Monday, August 14, 2017

Kindness Cards

Hello Friends!

So how is your summer treating you?  I am so ready for Fall because that means cooler weather.  But I do want time to SLOW down. ;)  

Well, today I am sharing a few super simple cards with some simple touches that give them a bit of pizzazz.  :)

I added glossy accents to make it look like the watering cans are dripping.
(Supplies: cardstock, stamps- Unity Stamps Co., colored pencils, glossy accents, gray & black ink pads)

I added faux stitching with a gel pen.
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper, stamps- My Favorite Things & Hero Arts, black ink pad, gel pen)

Love the "sunset" colors in these.
(Supplies: cardstock; stamps- Stampendous & Hero Arts; distress inks in picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, & peacock feathers; gray ink pad)

I love how the pattern paper looks like a little cafe table cloth.  The other side has an ocean design.  

I added glossy accents on the marshmallows.  They can also be ice cubes in an iced coffee drink (minus the steam).  ;)  
(Supplies: cardstock, checkered pattern paper- Graphic 45; stamps- Fiskars; colored pencils; glossy accents; black stamp pad) 

That covers it for today.  I hope you find time to unwind, take a deep breath & surround yourself with peace.

Wishing you LOTS of health & happy crafting.
(Psm. 119:116)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crocheted Cocoon

Hello Friends,

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.  I am EXCITED because I will be getting a new niece today or tomorrow!! :D  My brother, the father to be, texted me pictures of crocheted baby items (i.e. cocoon, sandals) a while back and asked if I would make something for the baby shower.  Well, these projects were out of my "expertise," but I was willing to try one of them.  

So today I am sharing my first crocheted cocoon, a ladybug cocoon!  I used a pattern by Red Heart, however, I had to modify it several times because my cocoon turned out to be big enough for a DOLL.

 Bottom side:

Back side:

Front side:

I decided to make a beanie, also, to create a ladybug set.  :)  
(Supplies: Simply Soft Caron yarn in Harvest Red and Black, crochet hook size US H, beanie pattern by Paula Daniele)

I included the book, "Ten Little Ladybugs" as part of the gift set.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of all the items together.  

This is all for today, friends.  Take a moment to breathe deeply and have a wonderful day!

Health & Happy Crafting,
(Psm. 119:116)     

Friday, August 4, 2017

Golden Grad

Hello Friends,

My health has finally taken a turn for the better and I thank God for that!!! Glory be to Him!  It's amazing how our quality of life declines without our health.  It has been a LONG journey, and now I will work on the recovery and strengthening phase.  But I can begin to focus on living instead of ENDLESS medical appointments, which truthfully, feels awkward.

Anyhow, I am sharing a graduation layout of my oldest niece.  I recall changing her diapers, her kinder year, and now she is entering college!  Oh, time, you are so cruel with your speed.

I kept the design clean and simple because I wanted to focus on the journaling.
I wrote the name of her high school on the gown sticker with a gel pen.

I don't know why my camera makes my layout appear curved.  Any ideas?
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern paper & stickers from my stash, adhesive, gel pen)

Some of my favorite layouts are quick and simple with room for a big message of love.  
Have a wonderful weekend and take time to focus on you.  Because self-care is a necessity, NOT a luxury. 

Health & Happy Crafting,
(Psm. 119:116)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baby Bibs 2

Howdy Friends!

I hope you are staying cool.  I know many look forward to summer but not me. Summer is like living in a HOT oven in my town.  Well, I recently created some baby cards, so I'll be sharing those with you today.

I created a boy set and a girl set.  These came together quickly using "Bundle of Joy" from Echo Park.

 (Supplies: brown and green cardstock, bib die- My Favorite Things, Sentiment stamp- Hero Arts, safety pin stamp- Fiskars, die cut machine, pattern paper & stickers- Echo Park Paper Co.)

The panda stamp is actually holding a flower.  So I masked it off using a post it note and stamped the bottle instead.  I added faux stitching using a white pen and some glossy accents on his nose.
(Supplies: cardstock, pattern papers from my stash, panda & carriage stamps- Untiy Stamp Co., bib die- My Favorite Things, bottle stamp- Fiskars, die cut machine, white pen, glossy accents)

Thank you so much for visiting.  

Peace, Health & Happy Crafting,

Friday, May 19, 2017

Crochet Projects

Hi Friends!

I'm on a roll with this blog at the moment, but it will be a short post.  I'm just stopping by to share more yarn projects as I try and keep my hands busy.  I'm grateful for this therapeutic outlet.

Again, my apologies for the wrinkled background. :(  The first project is a shell infinity scarf in a cream color.  I used Simply Caron.

Here is a detail of the shell.

These caps were also made with Caron Simply yarn and a G hook.  The pattern is from "Crochet Hooks You" youtube channel.

Thank you for stopping by!  

Peace & Health,

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chemo Caps

Hello Friends!

Yes, I'm still around.  Thank you, Lord!  I'm still battling for my health, so there are days when I'm drained and crafting takes too much effort & energy from me.  However, at times I need to keep my hands occupied.  Therefore, I've been doing some knitting and crocheting.  I'm definitely NOT an expert in this area, so I mainly repeat the same design. :)  And I can only knit using a loom. ;)

While I've been off of work and concentrating on my health, I decided to knit caps for children battling cancer.  This is a cause that's near and dear to me.  I knitted 30+ beanies in baby to teen sizes.  Some of the beanies were made using 2 different colors of yarn.  Here is a sample:

(I apologize for the wrinkled background and bad pictures.  Overcast today.)

(Materials: Simply Caron yarn in various colors; round knitting looms, loom hook)

The following chemo caps were crocheted using Simply Caron yarn, and a J hook.  These are adult sizes, and I used a pattern by Sandra Huffines.  I have a friend battling cancer, so I made her some caps, too.

Friends, this is all for today.  Wising you LOTS of health and peace.

Happy Crafting,