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June 2017

In Silhouette on
June 19, 2017

My First Blog Post for Silhouette!

Oh friends, apologies for the lack of posts lately. I am D-E-E-P in the trenches with two big community events I’m helping put together. Both events take place this week so I’ll be back to my regular blogramming next week…hmm, maybe the week after that. I might need more time to recover! #gettingold

Amidst the craziness, I completely forgot to inform y’all that my first blog post for Silhouette went up last weekend! It’s a roundup post of fun ways to dress up sweet treats. Desserts are right up my alley (my dentist would agree) and it covers all the different ways you can use the Silhouette cutting machine and the Mint machine.

Here’s the link to the post.

Hope you are having a great Monday! Be back in about a week or so. If you don’t hear from me, I’m probably asleep and snoring on the couch! 🙂

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In DIY, Silhouette on
June 6, 2017

New Baby Gift: Customized Onesies with HTV

 

My dear friend Lauren (who was one of my bridesmaids) had her sweet baby girl last month…hooray! She’s going to be a wonderful mama! 🙂

Little babies in bodysuits/onesies are so dang cute plus both my kiddos went through 4-5 outfits a day when they were so tiny thanks to spit-up and blowouts! So I thought I would customize some for her adorable babe. I purchased a 5-pack of Cat & Jack onesies from Target and added some ready-made designs using heat transfer vinyl (HTV). This new baby gift was whipped up in less than 15 mins!

Want to learn how to make some of your own custom apparel? Follow the steps below!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clothing
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I used smooth material in gold, black, and glitter gold)
  • Iron
  • Linen napkin or thin piece of fabric
  • Weeding tool (I normally use an Exacto knife but this time, I tried out a new tool a friend suggested…Fiskars’ Fingertip Detail Knife. It worked great!)
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting mat

 

Before I start, if you’re using baby clothing, I recommend washing them first (with Dreft). No tired mama with a newborn has time or energy to wash clothes!)

  1. Find and download a design you like in the Silhouette Design Store.
    • I used two from Lori Whitlock’s Baby T-Shirt collection: Design ID#179071 (link) and Design ID#186013 (link)
    • I also used Sophie Gallo’s Baby Bear Logo Design ID#197119 (link)
  2. In Silhouette Studio, adjust the size of the design so that it fits proportionately on your clothing
  3. Place the heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat (clear plastic backing down, sticking it onto the cutting mat)
  4. IMPORTANT STEP: Mirror your design by going to “Replicate” Window and choosing “Mirror Right.” Delete the original correct-facing design. You want the mirrored design when using HTV
  5. Next, open the “Cut Settings” window and select “Heat Transfer Material – Smooth”. Depending on your blade, you may need to adjust other settings so that your design cuts through the HTV material (but not the clear plastic backing). TIP: You may want to do a test cut to make sure you have the correct settings before wasting your HTV material!
  6. Once cut, peel from cutting mat and begin weeding with your weeding tool. Be sure to remove any pieces within “looped” characters like “O” or “e” or “g” (you get the idea!)
  7. After weeding, you should see a mirrored image of your design.
  8. Place your article of clothing flat on your ironing board, smoothing out any wrinkles either by hand or with your iron.
  9. Set your HTV on top of clothing where you would like it to be. Be sure clear plastic backing is facing up, away from clothing. HTV should be touching your clothing
  10. Place your thin piece of fabric (mine is a linen napkin) on top of the HTV piece and begin ironing, pressing down firmly.
  11. Hold down for 10-15 seconds. TIP: do not push/move your iron. If your design is larger than your iron’s footprint, lift iron up and press down again on new area.
  12. Let cool for a 10 seconds.
  13. From one corner, lift off the clear plastic backing to see if HTV has fully transferred to clothing. If so, carefully pull off the clear plastic backing. If not, try ironing a little more/longer until HTV adheres.
  14. Once you have removed the clear plastic backing, put the linen napkin back over the design and iron downwards again for 10 seconds. This step is probably not necessary but I always do it as a final assurance HTV has adhered to the clothing. See picture below.

 

That’s it folks! Easy peasy! The hardest part will be finding a design…so many great options on the Silhouette Design Store! OR have fun and make your own design! 🙂

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In DIY on
June 2, 2017

Donut Hair Bow for Little Girls

Friends, stop what you’re doing, get in the car and drive to your nearest donut shop. It’s National Donut Day! 

Got your donut? Ok, let’s continue on with today’s post while you enjoy your treat.

No, I did not make a donut hair bow for the delicious holiday. I actually made this cute hair bow half a year ago for my daughter’s first birthday party. Sure, there are lots of cute hair bows out there but of course #creativepeopleproblems I didn’t like anything I saw online. This hair bow was super easy to make. I think the harder part is picking the ribbon design.

