Summer Check-In

Summer Patio 2016

Wow. Where did the summer go? Oh yeah… knitting! So here’s just a quick re-cap and check-in on what I’ve been knitting this summer. (Hint: it’s all the socks and a shawl.)

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  1. Ghosts in the Cobblestones Socks: Cobblestone Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Ghostbusters by Lolodidit. Currently knitting for the Lolodidit Sock KAL.
  2. Northern Pines Shawl: Whispering Pines Shawl by A Homespun House, knit in Sansa by Sweet Sparrow Yarns.
  3. Sylvia’s Pebbles Socks: Pebbles Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Sylvia by Junkyarn.
  4. Have We Done the Zombies Yet? Spoilers… Socks: Spoilers Socks by Javapurl Designs, knit in Zombies!! by Lolodidit. Knit for The Knitting Broomstick’s Doctor Who KAL. (Eee! I got a giveaway prize!)
  5. Driftwood Dollhouse Socks: Driftwood Socks by Mina Phillips, knit in Dollhouse by Hedgehog Fibres (June Sock Club color way).

And there’s a new project I’m starting while I finish up my Ghosts in the Cobblestones Socks: my Morning at the Dragonfly Inn Shawl.

Morning at the Dragonfly Inn Shawl

This is the Coffee Date Shawl from the Coffee with C.C. book (which I’ve talked about before) and I’m double dipping into both the Coffee with C.C. KAL and the Gilmore Girls KAL for this one! I’ve discovered Gilmore Girls this summer. I am so excited to knit up a shawl inspired by that wonderful show. Because of the New England collegiate/prep school setting of the show, I opted for Sweet Sparrow Yarns tweeds (Julie’s House Wren base). I had this picture in my head of how this should look. To help that dream come true, Julie was so sweet and dyed up a custom color way for me! Quiet Morning is the custom color and it’s a perfect fit with the gorgeous tonal browns of You Can Do It, Brucie! and the stunning Robin’s Egg blue. (Tangent: Brucie is inspired by one of my favorite moments from Matilda! He eats ALL the chocolate cake!)
Sweet Sparrow Yarns Bundle

Anyway, I hope you’re all having an amazing summer and that you’re staying cool in the insane heat we’ve been having! I hope to check in more frequently this autumn. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Lawn Fawn + Punky Sprouts: LOVE

Summer Love mini album cover

I love mini albums. For me they’re sort of a hybrid between cards and scrapbooking: I’m all about the smaller form factor. So, when Lawn Fawn teamed up with Punky Sprouts (whose mini albums I’ve ALWAYS loved), I was so on board. (Soooo on board!) I chose to work with the Soul Sprout album, and made just a few minor modifications: I went with a horizontal orientation and went from 4 o-rings down to three. As such, I eliminated the first small scalloped page and, well, you’ll see what I did with the canvas page a little later on in the post!

For this album, I went with a simple summer theme, lots of embossing, and lots of die cutting using Lawn Fawn’s new Lawn Cuts dies. Love! I primarily used Daphne’s Closet patterned paper with one itty bitty strip of Pink Lemonade on the last page. The Narrators stickers are from both Daphne’s Closet and Pink Lemonade. I totally dig the grapefruit and turquoise combo in one project!

For the cover, I heat embossed Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops in white, and then spray inked the whole page using Studio Calico Mr. Huey in Lemonade. The cardboard page soaked up the ink; the page is barely tinted yellow. But it adds a little extra warmth. I then die cut “love” using my Quinn’s ABCs Lawn Cuts and stuck the negative on the page with some Narrators and a little label. Then, I stamped a sunshine from Lawn Fawn’s Partly Cloudy and embossed that, too.

Hindsight: If I’d thought about the sun earlier in the process, I would have masked off a circle when stamping my chevrons to have a clean spot for the sun. Still, it looks cool.

Always tag mini album page

More Partly Cloudy on this page! I love the combo of the greeting from this set plus the alphabet stickers. I die cut the heart from the tag using my Hearts Lawn Cuts, and then added a few Daphne’s Closet die-cut hearts to the tag, too. (The spray ink looks like wet sand… don’t you think?)

Jack mini album page

I kept my nephew’s page super simple. Lots of embossed arrows from Sharp Backdrops for a background, some Daphne’s Closet and a die cut heart. I just love his expression in this photo. Yes, buddy, parades are kinda scary…

Walkin on Sunshine mini album page

Here’s where things get a little wild. The mini album came with a canvas page, but it got bent during shipping, so I was going to iron it. And then I thought: Hmmm…. wonder if Lawn Cuts will cut canvas…. The answer: Yes. Yes, they will! If the canvas is nice and lightweight. You may have to help out with your scissors on some stubborn threads, but for the most part, you’re golden!

More die cut hearts, heat embossing, and spray ink here. I just love the little sun from Partly Cloudy. I also love that you can see this sunshine peaking out when the album is closed.

Together mini album page

The last page… oh my heart! The kids were having the best time with the Slip ‘n’ Slide. The background for the layout turned out beautifully with some emboss resisting using October Afternoon Sprinklers spray ink and Lawn Fawn Interlocking Backdrops hexagons.

I used A Little Birdie Told Me Lawn Cuts to create some cute canvas speech bubbles and gave two of them a spritz with Mr. Huey’s. A few more hearts, and this baby was done!

Together Macro

Have an amazing day!

Lawn Fawn: Introducing Summertime Charm

LF-HelloCard_KJ

I can’t even tell you how excited I was when Lawn Fawn announced this set to the design team. I’ve been wanting a cute mason jar stamp for ages, and with all the extras that Lawn Fawn packed into Summertime Charm, well, I’m tickled pink!

My first project is a simple card with a surprising pleated background using Lawn Fawn’s new Daphne’s Closet 6″ x 6″ paper pad (a little sneaky peek for you guys). Don’t you love that subtle aqua color? The plaid pattern from this paper collection makes a pretty label. And the “Hello” sticker from Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade collection made for a quick and easy greeting.

A little about the paper pleating, because I bet some of you are going to want to know: I learned this technique from Online Card Classes’ Clean & Simple Card Making 2. Jennifer McGuire does a fantastic job demonstrating how this is done, in case you’re interested in learning.

And back to Summertime Charm:

LF-SummerCharm_Layout_KJ

Yes, this stamp set is fab for scrapbooking! I love how it coordinates with the cute printed jars on the Pink Lemonade paper. And the combo of Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade is simply the sweetest thing ever! I just knew I had to scrapbook this picture of my niece enjoying her icy frappe at the 4th of July parade last year. She looks so grown up!

Another quick note about this layout: I double stamped some of the hearts, starting with the outline image, and then stamping inside the outline with the solid image. That created a solid image with a nicely defined edge, which made it easy to cover each of the solid images with Glossy Accents.

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I hope you enjoy Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade as much as I do! I’ll be back tomorrow with even more Pink Lemonade fun. Really, this release just had my name written all over it. Whoo hoo!

Oh, and be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to get your hands on some super sweet goodies and take a peek at what else you can do with Summertime Charm.

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!

In which I confess my love of coleslaw

I can’t help it. There’s just something about the combination of crisp veggies and vinegar-based sauce that does it for my tastebuds every time. Yesterday, I had the day off, so I went to town and made Bon Appetit’s delicious Yogurt-marinated Grilled Chicken and classic coleslaw from their grilling issue (July 2011).

The Yogurt-marinated Grilled Chicken was featured in Bon Appetit’s The Providers column and comes from the ultra-cool Jenny Rosentrach and Andy Ward of Dinner: A Love Story. I prepped the chicken during the day, and it marinated for five hours until Chris got home and we tossed it on the grill. It was, as promised, juicy and full of flavor. The garam masala and cilantro added just a little bite of Indian spice. Wonderful.

One of the fab things in the July issue is this article on different slaws. Yum! We’ve made the beet and carrot slaw in addition to last night’s traditional cabbage slaw, and they were both fantastic.

Side note: Adam Rapoport is doing a brilliant job as Bon Appetit’s Editor-in-Chief. The articles are engaging, and the recipes are down-to-earth and consistently delicious. If you haven’t picked up a copy of this magazine lately, do it. Bringing Adam over from GQ was an inspired move.