Cut it Up Butterflies and Bugs

It’s a new challenge at Cut it Up — Butterflies and Bugs.  Our sponsor is Dreaming Tree.  I used two of their free files for my project, Gerbera Daisy Tea Light and Butterfly Favor Box.

The butterfly is from the favor box.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I used the Release Compound Path command in Silhouette Design Studio to eliminate parts of its wings so I could make them different colors, then layered them.  I made a .01 offset for a shadow and taped and glued a piece of jewelry wire between the butterfly and its shadow so it could look like it’s flying over the flower!  🙂

The flower was super easy to put together, but I had to wait until I picked up my tea lights as I had run out.  I didn’t know it when I bought them, but they turn different colors!!  Wish they were just plain white. Check out the swarm of butterflies and bugs over at Cut it Up, then link up your own project!  The prize is a $15 gift certificate from Dreaming Tree!

Evelyn

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Another update on my experiment

Well, it’s a mixed bag . . .

On the plus side, all the knitting is done!  The emblem looks phenomenal.  It was a blast to knit and turned out gorgeous.   I love the purple for this, by the way; I think it looks regal!I knit the sleeves both at once on the same needle so they perfectly match.  They’re beautiful and puffy (wait ’til you see them!)

My problem is the neckline.  I need enough stitches there so the sweater fits over Logan’s head, so I picked up a lot of them and reduced to 100 on the next round.  I knit the rest of the rows as written, folded it down and whip stitched it to the inside.  And it really looked bad!  There were too many picot bumps and I’d sewn them down at an angle.  😒 So I un-sewed the seam and and unraveled the knitted rows and reduced to 80 stitches, I think.  I knit the rest of the rows again, folded it down and whip stitched it to the inside.   Still too many.  There were actually folds in the front and they were still at an angle, so I un-sewed the seam and and unraveled the knitted rows a second time.  Now I paid attention to where the folds were and reduced the stitches there.

Hoping that the third time’s the charm, I knit the rest of the rows again, folded it down and whip stitched it to the inside.  This time, I was very careful to sew each live stitch into the purl bump directly underneath it.   Still didn’t look right, but I thought vigorous blocking might do the trick.Nope.

They’re too close together.  I’m thinking that I just don’t like this way of making a picot edge — knit a few rows, do one row of (YO, K2tog), knit a few more rows, then fold and sew down.  It doesn’t look right, at least for this many stitches and this yarn, and maybe my knitting style.  It doesn’t look feminine or strong – just ugly.

So I’m going to un-sew and unravel one more time and go with a picot bind off like I did on this Milo vest.  Wish me luck!Evelyn

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Cut it Up Bunnies and Baskets

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

We’re creating projects with bunnies and/or baskets for Cut it Up this time around!

It took me a long time to decide what to make because there are so many adorable bunnies out there to choose from.  I knew I didn’t want to make a card; that gets boring after awhile.  I came up with a basket with bunnies on it!The basket itself is one I’ve been wanting from Dreaming Tree.  It’s called Bow Basket. It’s so elegant.  You could make it again and again with different papers for all different holidays and occasions.  Instead of using the bow that comes with the file, I used cute animals and I also eliminated the handle.   Here’s the side view:I put this adorable bunny from My Scrap Chick’s Sweet Treat Bunny Bag set on one side and a recent freebie from Little Scraps of Heaven, Sweet Peep, on the other.  It’s a bear that’s holding one of those marshmallow bunny treats!  🙂 The little flower is from CAS-ual Fridays, who is our sponsor for this challenge.  The Fri-die is called 4 Petals.  I thought it would be just the perfect little addition that this basket needed.  The patterned paper is from a very old Close to My Heart paper pack called Dotty for you.  They should bring that one back.  The colors are rich and the paper is great for so many projects.

Hope you join us for this challenge.  You could be the random winner of a $25 gift certificate from CAS-ual Fridays!

Evelyn

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Wendy was cold

My daughter and granddaughter came to visit us last week!  Logan loves my dolls and looks forward to playing with them whenever she’s here.  Only some of my dolls are upstairs; the rest are in a plastic bin in the basement.  One day, Logan wanted to see them.  She fell in love with Nancy Lou and Wendy the Witch.  This trip, I brought up Wendy the Witch so Logan could play with her.  Wendy’s dress had been gnawed upon by a dog at some point, so she wasn’t wearing it.  Logan told me that Wendy was cold and I should knit her a sweater.

I took Wendy’s measurements and looked on Ravelry for something that would fit.  Since Wendy’s body and legs are stained, I decided it should be more like a dress.  The Waldorf Doll Knit Pinnie was the closest fit so I chose that one and knit it up with various unidentified leftover yarns. I did a second round of K1, kfb when I added the lighter blue for a more flared look to cover Wendy’s ample bottom.  I still needed more length when the blues were running out so I added some white stripes at the bottom, then added a single crochet border in white on the neck and sleeves to tie it in.  Now Wendy’s warm!

Evelyn

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Cut it Up – Flowers

Must be spring!  There are flowers blooming all over, especially over at Cut it Up, where our current challenge is Flowers!   Our sponsor is Scrappy Dew and they generously allowed us to use their files!  I chose If Friends Were Flowers from their 2014 vault.

This layout will be for Logan’s scrapbook.  I love the funky flowers and the little polar bear.  I bet she’s loving smelling something sweeter than fish!!

I inked all her pieces so they’d stand out.

Come stop and smell the roses over at Cut it Up, and link up your own flower project for a chance to win a fantastic prize from Scrappy Dew!

Evelyn

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Cards made with leftovers

Here are two more cards I made with embossing folders and extra cuts — two cards made in a jiffy!

Both use Tim Holtz’s Rays embossing folder.  The pretty bird is from the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge.  It’s one of my favorites.

This butterfly is my absolute favorite butterfly of all time.  I got it years ago when I was on the Designs on Cloud 9 design team.  That company is defunct now, but the proprietor is Michelle Curry, the owner of Pink and Main.  And she has lots of her svgs for sale in the Silhouette store (under the name Michelle Renee.)  AND I did a search and found this gorgeous butterfly.  The file is called Butterfly Card and it’s number 68336, so you can go pick it up yourself!!

I almost never put sentiments on the fronts of my cards.  First of all, I do a lousy job stamping them, and second of all, when they’re blank I can use the card for any occasion.  Most of the time, I just use them as note cards, but I can stamp a sentiment inside if I want.  So these two are just going into my stash of cards to be pulled out when we need them.

Evelyn

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Blocked baby hat and mitts

Blocking did wonders for this little hat!  It’s the Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington.

before

after

I love it now.  And the tiny mittens are finished, too.  They are the Teensie Weensie Mittens by Sarah Abbott.  It’ll be a nice, warm, adorable set for some newborn!

Evelyn

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