Thursday, January 27

Family is Love Banner

I had a great time at a friend's home last night making this adorable banner!

Everything is from Close to My Heart!

I've been using Close to My Heart products for YEARS...once upon a time, I made time to scrapbook everything by hand and now they've gone digital with scrapbooking. I was playing around with their Studio J program and it is COOL!

Feel free to check it out for yourself

If you love the banner, contact Sharryl through the link above to order supplies to make your own. I love mine. :)

Wednesday, January 26

New Listings on Etsy

So I got sewing this past weekend and posted some new items in my Etsy shop!

Feel free to click the pictures to link to my shop!

Don't my kids make cute models...although my son was being a total STINKER and my daughter had to be bribed with a fruit snack in order to stand still.

Tuesday, January 18

Getting Back On...

I promise myself I will get back on the crafting horse this month...our family has had a difficult month with my mom being in and out of the hospital.

I will get sit back down at the sewing machine again! I PROMISE!

I WANT this....please :)

This beauty is called a Silhouette machine! You can find out about it HERE...oh my goodness! It is seriously one of the best things to happen since the invention of the sewing machine...and I'm saying that without ever laying my hands on one!

This is going on to the top of my WISH list!! Forget the ipad I've been dreaming about, or even the serger that I've wanted for years...this Silhoutte would CHANGE MY LIFE!

Saturday, January 1

T-Shirt Style Painted Silhouttes

I took the idea I had with painting silhouttes of my children and created a really fun, original Christmas gift for my husband, but really this would make a great birthday/Mother's Day/Father's Day/Grandparents Day/Arbor Day present!

You'll Need:
Pictures of your kids turned into stencils (see my other tutorial)
Freezer Paper
T-shirt (I used a Jerzeez from Target)
T-shirt Paint
Paint brush
Iron & Ironing Board

I used the stencils I created and traced them onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper.
I highly recommend cutting the paper to equal sizes like 4x6, it will help in lining up the silhouttes on the t-shirt.
I then cut out the faces of my children, starting by making a hole in the center and cutting out. My little Fiskar scissors are the best at detail cutting.

Then, iron the shiny side DOWN. Be careful to line up the pictures. Mine aren't lined up and are off a little, no one else notices but its fine...except for OCD me. :)
Then put a strip of freezer paper between the front and back of the shirt on the inside, with the shiny side towards your ironed on stencils.

Time to paint! I bought the velveteen paint at Michaels and liked how it turned out, its not too stiff when it dries.
I was cautious and outlined the edge of the stencil first, but this was not needed, so just paint away!

Fill in the entire stencil. I did three coats to get it black enough.
Once completed...the hardest thing to do is wait for the paint to dry!

Once its dried, carefully peel off the freezer paper, you made need tweezers to get you started or for small areas.
Here's my husband in his new shirt. He doesn't have a designated office space at his job, but can dress casual on Fridays and he's loved wearing his shirt to work.