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September Blog Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon

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To continue on with the October Blog Hop…please click Here

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How can it be that another month has slipped by so quickly? It’s time again for another Hop with my favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon. This month the Design Team will be sharing our projects we made with the September Ribbon Club Assortment.

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It’s full of warm rich colors, festive patterns and fabulous textures. Can you tell I’m a big fan of this assortment???

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!

For my project I choose to make a fall-fabulous mini album with pockets and tags.

IMG_2239This paper works just great with the assortment! IMG_2234I added pockets to the outside cover to hold festive fall bingo cards. They would be great for pics and journaling. I love the contrast of the wood patterned paper and the lace trim : )

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Okay…that’s it for my project…your next stop in the hop is Gloria. Her project is just so beautiful…you are gonna love it…I know I do : )

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

Christmas in July Class ( in August) lol

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I’ve created this extra special chunky chipboard vintage Christmas Album for our next class at Polly’s. My Peeps have been working so hard all throughout July to get a jump on their holiday crafting and this class is to reward them for being awesome!!!!! I’ve included a ton of embellishments like large chipboard letters, crocheted flowers, rolled burlap flowers, glittery accents, pockets with tags and of course Stickling and lot’s of Really Reasonable Ribbon trims. And like a gagillian vintage images.

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Anna, Anja, Sassy Linda, and Bobbie have reserved their spots already. If you want to join in….call me at the shop at 734-268-1109 during our regular business hours to leave your deposit and save your seat. The class is August 6th at 6pm. Cost for the class is $30 and includes everything to complete this project. This class is for intermediate skill levels and might be a challenge for beginners. 

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

Things with Wings Challenge

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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

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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 : )

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

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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 : )

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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 Americana Mini Album Class and Kits April 30th

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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 : )

IMG_1460This 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 April 30th 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

Mini Album Tutorial

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Today is my day to share a tutorial for Really Reasonable Ribbon. I created an easy to follow process of turning simple paper lunch bags into sturdy little albums without all the complicated measuring and folding. And these great minis have pockets built right in for your pictures tags and mementos : )

First I’ll share a sneak peek at the finished album…

IMG_0974As you can see….I’ve added lot’s and lot’s of embellishments to the cover including pretty patterned papers, painted inked and Stickled chipboard, loads of flowers ( I crocheted the ivory ones myself : ) ) brads, buttons and pearls. I choose to finish off the metal rings with beautiful Cream Mesh Ribbon, Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, and Diamond Satin Shell Gray and I think they coordinate beautifully : )

IMG_0976I couldn’t resist adding more beautiful trims to the pockets on the inside pages.

IMG_0977I added a pretty little vintage button over this faux bow of Diamond Satin Shell Gray trim and crocheted lace.

IMG_0978If one button is good…then 5 should be better right????? lol This yummy trim is Sheer Box Pleats in Ivory.

Okay….now for the tutorial….there are lot’s of pictures here…but trust me it’s super easy!

IMG_0961IMG_0963IMG_0966IMG_0968IMG_0969IMG_0970IMG_0971IMG_0972IMG_0973See…told ya it was easy : ) You’ll want to keep this tutorial handy for creating quick wedding or baby shower gifts….or make them for yourself : ) They are super sturdy after adding all the paper layers and you can tie on all your favorite Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims to add the perfect finishing touch : )

Okay that’s it for my tutorial. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : )G

Quick update…..Someone brought it to my attention that I forgot to give the measurement for the coordinating paper for the pocket….ooops. The strip os 2 1/4 inches x 6 inches. : )

A Little Love for You : )

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I just wanted to take this opportunity to show how much I  appreciate my Etsy supporters by offering them a little giveaway now until Valentine’s Day I’ll be sending a free little goody bag filled with 6 extra sweet Valentine tags for every purchase of $5.00 or more. The tags are 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and can be opened like a tiny card. I’ve got lot’s of fun prints, some are shown here and I’ll select a nice variety for each goody bag.  Just my way of saying “I Love You Guy’s” Use these tags for little love notes, labels for baked treats, tags for gifts, or add them to your kiddo’s sacked lunches to show them you care : )

IMG_0737 If you’d like to order additional sets, just convo me in Etsy and I whip up a special batch just for you!

It’s Snowing Again!!!

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Okay…enough already. We had a white Christmas…now can it be sunny and warm again? Okay here is a little somethin to warm you up.

