Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Birthday Mason Jar Card


Hello there Peeps! I’m here today to share a great little Birthday card with a dimensional stack of flowers, a fun mason jar, and more layered  Cricut cuts.

IMG_3327We’ll be creating this card as part of our class tonight. I’m looking forward to a night of crafty fun with my Peeps!  There are a few kits available for the 5 cards from this Variety Card class. Check out Polly’s on Etsy for details.

In other news…..we’ve got a fabulous new header for our facebook page……Like us on facebook to get sale and shop updates and lot’s of projects to get you inspired to get your craft on!!!


I’ve got lot’s of work to do to keep me busy and out of this terrible rainy weather. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Variety Card Class and Kits


Hello there Paper Peeps! I’m dropping in this morning to share a card we will be making in class this week. It’s one of 5 variety cards….this one is Thinking of You!  We will also be creating a masculine card…good for Birthday or Father’s Day, a Happy Birthday card, a Thank You card, and a Wish card good for all occasions.

IMG_3328For this set of cards….I got a little crazy with the die cuts and embossing….eeeek.  This card has a pretty little image from one of my collage sheets that I added a sweet sentiment too and Stickled for accent. I layered it over multiple die cuts, lacy doily and beautiful blue checked patterned paper. I finished it off with a simple little coordinating bow.  

This class is full…but if you’d like to make the cards too…I have kit’s available in the Polly’s on Etsy shop.  You can view the rest of the cards and get a kit  so you’ll have a card ready for any occasion!

Okay…that’s all for me today….I’ll be catching up on a little housework since I’m stuck in the house. My car is making a funny noise and my Hubby is off camping…so it’s a home day while I wait for him to get home and fix it : ) I’m wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative.

Mother’s Day Scarf Pin Tutorial


Hey there Paper Peeps!  I’m just dropping in to share a fun and easy tutorial to whip up some great little flower, lace, and burlap scarf pins. These make great little gifts for Mother’s Day too! Make up a bunch of these cuties to have on hand and you’ll be ready with a thoughtful handmade gift whenever you need one. Did I mention they’re easy????


Isn’t that shabbylicious??? I think it would be pretty cute on a hat too!!!

Okay lets get started…..

IMG_3317I have 9 artificial fabric flowers….nothing to write home about….but I like the size and shape. I used my blending tool and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to give them some color. Next I added some Liquid Pearls in Bisque to the outer edges. While it was still wet…I sprinkled on Martha Stewart fine clear glitter.  You can also add a little Walnut or Gathered Twig Ink to antique it like I did in the finished pin.  You will also need some flower stamens….these I found in the cake decorating section. I layered three flowers and added three stamens to the center of each.

IMG_3319Cut a circle from chipboard or other stiff backing material. I used an antique file folder since they are very thick and sturdy.  Pierce a hole in the center.  Trim Burlap from the wired edge and cut a scalloped shape on one side. Pinch pleat and hot glue the burlap around making sure to cover the outside edge of the circle. Add a layer of Crocheted Lace trim next pinch pleating the same as you did with the burlap. This took 2 layers of each for the size of circle and flowers I chose….you may like more or less layers.

IMG_3320Begin pulling the stamens from the flowers through the center hole of the chipboard circle. You’ll want to add all three flowers before you secure the stamens on the back.

IMG_3321I just squished the stamens into slightly cooled hot glue….still hurt : (  You could also use a wet adhesive like E 6000 if you’re squeamish about burning yourself. Add the pin back now. I found them at the big box craft store…very inexpensive for a fairly large package. These came with an adhesive strip….but I don’t trust that adhesive….so I added hot glue before securing it to the pin.


Once you have everything secured….give the burlap a little haircut to remove any stray stringy bits and be sure to check for glue strings before gifting it to someone special : )

 Okay I hope I’ve inspired you to create lot’s of these to give to brighten someones day! I’m wishing you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G


Happy Belated Birthday Card


Hey there Paper Peeps! I dropping in this morning to share a quick belated Birthday wish to my friend Jan : ) I created a sweet shabby chic card for her with lot’s of pinks and flowers : )


Supplies used: Satin Swiss Dots Pink from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Cardstock from World Win, patterned paper from Hampton Arts and lot’s of printed vintage images. I added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and Stickles for accent.

Okay…I’m off to the shop to get my craft on….I can’t tell you exactly what I’m working on…but I can tell you it’s gonna be messy. Inks and texture paste and stamps oh my!!!!! I’m wishing you all a happy and productive day with lot’s of time to  be creative : ) G

Exciting News! And More Excting News!!!


