Valentine For the Hubby

15 02 2018

I got his wrapped up about an hour before he got home. I wish I’d had time to make a box or bag for him, but I didn’t.

Here’s what you need to know about the love of my life.

He comes across as intimidating. I have NO idea why, but he does until you take the time to get to know my quiet wonderful man.

Something else you need to know. I think he likes it and kind of plays on it sometimes, especially as our kids have gotten old enough to date.

He also likes to laugh.

So the gifts were made with theses things in mind. And they were well received πŸ™‚

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thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

 

Links to files used in the projects

Corset, Pattern1, Pattern 2, I Don’t Like Morning People

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It Worked!

11 01 2018

In my last blog post, I shared the need I have to vinyl all the things right now.

I’m still at it πŸ˜‰

I’ve been trying to figure out placements and sizes of things on shirts. Specifically, a V-neck shirt for me.

I’m still working on that πŸ˜‰ Although there are great guides out there, I’m not standard issue. I’m fun size πŸ˜‰ but due to medical issues I’m like an extra value fun size.

So today, instead of working on the V-neck (because I don’t have anymore and we had a “winter event” that closed things down) I moved on to round neck and a saying that I’ve LOVED for quite a while.

This is the first “grown up” shirt I’ve been happy with. I think the size and placement finally came together for me. The fun part of this shirt for me, was doing three colors of vinyl and doing some layering. And it worked πŸ˜€

I’m not a baseball fan, but I am a Royals fan. And for someone who’s not a sports nut, I’ve learned a thing or two from this team.

Things in our lives aren’t always easy, but here’s the great thing – we can choose to sit in the dug out or to pick up a bat and swing for the fences.

I’ve found I’m not very good at sitting in the dug out.

Link to saying:Β https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/185137

If You’re Learning To:

What I’m figuring out through lots of trial and error, is that even with guides, placement and size can be affected by body shape and size. Traditional placement of things on a medium V-neck shirt I’m doing for myself don’t work. They’re too low. I’m learning it’s okay to tweak those guides. And because I’m learning this, I placed the saying on this shirt a little higher than suggested, but it works with my body and I’m happy with it. It could be my new favorite shirt…until tomorrow when I make another one πŸ˜‰





I Want To Vinyl All the Things

10 01 2018

My husband bought me a heat press for Christmas and now it seems nothing is safe from me and the HTV πŸ™‚

So tonight, I did a shirt and beanie for my youngest. For the most part, I like how they turned out, but I do think the words on the beanie would have looked better in white. But I was too worried about not being able to see the white as well.

Dang. May have to play some more πŸ˜‰

I also wasn’t sure if the knit beanie would be okay in the heat press. I’m kind of going with the idea that if something doesn’t melt in the heat press, it’s fair game for HTV.

The knit beanie didn’t melt πŸ˜€

Here’s how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo

File for the shirt: I still live…





A Christmas Surprise REVEALED!

25 12 2017

So, I’ve done this thing for my kiddos where I’ve hand made stockings for them.

One of my 18yo daughters came to us a little later in her life, and I wanted to make sure she had a handmade stocking, too.

Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as it once seemed. My body can no longer do the same things it used to, so it took me longer to get this done. I also had to think outside the box.

I can no longer do the needlework, but I can make my Silhouette Cameo sing and boy did it. Here’s the “symphony” we created together.

There’s a pattern for the stocking. I had my Cameo cut it out for me.

I pulled different files from the Silhouette Design store and created the scene which I cut out of HTV. It’s kind of hard to see it in this picture, but the HTV is glittery πŸ™‚

This was my first HTV project, so I was a little nervous about applying the vinyl to the stocking front. But I watched a lot of videos and did my research. I even cut out test pieces and applied them before I tried this. Luckily, it worked πŸ™‚

The next step was sewing the stocking pieces together so it actually held things. I was nervous, but I managed to get through it and the sewn part turned out better than I thought it would. But I didn’t have very high expectations of myself, so that made it easier πŸ˜‰

Let me just stop here and say, I am not a seamstress. My husband has actually used the words, “I rue the day I bought you that thing.” (Meaning the sewing machine).

