Thursday, January 30, 2014

American Flag Crocheted Afghan

Hi Stampers,

Oh my, I've been having so much fun completing all of my UFO's (unfinished objects).

This flag was a long time coming. It's amazing how many years can go by before you actually think about something and are able to get it finished. The complications I had with the project was with the whipstitching. After WS the log cabin together, I became more familiar with the ends of the rows. Don't ask me why it took me this long to figure this out. LOL   But alas, I'm almost there. It will be completed sometime tonight. :)

Please ask me any questions that you may have.  I will be back into stamping soon. If you miss my stamping, send me an email or a note here and I'll get back to it. :D


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bernat Free Pattern Crochet Star Blanket

Hi Stampers and Crafters,

guess what?  I've been away from stamping again. :D

I made this blanket for my Niece's BF.

The blanket went totally smooth. It's my second one!  

The pattern is free from Bernat.

I used Caron Simply Soft Melon and White. Sooooo soft!!

We still have record cold temps here is Butler, IN.     BRRRRR!!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Log Cabin Afghan

Hi Stampers,

I'm sorry I've been absent from my blog lately. I've been working on this project for my husband. I finally finished it last night. This is a Log Cabin crochet pattern. If you'd like it, please email me. I'd be happy to share it with you.

Next, I have one baby afghan to do for my Niece's friend. It will be the star afghan in a baby orange and white. I'll post a photo when I'm done.

In the meantime, I'll be catching up on making some cards for ya'll.

Have a warm and terrific week!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Banner Blasts & You're Lovely Stampin Up Sets

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you a very clean and simple card. I wasn't sure I was in love with it or I'd have shared it earlier. After leaving it a couple days and coming back to look at it…. I decided it was perfect! Less is more sometimes. :)


Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: You're Lovely and Banner Blasts

Paper:    Whisper White, Pool Party & Springtime Vintage DSP

Ink:        Crisp Cantelope

Access:  Banner punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Deco Labels Collection dies,
              Framed Tulip Embossing folder

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vivid Vases Watercolor

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you a card that took me a couple of days to work on.  This card is watercolored with the Stampin Write markers, an acrylic tray, and a watercolor brush pen.  I used the pen because I'm not near any water upstairs and having a glass of water upstairs scares me. I'm always afraid it'll get knocked over. :D

This card was a lot of fun to make. If you have any questions, please ask me.


Stampin Supplies:

Stamps:         Vivid Vases (Celebrate the Everyday - single stamp)
Paper:            Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, and Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink:                So Saffron and Early Espresso
Accessories:  Watercolor brush pen, acrylic tray, Stampin Write markers; Old Olive, Daffodil Delight,
                      Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango

Monday, January 6, 2014

Repainted Hutch

Hi Stampers,

I don't have a card to share today. Rather a winter project we took on last year. :D

I bought the hutch from craigslist (locally - home owner).

The steps are pretty easy.

First, use a palm sander and 150 grit sand paper. Next, use 200 grit sand paper to smooth it out.

Second, prime it with a stain blocker primer (oil-based).  Any good primer from a quality paint shop will work. Sand it again with 150 grit after being primed to smooth it out once more. If some of the primer comes off the corners, don't be alarmed, this won't hurt the next coat of paint. (paint not primer).

Third, use a good quality paint from a quality paint shop and most important, use a good quality brush.
This will help eliminate brush stroke marks.

My paint came from Menards, around $18 for the gallon. I used floetrol in my paint to help with the brush marks. Be sure to use very little or else your paint can get too thin.

This hutch is going in my sewing room so it didn't have to be dining room perfect.

I had a carpenter put the blocks of wood in to make the cubbies and he made the new doors that are there too.

Have fun redoing your furniture!

We are under 13 inches of snow. I won't be going anywhere! I'll be crafting and stamping a lot though. :D


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Open Sea & Tri-layering or Triple Layer Stamping

Hi Stampers,

Today I'm starting the morning off right! I've stamped a tri-layer card. I've always wanted to do one of these and they are really simple. I think I'll be making a lot more of them this year.

The measurements for these cards are:

Green card stock base normal size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded ( orig size 5 1/2" x 8 1/2")
Then you get a mat base (almond CS) 4" x 5 1/4"

second layer green CS is 3 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Almond CS 3" x 4 1/4:

third and top layer is green CS: 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"
Almond CS (smallest layer on very top)  2" x 3 1/4"

Next you'll want to put your almond CS back together, layering them on top of each other. Lining them up the best that you can, I used my fingers to hold them in place carefully each time I stamped. You will see a space between the layers that isn't stamped only because the rubber won't reach in that far. Don't worry though, your green CS will cover this up.

Next I randomly stamped images from The Open Sea, one of my favs, then I inked the edges with a sponge and the same color of ink used. (night of Navy).

Last I taped them in order from bottom to top. Carefully positioning them on top of each other.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial that's only all over the internet. :D  Happy New Year!

p.s. I will add a proper saying and probably some colored twist (kite string) for embellishments when  
       the time comes.

Chevron Border Punch

Hi Stampers,

Here is a grad card a bit early. hehe  I received the new Chevron Border Punch from Stampin Up yesterday and I couldn't wait to play. This idea popped into my head for this card because we were all together for Christmas on Saturday and I have one nephew graduating the year 2014 and a niece and a nephew graduating in 2015. Wow! Where is the time going?   Next to graduate are 2 nephews, and 3 nieces and then my own grand babies. :D



Stamps:        Word Play (retired)
Paper:           Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:               Black
Accessories: Stampin Up Chevron Border Punch, heat gun, embossing powder
                     Numbers are from Cuttlebug Die plates.