Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

My favorite part of New Year's eve is to reflect on the past year. My word and goal for 2012 was "Create".  And I feel I did a lot of "Creating" this year. I started an Etsy shop to sell my handmade jewelry and even though I have only sold one item I am still proud of the accomplishment. Tiny Human and I completed several craft projects. I taught myself to crochet. And my biggest creative success is being on Let's Scrap Design team. And my scrapbook is proof of all the memories that have been created all year long.

Here is a list of my top 12 blog posts of 2012:
1. Toddler Finger Painting Project
2. Homemade Moose Costume
3. 2 Birds With 1 Stone(Layout)
4. Cinnamon Ornaments
5. 1st Contest Entry
6. Crochet Scarf
7. 1st Day Home
8. Creative Scrappers
9. DIY Finger Paints
10. Life is Grand With You
11. Dandelion Tote Tutorial
12. Dress for Success

I'm pleased that the list is almost 1/2 scrap booking related and 1/2 craft projects. I would like to thank my 7 followers for reading my posts and following Crafting and Scrapping! Wishing all of you a blessed and happy New Year.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cinnamon Ornament Layout

I can't believe this will most likely be my last layout of 2012! Wow did the year fly by. The sketch I used is this week's from Let's Scrap. I liked how fun and simple it was. Perfect for Cinnamon Ornaments that the Tiny Human and I made. The pictures don't show the crazy frustration that comes with doing crafts with a toddler. But all in all we had a great time and provided excellent scrapping material.

The tree paper I've had in my stash for ever, not sure of the brand. The Christmas Polk-a-dot paper, red card stock and white card stock are from "The Paper Studio". The flower stickers are K&Company.

 The red present washi tape is Studio G. I found it in the $1 section of scrapping supplies at Wal-mart. This was the first time I've used washi tape and I'm hooked. The other DT members at Let's Scrap are always talking about it so I decided to give it a go.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next year :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's Your Day

Happy Friday!
I'm having so much fun making cards lately! I like the personal touch of sending a homemade card opposed to the store bought ones. Now if I could become as witty as Hallmark :) This card is another take on this week's sketch at Let's Scrap. It's a Birthday card for my sister. I tried to capture some of the colors of Christmas without making it a Christmas card.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Let's Scrap 12-19-12

Here is this week's sketch over at Let's Scrap. I'm really starting to enjoy card making so I was really excited about the sketch. And it being the holiday season there are lots of cards to me made.

The cream paper, holly leaves and the sentiment sticker are part of the awesome stuff I found at my local Dollar Store. The other papers are scraps from my stash.

You love the holly leaves and berries don't you ;) Me too!! I had to get creative to make the berries. Here is the secret: Use the eraser end of a pencil dabbed in red ink. Easy as pie and it looks great too.

I used Studio G brown glitter glue on the red strip of paper. You can never have enough sparkle! Thaks for stopping by and don't forget to come play along at Let's Scrap.

The inside of the card.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snowbody Warms My Heart Like You

I found inspiration for this card from looking out my living room window. My neighbors have several evergreen trees along the boarder of  their yard and they are so beautiful dusted from a recent snow fall. The card I made was really simple. I used this sketch 8-17-11 from Let's Scrap.


Here is my take on the sketch. I cut the trees using the Cricut craft rooms basics and the sentiment background is from the playtime cartridge. I had to print out the sentiment since I currently don't have any winter stamps. All of the papers used for the card are scraps from my stash. I used Studio G silver glitter glue to boarder the card and make the snow on the trees.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cinnamon Ornaments

Tis the season to be jolly and attempt to do a toddler craft project. Recently the Tiny Human discovered the fun of play dough so I thought that he would enjoy this project. The dough is really easy to make. Here is what you will need:

Apple Sauce- 2 cups
Cinnamon - 2 cups
cookie cutters
wax paper
Rolling Pin

Step 1:
Mix the apple sauce and cinnamon together in a bowl. You should get a nice firm dough. If it's too dry add more apple sauce, to moist add more cinnamon.
Step 2:
Roll out dough in between 2 pieces of wax paper with a rolling pin. Dough should be 3/8 of an inch thick. Be careful not to get the dough to thin or your ornaments will break easily when they are dry.

Step 3:
Use cookie cutters to make ornament shapes. Place shapes on a cookie sheet to dry. Using a tooth pick or straw poke holes in the shapes to string them when they are dry.

Step 4:
Next step is to let them dry. I baked mine in the oven at 200 F for 4 hrs. Flip shapes over after a couple of hours in the oven. Then let the sit over night before stringing. You can also let the shapes air dry for 2 days, turning a couple of times a day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crochet Fingerless gloves

After making a few dish cloths,a scarf and a coffee sleeve I began to feel pretty comfortable crocheting. Or at least adventurous to try something new, a friend mentioned wanting a pair of fingerless gloves so I began searching the Internet to find an easy pattern. If you ever need a pattern for anything I recommend using Crochet Pattern Central.

I first used this patten. It was easy to follow and well written for a beginner like me. You can't really tell but there is a small cuff at the top of the glove.
Yes one came out slightly larger than the other but I'm still proud.

The next set I made I sort of made up my own pattern. I got the idea for the buttoned cuff from the coffee sleeve I had previously made. Then I basically followed the first pattern.

It was tricky to do this set because for the second glove I had to do the patter backwards due to the button cuff. This set is my favorite. I'm kinda sad to be giving them away but I know my friend will enjoy them. Thanks for checking out my latest adventures.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Horse Critter Hat

Here at Santa's workshop, I mean my house I have been a crocheting elf lately. I'm trying to get all of my homemade Christmas gifts done by the 13th then mailed by the 15th so I have been very busy. My latest project was an ear hat flap for my niece and nephew. I cam across this pattern from Crochet Creative Creations and fell in love.

Here is what I came up with. Don't mind the stuff bunny that is my model. Tiny human didn't want to play along, and the hat is a bit small for him. I did make a few changes to her pattern, I used the dark brown yarn and made several X's with a tapestry needle for the eyes and I made around 6 pom poms for a super full mane. The only problem I had was attaching them, o well I think the hat turned out cute considering I just learned to crochet about a month ago. Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by!

The front side

The back side