Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life takes over

As much as I want to, sometimes life takes completely over and crafting falls by the side. We have had such a beautiful Fall that we have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather.

So, I have been playing crafting hooky. I feel no guilt whatsoever. Where I live, the Winter is long enough and if you can cheat and hang onto Summer, you do so with all your might.

The pups have enjoyed being out and about when normally we have a foot of snow. We held off to the bitter end and Winter brought cold temps overnight. Once, I've caught up the house and baked a bit for the holidays, I am going to sneak into my craft room and create to my heart's content. Stay tuned!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Baby flip flops




 We went camping this summer and I took along some yarn and my crochet hook. I had been wanting to try out this pattern for a while. They are super cute and very well made. This was a free pattern I picked up off the net.

 Crochet flip flops free pattern

It worked up well and by the second pair, I was an old hand at it. I made these to donate to a local charity as a fund raiser.

Because I haven't crocheted much in the past few years, it took me time to relearn how to crochet. If you think you can't make these, be aware that when I'm unsure of what I'm doing, I find tutorials on Youtube. They are invaluable as a resource!

Grab your hook and try them out!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sock monkey slippers


These slippers have got to be the cutest slippers I've created in a long time. The next time I make them, instead of the slip stitch around the ankle I will try a row of single crochet. This pattern was easy to do and looks awesome!

Here is the link for the free pattern:



Enjoy!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Learning a new toy...

I priced out what it would cost to do embroidery lettering for work. Turns out, for what I need, if I bought a machine and did it myself, the machine would be paid off in three years. So I've been playing with it and learning so that I can do the lettering on the work shirts for work.

I did these two t-shirts up, one for my sister and one for her grandson. I like how they turned out.

Yes, I was a bit stressed lol.

Love this machine! Can hardly wait to do the work lettering. Going to have to practice on some old shirts first.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I started stripping two rocking chairs ages ago. My grandpere's rocking chair I finished. The second one...well it took a bit more time. I finally finished it today.

Here is the original article that I wrote with the before pictures:
Rocking chair postl

I painted the chair with primer, then I gave it three coats of Tremclad paint glossy in white. It came out fabulous!

Then, I had to find a rocking chair cushion for it. They are as scarce as hen's teeth. I did come across a sling chair cushion that had ties on it. I bought it and tried it on the chair. It fit absolutely perfect! I went back and  bought 3 more cushions for my other rockers too.

I'm pretty pleased with the final outcome:

I think the chair doesn't resemble itself at all! It rocks great!

Yeah, I'm partial to rockers!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Things I learned from my mixed media flop

Even though I watched mixed media videos for a while before trying my hand at a canvass, even with the best knowledge, best intentions and best equipment and inks...things can and do go very wrong! lol

You have to also have the maturity to laugh when things don't go as planned. This happens of course after you sulk for a few hours. Maybe...that's more of a lack of maturity...

Thing #2 that I learned, you can print (photocopier) on tissue paper if it is taped to a piece of photocopy paper and get a beautiful image.

Thing #3 that I learned, photocopy images will smear when damp if you rub your fingers over the image. Yup, I did that too!

 Thing #4 that I learned, tissue paper is a wonderful medium to stamp on if you use Memento Ink. Turned out great!
 Thing #5 that I learned, I was really happy with my choices for placement of my elements on the canvass. Cricut has some really beautiful images.
Thing #6 that I learned, use die cuts that are white, much easier to cover in gesso so that the ink adheres to it.
 Thing #7 that I learned, I love using stencils with texture paste so that I get some texture on my creations. Just love that!

 Thing #8 that I learned, lots of different textures can work beautifully!


 Another angle to see the texture on the canvass.


Thing #9 that I learned, never be afraid to try out different die cuts on your creation. Some work, and some don't but when they doooooo, it's magic.

This canvass was suppose to be my entry into Circleville National Scrapbooking day. I just thought I'd let you see what I worked on all week. Sometimes things don't turn out...c'est la vie!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

All Mixed Up!


Welcome to my post for National Scrapbooking Day! I've been dabbling in Mixed Media, some days with more success than others.

I wanted to keep this simple enough that it could be made up quickly and easily. I often over think when I'm creating instead of just creating and this card I did my best to turn my brain off and just create.

I was surprised how quickly it happened when I just created without really thinking it out.

I started by cutting this manilla colored card stock as my base. I decided then, that this card would be for a man and chose my other card colors along that thought.

