Monday, July 29, 2013

Okay Santa...what's a Girl Gotta Do

Well the new Fall / Holiday lines are out.  CHA Summer 2013 has come and gone.  And I am in love with some of the new Scrappy Happy lines that have been launched...

So Santa, if you are listening, here is just a small small preview of what I want for Christmas, or my Anniversary, oh and Birthday....just please please please drop these down my chimney any time....

This is one of my favorites..Graphic 45's Typography line.  The colors are vibrant, strong and so artistic.  And the card with the cat, I mean really, I cannot wait to get my hands on it...  Just go to Your Scrapbooks Supply's G45 preview to take a closer look at the whole line.
Next on my list... My Mind's Eye's Vintage Christmas. I know, I know I have enough holiday and
Christmas papers to more than last a lifetime...but this, oh this line is so beautiful...
The vintage Santa's, rich flourishes and damask prints... I just cannot help myself.  I need every embellishment and most of the papers.  Here's the link to Rhonda's Sneak Peek of this beautiful line.
Third...must haves...Prima of course.  Their new Chalkboard and Wood embellishment lines will definitely be in my "fall must have" hoard vault.  I did say hoard vault...I just hope I can get up the spark of courage to actually cut into these gorgeous lines and use the incredible wooden pieces. 
Oh gosh golly, these are just perfect for fall and holiday layouts.  I can almost smell the turkey and oyster dressing in the oven, and see the sparkling fall arrangement on the table, candles glowing.... family gathered around... oh for heaven's sake...hurry and get these beauties in the store...

Just click Here and get a close up look at yourscrapbooksupplies sneak peek to all that is glorious this fall from Prima.  Rhonda has links on the right of her page to most all of the fall lines for your pleasure.  But be careful...I have spent hours and hours just dreaming over these beautiful new offerings.  Now I have to break away and try to actually get some crafting done...

Have fun crafting...and being inspired

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Life's little pleasures

It's a cloudy Sunday morning. Cooler than it has been.  I grabbed my camera to capture some of the little snippets of beauty I was seeing around me. 

When I say's because I didn't want to capture the whole scene on my deck.  It needs sweeping a little, the weeds need pulling, the bird bath needs to be cleaned.  But right now, at this moment, with the day ahead, ripe with possibilites, all I noticed, all I wanted to see, were these beautiful flowers.  Blessing my life with color and inspiration.   

So, it's probably a certainty.  I won't weed, or sweep or clean.  But I do hope to do something creative today.  Something with color and texture.  Something I consider beautiful...

But for now, I am so content to soak in this glorious morning, finish my chocolate milk and then, before the heat takes over....go in and with color...and try to capture the joyous feel of the bright summer flowers.  Oh yes, and remember to say thank you Lord for sharing this wonderful morning with is a gift.  Thank you...

Now ya'll all go create something beautiful today.  If nothing else, mine will be this memory of this happy moment.  Have fun!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

My "1 to 10" Layout for Gina"s Challenge

Have you stopped into myscraproom yet?, not my scraproom... Gina's wonderful ning site for crafters.  Gina, a very gifted and ubber nice crafter, host challenges at least every two weeks.  Challenges to stretch your imagination and talent...And you can win prizes!  How great is that? 

Well anywho, I finally jumped in and joined one of her fun challenges...It was her "1 to 10" Challenge.  Create anything you'd like, had to include certain items in certain 10 flowers, 9 letters, 8 pieces bling, 7 leaves, 6 stamped images...down to one chevron element. that was a challenge for me...

This is the 12 x 12 layout I came up with to showcase all of Gina's must have crafty ingredients.

The metal pieces, corners and butterflies, are from Monique' wonderful shop:

She carries the most wonderful and affordable metal embellishments.  I painted these white with just a little gesso to add to the shabby chic look. 

The flowers are ten beauties pulled from my stash.  From Recollections to Prima and more, but the beautiful large flower in the center is from my friend, Sue.  It just helps bring even more beauty and sentiment to this layout for me.  I did softly brush the tips of some of the flowers with gesso as well. 

So another thank you to Gina, for inspiring me to create this layout.  And a heartfelt thank you to you...for taking your time to join me...

Now go on...go visit Gina's little crafty corner...MyScrapRoom.

Have fun crafting...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My "Shades of Blue" Candy Station

I admit it...I am definitely a follower.  Or as prefer to say, I am moved to create from things I am inspired by....sounds better doesn't it.  Well Laura, of TheRobnLaura channel on youtube, has this most magnificent milk glass "candy station" for all our her most precious scrapbooking goodies. Beautiful pieces, overflowing with rhinestone buttons, laces and trims to die for....all of  it is truly beautiful, but I have not had any luck finding milk glass near me, soooooo

I turned to my favorite glass...anything in shades of blue....and got busy.  Every outting, I had my eyes open to find pretty blue bowls and plates, candleholders...things I could use to mimic Laura's beautiful creation...  I spent hours on line looking for rhinestone buttons.  I never knew I needed rhinestone buttons, till I saw Laura's video. Now I have the beginnings of a sparkling bowl full of the most gorgeous buttons... and will only have to work about a decade more to afford

But at least a third of my craft table is now taken over and I am so happy with how it came out...

Laura also shared how she displays her laces wrapped onto beautiful silver knives...what a treasure trove.  But again, I tried something a little different and embellished tags I made and voila, my own lace treasure chests. 

So now when I sit down to craft, I am surrounded by some of my very favorite things...buttons, metal pieces, embroidery, ribbons, charms, bling and more buttons.  Thank you Laura for sharing your gorgeous creative space with us. 

It may be a little much for a lot of people...but for me, it is my scrappy happy place...where I can see the wonderful crafts I have recieved in swaps,  incredible tags and flowers from Linda, charms and treasures from Olga and Marlene, dangles from Pat and Hannah and dozens of other talented crafters from around the world and soft sumptious crochet flowers from Cheryl and my oh so pretty hoard of treasures everytime I walk in and sit down, just waiting to inspire me. 

So I am wishing all of you a place where you can truly feel inspired and have fun creating...and to Laura...a very very special thank you!

Molly D

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Card Making Frenzy...enjoy!

     I have been watching some incredible videos on card making.  Even joined a wonderful card making swap on a great ning site...myscraproom.   The swap was to make some fun summer cards and I enjoyed that, but that just wet my appetite for making more. 
     Well I broke out some of my Anna Griffin papers and embellies from one of her card making kits and got to work, hoping to make a "couple" of cards...17 cards later, I finally was able to break away!  I know, I know, I am addicted to Anna Griffins papers and flowers, but really,   aren't they so pretty...

 The ribbons I used on the cards are from a wonderful etsy shop: abbyandellie.  They just add such a wonderful soft fairytale touch to anything.  I just love them...
I know it's another of my addictions...but they are gorgeous!

On this card I used some beautiful organza ribbon form Michaels and some sweet crocheted lace I had in my stash. 

Add a few mini roses and sprinkle with some ice crystal glitter and oh my goodness, such a pretty card.

 I loved the fresh combination of the yellow, green and pink on this card...again I added some of the soft seam binding ribbon.  It came out so cool and summery looking. 

I am just so pleased with how easy and fast it was to make these pretty cards...

I used two beautiful bead caps to embellish this lovely black, white and grey card.  Just put a dollop of hot glue on the paper and laid the bead cap down over it and voila...a very easy and oh so elegant looking embellishment! 

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing these pretty Anna Griffin sure was fun and so easy to make them.  Be sure and share your crafts with's so fun to be inspired by everyone.

Thanks for stopping in and have fun crafting!
Molly D