Saturday, June 28, 2014

Flip Flop Wreath

I have seen these different wreaths made out of flip flops and I really wanted to try it.  I picked up the supplies at the Dollar Tree. Below is a photo of the colorful flip flops.


I then took the green pool noodle and threaded a piece of yarn inside.  The last time I made a wreath with a pool noodle the Mississippi heat made the pool noodle loose its shape.  So now I thread yarn in it and time a tight not to pull it together and make it stronger not sure how well it works.

Then I took some packing tape and curved the pool noodle into a circle. Normally I would cover the pool noodle but, I liked the color so I left it.
First I laid the shoes out in the design I wanted, then I took hot glue on the sides and connected them all. Sorry forgot to take a photo of this step.  From there I took hot glue all over the wreath and placed the shoes on it.  After that I took some orange tulle and weaved it around the shoes.

I liked it but, it needed more.  So I weaved some pink tulle around with the orange.  Then between the shoes I tied orange and pink tulle.

My husband came up with the idea of putting a plate in the center and decorating the plate.  We found these green plates at the Dollar Tree a pack of four for $1.00

We also picked up this small pack of foam.  I thought if I could cut the foam with my Silhouette Cameo I would glue the foam on the plate instead of using vinyl.

My plan was to put some flowers on the flip flops but, when we did that it was too busy for us.
I found this website that gave instructions on how to cut foam using the Silhouette and it worked perfectly. http://ameliaandme.com/cutting-foam-with-your-silhouette/

Here are the instructions for cutting foam using the Silhouette Cameo.


Things you need:
  1. Silhouette Cameo
  2. Cutting mat
  3. Craft foam
  4. Glue
Change the settings
  1. Blade on 10
  2. Heavy Card stock
  3. Cutting speed – 1
  4. Double cutting
*Update on using foam in the Silhouette Cameo.
The foam that I purchased from the dollar tree is thin and it works perfectly, using the instructions above. 
It is 10.1 cm x 15.2 cm.


Then I purchased some foam thinking it was as thin and it only cut the top, it did not cut all the way through.  I actually did the double cut twice which is four times and it still did not cut.  Not only that but, the Silhouette seemed to bog down a bit. 
13.9 cm x 21.5 cm this is just too thick.
 
 So my advice if you want to cut foam, use 10.1 cm x 15.2 cm or thinner and you should have no problems.  Anything thicker and you will run into issues.

I cut out a chair and a beach umbrella then I took the word relax and curved it on the chair and cut it out in foam.  Glued all the foam pieces together and then glued them on the plate.

From there we lined everything up and glued the plate to the wreath.  We put the design on the back so when we glued it, the plate would come through more. and the rim of the plate would sit on the flip flops.

Here is the completed project.  I love how it turned out.





Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lables For Kitchen Canisters

So I have Dymo label maker and I used it a long time ago for my kitchen canisters.  Recently I seen a few people who used their Silhouette to put vinyl labels on their canisters.  I did a little research to find the right type of label.  I found this website that had free printable labels.  They were being used as place settings but, I liked the design and just made them smaller for my canisters.
Below is what the canisters looked liked before the vinyl labels.



Here is the site where I found the free printable labels.  http://www.mom4real.com

Using my Silhouette Cameo I traced the labels and then I found the font I wanted for the words.

 Here are two of the labels after I weeded out the parts I did not need.  They are covered in contact paper.  This is what I am using as the transfer paper.


Here is a photo with the label and transfer (contact) paper lined up on the canister.  The canisters have some ridges to them but, I am going to do my best to place where they will not be too much of a problem.



Here is the first one done, I love how it looks, my kitchen is yellow and cobalt blue.

Now, the sugar and stevia ones.  This will help my husband out so he will know for sure which one is stevia and which one is sugar. I do not have one for coffee that is in another container.
Here they all are completed and together. Love how they turned out and they look so much better than the dymo label.
I have a fourth canister that held some colorful straws but, I decided to move them and label the last canister but, I did not know what I would put in it so I just put question marks.  It is slightly crooked but, that is ok down the road I may have something for it and then I will take the question mark label off. 



