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hello kitty crochet by mei li lee

guess who was born in 1974, just turned 40, is a global sensation and doesn’t look a day over 5?

i’ll give you a hint… it’s a she…

she is often quoted as saying “you can never have too many friends”…

she’s feline… and she’s white…

give up?

it’s HELLO KITTY!

she first appeared on a coin purse and now she and her friends are featured on thousands of products produced and marketed by Sanrio.

author MEI LI LEE shares her love of Hello Kitty and friends in her new book titled: HELLO KITTY CROCHET by Quirk Books

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Mei Li Lee describes the world of Hello Kitty as “kawaii”, which roughly translates to “cute”. and what better word to describe Hello Kitty and her friends?!

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the toys in this book are called AMIGURUMI, which in Japanese means dolls that are knitted or crocheted. the book includes patterns for over 2 dozen characters, which range in cuteness from super cute to adorably, awesomely CUTE!

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you’ll find Hello Kitty herself as well as Hello Kitty dressed in various costumes like Tuxedosam…

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Hello Kitty’s Family…

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Hello Kitty’s friends Monkichi…

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and tomboy Kuromi – which i plan to make for my niece who is a BIG Hello Kitty fan {and a tomboy!}…

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many of the characters come with cute little accessory items too! which adds to the fun!

the book is also laid out in a very nice, clean, organized fashion with clear headings and directions.

Mei Li starts with “A Basket of Supplies” which lists and describes everything that you will need to gather to make the dolls…

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she then describes in words and pictures a few special techniques and stitches you need to practice and learn…

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Mei Li also includes more hints and techniques that will help you learn how to make your dolls look as good as her sample dolls do…

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all patterns are marked with a skill level so if you are a beginner you can start off with an easier pattern. veteran crocheters can start off with more challenging projects. the material lists are clear and concise as are the directions and steps for making the pieces and putting together the dolls…

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the book also includes a link where you can view video tutorials by the author, Mei Li Lee, and download some bonus patterns.

the projects in this book would make ideal gifts or stocking stuffers, and you’ll have plenty of time to make BUNCHES for friends and family if you start NOW! and the book itself is a fabulous gift idea for a Hello Kitty fan and crafter.

you can shop for this book with options for internet as well as local sales by clicking on “SHOP FOR THIS BOOK” on the Quirk Book site: QUIRK BOOKS – HELLO KITTY CROCHET

ja, mata ne! {my son is taking japanese and assures me this is the “correct” goodbye! hope he’s right!}


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supply list for “holly jolly” altered book…

hello!

i have added the supply list for the “holly jolly” altered book class; you can find all the class info here: HOLLY JOLLY CLASS INFO

if you haven’t signed up yet, there are a few spots left. a light lunch is included in the cost of your class, so you will have the energy for this 5 hour class!

but you’ll have a project that you can fill with your holiday photos and be proud to display. or maybe you can gift it to that someone who has “everything”…

book cover and side views

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here are the deets:

when: october 4

time: 12:00 to 5:00

where: scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels

cost: $72

if you signed up for this class during the halloween altered book class, please call scrapbook n’ more at (830) 214-1690 to confirm your space and to pay or schedule payment. there were 15 advance signups and i have room for 21 in the class – and 3 kits for a total of 24. if you are interested in the class and didn’t sign up already, please call to sign up.

i do also have a few of the “eerily enchanted” halloween kits left if anyone is interested, please contact me for more info…

eerily enchanted collage 1

thanks!


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sept photoFULL & money $aving $ketches classes

hello!

this month’s photoFULL & money $aving $ketches classes will be held on tuesday, september 30 from 10:30 to 1:30 at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels…
hello!

 

here are some snippets of the layouts…

photoFULL: holds about 18+ photos a mix of verticals and horizontals; bring ribbon and washi tape if you want to add some of the same embellies i did on the “moving” parts…

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money $aving $ketches: both layouts hold 6 photos, mostly horizontals with a few verticals…

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m$$ sept blog 2

the “printed” papers may look a little different on the M$$ layouts – and it IS – i made all the papers myself. they started out as white cardstock. as requested, for this month’s class, we’ll be playing with stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop and sprays from Clearsnap – ColorBox Stephanie Barnard Sprays!

if you want to try and make your own paper, all you’ll need to do is purchase a sheet of white cardstock – i’ll supply the stencils and the spray!

you can find more info on these two class series by clicking on: CLASS INFO PHOTOFULL or CLASS INFO MONEY $AVING $KETCHES.

you can take these classes at the following locations…

you can attend one or both of these classes this coming tuesday, sept 30, from 10:30 to 1:30 at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels

please call (830) 214-1690 for more info or to sign up. cost of EACH class is $15 and does include your choice of $5 in supplies. if you do decide to come last minute or if you just didn’t sign up – that is not a problem – PLEASE STILL COME!

Linda Norman is also be teaching this class at her home

Linda’s class will be saturday, june 7 at 10:00. Linda has been taking my classes for awhile, and was nice enough to offer to teach these classes for those of you who liked them, but can’t make it out to new braunfels. Linda will be working a month behind… for instance, the PF and M$$ classes i am teaching for may at Scrapbook N’ More, will be offered by Linda in june. you can contact Linda at: scrappytherapy@satx.rr.com to sign up or for more information.

via e-mail

if you can’t make the classes at Scrapbook N’ More or at Linda’s, then you can get them by e-mail. please contact me to set up either or both of these classes through e-mail. please click on the contact me tab and let me know you are interested, and i’ll get back to you with the details.


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it’s here! {HOLLY JOLLY} Christmas Altered Book!

it’s FINALLY done! and just like Santa, this one is FAT!

i’ve just finished putting the finishing touches on the Christmas Altered Book - {Holly Jolly}. i pulled a LOT of goodies for this book and BELIEVE me, i tried my best to cram as many of them in as i could! papers by Graphic 45twas the night before christmas.

if you are wanting a “skinny” santa book, then skip this class. but if you like your book like “fat” santa, then you DEFINITELY want to sign up! i raided my VAST vintage Christmas stash and have included lots of little treasures and trinkets. some of the original items you get include: a 20’s feather tree mercury glass miniature ornament, a vintage christmas postcard – most date from 1900 to 1910, a cute plastic glitter bell from the 5o’s, christmas seals from the 30’s-50’s, silver foil bell seals from the 30’s and vintage ornament hooks from the 30’s-40’s. this book is like an overstuffed stocking!

here’s pics of the book…

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and here is a collage of closeups pics of some of the details…

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the fan fold tree at the center of the collage is the books centerfold! i also made some custom charms using images from vintage christmas items from my stash.

here are the deets:

when: october 4

time: 12:00 to 5:00

where: scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels

cost: $72

if you signed up for this class during the halloween altered book class, please call scrapbook n’ more at (830) 214-1690 to confirm your space and to pay or schedule payment. there were 15 advance signups and i have room for 21 in the class – and 3 kits for a total of 24. if you are interested in the class and didn’t sign up already, please call to sign up.

i will be posting the supply list in the next few days.

i do have a few of the halloween kits left if anyone is interested, please contact me for more info.

thanks!


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Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

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hi! welcome to the CLEARSNAP and WALNUT HOLLOW Blog Hop!!!

