Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Expressions Vinyl - Siser Week

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This week is Siser Week at Expressions Vinyl!

20% off Siser products  using code: 20SISER18 
this includes all Siser! Even the new PSV! 

We are so excited for this week's Facebook live on Friday with Joe from Siser! Make sure to tune in! 
AND Heat Presses are on sale!

It is a great time to stock up on products for your summer crafting!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Paw Shaped Graduation Card

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Graduation season is coming, and I wanted to make a few fun cards for my daughter's friends who are graduating this year.  Since their school mascot is a Jaguar, the paw gets used a lot on school items so I thought why not turn it into a card.


First, I found a paw shape in Cricut Design Space.  Then I made it the size I wanted the card to be, and duplicated the base piece.  Then I mirrored the base that I duplicated and moved it right next to the original until they were touching.  Then I welded them together at the point that they touch.  I also added a scoreline at that same location so that the Cricut would put a nice line for me to fold the card on.


Next I cut the blue shapes for the paw.  I also did a smaller version of the base for the inside of the card so that I could have the Cricut write a sentiment inside the card.



Next, glue the piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card.


Then add the blue pieces to the front.  I also cut the numbers 2018 out of a silver glitter sheet that has adhesive on the back.  This made it so easy to apply the numbers to the front of the card since the entire back side was already sticky.  ***HINT:  Place the 0 or the 1 first, so that you can space things out nicely from the center of the card.  If you stick the 2 down first and were too far to the left, the whole year will look off-centered. 


If you want to make this card for yourself, the project can be found at the link below


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

All About Cotton Book Review

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I have fallen in love with crochet again!  Crocheting was something my mother taught me to do as a child, and I made a few blankets over the years but never really did much else with it until the past year.  Thanks to the wonderful books by LeisureArts.com, I have fallen back in love with crochet.  I started off with blankets, since that is what I knew so well, but then I made some baby toys,  a pillowheadbands and messy bun hats.

I think my favorite thing about crafting is that I can see something in a store or in a book that will inspire me, and then I can take that inspiration and create something that is all my own.  That is exactly what I did with the book All About Cotton.


Crochet home decor

One of the projects in this book is a water bottle carrier.  I wanted to make one of these since when my family went on vacation to Walt Disney World recently I ended up carrying the water bottles we bought.  This little carrier would have been a perfect way for me to hold the water bottle over my shoulder and not loose track of it.

And since I am a Disney fan, and what inspired me was the need for a bottle carrier while at Disney, of course I had to make it in Mickey Mouse colors!


The project in the book used a variegated yarn, which looked really pretty since it will make its own pattern when the colors change in the yarn, but I wanted something "magical" and what is more magical than Mickey Mouse!


I added a couple of buttons that I had to the front to make it look more like Mickey's pants.  


There are a lot of great projects in this book that would be a wonderful way to use up small pieces of yarn.  We all have them . . . the left overs from other projects . . . too big to throw away and so small you don't know what to do with them.  

Another project I might want to try from this book is the oval baskets.  I love that each one is slightly different and has their own personality with the various edging details.  

Crochet home decor

If you are brand new to crocheting, or you have been creating with yarn for a while, you can find something new to try from the books by LeisureArts.com.  Their books are always easy to follow, have great photos and help you to create what you are inspired to make.

Check out my other crocheted projects by clicking HERE.

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