Sunday, September 16, 2012

I've been busy knitting and crocheting as I have another grandson on the way (due November). I have a lot of yarn waiting to be made into something and so I'm determined to be creative in more ways than just papercrafts this fall.  The mittens to the left are crocheted using Red Heart variegated worsted weight yarn. The pattern is free from Red Heart ® (they have both crocheted and knitted mittens patterns.).  I plan on also trying the knitted pattern with other yarn.

The slippers are made from Patton's ® Pure Wool and are knit, then felted. I love these little slippers and now want to make myself a pair (not booty style...more moccasin style).The pattern is from Interweave ® Felted Knits eBook.

The knitted and crocheted afghan (right) uses variegated, sky blue, cream and green worsted weight yarns and is a "sampler" style. Each panel (colour) is a different knit pattern. The panels are joined with variegated yarn in ribbing, then the border is crocheted in single crochet and popcorn stitches. It was fun to use some different stitches than I'm familiar with.

It's the fall season and, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I've started to make some cards to reflect this. The "rock and roll" technique works well with the foliage stamps on this Grateful bookmark card. The bookmark is a tear-away portion of the card.

The Thanks card is a double pocket card, with a pocket on the inside and one on the outside. I've used it with sample tea bags, but a gift card would also work.
The Merry Christmas card uses faux stitching, die cuts (Holiday Collection®) and retired ribbons to create a cute card. The colours don't come through well on the photo...the gingerbread man is a rusty colour, the same as the card and tag. Its a great way to use little bits of leftover ribbon! The ribbon is glued underneath the cardfront, to match the shape of the die. The front of the card is diecut, then attached using dimensionals over the ribbon. Faux stitching brings emphasis to the shapes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Autumn Decoration

My hands are covered in fall colours due to making this door ornament!  I have 3 different Sizzix ® leaf dies plus a rosette die that were used for this door decoration. The leaves were cut out using my Big Shot ®, then they were dry embossed using one of 2 different embossing folders -- the spider web and the fake wood ones. They were then sponged with chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie or cajun craze. The pouff of crumb cake toule in the centre acts as a focal point, with a few bravo burgundy organza ribbon ends flowing out. The greeting is stamped on old olive and mounted on more mustard. Everything is mounted on large scalloped circle centres using pop-up glue dots.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Christmas Works in Production

These cards were made this past Labour Day weekend, after our guests left. I was feeling a bit down and thought that making cards would cheer me up....It did!  I like to see my stack of Christmas cards on the rise, now that the fall is almost here.
The first card has a wreath that is stamped with Versamark ®, then embossed with detail gold embossing powder. The same gold cardstock is used to band the card front, under the greeting. The snowflake centre is punched out and raised using Dimensionals®.

The gingerbread men are stamped with Versamark® and Chocolate Chip® ink on glossy white cardstock, then embossed with the new Sugar and Spice® scented embossing powder. They are then cut out with the coordinating die and mounted with dimensionals.

  The wisemen and greeting are stamped on white cardstock with black ink, then the corners are embellished with a corner punch. Silver cardstock is mounted under the corners and a silver brad added. A layer of vellum is mounted over the white cardstock after a fancy die shape is used to cut out where the greeting is located.
Baby Jesus in a manger uses one of the new Christmas sets from the Holiday Mini® catalogue. The flowered edge is stamped from a retired set that has similar image designs, then die cut for a fancy edge.

The "Believe" card was stamped on glossy cardstock with Versamark® using multiple snowflake stamps, then sponged with coordinating inks to the cardstock used (Versamark® Resist technique).

The Christmas tree was stamped with a darker shade, then over-embossed with silver.

The sympathy card (a break from Christmas card making) was embossed with an embossing folder, then brayered with glitter glue. The scalloped edging was die cut, with a second layer added to bring emphasis to the card front edge. The greeting was stamped on a diecut piece of white cardstock and raised using Dimensionals®.