Thursday, March 6, 2014

Silhouette Weekly Challenge

Silhouette posted a new challenge this week to make an apparel or accessory item with Silhouette materials which was convenient since I was already making these:


Erin's new soccer league is fantastic (SO much better then the last) but there's only 2 girls for every 6 boys so very male dominated.  So I thought it would be fun to make team spirit bows for the few girls on her team.  I made basic bows with ribbon then used Silhouette Heat Transfer Smooth Material for the lettering.  My first experience with this material (for a Dr. Seuss Day shirt) was frustrating to say the least but I was pleasantly surprised how much easier it was this time.  The only issue this time was due to my own stupidity - I cut & weeded it ALL out & then realized I forgot to mirror the letters first *face palm*. 

After I finished them all, I persuaded Erin to model hers for me ;-)

 Although didn't have her attention for long...so hard to compete with Disney!

Monday, March 3, 2014

My favorite...

Anyone who knows me, knows that green is one of my favorite colors & St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - because duh! the color & because I'm Irish - & door wreaths have become one of my favorite crafts because it makes so easy to brighten up a dreary entry way.  Since winter has overstayed it's welcome I decided to make a new wreath for this Monday's Craft Madness.

I used a straw wreath form for a more rustic & natural look, with 3 layers of ribbon for fullness

This little shamrock is from a bigger cut file "Lucky" from the Silhouette store.  I cut the off-set out of the corrugated cardstock for some extra texture & the shape from shimmer cardstock.

This is also a cut file from the Silhouette store, base layer is coverstock with vellum in the middle & the shimmer cardstock on top.  After I had it assembled, I decided I didn't like the shamrocks included in the file so I replaced them with some extra layered ones.

Overall, I like the way it came out (although I won't mess with straw again!), it's "Spring-y" enough to chase the dreary winter away but not overwhelming.  And since it fits the personality of our home so well I can keep it up after the holiday :-).

Mid-Week Mojo Rose

I still have quite a lot of the Pink Paislee collection & while it was serendipitous for new baby gift, it really isn't my style.  So I decided I'd use it to make an end-of-year teacher gift.  I found this beautiful mini album display in an antique bronze faux finish that matches the paper collection perfectly.  I figure it's small enough to not take up much space on the teacher's desk but would also work in her home if she so chooses.

The display is for 6 x 6 pages which is a new challenge for me (& I thought the 8 x 10 frame was small!); it also has 10 pages which is perfect for a mid-week mojo series ;-).   I tried to somewhat simplify the sketch(es) to not overwhelm the size or pictures that will (hopefully) eventually be put in.




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