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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 Graphic Design, Parties on
September 22, 2017

For Susan (and life goals)

Customized projects are my jam! My mother-in-law had a dear friend/co-worker, Susan, retire several weeks ago and asked if I could help create three unique items to celebrate her 20 years of service in the hospital’s radiology department. I knew I had to incorporate x-rays of some sort into the projects.

The first piece is a super-sized greeting card made large enough for the entire department to sign their well wishes. The “peace out” hand x-ray is inside a rectangular shaker box that was filled with sparkly sequins and tiny diecut shapes. Creating the “peace out” hand was quite a task as I started with a open hand xray vector image and individually moved and placed each bone to create the “peace out” configuration. I definitely had a new appreciation for human anatomy!

 

A celebration isn’t one without cake so my next creation was a mixed media cake topper. Again, reiterating the x-ray theme, I printed a head CT scan on printable clear sticker paper, backed it with a clear acetate sheet, and trimmed off the excess from the acetate sheet. Next, a little shoutout using glitter gold cardstock was created with my Silhouette machine. Lastly, added a little yellow bow at the base of the cake topper which also helped hide the toothpick.

 

The last piece for Susan’s retirement party was a customized “subway art” wall sign. My mother-in-law provided the text and I went to town placing them wherever they looked best. The key to subway art signs is to use minimal amount of color (you can see I simply used two colors, yellow and white) and no more than 4 different fonts (any more and your eyes will go nuts). We had these printed on a 14in x 14in canvas via Costco Photo Center, which is affordable and rather quick. I really am pleased how this sign turned out! I just wish I knew what all those terms mean! Ha! 🙂

 

Congrats Susan on your retirement!

On a side note, how does one know they are ready for retirement? I’m far from retirement albeit I am not working a corporate job but I hope one day I will feel satisfied in my contribution to the world and be ready for retirement. #lifegoals

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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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In DIY, Parties, Silhouette on
August 15, 2017

Personalize Your Special Event with Your Own Print and Cut Design

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When the design was complete, I simply exported the file as a PNG and imported it into my Silhouette’s library.
  5. Within the Scale Window, I resized it to fit a letter-size cardstock sheet (8.50in x 11.00in).
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

 

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In DIY on
July 31, 2017

Look at the Stars, Look How They Shine for You (and Your Kids)!

#sorrynotsorry for the cheesy blog post title..I just can’t help myself sometimes! A good laugh is good for the soul…we are way too busy and stressed these days! I’m definitely guilty of that. I just read online that in the 1950s, people used to laugh an average of 18 minutes a day. Today, that has dwindled to 4-6 minutes a day. Yikes! So take a moment today and do something that makes you laugh!

Okay, I totally digressed…so back to today’s post! Stars! Raise your hands if you used to stare so long into the night sky until your neck hurts? Raise your hands higher if you had glow-in-the-dark stickers on your bedroom walls and ceiling! How about combining the two and making something super awesome?! Swing by Silhouette’s blog to read my tutorial on making Glow-in-the-Dark Constellation Cards. Not only is this an incredibly simple craft you can make with your kiddos, this is a great activity to spend the summer nights together as a family!

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In DIY, Silhouette on
July 25, 2017

Back to School Count Down

 

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! 🙂

Supplies needed:

 

 

 

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In Silhouette on
July 21, 2017

Silhouette Summit 2017 Recap

 

A little over two months ago, I had the opportunity to travel across the beautiful Pacific Ocean to attend Silhouette Summit 2017 in Waikiki. When I received the invitation, there was zero hesitation. I found myself a travel buddy (a mom+crafty friend) and we booked our flights faster than kids opening birthday presents. Peace out children!

This was my first time attending the 2-day event and my fourth time visiting Oahu. Still jaw-dropping gorgeous and delicious as ever! I don’t think I could get tired of the touristy island…I mean, have you tried Hawaiian shaved ice?! Nothing here stateside can compare.

Well, I’m digressing a bit so let’s get back to recapping my Summit experience.

The first day was all business starting with a morning session discussing the company’s growth domestically and internationally and their focus on user education, which we have started to see with the recent release of the Silhouette Handbook (use promo code 10OFF), an ebook that downloads directly into your Silhouette Studio Library. For Silhouette users of all experience levels, I highly recommend getting yourself a copy because it contains everything you need to know as well as walkthroughs for all of Silhouette offerings and software features. Say goodbye to Googling and finding outdated tutorials/posts!

Afterwards we broke for lunch and I joined a table with two Silhouette Artists (aka designers who contribute to Silhouette Design Store) and talked about everything under the sun, including bedazzling one of the Artist’s husband’s crutches with adhesive vinyl cut by their Silhouette machine! Now that is creative!

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to New Product Demos, which I am super excited to tell you about especially since I’ve been holding onto this top secret information since Summit! I saw and felt these new materials firsthand, some of which were on finished projects. So it’s really exciting to see the new creative possibilities users can come up with using these new products!

Here we go!

Adhesive Metallic Vinyl (in two sizes: 12in x 48in or 9in x 72in): Black, Rose Gold, Red, Teal, and Green

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl (in 12in x 48in size only): Reflective

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl (in 9in x 72in size only): Ebony Wood, Maple Wood, Walnut Wood, and Carbon Fiber

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl Sampler Pack (in 9in x 24in): Carbon Fiber and Wood

Metallic Heat Transfer Vinyl (in  12in x 36in size only): Copper

Specialty Heat Transfer Vinyl (in 9in x 36in size only): Iridescent, Reflective Red, Reflective Blue, Reflective Green

Specialty Media: Glitter Sticker Paper, Image Transfer Sheets, Tattoo Papers in Gold, Silver, and White.

