Valentine’s Day Onesie

I know. I know. I was just saying recently how heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is not just for onesies. So what did I just make? Yep. A onesie. But this Valentine’s Day will be my granddaughter’s first Valentine’s Day and I just HAD to make her a Valentine’s Day Onesie.

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I found this cute cut file in the Silhouette Online store (it’s called Love Bird and it’s by Rivka Williams) and thought it would look adorable on a onesie. And since I had never layered HTV before, I thought this would be a good one to share with you. You can learn from my mistake ; ) I used the cut settings for flocked heat transfer material and bumped up the blade setting to 7. (My blade is old so if you’re using a newer blade, do a test cut first.)

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I cut out the shapes using my favorite HTV (glitter HTV from Specialty Graphics). If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you know I just love this stuff. See more glitter vinyl projects here.

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I pressed on the solid bird shape on the onesie first. MISTAKE: I should have made that shape just a teensie bit smaller by using the offset tool. You’ll see why in a minute.

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Next, I placed the bird shape with cut outs on top of the solid bird shape.

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Here’s where you can see my mistake. It’s almost impossible to line up the second layer perfectly over the first. If I had made the first shape a little smaller, it wouldn’t be peeking out at the edges. Lesson learned.

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Just one heart just wasn’t enough so I replicated the heart that was in the original cut file a few times and adjusted the size.  I also added a heart to each sleeve to mimic elbow patches. I guessed at the placement of those. As you’ll see in the photos below, luck was on my side that time!

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And here’s sweet, little, 11-month old Melanie, modeling her new Valentine’s Day Onesie! But she didn’t sit still for long . . .

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. . .  and she’s off to explore.

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She was more interested in watching her brothers play in the snow than she was in modeling her new onesie! (Check out that elbow heart patch!)

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DIY Painted Ring Dish

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My daughter was just saying the other day that she needed a safe place to store her wedding rings when she’s doing dishes, cleaning, etc. So when Deco Art asked me to try out their Americana Multi Surface paints, I decided to try my hand at painting on ceramic dishes that are a perfect size to hold rings.

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Now I am not an artist, so I went very simple for these ring dishes. Dots and stripes. I can paint those!

First, I gathered my supplies. The dishes are called tasting dishes. Aren’t they cute? They are 2-1/2″ square. The perfect little size to hold rings. You’ll also need a paint brush, a sponge brush, and painter’s tape.

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And of course paint: DecoArt’s Americana multi-surface Satin in the colors of your choice.

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For the first one, I adhered a big, fun diamond ring that I cut out of gold vinyl using my Silhouette.

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Then I taped off a wide stripe using painter’s tape, making sure that the edges were well pressed down onto the dish so the paint would not seep under.

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Next, I pounced on two coats of the Gold Metallic DecoArt Multi-Surface paint and let it dry overnight.

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The next morning I removed the tape and my pretty, new ring dish is ready to use! (Let your finished ring dish air dry, or “cure” for four days. Place the ring dish on a baking sheet, place in a cold oven and bake the ring dish at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely and your ring dish is safe to both hand wash and put in the dishwasher)

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Since these are so fun and easy to make, I made another one! For ths one, I used the color Flamingo. Isn’t it pretty! With my unsteady hand, I painted dots on the inside of the dish with a small artist’s brush. I might have had better results with a q-tip or eraser end of a pencil. Or just a steadier hand ; )

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For this one, I painted one thin stripe on the outside. Maybe I should add another stripe or two?

How would you paint your ring dish?

Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration.

 

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Christmas Onesie and Circle Skirt for Baby

Nothing like waiting to the last minute to create a Christmas onesie! Luckily these are fast and easy to make, which is probably why I put it off until just last night!

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I’m sure when it’s on my granddaughter tomorrow, it will look even cuter. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be sure to see some pics posted there.

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To make the onesie, I created the shape in Silhouette Studio using the Samantha font and the Redressed font. I used red heat transfer vinyl that I had picked up on a Pick Your Plum deal a while ago. I think this is the first time I have used their HTV and it worked just fine. I would definitely get it again.

