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Saturday, December 31, 2011
And of course what better way to celebrate than to have a blog candy. So the giveaway items to one lucky random winner will be a nestability - label 4
& Waltzing Mouse Stamp - Faux Fun Circles
I love Waltzing Mouse and Paper Trey ink stamps & since waltzing mouse stamps have to come all the way from U.K - I decided to order one extra just for this purpose.
Winner will be chosen on Jan 5th, Thursday. All you have to do to win is follow this blog and leave a comment with your contact email if possible so that I have a way to contact you.
Once again wishing you all a Very Happy New Year.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Now there are tons of videos online and one of my favorite is the pansy from Art of Teresa
I have adapted this pansy and used just the first part inner flower to make a single flower and stitched a button in it.
Link to Teresa's video
Instructions I wrote down from that video
Now this is easy.
Do the same as in steps 1 - 3 ie just one color (do not need step 4) but instead of chain 2 to rise do chain 3 to rise and instead of double crochet do triple crochet. That way the flowers are a bit bigger and the small buttons then can look nice and not too bog for the flower. Leave about 5 - 6 inches of thread in the end before cutting and bring that thread over to other side with needle and stitch the button in and then take the thread back. In the flower I don't cut of the ends till the last as I just knot the threads together twice and then cut off close.
Allison from Paper Crafting Weekend Challenge called me by name I tell you ( facebook ) and asked me to use my paper stacks as I can well afford to cut my papers.
Sigh! So I did cut my lovely holiday stash paper.
Now this card has lots of firsts - My first crochet snowflake (not new to crocheting but have never tried snowflake before). My first first looping a bead with head pin. All I have done before is string up some beads with thread but yeah! watched a couple of videos and then looped (if that's what this is called) beads on a headpin to attach the crystals and beads onto the snowflake to dangle. Thirdly I used iRock. OK I have used it about once as I promised Glenda I would. To top of all the work - I even whipped out my mini janome sewing machine and stitched.
Stamps used are Pink Stampers Winter Punnies. I used Tim Holtz ruler to center the stamp and then same to poke holes in the border strip and chain stitch. Yep hand stitched. Now haven't I worked on this card? The center of snowflake is a silver button with hanks cut off. I sharpied the center for some red. Inked all the edges with red ink
The snowflake before beading and blinging
Here are the Snowflake instructions.
This is from youtube Art of Teresa and I wrote down the instructions watching the video. My adaptation I have written in the bracket
1) work chain of 10 - join with beginning chain
2) round 1 -
6 sets of 3 double crochet - chain 2 - 3 double crochet chain 3
3) At the end slip through the first chain and pull chain through
4) Stitch stitch through next stitches to get to the chain 2 space ie about 2 - 3 slip throughs- chain 1 and 3 double crochets in that space - chain 2 and work 3 more double crochets chain 5 - skip chain 3 space and go to next chain 2 space - work 3 double crochets - chain 2 and work 3 more double crochets - chain 5 and repeat to next chain 2 space
5) join in beginning and slip through and pull chain
6) Now slip stitch to chain 2 space like last time chain 1 (to step up will not count as a stitch) work 4 double crochet - chain 4 - join chain over to last double crochet of the chain 4 to form a ring - chain 6 and again form a ring - chain 4 and another ring -join through to of last stitch - then work 4 double crochets in chain 2 space ( my adaptation is 4 double crochet then form rings (4,6,4) and then 3 double crochets instead of 4)
7) then chain 7 and extend single crochet around to loops into first ring and then another chain 7 (my adaptation chain into the chain 3 space in the inner ring instead of the innermost ring)
8) then work 4 double crochets into the chain 2 space - then rings (4 chain 6 chain and 4 chain) join to top of last stitch - 4 double crochets - and then chain 7 extended single crochet to inner ring and then chain 7 and again 4 double crochets to chain 2 space
9) repeat all the way and then last chain 7 and slip stitch through and pull through and knot.
Stiffen up the snowflake - I used aussie extra strong hold (Nope I do not use that on my hair but I got a bottle to stiffen up Ribbons for embossing. Works to stiffen up crochet snowflakes too) and gave it a nice spritz and then applied some glue and sprinkled some silver glitter.
