Monday, June 25, 2018

Sweet Girl - Digital Scrapbooking Kit



Good morning all!

I think, probably one of the most popular things to scrapbook, and indeed the reason a lot of people take it up, is when a new baby enters their lives. It's a great way to preserve photos and create something beautiful. Indeed, it's the very reason why I started scrapbooking years and years ago!

Today's scrapkit, Sweet Girl, is all about things PINK! From sweet little tags to the alpha set, this kit is bursting with pretty! Shiny, glittery, and very very PINK!




June Free Digital Scrapbook Kit - Sweet Girl

Included in this kit:

14 Papers
6 Buttons
1 Alpha
9 Ribbons and bows
5 Frames
5 Stickers
1 Journal block
7 Tags
and
43 Other Embellishments!

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!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Nature Play Dough Mat - Free Printable



Good morning all!

Well, we're officially in winter here now in Australia, and it's been getting colder and colder! This means lots more inside time with Master J.

This week I whipped up a new playdough mat set for Master J, and I have to say, he just loves it!



Not only is this a great set for play dough, but it is also perfect for dry erase markers AND for some outside play. That's right, because these are laminated you can take them outside! Master J had a blast sticking leaves on the tree and picking flowers from the lawn to put on the stalks. A quick wipe when we were done and the mats are good as new!

This set has a rainbow, flower stalks and 2 trees, one with leaves and one without.



New to play dough mats? It's easy as can be! Download the file, print it, laminate the sheets and BAM! That's it, you are done. I've included both PDF and JPEG files in the folder, so you can download whichever you prefer.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Airlie Keepsake Diaper



Good morning all and hello to  June!

Today's pattern, the Airlie Diaper, aims to start bridging gaps in pattern sizes.

I feel that we need to make sure even the smallest of the small are represented and respected, and making sure size appropriate items are available, regardless of if they would be worn or kept as a keepsake, is a huge part of that. Sometimes people get confused at these tiny items, but from an angel mums perspective, trust me when I say they mean the world 💗

This diaper, is tiny. So very tiny. It is designed to fit a baby of 18 weeks gestation. For some, it will be wearable, and for others, it may just be a keepsake. So much depends on the baby so having the option there for parents should they need it, is what we're aiming for.

The pattern itself is a very fast one, and uses a tiny amount of yarn. I imagine if you were to use a full ball, you would get quite a lot of them from it! I've chosen to close with a small pin, but if you are looking for other options, velcro may be a good one. Normally I wouldn't suggest velcro for a preemie item, but there are not a lot of ways to hold something so small together, and still be practical. If you do decide to use velcro, make sure you cut it small. It won't need much to hold together. It might also be easier to glue the velcro on, instead of stitching the tiny pieces.
Very small hook and eye closure fixings might also work. Unfortunately I don't have any to test that right now.



Airlie Keepsake Diaper


Sized To Fit:
18 Weeks Gestation

You Will Need:
4ply baby yarn (fingering weight for non Aussies)
2mm hook
Pin or Velcro or Hook and Eye to close

1: Ch30, sc into the second chain from hook and each across. - 29

2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 29

3: Ch1, turn, slst in the first 6 stitches, ch2, hdc in the next 17 stitches, leave the last 6 unworked. - 17

4: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 13 stitches, hdc2tg. - 15

5: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 11 stitches, hdc2tg. - 13

6-7: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 13

8: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc2tg. - 9

9: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 9

10: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tg. - 7

11-15: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 7

16: Ch2, turn, 2hdc in each stitch across. - 14

17: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 14

18: Ch2, turn, 2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 12 stitches, 2hdc in the last stitch. - 16

19: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across, do not end, instead sc evenly around the entire diaper (being sure to add 2sc in corners to help with turns) and join to the ch1 from the start of this row. End off and weave in all tails.