August 12, 2014

the 'write' stuff...


 I just love making cards for teachers. They are always so much fun, bright and cheerful. To achieve a blackboard effect on my Curtsey Boutique tag, I’ve used some ink and my heat gun to replicate chalk on a blackboard.


To start edge your tag using either the edge of your stamp pad(pigment ink works better than dye ink here) a sponge, blending tool or a cotton swab. Add as much as you like, for whatever look you are trying to achieve.. To create the look of words being wiped away, in the middle I added a bit of ink using a cotton swab and then gradually wiped away the access with my pinky finger, swirling and smudging the ink to get a light background effect. Then using my stamp I added the sentiment and set all of the ink using my heat gun. I let dry completely before adhering to my project. Simple and easy way to achieve a chalk look without using chalk..

Hope that you give this little trick a whirl!

Curtsey Boutique Supplies:
Gold Sequins
Yellow Baker’s Twine
Heart Shaped Chalkboard Tags

Other Supplies:
Seam Binding- French Market(Etsy)
Button - Craft supply
Template -  my design
Stamp - Papertrey Ink


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: