June 28, 2012

Purse Card

Check out the MyMemories Page - there are two new freebies available. Hurry, though, as they will only be available until Monday. On my freebie page I try to only use what comes with the kit. Here's my 'only use the template' version.


  Here's how I did it: I started off with the template. I then added a background from a STM Freebie from the week of December 5, 2011. It's named MUnderwood_spunky-back-paisley. I addded it as an embellishment so that it could be moved around to get the best position under the template. The butterflies and heart are from the Photo Shoot Mini Kit I rotated the butterflies a bit, and guesstimated how far down they would need to be in order to not be covered by the flap. I left the back plain.

 For the inside, I started with the background from the Sea Memories Kit The flowers are a page element from One True Love Floral Scatters (if you like it, grab it quickly, as I believe it is soon to be retired.) The vellum tag is from another freebie download. The 'vellum' is layered over the flowers, but is opaque, like real vellum, so that the lower layers show through. I wanted two different fonts for the verse, and the reference, so I used two separate text boxes. The swirl embellishment is from SunshineArtz DejaVu Kit and is titled SATZ_DejaVu_peaswirl-01

June 15, 2012

Crocheted Grocery Tote

Somewhere I have a chronological list of things that I've finished that need photos and blog posts. I can't find the list, and I'm probably the only one who cares about what order they were finished in. I finished this crocheted tote a while ago, but haven't used it yet (due to its' needing to be photographed for the blog). It is made out of the plastic sleeves that the newspaper comes in, and some colored grocery bags.

The directions for making the bag 'yarn' are here and the directions for making the bag are here.

The pattern was easy to follow, and all the pictures were very helpful. It does take a lot of bags. I was collecting the newspaper sleeves for at least a year, and then I still didn't have enough. Ultimately, it was a fun 'green' project, but took  too much prep work for me to consider making it again.

June 7, 2012

Stitches in Life

It seems as though more than three months have passed since my last post! Since my last post, I have spent 3 weeks total babysitting, helped my sister and brother-in-law move, my cat had to be put to sleep the next weekend, gardened for some friends, celebrated my Grandma's 90'th birthday, and have been dealing with a sprained back and tendonitis. I'm sure I left some stuff out, but I wouldn't want to bore you all. When Grace and Anthony moved out, I spent the next two or so weeks cleaning their apartment in the basement, and their upstairs office space. The office space is now mine. Yipee!! My doctors have repeatedly told me that my bedroom should not be used for reading, crafts, etc. "Your bedroom should be just for sleeping in" they say. I laugh and figure they don't have a clue about living with one's parents, and only having one room to keep all your stuff in. Now my bedroom is 'just a bedroom' and I am using the extra room for my desk and crafts. It's a bit of a disaster, but here are a couple of photo collages I created with MyMemories software. Clicking on the thumbnails will show you a larger image.
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