Happy Birthday to You

Hi friends,

I have the cutest little Koala Bear birthday card to share with you today! ๐ŸŽˆ

This adorable little guy is from the Koala-ty Friend stamp set by Unity Stamp Company. The set includes another sweet Koala stamp – a mama hugging her baby, tiny birds, and 2 sentiments. (The birthday sentiment I used on the card is not from this set. It’s one I’ve had for a long time – I’m not sure what company it is from. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ)

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To make the card, I stamped the Koala with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored the image with Copic Markers. I used a cloud stencil (similar to this one) with light blue ink and these amazing Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions to add the clouds around the Koala. Then I layered the stamped piece to red card stock.

I stamped the birthday sentiment with red ink on white card stock, die cut it with a scalloped oval, and layered it to an oval die cut from turquoise card stock. If you are looking for scalloped oval dies, this is a great set. And here’s a good oval set.

I attached a panel of patterned paper to a white card – this is my favorite adhesive for card making. (Refills for the applicator are also available.) The paper came from the Love is in the Air paper pack from Unity Stamp Company. Then I attached the stamped piece over the patterned paper. The sentiment is attached to the card with foam tape.

I love the way this simple card turned out! That little Koala is just so cute! ๐ŸŽˆ

Happy Stamping,

Anita

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Simple Stripes Crochet Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

I designed this Simple Stripes Crochet Baby Blanket for a sweet baby boy. It’s crocheted using simple stitches so it’s perfect for beginners as well as seasoned crocheters. Once you get the pattern going, you can binge on your favorite Netflix show while you stitch away. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made this blanket with a lighter worsted weight yarn. You can use whatever weight yarn you would like – just adjust the hook to match the yarn. If you use a heavier weight yarn, you may want to start with fewer stitches in the first row unless you want your finished blanket to be larger.

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Looking for some great crochet hooks? I love these Clover crochet hooks.

Simple Stripes Crochet Baby Blanket

Finished size is about 30 by 35 inches

Lighter worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret in White (2 skeins), Sky Blue (1 skein), and Seafoam (1 skein)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Foundation Single Crochet – fsc

Single Crochet – sc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Double Crochet – dc

Chain – ch

Note: chains do not count as stitches

Begin with White.

Row 1: work 110 fsc (or chain 111, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across) Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 2-3: ch 1. sc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 4-5: ch 1. hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Row 6: ch 2. dc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 7-8: ch 1. hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 9-11: ch 1. sc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Change to Soft Sky.

Rows 12-14: ch 1. sc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 15-16: ch 1. hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Row 17: ch 2. dc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 18-19: ch 1. hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Rows 20-22: ch 1. sc in first stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (110 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 23-33: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to Seafoam.

Rows 34-44: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 45-55: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to Soft Sky.

Rows 56-66: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 67-77: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to Seafoam.

Rows 78-88: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 89-99: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to Soft Sky.

Rows 100-110: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 111-121: Repeat rows 12-22. (110 stitches)

Change to Seafoam.

Border (in Seafoam)

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly around blanket, working 3 sc in each corner. Do not turn.

Rounds 2-3: Ch 1. sc in each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here’s a pdf for easy printing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Make this blanket in your choice of colors for a precious little one. I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Happy Stitching! ๐Ÿงถ

Anita

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Happy Valentineโ€™s Day

Hi friends,

Happy Valentine’s Dayโฃ๏ธ

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(If you are looking for punches, this is a similar 1 1/2-inch heart punch and a 2-inch circle punch.)

I hope your day is sweet! โค๏ธ

Anita

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Toffee Chocolate Bars

Hi friends,

It seems like I have been asked to bring desserts to all of our get togethers in the last couple of months. ๐Ÿ˜‹I don’t really mind – I do like to bake and try new sweet recipes. And it also lets me share another yummy treat with you!

I found the recipe for Toffee Chocolate Bars here. I used butter instead of margarine because that’s what I had on hand. I should have sprayed my pan with non-stick spray before pressing the crust in the pan – just a tip. ๐Ÿ™‚ But the bars were quite tasty! (Oh, and I also used a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk because I couldn’t find a 10 ounce can.)

