Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Poppies on Black Journal

Hello!  Just 8 more days 'til Christmas!  Are you finished shopping? Or are you like me and still have plenty of shopping to do?  I also have to buy and prepare food for Christmas dinner.  AAHHH!  Dawn, you gotta get it in gear, girlfriend.

Well, nothing like a little crafting to destress.  Is this even a word?  I'm not sure, but I'm rolling with it!  I have had this black Moleskine journal lying around my craft room begging to be transformed.  I also have had these Poppy stamps by Donna Downey Studios and Unity Stamp Co. begging to be inked up.  The name of this stamp set is donna poppies.  The sentiment is also a Donna Downey and Unity Stamp Co. creation.  It is from the imperfection is beauty set.

Well, voila!  I grabbed some white chalk ink, my poppy stamps, and sentiment stamp and got busy!  I am so pleased with how this journal turned out.  I did use a heat gun to set the chalk ink to prevent smearing.  I also used a brown Spica pen to add some sparkle to the poppies. 

Again, I ask myself, "Self, why haven't you used these poppy stamps before?  They are gorgeous!  I'm looking forward to using them on future projects, i.e. home decor projects.

As always, thanks for visiting my blog.  It means a great deal to me!

Keep spreading the joy of creating,


Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Foxy Winter Day Gift Bag

I love this fox rubber stamp from Unity Stamp Co. When I first saw it on their website, I knew I had to have it! Ha! I thought I was going to make cards with it (I'm sure I still will), but I decided to use it on a small kraft bag. Here are the steps in creating this shabbby style gift bag: I inked a section of cream colored cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz). I inked up the foxes from Foxy Christmas (Unity Stamp Co.) in Chocolate Chip ink (Stampin' Up). I used a Spellbinder's die to cut out the label the foxes are on and adhered it to a journaling card (Authentique) I cut from a sheet of patterned paper. I cut out two more journaling cards (Authentique) and lined them up on the left side of the bag to look like one continuous strip of paper. I adhered a doily to the strip. I attached the foxes with foam adhesive. I also inked the entire doily with Antique Linen ink and the edge with Chocolate Chip ink. I made the tag from another journaling card (Authentique) and used a ticket punch on two ends. I attached the gift tag with gold sparkle hemp cord (Lawn Fawn). I hope you enjoyed looking at this creation as much as I enjoyed creating it! Thanks for looking! Peace and love, Dawn

Friday, November 22, 2013

Rustic Christmas Gift Card Holder

I found this darling, red, drawstring burlap bag at Michael's.  I decided to alter it as a gift card holder.  This was a fun, quick, simple project.  I pulled out this Tim Holtz ticket stamp and inked it with my new Tim Holtz markers.  A while back, I purchased this felt flower (Jolee's) from Michael's.  I also purchased a pack of mini wooden, Maya Road rulers, a little while back as well. 

Initially, I thought I was going with just the ticket and flower; then I thought this bag needed a little something more.  So I dug through bags and drawers of embellishments and came across the wood rulers I never used.  I laid the ruler between the ticket and flower and said, "that'll work." (LOL)

This little bag can also be used as a gift bag for small items, i.e. jewelry.

Thanks for hanging out at my blog for a little bit.  Let me know what you think!

Much love and peace,


Monday, November 11, 2013

A Very Special Thank You Card

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog.  Considering that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, this card will be perfect to send to the host and/or hostess.  But do not stop there...this card will also be perfect for your favorite chef, cook, caterer, baker, dietician and more.  Cardstock used on this card is Bazzill.  Patterned paper is the Random collection from Crate Paper.  Chipboard pieces and die cut label are also from the Random collection.  The mini antique silver cutlery is 7gypsies.  I looovvee this mini cutlery set...I think it would perfectly accent a tag to accompany a gift for a housewarming. 

I hope you like this creation.

Peace and much love,


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This One's For the Dogs

Recently I found some pretty, Scottie, themed patterned paper at Archiver's.  I decided it was time to create another dog gift bag with coordinating card.  The paper is American Crafts (Dear Lizzy) from the Polka Dot Party collection.  I love this entire collection; I'm definitely looking forward to creating more projects from this collection.

First up is a kraft gift bag that I altered.  Bag measures 5 7/8" x 11" x 3 1/2".  Second up is the coordinating card which measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

Continue to spread the love of crafting,


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Rustic Thank You Card

We are now in the season to give thanks.  Not that we shouldn't be grateful year round.  I created this thank you card with fall in mind.  I had purchased this floral stamp a little while back.  I am just now using it for the first time.  Sometimes, I think I am more of a collector than a crafter (LOL).  The stamped image is gorgeous!  I will be using this stamp plenty on future creations.  This wild geranium was created in collaboration between Unity Stamp Co. and Donna Downey. 

The plaid paper is Graphic 45 and cardstock is Bazzill; twine is Canvas Corp; brad is Fancy Pants; and wood flag is JilliBean Soup.  I inked the wood flag to age it a bit.  I used a Stampin' Up window framelit to create the window on this card.  Card measures 5" x 5".

Thanks for visiting my blog; have a wonderdul day.

Spread the love of crafting,


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Autumn Gift Tags

These three tags were created with autumn in mind.  I've always wanted to alter a glassine bag; it is such a nice surface to stamp on.  All three tags fit perfectly in the glassine bag.

