Monday, March 25, 2019

New Crochet Blanket

I am excited to have my second grandbaby on the way.  This, of course, means I need to get busy so this little one will have a soft blanket when he or she is born.  Since we do not know which one we are getting, I decided to use bright, cheery colors.  I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn in a granny square design.  I know that I want to make 6 squares and I couldn't really find the perfect pattern so I decided to make one up.  Once the blanket is complete, I will post the pattern.

I started with a simple circle that I squared up on rows 7-9.

I made the mistake of forging ahead without securing the tails.  I certainly know better, but sometimes it is hard to stop when you are on a roll.  I will definitely have to pay for this later.  I decided to complete all 6 squares as I go rather than waiting until one square was finished to start the second one. 

On row 10, I added a decorative surface row by using post stitches and trebles in previous rows.  I will continue to post as this project continues.

Caron Simply Soft colors used:
 Berry Blue
Soft Blue
Cool Green
Gold Ombre
Cobalt Blue

Sunday, March 24, 2019

New Earrings

Recently, I had a little time to create some pretty earrings.  I used some of the new Czech glass flower beads and hand dyed seam binding ribbons from Dry Gulch

These easy earrings are made with Super Duos and size 8 and 15 seed beads.  These came together very quickly.

All of these pieces feature Super Duos as well.  These 2 hole beads make designing easy.  I did not use a pattern for these. The beautiful pearl chain is also available on either the Dry Gulch website or their Etsy shop.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Embroidered Pendants

I have been working on embroidered pendants for our Dry Gulch jewelry line.  I love using different ribbons, beads and fibers in my work.  The hand dyed threads are perfect for shabby chic pieces.

I started with tea dyed fabrics and added beautiful threads and ribbons from my stash.  The pretty Czech beads are from Dry Gulch and I love the painted bird charm.

To finish off the edges, I used rayon thread to whip stitch all the way around.  A piece of silk ribbon makes the hanger.

For this one, I added a seed bead cluster to the center of the Czech glass flower and stitched around with hand dyed pearl cotton thread.  These pretty little pendants paired with our sparkly crystals will make great necklaces.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Thinking of You Card

 I created this cute little flower card for the Simon Says Add Some Red challenge.  This challenge is to use the color red and also to use a cutting die.  I used three different dies on my project, all unbranded.  I foiled the flower and cut the leaves from glitter paper.  

Valentine's Day Card

I had fun creating Valentine's Day cards today using old paper heart doilies.  The pink has turned to a pale peachy-pink, but I like the vintage color.  These were from a friend's very old stash - the package says 100 pieces for $.75.  Quite a bargain!   

I am entering this card in the new hearts challenge at Double D Challenges. and in the Crafts Dreamy challenge which is anything goes.

The sentiment is foiled using holographic gold foil from Thermo Web.  I printed it on pearlized paper and die cut it with an unbranded die.  I like the simplicity of the design.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Mittens Card

I created this card for the challenge at Creative with Stamps.  The theme for this challenge is mittens.  I used a new mitten die cutting set to cut the top layer from metallic blue cardstock.  I watercolored the blue background and stamped it with tiny blue snow dots.  The Let it Snow sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder to match the silver mirror card base.

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop Challenge

This month, I am joining the Papertrey Ink monthly blog challenge.  I chose bright, cheery colors to help fight the winter cold.   I stamped and diecut the little flowers and leaves and layered them over a scalloped edge rectangle cutout. 


This is the challenge photo for the blog hop.  Click the link above to see all of the inspired projects.

Color ChallengeCard

This card was created for the Color Throwdown Challenge.  The colors for this round are navy, green and gray.  This color palette was definitely a challenge.  The intricate background die was cut from silver mirror card which matches the embossed sentiment perfectly.  The flower cluster was colored with Arteza brush markers.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Collage Paper Tim Holtz Challenge

I created this tag for the #THA_Jan tissue wrap challenge in our FB group, Tim Holtz Addicts.  This is an amazing group filled with talented artists who love everything Tim.  Even though the challenge was for Tissue Wrap, we are allowed to substitute Collage Paper.  I love the new Botanical design of the collage paper so I chose that medium for my tag.  I guess I am hoarding the Tissue Wrap since I do have some.

I started by using Collage Medium to attach the Botanical Collage Paper to a piece of white 110lb cardstock.  I waited for this to dry and then used Distress Crayons to add color to the design.  I added a little water to smooth out the crayon.  Next, I added a thin layer of the crackle medium.  I wanted a subtle crackle look, but I should of applied the crackle medium more heavily. 

I used one of the Stampers Anonymous cling sets from Tuesday Morning to add writing and butterflies to the background.  I also used the Creativity sentiment to a piece of patterned paper.  I cut a wildflower from the Wildflowers 2 Thinlet set and spray inked it. 

I broke out my papercrafting sewing machine to stitch a zigzag design around the edges of the papers.  I always forget how much I like the look of a stitched edge.  I find that the tools that get put away when not in use seem to be forgotten.  I need to find a way to keep the sewing machine within arms reach.  
 I used Tea Dye Distress ink to give all of the elements an aged look.  My go-to favorite distressing color is Frayed Burlap, but this project needed a darker aging.

I had a lot of fun working on the alcohol ink background for the inside of the plaque.  This design took several re-tries.  I used Yupo paper for the base and added lettuce and sailboat blue inks.  I also used a lot of blending solution, both from the bottle and from a mini mister.  The mini mister is the last step and it adds tiny spots which look really cool.  When the piece was almost, but not completely dry, I placed a piece of gold foil over the ink.  The tacky areas adhere the gold foil (my favorite part).

I assembled all of the componets and adhered them to a navy blue tag base which I cut from 110lb cardstock from Joanns.  I topped it off with a gorgeous piece of hand-dyed seam binding ribbon from Dry Gulch.  

I had not made a tag in a while.  I love challenges that lead you in unexpected directions.   I am looking forward to the February FB challenge!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vintage Floral Card

This card was inspired by Tim's new Sizzix release yesterday.  There are many beautiful new dies that I would love to have, but I decided to make some projects based on the examples in the video using what I already have in my stash. 

One great idea that I gleaned from the new release video was to create a dimensional background using diecuts.  First I diecut flower pieces and adhered them to a piece of heavy cardstock using Finnabair 3D Matte Gel.  Next, I painted the piece with unicorn's hair.  I wanted a more opaque color to cover the pink background, so I also added gold rush Finnabair paint and then I let it dry.  

The next step was to begin diecutting the wildflower stems.  I used the Sizzix wildflowers #2 thinlet set and cut the pieces from watercolor papers that had been colored with Lindy's sprays.  I also distressed some of the pieces with brushed corduroy distress ink.

Then I began layering the backgrounds together, using a piece of Tim's wallpaper that happened to be the perfect colors.  I found an enameled button and attached it with hand dyed seam binding ribbon. 
I love the shabby chic details of this piece.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Color Challenge Card

Today's card features unusual colors for a floral design.  The colors at the Color Throwdown challenge are black, brown and white.  


I started with vintage style background paper layered on black paper from the Prima Printery Collection 6x6 paper pad.  

Next, I added the decorative papers to a 110 lb. brown cardstock from Park Lane.  I love the professional feel you get from heavy weight cardstock.

Next, I cut several leaves from different dies.  I layered the black leaves over the white diecuts.

I used tacky glue to adhere the white silk flower onto the leaves.

I cut a skinny hello from a piece of black glossy cardstock and attached it to a diecut brown rectangle.  I love how the different colors turned out.