DIY Gold Index Cards, Free Silhouette file & Giveaway!

DIY Gold Index Cards

Phew. That title was a mouthful! There is plenty of fun stuff going on in this post though so make sure and get your free Silhouette file to make these DIY Gold index cards and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom too!

First I am going to share with you how I made these gold index cards for my daughters baptism.  I wanted something for the guests to write messsages to my daughter after her baptism and I wanted it to coordinate with the rest of the things that I had made.  I wanted to make some gold notecards and new my Silhouette CAMEO would come to my rescue.

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This is what the file looks like.  It is made for a 12 x 12  sheet of paper.  I color coded it for easy cutting.  First, using a gold sketch pen or gold marker, have your Silhouette cut the red lines (under advanced cutting click cut by line color and then pick red).  Once your design has been sketched out, change out the pen / marker for your cutting blade and have your Silhouette cut the blue lines.  That is all. Think of the index card or note card possibilities! If you want to make your top line a different color, you could even do that too.

Make Your own Gold note cards

You could try printing the lines on your printer first and putting registration marks on the paper but then you wouldn’t get that beautiful shine from the gold sketch pens!

DIY Gold Note cards made with Silhouette CAMEO

 

To download the free Silhouette (.studio) cut file for these DIY Gold Index Cards, click Here! 

 Now it is time for the giveaway! This giveaway is overflowing with goodies to use with your Silhouette machine! I am tempted to enter myself because I don’t have some of these things!! If you follow me on instagram or Pinterest, then you already have 2 entries!  It runs from October 22 to October 27, 2014 and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!!

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Gold Foil Fall Art & Silhouette Promotion

Gold Foil Autumn Wall ArtA few weeks ago I tried out the Silhouette brand printable gold foil for the first time.  I didn’t print anything on it, just cut it out.  I loved it! It has adhesive on the backside and it is super shiny! I used it to make  borders on some invitations that I had made and so I had some spots on each sheet that I wanted to put to use.

Silhouette PixScan MatI put the foil on my PixScan mat (which I didn’t think I would like as much as I do!) and opened up my shape. I used the Autumn shape and cut it out on two different pieces of my used gold foil.  Once I had the two Autumn words cut out I needed to get them onto my white card stock.  I wanted them to be centered and straight so I made a paper guide.

Paper Guide

I taped the guide onto my white card stock and then laid the gold letters down by hand.  I took the guide and was left with a perfect gold foil Autumn art.

DIY Gold Thanksgiving Art

 

If you haven’t tried the gold foil yet,  you must give it a shot! And if you don’t have a Silhouette cutter, Silhouette is doing a promotion going on October 15-31, 2014 for a Silhouette Portrait Bundle.

When you use the code LUSTER at checkout, the Portrait Bundle for $149.99 will include:

A Portrait machine, 1 pack of Printable Gold Foil, 1 pack of Printable Silver Foil, 1 pack of Vellum and 1 grey dust cover

Use the code

LUSTER

at checkout to get the promotional price!

High Low Skirt Refashion

High Low Skirt Refashion

Last year I picked up a skirt at a yard sale.  It was a beautiful color, flowy and belonged in a grandma’s closet.   It was the perfect diamond in the rough for me to try my hand at making a high low (or Hi-low or whatever you want to call it) skirt.   One of the problems that I have found with high low skirts that you buy in the stores is that the high part is REALLY high.  I wanted to wear the skirt comfortably and so I didn’t want the high part of the skirt to go above my knees.  Making one was a great option!

Hi low skirt refashion tutorial

This was a pretty simple refashion.  Once it was done, I couldn’t help but walk around and feel the flowy-ness of the skirt.  I loved it! If you want to try this, you definitely need to keep an eye out for the right kind of fabric so that the new high low skirt will flow.

How to make a High Low Skirt

5 steps later and you have a new skirt.  Now let it flow!

hi-low skirt refashion DIY

I paired this high low skirt with some booties recently to carry it into my fall wardrobe.  I just made it so I’ve got to get my $1 money’s worth out of it!

 

 

Beautifully Spooky Halloween Mantel

halloween mantel 2014

My Halloween mantel for 2014 has been brewing in my mind for a couple of years.  I had been saving cool bottles in hopes of conjuring up what one might see if they walked into a witch’s dwelling.  Let’s break it down.

Halloween Mantel_Potion

On the left we have an old olive oil bottle that has been filled with colored water.  My kids helped me mix black and purple food coloring in the water.  They were all smiles as they made their own witch’s potion.  The bottle already had a cork but I added some twine around the top of it.  On the right you will see an old mason jar filled with spider webs and  spiders next to some “potion” books with a glass cloche encased pumpkin on top.

Halloween Mantel Candles & Paper Scrolls

To make the paper scrolls, I just rolled up some papers and tied them with twine.  I did two different types of paper and varied the sizes.  The skull was purchased at Roberts crafts a few years ago, back when they were still in business.  My daughter and I burned the pillar candles ourselves until they had “hair” or in other words wax dripping down them.  To get them to be black on the top, I used one candle to burn the top wax of another.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something Wicked

I made the Something Wicked this way Comes sign (which is reversible!!) and you can see the tutorial here.

Halloween Mantel_Skeletons

Old tin can and one more bottle that I saved that used to be balsamic vinegar and similarly filled it with colored water.  I thought I had more skeleton people but I think they got used as dolls last year so now we are down to just 2.  Lastly I used one of my white chalk paint pumpkins in a black bowl.

DIY Bat Felt BannerTo tie it all in, I made a felt bat banner.   I used this bat shape from Kolette Hall and the stiff craft felt.  I just out the bat onto cardstock and used a thin chalk pencil to trace the bat onto the felt.  I cut them out with a pair of scissors.  I used a circle punch to punch out the grey circles.   I set out the order that I wanted the banner to be.  I alternated between 3 and 4 circles  between each bat.  I put together the pieces in a bit bat sandwich and then sewed them together to make my bat banner.

Beautifully Spooky halloween mantel 2014

DIY Double Sided Holiday Sign

This Post brought to you by Kolette Hall.  DIY Double sided wood holiday sign

A few weeks ago I picked up some old white fence posts at a yard sale.  They came to mind as the perfect medium for making a sign for my Halloween mantel.  They had a few things going for them.  First, they were already white.  One step done.  Second, they were white on both sides.  Two steps done.  I wanted them to be white on both sides because I wanted to do a double sided sign.  One that could pull double duty for more than one holiday.

Double Sided Wood Sign Tutorial

If you don’t have a fence post to use, you could always just cut your own piece of wood.  To follow what I did, glue three pieces of wood together.  Cut out your two vinyl phrases.  I used Something Wicked This Way Comes for my Halloween sign and In Everything Give Thanks for my Thanksgiving sign.  Transfer one vinyl phrase onto each side of the wood sign.   Apply a layer of paint on top of the vinyl.  Allow to dry and peel off the vinyl.  Use a fine sanding block and rub it around the whole sign.   Flip the sign over and repeat the process with the other vinyl phrase.

Double Sided Holiday Wood Sign

I painted my edges the color of the lighter Thanksgiving sign.  I thought that would look better than dark black edges from the Halloween sign.  Since I used an old fence post, My letters did get some bleed through.  Smooth wood would give a crisper line but you do have to do a little more painting prep work.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something WickedCan I just say that I really love this sign! Or should I say signs?! It makes the perfect addition to my spooky mantel, which I will be sharing in the next few days!

DIY Wooden Thanksgiving Sign_Thankful

Not to mention my jumpstart on the next holiday! How great would these signs be for holiday gifts! Christmas + New Years , Valentines Day + St. Patrick’s Day, Easter + Fourth of July… I just may need to make one for every holiday!!

Stay tuned to see my finished Halloween mantel in the next few days!