Little Blue Bird

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? Well it is, and I’ve been enjoying a few new crochet projects! I’m determined to crochet more – but no scarves (unless specifically requested) as I want to break out and expand on the kinds of things I do. I’m currently working on a new throw blanket (great to work on while watching House of Cards), and just finished my first crocheted bag last night (pictures coming soon).

I also want to make more amigurumi (or stuffed animals). I had signed up for a few Craftsy classes and one of them is by the fantastic Stacey Trock – Amigurumi – Woodland Animals. Stacey is one of my favorite crochet designers and I love her FreshStitches blog. I’ve even made one of her amigurumi patterns before.

In the first class, we made this cute little bird.


I LOVED the first class in this series! While I have been crocheting for a little bit, I learned some fantastic tips and techniques that made this little blue bird fast and easy. The tips I learned have already made their way into other projects and I’m feeling more confident to try new patterns.

Stacey even introduced me to a new crochet designer from South Africa (Heidi Bears) and I’ve picked up two of her patterns to make this year (the turtle and the hippo). I can’t wait!

Are you crocheting something fun this month?

Valentine Cards – 2014 Edition

I keep forgetting to post the Valentine’s cards I made for my niece and nephew this year. More fun with my Silhouette Cameo! (Ugh I need to take better pictures!) The envelopes are the ones with the big letters on them, and the cards are the ones with the layered pieces. Since I was boxing these up to send with a small present, I didn’t need to individually address them. Fun, huh?

Valentine Card 2014 - J

Valentine Card 2014 - K

Birthday Card

I got on a card-making roll this past weekend! Once I had all my supplies out and was making the Chinese New Year’s card, it was easy to whip out just one more card. This gives me hope that if I just plan in advance, I could probably make cards once a month for all the events going on that month.

Earlier this week it was my hubby’s 40th birthday! (Welcome to the Fab 40′s!) I, unfortunately, am out of town on a business trip so I wanted to leave him something to find on his birthday. (Boy, I sure hope he found it already. I left it in his lunch box, so if he didn’t find it yet it means he’s not eating the food I cooked up over the holidays to stock the freezer for him!)

Birthday Card

Shapes used:

I know it’s simple, but we both have simple design tastes, so I hope he liked it!

Happy Year of the Horse!

January 31 is Chinese New Year and marks the start of the Year of the Horse. So in honor of that, I made a couple of these cards:

2014 Chinese New Year

I tried to cut out the words “Happy Chinese New Year” from cardstock, but could not find a font that would cut that small without the letters tearing. So it was the perfect opportunity to use my Silhouette Sketch Pens!

Key lessons I learned with this project: [Read more...]

Thank You Cards

I was so excited to treat myself to a Silhouette Cameo machine for Christmas! It has become instrumental in helping me achieve one of my goals for 2014 (or maybe my goal was realized as a result of getting the Cameo – who cares :-) ). I couldn’t wait to get it out and play with it, but I have to admit I got myself completely overwhelmed before it arrived (it took weeks to get it due to the backlog of orders from the Black Friday sale). I started signing up for Facebook groups that gives tips, reading blogs, watching YouTube videos…pretty much anything except actually getting the machine out of the box and just using it and experimenting. Then I saw this blog post for making Quick and Easy Thank You Cards and I knew I had found the perfect first project.

My first test cut proved to me how intricate and smooth the cuts would be. But I also knew that I needed to try something even simpler for making my first cards. Here is what I ended up with.

Thank You Card

And with that one cut out, I used the inverse/leftovers and made this second card.

Thank You Card - Inverse

Key lessons I learned during this first project:

  • They aren’t kidding when they say the cutting mat is really sticky at first. It took some work to get the paper off the mat.
  • Cover up the sticky cutting mat when you’re done and don’t lay anything on it.

Not too bad for a first project, huh? :-)