Sending Love

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time to send love to those special people. Here’s a card you can send any time to let someone know you are thinking of them!

The hearts are from a discontinued set by Stampin’ Up called Hearts a Flutter, but this set, All Heart from Pattern Happy, is so cute and would work great!

The hearts embossing folder is from The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby, but I think it is discontinued, too. 😦  Here are a couple of options that you could use – this one is from Kaisercraft and this one is from Cuttlebug.

The word “love” is from the Jar of Mixed Sentiments by Unity Stamp Company. I have looked everywhere for the “sending” stamp and it appears to have been swallowed up in my craft room…so I’m not sure which company it is from. 🙂

 

Emboss a piece of pool colored card stock with the heart embossing folder and attach to a white card. Stamp 2 different hearts with pool ink on white card stock and stamp a 3rd heart with red ink in the center. Ink the edges of the panel with pool ink. Layer to a larger piece of red card stock and attach to the card. Attach a piece of red polka dot ribbon to cover the place where the 2 pieces meet. Attach 3 red sequins to the heart panel. Stamp the sentiment with red ink on white card stock and punch with an oval punch. Layer to a larger  oval punched from pool card stock. Then layer the piece to a scalloped oval punched from red card stock. Attach to the card with foam tape.

You can make this card in any color combo and it’s always a good time to send love!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Skinny Can Cozy

These new skinny 12 ounce cans are great for saving space, but my cozies are all too big! What to do…well, crochet my own of course!! 😉 And these also fit the tall skinny bottles like the ones Sparkling Ice come in.

So here’s a simple pattern I created using I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby to keep your drink nice and cool.

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Crochet Skinny Can Cozy

I used I Love This Cotton yarn in White and Bright Green

G/4mm hook

Stitches in US terms

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Double Crochet – dc

Back Loop Only – blo

Note: Ch 1 and Ch 2 at beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch.

Make magic ring with color A.

Round 1: Ch 1. Work 10 hdc into ring. Pull ring tight and join with ss to 1st hdc. (10 stitches)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (20 stitches)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work 1 hdc in same stitch as ss and in next stitch. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (26 stitches)

Your circle should measure about 2 inches in diameter.

Round 4: Ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (26 stitches)

Rounds 5-11: Ch 1. Work hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (26 stitches) Change to color B at the end of round 11.

Rounds 12-13: Ch 2. Work dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st dc. (26 stitches) Change to color A at the end of round 13.

Rounds 14-17: Repeat round 5, changing to color B at the end of round 17. (26 stitches)

Round 18: Ch 1. Work sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Change to color A. (26 stitches)

Rounds 19-20: Ch 1. Work hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. (26 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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These work up really quickly and you can make them in so many different colors!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Happy Birthday Cupcake

I have a sweet and bright birthday card to share with you today!

The cute cupcake stamp is from the More than Cupcakes set from Unity Stamp Company and the birthday embossing folder is from Cuttlebug. (I think they’ve changed it just a little from the one I have, but it is very similar.) You will love having this embossing folder in your stash – I use it all the time! You can find the Swiss Dots embossing folder here – this is another great folder to have in your stash. 🙂

I stamped the cupcake with black ink on white card stock. I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out. I embossed a piece of pink card stock with the birthday embossing folder and attached it to a white card. Then I attached a piece of patterned paper over the embossed piece. I embossed a strip of pink card stock with the Swiss dots folder, trimmed it into a banner shape, and attached it to the card. I punched (or you can die cut) a scalloped circle from patterned paper and attached it to the card with foam tape. (Here’s a great set of dies! Or you can find a great punch here!) Then I attached the cupcake to the card with foam tape.

A fun card that is sure to bring a smile!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Chunky Crochet Cable Pillow Cover

This Chunky Crochet Cable Pillow Cover turned out so soft and cozy!! I am so happy with it! It was super fast to make because I used Bernat Blanket Yarn with an N/9mm hook. The color I used is called Light Teal, but this yarn comes in a variety of colors including several variegated color ways. I used most of 2 (10.5 ounce) skeins to crochet my pillow cover.

