Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hope this holiday time brings all of you some craft time, relaxing time and family/friend time!

Here are some more cards I created this year for friends and family.

See you in the new year!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

It's Almost Here!

Hi everyone!

Well the Christmas season has snuck up on my again this year!
Work hours increased, and preparations for a family Christmas here has kept me busy.
Before my guests arrive, I thought I'd show this year's Christmas Card designs.

I decided to do a foil emboss this year.  Relatively quick and very pretty!



Here are the steps!

Foil adhered in random fashion on cardstock that has double sided tape (sookwang in my case), then passed through an embossing folder and machine. 

 Rub a permanent ink over the raised parts of the embossing
 Cut these panels in half and also cut the layers you will need.  Keep the scraps for the inside!
 Use the green panel to cut a mat for your embossed piece.  Also will save on weight when layering.


Add embellishments and voila!  80 Christmas cards ready to go out! LOL!



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Vintage Christmas

Hello!

I've been busy making cards to sell for the upcoming Christmas season.   Man I dislike that term, but when making things to sell, unfortunately November 1- December 24 is the Christmas season...

I've attacked a pile of vintage cards that were given to me and upcycled them to be able to use today.  The artwork is quite pretty and it seems such a shame not to re-use them!  I cut them apart and add pretty papers, sometimes fibres and Voila!  We have new/old cards!


For all my cards, new or recycled, I try to add a little something of the front of the card to the inside.




Sometimes it's a few strips of the same paper, sometimes a bit more.





Feel free to come down to the Vintage Co-Op on Saturday's from 10-4 to see what new cards I have for sale!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Minion Love

Hello!

As previously mentioned, my sister and I are both Minion lovers:)  I got inspired to make some cards with some sticker sets I found at the store and my own supplies.  These can be used for almost any reason: birthday, thank you, Halloween!  Let me know what you think?




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Giving Thanks

Hello!

Well, we are a week away from the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.  I regularly try to keep my perspective and be grateful for what I have: family, my husband, my puppy, friends, relatively good health, safety...  Especially with recent hurricanes and storms, I am grateful to be working and have a safe, clean home to be in.

Here are some of the cards I created in this spirit.  Stop by the Vintage Co-Op if you get a chance and check them out!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Opportunities

Hello!

There is a saying that goes something like, 'Whenever one door closes, another one opens'.

Well this summer that is what happened...The Artisan Emporium here in the Soo closed at the end of July and I was wondering where else I could place my cards for sale.  Then at the end of August, another group, whom I have been a guest vendor, invited me to become a full time vendor with them!  Woo Hoo!  So I am proud to announce that Connell Crafts is a vendor at The Vintage Co-op at the bottom of Church Street here in Sault Ste. Marie.  They have a Facebook page where you can keep tabs on all the beautiful things you can find there.  Just click here.


I'm off to make more cards!

Monday, August 28, 2017

HBC Inspired


Hello all!

Here in Canada there is a store that has its roots in the formation of our country.  It's called Hudson's Bay, formerly Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).  Back in the days of the settlement of Canada, this company representing England traded furs for products like knives, guns and many other things including blankets!  These were made of wool and had a signature look to them. Details on this blanket can be found at http://www2.hbc.com/hbcheritage/history/blanket/



It is a beautiful blanket, but neither my husband or I can stand wool.  Bit allergic, actually.  So when I saw blankets that were crocheted in the same pattern, I thought it would be a perfect project to do in the evenings while watching TV!

Because it's pretty straight forward, I just created my own pattern as I went.  Using information I found from the 2010 Crochet World magazine article by Michele Maks and also an artist on Ravelry by the name of Anteateralice, I compiled my supplies.
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3x 14oz balls  Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Aran (off white)
1x 7oz ball each of the same type yarn in Black, Gold, Cherry Red and Paddy Green.

I made the blanket 143 single stitches wide.
and did the following rows:
12 rows White
8 rows black
8 rows white
8 rows gold
8 rows white
8 rows red
8 rows white
8 rows green
100 rows white  (you'll need to start a second ball here)
8 rows green
8 rows white
8 rows red
8 rows white
8 rows gold
8 rows white
8 rows black
12 rows white ( the 3rd ball will be started here)


The blanket was completed in about a month of evening sessions.  I sent it off to my friend in Alberta and she will be donating it to a cancer hospital that she is receiving treatments in right now.  Hugs Alanna!