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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

Shabby Thank You for a Special Friend ( no peeking Linda)


A special friend gave me a very unexpected and generous gift last week. I was so moved by the surprise. I created this card for her to thank her for her kindness…I just love her so much!!!!!

IMG_2731I gathered lot’s of shabby inspired papers and stitched them up to create a base for some festive Christmas trimmings.

IMG_2733I layered on a pretty poofy bow made from Chevron Striped Pink Twill from Really Reasonable Ribbon, topped off with a sparkly jingle bell, a chipboard tag, and a thank you tag with a vintage button. Isn’t that snowman charming????

IMG_2734Fun snowflake trim stitched over Amelia White Crocheted Lace across the bottom of the card is a nice girly accent. Last but not least there’s a painted, and inked and glittered paper rosette topped off a chipboard star and another vintage button.

I cannot thank her enough for thinking of me this time of year : ) Such a blessing to have such wonderful friends : )

I hope you all are enjoying your holidays so far and spending time with your loved ones : )


Cards for the Bride and Groom


I very excited to share that I’m teaming up with Debbie from Ephemera Vintage Garden to share my projects created in my usual shabby chic style with lot’s of vintage goodies and trims and featuring her absolutely beautiful vintage printables.

I created these cards for a bride and groom with these fabulous His and Her Hot Air Balloon images. Click the link to hop over to the post to find this beautiful freebie vintage image set.

IMG_1133I choose lot’s of pretty patterned papers and bordered them in office blue to match the stripe in the balloons. One for the bride and one for the groom : )

IMG_1125I trimmed the image down a bit to create a tag shape…inked it and gave it a reinforcing dot in chocolate brown. The black in the little top hat inspired me to add that block of black with white dots in the background. I also added generous strips of Shimmer Satin in Aqua from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_1128Can’t go wrong with vintage buttons right????

IMG_1129Well inked and layered flowers were Stickled and glittered….then finished of with bits of ribbon.

IMG_1132Here’s one for the bride.


Okay…so that’s my first set of cards made with 2 of her weekly freebie images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…you can also check out her fabulous website here. I’ll be posting another card tomorrow. I’ll give ya a little hint…it’s pink lol.

Well here in mid Michigan were in the middle of a big snow storm….so hoping for a snow day tomorrow….wish us luck : )

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

Plans are changed….


Plans are changed with one day to spare before our family vacation to sunny Florida. Our poor little kitty baby Tinker wasn’t looking so good…so I took him to the vet and they urged me to rush him to emergency. Thankfully D.H. Kenny was able to drive us the 45 minutes it took to get to Milford to the pet hospital. The Dr. shared with us that he had a completely blocked urethra : ( literally within an hour of it being a life or death situation. Luckily Tinker pulled through his emergency procedure just fine and is resting comfortably in the vet hospital for the next three days. We will be staying here instead of going on our trip   so we can bring him home on Monday.  It just goes to show…you should always trust your instincts when it come to your pets. It would have made for a very blue Christmas if we had lost Tinker.

20121220_190232-3So now that we’re staying home I guess I should put up a tree and deck the halls a little bit for my boy’s who were really looking forward to spending Christmas day on the beach. I’ve already gotten my gift….a happy healthy furry Tinker baby : )

Card Class for December 4th


Here’s the next segment of Holiday cards for our class Dec. 4th. 5 vintage inspired Christmas cards with load’s of trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon, holiday images, snowflakes, chipboard and bells.

All supplies are included and adhesives and use of Polly’s tools.  All you have to do is come in ready to work. Cost for the class is $25. Due to pre-registration there are only 2 seats available for the Dec 4th class from 6pm to 9pm. Stop in to the shop to see the cards and reserve your seat. If you’d like to reserve your space over the phone…simple call me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours to leave your deposit. Please do not leave deposit information in a message.

I’m making 5 kits available for this class  available through the Etsy shop. Kit’s will come with everything you need to complete these 5 cards including adhesives and the pieces pre-cut. After purchase an email will be sent to you with pictures of the completed cards and instructions. If you’d like to reserve a kit….please email me at vnemchak@hotmail.com. This will be first come first serve.

It’s getting pretty close to the holiday…so this will be the last Christmas card class of the season. But not to worry…we’ll be offering lot’s more classes and online projects after the new year. I’ve got some great projects planned.

School Rocks A 2 Z Mini Album Kit


While I was creating this great school themed hard cover mini album I was thinking how great it would be to have as a gift for a teacher for the holidays filled with great pictures and sentiments of your child’s favorite school memories.

As you can see I’ve filled this kit with loads of paper layers from the Elementary line from Simple Stories, buttons, tabbed dividers, glassine bags,die cuts, and tags. There’s also some perfectly coordinated trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon. There’s 10 inside pages with front and back cover. 2 tabbed divider pages, and 3 large glassine bags with tags for lot’s of extra room for your pics and journaling. Everything will be precut and ready to assemble…all you’ll have to add is your own adhesive.

For an extra special sentimental gift…you put in the pics and let your child add the journaling. Much more personal than another mug !! This would also be a great gift for yourself….or a grandparent!

These kits are available in the Etsy shop. Stop on over and pick one up so you’ll be ready for the holidays.

Holiday Photo Albums


Okay…I’ve gone on a nice little trip to Crazy Town…making these great little photo albums. I can only say..they are quite addictive!

They are great to use for brag books…since they have a durable plastic cover…and hold 36 (4 x 6) photos. Nice way to preserve and show off all those pics that didn’t make it into the scrapbook. And it’s portable : ) I’ll be making some for myself to display on the coffee table for the holiday season. Can we say teacher and bus driver and grandparents gifts???? Not to mention Secret Santa and stocking stuffers : ) Just sayin! I’m going to be sooo ready this year!

While I had all the yummy Christmas paper and trims out I also whipped up a totally adorable shadow box collage with all my favorite holiday elements. It’s a nice 9×11 inches. Perfect to hang…or display on a mantle or shelf.

Isn’t it just darling?????? Snowman and snowflakes and Christmas Trees and buttons and glitter.

I’ve added some posts to the back of the snowman so he comes out further for a dimensional look.

Hoorayy for giant chipboard snowflakes! I covered these in Distress Stain and chunky clear glitter flakes.

You don’t think that’s too many buttons do you??? I wanted them to be my snow lol.

Okay…that’s enough crazy Christmas town for one day. I’m off to do like a million things before I help out at my Sons fundraiser for his Eagle Scout project. Oh and did I mention it’s my 19th wedding anniversary??? Happy day to you D.H. Kenny. Love you!!! Can you tell it’s never boring around here???? Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative.

Hooray For Birthday Cards


Just popping in to share some sweet birthday cards I created in the shop yesterday.

This chipper and cheerful retro styled card has loads of paper layers and vintage images.

I used papers from My Mind’s Eye and Pink Pailsee. The banner with buttons makes for a festive detail. I’ve also included a double layer of tags to the bow I created with RRR seam binding.

I was able to add a rubon birthday sentiment to the top and tag. A double layer of stitching for fun.

This card has a lovely Victorian girl image nestled into a pocket made from a printed glassine cake plate liner : )

A nice poofy bow…large dimensional flower and vintage buttons on burlap are nice neutral accents.

Another rubon with a script sentiment and a paper lace edge to finish off the pretty card.

Can’t stay to chat…getting caught up on house work . Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative.

Why yes….I did use nearly an entire pack of stickers on one card : )


Haven’t had much time to post this week what with all the Fathers Day and Graduation events going on. I did manage to get this sweet card done at the shop. I may have gone a bit overboard with the stickers…if that’s even possible : )

I think these stickers coordinate so well with the lovely vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy : ) The button card image is from Karen also!

I know everyone will have a laugh at my need to cut things out….but I had to trim the border off these beautiful flower stickers and I’m so glad I did….it makes them shabylicious! The bling is sooo over the top girly.

I placed the butterfly at the top and it looks like the sweet little girl is painting it : ) Mismatched buttons are my absolute favorite. The pretty little doily’s were a kind donation from dear friend Jane. Jane and I had a wonderful time making fairy headbands for her granddaughters birthday party. Happy Birthday Autumn! I also enjoyed an almost surprise visit from my bestie from Muskeegon  Lisa. Thanks for spending the day with me last Saturday!

These stickers are very dimensional. So far this is a card….but it may get a shabby chic frame.

Okay…it was just so much fun last week getting to read all the ‘getting to know you‘ comments…lets try it again this week. List 5 things about yourself that are totally creative and totally random.

1. I hate winter. And snow. And ice. And cold. Odd considering I live in Michigan.

2. I am trying to grow my bangs out for like the 800th time. This time I’m gonna stick with it lol.

3. Cheapo bulk food gummy bears are my favorite treat.

4. I have 4 cats. I do not consider myself a “crazy cat person” I’m sure other people do. I know who you are by the way!!! LOL

5. I am the least technology friendly person I know. Odd considering I live in a house with 3 computer geeks.

Okay…your turn to join in the fun.

Alex Picks Another Winner!


Alex our super prize number picker has done it again! The fabulous prize package goes to …

Lucky #16 Yayyyyy!!!!!

That means Theresa Kowalewski is the winner : )

Theresa please email me at vnemchak@hotmail.com with an address to ship your prize to. Congrats to you : ) You have one week to claim your prize or it will be reposted for everyone to have another chance to win. Thanks to everyone who participated.