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Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition


Well hello there Paper Peeps! I’m so very excited to be sharing the projects I’ve created for the 2014 Design Team Auditions for the fabulous Graphic 45 papers. It’s no surprise to all you followers that I love G45…..and I had loads of fun with these projects. There’s lot’s and lot’s of pictures…..so get a cuppa and settle in….I hope you enjoy them : )

First Project: Bird Song Asian Pagoda Lantern with Mini AlbumIMG_3113-001IMG_3116IMG_3118IMG_3108IMG_3120IMG_3121IMG_3127Second Project: By The Sea Mini Album


Third Project: A Ladies’ Diary Card

IMG_3079IMG_3075Fourth Project: Once Upon a Springtime Card

IMG_3056IMG_3058Fifth Project: Vintage Football Matchbook Box Shadow Box

IMG_3103-001IMG_3105IMG_3106IMG_3104Sixth Project: Good Ol’ Sport Layout 2 Bubbies At The Park

IMG_3133Seventh Project: Good Ol’ Sport Layout Jonathan Football

IMG_3138Thanks so much viewing my audition! Wishing you all a happy and productive day and time to be creative : ) G

100,000 Hits Yay!!!! Blog Giveaway : )


I’m so very very excited to reach the huge milestone of 100,000 visits.  What fun it is to create projects and share them with so many people. I’ve learned a lot along the way and I can truly say that the best is yet to come.

Help me celebrate by entering our giveaway. I’ve been super inspired by the beautiful papers and ephemera from Pink Paislee so I thought I’d share some with a lucky winner.

↓Here is the prize↓

The prize includes 12 sheets double sided Pink Paislee paper and the 66 piece ephemera set from the London Market line.

The card in the previous post was created with these beautiful papers and die cuts. I’ve got lot’s more projects to post for inspiration.

So here is how you get your name entered to win this great prize….

1.   Leave me a comment on this post.

2.   If your not a follower yet….hit the sign me up button. You must be a subscriber to be eligible to win. 

3.   Facebook fans….you still need to subscribe to pollyspaper.wordpress.com.

4.   Let’s make this a fair game so no entries for your pets, invisible friends or long passed relatives. Only 1 entry will be allowed per IP address.

5.   Will begin as soon as this post appears. You can enter your name until March 28th at midnight.

6.   We will announce the winner of the giveaway March 29th.

Good Luck to everyone who enters!!!!!

Sorry the cake plate in the picture is for display only and is not included in the prize.

More Glitz Projects : )


You guessed it….I’m still workin away with the new paper goodies from Glitz. This time it’s a lovely card I’m calling “transitional.” It’s a little bit vintage and a little bit retro and a whole lotta French fabulousness.

Look at all those lovely layers : ) I inked these layers well with Maya Road black ink for added detail. The image of the Eiffel Tower is a French Kiss Whatnot. Love it : ) I did decide to trim it from it’s background. This gave me lot’s of room for extra paper patterns.

I used a punch with a simple pattern to give a  “lace” look edge. There is a nice selection of vintage buttons with twine.

I printed a pretty little frame image from Graphics Fairy over the book page text. I just love how the flourishes dress up this card.

I think this is a fun mix of patterns for an eclectic look that’s a bit modern…but I still got to use my vintage trims.

Keep posted for more projects in the shop with this great Glitz paper line. 

Shop Update


I’m so sad to say that I did not make the finals for the Graphic 45 Design team. This was pretty disappointing…so to cheer myself up I have been ordering ton’s of great new paper and accessories for the shop : )  Nothing better than shopping right? LOL

I’m bringing in new Pink Paislee.  I just love London Market. I got extra ephemera pieces so I wouldn’t run out and not get one for myself like last time. Also paper and accessory packs from Glitz. And I’m very pleased to announce that we will carrying a huge assortment of My Mind’s Eye!!!! YAY. They have the best paper patterns and stickers to match.  I can’t wait to dig into those boxes and start playing with the new paper.

I’ve just got a few more orders to place to stock up the new shop…..it’s coming along very nicely I must say : ) I can’t wait for you all to see the new color scheme and displays. And of course I can’t wait to see all of you Peeps that I miss so much!

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my audition…they really made my day. It made all the work worthwhile just to know I have such wonderful followers. Stay with me…the best is yet to come : )

Rainy Day Paper Projects


I‘m playing paper today to chase the clouds away. Hoping for Spring to get here soon I’ve created two brighter and cheerier cards.

I selected a nice stripe from my Graphic 45 scrap and salvage box and layered on a lovely vintage image from Graphics Fairy. Marie Antoinette is so  beautiful : ) I gave this card a nice craft paper border to anchor the light colors.

I punched and gathered a border and added individually cut out tiny flowers from the Graphic 45 scrap box. To the center of each flower I added a dab of Liquid Pearls. I also inked it well using Distress Inks.

Notice the stitch lines???? Yay I found the cord to my sewing machine : )

I really love this darling image from Graphics Fairy of the bunny and chicks. Don’t ya just want to climb right into that picture and hear them little chicks peeping and smell the blooms from the tree in the background. The paper I choose for this card is from Paper Loft. The small button card is from Crate.

This lovely little bloom is separate flowers cut from the same sheet of scrap Graphic 45 paper…this time I did dry brush it just a bit to bring the intensity of the color down. I layered and curled several flowers and gave it a pearly accent center.

Just my luck…I found a small scrap of paper that looks just like burlap! It looks like it has a lot of texture. I used it to make a sweet little banner and topped it off with a string of pearls. A creamy ribbon and bow are the final accents.

Okay…now I have my Spring projects started….all I need is for it to be 85 and sunny : )

Flowers For Margie


After requests from new friend Margie I created a tutorial to make flowers like the ones I have been using on my projects. They are really very simple and quick to make.

Here is the finished flower…

The fabric I used came from the local quilt shop owned by my friend Jennifer. They sell bundles of coordinating patterns that are 5″ squares. Each square is enough to make 1 flower.

The bundle I choose has many vintage inspired patterns. : )

I chose this pretty blue pattern. Start by cutting the square into 6 strips. No need to be super accurate here…neatness doesn’t count.

Next cut 1 side of each strip with a scalloped edge. Good sharp fabric scissors are essential!!! The scallops do not need to be even….but they should be deep enough to emulate a flower petal. Begin a straight running stitch being very careful not to backtrack your stitches otherwise the fabric will not gather when you pull the thread.

Stitch through each section on the same thread until you have all the sections sewn into one long ruffle. Use care not to gather them too tightly otherwise they may not lay properly in the finished flower shape. Once again…the fabric will not gather if you backtrack your stitches.

Cut a small circle shape from heavy cardstock or file folder. Apply a generous amount of Tacky glue to the center of the circle and begin forming the outer edge of your flower taking care to keep the ruffled edge on the outside of the circle.

Continue wrapping the center in and press into the glue. There is plenty of time while the glue is wet to get the desired shape and size. You can pull it off and start over if you need to…but be careful not to get glue on the outside of the petals. Use a pretty brad or button for the center…or better yet find an old piece of costume jewelery for a true vintage look. Once the glue is set you can easily pull off the tiny threads from the petals using a tweezer. If you wish to leave them as I did…it gives a more textural and handcrafted look.

This looks really lovely just like this or you can add fibers and bits of sheet music or typography. I’ve also used lace trim and ribbon leaves. Pearls or beads or buttons would also make a pretty center.

Here is one more look at the finished flower. Guess I better come up with a blue project tomorrow so I can use it.

Here is a look at my lovely fabric selection to make flowers with. 

You could easily adapt this basic tutorial to your own tastes simply by cutting a different scallop shape, or using additional fabric. In a previous post I shared a flower that was solid creme colored fabric that I stamped a polka dot pattern on then inked it….so you can customize these flowers very easily.
Use these flowers for any paper or crafting project like cards, scrapbooking, tags, banners, headbands.  If you do use them on cards…beware that there is extra postage for shipping.

Okay Margie….there is your tutorial : ) Hope it helps! Email me some pics of your flowers when you start making them…I would love to see your creativity and how you use them on your projects.

The boys have left for Scouts swimming event and as I am still recovering from a root canal yesterday I think I will go curl up on the couch with scooter and a festive beverage and find something to watch on Netflix….Goodnight all : )