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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
October 16, 2017

Halloween Hanging Flags using Oly*fun

 

Is it just me or is there something nostalgic about Halloween? Flashbacks of sorting, comparing, and trading Halloween candy, breaking open a bag of stretchy cobwebs, and watching Hocus Pocus on repeat. I’m trying to pace myself with the month-long Halloween celebration and will watch the movie when the 31st gets closer. In the meantime, I will just craft about the movie! Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!

Awhile back, I heard from a fellow crafter about this really neat and versatile material called Oly*fun. Calling itself the “everything material,” it can be used indoors or outdoors (water resistant) and it doesn’t tear, fray, or fade. What??? I. must. get. my. hands. on. this. material.

And so I did and got cranking on a…Halloween craft (duh!). Because you can never have enough Halloween decor especially with such an easy material to work with! A felt hanging banner was fun to make earlier this summer but lemme just tell you…using Oly*fun truly made crafting fun and QUICK! I pressed the material firmly on the cutting mat and I actually didn’t need any stabilizer, which is a big time-saving step. My Silhouette CAMEO essentially treated it like paper. TIP: I do recommend double cutting to ensure to clean cut. And you guys, it peeled off so effortlessly. It didn’t curl like paper can from a sticky cutting mat. The edges were always cleanly cut. Not one single fray. Simply amazing!

If you get your hands on this miracle material, here are the cut settings that worked for me!

 

I have a whole bunch of colored “sheets” left and am already brainstorming the next project to make with Oly*fun!

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In DIY, Freebies, Graphic Design, Holidays on
October 12, 2017

Test Tube Treats (FREEBIE!)

 

Something about test tubes just scream Halloween, doesn’t it?! Totally right up Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s alley. My alley too. I’ve been eyeing these test tubes for years (yes YEARS!) but haven’t found a way to use these for my children’s birthday parties, especially since these particular test tubes are made out of glass. But alas, Halloween is a couple weeks away and I’ve waited long enough so I treated myself (ha, pun!) and bought them to give away to my galpals! This is a cute little gift idea for teachers, co-workers, and even neighbors!

I purchased the glass test tubes from Michaels from their dollar bins (although I believe they’re $1.50 each. These were located near the checkout aisle at my local store, FYI). TIP: Buy ones where the labels are new and easily peel off. Otherwise, be ready to wipe down with Goo Gone.

Next, simply fill with tiny Halloween treats (the test tubes are not very wide so the skinnier the candy, the better). I whipped up these fun printable labels that adds a festive finishing touch to your mad lab creation. Today’s FREEBIE even includes a label where you can write in your or your child’s name.

 

 

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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
October 9, 2017

DIY Halloween Spiderweb

 

Six years ago, I had a craft blog (not this one) where I shared similar tutorials and projects like I do now. Then kids came into the picture and well…my time was spent on either wiping butts, doing the fourth load of laundry, or finally taking a shower at 8:30pm. Life is a little less hectic these days *knock on wood* so I’m back at it with crafting. One of my most popular post on my old blog was a simple and super economical DIY project showing how to make spiderwebs out of black yarn. It was even featured on Apartment Therapy! For about $3 or less, you can have instant spooky spiderwebs in your windows in no time!

Supplies Needed:

  • Black yarn
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

 

 

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In DIY, Holidays on
October 5, 2017

Lil Boo Glow-in-the-dark Shirt

Who grew up in the 90s and had glow-in-the-dark stars all over their bedroom ceilings and walls? Me me meeeeeee!!! I LOVED (and still do) everything and anything that glows in the dark. I remember putting glow-in-the-dark puffy paint on anything I could, from my Keds to my Jansport backpack. Ahh, the good ol days.

Well, lucky for me, Silhouette makes glow-in-the-dark heat transfer so I can feed my glow-in-the-dark obsession through my children! Did I just say that out loud?

While browsing for Halloween designs, my eyes caught this super cute design and I knew I had to have it. It’s perfect for a simple DIY heat transfer shirt project for your little ones. Simply purchase a blank solid shirt (I usually get mine from Old Navy and the best part was this orange shirt was on clearance!), mirror image the design, and send to Silhouette to cut. If you want step-by-step instructions, read this blog post and start at Step 5.

