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Easter Fun Stuff

23 Mar
It is amazing to think it is almost Easter time.
We are in our Spring season and nothing is more fun than making Easter/Spring decorations.
Today I am showing you a very easy idea I cam up with based on this cute sticker I found online.
This is a sticker meant for a scrapbook page, I just thought it was adorable.  I thought it would also make a very cute decoration, but this is a sticker, soo..this is what I came up with.
I used the largest egg in the Nesting Eggs set to cut out the egg base. The bunny in the basket are the Spring Basket 1.
After cutting the large eggs I embossed them with the Black Eyes Susans embossing plate and then sanded the paper to reveal the gorgeous design.
To make my eggs and chicks, I used a combination of Little Stacker Ovals and the Nesting Eggs. The wings for the chick are petals from the Frangipani die.
To cut the eggs and leave the shell looking like they do, I used the Zig Zag Ric Rac border.
I adhered these to some rectangle blocks of wood, so they are nice and sturdy and will stand up just fine on a counter or mantel.
Sometimes ideas for things can be found in unusual places.
Looking at my project, it is hard to believe it is based on a sticker I saw..right??
This also reminds me to tell you about our current challenge.
The theme is EASTER.
Be sure and check out all the details for the challenge HERE.
Thanks for stopping by, this has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Easter Blog Hop with Cheery Lynn Designs

15 Mar

Today we have a treat for you, our design team has been busy creating with the newly released Easter dies from Cheery Lynn Designs and we are doing a blog hop.

Visit each of the Design team members blogs and leave a comment.

 One lucky person from each blog will win the Lace Egg that member used in her post.

I am using Lace Egg Three for my project today.

In addition to the chance to win the above die, if you leave a comment on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, you will also have a chance to win the Nesting Egg dies.

For my project, I wanted to use these dies in a way to show you that even though they are Easter dies, you do not have to be limited to using them on Easter Projects only.

To start I have taken some paper towel tubes and have cut them down to just over 4 inches each.

I then covered each one with decorativve paper and used the smallest of the Scalloped Circle dies to cut out covers for the bottom only of the tubes.

They will stand up like this when finished.

Next I took the largest Nesting Egg and another Scalloped Circle and cut the shapes out like this.

 I then used an assortment of dies to finish off these Babushkas.

I have used the Lace Egg Three for the sign and the apron  of each doll.

I figured these could be used for so many different occasions.

Table settings, name place cards, Mother’s Day Brunch, Baby showers just to name a few.

Each doll is decorated with paper lace and flowers from the following dies:  Pretty Petal, Lace Flourish Butterfly, Dancing Doily Lace Border, Zig Zag Ric Rac and the Stacker flowers Leaf.

 Each doll holds a small treat.

I hope you liked my idea today!  Leave it to me to look for the out of ordinary way to use something, right?

Now you should go and visit each of the other team members blogs and leave a comment.

 Remember:  One lucky person from each blog will win the Lace Egg that member used in her post. I used Lace Egg Three.

Also, remember, to leave a comment on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog for a chance to win the Nesting Egg dies.

Winners will be announced on the 19th along with this week’s challenge winner. Good luck and have fun hopping.

Here are the blogs that are participating in the blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy all the projects on this hop!

Holiday gift and Decor with Authentique Paper

28 Nov
I have a fun and easy idea to pass on to you today.
I am using some paper from the Wonder 6 x 6 bundle and a plain glass frame.
To start off I cut a frame from a full size piece of Wonder’s, off-white foundation paper.
The frame measures 5″ x 7″.
You can see all the shapes that have been cut out on the left.
I took each paper and put the right side of my cut out to the wrong side of the patterned paper I was using. This is so I do not get pencil marks left over from tracing.
You can see here that I was careful to number and match each patterned paper piece to the pattern piece I was using.
All the pieces are cut out, it is time to get ready for assembly.
Using a paint dabber, I edged all my cut outs and also the frame.
I also took the frame base and edged that with the paint as well.
I covered the frame back with a neutral piece of cardstock to cover the frame clamp holes.
Next I adhered the frame.
I knew I wanted to have the cut outs be slightly raised, so I put dimensional foam down first.
 Here is the first stage of the frame done.
Next, I took some vinyl and cut-out the word JOY.  I used a setting on my cutter that cuts through the vinyl, but not the vinyl backing.  Here you see that I have already cut and removed the excess vinyl and only the word JOY is on the backing.
This might be redundant for those who work with vinyl, but after I did the previous step, I took some mounting film and lifted the word off the vinyl backing.
What you see here is the vinyl attached to the mounting film. the sticky side of the film is on the back of the letters.  The mounting film will release the vinyl, once I attach the vinyl to the frame.
Here I have attached the word to the glass and I am peeling off my mounting film.
Step 2 , you can see below is all done.
Step 3 is optional.  What I did was to embellish the from of the glass further.
I added fibers, lace and beads to bring it all together.
It really is a beautiful piece and fairly easy and quick to make.
You could use this idea for any season or for any occasion based on what paper you use.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you can use this idea for the upcoming holiday season.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Supplies used:
Wonder full sized Foundations
Wonder 6 x 6 Bundle
Stampin’ Up! Pretties Kit (no longer available)
Frame .svg – My Crafty Files
Misc trims and fibers.

