Monthly Archives: July 2013

Shabby-Vintage Ribbon Spool Tutorial


I’m so excited to share my tutorial today because it’s such a simple solution for storing your full spools of beautiful Really Reasonable Ribbon. Don’t hide them away…keep them out so they’re handy and easy to find. But if you’re thinking to yourself….the spool is not as beautiful as the ribbon on the spool. But why shouldn’t they be??? Finish them off and add them to a pretty vintage bowl or tray and keep them right out on your work surface.

IMG_1847Here’s a few resting in a pretty painted compote.

IMG_1852Or line them up in a vintage tray.


Maybe just stacked up a shelf…for pretty and practical decor.

This process is SUPER SIMPLE and you can choose just the right images to match your creative space.

IMG_1856First print out some images you love…for’s gotta be pink and shabby. You can do a lot of mathing and print them out to measure exactly right……or…if you’re like me…just print them a bit big and trim the excess. Don’t worry if it’s not circular…just as long as your image is big enough to fit the size of the spool.

IMG_1857I traced a rough circle around my spool…neatness does not count as you can see lol.

IMG_1859Cut out your slightly too large image. The spools have a  shiny surface….so you’ll want to use your Scor-Tape to adhere the image. Little strips around the outside work just fine. Tare off the paper backing of the tape and adhere the spool to the center of your image on the back side of course and trim the excess with small sharp scissors just following the outside contour of the spool. Now you can finish it off with ink and embellishments. I chose butterflies and a small tag.


As you can see…I’ve gotten a lot of use from the Pink and Silver Gray Organza : ) Can you image how beautiful a big wire basket full of these vintage inspired ribbons spools would be??? I think I’ll be having a closer look at the selection of trims I can order on spools from RRR…so I can add to my collection . Some vintage images shown are from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.

Also here is a very exciting update for Really Reasonable Ribbon…they are now carrying a fabulous selection of Wild Orchard Craft Flowers. They are sooo beautiful I can’t wait to get my hands on lot’s of them…you’ll be seeing them in my projects soon…so hop on over  to check em out and get some for yourself…..just tell Bonnie Ginny sent ya lol. Click here…then scroll to the 2nd page of new and restocked items to see the flowers : )

Okay that’s it for my tutorial..I hope you love it as much as I do!

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

Birthday Birdie Wish Card


Good morning all! I’m dropping in to share this Blue Birdie Birthday Card I created with a great blue and red color scheme, a blue birdie button card, glitter chipboard letters and layers of trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_1839IMG_1843Ohhhhh SHINY!

IMG_1842This bow is super poofy made with a wide Red Gingham, skinny Blue Gingham, and Blue Seam Binding.

IMG_1844Are these not the sweetest little birdies????

I’m off to get a little work done…then see what kind of shenanigans I can get into on my day off…

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

Sweet Treat Birthday Card


Good morning to all! I’m just popping in to share a Birthday card I created this week. It got a cute whimsical vintage image and lot’s of shabby chic style.

IMG_1822I just love how that chocolate brown check anchors the pale creamy layers.

IMG_1824-001I wanted to add detail…without contrast….so I loaded up on pale trims and buttons.  I used Burlap Trim with Silver and Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon. A few vintagy buttons and a tiny tag for accent. These trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon : )

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

Holy Heatwave Batman


We’re heading into another scorcher of a day here in Lower Michigan and humid too. The weatherman says we’re under a “heat dome” now doesn’t that sound like a great name for one of those crazy wackadoo movies on Sy-fy channel I love to watch??? The core of the earth is cracking and heating up the surface…so they send down a drilling machine that shoots superglue into it…lol I should have been a writer lol.

Anyhoo…enough of the shenanigans…time to get serious. Here is my card for the newest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. It’s a Sizzlin Summer Colors theme.


What’s more summery than a pea pod seed pack with hot pink ribbon????IMG_1812My super poofy bow is made of layered Apple Green Satin, and  Random Dot on Hot Pink.

I couldn’t resist adding some coordinating buttons and tiny clips : )

You should hop on over and check out the challenge….it’s easy to add your project and show off your own Sizzlin Summer Colors!

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find  some time to beat the heat! : ) G

Sweet Strawberries Card


Hello and happy Sunday all : ) I’m enjoying myself a slow summer day….a little sleepin in…a little housework…dinner is in the crockpot…waiting for kiddo to call to get picked up from camp. It’s all good. Perfect timing for a summer inspired card right???

IMG_1818EEEEE I love this card! Okay here is the down load….all paper from the scarp and salvage box….who’s a thrifty scrapper??? This girl! Fun vintage image…just right for a Birthday, Get Well, I Love you or an I’m thinking of you card. I did a very haphazzard stitch for a very handcrafted look. Load’s of inking too and a pretty little doily.

IMG_1819Best. Bow. Ever.  Really.  1st layer…Cream Seam Binding…2nd layer….Green Moss Gingham….3rd layer…very well inked tag…4th layer…awesome chipboard button. To top it all off theres 2 sweet little leafy pins from Maya Road : ) This is my happy place bow : ) All trims here are from my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I’m off to whip up a nice loaf of bread to go with our dinner…vegan chicken and dumpling….oh yeah.

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

It’s Blog HopTime Again


Well I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far…I know I am…we love the warm weather.  It’s also Blog Hop time with Really Reasonable Ribbon and I could not be more excited with Bonnie’s Citrus Ribbon Club selection. I just found a super sweet pic of my great niece that has her modeling a totally adorable ruffly swimmy suit and the colors match the club pack perfectly. I know they are not my usual…but I’m really happy with how it turned out.  

rrr-blog-hopHere is the wonderful Citrus Ribbon Club Assortment.


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…that’s it for my Citrus inspired project….now you’re off to the amazing Gloria…you are gonna love her project…I know I do!

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

Christmas in July Class #3 Retro Inspired Cards Tuesday July 16


We are on a roll with our Christmas in July projects. Next in the line up is fun retro inspired cards with 50’s flair. I’ve added lot’s of Stickling, layers and layers of pretty patterned papers and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards…

IMG_1817Okay so you all know the drill….we start at 6 pm…all materials included.  If you like to see the rest of the cards and leave a deposit to save your seat…just stop in the shop. You can reserve over the phone too at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours. Please do not leave deposit information in a message. Cost for this class is $25.00.  A few have already saved your spots….I know who you are…your seat is safe! This is going to be a super fun class : )


In other big news…. Bonnie is having a super awesome 3 day sale at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Click here to check out the details and pick up your coupon code to get the great discount.

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


Update for Christmas Mini Album Kit


I just wanted to give a quick update for those who are waiting for their kits to be listed in the Etsy shop for the Vintage Inspired Christmas mini album.

You can follow this link right to the listing :

Polly’s on Etsy

img_1772I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. : ) G

Butterfly Hydrangea Birthday Card


Taking a little break from my not so busy Sunday morning to pop in and share a sweet Butterfly Hydrangea Birthday card I created in the shop yesterday.

il_570xN.477109368_k1lpI found this lovely image at Ephemera’s Vintage Garden.

It was the inspiration for this warm rich color scheme. I love to work with blues and browns….so classic. As always I did loads of layering and inking.

il_570xN.477134023_3kl3I created this sweet little bow with Satin with Silver Blue Topaz ribbon  from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Off now to putter around Pinterest for awhile and find something to make for dinner 🙂

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

More Christmas in July


Oh the weather outside is frightful……oh no wait…the weather outside is absolutely beautiful. Some might think it’s hot….I don’t think it’s too hot until you can’t sleep with the windows open.  We did last night….didn’t hear any fireworks….but the spring peepers in the big pond sure make a lot of noise!  

This morning I’m sharing another Christmas in July card.   Very very vintagy. I love cremes and black for an old fashioned look.

IMG_1785I was inspired by the super beautiful vintage Santa image. I layered him over a G45 postcard cutout. In between the layers I added a border of tattered up sheet music edges. You just can’t beat the shade of beige that comes from authentically old sheet music….I have a lovely stack donated by my dear friend Kim…..who is awesome : ) And she has the best great dane who come to play paper with me in the shop sometimes ….Tucker is such a good ( BIG) boy!!!!

IMG_1786I crocheted a sweet little flower and layered it with some lovely paper roses, leaves, a glittery snowflake and Stickled pine cones. The little poofy bow is made from Black Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_1787-001My customers at he shop have enjoyed seeing the Christmas projects in progress when they drop in…..I’m not too sure how they are feeling about the holiday jazz????? Oh well….gotta get in the spirit right???

This card is available in the Etsy shop.

I’m off to bring good tidings and Joy….I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : )  G