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 the same stitch, skip a stitch, then do a single crochet and a double crochet into the next stitch, skip a stitch . . . continue like this for the whole row.  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

Friday, June 17, 2016

I am Featured on AllFreePaperCrafts.com!

I have some news I wanted to share with all of you.  Due to some of my recent partnerships and work promoting my crafts, I have been added to the AllFreePaperCrafts.com family of Featured Papercraft Designers!  If you click HERE you can see my Papercraft Designer profile page on their site.

Thank you AllFreePaperCrafts.com and Prime Publishing for this honor!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June Cricut Mystery Box

***clicking on the links in this post will help to pay my bills . . . thank you for your help!***

If you want to get your hands on the June Cricut Mystery Box you better hurry . . . boxes are going fast!

Don't Miss the Cricut June Mystery Box
 
Some of the items in this box include vinyl . . . so if trying some new vinyl crafts is on your list just click HERE to order your box today!
 

If you are in Canada, order a box for yourself and a couple for some friends because if you order $75 worth of product you can get shipping for just $14.99!!!

Get Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on Cricut Orders $75+

AllFreePaperCrafts

I recently did a blog post about how you can share your projects on other crafting sites to increase the number of people who see your projects, and increase the traffic to your blog.  If you would like to see that post, click HERE

Another site that is a great resource is AllFreePaperCrafts.com 

If you are looking for inspiration for making handmade cards, paper flowers, Origami, Holiday paper crafts or scrapbooking then AllFreePaperCrafts.com is sure to have something for you.

You can click HERE to see all of my projects on AllFreePaperCrafts.com
Make sure to click on the Submit button to submit YOUR projects and who knows . . . you could see something you created in their newsletter or on their Facebook page.  When you go to their submission page, they will even provide you with a list of the types of projects they are currently looking for.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sharing Your Crafts

One of the things I love about having a crafting blog is that it allows me to share my projects with so many people.  Before the world of blogging, friends and family knew I crafted and would experience my creations first hand, but having a crafting blog has allowed me to inspire people and connect with other crafters who enjoy the same things I do.

But how do you get people to see the projects you make?  Yes, you can post them to your blog . . . but people need to be able to find that post.  Places like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram are great places to share your crafting projects but you are still only going to reach the people who have liked or followed your account.

I have recently increased the number of people who see my projects by partnering with sites such as FaveCrafts.com  The picture below is just a small sample of the variety of projects of mine that are on FaveCrafts.com


If you would like to see all of my projects that have been featured on FaveCrafts.com you can click HERE.  I have to tell you, it is so much fun to open their newsletter or check out their Facebook page and see one of MY PROJECTS featured.

If you are a crafting blogger, having your project on this site will help to increase the traffic you see to your blog.  It can also open up additional opportunities for promotion and partnership.  For example, one of my projects is currently listed as one of the 10 Best Father's Day Craft Ideas on FaveCrafts.com and you can vote for my project by clicking HERE and then scrolling down to the bottom and leaving a comment . . . my project is #3, the Mr. Incredible Father's Day card.  Not only could I win from your vote, but YOU could win a coloring book and gel pens!

If you would like to have your projects featured on FaveCrafts.com it is so easy to do!  You will see a Submit Your Project button on FaveCrafts.com








Once you click on the Submit Your Project just fill out the information about your project, upload a photo and include a link to the blog post that has the full tutorial on that project.  If your project is added to FaveCrafts.com you will get an email notifying you that the project has been added.  When there is a specific crafting trend or type of project that FaveCrafts.com is looking for they will list that information on the Submit Your Project page.  This has helped me a lot . . . sometimes I see something listed there and think "I did a project like that earlier this year" . . . and linking to some of those older posts helps to bring new life to those projects.

Make sure to connect with FaveCrafts on social media, like Facebook . . . tell them Shawn Mosch sent you!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vote for my Father's Day Project on FaveCrafts

I am so honored to announce that one of my projects was chosen as one of the 10 BEST Father's Day Crafts on FaveCrafts!



The project is my Mr. Incredible Father's Day card.  If you would like to see the full project tutorial for this card you can click HERE.


To see all of the project in this contest you can click HERE.  


I would be honored if you would vote for me.  Voting is easy.  Just click HERE and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to leave a comment, and mention that you are voting for the Mr. Incredible Father's Day card in your comments.

Just by commenting you are entering to win a prize also!

The voting is open today, June 10th until June 17th.  Vote for me and share on social media and ask your friends to vote for me also!  Thanks!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Crocheted American Girl Doll Dress with Ruffle

After a long day at work, sometimes I would rather just plop down on the couch than be off in my craft room by myself.  One of the great things about working on crocheted projects is that I can relax, watch television and hang out with my family while I work on these projects.

For this dress I combined two projects I have already showed you on my blog . . . the American Girl Doll dress pattern, and a ruffle that was originally used for a hair scrunchie.  



Here is a close up of the ruffle.  It is the exact same stitch from the hair scrunchie project I did, which you can see by clicking HERE.  


I found the original pattern for this ruffle in the LeisureArts.com book Teach Me To Crochet.  



This is a great book for a beginner or someone who would like some new ideas for projects using basic stitches.  Working some of these projects has really helped me to build my confidence as a crocheter.

This dress has a great fullness to it . . . look at that skirt when it is all fanned out!


If you would like to check out some of my other crocheted projects, just click HERE.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Disney Pixar Blog Hop - June 2016! Donald Duck Corner Bookmark

Welcome to the Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

Disney and crafting are a magical combination, and we are so happy you joined us to day for this blog hop.  Some of the crafters participating in this event have been doing this together since 2011!  Over the years the hop has grown but one thing has always stayed the same . . . amazing crafting projects that feature your favorite characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

For 2016 we are going to have a hop every other month for the entire year!  If you missed the one of the hops we already had this year, you can still go back and see the projects.  For February click HERE and for April click HERE.  If you are on Facebook you can like the group page so that you can be the first to learn about each upcoming event.  Just click HERE to go the the Facebook page.

For today's project I made a Donald Duck corner bookmark for my daughter.  She loves to read, and her favorite Disney character is Donald Duck.  You could alter this basic idea for your favorite Disney character.

To start off, I made a little template of the base shape.  The front square is 2" x 2".  I actually made this entire pattern by making four 2" x 2" squares, and then trimming away the portions that I did not need.  Let me show you how



For the first step, draw four 2" squares and place them in the arrangement shown below.

Next, divide the two squares on the sides in half.  
Now you can start to trim away the parts you don't need until you have a shape that looks like this.  It is basically a 2" square with two triangles coming off the top.

I created this template on a sheet of tracing paper so I could use it again and again.  

Choose your base color for the bookmark and cut the base shape out.  I made my base for this bookmark out of blue, just like Donald Duck's shirt.


Next, fold the two triangle portion of this shape down, and glue one triangle to the other . . . but DON'T glue the triangle to the square.  Once you are done with this step, you should have a little "pocket" on the back of your square.  This pocket is what will slide over the corner of the page of the book.


Now to decorate it to look like Donald Duck!  I cut a piece of white cardstock 1" x 1" and glued that on top of the blue square.


Next I cut some yellow cardstock . . . for this I just cut a straight piece of cardstock and then placed it on the blue and trimmed it by hand to fit.  

The last step was to cut Donald's red bow from the Mickey and Friends Cricut cartridge.  I did this at 1" with the Real Dial Size on, so that the actual bow would be 1".


And there it is!  You could alter this same basic idea for any Disney character.  What character should I make next?

Before you go, make sure to enter to win our prize for this hop . . .

We have a paper and sticker variety pack from Reminisce!  There was so much I could not get it all into the photo.  These papers will be perfect for your Disney crafting.


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Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

The full blog hop line up is below.  

Jenny  (post not up as of 9am . . . please check back)