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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Awesome Arrows


Hey beautiful crafters! I'm so happy to share with you a tag I made using the new Awesome Arrows stamp set!

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite out of this release but then again I notice I keep picking up those Lizards time and time again so ya never know!

We needed something cute to wrap some gifts in this weekend and so I grabbed the heat and stick and some silver glitter and got to stamping. 


Hope you all have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!!

Hugs,
Raven

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pretty Cute Stamps November Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining us for the November Release Blog Hop, where we are all sharing projects featuring the new stamps this month that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store.

If you came from Lisa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled across my blog and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog

For my project for the hop, I've used two stamp sets, Leapin' Lizard and Awesome Arrows. 

With the Awesome Arrows stamp set I decided to make a pillow for my baby girls bed (don't mind the lint)      ;) Directions below on how to make both projects.


 Now using the super cute Leapin' Lizards Stamp Set I made some really fun hand warmers. I just cut up a pair of pants (What was left over from the pillow was cut into smaller portions).







Blog Candy!! There is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store available to win! All you need to do is:
1) Follow and comment on each of the blogs. 
2) For extra chances to win you can LIKE Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps mailing list. 
A random winner will be chosen (see the Pretty Cute Stamps blog for the exact date).

Be sure to check the Pretty Cute Stamps Store to pick up your favorite sets - the New Releases will be on sale through (date) , and you can save even more by purchasing the November  Stamp Bundle! You can also pick up the SVG outlines for each of these stamps at the store!!


Now, you can head over to the next stop on the hop-Dawn's blog

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup!


Instructions on how to make each project; if you'd like!
Project A.) Awesome Arrows Pillow
You will need one cut off pant leg. Yup, just cut off an old pant leg from some pants that you aren't using anymore or that don't fit. An alternative is that you can go to a thrift store and purchase an old pair of pants. You can get a pair for around $3.00. 

1.) Cut the pillow to the size of your liking. The pillow featured was cut at 12 inches in length. I left the pillow sewn together at both sides. 
2.) Using StazOn ink stamp your desired pattern. I choose to use the stamp stamp throughout but there are a variety of arrows in this stamp set that you can use to your liking. 
3.) Using the sentiment of your choice stamp inside of a few of the arrows. 
4.) Iron out your pillow and then turn your fabric inside out. Sew the right side of your pillow up completely and then sew up 3/4th of the parallel side. 
5.) Using a dowel rod (I use the back end of a knitting needle) turn your pillow right side out. So you are going to push your fabric through the hole. 
6.) Now stuff your pillow with your choice of stuffing I just used basic Fiber Fill. 
7.) Hand sew up the opening that you left for stuffing.

That's it! You are all done super fun huh!

Project B.) Leapin' Lizards Rice Hand Warmers
Okay these are really fun and useful
1.) Using the remaining fabric from the pillow I cut out two pieces of fabric the same size. *For this project you are going to want to use prewashed fabric only. Otherwise when you warm your fabric hand warmers they will smell like the fabric store! EWE)
2.) Chose your desired stamp and using StazOn ink stamp your image onto the fabric directly into the middle as shown in the picture.
3.) Using Crayola Fabric Markers color your image in your desired colors. 
4.) Once your image is completely dry use an iron and heat set your color for up to 4 minutes. 
Optional: I added heat set gems to my project for extra flair
5.) Now turn your fabric inside out so that your image and the back of your hand warmer are facing each other. 
6.) Sew up one complete side and 2/3 of the opposite side. Now pull your warmer through that hole to reveal the image you originally stamped.
7.) Fill your warmer 2/3 full of white rice. 
Optional: If you would like it to be scented you can add some essential oil. I LOVE lavender and Peppermint so I added Peppermint for these. 
8.) Hand sew up your warmer to complete your project. 

These warmers can be used in the microwave 30 seconds will keep them warm (in my personal experience) for about 1.5 hours. 
If you are in need of an ice pack you can also put them in the freezer and they will serve as a wonderful ice pack. I would suggest placing them into a ziploc bag prior to placing them in the freezer to ensure they don't get too much moisture.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!!

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Snowman

Hey beautiful crafters

I have taken a small hiatus from using my Cameo Silhouette because it was acting a little funky so I'm back!!! 

I used the super cute cut file from PPBN called Christmas Snowman! I super love it. 


I hope you are all having a wonderful day and happy holiday crafting!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

I can do WHAT with a square?

Hey beautiful crafters! 

My first love is yarn and I've read a TON of books on knitting and crochet pretty much all my life. I have to say Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein takes the cake. Let's look past the title for a second and just dive right into the content. WoW. There are techniques in here that will show you simply how to do every stitch and design you've ever imagined. The cabling projects are so beautiful and there are pages upon pages of designs I've never laid eyes on before. 

