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!
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!
- Black yarn
- Scotch tape
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!
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 frame | metallic gold brushstroke paper
This past weekend, we celebrated my dear friend’s daughter’s first birthday! Little baby Elaina came on Labor Day last year (oh the irony!) and has grown into such a little cutie with an adorable smile! To honor and acknowledge her Korean culture (she’s half-Korean, half-Chinese), a Dol celebration was in order! Elaina’s mama got a little DIY herself and made the Dol towers out of white and black beans. One tower says “Happy First Birthday” and the other is Elaina’s name in Korean. How cool is that?
Purple and aqua were the party colors and were sprinkled throughout the event. I love the idea of using just colors as your “party theme” because it makes party planning a cinch! And luckily, these two colors are very popular right now thanks to the mermaid trend.
It was such a joy to help my friend, Anna, with party decorations! She told me the items she needed and gave me total creative license in the design. A designer’s dream!
A traditional component of a Korean first birthday party is the Doljabi, where the child is placed in front of several objects and whichever one he/she selects will predict her future! The guests were asked to cast their vote so I created a little sign to go along with the game. And of course, a first birthday party must-have is the one year poster listing all the special favorites and milestones. Again, I used the trick of printing this custom design as a color engineering print and taped it onto a foam board bought from the dollar store. The color quality was great too!
Michaels had a cardstock value pack in the party colors so it made paper decorations super easy to coordinate! From the “Happy 1st Birthday” pennant banner to the smash cake and cupcake toppers. I added a little gold glitter on some of the cupcake toppers for a little sparkle…it’s a little girl’s birthday party after all! I also learned a new craft that I’ll for sure be making again for another party…tissue paper pom pom toppers! A tutorial for that will be on the blog later this month.
The smash cake topper was a tricky project but so glad I put on my MacGuyver thinking cap on and made it work! In order to replicate the style of the topper I made for my own daughter’s smash cake, I needed to find a way to make the sans serif letters on “elaina” and “one” stand on their own versus being connected to the letters before/after. For example, I could easily have the letter “e” of “elaina” touch the letter next to it (“l”) but it would not look right if I connected the letter “i” of “Elaina” to the letter “a” in front of it or the letter “n” after it. Luckily, I was able to “weld” the word “turns” with the word “one” at the bottom of the topper but the word “elaina” was still a challenge. So how did I do it? I glued the letters of “elaina” to a small clear acetate sheet. Then, I added two skinny “pillars” of acetate sheet behind the word “turns” and connected the two acetate sheets. You can kind of see it behind the “s” in “turns”. This created the illusion that the letters on the topper were “floating”! #crafthacksFTW
Little Elaina was surrounded by so many family members and friends. She might have been a little overwhelmed with all the excitement and overstimulation! But sorry sweet girl, it’s because you are so loved! Happy birthday Elaina!
One of the reasons I decided to join the Silhouette Design Team was to push myself to try new projects and techniques. Well…a couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to play around with Silhouette’s PixScanTM mat, which is a must-have for any paper crafters out there. It is similar to a cutting mat in that you can place paper on it and use it to cut with your Silhouette machine. The coolest part is the incorporation of technology to make precision cuts! You simply upload a photo (taken by smartphone, camera, or scanner), bring the image into Silhouette Studio and it magically appears in your Silhouette Studio design program. From there, you can see where exactly your paper is placed and place your cut designs accordingly. I can’t believe I didn’t use this earlier!
To see how I used the PixScanTM mat, check out my blog post at Silhouette’s blog! 🙂
As I mentioned in an earlier post, June was a busy month for me and it was totally unrelated to this blog or my gig with Silhouette. I was blessed with the opportunity to work on two special events with Switchfoot’s BRO-AM Foundation. Their music was on repeat in my college days so this experience was also sentimental. If you have a few minutes, take a moment to learn more about their awesome non-profit that was founded on the band members’ desire to give back to the San Diego community and youth initiatives. As a mother, I am thankful the less fortunate kids out there are getting love, hope, and support every child unconditionally deserves!
One of our events was a Benefit Party where we placed custom sugar cookies in each VIP gift bag. We wanted to carry through the branding as well as the mission statement wherever possible. So why not on the packaging label that seals each cookie bag?
This method is pretty much making your own Print and Cut design. And the beauty of this method is that the process behind it can be applied to any special event, from birthday parties to weddings. Let me show you how!
- To start, I created my cookie label design in Adobe InDesign. You can use any graphic software program that allows you to save your design in common image file types (JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, and TIF files). For more info, click here for more details.
- For this event, I needed 1.50in diameter cookie labels so in InDesign, I made a wider circular design perimeter (1.55in) so that I knew to keep my design within it.
- While designing, I also kept in mind the location of Silhouette’s Registration Marks, which is necessary for Print and Cut function to work. Basically, leave some space on the top as well as the bottom left area.
- When the design was complete, I simply exported the file as a PNG and imported it into my Silhouette’s library.
- Within the Scale Window, I resized it to fit a letter-size cardstock sheet (8.50in x 11.00in).
- Next, I placed 1.50in diameter circles over each cookie label while making sure they were nicely centered. These 1.50in circles’ cut lines fell within the 1.55in design lines.
- And finally, I sent it to Silhouette to first print the image with my home color printer and then transferred it onto a cutting mat and sent it again to Silhouette to cut with the cut settings.
That’s it! How easy is that?! Knowing this technique will really personalize your event and make your event styling look and feel cohesive!
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:
- Use high-quality felt (I used one made by Camelot Fabrics) for the top felt piece that will have the inspirational quote
- Add Silhouette’s Fusible Fabric Stabilizer to the back of the high-quality felt
- 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
School is just around the corner and I’ve got another great craft project to excite your kiddos about starting or returning to school…you know, the obligatory “first day of school” sign! This project created for Silhouette’s Blog is especially unique because it features Silhouette’s chalkboard vinyl. There are several GOOD reasons I chose this method versus using a standard chalkboard. Let’s break it down:
- Unless you’re an expert chalkboard artist, you will be spending a lot of time fitting your words, perfecting the look, erasing, starting lines over, etc.
- You can use chalk markers (I highly recommend Marvy Uchida Chalk Markers) for crisp white or colored lettering that makes your board look professional!
- The chalkboard vinyl is reusable so you can use the same chalkboard for many years to come and for multiple kids!
So you wanna make one now right? Click here to read the tutorial!
Alright mama bears, fess up…who’s counting down the days until school starts??
If you raised your hand, it’s your lucky day! I have teamed up with my friend Rachel Place of Sweet Elsie and we put our crafty and creative juices together and created a fun and simple project for you and your kiddos – a back to school count down!
This exclusive Silhouette design features a crayon box with numbered crayons that can be removed each day until the first day of school. You guys, you can even personalize it with your child’s grade! Make one for each kiddo…get everyone excited and playing along in the count down! 🙂
Before we start with the simple tutorial, let’s talk about Rachel…who is she?! She is a Silhouette Artist whom I met at Silhouette Summit earlier this year. Together, we braved the waves out to our submarine excursion but I’m pretty sure she handled it a lot better than I did! Here are some more fun facts about this graphic design extraordinaire!
Want to see more of Rachel’s designs? Check her out on Instagram at @rachel.place and @sweet_elsie
Oh Crate & Barrel….me and you both girl! 🙂 I could dream all day about re-decorating my home to look like it was straight out of a C&B catalog! BUT let’s get back to reality and how about we DO something instead?! Here’s how to make your own back to school countdown! 🙂