The first thing I did was to cut a piece of cheesecloth and gently tug it to distort it's shape. This would be the base to my design. The cheese cloth was glued down using glue sparingly. The card was then set aside to dry.

I love steampunk and so then I cut three gears on my Cuttlebug from the Sizzix Die called "Gadget Gears". The gears were then stamped with a back ground stamp called "Square Urban Stamp". It has a clock motif. The edges of the gears were inked a bit with Stazon black ink.

On the Cricut Cart, Go Canada, there is this lovely little Mountie I've been wanting to try. So I cut one out to fit my card.

Once my cheese cloth was dry, a rectangle in black was cut about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch smaller than the piece of cheese cloth.

It was time to put the card together. The black cardstock was glued on first, then the small and middle gears were added. The Mountie was placed on the right side of the card, slightly overlapping the black cardstock .
The words "Happy Canada Day" were hand written, trimmed and inked and then glued to the card as a sentiment.

Inside the card, a piece of cream colored cardstock was cut to fit inside and decorated with the last stamped gear as an accent.

Here is a list of some of my friends that are also creating projects for National Scrapbooking Day, pay them a visit as they are all super talented!





The Singing Shell - www.singingshell.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring card in a box


This card was much easier to make, the second time around. I always have a bag of extra cuts from other projects, so I went through the bag and picked out some pieces. I love the Spring like paper that I chose from K & Company. With winter dragging itself out this year, it just feels good to be actually creating something Springy!


Since I haven't crafted in like forever, due to life getting busy and crazy, I decided this weekend that I was going to create. So this is my second creation this weekend.

Not too shabby for leftover cuts!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Card in a Box, first crack at it!


My poor copic markers have been sitting unused for over a year even though I've purchased all kinds of cute stamps. So I dusted off my stamps and colored in several butterfies, ladybugs and hummingbirds. Then, I made a ton of daisy cuts with my cuttlebug. I cut some large hearts with my Cricut and also some leaves and flourishes. I put the hearts through the crimper and inked them. The flower centers are leftover sticker embellishments I had from K & Company. It looks more like a beautiful mess than a bouquet but for my first try, I'm pleased with it. I'm thinking that all my unused cuts would work great in these cards. It took me more time to choose the papers than to create the card.

Thanks Caroline, for the great tutorial...you inspire me!

Caroline's Tutorial

Yes, it is slightly on the hippy funkee side!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ladies slippers, crochet

Opa slippers

I bought the pattern in the link above and then I made modifications! I loved how wide the slippers were...lots of toe room. I made the slippers as per the pattern. When it came to make the top flaps, I skipped that and made an over sized flower instead. Then I sewed with a darning needle and a piece of pink yarn the flower to the slipper.

I used this flower pattern:

Flower Pattern

The petals curled as I was making them. I liked it so much, I never uncurled them, just left them as they were.

I used Bernat Softee Chunkee yarn.

I think they turned out pretty good! I'm not as rusty at crocheting as I thought!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Joining yarn invisibly

Great little tutorial from this website:

Joining Yarn tutorial

Found this on Pinterest and keeping it here for me for safekeeping. I've seen it often on Pinterest, but this morning I found it with written directions to accompany the picture tutorial.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cute little scrappy calendar!

I came across this cute little calendar while surfing the net. It was simple enough to whip up quickly and easily.



Link to instruction 
It is in a different language but just hit translate on the pop up bar.

Photo of calendar
From Split Coast Stampers

I started with a piece of cardstock that looks like a brown paper bag  in color. Then I went through my scrap cut bag and pulled out all kinds of leftover cuts to decorate the pages. The background print cardstock is all from my left over drawer.

The calendar pages were a free print off of the net.

This little calendar is perfect for a desk. I loved how it turned out and it's easily put together in an hour!


Friday, February 14, 2014

And the winner is....

Brenda! I will be sending you a PM to get all your contact information so that I can send you your prize!

Congratulations!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Easy crochet slippers with a flower

Once again, Pinterest came to the rescue to help me find an easy slipper to start getting back into crochet. This simple slipper pattern was easy to work up. It just needed some dressing up! So, I made three pairs to donate to charity for their fund raiser to buy hospital equipment.



Women's Crochet Ballet Slipper

It's a free pattern and I loved how they turned out! Whatever stitch I couldn't remember how to do, I looked up on Youtube for lots of videos to teach me how or to refresh my memory. Super easy!

Here are the links for the flowers and heart, free patterns:

Flower link

Heart link

Flat flower link

It took me a few tries to get the flowers and hearts done correctly. Crochet user error! I have made simple afghans but slippers are new to me!

