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Sunday, June 4, 2017

SIP#101 & FMS#290 - It's Graduation Season!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the graduation challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.



And here is today's card:


I didn't think I'd have any use for a graduation card this year, until a friend I've known for about 50 years posted on Facebook that she was receiving her Master's Degree in Music. In the world of academic regalia, the master's hood for music is pink, so I knew I needed to incorporate that color in the card. The brand-new In Color, Powder Pink, is perfect! Luckily, I just received my first order from the new catalog so I had some new product to use. 

The card base is the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock - I love this for card bases! I added a layer of Powder Pink and then a layer of regular weight Very Vanilla, which I stamped with the "vintage" Music Notes Stampin' Around wheel stamp. (I have unmounted my wheel stamps, but that's a subject for another blog post.) The new Sheet Music background stamp could also be used here, but I don't own that one - yet! The half circle of Pear Pizzazz is embossed with the retired Square Lattice embossing folder, and then the seam is covered with some of the fabulous new Finely Woven Ribbon. A bow was added as a final touch, along with some stamping on the envelope flap. All stamping is done with Chocolate Chip ink.



I'm so proud of my friend for going back to school and furthering her education. I know how hard it is to do it later in life - I was 47 when I graduated from college with my Bachelor's Degree!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Suite Sentiments (retired), Music Notes Stampin' Around Wheel (retired)
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock; Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Circles Framelits (retired), Square Lattice TIEF (retired), SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SUO#175 & MM#499 - A Special Birthday Card

Hello and welcome back. Today's card is inspired by the Mainly Masculine challenge at SU! Only Challenges and the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.


And here is today's card:


My oldest son is turning 30 next week - how did that happen? - so these challenges provided the perfect opportunity to create an over-the-top card for that special milestone.

The base is Dapper Denim cardstock, cut 5-1/2" by 11" and folded to create a 5-1/2" square card. I added a layer of Vellum cardstock, cut 5-3/8 by 5-3/8 and embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder. Next, another layer of Dapper Denim cut 3-1/2" square and layered with a 3-1/4" square of Smoky Slate embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I then added a piece of Bermuda Bay striped grosgrain ribbon, notching the ends, and another layer of Dapper Denim cut 4-1/4" by 1-1/2" with a piece of "vintage" Smoky Slate patterned DSP cut at 4-1/8" by 1-3/8". (I also used that paper to make the envelope.) The stitched shapes oval is popped up with dimensionals, as are the numbers cut with the Large Numbers Framelits from the Bermuda Bay glimmer paper that was available during Sale-A-Bration this year.


And of course, a special birthday requires that the inside of the card also be special. I don't usually do much with the inside, but I made an exception this time!


The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate, the confetti in Bermuda Bay, and the balloons in Dapper Denim, with Bermuda Bay bakers twine strings. Before I send it, I'm planning to punch some confetti from the Bermuda Bay and Silver glimmer papers with my Confetti Hearts and Confetti Stars punches. I'm sure he'll be thrilled when he opens it up - NOT! At least it won't be at my house! :)

I've got six more years until my baby turns 30, so maybe I'll adjust by then. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Balloon Adventures (retired)
Paper - Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Neutrals Background DSP (retired), Bermuda Bay glimmer paper (retired)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate
Accessories - Bermuda Bay striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), Bermuda Bay bakers twine (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Brick Wall TIEF, Lucky Stars TIEF (retired), Large Numbers Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

TGIFC#109 & PP#346 - Faux Dry Embossing

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for two challenges - the inspiration challenge at TGIFC and the sketch challenge at the Paper Players.



Here is today's card:



I spent way too much time browsing on Pinterest today and found a wonderful technique video from Alisa Tilsner for faux dry embossing. With all of the dragonfly inspiration from Rochelle Blok, I thought this would be the perfect way to try it out!

I created my card base from Smoky Slate cardstock and then die cut 7 of the small dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and glued them onto the card front using the Tombow glue. I lined them up diagonally like Alisa suggests in her video. I was able to use some of the parts I cut off to fill in the empty spaces. Then I just added a banner of Pink Pirouette, a sentiment from Eastern Beauty, and a little sparkle with some Silver Glimmer Paper. It's a pretty simple card, but it packs a lot of punch, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Eastern Beauty
Paper - Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink - Basic Gray Archival
Tools - Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Banner Triple Punch, Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Catching up on cards!

