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!

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!

 

4 Easy Happy Birthday Gift Tags

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall. Mason Jar Birthday Gift Idea

Everything looks cuter in a miniature form right? Well add a mason jar and the cute factor is off the charts!  I made a chocolate brownie caramel heath bar trifle (whew, that was a mouthful!) for my mother’s birthday and thought I would make it work double duty for another birthday gift that I wanted to give.

Mason Jar Gift Topper_Happy Birthday

I started with a small mason jar.  I cut a circular piece of double sided adhesive cardstock and centered it on my jar lid.  I cut out the Happy Birthday to You- Hand Written Phrase by Kolette Hall in gold vinyl.  In order to get it placed just right on my lid, I put my happy birthday shape on transfer paper and then laid it non-sticky side down over the negative space of the circle I cut out.  I traced the circle around it and then cut out the circle.  I laid my transfer paper circle onto the adhesive cardstock circle and transfered the vinyl on.

Mason Jar Gift Topper

I also added a little black and white polka dot washi tape around the lid.

Mason Jar Chocoalte Trifle Gift Idea

I also have 3 more easy Happy Birthday gift ideas with cute tags and packaging to give you some more inspiration.  I have a little stash of happy birthday tags that I go to when I need to package up a cute birthday gift.  The tags use shapes from Kolette Hall.

Birthday Gift Idea with tagFirst up I used the Arrow Words- Birthday shape to cut out this Happy Birthday arrow on adhesive cardstock.  I added that to a rounded tag and made a DIY origami paper bow to finish it off.

These next two both use the same tag from my stockpile.  It uses the Happy Birthday Layered Script Phrase  .  To make them, I just used the print and cut feature.

Cookie Birthday Gift Packaging Idea

For this gift idea, I cut out a paper carrier and filled it with cookies  I grabbed a birthday tag from my stash and tied it all up with a bow.

DIY No-Sew Ice Cream Cozy_Birthday Gift

Lastly I made a no-sew ice cream cozy out of a cut off sleeve from my daughters dress.  I had already cut the sleeves off since the dress was a little bigger than her size.   I grabbed my scissors and cut off the wrist cuff portion.  I made sure to not cut into the wrist part since I wanted that tube to stay intact.  I stretched it over the ice cream (or in this case Almond Dream Bites) and added my print and cut tag.  Instant no-sew ice cream cozy with a darling birthday wish!

If you like to give handmade birthday gifts, Kolette has tons of birthday phrases and shapes! Go check them out!

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

chalk paint pumpkins with fabric leaves

Last year I pinned this image of a beautiful fall mantel.  It did not have the usual fall colors but rather light green pumpkins , a green wreath and just a touch of white.   There was something so clean and yet so soothing about it.  I thought that this year I wanted to bring in a similar color scheme to my early fall mantel.   I had some pumpkins that I had purchased about 7 years ago that needed a little makeover.

DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Silhouette Fabric LeavesThey were a yellowish white color and had accumulated their fair share of scuffs and dents over the years.   The first thing I did was to paint them a bright white using some Americana chalk paint.   I started off using a regular sponge brush but ended up buying a spouncer brush (bought mine from Walmart for $3) which I liked much better.

silhouette fabric pumpkin leaf

To make the leaf, I used the leaf from the 3d pumpkin paper basket by Lori Whitlock.  I wanted to make the stem of the leaf longer so that I could wrap it around my pumpkin stem. To do so I made a small rectangle and a small circle and positioned them by the original leaf circle stem thing.  I wanted to have a circle at the end so that I could have a good spot to put my hot glue.  I welded the leaf, rectangle and circle together.  I double clicked the shape so that I could edit the points.  I went through and deleted the points that were out of place.  I then cut the shape out of fabric that I had ironed onto a piece of Silhouette brand clean cut interfacing.  I wrapped each fabric leaf around the pumpkin stems and hot glued the little circle on the end of the leaf stem onto the back of each leaf.

white chalk paint pumpkins _fall decorI thought it would be neat if I was able to take the fabric leaf off of the pumpkins and put on a new color if I wanted to later on.  I love the look of all the pumpkins lined up on my mantel!

Want to see more Silhouette home decor inspiration? You can check out 21 DIY projects below!

Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins

1. The Moberg Family // 2. Sandpaper and Glue // 3. American Honey // 4. Weekend Craft // 5. Grey Luster Girl // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. Cutesy Crafts // 8. Practically Functional // 9. Home At Eight // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Create it. Go! // 14. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 15. The Outlandish Momma // 16. The Sensory Emporium // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. unOriginal Mom // 19. My Favorite Finds // 20. Architecture of a Mom // 21. Black and White Obsession //

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