Tuesday, December 14

Painted Silhoutte Project

WARNING: This is a great LAST MINUTE Christmas gift craft...and very fun...and addicting...ok, you're good to read on...

I have been busy recovering from my boutique last weekend...so this week its back to making handmade lovlies for Christmas. I have always had a hard time figuring out what to get my mom and my inlaws. This year I've been having this obsession with silhouttes...we went to Disneyland in May and I wanted to have them done there, but just couldn't bring myself to pay for them.

I knew then thats what I wanted to make my family for Christmas. I don't have great skill with scissors, so I decided to go a different route. I made stencils out of pictures and then painted the silhouttes onto cardstock!

Here's what you'll need:

White Cardstock
Black Paint
Paint brushes, a few different sizes
These wooden plaques from JoAnn's
Modge Podge, I used matte finish
Scissors (I love my Fiskars for cutting the details)
Grossgrain ribbon
First thing I did was take profile shots of all my kids. I had my husband hold the baby...this works best in front of a bright window during the brightest part of the day.
These are the unedited images...

I used Photoshop to darken the shadows and increase the contrast, I also increased the levels, do whatever works to get the best shadow to cutout. Print this onto cardstock, make sure it will fit into the size of plaque you use. My plaque was 5X7.
Next, cut out your child's face. I used a pencil to draw around where I wanted to cut, especially important to make the bottom look kinda fancy. Its fun to cut out the hair, to give the silhoutte your childs personality.
Tape the side where you cut into the cardstock at, this is now your stencil!

First, tape your stencil onto a clean sheet of cardstock.
Now its time to PAINT! I took a small detail brush, keep it dry...and paint the outline carefully. Then take a larger brush and fill it in. You can use the detail brush to go back and clean it up.
My sister did one technique that worked for her, I used another. You might make a few mistakes, so be patient and find what works best for you.

I did take the small brush and added eyelashes to my daughter and some more flyaway hair.
Ok, so take your plaques and paint them black on one side and paint up the edge on the other (I didn't get a picture of this step). Leave the part where you will mount your silhoutte clean of paint.
Trace the plaque around your silhoutte and trace it, cut it out. Use the modge podge to glue your cardstock onto the plaque. Use a thin layer and get all the bubbles out by smothing it down.

Get the sandpaper and use it to sand away the excess cardstock. So the cardstock becomes one with the plaque :) I also sanded some of the black paint off around the edges, gave it a cool shabbt chic look!

Modge podge a thin layer over the top

And when the front is dry, do the back!

Cut a 4.5" piece of grossgrain ribbon and glue it onto the back of the plaque, once the modge podge is dry. This is what you'll use to hang your picture, the plaques aren't heavy at all.
I made little bows out of the grossgrain and added them to the front of the silhouttes too. On the bottom for my boys and at the top for my daughter.
I am so excited to give these to my and my husband's parents.

This was a fun project to do in one evening and a GREAT last minute Christmas gift craft! Feel free to email me with questions or with pictures of your finished projects!

Here is where I linked this project:

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden



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Saturday, November 27

More Vendors

Here are a few more vendors being featured at the La La Lola Boutique...December 3rd & 4th!!
Adair Arts

Sashay Jewelry

Sunday, November 21

Featured Vendors

Here is a sneak peek and what vendors are coming to the La La Lola Boutique!

Baby Cake Baby
Tutus, appliqued onesies
Bailey Grace Vinyl
Cute vinyl home decor and custom orders!


Queeny Belle Frills
Cute necklaces & hairbows

Bubba Mae
Baby items, hair accessories and a million other cute things

Moments Defined Photography



Flair for Hair Etc.

Headbands and more!

Kupcakes by Katie

The most delicious desserts!!

Friday, November 19

La La Lola Boutique

I am still looking for vendors!! If you sale something fun and unique that you would love to have featured in a boutique please email me at Note2Lola@gmail.com

Monday, November 15

My items are being featured....

My items from my Etsy shop will be traveling into Mesa this weekend to participate in a fun boutique! If you're in this neck of the woods come check it out!
Sophrilly Boutique

Friday Nov 19th from 12pm-9pm
Saturday Nov 20th from 9am-6pm

Come get started on your Christmas shopping list with us!

Local vendors are coming together for your one stop shopping needs.
We will have all kinds of baby items, hair accessories, holiday and everyday décor, antiques, custom sewing orders, Tutus, Superhero capes, jewelry, Pampered Chef, Homemade gourmet, Gold Canyon, Close to My Heart, Scentsy, and much more!

2353 E. Brown rd
Crossroads are Brown and Lindsay

Sunday, November 7

Apron Making Craft Night

I'm hosting a craft night in my home monthly and its way fun! This month I'm dying to make one of these cute, retro aprons!!

The night is Tuesday, November 23rd...yes, I know its right before Thanksgiving. but woudn't it be fun to have one of these cute aprons to wear for the big day!! 4:30 to 10:30 pm...you'll have the details if you're my friend on facebook.

The catch is that I need everyone attending to have their material purchased and cutout prior to Craft Night so we can focus on sewing...you can come to my house prior to that night and cut using my pattern (but will be in my size) or purchase your own : Simplicity 2592

I'm making apron C an maybe A too ahead of time so I can help not so experienced sewers!
The amount of fabric you'll need and notions are in the last picture!
Here's apron A

Apron B
Apron C
Apron D
If the picture won't enlarge when you click it then email me for the details!!
I'm so excited!! :D

Saturday, October 16

Yarn Secret

I forgot in my last post to tell y'all about my secret place to buy yarn! Yep...I love Goodwill...I think its a great place for crafters to go and hunt down a bargain.
I've been lucky there and especially with YARN! I got 3 scanes of fun fur yarn for $2 last time I went, one scane usually goes for $3-4 at craft stores. I generally find nice yarn, the good expensive brands, when I go...so hit up your local Goodwill!!
Other recent bargains:
- Disney Store Brand Cinderella Nightgown $2
- Scentsy Burner (new in the box) $5
- Melissa & Doug Brand floor puzzle $3
- Like new tap shoes for my little girl $3
Hmmm...now I'm totally in the mood for Goodwill...think I'll make a trip there on Monday!

Wednesday, October 13

Hats...Hats for Sale

When I was pregnant last winter, I got on this crazy knitting spree (no, not traditional knitting the kind you do on a loom). I still love all the hats I made and I look forward to the weather cooling down and cuddling up with a ball of yarn on my couch again this winter.

During the boutique I was in last weekend, I put some flowers on my hat and all of a sudden my hats transformed into something beautiful!! I used my little girl as my model, she loved wearing the hats because they're so SOFT! I'm a texture freak and my oldest boy has sensory processing disorder so we are all about all things soft & cuddly!!

There are more pictures on my etsy site: www.lalalolagifts.etsy.com

Monday, October 4

Punk Rock Onesies

Totally in love with applique onesies!! I wish I had done this when my little girl was a baby...but she's two now. :) I put these on my etsy shop and they're available in any size and completely customizable!!

I found images on a Google search that I liked them used them as a pattern for the crown and skull & crossbones. I think they're stinkin' cute!
(Yes, that is my baby BOY in the pictures...he didn't care and I don't plan on telling him when he's older...so shhhh)