Thursday, March 31, 2011

Banana Berry Fingerless Mittens

Sounds almost good enough to eat, huh? Banana Berry is actually the color name of the yarn that I used for these mitts. It's made by Red Heart (super saver). My swap partner likes bright colors so I thought this yarn was perfect. I had a lot of fun making these. They are my first pair of fingerless mittens that include a separate thumb/finger area. I didn't get the thumb gusset just right but I thought I did pretty good for my first time with this pattern. I really hope she likes them. :)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No Stamps Required Altered Notebooks

Ok, well I did use one stamp but only because I wanted to put a quote on the notebook. I wanted to make a notebook for my swap partner in a swap I'm in on Ravelry. I found the perfect paper but couldn't decide which half of the paper to use. So I used both halves. :) All of the patterns were already on the paper and I just cut the paper to maximize the decor for the notebook and of course added the quote.

I then decorated the design elements of the paper heavily with self adhesive pearls, colored sparkles, glossy accents and stickles. Super duper easy. It took longer for the notebooks to dry than it did to make them! Oh, and I sent the one with the bird on it to my swap partner.

The paper I used is from a K & Company paper pad. The quote is from SU's God's Beauty set. The butterfly on the first notebook is from a jar of them I got at Michael's, in the same area as the paper flowers.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sophia Notebook

My daughter was invited to a birthday party this last week and of course waited till the last minute to tell me. LOL I put this together using a notebook I had on hand from the Michael's dollar spot, a stamped image from my stash, the new Sophia paper pack from CTMH, and some prima flowers. I love the pink & green color combo. DD says that her friend liked it, so I guess it was another successful quickie project. :)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Knit Themed Notebook & Cards

Remember the new stamp set I posted recently? Well I made the time to play with it and these are the results.....

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The cards are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and are made predominantly from scraps I had on hand. They are being given away in a couple of knit/crochet related swaps I am in. The notebook is one that I received in a swap recently. The cover looks like cabled knitting. I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding some stamped images. The ball of yarn is covered with glossy accents and the needles are covered with silver stickles. I'm not altogether happy with how the "knit happens" part turned out but it's glued down too well to change it. LOL I plan on using this to keep track of measurements and other notes for knitting projects.

Confessions of a Lazy Blogger

I have been feeling like such a slacker and so lazy. I haven't posted in over a week, yet I've had pics on my camera. I was just too lazy to dump them to my computer and then spend the time editing, watermarking, and then turning them into blog posts. I am however starting to do more papercrafting. I got so burnt out there for a while that I just didn't want to pick up and do anything with my paper, stamps, and ink. Now that I'm getting back to it, I find my creativity being sparked and actually looking forward to spending time at my scrap desk. :) I am reveling in making something because I want to and not because I have to. There's just something about a deadline or doing projects for hire that just take all the fun out of it.

I've been working on trying to lead a more well rounded life. I tend to get sucked into something and that is all I do for a while. Then I am on to the next thing that catches my fancy. Kind of like how I did pretty much nothing but knit or crochet while avoiding my paper crafting. Over the past week I've been enjoying reading books, knitting, crocheting, and paper crafting. Just like with food, I really think moderation in all things is wonderful advice. Now I just have to practice it!

So meanwhile, I'll be sharing several projects over the next week or two that I've completed recently. I also couldn't resist showing this picture of my kitty, Izzy. Not only is she a chair thief extraordinaire, but apparently my Ott light is perfect for "sunbathing" kitties. LOL

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Really Fun Background

I learned the Ink, Spray, Smash Background Technique at the SU Hostess Club I attended this past week. I think Meranda called it something along the lines of drop, spray, splat background.....but this is all I could find on SCS for tutorials. It's pretty much the same thing. I just like the way the word splat sounds. LOL When we did it at hostess club, we stamped our image on two separate pieces of glossy cardstock and then embossed with black embossing powder. I loved that we not only ended up with two images to use, but also how the embossing really showed up against the background. It's a bit of a messy technique but well worth the mess in my humble opinion. I highly recommend giving it a try. :-D

