Monthly Archives: July 2015

Graphic 45 & Faber Castell Blog Hop


Hey there Paper Peeps! I’m so very excited to share that we are on day 4 of the Graphic 45 ~ Faber Castell Blog Hop!6a011570479cdc970b01bb0857a389970d-600wi

This was such a fun challenge for me. I’ve never used Gelatos before. It took a little getting used to…but once I did I used it on everything even the flowers and metal embellishments. The whipped Spackle was my favorite part..thankfully I had some stencils in my stash so I was able to add loads of background texture and interest as a base for the fussy cut paper images.  I think this little plaque is just dreamy with it’s soft muted colors and sweet children images. I’ll be using Gelatos on everything now..thanks for the inspiration to try something new! Make sure you stop by the Graphic 45 and Faber Castell Blogs to see all the other lovely projects and learn how you can be entered to win a fabulous prize.

Graphic 45 Faber Castell Blog Hop Project 1 Graphic 45 Faber Castell Blog Hop Project 2 Graphic 45 Faber Castell Blog Hop Project 3 Graphic 45 Faber Castell Blog Hop Project 4 Graphic 45 Faber Castell Blog Hop Project 5Supplies List:

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Precious Memories

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Cutie Pie

Graphic 45 Precious Memories~Cherish

Graphic 45 Staples~Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 Staples~Ornate Metal Label Holder

Faber Castell~Gel Medium

Faber Castell~ Whipped Spackle

Plaid~MOD PODGE-matte

Faber Castell Gelatos~Caramel

Faber Castell Gelatos~ Aqua Dolce

Faber Castell Gelatos~Coconut

Faber Castell Gelatos~Watermelon

Faber Castell Gelatos~Early Gray

Cricut Cartridge~Fancy Frames

Folk Art Satin Spray Laquer

Assorted Petaloo Flowers

Assorted Metal Charms

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twigs

Vintage Buttons


Particle Board Plaque



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


Worlds Fair Card with Graphic 45


Hey there Paper Peeps! I get to share a sneak peek of the new line from Graphic 45 ~World’s Fair. What more can I say about a new collection that it’s so amazingly perfect and fabulous!!! These colors were so much fun to work with and I just love the vintagy images and paper patterns! This card is my dream vacation…being fashionably dressed in Paris with my sweetie viewing hot air balloons flying around the Eiffel Tower. Maybe someday lol. Until then I’ll have this great card to daydream with!

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Supplies List

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~World’s Fair

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Balloon Bouquet

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Envision Expo

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Inspiration Station

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Wonder Works

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Flower Power

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Ticket to Ride

Graphic 45 World’s Fair~Mind over Matter

Graphic 45 Staples~ Ornate Metal Label Holder

Tim Holtz Distress INk~Gathered Twigs

Petaloo Flowers

Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims and Flowers

Blue Cardstock

This card is currently on display at CHA if anyone is in the neighborhood of the Graphic 45 Booth won’t you stop over and see it in person? Oh and all the other projects from the crazy awesome new lines.

Okay that’s all for me….treating myself to a trip to the craft store this morning..better start my list lol. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Traditional Santa 2015 Creativity Kit


Hey there Paper Peeps! Are you asking yourself “Why is Ginny posting so late?” Wellllll I’ve been working on a new kit…and I really didn’t want to give up on the projects until I had used all the pieces. But it has too many pieces and I worked so late last night but did not use it all up.  I treated myself  to a little sleepin in this morning but I’m back to work now so I can share the projects I created with the Traditional Santa 2015 Creativity Kit.   You may notice some fun glittery pieces I added…yes I did use the Cricut……yes I did glue my arm to the Cricut mat…..yes more than once lol. Here is the breakdown of projects….1 large wooden sleigh, 2 wall hangings, 1 extra large tag, 4 full sized cards (5 x 6 1/2) inches. 4 small gift tags. At that point I just said “oh my stars it’s never gonna end” and went to bed…so there’s more pieces to use today (after my nap.)

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And here is the Traditional Santa 2015 Creativity Kit…

Traditional Santa 2015 Creativity Kit 166 pieces of paper goodness to get your craft on. Make cards, mini albums, banners, tags, label a tasty homemade treat…..and you can see that you will get a lot of mileage out of this kit. I’ve had so much fun adding richly patterned papers in warm colors and vintagy holiday images. For the projects I have shown I used additional trims and embellishments from my scrap and salvage box . This is a great time to get a head start on your holiday crafting…why not sing Christmas carols in your tank tops and flip flops?

Home Sweet Camper Wall Hanging


Hey there Paper Peeps!  I’m pretty excited to share my project today. We’ve been rehabbing a 1966 Vintage Banner camper for our family adventures and it’s been so much fun decorating and making up special items for it. I created a little wall hanging to go with our retro 50’s theme of white and teal like a great old fashioned diner.

Home Sweet Camper 1Isn’t this retrolicious????  I’m using Sheer Cherry in Red and Burlap Center Stitch in Turquoise from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I added Red Sweetheart Blossoms and Teal Cosmos together with a funky red clothes pin and a label created with my old school label maker.

Home Sweet Camper 2The base is super sturdy chipboard covered in canvas and it’s got a generous length of ribbon to display in our lil camper.

Home Sweet Camper 4 Home Sweet Camper 3

Printed paper and images from Crafty Secrets~Barber Shop, Retro Kitchen, and Creating with Retro Christmas CD I added some big chunky subway style lettering for my camper theme.

I can’t wait to hang this up and enjoy it while we are “roughing it” Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative. : ) G

Vintage Children in Window Card


Well hello there Peeps! I’ve lost tack of what day it is as my boys are still away at Philmont Boyscout Camp.   Seems like they’ve been gone forever : (  I’m pretty sure it’s a weekend day though because Scooter the cat woke me up at 5 am for no reason and he never does that during the week lol.  I’m dropping in with my mug of Traverse City cherry coffee to share a card I created for Crafty Secrets.  Vintage Children in Window Card.

window children 1 This is the shabby chicest card I’ve made in quite a while.

window children 4Maybe I did…maybe I didn’t go overboard with the flowers and ribbon….but I think it’s pretty dreamy.

window children 3This is a combination of  Petaloo and Mulberry flowers.  The leaves were cut with a Sizzix die. I’ll admit it took awhile to become friends with this particular die. I wish I could say I pick up every craft tool and am instantly an expert at it. I’ve given up on this die a few times and threw it back in the bin…but perseverance paid off and now I think I can work it successfully. I used white paper and inked it with Tim Holltz Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I added a few loopy bows of Ivory Burlap String to fill in the arrangement.

window children 2This bow is created with Pink Chevron Stripe on Twill ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Another Mulberry rose and a few tiny buds tucked in.

window children 5Loving the dimensional effect from all the layered flowers and trim : )   Printed papers and image are from Crafty Secrets…Wild Roses Paper, Birds and Bloom Digital Paper Kit, CD2 Creating with Vintage Illustrations.

Okay that’s all for me…whatever day it is..I’ll be back in the shop playing paper to escape the heat. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Black and White with 1 Additional Color Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hey Peeps! Who loves a challenge? This girl!!!! The theme for this challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is Black and White with 1 Additional Color. I created this fun Bazaar and Fair Card. It’s a perfect all occasion card for a Birthday, Get Well, Thinking of you….pretty much everything!

Bazaar and Fair Card 1 Bazaar and Fair Card 2 Bazaar and Fair Card 3 Bazaar and Fair Card 4 Bazaar and Fair Card 5I’m using Black Checkerboard Satin and Satin Swiss Dots to make a yummy bow. There’s also Black Mulberry Open Roses on the the filmstrip with White Sheer with 4 Thin Stripes. The patterned papers and vintage images are from Crafty Secrets….Digital Halloween Papers, Creating with Vintage Typography CD, Retro Kitchen Kit.

Okay now it’s your turn to create a Black and White with 1 additional color project and link up with us to play along. Wishing you all have a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G


Botanicabella Seahorse Card with Graphic 45


Hey there Peeps. You know when you’re sooo excited that you could run around in circles? Well you can just picture me doing that when they released a Deluxe Collectors Edition of Botanicabella. One of my all time favorites!! They’ve added new cut aparts to the familiar patterns and images so it’s even better! To be honest..I actually still had some in my hoard because I couldn’t bear to use it and not have it anymore.  What can I say I get emotionally attached to my paper pretties. I created a card..and instead of going my usual Botanicabella plan or orange and butterflies….I went with green and seahorses….and I am swooning over this card!

Botanicabella Seahorse Card 1Layers and layers of Botanicabella papers and vintage image all matted with crisp black cardstock.

Botanicabella Seahorse Card 2I finished the inside with the coordinating paper patterns.

Botanicabella Seahorse Card 3Graphic 45 Metal Staples are the perfect embellishments along with bronze eyelets, buttons, and Tim Holtz Film strip.

Botanicabella Seahorse Card 4I created these flowers with a Heartfelt Creations Die and this scrumptious ribbon is Celery Chevron Stripe on Twill from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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Botaincabella Seahorse Card Supplies List

Graphic 45 Botanicabella~Birds in Paradise

Graphic45 Botanicabella~Secret Garden

Graphic 45 Botanicabella~Garden Suite

Graphic 45 Botanicabella~Botanical News

Graphic 45 Botanicabella~Vintage Vignette

Graphic 45 Staples~Ornate Metal Label Holder

Graphic 45 Staples~Ornate Metal Key Holes

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Black Soot

Tim Holtz Film Strip Trim

Tim Holtz Tiny Metal Clips

Black Buttons

Bronze Eyelets

Really Reasonable Ribbon Trim

Black Cardstock

There’s even more fabulous inspiration on the Graphic 45 Blog today so make sure you hop on over and check it out! Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Hey there Peeps! It’s time again for another super fun blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon. Which you all know is like my favorite post of the month because we all get to share the projects we created with the Monthly Ribbon Club Selection.

 blog hopThis month the selection is Black and White which is awesome because you can use them for like everything!!!