Inside of the card. I embossed the small snowflakes with zing powder
So that's my card for today. Please do leave comments as all your lovely comments truly inspire me and warms my heart.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
One of my favorite stamps is their doily stamp. And that stamp is the whole reason I decided to risk getting get their stamps from UK.
I of course fell in love with their recipe stamps too. Now waltzingmouse, paper trey ink and Anna Giffin (for the lace stamps) are my fave now that the old Cornish heritage has closed down.
Link to their challenge - http://waltzingmousesketchchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/12/challenge-76december-3-2011.html
Here is my take on that sketch
The plastic/acrylic cup thingy - clear box is from package of flower frogs which I recycled. I used glitter paper and Christmas paper from Joann's (it was about a dollar for 4 sheets each. Glitter is Martha Stewart - star glitter. I mixed some blue and green stars with the white.
I cut the glitter paper using Floral Doily Nestabilities.
Then I cut the pattern paper from scallop Nestability after checking for size which would comfortably cover the plastic cup.
I placed the pattern paper so that the snowman would come in the center. Then I took Dainty Doily stamp and stamped the pattern paper around the snowman with versamark and used zing embossing powder (this one had white and silver mixed in it - not sure of the name ) . I also took part of a sentence stamp from seasonal remedies and just stamped good cheer and embossed (green ink and clear embossing). Now a way to selectively stamp is to mask the rest of the portion of stamp with a thin paper and then apply the stamp. In case of doily I didn't need to as the doily was just right but had to use this techniques for the words good cheer.
Then I used glossy accents and applied on the cup lip. added the glitter and carefully stuck the pattern paper. and then used pop dots and stuck to the glitter paper cut.
Punched some circles from coordinating pattern and solid cardstock and formed kind of scallop design at the top. I free hand drew a holly and cut 2 leaves. Turned it over and embossed the veins using a stylus. Took 3 red beads and glued the scallops, leaves and beads. Final touch was a bow made from hemp thread.
Hope you enjoyed the project. If you visit my blog I would so love and appreciate it if you would please leave comments.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Since I have the stamps I decided to do the tag challenge in their blog - http://waltzingmouse.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-tag-challenge.html
So here is my take on tag creation
I have used Very Vintage Labels No.18 and Nordic winter. I stamped them on a cream cardstock
The base is Kraft paper. I covered parts of them with Costco wired ribbon and in center used a cream ribbon I had. Then at the top I used elegant recollections paper from Micheal's - a 1 inch strip. I first placed all the ribbons rounded just the top corners to see where to place the 1 inch strip and then marked the tag to cut the height of the tag. Then at the top and bottom I added lace.
I added an eyelet and strung a ribbon through . Then decorated it with some bling and buttons. Inked the edges.
So that's a Simple Christmas Tag.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Today let's have some fun with foils.
Foils and Foil tapes are so fun to use and make for some awesome embellishments.
Use some adhesive spray or foil with adhesive backing and you can cover any die cut . If you have an embossing machine like cuttlebug or big shot - More fun! Punches and engraving tools add still more things that can be done. Nestabilities are fun with even soda cans so recycle them.
Here is a video showing some of the things we can do with foils. I have not covered engraving with die cutting machine.
And if this inspires you to make your own creations do please link up your post in the linky below
Friday, December 2, 2011
This is Pam from TheBugBytes & PapillonDigitalDesigns and it is my turn at She's a Sassylady. Thanks Sheila for having my in your Design Team.
Today the project I decided to do was a simple Christmas card
Not surprising - I did not use any die cutting system - just scissors and a fiskar cutter for this one. My handy dandy Dover Image and I did use Silhouette Studio - not for cutting but to make my own pattern paper out of a red color and some snowflake designs , ink, stickles, glue , some burlap or gunny sack which I got from flower section in joann's I think and some ribbon - a red plaid design. I also had a tree felt ribbon from costco - so I snipped 4 tiny trees and used some beads to decorate that (used liquid fabritec pens from walmart) and used that tree instead of brads at 2 of the corners.
Here is the view of the image which I cut with fiskar cutter
I stuck the pattern paper back to back and inked it with red ink.
Front view of the card
A side view.
The back of the card
A quick card for Christmas.
Thanks for reading this post . I so appreciate all the lovely comments you leave.
Happy Christmas in advance!