Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why Are Paper Crafts So Popular?

This topic came up the other day, and I wanted to share some thoughts here . . . why are paper crafts so popular?

Paper crafts cover a HUGE variety of projects . . . card making, scrapbooking, home decor, party decorations, origami, coloring, paper mache and decoupage just to name a few.  And within each of those categories there is a variety of skill levels so once you pick up one project you can learn the basics and then grow into an more advanced crafter.  I think this is one of the things that holds people into a craft . . . when they can see successful projects at a basic level and then really develop a skill and grow.

When I am trying to come up with an idea for a new project, sometimes I will look on Pinterest, Facebook or other blogs for something that inspires me.  Another great resource I have found is the website AllFreePaperCrafts.com  They have collected paper craft projects from all over the internet into one nice location for you.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you will get updates and email where they have even found a group of 3D cards ideas and put them in one nice grouping for you to view!

There is even a listing of Paper Craft Designer, so if you find one project you like by a designer you can go and check out all of the other projects by that same designer.  You can check out my designer page HERE.

Weather you start small or go big, paper crafts allow you to show your personality and be creative!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sweat X Sport Product Review and Video

My family just got home from the Pipe City Lacrosse Festival.  Not only did we get to see our girls from Team 36 Lacrosse play some great games (they ended up with 3 wins and 1 loss) but we also discovered a product that I think every parent who has a child is sports NEEDS!  For those of you that know me, you know that when I find a product I love I tell everyone about it . . . well Sweat X Sport is now on my list of product that I will be telling EVERYONE about.

Let me set up the story for you . . . during the first game on Saturday one of our players injured her finger and there was some bleeding from her fingernail area, and she got blood on her jersey.  Between games, we were walking around looking at all of the booths and we came across the Sweat X Sport booth and began to listen to the ladies in the booth talking about all of the stuff this product can get out . . . sweat, bacteria, clay, grass, mud and blood.

Blood you say . . . this is when I go and grab the player who got blood on her jersey.  My "master plan" was to get one of the samples of this product and take it back to the hotel and try to get the blood out, but the ladies at the Sweat X Sport booth said "We can get that out for you right now".  Since my husband had his video camera on him, he recorded it.  Seeing is believing, and once you see this you will want some of this stain remover also!


Just in case the video embedded in this post does not play properly, you can also go HERE to see the video on YouTube.

I really loved the fact that this product did not leave a chemical smell either!  What you saw in the demo was the spray, which is great for treating spots and stains.  They also have a detergent and you can put some of that into a washtub or the bathtub and soak all of your gear.  That will break down the sweat and bacteria that is deep down in all of the gear.  I am actually looking forward to washing my daughter's hockey gear now that we have this stuff!

They were having a bundle deal at the event we were at, and we got a bottle of the detergent, a bottle of the stain remover that they used in the demo, and a bottle of the odor eliminator spray.  I found this bundle on their website if you would like to get it . . . click HERE.

So, I know you want to get some for yourself.  I am including links to the Sweat X website and social media below . . . tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!

Sweat X Sport Website // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Catch A Wave Card

Our daughter fell in love with surfing last summer when we went to Hawaii last summer, so when I saw this paper covered in surfboards I knew it would be perfect for a card for her.


I used my Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge to cut the wave shape and the words "Catch a Wave".  To finish things off, I added a few dots of Viva Decor in the upper left corner of the card.  Quick, easy, colorful and perfect for the surfer in your life.


Monday, June 27, 2016

School Spirit Crocheted Blanket

I recently crocheted a blanket from the book One Skein Baby Projects from LeisureArts.com.  It was an adorable Teddy Bear with a blanket attached to it.  If you would like to see that project, just click HERE.

I really loved the look of the stitch from that blanket, so I decided to make a larger blanket with that same stitch for my daughter.


I used the Icelandic and Grey Heather yarn from Red Heart Yarn.  I alternated between wide and narrow stripes to add some visual interest to the blanket.  I purchased these colors of yarn just because I really liked them when I saw them in the store.  Once I got them home my daughter mentioned that it there was light blue, grey and white in the blanket, which are her school colors . . . so I guess that decided who the blanket was going to be made for.


The basic blanket starts off with a chain stitch, then you single crochet into every stitch for the first row.  For the next row you do a single crochet and a double crochet into every other stitch.  When you come back for the next pass, you are doing a single crochet and a double crochet into every single crochet stitch for the row before.


The border is simply two rows of single crochet.  


I really like that this blanket does not have a lot of open holes in it.  The stitches create a very solid looking blanket that does not have a lot of open spaces, but it is also very soft and flexible.




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Loom Knitting

I just finished my first loom knitting project.  This was so much easier to make than I thought it would be.


I used the new oval loom, in the kit pictured below.  This product is from LeisureArts.com
This kit comes with two oval looms, a hook/stitching tool and a book with instructions on how to use the loom as well as patterns for 7 projects.


As you go through the book each pattern will tell you the skill level.  Since I have never knitted before, I decided to start with the very first project in the book . . . a basic hat with a rolled edge.  

Not only are the instructions in the book easy to follow, but the loom itself is so light and easy to hold onto, which makes this a great kit for a beginner.  The pegs on the loom have a slight indentation on the side, which is perfect for sliding the hook into when you are working the stitches.  And speaking of the stitches . . . will you look at how PERFECT they turned out!  I cannot believe how easy this project was!  The whole project went really quickly also.  I made this hat while watching television over the weekend.


If you are looking to try loom knitting, I would highly recommend this kit.  You can click on the button below to purchase one for yourself.  In no time at all you can be making knitted projects for your friends and family.


The Ultimate Oval Loom 2

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Leisure Arts Craft Book Sale!

I had to share this with you . . . LeisureArts.com is doing a sale right now on some of their digital books.  I have recently used some of these books to create some fun crochet projects.  You can check out some of my projects from the LeisureArts.com books by clicking HERE.

No matter what crafting project you want to learn, they can help you with their patterns and project inspiration books.  Just click on the logo in this post to head over to their site.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In Honor of Finding Dory . . .

The new Pixar movie Finding Dory just came out, and in honor of that I wanted to share two projects I created using the Best Of Pixar Cricut cartridge.  One is a Finding Nemo scrapbook layout and the other is a card with Squirt.





















To see the full blog post for the scrapbook layout, click HERE

To see the full blog post for the card, click HERE



Looking to purchase any Disney® Cartridges . . . head over to Cricut.com