Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Little Scraps of Heaven cards

I am sharing 2 cards today that I made using the digital freebies from Little Scraps of Heaven designs.

I layered all the pieces using my SIL program and printed them as one layer.
I added a couple of buttons for some dimension.

I added gems to the flower centers to this one.
I added the sentiment myself.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunflower trio

 The challenge this week is to make feminine cards.  I love this sunflower image so I cut it out in three different sizes, coloring it with a pattern from my sil library.
I did the same thing with the fern background.
Very simple and effective card.  I added crystal effects to the flower centers then filled it with some cool sliver type glitter.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Crochet lovey blankets

My sister asked me to make these for her, she's got a few baby showers coming up this fall.
I've really enjoyed making these, it's so neat to create a 3D item from yarn!

The bunny pattern can be found here
The sun pattern can be found here

Friday, April 29, 2016

Congratulations graduate!

It's getting to be that time of year again!
My little Peanut is going into 1st grade in the fall, I don't know how that happened so fast.

This is a really cool file I found in the SIL store.  It turned out super cute and really neat! I think it will make a big impact on whoever receives it.  I like that it has the little pocket for cash instead of a gift card.
I made the tassel myself, my first one ever! Thank you You Tube! 

 The file even included the envelope so it fits perfectly!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sunsational stamps cards

Design Team

Hey there! Today is my day to share some fabulous images from Sunsational Stamps!
I am using the image for this month's challenge, her name is Fantasia.  Isn't' she cool?
Click above to head over and download her and be sure to join in on the challenge!

I colored her digitally using my SIL program.  The background and phrase were created in the program as well.  It's kind of therapeutic to color this way.  You have to pay more attention I think and sometimes it takes longer but the effect is very neat.
I used the same pattern in her wings as I did as the background.
I recently got some cool stickers so I added a couple for some bling.

I've had these cards sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks waiting to be colored.  I made them in a batch with a couple of cards I posted previously.
Emily decided she needed to make cards so she swiped them and colored them up using my gel pens.

Then since she was on a roll she went through my SIL library and picked out the baby onsie and the cat to make as well.  She asked me to create a shaped card with the cat, so it's a print and cut. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Birthday panel card

Decorate To Celebrate!

When I saw this design in the SIL store I thought it would be a great masculine card.
There is just this one piece to cut, no layers at all so I added some glitter to the flames, the star on the hat and the balloons.
It's REALLY hard to make such a simple card! lol But I do like how it turned out.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Eureka challenge - Add some bling

Happy Monday!! Today I'm sharing another cool technique. After I colored my image, I used a brick pattern die cut to cut the image.  I carefully applied glue to the pieces while still in place on the die then laid my yellow paper on top and pressed really well.  After getting all of the pieces in place, I had a few that moved due to static on my cutting plates so I placed the grid or mortar lines back in place and glued the loose pieces, leaving a few around the perimeter missing on purpose.  I then removed the mortar lines again and sponged the piece with gray ink.  I then glued it in place.  I printed the Happy Birthday on yellow pearl paper and put it in the bottom corner.
So how did I do?  Have you every tried this?  It took some time but I think it's really cool!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PB&J love

Design Team

Today I have a cute anniversary card. I tried to make peanut butter and jelly.  My coloring looks messy but I promise I was going for that look, I tried markers and it was awful so I went with colored pencils.  
And (note to self) do not try to add more color AFTER you glue the card together...not the line in the jelly, but shhhh, I won't tell if you don't.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

365 days of granny squares with YarnUtopia

Here are more of my granny squares...as you can see I still have a long way to go on some of the stitches, lol most of them come out really close to Nadia's but some still come out way off.  Some times I rip it all out and start over and other times I just leave it.  I still don't know what will become of these squares.  One of the ladies in the group did them all in the same colors and put them together into a blanket for her mother.  I wish I had thought that far ahead.
I have started using more of the same or similar colors now so I will have a good group that will match really well.  But on the other hand, we have a blanket my grandmother made that was obviously a stash buster, none of the squares matched so to speak, it is a fun colorful blanket.

These are closer pictures of the squares, there are a lot I will make again and others I hated doing the whole way!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In love with color afghan and granny square blanket

This is my first pieced blanket.  It's called the In love with color afghan.
The video I followed can be found here.
Here are all of the pieces after I finished them laid out in their proper place, then the tedious work of sewing them all together, one by one and in the right sequence.

Here they are all stacked.  When I saw the video and decided I wanted to make this blanket I went through my yarn to see if I had eleven colors as they suggested, that would all go together.  I really didn't and I didn't want to go buy eleven new colors so I pulled out the mostly full skeins and laid them in a row.  I felt these colors looked the best together and I am thrilled with the end result.  I love the combination.

This was tricky stitching it together and keeping the pattern but I am over the moon happy with this!
I am really proud of myself.

I was able to follow a video for each of the pieces, and had to follow the written pattern for the border.
This is the blanket for the back of my couch.

This blanket is for the love seat.  If you've been following me for a while then you've seen the couple of posts about the granny square a day project I am following with YarnUtopia.  This was the square for day 68. I loved making the square so much and the colors I had picked I kept going with it!

I love the braided look that is created.  It's all double crochets then you create a loop in the center of each side all the way up.  Then interlock each loop and stitch it in at the top, so simple and such a cool look!

And, as you can see, it's kitty approved (big smile)

I finished 3 projects in one week! lol sounds like a lot but I have 6 projects going at once.  I work on one until I get bored with that or overwhelmed, and put it aside until I get back to it.
When I finished the In love with color blanket I got so excited I wanted to get the other one done for the love seat.  And (in a future post you will see) the blanket for my mom was a huge ordeal for me, lol, not really, she picked out this gorgeous chunky yarn and bought 10 skeins of it...more on that later.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Spotlight technique and new Eureka challenge

The challenge this week is buttons and bows, I'm stretching it a bit by using my colored circles as the buttons, buttons of color if you will...
 I decided to try a new to me technique.  I always see such pretty cards made using this spotlight technique and that's what I pictured when I first saw this image.  I used my circle die cuts and cut a piece of paper the size of my card front, then laid the circle dies and cut them from that paper.
I then took that piece and laid it over my image and colored through the holes I made.
After I was done coloring I took my pale blue color box cat eye and rubbed through the circles to created the sky.
I think it turned out pretty cool, I'll be doing this more often.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Creative Kuts Christmas lay outs

I have 2 more adorable lay outs to share to day from Creative Kuts.
Aren't these mice adorable?  I just love them.

This is a fun one, the igloos are so cool!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

12 months of Christmas link up

The theme this month is Gifts galore! 

Our sponsor is Sami stamps, I chose the adorable Christmas gift mermaid for my card.

Isn't she wonderful? I just love her!
I used my fine tip markers to color her because I wanted to keep the pattern in her tail and in her hair.

I used my cameo to cut out the gifts and the rectangle layers for my card as well as the main background paper.

I used foam dots to adhere the pieces to the card and added pearls for accents and some glitter gel pen for sparkle.