Hello and welcome back! Today's post is not for a blog challenge, but a personal one. I started off the year pretty motivated to continue sending birthday and anniversary cards, and was successful in January, mailing 20 cards. Unfortunately, I fell off the wagon in February and March, and went totally dark in April and most of May. So, I'm recommitting myself to get back into the swing. I mailed 9 cards today to finish off May and start June, and I'm planning to send cards to everyone I've missed since the beginning of the year. They won't be birthday or anniversary cards, just a note to remind them that I'm thinking of them.

The cards I mailed today were not original creations, but designs I CASEd from Pinterest. 


My son and daughter-in-law have their first wedding anniversary coming up, so I found this design on Pinterest and tweaked it just a bit. I have so much of this Summer Smooches DSP in my stash, I could make thousands of these cards! 


This card is for several of my friends and family who have wedding anniversaries coming up. I found this design here


I also created a stash of birthday cards which should get me at least halfway through June. Several versions of this card are on Pinterest, but I got my inspiration from Erica Cerwin's blog.

I also pulled a get well card from my Paper Pumpkin stash to send to a friend who recently had hip replacement surgery.

I love sending "happy mail" and hope that this burst of energy is enough to inspire me to keep going for the rest of the year. And to everyone who waited for the card that never came the last few months, they're on their way - eventually!




Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):
Card #1 --Stamp set - Milestone Moments
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Real Red Cardstock, Summer Smooches DSP (retired)
Ink - Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Real Red and Daffodil Delight 1/2" cotton ribbon (retired), Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools - Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF (retired), SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots


Card #2 --Stamp set - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flourishing Phrases (inside card)
Paper - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP
Ink - Dapper Denim
Accessories - Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Stylish Stems Framelits, Petal Burst TIEF, Modern Label punch (retired), Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals


Card #3 --Stamp set - Birthday Blast
Paper - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock, 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack, Brights DSP Stack
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories - Whisper White Bakers Twine, Silver Sequin Trim
Tools - Banner Triple Punch, Handheld Stapler and Mini Staples (retired), SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Special Baby Shower Card

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is not for any challenge - it is for my niece's baby shower. Baby J is due in July, and unfortunately, I can't make it to the shower this weekend, but I've sent a gift and this card to my sister to pass along. The card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Australian demonstrator Bussakorn Mpelasoka. You can see her beautiful creations here.


I absolutely love this stamp set! :) I think I'll probably end up making a framed art piece for the nursery with the other big stamp, but this one is perfect for the shower. The nursery colors are blue, gray, and white, but Baby J is a girl, so I had to add a touch of pink as well. I stamped all of the images, except for the clouds, with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in using a blender pen. The lamb is fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals, and there is a touch of Clear Wink of Stella on the stars. Someday I'll figure out how to photograph that so it shows! The clouds are from the Lift Me Up stamp set, stamped off with Marina Mist and cut out with the Up & Away Thinlits. I pulled out a package of an old Sale-A-Bration DSP to make the envelope liner. I don't often line my envelopes, but with the large stash of DSP in my craft room, I should start!

I'm looking forward to meeting Baby J later this summer, and I hope my niece likes the card. I know she appreciates my work - I made her wedding invitations just a few years ago.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp sets - Moon Baby, Lift Me Up
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Smoky Slate and Whisper White Cardstock, Best Year Ever DSP (retired)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Marina Mist, Basic Gray Archival, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron
Accessories - Clear Wink of Stella, Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
Tools - Lucky Stars embossing folder (retired), Layering Circles Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Monday, May 15, 2017

CC&S#222 & PP#344 - Let us celebrate!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches and The Paper Players.

 

And here is my card:


The Paper Players color challenge provided lots of bright colors, so I decided a bright birthday card was the perfect match. I used the Balloon Celebration stamp set to stamp balloons on three colors of cardstock, and then backed the focal panel with the fourth color. A Real Red baker's twine bow ties it all together. (I'm so punny!) I've stamped the inside to make this a birthday card, but you could use it for any happy occasion.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Balloon Celebration
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Whisper White, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, and Tangerine Tango Cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Real Red Baker's Twine from the Candy Cane Lane assortment (retired)
Tools - Balloon Bouquet Punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots 

A Sympathy Combo Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and TGIF

 Here's my card for the challenges:


I wanted to try one of the new In Colors on this card, so I pulled out the Tranquil Tide ink and cardstock. I used the large stamp from Flourishing Phrases to create the side panel, then added flowers cut from Emerald Envy and Calypso Coral with pearl accents. The sentiment was stamped and cut with the Stitched Shapes oval and backed with a scalloped Layering Oval. I even refrained from adding ribbon to this one, because I wanted to keep it really simple.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Flourishing Phrases
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (NEW); Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide (NEW), Emerald Envy, and Calypso Coral cardstock
Ink - Tranquil Tide
Accessories - Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools - Flourish Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I'm back!!

Hello and welcome back! It's been nearly 4 months since I last posted - way too long! Gotta work on getting my mojo back, and what better way than with the challenges at Mojo Monday and Stamp Ink Paper. I've combined the sketch from Mojo Monday with the theme at SIP to create a cute kid's birthday card that would also be suitable for an adult.



Here's today's card:



I've had the Cool Treats stamp set since On Stage in November, but hadn't used it yet.  I stamped the ice cream scoops with Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder, and used Chocolate Chip cardstock for the chocolate on top and the Tasty Treats DSP for the cone. The sentiment is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on vellum and I added clear embossing powder to heat set the ink.

I hope you like this card - I think it's pretty cute! And our weather turned pretty warm today, so ice cream is a great idea!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamp set: Cool Treats
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, and Whisper White Cardstock; Tasty Treats Specialty DSP; Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder
Tools: Frozen Treats Framelits, Big Shot, Heat Tool, Triple Banner Punch, Tombow Multi Glue, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello and welcome back! This is my second post today - I'm not sure I've ever done that! This card is for the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Fab Friday.


Here is my card:



Sympathy cards are always the hardest ones for me to make. I wasn't sure if this color combo would work for this card, but I think I like it. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set: Heartfelt Sympathy
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum cardstock; Falling In Love DSP
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories: Lace Doilies, Soft Sky seam binding ribbon (retired)
Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits, Tear & Tape, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Up & Away Birthday

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the sketch challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the color challenge at Paper Craft Crew.




Here is today's card:



I used the Up & Away Thinlits to create the balloon and to cut the clouds out of the Whisper White layer. The sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set. I cut the stamp apart and used the other half of the sentiment on the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Carried Away DSP (Sale-A-Bration item available FREE with a $50 purchase!)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Paper Piercer, Up & Away Thinlits, Banner Punch (retired), Fine-Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Special Birthday Card

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the challenge at What Will You Stamp?


And here is today's card:


I have a friend who will be celebrating a milestone birthday next week, so I wanted to make a special card for her. She told me recently that she has trouble with the "5" birthdays, but not with the "0" ones; hence, this card.  Here's the inside:


We joked that she could just celebrate the 35th anniversary of her 30th birthday, so that's where I got the idea for this card. To be honest, she seems closer to 30 than to 65! I hope she likes this card, and I hope you all like it too! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set: Number of Years
Paper: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, and Whisper White cardstock; Birthday Bouquet DSP (retired)
Ink: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories: Watermelon Wonder dotted lace ribbon (retired)
Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Large Numbers Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Combo Challenge - PP#328 & SUO#166

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the challenges at the Paper Players and SUO. #PP328 is a clean and simple card with a flower, and #SUO166 is a challenge to use any kind of embossing on a card.



Here is today's card:



I got the inspiration for this card from the Annual Catalog. I love this image for the lace edging and it is gorgeous embossed in copper! I also embossed the birthday sentiment before trimming it out with the label framelit. 



It turns out that the Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon I found in my stash is the perfect addition to this card. Now you know why I never get rid of anything! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp sets: Grateful Bunch, Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Pink Pirouette cardstock
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Accessories: Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon (retired), Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels framelits, Blossom Bunch punch, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Playing along with CAS Colours & Sketches #206

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches



And here is today's card:



I fell in love with this set when I first saw it in the new Occasions catalog, but I wasn't sure if I would be able to figure out how to use it. I probably wouldn't have come up with this color combination on my own, but I think it works. The vase is stamped off once before putting it on the card front. My Island Indigo stamp pad is one of the old felt pads so I got a bit of texture in the stamp. I think I like it that way! The sentiment is stamped on vellum with classic ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to set it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:
Stamp set: Thankful Life
Paper: Basic Gray, Flirty Flamingo, and Whisper White Cardstock, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Island Indigo Bakers Twine (retired)
Tools: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Mini Stapler (retired), SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Playing along with What Will You Stamp #99

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the challenge at What Will You Stamp?


And here is today's card:



One of my favorite aspects of this stamp set is the coordinating Sunshine Wishes dies. I used the flower and the butterfly to add a bit of interest to the card front. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:
Stamp set: Sunshine Wishes
Paper: Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Sunshine Wishes dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, SNAIL, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Friday, January 20, 2017

Playing along with The Paper Players

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is inspired by the challenge at The Paper Players. It's a card in black and white with just one additional color.


Here is today's card:


Thoughts and Prayers has long been my go-to stamp set for sympathy cards. I used the reverse spotlighting technique on the tree and then added some retired ribbon and the sentiment stamped on a retired punched shape.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:
Stamp set: Thoughts and Prayers
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Basic Black, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pool Party ribbon from the Sycamore Street combo pack (retired)
Tools: 1-1/4" circle punch, extra-large oval punch (retired), Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches and Can You Case It

Hello and welcome back! Today's card was inspired by the challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Can You Case It. FMS#271 is a sketch challenge and CYCI#144 is a color challenge. 






I'm trying to get caught up on my birthday cards, since I'm planning to do #imbringingbirthdaysback for a second year. Last year I mailed 230 cards, 112 of which were birthday cards. I don't think I'm going to beat that this year, but I want to make an effort. Here's today's card:



I've got several sets from the new Occasions catalog and most of them have not been inked yet, so I thought I'd start with this one. It's a pretty simple card, but those Balloon framelits really make it pop.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

--Cindi



Supplies used:

Stamp set: Balloon Adventures
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, and Watermelon Wonder cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate
Tools: Balloon Pop-up Thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Crocheting a temperature blanket

Hello and welcome back! Today's post is not stamping related, but I've been talking to some friends about it recently and thought this was an easy way to explain my latest craft project, as if I needed another one! :)

Social media, particularly Facebook and Pinterest, are great for providing lots of ideas for new projects. This one, for a temperature blanket, came from a bullet journaling group on Facebook. When I searched it on Pinterest, lots of ideas came up, but there were a couple that I decided to use when creating my blanket.

Before I show you my project, let me explain a little about what a temperature blanket is. It's not an electric blanket. :) It's an afghan that you create in rows or squares and the color of the elements is determined by the air temperature (high, low or average) on the days of the period you are making the blanket for. I originally planned to make a blanket for myself for 2017, but then decided to make one as a first anniversary gift for my son and daughter-in-law. They married on June 5, 2016 and live in Washington, just outside of Seattle. I used the Weather Underground website to look up historical weather data, and I'm using the high temperature for each day. 

Here are a couple of photographs of the blanket so far. Notice the photobombing cat! :)





I'm using a pattern from the Red Heart website for a Corner to Corner Throw.  The Crochet Crowd has a great video tutorial on YouTube that shows how to create this blanket. This pattern is crocheted in "squares" so the tricky part is calculating how many "squares" to crochet for each day. I used an Excel spreadsheet to help me with the math (geeky, I know!) and calculated that I need about 25 squares for each day. Sadly, the numbers don't come out even, so somewhere along the line I'll have to figure out what to do about the extra squares I need. Maybe I'll add additional squares for a couple of holidays with some sparkly or unusual yarn. I only need about 3 days worth, so it shouldn't be too bad. 

The actual temperatures are just recorded on a piece of graph paper so that I can cross off each day as I finish it.



My color chart is written on there too, to help me remember, but just in case you can't read it, I'll add it here. All yarn is Red Heart Super Saver and all temps are Fahrenheit.

91 and above     Cherry Red
86 - 90                Light Raspberry
81 - 85                 Pumpkin
76 - 80                 Carrot
71 - 75                  Gold
66 - 70                 Bright Yellow
61 - 65                 Cornmeal
56 - 60                Tea Leaf
51 - 55                 Paddy Green
46 - 50                Real Teal
41 - 45                 Pale Plum
36 - 40                Medium Purple
35 and below     Royal

As you can see in the photos above, the blanket starts in the summer. A lot of temps were in the Gold range, so I've already had to purchase another skein of that color. I'll probably be needing another Bright Yellow and Cornmeal as well. I wish I had thought about my colors a bit more before I started because the yellows and golds are not my favorites. I would have rather had more greens and blues. Oh well, there's always next year! I'm waiting until it's finished to decide whether to do the edging in white or off white.  

I've only been working on it for a few days and I've already gotten through the first three months. I'm hoping to get it caught up to the current day; then I'll only need to crochet each day as it comes. 

I hope this encourages you to give this type of project a try. There are lots of ideas out there, especially on Pinterest, so have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! 

--Cindi