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Monday, August 12, 2013

Giveaway from HodgePodge Crochet

HodgePodge Crochet is having a wonderful Giveaway for reaching 6,000 fans on Facebook! There are over 100 vendors participating with some really amazing prizes. Go to HodgePodge Crochet and click on the BLUE GIVEAWAY button - then like and enter any or all!

Here is my prize - Two winners will receive a $20.00 discount to my shops here and here. Like I said, there are over 100 vendors participating with all kinds of wonderful prizes! Come join in the fun, enter to win, like and share, share, share! :) Good luck to all!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Crochet Chef's Hat with Mustache!

Just off the hook! Whipped up this little Chef's Hat for Axton...he loves to play kitchen and cooks up some devilish delights. Don't you just LOVE the Mustache - I do!
Happy Hooking!

Cupcake Purse Crochet

Oh, my goodness... this was soooo fun to make for Miss B. A cupcake purse! The pattern is by Tapanga and is just the perfect size for a 5-1/2 year-old... 5" in diameter and 7.5" tall. I used little heart plastic beads, crocheted into the "frosting" for confetti. The project is hooked with Lily Sugar n' Cream cotton, in white, brown and their hot colors.
Wishing you a Cupcake Day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A bit of Crochet and a tale

It's been a long time since I've posted! I have been overwhelmingly busy, to say the least. I've had a few opportunities to scrap and make some cards, but lately I've gotten the "hooker" ;) bug again. In October 2012, we became full-time RVr's and are loving our lifestyle. We traveled to Utah, Colorado and Arizona, before returning back to the NorCal area in mid-December, visiting family and dear friends.

In January the gkiddo baby boom began with the sweet arrival of baby Allison Lorraine, weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs! She is just as sweet as they come!

In February we welcomed our precious baby Jackson Charles, weighing in at 7.15 lbs, and blessed that he is "perfect" in every way!

Last, but not least, for the year in March is our dear baby Jonathan Thomas, weighing in at 9.15 lbs. He's just darling!
As I said, I've been hooking again. Both of my dear grandmother's, when I was a child, taught me the art of crochet. I had put it down for years, mainly scrapbooking and cardmaking. However, with the babies, I've returned to my old "habit" and am thoroughly enjoying it! Here's a couple of projects I've completed recently for the newest gkiddos.
For Jonathan, his mommy showed me a "cocoon", so decided I would make one for him, along with matching hat, blankie and booties. I learned a few new stitches with this set, and was thrilled with the outcome. Blanket, hat and cocoon were mods of many patterns and ultimately my own designs, but the Roll-Top botties pattern by Hayley Missingham can be found here
For baby Allison, I just finished this watermelon set. The little white dress pattern is by Sarah Cooper. The diaper cover pattern is by Elizabeth Alan. The flip-flops were a bit fiddly, but finally figured them out via posts on Pinterest. The headband is my version (watermelon) of Genevive Hunter's headband. I was inspired to make this set by Ellen at wilDaBoUtCoLoR  - she is soooo clever!
And the backside with "seeds" :)
Wishing you a wonderful Day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Betwixed Brew

Now I must confess I am a BIG fan of Roberta Laliberte's art/Prairie Fairy Designs, and Gilly is one of my faves - this one being "Brewin' Spells"! It just wouldn't be Halloween if my kids and gkiddos didn't receive a card and a little somethin'-somethin' from me :) So... I made five of these. I'll show you the two different styles I did with the same image. The first one is a regular flat fold 6x6 card to go along with a bag of twix candy.
The second is a "Book" fold, to hold two twix bars to be mailed to my loved ones who do not have kiddos. The inside sentiment from me says "Betwixed Witches for a Happy Halloween". They will all get a kick out of this card and the accompanying treats :)
I used BasicGrey and Echo Park designer papers. Of course, colored with copics, adding Glossy Accents to glasses, frog eyes, and bubbles. Used my sissix dies for the matting, and sentiment/apothocary jars from a Free Digital Stamps link. I did change the wording on one of the bottles to read "love potion #9" in photoshop to make it more "family" friendly :) Again, a lot of layering and popping/3d on these cards
Betwixed Witches for a Happy Halloween to All!
Love, Wendy

Tutu Birthday Wishes!

