Knitting for Babies and FO: Annabel Cardigan

jacksoki1-annabelFive quick true-to-me facts about knitting for babies….

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  2. Fast, small knits make for fantastic travel companions! These are my go-tos for public/travel knitting. I can tuck one in my carry on and have another in my suitcase, in case I finish the first on the way there and need something to start in the hotel.
  3. Baby garments are great conversation starters. Want to make friends in an airport? Work on a baby sweater. Your neighbors will talk your ear off!
  4. Handmade wardrobes for babies are so much fun! Sure, they’ll grow out of the garments, but the items can easily be passed down or passed along to another child at daycare.
  5. PSA bonus: In our quick-fashion society, this little person has something to wear into which someone put effort, care, and mindfulness. To me, that is worth so very much.


Case in point: the Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge,  today’s FO (finished object), modeled by the adorable Lauri Grace, Megan Hoeppner’s daughter. I knit up the cardigan in a 6-month size, since I’d heard mention that Lauri’s 3-month clothes were starting to wear a little tight. Plus, who cares if a cardi is a tad over-sized? It’s comfy! And it should get her through the cool, spring days.


Now, Carrie (aka Madder) is one of my favorite knit designers: her simple garter-stitch baby garments  often feature top-down construction, making them quick to knit up and hard to mess up… even when you’re sitting in the middle seat on a plane from Philly to Phoenix. The Annabel Babe Cardigan is no exception: this sweet little sweater went together about a week, with some distracted knitted. I’m not a monogamous knitter: I have so many projects on the needles! I’m trying to be more focused, and transitioning my blog to more of a knitting space is definitely helping with that! Plus, by knitting for other people, I’m able to self-impose deadlines much more effectively.


Let’s talk about the yarn…. once again I’ve used Quince & Co Chickadee for its delightful squishiness, cost-effectiveness, high-quality, and gorgeous color. This sweater is 100% American-made from farm to closet! (Totally a thing, right?)

This Valentine pink is their Pomegranate color way, and I used just over two skeins. I purchased three skeins, so I have enough left for a Simple Hat or a small pair of mittens.

PS. All the photos in this post were taken by the super-talented Megan! Thank you so much for joining me today!

Seasons Giving Logo

Seasons Giving Blog Hop 2013

Seasons Giving Logo

Thank you all so much for joining us for the Seasons Giving Blog Hop this year! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, hasn’t it? Definitely filled with a lot of crafting and excitement. I haven’t posted as frequently as I would have liked this year, but we do the best we can, right? Even though I wasn’t able to share everything I created here, I was creating… always a win in my book! So, to celebrate the small victories, here are a few projects that I particularly liked creating this year… and how I hope to carry on what I learned from each project.

Joy Card

This elephant card was my favorite project from the whole year, and one that I felt really captured the style of cards that I love. Clean. Modern. Trendy.

For You Puppy Card

This puppy card was one that I did when I was really into watercoloring this summer. I love how the shading on the puppy turned out, and I would like to combine more watercolored images and backgrounds with clean lines. I learned this year that Copics aren’t my thing. I can do them, but I’m too critical of my results and never like how it turns out. But, oh, do I love watercolors.


This scrapbook page was the one layout I did this year that felt truly unique to me. This was shortly before I decided I was burned out on scrapbooking and refocused my efforts on cardmaking. I love the multi-print background and summery colors.

Hello Circle Card

Finally, I love the combination of colors on this Hello card and the fun shape. More shapes, more color in 2014!

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2014 brings you happiness and love. To get things off on the right foot, how about a little giveaway! Leave a comment here by Wednesday, January 8th at 11:59 pm MT for a chance at a box of surprises. I’ll pick the winner by end of day Saturday, January 11th, and post her name here. Unfortunately, I cannot ship outside the US at this time, so US peeps only for this particular giveaway.

Remember: each stop on this blog hop will offer you a chance to win some goodies. Hooray! Give the girls and companies in the Hop list some love. {grin} There are a lot of familiar names participating and a lot of fantastic new talents that you’ll love adding to your must-read blogs in 2014.

Lawn Fawn

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My Favorite Things Stamps

CAS-ual Friday Stamps

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Julee Tillman: Verve Stamps

Avocado Arts Stamps

A Jillian Vance Design

Latisha Yoast

Amber Hight

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Alice Wertz

Debbie Corbari

Vera Wirianta Yates

Lori McAree

Carolyn King

Sharon Harnist

Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry

Becky Oehlers

Angie Blom

Julia Stainton

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Cindy Lawrence

Lori Tecler

Daniela Dobson

Savitri Wilder

Theresa Momber

Giovana Smith

Kimberly Crawford

Maria Levine

Colleen Schaan

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Klapstein

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Shanna Vineyard

Jennifer Gallacher

Heather Pulvirenti

Stacey Schafer

Leigh Penner

AJ Otto

Teri Anderson

Julie Overby

Margie Higuchi

Jimmi Mayo

Tenia Nelson

Lee Ann Barrett

Iwona Palamountain

Linda Lucas

Sarah Gough

Dina Kowal

Elena Roussakis

Lisa Henke

Jodi Collins

Joanne Basile

Melanie Muenchinger

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Darsie Bruno

Libby Hickson

Dana Joy

Jody Morrow

Heather Campbell

Savannah O’Gwynn

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Emily Leiphart

Jocelyn Olson

Isha Gupta

Piali Biswas

Ashley Harris

Bunny Vance

Anabelle O’Malley

Andrea Murdock

Stephanie Muzzulin

Alyssa Bennett

Christiana Reuling

Laurel Seabrook

Melody Rupple

Emily Branch

Megan Hoeppner

Lawn Fawn Admit One Layout

June 2013 Lawn Fawn Week: Admit One Lawn Cuts

Lawn Fawn Admit One Layout

Hi everyone! Just a quick layout share for you today—my first for Lawn Fawn’s June 2013 Inspiration Week. I wanted to really highlight some fun ways to use the Admit One Lawn Cuts on a layout, namely: a balloon border/frame, a ticket border/banner, and a monogram fair-ribbon accent. Using the dies to cut out the stamped images and balloons made this go together really quickly!

Lawn Fawn: May 2013 Releases


Just a quick post today to share my projects for Lawn Fawn‘s May 2013 release! Up first (above) uses a really fun technique I learned from Online Card Classes. Yay!


I’ve scrapbooked this photo before, but I really wanted to re-do this one with Lawn Fawn flair and Blue Skies! Nothing like being goofy in front of a camera with your best friend, right? My early twenties were filled with wonderful road trips, and I wanted to try to capture the fun we had.


Time for a trip in the way back machine, courtesy of Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple stamp set!

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And finally, another Pink Lemonade layout to whet your whistle for summer adventures. I just love clustering stars cut using Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Star Stackables nesting dies.

Lawn Fawn: Introducing Pink Lemonade


Yesterday, we talked a bit about Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade and how great it works with Summertime Charm. Today is all about the Pink Lemonade collection on its own! These papers are so beautiful and layer so well, they lend themselves beautifully to an eclectic style of scrapbooking. You get a fun mix of patterns and contrasting colors, but everything works seamlessly without any effort on your part. Win win!

For this layout about camping with my friends last September, I wanted to focus on the orange, yellow, and pink in the papers, and then use the dark green in the collection as an accent. The dark green stands out so well against the other papers, it’s perfect for this design approach. And the intensity of the dark green against all the orange and yellow shifts this summery collection into autumn mode. So versatile!

As a side note: The die-cut banners (and the title for yesterday’s layout) come from Studio Calico’s digital die-cutting files. These particular pieces coordinate with the February 2013 kit, so they’ll be going away at the end of the month.


I also combined the 12″ x 12″ papers in the collection with a few patterns from the 6″ x 6″ paper pad. Mixing the two from a single collection is a great way to blend large and small scale patterns on a page!

And now for the sneaky peek portion of today’s post: See the ombre-stamped arrow panel behind my photo? I created that using Lawn Fawn’s super trendy Sharp Backgrounds set!

Check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more Pink Lemonade fun from the design team!

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Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: September 2012

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I love this photo. It was taken on a cross-country road trip just as my friend Kelly and I crossed the border into West Virginia. The sun hadn’t quite burned off the night-time fog, so there was something a bit surreal about the whole thing.

And then we cranked up “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, just because we could.

Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal collection provided a great trendy backdrop for this memory when combined with the Let It Snow set. I was camping all this last weekend and I guess I had the mountains on my mind! Those Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade, and More Mustard trees set the scene for my “Rocky Mountain High” adventure! Don’t you love it when you can use a holiday set for more than holiday cards?

Now, if you don’t recognize the happy arrows in my title backdrop, they’re part of This Way to Fun, Lawn Fawn’s exclusive set for Studio Calico’s Central High card kit. The kit is currently sold out, but you could get lucky by joining the waiting list. This set rocks!

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog this week for even more inspiration and fabulous (fab, fab, fab!) giveaways!

Scrapbooking Sprint 1: June 2012

Yesterday, I sat down and cracked open my June Studio Calico kit. And, guess what? I polished off almost the entire kit! Oh my. Lately, I’ve discovered that I like to scrapbook in large chunks of time. Like a marathon crop with just me and Netflix. Yesterday, in five hours, I made a whole bunch of layouts — sans photos. That’s one thing that is probably backward about my process: I never start with photos. (Except that one time when I had to for an article in Creating Keepsakes). I put together a design that I like, and then title it according to how it feels to me, and find the photos after that. Weird, I know, but it works for me. HA! Anyway…

So when I was cranking through the June kit, I also finished (aka. added photos to) three layouts that I made back in May. Like the one at the top of this post. I made this layout with the intent of adding a photo of myself from my birthday. Hence the dorky Instagram self-portrait. 🙂 Normally, I share my WIP layouts through Instagram as I knock them out. I didn’t share this one as a WIP, intending to just share it here.

The next one, however, I did share — Storytime:

Here’s the work in progress (WIP) version: pretty simple. When I added a photo, I also added a few more embellishments.

I deliberately left the journaling blank, since I plan to give this to my sister. I’ll let her say what she wants to about this cute moment with her girls. (Hey someone’s gotta do her scrapbooking for her….)

Another WIP that got finished yesterday, was this:

Now, this one didn’t change a whole lot when I went back to add the photo. I did add one die cut to sort of fill in that space behind the photo. But other than that, the WIP was almost the finished version. Love it when that happens.

This is one of my favorite photos from last year — an afternoon with the CK team when Amy Tan came to visit us. It felt right for this layout.

Okay, so none of those layouts use the June kit. I have one layout from yesterday’s scrapbooking sprint that’s almost finished — I just need to add one more photo, which I actually took last night when I was having dinner with some friends. The rest? Photoless, but ready to go. Like this one:

Next time I hit the farmer’s market, I’ll take some photos for this layout. (See? BACKWARD!)

Have a great weekend!

Out for a Swim

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week – May 2012

Out for a Swim

Summer is coming! And Lawn Fawn’s new summery stamp sets and Bright Side collection are just the thing to get me in a sun-shiny crafting mood. For this layout, I went with cool aqua, kraft prints, and loads of glitter to simulate a day at the lake with our good pal, Wren. A few stamped and clear-embossed chevrons look kind of like waves, right? Love the look of clear embossed images on colored cardstock. Mmmmm…..

Check out the rest of the Design Team’s happy Lawn Fawn projects for this month, and don’t forget to enter on the Lawn Fawn blog to win!

Best Trip Ever Layout

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week – March 2012

Best Trip Ever Layout

Time for another Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week! For today’s bit of inspiration, I made this layout about a trip to Epcot using the Bright Side collection. Bright Side really is the best collection ever for scrapbooking Disney trips. How can those papers not make you smile? And how can I not smile when I remember the fun I had on that business trip?

Best Trip Ever Detail 1

For this particular design, I wanted to play up the whimsical factor of Bright Side, and went crazy with the layering. I die cut frames using nesting dies, and I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. A bit of lace tape tucked behind the frame was just the right eclectic touch. And, of course, I had to include lots of little bits: a fabric-covered brad, rhinestones, a metal flower, and a star pin!

Best Trip Detail 2

To create my memorabilia envelope, I took an old Stampin’ Up! die cut (circa 2006) and traced it onto my Lawn Fawn paper. I did the same thing to create the little tab attached to my frame. Hang onto one die-cut from a bulk assortment to use as a template. Pro tip, my friends. Pro. Tip.

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my Best Business Trip Ever layout! Be sure to comment on the post over at the Lawn Fawn blog every day this week for a chance to win some awesome goodies.

Best Business Trip Ever layout recipe: Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn; Die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Dies: Spellbinders; Pin: Maya Road; Flower: Making Memories; Rhinestones: My Mind's Eye; Brad: Crate Paper; Stickers: American Crafts and Bella Blvd.

March/April 2012 CK + Giveaway!

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Have you seen the March/April 2012 issue of CK yet? Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite issues ever! And not just because I’ve got three layouts in it. (Three?! Geek out!) This issue’s jam packed with fab ideas for sharing your story and using your stash in innovative ways.

Honestly though, I think this is one of my favorite issues because I had such a great time working on it! Cindy Tobey and I had a blast putting together “Scrapbook Family Style” based on a wild idea I had during one of CK’s issue concept meetings. If I recall, there was a lot of vague hand-gesturing on my part and talking about drawing inspiration from your dad’s plaid shirt to scrapbook his love of movies. (“Noooo, the layout doesn’t need to be about the shirt!”) Ha! That Cindy’s a genius–she got what I meant. The article turned out beautifully! You’ll find it on page 67. And, to get an idea of what a concept meeting involves, turn to page 4 of the issue and take a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” snippet in Jennafer’s Ed Note.

In another wild turn of events, Stacy Cohen was a total super trooper when I sent her scouring LA for glassine to recreate Tim Holtz’s ultra-cool technique for my “Tips & Tricks” column (page 19). Go Stacy!

And then there’s the fun I had creating a layout for Lori’s “Leap Ahead” (page 55) feature. The folks at Sizzix were kind enough to lend me one of their brand new dies to use on my Party Moves layout (featured at the top of this post). It was so hard shipping the die back to them! You have no idea! Don’t those die-cut transparency doilies look cool?

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Lastly, I challenged myself to use four different Tattered Angels products on a single layout! Check out my Shopping in Chicago layout, and find out about all the techniques I used by visiting this issues online extras at And, because I just couldn’t help myself, I also used my fav Studio Calico chicken wire background stamp that Nicole Harper graciously sent me. But while I totally love that stamp, it’s her note that I’ll always remember:

I laughed so hard, I fell out of my rolly chair and bonked my knee on a stack of boxes!

Win It!
Now for the best part–I get to give away a copy of this fantastic issue to one of my readers! Just leave me a note here, and I’ll select one winner on or around March 26, 2012. And hop on by the blogs of these other CK friends for even more chances to win:

Kim Watson
Adele Beck
Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Deena Boese