Monday, March 30, 2015

Cute as a Button

Today I am sharing with you a cute My Besties by Sherri Baldy.

I started with a shaped card base and added a panel to emboss the buttons on.
I used a Darice embossing folder
I highlighted the buttons with silver ink.
I cut additional buttons out and added various ink colors and popped them up.

I just love the little scissors, cut on the Cricut Explore
 along with the thread and needle and the bodice.

                                    Here shows you how the buttons pop up.

I used copic markers to color
her and highlighted around her
with chalk.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:

Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #63- Anything Goes
My Besties French Blog- Challenge #32-Embossing
My Besties Spanish Blog- Challenge # 9-Sewing

Thank you for taking a look and hope you have a Great Day!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shabby Chic

Hello and Good Day!  I have never done a shabby chic theme before.  This is my first attempt and also used some new tools and embellishments.

First, I used a Sherri Baldy, My Besties digi, img394 Josephina.
To color her, I used newly purchased markers from Hobby Lobby, Twin Tip The fine Touch.  These come in a bundle pack of 36 markers.  I like some of the selection in it, but, not a variety for shading.

I also used a Tim Holtz stencil called burlap.  This came in a two pack with another called bubbles.  I love how it turned out.

I found the burlap ribbon in a pack with 4 other ribbons or twine in the clearance bin at Michaels.  Can't beat that.
I added brown ribbon with a bow on top of the burlap.
I used some floral sprays for an added touch.

I used all crate paper brand cardstock.

To distress the edges, I just love the Tim Holtz tool for distressing.  Makes it so easy.

The sentiment is a Indadinkado rubber stamp that I separated to stagger each work.

To finish it off, I added two rolled roses and added a pearl to each center.

I hope you enjoy and thanks for having a look!!!!

I am entering this into challenge:
Challenge # 2- +tie or tape with Bestie image over at My Besties Brazil Blog


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beauty of Dreams

Stopping in and sharing a cute little image by Sherri Baldy, a My Besties, Dot to Dot img691, that  deserves a spotlight for warmer weather and spring.

I used white textured card stock for the 5x7 base card.
I used Cricut Anna's Garden Cards and Embellishments digital cartridge to cut my red and black center piece and the white flower wreath.
I embossed the red with a Darice embossing folder in Damask.
Coloring with red was a challenge for me trying to get the right shading.
I used Copic markers in these colors:

I would like to enter this card in these challenge:
#83-Anything Goes over at Through the Purple Haze.

Hope everyone has a Great Day!!!!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Sweet little basket for Easter

Hello.  Easter is just around the corner.  I wanted to share this little easter basket designed to hold a few chocolates and a gift for my daughter.

I used a My Besties by Sherri Baldy img781.  I added the cute little bunny from another of her images.  
I used textured cardstock cut with my Cricut explore and added chalk by Pebbles for some added fun.
I added a few rolled flowers and a cabbage rose. 
I colored the images with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

I am entering this into challenges

Have a great day!!!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring in the Air

Is anyone else having spring fever?  I find myself thinking spring in everything lately.  Today I just wanted to share a card I made for The Outlaws Friday Coloring Challenge.    Here is the color palette we had to work with.
I just love all shades of purple and really enjoyed working with the colors.
I used Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Brown.
I used a cream colored cardstock for the base that has a linen feel to it.  I also used that to stamp the sentiment on and love how it turned out.  I also found the dark purple in my paper stash and just love how it all came together.  Wouldn't be complete with out the sheer double bow.
Hope you enjoy!!!!

Until next time.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Knitting and felting

Hello.  I was at the mall and saw this cute little purse that also came with a pretty little price tag.  WOW!  Well, as always, being a crafter, a maker, I thought I can make it and make it the way I want it.  Let the journey begin.

Took a little trip through my yarn stash and realized I didn't have any 100% wool yarn,  so off to Joann's to pick me out the yarn I needed.  You will need 100% wool yarn and make sure it isn't the superwash type or you will not get the felting result that you want.  I used Paton's Classic Wool.  There are many many more colors to choose from, but I wanted grey and I thought the grey/white twist added character.  This project took just a little over 2 skeins.  I bought 3 so I still have enough yarn left to make an accessory of some sort.  Woo Hoo!!!!!  Love the price tag on these as well.  At $5.99 a skein, I can make others in more colors.

Let's get started.........

I cast on 80 stitches on a size 9 circular needle and joined to knit in the round.  I made a tube as the body and decreased stitches until I have roughly 20 stitches on the needles and bound off by joining all stitches together and cinching it closed. I then picked up 36 stitches on the cast on side to begin the flap. I began decreasing on each side equally once I had enough of the flap to cover the top opening.  Once I had 4 stitches left I begin the I-cord to make a loop for a button closure.  This will need to be as long or short depending on the size button you want to use.  You could also add other closure options by omitting the I-cord and doing a hook and eye method, or even a magnetic closure.
Now we need to think about a strap or handle.  I wanted straps and knitted these in I-cord and knitted a cord as tall as me so I had more than enough to work with.


Now that the pieces are all done, let the magic begin.  Throw the body and strap into the washing machine with a small amount of detergent and the hottest water possible.  Depending on how hot the water is and the amount of felting you want, you might need to run it through a cycle more than once.  It took me 2 cycles to get to my end result I liked.

Lining added
Once you get it out of the washer, it is time to shape it.  I used 4x4 pieces from a previous project and cut them down to 8 in. long and put 2 pieces inside as my form.  It should fit snug, so you might need to play around with all sorts of items to get the snug fit or shape that you want your bag to have.  Let this sit until completely dry.  Once dry, time to embellish or whatever you want.  I wanted only a lining for mine and did a rough measurement by wrapping my fabric, from another previous project, around and adding 1/2 in.  I cut a small panel for the bottom and sewed all the pieces together.  Didn't look complete to me, so I cut another left over fabric for a panel on the inside of the flap.  Now I was happy.

Ok, how am I going to add my handles with one long strap.  I cut my long piece in half.  Wait, how am I going to attach them.  I used grommets and just poked a hole through the side of the bag in the front and in the back. Once I had all the grommets in place I threaded one end and tied a knot and held over  my shoulder and across my body to adjust the length for the straps.  Once all tied and knotted, trim the extra off.  Add your button for the closure or whatever you pick as the fastening device.

All the possibilities.  All the colors that are available I see many more being created.

Have a great day!!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patty's Day

Hello and Happy St. Patrick's Day.  I wanted to share a card I made that is St. Patty's inspired.  This litle gem was fun to make.  I used Paper Crate paper which reminded me of shamrocks.

I stamped a fun whimsy swirl to act as a flight path for the dragonflies.  Added a little lace trim and decorated that with some perler bead dots.  Sentiment is by Inkadinkado.
I colored the shamrocks with Copics and Spectrum Nior markers.

I got my green going.  How about you?

Friday, March 13, 2015

I just love My Besties by Sherri Baldy. Ever since I was introduced to these, I have practiced and practiced coloring with copic markers as I never used them before.  I have made progress and with spring approaching, this My Bestie Digi, Fancy Pants Little Skipper, just screams bright colors to me.  I colored her with copic markers, E00, E02, E11, E33, Y00, Y13, Y18, YR04 and   RV11, R32 and RV04.  I choose to partially cut her away from her panel to add an extra layering affect.
I stamped flowers and dragonflies for the inside by Inkadinkado  #98973 Beauty Stems and colored them to match her outfit.
I used Crate Paper and Craft Smith in Blackberry Lemon paper packs.

I would like to enter this is challenge..

Challenge 61 # Anything goes + option Stitching by Scrapbook Stamp Society Blog Challenge