Friday, March 22, 2019

Oh no not more Crocheting

Finally my Blizzard Warning Blanket is done, I've used a Flat Braid Join, the tutorial I used was from here. She used 3 chains which give a holely border but I've seen one for 2 chains which mean't be better. 

So on to my next blanket, this Seaside Winter Blanket vintage style, to be honest I was going to make another Helen Shrimpton design but it got throw across the room to many times to mention although at the time I wasn't 100%.

Just realised I haven't show my completed Lost Garden from Helen Shrimpton. Apologies for the wonky square its the angle and size made it awkward to photo, its a bit fuzzy too but that because the photographer as wonky hands.

I've subscribed to Crochet Now so I don't miss any while they do a CAL with Helen Shrimpton (can guess my favourite designer) and the gift was some fabulous Stylecraft Special DK to make it with. But I have an issue with Shrimp and that the rest of colours are solid apart from that blue fleck.

I also wanted it to be masculine rather than pretty colours so I've added Mustard instead of the pink and Storm for flecky wool. Yes I'm happy now, I think the my subscription copy comes early and should be this weekend.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bunny with Basket

Yes it's Easter in my craftroom any excuse to use Mo's Bunny with Basket. I decided to use the MFT Stitched and matching Scallop die for edges, if you really carefully to can match the stitch line with the two layers did say a few choice words before they fell into place.

The papers are Echo Park Spring Fling and the daisies are MFT Upsy Daisy but not sure if they are made anymore. I think the leaves possibly are Cheery Lynn, all I know they are purple and my Gemini didn't like them much but I wasn't going to let a machine beat me. Lets not forget the LaLa Land Filigree corner again not sure if its still made.

Since I mentioned the Gemini I may as well let you know how I'm getting on with it. One thing I'm having to learn is patience it is quicker by hand but my shoulders are happier for not using my Big Shot. The only disadvantage I can see it when cutting out stamped images something I haven't done yet, oh there is another, its huge and as taken over my craftroom and with hindsight I should of gone for the Junior.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Falling Hippos

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
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We are showcasing Clearly Besotted this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
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Lets be honest if its cute you want you can find plenty in my craft room, I can remember when I first started cards, if you made a cute card serious card makers were horrified. Thankfully not today.

Once I got over which cute Clearly Besotted stamp to use I decided Rainy Day Play and you can see the new Mary Poppins film as influenced me since I my hippos are falling from the sky. Using Simon says Stamp Stitched Rectangle for my main image mat I inked the edges to give a impression of the sky and grass.

Usually when I colour I also chose my patterned papers this time I didn't and rather than spend ages to find one to match I made my own. I cut 1cm strips of some scraps of red, blue and yellow and stuck then onto thin card,cut down so the Simon says Stamp Scallop Frame from their Frames set to fit on top.

All that was left was to add a sentiment since I wanted a Birthday one and since the Simon says Stamp I'ts no Secret is fairly new to me I used one from that set.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Christmas Cards

They've increased my pain meds and even with anti sickness tablets I was still being ill so I didn't spend a lot of time in my craftroom. Hopefully I will get in there after I've got my ipad repaired tomorrow especially as I reverted back to my old dose.

So I found this post in my drafts some cards made up with some left overs. The first one is the bauble from Simon says Stamp called Ornate Ornaments . Finished of with the fab Believe die and matching stamp set.

Papers could be anyone's  just using some left over strips.

I had this Outline Snowflake left over and I wanted to use it so I added to a piece of card the same colour and stamped the sentiment from Yuletide Holiday, with WOW Bright White Opagne embossing powder.

I had planned to use this Snowflake Tag die for my tags, never mind will use it this year and well in advance. I added the Rina Snowflake to give it a bit more interest and I cut the centre circle out of the tag die and fussy cut round it. I stuck one stem down and folded it to make a card and once again I used a sentiment from Yuletide Holiday.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

100% Boy

I made this layout at the last Scrap Cafe crop but I just needed to cut the 100% Boy to finish. My layout was inspired by one of Pinterest.

The papers are My Minds Eye but perfect for my nephew's shirt, can't believe how much he as changed especially in the last few years.

The stars are cut from either MFT or Spellbinders dies and the large arrow was draw round one that I had and cut out.

Need to get my some sketches sorted out for my layouts next week at Scrap Cafe Retreat, this time we are staying both nights, it didn't work out well last time only staying one night.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

North Pole Penguin

I had this little MFT Sweet Holiday Penguin coloured up ready to make a card but when it came to making it could I find the stamp set which had the dies on a magnetic sheet on the back, so I had to carefully cut round him leaving a white border. Even more annoying I wanted to use my Gemini to see how I could get it to work.

For quicknest I used the Doodlebug Christmas Town which as the sheet of Christmas houses. In front I used Simon says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills and I used this fabulous signpost stamp from their Christmas Cheer stamp set which was in one of their monthly card kits. Sentiment was in the same set.

I think that signpost may be used quite a bit for my Christmas cards this year, after all I didn't use it much last year.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Feed the birds

Sorry for the late posting, better late than never and it would be a shame not posting my card earmarked for today.

I've used Mo's Feed the Birds and I've used some Echo Park Autumn papers. Pretty sure I've used the Splitcoast Sketch 739

It looks fairly busy but it wasn't really the fence and scallop border are old MFT die and the flowers are again MFT but more recent. The clouds are Puffy Clouds from Memory Box.

The sentiment is a Simon says Stamp on but the oval scallop is a punch from Stampin Up but I think that may have retired too.