Sunday, December 12, 2010

Please Stay Tuned....

I really am still alive & kicking. I promise. I've just been so stinkin' busy getting ready for Christmas. While 99% of the shopping is done, I am knitting & crocheting like a crazy woman. I started a couple of little decorated notebooks a little over a week ago and have yet to have time to get beyond choosing papers and getting them cut. Sigh. I do have some more yarn projects to share and am hoping to get those notebooks finished sooner rather than later. So please stay tuned. :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cabled Neckwarmer

This project is the end result of a class I took recently at The Yarn Connection. I took it mainly because I wanted to learn how to do cables. I discovered that they are much easier than they look! I was very pleasantly surprised to say the least. :-D I also learned how to do a seed stitch. I had heard the term many times but didn't really know what it was. This is a Christmas present for a much loved family member so I won't say who just in case she is reading my blog. The yarn is Baby Alpaca Grande and is so warm, soft, and smooshy. It's the kind of yarn that you just want to smoosh between your fingers and to pet. I managed to get Em to model for me. She has kind of a goofy smirk on her face because what you can't see is her sister is behind me taunting her and daring her not to smile. LOL I plan on making a few more of these for Christmas gifts. They go perfectly with the ribbed headband I posted a while back.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Technique/Card Club Cards

Snowmen seemed an appropriate theme for November's cards being that we received several inches of snow the day before card club this month. LOL

I taught the ladies how to do a shaving cream background for this card. Very messy but oh so much fun! There is a tutorial on SCS and can be found here. As you can see on the tutorial, you can use multiple colors of re-inker. We only used one color for our card.
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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH White Daisy & Outdoor Denim Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Snow Friends
Inks: CTMH Outdoor Denim & Crystal Blue, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Ribbon & Stickles


For this card we used a bleaching technique. Super stinky but way cool! I can't claim to have had the original idea....I got the idea this past summer from Tresa Black's blog Fabulously Artsy. It was one of those ideas that I just simply let go to the back of my mind and it has been surfacing on and off since then. This is what I ended up doing with it. It's hard to tell in the pic, but his hat and scarf are popped up with dimensional squares.
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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH White Daisy & Twilight
Stamps: CTMH All Decked Out
Inks: CTMH Crystal Blue & Twilight, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Misc: Stickles, sequin snowflakes, brads, clear embossing powder

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mistletoe Christmas Cards

Once I finished using up all of the Evensong scraps I was able to break into my brand new package of Mistletoe Creative Basics paper. I just love it! These are the last of the consignment cards that I made.

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I just love the Peanuts card. I received the stamp for my birthday back in April and finally was able to ink it up. I chose to only color part of the image in. I think it'll be a fun image to play around with different coloring techniques.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vintage Kids Christmas Cards

These cards used up the last of the Evensong Creative Basics scraps that I had. The stamp I used is from Stampin' Up. It's called Greeting Card Kids. You can see a pic of it here. I fell in love with it the instant I saw it. It has so many possibilities for Christmas, Valentine's, Halloween, and of course Back To School cards.

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I can't believe I got the lace crooked on this one. Ugh!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Miscellaneous Christmas Cards

More cards made from scraps. :)

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Merry Pursuits Christmas Cards 2

A few more Merry Pursuit cards. :)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ornament Christmas Cards

Sorry for the lag in posting. Just when I think I've got a handle on things, it gets all crazy busy again!. I'm going to schedule posts for the next week so that there won't be another lag. I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving & that those who are traveling will stay safe! We're hoping for good roads for traveling tomorrow. We are currently under a blizzard warning, but the snow has stopped and the sky is clearing and it appears that the arctic air that was to follow the blizzard is working it's way to us.

Anyway, here are a few more of the Christmas cards I made out of scraps for that consignment order. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Merry Pursuits Christmas Cards

Here are a couple of the cards I made for the consignment order I mentioned in yesterday's post. I don't think I will ever get tired of using this adorable little stamp set. It just has so many possibilities. The majority of the cards I made consisted of mostly scraps that I was sick of using and ready to get rid of from last year's Evensong Creative Basics Collection. I am proud to say that all of said scraps are gone and I can guiltlessly go on to using this year's Mistletoe Creative Basics Collection. Now if I could just use up all of my even older Christmas papers. LOL

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Poor Blog...

I've been so neglectful. This has been due to about 3/5 being uber busy and about 2/5 laziness. I've had pics on my camera all week long now and just haven't had the desire to download and update. I've also been breathing a sigh of relief after completing 2 1/2 dozen Christmas cards last week that were requested for consignment. Then of course there's this knitting/crocheting addiction that I have. As if a paper crafting addiction wasn't enough. Sheesh there just aren't enough hours in the day.

