Faux Etched Glass Mirror Believe Snowflake

This post brought to you by Kolette HallSplit Believe Snowflake Faux Etched Glass Mirror

Decorating at Christmas time can be tricky.  Over the years you accumulate more and more holiday decor.  I was talking to a friend the other day who was so overwhelmed by her decorations that she didn’t even want to put any out.  If you are at that point my friends, take a step back and realize that you don’t have to put EVERYTHING out! If fact, you don’t HAVE to put anything out.  If you find that some of the Christmas decorations you have been holding onto are not quite your style anymore, maybe it is time to try something else.  I did that this year.  All my decorations this year (with exception to my nativity) are new to me.  Are they expensive? No.  Are they over the top? No.  They are simple and many of them are handmade.

Faux Glass Etched Mirror Christmas Vinyl Decal

This easy Christmas decor idea is no exception.  It is understated yet I can’t help but smile when I glance at it.  I used the Silhouette brand Frosted Vinyl to make the faux etched glass decal for my mirror in my entryway.

I used the Split Snowflake shape from Kolette Hall to make my Believe Snowflake.

how to add words to a split shape

Like most of Kolette Hall’s shapes, the Split Snowflake comes with 2 files.  One can be ungrouped and one can not.  I wanted to work with the one that could not ungroup so I deleted the other.

Believe Snowflake

I typed out my word, you could use any word you wanted.  Many people put last names or first names in between split shapes but I thought Believe would be a good word that encompasses several aspects of Christmas.  I chose to do my word in all caps so that the tops of the letters and the bottoms of the letters would be able to weld to the split snowflake.

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Move your word to the center of the snowflake.  You will see that my believe word overlaps the snowflake at both the top and the bottom.  This is necessary to be able to weld them together.

How to make a Split Snowflake Decal

You can use the weld function in the bottom panel or you can also find it in the modify tab.  Make sure the shapes slightly overlap and then highlight them both.  Click to weld.

How to weld with the Silhouette CAMEO

Now you can see that the believe is welded into the middle of the snowflake.  I cut this snowflake decal out of frosted vinyl using the regular vinyl settings and simply placed it on my mirror using transfer paper.

Believe Split Snowflake

I really love the subtleness of the faux etched glass mirror and I always love a good and easy project! Kolette has SO MANY gorgeous shapes for Christmas and every other season or event you can think of!   You can check out Kolette’s most recent shapes in the Silhouette Online Store HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

Easy Witch Halloween Costume

Easy Handmade Witch Halloween Costume

This year we did an easy take on a classic Halloween costume, the witch.  This is an easy costume because you can use things that you probably already have in your child’s closet.  We used a black maxi skirt and a black long sleeve shirt.  I only made two things to accesorize this witch costume and give it some DIY handmade touches.

DIY Feather Witch Cape

The first thing I made was this spiderweb and feather witch cape.  My daughter wanted to have spider web cape that attached to her arms.  I wanted to make her a black feather capelet.  So we compromised and did both.  This can easily be a no-sew project.  I sewed two elastic circles and attached them to each end for her wrists to go in.  Other than that, I hot glued everything.  I took one yard of fabric and folded it in half.  I curved the edge and then used a bowl to cut out sections to make the edge look like a spider web.   Lastly I glued on a piece of black fleece fabric to the back of the cape and then turned the cape over glued black feathers onto the black fleece section. You could also attach a black ribbon along feather area and use that to tie the cape on.  I did this at first but I didn’t like that I could see the tie.  Instead I hand sewed the cape onto the black shirt.

DIY Mini Witch Hat Headband

The other thing I made for the witch costume was a DIY mini witch hat headband.  I bought the mini black witch hat at JoAnn’s in the doll section.  The headband was from the dollar store.  I removed the bow and hot glued on the mini witch hat.  To the hat I glued a black feather, a pice of of the sheer spider web fabric and then a spider from a spider ring (I cut off the ring part).

Witch with spiderweb cape halloween costume

By making the feather spider web cape and the mini witch hat headband, we have a cute handmade witch costume that was easy and quick to put together!

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume

Golden Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume DIYI must have looked like a deer in the headlights when my daughter said she wanted her costume to be a “Golden Flower Butterfly Princess” for Halloween.  Okay.  For some reason, no inspiration was flowing.  We decided to go to the fabric store so that she could pick out the fabric that she wanted.  I was hoping that would steer me in some direction. She picked out the fabric in that you see in the skirt.  Well that takes care of the flower portion of the princess outfit. The fabric was a little pricey so I only bought 1 yard of it.  I used it all on the skirt.  I sewed a simple tube skirt with an elastic waistband.  Now what to do for the rest.

Butterfly Princess Costume made with Silhouette CAMEO

I refashioned the shirt for the outfit out of a women’s shirt.  The color seemed to work with the flowery skirt.  I turned to my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the butterflies.  I used a gold fabric with gold dots on it.   I laid the butterflies out of the shirt first and arranged them.  I sewed a few details on a few of the butterflies before pinning and then sewing them by their centers onto the shirt.

Fabric Butterflies Princess Costume_silhouette CAMEOI cut 2 different sizes of butterflies and I doubled up some of them for extra detail.

DIY Butterfly Crown

To make the crown I made a wire circle that would fit around my daughters head and wrapped it in the only leftover scrap that I had from the skirt! I used some of my fabric butterflies for the crown but this time I sewed them onto a paper butterfly as well so that they had a little extra support.

Butterfly Princess Crown Handmade Costume

I hot glued the butterflies in place around the front of the crown.

butterfly cape DIY

At this point I felt like the costume looked good but it was missing something.  I made a little cape in the shape of butterfly wings from some sheer fabric.  I attached the ends of the wings to some elastic that went around her wrists so that when she raised her arms, it looked like she had butterfly wings.

Homemade Butterfly Princess Halloween Costume

I have to admit, she looks beautiful! She says she feels like a real princess so that is a win in my book!

 

 

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!