Monday, September 26, 2016

Lovely Victorian Inspired Drawstring Bag

Hello Everyone!
Such exciting news! 
I have been named designer
The Vintage Rose Emporium.
The Vintage Rose Emporium is a Facebook store, that exclusively carries vintage AND vintage inspired items
such as ribbon, lace, buttons, bling and so much more.
Be sure to visit at the link below,
for your "vintage" style crafting needs.
And now for the details on how I created this lovely Victorian Inspired drawstring bag.
The Vintage Rose Emporium Supplies
Ivory Braided Trim
Ivory Organza Sheer Ribbon (stain trim)
Victorian Canvased Image
Ivory Rosette Trim (3 rosettes)
Printed wood Buttons
General Supply List
From personal supplies
Drawstring Bag
Champagne Colored Pearls
Polyester Thread
Beacon 3n1 Glue
I began by adhering with Beacon 3n1 glue, the braided trim just beneath the drawstring bottom seam.
I then cut a 1/2 in. notch into one of the Rosettes, from the Rosette Trim.
I then coiled and stitch together, overlapping where I cut, to give just a bit more definition to the rosette.
Taking the second of the rosette, I cut completely in half, to make smaller rosettes.
To add a hint of color to the middle of each rosette, I glued champagne colored pearls as the centers.
Next, I trimmed the white ostrich feather, gluing it directly to the bag, then adding the trimmed/altered rosettes in a cluster.
For the Victorian printed image, I left the third rosette in it's original size, and glued the trimmed image as the center for that rosette, gluing it just beneath the rosette cluster.
All rosettes, feather and image, I glued at a slight angle.
To finish the bag, I used thread through the button holes, leaving it "un-bowed" for a bit of texture interest, then glued each one, just above the smaller rosettes.
The very last addition, was the sheer satin trimmed organza ribbon, at the top of each side of the image.
The entire project, took maybe an hour.
I couldn't be happier with the finished results!
Thank you everyone for stopping by!
I hope you find this project inspiring!
Remember, to visit
The Vintage Rose Emporium
for your vintage style crafting supplies.
Please visit again soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Over on The Chattering Robin's Today

Hello Everyone!
Dropping by to share the link to
The Chattering Robin's Blog,
to view the super adorable project shared today by Robin O'Crowley.
The Chattering Robin's
You will not be disappointed!
And for exclusive paper, cardstock & embellishments
head on over to
The Robin's Nest Store.
Crafty Blessings!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Music of the Night

Hello Everyone!
Stopping in to share another project I finished over the weekend, doing some "upcycling" and using beautiful ribbon and bling
 from The Vintage Rose Emporium.
I have had a beautiful , shimmery fabric covered 4x6 tabletop oval frame for 20+ years, and the braided trim around it had not only faded, but had started to fall off.
To add new life to it, I chose to go with a 
"Phantom of the Opera" theme.

After removing the original braided ribbon, and replacing it with new (VRE) I stayed with the fabric that was still in tact, adding black lace and shimmery red ribbon from (VRE) in a tufted fashion.
I removed the glass from the frame, and added texture embossed black cardstock, emphasized with some Perfect Pearl powder, and used this as the background base for mounting my die cut
Phantom mask.
I then finished the design with adding bling in the flat tufted recesses of the lace and ribbon, and further embellished the bottom of the frame with a large red rose (VRE) and coordinating tiny roses, some die cut paper leaves, a small torn piece of vintage sheet music, and a die cut music note bar to the top of the frame.
Looking for vintage and vintage items for your crafting, visit The Vintage Rose Emporium.
I hope you enjoy this project, and I hope you will visit again real soon!
Crafty Blessings!

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hello  Everyone!
Thank  you for visiting INSPIRE.
I have to say I was quite excited to learn that this month’s theme for The Robin's Nest Design Team was "Oh So Scary".
From the very first time I laid my eyes upon the "Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock", I knew I had to create something "SPOOKTACULAR".
For this project I used the following supplies:
The Robin's Nest
Spiderweb Glitter Cardstock
Dew Drops
Diamond Dew Drops
Tear Drops
Friendly Ghost Little Friend
Additional Supplies Used
Solid Color Cardstock
Handmade Paper Flowers
Mini Silk Flowers
Cheese Cloth
Distress Ink
Beacon 3n1 Glue
Duct Tape
Box Feet
I began my project building a 5x4 ½ inch block from sturdy cardboard, to showcase the full spiderweb design of the cardstock, assembling each piece together with heavy duty duct tape.
In staying with the spooky theme, I used my die-cut machine to cut red & black cardstocks to cut a grand style window, spiders, bats, black cat, and even a "drippy" blood design to overlap the top of the box.
I further added definition to the "dripping" with Distress Ink and clear embossing powder, heat set. For the remaining elements, I used DecoArt Media Matte Medium, on the top portions of the bats, cat & spiders, to set a sprinkle of black glitter.
I wanted to add more definition to the spiderwebs, so I added Dew Drops to the web design. I also used Tear Drops in red to add interest to the candles of the candelabra, and Diamond Dew Drops in black and white, to the window design.
Both the skull and brain decorative elements, I formed using paperclay. The haunting image in the frame I found on Pinterest.

