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!

First Day of School Chalkboard Art Signs

First Day of School Chalkboard Art Sign

So far every year I have hand drawn some first day of school chalkboard signs for my kids.  You can see past ones I have done HERE, and HERE.

First day of kindergarten sign

It is fun to try out different designs on the chalkboard and to make different signs for each child.   This has worked for me so far because my two daughters have started school on different days.  I will have to figure out something different for next year when both my girls will be starting school at the same time.

First day of school sign chalkboard DIY

After I made my daughter’s first day of second grade sign, I had a space after the word GRADE so I put a little weird squiggle.  That stupid squiggle bugs me so bad.  Now I wish I would have thought to put the year like I did in my younger daughter’s chalkboard sign.

First day of second grade sign

We are off to a good start of school this year! Last year my oldest was nervous about everything and this year she is all smiles.   My youngest is so happy that two of the girls in her class have pretty names: Pearl and Julie (I am sure she thinks it is “Jewel-y”).   She also did report that she has the longest hair in the class.  So it looks like things are going pretty grand for her as well.   Fingers crossed that things continue going well!

 

 

String Art using a Silhouette Rhinestone Template & Silhouette Promotion

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.

String Art from Silhouette Rhinestone Template

I know full well that Summer time is making its way out of town and back to school is in full blogger swing.  I do have thoughts of back to school in the inner cobwebs of my mind but right now, Summer is all I can think of.  You see, my kids haven’t had the Summer I was hoping they would have.  Things got put on hold about 2 months ago when my husband hurt his back.  Things progressively got worse and worse and what in the world is going on, someone please help us worse.  Things culminated with me crying in the neurosurgeons office after a week of trying to get surgery scheduled with little luck and so I drove to the office myself, updated MRI’s in hand and met with the surgeon without an appointment.  From there we went to the ER and had the surgery that afternoon.  We are finally on the up & up here but alas, we are facing only 4 more weeks of Summer before school starts.  That means we needed to pack a bunch of things from our Bucket List into the last few dwindling weeks of Summer time.

Instax Poloroid Picture Bucket List

To make things more fun I made a Bucket list patterned after one I saw from Nicole on the Silhouette Blog.  I used the Christmas advent calendar and cut out some paper tabs.  I clipped the tabs on the advent calendar.  Each time we do something off our bucket list, we take a picture of it with my Instax camera and clip it up on our Bucket List Board.

Summer Bucket List Decor

I also needed a little something extra to add a fun decoration to our Summer Bucket List display.  I turned to an unlikely source as a template for my Summer String Art.  My Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting!

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You can give any shape or text a rhinestone effect using the Rhinestones setting in the Design Edition of the Silhouette Studio software.  I started with the word SUMMER that you see above and turned it into a rhinestone template.   I thought that the template would be a great guide for making some string art.  Some things that I considered when making the rhinestone template for string art was that I wanted the holes to be as big as possible and I wanted them to be spaced far enough apart.

string art template using Silhouette rhinestone feature

Highlight your shape and then:

1. Under the Rhinestones setting, check the Edge effect.

2. Adjust the rhinestone size to 20ss

3. Increase the rhinestone spacing

string art template tutorial

Now that you designed your string art template, cut it out on cardstock paper.  Get some nails, wood, string and tape.  Tape the paper template onto the piece of wood.  Hammer in a nail wherever there is a hole in the template.  Brace yourself for A LOT of hammering.  Maybe even do yourself a favor and don’t choose such a long word.  My stubbornness got me through all the hammering and then I pulled my template off.  It caught in some places but for the most part was easy to remove.  Now tie your string onto the start of your first letter and start winding it around the nails.  I went over each part of each letter multiple times.  Tie off your string at the end of each letter and start afresh with the next letter.

DIY Word String ArtDoesn’t that look snazzy!

I am hoping that by the end of the Summer, we will have a whole bunch of pictures and tabs that they will practically make themselves into a fun book to remember.  We will have a summer yet!

I really love my Designer Edition Silhouette software! Not only can it do rhinestones, but it can do a bunch of other things:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

I actually bought mine almost solely for the enhanced eraser function (which I love) but I am extremely happy with the other things it can do, especially the Rhinestone settings.

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I used the rhinestone settings as is when I made my daughter a sparkly peter pan collar shirt.

DIY Summer Reading Bookmarks

I also used the rhinestone setting when I made these hand stitched bookmarks for kids.

Now is a FABULOUS time to get the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software because Silhouette is offering it at 40% off!! Score!! I bought it at full price and I still think it was worth what I paid for it!

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If you don’t have a Silhouette yet, there is a promotion going on from July 22nd-July 31st

You get:

CAMEO bundle
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover
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$269.99
 
Portrait bundle
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover
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$149.99

Just visit the Silhouette promo page and use the code LUSTER at check out!

Thanks for stopping by!

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4th of July Canvas Art

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall.

God Bless America 4th of July Canvas Art

When I got out my 4th of July decorations box, it was embarrassingly empty.  I had my United States Straight Pin String Art but that was about the only thing I was really digging this year.   I was really wanting a patriotic phrase to go along with my only 4th of July decor.  I turned to my favorite source for phrases, Kolette Hall.  I chose the God Bless America phrase. [Read more…]

Large Wood Horse Wall Art and Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

DIY Large Wood Horse Wall Art

Saddle up friends cause we’ve got a great giveaway today!! You may have noticed the Silhouette Circle button on my sidebar… I am working with the good people from Silhouette now and to kick things off I get to giveaway a Silhouette Portrait!!  I am so excited to be an affiliate with Silhouette.  As you can tell from my Silhouette page, I LOVE my Silhouette!! It is hands down my favorite crafting tool and probably gets used almost daily.  Take for instance, this lovely Large Wood Horse Wall Art.  It started off with me asking my sister-in-law if I could help her with one of the upcoming birthday parties she was planning.  She was doing a cowgirl theme and the weather on the day of the birthday was not looking good.  She needed to get some indoor activities put together and asked in I could do a pin the tail on the horse game.

Enter the Silhouette (and some leftover pieces of our wood flooring). [Read more…]