Tag Archives: Americana

Patriotic Banner Wall Hanging


Hey there Peeps! Well…did you ever have one of those days where life is just bound and determined to kick you square in the booty????  That’s how my morning is going..not a dang thing has gone right….but I am determined to overcome my bad luck and come back swinging!   So I went to my shop and glued some paper and ribbon and flowers…and now I feel a whole lot better!!!! Yay!!!

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 1I created this festive Patriotic Wall Hanging with layers of patterned papers, handcrafted glass glitter stars, crepe fringe, paper pinwheel, loads of beautiful flowers and a great new image from my Patriotic Banner Shapes Collage Digital Sheet. Stickled it up for extra detail.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 2There’s a generous length of Navy Diamond Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon as a hanger and extra poofy twine and button topped bows.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 3Love all this layering and the pinwheel really anchors the corner. Those scrumptious Sugared  flowers are from Petaloo.

Patriotic Banner Shape Banner 4

I did lots of extra inking and Stickling for a more vintage Americana look. This will be a great addition to summer holiday seasonal decor! Okay Peeps that’s all for me. Back to the shop to wrap orders and head out in the rain to get to the post office. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Matchbook Box with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home


I’m very excited this morning Peeps! I’m sharing my first project created with the new Home Sweet Home paper line from Graphic 45 that I created especially to display at CHA. You all know how much we love the summer holidays in this house especially the 4th of July since it’s my Hubbies birthday….so anything Americana is my absolute fave. Home Sweet Home is a little slice of Americana and I will be using it on everything!!!

Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box 1Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box 2Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box 3Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box 4Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box 5I started with the 12×12 Matchbook Box which I painted and inked then added elebenty hundred layers of fussy cut images on foam spacers to get a ton of depth and dimension. I can not wait to display this with my other seasonal patriotic decor.

Home Sweet Home Matchbook Box Supplies List

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home~Granny’s Quilt

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home~Garden Fresh

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home~Apple Pie

Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home~Country Life

Graphic 45 Staples 12×12 Matchbook Box

Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Gathered Twigs

Paper Doilies

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

Vintage Patriotic Staggered Page Mini Album


Well hello there Paper Peeps!  I’m dropping in to share a really fun mini album that we created in class a few weeks ago. I was trying to save it til closer to the holiday….but I have the patience of a 5 year old child lol!!!! So here is a super fun and festive Vintage Patriotic Staggered Page Mini Album…

IMG_3603IMG_3604IMG_3605IMG_3606IMG_3608IMG_3609I can tell you that we had a blast making this fun album with loads of holiday inspired paper patterns, vintage images, flowers, ribbon, paper rosettes, buttons, and a fun bottle cap embellishment! I just love how the pages stagger to reveal a sneak peek of the whole book at a glance.  This is a rare time I will list a patriotic themed project in the Etsy shop…as I usually keep them for our own decor….but we are chock full of patriotic minis so this one is available and ready to ship….in time for the holidays….wouldn’t this be a great gift all filled up with pictures and memories???

I used some of my favoritest trims from Really Reasonable RibbonRed Gingham, Center Stitch Burlap in Navy, Sheer Organza with Navy Center, Patriotic Boats on Navy Grosgrain. I also used quite a few Mulberry Flowers also from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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

Patriotic Americana Banner


Hey there Paper Peeps. I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!  As for us…we are heading down for another family fun day at Cedar Point….we are a roller coaster loving family.  Not a traditional way to spend a holiday…but it’s our tradition and I can’t wait to get there.

I’m dropping in to share the fun and festive holiday banner we are creating in class this week. This baby will be hanging on my mantle all summer!

IMG_3495I layered the patterned papers with Cricut cut letters, Stickled vintage images, handcrafted crepe fringe, die cuts, bows, fun dimensional bows and layered patriotic tags!