Walnut Hollow has lots of great blank, wood surfaces just waiting for you to embellish! and Clearsnap has plenty of inks and more to help you do just that! hop along with the Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Designers to see how they transformed their pieces into some fabulous projects!

here is the list for the hop, you should have come here from Suzanne’s blog, and you’ll be heading to Sara’s blog after your visit here. if you jumped in somewhere other than the start, please head back to the Clearsnap Blog to hop from the beginning…

Clearsnap Blog

Chris Wallace

for my project, i selected the RUSTIC PANEL and 1 1/2″ WOODEN LETTERS from Walnut Hollow. i wanted to make a gift for my mom-in-law using a recent family photo. here’s a pic of my finished project…

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i first used gesso to add a background pattern to the pallet using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. then i used ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Refill Bottles in Mudslide, Mermaid and Glacier Lake, diluted with water, to stain the panels. i liked how the gessoed areas took on the colors of the dye inks applied over them. i thought it was a little more interesting than stenciling over the dye inks, which would have resulted in just a white pattern.

the quote was added using Colorbox Crafter’s Ink in Bark and Aruba and Jasmine Mix’d Media Inx embossed with ColorBox White Embossing Ink. stamps are from The {Stamps} of Life.

a little Topaz Izink was blended in some gesso to use to paint the “family” letters.

to add more “texture” to the letters, a swirl stamp {from Paper Wing Productions} was used to stamp first in Bark and then in Aruba Crafter’s Inks.

the photo was matted on white cardstock, distressed using Aruba Crafter’s Ink, and then on Kraft Corrugate Paper {Fancy Pants} distressed using Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

flowers, rhinestones, pearls, baker’s twine, ribbon and junque jewelry finish off the piece.

i put together a Snapguide for this project; it has a complete supply list as well as step-by-step photos and written directions…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

thank you for stopping by! enjoy the rest of the hop! be sure to enter to win some goodies on the Clearsnap Blog!


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Clearsnap & Fancy Pants Blog Hop

 

Hello! For the next few days Fancy Pants and Clearsnap are having a BLOG HOP! LOTS of great projects with LOTS of great products!

Check the CLEARSNAP BLOG and the FANCY PANTS BLOG for previews and links to the blogs of participating designers…

Hi! Tami Sanders here, welcome to my blog!

The project I made was a banner featuring my 3 handsome boys – my 2 sons and my hubbie – using goodies from Fancy Pants and Clearsnap.

I wanted a smaller scale banner that I could hang in my studio and the size of the Fancy Pants embellies and letters worked really well.

I loved the Corrugate Paper and decided it would be perfect for the base of banner and assorted Fancy Pants embellies were used to dress up the piece…

take a look at the banner – finished size is just a little under 24″ if you lay it out straight…

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The flag banner pieces were cut from the Kraft Corrugated Paper and measure about 4 X 6. I used the ColorBox Stylus & Tips to ink the raised areas using Jasmine Mix’d Media Ink. The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan and Charcoal Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks

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The rounded banner pieces were made using the White Corrugated Paper and measure about 3 X 4. I placed them in the Color Catcher and sprayed them with assorted inks: Bubblegum Premium Sprays!, and ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop, Mermaid and Pumpkin Pie. I thought those colors complimented the Fancy Pants embellies and papers. The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink

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Now that the base of the banner was done, it was time to DRESS IT UP! I started by printing 2 X 3 photos {be sure to add a frame or cut them out a little larger} which fit perfectly in the windows of the As You WishPatterned Photo Frames.  The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink then I laid them out on the kraft banner flags.

Next came the larger embellishments, I liked the happy little sentiments found in the “Burlap & Bouquets” Ephemera Pack. So I added them to the sides of the framed photos, overlapping the edges of the banner pieces.

Then I layered on some smaller embellies from the Ephemera Pack, like the arrows and feathers. And more is better right? So on went a few of the stickers from the Burlap & Bouquets Label Sticker Sheet.

It was time to add the sentiment to this banner, so I picked out the “Burlap & Bouquets” Burlap Alpha Stickers. Not happy to ever leave any surface uninked, I placed the letters I wanted to use “HOME” on waxed paper and stamped with with tiny stars {from Viva Las Vegas’ Pound O’ Rubber} using Black Surfacez Ink. I thought the letters needed some “grounding” before adding them to the rounded banner pieces, so I punched circles from the 6 X 6 Me-ology Paper Pad and added the letters to the centers.

