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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Pretty Cute Stamps blog hop

Hey beautiful crafters!!! Welcome to our December blog hop for Pretty Cute Stamps.
 
If you came here from Larissa's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just stumbled upon this post and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog.
 
We are sharing projects featuring the new stamps that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps store
 

I had the great opportunity of using the adorable Rock On stamp set. Isn't it super cute!
The blog candy for this hop is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store. 
 
http://www.prettycutestamps.com/item_79/Rock-On.htm
 


For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook  and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps Mailing List
 
A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Friday, December 19. 
 
New Releases will be on sale through December 19 and you can save even more by purchasing the December 2014 Stamp Bundle. Also, you will get a free stamp set with any 2 stamp minimum purchase during the sale.

I'm last on this beautiful hop so I hope you enjoyed all of the fabulous projects this month. We look forward to seeing your wonderful projects so be sure to share them on the Pretty Cute Stamps Facebook page.
 
 

Ppbn Nativity gift

Hey beautiful crafters! Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the adorable nativity set from PPBNdesigns. I made this for my mother in law. I hope she loves it.


After I made it husband said that maybe I could make the nativity scene a little larger. If I have time to get that done before Christmas I will be sure to post the picture so yall can see it. ;)

Hope you are having a joyous holiday season!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, December 15, 2014

Warm Fuzzies

Hey beautiful crafter! I am so excited to share with you all a sneak peek of the project I created for Pretty Cute Stamps

I had the privilege of using the ADORABLE stamp set called Warm Fuzzies.

Here is my project


I was going for a non-traditional Christmasish card. I super love the way it came out. This set and more will be available on sale this week. Wednesday will be our super fun blog hop so be sure to tune in. ;)

Hope you are all having a beautiful week!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Review~Love Without End

Love Without End

I had the pleasure of reading Love Without End and I have to say it was an adorable book. The main characters Anna, Chet and his sons as well as Kimberly and her daughter make for a well written story of loss, courage and trust. There are some twists and turns that I hadn't anticipated and the added bonus of the mini "journal" type entries from Anna and her life were wonderful. Later in the book I secretly hoped that Anna had an entire book dedicated to just her and her life. I enjoyed the words of encouragement throughout the novel that Anna shared with both Chet and Kimberly as her knowledge base seemed to be so vast.

I do think the ended came very abruptly. It seemed as though Chet and Kimberly didn't have a fair amount of time to create a relationship as they were busy with other affairs. I wish we would have had a far amount of content between the two during their courtship.

All in all a good Christian romance that I would recommend to those who enjoy stories of the heart. 


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review~Gramma Nancy's animal hats~Fabulous Book

OH MY GOODNESS...I love this book! I've been crocheting Animal hats for some time and I just love it. This book gave me new ideas for faces and new techniques to use while I have fun knitting. I still think I will use my base of crocheting the hats but the faces will definitely be knit now with these adorable techniques. 

I have to say the techniques for gloves and socks (booties) were my absolute favorite. The elephant socks are too stinkin' adorable and I want to make everything therein this book. I'm officially a fan of Gramma Nancy's now and her wonderful creativity when it comes to knitting!

The only negative to this book is the recommendation to hot glue pieces and stuffing them with Styrofoam neither of which I think would be a good idea to a child's hat. Although I can think of some creative ways to pick up stitches and knit the pieces in. I wouldn't suggest hot gluing pieces that children will be wearing. Also, they may put the piece into their mouth as most children do so I wouldn't suggest putting Styrofoam either. I would definitely make some eyes out of yarn as well I don't think it's a very good idea to hot glue googly eyes onto a child's hat. Although, if you are making hats for older children this may be just fine. Hope that helps.

I highly recommend this book as it is my new go to book when I knit up faces for animal hat orders.


And for those of you who want to see the types of orders I've been making you can always take a peek at my instagram page as I've been posting most of them there. Here is an adorable Penguin I recently made.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Clean & Simple

Hey beautiful crafters! I'm so glad you stopped by today!

I decided to make a really pretty clean and simple card to share with you all. With the holidays and the weather changing a clean and simple card can bring life to anything and it can gift some inspiration to others as well.

This card is using the Awesome Arrows stamp set as well as the Fight Like a Girl set!

Have you ever gotten into a creative rut and didn't know where to turn? I'm gonna tell you my best kept secret for color inspiration...Magazines. My favorite being Downeast Basics wardrobe catalog. They send out a mini magazine every other month or so and the colors and designs are just sooo beautiful! That's my first go to if I'm in a creative rut and that's how I came to use gold, dark ble and a lighter blue as shown on this project. 

I hope you are all having a blessed week!!!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Snowmen

Hey beautiful crafters! I have a thing for snowmen! I have no idea why...it probably steams from Christmas. The idea of Christmas movies and Frosty the Snowman proclaiming, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" brings a smile to my face that I can't even begin to describe. Hence the reason you will be seeing snowmen for oh say another month or so. ;) 


So without further ado my current favorite snowman is this cutie file from PPBNdesigns


I kept the same color theme except for his base I used a Christmas pattern paper you can tell if you look closely at the arms. I super love him!!!

Hope you are all having a joyous December!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review~Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

Hey bloggers! 