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If you are new to Silhouette or haven’t made anything with heat transfer vinyl yet, there are a few things to remember:

  • reverse the image before cutting
  • slow down the cutting speed (the preset speed is too high, in my opinion)
  • insert the vinyl with the backing facing up
  • insert rectangles around shapes for easier weeding

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  • prewash item to remove sizing
  • if using an iron (instead of a heat press), cover press down firmly for AT LEAST 30 seconds (I use an old pillow case between the iron and the HTV design

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The plastic backing will lift off easily if the design has been ironed on thoroughly. I press once more with just the pillow case over the design to ensure good adhesion.

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I can’t wait to see it on her.

The circle skirt was made using red and white striped fabric that I found in my fabric stash. I found the tutorial on how to make the circle skirt at Dana Made It.

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I can’t believe how easy these little skirts are to make. Dana includes a free pattern for you to use also.

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I used the 0-3 month size, but just cut it a little bigger than the pattern.

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Dana uses 1″ wide elastic, but I used what I had which happened to be 1-1/2″. I cut mine 16″ long.

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I followed the step-by-step tutorial exactly.

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Except for one thing: I forgot to hem the edge! But I since got a really nice edge by using a rotary cutter to cut the fabric, it’s not fraying at all plus the baby will probably only wear this once.

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For the price of a long-sleeved onesie, my granddaughter has a cute and fun little Christmas outfit and it only took about an hour to make both pieces.

Paper Christmas Tree

I made this white paper Christmas Tree last year and it’s one of my favorites. I’m so glad it survived the year packed away in a bin!

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It’s made just like the colorful paper medallion Christmas Tree that I made, but has a totally different look.

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The edges of the paper medallions are rounded giving the tree a fuller, softer look.

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As I added more layers, I gently pushed down on the edges to give the tree a wispy, almost feather-like appearance.

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I didn’t add any glitter to the edges of this tree . . . but I thought about it ; )

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But I did get my glitter fix in by adding a white glitter star to the top.

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Last year, it was displayed on the entry table . . .

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But this year, it’s part of my master bedroom Christmas decor. I love how it looks in the round mercury glass vase.

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This year I’ve decided to add a little Christmas decor to my bedroom. I’ve always dreamed of having every room in the house decorated to the nines for Christmas. You know, just like in magazines.

I was just thinking that when I was raising my kids while working a full-time job, my Christmas decorating consisted of:

Put a tree up in the living room, maybe hang a wreath on the front door, throw a “pretty” towel on the sink in the powder room and call it done!

Now I think I can do a little more. So I am challenging myself to add some Christmas decor to my bedroom for as little money as possible. The first thing I did was make was a pretty Snowflake Banner to hang across the top of the curtains. (Although, it may end up across the dresser mirror. We’ll see.)

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Decorating my bedroom for Christmas is quite a challenge for a few reasons. First and foremost: my bedroom is orange. I know, who does that???? Well I guess if you’re feeling generous, you could call it coral. I talked about how and why my  bedroom is orange here.

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I said there are a few reasons that the bedroom would be a challenge to decorate for Christmas, didn’t I? Well, I guess there’s only the one. But isn’t decorating an orange, er, I mean coral room for Christmas challenge enough!?!

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But I think I’m up for the challenge!

I made the snowflake banner by first layering snowflakes that I cut with my Silhouette®.

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Then I added a paper rosette on top of the snowflake.

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Next I attached a glittered circle, a plain white circle and then finally a glittered letter.

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All of the layers were adhered with 3D foam square.

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A little trick I use for adhering letters……

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Silhouette owners: have you tried cutting glitter card stock and ended up with the card stock sliding around on the mat? I have a tip for you: tape down the edges to the mat with painter’s tape. It works!

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Aqua, white, and silver seem to be the best colors to use for decorating this room for Christmas.

So far I have spent ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH, NADA on my Christmas bedroom decor (I used supplieS I already had to make the banner).

How about you? Do you have a room that is a challenge to decorate for the holidays, too? Do you decorate every room in your home? I would love to hear how you do it!

PB Inspired Christmas Wall Art

I am thrilled to be participating in this blog hop featuring DIY Christmas projects. I knew right away that I wanted to make a PB inspired Christmas wall art.

