp image : /  )

IMG_1114Yep…you guessed it…another crocheted flower. I added a pretty bow of Satin Shell Gray and Oyster Bakers Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope my Mom loves her card : ) Wishing you a happy happy birthday…a few day’s in advance : )

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

Shabby Layout


I’m moving right along with my goal to switch out the layout displays in the shop. This time around I created a shabby and sweet layout. Thanks to my niece Crystal  for donating  this beautiful picture of her daughter Olivia : )


I worked off a sketch map this time and I love how it turned out. I created the large doily image by dry brushing white paint onto the page in a circular pattern then stamped around the edge with a pretty flourish. Last but not least I added some Liquid Pearls for a little dimension. There’s also some pretty text stamped in with chocolate brown ink…this helps to anchor the light colors. I used my new Peachy Keen stamp to add a little detail around the edges.

IMG_1097These flowers were all altered with paint, ink, and glitter…then layered and topped off with brads. I wound some eyelash trim around  for extra detail. At the base I layered in Juliet Natural Crochet Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon. There’s also a few sweet little butterflies with Liquid Pearl accents.

IMG_1096I painted and inked the chipboard fence and added more of the pearls. I also wound some pretty trim through.

IMG_1078This banner is created simply  with a  coordinating paper pattern and pearls. I finished it off with Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon Bows.

I’ll have to remember the ladder today so I can get these hung up : ) This layout will look fabulous on the pink walls right????

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

Really Reasonable Ribbon is having a SALE! And prize info from Polly’s


sale-labels1[1]They are having an awesome President’s Day Sale at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Did you know that they have all sorts of great selection of fabulous trims? Well they also have fun decorative bags like these…

panoramic-bags-photoAnd lot’s of different sizes for my favorite Scor-Tape!!!!

They have pearls and Candis and buttons too : )

And it’s all on sale. Woo Hoo!!!!

You should click on this link to rush right on over and score yourself some awesome supplies for all you arts and crafts from  Really Reasonable Ribbon.

When you check out with all your fabulous deals….leave a little love for me in the comment section and tell Bonnie that Polly’s Paper sent you : ) Any orders that mention Polly’s Paper will be entered to win a $10 gift card to redeem at the Polly’s shop at Etsy : )

Mini Album Tutorial


Today is my day to share a tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon. I created an easy to follow process of turning simple paper lunch bags into sturdy little albums without all the complicated measuring and folding. And these great minis have pockets built right in for your pictures tags and mementos : )

First I’ll share a sneak peek at the finished album…

IMG_0974As you can see….I’ve added lot’s and lot’s of embellishments to the cover including pretty patterned papers, painted inked and Stickled chipboard, loads of flowers ( I crocheted the ivory ones myself : ) ) brads, buttons and pearls. I choose to finish off the metal rings with beautiful Cream Mesh Ribbon, Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, and Diamond Satin Shell Gray and I think they coordinate beautifully : )

IMG_0976I couldn’t resist adding more beautiful trims to the pockets on the inside pages.

IMG_0977I added a pretty little vintage button over this faux bow of Diamond Satin Shell Gray trim and crocheted lace.

IMG_0978If one button is good…then 5 should be better right????? lol This yummy trim is Sheer Box Pleats in Ivory.

Okay….now for the tutorial….there are lot’s of pictures here…but trust me it’s super easy!

IMG_0961IMG_0963IMG_0966IMG_0968IMG_0969IMG_0970IMG_0971IMG_0972IMG_0973See…told ya it was easy : ) You’ll want to keep this tutorial handy for creating quick wedding or baby shower gifts….or make them for yourself : ) They are super sturdy after adding all the paper layers and you can tie on all your favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims to add the perfect finishing touch : )

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

Quick update…..Someone brought it to my attention that I forgot to give the measurement for the coordinating paper for the pocket….ooops. The strip os 2 1/4 inches x 6 inches. : )

Happy Valenties Day!!!!!!


I’m just popping in for a quick minute to share the Valentine Card I made for my sweetie : )

IMG_0952I wanted to create a card with all my usual layers and embellishments but put a masculine spin on it so it wouldn’t be so frou frou. I choose some nice paper patterns with blacks and cremes.

IMG_0954Chunky chipboard letters take the place where I might have chosen a vintage image.  I layered the small tag to the chipboard heart after punching another heart and adding some coordinating paper behind. That ink on the outside of the tag is Gathered Twigs Distress Ink….I think it’s my new favorite.

IMG_0953I am soooooo loving the new Hounds tooth wired edge ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I got all the colors so you’ll be seeing a lot of it in my projects : ) I had the kiss ribbon in my stash and it coordinates perfectly with the Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon and the Licorice Bakers Twine. I finished of this bow with a simple black button.

IMG_0960This may be the bowiest bow I’ve ever made : )

So that’s it for my Valentiney project for my sweetie D.H. I love you Kenny : )

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