I layered black card stock to a white card and then added a panel of light turquoise card stock. I attached the stamped image with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and die cut it with a scalloped oval die (here’s a great set!). It is attached to the corner of the stamped flower image.
By the way, if you are in the market for a die cutting and embossing machine, I love my Cuttlebug. It sits on my desk and I use it all the time!
So simple, yet so pretty! My sister enjoyed receiving it. 🙂 This stamp set is so versatile – you can color it in so many ways for so many different occasions.
I love the look of decor balls in a clear vase or dough bowl, but they can be expensive! I have an easy way to add some fun Patriotic Rag Balls to your decor just in time for Memorial Day inspired by this pin I found on Pinterest. They are great for your 4th of July decor and all Summer long, too!
You’ll need several different patriotic fabrics, some styrofoam balls, and straight pins. I found my fabrics in a bundle at Hobby Lobby – each one measures about 18 x 21 inches.
First you’ll need to wash and dry your fabric. I ironed mine, too, but that’s totally up to you if you want to do that. The rag balls have a rustic feel so a few wrinkles won’t matter. 😉
Next you’ll need to tear strips of fabric. I snipped the fabric about 1/2-inch from the edge and then simply tore the fabric so it would have rough edges. Then, using a straight pin, pin the end to the styrofoam ball.
Wind the strips of fabric around the ball overlapping and covering up the straight pins as needed. Just keep adding strips of fabric by overlapping the ends and securing with straight pins as you go. When you get the entire ball covered, use a little Aleene’s Tacky Glue to secure the end of the final fabric strip.
And that’s it! Easy Peasy! Here they are in my dough bowl – I picked up my star garland at Hobby Lobby. I may have to make some of these for every season! They would also look so cute in a neutral fabric like muslin for a pretty farmhouse look.
There are probably a million different tote bag crochet patterns out there – well, maybe not a million, but there are A LOT! And I’m going to add one more. 🙂
I thought it would be fun to try my hand at designing a simple Color Block Tote Bag and this is what I came up with. It’s super easy to make and goes quickly because the bag is stitched holding 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together. I’ve written the pattern below.
Gauge is not important for this project. My bag measures about 17 inches wide by 15 inches high (without the handles) and 3 inches wide across the bottom.
Stitches used: US terms
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Half double crochet – hdc
Slip stitch – ss
Back loop only – blo
Note: Bag is crocheted using 2 strands of yarn held together
Note: By alternating which stitch you begin the rounds with, it helps to keep your seam straighter.
Ch 36 with blue (holding 2 strands together)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (35 stitches)
Rows 2-5: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (35 stitches)
Row 6: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1. DO NOT TURN (35 stitches)
Begin working in rounds.
Round 1: Work 4 sc across end of rows. Work 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 33 stitches. (This is the opposite side of the beginning ch.) 2 sc in last stitch. Work 4 sc across end of rows. 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 33 stitches. 2 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)
Round 2: ch 1. sc in blo only of same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)
Round 3: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with final sc in skipped sc at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)
Round 4: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)
Rounds 5-10: Repeat rounds 3 and 4 (3 times). Change to white (holding 2 strands together) at the end of round 10. (82 stitches)
Round 11: ch 2. Skip stitch that has the ss. hdc in next stitch and each stitch around, ending with the final hdc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (82 stitches)
Round 12: ch 2. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (82 stitches)
Rounds 13-26: Repeat rounds 11 and 12 (8 times). Change to blue (holding 2 strands together) at the end of round 26. (82 stitches)
Round 33: ch 1. Skip stitch that has ss. sc in next 13 stitches. Ch 40. Skip next 14 stitches. sc in next 28 stitches. Ch 40. sc in next 12 stitches. End the round with a sc in the stitch that was skipped at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)
Round 34: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and each sc and ch around. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)
Round 35: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with the final sc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)
Round 36: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Click on the link below if you’d like to print out a copy of the pattern.
