Gift Card Holder and Gift Box

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

This Christmas, several members of the Silhouette America Design Team decided to exchange gifts with one another. I was very excited to create a gift for a fellow design team member, but I was also a little nervous. My personal expectations to create something beautiful were definatly higher than usual. After much consideration, I chose to gift a treat box filled with a homemade version of Starbucks’ cranberry bliss cookies and a gift card for Starbucks.

I began my project with baking a batch of the cranberry bliss cookies. This recipe was highly recommended to me by my friend and coworker Claude, who is one of the best hobby-chefs that I know.  My expectations were high and let me tell you, they were met. These cookies are the most scrumptious homemade cookies that I think I have ever made! Best of all, they look as good as they taste, which was perfect for presentation in my gift. You can find this recipe (and many others) on Claude’s blog called à la Claude.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Now that I had baked the cookies, I needed to find a large box that would fit my treat. The 3D treat box by Jamie Lane was ideal for these large cookies. The box was easy to put together as it only required a small amount of glue to seal the seams. The original box design also includes decorative panels but I decided to leave them off. Check out Jamie’s blog to assemble the box.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

I placed the cookies in a clear plastic bag and used a wired rope to tie it closed.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Eight large cookies fit well inside the box.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Next, I made the gift card holder. I was looking for a straightforward design and came across a beautiful card called 3D Decorative Ornament Gift Card Holder. I did not alter the design in anyway. I simply imported it into Silhouette Studio and cut it out with my Silhouette CAMEO. The outside layer was cut from cardstock while the inside layer was cut from printable adhesive kraft paper. As a result of using adhesive kraft paper, the sticky side was exposed through the cutout of the mistletoe branch. I then added rust glitter to the exposed adhesive.

The ornament was completed by adding printable gold foil to the top of the ornament.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Here is a look at the inside of the gift card holder. I like that there is plenty of room to write a message on the bottom half of the card.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Next, I attached the gift card holder to the box by using wired rope. To create the spiralled rope, I curled the ends around a pen.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

I am quite happy with the way that this gift came together but most importantly, I feel pretty confident that my recipient will like it too.

Cookie Box and Gift Tag

Thank you for checking out my blog and have a great day!

Martha-2

Snow Globe Christmas Ornament

Snow Globe Ornament

I made a trip to Michael’s a few weeks ago and picked up an assortment of different shaped glass ornaments. I could hardly wait to get home and experiment with some of the ideas that I had eyed up on Pintrest. Last week, I featured a glitter ornament project that used double-sided adhesive. Check it out if you haven’t done so already because it is a good one! This week I’ll share my snow globe Christmas ornament.

The supplies needed to make this ornament include:

  • a photo of your child standing (preferably with a white background)
  • a round ornament with a flat front
  • imitation snow
  • transparency for an overhead projector

When I went to Staples, I was shocked to discover that the only transparencies for sale cost $50 for 50 sheets! I only needed one, so I went to the printshop and they sold me one sheet for less than $1. They had to dig around for the transparency, apparently no one uses them anymore!

To assemble this project:

  • Cut 1 transparency circle of equal dimension to the ornament. In Silhouette Studio, hold the shift key down as you make the circle. This will make a perfect circle. Perform a test cut as transparency material can come in different thicknesses.
  • Either import a picture of your child into Silhouette Studio or use the PixScan™ to import a picture. I used the PixScan™ because I did not have an electronic version of this photo.
  • Next, use the Trace and Detach feature located in the trace window. Adjust the high and low pass filters until the body of the person is yellow in colour. Then, select trace and detach. You will probably have to do some point editing to clean up the edges of the trace.
  • If you used the PixScan™, the next step is to cut the picture with the Silhouette by selecting “Send to Silhouette”. If you imported a photo, use the Print and Cut feature. Remember to include the registration marks.
  • Next, adhere the photo to the transparency.

Snow Globe Ornament

  • Now pour a small amount of imitation snow into the ornament.
  • Next, roll the transparency and photo into a little tube and insert it into the opening of the ornament.

