Friday, October 12, 2012

Tins are for boys too!

My sister, Lauren, asked me to make a tin for her friend's grandson, Noah.  Most of the time I do tins for girls, full of ribbons, sparkles and bling.  It was fun to make one for a baby boy this time.

It turned out cute!  And it will be the perfect place to store his first shoes, first curls, and anything else his momma decides to put in there.

Yeah for babies!

My sister has a friend, Morgan, who has become my friend too.  Morgan had a beautiful baby girl, Summer, a couple months ago and decorated her nursery in owls.  Of course, Lauren (my sister) ran with that idea since she LOVES owls like no one else I know.  She asked me to make Summer an owl canvas and a lunch tin.  I decided that since Morgan is a photographer, she needed a mini album too.  This is what I came up with.

I wanted to play with the whole family theme for this canvas.  So, we have Kevin (the dad), Morgan (the mom), Marina (the big sister) and, of course, baby Summer.  I think this one is my favorite so far.

As for the tin and mini album, I stuck with the same paper pack so it would all match.

The tin is one of the famous lunch tins.  It is a metal tin decorated with paper and ribbon.  The album is actually CD literature folders that have been decorated.  Here's a picture of the inside:

This shows just one section of the album.  There are actually 3 single pages, 3 pockets and two double pages.  Such a cute idea!


So, it seems like my new thing is making canvases.  I started with the Jeremiah 29:11 canvas for my sister and have just continued making them.  They are pretty easy to make and I love the way you can personalize them.

This one is featuring my favorite song "Jesus Loves Me".  My mom always told me that when I was scared to sing it and it would help.  She was right.  I have vivid memories of singing it during labor with Emily when I was told it was time to start pushing.

This isn't the best picture, but hopefully you can see the vintage music in the words.

This next one features one of my favorite Christmas songs "Joy to the World".

I used vintage music for the words in this one too.

This last one is one that I've seen throughout the Internet and on Pinterest.

If you are interested in either of these or in customizing your own, please let me know.  They really are fun.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mod Podge 101 Class

Several people have been asking me about Mod Podge. Is it easy to use? What can you do with it? How's it work? So, I thought maybe I could answer those questions and show you just how easy it is.

The class will be held on September 12 from 6:30pm until 8:30 pm.

We will be making a 6" x 6" canvas featuring a monogram, along with a picture coaster. All you need to bring is a picture that will fit a 4" x 4" tile. I will supply everything else. I need to know is dark gray or tan. (For the background). You will be choosing the paper for your monogram.

The cost will be $10. You will take home a canvas and a coaster, along with some Christmas ideas.

Please RSVP by September 10.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fighting for Izzy!

Be sure to check out this auction ( benefiting the Mattocks family.

Izzy is a beautiful 4 year old girl that is currently battling stage 4 Neuroblastoma.  Her daddy works with my brother in Indianapolis.  Izzy is receiving care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which most of you know is who has helped us so much with Ben.

I am proud to offer items from Emmy Cate Designs.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

More birdies...

I just love this birds!  This picture was made for my friend Lisa's guest bedroom.  Instead of using book pages, I used vintage sheet music that dates back to the 1930's.  LOVE IT!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord.  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future."

This verse has always been very special in my family, especially for my dad.  With his birthday in April, I wasn't exactly sure what to get him.  So, my mom and I conspired together and this is what we came up with.

It's very simple, but straight to the point.  It looks great in him office.  My little sister has now decided she needs one that is similar.  I'll post that when I get it finished.

Gotta Love Owls!

I was recently asked to design a wall hanging for a little girls room that featured owls and wasn't too girly.  This is what I came up with.

I love it!  My friend that ordered it had given me a picture of a mural that her cousin was planning on using.  I went off those colors and this is what I ended up with.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Curled Paper Wreath Class

You've been asking, so now I'm listening! I will be teaching a curled paper wreath class on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Hamilton, OH. The cost of the class is $20 and all supplies will be included. If you are interested in attending, please let me know by April 20. It will be fun!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's a bird!

My mom's birthday was yesterday and I always struggle with what to get her. So, a few months ago she pinned this picture( that she liked while she was on Pinterest. Bingo!!! I found the PERFECT gift for her!

After I got up enough nerve to destroy an old book I had, this project turned into a lot of fun. I used Mod Podge and glued all the torn book pages to a 16 x 20 canvas that I picked up at Wal-Mart. After that dried overnight, I got out my new Cricut Expressions (thanks babe!) and cut out 5 of these super cute birds. I used Mod Podge again (maybe my new best friend) and glued down a ribbon for a branch, the birds and chipboard letters that I had colored with a marker.

This is what I ended up with....


I decided to go one step further and make some little birds that I copied from here ( I followed the directions and this is what I came up with.

Too cute!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Life is busy!

