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 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.

3 down, 7 more to go!