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Community posts of '2015' 'April'

Create a Fun, Retro Photo Display

Do you love the look of retro Polaroid-like photos? You can create the same look using Tech Attitude, a printable, stickable and repositionable product that you can truly personalize. Andrea Atwater takes us through the steps:

Project Steps:

  • Using Word, PowerPoint or photo editing softward, open your favorite images to the size you choose. Make sure you leave enough room to cut out the borders for the Polaroid look. My pictures here are approximately 2.25" x 3.25".
  • Print the images out using the Tech/Locker Attitude sheets. Choose best quality and photo style in the printer options.
  • Cut the images leaving the borders to look like a Polaroid.

  • Peel and stick on the refrigerator, walls, tables, mirrors, etc., without worrying about taking the paint or varnish off. The paper does not leave any residue, and you can move and re-stick to any location with ease.

You can also use this cool look for a Save the Date wedding invite for your guests to stick up for a reminder!

Materials Used:

Tech Attitude

Photos

Scissors/cutting board

Inkjet printer

We're Hooked on this Fishbowl Hat Crochet Pattern

What's going on under the sea? A fishbowl full of cuteness, that's what! We love this crochet pattern from Lauren Brown! 

Hat Pattern:

Using an I hook and blue yarn, ch 2.
Round 1: 8 sc into the first chain. Sl st to the top of the first sc. ch 2 (8)

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. ch 2. (16)

Round 3: 2 dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (32)
Round 4: Join white yarn with a sl st. Ch 2. 1 dc in the same stitch, 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the next stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (48)
Rounds 5‐10: dc in each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. At the end of round 10, cut yarn and weave ends. (48)

Round 11: Join blue yarn with a sl st. ch 2, dc in each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (48)
Round 12: dc in each stitch around. Sl st to the top of th efirst dc. (48) Stop here and add one round of sc if you want a beanie. If you’d like an earflap hat, keep going without cutting yarn.

Earflap Directions:

Ch 1.

Row 1: hdc in the same stitch and in the next 11 stitches. Ch 1, turn. (12)

Row 2: hdc 2 together, hdc in the next 8 stitches, hdc 2 together. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 3: hdc 2 together, hdc in the next 6 stitches, hdc 2 together. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 4: hdc 2 together, hdc in the next 4 stitches, hdc 2 together. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 5: hdc 2 together, hdc in the next 2 stitches, hdc 2 together. Ch 1, turn. (4)
Row 6: hdc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. (4)

Row 7: hdc 2 together, hdc 2 together. Cut yarn and weave ends. (2)

Goldfish Appliqué

Using an f crochet hook and yellow/gold yarn, ch 7.
Row 1: sc in the second ch from hook. hdc in the next, dc in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next, sc in the next. ch 3. sc in the second ch from hook, hdc in the next. sl st in the same stitch.
Row 2: ch 3. sc in the second ch from hook, hdc in the next. Sl st in the BACK of the first stitch on the opposite side of the fish. hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, sc in the next. ch 1, sl st to the first stitch of the previous row. Cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing on the hat.

Grass Appliqué:

Using green yarn and an F crochet hook, ch 7.
sl st in the second ch from the hook. sc in the next 5 stitches. Do not cut yarn.
ch 10. sl st in the second ch from hook. sc in the next 8 stitches. Do not cut yarn.
ch 6. sl st in the second ch from hok. sc in the next 4 stitches. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing on the hat. When you’re finished you should have three “blades of grass” as shown in photo 4 above.

Braids:

For each side of the hat, cut 9 strands of yarn (I do three strands of 3 different colors) approximately 40 inches long. Fold them in half and pull the “loop” through the hat. Pull the loose ends through the loop to attach the yarn. Separate each color to make three strands. Then braid and knot at the end to secure. Cut yarn to make the ends even.

You will now need to work the second earflap. On the front of the hat, skip 13 stitches and join blue yarn. You will work it exactly as you did the one above.

To finish the hat, sc evenly around the entire hat working two stitches in the corners of the earflaps. Cut yarn and weave all ends.

Once you have your hat made and the grass and goldfish finished, you’ll need to sew on your buttons. I suggest placing them on the hat first to see how you’re going to want them arranged. After you've sewn on the buttons, use a tapestry needle to sew on the grass and fish. I used a french knot to make the eye on the fish and the bubbles coming up from his mouth. This is a great tutorial on how to make French knots on crocheted or knitted items.

Source: www.daisycottagedesigns.net

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn (turquoise or blue and white) – I used 100% cotton
- small amounts of green and yellow or gold worsted weight yarn
I crochet hook
F crochet hook
- Favorite Findings Buttons - Blue Ocean
– thread for sewing on buttons
– tapestry needle

Notes:
Chains do NOT count as the first stitch

Bring Out Spring Colors with a Cheerful Wreath

Andrea Atwater has created a beautiful Spring-inspired wreath that you can make at home, as well. Be sure to check out all the hanging options in our blog: 3 Ways to Hang a Wreath Without a Nail. You may also be interested in: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Artificial Flowers Looking Fresh.

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Project How-to:

Step 1: Paint your styrafoam wreath yellow so you don't see the white styrafoam.

Step 2: After the wreath is dry, take the mesh ribbons and cut them into 6-inch lengths.

Step 3: Gather the ends around 1" up and twist the 3 colors together. Twist tie with the wire and make a stem.

  

Step 4: Start working your way around the wreath sticking the ribbon groups in until you think the wreath is full enough.

Step 5: Cut the silk flower stems to about 3-4". Stick them in the wreath as you design. Add as many flowers until you think it's full enough.

  

Step 6: Add a ribbon at the top for hanging.

Enjoy Spring!

Materials Needed

12-inch Styrofoam wreath

Yellow paint

4-inch Mesh ribbon

Coated wire

Spring Silk flowers

Satin ribbon (for hanging)

10 Great DIY Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to say "thank you" than to handmake a gift from the heart. We scoured the crafting blogosphere to find some of the most inspired, adorable, creative crafts out there. Take a look at what we found, and be sure to check out these great blogs, too:

1. Fabric Flower Bookmarks

Little Birdie Secrets has an idea for your book-loving mom ... or make and give it as a teacher-appreciation gift!

2. Shower Curtain Planters

For moms who love gardening, check out all the cool ideas for turning ordinary objects into planters, from MacGyverisms. We especially love the shower curtain variety.

3. Mother's Day Vase

Another great planter idea from Snapguide. Customize a terra cotta pot with little feet turned into a butterfly!

 4. Handprint Art

Mod Podge has a great idea for taking handprints and turning them into beautiful works of art that Mom will love.

5. Copper Herb Garden Containers

Every cook loves to have fresh herbs at the ready. Get a garden going from Mom by upcycling tin cans and turning them into super cool copper pots with chalkboard tags - great idea from Homey Oh My.

6. Sheet Music Jewelry

Crafts Unleashed shows you how to make delicate-looking jewelry for your music-loving Mom.

7. Photo Jewelry

Saving With Sarah has an inexpensive jewelry gift idea that you can customize with photos of family members.

8. Jewelry Box

Mom will need somewhere to store all her new jewelry! How about this super-sweet idea from Mod Podge?

9. Fabric Flower Paper Clips

Brighten Mom's work day with some one-of-a-kind paperclips from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

10. No-Sew Ruffle Tote

Hard to believe, but this tote from Scattered Thoughts of  Crafty Mom actually requires NO sewing! 

 

Get Creative with Ranger Inks & Supplies

In the crafting world, there's nothing quite as hot as paper crafts these days. From simple hobby crafts to sophisticated mixed-media artwork, the world of paints, inks, paper and all the embellishments that come with them are a playground for your imagination. 

In our Craft Attitude super store, we carry a wide array of Tim Holtz and Ranger products to add versatility and ease to your paper craft projects. Just take a look at a few of the inspiring projects we found, all created with Ranger Inks products:

   

Here are some items you can find in our super store to create wonderful projects like these:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink 1-by-1-inch ink pads in a variety of kits

             

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-inkers in a variety of colors

                                                        

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder and Ink

        

If you've ever worked with embossing powders or products that need to be dried quickly and without disturbing your project, you know that a regular blow dryer will never work. We've got Ranger Ink's Inkssentials Heat It Craft Tool, which provides a gentle air flow while keeping everything in place:

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Decorate a Lamp with Decopatch

We're always on the lookout for new and fun ideas using trusted craft supplies. In this video, you'll find an easy way to decorate a glass lamp and shade with Decopatch paper and glue. 

Materials used:

Glass lamp and shade

Decopatch Paperpatch Glue

Boar-bristle brush

Decopatch papers

How to Get Photos onto Metal

To create a cool photo-on-metal look, Julie McGuffee printed a photo onto Craft Attitude film with her inkjet printer. Here are a few of her tips:

1. Print photo onto Craft Attitude film. I chose to use grayscale mode for mine and selected a photo with a light background so the metal would show through. Once printed and removed from the carrier sheet, Craft Attitude film will take on the texture of any surface, and a lighter background will enhance that effect even more. If you want to include lettering in the photo that you're going to print, be sure to set the printer to reverse, so when you adhere the photo print side down, it will read properly.

2. Use a glue stick to adhere the photo to the metal board, print side down.

3. Create more dimension with embellishments or chipboard letters.

Materials:

Craft Attitude Printable Film

Textured Metal Sheet

Chipboard Letters

Free Crochet Pattern: Ripple Baby Blanket

What's the one thing every little bundle of joy needs? A crochet blanket made with love. Here's a free pattern for an adorable ripple baby blanket from Lauren Brown, of the blog Daisy Cottage Designs:

Pattern Notes:

Finished blanket is approximately 27″ wide and 30″ long.

This pattern is worked through both loops.

You’ll be working into the chain at the end of each row.

Gauge is not important for this project.

A dc2tog is the same thing as a double crochet decrease.

Pattern:

ch 100.

Row 1: dc in the third chain from the hook. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc 2 tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last chain. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: dc in the first st (your ch 2 and your first dc are worked in the same stitch) and in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. dc in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

NOTE: you will have 2 dc in the first and last stitch of each row (ch 2 counts as dc).

You will continue repeating row two until you have 55 rows (or really, you could keep going as long as you’d like). My stripe pattern is as follows:

3 rows white, 3 rows gray, 5 rows white, 2 rows pink, 5 rows gray, 2 rows white, 5 rows gray, 5 rows pink, 3 rows white, 5 rows gray, 2 rows white, 5 rows pink, 5 rows white, 3 rows pink, 2 rows white.

Materials Used:

Vanna's Choice yarns in Graymist and White (1 skein each) and Pink (1.5 skeins). If this is for a boy, I suggest replacing the pink with Aqua. 

Crochet hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle for weaving ends

Sweet Card Ideas with PB&J

There are plenty of stamp kits out there in the world, but sometimes you just need some inspiration to make them come to life. Here are two cute ideas to make with My Favorite Things' Pure Innocence Stamps, Peanut Butter & Jelly, available in our super store. 

 

Check out the manufacturer's video for a quick how-to:

Materials Used:

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