Saturday, December 31, 2011

Felt Playhouse

Hi Crafters,

Happy New Year's Eve!  2011 was full of wonderful memories and blessings for my family!  Here's one of the last projects made in 2011.  This one was a huge team effort, my mom, younger sister, and I worked diligently during parts of Thanksgiving and Christmas Break.  This past summer I stumbled on these felt playhouses on etsy from MissPrettyPretty.  She has some beautiful work!  She also sells a pattern PDF filled with tricks, tips, and directions including everything you could think to put on these houses.  I convinced my mom (I don't know how to sew) to purchase the pattern to make this for my niece for Christmas.

The house slides over a card table (and she includes how to measure your table properly).  It took us 4 solid work days to complete this project.  There is a TINY bit of cricuted work on this house.  My niece loves ducks so I made a template using ducks from  A Child's Year.

My niece loved it!  We were thrilled with the way it turned out.  We used the eco recycled acrylic felt from Joann's.  My parents also got me a Husquvarna Viking Emerald 183 for Christmas/birthday this year.  We used it for the project and the machine handled the whole thing like a champ!

Happy Crafting and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Calendar

Hi Crafters,

I made a calendar for my mom for 2011.  When her November birthday rolled around she planted the bug that she hopped she'd be getting a new calendar.  I had already started on her 60th birthday gift, I just didn't have time to put a new one together.  Luckily Christmas was right around the corner!  I used my bind it all with 3/4 inch black rings.  The month titles came from Designer Calendar.  The font on the front and silhouettes are from A Child's Year.

 The cat is from Teresa Collin's Chic and Spooky cartridge.

She was so excited to open this up on Christmas.  I hope you are ready for 2012!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi Crafters,

It's Christmas Eve!  I'm looking forward to a few days filled with our families!  Here are a few projects I've been working on.

We had our annual gingerbread house making party this week.  I got to use my cake machine and used fondant on the roof.  I should have cut things in advance but oh well live and learn!  It was just nice to use it and it did really well!

Here are a few Christmas cards I made.  The snowflake is from Cake Basics, the stamp is a studio G stamp, and I embossed it with Martha Stewart glitter embossing powder.  The background is white and embossed with the snowflake cuttlebug folder.

I have a few projects that I've been working on for Christmas gifts as well, but those will have to wait!

Merry Christmas Crafters!  

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Round Loom Prayer Shawl

Hi Crafters,
Happy Advent Season!  I hope you have been able to enjoy this time.  I have had lots of crafting to do this month!  This first project was a project for my mother in law.  She just finished seminary and is holding a worship service called Blue Christmas today.  She asked for people to make prayer shawls for the participants in the service and pray for them as you knit.  I just got my round looms a few months ago so I wasn't sure how it would work out but I wanted to help.

I did some youtubing and found this great Round Loom Shawl Video.  I even learned a new stitch! This stitch is e-looping 2 pegs and skipping 1 peg. I did double up the yarn because I used a thinner yarn than the tutorial suggested, so really it was 2 strands for each stitch. It made these beautiful chunky braids. I used the largest round loom in the set and instead of connecting it like you would a hat I stopped and went the other direction.

This project took almost 2 skeins of yarn, I used red heart.  I used a small crochet hook to finish the end.

I also made some tags with my cricut but of course forgot to take pictures before I gave them to her!

Thanks for stopping by!  We're making Gingerbread Houses tonight and I get to use my cricut cake machine!  I'm pretty excited! There are more Christmas projects to come so come by later on!

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Brown Paper Packages Tied up with String...

Hi Crafters,

Happy Advent Season!  I just love Christmas!  We got our tree up last weekend and I was able to wrap some gifts so it looked a bit more festive!  I know kraft paper has been very popular this year so I grabbed a roll at the local office supply store.

I used the Cake cartridge that came with my mini for the cutouts.  I then used a few sets of Martha Stewart's alphabets to monogram the package instead of doing gift tags.  I used gold ink and it blends in a little too well so I will probably use something a bit darker for the next batch. I used tulle, raffia, and ribbon to tie the packages off. I really like how simple the packages look but yet have a bit of elegance as well.

Happy Crafting,