Sunday, January 17, 2016

Knitting in the round with DPNs

Wow, it's 2016 and I'm just now getting around to finishing this post that I started last year; well, better late than never!  So several months ago, I completed my first pair of fingerless gloves (or mitts) using double pointed needles (DPNs)!  I followed the Easy Fingerless Mitts tutorial by Stacey Perry of Very Pink Knits which has great instructions if you've never used DPNs.  Not only was it my first time using DPNs, but also my first experience with knitting in the round.  But, with the tutorial, I didn't have any difficulty and finished the mitts within several days.  It's a quick item to knit up which could most likely be finished in a day if you wanted.  I used Red Heart Soft yarn in the color "Jeweltone".

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tablet, blog posting and cards

 I'm finally feeling motivated to share a few cards that I've made so far this year by posting from my HP 10" tablet.  I couldn't resist the deal on this tablet when I came upon the presentation of it on HSN,  so I purchased it so I could have my own means to check email and the internet.  I usually use my son's computer but I hate to interrupt him so the tablet will suffice until I can purchase a laptop.  I didn't think I could manage posting from a tablet but so far it hasn't been too bad even though I'm using a stylus.  I did try typing a few words with the tablet's onscreen keyboard but I hate the finger smudges on the screen so I'm sticking with the stylus.

  Now on to my projects.  These photos were taken with my tablet and taking pictures is quite basic but I'm still figuring out the saving and editing functions.  Please excuse any horrible photos but I think I have a few good shots to share.  First, these hydrangea cards were for Mother's Day for my mom, aunts and cousins.  There's nothing like waiting until the last minute especially with a lack of motivation!  I was able to mass produce and whip these up using various colors of  Stampin Up card stock and ink.  The hydrangea image is from Wendy Vecchi's Hydrangea Stencil and Rubber Cling Stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.  The words on the card front are from the Lovely Shelf stamp set by Gina K. Designs.  The sentiment on the interior is an Inkadinkado stamp.  I framed it with an image from the Polka Dot Greetings stamp set by MFT Stamps.

Next are two birthday cards.   On this first card, I decorated the card front with a Prima flower and a polka dot brad for the flower center.  The sentiment is a Studio G stamp. 
On this last card, I stamped the cake image from JustRite's Topsy Turvy Cakes stamp set in Versamark on the card base.  I then colored the same image and framed it using Spellbinders square dies.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Decorate It! Message stamps set.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MSQC Tumbler Bag

Today I have a bag to share that I made last Fall.  It's the tumbler bag from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Within minutes after the video started, I knew I just had to make one.  I picked up a 5-pack fat quarter bundle set, the City collection from Fabric Palette by Fabric Editions, Inc., from the sewing section in A.C. Moore.  With this amount of fabric, I was able to make the bag base and a pieced strap but for the bag lining and pocket I used up some yardage from my stash.  Luckily I already had the MSQC tumbler ruler that I purchased a few years prior and a button in my craft stash so purchasing the fat quarters was all that I needed.  It was a quick project, one that I'm sure could be completed in a day as time allows but with working full-time, I stretched it out over two weekends.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's a little project I whipped up the other night; a mini card and a gable box.  I filled the box with candy and gave this ensemble to my son for Valentine's Day.  To make these items, in my craft stash I found a piece of red card stock embossed with hearts.  I've had it for several years from a craft swap so I finally put it to use.  I used a paper punch to cut out the heart shapes to decorate the box.  Looking at the left over piece with the negative heart shape, I decided it would be a great decoration for a card front. I also found a piece of small card stock that I made into a mini card.  (Sometimes saving scraps is a good thing, LOL!)  I adhered the embossed card stock piece to the card front but it was a bit plain so I stamped in three hearts to finish the look.  Another fun and quick treat holder, I used the instructions I have in my file of tutorials, to make the gable box.  I used a sheet of Stampin Up's ruby red card stock for the gable box.  There is also a video tutorial by Splitcoaststampers for the gable box which can be found on their channel here.  Have a nice day! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gala bag

The bag in this tutorial here is so fun and quick to make!  I've made a few before to hold small gifts and treats.  It's best to use a heavy weight paper or card stock but if it's something very light, regular scrapbook paper should work..  For my bag, I used 2 sheets of Die Cuts With a View 8x8 textured card stock.  I kept the decoration simple by layering two Prima flowers and adding a polka dot brad for the flower center. Black ribbon for the handles, a paper tag and tissue paper finished the bag!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

A new blog, first post and a few projects

Wow, it's 2015!  I decided it was time to create a new blog that wasn't limited by it's title as I do love many crafts.  Not that the title restricted what was posted but I started Sugar and Paper to share my cake decorating and card making.  As there are many other crafts that I enjoy doing, or if it's something new, trying it out, I wanted to move on in blog land! With that introduction, my first project this year is this cosmetics bag that I sewed up last night.  I used the free pattern from Deby at So Sew Easy.  I was drawn to sew this bag after seeing her video on how to construct it.  I used this cupcake fabric made by V.I.P by Cranston from Cranston Print Works Co.

I've had it in my stash for a few years and glad I finally created something with it.  When I bought the fabric my intention was to immediately make some potholders but I got so far as to only cut out two squares which are still waiting for some attention, LOL!  So to start and finish this bag in one evening was a good feeling!  The lining fabric is the candy dots pattern from the "Sweet Tooth 2" collection designed by Maria Kalinowski of Kanvas Studio for Benartex.  The finished size is approximately 11" wide x 5 3/4 tall.

Speaking of sweet tooth, here's a bag I made a little over a year ago from some charm packs from the Sweet tooth collection.  This bag is also lined with the candy dots fabric.  The bit of green on the bag bottom and handles is fabric by Patrick Lose for Timeless Treasures, pattern # PAT-1006.  I followed the Missouri Star Quilt Company's tutorial for the "Make three totes/purses with one charm pack" however, I used a larger grouping of charm packs to make a larger tote.  I came across their YouTube channel several years ago and have been hooked ever since; they have great tutorials and Jenny is so fun to watch!