mixing crafts

Some crafters are new to crafting when they start to paper craft but for most of us, well…

We’ve been crafting one thing or other as far back as we can remember.

That’s me. Knitting, quilting, sewing, crochet, smocking, stenciling, cross-stitch,  tole painting…even making soap has made it into my repertoire at some point. I know, I know! That one didn’t last too long. I’m sure I’ve missed a few too.

It’s fun to blast back to your past skills and add different crafting techniques to paper craft projects.

Crochet flowers are a fun trend and an interesting addition to this project. I made up my own easy pattern for these flowers. If you want to make them smaller and less bulky, just use finer cotton and a smaller crochet hook.

Julia’s Crochet Flowers

  1. Chain 6 and link together to form a circle
  2. Chain 1
  3. In the circle, single crochet 10 times
  4. Chain 1
  5. In first SC, 1 single crochet, 1 double crochet, 3 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 single crochet
  6. Slip crochet in next single crochet.
  7. Repeat step 5 and 6 four more times.
  8. Slip crochet through beginning and tie off.

Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, Modern Homemaker 8×8 paper pad by October Afternoon, sewing machine, lace by Prima, Hinge Clip by Advantus, buttons by Basic Grey, Thickers by American Crafts, embroidery floss by Bazzill, crochet cotton (the kind used for dish cloths), 4.00 mm crochet hook

Happy creating!

9 responses to “mixing crafts

  1. Very pretty card Julia. Oh I so love the aqua and red together. Thanks for making me smile today.

    Toodles
    Erika

  2. I so wich I new how to crochet as these flowers are just beautiful!

  3. Julia –

    I love your project. It is so sweet and cheerful. And thank you for the flower directions. Gonna make them, they are so cute! And hobbies, oh I know about those. In my day I’ve dabbled in:
    Earthen clay and Polymer clay
    papier mache
    lampwork beads
    PMC (Precious Metal Clay) jewelry – even bought a kiln
    sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, ribbon embroidery, x-stitch
    Stamping
    Mixed media art and collage
    beading (I’m a bead addict)
    making silver jewelry, wire work

    and like you, I know I missed a few- LOL! But belive it or not, I still love doing all of the above when I get the chance. It helps me relax.

    Elaine Allen

  4. Julia,
    Thanks so much for these directions. I was looking at some crocheted flowers recently and thinking I could probably make them, but I had not taken the time to try to figure out how. I’m new to card-making (but, like you, not new to crafting), and I tend to spend my limited budget on paper and tools. I look at the embellishments but I usually decide they are too expensive to fit the budget right now when I am building an arsenal of supplies. I can’t wait to try making these!

    Also, I really appreciated your recent post about embracing uniqueness. There are so many wonderful artists to learn from (like you!), but it is tempting to begin doubting your own ability when you compare your work to theirs, especially when you are new to the craft. That post came at just the right time to really encourage me, so thank you for that. I really enjoy your work and your blog!

  5. Beautiful, Julia! Love that gorgeous lace used as a border. It’s so delicate and adds the perfect element to your card!

  6. Love the flowers! I have tried crocheting but I don’t do it often enough to remember how to do it again! :) The card is just so cute – you have so many great ideas!

  7. very pretty flowers, I will have to try your pattern and see if I like it more than the one I had been using but lost. I still have some made up and in reserve, I need to get them out and use them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lovely card and crocheted flowers. I love to make the flowers using DMC thread and that way it matches my cardstock. I love the look of the yarn flowers.

  9. Love how you incorporated the crocheting into this card. I tried doing that but used doiley thread. Didn’t turn out very nice. I’ll have to give it another try.

    Thanks!

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