Hey there Peeps! I’m popping in with another quick post as we have so much awesomeness going on today! First big news…..

10173696_758922780808502_8874881051895851679_nWe made the team woot woot woot!!!!! I am so excited to be joining this awesome group of super talented designers. I am sooo looking forward to sharing lots and lots of fabulous projects with you on the G45 blog!!!!!

More news?????? Oh yeah…bring it on!

Bonnie has announced her new design team at Really Reasonable Ribbon and I am staying on for another term to share my creations using fabulous RRR trims and goodies.  Check out the rest of the team and leave the new designers a little love…I know I’m going to : )

This has been a week full of real blessings. Oh and the weather has gotten so much warmer….Spring has finally arrived 🙂 Thanks for being a big part of #goteamginny I couldn’t have made it without you!!!!


Challenge #6 at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog


Hey there all you fabulous Paper Peeps. It’s time again for another great challenge at C.H.A.C.B.

CHACB-blinkieRemember our awesome prize this month was very generously donated by the kind folks at Hampton Art!


Hampton Art, founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. One of the earliest “art stamp” companies, Hampton has transformed over the years to become a complete provider of creative products such as stamps, inks, papers, kids crafts, stationery, scrapbooking supplies, and card making accessories for crafters of every age and skill level. We focus on working together with other companies through strong, personal relationships and licensing partnerships to consistently bring fun, inspiring products to market. We have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™, and our latest addition, Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012. Our products can be found via most national craft retailers at over 5000 stores across the US and Canada. We also ship to 20 different countries across the globe. Hampton was acquired by National Spinning Co, Inc. of Washington, NC, our current home, in 2008. For more information, visit our Website.  ******The prize is the rolling craft cart only and does not include the craft supplies inside  shown for the purpose of display only*****

So the theme this time is a fabulous sketch map designed by Gloria Stengel:

1947659_10203412799188482_1882396757_nI have never worked with a sketch map before……but once I got stared working I really enjoyed it! My take on the sketch:

IMG_3262I thought this was a nice addition to my Easter Decor  : )  

IMG_3260IMG_3261-001Okay…now it’s your turn to take that sketch map and dig into your hoard and create a project so you can play along in our challenge! I can not wait to see what all of you super talented crafters come up with!! Speaking of talented crafters… fellow design team Sisters have some really great inspiration for you with their take on the sketch…hop on over and check em out. Don’t forget to leave em a little love for sharing their creativity. Click HERE to go to C.H.A.C.B. to find the linky to play along.

Donna, Glenda, Gloria, Karen, Pam, Tammi, Amber,Christy, Debbie, Jan, Kathy.

Okay that’s all for me today…gonna get outside and enjoy our nice warm weather….have lots of leaves to clean out of the flower beds! Wishing you all a happy and productive day and lots of time to be creative : ) G

French Country Shadow Box Collage with Graphic 45


Good morning Paper Peeps!  I hope you are enjoying your holiday so far….I know my kiddos have enjoyed having Spring Break the week before Easter! The weather is finally showing some signs of warming up and the grass is starting to get green….now if only the leaves on the trees would come out : ) I’m dropping in this morning before I head to the shop to share a shadow box collage I created yesterday. I am cra-zy over making shadow boxes now!!!

IMG_3292I used French Country patterned papers from Graphic 45 as well as some beautiful clock images from A Proper Gentleman. The box itself is 10×10 and I had so much fun layering in all the fussy cut images…and of course there is like elebenty hundred foam spacers so I could build in a lot of depth.

IMG_3293These colors are so warm and sunny. I used the clocks and the sunflowers to anchor the bottom corners. It never ceases to amaze me how well the papers from different lines coordinate so you can mix and match them to make your projects very unique.



I added a striped scallop border to the box then layered on the border strip that came on the sheet. It suited my project better to arrange the stripes in a different order…so I trimmed them out and flipped them around so I would have the dark edge up against the stripe to keep it from being pattern overload.


I am crazy about how this clock turned out.  I added some inked Dusty Attic chippies the layered on more of the sunflowers and leaves and clocks.


All along the top of the box I layered in fussy cut images with tags and more of the foam spacers. There are also lots of cricut cut scrollys that I worked in.  To finish off this corner….a sweet banner hangs from Licorice Bakers Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_3297I cut doubles on the stamp images so I could add an extra spacer and roll up the corners.

IMG_3298This shadow box is very very very very dimensional! This has become my new favorite project : )

Okay…that’s all for me today…gotta get to the shop to see what kinda trouble I can get into! Wishing you all a happy and productive day and lot’s of time to be creative : ) G