Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free Printable Valentine's Day Subway Art

Good Morning,
I hope all is well with everyone. Today I would like to share with you the Valentine's Day subway art printable that I promised I would post when it was completed. I am really excited about how it came out. I was going to create the printable in the way that I am used to making subway art, which is in a rectangular form. However, yesterday I came across a wonderful tutorial on how to create words within any shape (heart, square, etc.) on Pinterest.  Therefore, for Valentine's Day I thought it would be appropriate to create a heart shape. The picture is an 8"x10", and it's orientation is landscape. You can download a copy by clicking on the link below. Please remember it is for personal use only....I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



Jenn ♥


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Free Winter Printable

Today I want to share with you a winter printable I created. This winter we have not had a lot of snow, which I'm sure many of you are okay with because that means no shoveling. However, as an avid skier, I would like to see some snow. More snow to me means more skiing fun. Therefore, with skiing on my mind, I decided to create a winter "Let it Snow" printable. Even if you are not wishing for snow, it's a cute picture to hang by the doorway or put on the mantel. As I said before, I have a seasonal/holiday frame by my doorway in which I change accordingly. Feel free to download your copy HERE. Please just remember it is for personal use only. Also, if there is a specific type of printable you would like, let me know. I'm always up for new ideas and hearing others thoughts.


Happy Crafting!

~ Jenn






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Sunday, January 20, 2013

How to Create Your Own Color Palettes & Patterns

Hello,
I hope everyone is having a restful and relaxing weekend. Today I want to tell you about a wonderful site that I use to create my own color palettes and patterns. If you have visited my Color Palettes page, you may already be familiar with the site. The site is called COLOURlovers. You can visit my profile for this site  HERE. On this site you can create your own colors, design color palettes {using either basic or advanced palette creator OR from a photo}, design templates and create patterns. Let me give you an example of each.

As of today I have created 39 colors, 17 palettes, 10 patterns and 1 template. Below are just some of the few of my creations.

COLORS

light_lilac
Color by COLOURlovers
light_avocado_green
Color by COLOURlovers
Darkened_Teal




PALETTES

Daffodil_Day
Color by COLOURlovers
Summer_Love



Bright_Room




PATTERNS


Love_of_Purple

Apples



Hearts_Flowers_II
Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers




TEMPLATES

I_Heart_Butterflies
Vector Patterns by COLOURlovers 





Now anytime you need some color inspiration, or a pattern idea head over to COLOURlovers. Again, this is the site I use for inspiration when deciding on the colors for a bracelet. Hope you find this site as helpful as I do.


Jenn



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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to Organize Embroidery Floss Thread



As part of my New Year's resolution to become more organized, I decided that I was going to find a way to prevent those huge balls of tangled embroidery floss. I went on to Amazon and purchased a few skeins of Embroidery Floss I ran out of, plus some bobbins and some other supplies I was going to need for this project. First I bought a couple of packs of DMC embroidery floss bobbins in which I can wrap the floss around to prevent the tangled mess. They came in two different forms: plastic (28 pack) and cardboard (56 pack). Here are the links if you would like to purchase some for yourself.


DMC Plastic Floss Bobbins-28/Pkg




To help make winding the embroidery floss on to each bobbin I used a bobbin winder.

Bobbin Winder

To help me to identify what the color number of the embroidery floss was on each bobbin, I bought a pack of floss number stickers. If you are using the cardboard bobbins you can just write the color number in. However, with the plastic bobbins the ink smudges right off.


DMC 6103 Floss Number Stickers, 640-Stickers



Finally, I bought the floss organizer to hold the bobbins when they are ready to be stored.



If you want to be frugal, today I came across some really cute free printable bobbins at Wild Olive. I am soooo excited! Now all I have to do is print them out on some white card stock {regular paper would be to flimsy}, and I have some additional bobbins without having to run to the craft store. Also, they have a cute design on them, unlike the regular white bobbins I usually get. The PDF printable has a total of 20 embroidery floss thread bobbins per a sheet. I downloaded and printed out a few sheets, so you could take a peek at what some of them look like.....


