Happy New Year everyone!
Now that all the hoopla of the holidays is done, it’s time to get back to work and back to posting! For my first post of 2014, I’m going to take you back to the insanity that was my last month of 2013. I had commissions coming out of the wazoo and while that was extremely exciting and an amazing opportunity, there were times I thought my fingers might actually fall off!
I’ll start off by showing you the gifts. The first two are a paper wreath (in progress) and an ornament ball that I made using the holiday paper from Stampin’ Up! I made these ornaments in lots of different colour combinations and after the paper was curled up, they were just so much fun to put together and were really cute when done! Just watch out for those paper cuts if you want to try curling your own paper at home! For the wreath, I wrapped it first in a nice satin ribbon before adding the paper. It gave it a really lovely finished look to it! Please excuse my laptop and living room background! 🙂
These made for unique gifts and I think people liked them! My next set of gifts were monsters, and ginormous monsters at that! I present to you Bea and Dot! To give you an idea just how big these ladies are, Bea is the size of my torso! As I was knitting her, she just kept growing and growing. Who knew she would end up this big? 🙂 But the most adorable monster ever! They are both in the hands of my friend and demo, Christyne!
Finally, I will know you some of my commissions. While all my Christmas cards sold this year, it was really the knitting that was a major hit! I made some monsters, some ninjas, some bunny ninjas (yep!) and some luchadors!! What do you think? Aren’t they just the cutest? Look at the luchadors cape!! Can’t you imagine one of these guys on your desk at work or at home?
Anyway, I think I’ve given you lots for today! I hope you’re able to stay warm in these frigid temperatures we’ve been having!
Next week, I’ll be showing off some of my geek crafts for my upcoming convention in the spring! 🙂
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season so far!! You’ll have to forgive my lack of post on Monday. We were kind of under an ice storm earlier in the week in Toronto and had no power for a few days!!! All is well in the world again and after camping out with family for a little while, we are back in our own house!
I just wanted to check in, make sure you are safe and sound and enjoying your time!
I’ll be back in a day or so with a lot of fun stuff I’ve been working on for commissions and Christmas gifts! 🙂
A few months ago, Stampin’ Up came out with a new product called Undefined. Basically, it’s a kit that allows you to carve your own stamps. How cool is that?! The kit comes with rubber, wood blocks, two carving tools, foam backing, a marker and instructions and ideas to get you started!
I have had so much fun in trying mine out, although I’ve kept it pretty simple to date. I will be selling my crafted goods at a convention or two next year. These conventions will be devoted more to the geek at heart. And while I love SU and their products, they don’t exactly cater to all demographics, especially not those involving video games.
So I have taken it upon myself to make the stamps I need for the type of cards I will want to make! I started off with Pacman and the ghosts! Now, I just have to turn those into a card…
What else do you think I should carve?? All ideas welcome!
Keep posted to see the cards I manage to make with Pacman!
Remember back in July when I posted about the Stampin’ Up Convention and how I had to make roomie gifts for the lovely ladies I was staying with? Well, the one gift you saw. My little big monster guy who is rocking his pants! I believe Dianne called him Mr. Blue, despite him being mostly green!
The other gift I made was for my dear friend, Christyne Richardson. She is an avid SU demonstrator who holds amazing classes and all-day events. For her project table at these events, I thought she needed to display a Stampin’ Up logo so I cross-stitched and framed her one! To give it that little bit of colour, I added in some SU Strawberry Slush ruffle ribbon. I thought it added just the thing!
What do you think? It kind of looks like the SU logo! Right?
Now that you’ve seen what I made for the Sprite Stitch swap, I’m going to show you what I received! 🙂
The person who had me as a swap person, Gamerwolff, really outdid herself! Look at all the goodies below! I got a Katamari bookmark and larger cross-stitch that I need to frame. Two polymer Kawaii charms and a whole tons of Mario magnets! Look at all of them!!
Receiving this package in the mail really made my day. And I believe I forgot to mention in my previous post that this swap was supposed to be considered a mini swap. That means that everything we made had to fit in a 5″x7″ space. This is a much smaller scale swap than the usual ones where people just go crazy with what they make. This is also the reason why my gift was a relatively small object but with multiple pages. We cheat where we can! 🙂
Gamerwolff managed to break all the rules and got away with it by stacking all her items to me and fitting them in a single small bubble envelope. There are times when it’s good that magnets are flat!
If you’re interested to see what other people got in this swap, you should check out the Sprite Stitch site!
Once or twice a year, there comes a time on Sprite Stitch which is all about swapping!! We get paired up with another forum member, are sent their interests and favourite games and make something specifically for them! It’s a mystery who will be making your gift and you never know what you’re going to get!! This week I’ll share with you what I made for my swap person and next week I’ll share what I got!
My swap person, Katie, works in an office and wanted something for her desk. She listed a number of favourite games, movies and books. I wanted to be able to include as much of her favourites and preferences as possible and leave it up to me to make something that was more than a framed cross-stitch. That just would have been too easy!! But oye! Sometimes while I was working on this, I certainly thought I had bit off more than I could chew!
I decided to make her a daily desk calendar. Five different cross-stitches, all from her favourites, each for a different day of the week! Here’s what I made below!
Monday is the magical day of Harry Potter (pattern courtesy of Wee Little Stitches)! We have a fun Tuesday with Bubble Bobble. Wednesday, you’re trying to fight to get through the week with World of Warcraft. We have Hunger Games Thursday and ending the week with a bang with awesome blocks of awesome from Super Mario World!!
Putting it all together actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would. To avoid using adhesive on the cross-stitches, I stitched them to the black paper and made the calendar stand base with cardboard but all-in-all, it was a lot of fun to try and think a bit outside of the box.
What do you think? Would you like something like this for your work desk??
I am so excited! For my birthday this year, one of my friends gave me Rebecca Danger’s third knitting book, called “50 Yards of Fun”!!
I had no choice but to dive right in. The first thing I had to make was a little ninja for the same friend for her birthday that was just around the corner. I got a little confused right off the bat and didn’t fully follow the instructions but here he is nonetheless!
The next little guy I made from the book was…a hippo!! Despite a hippo’s ability to pretty much rip your face off, I still think they are one of the cutest animals out there and my hippo is no exception, if I do say so myself! You can actually find him at Freedom!
What do you think??
Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here but make sure you like my Facebook page (through the button on the right) because there are varying posts appearing on there as well.
In the time since I was last on here, I have not been idle. There has actually been so much going on that I’m not sure how to update you on all of it.
I guess I will start with the big news. There is a store in Toronto that is now carrying my crafts!!! They have some of my cards, cowls, monsters, owls and explosion boxes! I am so excited about all of it! The store is called Freedom Clothing Collective and you should check out their site (I’m actually featured on their blog right now)! It is a super interesting store with handmade goods from lots of local artists. The first time I walked in there, I was glad I was there for business because I would have spent so much time and money going through all their wonderful products. I am very happy and lucky to be part of their “collective”!!
What else? What else? Well, I was part of another project this past year that has recently come to fruition. My name is in a book of cross-stitch patterns! The book is called “Star Trek Cross-Stitch” and it was a collaboration of members from the forum Sprite Stitch. The founder of Sprite Stitch, John Lohman, wrote the book, created a number of the patterns and enlisted a few of us from Sprite Stitch to cross-stitch the projects being photographed for the book. Most of the patterns were created by him but other members from the site also contributed some patterns. If you cross-stitch and like Star Trek or know someone who does, this book is a must! Here are the pieces I stitched for the book! 🙂 Please forgive the terrible pictures. They were photographed a lot more professionally for the book!
The last thing I’m going to share with you today are the baptism invites I was asked to make for a friend. My friend and his wife recently had an adorable baby girl and I was so happy and honoured to make the invites for this special occasion. The first picture is the invite. The second is the house of invites I made after finishing 70 of them! It was a very simple design but, I think, subtle and pretty!
Okay, I think you’ve probably had enough of me for now. I’m off to write another post so that you won’t be kept waiting so long next time.
Have a great day and I’d be happy to hear what you think!
Okay, so I’m about 3 months too late on this one but I wanted to share with you today some of the swaps I made for the Stampin’ Up! Convention I attended in July. You saw pictures of my disaster of a living room while I was making them but did I ever share with you the final product? The one above is the 3×3 love note card I made for an organized swap. I love 3×3 note cards. It really doesn’t seem to matter what you put on them or how you make them, they are always adorable!
I also signed up for another organized swap that made full-sized cards. This was a super wow swap and I poured my heart and soul into making those 20 cards. And guess what? I don’t have a picture! OOPS!!! Let’s hope I remember it enough that I can make it again another time. Silly Lindsay!
In addition to the organized swaps, I also made 100 general swap cards. These cards I swapped with anyone and everyone I ran into at Convention. Some ladies made hundreds and hundreds of cards but I wanted to keep my sanity so I decided to make 5 designs and 20 cards of each design. This way I wouldn’t go too crazy making a million of the same card. Here are some of my general swaps. Apparently I got so excited that I forgot to take a picture of one of these ones too! Am I getting old or something? I hope you like them! I tried to vary the styles and keep them fun, while still simple.
So I have this friend. He and his wife had a baby girl. Valerie. Valerie is adorable and deserves a baby blanket. And every baby blanket should really be a monster in disguise!! After a few weeks, this is what I made! I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that everyone else like ’em! 🙂