Monday, May 15, 2017

May Class

My first class week is gone and I feel pretty good. I hold two classes that seem to be going regular gatherings on Tuesdays and Fridays. I am so thrilled and grateful for the support!

We made three beautiful projects. Father's Day Card, Nearly Any Occassion Card and a Bookmark.

The Father's Day card was the most detailed and time consuming and yet easily done. All my ladies, apart from one, are stamping newbies and they all have a lovely time putting this card together.
The set is actually retiring at the end of this month, which to me is really shame as the tools are perfect for masculine cards. I will hold onto this set for sure. 

I choose to make this card as an easel because it's just a great way to display a card. It lays flat so you can put in an envelope and send it off. I included all the things we used to create this beautiful card.

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Nearly Any Occassion Card was this one. I found inspiration on pinterest. It was created by a crafter called Catcrazy. 
I tweaked it a little bit and add the butterflies which I thought was a nice touch. It gave the project a nice effect
as the butterflies wings are not glued to the card. Both stamps used (En Francais and Ups Daisy) are retired for years and can't be purchased through SU! but you can probably find them floating around on eBay.

And finally, we finished off the class with a small project - a bookmark. I used one of my favourite stamp sets, Beautiful You and random selection of colours. Everyone chooses their own favourite combination.
We used SU! markers to colour a piece of plastic that we press onto a wetted watercolour piece of paper. Then we stamped the stamp and sentiment, glued it to another piece of stock and ran it through a laminator. At the end we decorated the bookmark with a piece of ribbon. It is a lovely small project. I love my colour combination. I used this technique with this set already few weeks ago on a card. To make a little present with it was a nice change.

All these were accomplished in 2.5 hours! Piece of cake! The next set of classes runs in June. Interested? Click here for more details and come to one of my classes to try it yourself! 

Friday, May 05, 2017

Hookin' Again, Baby Blanket & Unicorn

The Blanket

I crocheted a little blanket for a dear friend who was expecting her first child. Not knowing the sex of the baby I went for something neutral (well, I believe). The blanket is beautiful. I made one just like that already for my SIL and her baby girl (long time ago).

I bought a baby blankets instructions once upon a time - I think it was at Michaels (oh, I still miss that store!) in America. The blanket is made in stages. First, you make hearts, 12 of each colour. Then you create little squares around each one, put 4 squares together to make bigger squares, put bigger squares together to make... a rectangle (ha! I bet I gotcha) and put rectangles together to make a bigger rectangle and then another. Then you go few times around to make a fringe and viola, a blanket is done! 
It travelled across the pond, to my favourite city ever, Chicago. 

The Unicorn

So, inspired by my first efforts to crochet a toy and "gently" challenged by a friend, I found myself on the sofa with a hook again.

This time I tried this beautiful unicorn. It turned out quite well.  I found a similar looking on Pinterest and followed instructions. Those were written for experienced crafters and I have to say... I am proud of myself. Instructions for seasoned crocheters mean that there are parts missing as it assumed you know what you are doing. After few frustrating nights, all I have to say is - great challenge and greater accomplishment. Will I do another one soon? Probably not. Maybe. Well, probably...

I used leftovers from my previous project. The Women's Institute Soft and Silky 4ply (white, pink, yellow and lime).  It's stuffed with generic toy stuffing from a local craft store. 

I gave this toy to a little girl who shrieked with happiness when she saw it and named it Rainbow right there and then. Quite fitting.