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Life Lines In Knitting

I picked up these two knitting tips from “Knit and Crochet Now” and “Knitting Daily”. And for the love of goat cheese and sour pickles, I cannot remember the season or which episode it was featured.

The popular yarn is kind of ruffle yarn. And even though, it makes very pretty scarves, but it is very difficult to knit. You basically do a garter stitch. But it is when you drop a stitch that it drives you nuts in finding it again. I did tried to crochet it once for a demo, but it wasn’t easy.

My two big struggles of knitting this yarn were dropping a stitch and the yarn being twisted while you knit.

If you drop a stitch while working, trying to find that stitch is very difficult. I have ended up losing several feet or even starting over the scarf.

I learned from “Knit and Crochet Now”, if you are knitting something lacy, use a lifeline. Basically you thread a piece of yarn (different color of course) through the stitches and continue to knit. Then thread another piece of yarn after a couple of inches. The idea is if you need to rip out the lacy shawl, you can rip it back to the life line. The life line will hold your stitches in their proper place.

While I was watching this, the thought had occurred to me, this might work for the scarf.


Which I tried and it was a life saver. It saved me from losing several feet of this scarf to a couple of inches. Granted, I still admit that there were times that I wanted to chunk it out the window.

The next tip and this is the one that I am so simple that I am kind of slapping myself on the forehead for not coming up with this for myself. Because this yarn twist so easily while working on it, I literally would have to stop knitting, and push the scarf to the end of the needle, then hold it by the string and pray that the stitches doesn’t fall off the needle, while its spin on its own. It does get more difficult when the scarf gets longer and longer.

The tip is from “Knitting Daily” is before knitting or even crocheting this particular yarn, stretch it and then wrap it around either a toilet paper roll or in my case, a roll from my tin foil. When I first tried, no spinning, no twisting.




It worked perfectly. And I am thinking, why the heck I didn’t think of this sooner.

Oh well, better late than never. And this is the finished scarf.


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Art Journal

I have offically lost my mind.

I have about 100 cards to make for the big November Sale, my website and personal needs.  I know that seems alot, but remember, I always make 3 or 4 cards, using the same layout or idea, I just change the colors or the sentiments.  As well the extras, I donated to Operation Write Home. 

I also have a butt load of dishclothes to knit, 15 scarves, a dozen or so critters.  Again, those items are not hard to make or take much time.  I also have about 5 secret projects to make.  Secret as in they are part of my Christmas presents and the receiver may be reading this. 

As well as orders that I am currently working on as well.

I’m also trying to get the website complete includes the pictures, the descriptions and figuring out of how to install the “Buy Me Now” buttons.  As well get this blog fully working, including the 2 galleries and the proper header.

And do not forget my slippers, and completing my blanket.

And you wondered why one of my best friends kepts telling me that I need holiday. 

I have been thinking of starting an art journal.  This art journal is just for me.

So why??

I have seen some of the pages on You Tube including Vickypgr at http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/  where she has made this fantastic Cupcake Page, Rainbow Page, and a page about books.  And in all honestly, when I tell people that I can draw, but in the past year or so, I only drew sketches for cards and scrapbook layouts, and ideas for knitting.  I haven’t drawn a real pictures for a LONG time and I miss that.  I miss making art.  And yes, I know cards, and scrapbooks are art, but this isn’t the art that I am referring to.

Since I have several 5X7 chipboard boards for an album, I thought, why not make a 5X7 art journal. 

And maybe if the pages are good, I can use the pages as inspirations for cards and pages. 

I think I made my decision.  I am going to start an art journal and I definately lost my mind.

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Taking Photos, Part Two

I looked at the photos again yesterday where Inoticed that I was getting a blue tint in some of the photos.  The details were great.  And I wondered if the blue tint was the reflection from the blue card.  So I decide to try again with the same set up, but with a few more adjustments on my camera.  Funny things is that I found my camera manual which told me of what I already knew.  Go figure.

Anyway, I used a different card using the same set up with the same settings on my camera.  Then I took a few more pictures with a white card against a black background.  But somehow, my camera refused to zoom in for the details and block out the chair.  I had to crop it in my camera before downloading it.  It is not really a big deal, but it bogglers my mind.

So I think I found the right settings with these photos.

SAM_0810 SAM_0819 SAM_0834  And here is it, with cropped up with my camera.  SAM_0835


I know it appeared that I cut off part of the photo or you can see the chair, but I needed to get that post it note in the shot so I can tell which setting was use in this photo.  Either way, I am happy of that part is done so I can finally take pictures of my cards for the website and Facebook.

Other than that, I hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Taking Pictures

One of the good things about having a digital camera is that you can take up to a 100 pictures to get that one perfect shot and not worry about wasting film.  Even though, I didn’t take a 100 pictures, I did take at least 30 of one card.  Jen from Splendid Stamping showed a tutorial of how to take pictures of your cards. She brought up a few good points like reading your manual.  At the moment, I kind of misplaced my manual.  I have a feeling it is in a pile of old magazines that that I am currently going through.  Anyway, so I thought, since I had a digital, why not just try the buttons and see of what comes out.  Here is a set up of the photo shoot of the card.


I ended up going with white foam boards for the cards and I already brought the black foam boards for the white cards. The chair with my note pad, I ended up using it to rest my elbows as I took the pictures so I don’t shake the camera. I think I might have to start thinking of getting myself a tripod for my camera.   However at the moment, I think this set up will do.  I noticed a couple of photos that you can tell the difference from Setting A to Setting B.

Like with this  SAM_0765  and SAM_0774.  The first photo is taken with the Tungsten setting in the White Balance mode with the ISO setting of 100 while the second it is set with Daylight setting with the ISO setting of 800.

However with these two photos,  SAM_0772 and SAM_0774.  The only difference is the ISO setting.  To be honest, I can’t really tell the difference.  And in case, anyone was interest of why the post it notes are there, it tells me which setting I used.

But as I am typing this, I am wondering if I would have the same results if I used a white card with a black background?  As well today is a sunny day with hardly any clouds.  What happens if tomorrow or any day was a cloudy day when I take pictures of my cards?   I will try it again with the black background tomorrow.  And I might have to take another a look at the photos later on tonight.

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Photo Contest

LTL Prints is holding a photo contest. So I thought, what the heck, I submit one of my photos.


I had taken this last year when I was in Cypress Hill, Sask while I was at a scrapbook retreat, which I stayed an extra day to do some sightseeing and shopping. I always try to stay an extra day at these events, whether it is just for travelling or just doing some sightseeing.

The resort that I stayed in was at a National Park, the nearest town was 30 kms away. On my way, I spotted these three horses grazing out on the farm. It took me a while to find a place to turn around safely and I was relieved that they haven’t moved.

I was surprised of the quality of the photo since it was taken from my smartphone. I honestly didn’t take much stock in my smartphone when it comes to pictures. I always prefer my camera, but at the time, I didn’t have it with me, and I didn’t want to go back to the hotel to get it and drive all the way back because I was afraid that they would be gone.

I also have to say and if you don’t mind me blowing my own horn, this probably one of my best photos that I have taken. I love the blue sky contrast with the golden brown and the colors of the horses. It seems like a perfect fit.

I ended up making this card for our heroes. The blue background is actually score lines. I didn’t have a background stamp that was big enough and none of my pattern papers seem to fit. And I am trying not to buy anymore scrapbooking supplies except for glue. I’m trying to use up of what I have.


I think that this is probably one of my best cards. Granted it is a horse card and you all know, that I am a horse after all. I’m also thinking of making several more of these cards. I’m seeing them a thank you, and masculine birthday cards.

Anyway, the contest is https://www.facebook.com/LTLprints/app_451684954848385 Once again, I am still having trouble of posting links here. Good grief.

In other news, I am trying to get the Alphabet cards started. However with the heat, it is taking longer than plan. This week, the weather has cool down a bit, so I am hoping to take the photos.

I hope everyone has a good day.

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Sketch Challenge #180

Operation Write Home had this sketch out last Sunday, which I honestly thought it was going to be easy.

But as the old saying goes, “Appearances can be deceiving” This hold true to this sketch. What kept throwing me was the two rectangles on the right side.

Normally I would try it three times and if it doesn’t work, I move on. However, for some unknown reason, I refused to let this sketch beat me. So on the fifth attempt and at two o’clock in the morning, this idea came to me.


What about doing a faux layer on the card. And that is what I ended up doing. I ripped a sheet of regular paper in half and taped it down on top of the white card stock. Then I rubbed the sides, carefully without tearing the paper or having it curl up on me, with Tim Holtz’s Mowed Lawn distressed ink.


I then stamped leaves on the color bar. I inked the edges of the white cardstock, green cardstock and white card using the same ink. The sentiment is from “Thinking of You” from Art Gone Wild. I was very pleased with the results.


I also tried it using my Creative Memories, Wavy Cutter which again I was pleased with the results.



Cards in Envy Sketch #6 Challange

I have been working on my Alphabet Card series, not to mention, roasting in this heat. I find it funny when it was the middle of winter, everyone I knew was wishing for the summer, and now we are complaining that it is too hot.

Anyway, back to the blog, I came across this Cards in Envy Blog at http://cardsinenvy.blogspot.ca/ .

Meanwhile, they had this sketch as a challenge. Sketch 6

When I saw it, I knew that it was perfect for my new stamp set, “A Year in Flowers 2” designed by Marcella Hawley. I love the detail of these stamps because it is great for watercolor. I came up with this card.


Although this time, I colored the stamp with Tim Holtz’s Mustard Seed yellow and Peeled Paint Green Distress Markers. I inked the inner circle with Mustard Seed Yellow ink pad. The Happiness sentiment is from Close to my Heart, “Floral Happiness” and the green pattern paper is Bo Bunny, “Wasabi Vintage”. The ribbons are my scrap ribbons and the cardstock is from my Recollection paper from Michaels.

Once I was finished with the card, I noticed two small black marks from the black ink. And to be completely honest, I am happy with that. It gives the imperfection look which I love because I believe a handmade card is far better than store brought card. You actually took the time to make the card for the person you like.

In other news, I am hoping that this week, I can get the Facebook page of Original Things set up and finish redoing the pictures. Where I finally figure out of how to do a backdrop for the white cards. But this heat is starting to get to me.

So I am going to end this, wishing everyone a goodnight. I am done with the cards today and maybe do some knitting tonight.