The bubble embossing folder I used is no longer available, but this one is similar. I used this set of dies from Spellbinders to die cut my stamped image and the layer behind it. I used an oval punch and scalloped oval punch that I’ve had forever to punch out the sentiment. (This is a great set of oval dies if you are looking for some. And here is a set of scalloped oval dies that would be great if you need those.)
To make the card, stamp the mouse with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and color with Copic markers. Die cut the image and layer to a larger die cut from terra-cotta card stock. Emboss a panel of white card stock with the embossing folder, layer burlap and dotted ribbon to the panel, and attach the panel to a turquoise card. Attach the mouse image to the card with foam tape. Stamp sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. Punch or die cut with an oval punch and layer to a scalloped oval punched from turquoise card stock. Attach the sentiment to the corner of the mouse image.
Change the sentiment to “thinking of you”, “just for you”, or leave it off completely and this card can be used for just about any occasion!
I have a super easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner to share today. It comes together in just minutes so it’s perfect for even the busiest of days!
Here’s what you’ll need…
1 lb lean ground beef
1 (15.25 oz) can black beans
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
your favorite bagged salad mix
shredded cheddar cheese
Simply brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain. Add the black beans and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until heated through. Place desired amount of salad mix on serving plates. Top with the black bean mixture. Sprinkle with desired amount of cheese and add a dollop of sour cream.
It couldn’t be easier! You can also season the ground beef with taco seasoning for even more flavor. Or if you’re more adventurous than me, you could add some jalapeños to spice it up!
It’s a simple recipe to double – and it freezes well. So make up a batch or 2 to have on hand for a quick dinner when you need it.
Do you have charger cords EVERYWHERE??? Phone, tablet, laptop, kindle – just to name a few! What to do?? Crochet some cord keepers, of course. 🙂
I wrote up the pattern I used to crochet my Ribbed Cord Keeper and shared it below. I found my cute buttons at Hobby Lobby and used Baby Bee Hushabye yarn in Toy Elephant with a 4mm hook to stitch up my cord keepers. The gray color is discontinued, but there are several other colors and any 4 weight yarn will work. So use what you have – these are great stash busters!
Crochet Ribbed Cord Keeper
Worsted weight yarn
Stitches used (US terms)
Chain – ch
Single Crochet – sc
Back Loop Only – blo
Single Crochet Decrease – sc dec
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 ch. ch 1 and turn. (5 stitches)
Row 2: 2 sc in blo of 1st stitch. sc in blo of next 3 stitches. 2 sc in blo only of last stitch. ch 1 and turn. (7 stitches)
Rows 3-5: sc in blo of each stitch across. ch 1 and turn. (7 stitches)
Row 6: 2 sc in blo of 1st stitch. Sc in blo of next 5 stitches. 2 sc in blo of last stitch. ch 1 and turn. (9 stitches)
Rows 7-18: sc in blo of each stitch across. ch 1 and turn. (9 stitches)
Row 19: Work sc dec in blo over 1st 2 stitches. sc in blo of next 5 stitches. Work sc dec in blo of last 2 stitches. ch 1 and turn. (7 stitches)
Row 20: Button hole row. sc in blo of 1st 2 stitches. ch 3. Skip next 3 stitches. sc in blo of last 2 stitches. ch 1 and turn. (2 sc, ch 3 space, 2 sc)
Row 21: sc in blo of 1st 2 stitches. Work 3 sc in ch 3 space. sc in blo of last 2 stitches. ch 1 and turn. (7 stitches)
Row 22: sc in blo of each stitch across. ch 1 and turn. (7 stitches)
Row 23: Work sc dec in blo over 1st 2 stitches. sc in blo of next 3 stitches. Work sc dec in blo of last 2 stitches. (5 stitches)
A couple of times a year we find ourselves in the Atlanta area. The last time we were there, I discovered a fun rubber stamp/scrapbook store called Impressive Ideas in Norcross, GA. If you are stamper or scrapbooker, I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the neighborhood – I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I stamped the bear with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I embossed a panel of turquoise card stock that has a white core with a birthday embossing folder similar to this one. I lightly sanded the raised areas to expose the white core and attached the panel to a white card. I attached the bear with foam tape.