IMG_3496IMG_3497IMG_3498This is my favorite banner I’ve created so far!!!! We are gonna have a super fun time making this in class : ) If you’d like a kit to create a banner too…just hop on over to the Etsy Shop. This will be a fabulous addition to your favorite seasonal decor!

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday : ) G

Patriotic Banner Ornament Tutorial


Hello all you fabulous Paper Peeps! I’m dropping in to share an easy tutorial for making some fun and festive Patriotic Banner Ornaments. I’m calling them ornaments since I plan to hang mine on our Americana tree. I think they would look just a great on a card base or as a tag.

IMG_3194The finished project : )

2014-03-24I started with a banner shape of wood grain pattered paper. Shabby chic of course! Next I added a well inked doily. There’s a vintagy postcard image centered over the doily and topped off with a Little Bitty Bag. I added a well inked tag to the bag.

2014-03-241Next I layered on a scallop die cut of printed paper and a blue bordered vintage tag.  I added a generous strip of my new favorite ribbon Center Stitch Burlap with Navy Stripe.  I had a fun little ruler image in the scrap and salvage box….and I think it finished of the bottom of the tag nicely.

2014-03-243For the bottom of the tag…I added handcrafted tinsel topped crepe fringe. Next I attached a very vintage image that was Stickled and inked. The poofy bow comes in right beside the image and topped of with Wild Orchid Crafts Sweetheart Blooms.  Last but not least…I punched a couple of holes in the top and threaded more of the burlap ribbon through to create a hanger and finished it off with nice big loopy bows of Red Gingham Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Okay….that’s it for me today….I’m off to finish packaging kits for shipping, then off to the shop to prep for class tonight. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. : )G

Patriotic Americana Creativity Kit and Projects


Hello there Paper Peeps! I’ve been having myself a good ol time creating lot’s of new vintage inspired decoration for my hubbies patriotic Americana tree that we use to help us celebrate all the summer holidays and his Birthday.  I’ve upgraded the tree size this year….so I’ve got a lot of work to do to fill it in…more is better after all right??????

IMG_3166IMG_3167IMG_3168IMG_3165IMG_3169IMG_3170I’ve used the fun and festive pieces from my new Patriotic Americana Vintage Creativity Kit.

IMG_3171This kit has 36 pieces including handcrafted red, white, and blue tinsel topped fringes, pre-tied bows and loads of printed vintage images. They come pre-cut also….so they’re ready to get your craft on with! Click HERE for more details.

I used only papers from my scrap and salvage box to complete these projects….so it’s a great stashbuster kit as well. For a little added detail…I added some bows created with Red and White Chevron Stripe from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I have one more fun project to share from this kit……but I’m saving it for a tutorial on Tuesday….so you can see how I create these fun ornaments.

Okay….we’re off to Costco now for  our Family Fun Day! I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Anxious to get back to work????


I’ve officially been away from my crafty supplies too long. All my papers and pretties to play with. I have enjoyed my mini vacation…and spent some wonderful time with my family and friends….but I am a creative soul…and without a project to work on…I’m a little lost. I have tried to fill my down time while the peeps have slept in working on collages so when I do get back to the shop I will have some focus on projects that I really want to tackle first.

Oval Easter Frames Bunnies:

ovalframeeasterThese little sweet bunny images will make great cards for my Peeps : ) I love the shabby colors!

Yes…I know I’ve told you all that not only are we a  fiercely patriotic family….but the 4th holds a special place  in our hearts here at home as it’s my dear Hubby’s Birthday….so I created this collage with plans to create like a gazillion tags to add to our patriotic decorations for his 4th of July tree….

Vintage Inspired Patriotic Americana:

vintage americana collage sheetAnother Goal I have for the new year is to create more art journals so I’ve been planning ahead and making more images that I can add to the journals with lined sections and beautiful large floral images that are just calling out for some Stickles! These are a great size to work with as they can be pockets in larger books…or pages in smaller journals.

Large Floral Journal Cards.