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The crust fresh from the oven..

After baking the sweetened condensed milk layer…

Can hardly wait for them to cool so I can cut them into bars..

Finally ready to eat!

Mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the ones from the recipe, but they tasted wonderful!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Crochet Ripple Blanket

Hi friends,

I love to crochet blankets for new babies! I made this one for a very special little one who will be here soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

I followed this pattern from Daisy Farm Crafts. I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret yarn in White, Soft Pink, and Seafoam with a J/6mm hook to crochet my blanket. (I love these hooks.) I used 3 skeins of White and 1 skein each of the Soft Pink and Seafoam.

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I began my blanket with white, crocheting 14 rows of each color. I crocheted 9 stripes total (white, pink, white, seafoam, white, pink, white, seafoam, white) for a total of 126 rows. Then I crocheted a border of 2 rows of single crochet around the blanket, which is not in the pattern.

I love the texture this pattern has by working in the back loop only of each stitch.

The finished size of my blanket is about 31 by 45 inches. Your finished blanket size may vary depending on the yarn and hook that you use.

This is a classic ripple pattern that is easy and fun to make. Try it the next time you need to make a baby blanket.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Vintage-Look Valentine Treat Jars

Hi friends,

Do you save jars to repurpose? Sometimes the jars are just too cute to toss into the recycle bin – like these little mason jars from Classico Pesto. I’ve had these for a while and thought they would be perfect to use for these Vintage-Look Valentine Treat Jars.

You’ll need jars, chalk-finish paint, antiquing wax, 1-inch wood hearts, and red/white bakers twine.

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I used DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting White and Romance. I also used Home Decor Chalk Paint in Prominent Pink. Here are 1-inch wood hearts similar to what I used and the red/white bakers twine. I also used Home Decor Antiquing Wax that I forgot to add to the picture.

First, remove any labels from the jar and thoroughly wash and dry. Apply a thin layer of chalk paint to the jar using a foam brush. Let dry completely and then apply a second coat of paint. Let dry. Brush the jar with the antiquing wax, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Wipe excess wax off with a paper towel. Let dry.

Paint the hearts with 2 coats of chalk paint, letting dry between coats. Apply antiquing wax and wipe off excess with a paper towel. Let dry.

Wrap a length of twine several times around the top of the jar and tie in a knot. Glue the painted heart over the knot.

Fill a treat bag with yummy chocolate hearts and kisses and place in the jar for a sweet Valentine! โค๏ธ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’—

These would also be a cute addition to your Valentine Decor. ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Anita

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Sending Love Valentine Cards

Hi friends,

Unity Stamp Company has the best stamps! They are made from red rubber and stamp crisp, clear images. And they have thousands of stamps to choose from! You will find so many that you need to have in your collection. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are always having amazing sales to make it easy to get just what you want!

I love these 2 bunny sets that I’ve used on the cards below. The bunny images are just so sweet and Unity Stamp Company always has great sentiments in each set.

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This set is called P.S. I Love You. It includes the sweet bunny image and 2 sentiment stamps.

The set I used on the card below is called Easy to Love. It includes the bunny image and 3 sentiment stamps.

To make the cards, I stamped the bunny images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. Then I used these Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions (which are ah-mazing!!) to lightly brush light blue ink around the images and light green ink around the bottom. I trimmed the stamped pieces and layered them to red card stock.

I stamped the sentiments with red ink (this is a great red) on white card stock. On the first card, I trimmed the sentiment and layered it to red card stock. On the second card, I die cut the sentiment with a scalloped oval die (here’s a great set) and layered it to an oval die (this is a good basic set) cut from red card stock.

To assemble the cards, I attached a piece of heart patterned paper to a white card. The bunny images are attached to the card with foam tape. Then I attached the sentiments to the cards using foam tape.

Another thing I love about these stamp sets is that they can easily be used for other occasions. I think the first set would be great for a new baby card and both sets could be used for birthday, miss you, or thinking of you cards. A simple change in the color scheme is all you need!

I hope these sweet cards inspire you to send a little love to those special people!

Happy Valentine’s Day! โค๏ธ

Anita

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