Fabric Flowers Cut with Silhouette®

This is a story about how I embellished some $4 Ikea curtains with fabric flowers that I cut with my Silhouette® Cameo.

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Have you seen these curtains at Ikea? I picked up about 8 of them a few weeks ago because number one: the price was right: $4.00, and number 2: I like the light, airy feel of them and thought they’d be perfect for the three windows in my master bedroom. Well they’re still not hanging in my master bedroom. I’ll get to it. Some day. But in the meantime, I came up with an idea on how to embellish them.

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Here’s what the package looks like in case you’re interested in finding them at Ikea. The display had some crocheted flowers on them and that’s what gave me the idea of embellishing them myself.

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Have you cut fabric with your Silhouette® yet? If not, you gotta try it. I used the sewable heat transfer fabric interfacing on the back of the fabric and simply followed the directions on the packaging.  The fabric I used is a light cotton. (I made the cutting file, which is a 12 petal flower. If you’d like the cutting file for this flower, shoot me an email or leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I’ll be happy to share it with you.)

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I layered two flowers together and sewed a button in the center to keep them together.

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I just tacked them onto the curtains with a couple of stitches. Easy. These are hanging on the patio doors in my living room. It was difficult to get a good photo of them because of the poor lighting, but I think you get the idea.

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I can think of a bunch of ways to use these fabric flowers. Floral fabric with colored buttons for a nursery would be adorable. And what’s really nice about cutting your own fabric flowers is that you get to pick the size of the flower and use any fabric that you like.

Have you used your Silhouette® to cut fabric? What have you made? I’d love to hear!

 

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Easy DIY Painted Flower Pots

Yes, Spring is coming. It really, really is. Or so they say. I’ll actually believe it when I see feel it! I just can’t wait for my daffodils and tulips to bloom. I even have my easy DIY painted flower pots all ready. But since at this rate, my daffodils won’t be ready until, oh, I don’t know….June? I bought some. I spotted already-bloomed daffodils at the home improvement store and I just couldn’t help myself. They looked so bright and cheery. I just had to have them.

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Look at them all bright and cheery with their yellow and orange happiness! How could I resist?

diy-painted-pots-createandbabble.com These cute, little pots started life as plain galvanized metals pots.

easy-diy-painted-pots-createandbabble All I did was give them a quick coat of  white spray pain, brushed on some yellow acrylic craft paint and added white spots using a Q-tip. I am one messy gardener. Since it too cold to do this outside, I cover half of the living room carpet with newspaper and use an old poster board for my work surface on the floor. And I still managed to get the potting soil everywhere!

easy-diy-painted-flower-pots-createandbabble I think I found the perfect place for them. All lined up in the pass-through window. I never know what to put on this windowsill so I usually just leave it bare, but I really like the look of the row of potted daffodils.

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Oops! I think I could have done a better job at wiping off the potting soil on the first pot.

Has Spring arrived yet where you are? We are supposed to have temps in the 60′s over the weekend and I’m looking forward to that!

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Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Sale

I have great news for all the new and “newish” Silhouette® owners out there! Silhouette® America is having a promotion on their Designer Edition® Software!

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If you’ve been “on the fence” about purchasing the Designer Edition®, let me tell you why I think it is a “Must Have” for all Silhouette® owners (in my opinion):

  • The ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files. This, to me is huge. There are a ton of .svg files out there and a lot of them are free!
  • Rhinestone tools! My favorite! You’ll be able to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs. And if you’re a follower of this blog you know that to me rhinestones = glitter vinyl!
  • Sketch tools to convert design into several styles of sketchable art. I recently started using this feature and I’m in love! Stick with me here and I’ll show you what I made!
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns. This is fun!
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Build-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing – I use this All. The. Time.

The Silhouette Connect is on sale, too! What is Silhouette Connect? If you create your own designs in Adobe Illustrator® or CorelDRAW®, first of all: I’m jealous! But seriously, with Silhouette Connect you have the ability to send projects you’ve designed straight to your Silhouette® electronic cutting tool with no need to convert them to a Silhouette Studio® compatible format.

Now on to the sketch project I promised:

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To make this sketched tulip design, I first downloaded a free .svg file from openclipart, copied and pasted a tulip .svg onto my drawing area in Silhouette Studio®. Next I traced the image, resized, and made two copies.

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Then the fun began! I played around with the sketch tools. I also used the “advanced options” and changed the spacing and angle of the sketching.

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In order to be able to use two different colors, I used the knife tool to separate the flower heads from the stems and then clicked and dragged them off the page.

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In order to sketch, I replaced the cutting blade with a Silhouette® Glitter Sketch pen, adjusted my settings for sketch pens and let the Silhouette® sketch away! Since I was using two different colored sketch pens, I didn’t remove the cutting mat from the Cameo® until after the second sketch pen sketched, so that everything would line back up perfectly.

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Now I have one more thing to love about my Silhouette®! What do you love most about yours?

You can get the Silhouette Designer Edition® software for 35% off through March 19 by using my promo code: BABBLE

DISCLOSURE: If you purchase from Silhouette® America using my promo code, I receive a small commission. As always, I only recommend products I use and trust. And you know how much I love my Silhouette®!

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DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitations

The Princess is here! In case you missed the announcement on my Facebook Page, my granddaughter was born on February 23! She is a doll and I love her to pieces! I’ll show you a photo of her at the end of this post. But first I want to show you the invitations that I made for the baby shower back in January.

diy baby girl shower invitations by createandbabble.com

In keeping with the pink, gray and white theme that was used in the decorations, I used the same colors for the invitations.

DIY baby girl shower invitations

And of course I had to use glitter! All princesses love glitter! And grandmothers. Grandmothers love glitter, too!

diy baby shower invitations by createandbabble

And a tiara, of course!

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These were fairly simple to make using the Print & Cut feature of the Silhouette.

  • I drew a rectangle to the size I wanted: 5 x 7.5″ for the invitation
  • I then filled the rectangle with a pink and white diagonal stripe pattern.
  • I grabbed a bracket frame and color filled it with white and placed it over the top portion of the rectangle
  • Then I drew a rounded rectangle filled with white which is where I typed the invitation details.
  • I used Janda Quirkygirl font for all of the text
  • Don’t forget to turn off the cut lines on the shapes that are inside of the rectangle.
  • Turn on the registration marks, print and cut!

diy baby shower invitations by createandbabble.com

I cut the tiara out of glitter vinyl. You can barely see it, but in the photo above, I intentionally printed the shape of the tiara to help with placement of the teeny, tiny, fragile glitter vinyl tiara. The glittery dresses were made using Silhouette’s double-sided adhesive and Silhouette’s glitter. I just love that stuff; both the double-sided adhesive and the glitter. If you haven’t tried the Silhouette Glitter yet, I highly recommend it and I’m a bit of a glitter snob! And while you’re ordering the glitter, go ahead and order some of the double-sided adhesive, too. You’ll love it!
I love how they turned out and think they look better than the pricey store-bought invitations!

As promised, here’s peek at our princess!

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Sweet, little Melanie!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. The House on Hillbrook // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry

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How to Use One Photo in a Collage Frame

I am thrilled to be participating in the BYOF (bring your friend) Event at the Ikea store in Baltimore, Maryland this Saturday. There will be demonstrations, food samplings, drawings for prizes and freebies! I’ll be there demonstrating creative ways to use picture frames. Here’s a peek at one of the projects I’ll be demonstrating: How to Use One Photo in a Collage Frame.

how to use one photo in collage frame by createandbabble.com

Even though the ORKENED frame is designed to hold eight photos, I thought it would be fun to try something different. Just use one photo instead of eight. I like that it has the appearance of looking through an 8-pane window.

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The frame is fairly large (12″ x 30″) so I would need a big photo. Photos enlarged to the size I needed can be fairly pricey so I had the photo printed as a black and white engineering print at my local Office Max on 27# paper.

First I chose the photo that I wanted to use. I knew I needed to use a landscape oriented photo since I wanted to hang the frame horizontally versus vertically.

