Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cupcake Composition Book

When I was a kid I thought I had the worst day ever to have a birthday on. No one EVER believed it was my birthday. Yes, I'm one of those....an April Fool's baby. As and adult I realize it's not so bad and in all reality is kinda fun. Plus people usually remember your birthday since it's on such a unique day. ;)  I also have a couple of friends that share my birthday. We have fun with it and refer to ourselves as "fellow fools" or "foolish friends". I made this notebook for one of my "foolish friends" for her birthday recently. It was well received and she just loved the bright colors.

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Supplies Used: 
Paper: We R Memory Keepers White Out Collection, CTMH Pear Cardstock
Inks: CTMH Pear & Tulip
Stamps: TAC cupcake set...can't remember the name of it.
Other: Stickles, Glossy Accents, piece of scrap ribbon

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mairead

I was looking for a fun baby pattern to make for humanitarian aid and came across the pattern for Mairead at The Yarn Connection. I will admit that there was a definite learning curve for this pattern. I learned new techniques and also had to muddle through directions where I wasn't quite sure what the designer wanted or if I was interpreting the pattern correctly. I have now finished two of these layette gowns. They turned out beautiful and I am sure that I will make more of them again at some point.

I started the white one first, got frustrated with it and put it in time out for four months. Finally felt guilty about not finishing it, also needed to start another one that my mother-in-law requested that I make for one of her co-workers. Pulled it out and started working on it again and cast on for a second one. I must have found my groove because I finished both of them in two weeks!

To be honest as tedious as doing cables can be, it was the 14" of stockinette stitch that I found mind numbing and had to really push through to finish. Thank goodness for audio books!!! Also, what kept me sane on the cabled bodice was writing the charted instructions down and marking each row as I finished it. That made a huge difference for me. For the white one I use Caron Simply Soft Brites and the aqua one is made from Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly baby yarn.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

I hadn't done any Kool-Aid dyeing since the last time our daughter was home on leave (She's in the Navy) and when she came home on leave again recently she wanted to dye yarn again. Usually when I dye yarn it ends up an all day process because I get so carried away with it. So many colors and choices and JoAnn's having plain wool yarn on sale did not help any. LOL  Here are the results of our dyeing session.

This one was my favorite. I love how the colors turned out and I probably won't be able to recreate even if my life depended on it!

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This one started out as a purple and cream color yarn that self stripes. I overdyed it using Wilton's Royal Blue icing color. The pictures really don't do it justice. The colors turned out so rich and vibrant. My 13 year old daughter took this skein of yarn and made a beanie out of it using the Knifty Knitter looms in her textiles class. It turned out great.

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I can't remember what flavors of Kool-Aid I used on this one but it turned out cool.

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I also love the way this one turned out. The inspiration for it was a skein of Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Weight yarn that is at JoAnn's. I think the colorway is cotton candy and I just love the blend of pinks and yellows. I tried recreating it using lemonade and soarin' strawberry lemonade Kool-Aid.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Orbit Gum Holders/Cards

I can't take credit for these cute little gum holders. I bought one at a craft show several years ago and wanted to recreate them for last month's craft show. I thought they'd be perfect for putting in Easter baskets. The punch that was used to create the opening for the gum is from Stampin' Up and is no longer available. I ended up tracing and cutting out by hand the opening using the one I had as a template. If you find a punch that works well for these, I'd love to hear about it.




A peek at the inside...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Covered Jr. Legal Pads

I really enjoyed making these for the March craft show I participated in. Like the Easter treat boxes, they were fun to make. I know I've shared many of these covered notepads in the past, but I really felt like my mojo was flowing when I made these. So often I feel like I get stuck in a rut creativity wise and these just really inspired me and made me feel creative for the first time in quite a while. All of the DSP is from Stampin' Up. Cardstock is a mix of Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart as are the stamp sets. If you have a question on what I used for any of it, just send me an e-mail and I'll look it up for you. :)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Purse Card Holder

When I did craft shows last Fall, I had made some sets of 3x3 cards using the Easy Events stamp set from Stampin' Up and put them in decorated boxes. I had a few sets leftover and the boxes were decorated for Christmas so I needed a bright idea to repackage them for a Spring craft show. These little purses are what I came up with.

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Here are the cards:







Monday, April 9, 2012

OhSo Easy Hat

I participated in a KAL (knit-a-long) on Ravelry with the Knitting Is Gluten Free group. Lee Bernstein was kind enough to share the hat pattern with the group and several of us made one (or more). I haven't had time to make more than one of them, but am already plotting and planning to make them for others and also to make them in baby sizes. The pattern is well written, quick, and very easy. You can find it on Lee's Blog. I usually don't wear hats because I don't like how they look on me. Never mind that I get overheated very quickly. I am however loving that I knit something for myself for once and that when I do spend an extended time outdoors during cold weather that I now have a warm, squishy soft hat to wear. All three of my girls tried to steal it from me. I guess I know who I'll be knitting the next three hats for!

The pattern calls for a bulky weight yarn. I held two strands of worsted weight yarn together for it. One yarn was a lightly heathered purple color of Berocco Weekend yarn and the other was a self striping yarn from Plymouth Yarns called Kudo. The Berocco Weekend is an acrylic & cotton blend while the Kudo is a cotton, rayon, and silk blend. The colors work so well together you'd never know that the yarns are from two completely different companies.

I do recommend that you pay attention to how the hat fits on you rather than going 100% by the instructions for the length. I started the decreases on my hat about an inch too soon because I was worried about how long it was getting to be. Have I mentioned I have a BIG head?  So most of the time when I wear it, I only fold the brim once rather than double but it still looks and feels great. 


Here's what the hat looks like unfolded and laying flat. This really shows off the color changes in the Kudo.
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Here's what the hat looks like on me.  Please excuse that I have no make-up on. I was too lazy to put it on for a couple of pics.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thinking of You Card

I made this card last month for the card swap group that I'm in. It was inspired by this card that I found on Pinterest. Can you tell I've been a bit obsessed by Pinterest here lately?  So many cool things to see, learn, and do. Anyways, I was drawn to this card because of it's elegance and simplicity. I only had a few orange flowers in my stash and wanted to make six of these cards so I improvised for the flower decoration on a couple of them. The inspiration card didn't have a sentiment on it but I wanted to add one and felt like there was space enough to.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Treats

I found the tutorial for making these cute little drawer cards on Pinterest. They were originally posted on Julie's Stamping Spot. . I had a lot of fun making these. If I hadn't been so pressed for time before the craft show I probably would've made a lot more of them!  I used full sheets of cardstock to start with for cutting the pieces for the drawer & cover, and then used the scraps that were leftover for decorating them. I thought the Fresh Spring Things stamp set from The Angel Company was perfect for this project. I also used scraps of dsp for covering the nuggets as well. All in all, a very fun & thrifty project.




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For this one I used a cupcake stamp set I bought on sale at JoAnn's.
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