I'm really pleased how they turned out!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

These boots are made for walking....

While surfing Pinterest, these boots caught my eye. I tracked them down to an Etsy shop:

The Lovely Crow

I paid for then downloaded the pattern. I was soooo excited to be able to create footwear for a certain young lady for her first birthday!

This is the yarn I used, double strand:





It worked up beautifully and the boot is nice and thick.

This is my finished product. I am so pleased! The pattern was easy to follow! The heart pattern is not included, but you can get it for free here:


Heart Pattern


The most tedious and time consuming part of making these was weaving in all the ends!

The boot pattern came in several sizes for baby and small toddler. The pattern was easy to read and wonderful to follow. The final product was perfect! I will be making more of these!

Welcome to the Valentine's Day blog hop!

Welcome to our 2014 Valentine's Day Blog Hop!  You should have reached here from MariaJ's blog.   If you are just joining us, please start at RockinRenee's blog. Lots of great projects to check out with lots of talented and creative blogs to visit! Today we are highlighting Valentine's Day inspired projects.


In case you get lost, here is the lineup of this hop with all of the links:

1. RockinRenee - I came, I saw, I created.
2. HappyScrapper64 - Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
3. gonescrappin - Col's Creative Corner
4. Hrvatica  - Croatian Crafter
5. Scootingranny - Scootingranny's World
6. MamaC - Carolyn's Creative Corner
7. Greenie8705 - Gina Beana's Crafts
8. MariaJ - Stamp, Cut, Create!
9. Di&Co - Creating Is Like Breathing
10. Dragonfly50 - Designs by Dragonfly
11. TiffysMom - Angie's Paper Passion
12. *Violette* - Whimsical Treasures
13. cricutaddicted - ScrappingForMoreFun
14. LoriSjogren - The Singing Shell
15. Scrapalette - Around the Block with Scrapalette

This is my layout that I created especially for this hop:


This layout is not a conventional Valentine's Day layout. I like to use a lot of different colors in my themes and I like my layouts to be more on the simple side rather than ornate.


I began with the background paper coming from the Garden Vignettes stack by My Mind's Eye. It appealed to me because it reminded me of a page that had been mod podged.  The cardstock comes from the super packs of cardstock that you can buy at Walmart. I like it because it's on the lighter side weight wise and does not make my pages as bulky. My preferences are flat pages so that they lay better in the photo albums.

The lettering is from Quarter Note, one of my all time favorite carts. It has beautiful cuts and I love the alphabet lettering style! The word "music" is cut at 1.5 inches, "of the" is cut at 1 inch and "Heart" is cut at 2 inches. All were cut on my  Cricut E2 which cuts flawlessly.

The rhinestone flourishes are from Recollections Signature that I picked up at Michaels on clearance. It had a crocheted flower in the center which did not suit the page, in my opinion, so I cut around it and replaced with tiny paper flowers from the Recollections Signature series. The flowers needed centers and so I had some left over pearls from another project and I used those to complete the layout.

Please leave a comment and become a follower to be eligible to win the blog prize: A $25 gift card at either Custom Crops or Hallmark Scrapbooking....winner's choice! Draw is on Friday, February 14th!

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Dragonfly50.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Way cool Scarf video!

This is just for me for safe keeping!

Loom knit scarf video

I love that it's pretty. A lot of loom knit scarves look loom knit, this one does not. This one is on my list to create!

Enjoy!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Warm fuzzies

This is a weekend challenge and I decided to get back to scrapping. You make me smile phrase comes from the Cricut cart "Phrases". Snow flakes are a Martha Stewart punch and the glittery stones flourish I got on special clearance at Michael's. I prefer simple and to make the photos the stars of the page.

These two give me the warm fuzzies! :-)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fair Isle or Color Work or Stranded knitting or Intarsia knitting on a loom

It's no secret that I am not of fan of knitting with needles. Just can't seem to do it tension wise. That's why I own and love my looms! That doesn't mean that I don't look for knitting patterns in second hand shops and used book stores for some of the older patterns. There is one, a Christmas afghan that I'd love to make and it uses Fair Isle. But how do I do it on a loom? I came across two videos, one when you work in the round:

Fair Isle How to touque video

The other, I'm going to try to see if it works on a flat panel:
Isela's video for Fair Isle how to

I just thought I'd pass on the information to my readers so that if you've been wanting to try this, it can be done!

Thank goodness, more ambitious people have figured it out for me already!