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This HOLLY JOLLY SIGN WALL ART from Pottery Barn was the inspiration for my wall art.

My wall art was made with 1″ x 2″ boards for the frame and 4″ x 1/4″ boards for the slats.

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I wanted the corners of the frame to be mitered, so I used my Ryobi Miter Saw to cut 45 degree angles on the 1″ x 2″ pieces.

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After the frame pieces were cut, I ran them through my Ryobi Table Saw set up for dado cuts, creating a groove to slide in the 4″ x 1/4″ boards.

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I wanted my wall art to have an old, rustic look, so I didn’t worry a lot about any gaps or imperfections in the wood.

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I used a rubber-tipped hammer to tap the slats into place.

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The frame was attached together at the corners with wood glue and the Ryobi Airstrike Narrow Crown Stapler.

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Now that the board is fully assembled, it’s time to paint!

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I chose to spray paint the entire assembled board with several light coats of a deep red spray paint.

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I designed the word art in Silhouette Studio® and cut out the word shapes on removable vinyl.

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Once all of the vinyl words were in place, I painted over the entire board with an off-white latex paint.

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While the white paint was still wet, I carefully removed the vinyl so that the words would be the red background color.

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Lastly, I lightly sanded the entire board and then using a dry brush, lightly brushed over the red word art to give it an aged appearance.

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Now head on over to see what my DIY friends have made!

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DIY Vintage Sled- Fynes Desings

Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree- Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art- DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity- My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders- Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign- Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar- Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates- Pink When
Joy wood slice sign- Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor- Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display- Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree- Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag- Being Spiffy

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Painted Dresser with Milk Paint

Black is the new Black. At least for me! I don’t think it was intentional at first, but black seems to be the accent color in my home.

So when I found this dresser in serious need of a makeover, I immediately knew I wanted to paint it with Miss Mustard Seek Milk Paint in Typewriter.

Miss Mustard Seed describes Typewriter as an off-black or soft black.  It is named for the black color traditionally found on antique typewriters.

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Let’s get right to the after photo and then I’ll tell you about my tips for working with MMS (Miss Mustard Seed) Milk Paint.

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First of all, I decided that since the top of the dresser was in pretty good shape I would just sand off what was left of the finish and then restain it. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax.

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The rest of the dresser got a good cleaning with TSP followed by a thorough rinsing and drying.

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If you don’t want a “chippy” look (which I didn’t), the MMS Milk Paint line has a Milk Paint Bonding Agent to that you add to the milk paint mixture.

The Milk Paint Bonding Agent allows Milk Paint to adhere to metal, glass and painted, varnished or lacquered surfaces.

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Even though I would distress the edges of the dresser, I did not want an overall chippy appearance. The sides of the dresser were a just a bit glossy and I was afraid the paint might not adhere well  there and turn out flaky and chippy, so I added the bonding agent to the first coat of milk paint.

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Use a mixer or blender of some sort to mix the milk paint. Stirring with a spoon or using a whisk didn’t get out all of the lumps for me. I have an old immersion style blender that is dedicated for paint mixing.

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If you don’t have an old one, maybe keep an eye out for one at your local thrift store.

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As you are painting, stir the milk paint with your paint brush as the paint tends to separate as it sits.

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Also, since I can rarely finish painting a piece of furniture in one sitting, I store any leftover mixed paint in a little mason jar with a securely closed lid.

After the second coat was dry, I distressed the edges a bit with a sanding sponge.

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Instead of wax, I decided to try out the Hemp Oil to finish the dresser. Hemp Oil is all natural, so it’s great for to use if  you are sensitive to chemicals.  Hemp Oil will absorb into the painted surface and give it a durable finish.

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I simply just wiped on with a clean cloth and wiped away the excess.

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I just love how this dresser turned out. Dan was a little jealous when I said it was going to my daughter’s house for my grandson’s bedroom.  “Typewriter” by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is definitely my new favorite and I’m sure I’ll find more furniture pieces to makeover with this paint.

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Have you used MMS Milk paint? What is your favorite color?

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DIY Paper Organizer

Remember when I mentioned my little obsession with card stock? Well, I’ve done something about it.

