Tuesday, June 19, 2018

DIY Embellishment Clusters From Scraps



Good morning all!

Recently I've been playing with paper crafts! I've always loved to scrapbook, and now I've been playing with cards and happy mail, and having oodles of fun along the way!

One thing I noticed though, was that I have a LOT of leftover pieces. You guys know, Im a huge fan of not wasting stuff, and upcycling, so today Im going to show you how I made some cute little embellishments from scraps!

Today Im focusing on circles. I recently purchased a set of hole punches that make 3 sizes of circles, so it was a good chance to play with them.

I've never blogged anything like this before, so.. Are the descriptions ok? Would you prefer no descriptions and just the photos? Something else I've not thought about? Let me know. I can't wait to share more paper craft adventures!





To make these embellishments you will need:

Scrap paper or cardstock
Glue
A Stapler
Some Bling (I found some stashed in the craft draws, the small silver shapes are about 8 years old!)
Words or phrases. These could be stickers, cut out from magazines or just leftover from other projects. I had a heap left from some cards I'd made (I just printed words onto cardstock, and cut into strips)
Foam Tape





Cluster 1: Position a small circle over a larger one and glue down. Offset a word of phrase to the bottom right with foam tape for height. Add some bling to the top left!







Cluster 2: Cut one circle in half, and cut 2 different length strips. Place the shorter of the 2 strips on the large circle, and attach a half circle on top. Add the longer strip to the right of the shorter one. Cover the strips with a smaller circle. Use foam tape to attach a word or phrase to the main circle, in the middle so it covers the half circle line. Put some bling beside the word.





Cluster 3: Glue one smaller circle to the center of a larger one. Choose 2 words of phrases and attach them to the circle using a stapler. I stapled twice. Add some bling under the staples.




Cluster 4: Cut 2 circles in half. Alternating colours, fan them out over a 90 degree angle, adding glue to adhere them together. Attach a word of phrase to the bottom, and some bling to the left of the word.

See, I told you these were easy! Probably you didn't even need the descriptions! It's a great way to use up all those little pieces of scrap that are sitting around, and can be added to so many things! Scrapbooks, cards, loaded envelopes, flip-books, as paperclip toppers or even used in planners. Oodles of options, all from a few pieces of scrap!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Barbie Dress - 3 Row Ruffle Dress



Good morning all!

Back on the Barbie outfit kick lately. Yes, I admit it, I just love making little dresses for dolls. Too much fun!

Today's pattern is the first in a series of dresses I've been working on lately, that are all strapless, and all use 4ply (Fingering or Sock weight yarns) yarn. I personally use snaps for closing the back of these, but you could use Velcro or hook and eye closures.

The best part about these dresses is how fast they are to whip up! Gotta love an afternoon project.

Today's dress is a fun party dress with rows of ruffles! I made it with one variegated colour, but you could easily add some dazzle by changing the ruffles to another colour, or even make an ombre dress with each ruffle a different shade!



You will need: 
2.5mm hook
4ply/sock/Fingering yarn in a main colour
Both pieces of a press stud to close

1: Ch31, sc in the second chain from hook and each across. -30

2: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, 2sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in the last 12 stitches. -34

3-5: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across. -34

6: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, sc2tg 5 times, sc in the last 12 stitches. -29

7: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, sc2tg, sc in the next stitch, sc2tg, sc in the last 12 stitches. -27

8: Ch1, turn, sc2tg, sc in the next 23 stitches, sc2tg. -25

9-14: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across. -25

15: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across, join to the ch1. We'll be working in rounds from here.

16: Ch1, sc in each stitch around, join. -25

17: Ch1, *sc in the next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around, join. -30

18: Ch1, sc in each stitch around, join. -30

19: Ch1, *sc in the next, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around, join. -45

20-23: Ch1, sc in each stitch around, join. -45

24: Ch1, sc in the back loop only of each stitch around, join.

25: Ch1, sc in each stitch around, join. -45

26-27: Repeat rounds 24 and 25

28: Ch1, 3sc in each stitch around, join. End off and weave in tail.

29: Rejoin your yarn on one of the unused loops from round 26, towards the back of the dress. Ch1, 3sc in each stitch around, join. End off, weave in tails.

30: Rejoin your yarn on one of the unused loops from round 24, towards the back of the dress. Ch1, 3sc in each stitch around, join. End off, weave in tails.

Sew your snaps on the back and weave in tails from that and you are done!