Welcome to the Canvas Corp and My Stamp Box Blog Hop

24 Nov

If you are here for my Cheery Lynn Designs post, please click HERE.

Welcome to the Canvas Corp and myStamp BOX “Partner Blog Hop”!

If you have just happened upon our event now, please begin your journey on the Canvas Corp Blog blog here (
Many of our wonderful designers are joining us today to show off some inspirational creativity. See how well Canvas Corp and myStamp BOX products are working together!

We are giving away some amazing product from both participating companies. All you have to do is COMMENT on all designers blogs along your journey to WIN. Our two Hop winners will be drawn from all participants and will be announced on the myStamp BOX blog and Canvas Corp blog on Monday, November 28th, so all comments are due by Sunday November 27th at 6pm EST.  Good Luck!

Here is what I did with Canvas Corp and myStamp BOX’s products.

My  kids have this table that they play on.  It was starting to get pretty battered.

They love to play restaurant, so I made a little “Diner” for them.

I painted the table all black and using a combination of Canvas Corp paper and my Stamp Box stamps, I made this updated play table for them.

It has a tic tac toe board in the middle and I had my children help decorate it by drawing pictures on the table.

I also made this banner that says “DINER”.  That fabulous black and white background on the hearts is black Canvas Corp paper, embossed in white ink with the Repeat After Me stamp set.

I could have used the hearts plain, they were so cute with the stamped images alone.

I used the stamp set called Royal Flush for all my lettering on the table and other items.

I took this picture at night, sorry for the poor image, but I wanted to show that I also included misc things on the table.  Such as words starting with the letters A, B & C.  I also wrote down some of my kid’s currents favorite foods.  My 7 yo INSISTED on having Ding Dong’s on his list! (YIKES)

All in all, I loved working with Canvas Corp and my Stamp Box.  My favorite about this project is the “Menu.”

I made the “Menu” with Canvas Corp‘s Chalkstock so my kids can erase over and over again when they are playing.

This was such a labor of love and I really had fun doing this for you all to see.

Now it’s time to HOP along and find out what the next talented designer has created.

Your next designer is Jaine Drake (

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to WIN one of our TWO product giveaways!

I hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Enjoy your family and friends and take time to smell the roses and reflect on all the things you are thankful for today.

Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit today.

Altered Canvas Corp with Authentique Paper

14 Nov

I wanted to share with you a project I did showcasing 3 terrific companies.




They seem lately to be my got to for supplies.

I would love for you to visit and like their pages and show your support for them too!

Authentique Paper

Canvas Corp

Here is my latest project using all their supplies.

Using a graphics set called Retro Camera from Lettering delights, I came up with this whimsical canvas.

Of course the cameras and the sentiment are done on Shrink Film.

The black smile is also done on Shrink Film

As for my papers, I used  papers from the JOURNEY collection.

The project is done on an 8×8 100% cotton standard canvas from CANVAS CORP.

Other supplies used are:

Misc. Beading Wires


Polaroid Die Cut

Heart Punch

The Twinery twines

I hope you have enjoyed this project.  This came together so quickly, a perfect idea for the upcoming holiday gift giving season.

Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea

4 Nov
I have such a fun idea to share with you!
The holidays are upon us.  I have an adorable idea for you to try for your Thanksgiving table this year.
How about mini cornucopias and easel place cards?
I had so much fun looking at my dies and figuring out what I could make for this cornucopia.
I think I am the queen of “thinking outside of the box.”
I will tell you my secret ingredients(dies) for each thing you are seeing here.
To start with, I used the Folding Fan.
The pumpkins are made from Wittle Wickers and Dimensional Small Leaves #2.
The tomato is made from Stacker Flower 3 and Leaf.
 The corn is made from the Tulip in the Tulip Frame die.
The vine the grapes are attached to is from Bird on a Branch.   The sunflower is from the Sunflower die.
I made the place cards from the Little Stackers French Flair dies.
The tiny rolled flower is the handle from the Folding Fan die.
All my papers are from Authentique Paper’s new line called Gathering.
SO what do you think?  Can you imagine how cute it would be to have these decorations at your table for Thanksgiving?
This was such a joy to make.  My kids just went nuts when the saw the tiny ears of corn.  They loved it all.
I hope you have enjoyed my project today.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Happy Friday oh and Happy Birthday to me!!
Dies used in today’s post:

Home Decor with Cheery Lynn Designs

28 Oct
Have you ever had an idea of what you wanted to do and the final product turns into something entirely different?
This is so far from what I had planned to make.
But, I really like what I ended up with.
I had gotten my flowers all done to adhere to my white lights and then…
I opened up my package of lights and realized I bought the lights with a green wire and I just about started to cry.  I meant to get the white wired lights.
In the end, I think it all came together and now I really like the way the green looks.
I used the die called JUDY’S BLOOM for each light base.
I’m not even going to pretend getting the flowers on the lights was easy, it was a struggle, but worth the struggle, I think!
The frames are an added bonus.  I have had them forever with the grocery store picture inserts in them.
I decided to use some of my favorite papers and things and make this nice little trio of frames with the matching lights.
For the frames I made flowers with an older Cheery Lynn Designs die and made my rolled flowers from the smallest circle die of the Scalloped Circle Little Stackers.
I would love to know what you think of my project, so let me know.
Thanks for stopping by, this has been Jeannie DeGruccio from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Products used: