Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall, Y'all

Sitting here, on the first day of fall making new jewelry.   Can't wait for fall's cooler weather to get here.

Just wanted to share some of the newest bracelets.   I have made and invite you to join my new facebook page:
Escape to Inspiration

I had tried to start it up a while back and let time get away from me. But it seems I have more and more crafty things I want to share these days that  would be great on the facebook format. Just getting started now and looking forward to so much more! 

So wishing everybody a Happiest of Falls!  
Have fun crafting! 
Molly D


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Huge Die Haul featuring Gina Marie Dies

Well, drat!  I stumbled upon another great online store.  And I mean great!  I linked my video below that shows you my whole huge die haul, but I wanted to share one particular new vendor I was so excited to find.


 It's Wholesale Crafting Supplies.  They showcase an incredible collection of dies, called Gina Marie Designs, that are not only well designed, but cut so smoothly and are at great prices! 

I feel so lucky to have found this great shop, run by a very very sweet young lady, named Gina!  A friend of mine, Belinda Keller, sent me a link to a fun youtube channel, she just knew I would love: PoetSpice.  And she was right.  It is a fun, funny channel.  

But, I felt I really hit gold when poetspice showed a haul she had done from this great online store.   And the very minute I starting browsing her dies...I was hooked.   




Below is one of my favorite dies, the 4 x 4" quilt block die.  What a wonderful way to use up some of those gorgeous designer paper scraps I couldn't bring myself to throw away. 

These flourish dies I bought are incredibly delicate and so intricate, but cut so well.   

And I already have had so much fun, cutting out snowflakes and wreaths, looking ahead to Christmas.  

Now I hear Gina is coming out with dozens of new designs for fall, Halloween and Christmas.   Oh for goodness sakes, I am in trouble!
And I love it!  
It is so wonderful to see a successful small business bringing us such great products at such great prices.  

I just wanted to share this link, so you too can fall in love with these dies, just like I did.  

No, I don't have any connection to this shop. Well, other than that I am a huge new fan. 

Well happy crafting everyone!
Molly D












Monday, June 20, 2016

Graphic 45 Boy Little Darling Mini Album


Just wanted to share the little boy version of the pocket page mini album I just finished.  It was made with the Graphic 45 Little Darlings collection.  While I kept it even more simple than the little girl version, I loved adding some of my older ribbons and buttons to the pages and cover.
Again, I would like to thank Ginger at MySistersScrapper on youtube for sharing her tutorial with us.  She makes it so easy to follow.  And her techniques are so clean and simple, anyone can make one of these charming minis.                                     
Now in this one, I add a 4 x 6" card I made in Photoshop Elements 14.  I used some of the vintage artwork of Bessie Pease Gutmann, whose artwork is featured in the Graphic 45 collection.  Hope you enjoy, and as always....

Have fun crafting!



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Here's the link to My Video showing this newest mini album featuring the Graphic 45 Little Darlings collection.  

I am so inspired by Ginger at MySistersScrapper on youtube. She makes the most charming mini albums and shares them with us almost daily.  So I decided to root around in my hoard of papers and start making minis again! 

The goal for me is two fold.  First, try to use up as much of my stash of papers and embellishments as I possibly can.  And second, try to make mini albums I could sell.  So I am keeping them simple and easy to use for non-scrapbookers.  Every page will hold 4 x 6" photos.  No fussy measuring or sizing photos, just attach and share the album with friends and family.  Well, that's my hope, anyway.


Now I have had this collection for years. But the vintage artwork of it is just timeless.  Graphic 45 used to artwork Bessie Gutmann, who created soft, sweet images of infants.  It was these subtle colors and images that I fell in love with and just wanted to collect.  So along with making a mini album to share, I decided to use up the scraps and make a two page scrapbook layout for some of my family photos.  


 It was so much fun, digging through my baskets of flowers and collections of vintage laces to make this layout. I didn't pre-plan or design the layout, I just decided to jump right in.  I look at all the scraps of paper and piles of flowers left over from making the mini and just starting putting them down.  I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges, but I kept the sizes whatever was left over from making the mini.



I used punches from Martha Stewart and Spellbinders to cut the leaves from, just using up scraps of the green polka dot paper.  And while I didn't manage to use up every little bit of scraps, I do feel good about finally letting these gorgeous, sweet pieces have a new home in this mini and layout.   

Now, I only have about 330 lbs more of paper in my stash to go through.  Oh well, it's a start! 

A special, heartfelt thank you to Ginger at: 

MySistersScrapper 

for inspiring me and sharing her gift with us all!  

Happy Crafting!











Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Summer Freebie Planner Stickers and Silhouette Cameo Tutorial




Well I was back at it all day Monday! Making new stickers for my Happy Planner.  Inspired by the incredible freebies from My Planner Envy.  This very gifted designer shares her planner stickers with us and I love her style.

So inspired by Jessica's stickers, I set out to create some of my own.  Using color stories I snagged from Design Seeds.  This is one of my favorite places to go to find exciting color harmonies that I can use.  

{ flora hues } image via: @c_colli: Here's the Design Seeds picture that inspired these first set of stickers.  I just used the color picking eye dropper on the Silhouette Cameo Fill screen and "picked" the colors I wanted right from the picture.  Then I added text and some darling graphics from Creative Market.  This is a wonderful  sight that offers great buys and lots of freebies on fonts and graphics.   


So after I was happy with this first set, I got to work on a second set inspired by a more beachy bright collection. 

I mention the website: 
The Hungry Jpeg
I love going to this sight to pick up incredible bundles.  Loaded down with fonts and graphics, they really kickstart my creativity.  Plus, most of the sets in the bundles are commercial liscenses.  A big plus for such a little price!  

Here's a picture of the latest bundle I bought.  Look at all those wonderful watercolor graphics and great fonts!  Can't wait to play with them all...







Below, I posted the quick video I did on some of the steps to get you started creating your own with the Silhouette design space.   So easy and so much fun!




Just right click on the photos to download a copy for your personal use if you'd like.  And have fun creating!  

Molly

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Easy Tutorial for Making "Font Frame" Embellishments with Silhouette Cameo


So it's been less than a month since I received my Silhouette Cameo.  But let me tell you it's love at first cut!  I just uploaded a quick and easy tutorial.  

I am helping a friend finish her wedding album from over 30 years ago and wanted to use as many Anna Griffin pretties as I could.  Well that's where the fun started.  
I have dozens and dozens and more of Anna Griffin sentiment stickers left over from card kits I have bought.  But... they have sentiments like...with deepest sympathy, congrats on your new baby, get well soon...not exactly perfect for a wedding album.  So the challenge was: could I use my Silhouette Cameo, with our without Photoshop Elements 14 to recreate them into something just perfect for Pam's beautiful album?

And the answer is absolutely Yes!  

So if I could do this, could I make titles with Cameo that had that same timeless elegance that Anna Griffin is so loved and known for?  Again the answer is Yes!  I just used the Cameo Design screen, typed in some frames using specialty dingbat fonts, typed in the sentiment, made offset layers and voila ... coordinating titles.  And of course I couldn't stop there.  I had so much fun making sentiment stickers for greeting cards to cover up even more of the sentiments I wouldn't be using.  
Here's the video of how I did this so easily with the Cameo.  Below that is a list of fonts you might want to use if you are going to give this easy method a try.  




 Here's the updated video......

Easy Tutorial for making "font Frame" titles and embellishments with Silhouette Cameo


Fonts for Frames:
Vintage Frames by Sughayer Foundry
Calligraphic-frames-soft font by Intellecta
Kg-flavor-and-frames font by Kimberly Geswein

but enjoy a few minutes and head over to Dafont.com , search for frames or dingbat fonts and you'll find lots of fun sets, including some this pennants and flags!

Well I hope you enjoy this method, give it a try and keep sharing ideas.
Have fun crafting!
Molly D

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Freebie Happy Planner Stickers and My new Silhouette Cameo

Flowers used on these labels are
from the pixeledpaperdesigns available on etsy
 I am so over the moon happy!  I got a new Silhouette Cameo!  Now those of you who know me, know I have a Cricut Explore and love love love it.  

So why buy a Cameo?  I make scrapbook layouts alot and like making titles with shadows.  Plus, I love making planner stickers to share and lots of other "print then cut" designs to use as layout and card embellishments.  But my Cricut was falling a little short on these two fronts.  

But did these two "needs" actually justify spending over $250 on a new machine?  Well, a good friend of mine has a Cameo and shared it with me to play with.  I fell head over heels, but told her unless I could find one under $200 it was out of the questions.  Then, the very next day,  really, the very next day...HSN listed a cameo for $188.  It had to be a sign from Heaven, right?  So I now own my Cameo.  

Here's my take on the advantages and disadvantages of each of these two wonderful cutting machines:


Cricut Explore:

  • Makes deep cuts, letting you use a wide range of materials to cut. Cameo does not cut as deeply.
  • Design Space is a breeze to use.  Learning curve for first time users is short.  
  • It is internet only accessible, which can be limiting at crops or any place there is no internet access.
  • Cricut team is very energetic and friendly, offering great support if ever needed.
  • Faster and quieter than Cameo.
Artwork used on these stickers were from
graphic bundles from thehungryjpeg
and poppymoondesigns
  • Print then cut is easy to use, but eats up a lot of paper, because Cricut has print area limited to around 8" by 6", meaning you use waste about half a sheet of paper every time you cut.
  • Editing tools are somewhat limited.  Easy to use what is there, and easy for beginner or intermediate level crafters, but limiting for advanced editing.

Silhouette Cameo:  

  • Let's you create shadows or offsets very easily.  Cricut is working on this feature, but has been for quite a while.
  • Print then cut is very easy and lets you use almost all of a sheet of paper, including 81/2" by 11" and even up to 12" by 12".  I have a wide format printer so this is wonderful.
  • Editing tools are wonderful.  Instead of using other digital editing programs like Photoshop, I can do most of my creating and editing right on the Cameo design screen
  • With the upgrade to Designer Edition you can easily cut any SVG you upload and can even convert your work to rhinestone templates in a few very very easy steps.

The two set of Planner stickers I am showing here were cut on the Cameo.  The top one, pinks and aqua, was created in Photoshop Elements, then uploaded and cut with the Cameo.  The second set was created completely on the Cameo mat, using the Design screen.  OMGeeeeee, for me, this is a huge wow!  

Here are my planner layouts using these stickers...


Well, back to playing with my machines.
Have fun crafting!







P.S. here's the video I did showing these quick and easy planner stickers!



Molly 

(If you right click on the pictures of the stickers I made, you should be able to save and print for your own personal use.)