Thursday, March 16, 2017

Designer Profile on FaveCrafts.com

Having your projects featured on other blogs and websites is a great way to get in front of a larger audience and increase the traffic to your blog.  I have done this by connecting and networking with other blogs and websites.

I really love the family of sites operated by Prime Publishing.  One of those sites is FaveCrafts.com.  You can submit your projects to FaveCrafts.com, and I did a blog post specifically about how to do that on the FaveCrafts.com site that you can read by clicking HERE.  If your project is added to the site, you will get an email notification.

FaveCrafts.com will find projects on their site with a similar theme, such as wine bottle crafts, and they will share those in newsletters or on social media.  They will also host contests, and one of your projects could get listed in those also.  I have done several posts about the variety of ways that your projects could get featured or shared on FaveCrafts.com . . . just click HERE to read them all.

They also have Designer Profile pages, and you can click HERE to see mine.  This is a great way for other crafters to find your information.  If they see one of your projects on FaveCrafts.com, they can easily go to your Designer Profile page to see other projects you have created.  There are also links to your blog and social media pages if they would like to follow you.  They also have buttons that you can add to your blog to let others know you are featured on their site.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 2017 Cuttlebug Mystery Box


Cricut is going to have several Mystery Boxes coming out this month, and TODAY is the first day that the Cuttlebug Mystery Box is available.  Get yours now by clicking on the images in this post.  Supplies are limited!




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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Prairie Sunset Crocheted Blanket

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I have really started to get into crocheting recently. One reason I really love it is that it is an activity I can do while my husband and I are sitting on the couch watching a movie. Also, since I have been having some problems sleeping recently, I have found that if I am crocheting I will not fall asleep on the couch only to wake up and not be able to fall asleep in bed.

Another great thing about crocheting is that I am able to make blankets for people I love.  I made one recently for my daughter in her school colors.  (click HERE to see that post)  Now I have started to make blankets for all of my nieces and nephews.

For this blanket I used a stitch from the LeisureArts.com book called Blankets for Toddlers, and the pattern I used is called Cloud Soft. This book contains several different patterns that you can try out for a variety of different blankets.


I love the raised stitch of this blanket.  Here is a close up.  In the book, this pattern was done all in white yarn and the raised stitch looks like little "poofs" in a cloud.  Since my niece loves bright colors I decided to personalize this pattern by using the Color Waves Yarn in the Prairie Sunset color by Lion Brand Yarns.


The Prairie Sunset variegated yarn combines pink, light blue, lavender, purple and peach to allow you to easily create a beautiful multi color project like this blanket.  I used a deep purple yarn which perfectly picks up the purple accent in the variegated yarn, and sort of made up my own pattern of alternating between sections of variegated and solid colored yarn.

Here is a picture of this pattern from the LeisureArts.com book, done all in white.


You can see how easy it was to alter the overall look of this pattern and make it more personal just by changing out the colors.  I hope that this has inspired you to try a new pattern, or personalize one you already have.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Disney Mickey and Friends Love at First Sight Cricut Cartridge

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If you are a Disney fan, and you have the Cricut Explore machine then you will be happy to find out there is a brand new digital Cricut cartridge Disney Mickey and Friends Love at First Sight,

This will be perfect for your Valentine's Day projects!


This cartridge includes adorable images of Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy.  

Click HERE to purchase your digital copy of this brand new cartridge and the check out some of the projects you can create!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crocheted Snowman Gift Bag

Before Christmas I saw another person post an ADORABLE crocheted snowman gift bag on a crocheting Facebook group I am in.  They had found the pattern at RepeatCrafterMe.com . . . you can click HERE to find that pattern.

Well, I had some white yarn in my stash, so I grabbed it and started to crochet.  I had no idea what sort of gift I was going to use the bag for . . . I just started to crochet.  As I was going along, I happened to look over at a past wine bottle Christmas project I had created and I thought "This could be a cute gift bag for a bottle of wine, if I made it taller than the pattern calls for."  So I just kept crocheting until I used up the ball of white yarn that I had.


Then I found this aqua blue yarn in my stash, left over from a baby blanket I made, and I thought it would make a nice bright accent color for this project.  I am not sure if it was lack of sleep, or pre-holiday stress, but I just could not get the bottom of the hat to look the same as the pattern, so I just did a double crochet and then did a long chain-type stitch layered over the top of that for the bottom part of the hat.


Then I had to do another alteration . . . I did not have any orange yarn to do the nose on the snowman, so I decided to use embroidery floss and kind of "cross stitch" a nose on the snowman.  Then, since I was doing the nose with embroidery floss I just decided to do the whole face that way.


This was a great way to use up some scraps in my yarn stash.  And snowmen don't need to be just for Christmas.  If someone was having a birthday in the next couple of months I could still use this for their gift.  

January 2017 Cricut Mystery Box

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If you are looking for a GREAT DEAL on some products from Cricut for your crafting this year, you should check out the January 2017 Cricut Mystery Box.


For just $39.99 you will get a box with rolls of vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, two pens and THREE Cricut cartridges including Chalkboard Fonts, Outdoor Man and Disney Mickey and Friends.

Supplies are limited, so click HERE to order yours now!



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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cricut Explore

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Earlier this week I posted about how I received a Cricut Explore One™ for Christmas, and I will finally be looking at learning the Cricut Design Space™ software and how to use SVG files.  For all of you that have been worried about making this same jump into the world of the Explore machine and Design Space, let's learn the ropes together!

mamawcindy posted this question in relationship to my earlier post about the Cricut Explore . . .
I still use my Cricut Expression and the Gypsy and love them both.Several months ago I downloaded Cricutcraftroom and have used it a few times. I received the Explore for Christmas (2) years ago. Afraid to use It. Could you tell me If I am to Download Design Space first before I get the explore out of the box or do I hook up the explore and then get design space?
Great question!

I personally have already downloaded Cricut Design Space™, but I have not taken the Explore out of the box.  I am waiting to register it to my Cricut account until I know I will have PLENTY of time to craft, because as I understand it once you register your Explore you get a free 2 week trial to the Cricut Access.  I would hate to hook up my new machine, have it all registered and then not have time to play with the images on Cricut Access!

Also, since I have a Gypsy and I have cartridges linked to that, I wanted to be able to use those in Design Space.  I did some research and found that I needed to link the Gypsy to the Cricut Craft Room first, and then when I opened Cricut Design Space I would have access to all of those same cartridges.

Also, once you have downloaded the Cricut Design Space™ there is an option to click to register your machine so to me it makes more sense to get Design Space set up and loaded on your computer first.

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