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Today’s Project

Ok, last week I showed you the before and after of the Living room/service area, when I had finished painting the blue accent wall and the white wall area next to it with the wall hanging and sconces. Now I want to share with you what I did today.

I painted this wall around the window, took down the ugly blinds that were on the window and hung these pretty curtains that match the blue in the wall hanging and on the accent wall.

The table and chairs we had delivered today from this store called The Dump, their furniture is far from being dump style furniture, they have a lot of quality, and custom made furniture at quite reasonable prices. We are very pleased with our purchase and are very happy that we did not have to put anything together. My husband and I have done a couple projects together and put a few pieces of furniture together over the years. But we have learned that in order for our marriage to stay intact it is best to buy whole furniture or have the delivery people put them together. As far as projects around the house go, it is best that I do them myself, like the painting. For example, it took US longer to install the curtain rods than it did for me to paint the entire wall with two coats of paint. Everything turned out perfect though and we are both very happy, so all in all it was a good day!

I hope that you enjoy this step by step process as I make this house, we bought in January 2016, our forever home!

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear from you.


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Fall Cards From Class

Well as promised here are the cards that we made in class yesterday, let me know what you think.

You can go to my Store and purchase Fall Cards that I have made. There will also be some Halloween Cards in there later this week so be sure to check back often.

Hope that everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


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The Pick

This has been a very challenging week for me but it has also made me aware of what I need to work on as far as being more efficient in every aspect of my life. I love that we can always learn something new about ourselves no matter how old or young we are!

Thank you everyone that helped me pick out the cards for the card class tomorrow, 8-26-2016. All of your comments and opinions were greatly appreciated and have helped me out tremendously, I think that we should do this again sometime, it was fun. Now for the big reveal here are the cards that we are making tomorrow.


We will also be making two more that I have not posted up here, because I wanted it to be a surprise for the class, but I will post pictures of all the projects we make tomorrow.

Once again, thank you everyone for your input.



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Last set of Fall Card ideas

Well here we are, the last set of Fall Card ideas you get to help me pick from for the class this Saturday, August 27, 2016. Take a look and let me know which one you like by commenting below.

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Fall Card ideas preview, it has been a lot of fun for me making them. These are all quick cards to make so if you need to make a card fast any one of these cards that I have demonstrated here will fit the bill.

If you would like the measurements, products that I used, or if you have any questions please contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Now go to the comments section of this page and leave me a message as to which one of these cards you like best and think that I should teach how to make in class this up coming Saturday, August 27, 20016.

Have a great day!


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Fall Card Ideas

Here are the next three Fall card ideas I have for this Saturdays card class. Remember I need your help picking out four cards out of these three, the three I posted on August 21, 2016 and the three that I am going to post tomorrow August 24,2016.

Please leave a comment below and let me know which one or one’s you like best out of this set.

If there are any that you would like measurements for please let me know and I will send them to you along with all the materials I used and where to purchase them.

To purchase any of these Fall Cards, they will be available in the Ginger Street Boutique Store on September 1, 2016.

Have a great day,


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The Livingroom

I just wanted to share with you my work in progress, the livingroom/service area. I am not done yet, we have a lot more painting and decorating to do but I will share with you our progress as we go. Here are some before pictures and the after pictures so far.

This first photo is from the day before we moved in last year. The second picture is from this morning after painting yesterday and putting everything back today. We still have the baseboards and some touch up to do on this wall but it will have to wait until this weekend.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions.


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Fall Card Ideas

Ok, I have been working on creating some fall cards for my card class next weekend and these are a few of the cards I have created so far. I do not have any measurements for the layouts yet because I was just playing with ideas, but if there is a certain layout that catches your eye I will be happy to send you the measurements right away with a pattern layout.

Be sure to come back every day Sunday – Wednesday to see new Fall Card ideas and let me know which ones you like best. On Friday I will let you know which ones I picked from your lists to make in the class on Saturday. I will take pictures this time to post for all of you to see the end product.

Please let me know what you think of these cards by leaving a comment below and be sure to tell me which one is your favorite.

Have a great day!



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Boys Life-Box Card

This is the cutest box card, it reminds me of a little boys toy box and that is exactly what I was trying to create. I custom made the envelope to match. This card will be available to purchase on my Etsy Shop within in the next few days.

For material’s and pattern please refer to my Circus Box Card. The embellishments used on this card I got from Goodwill a couple years ago in a bag of craft items. See, you never know, maybe you have an old set of stickers or scrap book items that you could use to make a little box card out of.

Happy Card Crafting!  Sheila

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Circus Box Card

This is my version of Circus, as an idea for the August/September gift exchange. Hope that it gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something that reminds you of the Circus and/or Fair. Please send me some photos of your projects and we can post them up here. Don’t forget to sign up for our bi-monthly gift exchange.


Card stock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Pattern paper (I used The Paper Studio – The Great Circus Company paper pack)


Stickers/embellishments (I made all mine for this card)


box card template

If you have any questions regarding this card please contact me I will be happy to help you in any way. Please feel free to copy this template for your personal use or for class purposes.

Happy card crafting!   Sheila








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Gift Exchange

August/September –

I have participated in a couple of gift exchanges on other websites in the past and really enjoyed them, so I wanted to host one on my site to share the fun with all of you! I love this theme because it reminds me of the end of summer, the last hurrah before school started. The sounds, smells and excitement in the air can not be found anywhere else but at the fair.

For those of you that would like to participate in the Gift Exchange for August/September the theme is:

Fair/Circus – create something that to you represents the State/Local Fair or the Circus. It can be made out of any medium that you as an artist specialize in or feel most comfortable working with.

Please be sure to go to the Gift Exchange tab above and sign up. Deadline for sign up will be August 5, 2016 and I will send out who you are matched up with on August 8, 2016.

Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Love, Sheila

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India Style Box Card

This is my favorite Box Card yet! It is my version of India Style and inspired by Elaine at Magic Boxes, you have to check out her version (the original) it is beautiful. This took me two days to complete but I just love how it turned out, so it was worth every minute. It was a piece commissioned as a birthday card/gift for a very unique girl that loves tattoos and is embarking on a new beginning in life. The gold embossed medallions and images remind me of Henna tattoos. The butterfly’s represent the rebirth or new beginning and the India Style windows I made on here remind me of a Magical Genie’s bottle.


One 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock (I used Night of Navy from Stampin’ Up)

One 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Gold foil paper (mine are from Stampin’ Up 12″x 12″ gold foil sheets)

One 12″x 12″ sheet of black glitter paper (mine is from last years Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog but is now discontinued) I recently found some at Hobby Lobby.


Embossing powder – Gold

Versa Mark embossing pad

Stamp set with floral, filigree, and medallions

Framelit, thinlit, or punches


Windowsheet (Stampin’ Up)

Adhesive (I used Tombow multipurpose glue)

If you would like step by step instructions please contact me and I would be happy to send you the pattern and instructions as to how I made my “India Box”.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this box inspires you to try making one today or at least coming back to visit me soon!

Love, Sheila


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Christmas in July

Well, I have never before gotten started this early on Christmas cards and it sure was fun working on them this last weekend. Talk about getting you in the mood for the holidays! I just love Christmas and look forward to decorating every year. My husband on the other hand, doesn’t really care for all the moving around of furniture and setting up the tree but, he does like the final look when everything is done.

Ok, now a bit about these cards, first off I have to give credit where credit is due and the little deer card idea, I got from Mindy over at Bada-Bing Paper Crafting. You really should go check out her sight she has some really cute cards. The Santa Card idea, I saw it on Pinterest last year (sorry I do not remember which site I got it from exactly) and made a couple. When I was going through my holiday paper I found my first attempt sample card, and remembered how simple this card was to put together. I thought that I would make a couple of these again this year to put in my greeting card box.

Both these layouts are very versatile and can be used for just about any other type of card as well not just Christmas cards. Have fun and send me some of your ideas.

The Santa Card

One sheet of 8 1/2″X 11″ card stock (I used Very Vanilla)

One 4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of designer series paper

Stamp set for greeting

Embellishments – (I used the Santa I cut out of last years Stampin’ Up seasonal DSP and the flower I put together from another stamp set I got at Michael’s some time back)


Take the 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock and cut it at 5 1/2″ this will give you two pieces of card stock measuring 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. Take one piece and score at 4 1/4″ this is the base of your card. Take the other piece and cut at 4 1/4″ this will give you two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. Take one of the 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ pieces and cut it in half at a diagonal, this will be the piece that you use for the front of the card over the DSP (Designer Series Paper/pattern paper). Do not worry this piece does not fit correctly on the DSP, we will get to that. The other piece of 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ card stock can be cut down to 4″ X 5 1/4″ and used as the inside insert for another card.

Alright, all of your cutting is done and now you get to stamp. Take one of the pieces of diagonally cut card stock and on the wider part of the paper kind of in the middle stamp your sentiment. Then what I like to do since all my ink and stamps are out I will stamp on the inside of the card as well, maybe an image or corrisponding sentiment.

Now we get to assemble…Take the diagonal piece of paper that we just stamped on and lay it on the front of your 4″ X 5 1/2″ DSP paper just like in the picture with the smallest end at the top. This is where it does not quite fit and that is ok, because once you get it glued down you will cut off the over hanging pieces. Once you have these two glued together and trimed then adhere them to the from of your card base. Place your embellishments on the front and you are done.

Have fun creating many different cards with this layout and please send me some pictures of what you have created, I would love to share them.