Another Mo Manning image that I just couldn't resist "Prima". I did make two of this one, also, cuz the image is soooooo much fun to color with my copics and a dabble with the Spica glitter pen.
The papers are BoBunny "Smooch", and used my sweet-n-sassy hearts, run through the cuttlebug and embossed with the heart folder. Also used my spellbinders Heart circles, and a Memory Box flourish.
Alot of the elements are popped up, and then added a matted strip of the DP paper to the inside.
Wishing you a "Prima" Day!
Love, Wendy
Challenges: DP2 Challenge-B

Kickin' it up a year, Sis!

My sweet sister's birthday is this week, and she loves horses and has become quite the accomplished amateur competitor in the cutting horse arena. She also rides with the "painted ladies" in drill and parades. I love this Crissy Armstrong image "Gifted Horse" available at Whimsy Stamps.
Used BasicGrey Indian Summer paper that I've had stashed for a few years - love this paper. Magnolia fence, sizzix circles and flourishes, along with Spellbinders scalloped hearts, all cut and embossed with the cuttlebug. I colored with Copics and had a photo of her paint horse "Gunner", so was able to make the image a look-a-like of him = this will really put a smile on her face.
Dolled up the inside, and centered the large heart scallop for my handwritten message to her. The photos don't do all the layers and pop-up dimension justice - it is very much 3d.
Hope you're getting a kick outta your day!
Love, Wendy

Happy Twenty Fore!

This one is for my sweet son, Devan, for his 24th birthday. He is quite the golfer nowadays, and found this fun Three Stooges image that worked perfectly for his sentiment. The gift with the card is a boxed set of the Three Stooges series - he will get a big laugh out of this one :)
Wishing you an on par day!
Love, Wendy

Happy Birthday TuTu You

While relaxing with friends at our fave B&B, I made cards - traveling light nowadays :) I decided to make duplicates of all the cards, as suggested on the Basic Grey site :)
This sweet Mo Manning image "Odette" was irresistible to me. The papers are DoveCraft, heart string is from Memory Box, and used my sizzix circles and scallops all through the cuttlebug. Of course, colored up with my beloved Copics, along with a little touch of Spica.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a Tutu Beautiful Day!
Love, Wendy

Monday, July 9, 2012

Prima Ballarina, Brooklyn!

It's time for my DT project for Seems A Little Sketchy, Sketch 17! This time we are sponsored by AiFactory and I have chosen Ella the Ballerina. Sketch 17 is just perfect for my project!
This sweet little image just grabbed me and pulled me in so much, that I chose to use her six times!
My precious 4 year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn, has her first ballet recital this weekend and this card is perfect for the occasion. I wanted to simulate Brooklyn as the Prima Ballerina with her ballet troupe, all colored up with Copic markers.
I was chatting with my dear friend KathyCan and discussed the project with her, adding that I wanted to make it appear as a stage when you open the card. Well... Kathy had done a stage pop-up card back in November for her daughter, Allison's, birthday. Allison is a big Alice in Wonderland fan, so Kathy ran with that theme for her card - you must check out Kathy's wonderful project here. She turned me onto a fabulous tutorial by Kim (Paper Punch Addiction). Kim's tutorial worked perfectly for this project to put Brooklyn on stage in the spotlight!
Kathy sent me a birthday box full of My Mind's Eye 6x6 pads, and "indie chic" is perfect for Brooky's card. Used my new Memory Box "Elegant Scrollwork" to simulate "motion", which I found at Oozak. Wanted to give a feel for stage lighting, so used buttons, pearls and black tulle for the job on the card front. Inside wanted to use the star jewels/rhinestones, and the DP worked great to simulate the stage curtain valance and stage lighting along the bottom of the stage. I did add more black tulle for the stage curtains. Just added the black tulle tie a belly band to keep the card closed for presentation to Brooklyn. She is going to get the biggest kick out of this one!
Join us at Seems A Little Sketchy for sketch #17, enter the challenge and show us what you created!!!!