Monday, April 14, 2014

Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land;" ~ Song of Solomon 2:12

I'm keeping it simple this month...my project is the first of what I intend to be several to decorate my space...but I only had time to make the one before I had to pack up my craft room to move to a new house!



I used this design from the Silhouette store, and cut it out at about 8 inches. I live in the southwest, and love, love, love the work of Georgia O'Keefe, and how her super large flowers look fabulous. I assembled the flower according to the designer's instructions and glued it onto a 12" canvas that I had painted with a bright turquoise...that's it!




The plan is to make about six and hang them on the upper cabinet that faces the breakfast room...so that I can have spring year-round! I'll spare you the picture of the lonely panel on the expanse of cupboard! 


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?


If you're in the mood to celebrate spring, I invite you to take some time to visit my friends in the Silhouette Challenge group who are all using their Silhouette machines to celebrate spring in some way!

  Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update

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Meredith

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stitched Cards ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hello, and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! 

I'm just dropping in to show how I made some cards that I did for a swap recently.

I'm a member of the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group (the link to request membership is in the sidebar) and the first of four fun swap activities for 2014 was to join in on a handmade card swap.  All the cards are in the mail back to us (I'm still waiting for mine to arrive) and some have already made it to their new homes!

Here is an example of the cards that I made for the swap...


I had a request to share how my cards were made, so here you go!

I used a cut file from the Silhouette store, design #55107 for the swap, and design #55684 for today. I did modify them a bit...I used a rounded rectangle for the base instead of the sharp corner one that it comes with.

Supplies:

  • cut files (listed above)
  • cardstock - green: Bazzil; white and cream: Wausau; pink: unknown
  • embroidery floss: DMC
  • embossing folder: Darice

When you choose your cardstock for the card base and the cut layer, I recommend a heavier weight cardstock so it can stand up to the stitching - I chose bright colors for the card base and white or cream for the cut layer.

Cut the file from your cardstock...the settings you use will depend on the cardstock you chose. Oh, and don't resize the file, you need the stitching holes to not change.


When you pull the cardstock off the cutting mat, you will probably have some stitching holes that still have the cardstock in them...just push the cardstock from the front to the back and brush it off with your fingers.


I wanted to add some extra texture to my cards, so I chose embossing folders and ran the cut cardstock through to add some dimension.


For the next step I chose an embroidery floss color that matched (as best I could) the colored cardstock that I used for the card base. I used all six strands and stitched the shape using a backstitch. 

A backstitch is a stitch made with stitches sewn backwards in the direction of the sewing. Bring the needle up in the forward hole...


Then back down through the stitch behind.

Here is what the back side looks like. I just used tape to secure the ends of the embroidery floss.


You do need to take care not to pull too hard while stitching, as the embossed paper will tear if you do. If it does, simply take the stitch again, supporting it with your finger so that it does not move through the torn spot, and move on to the next stitch.

Once the stitching was complete I added foam adhesive to the back side of the stitched piece, and adhered it to the card base. The foam adds another layer of dimension...and it would be difficult to adhere the stitched layer flat to the card with the bulk of the stitches on the back.



That's it! Your card is done!


If you are not a fan of the embossing, or just want to do things a bit differently, I also like the look of the layer with some ink along the edges to add a bit of dimension. I made this card base larger...that is why the shamrock looks like a different size.


Have fun making your own projects!

If you're interested in participating in the next group swap, we'd love to have you join in! The details will come in June, but I'll be hosting a tag swap with the group in July to play along with all my Silhouette Facebook friends!

Have a great day!

Meredith




Monday, March 10, 2014

Greeting Card Holder ~ Silhouette Challenge

Hello, hello! 

I haven't been posting much, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been creating! I've got something special to show you today...I hope you like it! 

I'm participating with the Silhouette Challenge group today ~ this month the challenge is all about paper! My project is more about showing off your card creations to best advantage, but there will be a huge batch of other fabulous projects at the bottom of this post. 

If you've explored this blog at all, you know that I make handmade cards...lots of handmade cards. I put time, thought and love into each of these creations, just as you do with what you make. Then, when it comes time to pair one of those cards with a gift, what do I do?

I stuff it in an envelope and drop it in the bag. That's it.

No more!

Now, thanks to the brilliant idea I found here, I'll be proudly displaying the card on the front of the gift bag!


I've got some examples for you...this idea is so versatile, you could use it any way that you want to!

You can use a top-folding card...


or a side-fold card...



You can make the card holder the same color as the bag...



or you can make it a decorative element in and of itself...here's a close-up...



See, any way that you want!

I do have a few files to share with you, but really, you can make this easily yourself. Just make the opening that you will slide the card through about 1/4 to 3/8" larger than the length of the side that you want it to hold. Have fun going through the label and frame shapes that you have to choose the outer edge to cut.

You may download the files I made here.

Greeting Card Holder

You are free to use these files for personal and commercial use, but you may not share the file themselves. Please send those who want the file here to download them.

Have fun using this new way to show off your beautiful creations!

Oh, and for those of you that participated in the card swap with the Silhouette Challenge group...yes, one of the cards above is like the ones that I sent in...but you'll have to wait to see which one!

And if you would like some more inspiration from my talented friends on how to use your Silhouette machine with paper, click on through to the fabulous projects below!

Just click through on the picture of the project that you want to see!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?


The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

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Thanks for stopping by!

Meredith

 







Monday, February 10, 2014

Surprise Burlap Banner ~ Silhouette Challenge

Hello Friends!

I have another project to show, and of course, I'm sharing the file too!

I ran across this project, and used my Silhouette to make a similar one for myself!



The how-to's are in the file, which I have for you to download free! 

But before you go to the download, I decided to take it a step further...

