Simple and Elegant Wedding Card

Hi friends,

We have several weddings coming up this year. Of course, I always make a card for these special occasions. This is a simple, elegant design that comes together in just minutes.

All you need is some white card stock, a heart punch, your favorite embossing folders, and your favorite wedding themed rubber stamp.

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First, stamp your sentiment in the bottom left corner of a 5-1/4 by 4-inch piece of white card stock and attach it to a 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 inch white card. I used a dark lavender ink on my card – but of course, you can use any color.

Emboss white card stock using 4 different embossing folders and punch a heart shape from each embossed piece. Attach 2 hearts directly to the card and the other 2 hearts with foam tape. Simple and beautiful!

I have a whole collection of embossing folders to choose from – we won’t say how many… πŸ˜‰ I love this one, this one, and this one from Taylored Expressions if you would like to add to your collection. This is also a great Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The sentiment stamp I used is an older one I’ve had for a long time. This set has several great stamps that would work.

I used a heart punch similar to this one. This is my favorite adhesive for card making (here are the refills) and this is great foam tape to add some dimension to your cards.

This card would also make a great anniversary card using your favorite anniversary stamp.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Cute Farmhouse Wood Block β€œFlag”

Hi friends,

If you saw my post Americana Wood Blocks last week, I promised another project using these 2-inch wood blocks. Well…this is it! This Cute Farmhouse Wood Block β€œFlag” is super easy to make and it will add a little fun to your 4th of July decor!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

To make your flag, paint 2 blocks red, 2 blocks white, and 2 blocks blue. I painted 2 coats on each block. Once they are dry, using white paint with the round sponge brush, dab circles onto 2 sides of each blue block like in the picture below. Once the white circles are completely dry, dry brush all 6 blocks with brown paint to give them a vintage look.

Using E6000 clear adhesive, glue the blue blocks together, one on top of the other. Glue each red block on top of each white block. Let the adhesive dry. Wrap twine around the top blue block and tie in a knot, trimming the ends. Glue the blocks together as in the picture below and let dry.

And here it is! Isn’t it cute?

This would be a fun project to make with the kids on a rainy Summer afternoon! And it’s a great little decoration to leave out all Summer. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Happy crafting!

Anita

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Lavender Crochet Classic Coverlet

Hi friends,

A while back, I made this Crochet Classic Coverlet pattern from Lion Brand in white with a baby blue border. Here’s my post with all of the details on my finished blanket. Just FYI, to access the pattern you will need to set up a free account with Lion Brand – but they have tons of patterns so it will be worth it. πŸ™‚

In a box of yarn I was gifted, there was a skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Lavender that I thought would look so pretty in this pattern. I followed the pattern until the last row of the border. I decided to stop at round 4 and leave off round 5 just to give it a little different look.

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I really like how it looks this way and also with the shell border on the first one I made. This is one of those patterns that works up quickly and is great to work on while watching your favorite movie or TV program.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Americana Wood Blocks

Hi friends,

I’ve got a fun 4th of July decor project to share with you today! This cute set of Americana Wood Blocks were inspired by this pin I found on Pinterest. I gave mine a vintage feel by dry brushing everything with some brown paint.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own set of Americana Wood Blocks…

First paint one block and one star each in red, white, and blue. I painted 2 coats on each of them. After the blocks and stars are dry, using the brown paint, dry brush all of the pieces adding extra around the edges.

Using the E6000 adhesive, glue the stars to the blocks. I offset them just a little so one point of the star went over the edge of the block. Give the adhesive some time to dry, then wrap twine around the block and tie a knot.

I decided to glue my blocks together using the E6000 adhesive. I glued them together at an angle. Of course this is optional. You can leave them separate so you can stack them any way you want. πŸ™‚

This is a fun little decoration to add to your mantel. Or make several blocks to scatter around your 4th of July picnic table.

Stay tuned to the blog – I’ll be sharing another fun project using these 2-inch blocks soon!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Vintage-Look Patriotic Star Pallet Board

Hi friends,

Do you like to decorate for the Summer patriotic holidays? I have a fun and easy project that you can make now and use all the way until Labor Day.

This would be a great project to make with your kids during a fun arts and crafts afternoon! My board measures about 8 by 8 inches and it has an easel back or can hang on the wall.