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Print and Cut

I seen on the blog from Silhouette School DIY print and cut.  I had tried to do a print and cut once and it did not line up right.  Then I read the blog and other comments.  One said to make sure there is good light on the Silhouette so that it can read the registration marks.

After reading the blog I purchased the Square 1 Printable for vinyl and for shirts.  Tried the material for the shirts and it printed great but, it did not cut all the way. It did line up with no problem, I did have a good light right on it so I am sure that helped.  I re-read the blog and seen where I should have the blade set and the material.  Since it is thicker I did do a double cut and once I did that it worked out great. 

The bow needed something more so my husband and I decided to add the words Navy Brat, that is what Navy dependents are called. Our daughter was a Navy brat and now she is serving in the Navy and she has a 1 year old with another on the way so this is for her.

I had to do the Navy Brat twice since I had moved the material to take off the bow, the registration marks were read correctly but, the design was slightly off due to moving the material.

Here is a link to the blog: 
http://silhouetteschool.blogspot.com/2014/05/diy-print-and-cut-wall-decals-using.html

Someone gave me the bow it had the word merica between the bow, I just took that off and then for the words I used Star Alphabet upper and lower case from the Silhouette store.

Here is the link for the material and they have it on sale right now.
http://shop.square1masterpiece.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=INTROPACKSPECIAL


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brave sign

The other day the Silhouette store had a 24 hour flash sale everything was 40% off.  I found this sign and purchased it.  I already had the canvas for it, so all I needed was some Navy blue paint.

I painted the canvas with three coats of Navy blue paint letting each one dry overnight.
First photo is with just one coat.
 

Now, with three coats.
My husband helped measure all the words so they were set right.  He was a huge help.
Here it is the end result.  This is for our home, my husband is a retired Navy Seabee Builder Chief and I served in the Navy for one hitch.  Our Daughter is a Second Class Culinary Specialist in the Navy.  Our son is a Third Class Aviation Support Equipment Technician.



I thought this sign needed a little something more, so I cut out some vinyl white and red stars then I added a blue gem to it. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

G-Baby's first birthday outfit.

Our granddaughter is going to be one next Sunday. I wanted to make decorate a onesis for her first birthday.  I used Silhouette Heat Transfer Material.  This was before I started using Siser Easy Weed.  This was also my first layered project.  I did it awhile ago but, my daughter did not want me to post photos until it was closer to her birthday.  Using my Silhouette Cameo I had the birthday girl and the one already in the library.  I mirrored the image and cut it out.  I used a regular iron and just pressed with no steam for a couple minutes.  Here it is just before I ironed it on.

Next I cut out the top layer of the one.  I then ironed it on the same way I did the first time.
I mailed this off to my daughter and she really liked it.  They live in Virginia.  But, I thought it needed something more. When my daughter had to mail me something I asked for her to send it and I would jazz it up a bit.

I found white ribbon with green and pink stars.  Then I picked up some material that I could iron on the shirt and iron the ribbon on it was so easy.  I had recently purchased the Bowdabra to make bows.
I picked up some lavender and dark green ribbon and my husband made a bow.  He used the green and pink star ribbon for the center.  Then we used different iron on and non iron on adhesives to secure the bow.  I love how this turned out.  I also picked up a headband and my husband made a bow using the green and pink star ribbon that is on the onesis, so it matched her outfit.

As a surprise for our daughter we added to the back nickname G-baby.  This was done using Siser Easy Weed Heat Transfer Vinyl.  Love how this turned out.
I have mailed it back to my daughter and she loved the new added touches.  Our granddaughter wore the outfit to have her first birthday photos taken.

Father's Day card for my husband.