I love decorating a bit for each holiday, but honestly, in the middle of tax season, I'm just too busy to spend very much time at it...so flip the banner over for the surprise!

I thought that a banner I could use for both Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day would be great, so I made it reversible!



The assembly is pretty simple, and adaptable to your skill level. I've included how I made mine in the download, so I won't bore you with the details here.

Surprise Burlap Banner

Free File Etiquette: You may use this file to make physical projects to keep, give away, or sell. Please do not share the file itself, direct others to this page to download for themselves. Thank you!

I will however, share a quick tip for cutting burlap - you might already know it, but if you don't it will save you much frustration while cutting!

The problem that I have with cutting burlap is getting a strait line...even if I flatten the fabric and cut carefully, it is so slippery, that I end up with jagged edges, no fun!

So, here's the tip: decide where you want to cut, then pull out one thread of burlap all the way from side to side.



Now you have a 'space' that you can follow with your scissors, to cut a strait line in the burlap!



I hope you enjoyed my project, and encourage you to go create!

I'm joining forces with some online friends today, as a part of the Silhouette Challenge group.



Today's challenge is all about fabric - so if you like fabric, and love inspiration, come join the party!
  1. No-Sew Valentine's Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid's T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie - Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. "Good Morning, Sunshine!" Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. "Team Betty" Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy's Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine's OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine's Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. "Cute as Cupid" shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em's Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Monday, January 13, 2014

Organizing the Craft Room ~ Silhouette Challenge

Hello and Welcome!

I'm trying something new this year ~ a series of posts about organizing that I've done in my craft room. I plan to publish one a month throughout 2014, and I hope that y'all will learn a few helpful tips before I'm done!

I'm starting with simple labels made from contact paper and vinyl...too easy, right? It would have been, if it weren't for my natural tendency for crafter disasters!

 And I'm not the only one...at the end of this post you'll find links to all sorts of organizing goodness!

Here's what my finished labels look like ~ not too shabby, no?



I made the label itself from chalkboard vinyl ~ I normally have to order specialty vinyl from an online store, but I lucked out when wandering through Michael's one day and chanced upon some "sticky back chalkboard roll" in the school supplies...it is exactly like chalkboard vinyl, and even comes in colors! So the lesson there is to keep your eyes open as you'll never know what you'll find!

I knew that I wanted to fancy up the labels a bit, so I added woodgrain contact paper as an offset shape underneath the chalkboard ~ I think it adds a nice frame.

And here are the crafter disasters...I share, in the hopes that you will learn from my mistakes. ;)

First ~ take a closer look at your design on the mat in the program *before* you cut, because anything that is outside the red lines on the edge of the mat, will not actually be cut by the machine!



My two outside rows of labels ended up over the edge, so did not get cut ~ I guess its a good thing I bought a roll!

Alright, lesson number two ~ test cuts are great! 

The goal when cutting vinyl (or contact paper) is to get a 'kiss' cut. This is when the vinyl is cut through, but the backing paper is left in one piece.

The best way I've found to figure the correct settings are to do a web search using the name of the type of vinyl you are cutting, and start from there. But keep in mind that each machine is a little different, and the sharpness of your blade can make a difference too.



If the cut is too deep, then the backing paper is cut out with the shape, making it more difficult to remove your cut, and also more difficult to keep the vinyl moving through the machine accurately. A kiss cut allows the backing to stay in one piece, making life simpler for you!



Once the labels were cut, I started applying them to everything that was standing still...



Not really... 

But I did label my bins that contain most of my stamps for cardmaking. I used a chalkboard marker to write on the labels, since I use these containers a lot, and did not want to rub off my writing too soon.



And I love the way the labels make these jars filled with embellishments look!



So, are you doing any organizing or decluttering any time soon? Would you like a label shape to cut out for yourself? I'd love to share mine with you!

You can grab it here from box.net.

Chalkboard Label and Frame file

***Free file Etiquette*** You are welcome to use cuts made with this file for any purpose, personal or commercial. You may not share the file yourself or claim it as your own. If someone else would like to have this file, please direct them to this post, not to the box.net download directly. Thank you.

For the curious:

Here is the lowdown on the supplies and containers that you see in this post:
  • Chalkboard vinyl - Darice Self-Stick Chalkboard - Michael's
  • Woodgrain vinyl - Contact paper shelf liner - Dollar Tree
  • Great Dane dog - her name is Lily, isn't she cute?
  • Bins for stamp storage - Rubbermaid - Walmart (although they no longer carry this type)
  • Jars for embellishments - ? - Michael's
  • Shelves for jars - ? - Walmart

There is a whole slew of organizing goodness going on with the Silhouette Challenge group this month, I hope that you have fun visiting each site and learning great things along the way!




  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma   <---------- You are here!
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About


Wow, that is some kind of fabulous list!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith




Friday, January 3, 2014

Friends with Flair ~ More from Christmas

Such a quick post...coming in under the wire to participate in Friends with Flair this week! I'll add the details later...just wanted to get some of the Christmas cards that I made up to show off a bit!

I just pulled all the holiday Unity stamps that I had out, several are from past KOM's, and others are from SOTW's and a few are from grab bags that I won. I love how I was able to mix and match them!










Thanks for stopping by!

Meredith

OWH Sketch #205 - Robots!

I'm actually crafting again! I got the chance to play with the newest OWH sketch #205, and the result is below!

Here is the sketch ~ its a great one for personalizing, as you will see if you follow the link!



I'm hoping some little guys will get a kick out of these cards!



I'm making a real effort to fit into the space I already have...so using up supplies is the name of the game...and will be for a while to come. I managed to crank out ten cards last night...and plan on putting together a kit to make another 20 tonight! Then I'll only have about 3/4 of the paper left, LOL! I guess I'll find another sketch!

Meredith