The first tag was made from Stampin' Up window framelits.  The butterflies and leaves stamp is from the August 2013 Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co.  The image was stamped in brown

ink and then embossed with a clear, thick, embossing powder.

The second tag is a manila tag that I altered.  I stamped it with a woodgrain background stamp from Stampin' Up.  The woodgrain was stamped in brown ink and embossed with a clear, thick, embossing powder.  I then rubbed a different brown ink over the entire tag.  The leaves were die cut from chipboard and patterned paper.  These are Tim Holtz dies.  The metal memo pin is Tim Holtz.  The stamped sentiment is from the same August 2013 Kit of the Month from Unity.  The wood button is from Jillibean Soup.

The third tag was die cut from one of the tags in the chalk talk die set from Stampin' Up.  The pumpkin die cut is from Quikutz which was embossed with the lattice embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  A chipboard sentiment from Basic Grey and a wood heart from Studio Calico were attached to the pumpkin die cut. 

Glassine bag is from Michael's.  Stamped sentiment and falling leaves are from the same Unity kit as above.  The garland was created with twine, sequins, and wood hearts.  Sequins and wood hearts are from Studio Calico.  Twine is Canvas Corp.

The patterned paper used is Crate Paper and Authentique.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fabulous Fall Wreath

I purchased this floral tin wreath a year ago.  I recently figured out what I wanted to do with it.  I decided to alter it as a mini wreath.  I conveniently had three chipboard circles lying on my craft desk waiting to be used.  I covered two with cardstock and the one that will be seen with patterned paper.  I glued them together and then adhered them to the tin wreath.  I found the autumn sprigs at Pat Catan's.  They were adhered to the chipboard circle.  The chipboard sentiments are Basic Grey; foam adhesive was used on the sentiment.  I inked the wood flower and wood leaves with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads.  Another chipboard sentiment (cherish) was attached to the wood leaves.  I punched a hole in the top of the wreath to accommodate burlap ribbon.  And voila!  I loved how it turned out!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Hello everyone!  I am so excited!  Today, I am celebrating that my etsy shop, lovepaperetc.etsy.com, has been open for 4 years!  Yey!  Come celebrate with me and enjoy 40% off!  This includes all items, even sale and clearance items!  Just use coupon code:  ANNIVERSARYSALE4 during the checkout process.  You do not want to miss out on these awesome savings!

Friday, September 20, 2013


Hello friends in Unity!  Welcome to my Friday, September 20, 2013 entry for Friends with Flair sponsored by the awesome Unity Stamp Co.  I created this tag in light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October.  I had a couple of aunts who I was quite fond of who lost their fight to breast cancer some years ago.  They were fighters.  I remember their strength and courage.  I know I am not alone when it comes to seeing someone battle this disease.  I'm sure that at some point in time they felt each emotion in this sentiment.  In fact, I'm quite sure that we as women have experienced all of these feelings and emotions at one point or another.

I chose not to go with the traditional pink.  The sentiment is from an Ipitty set called courage is my strength.  The butterfly and star stamp is from the Unity Stamp Co. October 2011 KOM called faith, hope, love...live by it.  The sentiment was stamped in coastal cabana (Stampin' Up) and embossed with a clear embossing powder (Stampin' Up); the butterfly and star stamp was stamped in squeezed lemonade (Tim Holtz) and embossed.  The entire tag was then inked with worn lipstick (Tim Holtz) and the entire tag was embossed.  The wood spool button and twine is Pink Paislee.  The butterfly is Heidi Swapp; it was originally white (I altered it with squeezed lemonade and coastal cabana).  The wood heart is Studio Calico.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 13, 2013

There is Beauty All Around

I am so bummed!  This card was supposed to had been entered into the September Unity be inspired Challenge.  Somewhere along the way, I got the deadline date wrong.  Thus, I am entering it for Friends with Flair.  This was my favorite challenge so far.  I not only loved the colors, but I loved the flow of the card sketch as well. 

All of the stamps used are Unity.  The flower stamps, sentiment, and doily are from the vintage doily shop set.  The stamp done in blue ink is one of their large background stamps; unfortunately I cannot remember its name.  The wood heart is Studio Calico. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pictures From My Etsy Shop Sale

The second group of pictures are of a Halloween card I created a couple of days ago.  I also decorated an envelope to coordinate with this card.  Both stamps are from Unity Stamp Co.  I love, love, love
Unity Stamps.  The designs and sentiments are just oh so fabulous.  The polka dot paper is My Minds Eye, the witch is stamped on some paper from Fancy Pants Designs, and the orange paper is the reverse side of what I stamped the witch on.  Ribbon and silver glittered brads are from Making Memories.  Sentiment was stamped with Stampin' Up ink (vintage violet).  Various brands of markers were used to dress up my little witch:  Copic, Tim Holtz, Stampin' Up, and Sharpie.  The labels were cut with my Cricut Expression.

The first group of pics are of a Bachelorette Mini Book.  Papers from Heidi Swapp and Bella Blvd were used.  The transparency is Hambly.  Stamps are by 7gypsies, Tim Holtz, Scenic Route, Girls Paperie, and Unity Stamp Co.

Thanks for looking!  Both items are available with many more at my etsy shop.