Monthly Archives: August 2016

Blessings Harvest Greeting Card



Hey there Paper Peeps! Well we are starting to have a few cooler days and a bit of crispness to the air. Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite times a year. Beautiful Fall wreaths full of richly colored leaves are an iconic seasonal decoration and is the inspiration for this card.
I started with a card base in the A2 size cut from chocolaty cardstock. I knew the leaves would create a lot of contrast and texture so I kept the background papers fairly neutral.

I used the Fall Leaves die to create a nice pile of leaves to assemble a generously filled in circle.  Inks and Stickles add detail to the leaves. This Blessings sentiment block is a nice contrast to the dark background.

I layered the wreath on to a French Pastry die cut from crisp white cardstock. An additional smaller French Pastry Tiny Doily die is centered over the wreath and given dimension  with chipboard spacers behind. It’s topped off with a metal rimmed mailing tag , wooden clothespin and beautiful bow of hand dyed silk.

Bending and shaping the individual leaves before securing gave the wreath a lovely full and dimensional look.

~Cheery Lynn Dies Used~
Okay that’s all for me. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Dragonfly Mixed Media Altoids Book Cover


Hey there Paper Peeps. Ginny here to share a great little mixed media project I created with the Altoids Book Cover and layers and layers of chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and oodles of mixed media supplies.

What’s great about this cover is it’s like working with a mini canvas. Also is realllly thick so there’s no need to worry about sprays and paints and gels. I really went at it with every supply I had I think and it’s still nice and sturdy with absolutely no warping. To create a nice base I used some texture paste and a brick wall stencil to add dimension. After giving all the elements a coat of gesso I decided on the arrangement and glued it all in place. I used just about all my sprays and mists to create a very mottled effect. For the bloby areas I took the sprayer out of the bottle and dabbed it on for a more opaque effect.

I used the Chains & Gears Frame snipped in half to give me pieces for the front and back. These were given a layer of Steel Luxe paint.

There is an additional gear from the Steampunk Shapes Set tucked under the wing from the Dragonfly.  Itty bitty micro beads for accent and a large bling jewel.

I used some washi tape on the Altoids tin so it would be neutral and give your eye someplace to rest between all the patterns.  Before adhering the cover I added pretty dyed silk ribbon to tie a simple loopy bow.

The back has the same elements and finishes.

This is a better angle to see the layers and shimmer from the sprays.  Those leaves are from the Fanciful Elements set.

~Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies~
Altoids Book Cover ( coming soon)
~Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~
Hand dyed Silk
Okay that’s all for me wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Joy to the World Christmas Greeting Card


Hey there Paper Peeps! Ginny here to share a really festive and fun Christmas Greeting card I created with the fabulous trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Joy to the World Greeting Card

This is the first Christmas card I have made in quite a while that does not have a vintage or retro image….but I was so inspired by the buffalo checked paper that I knew graphic pops of color would be a much better match.

This Hounds Tooth Ribbon coordinates so well and is topped of with Ivory Burlap String and a simple painted jingle bell.

Handcrafted poinsettia flower is layered with some Petaloo blooms and die cut leaves with the same red and black theme. These great little buttons and Spiral Stamens help to add detail to the corner.

A few more die cut flowers here with additional tiny White Open Roses. A die cut doily is a nice backdrop for the sentiment.

I love how dimensional this card turned out with all the layers.

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

Shabby Christmas Bells Greeting Card



Shabby Chic Bells Christmas Greeting Card Cheery Lynn Ginny Nemchak Polly's Paper Studio
Hey there Paper Peeps. Ginny here to share a softly colored and shabby inspired Christmas greeting card created with the fabulous Cheery Lynn Designs dies.
Shabby Chic Bells Christmas Greeting Card Cheery Lynn Ginny Nemchak Polly's Paper Studio
I used the Rectangle Stitch and Cut die to create a background with the wood grain patterned paper then layered on a green and very subtly polka dotted pattern.  These gorgeous flowers were created with the Gardenia Strip and given a little inking and glitter to give them a frosty appearance.  The Christmas Bell was cut from silver cardstock with my very old cutting plate so I could keep the inside pieces from falling out. Once cut I added an additional piece of solid cardstock on the back to secure the pieces and trimmed it out. Once secure I was able add spacers behind the bells for dimension.  To fill out the arrangement I tucked in a sweet little snowflake stamped tag with twine.

Shabby Chic Bells Christmas Greeting Card Cheery Lynn Ginny Nemchak Polly's Paper Studio
The Swedish Spring Oval Frame is a lovely backdrop for the bells and an additional small flower arrangement. I couldn’t resist adding a layer of shabby style grey striped paper.

