August 1, 2014

Paper Sweeties Birthday Blog Hop

Happy 2nd Birthday to Paper Sweeties! You should have arrived from Diane's blog

Here is my birthday card using Paper Sweeties Beautiful and Banner Wishes stamp sets

Since there are a lot of sweet designers helping Debbie celebrate the 2nd birthday of her company I'll keep my post short and sweet today...  If you get lost along the way I have the links of all the designers listed below.. your next stop on the hop is Amy, as well as here, here and here!

Happy Hopping!
Be sure to pop by the Paper Sweeties blog for fun and prizes and the chance at the $100GC for the Paper Sweeties Shop!

Paper Sweeties Design Team:
Special Guest Designers:

Paper Sweeties blog


Paper Sweeties: Banner Wishes
Paper Sweeties: Beautiful
Template: Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine: Curtsey Boutique
Pink Seam Binding: Curtsey Boutique

July 7, 2014


Currently around here:

fighting a summer cold - boo!

wondering what is going on with the weather here...

marvelling at the thunderstorms that happen almost daily...

exploring the lakes out on the boat...

catching up on projects - crafty and other wise...

planning our one year wedding anniversary party...

pinning like crazy...

finding inspiration everywhere...

enjoying 'puppy and me' time almost daily...

figuring out a new craft room layout/decor theme...

trying to soak in as much sunshine as possible...

enjoying the outdoors...

wanting to slow time down, just a bit...

Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:
*Star shaped paperclip
*green Bakers Twine
Other Supplies:
Template - The Cutting Cafe
Paper - Reccollections
Seam Binding - French Market(Etsy)

June 26, 2014

hello weekend...

hello weekend...

hello slow down and relax time...

hello three days of free time...

hello warmer weather...

hello lake time, out on the boat...

hello lilac bush in bloom, sweet scent drifting on the breeze...

hello afternoons lounging on the deck with the puppy...

hello sweet reggae... music to my ears...

hello bonfires and happy friends...

hello fun filled weekends to forget the stresses of the week...

Happy weekend friends!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies
Glassine Envelope
Baker's Twine
French Doily

May 11, 2014

all that glitters...

I’m big into gift wrapping lately and decided to try my hand at decorated bags. This is perfect for tucking in smaller gifts when you don’t feel like wrapping with paper. I’ve used my great Curtsey Boutique supplies alongside some of my craft supplies to come up with a fun gift bag.

Gold seems to be the 'hot' colour lately and  I'm loving feathers- stamps and diecuts, as well as adding them to craft projects. So it seemed only natural to combine my two loves of the moment and create something special.

Today I have a quick technique tip to get those beautiful, bold, gold glitter bands. No need to mess with marking out lines and mucking about with glue.
My technique tip: double sided quick hem tape you can find in any sewing area of stores. Regular double side tape for paper doesn’t stick as well. The quick hem tape is made for fabrics and holds on beautifully. Simply decide how many bands of colour you want, trim to size and adhere, making sure to rub all over with a bone folder (or your fingers) to guarantee great adhesion of the tape. Peel off the protective paper and cover generously with glitter. Press the glitter into the tape before tapping off any excess. Voila! Mess free bands of yummy gold glitter! 

 I've used PTI's Feather Finery Stamp as well as MME-The Sweetest Thing date sticker and a Pink Paislee 'love' diecut. That sweet birdie paper clip is from Michaels.

I guess all that glitters IS gold... in this case anyway...


Curtsey Boutique Supplies:

May 3, 2014

time to relax...

With our bathroom renovation underway and nearing completion, it got me thinking about quick and easy DIY bath gifts. To me there's nothing more relaxing than a nice bubble bath to soothe and rejuvenate the soul.

Using my Curtsey Boutique supplies I put together a little package, all ready to add to a gift for the bath lover in my life. I just love kraft bags wrapped pretty. The little wooden scoop is just too cute not to include. I stamped on "relax" with some Versamark solvent ink, so that repeated use near water wouldn't wash it away.

I filled the bakers bag with lavendar bath salts, folded and secured it then topped it off with a heart shaped doily, bakers twine and a tag. Quick simple and ready to give away. You can find all of these great supplies at the Etsy store.


April 20, 2014

Hoppy Easter!

Hey all! Just hopping by to share a tutorial I did for Curtsey Boutique.


To create the bunny bag first start by taking out the hem and the twine at the top of the burlap bag and cut ear shapes out of the top. 


Using paint and a foam brush paint on two ears and then two circles to make the bunny body. Add a nose and eyes if desired. Using a piece of the twine removed in step one, thread through using a 
large needle to create whiskers.


Using a double stand of bakers twine, feed around the bag using a needle to create a drawstring/ bow around the neck of the bunny.


Add a tag with name and bow, and a white rolled felt flower to the back of the bag for the bunny tail.


Fill with candy and pull the drawstring close into a bow.
Create a whole herd of bunnies and give them away!

Happy Easter!!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:

March 27, 2014

christmas countdown...

Okay, so maybe it's too early. Or way late, but I thought I'd share one of my favourite DIY projects to date. I had seen this idea *here* and wanted to try it for quite some time now. And now I have, using simple everyday items, and some of my great Curtsey Boutique supplies. My take on this sweet advent calendar:

To begin with I painted an 18 inch embroidery hoop with some Antique White Web acrylic paint and let dry. Once dry I traced the inside circumference of the loop onto some sturdy thick cardboard. I cut it out and made sure it was a snug fit inside the hoop. I then cut a circle about 3 inches larger than the cardboard circle and pulled it taught over the cardboard, hot gluing the edges making sure the face of the fabric was stretched and free of wrinkles.  Fit into the hoop and let the fun begin.

I knew I wanted to stick to a few pops of colour but mainly keep it neutral. I started with these great kraft envelopes with journal cards from Curtsey Boutique, along with small tags, small glassine bags, doilies, twine, burlap die cuts, snowflake die cuts and muslin bags. Other supplies included washi tape, bottle brush trees and wreaths, thumbtacks, burlap, felt, mini clothespins etc. Sky's the limit to decorating, so long as you have 24 little packets to countdown to Christmas!

Of course it's a personal choice to decorate how you like, but here I've jazzed up plain white tags with pretty washi and stamped names. Wrapped them in twine and adhered with mini clothespins.

Using confetti I made pretty little see through packets with small glassine bags and closed with washi.Using the same washi tape I adhered it to the mini clothes pin.

Using burlap I cut out a mitten and stocking, and made little pockets to stick instructions in.

And here it is all done. It would be easy to change out envelopes or packets each year to update. I can't wait to use it this year for Christmas.