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Community posts of '2015' 'February'

Mixed Media Monday: Some Kind of Wonderful

Sometimes we just love an inspirational idea, like this one from Amsterdam mixed-media artist Corina Kompier. See below the photo for all the supplies she used to make this wonderful piece.

Materials Used:

Photo of choice

Canvas Board 12x12

Liquitex Gesso

Liquitex light modeling paste

Prima marketing stencil 6x6 Flourish

Mask Prima marketing 960575 doily Finnabair

Mod Podge

Archival ink black

Kaisercraft Lace stamp

Kaisercraft clearstamp - Flutter

Prima Marketing Color Bloom

Color Bloom spray: tea stain, gold foil, antique gold & soft teal

Lindy’s stamp gang spray starburst: Creme Brulee Cream

Heidi Swapp color shine: Tropicana Teal

Adhesive pearls

Viva Decor Inka Gold 

Butterfly

Chipboard Script

We Heart Die-namics' Heart Frames

Check out these two adorable projects using Die-namics' Peek-a-Boo Die Heart Frames. How-to in the video below.

Kids Corner: Paper Muffin Flower Pop

Here's a sweet Valentine's Day idea to do with the kiddos.

1) Fold four paper baking cups into half and lay two out flat.

2) Punch a hole 1/4 inch from the edge on the four folded papers. Fold the other two papers in half and punch off the edge to make a hole in the center of the baking cup (see below), unfold the two with center holes.

3) Place four folded papers onto sucker stick, overlapping 1/4 of the baking cup each time a paper is added. Then place two open papers.

4) For the leaves, lay out two pieces of green masking tape about 7 inches long, sticky side facing up. Place a piece of wire in the center of one piece. Put sticky sides together with wire sandwiched in the middle. Cut a leaf shape at each end with 1 inch trimmed in the middle (see below). Twist leaves underneath paper baking cups.

Materials used:

Green masking tape
Regular hole punch
Paper baking cups (6 for each flower)
Wire
Tootsie Roll Pops or Dum Dum Suckers

So Cozy: Crochet Moon Sock Pattern

Here's a fun project we found online from a great blog: Garnstudio DROPS Design ... some super cute booties to crochet!

GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows. 

DROPS Knitting Tutorial: How to work garter stitch from Garnstudio Drops design on Vimeo.

SLIPPERS:

LEG:
Cast on 36-38-40 sts on double pointed needles size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand medium gray (or color no 3720 medium pink) and 1 strand gray mix. Work rib K 1/P 1 in the round until piece measures approx. 10 cm / 4''.

FOOT:
Now keep the first 9-11-11 sts on the round on the needle, slip the remaining 27-27-29 sts on a stitch holder.

Continue with rib back and forth over the 9-11-11 sts for upper foot piece - AT THE SAME TIME on 1st row cast on 1 new st in each side (edge st) = 11-13-13 sts.

When 7-8.5-10 cm / 2 3/4''-3 1/4"-4" have been worked, bind off starting on a RS row 1 edge st in each side, by binding off 1 st in the beg of next 2 rows = 9-11-11 sts.

Work next row from RS: work the 9-11-11 sts in rib as before, then inside 1 edge st pick up 12-14-16 sts along the side of the upper piece, then slip the 27-27-29 sts from stitch holder back on needle work them in rib as before, and finally pick up 12-14-16 sts along the other side of the upper piece (pick up inside 1 edge st) = 60-66-72 sts on needle.

Now measure piece from here.

Insert 1 marker mid front of toe and 1 marker mid back on heel. Continue in the round with rib as before for 2 cm / 3/4''.

Now finish the piece in stockinette st - AT THE SAME TIME K 2 sts tog on each side of both markers on every other round (= 4 sts less per round).

Continue dec until stockinette st section measures 3-3-4 cm / 1 1/8"-1 1/8"-1½" – bind off.

Sew tog seam mid under foot in outermost st to avoid a chunky seam.

LOOSE CUFF WORKED SIDEWAYS:
Cast on 15-17-17 sts on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand medium gray and 1 strand gray mix.

Work as follows: 1 st in GARTER ST - see explanation above, * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from *-*, finish with K 1 and 1 st in garter st.

When piece measures 2 cm / 3/4'', bind off for 2 button holes as follows from RS: 1 st in garter st, K 1, P 1, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso, 1 YO, * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from *-* until 5 sts remain, 1 YO, K 2 tog, P 1, K 1, 1 st in garter st.

Continue with rib and in garter st in each side until piece measures approx. 36-37-38 cm / 14 1/4''-14½"-15". Bind off sts with K over K and P over P.

Sew buttons on to cuff and button cuff tog.

Slide cuff 2 cm / 3/4'' down on foot with buttons on the outside of slipper and sew cuff to cast on edge on slipper, sew from WS with invisible stitches.

Be sure to check out our large selection of yarns and hooks.

Mixed Media Monday: Valentine's Chocolate Box

We love this romantic idea from Anita Houston, made from a recycled cigar box.

1. I created a master board I loved that I can use over and over again. Craft Attitude let's me do that. How to create your master board:

2. You can scan or take a photo of your master board. I took the clearest photo I could.

3. I printed my master board digital image out on Craft Attitude using reverse image mode; as many prints as I wanted to use for lots of projects.

4. I lined the inside of the cigar box with the Craft Attitude print and edged with tissue tape.

5. I wanted texture on the outside of the box, so I dry embossed Tim's Swirls Texture Fade from Sizzix. I silver foil peeking through was wonderful. I love that Craft Attitude is embossable. 

6. I adhered the embossed Craft Attitude to the box, and lined it with Tissue Tape.

7. I used more of the Craft Attitude to make roses! I adhered it to Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art, and then die cut it with the 3D Flowers Bigz Die. I shaped them with my heat tool. These were so addicting! I made so many roses and rosettes. I LOVE this stuff!

8. I added wooden feet, lace and embellishments!

Materials Used:

Cigar Box
Craft Attitude
Ranger Silver Cardstock
Ranger Gold Paint Dabber
Ranger Gloss Finish Paper
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Ranger Plum Archival Ink
Ranger Rose Madder Archival Ink
Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
Love Struck Stamp Set
Idea-ology Tissue Tape in Nostalgic or Symphony pattern
Gold Lace Trim
Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folders in Burlap and Swirls
Sizzix 3D Flower Bigz Die
Prima Green Leaves
Idealogy Ornage Plates
Idealogy Long Fasteners

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