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Pallet board – I found mine at Hobby Lobby
  • 3 wood stars (4-inch, 3-inch, 2-inch) – I found a package of stars in the seasonal section of Hobby Lobby
  • Red, White, Blue, and Brown acrylic paint (here’s a great set if you want to add a variety of acrylic paint colors to your craft supplies)
  • Various red, white, and blue ribbons
  • Jute twine
  • Blue button
  • Red star button – mine came from Hobby Lobby
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Chip brush for dry brushing
  • E6000 clear adhesive

First, paint 2 slats of the pallet board white and 2 of them red. I painted 2 thin coats, letting the paint dry between coats. I made sure that the paint didn’t completely cover the pallet so that some of the wood grain showed through.

Paint the 4-inch star blue, the 3-inch star red, and the 2-inch star white. Using a chip brush with brown paint, dry brush each star to give them a vintage look. To dry brush, dip your brush in brown paint and brush most of it off onto a paper towel so there is just a little paint left on the brush. Then brush over the surface of your stars. You can also dry brush the pallet board if you’d like.

Glue the 3 stars together using E6000 clear adhesive and glue to the center of the board. Tie a blue button with twine and glue to the center of the star.

I made a bow using this super duper simple method from Re-Fabbed and glued it to the top corner of the board. I finished off the bow by glueing on a red star button tied with twine.

Grab your kids and supplies and make your own Vintage-Look Patriotic Star Pallet Board! πŸ™‚

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Patriotic Can Cozy

Hi friends,

Summer is almost here! Backyard barbecues, picnics, lounging on the porch or by the pool are all just around the corner. You’ll want to whip up a few of these Crochet Patriotic Can Cozies to help keep your drinks cold and absorb the condensation. They will be perfect for your July 4th celebrations!

The rows of bobble stitches add some fun and texture. I made my cozies in USA colors, but of course you can make them in any color you choose! They would be great in school or team colors – or even just one solid color.

I used I Love This Cotton yarn and an H/5mm hook to stitch up my cozies. You’ll find my free pattern below. (These are nice hooks if you are looking for new ones.)

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Crochet Patriotic Can Cozy

I Love This Cotton Yarn – I used Red, White, and Dark Denim

H/5mm hook

Stitches used – US terms:

Magic ring

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Back loop only – blo

Bobble Stitch – Bobble

Special stitch: Bobble Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops. Repeat 4 times – there will be 6 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Sc in next stitch to complete the Bobble stitch.

Make magic ring with Dark Denim chain one.

Round 1: Work 9 hdc in ring. Join with ss to first hdc. Pull ring closed. (9 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (18 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss. *hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. hdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Rounds 5-6: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 7: ch 1. Work bobble in same stitch as ss. *sc in next stitch, work bobble in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first bobble stitch. (9 Bobbles)

Round 8: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 9-10: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 11: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss. *Work bobble in next stitch, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around until last 2 stitches. Work one more bobble. Join with ss to first sc. (9 Bobbles)

Round 12: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 13-14: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 15: ch 1. Work bobble in same stitch as ss. *sc in next stitch, work bobble in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch, sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first bobble stitch. (9 Bobbles)

Round 16: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Anita

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It’s Bracelet Season

Hi friends,

If there is such a thing as “Bracelet Season”, I think Spring and Summer would be it. πŸ™‚ Since we are wearing shorter sleeves, all of those pretty bracelets can be seen.

Making stretch bracelets is so easy and fun. All you need is some elastic cord, beads, and charms if you want to add them.

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Here are links to some of the supples I used…

Some of the beads and charms I used were already in my craft stash so I’m not sure exactly where they came from. But the links above are filled with lots of supply ideas – I’m sure you’ll find something that you love!

To make your bracelet, cut a piece of Stretch Magic cord about 12-inches long. Give the piece of cord a good stretch before stringing on your beads. Tie a temporary knot near one end to keep the beads from sliding off. Then just string your beads on in any pattern you like! Your imagination is the limit – there is no right or wrong here.

If you are adding charms, attach a jump ring (here’s a great tutorial) to the charm and then attach another jump ring to the first jump ring. You will thread the cord through the second jump ring. This allows the the charm to “dangle” from the bracelet. I usually add the charm about half way through stringing on the beads. I like to add a “Made with Love” charm to all of my bracelets. If I’m adding another charm with it, I put them both on the same jump ring.

Once you are happy with your design, untie the temporary knot and finish the bracelet by tying a surgeon’s knot tightly between the first and last bead. Trim off any excess cord. I like to add a drop of E600 clear adhesive to the knot and then try to slip the knot into one of the beads if it will fit.

An average size of a bracelet is about 8-inches. You can increase or decrease the size depending on the measurement of the wrist or how loosely you want the bracelet to fit.

These are really fun and easy to make. The colors and designs are endless! There are charms for any theme, season, sport, or activity to personalize your bracelets for anyone. Just have fun! πŸ™‚

What kind of bracelets will you make?

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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