Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I have a stash of handmade paper.  Over the last couple of years, a dear lady named Peg has held a papermaking day at her home. There is a lot of preparation and work on the day and Peg who is 82 just amazes me with her energy.  She's usually pretty worn out by the end of the day.  Sometimes, she disappears for a little while for a power nap.  I love doing paper making sessions with Peg.

I must admit though, after Peg asked me the other week if I wanted to make paper again next year, I was feeling a little guilty because I had not used the stack I already had.  I decided then to put in some effort and see what I could come up with.

Handmade paper has so much character especially with the addition of plant material and interesting fibres etc.

Once I got started, I was on a roll and just kept making stuff.  Lots of cards for a start.  Simple white backgrounds with the addition of a highlight stamp here or a bit of parchment there.  I'm happy with the results.  Last year, thanks to my friend Pam, we added gold leaf to the paper mix.  The little wink of gold inspired me to add some gold stitching to my cards.  I love combining paper craft and stitching. 

Bookmark and cover

just can't throw away those scraps

   baby cards

As I started using the new Itty Bitty Accents punches from Stampin' Up, I decided to make some inchies and one thing lead to another.  From cards to a gift for baby's nursery.


White box frames are perfect for baby gifts and I had one in the cupboard.  After lots of tearing, punching and stitching, here is the end result.

Let the paper be the star.

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