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Traditional Styled Jolly Santa Banner


Have you ever found a trim that was just so right you had to have it???? Then create an entire project around it??? Yep me too lol.   For me it was this candy cane striped tinsel trim….swoon…loved it….had to have it!!!!! So it inspired me to create a super sweet traditionally styled Jolly Santa Banner.  For the Tuesday Chicks…..surprise….this is what we are making in class next week. You better be ready to work!!!!

IMG_2592IMG_2588IMG_2587IMG_2589IMG_2594I started with pretty paper patterns, added loads of Stickled vintage images, clothes pins, clips, bows, and the fabulous tinsel trim!!!! Thanks for the suggestion from Peep Bobbie for a traditional project : )  I really love how it turned out…..especially  how it looks hanging over the cream colored bead board of the bookcase at the end of the island in my kitchen.

There are a limited number of kits available for those of you want to create the banner but can’t make the class. Click the Etsy link to hop over to the listing.

I’ve used lovely ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon for these bows…Totally Twill in Red and Chevron Satin in Red and White. Some of the vintage images I’ve used are from The Graphic’s Fairy.

Okay that’s it or today…..I’m off to prepare to join our family and friends to watch our Niece Crystal become the wife of her soul mate Brad.  Should be a lovely ceremony and reception. I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Really Reasonable Ribbon November Blog Hop


Oh what fun…..it’s time for the November Blog Hop from Really Reasonable Ribbon. All of the super talented designers are showcasing their projects using the November Ribbon Club Assortment…which I have to say is divine!!!

Okay…now 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.

Here is my project….I created a vintage inspired Christmas card with ton’s of layers.

I used my ribbon club assortment to create this extra poofy bow…then finished it off with a bit of silvery tinsel, some Cherry Bakers Twine and a set of painted jingle bells. I also used a bit of the red ribbon rolled to top off the lace.

I punched out a bit of a lovely vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy and gave it a border of pom poms. It’s layered over a sweet little die cut image, a chipboard snowflake, doily and several more vintage images. I topped it off with buttons tied with string.

I had originally planned for this to be in a vintage frame….but I just had a tough time getting all the elements in that I wanted and not crowd it too much. While it was laying on my work table I had a guest in the shop with a tiny cute little girl all dressed up for her ballet class….while I was helping her Dad find some adhesive…that little stinker had found it and was shakin the bow with the bells up in the air…lol…could not possibly get upset when she was soooo cute. I did finish the card as soon as she left though. Guess she couldn’t resist the RRR trim either!

So that’s my project for the November Hop. You should now visit the incredibly talented Gloria to see what wonderful creation she is sharing. Don’t forget to leave her a little love in her comment section. I’ve had a little sneaky peek of her project and it is spectacular 🙂

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative! G

Really Reaonable Ramblings August Blog Hop and Giveaway


Hi everyone and welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop! If you’ve hopped here from Corri’s Blog then you’re on the right track!  If not…head on over to the Really Reasonable  Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog where it all starts so you won’t miss a thing! I have to say I had a blast making this card and adding tons of layers and goodies!

I used a nice sampling of trims from the August Ribbon Club Assortment. Thanks to Bonnie for sending it to me. I have to say purple and gray are not colors I work with often so it was a nice challenge to work outside the box. I started with a lovely vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy and framed her out in ribbon wrapped chipboard. I used a dry brush of paint to give it a metallic look. I created a border of cream , a bit of Ivory crochet lace and wound the Satin Swiss dot through it. To top it off there’s a nice poofy bow in gray from the assortment.

Here’s a little close up detail. I trimmed and layered some sweet butterfly images and added them onto a chipboard branch. The purple flowers are made with a bit of the ribbon and a running stitch then a coordinating paper rose wound around. I added a few vintage buttons for accent and handmade tags. Last but not least…a few lovely roses I created with ribbon from the August Ribbon Club Assortment  that were topped off with a pearly center.

Adding all the yummy little bit’s and pieces makes this a very dimensional project. I’m sending it to my Dear Friend Virginia in Canada : )

Your next stop is Cheryl’s Blog for another amazing project. Hope you all have lot’s of fun hopping around to all the fabulous designers for inspiration.