I opened the photo in Photo Shop Elements and changed the height of the photo to 24″. I made sure to check Constrain Proportion and the width became 36″. I intentionally made the print bigger than I needed. I’ll explain why in a minute. I went online to Office Max and ordered a black and white engineering print and it was ready in about an hour. Cost: $3.90

one photo for collage frame by createandbabble

Because I wanted my daughter’s face to fall within one of the “panes” of the mat, I needed enough “play” room with the photograph. That’s why I ordered the print in a size way bigger than the size of the frame.  I placed the mat on the photo moved it until I had her face inside one of the rectangles. Then I traced around the outside edge of the mat with a pencil.

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All that was left to do was cut on that pencil line.

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Office Max did call and ask if I wanted them to print the photo using a photo printer and photo paper. The cost would be about $88. I declined since I was using the engineering print as more of a “template” to get the size and space worked out with the frame before shelling out the big bucks on a higher quality photo. But I thought it was nice of them to ask!

The look of the engineering print is so much better than I thought it would be. And since I like to change out the photos in my frames, it makes more sense for me to go with the inexpensive engineering prints. And I happen to love black and white photos, so win, win!

creative ways to use ikea frames by createandbabble
If you are in the Baltimore area, I’d love to see at the Bring Your Own Friend event at Ikea. I’ll be joined by a few of my Looksi blogging friends. Amy from A Nest for All Seasons, Amy from One Artsy Mama, and Susan from Organized31.

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Easy Heart Appliqued Onesies

Did you know how amazing the Silhouette Cameo (or Portrait) is at cutting fabric?!? If you haven’t tried it yet, you just gotta! I cut out some cute, little heart shapes to make sweet, little, heart-appliqued onesies for my soon-to-be-born granddaughter. Yes! It’s a girl! She’s due any day now and if she’s here by Valentine’s Day these onesies will be perfect for her to wear on her first Valentine’s Day!

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I found the pretty pink and white heart-patterned fabric at JoAnn’s. Following the directions on the Silhouette fabric interfacing, I simply cut  a piece of the interfacing a bit smaller than my 12 x 12 square of fabric. Then I ironed the interfacing onto the back of the fabric. Next I trimmed the fabric to the same size as the adhered interfacing and removed the paper backing. Then I placed the fabric (interfacing side down) onto a cutting mat. I selected “fabric” in the cut settings and switched to my blue blade. (How smart of Silhouette to make a blue blade so we remember not to cut card stock with it!)

easy heart onsies by createandbabble

I am just so impressed at how well that machine cuts fabric! It amazes me every time! I didn’t have to cut any attached threads at all. I just lifted the corner and peeled away the excess fabric leaving nicely cut hearts on my cutting mat.

easy heart adorned onesies by createandbabble.com

Since I used the “clean cut” interfacing, all I had to do was iron the hearts down on the onesies, holding the iron for about 8 seconds.

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I just had to put a heart on the bottom! I was losing daylight fast when I took that photo so the bottom heart wasn’t ironed-on yet, but you get the idea! I have some hearts left over. Maybe I’ll make a pillow!

With a brand new baby in the family, I’m sure there’s a lot of onesie decorating in my future.

glitter vinyl onesie by createandbabble.com

 

Because my daughter was a competitive gymnast, I just had to make a “future gymnast” onesie for her baby shower a few weeks ago. I used my favorite medium (glitter vinyl)!

Have you got any onesie ideas you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear them!

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As a reminder, Silhouette America is offering the Designer Edition software for 40% off the regular price for my readers. Use the promo code: BABBLE to be sure you get the discount! And if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait yet, and you’ve been waiting for a sale, your wait is over! Silhouette has two bundles to choose from that will save you a bundle! The Cameo comes with the Designer Edition software and two sets of sketch pens for only $269.99 and the Portrait bundle is only $129.99! Again, the promo code: BABBLE will get you those prices!

Silhouette Challenge

Once again, I am participating in the monthly Silhouette Challenge with some pretty awesome bloggers. Please visit them by clicking on the links below for more Silhouette inspirations using fabric!

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  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

 

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DIY Vintage Love Letter Box

This post is about something very special. It’s about love letters. Old love letters. Very old love letters. They are so old and so special that they deserved to be stored in a special vintage love letter box.

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I’ll show you how I turned a jewelry box into a lovely vintage-looking love letter box. But first take a look at the letters.

