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Do you like BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT?!  Then you will love this kit!

{click image above to buy this kit}

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Cosgmo PP & Diecuts, Love Elsie PP, Colorbok CS, Bazzill CS, Staz-on Ink, Autumn Leaves stamps, Marvy Corner Rounder, Paper Salon brads, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies:  Basic Grey PP, Bazzill CS, Marvy Corner Rounder, Zva Flower, Fiskars Circle Punch, Staz-on Ink, Studio G Stamps, Stickles, misc. pop-dots & rhinestones.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Heidi Swapp PP, Zva Crystals, Studio G stamps, Marvy corner rounder, Stickles, Paper Salon brad, Bonanza Bag of Buttons Citrus button, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, DCWV PP, Love Elsie PP, Stickles, Doodlebug alpha stickers, Prima sprites, Zva pearls, Autumn Leaves stamp, misc. paint & pop-dots.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Cosmo Cricket PP, Making Memories PP, Stickles, Ranger Glossy Accents, Paper Salon brad, Glimmer Mists-white marshmallow, Fiskars circle punch, Studio G stamp, Staz-on ink, Making Memories Flower, Marvy corner punch, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies: Colorbok CS, DCWV PP, Basic Grey Pearls, Fiskars border edge punch, Zva flower, Fiskars circle punch, Marvy corner rounder, misc. pop-dots, chipboard, & joy button.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Sam’s Club Paper Stack, Stampendous stamp, Staz-On Ink, Marvy Corner Rounder, Stickles, Prima sprites, Bonanza Bag of Buttons Citrus button, Basic Grey pearls.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Colorbok CS, Sam’s Club Paper Stack, Miss Elizabeth’s sticker, Doodlebug alpha stickers, Fiskars circle punch, Fiskars border edge punch, Zva flower, Pressed Petals chipboard, Stickles, Marvy corner rounder, misc. rhinestones & pop-dots.

Supplies: Gerber baby food jar, Target Spot card kit Peace metal rimmed tag, Bazzill CS, Scrapworks (?) PP, Prima sprites, Glimmer Mists-white marshmallow, misc. paint.

I altered this little jar to fill with candy as an extra little gift for someone on Christmas. It’s really hard to photograph the effect Glimmer Mists really does on here.  It’s more sparkly sheer versus the opaque white that is showing in this photo.

Thanks for checking out my creations!

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I’m not really sure what to title this How to… I altered a canvas to hold my Dogs Leashes, but you can adapt this to hold keys, or whatever you would like. The sky’s the limit!

First: Gather your Supplies:


You’ll Need:

Canvas (mine was 12 x 12)
Masking Tape
Pencil (optional)
Leash Holders (or Key Holders)
Cardboard (I used the top of the pizza box from Dinner)
Misc embellishments.

First Thing I did was Mark off 2 inches around the canvas. I used a pencil, and then masking tape.

Pencil Lines

And then another to show the Masking Tape, and I already started painting at this point:

Grey Corner

Here is the canvas with all 4 corners Grey.

Grey Corners

You’ll noticed I took off the masking tape, and retaped using painters tape. Either one worked well, and at this point I thought I had a plan….lol

Plans changed for me, when I was unhappy as to how my corners turned out. I’m not a straight painter I guess! teehee. No fear, I just changed it up. I cut out some paw prints out of Cardstock, covered them with repositionable adhesive, and placed them in my grey squares.

Paw Print

I then painted over them with the black paint. I realized at this point this would have been easier to do from the beginning. Live and learn! So Once the paint was dry, I removed the cardstock, and outlined each paw print with a marker to give a little more definition.

I then proceeded to decorate the canvas however I felt like. I’m very spontaneous, even when I try to stick to the plan:)

To reinforce my leash holders, I cut up the top of our pizza box, to reinforce it in the back of the canvas. That way when I connected them to the canvas with my brads, they would not rip, and would be nice and sturdy. The nice thing about this canvas is that if you put them where I originally planned to (on the bottom) the canvas already had a wood frame you could screw into.


So at this point I gathered approx 13 inches of ribbon. I glued to the top of the canvas, with about a i/2 inch on either side. I then cut another 48 inches, and then glued that to the remaining 3 sides (bottom, and both sides), using the leftovers to tie into a knot so my canvas could hang. My canvas was 12 x 12, so you would adjust these measurements to the size of your canvas.

Here is the finished product, featuring SnS January Kit – Cocoa Cream:

Max & Maggie's

with leashes


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If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween project, or want to get a head-start on Christmas decor, this is a great, relatively inexpensive project to decorate your house or give as a gift!

The only things I had to buy for this project were black paint, black glitter (LOVE the Martha Stewart glitter) and some Halloween papers.  All the fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. came from my stash.  (A lot of the vintage lace and other items are picked up at yard, rummage, and estate sales for practically nothing!)


-medium to large corrugated cardboard box OR roll of corrugated cardstock OR plenty of heavy cardstock and a paper crimper

– tulle (or wide ribbon)

-patterned paper with coordinating stickers or other embellies  (The Halloween Kit from SavvynSassy would be GREAT for this project!)

-coordinating lace, trim, and ribbon scraps

-stapler (NOT the mini-stapler….you’ll need a good office stapler) and staples


-coordinating glitter

-Large alphas (I traced large chipboard letters onto cardstock and cut them out, but you could use chipboard, stickers, words printed from the computer, etc)

-scalloped cardstock OR scalloped punch OR deco scissors

Optional Supplies:

-sewing machine

-sand paper or distressing tools

– stickles


-googly eyes 🙂

-embroidery floss and large needle

-circle cutter or something to trace


Step 1 – Prep

A. Prep your cardboard

Tip:I started out with a used cardboard box, and pulled most of the top layer of paper off to reveal the corrgated layer.  But it takes a lot of time, so you may want to use a roll of corrugated cardboard or cardstock and a crimper instead.  The benefits of using an old box though–it’s cheap and it adds a lot of character, since you can tear off part of the top layer and leave some of it.  It results in a very cool vintage/distress look after paint.

B.  Trace the pennant pattern onto the box and cut out.  Mine was 5 1/2 inches across the top, and 6 3/4 inches on each side.  If you want, you could do a circle, square, etc.

C. Cover your workspace with plenty of newspaper for protection

D. Trace and cut out letters if desired.

Step 2 – Paint and Glitter

A. Paint with a generous layer of acrylic paint and allow to dry.

B. While paint is drying, prep your letters.  I chose to trace and cut mine out of cardstock, but you can use just about anything.  I covered mine with a layer of glue and then covered with silver glitter.

Tip: If you use this method, make sure to put foil or waxed paper under them, so they come up without tearing.

C. When the first layer of paint has dried, apply a thin second layer and make sure that they are fully covered in paint.

D.  Working quickly, dust glitter over the entire surface of the wet paint.  Make sure you get the glitter on while the paint is still very wet, or it won’t stick.

E. Allow letters and shapes to dry completely.

Tip: Overnight works great!

Step 3 – The fun stuff!

A. Add a scalloped edge to the top of each shape.  I punched a border on black cardstock, then cut it off and glued the strip to the back of each shape, with the scalloped edge showing over the top.

B. Embellish to your hearts desire!  Here are some ideas I used:

-cut circles from patterned paper to layer your letters on.  Distress the edges, then sew for a vintage look

-cut images from pattered paper

-add flowers, buttons, and ribbons along the top of the shape

-search for templates online and create cute creatures from felt to add to your banner (I did a google search for a bat template and got tons of results

C. Add letters to your shapes

D. Add more glitter!  I used stickles to embellish my embellishments.  Here are some ideas:

-create a spiderweb on your patterned paper

-add glitter to stickers, felt, and other embellies

E. Allow everything to dry.

F. Attach to tulle or wide ribbon for hanging.  While you can punch holes and thread the ribbon or tulle through, I found it easier to turn over each piece and attach to the bunched tulle with a stapler.  I then covered the staple ends on the front side with a button or other embellishment.

Tip: If, after attaching to the tulle or ribbon, your shapes don’t want to hang flat, try gluing a flat marble to the bottom back of each one to act as a weight.

Using these same techniques, you could also make a single pennant banner!  Here are some other completed projects, using the same idea:

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Well, it’s not scrapbooking, but it certainly involves ribbon! 🙂

Supplies Needed:
-Ribbon (grosgrain works best)
-Large Needle
-Hot Glue Gun
-Ribbon/Fabric Scissors
-Lighter (or fray check or similar product)
-Barrette Clips
-Aligator Clip (optional)

A few weeks ago, a friend showed me how to make hairbows, and I love that I can make bows to match any of my daughter’s outfits (thanks to my huge ribbon collection).  If you don’t have girls, these can make great gifts! They’re really easy to make and take literally minutes to complete. And, lets face it, all of us ribbon addicts have plenty to spare. 🙂

1. Gather your supplies. If you don’t have thread that matches perfectly, don’t worry about it. Thread your needle and double the thread, tying a knot at the end.

2. Make your first loop–this will determine the size of the bow

3. Continue to make loops, crossing the ribbon back and forth. You can do two loops, three, or more!

4. I use an aligator clip to hold the bow, while I get ready to stitch.

5. Find the center of the bow and work your threaded needle all the way through.

6. Push needle through the bow and then pull on the thread to gather the ribbon. When you get it gathered as much as you want it, wrap the thread around the stitching several times until you know that it won’t move.

7. Secure with several stitches through the back of the wrapped thread. When it’s completely secure, cut off the excess thread.

8. Cut off excess ribbon at an angle and make sure both tails are the same length

9. Use lighter flame or fray check to seal the edges of the ribbon tails.

10. Pop the “spring” part out of the clip.

11. Apply a line of hot glue to the back of bow.

12. Immediately press clip into hot glue and set aside (do not play with this or touch anything for a few minutes–otherwise you’ll get those annoying “strings”)

13. In the meantime, tie a single knot in a small piece of ribbon (this can be the excess you cut from the bow, or a contrasting color)

14. When the glue is completely cool, put a small drop of glue in the center of the clip.

15. Stick on one end of knotted ribbon.

16. Apply another dot of glue on top of the glued end wrap the other end of the knotted piece over and adhere.

17. Once glue has totally cooled, pop the “springy” part of the clip back in and you’re done!

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Love this Kit! I made a “Hybrid” Mini Album so DH’s Mom has some newer photos of all of the family. The ribbon matched nicely!

I used:
Ivory Satin Edge Organza – #0138, Small Rust Ric Rac – #0232, Cream & Nu Rust Grosgrain from the kit. Also used Mini Maize Ric Rac too.

Products Used:
ZZ May Saturday Afternoon kit
Brown Cardstock
Distress Ink
Digital Template – Jessica Sprague
Digital Papers – Rhonna Farrer

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!

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Believe it or not, 3 layouts, 2 altered items, and numerous cards later, I still have some ribbon left over from this kit! Here are a couple little projects.

I made this little paper basket to hold a little Mother’s Day gift.  All ribbons are from the Flora Bella kit, except for the mauve grosgrain from the store. 

I’ve been really trying to use up more scraps lately by making cards.  Works great not only for paper scraps, but for ribbon scraps as well!  🙂

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