11392874_925024057549614_3902030953764272961_nYou should be coming to me from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. If not you want to start at the beginning so you won’t miss out on any of the awesomeness.

Some of you may know that our family just recently purchased a 1966 Banner Vintage Camper.  We are calling our plan “Rehab to Restoration” which basically means we are getting it useable as quickly as possible then we will begin to refurbish it a little at a time until it’s a new. So far a lottttt of scrubbing and cleaning and painting.  We have been having fun also picking up all the necessities that will match out theme of Retro 50’s Aqua and white with a black and white checkered floor.  I created a mini for the hop to fill in with memories when get to take our camper out hopefully in about a month.

Happy Camper Book 1

Our little camper looks almost just like the one here on the cover..or it will when the painting is done lol.  This book cover is from DCWV and it’s for Instant Photo Fun Pics.  It’s kinda it’s the perfect size to take along on our adventures. There are some clear pocket sleeves that are supposed to go in to hold the pics..but I didn’t leave enough room. Ooops. Besides the book everything else here was a stash buster so it’s a double win for me huzzah! Paper is Ki Memories Autumn Flowers 6×6 paper pad and the brads are from BASICGREY.

Happy Camper Book 2

I’m using the Black Checkerboard Satin and the Diamond White Satin from the club selection. There’s also Chevron Striped Twill in Orange and Turquoise Checkerboard Satin.  I added some Wild Orchid Crafts Open Roses in Orange and Brown Sweetheart Blossoms along with some pretty turquoise flowers from Petaloo.Happy Camper Book 3

This is a hardcover book…so I couldn’t add the ribbon to binder rings…so I used a bit of the turquoise to wrap around the binding to tie the ribbon to on the outside. Happy Camper Book 4

These retro patterns are so awesome to match the funky vintage vibe of our camper.

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 I really can’t wait to fill this up with pics and journaling!!! Now I just have to learn to love camping lol : ) Okay that’s it for me…your next stop on the hop is my all time fav Amber in like the whole entire world..because she is awesome and totally talented and adorable : ) Make sure you stop by and leaver her a little love for sharing her July project for the hop.

If you’re interested in following along with our camper restoration journey we will be adding a section to the blog that you can access when we get it rolling hopefully in the next few weeks. There will be a link on the top bar called “RV There Yet?” which I think is hilarious…but my hubby just rolled his eyes and shook his head. Guess he doesn’t appreciate my derpy humor. We have lot’s of pics to share and lessons learned along the way. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

You Bewitch Me Card


Hello there Paper Peeps! It’s Ginny’s turn to share on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog  and let me first start by saying..I know it’s not Halloween. And yes I know this is a Halloweenish card. But I just got the new Rare Oddities paper from Graphic 45 and it’s such a perfect match to the awesome trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon I couldn’t help myself.

Bewitching Card 2

Black and purple and green are the new norm when it comes to Halloween and that’s okay by me because I just love the combination. This card is fairly simple….but the patterns and flowers make it look like it has loads of detail.

Bewitching Card 1This bow is created with Black Satin Swiss Dots and it’s just scrumptious with pretty little coordinating Petaloo flowers layered on top.  I also added a little loopy bow of Violet Burlap String.

Bewitching Card 3I layered a few inked and felt doilies here to bring the color up to the top of the card. The inside is finished as well.


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Graphic 45 Rare Oddities~Random Relics, 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera Cards.

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

July Linky Party with Crafty Secrets


Hey their Peeps! It’s time again for another fun linky party with Crafty Secrets. It’s summertime! It’s the time of year kick back, relax and enjoy life. Maybe you pile in the car and take a trip to the beach, you might go for a hike in the mountains, go camping under the stars, play in the pool, or sit in the shade and sip lemonade. Your challenge this month is to celebrate summer in a layout, a mini album, a tag, a card or altered art project.

I created a card and had loads of fun mixing and matching the patterned papers and a few vintage images and digital stamps.

Dive Into Fun Card 1 Dive Into Fun Card 2 Dive Into Fun Card 3 Dive Into Fun Card 4 Dive Into Fun Card 5Quick Crafty Tutorial……make your own embellishment by wrapping a ribbon or buralp trim that coordinates with your project around a paper clip…hot glue to secure and layer on a button tied with string.  These are fairly addictive  to make and you can mix and match your ribbons and button to match your project.

Crafty Secrets Supplies….99 cent papers Blue Paisley Stripe,, CD 3 Typography, Bathing Beauties Digital Art Stamps, CD2 Creating with Digital Illustrations.

Other Supplies…Petaloo flowers, Really Reasonable Ribbon –Canvas Color Band with Stitched Edge Sage.


Please enjoy the projects created by the teamies…

Kathy Clement, Team Leader:

Darlene Pavlick:

Diane Hover:

Melody Clement:

Michele Kovack:

SHantaie Fowler:

Sheila Rumney:

Teresa Horner: http://

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