Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Just squeaking in!

My entry into this week's "Friday Mashup!". I knew I kept all the scraps from this card for a reason ;)

Friday Mashup challenge this week:
  1. Make a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Or Make a project using "Recycled / Repurposed Materials or Supplies".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project "Using The Sketch and Recycled /Repurposed Materials or Supplies". 

As usual, I chose #3! I love mashing it up.

So Many Smiles

(All Stampin' Up! product)
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Paper: Pocketful of Posies DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Aviary, Petite Pairs
Embellishments: 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Whisper White
Tools: 1 3/4" Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Sponge

Thanks for visiting :)


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cabled baby mitts

A good friend of mine told me she was looking for some homemade baby mitts to give to her SIL for a baby shower. It's been so long since I've knit anything, that I jumped at the chance at making an easy/quick project like baby mitts.

Also, her nephew was born 2 days before Jackson, and it turned out that we were neighbours at the hospital (right beside each other!). So even though I never see them, I feel a little connection to the cute little guy :)

I used the Cabled baby hat and mittens pattern from Paulina's Blog. The patterns was well written, easy to follow, and resulted in a darling little mitty (if I do say so myself).

I also used a new technique - and was quite pleased with the end result. As with most of my knitting education, it came from a wonderful tutorial on YouTube. It's like watching a silent picture show, but this video of the Kitchener stitch (for closing the end) is fantastic! Who needs words when you have such a clean demonstration?

I made a boo-boo at one point on the first mitt that I was too lazy to go back and fix, but I it didn't show (instead of switching to the larger needles at the beginning of the mitt, I switched at the end of the increases). So, I just made the same mistake on mitt #2.

Needles: Estelle bamboo DPNs - size 3mm and 3.75mm
Yarn: Lang Merino superwash in "oatmeal"
Tools: Tapestry needle, scissors

Now I need to make some for my little boys! Off to find a good pattern for a 3 year old :)


Friday, October 28, 2011

Rock Star!

I'm so thrilled! This week I was chosen as the "Rock Star" at the Friday Mashup challenge!!! It was such a fun project to make, and a fun challenge to participate in! :)  My submission can be found here.

Looking forward to playing with them again this week! If you haven't played along, you really should - They are super fun.

As if Friday's aren't exciting enough as they are... ;)


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mojo Monday

This week's Mojo Monday sketch is awesome. I love, love, love it! I also love, love love the Spice Cake DSP from Stampin' Up! So, why  not combine my love, love, love's?! Exactly ;)

Thanks {so much}

Materials used:
(All products are Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Paper: Spice Cake DSP
Stamps: "Thanks" and butterflies from Kindness Matters, "{so much}" and flowers from Tiny Tags
Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party
Embellishments: Pool Party ruffled ribbon,
Tools: Large Oval punch, Jewelry tag punch, Decorative label punch

Oh - and joy of all joys, I've joined the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator. Frabtious day, Calloo Calay!


Friday Mashup on Tuesday :)

The Friday Mashup has a fun challenge this week! "It's a Wrap" challenge gave the following options for submissions:

1. Make a project featuring a "Belly Band"
2. Or make a project using "Twine"
3. Or, Mash it up and create a project "Using Twine with a Belly Band".

I chose #3 again. I love being able to mash it up. And every time I hear or see "Mash it Up", my brain somehow brings me to the Shake a Tail Feather scene in the Blues Brothers movie... And the only reason I can think of is because they say "do the mash potato". You should watch the link - you'll love it :) Ray Charles is lovely.

(closed - with belly band)

Opened up

Materials used:
(All SU unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Paper: Timeless Portraits DSP
Stamps: "Congrats", Chandeliers (Hero arts)
Ink: Basic black
Embellishments: Buttons (from my bin), Black twine (The Twinery)
Tools: Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Scallop border punch (EK)


Friday, October 21, 2011


Below is my submission for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge. It's their 2nd anniversary, and as such, I thought I would make a "thank you" card of sorts... A thank you for your constant inspiration!

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Play Date Cafe - and thank you ever so much :)


Materials used for "Boo":
(All SU unless otherwise stated)
Cardstock: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Old Olive, Butter (Bazzil)
Stamps: "Inspire" from Define Your Life set
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Embellishments: Wisteria Wonder ruffled ribbon, Pearl dots (MS)
Tools: Decorative Label punch, sewing machine
Card design idea came from an old Paper Crafts magazine.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

How exciting! :)

This morning, amidst all the rain and cold, I woke up to a very pleasant surprise!

I made the 'fab four' over at Play Date Cafe with this card! This is one of the first challenges I started participating in, and haven't missed a week*. I love their story boards, and their design team is brilliant.

Can't wait to play along again this week :) Check out the gorgeous colour palette!:

Yes, I realize there is a plethora of exclamation marks in this post, but I'm OK with that. Hope you are too! (!!)


*OK, to be completely honest, I missed one.. but I was in the hospital having given birth to my lovely little boy. Excusable?