I had made a box card and bendy card for my Dad for Father's day and his birthday.  So I then decided to make this cute little workbench pop up card for my husband.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dad's Birthday Card

My Dad's birthday is just after Father's day and since I made him a box card for Father's day I wanted to do something for his birthday.  I found a free card on http://www.birdscards.com/ It is a bendy card and something I had never done before.  I actually thought the words were cut out in one color and the card in another.  I tried a couple times to cut the card and my Silhouette Cameo would go in all kinds of directions and make some horrible noises.  I shut the whole system including computer down and left it alone until today.  Then I tried again and it did the same thing, I thought my Cameo was broken. Then I noticed the settings was not 12x12 but, A4 as soon as I changed the setting for 12x12 and put new paper on the mat it all worked perfectly.

The first one I made was just a test to see if it was going to work.  After the trouble I had I wanted to make sure. It worked and I was happy and ready to move on to the next one.

The next one I did, turned out pretty but, looked more for a woman than a man so I saved that one and did another one picking different colors.  I wanted to make the card pop so I put glue on the words. I just painted the glue on with a small paint brush.

Then I took some Navy blue glitter and sprinkled it all over the words.  I was able to take the excess and put it back in the bottle.
Once I put the card together it looked really good but, it seemed to be missing something.  My husband suggested that I put some balloons on it

I had a balloon with no string but, I also had some layered balloons.  I erased the balloons from the two different strings. Then I cut out the balloons. At first I had them coming out of the top of the card but, it did not look good then I put them on the side and group a large balloon with a small one.

To finish it off  I added Dad at the bottom using an offset for the red and then yellow letters sat on top. Here are some photos showing the different views. 


Father's Day Box Card

The other day, Silhouette store had a flash sale for 24 hours where everything was on sale for 40% off. I was not sure what to get but, I picked up a few things I wanted to try.  One was the golf box card. I wanted to make it for my dad for Father's day.  I opened up the Silhouette store so that I could see what it should look like then I cut it out and with help from my husband we figured out how to put it all together.  Since I did not use patterned paper the outside was plain.  So I made a rectangle and used a silver sketch pen and wrote and cut out Happy Father's Day and then glued it to the outside.  I am very happy how it turned out.



 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tumbler for my hair stylist.

The other day on my way to get my hair cut I came up with a cute saying for a design for a cup for my hair stylist.  I gave it to her today and she loved it. It says Hair Stylist are a cut above.







Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dog's Container

Normally, when we board our dog, we just put the food in a Ziploc bag and put her name on it.  But, it was easier to bring her food container and just decorate the container.  So simple and just so cute the way it came out.



Canvas sign

I made this sign for my daughter for her birthday.  She is a Culinary Specialist in the US Navy.
When doing this canvas I painted two coats of yellow acrylic paint letting it dry between coats. Then I applied Mod Podge and let that dry. 

Once the canvas was completely dry, I cut out the vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo.  From there I took the vinyl and lined it up before I applied it to the vinyl.

Then I put the design on the canvas. Here is the completed design.  My daughter really liked it.

Monday, June 2, 2014

My workout cup

I recently purchased a bunch of clear plastic cups from the Dollar Tree I wanted to make myself a cup but, was not sure what to put on it.  Then I seen this design in my Silhouette library.  The lines were a bit thin and I was having trouble with the offset working how I wanted.  Then I made the lines thicker but, not so thick that it would block the center of the letters.

From there I did a bigger offset so that it was nice space behind it. I tried it out with some scrape vinyl I had and I loved the way it turned out, so much so I almost used it for my project. The only reason I did not is I wanted these pastel colors. I just put the one I did as a test on the backing and will save for another project.

The background color is bubblegum pink and the front is lavender. The first photo was taken without the flash so it could be seen better that is why the color difference.

Here is my new workout cup.  I will fill this with water when I am working out and just to have around the house.  I am trying to drink more water having this cup filled up will help out.