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Knit Blanket – Super Bulky Yarn

As we are cruising into 2018, I am bringing you the end of my Christmas presents. I made five afghans/blankets this year and this is the final one. This is the only blanket that was knit! This blanket uses Bernat Blanket Yarn which is a Super Bulky yarn which was also a little out of my wheelhouse. I loved working with this yarn, it is so soft. I also really like how the colors worked up on it.

Thick and so very soft

I used a very basic stitch:

Row One: Purl 3 stitches, Knit to last three and Purl last 3

Row 2: Knit 3 St, Purl to last three stitches and Knit last 3 stitches

Repeat rows one and two until blanket is desired length.

This pattern keeps those edges from curling.

Look at all that smoochy goodness

This was perfect for working on when my kiddo was in dance class. I could carry on a conversation and not make a mistake. This is always a plus for me. People really responded to this blanket, tons of adults and kiddos just had to touch it. It is so soft. The yarn can be a little tough to work with as the blanket got heavier but nothing that would keep me from working with it again. In fact, I have been eyeing the yarn sales . . .  I say this knowing that I have two afghans ready to work. Perhaps I should complete those first.

Easy knit blanket with Bernat Blanket Yarn

Anyway, I loved this blanket and it would be a great beginner project.  I did try out something a little more complicated and I felt like the yarn and color sort of ate the pattern. Becuase of the thickness the pattern didn’t really show up and it was hard to see the stitches.

Knit blanket featuring Bernat yarn

I hope that you all had a wonderful New Year and that you are rocking those projects.

Knit Blanket – Super Bulky Yarn

Easy Crochet Blanket

Hello.

Back again, and this time with another non-card project. Today, I will be sharing an easy crochet afghan that I made for my husband. It was very basic and worked up fairly quickly. You could easily take this and change the color scheme to suit your needs.

Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Afghan by Jennifer Miner

This project began as so many do, on Pinterest. Oh, my beloved Pinterest. I sometimes call Pinterest my “Pusher,” because I feel like it is in some darkened alley telling me that I need  ‘just one more project,” or that “I can do that,” or the very devious “that doesn’t look that hard.” These all get me, but I love me some Pinterest people. So, okay where was I? Ah yes, the crocheted blanket.  I found this project, https://pysseldrommar.com/2015/03/29/antligen-tillbaka-monster-virkad-och-vavd-plad/. This darling striped baby blanket. It is seriously darling and looked pretty easy. My hubby had been asking for a blanket of his own and he really liked this one.

Easy Crochet Afghan
Easy Crochet Afghan

I started out creating in basically the same way she describes, but once I got to weaving in the strands of color it was clear that they were too thin for the width of the blanket. (Don’t worry, I actually tested this out on a small scale before crocheting up a whole blanket).

Lovely bright stripes
Lovely bright stripes

So, I went a different route. I started with the dark gray and double crocheted ten rows then I created the color stripes. For the color stripes, I used a half-double stitch and alternated with my dark gray. I I just kept repeating this until I had a blanket as long as I wanted. AKA – when I finally ran out of the yarn.

Simple and easy Crochet Afghan
Simple and easy Crochet Afghan

I then sewed my yarn tails in  and added the simple border. This was just a simple single crochet in gray and bright blue. I told you it was easy. It was just what ye’ old hubbs was looking for and I was pleased with the overall product. My one issue is that I didn’t get the stitch count exactly right on the border and there is a little puckering but I decided that it wasn’t that big of a deal and so I let it go and moved on.

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner

Since we were really focused on the colors the yarns I used are from a few different lines. You can find them below.

Eggplant, Aqua, & Charcoal – Vanna’s Choice

Butterscotch & Grass – Loops & Threads (Available at Michaels)

Premium Turquoise & Baby Gold Fish – Big Twist (Available at JoAnn’s)

Created By Jennifer Miner
Created By Jennifer Miner

I have two afghan’s on the hook right now and just ordered yarn for another because as I mentioned I cannot stop myself and Pinterest is there in the corner telling me that I can whip it up no problem. I did manage to complete my daughter’s Halloween costume so at least I have one thing under control. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Cheers

 

Circle Lace Card

Today’s card features a digitally cut die, more Distress Inks, and gems! That is really just about it, however, the way these all came together creates a really high impact and fun card! I think that the part of this card that took the most time was the application of gems! Ah well, they were worth it.

I also whipped up another video! You can see that here:

 

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I began this card with the background. I applied the Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, and Wilted Violet. I used my Ink Blending tools.

High impact die cut
High impact Card

When I use Distress Inks I try to really blend them together. This means going back over the shades multiple times to work them in together.

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I added a little Walnut Stain around the edges then toss some water onto the inks.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Next, came the die. I purchased the die on the Silhouette America Online Store. It is called Circle Overlap Lace. To start the shape was way too large for what I had in mind. so, in my Silhouette Software, I joined four of the shapes together and used my Merge tool to create a shape with finer detail. I was exactly what I had in mind.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shape out, I used basic white cardstock. I really should have set my blade a tiny bit deep or done my cut twice because it was working pulling all of these little pieces out. Once, I had finally separated my die from the background I set about adding a little something extra. I applied VersaMark to my die and applied Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. I heat the embossing ink and repeated this process three additional times. This embossing powder is really neat. It is iridescent violet.

You better work!
You better work!

I then used spray adhesive to adhered my die to the background. I then created the sentiment flag with white cardstock and Wilted Violet Ink.

Thank you card by Jennifer Miner
Thank you card by Jennifer Miner

I used regular craft gems for this project. I knew that I would need a few and I didn’t mind the gluing. Of course, the first step was to sort of the size and colors I needed. It took awhile but I  am loving the final look. I popped this baby on a top fold card and that was it!

