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In Silhouette on
November 30, 2017

It Was Fun While It Lasted (Blogging for Silhouette America)

 

January 2017 was quite a rocky month for me. I said farewell to a corporate job with a company I had been with for nearly a decade. I had no plans. Very unlike me and my Type A tendencies. A little over a week later, I said hello to a new gig blogging for Silhouette America, a company whose product (CAMEO) that I have used religiously for over four years.

Unsure what to expect as a Silhouette Design Team Member, I was pleasantly surprised with an invitation to their annual Summit in May where I met many friendly, inspiring creatives, including a handful of other Design Team members. Soon after returning home, I wrote my first post for Silhouette’s blog. Quite fittingly, it was a roundup of treats and how to dress them up! 😋

My term with Silhouette has (unexpectedly) ended but it was truly fun while it lasted. I have written seven posts for their blog and honestly, each project has pushed me, either in creative design or trying out new materials I would normally not buy. Click here to read my bio and links to my posts. It’s hard to pick a favorite post because they are so unique! I do have to say getting my hands on the PixScanTM mat has been a big game changer!

Through this journey, I have gained crafting confidence, wonderful friendships with other makers, and a rhythm of creativity that was lacking in the past. I am such a happier person when I’m in my crafting space. While I wish I could keep blogging for Silhouette, I am so glad I can still share my projects and tutorials here on my blog.  It’s all right here folks!! 😊

 

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, Silhouette on
October 31, 2017

DIY Paw Patrol Chase and Skye Halloween Costumes

 

 

About the middle of summer is when I have a very important conversation with my son…Halloween costumes. We brainstorm all the possibilities and I let him stew on the options. Yup, I use food puns whenever I can.

Two years ago, I made my son a wearable firetruck costume out of a UPS shipping box. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of keeping the costume AND in plain sight (in the garage). So, of course he asked that this year’s costume be made the same way!

If you know any preschooler these days, it’s all about Paw Patrol. My son is obsessed with Chase the police pup while my daughter loves Skye, the Amelia Earhart of the crew. And voila, Halloween costume decision made!

So, knowing that my by-the-book firstborn son would be checking my work, I got started right away. I have no time to waste! I kid you not, he seriously checked my progress each day and said “yes, mommy, that is good. Yup…Mmm-hmm, that’s correct. Great job mommy.”😳

With my Silhouette cutting machine, I was able to replicate many of the designs on Chase’s vehicle, Skye’s pup pack, as well as their pup badge designs. If you ever wondered how much you can create custom work with the Silhouette for your project needs, this is 100% proof right here.

 

How I made the Chase costume:

  • Spray painted a UPS shipping box (12in x 12in x 20in) blue with multiple coats. Cut out a hole to fit my son in the middle and stapled elastic straps to make “suspenders” for a wearable costume.
  • Create custom pieces that were cut by my Silhouette machine, such as the head/tail lights, wheels, decals, front “winch” box, and badges.
  • Inserted submersible LED tealights into Container Store’s Amac colored boxes to create the back “flashers” as well as put two bike flashing lights on the front.
  • Sew hand-cut blue craft foam onto existing black baseball cap. Glued on yellow ribbon, hand-cut felt ears, and paper badge. He wears this everrrrrrrday.

 

How I made the Skye costume:

  • I already had a dark pink tutu dress (bought from Old Navy) from my daughter’s 1st birthday party. Surprisingly it still fit her…a little on the short side but we just add bottoms and it’s all good. I sewed the paper Skye badge over the glitter “one” HTV that was on the front of her dress. Hooray for this quick hack!
  • To make Skye’s pup pack, I wrapped a software box (no joke!) with pink craft felt and hot glued another paper badge on top. For the wings, I simply cut out cardboard from an Amazon shipping box, wrapped it with silver poster board, and added some pink trim. Lastly, I hot glued both the wings to the back of the pup pack as well as two elastic bands to form a backpack. I also stapled the elastic bands for extra security.
  • The last accessory was the headpiece. Luckily, I had a dark pink fabric headband from one of my daugher’s baby headbands (one of many she never really liked wearing 🙄…). I cut out the “googles” out of light pink felt as well as little pup ears out of light brown felt, and sew both of them onto the headband. That was easy and quick to pull together! Whew!

 

 

All in all, everyone’s happy. The kids are stoked and I couldn’t get my son to take off his hat or vest (even with the insane heat wave last week!). I’m pretty happy how both costumes turned out and I’m also pretty happy to be done working on them! Ha! Looking forward to seeing how these costumes hold up on tonight!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the month-long Halloween craft/DIY projects on the blog! Happy Halloween!! 🎃

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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
October 26, 2017

Rice Krispie Treat (Horizontal) Toppers

 

I’m a total sugar junkie. My dentists (yes plural! I’ve seen a lot of dentists 🙈) would all agree too. So since I couldn’t wait until Halloween to sink my teeth into something sweet, I made rice krispie treats. Halloween-style of course.

After spreading the gooey rice krispie and marshmallow mixture onto a baking sheet, I added and pressed in Halloween sprinkles. Then, made rice krispie cutouts with my Halloween-themed cookie cutters. Annnnd in case you couldn’t tell I was excited about Halloween, I added some festive toppers!

I thought to myself…hmm, most of the treat toppers we see are upright ones. (You know, like the ones in cupcakes at birthday parties). But why stop there?? Let’s think outside of the box and do something fun…like horizontal toppers! *insert mind-blown meme*

I always like a good crafting challenge so I came up with a couple fun toppers, three of which uses designs from the Silhouette Design Store!

The pumpkin faces are by Hero Arts (Design ID#67247). With my Silhouette CAMEO machine, I cut out ovals out of a clear acetate sheet and the faces using black cardstock. Then, I used craft glue to stick the faces onto the ovals and hot glue gunned a trimmed toothpick to the back of the oval (behind a face piece to conceal the toothpick) to make it a topper.

 

The “boo!” speech bubble is Design ID#152644. A toothpick was glue to the back of the topper and inserted into the side of the rice krispie ghost cutout.

The other “boo” was my own design and the toothpick was placed behind the “b” so that it was hidden, giving the topper a floating look.

 

I think these horizontal toppers really add some visual pizzazz to the treats, which makes the eating more fun! 😊 Such a simple and playful way to dress up Halloween sweets!

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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, 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, 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, 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 Birthday, DIY, Graphic Design, Parties, Silhouette on
September 13, 2017

For Baby Elaina’s 1st Birthday

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!

 

 

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In DIY, Silhouette on
September 6, 2017

PixScan – my new favorite tool!

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! 🙂

 

 

 

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