Candy Valentines with Sprout by HP

22 gen.

Candy Valentines wit Sprout by HP

Hey there everyone! Yes, I know I have not posted in forever, sorry, sorry, sorry, since lil’ one arrived it has been kinda crazy over here. But Valentine’s Day always provides a great excuse to make stuff so here we come again. And this year we will craft away using Sprout by HP, the super cool computer that has been my project at work for the longest time, yes, the “secret project” I could not talk about!!! Well, it’s out now, and I will show you a few cool things you can do with it. Sprout is all about what we call “blended reality” which means that you can work and create moving across the real and the digital worlds in a very seamless way. I know, that is quite an esoteric statement, this is why I have put together these two projects together with my colleague Andrea, stay with me.

In the first project we will be finger painting with light (?!?!) to create an envelope for candy. For the second, I created a Facebook post using guess what… candy! Yes, I like candy, especially Mike’s and Ike’s and how they get stuck to my teeth and I feel like I am eating candy for hours. I hope these projects give you an idea of how you can use Sprout’s capabilities in a creative way. Leave a comment and tell me what would you do with it!

Candy envelope – Finger painting with light

What you will need:

  • Vellum paper
  • A heart or another shape cut out from thick cardboard
  • Tape, regular or masking
  • Double-sided tape or glue to join together the sides of the envelope. We like tape because you don’t have to wait for it to dry
  • A bone knife (or a regular knife with a dull blade) to fold the envelope
  • Candy (have I mentioned I love Mike’s and Ike’s?)


Copy and paste a template of a petal envelope from your browser into Workspace/Create. Pin the template to the Canvas to avoid moving it by mistake. Just tap on the template, a blue box will show it is selected, and press on the Pin option on the right hand side menu. Tape the cardboard heart in the middle of the envelope. Here is a very useful trick to work comfortably and avoid messing up with the menus on the touch mat: press once on the right side button on the touch mat connector, it will turn the touch off. Once you are done taping the heart, press again to turn it on


And here comes the finger painting part. We have chosen the highlighter tool in its thickest width in a dark pink. Dab around the cardboard heart to create little dots. We have changed to a lighter shade of pink a couple times as we moved outwards, also spacing the dots to create an ombre effect but explore and have fun, try the pencil or the pen, and draw lines or waves for eye-catching patterns.



Trace the outer line of the envelope to create the cutting line, this is easier if you use the stylus. Do not worry about it being perfect because we will be cutting along the inside of it.Then, delete the original template by selecting it, a blue box will appear around it, unpin it and send it to the trash. All these commands will show on the right side menu.


Print the envelope by clicking on the file menu that is on the top right corner of the canvas, it looks like three parallel lines. We have used vellum paper here for a transparency effect but white paper will work too. If you use vellum, we recommend that you use an inkjet printer like the HP Envy 5660 that we have used. Cut out the envelope along the inside of the outline you have just drawn


Using a bone knife and a ruler, score along the central square of the envelope. You can easily do that by joining the four angles creating a square. Fold the petals inwards and press with the thick end of the bone knife to create a clean crease. You can do this with a regular table knife, just remember to pick one with a round tip and to use the dull side of the blade



Close the 3 petals with double-sided tape or glue, fill up with your favorite candy and give to your sweet Valentines!


Candy Facebook post – Using light as a template

For this project you will just need candy in the color scheme of your choice. We have used Starburst and Mike’s and Ike’s (I know…)

Open Create on Workspace and write the word that you like. Keep in mind that you will be tracing the outline with candy so  large letters work best unless you are using tiny candy (I gotta make a project with Nerds…). We have gone with Love. You could also make a drawing or whatever you fancy


Now, trace with candy the word or whatever it is that you have outlined. Since the outline is projected it will not disappear when you place the candy so you can adjust it as you see fit. This is another example of blended reality, where we work with digital and physical content seamlessly.


Once you are happy with it, let’s proceed to capture it. Click on the camera icon on the top, left corner of the touch mat and click on the monitor. Remove the candy from the surface and now you have… digital candy!


You can crop out the excess white border by using the crop tool. Just click on the image to select it, a blue border will appear. The select the Effects/Fx->Crop menu on the left side of the mat. Move the handles to adjust the crop area.


