Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter…..Giveaway….New Stash Buster Mini Album Kits


Sheeewwww that was a long post title.

But there is a lot going on here this morning lol. First of all I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed holiday. I hope you find yourselves with your loved ones….or at least thinking about them like I am.  Love all of you Texas and Florida family!

Make sure you stay tuned all the way to the end so you won’t miss out on the giveaway!

I’ve been working on some great little album kits designed to be the perfect base to add your favorite photo’s and memories….and embellish with items from your stash to add you own personal style. We all could use a little stash busting right??? I know I can! They make super great gifts…just load em up and give to someone special. Or gift it to yourself : )You know I had to add some perfectly coordinated pre-tied bows from trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

First I’ll show you one I’ve been working on….with pics of my sweet niece Olivia : ) I started with the base kit…and added all the paperie goodies.

IMG_1358IMG_1360IMG_1359All the little leftover bits and pieces worked so well to embellish the pages.

I made one for boys too!

IMG_1342And one that’s vintagy with beautiful Butterfly Bookmark images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.

IMG_1352These kits are already listed and available to ship right away. Just hop on over to the Etsy Shop for Little Lady, Charming Boy, and Butterfly Postal. 

Okay are you ready for the giveaway????? I thought so : )


I used the Butterfly Postal base kit…and items from my own stash to complete this sweet little mini album cover. It’s ready for one lucky winner to finish off with pics and memories. You can enter for a chance to win by leaving me a comment on this post. We are all super busy with our holiday plans…so I’m leaving it open until April 7th. Please be fair and enter only one comment per IP address so everyone has the same chance to win.  Winner will be chosen at random….and will be announced April 8th. You do have to be a blog subscriber to be eligible to win. Already a facebook follower? That’s awesome…thanks…but you still have to subscribe to the blog: ) Good luck to all who enter : )

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day….and don’t eat too many Peeps lol. : ) G

With Reckless Abandon


My usual creative style is to have every little element thought out ….inked, stamped, layered, and then it’s ready to assemble. Yesterday I had an afternoon of less structured crafting. I glued without planning, inked without analyzing, trimmed with enthusiasm, and stamped with reckless abandon. It’s a sweet little album…or is it a journal??? Not quite sure yet.

 IMG_1341I used some very large old flash cards for my base. They were covered with Sesame Street patterns…not quite vintage yet. The inspiration was a beautiful tag from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.  There are several in the book. Some of them I Stickled…some of them I trimmed out of larger images. I think they are very shabby chic. I also Stickled the large stamped frames.

IMG_1334Inside the book is a mish mash of different pages….and tag flaps. I embellished with butterflies, and words. The beautiful yummy ribbon is cream seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’m so glad I created the vintage image organizer from last weeks post….finding all the right images was a snap.

IMG_1335This will be a nice place to add a picture or memento.

IMG_1336As you can see…I’ve used Tissue Tape to attach the pages. I wasn’t confident that it would hold up to lot’s of handling…so I peeled it up and added a layer of Scor-Tape. Can’t even see it. Now this little book will be extra sturdy. 

IMG_1337This set of pages has a craft paper envelope to be filled with loads of paperie goodies or pictures.


So that’s what I get for a day of free form creating. I kinda love how it turned out : ) It will look even better filled with pics and journaling. Maybe I’m on a roll? We’ll see when I get to the shop. I should mention that the workspace in the shop is a complete disaster : / Is that normal for reckless crafting???

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

New challenge at Let’s Get Shabby


Okay all you shabby crafters….we’re ready for a new challenge at Let’s Get Shabby. And you guessed it….it’s an Easter/Spring theme. To make it even funner there’s several options you can choose to make your project just right for your peeps.

Feature on your project at least one item from each list below.
 A subject, an embellishment and a technique.  
Make sure you say which of your choices you are featuring on your blog.

List 1
Bonnet (hat)
List 2
List 3


So here is my shabby Easter Card. I chose to add the rabbit and egg from list 1. Almost everything in list 2.  And for my technique I added lot’s and lot’s of inking.

IMG_1295Now it’s your turn to show off your Easter Creation. Hop on over to Let’s Get Shabby and add your project. While you’re there…check out the other wonderful projects from the Design Team. There’s also fabulous prize full of shabby goodness! Good luck to all who enter.

The trims on my card are from Really Reasonable Ribbon : ) The papers are from Graphic 45….they’re available in the shop.

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

Vintage Image Organizer Tutorial


So it all started with me not being able to find an image that I had printed and wanted to use in my project. So I printed a duplicate. Then found the original…that I had stashed away somewhere I should have never put it in the first place. But that is soooo like me to squirrel stuff away..thinking I’ll remember where. So I created this book to organize all my printed images, and keep them from getting damaged. Here’s a look at the finished project:

IMG_1297IMG_1302This book started out as an inexpensive photo album picked up at the local dollar store. It’s meant to hold 36 ( 4 x 6 ) pics. Here is a super easy tutorial to show you how to make 1 ( 0r 2 or 3 ) of your own.


Now you’ll want to finish you cover with your favorite papers and embellishments. I covered mine with Middy Bags, then layered on lot’s of paperie goodies gifted to me by my dear friend Lisa W. She lives up North and I don’t get to see her very often. Every time I use this book…I’ll think of her : )

I chose to top my clips with Olive Wrinkle Ribbon, Lace, and Moss Gingham. From Really Reasonable Ribbon of course! I think the greens go with the nature inspired embellishments. You’ll want to choose trims that coordinate with your finished cover.


My book is filled with my favorite images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…you should hop over and check em out.

I think this book would be a great way to organize die cuts too. Or recipe cards you want to be able to take and see the back of. I think it would also be very sweet as a wedding or baby shower gift…..simply use the gift wrap from the gifts as your pages in the pocket and a little note from the gift giver….maybe some words of advice for the Bride or Mom to be : ) There are soooo many ways to use this book! And starting at only $1 each…you can make lot’s of them for very little. Even less if you use scraps.  

Okay…that’s a long post…we all need to get up and stretch our legs lol.

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

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition


Yay…it’s that time to audition for the Graphic 45 Design Team.  What a terrific opportunity to play with the beautiful paper patterns and create unique projects with my own personal style.  G45 only picks the best of the best so I brought my A game. There’s a whole lot of pics here…so I’ll keep the words to a minimum. I hope you enjoy my projects as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Project 1: Secret Garden Card

IMG_1239IMG_1242IMG_1247Project 2: Vivre Album

IMG_1210IMG_1216IMG_1218IMG_1220IMG_1221IMG_1222IMG_1224IMG_1228IMG_1229IMG_1235Project 3: Asian Inspired Layout


IMG_1198IMG_1200Project 4: Halloween Hutch


Project 5: Layout in Lavender



Project 6: Tag Booklet

IMG_1289IMG_1292IMG_1293I did warn ya….lot’s of pics lol. So everybody wish me luck. It would be such an incredible opportunity to work with such a talented group of designers and beautiful papers.

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

Secret Garden Card with Peachy Keen Stamps


This month the DT girls at Really Reasonable Ribbon were asked to choose Peachy Keen Stamps to use on our projects.  My Asian inspired layout featured the Latice Background Stamp. For this card I used the Small Polka Dot Background.

IMG_1239I really love how the polka dots create a nice subtle overall pattern. It was super easy to line up too….since my card base was bigger than the stamp.

IMG_1242I chose Natural Faux Burlap trim and layered on Olive Wrinkle Ribbon and Moss Green Gingham.

IMG_1246I did a fair bit of fussy cutting here so I could add lot’s of images.

IMG_1247Here is a little close up of the dots.  Turned out just perfect I think. I’ll be adding more background stamps to my collection. The sparkle on the flowers and the little girls dress is Stickles….it adds a nice accent. You can see I’ve given the center image a border of Mini Olive Pom Poms.

IMG_1243This poofy bow was looking a little dark…so I layered on some white string and an antique button.

All of the papers here are from Graphic 45 and are available in the shop. All of the trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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

Graphic 45 Vivre Album


Hello all!! I’m so excited to share this very special project I created this week.  There’s lot’s of pictures….so grab a cup of tea and settle in.  As you all know I’ve taken delivery of 2 huge boxes of super beautiful G45 papers for the shop and I’m having myself a good ol time playing with them.


So the back story of this Vivre Album is that it began life as an antique law book. I removed all the insides and painted it black to enhance the warm paper patterns.

IMG_1212I added a braided chain to the key and hung a lovely metal heart fob. All the black roses were hand painted and glittered. All the yellow flowers were cut from G45 scrap paper and inked and layered.  Behind the flowers I’ve added beautiful black netting for texture.

IMG_1216I’ve incorporated the Medium Tag Book which you’ll see gives me pockets on the inside….and on the outside it’s beautiful tabs.

IMG_1218The inside cover has a lovely harlequin pattern and a tag from the French Country line. I’ve finished the tag off with Natural Burlap trim with black accent and black seam binding. You can see how the pockets work now…..with tags for additional for journaling  and mementos.

IMG_1220IMG_1221I used the pages from the original law book to create really chunky thick pages with a lovely tattered edge. The inside pages are finished off with coordinating paper patterns and trimmed butterflies.

IMG_1222IMG_1224There’s a second pocket page with additional tags.

IMG_1228IMG_1229Here’s a better view of the pockets. I adhered them to a coordinating paper pattern to ensure they stay extra sturdy.

IMG_1225IMG_1226IMG_1227IMG_1235Keeping the tattered edges on the book papers helps to give this album an amazing fullness and texture.

So that’s my very special Vivre Album.  I hope you love it as much as I do : )

All papers for this album are from Graphic 45. They are all available in the shop. All trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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

RRR March Bog Hop with Peachy Keen Stamps


It’s time again for another fun blog hop with the Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team YAY!!!!

rrr-blog-hopWe’re working with the fabulous March Ribbon Club Assortment:


And for a little extra fun…we are also using stamps from Peachy Keen.

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!

So here is another layout for the shop with a super sweet picture of my Niece Olivia : )


It was so great that the pics had a light  background so I could add lot’s of color.

IMG_1197I trimmed all these paper pieces out and gave them a nice accent with Stickles and Glossy Accent.  I anchored the bottom corner of this arrangement with hand painted flowers and leaves created with the green trim from the Ribbon Club assortment. The little fan was cut from coordinating pieces and got a little stickling and glossing. I added a bit of the extra paper to layer between the background and the cut out portion for extra detail.

IMG_1195After base coating the chipboard frames….and inking them with chocolate brown…I used my new lattice Peachy Keen Stamp to add the pattern. After it dried…I gave it a coat off gloss. I think it looks like an Asian lacquered frame. I did have to add many spacers to keep all of these chunky elements level. 

IMG_1199There’s a pretty little layer of the white lace to border the center arrangement. I clipped additional lanterns out and detailed them and layered them extra flowers. I have no idea if that Asian writing is upside down or sideways…so sorry about that : /

IMG_1198Cute little birdie in the nest of hand painted flowers. I actually had a customer in the shop this week who told me I was crazy to hand paint all my flowers…I’m not mentioning any names…you know who you are : ) Also I think you might be right lol.

IMG_1200I’m sure she will come in next time and tell me I’m crazy to cut out all the lanterns and birds too lol. But I just love how they turned out!!!

I may have to add some reinforces to the layout display…this one is heavy. Thanks so much Crystal for the picture donation : ) Love ya!!!

Okay so that’s it for my project for this months hop. Now all I need is someone to bring me a ladder to the shop so I can get them hung up.

Your next stop in the hop is Gloria. She has a super fabulous creation to share. Don’t forget to leave her a little love for her project : )

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 : ) G

Baby Wes is Framed!!!!!


Did that title get your attention? I thought it would : ) But he’s framed in a good way!

IMG_1102I started with a simple wood frame from the craft store. Then piled on all the paperie goodies. I anchored the bottom with Faux Burlap trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon. It’s topped off with layers of Juliet Lace and Light Blue Chevron Twill. The super adorable hot air balloon and block stickers are from Simple stories.

IMG_1103I used more of the burlap trim to create simple rolled flowers to add to this collection of various types of flowers, including franken-flowers, paper, and crocheted flowers with a sweet checkered brad center. Extra bits of the twill help to build out the corner and blend the flowers into the painted and inked chipboard pieces.

IMG_1101There’s more paperie goodies for the top corner too. I gave Baby Wes a second chipboard frame with dimensional embellishments, and vintage buttons.

IMG_1108Love all these layers!!!! If you know someone who just recently had a baby…why not create a sweet little frame like this one to add to their nursery decor? What could be a more personal gift????

Thanks to my Niece Crystal for sharing this adorable picture of Baby Wes…..he is so stinkin cute : )

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

Vintage Shabby Chic Easter Banner Class and Kit


We’re having a class to create this beautiful shabby chic vintage Easter Banner  March 12th at 6:00 pm.

IMG_1169This beautiful banner has layers of patterned paper, vintage images, flowers, ribbon, buttons, chandelier crystals, crocheted flowers, chipboard and so much more.

IMG_1177IMG_1175IMG_1165Finished banner measures 2 ft wide. Hang on a mantle or shelf to accent your holiday decor. I’ll be hanging mine in the shop…so stop by and take a look at the completed banner.  You can leave your deposit and save your spot by calling me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours. Please do not leave deposit information in a message. Cost for the class is $25

I’ve listed a limited number of kits in the Etsy shop as well for those who want to create the banner but can’t make the class. All pieces to complete the kit will be pre-cut and ready to assemble. Many elements will be Stickled and glittered and inked for detail. Click the link to check out the details.

I’ve added loads of pretty ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and beautiful vintage images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.

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