Guest Blogger — Halloween Sugar Skulls

I have had a packed schedule lately and have reached out to other crafters to keep this blog hopping while I am away…  please welcome our first Guest Blogger, Megan and show her some love!  I love the idea of supporting other crafters and getting new ideas!  I am hoping to make the Guest Blogger a regular feature!!  If you would like to be featured on this blog, please send me a quick message here or on my Facebook page.

~Jacquelyn


 

With Halloween rapidly approaching I wanted to take this opportunity as a guest blogger here at A Crafty Cupcake to share my very own SVG Sugar Skull Bundle as an early Halloween Treat.

I’d like to take a quick moment to introduce myself. I’m Megan, aka Lovebird from ​Lovebird Heartworks​. Crafting since I can remember and addicted to Cricut since Christmas of 2016. Here’s a little behind the scenes peek of my “Creation Station”.

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The sweet bundle shown above is in SVG/PNG format and can be used with most cutting machines. Created as a Mix & Match Bundle, you can use these files to Build Your Own Custom Sugar Skull as simple or intricate as you’d like. With 22 different features and 2 skull bases there are THOUSANDS of possibilities to play with! I have even included a few finished examples. ​

 

Here is a tank top I created using just a few of these designs and some Black Glitter HTV from B-Flex America​ (ps. Use the coupon code LOVEHTV for 5% off your whole order).

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These Sugar Skulls can be used to create all sorts of designs with HTV, adhesive vinyl, paper decorations, coloring book pages and so much more… I’m so excited to share these with you and I hope that you have as much fun playing with them as I had creating them!

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Create An Amazing Day!

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A New Cuddler: Doo Doo Doo Doo

As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of 3am Grace Designs.  The amazing, adorable patterns these ladies have written are free (or you can support them by purchasing the ad-free, printable version for a small fee).

Our family loves Shark Week.  Every year we would snuggle up, popcorn in hand and submerge ourselves in the watery, dark world of the sharks.  And every year, I would find a new crochet pattern that coincided with this fishy week.  This year, I had been itching to start this adorable Shark Cuddler.  Although being delayed and starting my project a week after Shark Week had aired,  I was so pleased with the outcome.

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This pattern is written in US terms and is very easy to follow.  I would definitely classify it as a pattern that a novice or beginner could complete with ease, as only basic stitches and crochet knowledge are required.  This cuddler works up relatively quickly – I was able to finish my project in two sittings.  As with my Unicorn Cuddler, I used a large shank button for the eye rather than a safety eye.

Be sure to count your rows for proper fin placement.  I was in a hurry with mine and “eye-balled” the placement of the bottom fin.  After completing the white belly portion, I had to remove my bottom fin and reposition it.  Always follow the instructions, kids!

 

Have you tried this pattern?  I would love to see your creations.  Follow me on social media to share.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

 


The fine print: the above is my own opinion regarding this pattern.  I did not receive any type of compensation for this post or links associated with it.

SVG Round-up: Camping

Our family has recently found a love for camping.  Getting away from home and work life has been very beneficial and has provided us with some much needed time to unplug.  I have put my crafty skills to work and made a tonne of fun things to assist us on our trips.  I love all the camping themed SVG’s I have found online and have a Must Make List about a mile long – it’s not just me, right?!

Today, I have taken the work out of searching for camping related SVG’s for you… below I have assembled some of my free favourite cutting files.  Be sure to read the creator’s terms of use prior to downloading any of these; most of the files are for personal use only.  All links were working at the time of posting and I receive no commission for these links or downloads.

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CAMPING CUTIE

CAMPING LIFE

LET’S GO CAMPING

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CAMPING CREW

CAMPING THERAPY/ HAPPY CAMPER SET

 

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

 

 

Testing: Breezy Top

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Over the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to test this lovely pattern from Desamour Designs.

My daughter had requested that I make this into a crop top for her and since I was testing the small version of the pattern, I really did not need to modify much – other than leaving off a row or two.  I am a relatively tight crocheter and this size came out perfect for what my daughter wanted.

After a trip to my nearest Michaels, I fell in love with Caron Cotton Cakes — the yarn is so silky compared to other cotton yarns I have used in the past.  The Gerber Daisy shade caught my eye right away and I knew it would be perfect for what my daughter wanted.

Although, I am unsure if this pattern is available to the public yet, please go check out the pattern creator – Desamour Designs – she is such a talented lady!!

Crafty Crocheters

Facebook is a huge part of most people’s lives at this time.  It is a place to connect and share.  A friend of mine and I have created a new group for all lover’s of crochet.  It is a place for connecting with like-minded fiber-craft artists and a place to share your creations and get feedback or help if needed.  We will have a weekly shop/site/page share for members to post their sites.  I hope that it will become a welcoming community for crocheters of all ages.

If you are interested, please join this newly created group.

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So Many Sandals

It seems that lately everyone loves crochet baby sandals!  Okay – maybe, it’s just me… I love these adorable little shoes! But I have had a few orders and once I make one pair, I usually end up making 3 or 4 more of the same style to test out different colours and textures of yarn just to see which I prefer.

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I was absolutely thrilled when I got an order for the sandals posted above (thank you Facebook, for making designs go viral through mommy groups!!).  I searched for a pattern that resembled the style the customer had sent me – which actually proved to be a little more difficult than I had thought.  Finally, I found sandals from PatternsDG on Etsy that would be perfect.

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The pattern called for a light sports weight yarn and after checking my local Michaels, I could not find yarn that weight in the shade I needed.  I ended up using Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn – which is worsted, so I dropped to a lower hook size to obtain the gauge required.  I have since made the sandals in a cotton sport-weight blend, but I actually like the look of the worsted better.  The soles were thicker to give the illusion of more support and the sides actually “stood up” on their own.  I found although the cotton blend was a dream to work with, it resulted in a “floppy” sandal.

The newborn headband was super simple to make, using the chart featured HERE for the correct length, I simply completed a foundation chain single crochet (Gleeful Things has a great tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this stitch technique) with a 4.0mm hook and used a slip stitch to join the band into a circle and sewed my favourite flower on the front.  Easy Peasy.

Have you attempted baby sandals?  What is your favourite pattern and/or yarn to use.

Happy crocheting!

Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~