Saturday, June 30, 2012

Flower Coasters

The girls will have their last school day on Thursday and as usual I wanted to make a teacher's gift. Usually I give some chocolates or cookies in a handmade gift bag or box, but Sanne's teacher may not have any sugar so I decided to do something else this year. A while ago I pinned these gorgeous flower coasters by Yvestown on Pinterest. Last night I was thinking of a handmade gift for Sanne's teacher and all of a sudden I had to think of the coasters I pinned some months ago. A quick and easy project and perfect when you have to come up with something in a short time. I made them in cream and two shades of green as green is the teacher's favorite color. Hopefully she will like this gift.

SUPPLIES: Yarn: Catania (130, 205, 219) | Hook: Clover 2.75mm/C

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crochet Projects

My first crochet projects were blankets for Sanne and Fleur. I was inspired by Revlie's blanket that is based on Lucy's Neat Ripple Pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and I enjoyed making both blankets. This is the blanket I made for Fleur. She wanted a blanket in the new colors of her room (blue and purple) with a touch of green. The colors were chosen by her.

I love the colors...

The size of the blanket is 1.75m x 1m.

SUPPLIES: Yarn: Drops Paris (02, 08, 09, 10, 11, 16, 31) | Hook: Clover 6.0mm/J

My mother-in-law was so kind to weave in all the ends. I love to crochet, but weaving in all the ends is not my favorite thing to do.

I also love to make smaller projects such as little bags and flowers that don't take much time. A while ago I posted a crochet bag on my Facebook page that I made for my girls. Sue Ann, one of my friends, loved the bag. She has two girls and I decided to make them both a Strappy Boutique bag in their favorite color pink. Shipping to the USA took a bit longer than expected, but the bags arrived safe and sound some weeks ago and the girls love the bag.

This layered flower is one of my favorites...

SUPPLIES: Yarn: Robin Chunky | Hook: Clover 6.0mm/J

The Strappy Boutique Bag pattern is from Tangled Happy.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wishing You Sunshine | Got Sketch? 145

Sketch 145 went up on the Got Sketch? blog yesterday, and this is my take on the sketch. I made this card for a dear friend who could use some sunshine in her life.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Sidewalks) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Scattered Showers, Fillable Frames #4) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia, Onyx Black), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), A Muse Studio (Lichen) | Button: Papertrey Ink | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Scattered Showers Die Collection, Fillable Frames #4 Die), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Open Bracket Border), sewing machine | Foam dots: Zva Creative

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Early this morning Fleur and I made a cake for Father's Day and let Eric sleep in. Shortly after breakfast we left to see Sanne who had a hockey tournament in a village nearby. She already left last evening and stayed overnight. Her team did really well and won all 5 games. The girls had a blast....they played hockey and other games, had a disco party last night and went swimming at 7.30am this morning.

I wasn't well prepared for Father's Day this year and hadn't made any cards in advance. I even considered buying cards but ended up making cards myself at the very last minute. Since I didn't have much time I kept the designs simple. The first card is the one I made for Eric in his favorite color (blue) with a touch of red.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Sasparilla) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Tag-its #2) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Tea Dye Duo) | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Button: Papertrey Ink | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Boxy Banners Die Collection Seeing Stars Die Collection), EK Success (1 3/4" circle punch), sewing machine | Other: foamtape

I made my dad and father-in-law the same card. Not very original but I didn't have too much time to think about two different designs.

Just like Eric's card I used the Sasparilla collection from October Afternoon along with their Rocket Age collection.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Sasparilla, Rocket Age) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Daily Designs Sentiments) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Tea Dye Duo) | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Button: Buttons Galore & More | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Half & Half Die Collection Seeing Stars Die Collection), EK Success (1 3/4" circle punch), sewing machine | Other: foamtape

Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sweet Granny Bunting

Card making was always my creative outlet and when I seriously lost my mojo last year due to personal circumstances and stress I needed another way to relax. I started crocheting in September and have made a few projects - as well as many unfinished projects - ever since, but never showed any of them here on my blog. This morning I finished a granny bunting I made for Sanne in the colors of her room.

SUPPLIES: Yarn: Catania Cotton (no. 106, 113, 172, 226) | Hook: Clover 3.5mm/E

The pattern of the bunting comes from the book Granny Square Crochet. A great book with many inspirational ideas.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Happy Birthday | Make It Monday #69

It's been ages since I played along with one of Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenges. This week is a sketch challenge and I love sketches, so I had to play. I decided to work with this sketch as I immediately had an idea in mind when I saw the sketch for the first time.

Here's my take on the sketch. It's a birthday card for my friend Irma. I made my own background paper using Papertrey Ink's Houndstooth stamp set. I love that you can create a houndstooth motif in every color you like.

Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Sidewalks) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posie, Turning a New Leaf, Background Basics: Houndstooth) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posie Die Collection, Turning a New Leaf Die Collection), sewing machine | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.