Saturday, December 31, 2011

Seeing Red on the Last Day of 2011

While moving this year I found a box of red ephemera and an altered book I started working on (I think back in 2004) for a friend who loves RED.


I have been wanting to do some Inchie Art, so I decided to make this piece and put it on the cover of her book. From the packaging, apparently I bought this plastic frame in the '80s at the original Michaels Store in Dallas. (I am going to start using instead of hoarding my materials and supplies.)



The center square is a tiny paper bead charm I made, a yellow rose is the Texas state flower and I love how the little feathers look. I punched the Zentangle circle out of Design Original's 2012 spring catalog, but I did learn to Zentangle this year thanks to LeslieRahye. I used vintage photo distressed ink on the square edges.

I'll share the altered book when it is finished.

Everyone have a safe and happy 2012!
-Molly

Friday, December 30, 2011

Real Simple - What Is on Your Not-to-Do List This Year?

What Is on Your Not-to-Do List This Year?
I was reading my newest issue of Real Simple in a waiting room yesterday and loved reading this section - what readers don't want to do any longer.  Not-to-Do List

I could relate to all most of them, but this is my favorite "won't do" that hits home.


Worry. As my mom has told me, worry is like rocking in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. -Donna Robison, Ringwood, Oklahoma


I worried about something over the holidays that almost made me ill. The situation never transpired and I felt so silly for putting that much energy into something that didn't happen -- and it took away my attention to detail from the things that did matter. However, I can give out ten quick bullet point reasons (to other people) why not to worry. I think it is hereditary!

Are you going to not do, or do, something different this time of year? I'm going to organize, lol!

Enjoy the day :)
-Molly

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Color of the Year for 2012

As you probably know, Pantone announced its color of the year as a deep orange, spicy Tangerine Tango. It looks sort of red-tomatoey to me.

Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, was selected because, “there’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told the Associated Press.



2011 was Honeysuckle (that looks like medium pink to me :)


 2010 was Turquoise, I love all the shades of turquoise, blues, aquas.


2009 was Mimosa


2008 was Iris Blue

So there you have it! Not much of a post but it is fun to look back and see what the trends were. And I'm sure this new color is a big deal to many companies :)

Hope you are enjoying the last week of 2011! I put up almost all Christmas decorations today. What are you doing... Anything fun?
-Molly


Monday, December 12, 2011

Tall Favor Boxes ~ Easy Peasy!

These are so easy to make, really, much less difficult than I've made it look :) This is an older post, but I want to share again.

You get two boxes from one 8.5x11-inch sheet of cardstock. These boxes are a perfect size for a handful of candy, small toys, money, notes .. just about anything you would like to gift and want a cute presentation you can even personalize.

I made these Christmas boxes for my husband to give at work. I printed the watermark on the sheets before beginning. Four chocolate covered cherries in mini wrappers fit perfectly in each box. I tied a 10-inch piece of raffia on the fronts and BAM ... very easy, inexpensive gifts.



Below, these were made on a whim, experimenting with the embellishing. I used paper from a DCWV Luxury Stack. The flowers are three different size daisy punch-outs from leftover paper, glued and stacked with a bead in the center. I used a circle and square Coluzzle template to cut out the front piece(s) and covered with a piece of scrap cellophane inside.


The template is below. Use a 5.5x8.5 inch sheet of heavy cardstock. If you use a Scor-Pal, put the edge at the 3 inch and you have an exact 1-1/4 inch score mark at 4.25. Move your first score line back to the 3 and score again three more times. It doesn't matter which side of the template the 1/2" flap is located, either side will work. The flap is the first thing glued to the inside of the opposite edge when assembling the box. The only other piece to adhere is the bottom, and BAM .. your box is finished! How easy is that?


I'm a visual person, but if you like instructions here is a short version.  Score the 5.5" x8.5" sheet vertically, four times 1-1/4" apart with each score. Turn the sheet sideways and score 1-1/4" from one end and 1/2" (and 1-1/4" from that scoreline) on the other end.  The blue lines on the template are cut lines. The red dots indicate the pieces of the template that are cut and removed. I used a corner rounder punch for the top flap piece.


Glue the 1/2" flap to the inside of the opposite side. I use a tape runner, it is easy to get the flap lined up with the edge. Glue the bottom flaps down and you have a box!

Alternate Sizes

As I did in the first photo, you can make a shorter box (less area to fill with candy :) by trimming 1" and using a 5.5x7.5 inch piece. I have also made a wider size box substituting 2" scores for the 1-1/4" measurements (again using the 1/2" flap scores). Use a 8.5" x10" inch sheet for the larger size.The cutout in the front is optional.

It is easier than it looks, I promise. Let me know if you make any and what you use them for.

Enjoy!
-Molly

Friday, December 2, 2011

Printable Gift Tags - (more) December Inspiration

Jen of my favorite.megaBlog - Tatertots & Jello - has gathered up 15 sets of fabulous free holiday gift tags to print (and embellish if you want) - the mittens are my favorite. This link also lists her other holiday finds from weeks past on Babble.com. I hope you see something here that you must have or inspires you!


Happy Weekend, Enjoy!
-Molly

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Inspiration

I cannot believe that November has come and gone! I hope it was a good one for all~ Happy December!

This month, I will be live online via web cam showing how to make these easy vinyl window blind magnets. I will post when I know the exact date and time.






Meanwhile, I want to share some holiday decoration inspiration. I loved looking at these easy ideas.


Happy December, enjoy!
-Molly

Friday, November 4, 2011

Paper Quilling Blog Hop

I found out about a quilling blog hop that started today. Amazing and unique quilled projects across the globe!  I started here at Leesandra Diaz's blog in New York (she put this all together! Enjoy :)


Have a fabulous weekend!
-Molly

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Spy Something Orange ...

and square!

This is an oldie but one of my favorite decorations :)

I love INCHIE ART, it is so easy! And the challenge of creating concept art with inch squares of paper is inspiring. Of course, the embellishing is the fun part!



The background is a Rob & Bob coaster by Provo Craft. And the eyeball? It is quilled; yes I like to make odd but practical pieces of quilling. I used black Distress Ink on the 1-inch paper square edges to make them look dimensional.

Have a wonderful end-of-October week!

-Molly

Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Card

I don't make many cards for show, but I did make this card over the weekend for a World Card Making Day live web cast. I used paper from The Autumn Splendor Stack (DCWV). The piece leftover after trimming, fit perfectly as the envelope lining. I love it when things like that just happen. I used spiced marmalade Distress Ink to cover the core white edges of the card and layer pieces. The message piece is raised.


Both papers have a gold foil print on them. You can see the shine in the photo below.


I also used quilled sticker leaves from my Provo Craft Stand Out line (no longer available). On my web page I have project ideas using quilled leaf motifs, photos of 8 different shapes and colors and basic instructions how to make the quilled leaves. 

Quilled Leaves Instructions

Have a great week :)
-Molly


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mini Maze Book Album ~ Happy Autumn

(This is an old project but I am hoping it is new for some of you.)

This is my favorite time of year!

I made this little maze book a while back for a gift. I designed the covers using graphics from one of my favorite artists, Carolee Jones. At the time, I was starting to make paper beads so I added a matching removable paper bead bookmark.



They are so much fun to make, inexpensive and the ways to embellish and decorate are endless.



I watched this video to learn how to fold-cut-fold the twelve 3" x 3" maze pages from only one piece of scrapbook paper. Tricia Morris from Club Scrap makes the difficult-looking folds and cutting very easy.

Enjoy the change of season!

Have a great weekend :)
-Molly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Favorite All-Time Blog



Isn't this a cute name for a blog?

The Tatertots & Jello mega blog has to be my most favorite of all blogs out there. Jen, author and most talented creator, always has the best and trendiest ideas ever. She has linky parties on Fridays and then shows you the best of the best. She also has more giveaways than anyone I know. And by the number of her followers, I am not the only one lovin' her Super Blog :o)  This time of the year, she has some fantastic Autumn projects.

This is one of her latest 16 Fall Banner and Bunting Projects!

Be sure to check out the titles of her other 25 blog posts she has done in September alone, under the Blog Archives. She also is involved with a half-dozen or more other sites but hers should keep you busy today. I don't know how she does it.

Everyone have a great day!
-Molly


Saturday, September 17, 2011

World Card Making LIVE

Coordinated by LeslieRahye

Today I will be participating in a World Card Making LIVE event beginning at 2:00 PM Central time for three hours. The demos will last about 30 minutes each. We will be making cards to send to our service men and women in Afghanistan so they can mail them back home to a loved one.

I will be doing a demo of my puffy flower technique around 3:15 PM Central time.


Fabrizio Martellucci, card-making extraordinaire in the UK, is making his Papermood.com chat room available to all of us for this venue. It is a come and go and you can watch all the demos HERE.

If you are interested in Operation Write Home, here is the link.

Hope to see you there!
-Molly

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do you sell on Etsy?

I woke up to find I was listed in this gorgeous Treasury curated by a friend in Arlington, Texas. Her shop is PixieDustFineries and she cannot list anything in her own store in her treasury. It is always a big surprise to find my item is in a treasury on Etsy.

chalkboard pumpkin by hawthornehill
I make them many more times than I am listed. It usually takes me close to four hours to curate one.  I start with an item from ItsLorraine's Etsy Store and build from there. Lori's listed item is always my focus for the theme and color(s). These are a few of the most popular ones that I have recently made:





Do you sell on Etsy? Post your store here and I will keep you on my list of shops to check when curating a treasury in the future.

Have a fantastic day!
-Molly

Friday, September 2, 2011

Google Chrome

I love using the Chrome browser and cannot get on Facebook without it. I've been told that playing games on Facebook [ I don't ] is better with Chrome. It also loads the Pinterest Pin on the tool bar whereas my IE did not. The way it tracks History - by day and time - is great. I use both browsers for different reasons, but Chrome has some user-friendly features ... like remembering your most used websites and the last pages you closed. Super time-savers :)

You can quickly configure and pick a personal background page. As you can see, I use the quilling theme created by Yulia Brodskaya!





Happy September!
Happy crafting!
Everyone have a great weekend!
-Molly

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quilling Tool Choices

When I opened my first quilling kit in the 70's, there was a regular corsage pin included. This is what I used to learn to quill and still do. I like to use my commercial wooden handle quilling tool when I don't need a really tight center.


 I also use a round wooden toothpick when I quill with wide, crimped strips to make large pieces. 


And a wooden dowel to make this kind of flower.



In 2000 I started making a novelty quilling needle tool with a polymer clay handle. I tested them for a year with different focus groups and then sold over 500 on eBay and at a few NAQG conventions. Seems like 10 years ago a lot of people used needle tools.

I used a regular corsage pin and made all sizes of handles. Then I started making the same tool with a smaller quilters needle for miniature quilling and sold them as sets. I used either gold plated or sterling silver beads and discs at the base.


I experimented quite a bit. These are all the imperfect needle tools I kept and a few I still use. I shined up the handles over the weekend, brushing on a coat of Future floor wax.  I'm going to make some type of enclosed, framed art piece for my craft room with the imperfect ones -- to remind me of that particular time in my life. Plus I just like bright, colorful things around :)

The only slotted tool I have bought, and use to make fringed flowers or roses, is the 4" metal handle, from Whimsiquills. This is all I will say about slotted tools as I know they are the most popular, easiest to use and I want people to use what is best for them.

I saw this video by Anastasia Wahalatantiri using a big tooth comb to make gorgeous folded leaves. I am going to try Annie's technique with my onion holder. I have had it for years and never knew what to do with it.

What are your favorite quilling tools?

Enjoy the week!
~Molly

P.S. I don't make these tools any more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Real Simple Organizing - My 30 Minute Suggestion

I'm back with another Real Simple way to get organized. I keep blogging about it because I am so unorganized. I want everything around me to be perfectly in place and it is the complete opposite. (Do you ever look for something you know you have, and just give up and go buy another one!?! And then find that item the next time you are looking for something else?)


My first work space, or I guess I should call it a "work station", was a metal TV tray.


I would quill all day long then pick up the tray and move it to the guest room in the evening. Unfortunately, it is not that easy today. How does your work space look? Or the kitchen drawer, linen closet, computer desk, bathroom drawer, mud room, dining room table?

I'm going to suggest you take just 30 minutes (set a timer) to straighten up, organize, clean, throw away - in your work space today. If you really get into it and you spend more than 30 minutes, fantastic! I guarantee you will enjoy your space so much more!


And if I didn't catch you on the perfect day to do this exercise with us, I hope you will get some motivation or inspiration from these Real Simple organization photos! (I'd like the pictures to be larger and the before|after right next to each other. I finally opened two browsers and put them side-by-side.)

Have a great day!
-Molly

Pssssst: Just 30 minutes, I'm starting now!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WINNER of My Book Giveaway!

The winner is:
 sleeplesswonder said...

Molly, Loved the interview, you and me have a lot in common girl. I also hoard boxes, hehehe.  Thank you so much for the chance to win your amazing book. Loved all your work that she showcased.  Melissa D.



Congratuations. Melissa D! Please email me your full name and mailing address and I will get you a copy of the book mailed out tomorrow.

Thank you everyone!
I am so thrilled to be interviewed by Susan Myers on Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom today as part of her Creating Success around the World!


You may remember, I showed you Suzy's amazing quilled The Starry Night at the beginning of the month. She is super talented in all crafts and very funny. 


For a chance to win a copy of my book:


1. Visit the interview page and comment.
2. Come back here and post to get your name in the drawing.
3. Check back Friday to see if you won. I will ship Internationally!


Thanks and good luck!
~Molly



Should I, or Not?

After some inquires and noticing Google searches from people, oh ... and a lot of thought about it, I finally decided to make a man's paper bead bracelet!!! Well, this one is going to be called Unisex because I would wear it myself with jeans and a brown whatever. So I asked my husband to model it for my Etsy Store photo and he liked it. (YAY) I think my best friend and daughter will like it. (YAY) I just don't know if I want to go in this direction and out of my comfort zone :)

So, I found this lovely two-tone, brown flannel-looking paper in my DCWV The Christmas Combo Stack! YES, this is Christmas paper.. but play like you don't know this. You can be my 'focus group person' and please tell me the truth.




Will a paper bead bracelet work for a man? Or should I stick to the norm and continue to do the "for her" designs?

Thanks for any comments. And I can handle the "nays". You will be doing me a favor.

Have a wonderful crafty Wednesday!
~Molly

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Real Simple Refreshments


In case you haven't heard, it is HOT in Texas. We have received only 2.94 inches of rain this year where I live. Nothing is better or more relaxing on a hot day than a refreshing drink, something different, perhaps a mood enhancer. Treat yourself to something refreshing!
And with drinks you need coasters.


Board Walk Candles and Quilts is the best shop I have found for beautiful quilted coasters. And they are great for gifts because they cost next to nothing to ship. Check them out!

Enjoy!
~Molly

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy August!

Last Friday, while lurking on Twitter for the first time in a month, I found an eye-catching post by Ann Martin. Many of you already know that if it is unique, over the top, and the very latest quilling .. Ann finds it first. From there I received Susan Myers' permission to link to her fabulous June project. Yes, it was the end of July but like me, Suzy is the queen of UFOs. Below is my favorite coffee mug which represents my favorite painting and the reason for this blog post.



I love an artist who can go from a sewing machine to plaster and then sit down and quill something like this. So I wanted to share Suzy's June project in August :o) I think it is amazingly beautiful. The colors are gorgeous. I like her description of quilling as "painting with paper". And, it is not only a piece of quilled art, it is a HUGE piece of quilled art. Her quilled Vincent van Gogh The Starry Night is 2 by 3 feet in size!



Suzy's details are shown here. Her lastest box of chocolates pincushion tutorial post is equally amazing. AND she also decorates and sells gorgeous Ukrainian eggs .. and that whole process totally blows my mind.


Happy August to all ~
Molly

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Quick Quilled Elements for Cards

I found photos of these easy quilled elements that I think would look cute on cards. These are so old, the pics are small as they were made in 2003. I know they can be changed up to look better if you care to try :)

 I collect clowns and flamingos :)

Be inspired, enjoy and have a great weekend!
~Molly

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