Monday, August 17, 2015

It's a Banner Day!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to share this project with you!
I love burlap....I love wire....I love FALL!
And I love a great banner!
We will be creating a great fall banner for you to display in you home or outside somewhere!
We will get started at 11 am and we will be done by 4
Bring your fabri-tac, scissors, zip-dry, chalk pad, a large eye needle and your best joke!
We are going to have such a great time!
Cost for this workshop is just
all materials will be precut and ready for you.
If you would prefer a kit we will have those available as well.  Kits will come with full color pictures and instructions.
Fall Burlap Banner


Hocus Pocus

Nothing like a little Halloween magic to bring a smile to my face.
Front cover

Inside cover

Sample page
Join us on Saturday August 29th for this magically interactive Halloween Book!
If you cannot attend the workshop and would like a kit we have extras.  If you are out of town and would like a kit there will be full color instructions in the kits.
Hocus Pocus

Thursday, August 6, 2015

You are Enough!

Somedays we seem to feel like we are not good enough, not thin enough, not smart enough, not enough of anything.
We are here to tell you that is all WRONG!
You are ENOUGH!
And we think you rock!
lisa and michele

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Girlfriends on Instagram!

Girlfriends can now be found on Instagram!
We are enjoying our new Instagram adventure!  We will be releasing information on workshops, sales, and a new Daily Positive Thought on Instagram.  We will share these on Facebook of course and on the blog but the easiest way to be the first to know what is happening at Girlfriends is to follow us on Instagram.  Search for Girlfriendsltd and join the fun!
Today's Positive Thought is simple...
Be Kind!
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
The graphics for this little thought are from Rhonna Farrah Designs.  I highly encourage anyone who has not used her app to get it and begin making art Rhonna Style!
I am trying to think if I have left anything out and I am certain I have but that will just give me an excuse to make another post on the blog!

Halloween 2015 Centerpiece

Join us August 15th at 11 am for our 1st Halloween Workshop for 2015.
Lisa has designed and will be teaching us how to create this adorable Halloween Centerpiece.
Created with the deliciously spooky Graphic 45 Halloween Papers and filled with creepy embellishments you will want to make one for your home and maybe an extra for a friend!
We have options for kits for those of you who cannot make the workshop.
If you wish to order your kit or sign up for the workshop please use the paypal button below to do so.


The Art of Construction

Join us on Saturday August 8th for a new Workshop
"The Art of Construction"
Guest instructor Phyllis Weaver will be guiding us
through the construction of this darling organizer.  Your kit will include all the precut chipboard for this project plus all the little extras.  You will pick out your own designer papers to decorate the box and we have a wide selection of embellishments available for you to purchase if you want that extra touch of magic on your project.
Cost for this one of a kind workshop is only


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Michele Makes Art!

Lisa and I have had a little secret for some time now...we share secrets you know. That's what Girlfriends do.  Well I woke up this morning and someone had shared that little secret. 
I am honored to have been asked to share my little doodles with my fellow scrappers and paper artists through Adornit!
Carolee and Georgana are amazing mentors.  I am such a nervous Nellie I think I drove them a little crazy with all my insecurities but they stuck with me and along with the uber talented Lindsay Ostrom and Stephanie Ackerman and of course Carolee herself, Adornit is publishing a new line of ArtPlay that includes my artwork.
I am humbled.
I am anxious.
I am excited.
This is a dream come true. 
We will have these papers very soon at Girlfriends so get all your coloring/painting supplies together and let's make art!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015


We only have a few short years of Christmas magic when our children and grandchildren truly believe. Let's celebrate that magic time if childhood with an altered Golden book. Next Saturday July 18 at 11 am. Cost for this workshop is $34.50. We have 24 kits available but only 14 spaces in the workshop
Christmas Golden Book


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Jackie Banyai, Haley Dodaro, Audrey Praytor Kissik, Vicki Anderson, Jeri Bosley, Michelle Grady, Cherie Coesens Durkin, Sherri Timmons, Norma Yager, Kari Brose, Kay Piper, Stacey Parker, Teresa Oneida, Sherry Webster Owings, Joan Webster, Carol Beager, Martha, Cleala, George Gregson, DeLana Chartier, Stephanie Parker, Sally Bell, and any one else signed up for the BO BUNNY SPRING FLING this Saturday March 21st, the workshop is sold out. Class begins at 11 am

Please bring the following things in a SMALL bag: 

Paper trimmer

Scoring tool (bone folder, stylus, scoring blade)


Chalk pad

Foam tape (optional)

Adhesive (zip dry, 3in1, tape runner, double sided heavy duty tape)

Please do not bring your large Scrappin' bags as there will not be room for them. A small tote or basket to put on your table will be plenty. Joan Webster had the perfect sized basket last weekend. Anything extra will have to fit under your chair including your purse

Please come prepared and on time! We have tools and supplies for sale at the shop and the shop paper trimmers are here for your use if you need one. 

Lunch is on us! We have something really special planned!

We are excited to see you all and to share this special weekend with you.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Let's get Cookin'

We are going to work page by page on this little book.  It is adorable and it is not difficult to create. 
First let's talk about your kit.
The papers for this book are all cut and stacked in order.  You have a front and back page that look like this:
Not only are these for the front and back covers but you will cut the interior pages using this as your pattern. 
Also in your kit are two packages of embellishments and ribbons for your kit.
You will need your own adhesive and foam tape or pop dots, ink for edging your pages (I use chestnut roan chalk pad) and your other tools
These papers will become your pages.  They are approximately 4"X9" and these are the pieces you will trace and cut.
Front and Back Covers
These pieces both have the veggie paper on them.  The back has nothing further on it.
The front cover has the half circle with the scallop edge on it.  To make this take the half circle and glue the little circles along the curved edge.  If you glue them half on the scallop is just perfect!  I added the chipboard piece to the center and popped up the HOME SWEET HOME.  I added the little strip of paper along the bottom.

Inside cover: use the blue plaid to cover the inside cove of the book.  Use the little Home card to create a pocket at binding edge.  You will find two small pieces one is a red mini print and the other is a floral.  The floral will be a tag.  Clip the corners and punch a hole for the ribbon in a tag.  Insert into the pocket.  The red piece will be a photo mat or a place for a recipe.
Page 1
Find the card shown.  I did nothing but round the corners on the binding edge on this card front.  On the back of the card I added a photo mat (shown) with some ribbon around the bottom.
Page 2
The front of page two has a little card on it and a chipboard piece at the top.  The back is left as is with the exception of a little chip board piece at the bottom
Page 3 front
I cut this page from the lite blue floral.  You will place the two red mats side by side on the page ( the small mat is a card). You will pop up the small picture of the homemaker over the small card
Page 3 back
Use the small blue floral as a mat and the blue floral as a pocket. I popped up the little country gentleman picture on the pocket and the recipe tag goes in the pocket.  I tied a little piece of green ribbon around the mat.

Page 4 front and back
I did nothing to change the front of the card used for page four.  On the backside I used a little red check print for a mat and made little corners on the mat from green ribbon.  I used a little chipboard tag at the top

Page 5 front and back
This page is made from the large stripe piece.  Trace and cut this piece
On the front I added a red recipe card (you have extras) and used one of the pockets from the packet of tags, pockets and envelopes.  On the back I used the apple pie card and a little tablecloth print mat with a blue piece of ribbon.

Page 6 front and back
This is another card.  On the front of the I added a smaller card and a piece of chipboard.  Now before you tear apart your kit I realized as I was doing this tutorial I did not put the black brads in the kits...darn.  If you do not have something else you can use to replace these I will put them in an envelope and send them to you.  On the back I didn't change a thing.

Page 7 front and back
I used a card for this page.  I didn't change anything on the front.  On the back I added a cute little blue mat and three stamps all popped up!

Page 8 front and back
I used the quilt paper for this page.  Trace it and cut it out.  You will find a triangular piece of the tablecloth print.  I used pinking shears to do a decorative edge on mine.  You choose how you want to do this. 
Adhere the triangle to the page.  Find the piece of green print.  I left this larger than in the picture so you have the option to either cut it down or leave it larger for a photo or recipe.  The little pocket is from the embellishment set. and the chipboard piece is in the center.
I used the small quilt piece to make a pocket on the binding edge of this piece.  I used a seed packet piece and popped it up  I used another one of the pocket on this page with a small chipboard piece on top.  The tag in the pocket is from the embellishment pack.  The little stamps are chipboard.
Page 9 front and back
I used the yellow veggie paper for this page.  I used the Farm Fresh card popped up over a red mat and an envelope embellishments on this page.  The little chipboard stamps go at the top of the page.
The back of this page has a little yellow pocket on the binding edge  I used a chipboard tag on the pocket  I added a blue mat with yellow ribbon across the bottom.  I put a green recipe card in the pocket.

Page 9 front and back
I used another recipe card for this page.  The front is unchanged.  The back has a pocket using the Home Sweet Home card.  I put two of the tags from the embellishments in the pocket.

Page 10 front and back
I used the blue floral with the yellow background for this page.  The front has the yellow facing front with a blue floral pocket .  I used 3 little chipboard pieces to decorate the pocket and a card on the page.  I put a blue recipe card in the pocket.  On the back I used a red recipe card and two chipboard pieces as decoration.

Page 11 front and back
The front of the card is unchanged with the exception of a chipboard tab at the top of the page. The back has a mat from the quilt paper with ribbon across the bottom.  At the top I have added another tab back to back with the one on the front.
Inside back cover has a recipe card on it and two chipboard embellishments.

You will have to decide how you want to bind your book.  In class we will be using a Zutter Bind-it-All to bind the book.  There are other ways to bind the book and one of the easiest ways is to punch each page and use hinged rings to bind it. 
However you bind the book you will add any leftover ribbons to the binding and tie the extra chipboard pieces to the binding 
Punch and time ribbons on each page if you want to.  You have a total of 8 yards of ribbon in your kit so you should have plenty.
Enjoy your kit and if there is anything more that you need please let me know at