Thursday, March 26, 2015

Monogram Easter Bunnies

Today, I am getting everything ready to mail out to my daughter and granddaughters.  Then I remembered that I had not put anything on their bunnies.  Since I put their names on the Valentine's day bears I wanted to do something different.

So I decided to monogram them. Here is a photo of the little Dollar Tree bunnies before they were monogrammed.

Then I cut out the heat transfer material using my Silhouette Cameo.  The material is the Silhouette brand not my favorite but, I need to use it up.  It is very hard to see where it cut or if it cut.  But, it did cut and it adhered really good.  Below is the end result.  Now, I need to pack up the Easter box and get it mailed out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter shirts for G-babies

It took me a while to come up with what I was going to put on my Granddaughter's shirts for Easter.  I was playing around with a few designs I had from the Silhouette store and I seen in my library some Easter photo props.  In the photo props was a couple of Easter baskets and some eggs and grass.

So this is what I started with, I put one of the Easter baskets on my Silhouette design space and then I added the eggs and grass.  As I went along I colored each item in to see if I would like it.

Then I took a bunny and a chick that I had along with a chevron background and I combined them so that the chevron will fill in the shape of the bunny and the chick.

Once this was all done I printed it out so that I can check the size on the shirts. Below is what they looked like printed out.  I really liked how they looked and the size so I went forward with my design.

First I cut out the baskets, using my Silhouette Cameo and Siser Easy weed heat transfer material.
The pink one is for my first grandchild and the purple one is for her sister.

Then I cut out the grass and the eggs for both of them.  Along with the chevron bunny and rabbit. I did the pink one first, I ironed on the basket, then the bunny.  From there I placed the grass and then the eggs.  Here is how the pink first look, I brightened the photo so you can see the eggs and grass better.



I then did the same steps for the purple basket.  But, I just was not happy with how the eggs and grass looked on the pink basket so I added each egg behind the grass and then I carefully ironed them on. This took a little time but, I was pleased with how it turned out.




Looking at the pink one I wanted to make the eggs and grass look better so I cut some more grass and I placed it by the eggs and this looks so much better.

 Here are both designs up close, I came up with this combination all on my own and I am very pleased with how they turned out.  This is actually my oldest granddaughter's last onesis that I will make she is almost two and she is going into toddler shirts.  She is growing up fast.

So this pink one is for my first granddaughter with a purple chevron bunny.


This one with the purple basket and yellow chevron chick is for my second granddaughter.
Cannot wait to see photos of them with their buckets and shirts.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shirt for my daughter.

I found this design in one of my Facebook groups and I thought that my daughter would love it. I asked her about it and she did want it.  This was not easy to weed out the parts that are not needed.
I also lined up the words using my Silhouette mat's grids but, it must have slipped and now it is off.

My daughter is happy with this even through I see where I messed up.  So as long as she is happy with it that is all that matters.


Sign language

Back in February, I did Valentine's day shirts for my G-Babies.  Then I asked my daughter if she wanted a car decal with the sign language for love.  I waited to post about it until she placed it on her car. 

Due to the cold weather she was not able to put on the car until this past weekend.  Here it is all set on her car I really like how it looks.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Buckets for the G-Babies


Talking to my daughter, I realized she was not planning on keeping the girls Easter Buckets but, instead is going to let them play with them. With that said, I decided not to decorate them in an Easter theme but, a sea theme.

The buckets are from the Dollar Tree and the vinyl is cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. I already had all the designs.

First I cut out some waves, the pink one is for my first granddaughter and the purple one is for her sister.

Next I added a Whale and a Dolphin. My daughter prefers not to have the girls names on items.
So instead I took and just cut out their initial on the tale of the whale and dolphin.

Then I added an octopus to each one.

I also added two starfish to each side of the octopus.



From here I added a couple fish and some sand dollars.



I put the photos all together in Power Point.


Love how these turned out and I know that my G-Babies will enjoy them. One is almost 2 and the other one will be 1 this summer but, they should last awhile so that the little one can enjoy it too.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Placing designs on shirts straight.

 After I messed up a shirt and had to do it over I was trying to find a way to make sure the designs are straight on the shirts. My husband came up with a great idea and that was to make a grid that you could see through to place over the shirt and design so that you can center the design and have it straight.

I just purchased two new Silhouette mats and I kept two of my old mats. One I was going to keep to use glitter paper. The other one I decided to clean and get all the stickiness off and use as my grid to line up designs.
This works perfectly I can tell where the center is and I can make it equal on all sides and top and bottom.

This works for any shirt, you can see where the center is and you can place your design down and then see if it is equal on all sides. If not you can shift it to get it  balanced.  This will work when putting a design on the side of the shirt, you will be able with the grid to see just how it lines up.

I have two photos one is of an adult shirt and the other is a 3-6 months onesis and you can see how it works to line it up.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Birthday gifts

My friend's birthday is today, March 17th which is also St. Patrick's Day.  I have been waiting to post so items I did for her until today.  I wanted to wait until she actually received her gifts.

I found this flask at Target and it was so cute I picked it up right away. Then using my Silhouette Cameo I cut out her name in green vinyl.  It looks like it was purchased that way.  She really liked this.

 The I took a Dollar Tree cutting board and I had a design I purchased from the Silhouette store that had some hearts and shamrocks.  I cut the design out, instead of just layering on top I actually used the subtract tool and the parts fit with the bigger heart and this made it all lay flatter.  It was new to me doing this but, I learned so much and I am happy to try it again.

Then I Googled Irish Blessings and I found one that I really liked, I also liked how the font looked so using my Silhouette Cameo I traced it and then I used some nice green vinyl and cut it out.  I remembered to mirror it and place the design on the back of the cutting board so she can either use as decoration or as an actual cutting board.  Put some white paper behind for the photo.

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Chelsea!  May you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day too!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Easy way to preview images in Silhouette studio

When I purchase designs in the Silhouette store the photo you see is not what you get.  I am still a beginner and I need to see what the end design looks like.  I have found an easy way to do this using a windows program called Snipping Tool.  In the Silhouette Store I will pull up the design and using my Snipping Tool I will get a photo of the completed project. Below is the photo from the snipping tool.

Then I open my Silhouette program, and I will open the jpg file that I named basket.

 Then I will go to the library and get my design. Now I can see exactly how it should look.

 This makes it so much easier knowing how things look when completed.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Up Date to my printable vinyl sign.

On my wine sippy cups I had to print the saying again since the first one messed up.  When I did this I had a lot of space left over and I did not want to waste it so I put this saying on the vinyl along with some colored circles.  This is all weeded and ready to apply,  just not sure where I will put it. This is re-positional vinyl so I can put it on something and remove it pretty easily.

I may find a piece of wood and paint it and put this saying on it and hang it in my office next to a sign I purchased in Coronado CA.  That reads I'm a hybrid I run on wine and chocolate.

I already had some wood that I purchased awhile ago.  Today, I painted it white and I only did one coat I like the way the wood looked once it was dry.  I had already weeded the excess off so I just took some clear contact paper and transferred it over to the wood.  Here is the wood before I painted it.

Now with white paint drying, it dried flat not glossy.
I measured to make sure that it would fit and look balanced. The circles are just using up the printable vinyl so that it does not go to waste.
Here it is all done, I just need to get a hanger on the back and it will be all set.
Really please how it turned out. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Seabee Nightlight

I started to decorate a night light with the Seabee emblem, I cut it a couple times and it just did not come out.  Then when I finally got it to cut, it was too big.  That was a few weeks ago and today, when I was cleaning my office/craft room I came across the green vinyl I was using for the project.

Once the craft room was all straightened up I decided to try again.  This time I slowed down the machine and it came out it was not easy to weed since it is so thin and small but, I did manage to get it.  My husband is a retired Navy Seabee Builder Chief and many things I do are for other people are they are for me and not him.  He is the one who actually mentioned a putting a Seabee on the night light.

Here it is with not light.
Here it is with the light on.  It is an automatic light that comes on at dusk but, there is not enough light in our hall so it never goes off.  We just plug it in when it is dark and then unplug it in the morning.  I like it with the green color and blue light. 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Decorating dog mat.

We have two dogs the first one is a German Shepherd we adopted in August 201.  At the time she was already 10 years old.  She is house broken and so sweet and loveable.  Since I gave our new dog a decorated mat I felt she needed her name on put on the mat.  Her mat was already decorated but, I cut out a bone with her name on. it.

Sadie is getting along pretty good with Bear, he jumps on her a lot and loves chewing on her ears but, she lets him know when she has had enough.

Here is a photo of the first day together.

Now, both my furbabies have a mat with their name on it.

Mat for dog bowls.

On one of my many groups I belong to on Facebook, someone mentioned using a Dollar Tree flexible cutting mat for a dog's mat for their bowls.  We recently adopted a Dachshund / Jack Russell Terrier. He is just a little over a year old.  So I decorated a mat for his bowls.  Here is a photo of him, he is just a little over a year old and he runs fast and jumps high.  He is so sweet, we are so blessed to have him.

  The flexible cutting boards come in a pack of two so that is even better.

Here is the completed design, all set under his bowls.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Using the vinyl from the etching project.

After my husband weeded the vinyl to have as a stencil to etch the wine glasses.  I did not want to throw away the design it was perfect but, what to do with it. I had two vinyl designs the first one I put on a Dollar Tree night light that I had all set and ready to go and the second one I just decided to put on the back of my phone it was to pretty to just toss. Out of two cut designs I was able to use it for four items.  I really love how these turned out and the wine glasses.

Here is a photo with the night light turned on.


Etched wine glasses

My daughter belongs to a mom's group up in Virginia.  They are having a silent auction and I offered to donate something.  She decided on some wine glasses I asked if she wanted then etched or vinyl and she wanted them etched.  Then we talked about the design, I mentioned I had some birds on a branch.  I had five different designs and I took a screen shot and sent it to her for her to pick. 

She picked a bird with a heart. Once I got the size just right I cut it out using a scrap piece of vinyl the design is from the Silhouette store, it is  Design ID #74230 it is called bird flower vintage heart.

Here is a photo of it all weeded and ready to be etched.


 I have the etching creme on the wine glasses and I let them sit for 15 minutes.


Here is the end result, very pleased with how they turned out. now, I just need to get them mailed to her.