Friday, September 26, 2014

Boos and Ghouls Quilt-a-long ~ Ghoul quilt top

Oh goodness...this little pattern is so cute! I'm loving how these mini quilts are coming together! 

I've got the ghoul top stitched...and over the next few days hope to have time to put together the boos, I can hardly wait!



If you'd like to make your own, you can find all the information over at Bryan House Quilts...have fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boos & Ghouls Quilt-a-long Progress

I'm making progress on the quilt-a-long that is being hosted at Bryan House Quilts...Monday the cutting instructions were posted.

I spent a fun half hour or so at my local quilt shop sorting through their 6" scrap bin, pulling out all the black, gray and white scraps that I could find...at 7 for $1, it's hard to get too much! 

Then last night I started cutting away...and now...



The cutting is done! Two Boos and one Ghoul, in pieces! 

I'm ready for next Monday when the stitching begins!

Meredith


Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Adventures

Well, hello!

I've been keeping busy with lots of things, one of which is a new skill I'm learning, quilting! I just finished a class at my local quilt shop, and have a completed project, yeah!

As I was looking around for my next project, I came across an invitation for a Quilt-a-long with Bryan House Quilts to make these adorable ghost mini-quilts!


How cute are they? I plan to make two boy ghosts and one girl, representing my children. Then, as they move on, they can have a cute decoration for Halloween of their own...if I can give them up, that is!

I look forward to practicing my newfound skills, and ending up with cute decor!

Meredith


Friday, June 6, 2014

Flowers for My Daughter ~ Friends with Flair

Just popping in to share a quick project...my daughter is off for some more Coast Guard training, and requested some goodies from home to personalize her space.

I found some instax picture frames at Michael's (she was given the camera for her birthday) and decided to gussy them up some.




Because you don't always have pictures that you want to frame right away, I used my Unity stamps to decorate one of the frames, and put a quote inside.



I'm linking up to the Unity Friends with Flair party...you should come join in if you aren't already...there is lots of inspiration to see...and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith


Monday, May 12, 2014

Wearable Flower Power ~ Silhouette Challenge

I'm breaking away from my normal paper crafts this month...and putting my Silhouette cutter to use on a different medium ~ t-shirts!

It is most definitely spring here the southwest, well into it, in fact...and that means that its time to break out the tees! I don't know about you, but I get a little bored with wearing the same ones over and over, so I decided to do a little makeover on the plain tees that I'm used to wearing.

I purchased new ones for these projects - but you could just as easily treat some much-loved tees that are already in your closet to the same designs!

First, I cut some freezer paper with the design that I wanted to use, this one from the Silhouette store, and ironed it on to my t-shirt. There are some great instructions for cutting and using the freezer paper here. I then used a spray paint for fabric to spray over the stencils going over the fabric much heavier toward the bottom of the shirt and fading to almost no color at the top...I was going for the ombre look.

This is what it looked like right after I finished spraying, before I removed the freezer paper stencils...



And this is after the stencils were removed...perfect!



I have to wait one more day for it to dry according to the instructions on the paint...but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Then, I cut some htv (heat transfer vinyl) in the same design and ironed them on. This is a pretty straitforward tutorial on using heat transfer vinyl. My hint...make sure you purchase Easyweed htv...do you see all those little parts that needed weeded from my design? With the easyweed, I didn't even use a hook tool, I simply bent the backing/transfer side and the edge popped right up for me to grab hold and pull!

Here's the finished shirt with that method...



Meh...I could have placed the designs a bit better, but pretty good!

Third, I cut some contact paper with the same design, but this time I placed the designs on the shirt...



And then sprayed the shirt with diluted bleach from a spray bottle. The process was fine...the result...



Not really what I was going for! Oh well...it's still a good shirt...and I'll experiment with another color of fabric paint a little later to see if I can get a design on the shirt.

Bonus: I liked the floral design so much, that I used it on a mug that I etched for my mil as her Mother's Day gift! On her last visit she caught sight of a mug that I had experimented with glass etching on...simply putting my first initial on one side. She hinted strongly that it would make a good gift for her, as we share the same initial. :) I decided that I could do one better, and make her her own mug. 


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the online world! For more flower inspiration and projects, be sure to visit the links below!

Meredith

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  Vellum Flowers Silhouette Challenge - Shape Challenge - Flowers Paper Wedding Roses Tea Party Invites Dr. Seuss Graduation Gift Hand Made Floral Cards for Mom Say it With Flowers - May Silhouette Challenge (Paper Craft) Confetti Flower Card Silhouette Challenge! May flowers mixed media art Wearable Flower Power ~ Silhouette Challenge Silhouette Sketch Pen Tutorial - Watercolor Flowers Dingbat Font Flower Garden Flag Stenciled Burlap Canvas Distressed White Washed Terra Cotta Pot with Book Page Flowers Creating Floral Fabric Teacups Using Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! DIY Paper Flowers: 3D Paper Tulips DIY: Fabric Flower Hairpins Silhouette Sketch Pens Peony Prints Paper Purse Gift Card Holder 3d Watercolor Paper Peony Flowers DIY Home Decor Paper Blossom Branches Floral Note Card Set French Box Upcycle with Graphic Challenge ‪#‎silhouettechallenge‬ DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood Metal Etching flower kraft boxes Vellum Flower Arrangement Thank-You Cards {Made on Silhouette}

1. Create & Babble // 2. Kate's Paper Creations // 3. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 4. Tried & True // 5. unOriginal Mom // 6. Mama Sonshine // 7. Adventures in All Things Food & Family // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. The Outlandish Momma // 10. Whats Next Ma // 11. Dream a Little Bigger // 12. Silhouette School // 13. Creative Ramblings // 14. Our Rosey Life // 15. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 16. Practically Functional // 17. Minted Strawberry // 18. Two Purple Couches // 19. Simply Kelly Designs // 20. Grey Luster Girl // 21. TitiCrafty // 22. My Mom Made That // 23. Architecture of a Mom // 24. My Paper Craze // 25. The Sensory Emporium // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. Mabey She Made It // 28. McCall Manor //

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

1. Dream a Little Bigger // 2. So Much Better With Age // 3. Adventures in All Things Food // 4. Creative Carnival // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. feto soap // 7. One Dog Woof // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. From Wine to Whine // 10. Architecture of a Mom // 11. Grey Luster Girl // 12. Minted Strawberry // 13. Designed Decor // 14. Tried & True // 15. Silhouette School // 16. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 17. Weekend Craft // 18. Practically Functional // 19. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 20. McCall Manor // 21. unOriginal Mom // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. A Tossed Salad Life // 24. A Glimpse Into Barb's Life // 25. Kate's Paper Creations // 26. Simply Kelly Designs // 27. Cutesy Crafts // 28. Persia Lou // 29. Whats Next Ma // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. The Frill of Life // 32. Nearly Handmade // 33. Get Silvered // 34. Ginger Snap Crafts // 35. Life After Laundry // 36. The Sensory Emporium // 37. Monograms & Cake // 38. The Thinking Closet // 39. My Paper Craze // 40. Chicken Scratch NY

Thanks for stopping by!

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