Monthly Archives: August 2014

Halloween Tag Book in a Box Class and Kit


Hey there Paper Peeps! Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend so far.  I’m just dropping in to share the fun project we will be creating in class this week. It’s a vintagy inspired Halloween Tag Book in a Box.  I loaded it up with layers of patterned papers, vintagy holiday images, and super fun and festive embellishments.

IMG_3879Isn’t it spooktacular? I really had so much fun adding these embellishments! The box will be a great addition to seasonal decor…and family and friends can enjoy viewing the pictures and memories.

IMG_3880I’ve chosen really yummy ribbons to make scrumptious bows. All different…but coordinated.

IMG_3881Isn’t that the cutest little guy?

IMG_3882IMG_3883The backs of the tags all have pumpkin colored cardstock embossed with a spiderweb pattern!

Tuesday Night Peep Vicky wanted to work on Halloween projects and Peep Bobbie wanted vintage and cute. I think this will make them both happy : ) There are a few kits available: Halloween Tag Book in a Box. Will begin shipping Sept 6th.

Okay Peeps that’s all for me. I hope you enjoy your holiday. I’ll be spending mine taking and processing elebenty hundred pics. My hubby got me a remote for my camera so my day will be a whole lot better.   I’m hoping to kick this sinus headache soon…ahhhh Michigan weather strikes again. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lot’s of time to be creative : ) G

Thanksgiving Creativity Kits


Hey there Paper Peeps. I got lots of requests to offer our Thanksgiving  Creativity Kits early this year so you can get your craft on and get a jump on your holiday projects. I’m only too happy to oblige : )

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IMG_3856The kit is chock full of patterned papers, vintage images and pre-tied satin bows.  I’ve created some really festive holiday cards with warm rich colors and vintage Thanksgiving images. Use this kit to create cards, tags, banners or labels for homemade treats to show people how thankful you are for them : )

IMG_3853Hop on over to the Etsy shop to get a detailed list of all the yummy little paper pretties in the Thanksgiving Creativity Kit.

Okay that’s all for me. Looking forward to Friday Funday with my crafty Peeps. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Christmas Card with Instagram Tip and Graphic 45


Well hello there Peeps!  I’m excited to share my project today  because it’s  a project from Graphic 45. They asked us to share a tip that could be explained easily in an Instagram pic.   The tip I’m sharing is actually something I use every single day at the shop. When I’m creating cards…..I keep a stack of masks made from manilla folders with the dimensions of the card cut from the middle. I make 6 1/2 x 5 inch cards….

Instagram Tip 2The mask blocks out all the surrounding patterns and shows you what the papers would look like in the finished card size. That way you can move the papers and images around until you get an arrangement you like before you even begin cutting the paper.  I use these so often I have quite a few. My shop masks all had doodles and phone numbers written on them….one had a coffee cup ring and glitter yikes!  I made a new one just for this pic!

Instagram Tip 1You can see how much easier it is to visualize the finished card when you can un-see the surrounding pattern.

Here is the finished card I created using the mask.

Instagram Tip 3I used The Twelve Days of Christmas from Graphic 45.

Instagram Tip 5I painted and inked a little chipboard frame and layered on lots of fussy cut images and vintage buttons.

Instagram Tip 4More fussy cut images here with festive jingle bells, a glittery star, Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, and scrolly chipboard shapes painted to match the frame.

Once you try this tip I know you’ll be making your own stack of masks. Have them in every size of card you create…just don’t set your coffee cup on them lol.

Here’s a list of paper pretties I used to create this card:

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas~ Drummers Drumming

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas ~Holly and Ivy

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas~ Golden Rings

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas~ Swans a Swimming

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas ~ My Turtle Dove

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Banners

Black Cardstock

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink

Chipboard Frame

Dusty Attic Chipboard

Glitter Star

Painted Jingle Bells

Vintage Buttons

Chalkboard Sticker

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Happy Anniversary Beer Carton


Hey there Peeps. I’m dropping in to share a project that is very different for me. It’s not a card…..not a book…not a shadow box.  It’s beer. Yes you heard me right. A 6 pack of bottles of my Hubbies favorite craft beer. Are you asking yourself if Ginny has finally lost it? Well maybe lol…but the beer gifty is for my Hubby for our anniversary. 21 years…how time flies.  I wanted to to make it a little more special so I used my Good Ol’ Sport papers to dress up the carton.

Anniversary Gift 1It just so happened that the carton was mostly black…so I decided to take advantage of that and use it as a border. This saved me from trying to wrap the corners around a not so square package.

