Monthly Archives: April 2012

Its a Bingo Frenzy!!!!

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Oh, WOW, we have a fun month in store!

All month long we will have GIVEAWAYS, and TONS of  PROJECT IDEAS showing off our newest Craft Pantry Staple product, BINGO CRAFT CARDS! Additionally, BINGO CRAFT CARDS are on SALE this month in our store, or, maybe you’ll win some playing Bingo on our home page.  We want you to be INSPIRED by all of the ideas you see and try them for yourself! You will come to LOVE this product as much as we do!!!

So, spread the word, and join us here on the Blog, our Giveaway section and on Facebook.


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Anyone Busy with Baseball and Graduations?

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I have been so busy with my DS Little League and DH Softball.  It seems like game after game, in the sunshine.  If you are from the Northwest you know how truly special this is at this time of year!

I needed some quick and special table decorations for a special dinner we are having, so where did I turn?  Why my Vintage Street Market Twirly Twine Stash.  I made quick napkin charm rings and quick votive candles for each table setting.

I think the decorations make a super accent to my vintage French Haviland  white china.  This set belonged to my great aunt Nellie Parker. It was a 13 piece plus set with all of the complement pieces.  It was passed down to me through my maternal grandmother.  The china is from the early 1900’s so is safely stored away, except for very special occasions.

For the napkins I folded in silverware and wrapped the napkin twice with Brown Twirly Twine and tied a single knot the charm was added.  Finally, I tied a simple bow.  Each guest can take the charm home and use it as they wish.  Who wouldn’t want to “follow your dreams”?  I think this is a fun and inspirational reminder of a special evening.

I also made a votive for each guest to take home.  Again easy to do.  Wrap Brown Twirly Twine four times around the votive candle.  Tie a small double knot that goes around all of the strands.  I used a great brown vintage button from my stash and threaded it onto the twine and simple double knotted.  Another party take home that is quick and easy.  It would be fun to use Pink Twirly Twine with white votives for a Mother’s Day Brunch or something like the ones I made for Father’s Day.

Finally, college graduations are upon us.  My son’s basketball trainer is graduating on the first weekend in May, so it was time to create!

This card was made using

a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card made from black card stock, a light purple bingo craft card from Vintage Street Market, Black Twirly Twine and a black sentiment from the packaging, old-fashioned hole protectors, silver glitter glue, Family Fun Cards and Boarders Patterned Paper, and a vintage flower embellishment and button from my stash.  Here is hoping that Coach Derek gets a great teaching job and has a wonderful career!

Hope each of you has a wonderful start to May!  Watch for my future posts where you can see some of my other vintage china, tea cups and Torquay Mottowares.


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Easter Album-its in the Box!

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I just LOVE this vintage Paas Color Kit, but I have to admit, aside from simply displaying it, or dressing up/altering the outside, I was kind of feeling challenged in how to use it creatively. Then it hit me-open the box and file mini layouts inside!

Using the Vintage Easter Kit and the fun Paas Color Kit pieces I found when I actually opened the box, I was able to create some truly unique, vintage mini pages. And, what I love best, is that its compact enough that I can still display this year after year-Easter decor and memory storage. LOVE that!!

I made these pages 5.5 x 5.5 inches square-they fit nice and snug inside and created tabs for the top-like a filing system. I decorated one side of each page, and on the back, kept it simple with just the photos.

And, some close ups:

A bunny cut from the book paper included in the Easter kit simply decorates this page.

This swirly pattern actually was an image included in the Paas box. And, a new use for the vintage egg dipper!

Paas really knows how to maximize their packaging! This fun punch out project was also included in the box.

Layering of vintage book paper, vintage Easter seal and Paas packaging trim.

Vintage Bingo card layered with a vintage View Master pocket to hold journaling tags. That sweet basket image also comes from inside the Paas box.

Now the flip sides!

Simple, simple, and I really like how compact this Easter album is! And, it makes a cute Easter decor piece!

So, now that your Easter photos are taken (maybe even printed/developed!), why not consider an Easter Box Album?

Create happy things!
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Family, Fun & Friends

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I fell in love with Glamour Mom pattern paper from the Family Fun Paper Kit and had to use it in a layout about my beautiful, loving grandma.   

I used the button tag from Dimestore Vogue as a journal spot.  I also added some punch out tags from the Family Fashion Accessory Kit along with a Twirly Twine bow.

 For my next layout, I focused on the super cute vintage Maggie Jane Pattern Paper from the Family Fun Paper Kit.  Her blond hair so reminded me of my twin sister and I growing up. 

I added the envelope and journal tag from the Family Fashion Accessory Kit and filled the envelope with paperdolls.  

Then I took the Twirly Twine and did a simple chain crochet to add to the sister tag.  Everytime I look at this layout, I just have to smile and remember all the fun we have had together then and now.

For my last project and made a sweet friends card from the printed sheets amd tags from Dimestore Vogue

 I then added Rose German Glass Glitter to the heart.

I tied a bow with the Twirly Twine and added glitter glue to make it sparkle.

Wishing you a creative day.


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Crepe Paper 3 Ways

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Hello everyone! I’ve become quite smitten with the crepe paper that is included in the Party Games Paper Sheets & Tags kit, so much so, that I used it on all three of my projects this month. I couldn’t resist!

First up is a layout featuring my father-in-law and his sister when they were kids.

Here’s how to create the pretty yellow ruffle.

  1. Cut 6 strips of the crepe paper to 12″ x 1 1/2″.
  2. Starting at the bottom, run a strip of tape across the entire width of the page and lay the crepe paper on the tape, gathering it as you go.
  3. To hide the seam, layer the next strip of crepe paper over the bottom strip.
  4. To finish off the top layer of crepe paper, tie some Black Twirly Twine around the seam.

For my title I used the “Family” die cut from the Family Fashion Accessory Kit.

For this card, I cut a piece of the dictionary paper to size, splattered with yellow mist, and stitched it onto the cardstock. Using the Party Games Paper Sheets and Tags kit I made a flower from punched circles. I embellished the flower center with a milk cap and the crepe paper in the Party Games kit.

I love the cute frog included in the Party Games Paper Sheets and Tags kit and decided to make him the focal point of the card.

The yellow fringe background was easy to make. Here is how I did it.

  1. I cut a long sheet of the crepe paper the width of my card and then folded it over on itself multiple times to create several layers.
  2. I stitched it down the middle lengthwise, then using my scissors, I cut from the bottom edge up to the stitched line and from the top edge down to the stitched line.
  3. Last, work the crepe to make it stand up.

Thank you for coming by. I hope these projects have inspired you to make something fun!

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