Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crocheted bakers twine hearts

I am a little late in posting these. But to be honest I didn't start making them until February 13th at around 9:30pm. I made up a half a dozen to attach to some small treats for a few friends at work. I used this pattern pinned on Pinterest. It was amazingly easy to follow and whip up lots of the little cuties. I gave them all away before I took photos so I decided I needed a few for myself anyways, so I whipped up a few more.

I think they are really cute crocheted out of bakers twine. We all thought you could hang them from a car rear view mirror, attach to zipper pull or use as a book mark. I know I am going to use the red and white ones on my Christmas tree as ornaments too. And I could attach them to Christmas presents. So cute and fun.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More Crayola Model Magic and clay ornaments

Here are just two of the heart ornaments that I spoke of in my last post. These were inspired by this pin and this beautiful pin and even this pin (although this recipe I tried and for me it was an EPIC fail) but the idea of pressing stamps into the front was a good one. But in the end this Pin made it happen. Her product recommendation, her picture tutorial, even the fact that her children did it with only minimal help and especially her comments about tips and tricks she learned as they made this project all spurred me on to try this again. 

This heart is made with the Crayola Model Magic product. It is sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Pearl, although you can't see it in the photo. I could not get an angle where the glimmer would show. Darn it. 

This ornament is made with Crayola Air-Dry Clay. It is heavier, it is not as white when completely dried, but it does have a really nice embossed definition and it takes the Glimmer Mist even better than the Model Magic. I know you can only see a little glimmer in the above photo, in person it is very shimmery. I also sanded the rough edges just a bit and that worked out very well.

Probably the best selling point of this Air-Dry Clay over the Model Magic is that it is less than half the price of the Model Magic. But these are breakable, and I did have a few casualties of Easter bunnies who's ears broke off during the drying process because they were narrow enough and weakened enough by the ribbon hole I had made in them. So both products are awesome. Both have great points and I loved working with both. I already have another cookie tray of shapes drying so expect to see more projects soon.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crayola Model Magic ornaments

I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest of course, but I was way too late for Christmas. And just a little too late for Valentine's day. So here I am making Easter ornaments. (Although I did do a batch of hearts that I will show soon.)

The pictures and tutorial were so awesome I wanted to start right then and there. But I had to get some Crayola Model Magic first. I bought mine on Amazon and had it in 2 days. Yahoo!

I rolled it to approximately .25 inch thick. Cut it out with cookie cutters. Placed it on cookie sheets lined with non stick baking mats. Using rubber stamps lightly spritzed with water I pressed the stamps into the Model Magic shapes. It worked perfectly. I let them air dry for 2 days, flipping them over once or sometimes twice a day.

Once they were all dry I sprayed one with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. Let it dry overnight and checked it the next morning to see if there was any adverse reaction or breaking down of the "magic" stuff. All was well.

So I gathered my cutest gingham ribbons in spring colors and matched as close as I could to my Glimmer Mists and went to town spraying the shapes. Above you see the flat and unsprayed back side of one of the ornaments.

This Model Magic dries so light and it feels like dense foam more than actual clay. Really cool stuff. I can't wait to play with more.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spring flower banner

Yes, it's that time. Time to take down the LOVE banner and put up the spring flower banner. It is actually beginning to look like spring around here, we have sunshine and 60's most days and even a few blooming trees. So I'm not rushing the season.

Here is a close up of the flowers. I used Cricut Design Studio with CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. There are two sizes of each flower. I also used SU! 6x6 patterned paper pad I believe I won as a drawing prize at one of the SU! events I had gone to in the last few years. It's double sided monochromatic paper so I actually layered both sides with the white outline flower and a button tied with bakers twine. But the polka dot is my favorite side. The ribbon pom-poms that I added in between each flower is made from the coolest ribbon. It has a string attached to the backside, so you cut your length and then pull the string and it puffs it into perfect little looped pom-pom type bows. I bought it at Scrapbook Expo 3 or 4 years ago. Unfortunately I only bought these two colors, if I ever see it again I would expand my color selection. This stuff is awesome. Cute and easy.

The layered flowers are very basic I know, but if you want to save time in recreating this project for your home, you can comment below and I will send my Design Studio file out to you. Remember to leave your email address, it makes my life so much easier. Thank you.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine double pocket pouch

Valentine's cuteness in a quick and easy project right here! I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest, which the link actually lead to this awesome video that made recreating this project for myself so easy.

This is the back side and a view of the pocket with the nummy chocolates inside. Some gorgeous double sided paper and a little ribbon and a stamped sentiment for the front. Oh yes, and yummy chocolates. Don't forget the chocolate.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

LOVE bunting

I have caught the Valentine's fever. I was instantly inspired to recreate this bunting for my decorating. The Pinsperation piece was so simple and adorable that I didn't wait, I got right to work. Of course as I was planning and playing and looking at my supplies my copy became busier and much less simple. But I am still really happy with the end result.

I literally gathered up every heart shaped punch I had. And thankfully I still had the beautiful K&Company Valentine Sweetheart paper pack on my work desk. I used a few pages from my book for the background paper again. I cut them at 2 x 4 and 2.5 x 4 inch strips.

 The 2 inch strips I slid into a scallop circle punch from the center, to just punch the one edge. The 2.5 inch strips I cut away a triangle. I inked all the edges using CTMH Desert Sand ink. I also stamped a flourish on the scallop bottom piece in the Desert Sand ink and each one got a letter stamped in black, so they spell out L O V E. The rest of the pieces were embellished with punched out heart shapes and some tiny sentiments. I then added some tulle and cotton twill bows and a couple of buttons and it is finished.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crochet infinity scarves

I've been at it some more. More crocheting. More infinity scarves. Thankfully I have given away and sold a few, because I love making them. This is a repeat of my favorite infinity scarf ever, it whips up so nice and quick. I used more Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in Chocolate Cupcake this time. I love the browns and pinks. 

Here is a close up look at it. The variegation in the yarn stripes up nicely in this pattern. And the thickness but super softness of the yarn makes it so yummy to wrap around your neck and wear. It's definitely my favorite combination to create with.

This is inspired by this great pattern. It's a lighter weight yarn and a more open weave crochet design so it will be nice for spring. Plus the colors are very bright and springy. This is also Loops & Threads yarn but it is called Impeccable and the color is Holland. I guess its reminiscent of tulips. Pretty pinks and a chartreuse green. 

Here's the close up, you can't see the striping effect as clearly with the variegated yarn colors, but its three rows of half double crochets and then a nice wide strip of six rows of an open lattice looking stitch. I did crochet this the first time around, exactly according to her pattern. But I wasn't thrilled with the finished project so I re-crocheted it, making it narrower and adding extra rows of the lattice stitches. I really like the finished product. And I am so addicted to wearing the infinity style scarves, so nice to have the neck and shoulder warmth without the scarf tails hanging down in the way. This is a win win in my book.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Paper hearts banner

I made a quick little paper strips heart swag. I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest and also this one. I used K and Company Valentine Sweetheart papers for the smallest heart strips at 1 x 5.5 inches. Next is recycled book pages cut at 1 x 6.5 inches. The final heart is basic black cardstock cut at 1 x 7.5 inches and than I ran this through the Cuttlebug in a polka dot embossing folder. I had to run each strip twice since it was longer than the embossing folder, but the polka dots where easy enough to line up and then run the other end through, so that the entire length of the strip was embossed.

The hearts weren't keeping shape nicely, I assume because the book pages are so flimsy. So as seen in the 2nd inspiration picture I had pinned, I added a strip of red cardstock down the center of the heart to help them keep their shape.

Here's a super close up shot. This was a quick and easy project. I needed a heart banner to hang across my wall above our island. This fit the bill perfectly.

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