The only important tip I have to share is to hold down your heating element longer than normal. Even though this is a smooth material, I actually had to press my iron down a couple times for about 45-50 seconds each time. I think this is because the clear plastic that is adhered to the glow-in-the-dark HTV is thicker in this product versus the standard smooth HTV.

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In Freebies, Graphic Design, Holidays on
October 1, 2017

It’s the Most Frightening Time of the Year (FREEBIE!)

Move over September, it’s time for October to shine!! My favorite holiday is just around the corner!!!!!! I love Halloween so much that I am dedicating a WHOLE month on this blog with Halloween-inspired crafts, DIY tutorials, AND freebies starting today! You best be ready for some spooktacular crafting fun! 🙂

I grew up with my mom making my costumes. She didn’t sew one-of-a-kind creations but rather combined various clothing items, accessories, and props and it totally worked. I’m pretty sure this is where my love for DIYing started. As long as you have supplies that work, an imagination to envision an idea coming to life, and a tenacity to keep trying. #makersgonnamake

So join me in kicking off the Halloween festivities and download today’s FREEBIE, a frightening 8×10 printable in not just one but two versions (black/white and color)! In my home’s entryway, I have a large frame where I showcase seasonal prints. It’s such a fun visual reminder of the upcoming holidays and celebrations! Instant holiday art!

 

[Click here to download black and white print]

 

[Click here to download color print]

 

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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
September 26, 2017

Playing Around with a New Silhouette Product – Metallic Temporary Tattoo Paper

 

Just a couple months ago, Silhouette released some new, exciting products and I got my crafty hands on a sample set of the metallic temporary tattoo paper! While at the Silhouette Summit, I got to try it firsthand and was quite impressed with how long it lasted on my arm. It took a couple days of good scrubbing before it came off. Since I already tried it as a temporary tattoo, I wanted to try something different with this product for my blog post on the Silhouette America blog. What to make with metallic temporary tattoo paper??

Well, this summer heat has me beyond ready for fall decorations so I came up with a neatway to decorate craft pumpkins. Swing by the Silhouette blog for my tutorial and you can make these spooktacular pumpkins for your own home!

 

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In DIY, Holidays, Home Decor, Silhouette on
July 2, 2017

Barn Quilt Blocks – Two Ways

Happy almost Independence Day! What are you guys doing this weekend to celebrate? Anyone taking Monday off? It seems a little odd to go to work one day and have the next day off and then back to work for the rest of the week. I say Monday should be a holiday too! Who’s with me?? 🙂

While I had been a little MIA for the month of June (I’ll explain why in a later post), I did get a chance to create some awesome patriotic home decor for my post on Silhouette’s blog. I started with the paper method (because I just LOVE working with paper!) and pushed myself to try something new…I mean, that’s the whole point of this creative journey, right? For the first time, I used Silhouette’s Stencil Material to create the painted look and I absolutely LOVE the results! I can totally foresee more farmhouse-style signs in my craft queue this year!

If you want to learn how to make your own barn quilt blocks, check out my post on Silhouette’s blog. Have a safe and fun 4th of July friends!

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day Cards

 

Mother’s Day is three days away but I’ve already treated myself by flying off to Hawaii to attend the Silhouette Summit 2017 conference in beautiful Waikiki, Hawaii! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I wasn’t going miss it! I’ll be blogging more later about what I learned today, which is A LOT! A whole lot of GOOD stuff!

So that meant I had to get crackin’ on making some Mother’s Day cards before I left!

The one on the left is for my incredible mother-in-law or as the kiddos call her “Oma.” Inside the car, I took a stab at hand lettering and wrote “You are a “mom” to all of us!” <cue the tears> This little phrase ties in the scrabble tiles on the front of the card. I used dimensional adhesive to make the scrabble tiles “pop” thus creating visual interest.