You can handwrite or type a message, or keep capturing candy or something else to, for example, create a border. In our case, we have typed a message. We have copied the logo from



To post it on Facebook, just click on the Share icon on the top menu on the mat and choose Facebook.  You need to have the app installed, but if you don’t, fear not, you will be taken to the App Store to downloaded.


Happy Sweet Valentine’s Day ya’ll!


A t-shirt with two birds for Nicole

20 febr.

Una samarreta amb dos ocells per la Nicole


Abans de marxar de Barcelona vaig fer dos ocellets de ganxet del llibre “Crochet Adorned” que té uns projectes molt fàcils, ràpids i guais. Vaig comprar una samarreta on cosir-los i la vaig portar a la trobada teixicòmana i a cop de brainstorm improvitzat vam pensar que seria xulo dibuixar un pal de telèfon i cosir-hi els ocellets, pero tot va quedar en una idea. Fins que a finals de novembre, vam anar a San Francisco per Acció de Gràcies a casa l’Àlex i la Nicole (sí, els del pare con cuya camisa me hice una cortina) i… quina gran excusa per reprendre el projecte, un regal per la Nicole!

Posant-nos repel.lents direm que es una obra en tècnica mixta, es a dir, uns rotus acríl.lics dels que ja us vaig parlar en el post anterior, i els ocells de ganxet. La veritat és que a mi m’agrada bastant, ja tinc ganes de fer-me’n una per mi…

Before we left Barcelona I crocheted a couple of birdies from the book “Crochet Adorned” which is full of quick and cute projects. I wanted to sew them to a t-shirt and on our stitch’n’bitch meeting, we thought it’d be a good idea to add some electricity lines on the background for the birds to stand on, but it did not pass the idea stage.

But on Thanksgiving we flew up North to visit Alex and Nicole (the ones whose father’s shirt I used to make a curtain) and, what a great excuse… a present for Nicole! So I drew the electricity lines with the acrylic pen I used in my last project, and the birds had a new home. The next one will be for myself!

Be your own Valentine

10 febr.

(For English, see below)

Aquí a Amèrica ja sabeu que qualsevol excusa és bona per despertar les ganes d’anar de compres i ara toca… Sant Valentí, o com diuen aqui, Valentine’s Day! Nosaltres, com bons catalans que som celebrarem Sant Jordi però la veritat és que és difícil resistir-se a les coses súper-maques plenes de cors que es veuen aquests dies. Així que he pensat auto-regalar-me un projecte, porque yo lo valgo!

Així que m’he fet una samarreta amb una il.lustració de la Vanessa Tomchik que es part d’un llibret/pdf de 50 pagines amb una pila de coses xules per imprimir (targetes, sobres, paper de carta, etiquetes, etc) de dissenyadors indies que he comprat a IndieFixx. Val $9.99 i és molt maco, i així ajudem a l’artisteo independent, no?

Com ho he fet? doncs he imprès la imatge del cor en un full de tela per fer transfers amb la planxa a la meva HP Photosmart. La tela la  podeu trobar a l’Abacus o en algunes papereries. Després l’he retallat i he dibuixat les puntades en vermell amb un rotulador per tela. Ah! i el foulard es el “Simple Things” que vaig fer l’any passat amb Malabrigo Socks i que em poso dia sí, dia també

Apa, molt d’amor per tots i totes!!

As good Catalans that we are, we will not celebrate Valentine’s Day but Sant Jordi (Saint George) on April 23rd, where dudes give roses to their women and the ladies give books to their men (Cervantes died on April 23rd so we celebrate love and the love for books and reading, ain’t it nice?). But being in the US surrounded by all these cute Valentine’s stuff it’s hard to resist the temptation of something pink and full of hearts. So I’ve decided to give myself a Valentine’s project, because I am worth it!

So I’ve made this T-shirt with a design by Vanessa Tomchik that is part of a 50 page booklet/pdf full of super-cute printables (cards, envelopes, stationery, etc) that you can get at IndieFixx. It’s $9.99 but hey, it’s really worth it and we support the indie crafting community right? I printed it in an iron-on transfer fabric on my home HP Photosmart. Then, I’ve drawn the stitching with an acrylic pen that you can find at any crafting store and that is great to draw on almost any surface. The foulard is the “Simple Things” I knitted last winter on Malabrigo Socks that I wear every other day.

Lots of love for yourselves!

Fresh Lion Brand Yarn anyone?

8 febr.

Una mica de llana Lion Brand calenteta del forn?

El cap de setmana passat vaig haver d’anar a Los Angeles al Craft and Hobby Association Show per feina. És com el Creativa de Barcelona, on les marques ensenyen les seves ultimes innovacions en materials, màquines, etc. Aquí el hobby més popular sembla ser l'”scrapbooking” que ve a ser fer àlbums de fotos però decorant-los a mà amb tot tipus d’enganxines, cintes, botons, etc. hi ha coses espectaculars.

Així que un cop vaig haver acabat amb les fotos, les targetes i els àlbums em vaig dirigir cap a la zona del tèxtil i les llanes i la veritat es que va ser bastant decepcionant. Honestament, crec que son les marques independents, els dissenyadors i els teixicòmans com nosaltres els que fem les coses més interessants ara mateix. L’única excepció va ser Lion Brand Yarn. Rebo la seva newsletter i hi ha algun patró que està bé de tant en tant, però sempre en la línia tradicional. Però a l’arribar al seu stand em vaig quedar amb la boca oberta. Havien creat una col.lecció de decoració teixida ES-PEC-TA-CU-LAR.

Em vaig posar a fer fotos com una desesperada (que per cert em van quedar fatal, mil perdons)  i se’m va apropar una senyora súper-elegant i encantadora que va resultar ser la directora creativa, la Karen Tanaka. Em va explicar que Lion Brand Yarn era coneguda per fer llanes de qualitat a un preu assequible, pero que amb aquesta nova temporada havien donat un gir a la col.lecció i que l’havien pensat de manera que puguessis barrejar dos o més tipu de llana i el resultat sempre fos sorprenent i modern. Mireu la foto de més avall per entendre la varietat de fils per barrejar.

El que em va encantar:
1. La barreja de colors i textures molt diferents en una mateixa peca, com fils metalics amb llanes gruixudes de colors lila, magenta i verd tot fent una – mena de granny squares de jacquard/fair isle ultra-moderns per a cobrir un sofa
2. Uns puffs de ganxet fets amb llana molt gruixuda fets amb un canale agafant el punt per darrera. El mes interessant era que els havien teixit fent un rectangle unit per les puntes per fer un tub i tancant-lo amb un cordo a les dues puntes, ni minvats ni res! (d’aquest no tinc cap foto bona, pero intentare escriure un patro quan tingui una mica de temps)
3. El groc mostassa, color que jo mai faria servir, barrejat amb liles, taronja, verds… el meu proper projecte promet…

Jennifer, fes-hi una mirada!

Last weekend I drove up to LA to attend the Craft and Hobby Association Winter Show. It as a professional trip but I was really looking forward to it. After making the rounds of all the paper and scrapbooking booths, I walked straight to the area for textile crafting. And honestly, it was pretty disappoinitng, I believe that right now it is the indie brands, designers and yarn/fabricholics like us that create the vibe in this industry, not the large, established brands. The exception was Lion Brand Yarn. I get their newsletter and they have some interesting patterns from time to time, but always on the traditional side. But when I got to their booth, my jaw dropped. They had used their collection of yarns to create knitted and crocheted home decor and the result was STUNNING!

I started taking pictures like crazy (I know they came out horrible, sorry…) and I was approached by this very elegant lady who turned out to be LBY creative’s director, Karen Tanaka. She told me that the brand was well known for good quality, affordable yarns, but that in this year’s collection, they had re-thought colors and textures so that you could combine any yarn and always get a hip, contemporary result. Have a look higher up to understand the potential variations.