Sorry I fell off the face of Blogger for awhile. It's been busy around here! But, I have created a few new things, so I will be sure to get them up for you to see. I have so many ideas running through my head and not enough time to do them. LOL. Hang in there with me. There will be new items on here soon!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dry Erase Board

What a fun place to write your grocery lists, notes to your family, etc.

These dry erase boards are 12" x 12" and come with a dry erase marker. The price for these is $18.00.

I have held several classes on how to make these fun boards. The class is $12 per person.

It's your name!

I love these! What a great, unique way to celebrate your name. They make awesome wedding gifts, anniversary gifts or baby gifts.

This idea is definitely not mine. Jayma Malme at is the one that inspired these pieces. Jayma is an awesome paper lover and I find lots of things I wish I could do on her blog. Be sure to check her out. You won't be sorry!

The prices for these vary. As with everything else, they can be customized to fit your space.

Hanging Memo Board

This is another style of memo board. This style is one sided and hangs from a ribbon. It comes with 3 handmade magnets. The price for this style is $12.

While visiting my in laws in Belpre, OH, my mother in law and I went shopping at Crafts 2000 in Parkersburg, WV. It happens to be one of my favorite places to go. I found these 12 x 12 tin sheets and decided they would make a cute place to hang recipes, pictures, etc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Memo Boards

This is a 12" x 12" reversible magnetic memo board. On one side is an all occasion theme, while the other side features a winter/ holiday theme. Each board comes in a frame and has 12 magnets with it. The magnets are handmade also. The price for the boards is $28.

A thru Z

Altered letters seem to be all the rage write now. They look great hanging on walls. These letters are all approximately 12 inches tall and are made of wood. Each letter is painted and then covered with paper and embellished. The price is $8 per letter.

Any size letter can be special ordered.

Lunch Tins aka Treasure Boxes


These little boxes are so popular. They can be used for just about anything. I have friends that use them for recipe boxes and coupon holders or to store their jewelry or make up. The kids in my life love them to keep all their treasures or crayons or cars. Such a cute gift and so much fun to make!

Classes anyone?

As I am posting pictures of my creations, I am thinking of all the classes I have offered over the years. Pretty much everything you see can be taught in some way. Some of the projects are made quickly, while others (like the wreaths) require more time.

Please contact me if you have any questions about having a class taught at your house. I have been teaching some classes on and off here in Oxford. I will keep you updated on when those take place.

Under the main posts, I will be sure to add a piece about how much a class will cost. All prices will be per person.

What a gift!

This picture is a combination of several items. In the front you see the famous lunch tins aka treasure boxes. I can't quite remember where I got the idea for these. However, they are very, very popular. I made 8 just for Christmas! I will be sure to post more pictures of these before long. They are between $18 and $22 depending on what you want them to look like. The classes for these are $12 a person.

Behind the tin there are colored pencils, a sketch pad and a journal. On top of the tin is a matching pen. The colored pencils and sketch pad are sold for $8 a set as are the journal and pen. The classes for either of these sets are $5 a person. I will post more pictures of journals soon.

Stationery Sets

These stationery sets make an awesome gift. The original idea came from She made them with a pen and a small legal pad. I took that idea and expanded on it a bit. All my stationery sets include a pocket on the left side, a small notebook, pen, bookmarks and 2 medium and 2 small binder clips. The holder is tin and the notebook is handmade.

These sets can be customized to any color combination or theme you would like. They are $15 a piece. They can also be personalized.

I have done several classes on these cute gifts. The classes are $10 per person and include all item, even written instructions.

Curled Paper Wreath 2

This is the second paper wreath that I made for the Ross Craft Show. I followed the same instructions as the previous post.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Curled Paper Wreath 1

This is the curled paper wreath that everyone has fallen in love with. I made this one, along with another one, to sell at the Ross Craft Show.

The original idea isn't mine. I found the instructions here:

They are pretty simple to make, just time consuming. You can curl all the paper while watching a movie and then it goes pretty quickly.

I am going to be teaching a Spring Wreath class in March (date to be announced). I will let you know when that date is set. The cost will be $20 and will include all supplies.

If you would like to buy a wreath, they are $30. You can customize it with the colors you want.


Welcome to my little piece of the world. I have had several people ask me about starting a blog to highlight my different paper crafts and creations. So, here you go.

The plan is to showcase my work, keep everyone up to date on my classes and hopefully do some tutorials. I'll also talk about my family, I'm sure.

By the way, Emmy Cate Designs is after our girls, Emily and Catherine. Emmy is almost 11 and Cate is 8 1/2. Add to the mix Ben, who just turned 2, and it is a busy place. Dallas (my hubby) and Bailey (the wonder dog) round out the crew.

So, sit back and enjoy. It should be fun!

And, please excuse the pictures. Most of these are older photos taken from awhile ago. I'm working on taking better ones.