Floss Bobbins printable belong to Wild Olive



In this picture is the both the cardboard and plastic bobbins along with the floss number stickers.



Its time to get down to business, and get this organizing project completed. We are going to start by labeling the bobbins with the coordinating color number. Therefore, you need the floss number labels, all the floss skeins to be filed, and which ever bobbins you decided to use {plastic, cardboard or printable bobbins from Wild Olive}. I decided that I will be using the plastic bobbins. First you take one skein of Embroidery Floss. Then we need to locate the color number on the skein of thread.




Once you have found the color number, find the floss label with that same number.



Next you want to take that sticker and place it on the bobbin you are going to use. In the top right hand corner of the bobbin there is a spot that say No.________ .Now if you are using the printable or cardboard bobbins you can either use the sticker labels or just write the number on it. However, with the plastic bobbins I wouldn't recommend writing on it, as it will just smudge off.



Once you have label the bobbin wrap the color skein around the bobbin and tuck the end into one of the slots at the bottom of the bobbin. This will prevent it from unraveling.



Now just continue these steps until all of you skeins of embroidery floss are wrapped on a bobbin and labeled. Finally, you want to put all the bobbins into the organizer. 




Once all the bobbins are in the organizer, close the container. If you would like, you can label the container like I did with my DYMO label maker.





You are done! Now I realize it sounds easy. However, when you have one hundred + skeins of thread it is somewhat time consuming. But it is so worth it at the end. I have wasted tons of embroidery floss just because it was so tangled together. Now when someone asks for a certain color scheme, I can easily find the colors. Also, by having them labeled you know exactly what you are looking for when you go to the craft store. No more guessing which shade of green you need when there are twenty similar shades.

Finally, before you go to the craft store there are two things that can help you remember what colors numbers you need. First, I found a printable DMC Shoppers List on the DMC website. You can just check off what colors you need and how many. You can also find conversion charts on the same page. 

Image from dmc-usa.com


Next if you have an android phone, there is an app called Floss Checklist in which you can keep track of what colors you have, and what you need. This app cost $1.00 to download, but to me saves time and energy.

Image belongs to OpeWare

Thank you for following along on this project. I hope you found it helpful!!

Happy Crafting,
Jenn  =)


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Free Printable Etsy Custom Order Form


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Hello Everyone,

I had not planned on posting today. However, I decided that I would do a quick post to share a printable I had created. Currently I have a shop on Etsy, Bracelets By Jen. I sell many types of friendship bracelets that I have made. I also take custom orders from people if they would like a specific type, color or pattern bracelet. Again with my New Year's resolution being to become more organized, I decided that I needed a way to keep track of the details of my custom orders. Therefore, I decided to create a printable that would let me keep all of my custom order details in on easy place. Here is what the form looks like:



If you are a seller on Etsy, and could use this form to help keep your custom orders more organized, feel free to download your own copy. Please just remember that it is for personal use only. You may share this post, however please remember to link all content back to I Heart Crafting. Thank you!



Happy Crafting,

Jenn


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter Subway Art from embē

Today I decided that it was time to change the seasonal/holiday frame that I hang on the wall next to the front door. I keep this frame up year round, and change it to coincide with the time of year. Since all the Christmas decorations are now down, having a christmas subway art picture looks silly. Therefore, after browsing my Winter Pinterest board, I decided that a beautiful picture from embēshop.com would do the trick. Here is a picture of what the Winter Subway Art looks like:


Image belongs to embē
If you would like to download your own copy of this winter subway art visit embē here for the link. Please remember it is for personal use only! Also, keep an eye out for my Winter and Valentine's Day subway art that I am currently creating. I will post the link once they are completed.

Happy Crafting,

Jenn





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