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

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