111111111I’ll be back to work tomorrow….with lot’s of inspiration to create pretties for the upcoming posts….so be on the lookout for projects with these collages. If you’d like the collages to create with too….they’re available for instant download just be clicking the links 🙂

I‘m off to get the housework done and refill the pantry before I go back to work. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Challenge 83 for Really Reasonable Ribbon and Giveaway


Okay all you Paper Peep’s it the 1st of the month again and you know what that means…a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. This challenge theme is Christmas/Winter Holiday and Ribbon. I created a very fun and festive Americana Christmas Card for my project:


I used various hues of red white and blue….added fun Stickling and lot’s of inking…and layers layers layers! I topped it off with a bow made from my favorite Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon.

So now it’s your turn to create a project of your own for the challenge! And in other  Big News….Bonnie is having an awesome Bow-it-All Giveaway over at Really Reasonable Ribbon!!!!! Check it out!

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

May Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon


Despite the chilly weather outside…I’m told it’s Spring…and that must mean it’s time again for another Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon.


This month we’re sharing our projects made with the fabulous Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment.


This assortment is so great for me as the summer holidays are some of my favorite to celebrate since we are fiercely patriotic and  the 4th of July is my Dear Hubbies Birthday…and very soon we will be celebrating our oldest Son’s Eagle Scout Ceremony and high school graduation. I created my project to use as part of the decoration at his banquet. I’ve gotten a sneaky peek at some of the other designers projects and I have to say…I love them all.

Okay…let’s get hopping. You should be coming to Polly’s from the lovely and talented Misty. If you’re just starting here…..you 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!

IMG_1568This pic is my Son with his patrol. Such wonderful, respectful, helpful, reverent, incredible young men. I am super proud of all of them : ) I always have a stash of great papers to create patriotic projects. For this layout….I really wanted to add lot’s of dimensional embellishments….So I started with a very patterned paper….then chose to cover it with patterned velum to give me a neutral background….You can still see the flag through the velum which is printed with the Declaration.

IMG_1573This fun banner was created by layering lot’s of well inked stickers…then punching tiny holes and string them between fabulous bows made from the ribbon assortment. I added a bit of extra inked trim to the outside…to bring the color down to the corner.

IMG_1582For this little number….I started with a base of a very large folded cardstock rosette. Then layered on great little flags on picks, part of a cupcake wrapper, vintage Uncle Sam image. Some folded dimensional stars with lot’s of ink and glitter and blue pearly flourishes. There is also a several Brittania Candi Dots.

Your next stop in the hop is the wonderful GLORIA.

She is sharing a super creative project that I can’t wait to try out myself! Don’t forget to leave her a little love: )

Thanks for hopping along with us this month…I hope you enjoyed our projects as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Second Seatinig Vintage Patriotic Americana Mini Album class May 7th


You all know by now that the summer holidays are some of my favorite. Not only because we are fiercely patriotic…but because it’s also my sweet Hubby’s Birthday yay!!!! So they hold a very special place in our hearts. I do like to make a handcrafted gift for him with an Americana theme…..I’ve created banners and buckets and mini albums. This year it’s another mini….and I’ve put together a class so you all can make one too! They’re a great place to showcase your favorite  holiday pictures and memories. They also become a wonderful part of your seasonal decor.

Here’s a sneaky peek at the cover : )


This album is loaded with vintage patriotic images, glitter accents….and lot’s of Really Reasonable Ribbon trims.

Inside there’s many pocket’s and tags, and a fun fold out mini- in- a -mini. You can stop into the shop to see the rest of the album….and to sign up for the class. As always…..you can call and save your spot and leave your deposit by calling me during regular business hours. Please do not leave deposit info on a message.

The class will be May 7th at 6pm. Cost for the class is $30 and includes all materials and adhesives. Kit’s for the class will be offered in the Etsy shop by the end of the week. Additional seating may be offered in May….depending upon availability of supplies.

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