Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Knitting on Your Arm…Say What??!

Still searching for that unique gift for Aunt Sally or that gift exchange at work? Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect accessory for an outfit. Why not try knitting up a scarf!

A while back I was asked to review and blog about this new book, Arm Knitting by Mary Beth Temple. It was back at the beginning of summer and quite frankly I couldn’t bring myself to think about messing with yarn in warm temps!

Now that the weather has turned cooler, and the thoughts of cozy clothing and layering is here, it’s the perfect time to share this!

I asked some family members to help out and knit some samples too!

No joking…some of these projects will take you about 30 minutes to complete! Don’t worry if you’ve never knitted a stitch in your life!

The book is complete with step by step pictures from start to finish for each of the 15 projects!

You actually use your arms to knit these projects! No worries though if you can’t finish it and need to start dinner!! Just slip your work onto a broom handle, yardstick or something comparable…then just come back, slip it back on your arms and pick up where you left off!

This is the Button-Up Cowl with several types of yarn. It was lightly snowing on this picture day, even caught some of the flakes!

The book gives you yarn suggestions, but you can also play around with weights for different looks.

You can see how the Angora changed the look of scarf.

This is the Simple Infinity Scarf

You always have your arms with you,
so you can do this anywhere!

Look in your local department store or craft store for the book. *And a tip on yarn… I found a treasure trove of yarn at a local thrift store yesterday!

I can’t wait to hear what Aunt Sally says about her homemade, ‘arm’ knitted scarf!!

While you’re at it…. make yourself one or two also!!

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something different!

Enjoy!

Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn

Monday, December 15, 2014

North Coast Creations December Release!

Hi and welcome to the December release
from
North Coast Creations!

Two fun sets this month, perfect for those little guys and big guys alike!

Dump Truck Birthday with one of the sentiments stamped repeatedly on SEI dp, ODBD Circle Ornaments and Matting Circles dies for the truck.

I Dig You just had to have some dirt! Mudd Puddles sand along the bottom. ODBD Pennants dies for the sentiments.

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps.  You have until December 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on December 18, 2014, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

All the information can also be found on the
NCC blog.

Also, North Coast Creations is running a Gift Certificate Special through December 20, 2014.
With every $50 worth of GC's purchased the customer will receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate.
See the blog for all the info!

For lots more December inspiration, see what the rest of the coasters created just for you!

Lori * Julie * Lisa 
Amber * Sandee * Angie

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Look Back at November…NCC

It’s time to take a look back at the November release from North Coast Creations!

This is Nutcracker, colored with Copics, white gel pen and glitter pen accents. A half glass clear dew drop is glued to his scepter and the gold circle on the top of his crown is from the heart charm die cut.

I used ODBD Flourished Star Pattern die, Mini Tags die, Beautiful Borders die, Vintage Flourish Pattern die, Admit One (tickets), Mini Tag Sentiments, and Patriotic Paper Collection.

November release info can be found on the
NCC blog

For lots more inspiration,
check out the rest of the coasters!

Sandee * Lori * Julie * Lisa * Amber

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn

Monday, December 1, 2014

ODBD December Release!

Welcome to the December release from Our Daily Bread designs! A big variety to choose from this month, from everyday to seasonal to patriotic. I took a break from Christmas card making for my samples today Winking smile

Prize Information: -
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards! You have until December 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE the new designer paper this month, Patriotic Collection, I sure do! I cut strips the width of the widest die from the Pennants set and just partially cut the ends, then placed them atop the layered base with the embossed stars by Darice.

The Mini Tags die set is so versatile with lots of size and shape options, including these ‘dog tags’ which I stamped with some of the sentiments from American Hero, then threaded them on jute and popped them up. The RWB stars are from the Sparkling Stars set.

Although designed as a ‘landscape’ card, it easily works as ‘portrait’ too!

 

 

 

 

 

My next sample is also a patriotic one, using one of my favorite older images, Not Forgotten.

Again, I used the beautiful Patriotic Collection, which I might add, works great in other projects as well not just patriotic.

It’s colored with Copics, then sponged with distress inks, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, and Walnut Stain. For the base DP since it comes 6x6 and I had to cut off some of the sponged edge look, I sponged with Pumice Stone….voila…easy fix!

Here’s another just for fun…

Here, I used the Gilded Gate die in black on cream cardstock. While the black cardstock was still in the die, I took my white gel pen and using the die as a ‘stencil’ added the white. After removing from the die, I took my water brush and ‘smoothed’ out the white, blending it into the cardstock making it not so stark white.

I also used a sentiment from The Gate stamped on Ornate Borders & Flower die, and embellished with Peaceful Poinsettia, Fancy Foliage, Ornamental Crosses, and Angel Wings dies.

You can also see all the info about this release on the ODBD blog.

For lots more December inspiration, please see the rest of the breadsticks!

Julie * Chris * Cathy * Lori   
Sandee * Paula * Angie * Lisa * Audrey
Silke * Wanda * Grace  
Gracie (Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn

Saturday, November 22, 2014

North Coast Creations November Release

Welcome to the November release from North Coast Creations! I have 2 samples for you today using Nutcracker and Snow Angel Murphy.

For fun I looked up “Nutcracker” to see how it was colored……there is such a variety! I decided to go with this color combo. It’s colored with Copics, some white gel pen and Spica glitter pens.

The background is ODBD Snowflake Background.

My next card is from the Crazy Critters line, and loveable Murphy! He really is! I can just see him rolling in the snow too… now whether he’s good enough to make a snow angel, I don’t know! lol

He’s colored with Copics, white gel pen, then for the snow I used a ‘snow pen’ which when heated puffs up.

The snowflake paper is from the Christmas Paper Collection 2013, by ODBD. I also used the Pennants die, Circle Ornaments die, and Zinnia and Leaves die, again by ODBD.  

You can also see all the info on the NCC blog here.

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps.  You have until November 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on November 25, 2014, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

For lots more November inspiration, check out what the rest of the coasters created!

Sandee * Lori * Dawn * Julie 
 
Lisa * Amber

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Taking a Look Back at November…ODBD


Today we are taking a look back at ODBD November release. I have a variety to share with you from birthday to Christmas!
Here are the sets I used for my samples today































For more inspiration using the November release be sure to visit the
ODBD Blog.

I stamped the verse from His Birth in Memento Rich Cocoa and used Circle Ornaments to cut it out, sponging with distress Walnut Stain. Using the star shape from Flourished Star Pattern, I cut the tips off of the top and bottom and scooted them in a bit to make a wide scalloped layer from dark brown cardstock.
I also used Beautiful Borders and added some Stickles to the starbursts.

This is also for the Mojo Sketch #371

Here are a couple more samples, the first done for a Splitcoast challenge, single layer card. I stamped and embossed in fine detail silver, Come Let Us Adore Him and embossed only with Flourished Star Pattern.

This next one is a birthday card for a dear friend that just opened a natural health/boutique oriented store. I thought the ‘Reach for the stars’ sentiment was perfect for this! I used Sparkling Stars for the front flap window and the 3 inner ones stamped with Shine On. The embossing folder is by Darice, ink is Adirondack Mountain Rose and distress Bundled Sage. 

I used Soulful Stitches Collection on the inside and a greeting from Be Joyful.

For tons more November inspiration, see what the rest of the breadsticks created!
Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn