Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Half granny square shawl


I made this. I am so excited. This is my first big crochet project completed. And I am thrilled with the finished shawl. Originally, this was my Pinspiration, I fell in love with the fall colors and soft lacy look of it. 



Sorry this is a terrible picture, but this is how I like to wear it. Draped around my neck and spilling down the front of me. I'm a show off like that. I can't help it, I am still so happy with every single thing about this shawl.

The pattern was very easy to follow and surprisingly quick and fun to work up. I used 2.5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Yes, I said Super Saver. When I finished I followed this tutorial for softening and blocking this shawl and it worked wonders. Washing and blocking improved the drape and softness immensely. I absolutely love wearing this, its so soft and comfortable.



Even though its huge, it's a very open stitch and so it wears very light and easy. Its not heavy and it just melts around my neck.


In homage to fall I made little clover shapes all along the outer edge. In homage to my recent Ireland trip I added one 4 leaf clover (see it there in the middle of the photo). I love this little hidden treat.



Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween cards



This is one of my new Scrapbook Expo finds. The Stamps of Life thanks2fall stamp set and coordinating dies. Super dee duper cute. I came home from my local expo and played with them all that weekend. 



The Halloween patterned paper is from Basic Grey Eerie paper pad.


Add some card stock layers, pop up the pumpkins and add a little Queen & Co. bling and I'd say these are too cute to spook!

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My first SU! Upline meeting.


I had a great evening meeting some of my SU! upline and peers. We created some very beautiful crafts also. 



First we created this card using the new Wonderous Wreath stamps and Framelits set. Also we used the amazing gold and silver foil papers. Really gorgeous stuff.


Here we have an adorable fall vignette using Holiday Home stamps and Framelits set. 


This sweet luminary was made using vellum paper and the Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits. We stamped and embossed with silver ink and powder. It turned out very elegant.


This was the final project of a very fun technique class. Bubble wrap stamping, and in this case we stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Then we sponged over the embossing with 3 different inks. Super unique finished project. Loved it!

I learned so much in one evening, and I have been stamping and paper crafting for 20+ years. I am so excited for this fun new endeavor.


Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My first card buffet class




My long time friend and instigator of my love of paper crafting, Tina and I cohosted our first SU! Card Buffet. Well, it was my first, she has done many. It was great fun.

The two cards above were inspired by this and this pins on Pinterest. 






These are also inspired by this and this wonderful cards found on Pinterest.





And my final creation also a Pinterest find, here. I am so thankful for Pinterest. I see so many beautiful projects that I might never have found on my own.






These beauties are Tina's designs.





Sweet Halloween cards, so cute.





And a beautiful Thanksgiving card too.






These little gifts for our attendees were inspired by this awesome Youtube video that I saved to Pinterest. So easy to save and categorize wonderful projects for future reference.


Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy birthday card





Oh my, I have fallen off the blog wagon. I am so distracted lately with crafting and traveling and family and fun, that blogging has been forgotten.

The above card was created as a project to share with friends. We got together for a day of crafting and fun, and each created at least one card to share. We brought all the supplies so everyone could make and take one. It was a fun day.

My card was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest. As you can see I didn't change much. I didn't have the shwoopy branch stamp that the original creator did, so I improvised. I like all the layers and textures going on.

Here are the rest of the creations from that fun day.

Some Kraft beauties.


A great hexagon birthday card.


And some adorable Halloween cards.




Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alaska cruise with Pazzles craft group


I have been away from my blog for too long. I have another mother daughter vacation under my belt, and so I am slow to getting back to my crafty self. 

Mom and I went on an Alaskan cruise, with a group of 16 other ladies, we were a Pazzles craft group on a huge cruise ship. It was amazing. We carried our Pazzles onto the cruise ship, set up in a dedicated conference room and left it up for a week. Crafting and cruising, the perfect combination.



Adorable Creek St. shopping district in my favorite stop of the cruise, Ketchikan.  


Coming into Juneau port. 


Glacier ice.


Quaint Skagway.


Epic Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia. 


A pig roast on deck of the Norwegian Jewel. Just one of many wonderful events on board the beautiful ship. 



And now onto some of the awesome craft projects created and taught by the amazing Klo Oxford from Pazzles. I learned so much this trip and created some wonderful projects.

The very first photo in this post is our Alaska word mini album. Each letter is on a different page and each page can hold at least one photo on the front and another on the back. The cruise ship silhouette is an actual outline of the Norwegian Jewel, just one of the fantastic things you can do on the Pazzles software and machine. Mine is not completely embellished yet, but I wanted to share with you still.

Here you see a mini album built on the base of a rolodex. We learned how to scan in the rolodex pages and tabs and then create our own replacements, adding decorative detail to each tab. Now I can trim down pictures to adhere to each page and have a lovely flip book to showcase some of the highlights of my last trip with mom, to the British Isles.



Here's one photo of the interior pages flipped open. This project as is right now, will hold 26 trimmed photo's. I can even add more pages if I like. I figure the shorter tab pages I will add descriptions, quotes or stories.



Here are partially finished scrapbook pages. One for each port. Isn't the totem pole cute? We cut that on our Pazzles, the entire page actually but the detail and delicateness of the totem and the Ketchikan font just amaze me. The Pazzles has thoroughly impressed me, and I'm so thankful for all I learned about it this trip.


Juneau page is waiting for a cut out of a scotty dog. Because my favorite stop on our Juneau port day was at the Red Dog Saloon. A crazy eclectic collection of stuff crammed into a sawdust covered floored saloon. Fun and silly and delicious. We enjoyed shots of "duck farts" their specialty drink, and pizza made with reindeer sausage.  


Skagway is a photogenic town at the base of beautiful mountains. Old fashioned steam engines right on the main shopping street. 


I need to figure out what I want to add to the Victoria page. We enjoyed the Empress Hotel inside and the outside gardens. The parliament building and the beautiful park like grounds around it and walking around the inner harbor with all the hand craft stalls and food sellers around it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these Pazzles crafts, different from my usual cards and 3D paper crafts and occasional yarn projects. 


Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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