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Needle Felting & Felted Crochet Slippers

Felted Slippers

Hi Crafty Friends, Just a quick post today with another crochet project I made a several weeks ago, but simply have not time to get the pics and post done. I have been busy with outdoor painting (we have had sunshine..Yay!), tidy up, potting & re-potting, all windows and fly wires cleaned inside and out (and it’s 2 storey) just to name a few, keeping me fairly distracted the last few weeks and leaving me fairly exhausted. So quite time and recuperation was to sit and do some craft, in the next few weeks I will be showing many of the these projects.

Yep.. I made a few more pairs of crochet slippers, these ones I decided to crochet up with 100% wool and then felted them, they are so comfy, warmer and more hard wearing than the acrylic ones. I crocheted these a couple of sizes larger with the same pattern as my previous slippers and basically hot washed them in very sudsy water for what felt like a lifetime, I am rooly good at shrinking things! It only takes about 15 – 20 minutes, but it’s agitated the whole time, that’s why it seems to take a lifetime (especially when there is x 3 pair), but I am pleased with end result.

I had some wool roving I actually won at a local craft event many years ago (2 pkts with 6 different colours in each by Sullivans), so I decided to put the roving to good use and needle felt 2 small hearts on the top pair, on both the left and right side. The middle pair I crocheted a small flower on the left and right and embellished them with a matching pearl in the center. The bottom pair I left them “a la natural”, but just played around with the design and colours a bit.

I think the acrylic pairs I made would be good for slightly warmer weather (like now.. our Spring) and the 100% wool pairs are fab for the coldest months in winter.

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Yarn: Cosy Wool – 8 Ply/ By Lincraft (2 different colours/Varigated), 4 Seasons – Pure Wool/8 Ply/ By Spotlight
Hook: 6 mm Crochet Hook
Drink: Nice mug of coffee
Seat: Recliner!
Snack: Choc Chip Cookies, if you are very good Carrot Sticks : )

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Owl Family & Christmas Penguin

Family Of Owls

Hi Crafty friends, time has flown by quickly since I last posted, so today’s themed fun is a few winged projects. I utilized a retired Spellbinders – Shapeabilities/Nested Owls die set to create a this adorable family of hooters! One for each member of the family.

I started by cutting 2 of the largest owls and the 2 smaller owls from white cardstock on the fold. Using a variety of scraps leftover from designer papers, I cut their chest ruffles with a Stampin’ Up – Adorning Accents Edgelit dies and embellished the edges with some matching stickles glitter glue.

The wings were cut out with Spellbinders – Scalloped Heart Nestabilities die templates and cut them to the shape I was happy with (making a template from a heart cut from some scrap first makes this process easier). The eyes were cut with a variety of punches and mixed circle cutting dies (Spellbinders, Xcut, Carl, Fiskars).

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Mama owl has her specs on today and papa is dozing! Mama’s specs were stamped from a HOTP clear stamp set and embossed with Judikins – Black opal embossing powder, then fussy cut and adhered. To finish the owls I highlighted their feet and top of their heads with distress ink and embellished mama owl with a small punched flower and a diamante.

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But wait there’s more….!

I originally thought with Christmas getting closer I would do an owl also Christmas themed, but as I looked at the owl die template I thought I could possibly make a penguin with the same die. After attempting to freehand it first, but not liking the end result I decided to cut it with a die.

To get the height for the top of the head I die cut from the feet to about half way up the head and then cut the top of the head with an Xcut – Nested Oval die, making sure the rest of the owl was through and on top of the die so it did not get cut. The wings were die cut the same as the owls and embossed it with vintage plumes embossing folder and embossed the same as Mama owls glasses.

Die cutting just the lower portion of the owl die with a scrap piece of yellow for the feet, I trimmed the feet and added some detail with a copic marker and also trimmed a beak to shape. The white chest area was cut with a Spellbinders – Nestabilities/Classic Ovals Lrg and embossed with Starry Night EF. I added some glitter to a few stars on his chest and his beak. His hat I did freehand on white CS, coloured with copic markers and added some glitter and the pom pom was die cut from a small scalloped cirlce die.

WD_2aStamps/Images: Hot Off The Press – Clear Stamp Set (HOTP-1144) Mustache & Glasses
Paper/Card: Basic White CS, Basic Black CS, Scraps (from mixed DP), Baisic Yellow (small scrap piece for their beaks)
Ink/Colour: Ranger – Tim Holtz/Distress Ink, Tsukineko – Versamark Ink pad
Accessories: Spellbinders – Nested Owl Shapeabilities die templates, Spellbinders – Scalloped Heart Nestabilities die templates, Stampin’ Up – Adorning Accents Edgelit dies, Cuttlbug – Embossing folder/Tiny Bubbles (Papa’s Wings), Xcut – Nested Oval die (for the Penguin), Couture Creations – Embossing Folder/Vintage Plumes, Craft Concepts – Embossing Folder/Starry Night, Judikins – Black Opal/Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Ranger – Stickles Glitter Glue, Diamante, Punched Flower, Glitter

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Chalkboard Birthday

Chalkboard BDay

Hi Crafty friends, thought I would have some fun and join in on a challenge for today’s card project. I made this card for 2 Splitcoast Stampers Challenges – Ways To Use It (WT494) Back To Old School and Free For All (F4A235) One Word Or Two. WT494 challenge is hosted by Michelle Single (tygerpaws11) and the topic for this challenge is “To Use A Chalkboard” (using the chalkboard technique with embossing, chalkboard technique with chalk, alter a real chalkboard). F4A235 challenge is hosted by Jeanne S and the topic is to make a card with either one or two words on it. It can be stamped or die cut.

