A Christmas Wish – January 2023 Christmas Card

Hi friends,

Last year I created a Christmas card each month and made 6 or 8 of the design. It worked so well that I’m going to do it again this year! By the time I was ready to send them out in December all I had to do was sign them and address the envelopes. 😊 I used to wait until November and then scramble to try and get them all made. Making a few cards each month has taken the last minute stress away…and I’ve used a lot more of my Christmas stamps!

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So here is my card for January 2023. I used the Christmas Wishin’ set from Unity Stamp Company to create my card. I love the sweet snowman in the snow globe! ❄️☃️❄️

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Then I stamped the sentiment with black ink on the base of the snow globe.

Using the Scallops & Squares Nesting Dies from Unity Stamp Company, I die cut the image and a larger square from turquoise card stock. I layered the image to the turquoise card stock. (This is my favorite adhesive for card making and here are the refills.)

I embossed a piece of white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder (this is similar) and attached it to a white card. I attached the stamped piece to the card with foam tape.

I made 6 of this card – it’s a great start to building my Christmas stash for 2023! Pull out your favorite Christmas stamps and join me. You’ll be glad you did! ❄️☃️❄️

Anita

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Lots of Hugs Valentine Card

Hi friends,

This sweet Valentine card only takes a few minutes to make! It’s super easy to put together and is a cute way to send “lots of hugs”. 💕

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Using a heart embossing folder (this is a similar one), I embossed a piece of white card stock. Then I attached 1/2-inch strips of 3 different patterned papers to the embossed piece and attached it to a white card.

I die cut a heart from red card stock using the Dashes and Frills Hearts Die Set from Unity Stamp Company and another heart from pink card stock using the Stitched Up Hearts Die Set also from Unity Stamp Company. I attached the red heart to the card and attached the pink heart, overlapping the red heart, using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment, “lots of hugs” from the Love You This Much stamp set from Unity Stamp Company with red ink on white card stock. I punched it with a label punch and attached it to the pink heart. (My label punch is no longer available, but this is similar.) To finish the card and add a little bling 😊, I added 3 red sequins.

You can make several of these cards in a short amount of time to send to all those special Valentines in your life. Sending “lots of hugs” is sure to make them smile! ❤️

Anita

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Mini Valentine Treat Mugs

Hi friends,

I found these cute little mugs at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section. They have had different colors for different seasons and they are so adorable! They are about 2-inches tall and about 2-inches in diameter. I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, but I knew they had to come home with me. 😊

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I thought the mini mugs would make great little Valentine treat holders. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out small hearts from red and white permanent vinyl. I sized my hearts to measure 1-inch and used transfer tape to apply them to the mugs.

I filled the mugs with Hershey’s Kisses – each mug will hold 10. Then I wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with red and white bakers twine.

I think they are so fun and cute! The perfect little Valentine treat. ❤️

If you can’t find any of these adorable little mugs, look around for other cute mini containers that you can use – you might be surprised what you can find! ❤️

Anita

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Valentine Wood Hearts

Hi friends,

I found these great unfinished wood hearts at Target in the Valentine section. They measure about 6-inches wide and about 1-inch thick and are just waiting for your creative touch!

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I pulled out my red and pink paints and painted the hearts with 2 coats using a foam brush. I used acrylic red paint and pink chalk paint because that’s what I had on hand…either type of paint works great.

I decided to add some fun Valentine words using my Cricut Explore Air 2. I found my “love” and “be mine” in Cricut Design Space and sized the images to fit on my hearts. There are tons of Valentine images at Cricut Design Space to choose from. ❤️ Then I let my Cricut cut them from white permanent vinyl. Using transfer tape, I applied the words to my hearts. They still needed a little something so I used a sponge dauber to apply white paint just along the edges of each heart.

These are such a cute addition to my Valentine decor. ❤️💕

I would love to see what you create with these simple wood hearts❣️

Anita

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Happy Birthday from Pooh

Hi friends,

Winnie the Pooh never fails to bring a smile! This cute stamp set called Winnie the Pooh: Sweet Little Smiles makes the cutest birthday cards. 🎈 This is one of the many Winnie the Pooh stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company you can find here.

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I stamped Pooh, the party hat, and balloon with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. Using the matching Sweet Little Smiles dies, I die cut the images. I used a cloud stencil and a grass stencil to create the background on a white card. These Blending Brushes from Taylored Expressions work great to apply the ink to the card. I attached the stamped images to the card using foam tape and stamped my sentiment using blue ink on the top of the card. I’ve had my “Happy Birthday to You” stamp in my stash for a long time and it’s no longer available ☹️ – use your favorite birthday sentiment on your card.

Pooh makes a great birthday card for any age! 🎈

Anita

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Crochet Granite Stitch Spa Cloth

Hi friends,

I’ve got my first new crochet pattern for 2023 to share with you today! January is the perfect time to pamper yourself a little – cold temps and dry air are hard on our skin. The Crochet Granite Stitch Spa Cloth is soft cotton, but has just enough texture to gently exfoliate your skin while using your favorite body wash or cleansing bar.

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I used I Love This Cotton yarn and an H/5mm crochet hook to stitch up my spa cloths. The colors I used are Taupe, White, and Parchment. Stitch your spa cloths up in your favorite colors – whatever makes you smile. 😊

Here’s the super easy pattern and a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

Crochet Granite Stitch Spa Cloth

I Love This Cotton

H/5mm crochet hook

Stitches used (US terms):

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo

Row 1: ch 22. sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1. *skip next ch, sc in next ch, ch 1* Repeat from * to * across to last 2 chains. Skip next ch, sc in last ch. ch 1 and Turn. (11 sc and 10 ch 1 spaces)

Row 2: sc in the 1st sc, sc in the next ch 1 space. *ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space.* Repeat from * to * last sc, sc in the last sc. ch 1 and turn. (12 sc and 9 ch 1 spaces)

Row 3: sc in the 1st sc. *ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space* Repeat from * to * to the last 2 sc . ch 1, skip 1 sc, and sc in the last sc. ch 1 and turn. (11 sc and 10 ch 1 spaces)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures about 5 inches. 

Do not turn after the last Row. 

Begin working in Rounds. 

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Rounds 2-4: ch 1. sc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished Spa Cloth measures about 7 inches square.  

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

These Crochet Granite Stitch Spa Cloths stitch up quickly. Package them up in a cute little berry basket, add a small bottle of body wash, and tie it up in a cellophane bag with a cute ribbon for a great gift!

These spa cloths can also be used as dishcloths! Cotton yarn makes the best dishcloths – they are super strong and last for a long time. Give your dishes the spa treatment. 😉

Anita

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Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes

Hi friends,

My Favorite Things Stamps has the cutest stamp set called Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes that makes the best birthday cards!

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I used three of the cute animals and the same basic layout to create the cards in this post.

For each card, I stamped the animal image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I used the matching Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes dies and die cut around each animal.

The circles under each animal are die cut using the Scallops & Circles nesting dies from Unity Stamp Company.

I used a birthday embossing folder (similar to this or this) to emboss a piece of turquoise card stock and attached it to a white card for the card with the bunny. I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card for the other 2 cards. Then for each card, I added a strip of coordinating patterned paper.

I used 2 of my favorite birthday stamps to stamp my sentiments on matching card stock. I used a label punch I’ve had forever on 2 of the cards (this is a great set of dies that are similar to my punch) and the smallest of the Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from MFT Stamps on the penguin card.

I attached the sentiments and the die cut circles to the cards and then added the animals to the cards with foam tape.

They are fun little cards that came together quickly by using the same basic layout. And patterned paper is your friend to easily add a pop of color to your cards!

I also used this stamp set to make a couple of other cards that you can see in this post.

Try making several cards using the same layout with different color schemes. You will love how easy it is!

Anita

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Crochet Moose Stacking Ring Toy

Hi friends,

I can finally share this with you! It was a Christmas gift for a sweet little boy and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise – well, mainly the surprise for his parents because he’s too little to read yet! 😉

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I found this adorable Crochet Moose Stacking Ring Toy pattern by Those Yarn Girls and knew I had to make it! It is a paid pattern but it’s worth every penny. Clear instructions and pics to help you get everything just right. They also have lots of other stacking ring toy patterns if the moose isn’t for you. 😊

I used I Love This Cotton Yarn in Ivory, Brown, Taupe, Parchment, Red, Black, and Aubergine with an F/3.75mm crochet hook to stitch up my toy. You’ll also need polyfil to make the toy.

The very bottom ring is sewn to the cone for stability and the rest stack onto the cone with the moose head on the top. I love this toy because the face is sewn on – no safety eyes or buttons to worry about for little ones. It’s also soft and easy for little hands to grab.

This was a really fun project to make and worked up more quickly than I thought it would. It turned out so cute!

Anita

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A Look Back at 2022

Hi friends,

I know we all think this every year, but how has the last year gone by so quickly?!?!? It seems like just yesterday I was looking back at 2021 and now it’s time to look back at 2022!

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It was another fun year here at Creatingme! I created 19 new crochet patterns! And shared some projects using other fabulous designers’ patterns, too. Here are a few pics of some projects from my 2022 patterns.

I created a lot of cards, including a new Christmas card design each month…Here are just a few of my favorites.

I also created other crafty things. Here are some fun things I crafted during the year.

I shared a few tasty recipes, too! 😋

We took an end of Summer trip to Mackinac Island, MI. If you get a chance to visit, I think you would really enjoy it! It’s like stepping back to a simpler time and the fudge is amazing! 😋 You can read more about our visit in this post. 😊

I’m planning some fun, creative things for 2023! I’m hoping to create a Christmas card each month like I did last year – it made it so much easier to make a few each month instead of trying to make them all in November. I have a lot of Christmas craft supplies in my stash so I’m thinking about creating a fun project every month or two to get ready for the holidays. I’ll make lots of cards and crafts for each season and share a recipe every now and then. And of course there will be lots of crochet projects with my own patterns and patterns from other great designers. I’m looking forward to seeing where my creativity leads me – I hope you’ll join me!

Happy 2023 everyone!

Anita

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Warm Wishes

Hi friends,

I made this card for my sweet friend’s birthday and after taking another look at it, I thought it could also be a great card for sending Warm Wishes for the New Year.

So to all of you…I am sending all of the Warm Wishes for 2023!! I hope your year is filled with many blessings, much love, lots of laughter, and tons of creativity!! ❤️

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To make this card, I used the Dream of Being {so loved} stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set from My Favorite Things to die cut the image and a larger rectangle of turquoise card stock, layering the stamped image to the card stock. I stamped the sentiment from the Snow What Fun stamp set from Unity Stamp Company with red ink on white card stock and punched it out with a 1-inch circle punch.

I attached a piece of red patterned paper to a white card and attached the stamped image with foam tape. The sentiment is attached to the top left corner of the stamped image to finish the card.

Happy 2023 everyone!! ❤️

Anita

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