  • Some personal notes: 
    • Gold and silver tattoo papers are not printable
    • Image transfer sheets are for laserjet printers
    • Glitter sticker sheets are for inkjet printers

Specialty Media for Curio: Foil Transfer sheets (in Silver, Copper, Gold), and Embossable Foil

Add some metallic flair to your special event invitations using the new Silhouette Foil Transfer Sheets (in Silver or Gold)

Tray featuring Adhesive Specialty Wood Vinyl in Maple

 

In my excitement, I didn’t take a ton of photos so swing by the Silhouette blog to see/read more! I’m going to get my hands on some of these new materials so tell me if there’s a specific product you would like see used in my upcoming projects!

 

The second day was a total FUN day…well maybe for others! Read below and you will know why!

Everyday we woke up to a delicious breakfast buffet that served fusion food…some Asian, some American, which equaled to a whole lot of AWESOME. Following breakfast, I signed up for the submarine tour as my excursion since I figured I had already snorkeled Hanauma Bay and if I were to do it again, I would only snorkel with my husband. We have a little “system” when it comes to snorkeling since I can get a little nervous in deep waters (read: when I can’t touch the ocean floor anymore! Ha!).

Despite taking anti-motion sickness meds, the choppy waves still got to me. Not so much on the actual submarine tour since we were 110ft underwater (so cool right?!) but on the way out and back in. The good news is that it was just motion sickness and nothing else. The bad news is that it lasted until night time, which basically forced me to opt out of the Summit’s grand finale, a dinner cruise overlooking Waikiki Bay. Well, that’s a no brainer…heck no, I’ll stay on land thank you very much! 🙂

All in all, it was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in which I am so grateful to have participated. I met so many talented bloggers, artists, and makers on this trip who are all bring so much creative and contagious inspiration. You guys, be on the lookout for some awesome collaborations in upcoming posts!

Mahalo Silhouette!

The motion sickness culprit 🙁

Oh how I miss this INCREDIBLE view from my hotel room

Look! I met Silhouette President & CEO, Mr. Arakawa

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In DIY, Silhouette on
July 16, 2017

I is for Ice Cream (and I’m celebrating it all week!)

Guess what today is??? National Ice Cream Day! 🙂

I mean, do I really need a day to remind me to enjoy one of the world’s greatest invention? Heck no!

So, I’m going to go a step further and make it an ice cream week here on the blog! I’ll “sprinkle” (har har, I love cheesy puns) in some tutorials and even a FREEBIE! Be sure to swing back in a couple days to see how to make your ice cream eating experience extra special.

Today’s tutorial showcases a simple DIY shirt made with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for my littlest. Every time we walk into an ice cream or froyo shop, she makes a mad dash towards the sample cups and then another mad dash towards one particular flavor which she points at with all her might. My favorite part is watching her hold the sample cup with her tiny pudgy fingers while enjoying the sweet treat. It’s got Vitamin D and Calcium right? #secondchild

Want to make this shirt for your kiddo…or yourself?!

Supplies needed:

  • Shirt (I recommend washing your shirt first beforehand)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (remember to use promo code 10OFF. FYI, I used smooth/matte material in white)
  • Hook tool (promo code 10OFF)
  • Amy Robison’s Ice Cream Cone Design ID#133499
  • Thin fabric (like a plain dinner linen napkin)
  • Iron

 

Let’s begin!

I love modifying designs purchased from Silhouette’s Design Store to make them work for my project needs.  The Ice Cream Cone design by Amy Robison is so dang cute and I would totally use it as-is for any paper project. Side note: how awesome is it that when you open the file in Silhouette Studio, there is a little mockup in the top left corner?!?! SO incredibly helpful, am I right??

Here’s how I slightly modified the design for my daughter’s shirt:

  1. After you open the file in Silhouette Studio, right-click and ungroup.
  2. Delete everything but three pieces (pink ice cream scoop, black cross-hatched cone, and colorful sprinkles). Also, do not resize the remaining shapes. NOTE: No need to change the fill color of the remaining pieces since we are not printing.
  3. Drag the cross-hatched cone to fit under the pink ice cream scoop. Make sure there is some overlap between the two pieces.
  4. With both cone and scoop selected, choose Weld under the Modify Window. NOTE: Don’t worry if your welded shape fill color changes to black. Again, fill color doesn’t matter when it comes to HTV projects. We are only concerned with cut lines.
  5. Next, move the sprinkles piece on top of the ice cream scoop.
  6. Great! We have our ice cream design and now we can add text.
  7. Then, simply create one circle shape with a 6.50in diameter.
  8. Click on Text tool and type “I is for” in a space somewhere above the ice cream cone shape with whatever font you like.
  9. Click on the four-arrow symbol on the bottom left of your text box and drag it down the top of the circle so that the words are on top of your circle and centered by eye. NOTE: If your text box was below your ice cream cone design and you dragged up the text box to the top of your circle, your words would probably be upside down. For more information about the Text to Path technique, visit this post.
  10. Next, copy/paste the “I is for” text box, drag it down to the “inside” of the circle, and revise text to read “ICE CREAM” in caps with the same font that you chose earlier.
  11. We obviously don’t want the words to overlap the cone so we will use the vertical slider to “slide” the text outwardly. Slide as far as you can.
  12. Lastly, for both text boxes, right-click and choose “Convert to Path,” which will “unlink” its “Text to Path” relationship to the circle. The circle is now back to being a regular cut circle, which you can now delete.
  13. Adjust the text as needed until you are satisfied with your design.
  14. Group everything so that it’s one piece.
  15. Resize your design accordingly to fit your shirt.

Once you have your finished design, the last step is ironing it onto your shirt which is super easy to do. Just click this link and follow steps 3-14.

Now all that is left is to sport your new awesome shirt, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream, and ENJOY! 🙂

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