Sunday, 15 October 2017

Love and Cherish Card

I invested in some miniature word dies from Tonic, although they are not exactly miniature, they are fabulous because they cut a background area for the words to fit on so you can have a two tone colour effect.

Here is a card I made showing off these dies.  I just want more of these but with Christmas sentiments as I really like the size as well as the two tone effect.

The fabric was decorated with glitter and then stuck onto some hessian before mounted onto Kraft Card.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

V Stitch Blanket Finally Finished

I am not sorry that I have finished really but it was a bit of drag sewing in all the ends as I would have much rather have been crocheting.  But now the ends are sewn in the throw is finished and I am really pleased with it.  Not only that, I have finished it just in time to give it to someone special tomorrow.

Here is the end result plus Misty our little adopted cat.  I counted there are 141 rows and I used a size 4 crochet hook and Stylecraft Special DK Yarn.

Close up it looks like this.  My husband likes it so much I may have to make another one!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Blossomed Heart Corner

It's October and I am still working on the crocheted blanket I started at the beginning of August.  I am sewing in all the ends and this is quite a job.

In the craft room I am making Christmas Cards so today's blog is short and sweet.  I have made a card using Tonic Studio Essential dies, blossomed Heart Corner which I have teamed up with the Posy Pillar Strips.  These dies are so beautiful and delicate so I was very pleased to buy them in the summer sale.  The heart lends itself for inserting a picture or sentiment so I am leaving this plain until it is needed.  If you know anyone that would like a card like this, then get in touch.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Groovi Dreams

One of my friends at work is moving onto a new job and I am so pleased for him as he started off as an Apprentice a few years back before being a PA like myself.  To mark this celebration I made the following card for him and wish him well in his new adventure.

I used some parchment paper from Clarity Stamps and a Groovi template to do the parching.  I had to pierce holes for the mandala before using my snipping scissors to snip away the background.

It took a few days to complete as it is important that you let the parchment rest between goes so that you don't overstretch it.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Carpe Diem - Stamps by Clarity

Clarity Stamps have produced paper pads that make great bases for backgrounds.

In this example I have used some ink to make the sun and hills appear and stamped the girl and branch to complete the scene.

I used a pen to edge the cardstock so it appears as if I have mounted it onto black card stock.  I love the clean fresh look don't you?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tri fold card with butterfly bracket

I am sharing cards that I have made using my Cameo Silhoutte machine which gave me a chance to use some of my small card toppers.

I like the concept of unwrapping the card before you see the picture as it turns it into a gift card.

The brackets have been decorated with a product called "Hearty Soft Clay" which is lightweight and easy to transform with acrylic paints watercolour pens.  I used my Sparkle Pens on these particular ones.  The molds are from Katy Sue Designs.

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Crochet Cupcake Keyholder

I keep my keys to hand so that I can access them easily from the side of my powered wheelchair but I felt that they looked a bit unsightly so I decided I would do something about it.

I searched the internet for ideas and came across this idea to crochet a cupcake key cozy designed by Emi Kanesada (Enna Design).  I purchased the pattern and bought the essential wooden bead, cord for the strings and split key ring.

The pattern is available here

Although the pattern is in English, it is also in US terms so you may need a conversion chart such as this to assist you.

I used a 3mm crochet hook as suggested and this is what I created.

The idea is that the keys are hidden inside the cupcake until you need them and then you just pull on them and they come out like this:

It is the coolest design I have seen.  I have decorated mine using sequins but you could just as easily sew on some beads if you wished.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

V Stitch Crochet Blanket - end of week 2

This blanket is really taking shape now and it is lovely to see the rows of colour changes in the pattern design.  

I am now more than half way there and working on my second ball of yarns.  These are some of most loveliest shades of yarn I have worked with.  I enjoy working with the pistachio, duck egg blue and storm blue.

Well here we go what do you think.  It is certainly getting big enough to keep me warm whilst I am working on it now of an evening.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

V Stitch Crochet Blanket - end of week 1

I have been working every day on this blanket since I started it last weekend and would like to share with you the story so far.....

During my first week I crochet 17 rows in a very random way before I started repeating the pattern.  I am finding it very easy to accomplish and have beautiful straight edges.

I aim to crochet around 200 rows and I estimate that it will take me a month plus a week to finish off the ends.

I am really pleased with the combination of colours.  They happen to work with the colours in my cushions so I may just have to make another one of these for myself!

What do you think of it so far..... please comment below.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

V Stitch Crochet Blanket

Hi everyone

I am sharing with you today some work-in-progress.  I am making another crochet blanket and I am crocheting it using the V Stitch.  The stitch consists of trebles and chains and so is nice and easy if you are a beginner or don't have time to follow complicated patterns.  This blanket is being made for a family member.  It is also a design that I have been keen to try.

I started my blanket by chaining 198 stitches as this is divisible by 3 and then added 4 stitches for the first turn on row two. I used stitch makers every 20 chains so that if I lost count I could easily see where I am without having to recount from the beginning. 

I am going to use a different colour yarn each row which makes the stitch more prominent.

These are my colour choices:

  • Storm Blue
  • Cloud Blue
  • Pistachio
  • Meadow
  • Stone
  • Mocha
  • Camel

I buy my yarn from Deramores and I am using Stylecraft Special DK, which is my yarn of choice for crocheting blankets.  I like to wrap the yarn around these clothes pegs and label them.  Then I can play around with different colour combinations which is how I came to using these ones.

Here is where I have got to after 4 hours of crocheting.

If you want a guide to doing the V Stitch then look no further.  this is a great tutorial and also guides you with how many stitches are needed for the pattern.