Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Simplified Baby Socks

Please excuse the interruption of our usual paper crafting posts. I wanted to share this baby sock pattern that I created and I know better than to start yet another blog. I'm bad enough about updating the two blogs I already have! 

I created this pattern out of desperation. I had only taken one sock class at my LYS (local yarn store) and could not remember how to do short rows when it came to doing the heel & gusset. You won't find any short rows in this pattern. If you're looking for short rows, these are not the socks you are looking for. Great, now I have the line from Star Wars "these are not the droids you're looking for" running through my head!  Yeah, I know, I'm a geek! LOL

Anyways, these socks are super simple and as long as you can use DPN's you should be able to make them. They could also be made on two circulars or with the Magic Loop Method.

Simplified Baby Socks

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Boy Card

There are lots of babies being born at church right now and many more due over the next several months. I decided that I didn't have nearly enough baby cards on hand so I gathered up some papers and got to work. I was able to get one card done before life got in the way...hoping to make some more this next week when I have some time using this weeks Mojo Monday sketch.

Meanwhile, here is the one card I was able to get done. I'm pretty pleased with how it has turned out. The lion is from the Life's A Jungle stamp set from CTMH. Seems like I've had it forever and it tends to be one of my "go to" stamp sets, especially for baby cards. I love the green plaid paper that I used for the background. Oddly enough, it is actually paper from a Christmas paper pad I bought several years ago. I think it works well for this project.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Mojo Monday 385 Sketch Challenge

It's hard to believe I've been away from my blog for 2 1/2 years now!!!! Where has time gone to?  After doing craft shows and teaching classes for nearly 6 years I got completely and totally burned out. I was just plain tired. I spent more time on my knitting than paper crafting. Then we were busy with house remodeling and it snowballed from there. The house remodel is done and the house sold. We've moved across the country and we've downsized significantly.

I no longer have a craft room, but rather one wall of the dining room and the kitchen table. It makes it a bit more difficult to craft, but I am so glad to be back at it. It's nice to make what I want to make, when I want to make it, with whatever materials I want to use. No more buying supplies because they're trendy or the latest thing. No more "must have it all!" mentality. I will craft because I love it and because I crave creativity need creativity in my life.

I visited the Mojo Monday blog this week after being away from it for a very long time. It feels like forever. I was reminded of why it is one of my all time favorite blogs/challenges. It doesn't matter what materials you use. It can be paper you've had in your stash for 10 years. It simply doesn't matter. What does matter is being inspired and using the sketch they provide to make something totally unique to you. After being burnt out due to years of creating what might sell or what other people might like, it feels good to keep it simple and to not have to worry about brand & trendiness.

Rather than making a card, I chose to decorate a notebook. It's actually a Strathmore 300 series mixed media art book.  I put this together for my daughter. I have been teaching her the basics of Zentangle and she also likes to draw & color. I thought that this notebook would be just the thing she needed to encourage her. One of her passions is photography which is why I chose the stamp that I did. From the stamped image to the tie-dyed background paper, it is just simply her. Thank you Mojo Monday for inspiring me to create something special for someone I love!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hearts Composition Book

I suppose the stickers I used on this composition book aren't what you typically think of when you think of hearts. I love the watch gear type aspect of them. They were in a sticker pack a friend gave me with some other scrappin' stuff for my birthday and I finally found a good use for them. :)  The paper is from an SU paper pad they had out a couple of years ago as part of a promotion/special buy. It seems like it's the paper pack that keeps on going and going and going....

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Supplies Used:
Paper: SU paper pad
Inks: SU Melon Mambo, CTMH Sunset
Misc: Stickers, Prisma Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vintage Hotel Composition Book

Here's the other secret sister composition book I made this week. One of the girls we needed to do a secret sister gift for isn't into "girly girl" kind of stuff. I found this paper in my stash and thought a teenager might find it kinda fun and funky and went from there. I really like how it turned out.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: Tim Holtz paper pad
Inks: SU Early Expresso, CTMH Desert Sand
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co.
Misc: Stickles, Crackle Accents

Friday, July 20, 2012

Smile Composition Book

My girls needed a couple of composition books as secret sister gifts this week. I had a lot of fun making this one. I love how bright and cheerful it is. Of course I love making these notebooks in general. I've made so many altered composition books that it feels like I'm making the same old stuff but I absolutely LOVE making them.

I didn't do anything particularly special with this one. I love the background paper so much that I wanted it to shine. 






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Supplies Used: 
Paper: CTMH Dotty For You Cardstock: CTMH Sunset, Colonial White 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Sunset, CTMH Lagoon 
Stamps: Don't remember the name of it or the company. It's a single stamp I bought at Archiver's. 
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima & Recollections flowers, SU Everyday Enchantment brad

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Newest 4 legged family member

I just couldn't resist sharing this pic from our road trip. Besides visiting family and friends one of the main reasons we took our trip to Texas was to bring home our newest family member, Maggie. She's a pit bull mix that my mom rescued when she was about 12 weeks old. Someone dumped her out in the country. Totally despicable, but I'm glad that we have her!  She can be very energetic at times but is usually pretty laid back and puts up with whatever anyone dishes out. Use her as a pillow...no problem. Play with her ears...no problem. Dress her up....no problem. LOL  She rode in the far backseat of the van with Emily for the 1,700 mile trip home. I didn't find this pic until I dumped the pics from my camera to the computer. Silly girls!

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