Molto Piccolo

For the love of all things "very tiny" {Italian}

.always. April 26, 2011

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I went to a beautiful wedding on Saturday at a location half an hour away from my home that I had never heard of before…and it was a fabulous surprise.   It’s called Leaning Church Vineyard, at Lalla, and even though it was icy cold, the setting was gorgeous.  Rolling hills of vines and amazing forest beyond that.  Very picturesque.

Leaning Church Vineyard

Image via Leaning Church Vineyard website.  (I quite like the quirky “Our Story” blurb on their website (o: )

Funnily enough, the wedding wasn’t held in the church, as apparently it is leaning a little too much!!  But it is also very small, so there is a large marquee set up right next to it.

So naturally, I had to make a card for the special occasion…

I love making these flowers, they are super simple and usually turn out great.  I sprayed some silver “Smooch Spritz” from Stampin’ Up! on the grey flower to pretty it up even more.  And I had these pre-shaped rhinestone flower petals which have become the leaves for this card.

 I do quite love grey, which is apparently the new black.  Well, I’m still wearing black, but grey does look great with pink, I’ve decided!

Hope you have a great week.

Love Ruth

P.S. A huge congratulations to the lovely Abe & Emma! xo


Just wanted to say… April 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — moltopiccolo @ 1:08 am

…Happy Easter.

I have always loved this piece of prose about the life of Jesus, and it has some great reminders for me about what may or may not be important to me in this life:

One Solitary Life
Original versions by Dr. James Allen Francis

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.  Until He was thirty, He worked in a carpenter shop and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He wrote no books. He held no office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn’t go to college. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He had no credentials but Himself.

He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness.

The authorities condemned His teachings. His friends deserted Him. One denied Him. One betrayed Him to His enemies for a paltry sum, the price of a slave. He went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, He became our sinless substitute.  His body was laid in a borrowed tomb. Three days later, He was raised from the dead.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today, He is the central figure of the entire human race.

All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever set sail, 
All the parliaments that ever sat,
And all the kings that ever reigned,
Have not affected the life of Man on this Earth as much as that
One solitary life.

Love Ruth

P.S. This card was created for some special family members, and has been entered in the Embellish Magazine Crochet Trim Colour Trends Challenge…this is the beautiful inspiration image that Tina Fussell put together for Embellish Magazine:


.baby blues. April 18, 2011

Filed under: Baby Cards,Birds,Card Projects,Paper Projects — moltopiccolo @ 5:48 pm

If anyone has had or has observed the ‘baby blues’, as they call it, you will know it’s not a fun part of early parenting days.  But these baby blues are not the kind I am thinking of right now…I’m talking about the colour blue as the basis for a new baby card.  (o:

The design for this card was taken from a previous card that I made for a baby girl, just with a different colour theme.

It was supposed to be exactly the same, but in blue instead of pink.  But if you know me, you know I just can’t help myself and had to make it a little bit different to the original:

Either way, I love the ‘Always’ stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  That bird is so cute, and I have made so many cards & projects from it.  Thanks to my lovely friend Amanda for surprising me with it as a gift on my doorstep one day!  (You can visit her lovely blog at Blue Paper Doll).

Ruth x


.old school. April 6, 2011

Filed under: Card Projects,Paper Projects,Photography — moltopiccolo @ 6:22 pm

I have been playing around with lots of different things recently and found some old school techniques that I was using a few years ago…this is one of my old favourites, and one of the reasons I like it is that you don’t have to have anything that fancy to create it.  The sky is an offcut from a photo I had to cut to size to fit in a frame.  The grass is a piece of cardboard that I snipped.  The baby clothes on the line are cut using a decorative punch but you could easily cut some simple little garments by hand.  The clothes line is some super-bendy jewellery-making wire and the wording is actually computer font as it was before I had started my stamp collection.

I sometimes like to set aside all the fancy tools and pre-made embellishments and make something from scratch or out of offcuts and scraps.  Not everyone’s thing, but it gets me thinking a bit more creatively…and then I appreciate even more the tools and embellishments when I come back to them.

Ruth x