Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I was recently introduced to a (new to me) digital scrapbooking software.I have been having so much fun creating everything from Christmas Card ideas, page layouts for Brea's scrapbook and a cute paper that I printed out to embellish a Christmas gift for Braydyn and Brea's Teachers.
I love that I can do so much more than just scrapbook albums. Just look at some of the things I have made with the My Memories Suite software.
|I chose a background paper for the "lined paper"|
added the individual "block letters" and
the "apple". The "Mrs." and "A+" were created
with the "Word Art" that comes with the scrapbook software.
Best of all, it was very easy and quick to create!!!
Originally made ^^^paper^^^ for my Daughter's Kindergarten Teacher and turned it into this:
|The background paper, journaling card,|
Christmas Ornament, snow flake, ribbons,
holly berries, "love JOY peace" and "Brea,
Santa & Braydyn" were all chosen from the
My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking
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- Visit the My Memories website via the link(s) provide throughout this blog or go to your web browser and type www.mymemories.com
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Today is another full day of cleaning and cooking/baking in an attempt to get ready for tomorrow.
This is the first year that we are cooking a Turkey (my Russ will be taking on this task!). We haven't had Thanksgiving by ourselves since we were stationed at Fort Bragg. Which has been three or four years ago.
We didn't do anything special for this holiday last year because we had literally just moved to Colorado, where we are stationed now.
Last year, my Husband was sent home early from deployment. Last year he was going back and forth to doctors for his back.
After 4 deployments, that back of his just wasn't going to cut it anymore.
He is now on Med. Board status and in the final stages of that. We are just patiently waiting for those "you're outa here" orders.
So for this years Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be spending another Turkey Day as an Active Duty Army Wife, my Husband and our amazing kiddos, my Family & Friends, the brave Hero's that are deployed and missing their families, the brave Families that are missing their Hero's. But most of all, I am thankful for those Hero's who made the ultimate sacrifice and the Families that have loved and missed them every day.
May you and your's have a very wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and many things to be Thankful for!
Amber ~Crafty At Heart~
Monday, November 21, 2011
Hello everyone! I have something exciting to share with you that I hope you will enjoy reading about.
You see, though I have a huge space in my heart for crafting, there is another love that holds just as much of my heart.
I have always, since a very young age, loved making up stories. Even when I didn't know how to write the words, my Mom and I would make up bed time stories of our own.
Since then, if I wasn't thinking up stories and turning them into books of my own, I wrote poetry. And when I wasn't writing at all, I was definitely reading.
I have not written in a few years and I really missed it. My Husband, being my biggest fan, challenged me last night.
He told me that he wanted me to write a Children's Book, to be completed by Friday.
After thinking about for only a few minutes, the wheels were already turning as he spoke, I decided to take him up on his challenge.
I got started on it immediately and finished it this afternoon. The book I wrote is meant to become a series. I have already started on book #2.
I don't have any plans or a set amount for this series but I am really excited.
I don't even know that it will ever become a published book. And if not, that's ok too. I will have them and so will my Children.
It would be extremely awesome if I was able to get them published. What a dream come true that would be!
Well, this is the adventure I am embarking on and I can't wait to see where the road traveled takes me!
Until next time...
Happy crafting and using those imaginations!
Amber H. ~Crafty At Heart~
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I have also been dabbling with plushies and think I have found the best way to complete them. I drew up a basic teddy bear pattern and made two out of my Husband's ACU's that he no longer wears. Using embroidery floss, I created the face and added little saying on the tummy's of the bears. I hand stitched around the edges, leaving a small amount of the bear open in order to stuff it with fibber fill and then continued stitching until I got it closed completely.
The finished products came out looking pretty cute. I was not completely satisfied with my first attempt at hand stitching my Daughters bear so I tried a different type of stitch for my Sons.
Here are the ACU Daddy Bears.
|My first attempt at making a|
Teddy Bear plushy. I am not
thrilled with this one as there
were some gaps in it, which
allows some of the stuffing
to poke out.
|Though the picture shows it unfinished, I am much more|
pleased with the way this one turned out. I plan on making
more for sale. I have already had a few requests from Mom's
at my kiddo's School!!
|I love Hello Kitty and I really liked this purse. So what better|
thing to do with both of them than to put them together!!
|I used one of my cloth shopping|
bags, attached the "Love Is.."
with Stitch Witchery and decorated
with fabric paints. Turned out really
adorable, I think!
|Close Up :)|
Thank you for reading my Bloggy!
Take care and happy crafting,
Amber H. ~Crafty At Heart~
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In the last bloggy, I talked about painting some wall-letters for a friend of mine. After over a month of not being able to get to them, I am excited to announce that I have finally finished them! I delivered them last night! I must say, there was a lot of excitement around these letters.
As I have only ever made them for my two little ones, having someone else ask me to make some for them was a joy! I love making people happy. I love to see them smile. It just does something for my soul when I know that people are excited and happy because of something I have done.
So, without further adieu, here are the "Monkey's Jungle" wall-letters!...
|I used Apple Barrel's Grass Green and Mango paints for the solid colors.|
Apple Barrel's Christmas Green, Chocolate Bar and Khaki were used for the
vines and the monkeys.
I hope you enjoy these and will look forward to the many other bloggies I will post in the future! Until then...
Take Care and Happy Crafting!
Amber~Crafty At Heart <3
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Every time I complete something, I take a picture of it and post it for all my internet-lovies to marvel at on FB and Twitter. And then, something occurred to me, I haven't posted much about my painted works on here. I'm not talking canvas paintings so much as I am wooden letters and porcelain projects that you buy from the store. I haven't braved putting a brush near canvas yet, though I would love to, I am just not secure enough in it at the moment.