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These love letters were written and exchanged by Dan’s parents 70 years ago. Some were written before they were married, and some were even written after they were married. I think I can hear a collective: Awe!

love letters collage for love letter box by createandbabble.com

These letters were found, along with old photos, jammed in boxes that Dan brought over to our house after his father passed away a few years ago. Dan brought the boxes upstairs to sort through them this weekend and I knew immediately that I wanted to make a special box to hold these letters.

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I remember seeing this jewelry box from when my daughter was getting ready to move out and was cleaning out her room. I rescued it from the throw-away pile knowing that someday I would do something with it.

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I have a bag of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone that I thought would be perfect for this box. I gathered the rest of my supplies and got to work. I’m a relatively new user of MMS Milk Paint and thought a small project like this would give me some practice before using it on a piece of furniture.

jewelry box into love letter box with MMS milk paint by createandbabble.com

Here are the steps I took to converting a jewelry box into a vintage love letter box:

  1. I removed the hardware and gave the dusty box a good cleaning with a damp rag.
  2. Applied one coat of the milk paint and let it dry. I could still see some brush strokes, so…
  3. I applied another coat of milk paint and look at that! Chippy, flaky paint. Perfect. Just the look I was going for.
  4. After the paint was thoroughly dry (I waited a few hours), I ever so lightly went over the box with a sanding sponge. Just to remove the loose flakes. Then I brushed on some of Miss Mustard Seed White Wax and buffed.

love letter box by createandbabble

Inside of the lid, I placed a monogram of Dan’s parents’ initials. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the monogram out of Silhouette silver vinyl. On the outside of the lid, there are four cut-outs for photos. Using my iPhone, I snapped two pictures of old pictures and printed them to fit the size of the cut-outs. For the other two cut-outs, I browsed google images for free vintage valentine images. After cutting out the images, I antiqued them by rubbing the surface with an ink pad.

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I tied a pink ribbon around the letters and placed them in the box.

vintage love letter box by createandbabble

Writing this post has got me thinking about how we communicate today. Is writing love letters a thing of the past? I hope not. I think I just might write a love letter. On paper. With a pen. Do I have paper? Of course, but no stationery.  Do you have any love letters in your house? Maybe your parents or your grandparents? I have a vague memory of seeing love letters written by my grandparents or great-grandparents that my mom showed me many years ago. I wonder if they still exist. I’ll have to ask my sister. I remember thinking how beautiful was the handwriting!

vintage letter box by createandbabble.com

I am tickled pink to be part of “Share The Love” Valentine Showcase with 19 outstanding blogs that are linked up below. Please “share the love” and visit their pages to see their Valentine project. And when you’re done, go write a love letter!

ATH 2014 Valentine's Showcase

Monday, January 27:

The Everyday Home

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

AKA Design

Setting for Four

Tuesday January 28:

Wednesday January 29:

Thursday January 30:

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Dollar Store Challenge

Have you ever seen these glass candleholders at the Dollar Tree?

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Well, a blogging friend of mine, Barbara from The Everyday Home Blog, thought it would be fun to do a monthly challenge. Each month we will create something using a pre-determined item that is available at a dollar store. This is going to be fun!

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Off to the Dollar Tree I went to buy a candleholder (or two). While I was there I picked up a plain glass plate. I knew I wanted to make a footed plate but put my own spin on it.

My spin was decoupaging fabric onto the back of the plate.

dollar store challenge pretty floral footed plate by createandbabble

Let’s start from the beginning. I gathered my supplies:

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Then I cut out a circle from a piece of fabric that I found in my stash. I applied a liberal amount of Mod Podge to the back of the plate with a brush.

dollar store challenge by createandbabble

Then a brushed on another coat of Mod Podge over the fabric.

While the fabric dried, I applied about 4 or 5 coats of pink craft paint to the candleholder. The plate’s edge seemed a little unfinished to me so a glued some white twine to the edge

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All that was left to do was glue the plate to the candleholder (I used E6000 glue). I decided to put my pretty, new footed plate on my dresser. When I get home from work, I usually don’t take the time to put my jewelry away, so now I have a nice, pretty place to put them until I have time to put them away in the jewelry box.

dollar store challenge footed plate by createandbabble

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is making with their candleholder. I’m linking this footed plate up over at The Everyday Home Blog where Barb is hosting a linky party tonight at 8pm for The Dollar Store Challenge. See you there!

