Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARrggh... Matey... I Love Ya!

The little men in our lives appreciate crafty things, too, so I'm happy to share a boy-themed, love inspired card with the Shopping our Stash Love Theme challenge, SOS 186.   I have been on a Valentine binge all week. This one will go in that stash of cards because I think it's still sweet to say "love ya" without doilies, glitter, hearts or other mushy stuff. 

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Darnell over at NBUS inspired me this year to showcase Never Before Used Schtuff and Shopping our Stash reminds me that I have lots of crafty things that need attention.  It's a Pirate's Life stamp set from My Favorite Things is unfortunately retired now.  I caught it in clearance sale quite some time ago, and it sat neglected in its unopened packaging far too long.  

Also very stash worthy, is shopping my kitchen drawers for embellishments!  Kitchen twine and toothpicks came in handy for this card.  I especially love to show off the little toothpick plank... check it...

The close up gives you a better look of the little sick pirate on the right.  He is intentionally colored a little green... My sister and I are slowly developing our coloring skills so I hope she has a chance to see my latest creation.  I used a variety of Copics (will regret not writing down which ones) and a wave die from MFT to complete my seafaring crew's scenery.

I'm sensing that once I'm satisfied with something I've made, I feel that calming, warm feeling that gets me in a relaxed and happy mood, so I think my insomnia inspired work will be laid to rest tonight as I do catch some Zzzz's... 

Happy Crafting and Sweet Pirate Dreams!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentines May Get the Best of Me...

The Valentine craze continues in the Craft-a-torium!
Proud to have saved a tiny scrap of red card stock that was part of a paper crimp project from a LONG time ago.  Look closer and I think you can see the crimped layer behind the sentiment strip.  I hold onto scraps with good intentions to use them, but most should just go in the trash.  This was one lucky, little scrap that is able to fulfill its card destiny!

I used the sketch over at this week's MFT sketch challenge to get me started, so linking this post with that challenge.   MFT Stamps Lovey Dovey Sentiments set appears to been retired, but it's been a go-to for Valentines and great on a card for any loved one for any day of the year.
MFT Sketch Challenge

A few other details...the fun crossword patterned paper is from BoBunny, the bottom border die, heart shapes & button are from Stampin' Up!

So far, I am doing well with my new year resolution to get back into the card making fun.
However, I'm not sleeping much again.  While my insomnia continues to inspire, it may get the "best of me" rather than bring out my best soon...  Hope you're catching some zzz's!

Enjoy & happy stamping everyone!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Milk n' Cookies... Yum!

I'm still in Valentine mode and suspect I will be for awhile...
Love the Lawn Fawn food-theme sets.  Thanks to my lovely sister, I have the Milk & Cookies stamp set now (what a terrific little Christmas present that was!).

I used several of the images to randomly stamp a background to enter into the latest Lawnscaping Challenge.
Lawnscaping Challenge No. 98

I really thought my stamping looked very perfectly random with the milk carton, cookie jar, cookies and heart stamp.  Then I cut a heart out of the middle and found the pattern created a little cookie pair right next the opening!  Ha!

I was very proud of my Copic colors on the little cookies.  I love it when something turns out.  
I stamped the little banner then hand cut it and was thrilled that my sentiment fit perfectly inside.
The tiny heart hole puncher came in handy, too.  It covers up just some tiny imperfections in coloring (oh yeah, that's what embellishments are for anyway, right?).

Oh I've had fun making cards this gloomy Sunday...
Enjoy &
Happy Weekend everyone!

Other card details, if' you'd like:
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Milk and Cookies
Cardstock from Stampin' Up!, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Scallop and stitched rectangle dies from Mama Elephant
Framelits Heart & large heart punch from Stampin' Up!
Banner from Stampin Up! (retired set, I'll need to find the title later...)
Ink: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
and Copic Markers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Super Lazy Rib Mitts

Gotta share some more knitting!  This is another gift pair I created, loosely based on the pattern, Lazy Rib Fingerless Mitts by chocolate trudi, found on Ravelry.  I adjusted the pattern to add some ribbing on the cuff, top and thumb, and used a gusset-less thumb hole on these, so my versions are slightly different than the pattern.
Crafty friends, you'll find a pair of fingerless mitts can be nice to wear indoors in a cool environment, even during your craft and day time activities.  When I gifted my mitts to family, I included a little handmade tag to remind them how they can use them.  For my niece who is learning to knit, the tag on her mitts called her pair a set of Knitting Mitts - "keeping your fingers free for creativity!"
Ah, the joy of knitting, it is very easy to modify patterns to try new things.  Using a gusset-less thumb hole option makes the pattern Super Lazy Rib Mitts.  If you are familiar at all with creating a thumb gusset, the increases take a little extra work.  Even with that short cut on these, they fit surprisingly well, so I was pleased with the outcome.
One thing that is problematic on posting my hand knit mitt projects on my blog is taking a good photo while modeling them... I have to set a self timer and hope that how I'm holding my hands will at least demonstrate how they fit without looking too odd.  There is apparently no good lighting, and very little I can do to hide my wrinkly, craft hardened fingers, too!
Happy crafting, everyone!  TGIF.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Sentiment Says it All

My card challenge entry of the day is for the amazingly talented group over at The Paper Players.  

The featured Sentiment challenge has inspired me with more designs for the Valentine cards I'll be creating for my office. No, I don't send love cards to my co-workers, I just make many to sell for our department charity event.  Some people bake, I bring the calorie free cards.  
I'm thrilled when I see someone is excited to find the perfect card for their someone special from the variety of cards I make.   You can make a card with hearts, add glitter, maybe a cupid or something...but a Valentine greeting is not complete without the perfect sentiment!

The latest challenge is hosted by one of my favorite stampers, LeAnne.  She will create an amazing project, post it on her blog, and instantly I want to try the style, the technique, or buy whatever she used.  Without reading her blog, how would I ever have known my microwave could be an important tool in my crafts (you'll have to search her blog to find out why - hint - think scrunchy seam binding).  So, hi Players, and hi, LeAnne!  Thanks for letting me play along.

Other  card details should you be interested...
Stamps used:  Up & Away from The Alley Way Stamps, Borderettes from Stampin' Up!
Paper:  Stampin Up! DSP (retired I believe, sorry)
Ink:  Island Indigo from Stampin' Up! (and a Copic red marker for heart)
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party from Stampin' Up!
Dies:  Stampin Up! heart die, EK Success Circle Punch, Mama Elephant arrow

Happy Belated Birthday

Happy Belated Birthday
for all those people I keep missing their big day, I apologize!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!