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In DIY, Home Decor, Silhouette on
January 18, 2018

DIY Door Mat Using Freezer Paper Stencil

Any crafter or just anyone have something on their (craft) bucket to-do list for over a year but never get around doing it? Yup, my hand is raised. I have had this project in mind for over a year and I finally got around to making it and LOVED how it turned out! Yay, go me! Time to celebrate with a ginormous slice of Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake. Since I just mentioned it, have you guys had that cake? It is a-m-a-z-e-balls. Confession: I literally ate it straight out of the tray last time. This way, it was all mine. Hubs is not interested in sharing germs during crazy flu/cold season. #worksforme

Why do I often digress when I talk about food?? I truly think it’s the sixth love language.

So, back to my latest project! As usual, my projects are spurred on by a necessity or an event, which in this case is my son’s upcoming 5th birthday party! The theme is camping/great outdoors/hiking/adventure/all of the above. I tend to have a broad theme when it comes to party planning so that I’m not stuck to a specific design/look. It gives me the flexibility to create a general appearance than trying to achieve the perfect look. Because when you can’t achieve the perfect look, it just looks poorly done.

You might be wondering what my kiddo’s birthday party has to do with a DIY doormat. Well! We are first going on an outdoor adventure hiking a local trail/canyon and returning to an event space owned by one of my dear friends. Her shop opened just a few days ago and this themed doormat will hopefully help keep the dirt out of her beautiful store. Ya never know with a bunch of preschoolers!!

If you have been thinking about making a DIY doormat, DO IT! Trust me, I waited too long and now can’t wait to make more…except I personally don’t need to make more. The steps are easy and I’ll detail them below. It’s also super easy on the wallet. As of today, my local Ikea store was selling the TRAMPA doormat for $5.99 versus the regular price of $9.99. It took a lot of self-control to say NO to my FOMO(of a good deal) condition. I wanted to grab a bunch. I mean, they could be good Valentine’s Day gifts, right? 🤔

Wanna know how to make your OWN doormat?? Read on!

Here’s what you need:

  • Doormat
  • Outdoor acrylic paint in black (or whatever color you want)
  • Old artist round paintbrush. The older/stiff the bristles, the better. Some folks use stencil brushes like this one.
  • Freezer paper (trimmed to measure 12in x 24in)
  • Measuring tape
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Silhouette 12in x 24in cutting mat
  • Pins. I used corsage pins that I already had in my home.
  • Iron

For my particular project, I used Silhouette Design Store Design ID#146726 by Sophie Gallo. Isn’t her design just perfect for the occasion? Not to mention, the typography is so on point!

To make your own doormat, follow these steps:

  1. In Silhouette Studio, under Page Setup panel, edit your page size to 12in width and 24in length. Also select the appropriate cutting mat size (12in x 24in)
  2. Either create your own design or bring in a downloaded design. TIP: I suggest using a measuring tape to see roughly how large you want your design to be on the doormat.
  3. Resize your design as-needed in Silhouette Studio.
  4. Place your freezer paper down on the cutting mat (shiny side down). Press firmly throughout to make sure the paper is secured to the cutting mat.
  5. Send to Silhouette. Many swear by Blade Depth 1, Speed 3, and Force/Thickness 2. I think I had an older blade so I adjusted my cut settings to the following: Blade Depth 2, Speed 3, Force/Thickness 10. TIP: I highly suggest a Test Cut before cutting out your entire design.
  6. Once cut, carefully remove the freezer paper “stencil” from the cutting mat. For now, don’t worry about any loose pieces (aka the ones that go “inside” letters, such as A or O).
  7. Place the main stencil piece on top of your doormat where you would like it to be. Press down lightly with the palm of your hand. Freezer paper will lightly adhere to the doormat.
  8. Remove the loose pieces from cutting mat and place on top of the doormat in the appropriate spots.
  9. IMPORTANT STEP: Make sure you like how your stencil looks on your mat.
  10. With a hot iron, gently press down and the freezer paper will temporarily stick to the doormat. If you need to make any adjustments, simply lift, adjust, and iron again.
  11. For the tiny loose pieces, use pins to secure it to the mat. TIP: I suggest using at least two pins per loose piece.
  12. Now we paint! Place a large dollop of paint on a blank spot on your stencil. Don’t worry, paint won’t bleed through.
  13. Start dabbing paint over the stencil and be careful around the small pinned paper pieces. NOTE: do not paint/brush, DAB in a vertical motion. You can go over the same spot to get better paint coverage.
  14. When you’re done, while the paint is still wet, peel off the freezer paper stencil and you now see a beautiful, professional-looking, and customized doormat!

 

So now that you know how to make one, what would you put on YOUR doormat?

 

In DIY, Home Decor on
January 1, 2018

Free Indeed

 

Hello 2018! I don’t know about you but I personally am excited for the next 365 days!

At the start of every new year, I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. Not that any of my troubles have suddenly disappeared but I feel like life hit the reset button, which is especially needed after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Last year was an incredible journey of self-discovery and self-trust. This year, I’m ready to hone in on the parts that matter most. The stuff that makes me smile from within and feel light and free.

Fittingly, the theme this year at MOPS International is Free Indeed. While I thought I had a lot of “free” time last year given my “sabbatical,” my time still became filled with obligations, to-do’s, etc. It took me awhile to realize that I am in charge of my freedom and saying “no” to certain things wasn’t enough. I needed to do specific things my heart longed for so that my soul could be physically/mentally/spiritually/emotionally nourished thus making me feel free.

Over the holidays, I had some down time (thanks to getting a head start with Christmas gifts!) and tried something new, something on my crafting bucket list if you will. It was originally supposed to be an ornament but I think I’ll keep it on my craft space’s vision wall. It will be a good reminder of how to live free indeed.

If you’re interested in making this, you totally should because it’s super easy and can be done while watching a movie.

Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Floss. I used DMC #3820 (gold) and #561 (seagreen). Colors chosen to match the MOPS’ Free Indeed theme colors.
  • White Fabric (cut a circular piece that is about 4in wider than the inner hoop’s diameter)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Craft Felt. Any color you would like. It is used for the backside of the hoop for a clean look (aka to help hide all the messy threads). Cut a circular piece that is the same size as the inner embroidery hoop’s diameter
  • Glue Gun
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery Pattern. I created mine in Illustrator (set to same size as the inner embroidery hoop).

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Print out your embroidery pattern on regular copy paper.
  2. Place it under the fabric (centered) and lightly trace design onto fabric with a pencil.
  3. Center traced pattern fabric over inner embroidery hoop and secure outer embroider hoop around it.
  4. As you tighten the embroidery hoop screws, pull the fabric taut as necessary while ensuring design is still centered.
  5. Once tightened, you can begin sewing. For this project, I separated the embroidery floss and used one strand at a time.
  6. Once embroidery is complete, flip over the hoop and sew the excess fabric together. See this great blog post with pictures for clarification, specifically the 2nd and 3rd pictures.
  7. For the last step, I simply hot glue gun the circular felt piece over the cinched fabric. And that’s it!

 

What are you going to do this year to help you be free indeed? Whatever it is, it will be well worth it! You won’t regret it!

In DIY, Home Decor, Silhouette on
November 9, 2017

DIY Lightbox Letters

 

Halloween night was incredible! My 4.5yo and almost 2yo wanted to keep going and going and going, especially my littlest one. As you know with my month-long tribute to the spooktacular holiday, I love Halloween even more now as a parent. It’s such a joy watching my kids get into the spirit, trying to contain their excitement (or not!) and gazing with mesmerized eyes at all the festive decorations in our neighborhood.

Halloween kicks off “crazy season” for my family. I have been a little MIA lately because I threw a surprise birthday party for the hubs. I’ll blog about that party later. But I will share one cool craft I did in preparation for the party. My hubby was born in the 80s so the party had a little nod to that rad decade. Over the summer, I purchased a $10 light box from WalMart and have used it any chance I got. Unfortunately, the hard part is finding a phrase or saying that works. You see, the light box comes with two sets of each letter. So for instance, for Halloween, I couldn’t do “trick or treat” because I didn’t have enough of the letter T. So I just ended up with “Boo!” Haha, I know, super lame.

For the surprise party, I wanted to use the phrase “Totally Tubular Dude” and again, I was stuck with the same letter T problem. Well, enough is enough…I’m a maker and I’m going to make it work! If you find yourself in the same situation, here is a tutorial on how to make your own light box letters!

 

 

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In DIY, Holidays, Home Decor on
October 23, 2017

Spiderweb Table Runner

 

Everrrrrry time I walk past the dollar bins at Michaels to check out, I see paper rolls of all colors and patterns. Usually I have pretty good self-control with these impulse buy type of products but somehow I have acquired hoarded five of these over the years, none of which have been used…until now!

With every holiday, our dining table gets a little festive makeover. For Halloween this year, I made a table runner out of those dang paper rolls and was quite pleased how it turned out! The paper material is thin so I quickly learned a lesson in patience when peeling the paper off the 12in x 24in cutting mat. I used the spiderweb stencil from Design ID#45894, stretched it out to fit my extra-long cutting mat, modified the design a bit to make it into a 12in x 24in piece (a lot of ungrouping, welding, and deleting border), sent it to Silhouette to cut, and voila!

I know I love Halloween but I can’t help but think what kind of runner I can make for Thanksgiving or Christmas?! After all, I do have paper rolls in kraft and red! 🙈

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In DIY, Home Decor, Silhouette, Weddings on
September 19, 2017

Personalized Ringbearer Sign

 

You guys, it has been a busy couple months for me and with the upcoming holidays and birthdays (yes, all four in my family have Nov-Dec-Jan birthdays), I don’t see an end in sight! But luckily, I can involve crafting in the chaos and that’ll feed my creativity! As for my sanity, what’s that?

Last weekend was my last wedding for 2017! For the couple, I created a unique ringbearer sign that turned out so well that I want to share it with you!

There were two ringbearers so one carried the pillow and the other carried this sign. Acrylic/glass wedding signage are all the rage right now but they can be so expensive and unfortunately is a one-time use item. No bueno! But I wasn’t about to give up, I knew there was another way to do it. So, I found a super affordable way (like 1/3 of the price) to make a similar-looking sign that can also function as home decor after the wedding! The frame is a floating frame so the newlyweds can simply peel off the cardstock text, wipe the glass clean, and insert their favorite photo from the wedding. I heart practicality.

This project was so easy to make and is a fabulous way to get creative and clever in coming up with a personalized message. Want to make one? Of course, why wouldn’t you? It even doesn’t have to be for a wedding! Check out the tutorial below!

 

Where to buy specific craft supplies: 12in x 12in floating framemetallic gold brushstroke paper

 

 

In DIY, Home Decor, Silhouette on
August 10, 2017

Add Fun to Your (Work) Space with a Hanging Wall Banner

I am in the process of revamping my craft “room” so that it becomes a space of inspiration and creative purpose. Being six feet away from the kitchen sink, the dishwasher, and hearing the laundry ding from the wall behind me is very distracting. Squirrel!

So, I made this little wall hanging banner with an inspirational quote in hopes that it will do the trick and motivate me to keep going with my #crazycraftlady ideas and projects. Playing around with felt has been on my craft to-do so I was so excited to learn that my Silhouette CAMEO can cut felt! Here are three things to know/do when cutting felt with your Silhouette cutting machine:

  1. Use high-quality felt (I used one made by Camelot Fabrics) for the top felt piece that will have the inspirational quote
  2. Add Silhouette’s Fusible Fabric Stabilizer to the back of the high-quality felt
  3. Use a separate blade dedicated to fabric cutting. Silhouette’s Fabric Blade is perfect as it’s colored differently so you can easily remember to swap in/out!

Use your favorite quote for this project (tutorial below) and spruce up your work space with some positivity and encouragement!

Where to buy unique craft supplies: Silhouette Fusible Fabric Stabilizer | Tombow Multi Liquid Glue

 

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In DIY, Freebies, Graphic Design, Home Decor on
August 2, 2017

National Coloring Day (FREEBIE!)

Hello August!! Has your summer flown by too?

Luckily, I have a special FREEBIE for you that will help you slow down and enjoy the present. In honor of National Coloring Day today, I created a 8in x 10in coloring sheet that can also serve as pretty home decor. Or frame this print and give it to a friend for a special occasion or just because…who doesn’t like thoughtful and homemade gifts?!

Grab your colored pencils, a nice cup of coffee, and get lost in the art of coloring!

Click here to download today’s FREEBIE!

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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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