Friday, September 15, 2017

It's Make a Hat Day!

Turns out September 15th is "Make A Hat Day".....and since I was able to finish up this cozy crocheted "Braids & Cables Beanie" - beautifully designed by Amanda of MNE Crafts - I thought I'd share it.  You can find her FREE original designs for both the beanie and a cowl pattern on her website: Braids & Cables Beanie/Cowl Set 

"Braids & Cables Beanie" - my version
I used a similar weight yarn in cream and a J hook as suggested.  I followed the pattern as written other than a couple of changes: I finished off the brim a little differently (I didn't want it to fold) and added a faux fur yarn pom-pom at the end.  It fits really well - snug enough not to slide off but not at all tight.

Amanda's pattern is very clear and well written.  It did take me several tries to get the braid part of it correct HOWEVER that had more do with my skill level.  My advice if you try the pattern....look at your stitches closely, stick with it and keep trying.  When I finally figured out what I was doing wrong, it was an a-ha!  I'd say that I crochet at around an beginner intermediate level so the hat was challenging but once I caught on, it went quickly. I'll be making several more...and that cowl too!

On another note: I haven't posted on my blog for literally YEARS.... I had to set aside some creative pursuits and focus on others things for awhile. Life.  So...... what inspired me to post today (other than it being "Make A Hat Day")???  Earlier this year, I relocated my craft studio to another room, got more organized and felt inspired to start creating again.  I thought I'd eventually start sharing projects (yarn, fabric, paper and more) on occasion just for fun. As I was finishing up the beanie, I noticed some FB posts about Hat Day and thought...why not start now.  :)  

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bella Blvd Design Team Intro!

Happy Monday!  In case you're wondering, I'm still on cloud nine about being selected to join the Bella Blvd Design Team for 2013-2014!!!  Over the last week Bella Blvd has been introducing the new team and this week is a continuation of that with even more designer introductions.  I'm excited to say that today is my turn along with Shellye McDaniel, Nicole Nowosad and Christine Ousley.

Here's a peek at the two layouts I'm sharing on the Bella Blvd Studio Blog...... 
"Rockin' Halloween"

The Trick or Treat collection is so colorful & fun.  The variety of paper and embellishments make it easy to layer and add detail.

"Beach Boy"
These Crochet Hearts are just too cute, aren't they!  I want to add them to everything!!!

These are just peeks but you can see my layouts and the beautiful work of the other designers that are being featured, if you visit the Bella Blvd Studio Blog.  Be sure to go back and see last weeks posts as well as those throughout this week.  You're sure to be inspired!


Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day!!!

Hard to believe that World Card Making Day is on it's 8th year!  I always look forward to this day and try to post an extra card or two to join in on the fun.  So to start, I created this card..........
"Thank You"
for the Operation Write Home WCMD 2013 Blog Hop!
Click the above image to visit the wonderful people over there and if you're not familiar with what they do, be sure browse around to see what this special organization does.  It's just heartwarming to know the impact these cards can make on the lives of our service men and women and their families.  The link will take you to the today's event page where you'll find other linked blogs participating in the hop.  Have fun!!
I used Sketch # 163 as my inspiration.
I turned the sketch on it's side (clockwise); layered vellum, a tag and another piece of distressed pattern paper.  I used tickets in place of the 3 squares and machine stitched the alpha sticker letters.

Echo Park - A Beautiful Life pattern paper and stickers
Bella Blvd Sophisticates High Five Alpha: Black - White
Therm O Web Adhesives - Vellum Runner and Sticky Strip Runner
Other: hemp

Now....I don't know about you but sometimes I can often get caught up in making a card with so many details that it takes me FORREEVVVVERRRR to finish. Making a quick card can be a real challenge for me!  So I've also created these two cards below that are designed to be quick, sweet & simple. 

"Live, Laugh & Let It Be"

I love this quote!  When we let the little things in life stress us out way too much, it's a good reminder to know that it’s okay to lighten up and let it be.   
It's such a cheery card with the adorable Bella Blvd Crochet Hearts sprayed with Therm O Web Gold Glitter Dust.  It's bound to brighten anyone’s day! 

Supply List:
Bella Blvd - 
Snapshots: Rise & Shine, Daily Details, Borders
Freestyle Sophisticates: Scallop
Crochet Hearts: Gulf, Punch and Bell Pepper
Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron (19mm) and Ice Stripe (12mm)
Therm O Web – Gold Glitter Dust Spray and Sticky Strip Runner

"Happy Happy Happy Birthday!"

This card design is one that I like to use again and again.  It's quick to put together and you just switch out paper, stickers and embellishments to recreate a card for any occasion.

Give the chipboard hearts dimension by adding 3D Adhesive Foam to the back of the inner heart.

Supply List:
Bella Blvd - 
Daily Chevies: Oreo and Bell Pepper Pattern Paper
Snapshots: Rise & Shine Pattern Paper; Captions Cardstock Stickers; Everyday Bookplates Cardstock Stickers
Freestyle Sophisticates: Scallop Pattern Paper
Sand & Surf: Paradise Pattern Paper; Miniatures Cardstock Stickers
Ciao Chip Everyday Elements: Sophisticates Stars & Hearts
Sophisticates High Five Alpha Stickers: Brown-Cream
Designer Tape: Yellow Chevron (19mm)
Button Market: Fruit Punch
Therm O Web – 3D Adhesive Foam, Medium Zot and Sticky Strip Runner
Other: hemp

If you're looking for even more cards.............
Click on the image above to visit the Bella Blvd Blog and see cards each hour all day!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope that I've inspired you a bit and that you're enjoying a creative day!! Have fun!

p a t t i

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I am very happy to say that I've been recently asked to join a FABULOUS scrapbook manufacturer ........♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Bella Blvd! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Here's an image of the official announcement of the new team....

I can't tell you just how over the moon excited I am to become a part of this team of talented designers!!!  AND to be working with Bella Blvd's incredible designs and collections.  Their colorful and cheery lines are so easy to work with, fun and versatile.  :)  What more could a paper crazed girl ask for, right?  I have been grinning from ear to ear about this and I'm so glad to be able to post this today!

Thanks for visiting and letting me gush a bit!
♥♥♥ Patti  :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

NoT sO SPooKy HaUNtEd HoUsE

I haven't done many sewing projects lately so I was really excited to join in on this challenge to create with Jennifer "Jangles" Heynen's patterns and fabrics.  She has the CUTEST project patterns - plushies, quilts, bags, dolls - that are so fun to make.  AND she has her own fabric line to boot!  I used the "Not So Spooky" Halloween fabric collection to create this house and love how it turned out.

Her pattern is designed so that you can create either a single or two story version.  I opted for two stories here and like that it gave me that bit of extra room to add the taller applique designs.
I used several Therm O Web Adhesives, including Gold Glitter Dust Spray for a little sparkle.
And, YES.....I am addicted to spraying this stuff on just about everything I make.  :)
To see a detailed how-to on creating this house visit the Therm O Web Blog.


Therm O Web Supplies: Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece; Heat n Bond Fusible Interfacing – Medium Weight; Heat n Bond Lite Iron On Adhesive; Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive; Glitter Dust – Gold
Jennifer Jangles (Jennifer Heynen) “Home Sweet Home” Pattern
Jennifer Jangles (Jennifer Heynen) “Not So Spooky Halloween” Halloween Fabrics for In The Beginning 2013 – 1JHG1, 8JHG1, 6JHG2, 8JHG2 and 7JHG2
Jennifer Jangles (Jennifer Heynen) BG-G Green Button
Other supplies:
Polyfil, button (door), black ric rac, plastic doll pellets, hemp, cardstock and Halloween stamps

I plan to use the pattern again soon and make a few Christmas village cute would that be!?!

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Friday!!!

I'm thrilled that I've been finding so many more photos to scrap lately!  As I look back at our files I realize that there were tons that I haven't scrapped yet.  Now, some of them aren't exactly stellar photography or incredible photo quality, all depending on the year/camera that I owned at the time, but a little photo shop fixes them up just fine.  These adorable photos of my little guy perfectly capture him as a toddler...too cute!

"Blowing Bubbles"
I used the August monthly challenge kit from my local scrapbook store - Pages in Time (pattern papers and stickers from Pebbles and American Crafts).
The title is bare chipboard that's been outlined with a black fine tip marker and sprayed with Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray.  The bubbles are punched vellum circles sprayed with white acrylic paint, Goosebumps and Iridescent Glitter Spray.  They're adhered to the page with Vellum Adhesive.
Tip: If you do this, let each spray dry before applying the next otherwise they start to blend too much.
The tiny blue dots are from my stash of Heidi Grace Glitter Dots - little cardstock circles accented with glitter.  I have them in a bunch of colors and they're really glad I didn't part with these!  :)
I know...he's a boy, but I added flowers anyway.  And ya know, even at 12 he still has those long eyelashes!!! So unfair!  ;)
The stickers said, "I like you" so I subbed the heart punch and heart sticker instead.

Pages in Time August Kit: Pebbles Sunny Side- Sunny Days & Happiness pattern paper; Pebbles Walnut Grove Accent & Phrase Stickers; American Crafts Shoreline - Belmont Shore pattern paper; Yellow bakers twine.
Therm O Web: Vellum Adhesive, Iridescent Glitter Spray, Adhesive Runner
Pebbles pattern papers: Love You More (Blake & Zach), Lakeside (Trail Map & Picnic), Sunnyside (Blissful), Walnut Grove (Nancy)
American Crafts pattern paper: Mayberry (Key Lime)
Echo Park: A Perfect Summer Element Stickers
Other: natural hemp; vellum; white acrylic paint spray; white alpha stickers (MLS); glittered cardstock dots (HG)

So now I'm off for the rest of today to have some fun with my girl - we're taking a class together!  :)  Sooo looking forward to it! 
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Autumn layout...

Fall already? Autumn stuff is already filling the shelves everywhere and that usually bugs me.  I'm not one to rush through the seasons....nope, not me.  BUT, this heat wave we're having has me wishing for cooler weather and as I was searching for more summer photos I came across these cute ones of the kids pumpkin picking and I just couldn't resist scrapping them right away.  :)

"Pumpkin Patch"
I tell you, those pumpkins were heavy!
I tied a few French knots on this corner with hemp.
Paper pieced a pumpkin from circles then popped them up a bit with 3D Zots.  The stem is an upside down "J".  And I doodled a bit around the stamped flourish too.

Therm O Web – Sticky Strip Adhesive Runner; 3D and Medium Zots
Pebbles – Walnut Grove, Sunny Side pattern papers
American Craft – Amy Tangerine, Ready Set Go, Chap, and SoHo Gardens pattern papers; Ready Set Go: Delight Remarks Stickers
Basic Grey – Hipster pattern paper
Simple Stories – Summer Fresh and Yearography stickers
Core’dinations - Frappuccino cardstock
Fiskars - Swirls of Fun stamps

Hope you enjoyed the fall inspiration even though it's mid July!  :)  I'm so looking forward to a break in this heat wave...maybe I'll move on to Christmas, too?? Have a great weekend and stay cool!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Surf's Up!

Today, I have 2 projects to share that I created for the Therm O Web Blog using Bella Blvd's gorgeous Sand & Surf collection....
"By The Shore"

Some detail shots......I masked the "soak up the sunshine" phrase before spraying the sticker with Gold Glitter Dust Spray.

Therm O Web Supplies:
Mini Runner – Sticky Dot; Zots - Small; Glitter Dust Spray– Gold; 3D Foam Squares Combo Pack – White

Other Supplies:
Bella Blvd. Sand & Surf Pattern Paper – Borders, GPS, Beach Balls, Coconuts, Paradise, Flying High, Cute Cuts and Surf’s Up; Stickers – Alpha + Bits, Miniatures and Just Write Journaling; Embellishments – Flags and Crochet Hearts
Bella Blvd. Spring Flings & Easter Things Stickers – Alpha + Bits
Co’redinations Cardstock
Jewels (Bo Bunny), bamboo cord, staples, gems and sequins

I also made this..........
Beach Chalkboard Frame
Close-up photos...........the photo can be unpinned and swapped for another.

Therm O Web Supplies: Mini Runner – Sticky Dot; Zots - Small; Glitter Dust Spray– Gold; 3D Foam Squares Combo Pack – White
Other Supplies:
Bella Blvd. Sand & Surf Pattern Paper – Paradise, Flying High and Surf’s Up; Stickers – Alpha + Bits, Miniatures and Just Write Journaling and Embellishments – Flags and Crochet Hearts
Bella Blvd. Spring Flings & Easter Things Stickers – Alpha + Bits and Miniatures
Co’redinations Cardstock (frappuccino), Jewels (Bo Bunny), wood craft frame, hemp, mini clothespins, staples and acrylic paint

For detailed instructions and more photos, visit the Therm O Web Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beach Photo Memory Jar

A few years back, I made a large beach photo memory jar and recently I decided to create another smaller version of one.  I've been sorting through more of our 2008 vacation photos to Rehoboth and found this cute one of the kids standing on the beach for sunrise.  We were a bit groggy that day, but it was our last and worth the challenge to get up so early for the beautiful view!

I used an inexpensive mason jar this time around and it worked out to be just the right size for the shells I'd saved.  Once I had the jar half full, I slipped the wallet sized photo between a some of the shells and the glass. 

Tip: Before placing shells in the jar, be sure to wash them well with hot water, a touch of  bleach and let them dry thoroughly.

I covered the lid with distressed layers of pattern paper and a few embellishments.  Very sticky adhesive is a plus on this part - I used Therm O Web Zots on the top and for the accents and SuperTape around the sides of the lid.  Then I tied hemp and black bamboo cord around the rim.

The tags are simple with cut out words from pattern paper, a wave punch and a few stickers.


Therm O Web - Sticky Lines Runner, Small and Medium Zots and 1/4" SuperTape Adhesive
Pebbles Inc. - Lakeside and Walnut Grove pattern papers
American Craft - Fabric Sticker (cloud), Dear Lizzy Alpha Stickers
Bella Blvd. - Sand & Surf Alpha & Bits Stickers
Fiskars - wave punch

I like how compact this project turned out and I plan to make more from our other trips to the shore as well.  They'll be a great accent lined up on a shelf in our family room or office.

I hope you're inspired to gather up those shells you've saved and a photo or two to make one of your own.  Be sure to share a link below if you do!  :)

And thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Trying to make plans for the shore.  I've been checking out our calendar to decide on a good weekend to head out to the DE or NJ shore.  We'll only visit for a day or two this summer but it's worth the trek for the fun we'll have.  Sooooo wish that we lived closer!  In the meantime, I've also been scrapping a bunch of photos from one of our visits a few years ago.  I'm happy to say that one layout (Beach Treasures) was requested for a forthcoming special issue of Creating Keepsakes - The Scrapbooker's Handbook, so I'll have to wait to share that one.  But I have another layout that I made just the other day that I can share....

I love these photos of my son with sand on his nose...he's too cute!!  I can't believe these were taken 5 years ago! 

The sun is created with layered/distressed circles and then sprayed with Gold Glitter Dust (love this stuff!!)

The title is painted chipboard and stamped/white embossed alphas - both are also sprayed with Gold Glitter Dust.  I sprayed the back of the burlap fabric with Basting Spray to hold it in place for machine stitching. 

Pattern Paper: Pebbles Inc. - Lakeside, Seen & Noted, Walnut Grove, Love You More and Sunny Side; Bo Bunny - Key Lime; American Crafts - Mayberry
Stickers: Pebbles Inc. Sunny Side, Bella Blvd - Sand & Surf, and Cosmo Cricket Type
Chipboard: Li'l Davis and Heidi Swapp

Stamps: Studio G and Bo Bunny
Adhesives: Therm O Web Gold Glitter Dust, 3D Adhesive Foam Squares, Basting Spray, Sticky Strip Runner
Tools: Fiskars - wave punch and wave border punch
Other Supplies: acrylic paint spray, burlap, corrugated cardboard, white embossing powder, vellum, hemp, jewels, mini brads
Have a great day!  I'm off to hang out with the kids....I love summer!  :)