I created this cheeky little Valentines card inspired by a teal and red color scheme.

IMG_0489Oh yeah and another Middy bag folded to look like an envelope : )

IMG_0490I added a vintagy bingo card, a doily and some die cut shapes.

IMG_0491Using Score Tape I attached some red pom pom trim to a very glittery heart. This is all layered over Red Wrinkle Ribbon all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0493Matching red buttons on the ribbon and an accent button on the bow.  Last but not least a sweet little sentiment die cut.

IMG_0494Lot’s of yummy layers with a retro feel.

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

Merry Christmas to all……

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Well the kiddos are still sleepin in and so is the Dear Husband. We are definitely going to have ourselves a white Christmas here after a lovely snowstorm yesterday. Our plans are not taking us too far from home so it should be a calm and simple day. 

This little project I’m sharing I created to decorate my shop. I turned my Christmas village shabby chic : ) Lot’s of glitter and flocking and paint. And of course some beautiful trim from RRR. I had the perfect little shelf to display it and it’s got my favorite pink in the background swoon.

IMG_0534              The little trees I bleached last week look perfectly shabby with my little houses.

IMG_0537Of course the village looked like the typical set. I started out by spray painting them to neutralize the background then gave them a base coat of winter white. Next I mixed the paints I liked to tone them down and give them a vintagy look. I used several types of glitter and flocking to create the look of a Putz house. As usual the glitter was EVERYWHERE. I’m sure I even ate some with my lunch lol. I’m sparkly on the inside : )

IMG_0542In order to maintain the look I wanted…I didn’t get crazy with the details…relying on subtlety to tell a quiet story of shabby chic. This little church is the centerpiece…as it should be : ) Just a bit of silvery glitter to dress the windows was all it needed.

IMG_0535Tinsel glitter was the perfect choice for the roofs. Along with flocking  where the snow would have been.

IMG_0532I used a small picture frame with a book page as a backdrop. I’ll be on the lookout now for some other little treasures to tuck into the scenery.

IMG_0529Are you thinking to yourself that it must have taken a long time to paint around all those details? Yep it sure did lol. But since this is going to be a display I put up every year…it was worth the extra effort.

IMG_0533All of the houses have little windows so next year I’ll be adding lights to the inside.

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I dressed the front of the shelves with my new favorite Juliet lace in natural from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0538All the pale colors were making it look a bit floaty. I decided to add some of the unbleached trees in to anchor the light colors.

IMG_0546The fun part of starting a new collection is not having every little bit right away…I’m looking forward to the hunt for more key pieces to add to fill in. I think I’ll be looking for some lamp posts and signage along with some characters to stage in the scene. OOHHH and also some vintage deer.

IMG_0522There’s the little tree I added garland to.

IMG_0509I’m planning to add signs to the tops of the doors here. I think this one will be Polly’s Paperie.

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From the side you can really get the feel of the different glitters. I just love the curve of the shelves….very girly.

Well I hope this inspires you to take a second look at some of your seasonal decor. Maybe you have outgrown the style? Why not give it a makeover. My little village was not a valuable collectable….so I wasn’t too concerned that it might not turn out like I had hoped. But it certainly did and I’m so glad I made the old new again and gave it a new life : ) Who knows…maybe I’ll leave it up year round.

Thanks to all of you who stop in to visit me in my little corner of the world. I’m so very privileged to share my creations with you all. I hope they inspire you to take the time to be creative everyday. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed Christmas and New Year. I hope you have a day full of magic.

P.S. thanks for all the well wishes for our little Tinker. He is home now and on the mend : ) That is truly a gift indeed.

A new life with purpose

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Wow…doesn’t that sound like a philosophical post title ? Hope you’re not disappointing when  the content of the post is just notebooks lol. I had a few greeting cards I had made…that I just loved and wanted to give them an upcycle into  notebook covers. That way….they are more practical and useful….and can be refilled so they can be used for a good long time.

I covered hard book board with coordinating papers, added ton’s of lined paper and rings.

These little kiddos are super cute and vintagy. The image is from Graphic’s Fairy. The trim of course is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

The patterned paper in the background behind the flower was a digital image from my BFF Heather.

The hard cover makes these books super sturdy and the rings makes them refillable. I think they would make a sweet teacher gift or stocking stuffer!