I have another fun review for you all. Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek is book two of the series. My ten year old and I read this book together for our nightly reading. It is a great story of loss, overcoming obstacles and finding courage within. Riley Mae is such a great character and so likeable that you fall right in line with her as her journey takes shape. The characters and adventures are light and easy to follow. Most of the settings take place with friends and the dramas involved within, up until the end; which I'm assuming will be further explained in the next book of the series. I loved how involved her parents were in her life and their encouragement to pray and seek guidance.

I did feel as though the friends could have spoken kinder to each other and not behaved in a physical manner as sometimes they did push or punch one another. I think it would have been great to hear the kids speaking up more and attesting to how this form of expression wasn't acceptable. But all in all this was a great book for pre-teens and teens alike.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Hope y'all are having a great Monday! Come back tomorrow as I'll have a fun crafty project for ya!

Hugs & Creative Blessings,
Raven

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Awesome Arrows


Hey beautiful crafters! I'm so happy to share with you a tag I made using the new Awesome Arrows stamp set!

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite out of this release but then again I notice I keep picking up those Lizards time and time again so ya never know!

We needed something cute to wrap some gifts in this weekend and so I grabbed the heat and stick and some silver glitter and got to stamping. 


Hope you all have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!!

Hugs,
Raven

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pretty Cute Stamps November Blog Hop

Thanks so much for joining us for the November Release Blog Hop, where we are all sharing projects featuring the new stamps this month that are now available in the Pretty Cute Stamps Store.

If you came from Lisa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just stumbled across my blog and would like to start from the beginning, please visit the Pretty Cute Stamps Blog

For my project for the hop, I've used two stamp sets, Leapin' Lizard and Awesome Arrows. 

With the Awesome Arrows stamp set I decided to make a pillow for my baby girls bed (don't mind the lint)      ;) Directions below on how to make both projects.


 Now using the super cute Leapin' Lizards Stamp Set I made some really fun hand warmers. I just cut up a pair of pants (What was left over from the pillow was cut into smaller portions).







Blog Candy!! There is a $15 Gift Certificate to the PCS Store available to win! All you need to do is:
1) Follow and comment on each of the blogs. 
2) For extra chances to win you can LIKE Pretty Cute Stamps on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Cute Stamps mailing list. 
A random winner will be chosen (see the Pretty Cute Stamps blog for the exact date).

Be sure to check the Pretty Cute Stamps Store to pick up your favorite sets - the New Releases will be on sale through (date) , and you can save even more by purchasing the November  Stamp Bundle! You can also pick up the SVG outlines for each of these stamps at the store!!


Now, you can head over to the next stop on the hop-Dawn's blog

If you get lost along the way, here's the lineup!


Instructions on how to make each project; if you'd like!
Project A.) Awesome Arrows Pillow
You will need one cut off pant leg. Yup, just cut off an old pant leg from some pants that you aren't using anymore or that don't fit. An alternative is that you can go to a thrift store and purchase an old pair of pants. You can get a pair for around $3.00. 

1.) Cut the pillow to the size of your liking. The pillow featured was cut at 12 inches in length. I left the pillow sewn together at both sides. 
2.) Using StazOn ink stamp your desired pattern. I choose to use the stamp stamp throughout but there are a variety of arrows in this stamp set that you can use to your liking. 
3.) Using the sentiment of your choice stamp inside of a few of the arrows. 
4.) Iron out your pillow and then turn your fabric inside out. Sew the right side of your pillow up completely and then sew up 3/4th of the parallel side. 
5.) Using a dowel rod (I use the back end of a knitting needle) turn your pillow right side out. So you are going to push your fabric through the hole. 
6.) Now stuff your pillow with your choice of stuffing I just used basic Fiber Fill. 
7.) Hand sew up the opening that you left for stuffing.

That's it! You are all done super fun huh!

Project B.) Leapin' Lizards Rice Hand Warmers
Okay these are really fun and useful
1.) Using the remaining fabric from the pillow I cut out two pieces of fabric the same size. *For this project you are going to want to use prewashed fabric only. Otherwise when you warm your fabric hand warmers they will smell like the fabric store! EWE)
2.) Chose your desired stamp and using StazOn ink stamp your image onto the fabric directly into the middle as shown in the picture.
3.) Using Crayola Fabric Markers color your image in your desired colors. 
4.) Once your image is completely dry use an iron and heat set your color for up to 4 minutes. 
Optional: I added heat set gems to my project for extra flair
5.) Now turn your fabric inside out so that your image and the back of your hand warmer are facing each other. 
6.) Sew up one complete side and 2/3 of the opposite side. Now pull your warmer through that hole to reveal the image you originally stamped.
7.) Fill your warmer 2/3 full of white rice. 
Optional: If you would like it to be scented you can add some essential oil. I LOVE lavender and Peppermint so I added Peppermint for these. 
8.) Hand sew up your warmer to complete your project. 

These warmers can be used in the microwave 30 seconds will keep them warm (in my personal experience) for about 1.5 hours. 
If you are in need of an ice pack you can also put them in the freezer and they will serve as a wonderful ice pack. I would suggest placing them into a ziploc bag prior to placing them in the freezer to ensure they don't get too much moisture.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!!

Hugs and Creative Blessings,
Raven