Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another Crocheted Heart Card!

Happy Tuesday to you! It's stopped snowing, the sun is shining and it's a balmy 20 degrees F out right now! I just knew we were going to "pay" for the near record breaking warmth we enjoyed last week! Yesterday it didn't get above the teens! LOL Starting tomorrow it's supposed to warm up again and be in the 50s this weekend.

I found a book recently called Crochet Embellishments by Jean Leinhauser. I found the book at Joann's and used a trusty 40% off coupon. I'd been eyeing the book for awhile. I'd pick it up and put it back I don't know how many times. Finally, I just decided to get it and be done with the wishy washy-ness. Am I glad I did. Even though most of the samples are done using a worsted weight yarn, you are not limited to that type of yarn. I decided to try out a shape...a heart...using crochet thread. I even tried a border! Here are the results of my efforts...


I actually got the crocheting done yesterday, but just didn't have enough time to finish the card properly. I'm glad I didn't rush things.

I used Basic Grey's Bittersweet paper and chose crochet thread colors to complement the colors in the pattern, which turned out to be CTMH's Hollyhock and Vineyard Berry with a little Baby Pink ink thrown in sponged around the edges of the white paper.

I used a concave corner punch (EK Success) and Martha Stewart edge punch as well as some pearl stickers. I had a scrap piece of white that I had already run through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. The sentiment is from Stampendous' Paisley Spring stamp set from Archiver's.

All in all, I'm very happy with how this card came out. Hope you like it, too! I've started on another card with some crocheting, but ran out of time to finish it once again. It's not that it takes so long to do the crocheting, it's that I am doing a few other things first before I sit down to craft and am not getting the full time that Jessica is at school to work on cards right now. Hopefully that one will be ready to show-off tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by...I can't tell you how fun it is to combine the crocheting and card-making! My mind is spinning with ideas of cards I want to make.

Oh and before I forget, thanks so much for all the support and encouragement to start selling my creations. I've honestly been thinking it over, and have decided not to delve into it. The main reason being...I don't design what I create, I copy ideas from others. The critters I've been making are all from patterns/books. The authors of those patterns/books specifically say not to sell the items made using their patterns. The cards I make are usually lifts of cards I've seen on a blog somewhere. Since I'm not coming up with original ideas, I don't think it's ethical to sell what I am creating. I hope you understand! If you have a request of a card or project let me know and maybe we can work it out as a gift from me for your support and encouragement of my efforts. That's the best I can offer. Thanks for understanding. I truly appreciate your encouragement!

Hope you have a great night!



Kathi Carlson said...

Another beauty!! I'm glad you're having so much fun. I took a peek at the book, too. You'll be busy for a long time - lots of possibilities. I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Clearly Inspired said...

Jeanne, I love this! Crocheted embellishments are so hot right now and you are rockin' with them. The border adds just the right touch with your punched border. BEAUTIFUL!

stampmonkey said...

Jeanne, you never cease to amaze me with your talents! You did a beautiful job on this card -- the crocheted heart AND border, the Swiss Dots, the pearls, the dp, and even the font of the stamped sentiment! So pretty!

I totally understand why you're not planning to sell your current creations. One's integrity is always more important than financial gain. Good call. And soon, if you wanted to, I'm sure you'll be using what you've learned and designing things of your own, and then you can feel good about selling them. ;)

Felicia Fernandez said...

I love you! I tagged you in my blog if you don't mind. And I respect and admire your integrity as always.

Barb W said...

Such a pretty card, Jeanne. Lovely colors and that heart! just beautiful!