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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 : )


SAnta Tag Collage Sheet


The cooler weather is getting me in the holiday mood here in lower Michigan. I’m getting all set to create lot’s of cards tags and projects for my family and friends and I can wait to use the tags from my new collage sheet : )  I might even make some great Christmas ornaments for my tree…..like I don’t already have a ton of ornaments lol….more is better though right????


If you’d like a sheet of your own to create fabulous holiday projects….just click HERE. And if you make something wonderful…..please email a picture of your creation.. I would love to see them! Many of the images I used to create this collage sheet are from Graphic’s Fairy.

I’m off now to get caught up on kit’s and watch some Lion’s football! I hope you all have a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Halloween Freebie Printable and Gift from a Friend


I’ve got two fabulous things to share today…one a surprise gift I got a few weeks ago from a super talented and super sweet new friend from Florida. And the other is a new freebie printable.

Jeanne Marie sent me this beautiful vintagy Halloween cone that she embellished and filled with goodies and treats : ) She is so generous I just had to share my gifty with everyone. Let me start out by saying…..cones are not so very easy to get pics of : /   So there are lot’s of pics so I can capture the details.

IMG_2451Here it is hanging from the hutch in my kitchen.

IMG_2453She added layered paper rosettes and fun fringy trims. Can you see all the inking she did on the metal cone? Fabulous!

IMG_2466On the back there’s lot’s and lot’s of trims, a giant spider and black bling.

IMG_2467So many layers….swoon!!!!!

IMG_2463Say hello to my little friend….lol These little treats were packed inside the cone.

IMG_2468Not sure yet whats in this package…it’s too cute to open. I love that black glitter on the paper rosette.


Thank you, thank you, thank you Jeanne Marie for this wonderful surprise…it’s become a cherished part of my holiday decor…and I’ll be thinking of you every year when I decorate my home for the holidays : )

Last but not least….here’s another freebie printable from me to you. I kinda love it…I hope you do too!


Still haven’t got the in house IT dept to show me how to turn these into a jpeg…so for now you can just right click on it and save it to a file to print. For personal use only please….do not reproduce this image for items you intend to sell or add it to a digital collage sheet.  That would make me sad : (  many of the elements here are from Graphic’s Fairy.

Okay…that‘s it for me….I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative.

Things with Wings Challenge


Time for another challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. This time around the theme is Things With Wings.  I’m pretty excited to see what all you super creative crafters come up with. Sooo many things with wings right????

For my inspiration project I created this altered art clipboard. It’s a  gift for a very dear friend that my husband works with. We were so blessed that she could come to our Son’s graduation. She’s known Alex since he went to latchkey lol….so I guess she’s been a friend of the family a loooong time : ) Annie really likes things that are a little different…..or steampunky…or goth…so I stepped out of the box for this project.

IMG_1835-001I started with a smallish clipboard that I found at our local dollar store and layered and layered and layered. I inked it quite a bit as well with my Tim Holtz sprays. For texture there’s Gray Faux Burlap, Sheer Gray ribbon and some eyelash yarn. I Stickled the wings a bit too. 

I hope Annie enjoys her little gifty. And I hope you hop on  over and join the fun by entering your own Things with Wings project in the challenge : )

A little Thank You Gifty


As many of you know….our family just celebrated my oldest Son’s graduation and  Boy Scout  Eagle Rank Advancement….it’s been a super busy month getting everything ready for parties and out of town guests. I couldn’t have done it without a little help from my friends!!! Namely my beautiful Mother who flew in from Texas to work her little tail off….cooking for days : ) And to my Bestest best friend Heather for all she did to help…and for making my favorite ramen noodle salad. I made this little notebook for her in her favorite orange…it’s bright and cheerful…..just like her : )


I added a strip of  Natural Faux Burlap. Then I layered on the Orange Wrinkle Ribbon.


There’s also some sweet little chipboard flowers and a tiny blue butterfly. I couldn’t  resist adding the coordinating orange buttons…I know Heather will love them : )


The top of the jar image needed a little somthin somthin….so I dressed it with a bit of the new Lyndsey Crocheted Lace...nipped in to fit the contour of the jar.

I hope Heather will find lot’s of things she wants to write about in this little journal…or maybe just for grocery lists??? LOL Thanks again Heather for all you did to help make our big day even more special. We love you millions!!!! And just for a quick proud Mom moment….my little boy just graduated Magna Cum Laude and got a nearly full ride scholarship to Eastern University Honor’s College to study computer engineering. Who’s a proud Mom??? This girl !!!! LOL

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

Vintage Image Organizer Tutorial


So it all started with me not being able to find an image that I had printed and wanted to use in my project. So I printed a duplicate. Then found the original…that I had stashed away somewhere I should have never put it in the first place. But that is soooo like me to squirrel stuff away..thinking I’ll remember where. So I created this book to organize all my printed images, and keep them from getting damaged. Here’s a look at the finished project:

IMG_1297IMG_1302This book started out as an inexpensive photo album picked up at the local dollar store. It’s meant to hold 36 ( 4 x 6 ) pics. Here is a super easy tutorial to show you how to make 1 ( 0r 2 or 3 ) of your own.


Now you’ll want to finish you cover with your favorite papers and embellishments. I covered mine with Middy Bags, then layered on lot’s of paperie goodies gifted to me by my dear friend Lisa W. She lives up North and I don’t get to see her very often. Every time I use this book…I’ll think of her : )

I chose to top my clips with Olive Wrinkle Ribbon, Lace, and Moss Gingham. From Really Reasonable Ribbon of course! I think the greens go with the nature inspired embellishments. You’ll want to choose trims that coordinate with your finished cover.