As if it can’t get any better….I’m also having a giveaway to celebrate my 200th sale on Etsy! You all know that my giveaways usually involve tons of pictures because I have to have a great prize with lot’s of goodies…but this time you get to pick your prize if your the lucky winner. I’m giving away a $15 credit at RRR (my favorite ribbon store : ) Want to get your name entered for a chance to win??? The rules are EASY PEASY and quick. All you have to do is 1. Leave a comment on this post. 2. You must be a subscriber to pollyspaper.wordpress.com blog to be eligible to win .Please be careful to click the blog not the comment subscription. Already a facebook follower? That’s awesome : ) You still need to subscribe to the blog : ) 3. Let’s make it fair…only one entry per IP address will be allowed. 4. You have until midnight on August 20th to enter. Winner will be chosen at random and the name will be announced on the 21st. Bonnie is kindly helping me with a coupon code for the winner to use in a shopping spree on me : ) Good luck to all who enter!

Wedding Card?


I couldn’t decide what occasion this card would be for. It has soft pretty colors, lots of detail, some handcrafted burlap flowers and of course buttons and ribbon. The sweet cherub image is from Graphic’s Fairy and the paper is from My Mind’s Eye.  So wedding, birthday, just about anything . Except maybe Happy Tractor Pull Day. LOL. Do they even make cards for that???

Bee-u-ti-ful Jane Day


So you all know how my dear friend Jane brings me challenge objects. Little items to work into projects to test my creativity.  Anything from spoons to feathers. Well this week that little stinker brought me tiny peat pots and ballerina pink paint. Yeah…I know. What the heck am I gonna do with a peat pot????

I submit for your approval the”Let it Bee” Collage.

I constructed the shadow box with recycled check boxes. Covered in craft brown paper and well inked strips of Graphic 45 papers. I lined the inside with Pink Pailsee. I love the typography and music.

The pea pot is covered in strips of paper from My Mind’s Eye that are inked with Tim Holtz Wild Honey then aged with Walnut ink. I cut it in a simple wave pattern..then offset the layers. A little braided twine to cover the raw edge. The cute little door is a chip element simply inked and edged with a topaz bling strip.

The vintage bee hive and bee images are from Graphic Fairy : ) It’s framed out in painted and inked chipboard then topped off with pretty coordinating rose image. I layered in a bit of crimped craft paper for texture and a mailing tag. Two buttons and a tiny yo-yo element donated by the aforementioned Jane are simple and sweet finishing touches. Just for a bit of whimsy I included a very fancy metal embellishment with a cheeky sentiment “BUZZ” 

I wrapped the paper around the back of the pot…so no unfinished edges. I love how dimensional this is : ) I used some braided twine with knots to cover the corners where the naked box was showing.

Okay…so here I am thinking the challenge is met. But then Jane says” what about the other half of the pot?” Yikes!!!!

Don’t forget to view our post from May 6th to check out how you can enter our fabulous giveaway to celebrate our first month in our new shop location! This prize has a ton of great paper crafting goodies and embellishments…you don’t want to miss out : )

Vintage Bird Collage and Giveaway Announcement


I was chatting the other day with my dear friend Carol and she mentioned that I’ve been sharing mostly cards lately and she missed seeing my collages and altered art. So by request I created this collage(not a card : ) Thank you Carol for the motivation.

I started this project by painting and inking the back book board and the front chipboard frame with all the nice little windows. Layered between is a beautiful sheet of Pink Paislee paper with a chocolate brown border. I think the little windows create “architecture” and help separate the background pattern so it’s not too busy.

I trimmed some sweet little bird and ruler elements from a sheet of Webster’s Pages paper. There’s also a portion of inked doily to soften the edges and fill in the negative space. This section was finished off with just a nice length of ribbon and a  loopy bow.

The die cut image here is from Glitz.  I just love love love the crown : ) The burlap look of this card reminds me of the walls at Nichols Stafford…my new favorite home furnishings store in Dexter. They covered all their wall in burlap and its just so beautiful the warmth and texture. The color is just fabulous too. I will be on the lookout for some burlap to work into my collages : ) I stamped and inked the letter blocks and added them to the side. since the ruler and numbers both run in one direction I thought it would be nice to have the letters go the other way.

The little cardboard element here is to add texture and created simply by running craft paper through the crimper then adding a dry brush of white acrylic paint and inking the edges. The portion that resembles a library card is from My Mind’s Eye.  I embellished the lovely image of a button card from Graphic’s Fairy with super tiny clips from Tim Holtz. The larger metal embellishment is too. I do love to add mismatched vintage buttons for interest.

I spent some time on my busy afternoon handing out flyers and meeting more of my new shop neighbors. So nice to be welcomed into a great community. Thanks to everyone for making me feel at home.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars on Sunday May 6th. We will be posting a super fabulous prize giveaway to celebrate  our first month in our new shop location in Dexter Michigan. You definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to win. I’ve included Graphic 45papers and bling and flowers and Dusty Attic chipboard and Melissa Frances embellishments and glassine bags. Lot’s of fun goodies like the ones I use in my cards and projects. Good luck to all who enter : )

Tag Bag for Gifts


I’m having so much fun creating projects with these great little covered tags. Today’s project is a gift to put a gift in.

I could see this little bag being re purposed into storage or decor for a craft room. I would use it to hold some lovely little bits of trim or lace : )

I used a sweet image from Karen at the Graphic’s Fairy and gave it a nice painted and inked chipboard frame. Layered over a pretty punched scallop and inked doily.  I was able to fit 4 of my light aqua tags here and the chocolate brown reinforcing circles really help anchor the light colors. There’s also a dreamy pale ribbon bow and gathered lace with vintage button. I finished this bag off with a little resin lock from Melissa Francis and some pearly accents on the scallops.

This little bag came with a super strong handle so it won’t a problem gifting something heavy in it.

The weather has been much nicer and warmer here and I really enjoyed spending some time outside after dinner pulling weeds out of my meager little planters. Wish I had more of a green thumb. I envisioned my curb appeal looking more like Better Homes and Gardens than Gardening for Idiots. Oh well….I’ll just have more time to work in our veggie garden right??? LOL

Well it’s another busy day ahead so I better get going. Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy some time to be creative. G


Pretty Pocket & Jane Day


This was another fun day to play paper with my dear friend Jane : ) We did take a little break from the creativity to do a little shopping in the wonderful shops in downtown Dexter. I will take my camera to work tomorrow and get a shot of the fabulous new display rack I got for the shop. It’s super vintagey and beautiful. Jane was very patient to put up with my jibber jabber today as my mouth seemed to be working much faster than my brain…yikes.

I managed to complete only 1 project today but I think it’s pretty special. I used some of the sweet little tags I made Sunday.

This sweet little pocket has lot’s of embellishments on the front and 3 additional tags inside for journaling. Plenty of room in the pocket for pictures and mementos.

Jane will laugh as this is not the image I started with. lol. It is a lovely Graphic Fairy image of a vintage bird : ) I framed it with a painted and inked chipboard. I gave this little pocket plenty of layers of flowers, lace, pearly accents and ribbon. Of course I added a vintage button as well. There’s some sheer ruffled ribbon in a pale aqua. The paper I used is from Crate and a bit from My Mind’s Eye to make a punched scallop border. The finishing touch is a lock from Melissa Francis.

The boy’s are home from Scouts now so I better go get caught up. Hope you all have a wonderful evening. G


Sweet Buttons


I made some sweet little covered chipboard buttons on Jane Day this week and they found just the right project yesterday.

I used several layers of well inked My Mind’s eye papers for the base then added way too much goodies on top : )

I used vintage sheet music image from Graphic’s Fairy to create the banner. It has a border of the coordinating charcoal gray to help separate the patterns. The chipboard buttons were covered in small portions of an old wall paper image also from G.F. I adhered it to the button then covered in Glossy Accents from Tim Holtz. I used a vintage ticket also from Tim Holtz and a very cute little girl image. I created a faux button card and topped it of with a bow of mocha ribbon.

I have a super busy morning ahead so I should be on my way. Thanks to all the folks who placed orders in my Etsy shop!!! I’m getting most of them to the post office this morning…the rest go out tomorrow. I’ll be a busy bee getting the cards restocked for Mother’s Day. Hope you all enjoy a lovely day and find some time to be crafty. : )

If One Is Good…..


Three is better!!! I just love this new vintage image Karen at Graphic’s Fairy posted this week of a lovely rose with lace trim. I wound up printing 8 of them intending to create some tags. But before I knew it…..they found their way onto cards. Seems they had a mind of their own.

I used My Mind’s Eye papers and layered on a bit of Cosmo Cricket for the sentiment.

An additional tag and doily and mocha colored trim here along with a vintage button.

Pretty much the same elements here…just arranged differently gives me another sweet card. 

I layered the sentiment over a sage green element to pull the leaf color down to the corner.

For this card I added a bit of the blue and gold dot pattern from yesterdays card. It’s a simpler arrangement .

I was very pleased with myself for using up all the papers and not adding to the scrap pile. I will be trying this more often.

I’ll be adding these to the selection of cards that will be great for Mother’s Day. I’ll be posting a special promotion for them in the shop starting Sunday. You know I gotta do something special for all us Moms!!!