Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all of my East Coast neighbors have shoveled their way out of the icy snow. I wanted to share some invitations I was asked to create for a 50th birthday celebration. Just in case some of you are wondering, I had no influence on the color selection which is lavender, black, and silver. [Smile] I can also say, "I did not have an issue with it either. Ironically, I know of another person that will turn 50 this fall and he select the same colors.

Take a look and please feel free to share your thoughts.

It maybe difficult to see looking at the pattern paper; however, I cut each invitation on an angel. Adhered, the two front pieces and the bottom together. I attached the information card to the lavender embossed paper and slid it into the invitational fold. I polished the invitation off with lavender tool and enhanced it with a clear rhinestone.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Friday, March 10, 2017

K-Cup Anyone

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope your Friday has kicked-off to a fantastic start. I have a wonderful keepsake box to share and I think you will thinks it's a pretty nice box too. My initial K-Cup inspire keepsake box was made because of my sister. She would often find herself giving her K-cups out. People would stop by her office and ask if they could have a K-cup. Well, she wanted to put a stop to that. So, she asked me to make a box to store her K-cup in...kind of like an out of sight, out of mind sort of thing. Take a look...

The first keepsake box I created was had a tea box theme. Not long after
 making that box, my sister wanted a similar box to store her k-cups in.

So, I made her one and I had not created another until now. I used a Tim Holtz
 miniature knob for a handle and wrapped around the handle are two tags. One
 is a business tag and the one underneath is a thank you/handle with care tag.

This photo along with the next three photos showcase the four side of the
 keepsake box. Notice the new Tim Holts foundations

 Side Two

Side Three

Side Four

A while ago I found this ribbon that matches the coffee them perfectly. I also
 came across the trimming that surrounds of the outside of the box a couple
 of weeks ago while traveling. The mocha color trimming blends so well.

The inside bottom of the box is warm blue.
 As you can see, a week's worth of coffee
 can be store in this keepsake box.

I topped-off this keepsake box with a little coffee colored bling.

Well, as always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Art of Gratitude

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

I hope all is well with you. It's hard to believe February 2017 is just now a memory. Every since I returned to my blog, I have yet to post a greeting card. Well, here are a few I stamped out a while ago and did not have a chance to share with you until now.

I think it is so important to say thank you.

It's even nicer to express that feeling with a card.

I don't think I know anyone that doesn't like happy mail.

This stamp set, the ink, and die are from
Papertrey Ink.

I absolutely love all of their products.
I probably love them just a little too much,
if you know what I mean.

In this particular stamp, there are several different ways to express your gratitude.

This was a day I just decided to play with my stamps.

Here, I switched things up.
I decided to emboss my card.

I simply love the simplicity of this card.

As always, 'Thank You' for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Oh The Places You'll Go

Happy Hellos Everyone!

I hope you have been enjoying my parade of handcrafted cigar keepsake boxes. My fingers are mentally crossed. Since I believe you have, I have another unique keepsake box to share.

I have been fortunate to have traveled the globe.  So, when I saw this line from (who else?) Graphic45 I had to have it. As I began to peer over the various designs in this line, immediately, I was taken back to some unforgettable places, experiences, people, moments in time... I caught myself smiling. Take a look, you may catch yourself smiling too.

 Here you'll discover three postage stamps in
 3-D effect highlighting Germany, Italy and France.

There are two varied background to this keepsake
box. The top background features multi-color postage
 stamps from all around the world. The lower part of
this keepsake box identify various names of popular
 toured cities around the world.

Here are my handcrafted feet. These feet give the illusion the feet
 are made from pieces of leather.

I considered this unique because the original contents were
 packaged upright.

Notice the red strip that separates the
 lid from the bottom and how the inside
 copper lining coordinate with the feet.
 Also notice how the box lifts up.

 Here is a clear view of the background image.

Lastly, as the recipient of this awesome keepsake box one could
 make use of this box as he or she please to. Among all the other
 things I do, I am a collector of writing pens. I thought this was an
 excellent place to store my favorite writing instruments.

Well, when what do you think?

Once again, thank you for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Hellos Everyone!

On this Valentine's Day, I have a wonderfully sweet keepsake box to share with you. I love the finished product and I believe you will feel the same way too. It has an ol' tyme musical feel. This keepsake box would be perfect for you if you are a music lover or for that beloved music teacher. Take a look and share your thoughts.

I absolutely love this box. It has a feature most of my other cigar
 boxes of my other boxes do not offer.

Can you hear the music? This ol' tyme musical theme line brought
  this once cigar box to life. To begin, take a look at the legs of the
 keepsake box. Is it just me or do these legs remind you of the
 old style piano legs.

I opted to lightly emboss this keepsake box because I felt very
 little was needed. However, the future owner could
 embellish this keepsake with his/her personal memorabilia.

The ticket were age once again to accent the ol' tyme feel.

Notice the detailed marquee with musical terminology associated
 with an entertainer that highlights the outside of the edge of the lid.

Just like the previous photo, notice the classic draped red

 curtains often found in the yesterday's theater.

I distressed all edges of the box provides accent to that ol' tyme feel.

Before I let you see inside the keepsake box, I wanted to show
 you the unique feature this box that most of the others do not.
 This keepsake box can open by using the top lid or the front lid.

Inside the box, you discovers old style news paper and musical notes.

Looking outward, notice the musical
 notes above and the drop down faux piano keys.

The same piano keys can be found on the opposite side.

Let me just say, it took everything in me not to add a touch of glitter on this box and I am so glad I did not. I wanted it to be desired by a male or a female. Beside, for those of you that like things to sparkle a bit, I have something complementary to share with you in the next day or two. 

Once again, thank you for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wild Safari Keepsake Box

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

I hope your Saturday kicked off on a high note. Let me just say, [in case you were wondering] in no way have I given up on creating what I love best and that is of course creating wonderful greeting cards. Lately, I have enjoyed creating wonderful keepsake boxes. Perhaps, by this time next week, I will have some greeting cards to share with you. However, as for this moment in time, I has a special keepsake box suitable for so many occasions. It's perfect for that themed baby shower, that lover of wild animals, or the individual that has just returned from a trip the safari. This keepsake box would be the perfect place to store those unique findings and photos. Take a look and be sure to share your thoughts.

Once again Graphic45 has done it again.
 I have loved this Safari Adventure line from
 the moment I saw it. I could not wait to get my hands on it.

I wanted to create something different so, I pulled from my card making
skills and created a shaker lid.

I filled the lid with a small assortment of brown, green and gold sequences.

Ordinarily, a box this size would not be shaken; however, whenever the box is
opened or closed the sequences will move.

I created the 3D Wild Safari signage by using paper tiles and sealing it in a
clear adhesive.

Inside the box, you will find a jungle safari lined in gold.

The inside lid was made into a tightly nit pocket.

I repeated the same technique here using a
smaller tile to highlight the tropical bird.

Down under you will find the greener part
 of the jungle and handmade giraffe pattern feet.

Don't forget to share your thoughts.

Once again, thank you for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery
and be sure to come back real soon.

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