My book is filled with my favorite images from Ephemera’s Vintage Garden…you should hop over and check em out.

I think this book would be a great way to organize die cuts too. Or recipe cards you want to be able to take and see the back of. I think it would also be very sweet as a wedding or baby shower gift…..simply use the gift wrap from the gifts as your pages in the pocket and a little note from the gift giver….maybe some words of advice for the Bride or Mom to be : ) There are soooo many ways to use this book! And starting at only $1 each…you can make lot’s of them for very little. Even less if you use scraps.  

Okay…that’s a long post…we all need to get up and stretch our legs lol.

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

Vintage Halloween Album Class Oct. 9th


I’m so excited to start some great holiday classes at Polly’s in October starting with this awesome mini album with tons of vintage charm.

This 6 x 6 album is super chunky with layers and layers of My Mind’s Eye papers, loads of chipboard stickers and of course some great Halloween trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’ve added a fun bingo card, inked doily’s and black buttons. Each set of pages has another layout similar to the cover….so there’s lot’s of detail. Plenty of room for pictures and journaling too. This book is very similar to one I’ve posted recently for a Design Team Project. This mini has 8 pages inside…and front and back cover.

Class is October 9th and runs from 6 to 9 pm. All materials and adhesives are included…as well as a tasty snack and beverage during break. We’ll be using Polly’s tools also…so no need to bring a thing…unless you have a favorite pair of scissors you can’t live without : ) I’ve got the shop all decked out in my best spookable decorations and we’ll be enjoying some fabulous Halloweeny music too so come join us for a night of fun and create this great holiday keepsake as a gift for someone special…or to use as part of your holiday decor to enjoy year after year. 

Cost for the class is $30.  Stop on in to the store to check out the rest of this book ad leave your deposit so we can hold your seat. Deposit is 1/2 the cost of the class. Want to call in your reservation? No problem…just reach me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours. (please do not leave any deposit info in a message.) First come first serve. I’ll be seating 4 for this class. An additional seating for 4 is scheduled for the 16th. Bring a friend…and you can both enjoy savings of 10% off your class and any additional purchase you make at the time of the class. Hope you can make it!!!! : )

Mini for Halloween


I thought I may as well keep working on the Halloween projects while I had the supplies out : ) I’ve been crafting away and watching reruns of Sherlock on Netflix. I just can’t seem to get enough BBC shows lol. Pretty soon I’ll be speaking with an accent. Today I’m sharing a fabulous mini album…created with a wallet fold to hold tabbed topped tags. The front of course is vintagy and has lot’s of trims and buttons.

Lot’s of room on these tags for pictures and journaling. The inside pockets hold additional tags with a bit of room leftover for small mementos. I’m loving these glittery stickers.  The inside page is a stationary tag that helps keep the ribbon closure in place. I’ve used a variety of paper patterns and mix and matched them throughout…most from My Mind’s Eye. All the trims are from Really Reasonable Ribbon .

Thinking of other fun Halloween projects to work on today when the Peep’s come in to play. This will be a great day. Hope your day is happy and productive and you find some time to be creative : ) G

P.S. I’ve listed this mini in the Etsy shop. Why not hop on over and check it out : )

Shabby Chic Christmas Trunk


I had a lovely time playing paper with Jane yesterday.  She made a wonderful card for her Father in law while I took care of computer and online order business. I didn’t have as much time to be creative….I did however have an (in progress) project to pull out. I’m trying to give new life to some old projects by reworking them….in this case…the shabby chic trunk I had painted for a summer project. I filled it with treasures given to me from Jane…little bits and pieces…you know the really good kind of treasure.

The trunk used to contain vintage beach scenes…but I think it just really wanted to be filled with Christmas goodies.

Pretty roses frosted with glitter from J.

I filled the silvery light reflector with some painted bells, and layered it behind an inked and glittered chipboard snowflake. Trims in yummy cremes from Really Reasonable Ribbon are topped off with vintage buttons and give wonderful texture. The antique color looks great against the painted paper mache trunck.

Another chipboard piece….this time from Dusty Attic nestled in amongst sparkly stars shapes on stems from J. I wound some burlap trim with pink stripe to the acrylic sheets to help fill in the space…and it give me a place to tuck in some sweet vintage images.

Another large chipboard snowflake here…with some sweet little dimensional trees to fill in this corner. The beautiful vintage image in the back is from Graphic’s Fairy. A little bit of a darker colors to anchor the lightness from the rest of the project. I added a few more buttons to the edge for texture.

It’s a bit easier to see the dimension from the side. I filled the trunk from front to back. The inside lid of the trunk is covered in a sheet from and antique hymnal. The paper has aged perfectly to give in an authentic old look. The acrylic sheets hold up the images and are wrapped in that fabulous burlap trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This side view shows off the yummy little goodies inside better.  To support all the bits and pieces…the trunk is filled with floral foam…and the exposed areas were covered with scrunched bits from an old sewing pattern. I casually draped a tassel  over this side to balance the roses and seam binding on the other corner. The pink sheet in the back was just a little scavenged scrap that I inked and added some pearly accents to. The button card image is one of my favorites as you can tell by how often I use it : ) Last but not least….I topped off the last acrylic sheet with a bit of cream colored Penelope lace. It’s attached very casually with some super tiny paper clips from Tim Holtz.

A big thanks to Jane for being my very dear friend…and for all the yummy little treasures for my project….and for the encouragement to pull it out and finish it. I just love how it turned out…and how sentimental all the bits and pieces are : )

I hope I’ve motivated you to rethink an old project… it was a great way to make some holiday decor that fits into the shabby chic theme of my shop. Wishing you all a happy and productive day….and I hope you find some time to be creative. G