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Toys

Okay, well new stamps anyways. :-D Not sure if I've ever complained about it on here before or not, but the craft store choices in Idaho Falls are limited to say the least. Previously, the JoAnn's store we had was old, small, outdated, and it seemed like they never updated their scrapbooking or yarn stuffs. Well they finally did something about it. They shut down the old store and opened up a new super store. Can we say LOVE? It opened on Friday, and yes, I am smitten. Although I confess I was rather perturbed that they do not carry Nestabilities like the Utah super stores. Ugh! Anyway, they do have a wonderful selection of scrapbooking stuff and yarn stuff. Way better than what the other couple of stores have to offer. They even have 3/4 of one side of an aisle dedicated to nothing but buttons. I nearly swooned when I saw that! Okay, enough of my rambling. Here's the new stamp set that I am just itching to ink up.....

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It's called Yarn Crafts by TPC Studio. I'm thinking it will make some lovely altered notebooks and cards. I'm crossing my fingers and really really really hoping for time to play with it within the next few days. :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Faux Tile Card

Well just when I thought my week couldn't get any worse, it did. So sorry for the delay in posting this. We did this card for my card club this past week. The tutorial on SCS is well done as usual. It was a little daunting to cut my nicely colored image into pieces when I was done coloring it but all turned out well. :) The image is from House Mouse. I absolutely love love love their stamps. They are so cute! I'm not sure what brand the cardstock is. The DSP is from SU. The ribbon is one of my latest bargains from DollarTree.

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This is the original example I created for the class. I decided that I didn't like the punch I used and switched punches. I also went with a brighter color for the flowers in the 2nd and 3rd cards.

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The glossy accents wasn't quite dry when I took this pic but I figured it was close enough. I changed the color of the flowerpot on this one to a more subtle color. Not sure if I like it or not, but I do love the bright yellow flowers. :)

Here's a close up of the image.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Can I have a "do-over" pretty please?

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you wish you could just do it all over and it turn out better with the do over? Well that has been the past week for me. I have been insanely busy. I feel like I have just been chasing my tail and getting absolutely nothing done. Then to add insult to injury, I accidentally ate gluten last week and that made for a horrendous few days. I believe I've mentioned before that I do some humanitarian aid volunteer work each week. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a free pattern at the craft store for the adorable newborn hats below.

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I love it when I find a pattern that is not only free, but works. There's nothing worse than finding a pattern you love and then having it be full of errors. Of course even one error is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. ;) These little hats will be put in a newborn kit with booties, onesies, receiving blanket, and a quilt. The knit hat (bottom pic) is a little on the small side so I am remaking it with larger needles and it is coming along nicely. I plan on making matching booties and a tiny blanket to put with the too small knit hat for one of the bereavement kits that get put together for those that have lost their baby (usually premature).

The bright side to this week is the package I got in the mail today from greatlakesgoddess on Ravelry. I was out running some errands and my daughter sends me a text that says "you got a package and it smells really good". My first thought was "why is she sniffing my mail?". LOL Once I opened said package, there was all sort of good smelling stuff in it and my daughter clarified that the package drop box smelled like the contents of the package. I can't wait to use the bath fizzies and handmade soap!

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The Scentsy Travel Tin (Cranberry Mango) will make my van smell fabulous & the sachet will do wonders for the linen closet. :)
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I'm thinking I will make a wrap or shawl out of the gray yarn. It's super soft & I'm always cold.
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I love love love the quotes on these tags. I am going to come up with a creative way to display them in my craft room. The cardinal tag will get put with the Christmas decorations and go on our tree.
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It's hard to tell in the pic, but the spiral notebook & pencils have knit designs on them. I think I'll use this notebook to keep track of my knitting projects. :)
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Last but definitely not least are the fingerless mitts she made for me. I love the vibrant color - as evidenced that they are a near perfect match to the shirt that I am wearing. I also have a sweater in this color. Can't tell it's a favorite, huh? LOL I have been freakishly cold all day long. Wearing these for only a few minutes made me all warm and toasty. They are a welcome addition to my arsenal of winter gear.

Sorry for the super long post. I do have a paper project to share either tomorrow or Friday. It's the faux tile card that I'm doing with my card club ladies this month. I hope everyone is staying warm and having a great week.