Here’s what you need to make your own hair bows:

  • Hot temperature glue gun and corresponding sticks
  • 1-3/4″ Double Prong Clips. These are the ones I purchased.
  • 3/8″ Ribbon (for clip part). I recommend grosgrain ribbon type because it’s a little thicker.
  • Ribbon (for hair bow). I recommend anything between 1/2″ to 7/8″. The donut ribbon I used was 7/8″
  • Baker’s Twine (any color)

Follow these steps and you’ll have a cute bow in less than 15 minutes!

Prep the ribbon pieces:

  1. Cut 7.125″ of the 3/8″ ribbon. This is to cover the entire clip surface. Note: this length is for a 1-3/4″ clip. For other clip sizes, cut ribbon’s length accordingly.
  2. Cut 0.75″ of the 3/8″ ribbon again. This is to hold the hair bows together.
  3. Cut three 5″ pieces of the hair bow ribbon.

Assemble clip part:

  1. Turn on hot glue gun to heat glue stick. First, we will glue the 3/8″ ribbon to the double prong clip starting on the inside bottom.
  2. Starting on one edge of the ribbon, squeeze a wiggly line (about 2 inches long) of hot glue.
  3. Open clip and quickly press it down on the inside bottom of the clip until ribbon adheres to the clip. See picture below.
  4. Continue to squeeze wiggly lines of hot glue and wrap ribbon around the entire surface of the clip.

Create and assemble hair bows:

  1. Take one of the pre-cut hair bow ribbons and overlap the ends a tad. Glue the overlap. See picture below
  2. Repeat Step 1 for the remaining two pre-cut hair bow ribbon pieces.
  3. Pinch in the middle of each “loop” in half (hot dog style!) to create a crease.
  4. Stack the three halved loops on top of each other and tightly wrap a small piece of baker’s twine to hold the stacked bows together. See picture below.
  5. Cut off any excess thread.

 

Bind hair bows together:

  1. Take the other 3/8″ piece of ribbon and wrap it around the stacked hairbows from bottom up. See picture below.

  2. Squeeze a small drop of hot glue on the top end as shown in the picture above
  3. Quickly and carefully wrap over the other end tightly and press down.

 

Assemble how bows to clip:

  1. Place a small drop of hot glue on the bottom of the band and quickly press down onto hair clip so that the banded hair bows are pretty centered over the clip.
  2. Hold for 10 seconds or until bows are secured.

 

Annnd voila! You now have a super cute hair bow for that adorable little girl in your life! 🙂

 

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In Silhouette on
June 1, 2017

Get your Silhouette goodies at a discount!

 

As a member of the Silhouette Design Team, I am also a member in their affiliate program called Silhouette Elite. They do a sale at the beginning of each month that is exclusive to Silhouette Elite so mark your calendars Silhouette users. Bottom line: use my affiliate code “XTINE” and you have exclusive access to the Silhouette Elite sale!

The June sale runs from June 1st—15th and offers 30% off almost everything! You guys, this deal even beats Amazon pricing on certain items. Save money so you can spend it on more stuff! Haha, just kidding! 🙂

  • Exclusions include: machines, blades, mats, tools, and software.
  • That means the following supplies qualify for discounted pricing. Italicized text is just a small sample list of supplies I found cheaper with my affiliate code.
    •  Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
      • Glitter Gold HTV – a little over $15 on Amazon. Just under $12 with my code.
      • White Smooth HTV – nearly $20 on Amazon. Or get it just under $12.
    • Pens
      • Sketch Pens in Basic colors – About $2.50 cheaper with using the XTINE code
    • Starter Kits
    • Mint Accessories
      • Stock up on individual ink bottles for about $1.40 each!
    • Adhesive Vinyl
      • Vinyl Sampler Pack in Neutrals are nearly $12 on Amazon. With the Silhouette Elite sale, you can get it for just $7, that’s about 41% off!
    • Specialty Media
      • Scratch-off Sticker Sheets in Gold – $4 cheaper with the XTINE code.
      • Sticker Sampler Pack – also $4 cheaper.
    • Fabric Ink
      • Black Fabric Ink – $10.50 on Amazon. Use the XTINE affiliate code and get it for $3.50 (a 67% discount)!
    • and more!

 

To purchase: Go to www.silhouetteamerica.com/juneelite, add items to your cart, and use my code “XTINE” to get the incredible discounts! I think it’s so neat that Silhouette is helping you, my friends and followers, to save money on crafting supplies! Sale ends June 15 so don’t delay!

Please let me know if you have any questions about Silhouette’s products…I would love to help you with your next craft project! 🙂

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