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Red Rooster Fair Ribbon

I don’t know if the fair ribbon trend has left the building, but I am still in love with them!  Here is a vintage-inspired “Red Rooster Fair Ribbon” and a few instructions so you can make your own.



The supplies I used are as follows:

2 cut or punched cardstock circles. – Tissue paper trim from a Claudine Hellmuth papercrafting kit. – A Red/Black Dotted Label sticker from Jenni Bowlin Studio. –  A Red Doily Flower from Jenni Bowlin Studio. – A Rooster Flatback from Jenni Bowlin Studio. – Ribbon scraps. – Adhesive: Glue Dots, mounting squares and a tape runner.


Step 1 – Gather the tissue paper trim into a circle to make a rosette and knot the thread.  If you don’t have a pre-made tissue trim, you could cut a length of tissue paper, crepe paper or ribbon and sew a running stitch along one side and gather.

Step 2 – Adhere  a cardstock circle with glue dots or other adhesive to the back of the gathered tissue paper rosette. 

Step 3 – Layer the dotted label sticker, red doily flower and flatback pin on the front of the rosette.


Step 4 – Cut varied lengths of ribbon, arrange and adhere to back of rosette with mounting squares or other adhesive.  I left the crinkles in my ribbons to give a more vintage feel, but you could iron or steam yours flat.

Step 5 – Adhere another cardstock circle with a tape runner or other adhesive to sandwich the ribbons and finish off the back.


A fair ribbon like this would look  lovely on a scrapbook layout, as part of a craft project, on a gift package or framed as a home decor item.


  I hope you will love making fair ribbons as much as I do.  Get creative and have fun with the supplies you have on hand.  The possibilities are endless!


Just a “sweet” note.

Valentines Day is over….is your box of chocolates empty yet?


This is a “sweet” note card that took just minutes to make using a pre-scored card, cardstock card wrap, fabric trim, chipboard sentiment, and a yummy chocolatey scratch ‘n’ sniff sticker.


A few foam squares to pop up the heart box sticker and call it done…I mean cute!!


All supplies are from Claudine Hellmuth’s Welcome to Swellsville card kit and Sweet Shoppe Stickers.  You can visit Claudine’s super cute retro website and blog by clicking here.

Paper Love

Happy Valentines Day to you!  I am so glad you stopped by my blog today.  Still so excited about Claudine Hellmuth mentioning me on HSN Feburary 12th, as she was introducing her new Paper Love Paper Pack, I decided to make this card full of love exclusively with Claudine Hellmuth’s Papercrafting kits available at


I pulled some of the items I love from her various kits to craft this card.  I started with the pre-printed and pre-scored card base from the Holly Jolly Holiday kit.  The super cute love birds on a wire and the word “love” on the bottom are from the Happy Days border kit.  I just trimmed them down from 12 inches to fit the card.  The cute bow, chipboard heart and  chipboard “love you” are from her Sweet Treats chipboard kit, which was a sell-out….but, lucky for us she has a brand new Milk Truck chipboard kit full of amazing self-adhesive colorful chipboard pieces.  Lastly, I cut down the 12 inch teal dotted border sticker, from the Holly Jolly Holiday kit, to add some emellishment to the top of the card.  This matches the light teal bird and the “love” at the bottom perfectly to bring the card together. 


Above, you can see I added some foam strips under the word “love” for some added dimension.

You can probably tell that I really enjoy working with Claudine’s papercrafting goodies.  There is so much I can do with them from scrapbooking, to card making and home decor.  Her colors are so cheerful, her imagery so whimiscal, and even the titles of her kits are so fun, that I can’t help having a good time when I’m using her line.  Also, storage is not an issue, since Claudine creates amazingly cute packaging to hold each kit. 

Don’t forget to pop over to Claudine’s product page at and her retro-fabulous website and blog to check out all her amazing kits for yourself.

It’s a Mention!

I’m so excited to share with you this cute “It’s a Boy” card I made entirely from Claudine Hellmuth’s HSN papercrafting kits!!  Because all her kits coordinate so well together, it took me only minutes to whip up this card.  Another reason I am so excited is that Claudine mentioned me…little old me…on HSN as she was introducing two new papercrafting kits on her Feburary 12th airing.  Thanks Claudine!!! 


Even though I combined elements from Claudine’s various kits, for example the pre-printed card is from the Holly Jolly Holiday kit and the amazing 3-D stickers are from the brand new Pop Art Stickers 2 kit, her indiviual kits give you what you need to make loads of fun cute cards and  tons of beautiful whimisical layouts.


This super cute 3-D pacifier sticker from Claudine’s brand new Pop Art Stickers 2 kit has a layer of colored transparency and the additional detail of glitter.  Wow!

So click here to view all of Claudine’s HSN papercrafting kits and don’t forget to visit her retro-fun website and blog by clicking here.

Also, check back tomorrow for a really cute Valentines Day card made with Claudine’s kits and I’m hoping will have the video up with the “famous” segment.  😉

Supplies:  Card base: Holly Jolly Holiday kit; fabric trim: Super Swell Scrapbook kit; 3-D stickers: Pop Art Stickers 2 kit; chipboard: Welcome to Swellsville card making kit; Bow and buttons: Sweet Treats Chipboard kit.

A boy and his…



I created this layout for the design challenge in Lisa Truesdell’s  start here workshop over at Two Peas in a Bucket.  I pulled my inspiration from a home decor magazine page.  I took the placement of my photos and the ribbon-like strip running through the middle from the magazine layout.  I like the challenge of working with an inspiration piece.  I think things like, “yes, I want to place my photos exactly like that…hmm, I want to change the title placement and oh, I can cut a strip out of the pattern paper and layer it over cardstock and it looks a bit like a ribbon, but different…I like that”. 


You can see in the detail above there has been some distressing here!  I started this layout by taking this beautiful sheet of pattern paper called Wheatgrass from Jenni Bowlin Studio’s Wren collection and crumpled it up!!  Then I uncrumpled it and sanded all the folds and creases.  When I got the look I liked, I iron the paper flat between two damp dish towels. 


Here with the arrow and corners, I used the JBS Stencil Lettering Guide paper as an actual stencil.

DSCN1210  Lastly, but not leastly…I created this fun title by first painting the JBS chipboard stars with Claudine Hellmuth Studio classic teal acrylic paint.  I then layered one star with a JBS red star sticker and letter A, the boy icon is from one of Jenni’s numbered cards and my label maker took care of the “and his”.  If you can’t figure out the rest, hopefully the arrow will lead you in the right direction. 😉

Supplies:  Pattern paper, flag tags, journaling cards, numbered cards, chipboard, stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Lable maker: Dynmo; Photo corners: 3L; Pen: Zig; Star punch: Fiskars; Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Archival Ink: Ranger Industries; Other: cardstock.