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Welcome to my blog! Here I'll be occasionally showcasing some of my work and letting you know when & where I'll be at craft fairs. I hope to see you there!

Friday, December 13, 2013

SSD Progressive Challenge

Hi All!  Here's my latest monthly challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs.  The challenge was to use Santa Pin-Up to create a white on white project and you can't use the traditional Christmas colors - red, green, gold or silver.  I think the white on white part was hardest for me!  In any event... the digi was colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. I chalked around the edges of all the die cuts/punches with Lavender Lace ink from SU.  I embossed the background and punched some snowflakes (I layered a small one on top of a larger one), added a tag and ribbon and there you have it!  Boy, that sounds so simple but in reality it took me forever! LOL  I hope you like it!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SSD Progressive Challenge

I can't believe I'm saying this...but I've (finally) entered a progressive challenge...for the first time ever!  (Well, this is my second project technically, but since I've actually continued to the next month I'm going to count this as beginning) :-)  In any event...the task at hand was to create a fall themed project using Sassy Studio Designs Scarecrow Sassy.  Isn't she cute?!  She was fun to color with all the fall colors.  She was colored using Prismacolor colored pencils.  The sentiment was computer generated by moi! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Who Wants Free Software For Digital Scrapbooking?

Seriously...I'm not kidding!  Have you ever noticed the button on the side of my blog for My Memories Software?  That's the program they are giving away for free...for this week only! That's right, it's my anniversary week, but YOU get a gift!  Cool, right?  Anyways, if you want to give digital scrapbooking a whirl, now's the time to do it!  Just enter this code in the promo code field before checking out: FreeTreatLL83 (copy and paste it because it needs to be exactly like this)  This code is only good this week and will expire on October 21st, so you need to do this asap!  Remember, this code is for the download version only - should you choose physical discs instead, you'll need to pay for shipping.

What are you waiting for? Go check it out!  It's their latest version and it's pretty awesome! 

Enjoy your new software!

p.s. My Memories has a bunch of free kits available for you to download as well, and they all work with My Memories software and also general Windows programs.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

KNITFreedom Guide to Cast-Ons Review

Have you ever wanted to expand your cast-on repertoire? Ever wanted a reference to look back at because you've forgotten how to do one you learned for a special project? Ever wish you had additional tips?  Don't you wish you had someone to physically show you how to cast-on?  If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then Liat's newest book -  KNITFreedom Guide to Cast-Ons - is for you!  Ok, so if you've read my earlier post you might be thinking - "why is she telling us about this book when another book was previously reviewed?"  Well, that's because as good as the other book is, THIS one is a video book!  That's right! It's a cast-on video tutorial. It has videos to show you more than 30 different cast-ons! Now don't worry, if you're thkining, "but don't have an ereader", it's ok! You’ll get private access to the online class with more than 45 HD videos, high-resolution photos of each cast-on, as well as written instructions. You can watch the videos anywhere!  How awesome is that?  This book is for anyone knitting, at any level of expertise.  Each video is a close-up demo of each cast-on, and there's even some additional videos to help with common issues.  This ebook/video course is the bomb-diggity!!!  Seriously, this book truly rocks!  Liat explains each cast-on in such a simple manner that anyone can understand.  

She also tells you what/why you'd use the cast-on for.  For example: 

  • Tillybuddy’s cast-on to create a buttonhole,
  • the Italian tubular cast-on to invisibly start ribbing, and
  • the Chain cast-on to perfectly match your cast-on and bind-off edges.

This ebook/course also tells you how to:

  • finally stop casting on too tight
  • never forget how many stitches you’ve just counted, and
  • make sure you never run out of tail, without wasting yarn
The videos are fairly short (~3 mins.) and are concise. Liat gets down to business! You won't waste your time waiting for the actual cast-on to begin.

There's a ton more to tell you but you should just go check it out yourself.  :-)
I'm going to go practice my Chinese Waitress cast-on (yes, that's a real cast-on!)

Happy casting-on! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review ~ Cast On, Bind Off

OMG if you knit...whether you're a beginner or not...you need this book!  I give it 5 stars. It's like a casting on/binding off bible! Fantastic reference book because it shows you all the steps on how to cast on and bind off... 54 types of them to be exact!  There are fabulous pictures that show each and every step, along with additional notes throughout the book that will help you along.  The author also gives samples of what each cast on and bind off is good for - whether stretchy or tight. Pictures show what the edge looks like when finished so you can see what you should be getting as well.  It's a small book so you can fit it in with your knitting stuff and it take it with you if you wanted to.  I would recommend this to anyone who knits - it can be either a teacher of new cast-ons, or a reminder for those you've done before but maybe don't quite remember how it works.  A definite keeper!

Thank you to Netgalley.com and Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Share the Memories ~ Freebies

Since it's been awhile since my last freebie, I'm gonna give you two this week.  They are both good until Jan. 14th, so get them while you can!  These freebies make adorable little pie boxes - how cute are these?!  There's a tutorial at the end of this post for the boxes as well.  Enjoy!

Freebie 2

Tutorial can be found here: http://www.mymemories.com/craftables/pie