Knitting stuff

Awhile ago, Michaels had a special on Caron Cakes – the large ones.  Luckily, I was able to rein myself in and only bought one, Shadowberry.  It’s a beautiful mixture of greens, blues, and grays.  It sat in my box of yarn (I have one Ikea box for acrylic blend yarns and one for wools) until March 7th.  I pulled it out and started making a Flax sweater for . . . I’m sure you can guess who it’s for!!  Logan!!  🙂

I had a visit planned for the next week and thought I’d just start it before going down so I’d have something to knit in the evenings and naptimes.  It went much faster than anticipated, so I had a completed sweater – blocked and all – to bring on my trip.  The color changes in this yarn don’t give you even stripes that I prefer in a sweater, so I cut the yarn and made little balls of each color instead so I could control the stripes.  I like the stripes on the sleeves to match the ones on the body.  Any-hoo!  I had some little balls of green, blue, and gray left over.

The trip back from Georgia is ten hours.  What to do?  what to do?  I know!!  Make a newborn-size Milo with the Shadowberry leftovers!  The entire vest was finished about an hour before we got home.  There was just enough daylight to finish up!!  This little guy will go to the Pine Ridge Reservation to warm some baby’s belly.  🙂But there was still a little bit of yarn left.  Can’t waste good yarn!!  This knitted square is not blocked yet.  I have several of them made and will block them before I send them off to Project Amigo.  There they will be sewn into afghans for poor families of students in Mexico.So that’s that for my Caron Cakes Shadowberry!


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PDE Challenges #12 – Photo Inspiration

This is the inspiration photo Janis gave us to work with for this challenge at PDE Challenges.  Isn’t it fun?!?  So many fun ideas came to mind.  It kind of reminds me of something they would make on the Kids Baking Championship shows, which I’m watching now.  After a million ideas swam through my brain, (get it?) I decided I wanted to make a mermaid.   Since I also needed a birthday card, that sealed the deal — a birthday card with a mermaid on it!  🙂

I used two Cricut cartridges to make it – Once Upon a Princess for the mermaid and Lacy Labels for the card.
You can see that I popped the mermaid up for some dimension in this picture:

I think that seahorse she’s holding is just adorable!  🙂  You can link up your project and see the other design team members’ projects here.



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DCD Flowers

Spring’s busting out all over here in Virginia!  What better way to celebrate than to make a project with flowers on it?  The theme this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas is flowers.  I made this lovely Sunflower Treat Box (free from Dreaming Tree!) for the challenge.  I changed mine up a bit by omitting the leaves, adding a second sunflower to the back, and adding patterned paper panels to the sides.  The patterned paper is retired CTMH paper.  Go on over to Die Cuttin’ Divas to see what the other DT members made and to link up your own flower project!


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Stick it Down – March 2018

Here is the March card sketch from Stick it Down.  The different patterned papers and shape of the elements reminded me of a quilt.

Awhile ago I was inspired by several crafters who used quilt patterns on their cards.  Using Google Images as a reference and the grid on the Silhouette Design Studio virtual mat as a guide, I created a template for a log cabin quilt.  That’s one of the easiest as far as I can tell.  It’s just squares and rectangles!  I decided to use my template to make cards for this challenge.

I placed eight 6×6 patterned papers from the same paper pad (Special Delivery by Pebbles) onto my mat and cut them out.  The little green 9-square you see above the mat was cut for the very centers of my log cabins.  I cut out the word “hello” in black, and also cut out eight 5.5″ black squares on which to build my log cabins.

Once all my squares and rectangles were cut out, I carefully transferred the pieces onto my eight black squares for a dry fit.  I worked with the squares individually, first inking the edges of each piece then adhering them onto the black squares.

It looks like my camera focused on the Hello die cut and the patterned papers are a little out of focus, but here are two of the cards.I added tiny black star brads to the lower right hand corners of each card.We’d love to see what you do with this month’s sketch!  You can link your version here!


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The Merry Christmas Challenge #11 – Grinch

The optional theme this week at The Merry Christmas Challenge is the Grinch.  I’ve never seen the new movie and I have no doubt Jim Carrey could pull it off, but you can’t beat the original cartoon version with Boris Karloff.  That scene when he makes Max into a reindeer cracks me up every time, and I mean tears coming down my cheeks from laughter!  (Yes, I have a little mean streak!)  So when I saw a Grinch challenge, I had to take it.

I have some red 12 x 12 papers with the Grinch on them and I really wanted to use them for this challenge, but the print was too big for what I had in mind.  I need Christmas cards, so the red Grinch paper is saved for another project.

I made three Grinch cards.  I downloaded a Grinch clip art from Google Images and print/cut in the Silhouette Design Studio software.  The Bah Humbug stamp is from Unity Stamp Company.  My father always used to say Bah Humbug at Christmastime so this really reminds me of him!  🙂

Here is a closer look at each card.All the papers are just from my stash – no identification on them.

I do have a little hint for you.  I was originally going to use clip art of the reindeer, Max, because he’s so cute so I print/cut him.  He turned out to have a white border all around him that I didn’t want.  I could use a black marker or black ink all around but I decided to go with the Grinch himself instead.  To eliminate the white border, I traced the image, changed the line color to black and grouped the image and the trace line together.  Then I made an offset of the image with a black line and filled with black also.  I sent that layer to the back and set it to no cut.  Now when I cut the Grinch, if the trace was off by a smidgen, it wouldn’t matter; the surrounding paper was black.  As you could see below, the Grinch does not have a white border. Alright!  Hope that’s clear!  You can link your Christmas project here.  Grinch optional!


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DCD – February 2018 sketch

Here is the February sketch from Die Cuttin’ Divas!  I thought it screamed for a “peeker” so I made a cut file of the sketch in the Silhouette Design Studio.  Then I searched my computer for a cute peeker and found this Cute Hippo Peeker from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  It’s not on their site anymore. That cute paper is from Scrap Berry’s Forest Friends paper collection.  Those surprised raccoons were perfect for what I had in mind.  They’re printed right on the paper.

You can see how I constructed the front.  There’s a regular printer paper layer on there that I just printed (but didn’t cut) from the design program.I just used the jpeg that came with the file and positioned it on a white rectangle with a white circle covering the part of his face that would have shown through that big middle circle.  Then I cut and assembled the hippo himself and put him in that window.I put a little strip of the rain paper inside so I didn’t have to save it!  🙂

What do you see when you look at the sketch?  Hope it inspires you!  I hope to see yours over at Die Cuttin’ Divas!


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Cut it Up – Digitally Yours

Digitally yours??  That’s the theme this time around at Cut it Up.  It means to use a digital image on your project (that includes a die cut, of course!)

We had an awesome sponsor for this challenge, A Day for Daisies.  I used the

Fuzzy Bunnies image.  Isn’t it adorable??  As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it – the image, I mean.  I didn’t have an idea what kind of project to make.  But I knew my granddaughter would love anything I did with it.  She loves bunnies!  I decided to make a bunny basket.I used this basket from Jamie Lane.  I brought the file into Silhouette Design Studio and then brought in the image.  I did a print and cut of the basket with the images on it.  I printed the image a fifth time to fussy cut and use as mask so that I could have white bunnies on a pink-inked basket!

I loved it so much I decided to make a matching easel card, too.

Hope you join in and use a digital image this week and link it to Cut it Up.  You could win a $12 gift card from A Day for Daisies!  That’s equal to three images of your choice.  Head on over to Cut it Up and see what the other design team members did with their digital images from ADFD!  🙂  See you there!


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