For the final touches, I used cheesecloth, handmade paper & mini silk flowers, and what good is a haunted house without a ghost? I used The Robin's Nest Friendly Ghost Little Friend, as if he were floating just outside the window.
I had so much fun creating this project, and it is the very first time I incorporated such a variety of TRN's Dew Drops shapes and colors.
I hope you enjoy this project and tutorial, and please be sure to view the many SPECTACULAR projects over at The Chattering Robin's blog, by the talented Robin’s Nest Design Team.
For unique paper, cardstock and embellishments and more, be sure to visit The Robin’s Nest online
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you find yourself inspired to create something SPOOKTACULAR too!
Crafty Blessings!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Head on over to The Robin's Nest

Hello Everyone!
Wanted to invite y'all to visit over at The Chattering Robin's blog, to see the details on how I created this "spooky" Halloween themed block.
Be sure while you are there, to view all the magnificent projects by The Robin's Nest design team as well.
For this or other exclusive BEAUTIFULLY designed paper, cardstock, bling and embellishments, visit The Robin's Nest Store at
Have a blessed & crafty weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Spooky Sneak Peak

Hello Everyone!
It is sneak peak time again, for my current project for The Robin's Nest.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for full details and photo's of how I created this fun Halloween project.
And be sure to check out ALL the beautiful projects created by the entire Robin's Nest talented design team!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Good Things

The last few weeks have brought many difficulties for my family, from the eldest to a handful of the youngest. 
 It seemed as for every step forward, we got the air punched out of us, and had to start all over.
But that is okay, because with each set back, there has been a learning process, and a better way to press forward.
Another upside? It is these times that my true creativity flows.
Just so happens, this last time, my love for creating jewelry has returned.
And what better way to "add something new" for the season fast approaching, "refashioning" of course.
This week I took some time and refashioned a leather cuff with some Venice lace and ribbon rosettes, and as well as upcycled some denim by creating a bracelet with part of the leg seam.

I also added lace & an applique to a fabric covered metal cuff, which is part of a very special young lady's birthday present (can not believe she will officially be a teen) for later this month.
I also used Dew Drop Embellishments found exclusively at The Robin's Nest, on this cuff.
Aside from the Venice lace, trim lace (denim) and larger floral lace on fabric cuff, the GORGEOUS Rosette, Applique & lace trim (that I altered a wee bit for the fabric cuff) are from The Vintage Rose Emporium, a Facebook exclusive store.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and please visit again soon!
Crafty Blessings!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Hello Everyone!
Wanted to share with you my recent project 
a whimsical frame  featuring GORGEOUS card stock, paper and embellies from The Robin's Nest, and my favorite Santoro GORJUS Stamp, "The Hatter".
The adorable beauty in the photo, is my favorite photo of my now 12 year old niece when she was just a toddler, Starr.
I began my project using gesso to cover two wooden frames I purchased at Michael's, as I wanted a "recessed" look for the photo.
I painted both frames with acrylic paint in an ivory shade, and covered the front frame with Just for Boys striped paper, adding damask design corners with textured gesso.
Next, I created flowers using additional papers along with embellishments found exclusively at The Robin's Nest.
I used beacon 3n1 glue to adhere frames, flowers, embellishments.
I hope you enjoyed the project and brief tutorial.
 Remember to visit the Chattering Robin's blog, to see more projects by the talented design team for The Robins Nest, and for unique and beautiful paper crafting supplies, be sure to visit The Robin's Nest Store
Please visit again soon!
Crafty Blessings!

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Robin's Nest Sneak Peak

Hello Everyone!
September has begun, and things are getting ready to move into fall. For me, it means it is time for another Robin's Nest DT project sneak peak.
Be sure to visit tomorrow for more photo's and details on how I created this project, why not visit today to, and see all the inspiring projects by the talented Robin's Nest Team!
Thank You for stopping by!
Visit again soon!