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Peas in a Pod

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 22, 2008 ,
Peas in a Pod Mini Pack

Peas in a Pod Mini Pack

It’s Wednesday and I just decided today seemed like a good day for a freebie.  Since I had peas with my dinner this evening (yum!) I figured giving away my “Peas in a Pod” frame was a perfect idea.  This puffy felt-ish frame features three little holes where the peas go for your photos. If three’s not enough peas for you, I’ve also included a separate single pea frame so that no one gets left out.  Use it for baby stuff or use it just because. I love peas :D

Your download includes the three pea pod frame, a single pea frame and the Peas in a Pod paper I designed for the mini pack that you can see in the preview.  I hope you enjoy the freebie!

Download my “Peas in a Pod” frame mini pack HERE, and have a wonderful Wednesday evening. :)


You Are My Sunshine, Readers

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 20, 2008 ,
My Readers are my Sunshine!

My Readers are my Sunshine!

Today’s freebie is dedicated to you.  That’s right, you.  As a special thank you to all of my readers, I made up a new quick page today.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for stopping by, for downloading my creations and for leaving comments (sometimes here, sometimes on 4shared) or for sending me thoughtful emails to let me know you care and that you enjoy my work.  You are the reason why I put time in to make these digital scrapping goodies and you inspire me to keep going, keep growing, and keep making more as I learn.  Some of you have been with me since my very first freebie and know that I’ve come a long way since then.  I have met some incredible people via this blog who have shown me a lot of gratitude and today I want to show my gratitude for you and put as big a smile on YOUR face as you put on mine.  You are my sunshine, readers!  Enjoy today’s freebie: a quick page I dreamed up just for you.

Download my “You are my Sunshine” Quick Page HERE.

Thank you for being my sunshine and for pushing me to keep creating each and every day. :love:


Some Finished Projects

Posted in Knit & Crochet , on October 19, 2008 ,
Finished Froggie Beanie

Finished Froggie Beanie

A few days ago I showed off a few crochet projects I had been working on.  Last night I finished a couple of them! The crochet handbag take 2 is still in progress, but I finished the froggie beanie and even had time to squeeze in a little doggie sweater for Winston.

Finished Froggie Beanie

Finished Froggie Beanie

Somer’s froggie beanie turned out pretty well! I took a few pictures to show it off, thanks to my fantastic models Lucas and Oliver.  They were very helpful in photographing the froggie details!  I think Somer will like it and can’t wait to get it shipped off to her.  Ribbit!

Finished Froggie Beanie

Finished Froggie Beanie

Winston's Sweater

Winston

Winston loves his very first official sweater.  I made it in Chicago Bears navy and orange colours of course and plan to make a matching sweater in XL for Oliver.  I ran out of orange yarn so Oliver will have his as soon as I replenish my supply.  It took two takes to get the sweater sizing just right for Winston… the first time around because he’s so tiny to me (in comparison to Oliver I guess) I made a small size.  The general sizing info seemed like it would fit, but the small turned out to fit him too snugly.  I made another one and this time in a medium size, and it turned out so cute!  It’s a tiny bit big on him and hangs a bit in the tummy area, but I’m sure he’ll grow into it.  Isn’t he cute? I can’t wait to make Oliver’s now.  I used the Lion Brand free crochet striped sweater pattern by Shiri Mor.

Winston and the Cone Collar

Winston and the Cone Collar

And speaking of Winston, he endured his neutering surgery like a champ.  The vet called fairly early on Friday afternoon to let me know that everything went well and that he’d be ready to pick up around dinnertime.  We were warned that he’d be a bit groggy due to pain meds and that he’d probably not be very active.  When he came out and saw Lucas and I were there to get him, it was the exact opposite; he was SO excited to see us and SO ready to go home.  He has been taking it easy, though, and unfortunately has to wear the cone collar when we’re gone or at bedtime to make sure he doesn’t lick the incision site.  Doesn’t he look like the saddest little schnauzer you ever did see when he’s wearing it? He’s doing very well, though, and should be all healed up in a week or so. :)

So hopefully I’ll line the crochet handbag later today between football games and finish it off so I can get it off my WIP list.  I feel like I should have a lot more to do but really I’ve made a huge dent in my Christmas crafting list.  Hooray!  Happy Sunday, and GO BEARS!


Fall in the Mountains Quick Page Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 18, 2008 ,
Fall in the Mountains QP

Fall in the Mountains QP

As promised yesterday, here is the quick page freebie for my “Fall in the Mountains” mini kit.  You can see it in use in my personal digital scrapbook gallery (page 43 at the bottom right). In the freebie preview to the left here it shows the page with text on it; the actual quick page doesn’t have text, that’s just something I added to the page after I inserted the photo I wanted to use with it :) I hope you enjoy the freebie. If you missed my mini kit that coordinates with this page, be sure to check out yesterday’s post on Freebie Friday to grab it.  Happy scrapping.

Download my “Fall in the Mountains” quick page HERE.


Freebie Friday: Fall in the Mountains

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 17, 2008 ,
Freebie Friday

Freebie Friday

Fall in the Mountains Mini Kit

Fall in the Mountains Mini Kit

Friday is here again, and besides being one of the best days of the week (yay for the weekend!) that also means it’s Freebie Friday here at the pink toque craft blog.  Today I have the first part of my “Fall in the Mountains” series: today is the mini kit and tomorrow is a quick page I made up using it.  Last weekend my little family (my husband and our two dogs) went up into Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies to revisit the place where my husband proposed nearly a year ago.  We set off to hike at beautiful Lake Minnewanka with the boys, returning to that special spot as Mr. and Mrs.  It was very sweet :) We hiked for nearly two and a half hours and took lots of georgeous pictures out there.  I was inspired to create a little mini kit that I call “Fall in the Mountains” to pull colours from our adventures and get them down on digital paper.

“Fall in the Mountains” comes with two full sized background papers and a bracket paper, plus two large mat papers: a mountain photo mat and a large maple leaf shaped mat.  The mini kit also includes 9 other elements ranging from fall trees to leaves and even a little Canadian Rockies element and frame.  I hope you’ll be able to get some good use out of it :)

Download my “Fall in the Mountains” mini kit HERE and be sure to leave me some love if you do, I always love reading your comments here on my blog. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the QP!  You can see a sample of it being used in my personal digital scrapbook gallery, page 43 at the bottom.

I’m off to pick up my little man — Winston, our white mini schnauzer went in for surgery this morning to get “fixed” and now he’s all ready for mama to come and get him.  I hope he’s not in too much pain!  The poor little guy has to wear a big cone collar for a bit until the incision heals.  I’m sure I’ll have pics of his cute little face in a cone to share tomorrow ;)  But the vet says he’s in good spirits and everything went beautifully, so I know he’ll be glad to come home and rest.  Happy Friday!


Current Crochet Projects

Posted in Knit & Crochet , on October 16, 2008 ,

So in the background this past week I’ve been hard at work on three crochet projects: take 2 on the crochet handbag I tried at the end of August, a hat for Somer for her birthday coming up in November, and a small crochet pumpkin.

Work In Progress - Crochet Handbag Take 2

Work in Progress - Crochet Handbag Take 2

The second try on the crochet handbag is going… ok.  If you remember, I had followed a great pattern for the first take but the finished result seemed to be a bit too wide and not quite tall enough for my purse needs.  I decided I’d make a second handbag, adjusting a few lines of the pattern to make the overall bag not as wide and a bit taller.  I am not sure now that the purse will be big enough just in general now that it’s not as wide.  But I didn’t like the awkward space in the corners of the bag when I made it as wide as the pattern called for; at least for my personal preference.  Maybe if I had just changed the height to be taller, the width would’ve balanced itself out?  I am not quite finished with take 2, but it already sounds like attempt 3 is taking shape.  We’ll see how it turns out after I add a closure, line it, and add the handles.

Work in Progress - Froggie Beanie

Work in Progress - Froggie Beanie

The beanie is something I’m pretty excited about.  I hope Somer doesn’t read my blog before her birthday next month, but I just can’t not post about it.  It’s a frog hat, and I’m nearly finished with it; it’s from a pattern here by Crochetroo, and is so darn cute! :) It’s basically a double crochet beanie hat done in green (I chose Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green, my first time using Vanna’s Choice. I really like working with it and will be using it again on other projects that call for a simple worsted weight yarn.) and then there are two double crochet eye “bulbs” that you attach on top.  The pattern calls for googly-eyes (which in general I despise) but I think they’re a perfect fit for this project and will give it just the right finishing touch when I hot glue them to the center of each eye bulb.  I just have to go out and purchase some googly-eyes!  It’s a quick crochet and I started it Tuesday evening before House came on and then finished up the beanie portion last night in no time. Today I plan to do the band and then work on the eyes. Even though it’s spanning over 3 days, the amount of time I spent each day was very small and this could easily be done in one evening I think.  It gives me ideas for making a teddy bear beanie, using the same pattern just in brown and not adding googly-eyes at the end (so the eye bulbs of the frog would be teddy bear ears.)  Not that I have time to add more things to my queue for Christmas projects, but oh well.  Love the pattern!

Finished - Small Crochet Pumpkin

Finished - Small Crochet Pumpkin

And the small crochet pumpkin is one of my favourite finished objects right now.  It turned out so cute! :) I followed the YouTube tutorial by Teresa, who is tjw1963 on Ravelry, and she is the founder of the Video Crochet group there which has been immensely helpful in my learn-to-crochet endeavour.  She has some amazing videos on YouTube for all kinds of projects and demonstrating a huge variety of crochet stitches.  Her blog accompanies her video tutorials in case you want written instructions for each pattern to follow along with, too.  As most of you know, this past week was Canadian Thanksgiving, and my husband and I were invited to my friend Michelle’s mom’s house for dinner.  It meant a lot to us, because Michelle’s mom and grandma treated us like family, and we really felt special being invited to their family Thanksgiving dinner.  I made this little crochet pumpkin and attached a thank you tag to it and mailed it off today to thank Michelle’s mom for including us.  We plan to return the favour and have their family over for American Thanksgiving next month :) Michelle is such a good friend; how nice it was to feel like family, too.

So that’s what I’ve been up to in the fibrearts world!  Once I finish Somer’s froggie beanie I plan to get started right away on matching doggie sweaters for Oliver and Winston.  I can’t wait!  They’ll be done in Bears colours, of course: a beautiful navy blue and pumpkin orange. :love: Little Winston goes for his neutering appointment tomorrow morning first thing, so keep him in your thoughts!  It sounds like he’ll have to wear a cone for a bit until the incision heals, which will make for some admittingly hilarious photos. Am I evil for thinking that? lol :lol:

See you tomorrow for Freebie Friday!


CU Roses Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 15, 2008 ,
CU roses by pinktoque

CU roses by pinktoque

Just popping in to give away a quick commercial use freebie this evening: some roses! My husband is such a sweetheart and brought me home these gorgeous roses for no reason at all late last week. I wish I could keep cut flowers forever, but eventually they wither and I have to toss them in the trash. I decided I’d try my hand at photographing and extracting a few of the roses so that in a way, I could keep them forever… and give them away as a commercial use freebie so that others could benefit from them, too!

There are five greyscale roses in this kit, and each one is easy to recolour to match and supplement any of your kit designs.  Please be sure to read the commercial use terms included!  I hope you’ll find some good uses for these beautiful flowers.

Download my CU roses HERE.

