Friday, April 11, 2014

Mini coffee cups

I have caught the fever. The altering the mini coffee cups fever. They are so adorable, and they are everywhere these days. Hundreds of pins on Pinterest later, I have bought my stash of cups and lids, I have downloaded the template someone graciously shared and I have begun selecting cute spring papers and covering and decorating and filling. Oh My!!! 

Here is a view of my decorated lids and my little ribbon handles. I used my crop-o-dile to punch two holes in the cups and in the lids, then I ran a 10 inch length of ribbon with a knot on the end through the whole thing and finished with another knot at the other end. 

Here is a view of how I stuffed each of them with 4 covered Hershey's nuggets and 4 Hershey's kisses.

And here is my second trio of decorated cups.

I changed up the lids and added a scalloped edge to the top layer on the cup. Simple, cute spring party favors. I will be putting one of these at each seat at my Easter dinner table.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tunisian crochet pot holders & wash cloths

I am back at the yarn and crocheting obsession again. I have taught myself Tunisian crochet with the help of these easy to follow YouTube videos. She has made 5 videos on the basics of Tunisian crochet, I watched them all, then picked up yarn and a crochet hook and watched and practiced along with her. Super simple.

Then I moved on to this wonderful pattern that has you practicing all the basic stitches in 1 easy project. As is in my nature I went a little overboard, so when I was done practicing I decided to use them as potholders not wash cloths, so I sewed 2 together with a simple slip stitch all around the outer edge and chained an extra 9 chains for a little hanging loop.

Here, I did my own thing. A row of purl sitch, a row of simple stitch repeated a few times and then some rows with knit stitch in the very center just to break up the pattern. I am addicted to Tunisian crochet. It is fun and quick and uncomplicated.

These are very basic wash cloths. As I was reading and watching more on Tunisian crochet, I learned a recommendation to combat the typical Tunisian curl that happens at the starting edge of your crocheted project. It is recommended to do your cast on row and your return row and then do a purl row. This cuts down the tendency to curl. I liked the nubby feel of this so I continued with alternating rows of simple stitch and purl all the way until I had a square. These make nice textured body wash cloths.

For all of these projects I was using 1 skein of Benat Handicrafter cotton yarn in Emerald Isle. I still have half of the skein left, so I think I need to make myself some matching kitchen wash cloths and some face scrubbies and make up remover pads, so they all match.

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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Embossed banner cards

I had all these beautiful 1 x 2 inch pieces of patterned paper left over from several projects lately. They were sitting on my work surface just tempting me to find something wonderful to do with them. So off to Pinterest I go, of course, and I found this idea. Bingo!! Just what I wanted.

I punched all the banner tails using a arrow punch, but you could also use a square punch. It makes each shape the same, if you like that. Otherwise snip them with your scissors, that works too. 

I loved this bright and pretty CTMH paper packet. It's retired now, but I can't waste and inch of it. 

I used all of the new CTMH embossing folders for this set of cards. The stamps are all from CTMH Just A Number set. I used CTMH Black ink to kind of tie in the black layer behind the banners and embossed piece.  

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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

More embedded embossed cards

More card sets for gift giving. These showcase the adorable CTMH Lollydoodle paper packet. All of the cards have been embossed with the new CTMH 5 x 7 embossing folders. These things are awesome. This card was embossed using CTMH Chevron folder.

These showcase the CTMH Jubilee paper packet and I embossed them using CTMH Stripe folder. 

These are made with the CTMH Skylark paper packet and embossed with the CTMH Quatrefoil folder.

These are using the CTMH Balloon Ride paper packet and embossed with the CTMH Dot folder.

And finally the beautiful CTMH Araina paper packet here, embossed with the CTMH Damask folder.

These cards are quick to put together and beautifully show off different patterns from the CTMH paper packets. I really like these for gift sets, for friends.

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

Friday, March 21, 2014

Embedded embossed Ivy Lane cards

The inspiration for this newest batch of paper packet sample cards came from this card design I found on Pinterest. Her blog post included measurements and wonderful time and supply saving tips. I really appreciated her detailed post and photos.

I love the embedded embossing technique and its even more fun now that I have some of the CTMH embossing folder. 

For this set I used the Chevron pattern.

I added some CTMH Blush and Hollyhock card stocks and Black and Pear inks. The sentiments came from various CTMH stamp sets.

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