On Monday evening I went to the 2nd part of the cabled neckwarmer knitting class. Finished said neckwarmer on Tuesday. I still however need to sew the buttons on so I can take a pic of it and hopefully not take another week before I post it! It also snowed ALL day long on Monday. So our Fall decorations on the front porch look just a wee bit incongruous with all of the snow...especially since our neighbors put up their Christmas decorations before the weather turned nasty. LOL

Here's a pic I took on Tuesday morning of our side yard. It was a nice wet snow so it stuck to the branches rather quite nicely and I just love the way it looks.
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Now for something a little crafty. As I've mentioned before I am in a SU hostess club. These are the cards that we made for October.

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The top note die, snowflake, and the window punch were all punched/cut out of an empty (washed & dried) aluminum soda can. I just love how they turned out. The top note die was also run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. I honestly never would've thought to do that...not only to make my own metal embellishments, but to also emboss them. I foresee more metal embellishments in my card making future. Of course my Pepsi addiction will help with that. :)

Meanwhile I'm going to work on getting caught up on posting again. After all, I have 2 1/2 dozen Christmas cards to post as well as a couple of cards from the technique club that I teach. That should keep me in card posts for a couple of weeks. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Are you tired of baby blankets yet?

I completed another baby blanket for humanitarian aid this week. This time I did a baby boy afghan. It was fun to work on but I confess I'm glad that I'm done with it. This is the third Sideways Shell blanket I've made in the past two months. I've started another blanket using a free pattern called First Love from Red Heart. It's essentially a continuous granny square type pattern. Although the pattern calls for a specific type of Red Heart yarn, I am just using regular worsted weight acrylic yarn in white and a jewel tone multi. I think it will turn out fabulous. I guess we'll see in a couple more weeks. :)

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I've also started a couple more headbands (that I posted previously), and I will be taking another class from The Yarn Connection in November. I'll be doing a cabled neckwarmer class. The neckwarmer is pretty cool, but I confess I'm more interested in learning the cable stitch than anything. I also stopped in there yesterday (big mistake) and picked up a lovely pattern for a lace knit scarf and a couple of balls of Cascade 220 wool to make said scarf. Now to get busy before I start collecting patterns and yarn the way I already collect paper & ink. LOL

Thursday, October 21, 2010

St. Nick "Magic" Cards

For card club this month we made "Magic" cards. I learned this technique last month at hostess club thanks to Meranda (my SU demo). Yeah, I know, it's kinda funny/weird that I am a consultant for CTMH, yet I have an SU demo. Go ahead and laugh...get it out of your system...after all, my friends do. :) Like I've always said, I'm an equal opportunity shopper. LOL

Okay, back to the topic at hand. You can find the directions for the "magic" card here on SCS. I hope you have as much fun making them as I did. I used the Mistletoe Creative Basics paper pack and the St. Nick stamp set along with Olive & Cranberry Cardstock (all from CTMH). The ribbon I used for the pull tab didn't show up too well in the pictures...imagine that...the sun going right through the sheer ribbon...anyways, it's a cream color. Also hard to see in the pics is that on St. Nick's hat I used Prismaglitter on the band and ball to add a little sparkle. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Knitted Wristlets Pattern

I had a request for the pattern for these and figured I'd just post it here just in case anyone else wants it too. :)

The basic pattern can be found here. The "lace" edge and flower were not part of the pattern. I just felt I needed to add a little bling to them. After all, you know how I am about the bling. ;)

For the lace edge:

Complete pattern according to directions. Using a crochet hook that is suitable for the weight of the yarn you are using, you are going to single crochet, chain two, double crochet, double crochet into every 3rd stitch on the arm end of the wristlet.

For the flower:

Round 1: Chain 5, join into a ring with a slip stitch in first stitch of chain.

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first DC), work 9 double crochet in ring, join to top of chain w/slip stitch -- 10 double crochet total

Round 3: **Chain 2, work 3 double crochet in next stitch, chain 2, slip stitch in next stitch** Repeat 5 times (for 5 petals). Fasten off.

I added a button to the center of my flower before stitching it to my wristlets. The flower pattern is also the same one I use when making flowers out of the really thin cotton yarn for my cards and scrapbook pages.

Enjoy!!!