See you back on Friday for Freebie Friday — I have a new mini kit and a new QP to give away this weekend that I know you won’t want to miss :) Enjoy your evening, and I look forward to reading any comments you leave!


My Memories Suite Tutorial 3: Using Quick Pages

Posted in Freebies, My Memories Suite, Scrapbooking, Tutorials , on October 14, 2008 ,
My Memories Suite Tutorial 3 - Using Quick Pages

My Memories Suite Tutorial 3 - Using Quick Pages

My latest tutorial for My Memories Suite is ready to go!  Today’s tutorial, the third in the series, teaches you how to use quick pages within the My Memories Suite software.  The tutorial assumes that you have already watched tutorial 2 and understand how to add additional content to your program’s directories (which you must do to add quick pages) and then how to physically use quick pages you’ve added within My Memories Suite.  It’s a quick and simple video this time (under 8 minutes, whew!), and I’ve put it over at YouTube since YouTube will allow you to watch in high quality and bookmark it for later use.

 

If you have any questions about the third installment of the My Memories Suite tutorial series I’ve been creating, let me know and I’d be happy to help or explain anything that isn’t clear :)

Need a quick page to use as a test when you follow along with the video? Nab my “Thankful for You” quick page from Sunday — it’s a great way to show off the things you’re thankful for this season :) Happy scrapping!

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 13, 2008 ,
Thankful for You Cluster Frame Pack, Personal Use

Thankful for You Cluster Frame Pack, Personal Use

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!  Yesterday I gave away my “Thankful for You” quick page, and today I have another little freebie for you: the “Thankful” series of cluster frames!  There are two frames in the pack, identical except that on one, the tag already has the text “Thankful for You” on it while the other frame’s tag is blank in case you want to put your own sentiment there instead.  All you have to do is add your own background and insert a photo and voila!  Show the world what you’re thankful for and use the frame on your own choice of background to give it your own personal flair.  No matter if you use the QP from yesterday or use today’s frame(s) to incorporate into your own personal use designs, be sure to show off the people you are thankful for proudly, and don’t forget to remind them today, too!

Download my “Thankful” series of cluster frames HERE and be sure to leave some love if you download!

I’m working on some more freebies for you; I’ve created a little kit (and a coordinating quick page) to the tune of spending time in the mountains during fall as well as another autumn-y quick page that I’ve used to showcase photos from our little family trip out into the Canadian Rockies on Saturday to experience the fall colours.  Want to see all of the fantastic photos we took?  Check out our family gallery here.  But don’t blame me if you suddenly have an urge to move here! ;) I’ve got some upcoming CU items coming as well, and even a new alpha.  So much to give away it’s going to take weeks to release it all!  See you back here real soon :) Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. <3


Thankful for You Quick Page Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on October 12, 2008 ,
Thankful for You QP Freebie Preview

Thankful for You QP Freebie Preview

Happy Sunday everyone :) With it being a Thanksgiving long weekend I’ve got the first part of my Canadian Thanksgiving freebie giveaway for you today, and the other piece will be released tomorrow in time for turkey and all the trimmings. :) I whipped up a little quick page that I call “Thankful for You” that will be perfect to showcase what YOU are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.  I chose a recent photo of my boys together: my husband, Lucas and our two dogs, Oliver and Winston because I am most thankful for my happy little family.

Download my “Thankful for You” Quick Page HERE.

Yesterday we spent the day out in the Canadian Rockies at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park hiking up along the trails there around the lake and enjoying the fresh air and the last of the fall colours before the snow comes.

What I am thankful for

What I am thankful for

Surprisingly it was very sunny and not windy enough to make it too cold for us, and we took some amazing photos.  I can’t wait to get scrapping with them; you can be sure I’ll have some to share very soon. (Along with a freebie that coordinates with the day!)

This evening we’ve been invited to have Thanksgiving dinner at Michelle’s mom’s house and we are thankful to have such good friends.  Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! See you back here tomorrow for the second part of “Thankful for You.”