Friday, November 30, 2012

Snowflake Sensation Cutting File

Who doesn't love snowflakes?!  McMahon Five Designs is releasing a new Snowflake Sensation Cutting file and Ornament Tutorial in one!   Just wait until you see what Sue McMahon made with wood paper and this cutting file!  You will be WOWed! You will receive one of each of the following: JPG, PNG, PDF Cutting File and Complete Ornament Tutorial for 2 styles of ornaments (see sample images below my card).  

My card:
 The sentiment I used is from the digi set Season's Greetings

Sue's gorgeous Ornaments:

You can even purchase a "Snowflake Sensation Kit" in the shop that contains the pre-cut wood paper ornaments (2 styles) & strips, plus the tutorial, ball for the middle and string to hang it up!  

Check out what these girls created using this and other new releases this week!
Kelly   ~   Michelle   ~   Sue   ~   Christine

Sunday, November 25, 2012

SSiC's Last Challenge - Peace & Joy

Good morning and a blessed Sunday to you!!  It is with mixed emotions that I bring you Stampin' Sisters in Christ's final challenge.  (You can read about that on our challenge blog)

The Scripture I chose for this week is Matthew 2:10-11,

"They rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.  And... presented gifts to Him."

And the challenge is to create a Christmas Card.  I'd love to see cards made that represent the true meaning of Christmas, but you may enter anything Christmas related.

Our sponsor is Doodle Pantry who is donating 3 digi sets of winner's choice.  I've used a FREE Doodle Pantry sentiment that you can find on the store site here.  I've also used a Jesus stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and the designer paper is one I created for Daydream Designs from the Deck the Halls pack.

I love Christmas and I look forward to it months in advance... oftentimes humming or singing Christmas diddies in the middle of summer.  As I was Googling Christmas templates for our challenge blog, I landed on this one because it brought back a very funny memory of a past Christmas.  My girls must've been about 3 and 4 yrs. old and they wanted to wrap up a present for daddy under the tree.  So they found a doll that squeaked and wrapped it the best they could.  I thought it was so sweet that they were willing to give up (for a few days) something they enjoyed playing with in order to give their daddy some joy at Christmas.  Christmas morning came and the girls were so excited, they gave their dad his gift and when he opened it, they giggled like crazy!!   I was surprised by all their giggling about it, but so tickled that they "pulled one over" on daddy ... forever engraved in my memory.

I have to admit that these past few years as our girls have gotten older, Christmas is full of mixed emotions as the amount of activities fill our calendar and the stress of choosing just the right gifts for everyone and finding time to go buy those gifts gets tougher!  Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holidays can steal our joy, and before we know it, the season flies by w/out really taking time to focus on the reason we celebrate it to begin with.

This months' "Turning Points" Free Magazine and devotional (by Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor) is titled "5 Things to do this Christmas."  Each of the 5 articles touch on different dimensions of Christmas:  joy, the home, generosity to others, a reminder of the true Reason for the season, and worship.  For instance, he suggests that we all choose a JOY verse for the season!  "This Christmas, the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)", or how about "This Christmas I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle." (Psalm 27:6)  There are tons of joy verses in the Bible... plan to be joyful and give joy this holiday season. He also touches on those who have a hard time during the holidays.  Maybe a loved one passed away around Christmas time, or you have other unpleasant memories of Christmases past.  He shares some very insightful ways to handle the memories and refocus.  This li'l magazine/devotional is chock full of wonderful and helpful tidbits to help us get through the holidays with a heart full of joy and and attitude of thanksgiving and cheer.  We can ask ourselves, "How can I better follow the Lord?  How can I better let Christ be Lord of all my life today?  Like the Magi, we can follow His light wherever it leads."   So during the holidays when so much competes for our attention, let's turn our eyes to the top of our tree ~ the "Bright and Morning Star" (Rev. 22:16) so that we too can "rejoice with exceedingly great joy" this Christmas.

I know I said this on our challenge blog, but I also want to say it again here.... my sincere thanks goes to Peggysue, our wonderful sponsor coordinator, to Miesje our awesome Awards Coordinator, to ALL of my design sisters, and of course also to all our wonderful players!!  I hope you'll join us this final week's challenge by making a Christmas card!