Knitted Wristlets

I made these wristlets or fingerless gloves if you will, so that I could have warm hands AND papercraft this winter. My scraproom is in the basement and even with a space heater keeping my tootsies nice and cozy, my hands often get quite cold. It's thrilling to have completed a project that I get to keep that is just for me. WooHoo!!! I always end up giving away my finished projects. :)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Knitted Headband

Here are the pics of the headband I made in the knitting class that I mentioned previously. I was excited to learn about how to make knitted flowers, but wasn't happy with how it turned out. I'll either try again another time or I will simply stick with crocheted flowers which take a matter of minutes compared to these! Nothing like trying to keep your count when you are casting on 101 stitches. LOL

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The headband itself is made using Lion Brand Homespun. The flower is made out of wool. I found the oversized button at Wal-Mart. It was the perfect color of blue to match the blue in the multi-color wool. :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas Notebooks 2

Here are the final 2 Christmas notebooks. After I prep for tomorrow night's card class I'll move onto making cards that a friend has asked me to make for her booth in an upcoming craft show. I apologize for the bad photo of the ornament one and that the Stickles is still wet....I figured if I didn't get a pic taken and posted, it might not happen for several more days with how busy my week is going to get. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Baby Blankets

I've really been enjoying playing with my yarn stash and creating baby blankets for our church's humanitarian efforts. It's really been relaxing and fun. I also took part one of a knitting class last week and take part two tomorrow. The class is for making knitted headbands with flowers - you know, the kind that keep your ears warm in the winter. I'll post a pic when I am done with it. :) Anyways, Here are 2 blankets that I have finished and a 3rd that is in progress still.

I created this one for humanitarian and fell in love with the pattern. The pattern is a Project Linus pattern and works up really quick & easy.
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I like how well the pattern worked up for the humanitarian blanket that I used the same pattern to make a blanket for my cousin's soon to arrive baby girl. She specifically asked me to use colors that would go in the nursery (red, pink, & brown, with a ladybug theme). I'm not thrilled with the color pooling this yarn did, but it does look rather cool. The picture just doesn't quite do it justice.
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This is my blanket that is in progress. It will be another one to be donated. I'm using the same pattern again, but striping the yarn. I find it interesting that even though I am using another multicolor yarn, that I did not get the pooling like I did with the previous blanket. Hmmm. Very interesting.
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I also have a pair of wristlets cast on my knitting needles at the moment so that my hands and wrists can stay warm while paper crafting in my basement this winter. Meanwhile, I am having to force myself to stay away from the yarn and play with paper in order to get ready for the craft show next month. *sigh* So many projects and oh so little time!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Notebooks

I am gearing up for a craft show that is the weekend before Thanksgiving, therefore I have already began to dive into Christmas papers & stamps. I admit it's kinda fun to do Christmas stuff, very festive to say the least. As usual I have altered notebooks purchased in the dollar spot at Michael's. I used CTMH's Mistletoe & Evensong Creative Basics kits for these, along with St. Nick & All The Best Stamp Sets. I really had fun glittering St. Nick! ;)

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Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the St. Nick notebook is my favorite. Not sure if I'll be able to sell it or not. I love how it turned out. :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Altered Composition Book

My middle daughter, Kirstyn is a freshman this year and loving every minute of it. In her English class they have a composition book that they do assignments in. Every so often they have to bring it home for a parent review after having a peer review at school. I loved reading her work and getting to know her a little better. Anyways, her book was plain and as a surprise for her I took a few minutes and decorated it for her after I was done with the review. :) She loves bright colors and for those that know her, that is also her personality...sunny and bright. She was so excited when she saw it and absolutely loved it! I love it when I can do something totally right as a mother. LOL

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Supplies Used:
Papers: My Mind's Eye, SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Melon Mambo.
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Melon Mambo.
Misc: EK Success circles border punch, Prima flowers, Making Memories brad, Computer fonts. Liquid Glass.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebooks - Part 3

Well here's the last and final spiral notebook...the sixth one is the first one that I posted back on the 17th.

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Once again I used CTMH Cocoa Cafe (retired) papers. "Journal" is computer generated. As you can probably tell by now, I just love doing those folded paper flowers. :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Altered Spiral Notebooks - Part 2

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I used CTMH Caboodle Papers on this one along with the Flower Pot stamp set. The flowers didn't turn out as bright as I would've liked them too. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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I used CTMH Veranda Papers on this one along with lots of sparkles. The "smile" sentiment is a CTMH My Stickease sticker as are the "buttons" at the bottom right. I covered those in liquid glass to make them pop a little. Although it's really simple, I think this one is my favorite. Probably because of all the bling. LOL