Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crochet Baby Boy set

For some reason I have not been very inspired to make cards lately. It may be due to everything else going on in my life currently (2 boys graduating, finally getting back to working on the home renovations, beautiful spring weather and a garden to get ready...) I'm not sure, but I can't seem to get myself into the craft room and create. hopefully once the new SU catty is out this will change (there is a ton of new stuff I absolutely love in it).

The only thing I have been finding some time for lately is crocheting. Another relative is expecting this summer so I needed to get working on a handmade gift pretty quick.  I take the crochet bag to work and crochet during most of my lunch hour. It's a nice break during the day and very relaxing. It's surprising how fast these items came together.


I made this cute hooded jacket and matching little booties. Both are approx. 6-12 months size so should fit the baby this winter.
I was quite surprised that I only needed 1 ball of the blue yarn plus a bit of scrap of the fuzzy white yarn from my scrap bag.


The button strap on the booties is actually functional and opens.

I used this pattern here: hooked on crochet for the jacket. I opted to omit the button panel and added the strap under the neck instead and then edged everything in white (2 rows of single crochet).

The booties used this pattern here: croby pattern. I followed it exactly but also added the white edge (1 row of single crochet) instead of the embroidery floss accent to match the jacket.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Sakura Cards - Bold and Black

These next two cards were made from the same upcycled Royal tissue box as the two in my last post.
This time I opted for a more dramatic look with dark and bold choices.

The cardstock accent piece was embossed and then inked with a little dark purple ink. Note I used  5.25 x 4" piece and then cut this in half so I had one piece for each of these two cards. This card uses two pieces form the tissue box. The first was cut into a rectangular piece which was matted on pale pink cardstock. The second was die cut into a small circle shape that has been matted onto a white scalloped circle punch out and attached with foam tape.

The die cut greeting was attached near the top, accented with a bit of baker's twine tied to the cardstock behind the sentiment. For a finish touch little rhinestones were added to the flower centers.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections
Patterned paper: Royal tissue box
Ink: Blackberry Bliss - SU
Die: Hello Thinlits - SU
Punch: Scallop Circle - SU
Embossing Folder: Cherry Blossoms - Darice
Misc.: foam mounting squares/tape, rhinestones, white/pink baker's twine

The second card, as noted, used the other half of the embossed cardstock, but created an entirely different look.

The background consists of the blossom embossed cardstock and a strip of light pink added to separate the top piece from the dark card base. Little banner tails were added by cutting thin strips form the tissue box and punching one end with the banner punch to create tail ends. The tissue box image was die cut into a circle shape and matted and white circle one size larger and then attached to the card using foam squares. The greeting was stamped onto white and punched out with the word window, leaving a straight edge on the right. Final touches consists of three small rhinestones to right and one to each flower center.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections
Patterned paper: Royal tissue box
Stamp: So Many Sayings - SU
Ink: Blackberry Bliss - SU
Punch: Word Window, Banner - SU
Embossing Folder: Cherry Blossoms - Darice
Misc.: foam mounting squares/tape, rhinestones




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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sakura Cards - white and bright

I love finding inspiration in unexpected places.

My latest set of cards is a recycled, or up-cycled, project using yet another lovely tissue box.
This one is a Royale box in deep fuchsia featuring beautiful sakura blossoms painted on a somewhat abstract background.



I kept these first two cards simple with minimal accents and a bright white base.


I started by stamping  random splashes across the bottom right corner of the card base. Then atatched a few strips of washi tape, some wire paper and in the middle a cut out  of my tissue box that has been mounted with foam tape.
The greeting was cut from black paper and several little rhinestones were added randomly to the card for a little bling.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white and black
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge - SU
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, pear Pizzazz - SU
Dies: Greetings Thinlits - SU, Circle Framelits - SU
Designer paper: Royale tissue box
Misc.: foam mounting squares/tape, little rhinestones, green paper wire, washi tape


For this card I kept the shape of the tissue box piece rectangular. It was mounted on some spring green cardstock and attached to the card front with foam tape. Little flags were added to one side. these were created with the banner punch. For the larger flags the paper (and tissue box scraps) were cut to strips and then one end inserted into the punch to cut the tail
The regretting was cut form black and added vertically. For a final touch the flower centers have been accented with rhinestones as well as  small trio of stones was added to the top of the banner row.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white and black, Bazzill green and pale pink
Dies: Greetings Thinlits - SU
Punch: banner - SU
Designer paper: Royale tissue box
Misc.: foam mounting squares/tape, little rhinestones

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Daisy Granny Square Crochet Blanket

I've really gotten back into crocheting these past few months. After making the baby blankets and cute little raccoon hat I started on several other projects.

I made this lovely daisy square blanket for my sister.


I chose various off white, pink and silver/gray yarns.
Several of which are specialty yarns such as Loops & Threads Mink (chenille),
Isaac Mizrahi craft yarn - Carnegie Hill, silver sequins yarn,  multi toned boucle and a shiny metallic yarn.

The blanket is worked in a large daisy granny square pattern using a Q (15.75 mm) crochet hook. This resulted in approx. 12 x 12" sized squares. So the finished blanket consists of 12 squares. The finished blanket is approx. 42" x 54 ".


I made 4 each of 3 different squares. The Lion Brand Homespun yarn and the fuchsia chenille were crochet in single strand, the rest in triple strands. The basic daisy square pattern came from this site. The pattern is well written and the blanket came together rather quickly. I love how it turned out.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

You've got the World by a String

I have one more Balloon card to share, well for now anyway.
This is a bit of a different colour pallet, softer, neutral tones and a lot of beige/taupe colours.
I quite like how it turned out.



For the card front I stamped various texture images randomly around the edge to create a border and finished the edges with sponged ink. The balloons were stamped on a scrap piece of cardstock and then punched out with the balloon punch. They were attached to the card front with foam mounting squares/tape.






The card front was attached to the card base with foam tape as well and I finished it with a few randomly placed rhinestones in various sizes.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Stamps: Balloon Builder, Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge - SU
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Pool Party, Calypso Coral - SU
Punch: Balloon Bouquet - SU
Misc.: rhinestones, foam mounting squares/tape

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