The card on the right is for my sweet mom who loves gardening. So, I personalized her card with a floral background paper along with a flower embellishment. The ready-made graphic can be found here on the Silhouette Design Store. My newest addition to my craft supplies is fabric washi tape. I love that it added subtle texture to the card!

To all the mamas out there…Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
April 30, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Card

 

Usually I like to create unique items but there are days where I have zero energy, zero ideas, or zero time. Luckily, I know I can rely on Silhouette Design Store for some super cute, ready-to-go designs that looks like I spent hours creating!

This adorable card (Design ID #65200 by Tanya Batrak) caught my eye because it features several elements I consider important in a handmade card. It uses layers, various materials, and little details that make a big visual difference!

Card-making Essentials:

  • Layers – This card is full of layers! #hearteyes There’s the card’s playful base layer, on which lies a double-scalloped pocket that holds another interesting layer, a notebook page. The last layer is the adorable apple cutout, which “pops” thanks to dimensional adhesive.
  • Materials – Other than pretty patterned paper, it’s fun to add other mediums to a handmade card because it makes the card visually interesting. The black baker’s twine coordinates nicely with the black “Thanks!” diecut pulling together a cohesive look.
  • Little Details, Big Impact – Another way to make your handmade card stand out is in the little details. This attention to details is when your recipient will think, “Oh wow! Some special thought was put into this!” In this card, the little detail is in the apple’s leaf. I love how it isn’t just a plain leaf cutout but that it includes little thin cutouts within it, thus giving the leaf a unique look. Also, I like how simply curling the leaf draws the eye to the apple. Lastly, although you cannot see it on my cards (but you can see it on Silhouette Design Store’s example), I thought the little folder tab piece is adorable! A simple addition but really adds flair and spunk to a school-themed card!
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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
April 26, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Personalized Tote Bag

 

For those whose kids are in some form of school, this is your PSA…Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up on May 8-12, 2017! This year’s National Teacher Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 9. Last year, I was ill-prepared so I definitely wasn’t going to let that happen this year, especially considering how awesome my son’s preschool teacher is! He absolutely adores her! We have seen tremendous growth in vocabulary, understanding, and even confidence!

I love practical gifts and since I live in a plastic bag-free city, I thought it would be fun to create a tote bag recognizing the hard work of a teacher. You can never have too many totes, especially if it’s cute like this one!

Isn’t the colorblock tote so cute and totally summery? It’s made by Imagin8 and can be found with the summer items. I got it at my local Michaels craft store for a little under five bucks!

This project is super easy to pull together and won’t break your budget! Who are you going to make one or two or three for?

For this project, you will need:

  • Silhouette Design ID #145943
  • Smooth Heat Transfer Vinyl in whatever colors you would like. I used black, dark pink, and glitter gold.
  • Iron or Heat Press Machine
  • Thin hand towel or cloth napkin (if using iron)

After downloading Design ID #145943 and opening it in my Silhouette Studio, I ungrouped and separated the words to better fit my project space. I did this because the totebag had a wider/horizontal space versus a taller/vertical space. Doing this meant the words/design would be more legible from a distance.

The most important step when doing a DIY heat transfer vinyl (HTV) project is to mirror your design. It’s the worst feeling when you forget to mirror the design and your Silhouette machine is cutting away your only piece of HTV!

When you have all the pieces cut out and weeded, center them in the appropriate space on the tote. Double, triple-check the layout, alignment, etc to make sure all is correct before ironing/sealing the HTV to the tote bag.

When you’re ready, place the thin hand towel or cloth napkin over the design and iron/press with even pressure. Note: if you’re using an iron, I recommend not “pushing” the iron across but rather press downward and hold for 15 seconds. Lift and press down again at a different spot. This method avoids any chance of your HTV accidentally getting scrunched or stretched.

Once you are confident all the HTV has been “transferred” to the tote bag, pull off the clear backing. At this point, I put the thin hand towel back over the HTV and iron one last time. And finally Voila! You have made a super cute customized tote bag for your favorite well-deserving teacher!

My favorite part of this project is using a butterfly icon as the text separator which is fitting for the preschool class name! 🙂

 

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