~Cheery Lynn Design Supplies~
~Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~

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

Spooky Halloween Card


Hey there Peeps! Woo hoo it’s Sunday and that’s my day to share on the Gypsy Soul Blog – yay!!! Today I’m sharing a pretty awesome retro inspired greeting card created with GSL chippies, mixed medium supplies, patterned papers, and vintage images.  This is another fabby project created with the Retro Halloween Creativity Kit 2016.  For more projects with the kit please take a look at my post from yesterday.

Squeeeel I love how this turned out, well worth the painted hands and table lol.  What can I say..I really get into the art!

The base for the arrangement was a Deco Frame. I used a makeup applicator to pounce on rust colored texture paste. While it was still wet…I used the same applicator to add a mottled layer of Steel Luxe paint.

For the spider web from the Spooky Shapes Set I gave the chippies a base coat of white acrylic then when dry I used a blending tool to color with Staz-On ink in Orange Peel. When it was dry I pounced on some of the Steel Luxe paint that was still on the applicator from the frame.

This Spooky sentiment and bat are sweet and also came in the Spooky Shapes Set. They were finished simply with the Steel Luxe paint.

I accented these fun and funky Halloween embellies with a poofy ribbon bow, a glass glittered star, die cut leaves and an itty bitty flower.

GSl has some super fabby new Halloween chippies and I MUST HAVE THEM ALL!!!!!! No Really. I love them so much : )

~Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies~
~Polly’s Paper Studio Supplies~
~Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~

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

Retro Halloween Creativity Kit 2016 and projects


Hey there Paper Peeps!  Whoo hooooo what a great day to share some fabby projects I created with the new Retro Halloween Creativity Kit 2016. For reals y’all this kit was sooooo great to work with I could not stop. I was able to get 15 projects from this kit. Whaaaa????  Yes you read that right.  I’m sharing 14 of them today…one more tomorrow for another post.

Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging


Halloween Night Wall Hanging


Pumpkin Carving Girl House Tag


Trick or Treat Halloween House Tag


Cat and Gypsy Woman Wall Hanging


Bingo Cat Halloween Wall Hanging


Jolly Halloween Greeting Card


October 31st Spider Tag Card


Calendar Cat Greeting Card


Halloween Greeting Card


Halloween Stocking Ornaments-Tags-Labels


EEEkkkk that is a lot of projects!!!!! All created with the new kit , cardstock and bits and pieces from my scrap and salvage box.  This kit has 71 pieces of paper pretties and ptied bows all packaged up in a fabby printed bag : )

Retro Halloween Creativity Kit 2016

Okay that’s all for me. Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow to see the final project I’m sharing with this kit and awesome chippies from Gypsy Soul. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

August Blog Hopping with Cheery Lynn


Hey there all you fabulous Paper Peeps!  It’s a great day for having a blog hop don’t you think???  We do!!!!

Flower Power

We were tasked this month to create projects featuring flowers created with the Cheery Lynn Dies and maybe share some tips or techniques. You should be coming to me from the lovely and talented Christina. If you’re just joining in you’ll want to head over to the Cherry Lynn Designs Blog to start at the beginning.

I chose to create a Halloween card. A tip I can share about flower dies is….why not use a holiday or flower die for something other than it’s intended season?  I selected the Poinsettia Strip die and cut the flowers with black cardstock to make them work for Halloween.

Halloween Village 1

I’m sure you can guess I had a lot of fun creating these spooktacular Poinsettias.

Halloween Village 2

This little Winter Neighborhood Border village also comes from the Christmas section…I added white cardstock to the back to enhance the window openings and secured it with a nice curve to be dimensional. It also gives me room to layer in some additional flowers.

Halloween Village 3

Finally something from the real Halloween section lol these groovy Jack-O’-Lanterns cut from polka dot papers and inked well to enhance the details.

Halloween Village 4

I wanted to bring the orange color up to the corner so I just secured some buttons tied with string : ) Easy peasy.  The smaller flowers are Cherry Blossoms that were finished simply with a shaping tool and a little distress ink.

Halloween Village 5

Anddd we’re back in the Christmas section with the Joy to the World wreath minus the sentiment part and topped off with additional blooms. You can see I added some Black Diamond Stickles to the tips of the petals and Pop micro beads to the center. A fabby layered bow with seasonal ribbon and topped with some twine and a painted jingle bell and this card is done!

~Cheery Lynn Designs Supplies~

Joy to the World Wreath B481

Cherry Blossom B129

Jack- O’-Lantern B594

Winter Neighborhood Border B323

Poinsettia Strip B324

~Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims~

Spider Web on Black Satin


Black Diamond Stickles

POP Micro Beads American Craft’s

Okay that’s all for me. Your next stop in the hop is Miss Bonnie…her project is gonna knock your socks off. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Find Joy Every Day Greeting Card


Hey there Paper Peeps! Ginny here to share a greeting card with a lovely sentiment. Finding joy every day would be a great life motto. There certainly is enough to be thankful for!!!

Find Joy Greeting Card

 I selected several great Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies and gave them a base coat of white acrylic paint then played with the pieces until I had them just where I wanted them. Once I knew where they were the most happy I finished altering and layering them with the patterned papers.

 This paper seemed to be fairly feminine with a nice range of brighter and darker shades so I took advantage of that and did the same for the chippies.

The sentiment in the center is a coordinating sticker and just the perfect size to fit into this frame.

The birdhouse was finished simply with a light coat of metallic silver paint then a layer of velum added to the back to conceal the layers underneath it. The Hinge Strap chippie got multiple coats of Liquid Pearls in two shades and smooshed down with a cosmetic applicator being careful not to fully blend the colors. Smooshing instead of brushing helps to add a texture similar to hammered metal.

The Wrought Iron Chippie looks a bit like delicate lace to me and finished with a Pitt Big Brush marker in black preserves the intricate details and doesn’t gunk up the corners like paint might.

This Scribble Frame Birds stayed white….then was brushed with Coral Pearlescents and topped with Sugar Glitter Paste. It’s pale and dreamy and the perfect base for some dimensional flowers.

~Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Supplies~
~Other Supplies~
BoBunny~ patterned papers- Sweet Moments and Mixed Mixed Media-Sugar Glitter Paste, Coral Pearlescents.
Okay that’s all for me. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Time again for another fun hop with the folks here at Really Reasonable Ribbon. 10308279_717292838322738_8108547784177054821_n

This month we are sharing the projects we created with the August Ribbon Club Assortment Colors of Autumn.

August Ribbon ClubThese warm colors and rich patterns are so great for all types of fall projects like cards and tags and home décor.

You should be coming to me from my dear friend Gloria. If your just getting started you’ll want to go to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for the beginning of the hop.

I chose to create  décor project. I think the ribbon assortment was a great inspiration to gather up fall themed findings and layer it with textural burlap. Fall Stocking on Etsy

Fall Stocking 1

I’ve got the Fall Stocking hung here in a grapevine wreath that was on a little bakers rack on my porch. I think it’s a great combination with the texture and natural look. I will unfortunately have to replace the wreath with something new as I did not realize this guy was totally falling apart until I tried to move it. I really need to step up my outside décor game!

Fall Stocking 2

The base of this stocking was a premade burlap stocking from Canvas Corp. The papers I layered on came from them as well as the additional burlap sections I added to make the top wider for the florals and bows.

Fall Stocking 3

Just like any holiday stocking for want to add extra details like a toe and heel stripe and matching buttons.

Fall Stocking 4

I usually refer to my bows as extra poofy but this time I’m going for extra bunchy. There are 6 stacked bows here to help fill the space between the large sunflower pick and the stocking base. ergo…..extra bunchy lol. It’s all bunched in there!

~Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~

August ribbon Club Colors of Autumn Assortment

~Canvas Corp Brands Supplies~

Burlap Mini Shapes

Stocking Burlap

Kraft & White Mini Dots

Fall Stocking on Etsy

Okay that’s all for me..the next stop in the hop is Miss Fabulous Judy. Wishing all of you happy hopping! : ) G

Vintage Inspired Back To School Lunch Pail


Hey there Paper Peeps! Well we’re still sharing loads of fabulous back to school project inspiration here at Petaloo and I’m so excited to show off my Vintage Inspired Lunch Pail.   I used a store bought case with a great little handle and metal clasp so I could skip right to the fun part….adding layers of patterned papers and gorgeous Petaloo flowers. Of course you can’t carry your lunch in it…..but wouldn’t it be super sweet to display on a shelf and store small keepsakes from the school year???

ABC Primer Lunch Pail

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 1

I’m pretty smitten with how it turned out. This vintagy paper goes so well with the flowers.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 2

It’s easy to go overboard with papers on cases like these so I just added a few layers on the sides where you would naturally change patterns like on the lid.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 3

I will always love plaids and stripes together. It’s just so classic. Incorporating the ruler border at the bottom helps to offset the visual heaviness of the striped lid.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 4

I love  the red tone of the Anenome…it’s just a bit darker so it coordinate really well with the vintagy patterned papers. I’m adding Darjeeling Mini Garden Rosettes to lighten up the arrangement along with the leaves from the package and some trims and twine.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 5

All the layers are attached using spacers between to add a lot of depth and dimension.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail 6

This clasp and handle will make it easy to collect and save keepsakes from school. The flat bottom will keep it standing upright to make a fabby vintage display.

ABC Primer Lunch Pail

~Petaloo Supplies Used~

Botanica Anenome Red 1176-005

Darjeeling Mini Garden Rosettes Cream 1491-105

Patterned Papers~ Graphic 45 An ABC Primer

Ribbon Trim and Twine~Really Reasonable Ribbon~ Lipstick Red Seam Binding, Red Burlap String

Cheery Lynn Die~ English Tea Party Doily

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