Crafting with Simplicity

Simple Hand Stamped Tags With Crocheted Flowers

handmade and hand stamped tags with crochet crocus flowers

Say “You’re Special” with a Crocheted Flower Gift Tag

I love the library. It’s my favorite “go to” source for finding project ideas. It’s also a great way to save money on your craft projects. The book 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio is one that I’ve checked out again and again…and again. I’ve made a set of coasters with the crocheted crocus, decorated handmade cards with dogwood blossoms and daisies, and even tied the flowers to handwoven baskets.

A Great Way to Enjoy Spring Blooms

If you’re still in the part of the country experiencing snow and ice, brighten up your craft time by crocheting some of these sweet little flowers. They vary from little two round flowers to more complex patterns of six or more rounds. There are crochet bloom patterns for every season.

Materials 

For these tags, I used kraft cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo. There are plenty of tags in the Silhouette Store, or you can make up your own. If you don’t have a Silhouette, cutting one by hand is simple. I just love using my Silhouette any chance I get.

You can use any stamps that you have. The Stamps of Life sentiments from the set “flowerpower2fill” were perfect for this project. I’m all about using what’s on hand. 

Speaking of what’s on hand, I have a huge pack of Iris Craft Thread and love using it for these crocheted flowers. These flowers can be made with crochet cotton as well, but the craft thread allows for a lacy look while giving you a wide array of colors to choose from. I’ve probably had my pack for at least two years, so it’s going to last awhile!

I love the lacy look and the crocheted flowers work up nicely with a 2.25 mm crochet hook.

 

These flowers were created with the crocus pattern. Since the crocus has a wide array of colors, you could pick and choose your thread color.

If you can’t find the book, and can’t obtain it through library loan, consider adding it to your personal crafting library.

 

There are so many ways you could use these little crocheted flowers.

  • decorate a book mark
  • make a tag
  • use on a sweater
  • hair clips for little girls
  • make a spring garland
  • use to decorate a package
  • glue to the end of a big paper clip

How about some other ideas? I’d love to hear from you!

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy some blossoms and we’ll see you again next time.

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A Handmade Valentine’s Day

with this quick and easy coffee filter craft

 

Happy Monday morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share this super easy coffee filter craft for Valentine’s Day.

This would be a fun craft to do with kids because they are quick, easy and inexpensive. We buy our coffee filters in a large bulk pack from the warehouse store, so if they don’t turn out perfect, no big deal. You can make another or just decide to be perfectly imperfect.

Gather some simple supplies and let’s get started.

You’ll need: 

  • Cone style coffee filters
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Valentine stickers

Optional:

  • single hole punch
  • twine or string
  • washi tape
  • scrap vinyl

Now for the fun part!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Holly Tags with Free Cut File

 

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

I love to study historical traditions, so I’ve been reading today about holly and its role in the Christmas season.

Here are just a few links to articles about its use in Christmas tradition, in case you’re interested:

Holly, Ivy and Christmas Plants

Christmas: eight things you didn’t know about holly

Why do we decorate with holly at Christmas? 

 

Since I’ve been busy creating gift tags, I wanted to share with you these simple gift tags that I created using my new “holly” SVG file.  In case you missed my first free SVG, you can find it HERE.

Holly Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Tags

My basic oval tag was created with my Silhouette Cameo 2. I drew an oval 2″ x 3″ and then did an internal offset to make the white part of the tag. (more…)

Creating Gift Tags from Scraps and Free SVG File

Tag set and cutting files.
Christmas Tag Set
Gift Tags are a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces and they make gifts look so special. These turned out so cute that nobody will know they came from scrap bits in your stash.

I’ve cut these little tags in Silhouette Studio from a file I created myself in Inkscape. With the cut file below you can make tags like these as well as something that is the right size for your gift.

I was able to cut out 4 tags, the white layer and these cute little trees from small pieces that I grabbed from my overflowing file drawer. Each tag is only 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and is the perfect size for gifting those smaller items on your Christmas list. 

This tiny sentiment comes from  “A Little Love”, stamp set from Close to My Heart. It’s the smallest stamp that I had available and fit perfectly in the amount of white space on the tag. For the hole at the top of the tag, I simply used a paper punch. This is something that could be added to the cut file, but this way you can use your own punch to make it larger for ribbon or smaller for baker’s twine or other string. Of course some bling, like these enamel embellishments, provide some extra dimension.

This is my first time trying to make my own cut file and it’s been an enjoyable challenge to learn this process. Today I’m sharing it as a free file in Zip format. There are formats in PNG, SVG, DXF, and JPEG. You can download the entire file by clicking on the link below.

 

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Layers of tag cut file.

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Double Z Fold Valentine

Good Morning,

Hope you’re having a wonderful and creative day! Today I wanted to share this cute little double z fold Valentine that I made for the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. If you have never tried a double z fold card, give it a try! They are not that hard and provide lots of wonderful possibilities.

For this card I used a piece of white card cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3″ and 5 1/2″. The bottom strip is cut and scored somewhat the same but only 1 1/2 inches tall.

This is only the second card I’ve done like this, so while I’m enjoying the adventure, I’m not super professional at it yet. There are lots of nice tutorials out there on how to make these.

The Silhouette Store had lots of fun stuff for completing this card. I chose the “Assorted Houses”, “Dear Lizzie Fence” and “Truck Christmas Tree” for my images. I removed the tree in the truck image and replaced it with a cute little heart cutout and used welded circles and the knife function to make my clouds.

I chose papers from Stamps of Life “Forever” collection, Simple Stories “Sn@p! Color Vibe”, and just some tiny pieces of “Beau Jardin” by Penny Black Inc.. I’m still working out the greeting section, so for now I just stamped the little generic “Happy Valentines Day” tag. Hope you’ll send some of your own smiles across the miles. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

Very Merry Tags Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy

Good Morning,

Can hardly believe that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away! I decided to work on another Christmas card design that is fast and easy to do. Cricut access is  a great tool and it’s where I found this little tree, in the Very Merry Tags images. I cut my tree layers from green and white and added some Star Dust Stickles to highlight the snowy overlay.

The card background is simply a piece of white, cut off at an angle. I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a snowflakes embossing folder. The “joy” stamp is a mini from Close to My Heart. The red shimmer trim is a retired CTMH product that I still had in my stash. A shiny red enamel dot tops my tree to cover the tag top.

Streamline the Process

  • Start out with a white card base
  • Cut and assemble all the trees
  • Add the red dot to tops of trees
  • Cut all snowy backgrounds
  • Add shimmer tape to snow background
  • Stamp your simple word greeting
  • Layer the snowy background on to card
  • Add your tree to your card

 

I love the simple elegance of it.

Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time.

 

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity