Apron of Love card

Hi friends,

We recently attended a wedding shower for a sweet couple. We purchased a gift card for them from Williams Sonoma and I wanted to make a card to go along with the cooking theme.

I used the discontinued Apron of Love stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up. It’s too bad this is no longer available – it is such a great set to use when giving gifts from your kitchen or inviting friends to a summer BBQ. I did a quick search on Ebay and there are a few sets available there if you are interested.

The embossing folder I used is also discontinued 😦 but this Swiss Hearts folder from Taylored Expressions would be cute. I also used a tiny dot folder like this one to emboss the scalloped circle and the apron pocket.

To make the card, I embossed a panel of black card stock with the hearts embossing folder and attached it to a white card. I die cut the apron, ties, and apron pocket from red card stock. I embossed the pocket with the tiny dots folder. I die cut a scalloped circle from white card stock and embossed it with the tiny dots folder. (This is a great set of scalloped circle dies if you are looking for some.) I also die cut the utensils from silver mirror card stock.

The scalloped circle is attached to the card over the heart embossed panel. I assembled the apron, attaching the utensils to the back of the pocket and used foam tape to attach the pocket to the apron. The apron is attached to the scalloped circle with foam tape. The “love” sentiment is stamped with red ink on white card stock, punched with an oval punch similar to this, and attached to the card. I’m not sure where that stamp is from – it was a random stamp in my collection. A little heart stamp would also be really cute!

I love creating cards to match the theme of a gift! I hope this sweet couple finds lots of love in their kitchen. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Tiny Crocheted Beanies

Hi friends,

I have a friend who is crazy in love with all of her animals. And I have to admit that she has some of the best and sweetest animals I’ve ever known. πŸ™‚

Her sweet wire-haired dachshund named Daria just had 2 of the most adorable puppies! My friend saw a picture of some sweet puppies in tiny crocheted beanies and knew that she had to have some for her new puppies.

I found this free pattern for premie baby beanies and adjusted it just a little for the new puppies. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a G/4mm hook to stitch up the beanies. The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to stop after 10 rounds.

By using a larger hook, you can adjust the finished size of the beanies. The larger the hook, the larger the beanie. The pattern shows the difference in size using 4 different size hooks.

Here is the sweet tiny little girl!

Unfortunately, even though these beanies are super tiny, they are still too big for the new little puppies! 😳 My friend took out several rows on the beanies so they would sit on their tiny little heads for a photo shoot. 😊 They will have to grow into the other beanies later – but they are so adorable!!! ❀️

Here’s a closer picture of the beanies. I forgot to measure them but I think they are about 3 – 4 inches across and 3 – 4 inches from top to bottom.

This pattern was designed to make beanies for precious babies born a little too early. They work up super fast and would be a great donation for your local NICU – just check with them first before donating.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Snowy Hello

Hi friends,

Is it hot where you are? I’m in Alabama. In July. So, yes, it is hot here! β˜€οΈ

I have a fun wintery card to cool you down – or at least to make you smile. ❄️

This sweet little girl is an older, retired stamp from the Gift Givers set by Stampin’ Up – but any wintery image you have in your collection will work. I stamped her with brown ink (Memento Rich Cocoa is my favorite) on white card stock and colored her with Copic markers.

I die cut the image with a scalloped circle die and layered it to a larger scalloped circle die cut from pink card stock. (This is a great set of scalloped circle dies.)

To make the card, I embossed a panel of white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder (the folder I used is discontinued, but here’s a similar one) and attached it to a white card. I embossed a strip of pink card stock with a smaller snowflake folder (this one would be great) and trimmed it into a banner shape. I attached the banner to a piece of patterned paper and then attached the piece to the card with foam tape. The stamped image is also attached to the card with foam tape.

I hope this made you shiver just a little! πŸ™‚

Anita

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Mini Chalk Painted Bud Vases

Hi friends,

I have a fun Dollar Tree craft to share with you today. These Mini Chalk Painted Bud Vases are made from salt and pepper shakers you can pick up from the Dollar Tree – 2 mini vases for a dollar! Such a fun little idea. πŸ™‚

You’ll need some chalky finish paint in your favorite colors. I used Everlasting and Escape from Deco Art to paint my vases. You’ll need some sandpaper for distressing the vases and I also used clear wax to seal the paint. The clear wax is optional, but I like to use it to help protect the paint from chipping.

I painted each salt/pepper shaker with 2 coats of paint, making sure to let them dry well between coats.

Once the 2nd coat of paint is completely dry, lightly sand the paint from some of the raised areas on the shakers. Wipe off any dust. Lightly brush on a thin coat of clear wax, if using, and wipe off any excess with a paper towel. Let dry.

I wrapped some twine around the top of each vase and added a tiny white silk flowers.

You can also use these to hold fresh buds! Just be careful to keep the water inside. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Hi friends,

Hungry for a sweet treat, but not wanting to turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen? These Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies might be just the thing!

I hadn’t made them in a while, but I needed a quick dessert and decided these would be the perfect thing. They are super easy to make and you may have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now!

I used this recipe from Real Mom Nutrition to whip up a quick batch of these cookies.

They take only minutes to make!

These Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies make a great afternoon treat after a fun day at the pool!

Enjoy!

Anita

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Happy Independence Day

Hi friends,

It’s Independence Day in the USA! Wishing you all lots of fun, food, and fireworks!

Enjoy your day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Anita

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Owlie Balloons

Hi friends,

A dear friend of mine recently had a big birthday! I usually don’t make cards that refer to someone getting “older”, but this owl is just so adorable and I couldn’t resist. πŸ™‚

The stamp and sentiment are from the Hugs, Kisses, & Birthday Wishes set from Unity Stamp Company. They also have several other sets that feature this cute little guy – I may or may not have them all. πŸ˜‰ Just go to the Unity Stamp Company site and search “owl” to see them.

The finished size of my card is 5 by 7 inches. To make the card, I stamped the owlie with black ink (here’s my favorite black ink) on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic markers, trimmed it close, and rounded the corners with a punch. I layered the stamped image to orange card stock with rounded corners. I used Diamond Glaze by Judikins to add some dimension and shine to the heart balloon.

I stamped the sentiment with green ink on white card stock. To make the label, I die cut the sentiment with a scalloped oval (here’s a great set) and then trimmed it straight across on the top and the bottom. I added 3 orange gems to the piece.

I attached a printed “happy birthday” ribbon to a panel of patterned paper and then attached the paper to a white card. (My ribbon was preprinted, but you can also stamp your favorite sentiment directly onto a lot of different types of ribbon.) I attached the stamped owlie and the sentiment to the card with foam tape.

With just a change of colors, this fun little guy can also be used for Halloween like I did in this Happy Owl’oween post. I think it would also be sweet in pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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