Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glorious Spring

This spring has been magnificent! A little on the cold side at times...we nearly dipped into freezing temperatures last night. Yesterday we had a tropical storm roll through that included thunder, lightning strong wind gusts and lots of rain. It was beautiful! The dogwoods are in bloom and the azaleas are on their way. I love spring! And I love creating springtime cards with Pebbles' Garden Party collection.

What are your favorite spring things? Do you garden? Plant flowers or vegetables? Do you enjoy outdoor activities like hiking or biking? I enjoy all of the above and look forward to our annual strawberry picking trip! Yum! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter is on the Way

Easter is coming and I've been creating some fun projects to share with you. First up, on the Pebbles blog, I've decorated eggs with pretty patterned papers from the Garden Party collection. Here's a little peek for you. 

Over on the Bella Blvd. blog I have another project for you...can you tell what these are? 

I used a combination of Lucky Starz (45% off on Amazon) and Spring Flings and Easter Things for this project. Hope you can hop over and take a look! 

Did you hear that the latest Bella Buzz April newsletter is now available? It's free and the talented Jennifer Gallacher has contributed some gorgeous scrapbook pages to the issue along with Bella's very own Nicole Nowosad and Becki Adams. These ladies know how to rock Bella! Don't miss it! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lucky Starz

Here in North Carolina everything is coated in a fine yellow dust! While the dogwoods and azaleas are blooming our state trees, the long leaf pines, are releasing pollen turning everything yellow...houses, cars, sidewalks, you name it. Coming from California, it's interesting to see. 

Today I'm starting the week with a crafty share...a card made with Bella Blvd's Lucky Starz collection.

I remember as a girl, I believed that when you kissed a boy you really like you would see fireworks or stars. I think it was an episode of the Brady Bunch that made me think that! Anyway, this card will have someone's love seeing colorful stars! ;)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hello Spring

Hello Chickaniddy fans! I'd like to share my first Twirly Girl project with you. The soft pastel color palette and pretty floral printed papers in this collection make it ideal for springtime crafts, don't you think? 

Supplies: Paper (TG140S04; TG140S06; TG140S07; TG140S12) Stickers (TG14EB02) Brads (TG14EB06) Enamel Hearts ( TG14EB07) Gold Foil Paper (CN14SP001)

The gold foil paper reminds me of the longer sun-shiny days of spring that I look forward to all winter! 

If you need a sentiment that's not included in the accents of a collection or you want to personalize a project, you can easily print whatever you like from your computer. 

First, I printed my sentiment on a blank piece of paper. Then I attached a piece of low-tack double stick tape to the item I wanted to print on. To make your tape low-tack, stick it to your clothing a few times. Then I held my printed paper up to a window so I could see the sentiment through my tag and place it exactly where I wanted it to re-print. Easy!

So many times, often a day or two after sitting with a project, I think of something I might change if I had to do it again. With this card, since the spacing of the word 'spring' looks a little awkward to me, I thought I could easily use the square Alpha Stickers (TG14EB01) instead. I like the look of a couple types of lettering for sentiments and titles. So which do you like best? 

Let's Crochet!

As many of you know, I've learned to crochet recently and I'd love to share my latest project with you...this pretty diamond mesh stitch warmer weather scarf. It's perfect for cool spring and autumn days!

If you're interested in learning to crochet, it's super easy! All you need is a ball of yarn, a hook and the free video tutorials from Yarnspirations.

My scarf was so simple to make following this tutorial. I used Lime Ultra Pima Cotton Yarn and a Clover Crochet Hook, size F, 3.75mm.

I'm off to the store this morning and I think I'll wear my new scarf! :)


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