Wednesday, December 22, 2010

January Classes


Did you know it was almost Valentine's Day? Well that is what we will be doing in the January Cricut Classes.

The paper I've chosen this month is Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection and the Le' Romantique Collection. I love the soft peachy colors and the pretty flowers. Perfect for Valentines don't you think? I also used some pretty ivory pleated ribbon and some pearls. The cards all have the same background with different images and green borders across the bottom.

A pretty flower with embroidery floss and a pearl center


Love and pearls

Two hearts and pearl

Two more hearts

A heart with wings
The cartridges used for these cards are: Straight from the Nest, Doodlecharms, Plantin Schoolbook, Create a Critter.

Class dates for January are:
Tuesday, January 4 10:30-12:30 am and 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, January 7 10:30 -12:30 am
Tuesday, January 18 10:30-12:30 am and 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, January 21 10:30-12:30 am

Hope to see you in class!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's Christmas at our house!


While Steve was busy putting up the Christmas tree, I was putting this cute Christmas wreath together for our front door.

I've been wanting to try out the Nativity set on the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge since I got it. I love it. 

There is another Nativity set on the Winter Frolic cartridge. I'll have to try that one out next.


Here is our beautiful silver and white tree. Steve did a great job decorating don't you think?  The village under the tree is pretty and a great way to keep the cat from playing with the tree. Who knew they would come in handy when Melissa was collecting them a few years ago.

I also cut out some snowflakes to add some detail to the covered boxes that the tree stands on.


Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

December Cricut Classes


Hello December (well almost!). Time for some new cards. Cricut class dates for December are: Tuesday, December 7; Friday, December 11; Tuesday, December 14 and Friday, December 18.

The first card is a Thank You card. This card uses the Winter Frolic, Accent Essentials and the Freshly Picked cartridges.


The next card could be a Sympathy Card or a Birthday Card. I'll leave it up to you. This one is from the Country Life cartridge.



This card, from the Accent Essentials cartridge would be a great Birthday Card for any of the guys in your life.


Here is Birthday Card with a surprise inside. I used the Straight From the Nest and Doodletype Cartridges for this card.


A pop up Happy Birthday! 


The final card is my favorite little owl from Create a Critter. The sentiment on this one says, "Just sittin' here thinkin' of you!"


Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you have any questions about the cards or classes, leave me a comment or check out the Craft Fancy website.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

November Cards

Here are the cards for the November Cricut classes at Craft Fancy.

I wanted to try some shaped cards this time. I think they look really cool.

The cartridges I used this time are: Accent Essentials, Create A Critter, Stretch Your Imagination, Winter Frolic and Winter Woodland.

I will also be teaching a class called Itty Bitty Treasures. It is a small box and six mini cards. The class is open to everyone, no Cricut needed. I'll post pictures of the box and cards next week.















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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Flowers

A flowery post for today. 

Here is the newest Vintage Groove necklace in my collection. I love the velvet flowers. You can't really tell from this picture, but there is a little bird charm above the tear drop charm. I've had lots of comments on this piece. 




Today's card is a lovely poinsettia. I've been wanting to try shaped cards for a while now. It was really easy to do. I cut out two shapes with my Cricut and hinged them together with a folded strip of paper so that you could open it enough to write a message inside. The polka dot paper is pleated, which is something I've been seeing on a lot of cards and scrapbook pages. 





Saturday, October 9, 2010

Today

No card today because I haven't been home. I do have a lovely picture to share. It was taken from the terrace on the 16th floor of the Trump Tower.



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Friday, October 8, 2010

Card of the Day

Today's card is a remake of the ornament card for this months Cricut classes at Craft Fancy.

We had a lot of trouble cutting out the ornament in class today so I came up with this sparkly snowman.

Cute and much less frustrating to cut out.


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just Chillin'

Card A Day - Day One

I was thinking the other day that the only cards I have been making lately have been for my Cricut classes. I decided that I needed to do something about that, especially since my stash of cards is getting kind of low. So I'm going to try to make (and post) a card a day. They won't all be made with the Cricut machine, although I have some new cartridges that I want to explore. I'm hoping to use up some of my many embellishments I have laying around and the pretty papers that I keep collecting.

The first card is one that I've wanted to make ever since I got the Create a Critter cartridge. I think this penguin is so cute. Melissa just got this great border punch and I thought it went perfectly with this little guy, kind of like a stack of snowballs.

I used some bling for the dots of the i's and put some stickles on the word "chillin'" so it would sparkle. The paper is all from Bazzill.



















I just bought the Winter Frolic cartridge today, so tomorrow's card will be something from that cartridge.

If you are taking my classes and would like to make any of these cards in class, just leave a note in the comment section and I'll work them into one of the upcoming classes.

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My New Favorite Thing

Ok so this post isn't about card making or knitting. It is about my newest favorite thing - jewelry making.


I've been making necklaces and earrings using beads off and on for years, but recently I started seeing these cool pieces on Facebook and the Making Memories website (they make these in addition to wonderful scrapbooking supplies), but I couldn't find them in a store near me. So I ended up ordering these two kits online. 


This one is my favorite, I wear it a lot!

Then when Melissa and I went to CHA this summer, we got to make this one at the Making Memories booth. We also got to see all the pieces in the collection and loved it even more.

Don't you just love the sweet little flower?

Recently I found out that one of the local Michaels stores was going to start selling the jewelry, so yesterday we took a trip over there and I got these pieces. I can't wait to put them all together. I think the fabric flowers are my favorites. The little charms would look great as earrings or on cards too (ok so there is some card making here).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vintage Christmas


For my October Cricut classes, I decided to go with a vintage Christmas look using the new My Minds Eye Lost and Found paper.

First up a sweet snowgirl in shades of pink from the Winter Woodland cartridge.


Next is a festive fireplace scene from the Christmas Cheer cartridge.


A trio of trees from Winter Wonderland with a scalloped rectangle from Just Because Cards.


The next card will spread a little Joy! It is from Very Merry Tags and the shaped rectangle is from Just Because Cards.


Last is a pretty, sparkly ornament from the Christmas Cheer Cartridge.


And now a sneak peek. This month I gave all my students these little boxes of 3" x 3" cards as a Thank You gift. 

In November I will be teaching a class to make a box and six mini cards. Everything for this class will be pre-cut so you don't need a Cricut to make the cute box and cards. I'll still be teaching the regular Cricut classes too.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

From the Knitting Needles

I've been posting so many cards lately that you probably think that I haven't been doing any knitting, well there has been lots of knitting going on around here too. A girl has to have something to do while watching TV in the evenings.

Warning: there are lots of pictures in this post.

This little baby top (knit for a cutie named Rebecca) was quite a challenge. The pattern is The Dolphin Bay Eyelet Baby Top. It was quite a challenge to knit for several reasons, but I learned some new things and I really like the way the top turned out. The yarn is Ultra Pima by Cascade, it is a really soft cotton yarn and I'll be making using to make something for me soon.



I don't know why, but it seems like most of the things I've been knitting lately have been really challenging for me.

This is Ishbel from the book Whimsical Little Knits by Ysolda Teague. (There are two pictures because I can't seem to take a really good picture of this shawl.) The pattern is a relatively simple one, but for some reason I had a lot of problems with it. The yarn is from Creatively Dyed and the colorway is called Crazy. I loved the finished shawl and I'm sure it will get lots of use this winter.



I think these are going to be my favorite socks. The pattern is Air Raid Socks by Emily B. Miller and it is a free pattern on her blog. The yarn is Ranco by Araucania. The colorway is mostly blue, with little bits of purple and periwinkle. Melissa calls this "the evil yarn". It belonged to her and she tried to knit several different things with it, but had no luck so she gave it to me. I'm so glad she did, because I love these socks. I did pay her back with a skein of blue yarn, so we are good.



