Sweet Holiday Wishes April Christmas Card

Hi friends,

I’m building my Christmas card stash by creating a new card design each month and making a few cards. Have you joined in with me? You can find previous months at these links – January, February, and March. It’s not too late to start building your own stash! 🙂

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I used the Merry Little Cupcakes stamp set from Unity Stamp Company to make my card. I stamped the cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the image with the Wonky Stitch Square STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things. I stamped the sentiment with red ink and layered it to red card stock.

To make the card, I attached a strip of patterned paper to a white card. I attached the cupcake image to the card and then added the sentiment using foam tape.

This would be a great Christmas card to give along with some sweet treats for the holidays. I’ll be back next month with another new Christmas card design.

Anita

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Easy Crochet Spring Cup Cozy

Hi friends,

It’s the perfect time to add a little color to your Springtime makes! This super easy Crochet Spring Cup Cozy works up quickly and you can make it in all your favorite Spring colors.

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I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in Aqua with a G/4.5mm hook to stitch up my cozy. You’ll find the free pattern below along with a link to a free PDF for easy printing. I layered a pink flower button over a white button to add a little pop of color to the cozy and to make it a little more “Spring-y”. This is totally optional. 🙂

Easy Crochet Spring Cup Cozy

Worsted weight yarn (size 4) – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Aqua

G/4mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Note: chains at beginning of rounds do not count as stitches. 

Chain 28 and join to first chain with ss to form a ring.

Rounds 1-3: ch 1. sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Round 4: ch 2. Work 2 dc in same stitch as ss. *skip next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around. Skip last stitch. Join with ss to first dc. (14 v-stitches)

Rounds 5-9: ch 2. Work 2 dc in each v-stitch of the row below (in the space between the 2 dc) Join with ss to first dc. (14 v-stitches)

Rounds 10-12: ch 1. sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sew on buttons if using.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

The Easy Crochet Spring Cup Cozy also works great on 12 ounce cans or 16.9 ounce plastic bottles. What color will you make your cozy?

Anita

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Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding

Hi friends,

Ok y’all…I have the perfect dessert for all of your Summer gatherings! Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding is full of so much goodness – everyone will love it! 🍌

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You can find her recipe here. It is so easy to make. My friend Chereé asked me to make it for our Easter lunch and it doesn’t take long to put together. The only thing I did differently from the recipe was to use Banana Cream instant pudding instead of French Vanilla instant pudding. It added an extra punch of banana flavor. Thanks for the suggestion Chereé! 😊

Here’s a picture before we served it. It looks so yummy! And I may have taste tested a tiny bit of the pudding left in the bowl after putting it together in my serving dish. 😋

You can make this yummy dessert the day before and store it covered in the fridge. It will be so good for graduation parties, family reunions, and backyard BBQs. It’s Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding so you know it will be amazing! 😋

Anita

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With Sympathy Card

Hi friends,

Sadly we all need to send sympathy cards now and then. Although they can be hard to make, they mean so much to those who receive them. Today’s With Sympathy Card is easy and quick to make whenever you might need one.

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I used an old swoop stamp from Stampin’ Up that isn’t available anymore, but Gina K. Designs has a very similar stamp in her Tiny Textures stamp set. The flower stamp is from Feel the Joy by Unity Stamp Company. Any simple flower stamp will work.

To make the card, I inked my swoop stamp with dark blue ink and stamped it 3 times starting at the bottom of a panel of white card stock without reinking between stamping to get the monochromatic tones. Then I stamped my flower over the swoops with brown ink. I layered the stamped panel to navy card stock and attached it to a white card.

The sentiment is from the Peace, Courage & Memories stamp set by Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with brown ink on white card stock. I die cut it with the Essential Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics from My Favorite Things. I layered the sentiment to a strip of navy card stock and attached it to the card.

This card layout can easily be used for any occasion by simply changing the sentiment. You can also stamp the swoops in different colors instead monochromatic tones – bright colors for birthdays, earth tones for Fall cards, or pastels for Spring cards. So many options!

Anita

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Winnie the Pooh Birthday Balloon Card

Hi friends,

The Winnie the Pooh stamps from Unity Stamp Company are so fun! The card in today’s post is similar to the Pooh and Piglet Birthday Card I shared in this post. I used the same basic layout and color scheme with a different stamp – the name of this stamp sent is Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Just Knew.

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I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers – Y26, Y19, and Y21 for Pooh and R01, R02, YG07 and YG05 for Piglet. I used blues to match my card stock for the balloon. I masked the image and used a cloud stencil with blue ink and these Blender Brushes to create the sky.

I die cut the image using the Scallops & Rectangles Nesting dies from Unity Stamp Company. I layered the image to blue card stock die cut using the same set and attached it to a white card.

The birthday sentiment is from the Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with blue ink on white card stock, punched it out with an oval punch, and inked the edges with blue ink using a sponge dauber. I attached the sentiment to the card using foam tape.

I think this set would make a great baby card or congratulations card – maybe even a graduation card. You can’t go wrong with Pooh and Piglet 🙂

Anita

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Mother’s Day 2022 Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

Mother’s Day in the United States is coming up on May 8th. Plenty of time to create something special for your favorite mom! I’ve put together a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 🙂 Click on each of the pictures below to get all the details for each project.

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Pamper mom with these Crochet Squishy Facial Rounds along with her favorite soap or facial cleanser.

Does mom like to hang out at the pool or go to the beach? This Beach Cardi Coverup is super fun to crochet and you can make it in her favorite color! And it works up faster than you might think.

Giving mom a gift card or a cute pair of earrings? This Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag is the perfect size to tuck a small gift in – and you can make it in any color.

It’s always fun to get new dishcloths for your kitchen! These Crochet Bobble Dishcloths are fun and easy to make. The other great thing about these is that because they are made of soft cotton yarn they can also be used as Spa Cloths. Add her favorite body wash to make a personal gift.

Farmhouse Mini Wood Risers are a cute addition to mom’s decor. These are simple to make and you can paint or stain them in any color. Add her favorite candle or mini succulent pot for a fun gift.

Is mom a coffee drinker? This Crochet Fall Cup Cozy is super quick to make with bulky yarn. Add a gift card to her favorite coffee shop and tie it up in a cellophane bag for a cute gift. Of course, you can use any color bulky yarn to stitch up your cup cozy.

The Crochet Irene Infinity Scarf is super easy to stitch up. Make it in mom’s favorite color.

For the mom that likes cold drinks, a Personalized Tumbler is just the thing! You can put “Mom”, her name, or any special nickname you have for her.

Does mom have a sweet tooth? This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is amazing! And it’s so easy to make.

How about a special breakfast for mom? These Easy Flaky Cinnamon Biscuits are so easy to make and are so good with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Of course you’ll need a card for mom! I know the sentiment on the card below is for a sympathy card, but change it to “Happy Mother’s Day” and it will make a beautiful Mother’s Day card.

Here’s another card that will make mom’s day special!

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to help spark your creativity. And to all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

Anita

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Quick and Easy Easter Cards

Hi friends,

I love making cards for all the holidays, but sometimes they sneak up on me! Thankfully you can make some really cute cards quickly with just a few supplies! I have 2 Quick and Easy Easter Cards to share with you today. 🐰

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Both of these cards are made using the same basic layout – one is vertical and the other is horizontal. Here’s what you’ll need…

To make the cards, I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I die cut the images and layered them to coordinating card stock. I embossed a piece of solid card stock and attached it to one side of a white card. I attached a piece of patterned paper next to the embossed card stock. On the Easter egg card I also added a strip of pink card stock where the 2 papers met. I attached the stamped images to the cards using foam tape.

The cards came together super fast and this layout is perfect for using up some of those paper scraps you’ve been saving. 😉 I love this layout because you can use it for any card you might need to make – just use your favorite image with any color combo you can imagine!

Anita

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Mini Easter Bunny Tobacco Basket

Hi friends,

I found this cute mini tobacco basket at Hobby Lobby in the seasonal department. It measures about 6-inches square and includes the twine tied on the corner for hanging. It also came in a white painted version.

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The rest of my supplies also came from Hobby Lobby’s seasonal department. The cute bunny cutout came in a package of 12 – 6 with straight ears and 6 with one bent ear – including the white pom poms for the tails. You can see other Easter crafts I made with the bunny cutouts here and here. The mini Easter eggs and the Easter grass were just the extra touch I needed.

I painted my bunny cutout white acrylic paint and then lightly dry brushed it with brown paint. I attached the white pom pom tail with my hot glue gun. I used foam tape to attach the bunny to the basket.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached some of the Easter grass to the sides of the basket. Be careful not to burn your fingers! These silicone finger protectors from Dollar Tree might help with that. 😉 Then I used hot glue to add the mini Easter eggs.

This is a fun and quick craft that will add a little whimsy to your Easter decor. 🐰

Anita

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March Christmas Card

Hi friends,

I almost didn’t make it, but I managed to design a Christmas card for March! I’m trying to create a new design each month and make a few of each design to have ready for sending in November. This month’s card is super quick and easy – and I love the vintage feel of this cute snowman. 🙂

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The snowman is from the In the Meadow stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. He comes with 2 sentiments and a snowflake stamp – it is such a cute set!

I stamped the snowman with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and die cut him using the Wonky Stitch Square STAX dies from My Favorite Things. I layered the image to red card stock die cut using the same set.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card and then attached my stamped image using foam tape. I stamped “Merry Christmas” (this stamp or this stamp are similar) with green ink on white card stock. I die cut it using the Essential Stitched Sentiment die set from My Favorite Things and attached it to the card.

If you’re interested, this is my favorite adhesive to use when attaching card stock and paper layers on my cards. You can find refills here.

This is such a simple card to make, but I just love the way it turned out! If you want to see the other Christmas cards I’ve made so far this year, you can find January here and February here.

Anita

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Crochet Spring Spa Cloth

Hi friends,

Spring is finally here! It’s a great time to make yourself some new Crochet Spring Spa Cloths in pretty Spring colors. Or gift some to someone who can use a little pampering. 😊 They are a great project for beginners and work up really quickly.

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I used I Love This Cotton yarn in White, Pink, and Waterlily with an H/5mm hook to stitch up my spa cloths. I think Waterlily is discontinued, but there are other pretty options to choose from.

You can find the pattern below along with a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

Crochet Spring Spa Cloth

I Love This Cotton yarn

H/5mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Foundation Single Crochet – fsc

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Back Loop only – blo

Slip Stitch – ss

Row 1: work 16 fsc. Turn. (16 stitches)

Rows 2-18: ch 1. sc in blo of each stitch across Turn. (16 stitches)

Do not turn after Row 18

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, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Finished spa cloth measures about 6.5 inches square.    

Here’s the link to the free PDF:

These Crochet Spring Spa Cloths can also be used as pretty dishcloths in your kitchen since they are made from cotton. You can give your dishes the “spa treatment”. 😉

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Anita

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