Don't get me wrong, I think (my opinion) that I am decent enough at it. I just haven't found my... artistic
|My Princess loves Hello Kitty. Looking at a bunch of pics|
of the Hello Kitty Characters, I drew these characters out by
hand and then painted them with acrylic paints.
|Finished with some ribbon I bought for|
|B-Dog has been into trains since his 2nd Birthday when|
someone gave him a few of the trains and a track set. He
really liked the train and farm scene. Also painted with
There you go, some of my past projects (long before my interest in embroidery)!
*insert shiny object <-- HERE -->I have been working on my Son's, we shall call him B-Dog for the sake of not having to continuously call him "my Son", anyway... I have done a bit of painting on B-Dog's crafty piece. While breaking from painting, I checked my emails and noticed an awesome message. Someone wondering "How much something like this (B-Dogs wall letters) would cost?". Exciting BTW!
I have always wanted to make things like this and sell them. What better way to make money than by doing what you love! Right? Since it was a request from a friend for her son who is turning One very soon, I decided the wall letters should be a gift. I will always have time to work on those sweet little things for my Children, but it's not every day, at least in my case, that some one requests something for them selves.
I am truly excited about this. She wants a monkey/jungle scene. I got the letters yesterday and really can't wait to get started on them!
I hope you all have a wonderful, exciting and craft-filled day!
Take Care and Happy Crafting!
Amber~Crafty At Heart <3
Friday, September 09, 2011
|"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,|
it is not proud." Taken from 1 Corinthians 13:4
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
|Front of the ACU bib. Black thread|
(not embroidery floss.. beginner's mistake),
corisponding ribbon to match fabric.
|Fabric applied to the back of the bib with |
Stitch Witchery to keep the thread from unraveling. I used
Polymark's Medium Gold Iridescent Fabric Paint
along the edgesand "2011" and Green Iridescent Fabric Paint
for the name.
I got the picture itself from one of my daughters Hello Kitty coloring books. I have loved Hello Kitty since I was a little girl and am so proud that I get to share her with my little girl!
Once I found the picture, I taped my piece of white linen to the paper and traced it out in pencil *commence embroidery!
I chose the color scheme partly of my own accord as well as my daughters favorite colors (hence Hello Kitty's purple and pink car).
I am pleased that in using the proper embroidery materials, this project took, roughly estimating, 1 week and two days. Which is thrilling to me considering the bib took about 3 full months to complete.
Once all stitches were complete, I ironed on Stitch Witchery to the back of my finished piece to ensure that none of it became unraveled. My plan now, is to find either a pull-over hoody or a sweatshirt to iron it onto for my little Princes.
Who, the whole time I was making this, whether frustrated with it or not, would make sure to check in on me from time to time just to let me know I was "doing a wonderful job, Mommy!"
Stitches used: Back Stitch, Fly Stitch, French Knots Split Stitch, Bokhara Couching, Trellis or Jacobean Couching, Seeding, Spider Web Filling Stitch and the Satin Stitch. I got a lot of great practice on this piece!
All that said....
Amber~Crafty At Heart!
Monday, August 08, 2011
If you want to see her talent personally, you can check it out at Main Street Station, located in Grapevine, Texas. Though I am not in Texas at the moment, when we do go back, I will definitely make it a point to go visit Main Street Station so that I can view Literally Erika's work myself!
I really do hope that you will not only check out Literally Erika's work but that you will also find the joy and peace that I do in her works of fabulous art.
Take care and Happy Crafting!
Amber ~Crafty At Heart~
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Who doesn't love JOANN's? I know I do. I do get a little sad when I cannot find this store where ever we are living at the time. I believe we have one here in Colorado but I have not been able to partake in the magical wonders with in this amazing store *insert sad face here!*
Googly Eyes & Craft Supplies- if you are in the Irving, Texas area, I strongly suggest that you take a trip **MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TIME ON YOUR SIDE! If you are anything like me and my love for crafting, this store is like a candy store for crafters!!**
I have also recently used YouTube for tutorial videos on how to do "basic embroidery stitches" and any other tips on embroidery so here are a couple links to some of the ones that I have watched.
Kimberly Layton- there are only two videos, though I hope she adds more. They were really helpful!
Craftovision is another channel that I watch.
And just one more.... ThreadBanger!!!
Happy Crafting <3
Amber~Crafty At Heart~
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I have no formal training or experience. When it comes to sewing, I am terrible at it by hand and as far as the sewing machine goes, everything I can do which isn't much, I taught myself. It's all trial and error and a little bit of luck. (Note to self: pay attention to where you place you fingers as the machine will munch on them if you aren't careful! OUCH!!) LOL
My Mother in-law has taught me a few things that I had no idea about. No-Sew blankets was one of the first things she taught me how to make. I really enjoyed that lesson. It gave us a chance to really bond. She is very patient and happy to show me anything I am interested in. Just this last week I was visiting with her and she taught me how to use Stitch-Witchery (I apologize in advance for any miss-spellings). We made a shirt for my Daughter together. Her Daddy is in the Army so we created a cute design and cut out a few letters to spell out "My Daddy My Hero". It turned out beautiful!
|Not the best image but this is the Stitch-Witchery shirt. (mentioned above)|
Not knowing much about it or the items I would need... it is taking much longer than I expected. I am using regular sewing thread, not embroidery floss. Nor am I using an embroidery ring. I do now have those things but because my bib already has a backing and edging, lol I'm sure you can just imagine. I will practice the right way as soon as I finish this bib. I just hope the baby I am making it for isn't grown before that happens :)
I also paint on anything I can get my hands on. My favorite project so far with painting has to be the wooden picture frames and wall letters I have finished for my little ones. My Daughters is Hello Kitty inspired and my Son's is my own creation.
|My Little Guys Wall Letters|