Monday, July 7, 2014

More Scrapbook Layouts including Christmas in July

Used a very old Webster's Pages die cut, split in two
 to create this page. Mixed background papers
from k and company and Prima.  I just love coordinating
paper lines to create a more unique look.
The scroll work die cut and saying are from Anna Griffin.
 Other dies are from Spellbinders.

Well, I have been enjoying digging thru my scrapbook stash and rediscovering some wonderful papers and embellies, that I love just as much now as when I first bought them. 

 The "digging" started because I needed to organize some "page kits" for myself to take to a regional crop that I will be attending in mid - July!  What I discovered was I have enough of most of  these beautiful things to make extra page kits I will make to sell soon.  But in the mean time here are some of the pages I made with my newly rediscovered stash....

This is the Annalee line from Prima.  Of course the Anna Griffin die cut flowers and sayings mix so well.  Then I just layered in more flowers from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts and others. 

Of course the bulk of ingredients for these layouts are things from Anna Griffin, Prima and Websters pages.  I have to admit the dies I have from Anna Griffin and Marianne are some of my all time favorite tools too.  And after I spent one full day reorganizing my papers...I realized I have too much of everything....but definitely know that my real compulsions were those three lines, oh and of course Graphic 45 and k and company and Basic Grey and.... 

Well you get the idea.  I am a happy scrapaholic.  Let me know what you think of this latest assortment of layouts. 
This is one of my favorite older collections from Anna Griffin.  So bright and perfect for summer. The word "dream" is just a little stamp I used to stamp directly onto the ribbon.  

Wouldn't you think I would be tired of Anna's papers by now.  Never!  And I still have hundreds more!  The center pieces of this were embossed with her new 12" embossing folders and the intricate white border is from Anna as well.  Did you notice the little white doily corner peeking out?  It's from Marianne's Dies.  I love it!

Christmas in July!  These two layouts are made with more papers from Anna Griffin and then embellished with some of the layering die cuts I bought .  The titles?  Yep, from Anna's Christmas Cricut cartridge.  

 Well I had to end with a bright and "play"ful layout.  I know, I know enough with the Anna Griffin already, huh?  But I love what I love.  Now I hope you are having fun creating! 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make your own Sunshine

Well it's a beautiful Sunday morning and I just finished a 12x12 layout, using some older Anna Griffin papers.  I have bought pounds and pounds of Anna Griffin papers and embellishments, mostly from HSN, and decided this past few weeks to break into them more often and get some layouts done.  

The little title tag I made, "Make your own Sunshine" is one of Anna's adhesive vellum stickers.  I just love the designs and colors.  But more...I love the sentiment....  Well I hope you enjoy and are having a wonderful day yourself.  

Thanks for stopping by!
have fun crafting

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tag Making Frenzy

Darn that Pinterest!  
I was just minding my own business...browsing and wasting time on my new favorite site...when Wham!  I saw some of the most creative tags.

So of course I had to go into overdrive making tags.  Come to think of it it really started when I was so excited to begin learning how to watercolor from an gifted friend, Terri.  She was generous enough to meet me at our local Michaels and got me hooked on learning to play with watercoloring.  I spent the first "lesson" just learning how to mix colors and the different types of applications...and learned I really love "wet on wet" application of colors.

 So I had all these beautiful papers that I created, not that I made them was just the magic of watercolors...anywho...I decided to cut them into tag sizes and get busy using them as background papers.  So here's what came from that wonderful day!

Of course I used several great trims and ribbons and buttons and flowers and stickers and die cuts and embosssing powders,  even sea shells from my stash.  But that was half the fun... trying to make a dent in the way too much to use up in this lifetime stash ....lololol.

I know what you may be thinking ...these backgrounds look a lot like what you could do with Tim Holtz Distress pads.  Maybe so, but remember I was learning how to control and mix watercolors...  something I have been wanting to do my whole life.  The colors you can create ...omgosh golly, it is truly magical.  And learning something new, something that you only can try to control...knowing all the while that mother nature and the properties of water have just as much control as you do...well it was just so freeing...