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This great pattern is from Megmade with Love. It’s available free here and there is a link to purchase a PDF version from her Etsy shop so it’s easy to print if you want to do that.

My pillow insert is 20×20 inches and the pattern used a 16×16 inch insert. The Bernat Blanket Yarn is super bulky (size 6) so I only had to make a couple of changes to the pattern  to make the cover large enough to fit my pillow insert. I chained 43 to start and, beginning in row 2, changed the first 6 sc to 8 sc and the last 6 sc to 8 sc. (It will make sense when you see the pattern 🙂 ) I also added one more row of sc at the end so the front of my cover is 43 rows. For the 2 back pieces, I chained 43 to start, then worked sc across so there are 42 sc. I did 24 rows like the pattern calls for.

For the back, I added 6 (1/2-inch) buttons evenly spaced on the bottom layer of the pillow cover. I even like the way this looks – it’s like having 2 pillows in 1! Just flip it around for a different look…

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Here’s a closeup of the front…the texture is amazing!!

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I made another pillow cover using Bernat Blanket Yarn in Pumpkin Spice – you can see it in this post. These pillows are so amazingly soft and cozy! These are for our bedroom, but I may have to make some to snuggle up with on the couch…

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

 

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It’s Your Day

I am absolutely in love with this Happy Hippos stamp set from My Favorite Things! It has several different hippos and tiny birds along with balloons, cupcakes, sentiments and more. Click here to see the entire set! They also have a set of Happy Hippo Die-namics so you can easily die cut the stamped images.

The Stitched Circle die is also from My Favorite Things. The set has several different sizes to choose from and can be used in so many ways!

To make the card, stamp the hippo, balloons, and party hat with black ink on white card stock. Color with Copic markers* and die cut each image. Using the stitched circle die set, die cut a circle frame from dark turquoise card stock. Punch a circle from orange polka dot paper (you can use the center portion from the stitched circle die). Attach 5 strips of coordinating patterned paper to a white card. Stamp sentiment on center strip. Attach orange circle to the card. Attach turquoise frame with foam tape. Attach balloons with foam tape. Attach hat to hippo and then attach to the card with foam tape.

(*Note: if you are interested in beginning or adding to your collection of Copic markers, I have found the best price on individual sketch markers here at Dick Blick Art Supplies. They also offer free shipping if your order is $35 or more. I’ve ordered from them several times and have always been happy with them!)

Did I say that I love this stamp set?!?!? Here’s another card I made with the adorable hippo. These cute little guys in the Happy Hippos stamp set and Die-namics die set are sure to make anyone smile!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Happy 4th of July đŸ‡şđŸ‡¸

Happy Independence Day USA! 🇺🇸 I hope you all enjoy the day with family and friends!

 

Anita

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Broccoli Slaw

Do you need an easy side dish for your Summer picnics and family reunions? This Broccoli Slaw is just the thing! It is great with just about anything from BBQ to fried chicken to hamburgers and hot dogs. My original post with the recipe is below…Enjoy!!

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A sweet friend shared this recipe with me years ago and it has become one of my favorite side dish recipes. It goes great with ham, turkey, chicken, and just about anything you want to pair it with. It comes together quickly – just make sure to mix it up a couple of hours before you are ready to serve it so the ramen noodles have a chance to soften a bit. 

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Recipe for Broccoli Slaw

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • dash Worcestershire sauce

Whisk the above ingredients together well.

  • 10 – 12 ounce package broccoli slaw (in the produce department near the bagged salads)
  • 2 packages ramen noodles
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Break the ramen noodles while still in the package. (I hit them a few times with my meat tenderizer.) Discard the seasoning packet or save it for another use. Toss together broccoli slaw, broken ramen noodles, almonds, and onions. Pour dressing over all and mix well. Refrigerate and let it sit for a couple of hours for the noodles to soften.

I have also used Splenda in place of the sugar and it works wonderfully. And it’s a great recipe for your next potluck or those picnics that will be coming now that the weather is warming up. Easy to double, too! Enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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