Snow Globe Ornament

  • Use pliers to straighten the photo.

That’s it! You have now created an adorable and personalized snow globe christmas ornament.

Snow Globe Ornament

I found my inspiration for this craft at Best Bites. Here, you will see how Sara made a homemade snow globe using her children’s pictures. So cool!

Before signing off, I would like to congratulate Jamie for winning my Silhouette America blog hop giveaway! She has been contacted and she is super excited to receive the double-sided adhesive starter kit. The blog hop was a lot of fun!

Have a great day everyone!

Martha

 

BLOG HOP DAY! DIY Glitter Ornaments

Blog Hop

A big welcome to everyone who is participating in the Silhouette America Design Team Blog Hop! I am so excited to be apart of this great event!

Double-sided adhesive is my favourite Silhouette America products and because of that, I have teamed up with Silhouette America to giveaway a double-sided adhesive starter kit to one lucky winner! How exciting is that? Just think of all the fun projects that you could make with this great product.

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Here is one example of how I used double-sided adhesive and glitter this holiday season:

DIY Glitter Ornaments

‘Tis the season for all things that sparkle, shine, and glitter! Why not add the personal touch to this year’s Christmas tree with these eye catching DIY glitter ornaments. They are a lot fun to make with your Silhouette CAMEO/Portrait and with the variety of colours of glitter that are available in the Silhouette Store, you will be sure to find the perfect match for your holiday decor.

Making glitter ornaments are very enjoyable but along the way, a few issues can sometimes arise. Below, I have listed a few pointers that will ensure that your glittering experience remains enjoyable:

  • Use small designs. I kept each design to less than 1″ in diameter. This is necessary because the ornament is round and the design is flat. As a result a large picture will not lay nicely on the round surface. A small design will lay perfectly. (You may have notice that the polkadot ornament has a little bit of buckling as I made the dots a little too large.)

DIY Glitter Ornaments

  • Use simple designs. The snowflake, heart and star are great examples of simple designs. Your Silhouette CAMEO/Portrait will perform more precisely when it cuts a simple design at a small ratio.

DIY Glitter Ornaments

DIY Glitter Ornaments

DIY Glitter Ornaments

  • When glittering your ornaments, keep a vacuum with a duster attachment close by. It is used for two purposes. Not only does it help make for an easy cleanup, but it is excellent for removing all the stray sparkles left on the ornament. It’s very dry where I live, so the glitter clung to the ornaments like glue, even when I tried to dust them off with a paint brush. Only the vacuum could remove the excess glitter.

DIY Glitter Ornaments

To enter the contest, complete the following questions by clicking on “a Rafflecopter giveaway”. The contest opens on Dec. 1, 2014 8:00 am MT and will close on Dec. 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm, MT. You will find the rules to enter the giveaway listed below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Now head over to my fellow design team member’s blog, Jessee Maloney, at An Art School Dropout’s Life for the next exciting post in the blog hop!

 

If you missed the blog hop link to the previous design team member’s post, you can check out Nicole Mantooth’s post over at Random Ramblings.

Thank you for checking out my post today and best of luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

Contest Giveaway Rules:

  • The giveaway is open to US/Canada Residents, 18 year of age and older.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Prizes will be fulfilled by Silhouette America.
  • The winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days.
  • The winner should expect their prize to arrive within 4-6 weeks.
  • The winner must fulfil the giveaway requirements

*Note: If the double-sided adhesive kit is not in stock at the time of the draw, the prize will be replaced with double-sided adhesive and glitter.

Girl’s Apron

Girl's Apron

Another apron post! I bet you can guess what all the kids in my extended family are getting for Christmas this year. Kid’s love helping out in the kitchen and playing with imaginary food, so I figured that this would be a great present to help foster their creativity in the kitchen.

This apron was personalized for a girl who has a German Shepherd and a cat. Isn’t it fantastic that you can personalize this project with the Silhouette CAMEO and the simple application of heat transfer material? For a full tutorial on how to make this apron, check out my post on the Silhouette America blog.