The rounded banner pieces still seemed a little “naked”, so I cut lopsided triangles from “As You Wish” Dictionary Printed Paper. The triangles were inked using Prussian Blue Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink and the circles with Chestnut Roan before being adhered to the banner pieces.

I used brads to link all the pieces together and thought it looked good – but could use just a “little” more embellishing! So I found the “Everyday Circus” Button Set and added a few for the finishing touch!

Then all that was left was to punch holes in the ends and add cord for hanging.

i hope you enjoyed this project! Keep on hopping for MORE great projects from the very talented Fancy Pants and Clearsnap Designers!

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE GIVEAWAY! Info can be found on the CLEARSNAP BLOG!

happy hopping!


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grandparent’s day clipboard…

hi all!

yesterday was grandparent’s day and i wanted to make a special gift for my mom.

at easter, i’d taken portraits of the boys and wanted to incorporate them into the project. i found an 8 X 8 white scalloped clipboard at CKC and decided to embellish it and add the photos to it.

here is a pic of the finished project…

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i made it in under an hour using supplies i had on hand: printed paper, flowers, ribbons and trim, washi tape, rhinestones, chipboard letters and a few simple tools.

i put together a Snapguide for this project that shows how to make it step-by-step with both photos and text…

check out How to Make an Altered Clipboard by tami sanders on Snapguide

this project is easy enough that your kiddos could help make it or you could gussy it up to make it a little more elaborate. great do-ahead gift idea for the holidays. you could also make it without the photos so the recipient could add their own.

i think it would also be a nifty decor piece if done in a seasonal theme for halloween, thanksgiving or christmas.


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fall project on TCW blog…

hi all!

i had a great time at CKC and cropping friday and saturday at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels!

if you didn’t get a chance to go by scrapbook n’ more and shop this weekend, please plan to go by SOON; susan still has a LOT of cool new stuff just waiting for you!

i got of layouts done this weekend; mostly one pagers of school photos. i’ll be posting pics later after i get them all photographed and ready.

i also wanted to let you know that i have a new project up on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today…

fall frame WM

i turned a $store frame into a fall decor piece using stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, inks and more from Clearsnap and just a few other supplies.

you can view the project AND get all the info and directions on how to make this piece yourself, including a link to a step-by-step Snapguide here: FALL DECOR FRAME

i’ll be teaching a class using TCW stencils at Scrapbook N’ More in november – keep an eye out for more details!

thanks,


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SHOP LOCAL & september photoFULL & M$$ classes…

the date for the september photoFULL & M$$ classes at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels is tuesday, september 30 from 10:30 to 1:30.

i am going to try to do the samples for this class this weekend, so i’ll post pics when i get them done.

if you are going to go to CKC san marcos, please plan to SHOP LOCAL at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels on your way up BEFORE you shop the show! susan has some GREAT NEW LINES in. lots of fab christmas and halloween lines, travel lines and other themes by: american crafts, graphic 45, bo bunny, authentique and MORE!

Scrapbook N’ More is one of the LAST local scrapbook stores around. if you enjoy and appreciate being able to touch and feel what you buy, have access to an awesome crop room, unique classes, personalized service and KNOWLEDGE of products then SHOP LOCAL before you buy online or at the show.

here are some shots i took of all the NEW stuff that has just come in, click on any pic to enlarge…

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bag check!

hello all!

one of my students has realized that she is missing her crop-o-dile and believes that she left it or lent it out at the halloween altered book class.

i didn’t see it at the store when i cleaned up, so i am thinking someone may have accidentally taken it home. NO ACCUSATIONS of theft here! REALLY!

in a chaotic class like my altered book classes, it’s easy for supplies to get mixed up. so PLEASE check your bags and see if you have an extra crop-o-dile if you attended this class.

if you do find it, just contact me using the “contact me” tab at the top of the page and let me know.

thanks in advance!

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