Video Tutorial: Easy Crochet Flowers!

Yes, it is easy! Even if you have never picked up a hook before you can make pretty flowers to grace you cards and scrapbook pages:

The above card is a thank you for my mom, and the one below is for my sister, everything was colored with my new Promarker Pastel and Muted blending kits:

I used craft thread for the flowers on the cards but you can use any type of yarn, embroidery floss or string you like. The stamps on the cards are from Stampin’ Up! and the pattern paper backgrounds and die cut swirl (cut with my cricut and SCAL software) is from lettering delights, they are having their dollar days right now (everything is $1 or $2 and they have some new cool freebies up too!) so you should check it out and they have a coupon code for $10 off a $25 purchase {and that is off the sale price!}, the code is :Royalty. The Dollar Days sale ends Thursday!

And now the EASY video-this is great for beginners!

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to check out the Lettering Delights Dollar Days sale going on til Thursday and be sure to use the $10 off coupon: Royalty.

As promised in the video here are links to some crochet basics and patterns:

The Purl Bee has great step-by-step photos and directions for basic crochet stitches, great for beginners or if you are a bit rusty 🙂

Nicole Heady posted this double crochet flower, you can stop at a single flower or build the double decker, very good photos!

Here is Shelly’s Crocheted butterfly pattern (it is so quick and easy-it is the one I use!)

And a whole thread at Splitcoast with lots of links to patterns for flowers!

And if you still want more you can find 100 free crochet flower patterns at All Crafts.

Here is a glossary of crochet terms. That otta keep you busy for a while 😀

The projects in this post qualify for the following challenges: Make it Monday, Stamping Scrapping Central , Let’s Ink It Up, Digi’s With Attitude!, Fairy Fun Fridays , C.R.A.F.T. , and the green card is for this weeks Oriental Stamp Art sketch challenge:)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Feeling Sketchy!

Each week the folks over at Oriental stamp Art post a sketch and challenge their members to complete it. I don’t always get it done but today I found some time to make these:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, Paper Co, DCWV, Embossing folder: Cuttlebug, Tool: Scor-Pal/scor-bug, other: Homemade dew drops and crocheted flowers

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, Paper Co, DCWV, Embossing folder: Cuttlebug, Tool: Scor-Pal/scor-bug, other: Homemade dew drops and crocheted flowers

On this card I flipped the sketch:

If a sketch dosn't work just flip it!

If a sketch doesn't work just flip it!

On this card I rotated the sketch:

Stamps: About Art Accents

Stamps: About Art Accents

And I made this from the scraps!

Waste not, want not, make a card with the scraps!

Waste not, want not, make a card with the scraps!

I used lovely Asian stamps from About Art Accents, they have one of the most extensive selections of Asian themed stamps and accents on the market, really lovely stuff and since you can buy the stamps unmounted by the sheet you save a ton of money, poke around the shop, they always have hidden goodies on sale too!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Dip dye! Oh my! {and a contest!}

Hey peeps! I just had to pop in quickly and tell you about the sketch contest I am sponsoring over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. Here is the card I made with the sketch:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado, Die Cuts: Cricut

If you want to play along visit their blog here, and make a card based on the sketch and you might win a gift certificate to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop! What fun! I used the dear deer stamp, and the primitive flowers stamp available at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop. The “friend” stamp is from Inkadinkado and I altered it because it was too long so after I stamped it I cut it and inked the raw end. I quickly colored the images with prismacolor pencils and blended with Goo-Gone, Since I was going to trim them out I didn’t bother to stay within the lines, it really speeds this up!

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

I also wanted to share a fun technique with you today, dip dying! Here I took a flower that crocheted from white crochet cotton and I wet it then I sprayed a bit of liquid watercolor (a drop of reinker, or even a scribble of waterbased marker would also work) on a plastic baggie then dipped the edges of the flower in it and set it on a clean spot of the baggie to dry. It gives you a subtle gradient of color, it would be pretty on cloth or tissue paper flowers too and you can dye it to match your project. *note: If you plan to wash this then use a fabric dye and a soda ash fixative.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Happy Birthday!

In my family the summer is choc-full of adult birthdays so when I get a few spare minutes I whip up a birthday card:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, Cardstock: The Paper Co.

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, Cardstock: The Paper Co.

I again used scraps lying on the craft table (these were actually left over form a friend who came over the scrap the other day) and I used my fave little old “happy birthday” stamp and “God’s Beauty” hostess set I got free with my SU order back in February. Talk about frugal! The “dew Drops” are little dabs of hot glue I colored with alcohol inks, for a tutorial click here. I stamped the butterfly on diamond dust paper with stazon ink and I used one of my little crochet flowers that I am addicted to making as an embellishment.

Homemade flowers and dew drops: Tey chic {and frugal too!}

Homemade flowers and dew drops: Treseye, butterfly, happy birthday, cardmaking chic {and frugal too!}

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you tomorrow when we check in on the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT, they have some great stuff in store for us as well as another hidden freebie! Til then Happy Crafting!

My first Cuttlebug Embossing Folder!

I was shopping at my local scrapbook store a few weeks ago and saw this lovely Cuttlebug “textile” embossing folder. I had not tried the CB folders before so I though “why not!” I love the crisp detail I got using it in my Ellison Big Shot Die Cutter:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper/Cardstock/Ribbon: American Crafts, Emb. Folder: Cuttlebug, Die: Ellison

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper/Cardstock/Ribbon: American Crafts, Emb. Folder: Cuttlebug, Die: Ellison

If you don’t have a manual die cut machine you can still emboss with the folders using a rolling pin. Here’s How: Lightly mist the paper with water, place the paper inside the folder and roll over it firmly with a rolling pin, easy as pie…well actually easier than pie and calorie free!

Here is a close up! I love my little croched flowers, scroll down to last Fridays post for details!

Here is a close up! I love my little croched flowers, scroll down to last Fridays post for details!

I used stamps from Stampin Up (I ordered these back in February during Sale-a-Bration but didn’t get them inked up till today, oh the shame!) and American Crafts Pattern paper and cardstock. The stamped bits of paper are from the scrap pile!

To make the stamp I stamped the flourish in clear ink then dabbed it with chalks.

To make the stamp I stamped the flourish in clear ink then dabbed it with chalks.

I made my own decorative stick pins with eye pins from my jewelry stash, I like these because I can customize them with matching beads and they are stiff enough to poke through the ribbon but are blunt on the end so the recipient won’t get their fingers pricked (it’s nice not to injure people!)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hooray for Crochet!

I love all of the pretty dainty crocheted flowers popping up on cards and scrapbook pages everywhere.  tried to make some a while back but they were ANYTHING but dainty, then I found an easy tutorial over at Nicole Heady’s blog and it was so easy. I used embroidery floss and crochet cotton thread to make the flowers her with a #0 hook but it was really weird to get used to the thread so I made a few in sugar & cream cotton yarn first to get the hang of it then tried it with the thread, here is how they came out.

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamp: Stampin Up!, Punch: Martha Stewart

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamp: Stampin Up!, Punch: Martha Stewart

The flowers on this card are not from Nicole’s pattern but I used the same stitches, once you get the hang of it you can make up your own flowers. The little 4 petal flower was made with the crochet cotton then I sprayed it with my trusty homemade shimmer spray, I also sprayed the scroll die cuts to tone down the black. All the die cuts are from Creative cuts and More. They are looking for a few new guest designers so if you are interested check out the call here, you have until July 6th to apply!

I scanned a few of the flowers I made, then removed the background and saved them as a png file (transparent background) so digital scrappers can add the soft homespun look to their pages too 🙂 They are in one file so use the selection tool to pick the one you want!

free flowers to digiscrap with, see download link below.

free flowers to digiscrap with, drop shadow on the preview only, see download link below.

You can download my crocheted flower elements for digital scrapbookers here.

If you want to find more patterns and awesome examples check out this thread over at splitcoast stampers.

There are also some cool flower patterns at Lion brand yarn.

Have fun making your own little crocheted flowers, if you find a cool pattern leave a link in the comments section. Beware these are very addicting but you can make use of little scraps of time my making these while you watch TV or riding in the car or waiting for the kids. It’s fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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