Anniversary Gift 2I finished the carton on all sides.  I thought it might be put into use as a pen holder when the drinkies are gone. Or maybe it could hold all those little weirdo cords we need to plug the devices into the computer?  The carton had est 1997 on it and I thought that was a fun little detail….also I didn’t want to measure and cut that odd angle at the top.

Anniversary Gift 3I added a fair few foam spacers…..the dimension helps to bring out the layers.

Anniversary Gift 4I liked the idea of an all sport theme….so I added them all lol.

Anniversary Gift 5Covering the top was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be….I really wanted to cover the cardboard carton on the inside too so it would have a finished look inside and out.  Just for fun I added some tickets to the bottles.   I think my hubby would encourage me to do a tutorial on this project…especially if it gets him more fancy beer lol.

Supplies List

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~Big Score

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~Play Ball

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~Touchdown

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~Game Day

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~ Number 1 Fan

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~ Good Ol’ Sport

Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport~ Good Ol’ Sport Stickers

Seems like a long time since I’ve made a project that didn’t have bows and flowers right?  I’m showing my sportier side lol.

Okay that’s all for me except to wish Kenny a very happy Anniversary. I hope you have a fabulous day at work. I’ll be with the Teen Peeps getting all the back to school stuff settled..then off to tennis and maybe a  lunch date with Jonathan and his best friend Dylan( my other kid from another Mother lol) I’m also wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G


Tea and Cookie Gift Holder Tutorial


Hey there Peeps! Ginny here and I’m dropping in to share a fun little project you can make with 1 sheet of paper, a ruler, and bits and pieces from your scrap and salvage box. And of course some super scrumptious ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s a very easy tutorial….and you’ll be making these for every occasion!
First a sneak peek of the finished project:

IMG_3822Okay…now for the tutorial:

IMG_3818You’ll need an 8″ x 8″ square of patterned cardstock. Make sure you pick a sheet that you like both sides of as you can see them when you fold it up.   This looks like a bit of an difficult measuring process…but it’s really too easy.  On the top left corner measure in 2 3/4 inches and make a small tic with a pencil. Turn the page 1/4 turn to the left and measure in 5 1/4 inch and make another tic. Connect the tic with a ruler and fold on that line. Now turn the page 1/4 turn again and measure in 2 3/4 inches and make a tic. Turn the page 1/4 turn again and mark at the 5 1/4 inch. Connect the dots with the ruler and fold on that line. Now you have the outside folds all ready.  Now measure in 1 inch from the right side. Turn the page 1/4  turn and measure in 1 inch from the left. In the opposite corner do the same. With your ruler fold up on the lines creating a strip diagonally down the middle. Now you get to fold!

IMG_3819Fold down from the top.

IMG_3820Fold up from the bottom.

IMG_3821Now fold in from the sides. The white strip in the back is only there to show the shape of it folded.

IMG_3822One more look at the front.

IMG_3823That lovely ribbon I used is Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon…heavily inked for an extra shabby antique look.

IMG_3824 I added some tea bags to the pockets of mine. But sadly there were no cookies to go with the tea : (


See there’s plenty of room for a little bag of cookies. If I had any…which I don’t….I would hope they would be my favorite snickerdoodle or oatmeal cream.  Just sayin : )

I’ll be making up a big pile of these with hot chocolate, little candy canes and cookies…..wouldn’t that make the nicest little gifty?

Okay that’s all for me..wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : )

Eat Drink and Be Scary Card with Graphic 45


Hello there Peeps!  I’m dropping in this morning to share a card I created for one of my DT assignments for September for Graphic 45. Turns out….I have the patience of a 5 year old…and I just can’t wait. So I guess you know what I’ll be doin in the shop today?  Yep making more fabulous Graphic 45 projects to share when I feel like I can wait like a grown up person lol.

IMG_3809This card is chock full of fabulous patterns from An Eerie Tale from Graphic 45.  Yes I know I always say every new pattern they have is my favorite. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it! I also added a fantastic polka dot from the re-release of Times Nouveau  collection….because everything needs polka dots right? That black tinsel was donated by my dear friend Bobbie….thanks Bobbie!

IMG_3815I layered each section with foam spacers so it’s super dimensional.

IMG_3812Super gimonugus flower with argyle ribbon, orange roses and black twine? Don’t mind if I do!

Okay…here’s a list of the supplies I used to create this spooktacular card:

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale ~An Eerie Tale

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~Enchantment

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~Fanciful Fable

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale~Tags & Pockets

Graphic 45  An Eerie Tale~Journaling Chipboard

Tim Holtz Black Tinsel

Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

Really Reasonable Ribbon Black String

Really Reasonable Ribbon Mulberry Roses

Okay…that’s all for me…I’m off to the shop. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Vintage Halloween Mini Album


Hello there Paper Peeps!  We had so much fun last night in class creating spooktacular Vintage Halloween Mini Albums. My Tuesday night girls were up to their usual mischief and shenanigans lol.  Despite the mayhem….we all finished our albums and enjoyed some tasty snacks.

IMG_3799IMG_3801IMG_3802IMG_3803IMG_3805I created this album with layers of patterned papers from Graphic 45, vintage images, Halloween die cuts, ribbon trims, and super fun embellies like a giant sparkly spider, skull charms, and glittery flowers to name but a few.  The base of the book is very chunky and heavy with a great textured edge. There are a few kits available for this album that are shipped with all the papers pre-cut and ready to assemble. Vintage Halloween Mini Album Kit.

I used fabulous trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon for this kit: Black Gingham, Orange Gingham, Spider Web.

Okay..that’s all for me….I’m heading to the shop to see what kinda trouble I can get into. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous And Altered Pages Blog Hop


Well hello there Paper Peeps. We’ve got a great day lined up with tons of inspiring projects from the Craft Hoarders Team and our good friends the Team  from Altered Pages. The theme for this challenge is Button It up! You don’t want to miss any of the awesome projects we created with loads of paper pretties from our very generous sponsors at Altered Pages and Canvas Corp.10411893_10204763039543647_6153440101483517286_nFor my project I created a Mini Album with the mini folder set and loads of images from Altered Pages:


 All of the vintagy images are from Altered Pages and the small tab topped folders and paper were from Canvas Corp. I added lots of sewing related embellies from my stash, flowers, buttons and bling. The Black Gingham Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Challenge #14 Button it Up!

 Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store…usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

Okay now it’s your turn to get your craft on and create a fabulous project with buttons then link up with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous to play along in the challenge.

I invite you to check out the other projects shared from the very talented design teams from:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

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

Altered Pages

Roni, Trisha, Daniella, Stephanie, Tonya, Robin, Debi, Barbara.

Okay Peeps that’s all for me. I’m wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : G

Butterfly and Bloom Cards


Hey there Paper Peeps! Happy Sunday. I’m stopping in to share some cards I’ve created with some vintage images created by moi, pretty patterned papers, and beautiful trims.


I’ve used supplies from my Butterfly and Bloom Creativity Kit as well as some paper pretties and cardstock from my stash. I’ve also used a nice variety of trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon for my finished cards.

Okay Peeps that’s all for me…getting the kiddo ready for camp today….whatever will I do without him for the week?? Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lot’s of time to be creative : ) G

Twas the Night Before Christmas Layout with Graphic 45


Hello there Paper Peeps. I’m so pleased to get to share a layout I created with Twas the Night Before Christmas for Graphic 45.  I’ve been patiently waiting to get to share as I made this project for the paper show in Atlanta.  What fun to get to play with this awesome new collection and have my layout in the Graphic 45 display!

Twas The Night Before Christmas 1This paper collection is just so beautiful. It’s very traditional with a whimsical spin. It’s full of beautiful patterns, large images perfect for us fussy cutters, and journal cards so you can add your favorite holiday memories.

Twas The Night Before Christmas 2I used some shabby glittered roses and painted chipboard accents. There’s a little lace here from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Twas The Night Before Christmas 3I layered the large Santa over more of the chipboard and fussy cut snowflakes.

Twas The Night Before Christmas 4I just love how the tags and sentiments look all layered up with trimmed clocks, holly and snowflakes.

The tree in the picture is the one we put up in our front room. It’s nearly 10 ft tall…so it’s quite a challenge for me to decorate as I am a shorty at only 5’1 lol.

Supplies I used to create this layout:

Twas the Night Before Christmas Happy Holly-Day

Twas the Night before Christmas Merry Mistletoe

Twas the Night before Christmas Ho Ho Ho

Twas the Night Before Christmas Jolly Old Elf

Twas the Night Before Christmas Long Winter’s Nap

Twas the Night Before Christmas Up on the Housetops

Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dusty Attic Chipboard

Tim Holtz Metal Clips

Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Zva Creative Pearl Accents

Tim Holtz Diamond Stickles

Really Reasonable Ribbon Lace

Vintage Buttons

Dimensional Flowers

Parchment Paper

That’s all for me….off to the shop now. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : )G