Wednesday, October 19, 2016

3 D Snowflake - Totally Regal

I started crocheting a collection of 12 3D snowflakes back in January of 2015. My plan was to make one snowflake a month finishing up the collection in December. All went well with the plan, till the end of May. At that point there was just too much else happening in my life and I was not able to keep it up. Family concerns were more important and I took time to adjust priorities.

It's with pleasure that I returned to my 3D snowflakes this week! I'm using patterns from this book - Dimensional Snowflakes - that I bought from Annie's Craft Store

So here is the 6th snowflake in the collection : "Totally Regal"

The dimension is more visible here -

I perch the flake onto wooden blocks when gluing the 3 pieces together. I find it much more convenient than trying to hold it in my hand. Here is the first snowflake's post, showing how I starch and shape these beauties.

It's good to get back on track with these and I hope I can wrap this collection up this season. I was thinking how pretty the parts of these flakes will be for making 'flat' flakes too. hmmm...

Now I need to find more or larger storage for my collection, as the current holder is full. What a delightful 'problem' to have!

Happy autumn to all of you!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Got Chocolate?

This cat-in-a-cup image stole my heart. I mean what is not to love about this adorable 'Cup of Kitty'? I found it over at Tiddly Inks

And heading out to share a cuppa with a friend I thought I would take a card along...

I settled on an easel card with a sentiment from a set by Inkadinkadoo 'Friendly Advice' I chose to paper piece the cup and coloured the kitty with coloured pencils.

Inkadinkadoo 'Friendly Advice' - I got mine at my local Michaels store.

The colours I used are autumn ones...partly because it is that lovely cozy time of the year now, here where I live, but also because I am entering this into the TiddlyInks Challenge #192 'Happy Fall Y'all'

I customized the card a little...adding a note about a cup of tea...and a few of chocolates to share!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sea Breeze Cowl

Hopped on at Michaels last week to take a look at the new Caron Cakes yarn...and i liked what I saw. There was quite a few holes on the shelves, so I did not manage to get all the colours I had hoped to get, but I am still very pleased with these lovely cakes that are staying in my place for now.
I started crocheting a cowl straight away. This lovely looking 'Glacier Cowl' caught my attention. I found the link to it on Ravelry HERE. It is super quick to work up and although I was a little skeptical as to how much I would like it, I think it is a winner for sure. The pattern uses exactly one cake of yarn. I did use a slightly smaller hook (6mm) and did not quite manage to finish the last round, but fortunately that does not matter (is not visible)

The brown and lime green colours are a bit of a surprise and I would have liked the yarn without that, BUT I do think it adds a pop to the finished cowl that is very pleasing.

I shall have to find a model to wear this for me so I can add a picture for you to see just how pretty it looks!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Veels Geluk (Congratulations)

Time for a birthday card again. I was going to say this is for someone special, but all the cards I make are for somebody special, so that seems to be a rather pointless observation!

I used pigment inks for the watercolour look on the background. I find they blend pretty well with water, if not as readily as the dye inks. And I'm pleased with the results I got. I apply ink to the work surface, spray with water, mix it in and just press the cardstock into the mixture. The last step was splattering gold paint over the entire surface - only a little though! I just wanted a hint of gold on there. Finally I trimmed the card front a little smaller than the card base and inked the little strips on either side of the panel using the same pinkish red ink pad (ColorBox Ruby) For drying I like to put it into or underneath a book to dry nice and flat.

For the cut out I used a Silhouette Studio Design Store file by Jamie Koay called  'Roses Bunch Lace'  . The sentiment is stamped and white embossed onto black. (I think the white powder is getting old - it's looking a bit 'creamy' to me. Yikes!) and sandwiched a bit of black thread between the sentiment strip and the card. The thread is squiggly, did you notice that? I was replacing a zipper in a garment last week and thought how cute the squiggly thread look - and it ended up on the card front. Just a variation on the pristine new thread look one normally sees. I also stitched the tag to the edge of the card just to add a bit of interest.

A trio of sequins finished it up and the card is ready to be sent!

I'm off to write a little letter to mail with the card...see you soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Starting Our Homeschooling Journey

It seems like light years ago now. And I guess in a way it is a long time ago. 19 years ago we started our homeschooling (or home learning if you prefer) journey.

It was "interesting" Ha!

I used Cathy Krenek's new "It's All in The Numbers" Bundle for this page -

Of course I always change the LO for my pages to accommodate the different format that I have our photobooks printed in. I keep both formats because one never knows when the available formats for these books might change. It seems to happen often enough. So here is the 9x12" version of this page.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Space Museum - Kona

Here's a bit of 'history'. Family history anyway!

The little school at Makapala on a field trip to the Space Museum in Kona, Hawai'i. This was late 1993 or maybe even early in 1994.

Oh my, does that ever bring back memories...

I used Cathy Krenek's new "Reach For The Stars" kit for my page. (the different parts of the bundle are available in separate pieces too. Find them in Cathy's store HERE)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Time Chillin'

Cool Cat. What more can I say...what more do I need to say?
Not much beats sipping a cool drink while floating on the water on a hot summer's day.

I found this delightful digital stamp image over at Hambo Stamps - 'Cool Cat' . I filled the shaker portion of the card with a variety of sequins. When you shake the card the cool 'water' splashes all around the reclining feline...aaaah that's the life! 
A warm sun, sponged in with pigment inks on the background layer, reminds us that it is indeed a hot day.

I added a lot of details on the card front - Tropical flowers from the SVG Cuts - Summer Holiday collection (affiliate link) and Plumeria (frangipani) blossoms from Miss Kate Cuttables . I also added paper castings of a shell and a pair of flip-flops. The sandals were coloured to match the ones the cat is wearing, down to the daisy on the straps.

Here they are closer-  I used a Polymer clay mold to make the shoes and the daisy is a tiny punch. The daisy center is a single foamy polystyrene ball. Tweezers are so very handy in the craft room I find! 

I coloured everything using Momento Dye Inks. I really like the beautiful water colour results it gives me.

After I had finished the card I decided to change it up to my original idea of an easel card. It simply displays better that way. On this image you can also see the shimmer platters and embossing added to the blue frame. I sincerely hope our friends enjoyed their much needed vacation!

Until next time...have a great crafting week!