The only thing I wish had more detail and explanation would be Chapter 3. Creative Colorwork. I'm pretty terrified of color changing midway through a project as I've yet to undertake the Fair Isle technique. The directions given in this section are more so for the experienced knitter not the novice. The majority of this section is graphs so if you know how to use them great on you, otherwise you may be lost like me in this particular section. 

Outside of Chapter 3, I would highly recommend this book to ALL knitters particularly beginners. The reason being that once you purchase this book you won't need much else for quite some time. You'll be able to make beautiful pieces for gifts and around the house. Add in the fact that your pieces are mobile and can be complete fairly quickly this is also great for Knitters like myself who are instant gratification crafters! I'm currently working on a cowl using a few of my favorite squares from the book. Who knew you could do so much with a square! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions and views are my own unbiased sentiments. 


Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leapin' Lizards it's COLD outside!

Okay, so I realize in some parts of the Earth it's much colder than 18 degrees but for New Mexico trust me that IS COLD! With that said I'd like to think about summer for a minute. 

Okay maybe not summer but definitely creatures you would see in the beautiful summer weather. For our super fun Sneak peeks I wanted to focus on GIFTS. Because, it's Christmas time and I feel like its crunch time. So here is a cute gift you can make for neighbors, your primary class, classmates...the sky is the limit here. 

Let me show you some pictures and then I will tell you how you can create your own with some simple supplies!


 I keep things! Like a pack rat, but not really, I mean...it's organized! That doesn't count as a pack rat right? And who cares that my husband looks at me funny when I ask him to save his Altoids containers, they make cute storage for puzzles! P.S. You can cover that if you'd like but I like the look of it. 



Supplies
1. Leapin' Lizards stamp set from the November Pretty Cute Stamps Store
2. Water Color Paper cut at 8x8 or the size you'd like your puzzle.
3. Water based stamp pads in the color of your choice. I use Stampin' Up inks to color but  you can use any water based ink really. 
3. StazOn Ink
4. Paint brush

Optional supplies:
*Altoids container
*Die Cut Machine-I give alternatives to this below
*Laminator-I give alternatives to this below
*An acrylic block (used for both stamping your image as well as for coloring)

Directions
1. Cut a piece of water color paper to the size of your puzzle shapes (8x8) for this puzzle. 
*If you do not have a die cutter you will be using your cutter to cut straight lines. If you want to be fancy use your scissors and cut out wavy lines! ECK

2. Using StazOn ink and the Leapin' Lizards stamp set, stamp your desired images all over your paper. 

3. With your desired Water based inks "stamp" a small smidgen of ink onto your acrylic block. *If you don't have an acrylic block you can use wax paper or freezer paper it works the same. 

4. With a paint brush pick up a small amount of your ink and get coloring. Work from the under part of the body up spreading your color in that direction as the under part of the body is normally darker. (For coloring I personally use watercolor pens but a paint brush will work as well)

*Optional- Laminate your image whole. (If you don't own a laminator you could seal your image with school glue or mod podge but you will need to be very liberal with it as it could smear your coloring and wait for it to completely dry prior to cutting anything.)

*Optional- Set your cutting machine to 7 or higher because you will need to cut through a thicker paper now. (You may have to pause your machine and increase your blade depth if you notice it is not cutting all the way through.)
I found a free Puzzle SVG online just by googling "Free Puzzle SVG".
-If you do not have a cutting machine you can now use your cutter and make squares. Alternatively you can use scissors and get creative. 

Now decorate your altoids container and you are all set. Give this as a fun gift or keep it for yourself as a "purse entertainer" for your little ones!

Be sure to come back all week as the Design Team Gals have some FABULOUS projects to share with you! Trust me...I've seen them, so I speak the truth! ;)

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stars and Clouds Mobile

Hey beautiful crafters!

So the daughter and I decided to make something together for her room. We went to Ppbn designs and found the perfect files. 

Moon Stars and Clouds was shaped to two variegating sizes. 

We then taped them onto some twine and strung them up from the ceiling. She wanted a fun little mobile and it came out really cute. The only thing I would do differently is go outside get a stick from an old tree branch and use that to adhere all the strings onto. It would probably be sturdier than our method. ;)

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quick and Easy Halloween treats!

Hi beautiful crafters!

I'm here to share with you all a super quick and easy project for a teacher/class room gift this Halloween. 

I wanted something that I could whip up a few fairly quickly and not be devastated when they rip the boxes open, grab the goodies and throw the boxes away. YUP It happens. ;/

I used a fun die to cut out the boxes but you can use your electronic cutting machine and cut out any box really. Used a few circle dies and layered the circle and then used the ADORABLE Spooktacular Stamp set from Pretty Cute Stamps, fill with some goodies and BAM all done!



Hope you all have a super crafty day!!!

Adventure Time Crafts_AMAZING read!

I have to say my kids are enamored with Adventure Time. Although I'm not a huge fan of the show any excuse to craft for the kiddos is a good excuse to me.  So I went ahead and picked out this book from Blogging for Books for this review. The kids and I love it! It has some of the coolest crafts featuring Adventure time themes. Honestly, most of the projects can be altered to include more versatility than just being "Adventure Time" themed. I volunteer some time teaching art at the kiddos school and I will definitely be incorporating some of these ideas. I'm sure all the kids will love them!

This is a great book for all ages. I especially loved that the projects weren't singular crafts. For example, there are projects to knit, crochet, paint, shrink a dink, nail art; it pretty much covers all of the crafty base. I can't say enough good about this book. I really thoroughly enjoyed reading through it. To be honest I am currently working on the Crochet Homies Cozies pattern included in the book and I'm typing this review with my freshly painted OH MY GLOB, Nail art! Yup TONS of great ideas!!!
 
 
With Jake the dog and Finn the human, the crafts will never end! Learn how to stitch, paint, sculpt, and crochet more than 23 projects featuring your favorite Adventure Time™ characters. You'll find designs by fans just like you for plush toys, chic jewelry, crafty home decor, and stylish fashions straight from the Candy Kingdom:

* Reversible Jake/Cake Plush
* Marceline's Axe
* Bubblegum's Like-Like Sweater
* Peppermint Butler Pillow
* Oh My Glob, Nail Art!
* Fionna and Finn Hats
* BMO's 8-Bit Fuse Bead Coasters

And so much more! What the lump are you waiting for? It's time to D.I.Y.!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pretty Cute Stamps Blog Hop Time!!!!

Hey beautiful crafters!!! 

 It's that time again! I can't believe it is already Thanksgiving & Christmas planning time! UGH I'm behind, I think. 

If you are ready to get started on your Thanksgiving and Christmas cards & projects you are in the right place. We have an incredible blog hop going on and if you just happened upon my blog you'll want to start at the beginning over at the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog. If you got here from Kendra's Awesome Blog then you are in the right place. ;)

Each stop along the way is featuring the October NEW releases of the adorable and Pretty Cute Stamps you see here!

Well to get Thanksgiving (and the month of November) kicked off to a good start I made a little gift for my kiddos.

"The 6 days of giving"


Now you may be wondering why 6 days? I just made it up. I was going for 10 but then I realized a few of the ideas that I gave the kids would last more than a day. Each envelope includes a service our family can do for someone else or another family. They include hand written notes that pertain to the saying on the outside.

Gobble Gobble- "Create an entire meal for a family in need"
Thankful for YOU- "Write a letter and tell someone how grateful you are for them and why"
Happy Turkey Day- "Show your appreciation and share the Thanksgiving spirit by creating a home decor item for a nursing home or the Children's Hospital" (some of you may know that our baby boy spent some time in the Children's hospital last year. Our family has a new found appreciation for the volunteers there.)
You're such a Turkey!- "Be sure to make someone laugh today. Play, Enjoy, and be Grateful!"
Gobble 'til you wobble- "Make a desert for a family in need (brownies, cookies etc)"
Happy Thanksgiving- "Offer services to a family in need. Think raking leaves, doing dishes, vacuuming the house, etc." 

Now of course you can alter these to suit your family and ages of those offering service but these will work wonderfully for our family! 

To make everything in this set I used the Turkey Time Stamp set.

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store.

For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog.
For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Friday, October 24.

ALL New Releases will be on sale through October 28 (that's my birthday) and you can save even more by purchasing the October 2014 Stamp Bundle.

Next up is Dawn's fabulous blog.

And here is the list in case you get lost along the way. ;)
Lisa: http://prettycutestampsblog.blogspot.com/
Kendra: http://www.inkinitupwithkendra.blogspot.com/
Raven: http://www.love4stamps.blogspot.com/
Dawn: http://www.dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/
Karla: http://creative-love-affair.blogspot.ca/

Thank you all so much for stopping by! I LOVE reading your comments and visiting your blogs too so please be sure to leave me a link to your blog!!! :D

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Santa,


Dearest Santa,
All I want for Christmas is...
Ink
Paper
&
Pretty Please &Thank you!

Right! Wouldn't that just be a perfect list. And if you haven't written it yet be sure to pick up a few sets of Pretty Cute Stamps for stocking stuffers, for yourself (of course) and a few as gifts. 

The design team has created some really fun projects using the uber adorable October Release. Please be sure to visit us often as we will be showcasing new stamps all week up until the blog hop. 

Without further ado, my project...


I used a really cute set that I had to create a folder and placed "project life" style cards inside. This will be gifted in a December daily kit. I can't share the rest of that kit with you just yet but hang on to your britches its coming soon. 

 The inside. 

 A close up of the cutie pie Santa. Isn't he adorable?!?!?! Love him!

 3 Christmas lists


And two extra filler cards. 

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Be sure to come on back tomorrow as another awesome project will be posted for your viewing pleasure!

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven