Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Dew Drop Shawl!

Hey, everyone!

You may have not have noticed but I've recently been bitten by the "yarn bug!" It's such a thrill to turn a skein of yarn into a scarf, shawl, hat or blanket and it has been a total stress reliever for me.  Not to mention, when you are making a blanket in the winter time, you stay quite cozy as you are making it!!!

Recently, I got turned on to loom knitting.  It's for people like me who can't hold 2 needles and work them at the same time......lol  Seriously, though, there are some pretty incredible items that can be made on the loom and this is one of them.

It's called the Dew Drop Shawl and you can find so many other patterns on that YouTube channel by Kristen!

I used Red Heart Shimmer yarn in Pewter for mine, but I can't wait to head to Ligonier to find some fancy-shmancy yarn with little glass beads to make an incredible one of these for the annual gala that my husband and I attend each year.  There are so many possibilities with this shawl and all of the different kinds of yarns you could use.
Here's the loom with several rows on the yarn.  For this pattern you go back and forth across the loom 100 times to make this shawl.  The loom has 84 pegs down the side, so this picture isn't showing you the entire loom.

When the pegs get too many of the loops around them, you carefully lift several of them off, pull of the extra loops, then drop the loops below the loom, and then replace the 2 you grabbed.  This causes the drop stitches to fall below the loom.

When you lift the loom up they all fall and you can begin to see the pattern forming.  This picture of the shawl is about 1/2 way finished.


When you are all done, here are some of the ways it can be worn.

I wore my shawl as a scarf to work and this is how I positioned it.  I got lots of compliments all day while wearing it.

Tying a loose knot is very beautiful, too.  This is the only picture of all of the ones I took that sort of captures the sparkle and bling that goes through the yarn.  So pretty!

Wearing the shawl this way is perfect for a blazer or jacket.  It lays so nicely.

Finally, if you would like to dress up your outfit for a night out, let it drape like a shawl.  The scallops are so gorgeous and flowing.

I honestly had my doubts as to whether or not I could make this, but it was so fun and relaxing.  I have to admit that I had to watch and rewatch several parts of the video over and over to understand, but I got it.


Thanks for stopping by to see my newest creation!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Double Strand Infinity Cowl

Good morning, everyone!

This year, I'm going to blog about more than just cards........as I have been branching out into many other crafty areas.

So, today, I bring you my very first double-strand infinity cowl.

I found a CAL (crochet along) on the One Dog Woof blog and I decided to play along.  When I got home last night I started it, and by 7 it was finished.  I just love this color combination.

This yarn used is a seafoam solid color and a blackstone tweed.  So pretty!

This picture and the one above are the cowl doubled up to put around your neck.  This will definitely keep that cold air out!

Just a shot of how it lays.  There is a natural twist in the cowl so that it could be crocheted in the round and no need to sew it together.  No seam to see on this cowl.

I wanted a close up picture for you to see all of the little flecks of color in the tweed yarn.  It was the turquoise and teal flecks that got me to pair it with the seafoam yarn.



You'll be able to find this cowl in my Etsy store, Greetings from Stephanie - Cards and Specialties, later this week!



Have a great Tuesday!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Outlawz "Hearts" Challenge for a Gift

Good morning, everyone!

I'm here with a card and post for the Outlawz!
Since it's Sunday, there is always a challenge going on over there........In fact, there are challenges for every day of the week going on over there, so pick a day and play along with us!

Today's challenge is a "Hearts" challenge!
It is the week of Valentines, so lets see your hearts. Love is in the air and its time to share the love with those in our lives.

I absolutely love turquoise and red together and I just had to make this card turquoise to match a baby set that Mike and I are giving to a couple who just had their first child.  Their gift actually inspired the color of the card and then the design.  I love when everything just falls into place.

The cute little lion and sentiment are popped up on dimensional tape to give it some interest.  I also had to match the embossed polka dots with the dots on the lion which is oh-so-cute!
I decided to let the cut circle be a background for the popped up lion on the inside.  It added interest when you opened up the card.


As for that gift I mentioned earlier............
I've been on a baby kick in making blankets, cocoons, hats, mittens and booties.

 I can easily make a set of these for you, if you need a baby gift or shower gift.  Just email me by using the "Contact" button at the top of the page.
Didn't I tell you that the card and present matched?  You can't get any closer in color to this! 

I hope you play along with us this week as I can't wait to see what you create!

Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted)
Sweet Baby stamp set and dies
Celebrations stamp set (sentiment)
Verve dies - From the Heart
Nesties dies - Standard Circles: Small
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Swiss Dots
Stamper's Select White cardstock
Hero Arts Layering Weight cardstock - Pool
VersaFine ink - Toffee, Vintage Sepia and Onyx Black
Martha Stewart Glitter Marker - Lovebird




Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Clean & Simple Class - Day 2

Hello, everyone!

I'm back with another Online Card Class card!  This one is from the Day 2 tutorial.......Jennifer showed us how to water color with pencils and a water pen.  I really had fun doing this technique.

This card was made for a little girl's first birthday.  I wanted to keep it sort of "raw" using the water colors, like a child would.  Then I added in the speckles of water color for the same reason.  I think it's one of my favorite cards in a long time.

I added some glitter glue hearts to give it a little "pop."  I think it was just enough.

Simple greeting on the inside.


I'm so excited to be taking this course and it's not too late for you to join in on the fun!
Just click on the class image below!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Unity Itty Bitty stamp set - Love You Tons
Sizzix stamp set - Birthday Wishes
Winter Wisteria & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Prisma colored pencils
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Tourmaline
Pom-pom ribbon
Water pen



I'll be posting lots of cards for this class, so be sure to check back often for the next two weeks!

Thanks for stopping in today!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Short Month Outlawz Challenge and C&S Day 2

Good morning, everyone!

I'm here with a card and post for the Outlawz!
Since it's Sunday, there is always a challenge going on over there........In fact, there are challenges for every day of the week going on over there, so pick a day and play along with us!

Today's challenge is a "Short Month" challenge!
February is our shortest month so let's embrace it by making a "short" CAS card - one that measures 4.25" square that is. Any theme, just make your CAS card measure 4.25" square.

So, for the Clean & Simple Cardmaking 2 class, we were taught a technique using masks and their negatives to make our cards.  We were also taught how to make an image look a little more 3D by daubing or sponging ink in the image but leaving part of it light in color.  These are the techniques I used on this card.

I sure loved using a scrap piece of plastic acetate for the masks on this card.  I first stamped the frog in Memento ink and then placed the mask over top to daub.  For the lily pad, I placed the negative of the frog right on top and the mask for the pad below it so I could make it appear like the frog was right on top of that lily pad.  Pretty cool effect!
I made the background in Raspberry Fizz because this card is for a little girl's 3 year-old birthday.  I love pink and green together. 

I hope you play along with us this week as I can't wait to see what you create!

Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Boy Basics: Frog Hop stamp set
Tremendous Treats: Birthday stamp set (sentiment)
Raspberry Fizz & Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Olympia Green
Tim Holtz distress ink - Shabby Shutters
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Signo Uniball pen - White
Smooch Illusion




Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Clean & Simple - Day 3 Card

Hello, everyone!

I'm back with another Online Card Class card!  This one is from the Day 3 tutorial.......Gradient stamping.  I was surprised that in my massive assortment of background stamps that I couldn't find one that would work well with this technique.  Then I found a set that I hadn't cataloged or inked up and it was perfect for my very first Christmas card for next year!!!

For this technique you were to use 3 inks and a method of stamping that would make it look like you used 6 different inks.  I only used 2 different inks for my card, but it worked well.
The ink colors I used were the Hero Arts Shadow inks and I can tell you that I am quickly falling in love with these inks.  They stamp so perfectly and I love the colors!

I'll be entering this into this week's Simon Says Stamps challenge which is "Anything Goes!"

I'm so excited to be taking this course and it's not too late for you to join in on the fun!
Just click on the class image below!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Bells & Boughs stamp set and dies
Background Basics: Striped Sweater stamp set
Pure Poppy & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Hero Arts Shadow ink - Red Royal & Soft Olive
VersaMark ink
Filigree embossing powder - White
Martha Stewart Glitter Pen - Curry
Gelly Roll Metallic Pen #519



I'll be posting lots of cards for this class, so be sure to check back often for the next two weeks!

Thanks for stopping in today!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...