Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Challenge at Let’s Get Shabby


They’ve got a new challenge going on at Let’s Get Shabby.

This time it’s a color challenge. Here is a peek at our inspiration picture.

Shabby-Chic-ColoursFor this challenge we were asked to use all the colors….which I just loved…so soft and shabby.

Here is my project….a layout of my Niece Olivia.

IMG_1605IMG_1619I dry brushed these flowers to coordinate with the shabby color challenge, then layered them over a great little mailing tag, pretty pearly stick pins, bits of lace and pretty doily donated by my dear sweet friend Anna.

IMG_1611Another grouping of flowers to anchor the other corner.

IMG_1613Here is a lovely layered and Stickled butterfly.

IMG_1609I added lot’s of Stickles to this pretty vintage printout….and to the crown and butterfly. The glitter is a nice finishing touch!

Okay…now it’s your turn to create a project for the color challenge…click on the link above for the rules and good luck to all who enter.

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

I forgot how to smart : (


I spent a good amount of time yesterday fiddling with this card. I had all the pieces I thought I wanted to use….and no matter how I tried…I just could not make it work! Super frustrating. Have you had days like that too? I’m sure we all do. You forget how to smart.  Once I was good and fed up…I took all the little pieces off the top and discovered underneath…that I actually did like the base layers quite a lot….so I got out some new goodies for the top….and voila a finished card that I just love!!! Moral of the story????? Sometime you just have to stop and find a new solution when you’re stuck on a project!

IMG_1599My girlies Anna and Brandy who were visiting me in the shop will be laughing…this is not the card I set out to make. It’s only like a million times better : ) Don’t ya just love that paper??? It’s Pink Paislee. That double chevron is so pretty. The printed die cuts are too. They’re from different lines…but you know me..I’ve got to mix and match.


IMG_1602This perfect little bow was tied with Taupe Chevron  from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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

A Red White and Blue Challenge at RRR


Bonnie is starting a new challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings. Red White and Blue is the theme this time…how perfect as I know we are all gearing up for our summer holidays and won’t it be lovely to add some handcrafted items to our seasonal decor?

I’ve created this very festive card….it may be a little over the top…but then again…why not celebrate in style???

IMG_1583Once I got to layering…it was hard to stop lol. I have these fun papers in stock and also some fabulous sticker sheets in the shop and on sale….so if your in the area….stop in and say hello and pick up some patriotic crafting goodies.

To finish this card….I added a layer of burlap. And some patriotic hemp string.

Okay….now it’s your turn to get you red white and blue on and enter the challenge at RRR.

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

Variety Card Class May 21st


Okay Peeps…I’ve got our next class lined up : ) This time I got a great selection of variety cards.. One for Birthday, Thank You,  Masculine, Patriotic and all occasion. That’s 5 cards….all vintagy, with lot’s and lot’s of layers : ) Some have buttons, Really Reasonable Ribbon trims, and of course beautiful vintage images!

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards:

IMG_1596This class will be starting at promptly 6 PM May 21st. All supplies and adhesives are included and use of tools. Of course if you have a favorite pair of scissors….you’re welcome to bring them : ) cost for this class is $18.00

You can stop in the shop to check out the other cards and leave your deposit to save your seat. You can also call me up at the shop (734) 268-1109 to save your seat. Please do not leave deposit information in a message.

I hope you all enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening : ) G

May Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Despite the chilly weather outside…I’m told it’s Spring…and that must mean it’s time again for another Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.


This month we’re sharing our projects made with the fabulous Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment.


This assortment is so great for me as the summer holidays are some of my favorite to celebrate since we are fiercely patriotic and  the 4th of July is my Dear Hubbies Birthday…and very soon we will be celebrating our oldest Son’s Eagle Scout Ceremony and high school graduation. I created my project to use as part of the decoration at his banquet. I’ve gotten a sneaky peek at some of the other designers projects and I have to say…I love them all.

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!

IMG_1568This pic is my Son with his patrol. Such wonderful, respectful, helpful, reverent, incredible young men. I am super proud of all of them : ) I always have a stash of great papers to create patriotic projects. For this layout….I really wanted to add lot’s of dimensional embellishments….So I started with a very patterned paper….then chose to cover it with patterned velum to give me a neutral background….You can still see the flag through the velum which is printed with the Declaration.

IMG_1573This fun banner was created by layering lot’s of well inked stickers…then punching tiny holes and string them between fabulous bows made from the ribbon assortment. I added a bit of extra inked trim to the outside…to bring the color down to the corner.

IMG_1582For this little number….I started with a base of a very large folded cardstock rosette. Then layered on great little flags on picks, part of a cupcake wrapper, vintage Uncle Sam image. Some folded dimensional stars with lot’s of ink and glitter and blue pearly flourishes. There is also a several Brittania Candi Dots.

Your next stop in the hop is the wonderful GLORIA.

She is sharing a super creative project that I can’t wait to try out myself! Don’t forget to leave her a little love: )

Thanks for hopping along with us this month…I hope you enjoyed our projects as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Precious Baby Girl Card


I’m just popping in to share a sweet little baby girl card I created yesterday. I’ve got this great new Pink Paislee paper win the shop with the best pink diagonal stripes : ) I did a little more stamping too…I must be on a roll lol….two cards in a row.