Girl's Apron

I added a bow and button detail to the apron bib to hide the stitches. Also, I made the neck ribbon with velcro because I figured would allow my niece to put it on and take it off by herself. This way, her Mom won’t be constantly bothered to tie a bow.

Girl's Apron

And…if you missed my other two apron posts, you can find my kid’s tool apron project and a 50’s inspired apron by clicking on the links.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kid’s Tool Apron

Kid's Tool Apron

About a year ago, I reconnected with my sewing machine and since then, I have made some pretty cute projects-mostly for my kids, no surprise there! Today’s Silhouette project is no exception. This cute Kid’s Tool Apron was an easy project to whip up with my sewing machine and my Silhouette CAMEO.

The apron pattern was found at  Sew Much Ado. The steps are very clear and easy to follow as there are lots of photos to help along the way. Thank you for providing such a great tutorial Abby! The only changes I made to this pattern were:

  • I doubled up the fabric because my blue fabric was a bit thin
  • I added a few extra pockets for tool storage.

To make the row of pockets, I added an accordion fold between each pocket so that the pockets were roomy for the bulky tools. Add a good 5″ of extra fabric to make the accordion fold.

Kid's Tool Apron

Here’s another close up of the accordion pockets. Note that I didn’t place an accordion between the middle pockets.

Kid's Tool Apron

Lastly, I added these cute designs from the Silhouette Design Store:

The designs were cut out of heat transfer material (HTM) using my Silhouette CAMEO. Once weeded with the handy Silhouette hook, the designs were simply ironed onto the apron. Because I used multiple layers of HTM, I found it best to do a quick press for the first layer, just enough so that the HTM released from the plastic backing, and then a final full press once all layers were in place.

My son immediately matched his tools to the corresponding pictures!

Kid's Tool Apron

I am very happy with how the tool apron turned out and I sure hope that the recipient loves it as much as I loved making it for him!

Thanks for checking in today!

Martha

 

Witch Costume | Sewable Fabric Interfacing

Witch Costume | Sewable Fabric Interfacing

 

With Halloween only 2 days away, I was scrambling to put together a costume for my daughter. She wanted to be a purple witch this year and I wanted it to be homemade. I much prefer homemade costumes as I find that they are more creative and are of better quality. I also think that the likelihood of the same costume being duplicated at school is pretty close to nil, which of course is important to my daughter.

So this is what I came up with, thanks to the help of my Silhouette CAMEO. The design for the the shirt was made with Silhouette brand sewable fabric interfacing, the purple zebra print fabric was picked up from Walmart, and the Witch Silhouette design was found in the Silhouette Design Store.

SHIRT

The application of interfacing is very simple:

  • Cut a piece of interfacing about 1″ larger than the design
  • Iron the shiny side of the interfacing to the wrong (back) side of the fabric for 2 seconds
  • Peel away the paper
  • Place the fabric onto the Silhouette cutting mat, interfacing side down
  • Cut the shape with the Silhouette CAMEO
  • Place the cut design onto the t-shirt and lightly iron it for a temporary hold
  • Sew around the edges of the design

IMG_5345SKIRT

I found a simple black skirt at Dollarama for $3.00. I cut waistband close to the outside edge seam to expose the elastic.  Then I cut pieces of tule and zebra print 12×2″, Then, I secured the pieces by folding the fabric in half and created a slip knot around the elastic waistband. Here is a picture and tutorial of how this is done.

IMG_5347MAGIC WAND

My daughter created her own magic wand with a stick she found and then taped some shiny garland to the stick. She made it all by herself and she is very proud of her creation. I think it perfect too!

wand

FINISHING TOUCHES

A pair of purple leggings and a purple and black spiderweb witch hat completed the costume.

My daughter LOVES the skirt the best since it’s poofy and very girlish. I like her magic wand the best 🙂

I hope this has inspired you to make your own costume this year! Let me know how you used your Silhouette CAMEO to create your Halloween costume. If you are interested, you can also take a look at the Fireman costume that I made for my son. This is another great project that I created with my Silhouette CAMEO.

Thanks for stopping by!

Martha