No, I didn’t get rid of it. Well, actually I did give away some of it. But for the rest I desperately needed something to get it organized.

Soooo, I got my DIY on and made this handy dandy wooden paper organizer to fit inside the cubbies of my shelf!

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I was so excited to get it in the cubbie and try it out that I didn’t even finish sanding the rough edges or paint it yet! (By the way, the storage unit is actually called a room divider. I got it at Costco a few years ago, but this idea would work for any similar storage unit.)

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To make it, I first measured the dimensions of my cubbies. They measured just under 13 1/2″ square.

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I found some leftover 1/2″ MDF in my wood pile and cut  a 13 1/4″ square using my Ryobi 10″ portable table saw.  I then made dado cuts into one side of the wood spacing them about an inch apart. Since I don’t yet have a dado blade for my table saw, I just lowered the blade to cut into the wood half way. I made two cuts right next to each other to make a groove wide enough to hold the divider pieces.

The dividers were made using 1/4″ boards cut to 13″ x 12″.

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Half circles were cut out using my new Ryobi Jig Saw.

It was actually my first time using a jig saw. Be honest – you can tell, can’t you ; )

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The cuts look a little better after some sanding.

There are five more cubbies in that storage unit. I think I’ll need to make at least one more paper organizer. I told you I have a bit of an obsession with card stock!

 

DIY Personalized Gift Tags

One thing that I always run out of every year is gift tags. I decided that it’s not going to happen this year. I decided to make a bunch of personalized gift tags well in advance so I’m ready.

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I’m not one of those super organized people that starts Christmas shopping early and has all the gifts wrapped and ready before Thanksgiving. Are you? If so, I hate you ; ) Not really, but I’m jealous. Every year I vow that next year will be different. That I will start shopping in October and be done early. Yeah. Right.

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I know me. It won’t happen. So when I’m hurrying and scurrying wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, at least I’ll have gift tags!

But maybe, just maybe by taking baby steps – like making my own gift tags early – that a pattern will develop. One step at a time.

So how did I make these gift tags? I’m glad you asked?

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Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut tag shapes out of white card stock. Then I cut frame shapes with an initial in each center using Silhouette’s printable gold foil.

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I made the frame shapes by creating an internal offset and then I made the two shapes a compound path. You can download my free cutting file for Version 3 or Version 2. (for personal use only)

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I made initial tag for everyone in my immediate family.

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And I think I might have gone overboard with how many I made for the grandbabies! Or not.

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Since we’re talking about Silhouette, did you hear there’s a new Cameo?

new silhouette cameo Here’s a link to a video explaining what’s new

Starting tomorrow, the new Silhouette Cameo will only be available online at the Silhouette Shop for the first week or so and they expect them to sell out quickly.

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath

Confession: I have a weakness for paper. Pretty paper and card stock. My paper of choice is double-sided card stock. I just can’t help myself.

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Hello. My name is Jeanie and I’m a double-sided card stockaholic.

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Can you relate?

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I guess it doesn’t help that I receive daily emails from not just one but two daily deal sites tempting me with the latest and greatest patterns and colors.

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So when the chance to participate in this month’s Silhouette Challenge came up, I took it as a challenge to use up some of that lovely card stock.

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This is probably about the billionth time that I’ve made these paper medallions (my favorite is the Christmas Tree), but they’re just so dang pretty! And so easy to make. Especially if you use your Silhouette to cut perforated lines in the card stock for you. Accordion folding card stock without perforated lines is possible, but the folds would have to perfectly straight and creased. I honestly don’t have the time or patience for that.

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And since you probably don’t have the time or patience for that either, I’m including links so that you can download the files I made.
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Feel free to adjust the spacing between the vertical lines and the position of the horizontal lines. Version 2, Version 3 (For personal use only)

Never made paper medallions? Here’s a quick little picture tutorial for you.

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I told you it was easy!

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I hot glued buttons into the centers.
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To make the wreath, I covered an old wire wreath frame with a roll of burlap ribbon and just started hot gluing on the paper medallions.

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I made various sizes of medallions and just kept adding layers, making sure to overlap the edges.

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I love how it looks on my salvaged wood chalkboard.

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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!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

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