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I am very excited to get this card in the mail this weekend. I am hopefull that all the gems will make it. Thanks for stopping by today!

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Ink: Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Ranger

Stamps: Warmest Regards – Stampin’ Up

Other: Gems – Recollections, Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder – My Sentiments Exactly

 

 

Make a Splash – Watercolor Shark Card

Hiya!

I hope that you are all having a safe and relaxing Sunday. I am sharing a watercolor shark card today. I made a quick and high speed video of the process. I think that sometimes it is just nice to watch the process without a ton of other detail.

Really this was a very easy card with very minimal supplies. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped my sharks with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Markers and Aqua Painter to watercolor the sharks. I used Mid Gray and Light Gray on the sharks and then Persian Blue on the water. I painted the gills and eyes with Black.Shark Watercolor

Once I had painted I stamped the little bubbles with Broken China Distress Ink.

To created the sentiment I stamped the “Make a Splash” with Broken China and then mounted that to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I added the sentiment to the watercolored panel and then add that to another piece of Night of Navy cardstock. While it did take me a while to paint the sharks this card was really pretty quick and easy.

 

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There are a lot of different ways to create a watercolor look and these Zig markers are really fun. In traditional watercolor you get your whole paper wet and then work on wet. Since I used Distress Ink to create my outline I was not able to really do this so I just tried to use a lot or water when I was painting.

The sharks are from The Alley Way Stamps, which I just learned is going out of business. It is sad to lose them, I just feel like I only just discovered them. They are selling off their remaining stock so if there was something you had your eyes on you should jump on it.

Watercolor Sharks by Jennifer Miner
Watercolor Sharks by Jennifer Miner

Materials

Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up, Neenah Solar White

Stamps: Something’s Fishy – The Alley Way Stamps

Ink: Broken China & Antique Linen Distress Ink – Ranger

Zig Clean Color Markers: Mid Gray, Light Gray, Black & Persian Blue

Glamping Camper Card

Hiya!

So you know how you sit down to write a blog post but get distracted by Prince’s perfect passport photo? No, okay maybe that is just me.  I was finally able to tear myself away so I could share my Glamping Camper Card with you today. When I was a kid we did a lot of camping and outdoorsy activities. We even had a cute little camper. I have so many great memories around that camper. One year we spent our Easter at the Carlsbad Caverns and did our egg hunt just steps from our camper.  Just in case you need photographic evidence; see exhibit “A” below. Note the awesome green pickup.

1984
1984

Inspired by childhood memories I created a fun Glamping Camper card. The shape is one I purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.

Glamping Camper by Jennifer Miner
Glamping Camper by Jennifer Miner

I kept the shape pretty much as it was designed. It didn’t need any changes. The only thing that I did was create the card base. To do this I simply merged the wheel and trailer tongue shapes to the trailer body and then  mirrored the image above and then merged these together. I dug very deep for the pattern paper. The copyright was 2003. It is from Stampin’ Up and is long retired but I thought that my glamping camper needed just this pattern. All of the colored cardstock is from Stampin’ Up’s Bold Card Stock.

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The flower details were cut right out of the DP. I just fussy cut out the flowers I wanted and adhered them on the paper. I did add a little pink and  blue ink around the edges of the camper and DP.

Side View
Side View

Above you can see the side view so you can see that the whole card is in the shape of the camper.

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Really this was a very quick but fun card! It will be motoring out to someone very special soon.  May all your camping adventures be glamourous!

Materials

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, DP – Stampin’ Up, Basic Black,  Only Orange, Pink Passion, & Brocade Blue  – Stampin’ Up, Grey Cardstock – Bazzil

Ink: Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue &  Pink Passion Ink – Stampin’ Up

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

You’re Swell Card

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Hi!

If you have been here before you might already know this, but I adore Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I feel like they carry very high quality stamps and have images that I don’t see everywhere. I recently ordered a few new sets. Yeah for me!

I have been watching an awesome show on Netflix called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and I am loving the Art Deco/Roaring 20s. The series is based on a series of novels and takes place in Australia and seriously it is awesome. I grew up watching Murder She Wrote and Poirot so this is right up my alley. This series is so well done, the stories are interesting, the acting is very good, sets and costumes are just right. They have captured the era perfectly. That show inspired this card.

Stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Created by Jennifer Miner
Stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Created by Jennifer Miner

When I started this card I knew that I really wanted to just do something black and white. I took one of the triangles from the Art Deco Backgrounds set and repeatedly stamped it on the background using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I mounted that to a piece of black cardstock.

Tallest pop-dots evah!
Tallest pop-dots evah!

Next, I added two sheer organza ribbons one in black and one silver to my background. This was then adhered to the card base. Next I cut my circles one in black and once slightly smaller in white. I stamped the circle image, sentiment and flourish from the Putting on the Ritz set in Tuxedo Black. and the adhered everything together, I added the adhesive gem and mounted the sentiment to my card using very large foam dots, like the tallest ones I have ever seen.

Art Deco Background & Putting on the Ritz - Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Art Deco Background & Putting on the Ritz – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

This card came together really quickly the only sticking point was the size of the circles. I used my Fiskars Circle Cutter to create my circles and on my first attempt I stamped first and then tried to cut, which did not go well. Lesson learned, and so I cut the circle first and then stamped onto it. This was much easier. I really like the Cicle Cutter and use it frequently. In my drawer where I keep it I keep a dedicated self-healing mat so they always come out of the drawer together. I wouldn’t put it past myself to try and cut a circle right on my desk .

Anyway, quick post and card for today. I hope that you have a very creative day!