I remember we used to play hangman alot as kids, with no computers around like nowadays, so with that thought I made a chalkboard for some fun with the hangman game and birthday wording and added a balloon to suit the theme.

For the card I stamped a MFT rubber stamp wood plank background onto some cream cardstock and distressed it with distress inks and airbrushed splatters with a copic marker. The main frame and legs were die cut with a Couture Creations die – Victorian Rectangles. The matching ledge I made with some leftover card from die cutting the leg area. I made some chalk using a piece of rolled paper sanded with a coarse grit sanding tool, and also added some chalk dust with some whisper white craft ink.

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The hangman I drew with an embossing pen and the stamped happy birthday sentiment were embossed with hologram white for a touch of sparkle “gotta have some bling! To embellish I added some twine knotted in punched holes either side. The duster was a couple pieces of chipboard covered with Teresa Collins DP and a piece of pale grey felt airbrushed with copic marker and cut to size and adhered to the base.

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Stamps/Image: Stamp Craft – Stick Stamps (set of 35/Jive Alphabet, MFT (My Favourite Things) Rubber Stamp/Wood Plank Background, Hangman Is Hand Drawn
Card /Paper: Stampin’ Up – Cardstock (Neutrals Coll) Chocolate Chip, Basic Cream Cardstock, Tiny Scrap of Teresa Collins DP
Ink/Colour: Tsukineko – Versamark Ink pad & Emboss – Dual Pen, Ranger – Tim Holtz/Distress Inks, Stampin’ Up – Stampin Pad/Whisper White
Accessories: Couture Creations – Nesting Dies (5 Set)/Victorian Rectangle
Misc: Celebrations – Hologram White/Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Twine, Rolled Paper (Chalk on ledge)

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Beaded Fairy Suncatcher

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Hi Crafty friends, I have another Suncatcher project to share with you today. We are currently having repairs and slight mod to an existing balcony, they are very busy working away out there. I took advantage of the recent sunshine to re-pot some of my succulents and make a few cards in between normal chores and visitors.

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This suncathcher, well the fairy crystal portion was originally part of a keychain I found in a local thrift store a couple of months ago. I was asked recently to make a Suncatcher for a family member in blue tones for a gift, and also have a purple one to make up as well, I will share you when it’s finished.

Originally the colour of the Fairy was all silver, so I coloured parts of the fairy with Copic markers in blues to suit the beads I was going to bead with. I detached the key chain and beaded a nice length with a variety of mixed glass and silver beads.

My Succulents

 Here is a few shots I took of my succulents.

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Mo Manning – Wednesday’s Child

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Hi Crafty Friends, I made today’s card project using Borderabilities® Card Creator die template series from Spellbinders named A2 Scalloped Borders 2 and a delightful digital image named Wednesday’s Child designed by Mo Manning.

Apologies I have been MIA the last few weeks, I have been busy doing alot of freezer cooking & baking, gardening, loads of crafting projects to finish off for friends and family, ooh and some more crochet and knitting as well… just to name a few. So I have several projects to share with you in the next couple of weeks.

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Today’s card I created a scene for this digital image. I made some curtains using up some scrap serviette, I had tucked away. The curtain valance I made 2 layers using the Borderabilities dies and coloured them up with distress inks and backed it with a older scrap piece of music note designer paper, which I also distressed with distress inks. The digital image was 3D’d and paper pieced with some coordinating paper and coloured with copic markers.

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Using various designer papers, I layered the card and distressed it with distress inks. The fluffy bits on her gown were embellished with some faux snow and the center of the punched flowers were embellished with some stickles glitter glue.

Until next time…

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Image: Mo Manning – Digital Image/Wednesday’s Child, Sentiment (PC Generated)
Card/Paper: Old Stock – (Cloud9Design – Alyssa’s Garden/Lustre Turquoise Blooms, Kelly Panacci – Miniture Daisies/Vanilla
Ink/Colour: Ranger – Tim Holtz/Distress Inks, Copic Markers, SU – White Craft Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders -Borderabilities/Card Creator/A2 Scalloped Borders 2, Martha Stewart – Border Punch/Scroll Lace
Misc: Scrap/White Serviette
Embellishments: Twine, Kaszazz – Daisy Punch (small, medium), Faux Snow

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