April 18, 2018

Spring Flower Offering

It snowed here two days ago, but it's April. What on earth? So my hopes are that this little spring beauty will act as an offering to Mother Nature, and bless my many hydrangeas with warm spring weather! I bet you could use one in your part of the world as well. Well look no further for some inspiration then the newest Spring Flowers Kit over at Alpha Stamps!

I added this ATC Tote Box to create a place to put my ATC Ticket Journal (which is included in this months kit). Then I added some "faux" seed packets from the Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet along with some vintage french seed packets from my collection. It all blends together so nicely.

I love this ATC Ticket Journal that came with the April Kit. It has a unique character just begging for details. 

Below, you can see even more items from this months kit, which could surely convince Mother Nature to keep Spring here permanently! 

"So many options in this kit! From vintage ladies with flowers in their hair to FOUR different scrapbook papers, an accordion-fold (ATC size) ticket journal with a mini folder to slip it into, and 4 pretty (and colorful) acrylic floral embellishments". 
(Alpha Stamps Kit Announcement)

After adding some golden seam binding along the width of my ATC Ticket Journal, I attached my images that I had already placed on a background paper and trimmed. This allowed me to tie the journal shut.

I used the same seam binding to add a trim to my ATC Tote Box which tied both pieces together. Next, I applied some Stitched Leaf Ribbon - in Moss Green and paper flowers (see supply list below).

Do you think this will convince Mother Nature to stop with the cold and snow already? I hope so! 

What are you going to make with your kit? I hope I inspired you. 

Thanks for stopping by!


March 21, 2018

Classic Easter

This month over at Alpha Stamps, you can find some gorgeous Spring items with a classic, vintage look. That always makes for an excellent project, in my opinion. This months kit, titled Easter Egg ShadowBox Kit is full of classic colored papers, wonderful collage sheets, and these wonderful cutout Easter Covers. The same cutout images from the covers can be purchased as a Mini Shadowbox Lid as well.

I created four shadowboxes using some additional items that can be purchased separately, like other sizes of shadow boxes and  lots of vintage millinery flowers and jeweled pieces. 


The bunny on this box made me think CHOCOLATE and getting a delicious bunny every year. So I decided to make the outside of the box look like chocolate using paint and brown embossing powder. 

The shadowbox actually has a cut out lid, and inside you will find classic bunny images (from Alpha Stamps Collage Sheets, of course) some vintage treasures, and this adorable Miniature Wicker Basket full of delicate bird eggs (which are included in this months kit). 


Those of you who know me, know I must have the back of my project completed as well. You never know what angle it will be viewed from!


While working on my shadowboxes, I noticed the lush Sheet Moss I had on my table next to the many Easter Covers that came in my kit. I just wanted to fill one of those little shapes with moss, so that is what I did. It was simple and I just added some trimmed bits in the tinier corners.


This shadow box is special, because I created it as a door with hinges that opens to reveal a Spring scene. 



This is my little gnome friend, sitting inside of a vintage tin. How do you like his mushroom stool?




For my final shadow box, I again wanted to fill that space, but this time with mini flowers. 

I had to give it a try a couple of times, but finally just outlined the image (bunny) and filled it in with trimmed flowers.

Then I inserted the finished and dried flowers through the opening, using a sharp point to get all the flowers through.

I wanted to flowers to really poke out and filled in some of the edges with extra petals.


I hope I have inspired you to create something that can become a traditional item that you can use year after year. I know I will be using these for many years to come. Thanks for stopping by!


February 12, 2018

A Great Way To Display Your Emphemera Treasures

I have been obsessed with all things French for many, many years. I have a wonderful collection of vintage French ephemera including full ledgers, receipts, antique games, medical books, postcards, death announcements, menu cards, and much, much more.

I've noticed lots of "Junk Journal" groups and finally joined in on one and did my first "Flowish JJ Swap". I always love the challenge of a new project, and putting my partners (I had two) books together was such a fun process. I just had to make one for myself. What better way to show some of my vintage French goodies then to put together a book of my own. 

The majority of the items I used were authentic, vintage treasures. I did add the occasional item though from my collection of "looks old but is really new" as well. The round Paris metal tag is a vintage find from an old locker.

Again, this is new to me. I did end up creating, what they call signatures, which is basically a chunk of bundled papers which I tied with a ribbon or string. I created four signatures.

Vintage Key & Buttons

Vintage French Seed Packet

These vintage receipts have so many beautiful details and many have one or more stamps on them as well.

I used the envelope from a French vendor purchase as a pocket. I can't throw it away for goodness sake, it has French writing on it!

One of my three kitty companions, Eli, the loaf of all cats, and a rescue, who thinks he rules all. 

 What a great way to show a vintage license! 

A pocket for French flashcards. 

Vintage French Button Card

Below is a fabric tag that I received from a friend years ago.

I've always been a fan of Cavallini & Co, (bird and French stickers) but all of my postcards are the real deal.

Vintage Menu Card

Vintage Restaurant "To Go" Bag

Vintage Telegram

Vintage Eyeglass Case

I still have some more work to do, little details, fill in some blank spots, but overall I LOVE how my book came out and had to share it with you all. I've already started on two more. One with a vintage animal theme, and a vintage gypsy theme. Oh, and Halloween, what a great idea! I think I have a new addiction problem, lol.

I hope I have inspired you to create something for yourself. It can be so therapeutic and rewarding. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


A big thanks to Rosemary who made this all possible through her group! xo