After creating the stocking I hand stitched the bling around the top and closed up that top seam (I left it until last to make sure I had enough space for her name. Math and numbers aren’t my strong suit). Last, I added a few sparkly things to the snowflakes and parts of the scene.

She saw it for the first time this morning. The look on her face was worth all the recuts and all the extra rolls of HTV I had to buy because I kept messing up.

She was truly surprised and really liked it.

To me, that’s the best part of Christmas. Giving of yourself and seeing someone’s joy later. And that giving can come in many forms, not just a glittery stocking. AND, even better, it’s something we can do all year.

So Merry Christmas my friends. May you feel the love of those around you and give it freely to those whose paths you cross.

Xoxo

Links to project pieces:

Stocking pattern (there are directions, but I did my own thing.)

Church, Snowflake scroll, Saying





Christmas Cards Part the Fourth

1 12 2017

Still working on fun πŸ™‚

This card involved digital elements as well as an actual stamp πŸ™‚ The background and the fairy are digital. I printed them off, colored, and then cut them out. Then I stamped the greeting πŸ™‚

This is a stamp I bought a few months ago because, look at it πŸ˜‰ This card is almost completely old school with no digital πŸ™‚ I stamped and colored the image. Cut out all the papers. Used embossing powders and gel pens. When it was time to cut out the stamped portion, I tried to use my pixscan mat, but my machine and that function still don’t get a long. Which is a shame, because it’s such an awesome feature. Instead, I created and cut out two frames. One is the mat. The other I traced around my stamped image then cut the image out by hand. I got the right size by using the pixscan function, even if my machine wasn’t able to cut it out.

And we have a Christmas box card! I think I’ve shifted into the box card making part of my seasonal cards πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to the projects: fairy digi stamp, pattern/digi paper, postcard stamp, snow globe box card





Christmas Cards Part the Third – Here’s Another 3

17 11 2017

I’ve been a busy little elf! While I waited for the ink to refill my Copics, I did some designing so I’d be ready πŸ™‚

So, here are the cards πŸ™‚

  1. I used another Stampendous stamp and metal dies to pull this all together. But, I did try something new. This was my first try at no-line coloring. I’m happy with the results of my first try πŸ™‚img_3527

2. The next card features a digital stamp that I LOVE. I used it last year, and I’ll probably use it at least once more this year, in addition to this card. I’m also in love with the saying. The mat is a digital paper I have from an old Craft Artist kit that I imported into the pattern folder in my Silhouette program. I printed the girl separately, colored her, then used the print & cut feature to cut her out and mat her on the front of the card.

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3. This last card also features a digital stamp. TheΒ  backgrounds and mat for this are from the Silhouette Store. It’s all one piece I printed off then cut out. I colored the elf. This one I wasn’t sure about in the beginning. I started this card over at least three timesΒ  because I just wasn’t happy. This time, though, it worked. The little elf came out cuter than I hoped she would πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how I pulled that off πŸ˜‰

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Project Links

Card 1: Stampendous stamp

Card 2: One Child saying, Snowflake girl digi stamp

Card 3:Β  Holiday plaid pattern, snowflake pattern, Elf Mim





Christmas Cards Part the Second – Here’s Three More

16 11 2017
  1. This card was super simple but has a wow effect. If you’re pressed for time, this is a good one to try πŸ™‚ And to help keep it simple and quick, I used my Silhouette Sketch pens for the greeting.img_3526

 

2. This card was supposed to be a trifold card, but I could NOT figure out how to make it work. I ended up taking the pieces apart and layering them with foam tape. And I like how it turned out πŸ™‚

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3. This card was old school stamping and card assembly for me πŸ™‚ I used a Stampendous stamp, colored with markers and pencils, and used a few metal dies and put everything together.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links for projects

Card 1: Flexi card file

Card 2: Silhouette file

Card 3: Stampendous stamp