So, for the contest, I thought I'd share my tree trilogy with the group. :)
Once In A Blue Moon + Under A Full Moon + Under A Halloween Moon
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Edit to add: More info on them can be found on my blog HERE.
( follow the white rabbit! )
My first attempt at making a bracelet in about 8 years.
Easy to make.
Three kinds of beads. Beading wire. Crimping beads, Clasp and jump rings.
Cut wire about 4 inches longer than you think you need it. Better too much than not enough.
Put Scotch tape on one end... this keeps the beads from going off one end.
Before you start stringing... put the beads on a cloth in the pattern you want. This makes it so much easier.
String beads. Run wire through the clasp and then run wired through crimping bead. I usually thread wire back
through a couple of beads (like burying the thread when you cross stitch).
Crimp wire close to clasp. Trim extra wire off that end. Repeat on other end of bracelet.
I added an extra jump ring to my other end because I was having a hard time getting the clasp to catch. The extra
space did the trick.
BIRD: You will need a security envelope... I used one I'd gotten in the mail from the bank. Use Stampin Up Bird Punch to punch bird and branch out of the security envelope. Those envys have the coolest patterns.
Use black ink to shade the edge of the bird and wing. Attach wing to bird with a pop dot so that the wing is raised.
ATC (Artist Trading Card):
Hot Pink paper cut 3.5 x 2.5.
Black paper cut 3.25 x 2.25. Emboss black paper using Texture Fades Embossing Folder By Tim Holtz: Dot Matrix and the Big Shot.
Circle of Words:
Stamp in black Hope Will Give you Wings by Cat's Life Press on security envelope. Punch out with 1" punch.
Punch 1.25 circle from pink paper.
This one just has a dot for the eye. Some I did had a tiny jewel for the eye. That gave them a little more bling.
Howdy folks :)
I've been keeping most of my crochet crafts to crochetcrochet, but in light of the contest and the fact that maybe a few of my fellow hookers are here and not there, I thought I'd share my summer tote pattern.
I'm really digging these hobo-shaped bags that are so popular right now with crocheted totes, and wanted a summer bag with a nautical feel so I created this pattern.
*note* You could totally change this into an old-glory inspired tote with a (few) star applique(s)! It only took me a few days to complete so you could absolutely have it done in time for the 4th of July!
This is a free pattern/tutorial for the Beginner to Intermediate crocheter and it's available on my lj if you want to give it a try! I tried my best to explain the cable detailing but feel free to drop me a line if you get confused and I'll do my best to explain!
Want to make your own? Follow me ... All aboard!
I'm going to toss everyones names in a jar and on 6/16 a winner will be randomly chosen by toddler.
What could you win?? $20 gift card to the craft store of the winners choice provided that the card can be bought online.
You can "enter" as many times as you like and as an added bonus if you write a tutorial or pattern to go along with your craft you'll get two additional entries. (so I will toss your name in the jar 3 times for one post! - because tutes are awesome!)
If you don't have time to participate this time have no fear! We'll be running contests all this summer! Also for the LJ only peeps I'll make sure to have a contest or two over here for ya'll. Stay Tuned!
Any questions comment here or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congrats to our winner madame_ugly!