Sunday, February 27, 2011

Easter Baskets

Hi!  I crocheted these Easter baskets after Christmas when I was tired of making Christmas gifts and needed a break from stamping.  The pattern number is L0136AD from Lion Brand Yarn.  They are only about 6 inches wide so a cute little basket for little kids.

I also crocheted an amigurumi bunny to go in the basket.  ETA:  Sorry, forgot to add that the pattern for the bunny is also from Lion Brand Yarns (60480).  Amigurumi are small and seem quick to make but for me it takes a while cause they are so small.  You crochet all the little body parts separately and then sew them together.  Sometimes I'm not that patient.  So this bunny took me several days.  I'm contemplating making another one cause there are 2 little girls we give Easter baskets too and I can't give one a bunny and not the other.

The ears are large and floppy and I sewed beads on for eyes but maybe that makes him look kind of scary.  I'm looking for safety eyes to use for little projects like this but haven't found any here so maybe I'll have to search online.  I already have requests by my kids to make an alligator and a hippo and a penguin.  Geez, it never ends. 

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Flutter Anya Birthday Wishes

Hello, I'm back with one card. I feel like an underachiever compared to Eva (you're a crafting machine!) It literally takes me like a whole week to make just one card. Anyhow, this week, I decided to try the Mystery Monday CASE. And I wanted to try coloring with distress inks. I recently noticed that the Club Anya Kristy Young colors with distress inks. I never really paid close attention until recently as I've been collecting more ink pad colors. Anyhow, I was searching youtube and found this tutorial by Dena's Stamping Corner (there were actually 3 videos in all) and a video of BA coloring. Let me just say, it was a lot harder to color than they made it look! Anyhow, so this was my first attempt with Flutter Anya. Maybe I needed better watercolor paper, but I bought the cheap one that was on sale at Michaels just because I didn't want to buy expensive paper and waste it with hobo looking coloring! I also used some really old patterned paper. It happened to match nicely with the pink cardstock I bought in bulk to make my daughter's birthday thank you cards from last year and the PTI New Leaf cardstock. I added some distress ink to all the edges of the papers.
And here's a close up of my fabulous bow! Just kidding! But I thought it was a pretty nice 2 loop bow if I do say so myself.....because thanks, Eva, for the Bow Easy! It really is easy! The ribbon happened to match nicely too. I bought something from Ellen Hutson's store not too long ago and she included this lovely colored ribbon. I die cut a cuttlebug tag and stamped a PTI Mega Mixed Messages birthday sentiment on there. The self adhesive lace ribbon was from Hero Arts (still trying to use stuff from that prize package). I guess the purple jewels weren't really part of the design of the original to be CASEd card, but it looked kind of empty up there so I just stuck them on.
Have a good weekend!

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Hi!  It's time again for PTI's blog hop!  With their new weekly Make It Monday Challenges and the blog hop, I've been making so many more PTI projects than before.  Now my PTI stamps and dies don't feel as neglected.  The February Challenge is below.

This month we decided to dedicate the Blog Hop to scallops!  We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project!  This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops,  scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!

I think I may have a lot of pictures to share so I hope you can make it to the end of this post! 

The first thing that came to mind was to make some flowers using scallops.  I used PTI's large scallop border die to cut some red felt and I sewed some thread through.

I pulled the thread to form a flower!

I overlapped the last and first petal and pulled it tight and sewed the flower closed.

I made a pair of these.  I used the smallest die from Beautiful Blooms II die set and sewed a button on too.

I also made a larger one.  I made a larger flower in the back of this one but didn't pull the thread as tight.

This is how the back looked. 

Kind of had some holes in it so I added some stuffing.

Then I hot glued on some felt circles to keep everything together.

I hot glued the red flowers on to plain metal pins.  Metal and hot glue is very HOT as I've learned.  Even when you're pressing away from the glue area.  The heat just spreads.  Anyway, I glued the yellow one to an elastic band.

So after I made these flowers I wanted to try smaller sized scallops but I don't own any small scalloped border dies so I used Spellbinders scalloped circle dies.

I placed them on my Big Shot and cut some felt. 

I ended up using only the 2 smallest scalloped circles to make the red flower above.  I used the same technique of sewing through and pulling the thread tight.

I made them in different colors.  I really wanted to make one in raspberry fizz but I ran out!  I'm waiting for my next PTI order.  I like these flowers cause they are small but also because it seems safer for younger toddlers.  No buttons or anything.

Hot glued some felt circles on the backs.

You can make so many different kinds of flowers using different color combos. 

I wanted to package up the smallest flowers as a baby gift.  So I used PTI's clear case and cut it to the size I wanted.  I saved the top to insert it back into the bottom so I could close it again.

Made holes in a piece of clear plastic.  I used the smallest Spellbinders circle die but it didn't cut all the way through so I used my blade to cut it through.  Hopefully it's not too messy looking.  I saved a space for where I want to put the raspberry fizz flower.

Wrapped it all up PTI-style.  I'm giving the other flowers to my daughter.  I hope they stay glued on!

Oh yeah, this is the last flower I made.  Not a bad looking rose.  I used the second to largest scalloped circle and just wound it up and added some hot glue.  Super easy!

Thanks for reading this long post!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Party Animals

Hi!  Me again with my 3rd entry for PTI's Make It Monday using scor-tape and glitter.  This is probably the most glitter I've ever used in my crafting life.  I promise this is my last entry, maybe. 

Anyway, I had this idea for this card using the animals from Tiny Treats Birthday.  I wanted a line of animals leading each other to Monkey's cage for his birthday party.  They are following each other using some twine on a glitter strip.  Because I wanted it to be kind of a long layout, I decided to make a money holder card. 

Here's a close up of Monkey hanging from some twine.  I used the mat stack stamp from Tiny Treats Christmas cause it looked similar to bars on a cage.  I used the long twine to tie the money card closed.

All the other animals coming along with Turtle bringing some balloons.

This is the inside.  It's a pretty simple money holder card to make.  I cut the kraft cardstock to 8.5 x 7 inches.  Then from the 7 inch side, I scored at 3 and 6 inches.  That leaves 2.5 inches to fold up to create the pocket for the cash.  I punched some semicircles and done.

I added another strip of glitter and a sentiment and wrapped twine on the edge.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hugs & Kisses

Hi!  This is my second entry for PTI's Make it Monday using scor-tape and glitter.  My first entry is HERE.

It's a little late for Valentine's Day but I thought this would be a cute use of glitter.  It uses PTI's note paper die.  I stacked 2 pieces together like scratch paper to play tic tac toe.  I had seen Donna Mikasa stack them too on one of her cards on her blog at 3 umbrellas and thought it was a cute idea.  The x and o are from my Just Rite stampers set.  The bottom sentiment is from PTI's Simple Sentiments. 

I wrapped some pink twine around the end of the banner before tying it into a bow.  I wasn't sure if I should leave some blank squares or not.  I opted for the simple way and since my letter stamps aren't clear I didn't want to take the chance of missing the square when I stamped the letters.  Trust me, this wasn't my first attempt!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Merry & Bright

Hi!  Did you see that Cheryl's card for PTI's Make It Monday (HERE) got a shout out from Nichole Heady???  How exciting is that?! 

It's time for another Make it Monday challenge at PTI.  It's to use scor-tape and glitter.  I have to admit I'm not much of a glitter fan.  I've had one small container of glitter for the past few years and it's still pretty full.  It's just so messy!!  But I guess the purpose of these challenges is to create stuff you normally might not. 

Here's my card.  Heehee, it's an Xmas card!  I'm so early for Xmas but last year I bought the tree die and a whole pack of pinefeather and scarlet jewel cardstock because I thought I would be able to make cards for family and friends.  Well, that didn't go as planned.  Anyway, I used the scor-tape plus glitter for the garlands of my tree.  I traced the die on the pinefeather cardstock and then placed my tape where I wanted it to go but didn't remove the paper to reveal the sticky side.  I put my die back on with some removable tape and ran it through my Big Shot and it cut through the excess tape and all.  Oh and it helps to trace the die cutting side down on the paper if it's not a symmetrical shape like this tree.  Realized that after I had traced the tree cutting side up and had already stuck on the tape.  But I just ran it through anyway since it was traced lightly in pencil.  Does that make sense?

I used some paper from Christmas Prints and placed red pearls around the tree.  I had first thought buttons but then it seemed too overwhelming.  The sentiment is from Tiny Treats Christmas.

I still have a couple more ideas.  Hopefully I'll get to them this week.  Thanks for reading and have a great week! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Loads of Wishes

Hi!  Call me crazy ... it's way pass my bedtime but I wanted to craft tonight and it's a long weekend so why not?  This is one of the projects I made tonight.  I had to motivate myself to make a card for PTI's Make It Monday Challenge to use a vellum sentiment strip.  I saw the little truck from Tiny Treats Birthday set and thought it would make a cute boy card.  Then I remembered how Debbie Olson had used the handwriting line stamp from School Time to make a road for her school buses to drive on.  So that inspired me to make this vellum strip road/sentiment.  It was actually my second try.  I had first stamped it in rich cocoa on the vellum but thought hey, white lines on roads so I stamped it again with fresh snow and layered the smokey shadow cardstock in the back for better contrast.

The trucks are popped up as well as the top kraft layer.  Also used the Book Print impression plate.  It took me a while to decide what color my 3rd truck would be.  Blue or green?  Primary colors or traffic light colors to kind of match my theme.  I kept asking my hubby and he kept saying off things like black.  That doesn't help me much.  In the end I went with primary colors.  Then I thought the top half looked kind of blank and missing something.

Definitely will be going to sleep now.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Make It Monday #2

Please scroll down to Eva's post from earlier today! I am actually going to try and participate in a PTI challenge (gasp! - hopefully I can manage to get everything linked nicely). Anyhow, it's the Make It Monday #2 challenge, using a vellum sentiment strip. I actually needed a thank you card for my daughter's birthday present and a lot of clothes! I think her wardrobe will be set for the next 2 years!

Anyhow, I stamped all three Beautiful Blooms 2 flowers on the matching die cuts. I still can't tell if I have the stamps oriented correctly to the dies, so I used raspberry fizz ink on raspberry fizz cardstock to make it less obvious if they are indeed mismatched. Then I used the largest leafy branch from Turning a New Leaf.
Can you tell there's a vellum strip there at the bottom? Maybe I shouldn't have used white vellum on white cardstock, but then I didn't know what else color cardstock to stamp the leaf image on. I punched a scalloped dotted border along the top and bottom edges with an EK success punch and just folded over the ends and taped it on the back. The "{thanks}" is a rub on from American Crafts. I thought it might look neater than stamping, except I messed up the right bracket :-( ! Hopefully it's not too obvious. Then I added some gems to the center of the flowers. It turned out to be a pretty simple card, like most of my cards :-).

February 2012

Hi!  So above is the new sketch at My Favorite Things.  I used it as my inspiration for my February 2012 calendar/scrapbook page.  My January 2012 page is HERE.

I used Pure Innocence Primrose stamp which is the February one in the year of flowers series. 

Paper pieced dress and the flowers are popped up a bit.

PTI banner die and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  Paper is from Basic Grey.

Calendar is computer generated.  February is from the Primrose set and 2012 from PTI's Calendar Basics set.  The area on top is for a photo and journaling.

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cupcake Anya

I finally made a card! After I don't know how long. I fell off the crafting wagon for a bit. This blog is supposed to help keep me motivated to actually use all the stuff I buy. Maybe it's helping me a little where I am at least thinking about it more often. Unfortunately, I don't always feel like I have the time or energy. But Eva is keeping me inspired, my crafting idol!

So anyhow, this week, I did the Saturday Sketch from Club Anya, again. I picked Cupcake Anya for my free digi from a previous week, so I figure I better try and use her before I forget I even have it on my computer.
The whole card seems a bit bright, but I wanted to match the colors on the glittery Doodlebug stickers (border trim, flowers, and label). And then I got a little out of control picking so many different colors and ended up not even using the stickers that contained any orange! First time I used my PTI New Leaf cardstock, I'm kind of actually liking that bright green. It's embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. I stamped on the cardstock sticker with PTI Mega Mixed Messages. I used the Memento black ink, which afterward I realized might have been a bad choice because it didn't dry very quickly and smudged a little because the cardstock sticker had a bit of a shiny slick surface. I colored again with Prismacolor pencils. Then I realized I kind of forgot how to color hair! I messed up where I wanted the hair to be light so I just colored the whole thing in.

This is just a sidenote photo of the tooth fairy box from Eva, with my son's 2 bottom teeth in there! He actually went to the dentist to get them out because his permanent teeth were coming in behind his baby teeth. Which was freaking me out, but the dentist actually didn't get too excited. So we tried for almost 3 weeks, except my son seemed to have a low threshold for pain. It didn't seem like we could wiggle it very hard and it didn't seem to be getting a whole lot looser. Although now I realize the teeth were kind of stuck down in there since part of the root wasn't totally dissolved at the front.
Anyhow, sorry if you didn't want to see any gross pictures of teeth. Have a good night!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You're a Sweetie

Hi!  Here's a little easel card made with TGF's Cheeky Cherry Pie.  I really like this Cheeky.  She's probably my favorite--maybe cause she has pie.  In any case, this is for Club Anya and Friends Mystery Monday

I used a heart-shaped doily and placed liquid pearls around the border but some got kind of smushed.  Hmmm, not patient enough to let it dry completely.  There's also some Glossy Accents on her pie.  I made a little stick pin by the flowers using my beading stash.  The flower background is fabric paper from American Crafts.  It comes with a sticky back and you just peel off the paper--I've had it for a few months now.  It looks like wallpaper to me.  Then added some lace.

The sentiment is from Oliver & Amelia's Just For You set.  The hearts were diecut using MFT's Die-namics dies.  Then some pearls along the bottom just cause I can't seem to leave a whole lot of blank space.  I always want to fill it up with something. 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!