Blessings for a Wonder-ful Advent/Christmas season!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Crocheted Dog Sweater & Potholders

Hi... Happy day after Thanksgiving!!  Hope you had  a great one... we did! My parents came over and I cooked the turkey, party potatoes, green bean casserole, and then Mom brought a yummy broccoli and cauliflower salad, Carly made pumpkin bars and Maddy helped me make homemade dinner rolls!  We did opt for a sugar-free pumpkin pie for the diabetics in the fam.  Lots of great food, and then us girls played Phase 10 while the dads took a nap in the livingroom. Great day. *Ü*

Of course after all the yummy food, a walk was in order.  So I finished sewing buttons on the doggy sweater I crocheted for Lacy and out we went!  Here's a photo.... her tail's waggin' cause she's so happy *Ü*
I modified the following pattern as seen here:



  • I used 100% Acrylic, 4-ply knit and crochet yarn
    For larger sizes you will want to use 4, 5 and 6 oz, corresponding to the number of additional stitches shown below. However, be aware that if you use another type of yarn, the amount needed may be different. Tip: It's always better to have more than you think you'll need on hand so that you have yarn from the same dye lot.
  • Three 3/4 inch (18-20 mm) buttons
  • Yarn needle


double crochet (dc) – YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO draw through 2 loops. When inserting the hook, I usually pick up the first loop of the stitch facing me, not both loops, for a smoother effect. 

decrease ( uses next 2 sts) - * YO, insert hook in next st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. (counts as 1 decrease) 

front post double crochet (FPdc) - YO, insert hook from front to back around post of st indicated, YO and pull up a loop even with loop on hook, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, skip st behind Fpdc. 


Ch 28(31, 34, 37) loosely.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. 26 (29, 32, 35) sts. 
Row 2: (Right Side) Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout) turn, dc in next dc, ( work FPdc around next dc, dc in next 2 dc) across; 8 (9, 10, 11) FPdc 
Row 3: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc, 28 (31, 34, 37) sts.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc. 
Row 5: (Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 30 (33, 36, 39) sts. 
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, work FPdc around next st, ( dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 7: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 32 (35,38,41) sts.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, (work FPdc around next st, dc in next 2 dc) across.
Rows 9-11: Repeat rows 3-5: 36 (39, 42, 45) sts. 
Additional rowsRepeat row 6 for a total of 21(25, 29, 33) rows, or until the length is from the base of your dog's tail to the middle of his/her shoulders.


Right Neck Shaping

Note: Maintain established pattern throughout.
Row 1: Ch 3, turn, work across next 13 (14, 15, 16) sts, leave remaining sts un-worked, 14 (15, 16, 17) sts.
Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 13 (14, 15, 16) sts.
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc: 12 (13, 14, 15) sts.
Row 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: 8 (9, 10, 11) sts.
Row 8: Work across and finish off.

Left Neck Shaping

Row 1: With right side facing, skip 8 (9, 10, 11) sts from Right Neck Shaping and join yarn with a slip st in next st; ch 3, work across: 14( 15, 16, 17) sts.
Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc. 13( 14, 15, 16) sts. 
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 12( 13, 14, 15) sts. 
Row 4-7: Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice. 8 (9, 10, 11) sts. 
Row 8: work across and finish off.


Rnd 1: With right side facing and MC, join yarn with slip st at seam; ch 1, sc evenly around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Rnds 2 &3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Finish off. 


Belly Band

  • Slip the neckband over your dog's head and put the sweater in place.
  • Take a short piece of contrasting yarn and mark the row about half an inch behind the legs. This is where you will start your belly band.
  • Take another piece of yarn and mark the spot where you want your belly band to end (towards the rear of the dog).
Row 1: With right side facing, working in end of rows and using MC, join yarn with slip st on left edge of Sweater at your first yarn marker; ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in the ends of each of the next number of rows until you reach your yarn marker.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc and in each dc across. 
Additional rows: Repeat Row 2 until the belly band fits snugly around your dog's tummy. Check and double check for fit.
Now it's time to add the buttonholes.


Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc across. 
Row 2: Ch 1, turn sc in first 3 sc, (ch 2, skip 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc) twice. 
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and in each ch across. 
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, finish off. 
Sew on buttons.

That's it!!  Pretty easy :)

My youngest daughter Maddy also crochets and she made some potholders for our friend Patti.  Very easy to make... and they are doubley thick.    

Easy Potholder Instructions:

Chain 30-40, depending on size you'd like.  Pictured above, she made 2 that were 30 ch. and 2 that were 40.

At the end of your chain, chain 1 and go back across.  You'll work in rounds.  Eventually, two corners will start to emerge.  When you fold the 2 corners, you should stop crocheting when the edges  meet diagonally in the middle.  Then use a yarn needle to sew up the diagonal opening and ta-da!  You're done!!

Black Friday SU! Special!
If you are needing any Stampin' Up! Products, my friend Lorie Ames is having a 20% off your order TODAY ONLY!!  But you'll need to call or email her your order not online to get this special discount today.  Happy shopping!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's a Polka-dot Blog Hop!

Happy Monday morning!  Today I wanted to let you know about a fun li'l BLOG HOP with Prizes!!  The Daydream Designs team have created some crafty eye candy using the theme "Polkadots!"

I've been working on digitally coloring some new sets and a couple of new paper packs for Daydream Designs, so I did not get in on the hop order. But you can start the hop at Diane's Blog HERE.  I can tell you there will be 3 prize packages for all those who comment on all the designers' blogs!  *Ü*

I'd also like to offer a li'l blog candy myself.. I will choose one person who leaves a comment on this post letting me know you did the hop and you will get your choice of the following digi paper packs I designed!

(my latest, coming soon to the store!)

and don't miss Diane's cute new set, Snowbabies Outlines, Sentiments, or the
(that I pieced with the Winter Chill papers)

Happy Hopping!!  *Ü*

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chalkboard Christmas Photo Greeting

Good morning... It's New Release Day at McMahon Five Designs! I’ve used the new set called Chalkboard Christmas and created our Photo Greeting card for this year!  I add a ribbon and ornaments in Photoshop, and plan to print these off on glossy photo paper.   (In case you’re wondering, this photo was taken at my parents’ when we visited on Labor Day -which is why our dogs are not in the pic)  …………………………………………………You can see some gorgeous card creations using this and other new releases on our DT Blog!   ………………………………………………… Something that has me a li’l bit baffled, I switched up my template using the “simple” blogger designer one and now my labels don’t show up below my posts.  ?  Things that make ya go, “Hmmmm!”  LoL  I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon enough.   Happy TGIF!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Inspiration Theme at LLLC4Kids

Happy Thursday!  I just wanted to pop in here a sec to share Carly's cute tag she made for the La-La Land Crafts 4 Kids Inspiration post today.  Isn't she Cute?!   

Kids can now upload to our Monthly Kids Gallery using any theme they'd like... the only rule is they must include a La-La Land Crafts stamp, digi, or die!  One crafter will be picked at the end of each month to win a prize *Ü*  Please check out what the other girls made today HERE.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

DigiScrap Page - B/W with Pop of Color

Happy Saturday!  We had our first snowfall of the season last night!  Time to get out the hot cocoa, snow boots, hats, mittens and scarves!  I love this season :)

Here is a page I digi-scrapped for a new black/white photo challenge at Pixel Scrapper.  I used a freebie QP Here.  I turned this beautiful picture of my daughter on her 9th birthday holding some blue daisies into b/w and then I added back in the blue flowers and blue eyes for a pop of color.  I love that effect!

If you like my page, please take a moment to go click {♥ this} under my photo and leave a comment if you'd like!  *Ü*  Thanks so much!!

Here's a pic of our new furbaby, Lacy taken this morning in the fresh new snow.  And as quick as she ran out there, she came right back in LOL.  I don't think she likes the coldness.  Maddy wants to crochet her a doggy sweater, so hopefully she'll have that before the next snowfall. 

(And Patti J... your potholders are coming!  She's just gotta sew the last two up and they'll be in the mail to ya *Ü*)

Sunday, November 04, 2012

SSiC164 - Colossians 1:3-5

Happy new week to ya!!  Today starts a new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges!

Our hostess this week is the very talented Diane Noble who shares this verse:
Colossians 1:3-5-- We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel.

The Challenge:
Create a card or project depicting thankfulness or prayer. It can be a Thanksgiving card/project, a thank-you note, or an "I'm Praying for You" type card/project.

Our Sponsor:
is my wonderful bloggy friend, Kelly Little who has put together a grab bag of crafting goodies!!  Our winner is randomly drawn each week by Random.Org and 3 cards will be chosen as our "Shining Stars" and will showcased on our challenge blog!

My Card:

I've used a verse from a brand new Scripture set at Daydream Designs.  There are 3 sets and all the verses were submitted by the Dream Team, so they are very special to us.  The verse I used is from Scripture set #2.  (Although it does come in a colored version, I used the B/W one and digitally recolored certain words in the image).  The digi ballerina girl is from another new set called "My Heart Still Dances, Colored Version" which will be available later this week, however the Outline version is available here.  And the papers I used for my background will also be available later this week at Daydream Designs.  And the beautiful Heart Tree Die is available at La-La Land Crafts.

I'm also going to enter this in our "sister site", Word Art Wednesday challenge this week.  They offer a free word art (not this one however) but you can use any word art you'd like on your project.  Hope you'll hop over and join in the fun and fellowship at both challenges this week!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Blog Candy Winner & New Challenge

Thanks for your wonderful comments on my digi papers!!  The winner is...
Congrats Maxine... I've emailed your papers to you.  Please let me know if you don't see it.  :)

Today I'd like to give a Happy Birthday shout out to my daughter Carly!  She's a whole 14 years old today.

New at La-La Land Crafts for Kids!

There's a new monthly contest at La-La Land Crafts for Kids!  They've changed the way the contests run.  The kids don't have to follow a theme... just link up any time throughout the month (as many times as they want) and the hostesses will draw one name as a winner at the end of each month!  The 3 hostesses will be posting "inspiration posts" every 2 weeks (just like the grown up blog).  Today they are inspiring you with THANKSGIVING themed cards!

Here's what Carly made using Pilgrim Marci Digi Stamp

Cute card Carly!!