IMG_1562-001The inspiration for this card was that little girl image…which I printed on textured cardstock to give an aged appearance…then clipped her from her background.

IMG_1563I stamped the sentiment image then added Stickles to the frame for accent. The stickers are from a Simple Stories sticker sheet. I added the clip and vintage button to finish.

IMG_1562-002The bow is made from RRR Wrinkle Ribbon.

Not sure if this card is going to stay a card….or perhaps I will use it as a cover for a baby girl mini album.

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

Ginny is stamping…yes you heard right lol


It is odd for me to find myself stamping….not that I don’t enjoy it….but I just don’t do it often. We all have our certain techniques we gravitate toward right??? Like I am not for the embossing. Weird….Maybe because there are too many patterned papers I want to use. Anyhoo…I have A LOT OF STAMPS for someone who does not stamp often…so I’ve made it my goal to use them more.

IMG_1556The stamped element is the clock in the middle. I started with my Peachy Keen Polka Dot Background stamp…and added the pink dots…then added a scalloped center working in the pink still. Then switched to chocolate brown and added the clock face and hands. Then I used my 2 1/2 inch circle punch and cropped it out…then I gave the whole thing a good working over with Gathered Twig Distress Ink paying particular attention to the edge. I kinda love how it turned out : )  the flowers are stamped and trimmed and inked and layered…then topped off with pretty pearly accent.

IMG_1557Poofy bow of Pink Wrinkle Ribbon and Pink Gingham, topped of with Bakers Twine and vintage button.

IMG_1558Ribbon banner with more buttons, inked doily and typography tag and resin lock plate.

That’s it for stamped project #1…..I’ve got more tags ready to share on another day .

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

Ribbon Leaf Tutorial


Oh how we hoard the craft supplies. I am sooooo guilty. I just know I’ll use up every little thing…if I only keep it long enough.  Let’s see a show of hands if you’re with me…no..keep em up so we can count…yep. Every single one of you lol. 

Need a little inspiration??? Well I can’t help you with the whole stash…but if you’re holding on to silk flower stems with leaves on them….you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing this tutorial at Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings.

I’ll show you a little sneaky peek of my project….it a lovely shabby chic tag.


These leaves had a shape I liked….but the colors were not so much shabby chic. I started by pulling the leaves off the stem. The secret ingredient is my favorite Scor-Tape ( Yes I know I use it on everything.)

IMG_1547Use the Scor-Tape to cover the leaves. Don’t be too concerned if it runs over the edge…you’ll be trimming it later. It’s also more interesting to choose different size leaves. For my project I chose the Olive Wrinkle Ribbon and Faux Natural Burlap.

IMG_1551Choose a trim that will coordinate with your project and press it firmly into the tape and trim off excess. The tape will keep the sides from raveling. They are also bulkier and have a nice structure. Some leaves even have a wire in the back…so once you have the trim applied….you can bend them into a perfect shape.

IMG_1553 I used my leaves layered under some pretty paper roses that I swiped from my BFF Heather’s craft room lol. Just kidding. She treated me to lot’s of flowers for helping her organize her ribbon : )

One last look at the finished tag.


I added some real vintage buttons, crystal headed pins, a metal mailing tag, some Juliet Lace and a sweet little bow of Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon. Last but not least an inked paper doily.

Okay…that used up 4 leaves out of the stash…I guess I better keep my thinkin cap on.

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

Second Seatinig Vintage Patriotic Americana Mini Album class May 7th


You all know by now that the summer holidays are some of my favorite. Not only because we are fiercely patriotic…but because it’s also my sweet Hubby’s Birthday yay!!!! So they hold a very special place in our hearts. I do like to make a handcrafted gift for him with an Americana theme…..I’ve created banners and buckets and mini albums. This year it’s another mini….and I’ve put together a class so you all can make one too! They’re a great place to showcase your favorite  holiday pictures and memories. They also become a wonderful part of your seasonal decor.

Here’s a sneaky peek at the cover : )


This album is loaded with vintage patriotic images, glitter accents….and lot’s of Really Reasonable Ribbon trims.

Inside there’s many pocket’s and tags, and a fun fold out mini- in- a -mini. You can stop into the shop to see the rest of the album….and to sign up for the class. As always… can call and save your spot and leave your deposit by calling me during regular business hours. Please do not leave deposit info on a message.

The class will be May 7th at 6pm. Cost for the class is $30 and includes all materials and adhesives. Kit’s for the class will be offered in the Etsy shop by the end of the week. Additional seating may be offered in May….depending upon availability of supplies.

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

Vintage French Sewing


Just popping in to share a sweet card I created this week. I have to say I love every thing about it : ) It’s sooooo vintagy!!

IMG_1518IMG_1522IMG_1521Lot’s of yummy paper layers with vintage images…crystal topped pins, vintage buttons, metal clip and beautiful Juliet Lace and Taupe wired Chevron Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Okay…off now to get ready to go to the shop. I’m really enjoying this warm sunny weather we are having here in Michigan. Especially since we just had a blizzard a few days ago.

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