Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Challenge at Let’s Get Shabby


There’s a new challenge posted at Let’s Get Shabby. The theme this month is to create a project inspired by a piece of shabby chic china.  This is wonderful idea…..but for me….well I’m the only shabby chic country girl who doesn’t own china. I am so lucky to be married to a wonderful man who put himself through college cooking in a very upscale Italian restaurant. To chefs…the food should be beautiful…not the plate it served on… we have white dishes…..which is not too inspiring for craft projects lol. Thankfully Pinterest is full of beautiful china dish images….so here is the inspiration I found…


I loved the border….and the sweet little pink flowers. Here is my layout inspired by the china…


This beautiful young lady is the Daughter of my dear friend Belinda. Heading for the prom with her date Thomas. Isn’t that the cutest couple??? Thanks for sharing Belinda : )

Okay…now it’s your turn to get inspired by china and create a project to share in the challenge….the prize this month is a great selection of chipboard!!!! Click this link to head over to check out the details…good luck to all who enter!

Christmas in July Book Class


Can you think of a better way to beat the heat than joining us for Christmas in July book class??? I didn’t think so : ) For our first project we will be making a lovely vintage inspired book with loads of pockets, ton’s of tags and detail galore and of course trim trim trim!

Here is a sneaky peek at the cover….

IMG_1772We’ll be crankin up the air conditioning and the Christmas tunes…. flip flops and tank tops and Christmas OH MY!

As always everything you need to complete this project is included in the class….so just come in ready to work and be merry and bright.  This class will be held Tuesday July 2nd  starting promptly at 6 pm. Due to the detailed nature of this book…I’m estimating the class to run about 3 hours???? Also I don’t recommend it to those who are very new beginners. Cost for this class is $30. If you would like to see the rest of this book and save your seat…you can hop in the shop during our regular business hours. You can leave your deposit and reservation by calling me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours…..please do not leave deposit information in a message.  

After the class seatings….kit’s may be available in the Etsy shop.  It’s a great way to get your Christmas crafting on when you don’t have to shop and clean and bake like a gazillion cookies lol. Hope you can make it!

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

Mini Folded Album Tutorial


I’ve sent my sweetie and my little guy off to scout summer camp this week…and I miss them terribly. This year I tucked a sweet little  folded paper mini book into D.H.’s duffel  bag so he’ll know I’m thinking about him while he’s gone. It’s got tiny tags tucked into the pockets to add sweet nothings. Best off all…it started out as a 1 sheet wonder.  I did add a fair bit of details….not so easy in a masculine book It was a great way to use up some bits from the scrap and salvage box : )

Here is a preview of the folded book….IMG_1731

Here is the inside with the pockets…. don’t worry…I’ve written all the mushy stuff on the backs of the tags lol.  I’ve added just a bit of  Seam Binding in Tobacco to 2 of the tags. If I had done all 3 it may have been too bulky. I used a thin width of brown trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon to tie this little book together. You will want to choose the color that coordinates with your paper selections.

IMG_1733Here is the back of book….I used some thin chipboard, die cuts, and stickers. Lot’s of detail…but not too girlie. I should also mention that I’ve inked the folded edges heavily.


Okay…so here is the super easy tutorial. I choose to use Scor-Tape for the adhesive….since it will be taking a beating squished in a bag of camping gear.


I think these would be a great way to give a gift card…or folded up cash…for a more personal gift. Or just a little something to let someone know you are thinking about them : )

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

A little Thank You Gifty


As many of you know….our family just celebrated my oldest Son’s graduation and  Boy Scout  Eagle Rank Advancement….it’s been a super busy month getting everything ready for parties and out of town guests. I couldn’t have done it without a little help from my friends!!! Namely my beautiful Mother who flew in from Texas to work her little tail off….cooking for days : ) And to my Bestest best friend Heather for all she did to help…and for making my favorite ramen noodle salad. I made this little notebook for her in her favorite orange…it’s bright and cheerful…..just like her : )


I added a strip of  Natural Faux Burlap. Then I layered on the Orange Wrinkle Ribbon.


There’s also some sweet little chipboard flowers and a tiny blue butterfly. I couldn’t  resist adding the coordinating orange buttons…I know Heather will love them : )


The top of the jar image needed a little somthin somthin….so I dressed it with a bit of the new Lyndsey Crocheted Lace...nipped in to fit the contour of the jar.

I hope Heather will find lot’s of things she wants to write about in this little journal…or maybe just for grocery lists??? LOL Thanks again Heather for all you did to help make our big day even more special. We love you millions!!!! And just for a quick proud Mom moment….my little boy just graduated Magna Cum Laude and got a nearly full ride scholarship to Eastern University Honor’s College to study computer engineering. Who’s a proud Mom??? This girl !!!! LOL

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

June Blog Hop With Really Reasonable Ribbon



Yep…you guessed it. It’s time again for the super creative team at Really Reasonable Ribbon to share our projects using the June Ribbon Club Assortment.

ribbonclubjune2013lge_2013This is such a fun and cheerful mix : ) Bonnie is so creative when combining ribbons and trims!

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!

I chose to work with the pretty blues. I thought they would coordinate beautifully with some sweet little butterfly images that I printed and trimmed. I added them to a card I created with pics of my Nieces Chelsea and Jaeda.

IMG_1698 I really love this picture printed in black and white…it looks so much softer with the pale colors of the trim and flowers.

IMG_1707Lot’s and lot’s of paper layers. I added sewing as well for texture.


This lovely poofy bow was made from time from the Ribbon Club Assortment. I added a generous strip of the lace too!


I layered in a nice variety of flowers with the butterflies.

IMG_1713There’s a few vintage buttons to soften the edge.

Your next stop in the hop is the wonderful Gloria.

Thanks for joining us in the hop! I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Sweet Spiral Mini


Here is super sweet tiny scrapbook that would be the perfect little brag book…just big enough for a good sized wallet photo and room to journal your special memories.  And in case you’re wondering if I used the entire package of die cut images on this project…….yup! I clearly need supervision from a more responsible adult. I used lovely trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon to finish off this mini…pretty enough to give as a gift….as long as you fill it with pic of the kiddos first!



So this mini started with a base of a small spiral notebook. I added loads of paper layers and those die cuts I mentioned above. I added the Juliet lace to the top to make it more vintagy. And tied with coordinating ribbon trim.



 As you can see…all the pages are similar…but different. I sandwiched 10 sheets of the notebook paper between each finished page…so it’s surprisingly sturdy and chunky. This would be a great way to use up scraps!!!!! I would recommend keeping the embellishing to just paper layers for the inside…as it does get a bit bulky.

I hope this inspires you to create your own mini brag book….and gift it to someone special : )

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