Whew...may have gotta a little too absorbed there. But I love watercolors, the softness, how subtle it can be...the appearance of something so fluid and yet so commanding and yet calm.  Okay enough about that...

On one of the tags,  I used the Tim Holtz Globe die cut and Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays and and a Patina two toned embossing powder I have had in my stash for years.  Saw a tag on Pinterest, yep that's the one that started this whole mess. 

Well hope you enjoy.  Thank you for stopping by. I am going to pin these on Pinterest as please head over there and share if you'd like...

Thanks again and have fun crafting! 

(there are more tags below..enjoy)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Prima's Stationers Desk Layouts

Hello there!  Hope you all are having a wonderful time crafting.  I have been playing and creating some 12 x 12 inch layouts.  So dark and rich in colors and design, I just love this Prima collection... Stationer's Desk.

 Here's a few layouts I did recently that I wanted to share.  Hope you enjoy!  The first one is titled Our Story...

This next one is Perfect...which I will use for a picture of my dad..or husband...or son...hmmmm.  How lucky am I to have  or had 3 such wonderful men in my life.

I bought the paper from mbtreasurista's
 and was even more happy
 with it when I saw it in person.  
It is just so rich with texture 
and the perfect blend of 
vintage and grunge! 
 Yumm...well anywho...
hope you are having 
a wonderful time creating!  
Thanks for stopping by...

here's a link to my youtube if you want to see more...

Have fun today!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New happy happy beginnings

This was a post I found on Pinterest...and it sung to me.  I have made a big big change in my life and feel so to explore, create, sing, dance, what ever sets my heart on fire!

After decades of working, long long hours, I have retired from working outside the home.  This is a big big step for me and it took a huge heartfelt push from my husband, but it is wonderful!  Now I have been home for over two weeks and have logged about 1000 hours on Pinterest and Youtube.  Soaking in the boundless inspiration...listening to my heart start to sing...  so this is happy!  So far, so good....lolololol.

But here's hoping I can "unplug" just long enough to just have fun, to create what sets my heart on fire!  Wish me luck and please share all your creative ideas...this is gonna be fun!

Big hugs to you all  

p.s. here's the link to the art above:
Heart on Fire

Friday, March 21, 2014

Vintage Lace Keepsake Mini Book

It was thrilling for me to play in my mother's century old stash of laces.  Yep, her stash included laces from her mother and grandmother and my favorite aunt.  All these incredibly talented crafters are in heaven now, but they passed on the love of fabrics and laces and ribbons and buttons to me.  And my sweet mom let me pick out some of my favorites from her incredible "stash" and take them home with me.

I couldn't wait to make a lace book like I had seen on other talented crafter's youtube channel.  But I couldn't help but think of how teaching and sharing crafting secrets has changed since my great grandmother and her daughters and sisters got together at quilting and embroidery  bees and shared there crafting talents with each other, passing on these gifts to future generations...   Now, I sit with my cup of coffee or glass of coke and just spend hours with talented crafters like:

Gladys at HeartofaGippsy on youtube
Lydia at Itripledogdareu on youtube
Chrissie at chrissiecrosser on youtube
Olga at madstamper64
Cheryl at delygirl1961 on youtube
Marlene at 4marlene1  ( the absolute queen of shabby chic in my opinion)
and so many many more

So here's a warm heartfelt thank you to all these wonderful crafters, past and present, who share their talents and warm family stories with us.  Salute!!!

hugs and have fun crafting,
Molly D

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 Calendar I editied from Crafty Secrets...made Month names bigger

First, we need to all give a big shout out of thanks to Crafty Secrets for providing us these wonderful calendars every year.  I took the original one they created and modified it by making the month titles larger...and am posting this edited version....hope they don't mind...I  used this edited version in a project and had a few ladies ask where I got it so I thought I would share...