Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Favorite Pattern

I've enjoyed this sweater pattern from the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of BHG's 'Knit It!' I've made it about 5 times now, starting with one for my niece in these exact colors:

I've made it in these colors a total of three times:
Between those two color combinations, I had enough scraps from both to make this one:
When I first started, I was very skeptical that these colors would look good together...but, by the time I was half way done with it, I was loving it.  It reminds me of icecream.
I didn't even have to buy buttons for it, I had enough mismatched ones in my scrapbooking supply that matched the colors perfectly.
So, don't throw away those scraps...use them on your favorite pattern.  It is fun to see what you come up with :)

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Box Envelope

 Awhile back I made this card:
Find the original post here:
Handmade Flower Tutorial

It was a lot of fun to make, and very pretty to look at, but not very practical to send through the mail.  But then, I came across this over at Split Coast Stampers, and it is just too perfect:

Here is my version:
(Tip - I made my horizontal scores at 2, 3, 7 1/4, and 8 1/4 so it would overlap)

All of your bulky card problems are solved :)

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Unexpected Inspiration

 I recently completed this page:
 Inspired by this baby blanket:
I love everything about this blanket...the colors especially. If you find a pattern or something that you really love, take that opportunity to try out some techniques, instead of focusing so much on design.  The design of my page is pretty simple, I think, but it's colors, and texture that make it pop.  I cut some circles and put them in a polka dot embossing folder, and colored the dots with a white paint pen...and it ended up mimicking the blanket perfectly.  It's also a mostly cardstock LO, which I love, because I have a ton of it. So, if you are in a  slump, take a moment to glance around, and see what inspires you.

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