What I loved:
1. The mix of colors and textures in one item, like chunky yarns with metallic thread, in purple, magenta and greens, creating a sort of mosaic constrauction to cover a sofa
2. Pouffs covered in a very simple ribbing crocheted from the back loop only. The interesting thing was the simplicity of the construction: apparently, they were a rectangle joined by the short edges to create a tube and closing the two openings with a drawstring, no decreases. I will try to make one myself and publish a pattern when I have some time
3. Yellow mustard, a color I would have never used, combined with orange, green, purple… the color palette of my new project looks very promising…

Now it’s time that LBY gives its website a facelift, bringing some of this fresh and adventurous spirit to its look and feel and projects

El què darrera una faldilla

1 febr.

The why behind a skirt – By thedressimade


Re-postejo una entrada de The Dress I Made que l’Enerby ens va descobrir la setmana passada. Es tracta d’un tutorial sobre com fer un patró de faldilla pas a pas. A internet n’hi ha uns quants però aquest és fantàstic perquè et fa entendre el perquè de cada instrucció. Una que m’encanta és que les costures laterals queden una mica enrera per a que no sobresurtin de les caderes afegint volum! No sé quant val fer-se fer uns patrons a mida però amb aquestes instruccions crec que ni cal, no?

Oh quina troballa Núria, moltes gràcies per descobrir-nos aquest blog!

I am re-posting from The Dress I Made, the blog that Enerby shared with us last week. It is a super thorough tutorial on how to make a skirt. I love it because it tells you the why of every line and decision (like having side seams towards the back so that they will not bulge on your hips, smart huh?)

What a find! Thanks for sharing Núria!

Un vestit en dues tardes

1 febr.

One dress in two afternoons

He estat dues setmanes sense fer res, ni cosir, ni teixir, ni cuinar, perque tenia un projecte per entregar a la feina i ja sabeu que en aquests casos, tant el temps com la inspiració desapareixen. Així que tan aviat vam haver presentat dimarts passat, vaig córrer a comprar 2m de cotó per fer-me un vestit del mono que tenia.

La víctima va ser l’A dress o vestit A del llibre “Tuniques, robes, etc” de la Yoshiko Tsukiori. Està en francès pero ja sabeu que quan una esta motivada entén fins i tot el japonès, oi? Precisament, els llibres japonesos fan que les coses senzilles siguin resultones i les fotos son de lo mes preciós

És el vestit mes senzill del llibre  i l’original té un rollo “bata d’estiu”, però li vaig afegir un llaç i trobo que ha quedat es-pect-ta-cu-lar, no? Es molt fàcil de fer (2 tardes de 3 horetes), encara que vaig acabar el bieix del coll i les sises a mà i encara em fa mal el polze esquerre.

A veure si us hi animeu!

After two weeks of zero making (no sewing, no knitting, no cooking) due to a deadline, I jumped on the A dress from “Tuniques, robes, etc.” by Yoshiko Tsukiori. This book, as any other Japanese crafting book, is just beautiful and makes you want to start sewing everything. This dress is the simplest in the book (A!) and the original looks a bit too baggy, but I added a sash to it and I love the final result! It only took me a couple of afternoon’s to finish it, that including hand-stitching the bias tape (my leaft hand thumb is still sore…).

Give it a try!

Quilting: 1er intent

27 gen.

Quilting: first try

Així que… manos a la obra!!  Però abans de gastar-me la pasta amb teixits i patrons complicats vaig pensar que fer una cosa petita seria millor per provar així que amb un kit de 5 fat quarters (quadradets que fan mes o menys 25x25cm i així no et cal comprar un tall gros de teixit) amb els colors ja combinats i un liibre perfecte per principiants que es diu “First-time quilt making” va sortir aquest coixí. El vaig acabar amb uns quadrets vichy marrons que van sortir de les estovalles del casament i… tachan! el regal de Reis de la iaia del R., la Maria que es la senyora mes riallera del mon!

First-Time Quiltmaking: Learning to Quilt in Six Easy Lessons

Al final no li vaig fer foto oficial al coixí. N’estic esperant una que hi surti la Maria desde Bcn. Tan aviat com la tingui, la publico.

Before I jumped to a full size bed cover I thought it’d be wise to practize a bit. So I got a 5 fat quarter’s bundle at JoAnn’s and here it is, R.’s grandma´s, Maria,  Christmas present!