Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My daughter says I'm nuts! I made a purse out of grunge paper

Yes, she thinks I've lost it, Why would you make a purse out of paper? Because I can, was my answer. I'm loving this Tim Holtz grunge paper. It reminds me so much of leather, I can't quit using it.

It took me some time, but I figured out how to make a purse pattern, I wanted something big enough to use and the cricut would only cut little purses. This purse is made with 2 sheets of 12x12 grunge paper. It measures 5 1/4" high x 10"wide x 2" thick. I inked it with Tim Holtz distress inks. The purse is tea dye and the edges are vintage photo.
I bought this Awesome set of rubber stamps by Oxford Impressions at my local SS and stamped images all over the purse. I took a couple of images from Tim Holtz paper and cut them out and used glossy accents on them. I made the flowers out of old piano books and used glossy accents on them also. I used old lace on the front, a magnet closure and added a Tim Holtz swivel clasp with a key and a tag I made out of the grunge paper. I'm not sure about the tape measure for the handle, what do you think?
I also think it needs more, possibly my initials out of scrabble tiles on the back? More charms etc. I'd love your opinion, and I love your comments.
I probably will use it occasionally with just a few things in it. HA!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

More Neck Pouches

I made some more Neck Pouches today. I went to my local scrapbooking store and got some Tim Holtz Grunge Paper. This stuff is wonderful, after inking it, it reminds me of leather. My favorite is the one with the clock on the front. I cut it out of graphic 45 paper and used glossy accents to make it shiny. If you didn't see my earlier post, I got the idea from Laura at : http://followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/

These are so fun to make, leave me a comment. Shari


I'm sorry it took me so long to post the winner of my flower blog candy, I had a busy day today. I had 4 ladies over and we all scrapped and made neck pouches. (if you didn't see my post below, check it out. I finally got the grunge paper and made one like it's supposed to be.
Anyway on to our blog candy winner!!!! Ladybug you won!!!!! Linda e-mail me your address and I'll get the flowers right out to you. My address is cricutrookie@aol.com Congratulations Linda (Ladybug) Thanks everyone for your nice comments and for following me. You don't know how much I appreciate all the comments. It's nice to know that someone likes the stuff that I make, keep the comments coming! Shari


I've been playing around tonight making a Neck Pouch. Laura from Following the paper trail, had this cool idea posted on her blog today for What's up Wednesday. She is so super talented, if you've never been to her blog before you have to check it out.

I wanted to try this, but didn't have any Grunge paper. That's what Laura used. I made a prototype with cereal boxes covered with paper. It a little too stiff, so I'm off to find some grunge paper tomorrow to make another one.

What do you do with these? Well, Laura had her purse stolen recently at a scrappin event, and came up with this Grunge Paper Neck Pouch to wear around her neck to hold her money, credit card and i.d.

I love how cute this turned out, and can't wait to make one with the grunge paper by Tim Holtz. Let me know what you think and don't forget to check out Following the paper trail. Thanks Laura!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


My fellow blogger Wendy of Kingston Kreations presented me with this great blog award. Thanks so much Wendy! Now I have to tell you 7 things I love.
1) God
2)My family
4)Sleeping in late
5)Shopping for scrapbook goodies
I'm supposed to pass this award to 3 other people, but I can't choose. I'm going to cheat and let you grab it if you'd like.
Don't forget my blog candy, it ends soon. Scroll down if you havn't signed up yet. Shari

Friday, July 16, 2010


I decorated my first paint can! My cousins are here from Washington and we had a paint can decorating party. It was alot of fun, there were nine of us, we ate and decorated paint cans. Thanks Pat and Tricia for showing us how to do this!!!

I've been saving this paper, it was to pretty to use. It is prima (strawberry kisses collection, the flowers are prima and the butterflies are k & co. I put a key on the side with a Tim Holtz swivel clasp and shrunk a stamped image of a dress form to put on it. Let me know if you like it. Shari

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How about a little Blog Candy!

Would anyone like to win a dozen of my home made flowers? As many of you may have seen on the last post, I made flowers in the car on my way from Michigan to Georgia. I got some nice comments and I thought you all might like some of them.

All you have to do is become a follower, if your not already. Leave me a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner on Thursday, July 22nd. I'm including the 6 comments I got on my last post,I'll close the drawing on the 21st. at midnight.

If you'd like to put this candy on the side bar of your blog. I'll give you an extra entry, just let me know. Make sure you leave a way to get ahold of you if you win.

I'd also like to welcome my new followers, I see I have some new comers! Good Luck! Shari

Friday, July 9, 2010

We're Home!

What a long drive! (The worst part of the vacation. )It's good to be home and see my Maggie Mae, she looks like she's grown in the 11 days we were gone.

I thought I'd show you what I did in the car on the way down and back. My 17 yr. old daughter drove a good portion of the trip, my husband rode in the front with her.I sat in the back seat and made FLOWERS! I crocheted and made ribbon flowers, here are some of the trays I did. This is me in the backseat showing my flowers. Click on the picture to see the image larger. I'm stocked up for a while. HA!
I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight, I'll post pics. of the trip this weekend. Shari

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Tonight is our last night in Savannah! Bummer, our vacation is coming to a close. We spent the last two days on Tybee Island at the Ocean. Beautiful!!! It was so relaxing, we swam, boogie boarded and even saw dolphins. I had never seen a dolphin before and was so surprised to see them at what seemed like 20 ft. from us swimming. IT WAS AWESOME!!!
We're starting our drive home in the a.m. We'll take 2 days to get from Georgia to Michigan. (16
hour drive, YUCK Our vacation was fabulous, I took lots of pictures and will do some layouts and post pics. when I get home.
I'm really looking forward to seeing my little girl Maggie Mae, (our dog) I've really missed her. I'll talk to Y'all (ha!) when I get back home. Shari

Sunday, July 4, 2010


I wanted to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. We're having a great time on our vacation. The fireworks were awesome on Stone Mountain! Best I've ever seen!!!! I hope you all had a great weekend. We're off to the Aquarium in the a.m. and then off to Savannah. What a great vacation, the family reunion was fabulous, I got to visit with a lot of relatives I haven't seen in a long time. It's hard to say goodbye! I'm so thankful. Shari