Next up in the challenge to knit category is this lovely sweater. It is called Katydid (the yarn is also called Katydid) and is from the Classic Elite Picnic booklet. It was for a knit along that was held at Fuzzy Wuzzy yarns this summer. The challenging part of this one was sewing the bottom panel together. It is kind of hard to sew something together and have it look good when there are drop stitches. All in all the seam looks pretty good and I love the way it fits. I'm sure once the weather cools off I will wear it a lot.



In the fun to knit category (if there is a challenging category, then there must be a fun to knit one too, right?) is this little baby sweater. It is the Five Hour Baby sweater, which took this slow knitter more than five hours to knit. The yarn is a self-striping yarn from Bernat. It is fun to watch the stripes form as you kit. This sweater was knit for charity which provides sweaters and blankets to needy moms and babies.



I don't remember if I posted this one before, but it is a baby blanket that I made for one of Steve's co-workers son. The pattern is from the Creative Knitting Magazine and is called Cables and Lace. I used Caron Simply Soft in brown and teal (two of my favorite colors together).



This last project is from the "what was she thinking?!" category and I'm knitting it just because it is crazy and fun. Behold... two socks knit one inside the other. From the article in Interweave Knits Knitting Traditions magazine, this was the way socks were knit in the 1800's. So I thought why not give it a try, it can't be that hard. Its not and I'm up to the heel, which is about twice a long as this picture shows. I'm using two different yarns just to keep track of my stitches for the first time through the pattern. The next pair will be done in one color of yarn.

I'm trying to figure out an easy way to do the heel. The way the article describes it seems more complicated to me. There has to be an easier way to do it, maybe an afterthought heel, which has the added benefit of teaching me something new. Anyway these have been put on hold for awhile while I finish a baby blanket for an auction and another sweater for a knit a long. I'll let you know how it goes.



Meanwhile, back to card making.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

September Cards


It's that time again, a preview of the cards for the September Cricut classes at Craft Fancy.

We will begin with Thanksgiving/Fall cards. This cute turkey is from the Create a Critter Cartridge. I like the burlap background, a nice change from patterned paper.



Next up an acorn and some leaves. This card was inspired by a wall hanging in the latest Scrapbooks, Etc magazine. The acorn is from Create a Critter and the leaves are from DoodleCharms. I love all the different colors of the BoBunny dot paper. I also stamped the card with the Hero Arts Design Block Flourish stamp and a VersaMark watermark stamp pad.


Looks like we are going to be using Create a Critter a lot this month. The pumpkin and leaves on this card are from that cartridge too. More BoBunny dot paper and some pretty silk ribbon 


Next we will move on to Christmas. This pretty ornament is from the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge. More BoBunny dot paper accents this card. You might have noticed that most of the cards have some distress ink on them. I used the Tim Holtz Distress Inks - this card has Vintage Photo Distress ink on it and the acorn card has the Wild Honey Distress Ink on it. I'll show you an easy way to apply the ink to the cards.


The last card is a snowy evergreen tree. You can't tell from the picture, but I brushed on some starburst Stickles (also from Ranger Ink) to give the snow a subtle shimmer. 


Hope to see you in class!





Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy Halloween!?

That's right and Merry Christmas too! Holidays are the theme for the August Cricut class at Craft Fancy.

First up, we have a scary witch flying through the air. This is from the Celebrate with Flourish Cricit Light cartridge.



For all you vampire lovers out there, here is a cute one from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.



This cute little pumpkin is from the Create a Critter cartridge.



Next we move on to Christmas! The cute little reindeer is also from the Create a Critter cartridge.


Finally we have some pretty poinsettias from the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge. I may add a little something to this card, maybe a sentiment on the bottom left corner. It looks like it needs something more.


Classes begin soon. The first classes are next week: Wednesday, (please note the day change) August 4 at 5:30 pm and Friday, August 6, at 10:30 am.

The remaining classes are: Cricut Basics (beginner class) Wednesday, August 10 at 11:00  am, Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 pm and Friday, August 27 at 10:30 am.

Hope to see you at one of the classes!