Saturday, 12 February 2011

Pretty little crochet squares

Having completed my pretty rainbow blankets, I have now embarked on making a pretty little cushion to match my blanket (I might make matching ones for the girls' blankets, but not sure yet).
Once again, my inspiration comes from Lucy at Attic24. Her pretty little cushion is so cute and I wanted to use up the partially used balls of wool I have left over from our blankets.

Here is my WIP for you to see.
and here is the graph I made to follow.
Unlike Luce, I do not have the knack for getting random colours to work. I find it much easier to work from a diagram than having to think as I go, sort of like planning ahead. If I do the thinking first, the rest is a no-brainer and I can just hook to my heart's content.

If you want to have a look at Lucy's completed cushion, click HERE and it will take you to the post in her blog where it shows the work in progress and finished block of squares, ready to turn into a cushion cover, which you can see if you click HERE.

Thanks once again for the inspiration Luce :)

Take care and ciao for now,

Friday, 11 February 2011

Cards and blankets. . . .

I have so much I want to share, but today will be a card and my no sew granny blankets, all complete.

First I would like to share the card I taught to my Thursday group yesterday. It is such a cute little card. I got the idea from StampOwl's blog (France Byrne). This is such a great blog, lots of inspiration there and well worth a visit. I am teaching this card to my UIW class on Monday too, just in time for Valentine's Day :)
And without further ado, here is Madeleine's no-sew granny blanket finished!! Yay! I love the colours in this (the camera didn't capture the true to life colours, but you get the idea)
I used Mint Green on this blanket (and Emily's which I will show you in a minute) which was much nicer than the Olive Green I used in mine (wasn't available when I bought all the yarn for my blanket).

And here is a close up of the edging on Maddie's blanket. I love the rainbow colours. The edging on this is quite striking and this is the pattern I intend to use when I make my wavy granny blanket (Chevron style)
Below is a photo of Emily's blanket. You will notice that the border is nowhere as nice as Maddie's and that is because Emily was so impatient to have it, she didn't want to wait for me to finish the edging. The upside is that now I can tell them apart. They are the same size and the colours are on a slightly different orientation, but there is no way I would have been able to tell whose was whose without a lable.
See, only 4 rows of edfing in 2 colours. Emily likes it, so I guess that's all that matters, yes?
And just as a reminder, here is my original no-sew granny. I just adore this blanket, which now lives on my ugly old couch (much prettier that the couch underneath). The original inspiration for thes blanket came from Attic24 blog. Lucy has such a wonderful blog, with so much colour inspiration, I thoroughly recommend a visit, even if you aren't inclined to hook along. Lucy has such a wonderful outlook on life, she is like a breath of fresh air :)
And this is my edging. I love the way the colours all blending and merge together. This edging made the blanket very heavy to complete and made my RSI flare up. However, I love it to pieces and doubt I would've done it differently had I known it was going to cause that.
Oh, and last, but not least, here is Zac holding the blue and white blanket I made for him last year (after mine and before Emily's). I used the same basic design as my own, but added 3 larger squares in there for something a big different. I love how this came out and so does Zac (see that big smile on his face??) I also knitted that beanie he is wearing. I do love to knit too :)
So that's it, my share for today. Stay tuned for more card shares in the coming days.

Take care and ciao for now,

Thursday, 10 February 2011

A quick card share . . .

Yes, I know, 2 posts in 2 days hehehe.

Today I thought I would share with you some very cute little cards I made towards the end of last year. I just so love this little "Milton with Card" stamp from Wild Rose Studio (you can get these at Little Scrapbook Shop :) )

TIP: I colour in my stamped images in colours that I like and then choose the cardstock and mix and match patterned papers to go with the colours I have used in my images. It works surprisingly well.
~ Add some interest to your card by rolling the corners instead of sticking them all down

~ tear an edge of one of your papers and add some sparkles

~ punch a border around 2 sides of your patterned paper for a slightly asymetrical look

Product information

~ Wild Rose Studio Clear Stamps - Milton & co - Milton with Card + acrylic block
~ Stazon Inkpad - saddle brown
~ Patterned papers from: Echo Park, Prima, Basic Grey , October Afternoon+ scraps in my stash
~ Bazzill cardstock
~ Ribbons
~ FLowers
~ Buttons
~ i-rock tool & clear & coloured gems
~ Cosmo Cricket alphabet stickers
~ Martha Stewart Border edge punch (available by pre-order)
~ Other ~ Watercolour paper, watercolour paint, handmade flowers and a pin from my stash.

All text and images Copyright © Deanne Stewart-Mills and Little Scrapbook Shop 2011

I will have some more for you tomorrow :)
Take care and ciao for now,

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

4-7-11 ~ 7 Wonders ~ Challenge 1 ~ Pyramid at Giza

Howdy Bloggers!

Well silly me, I keep forgetting to keep my blog up to date. Our first challenge went up atLSBSon Sunday for our 4-7-11 challenges.

I was first up and my challenge is to create a pyramid-shaped mini album/art work. I have a step by step which you can see in the forum by clicking HERE

Here are the photos of the project I created - a Fairy Garden.

Product used:

~ Bazzill cardstock
~ Ribbons
~ Wild Rose Studio Stamps
~ Stazon Inkpad - Jet Black
~ Flowers (a mix of lots of brands)
~ Kaisercraft round gems
~ Basic Grey Stickers Chipboard Alphas
~ Kindyglitz
~ other - watercolour pencils, circular paper clip

Take care and ciao for now,