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What a great idea. Love the result!


Charlotte, I've been making tags and small collages using this same approach--we are just always thinking alike :) LOVE what you've done...amazing! Getting excited about Silver Bella.

jenny holiday

Ohhh I LOVE it Charlotte!! Fantastic!! I must try it! : )

Your Silver Bella classes look So so fabulous!! How exciting is all of this?? Oh my goodness!! Aaron and I are on cloud 9!!

Cannot wait to hang out with you and the rest of them glittery gals!!

Thanks for the eye candy!!
xoxo Jenny

julie collings

really very beautiful, you must have such lovely clutter. the tiny scissors are magic

Rosanna Bowles

I think that it looks gorgeous! I have so many knick knacks lying around that it's a great idea for me, too!

I just found your blog via Diva Deb, great site!


You know sometimes art, just like cooking is even better when we use just what we have. It stretches us. Clarice

Kimberly Kwan

that little collages is a slice of heaven! how delightful! one more valid reason not to clean up! ;-)


Oh, so awesome. Love that. I could make a mural with the things on my desk right now!


Beautiful! I love this so much!

The Decorated House

So very pretty.
Of course you have wonderful scraps. :)
But it's your designs that make them all sing so nicely together.

Diane Duda

It's beautiful!!! Great idea!


seeing yours makes me WANT to try it!! just don't imagine i could ever get such an interesting piece. yours is lovely!


This looks like it was great fun to work on and I agree with everybody else, it's a great idea. I like the the 3 peas...representing your daughters perhaps?
I'm still trying to organize my crafting space. Little by little, but it's getting there.
Hope you have a happy weekend!

Elizabeth Holcombe

Perfect solution! Love the colors!
XXOO, Beth


The only difference between your art desk and the quality of your scraps. lol. Your little art piece is wonderful!!! Can't wait to see more.

jenny b harris

That's wonderful, Charlotte! Such beautifully organized charm. Love it!


"easier than cleaning up" indeed, what a great excuse to create if you ever needed one that is.


I LOVE this. Absolutely gorgeous. Genius idea:) Can't wait to meet you at Silver Bella. Hope to get into one of your classes!


Ooooohhh, Charlotte, I adore this! (she said, bounding to her studio to see what bits and bits she had to make one for her very own self!)


Oh what heavenly bits of scraps to work with! I doubt I will find anything to compare but what a fun idea! Grace and I enjoy working on little projects like tags and bookmarks and cards. She is truly my artsy girl which makes me so happy!
Thank you for such a sweet idea!



Gosh, you made this from scraps?! It's gorgeous. I'm not sure I've got the patience to do that.


This piece is gorgeous! You've inspired me to take out my little bitty scraps of everything and add to it as a summer project.

Isn't the change in temps grand this Sunday morning??


Wheeee...thanks to you we're making these for Jenny's swap! Love your idea!

Karin (creativechaos)

I love this.

jen duncan

Oh Charlotte! How lovely is THAT! Just linked over from Jenny's and now I have to link you to my blog so I can check in more often! Fabulous!

Melissa Lobdell


This is so, so wonderful!! Not only clever for those scraps that we just can never throw way but also a lovely reminder of projects past! xo-Mel

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