Well, Valentines came just as fast as it does every year and every year I find myself unprepared. You would think I’d learn my lesson and start making things right after Christmas! But alas…what are holidays without a little procrastination and stress? And because I can’t show you JUST one, I feel the need to show you ALL of the cards I made for Valentine’s Day. Except one, anyway. This year, I actually managed to make a special card for my special fella. I’ll wait until Friday or this weekend to post that one, if in the very off chance that he checks my blog! 🙂
First of all, I’ll show you my desk at work! There’s a little bit of old and a little bit of new! And a little bit of crackers in the background! 🙂
And here are some close-ups of the new cards. I know, I know! They are all very heart-y and pink and red but it’s what I had on hand. I had a whole lot of fun with the herringbone technique this year and I have a whole bunch of those types of cards to show you in the coming weeks.
And to end off this already picture-intensive post, I also feel the need to show you a new knitted cute stuffed thing that I just finished at about 12:30 last night so that a friend would have it to give to her little girl for Friday! I present to you the ever glamorous, 80s, punk-rock unicorn! Gotta love that hair!
And a blue luchador to keep her company!
Anywoo, I’d best be puttering along! I have a whole kitchen table worth of crafting mess to clean up! You can check out my Facebook for a peak of the disaster that can only come with last minute crafting!
Happy February everyone! Well, all the snow and cold weather has put me into a bit of a funk lately! That’s not to say I haven’t been crafting though! When I’m forced to go outside for, say, work, all I can think of is being back at home knitting away or making a card!
I have a couple of things to share with you today. The first is the new collection of explosion boxes I made for Freedom Clothing Collective last week!! Aren’t they just the cutest? I tried to make some that could be a little Valentine’s Day-y if people wanted them to be. Some pink, some hearts, but not overkill!
So happy that this picture was posted on Facebook by Freedom because I didn’t get around to taking any pictures of these boxes before I delivered them! I was so excited to get the boxes out to them that I completely forgot!
The second thing I’d like to show you are the most adorable Valentine’s Day treats! Little boy and girl monsters!! And just wait until next time when I show you the backs of them! Literally, the backside of the monsters! SUPER CUTE!
Finally, last time I referenced working on a super secret project… Well, I can tell you that I’m involved in another cross-stitch book! Not only did I stitch a piece that will be photographed for the book but this time, I actually designed a pattern for it as well! I just can’t wait for it to come out! We’re still a few months out on that but I’ll share it just as soon as I can!! 🙂
Alright folks…I know I said I would be showing you some of my geeky projects for Anime North this week but I’ve been pulled away on a super secret project over the last week that has left me with no time to make things post worthy for you.
Instead, I’m going to tell you about my friend and Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Christyne Richardson. I know I’ve mentioned her before and I’ll probably do so again! 🙂 Her site (http://www.handstampedfromtheheart.ca/) is always an inspiration and you can find so many beautiful and fun projects on there. She also holds monthly classes and I try my best to attend every single one. You can never have too much crafting fun and motivation on a Saturday afternoon!
I have known Christyne for about 4 years and have been on her Stampin’ Up team for almost a year but it feels like I’ve known her forever! We went to SU Convention together and she even took me to San Diego on the SU Weekend Getaway she earned! I can’t say I was upset when her husband couldn’t go… 🙂 The fun we had going to the San Diego Zoo and to Old Town!
Just to give you a taste of the cards she makes for her class, here is a sampling from her most recent “One-Sheet Wonder” class. It was worth the trip to Mississauga and more!
Are they so pretty? I love them! Trust me, they look more gorgeous in person! I’ve learned so much from Christyne, so many techniques, so many different colour combinations, how to make the best use out of my Stampin’ Up supplies!
If you love seeing beautiful cards and amazing 3D paper items, you should be checking out her site! Hurry now! You may even see some fishy cards that are too adorable for words!
Until next time!! (I may even be able to let you in on a bit of the super secret project then!!)
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??