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Perfectly Pink Painted Dresser

I’m sure by now that you’ve heard that there’s a baby girl on way! Yep, my first granddaughter will be here soon and I painted an old dresser for her nursery. I think it’s the perfect shade of pink.

perfectly pink dresser by createandbabble

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perfectly pink dresser before by createandbabble I originally bought this dresser more than ten years ago at an auction for $5. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo and what it looked like then, but it was just plain stained wood. I painted it (rather primitively – and I don’t mean that in a good way!) This was way before there were blogs ; )  I just got out my stash of craft paints, stamps and stencils and went to it! My daughter (who was about 12 at the time loved it and that’s all that mattered!

Flash forward 12 years and she still has that old dresser and asked me to paint it for her daughter’s nursery.

It took about five coats of primer to cover all of that hideous, er I mean beautiful mess!

perfectly pink dresser-3 by createandbabble After the primer was good and dry, I mixed up a batch of homemade chalk paint. You can see other pieces that I have painted with homemade chalk paint here.

perfectly pink baby dresser by createandbabble

I used the original drawer pulls. Just a quick spray of Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Gold made them look better than new!

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Using a Q-tip, my daughter filled in the small recesses on the corners with gold metallic craft paint (her hand is steadier than mine ; ) And seriously, how cute are those baby shoes!

We finished the piece off with some Miss Mustard Seed White Wax and buffed it to a smooth finish. I think it’s the perfect shade of pink, don’t you?

perfectly pink baby dresser by createandbabble.com And here’s one more before and after.

perfectly pink dresser by createandbabble My daughter also has an old chest of drawers that she wants me to paint. I plan on using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint on that piece so be sure to come back for that one!

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Baby Girl Shower Decorations DIY Style

In case you haven’t heard: IT’S A GIRL! Yes, my first granddaughter is due in a few weeks and I am so excited! And when my daughter’s friend contacted me to ask if I would help her with the baby shower decorations, of course I said yes!

diy-baby-shower-banner-by-createandbabble

The first decision to make was the color scheme. Of course pink! And glitter. Lots of glitter. Glitter is a color, right?!?!

Baby Girl Banner by createandbabble.com

I saved a lot of time making the banner using the Print and Cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo. It meant I didn’t have to run all over town to every craft and scrapbook store looking for just the right patterned paper. I made my own!

Digital Papers from Etsy

 

I found the perfect digital papers on Etsy.

baby girl banner bracket shape

I started with a bracket label shape, resized it to fit four on my 12 x 12 page, added two small circles on each shape (to cut holes for the ribbon) and filled it with one of the patterned digital papers.

baby girl banner by createandbabble.com

For the next layer, I used a scalloped circle from the Silhouette Online Store, resized it and filled with a pink and white striped pattern. Once all of the shapes were printed and cut, I added glitter to the edges of the scalloped edges by applying white glue with a small artist brush first, and then sprinkled on the glitter.

baby girl banner-2 by createandbabble.com

The last layer was either a cut out of the baby graphic that I found on Google images or a light gray paper medallion (Design ID #21879)

Using 3D adhesive foam squares to put the layers together, added dimension to the banner. I found the sweet pink “It’s a Girl” ribbon at Michaels and used it to tie the pieces of the banner together and added a self-adhesive pearl to the center of each bow.

baby girl banner-3 by createandbabble.com

I love how it is so softly pink, gray and glittery! A pretty way to celebrate the arrival of a precious baby girl!

baby girl banner-3 by createandbabble

This banner was made with the same shapes. I used Silhouette’s Double-sided Adhesive sheets to make the letters.

baby girl banner-4 by createandbabble.com

I love how the Silhouette black glitter sparkles.

baby girl banner-5 by createandbabble.com

Yes, one more banner!

baby girl banner-6 by createandbabble.com

I used shapes from the online store and cut them from card stock and Silhouette’s gold and silver Premium vinyl.

Is there a baby/wedding shower in your future? Will you make any of the decorations?

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