Friday, August 18, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Doodlebug Fabric + Doodlebug Cut Files = Fun!

Hi Everyone!  Today I have my Off the Page project for Doodlebug Design.  The Doodlebug Design Team members were challenged to create a project ... anything but a traditional scrapbook page.  I've been hoarding Doodlebug Design Fabric for quite some time, and I thought that the Off the Page Challenge would be the perfect chance to break into my stash!  I made this pillow for my daughter's dorm room using some fabrics from the Under the Sea Collection, some Santa Express Stripe Green Fabric and the Cactus - Fun in the Sun Cut File available here in the Silhouette Store and here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop.  Take a peek....

I will say, I was nervous to cut fabric with my Silhouette, I had never done it before, but it really wasn't difficult.  There is just a little prep work involved to get the fabric ready for cutting. First, you want to add your fabric pieces in a plastic bag, and soak with fabric stiffener.  I used Terial Magic. Make sure the fabric is soaked through.

Let your fabric hang dry for about 15-20 minutes.  It won't be completely dry.

Take the damp pieces of fabric and iron between 2 silicone craft sheets or parchment paper. ( this is to protect your iron and your ironing board cover)  the heat will dry the fabric and make it stiff like a piece of paper.

Your fabric is now ready to be cut.  In my case, I did one extra step.  I added Silhouette fabric stabilizer.  This was so that I could iron the fabric pieces on to my pillow case.  You do not need to do this if you just wish to sew the fabric.  I cut a piece of the stabilizer slightly smaller than my fabric piece, ironed it on then trimmed the excess fabric.  My fabric is now ready to be cut.

If using a Silhouette, you want to use a fabric blade for cutting.  

Start by peeling the paper backing from the stabilizer off of the fabric.

Add the fabric to your cutting mat and feed into your Silhouette.  Add your design to the Silhouette Design Studio, size as desired.  Change your settings to Fabric - thin like cotton, and set your blade as recommended.  (I set mine to 4)  then send to cut.

Just like any design, peel away the extra and you have your design!  I did this for all of the Cactus pieces.

Once all my pieces were cut, I ironed them on to the front panel of my pillow case.  You want to start with the bottom most layer, then add the top next layers as you go along.  (I made my own envelope pillow case using the tutorial here, but you can also purchase them pre-made.)

My pillowcase was ready to be stitched together at this point, but first I added some stitching around the different applique pieces to make them a bit more sturdy, better for a dorm room!  

I then finished stitching the envelope pillowcase together and added a pillow form!

My daughter was thrilled and is excited to add this to her dorm room  decor!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lori Whitlock: August Creative Team Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!   It's time for the August Creative Team Blog Hop over at Lori Whitlock!  You should have arrived here from Traci's Blog.  Here's the order for today's hop!

 For my project I made Lori's new Back to School Pop Up Box Card.

This would be a great card to send off with the kiddos for back to school, or to give to your favorite teacher.  The papers I used are from Doodlebug Design's Gingham Linen Petite Prints.

 And now a few things for you!  First, Lori is having a 30% off Sale in her SVG Shop!  Just use code AUG2017 to get the discount!

Also, how about a free file!!  This file is free for today only!  No code or minimum required.

Finally, how would you like to win a $20 Coupon to Lori's SVG Shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's it for me today, your next stop on the hop is Anita  !  Have a great day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Stitching Challenge and a Video Tutorial

Hi Everyone!  Today I have my Stitching Challenge project for Doodlebug Design!  The Doodlebug Design Team members were challenged to create a project where stitching with Doodlebug Twine was the focus.  I decided to create stitching files on my Silhouette using the adorable Doodlebug Cut files!  Take a peek...

Since I wanted my stitching to be the focus, I kept my layout pretty simple...a grid design using some Gingham Linen Petite Prints and a few shaped sprinkles as embellishments.  I stitched using some Doodle Twine in Bumblebee, Coral (from the Spring Assortment, Bubble Blue, Swimming Pool, Bubblegum and Blue Jean.  Here are some close-ups of the stitched squares...

For these squares, I used the Silhouette cut files Sun- Fun in the Sun (here in Lori Whitlock SVG shop) and Clouds Spring Things (here in Lori Whitlock SVG shop)

The shell file is the Pearl Shell -Under the Sea Silhouette file (here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop) , the waves I created myself.

The sand dollar was created using the Sand Dollar Under the Sea Silhouette file (here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop),  The starfish is the Shell Under the Sea file (here in the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop) and the fish is from  Fish - Anchors Aweigh file (here in the Lori Whitlock SVG shop).  

I finished my layout with a simple title using some Skinny Alphas in Swimming Pool and some Stickers from the Under The Sea Icon Sheet.
And now something for you!  I put together this video tutorial showing how I created the stitch files using my Silhouette and Doodlebug cut files.

That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lori Whitlock: Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone! I have a sneak peek at a new file that will be available tomorrow in the Lori Whitlock SVG shop and the Silhouette Store. This 3d Backpack is just so cute and would make a great back to school gift for the kids (and teachers!) in your life!

I put together a quick tutorial showing how to assemble this new file, so you'll be all set once it hits the shop! I used Lori's Celebrate Spring and Celebrate Easter Collections for Echo Park Paper.  To see the full tutorial head over to Lori's Blog here.

Such a cute way to package up a little back to school gift!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lori Whitlock: Side Step Card Birthday Cake

Hi Everyone! I'm up on the Lori Whitlock Blog today with a tutorial showing how to assemble this sweet  Side Step Card - Birthday Cake. (available here in the Silhouette Store) This is such a cute card and it's really pretty easy to put together! I made this one for my daughter's birthday.

 I used Lori's Perfect Princess Collection for Echo Park. It's such a fun, girly collection with great colors and patterns. Head over to Lori's blog here for the full tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by to peek!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Doodlebug Design: Odds & Ends Challenge

Hi Everyone!  It's today I'm up on the Doodlebug Blog with my Odds & Ends Challenge project.  I will admit, it really wasn't much of a challenge to find a way to make these adorable embellishments the focus of a project!  They are just so cute, they really do all the work for you!  I decided to make a few (well OK, it turned into 12) cards using some Odds & Ends and some punny sentiments...  take a peek...

I really had to stop myself from making more.  I combined the Odds & Ends from the At the Zoo, Fairy Tales, Cream & Sugar, Kitten Smitten and Fun in the Sun Collections, with some Gingham Linen Petite Prints to make the cards!  The cards are a simple A2 size and the white mat was cut using Lawn Fawn's Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Dies.   The sentiments, well, I can't resist a good pun!

Here are some close-ups of the cards...

These went together really quickly.    I love that I now have a bunch of cards to send out when needed!  Be sure to stop by the Doodlebug Blog for more Odds & Ends inspiration from the design team!  That's it for me today, thank you for stopping by to peek!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Doodlebug Design: July PageMaps Sketch

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a layout I created for the Doodlebug Design/PageMaps Sketch Challenge Layout! Members of the Doodlebug Design Team were all given great sketches to play with from the July PageMaps release.   I received this fabulous sketch from Becky Fleck...

I had a lot of fun with this sketch.  I found this picture of my daughter and friends in front of their freshman dorm, and couldn't resist using some At the Zoo papers and embellishments to scrap it!  Take a peek...

I just adore the little critters in this collection.  I used a whole bunch of them from the Icons Sticker Sheets and the word stickers from the This and That Sticker Sheet are always a favorite!

I finished it all off with a fun mixed alpha title using some Teensy Type Letters and the "wild" stickers from the At the Zoo Icons Stickers..  Be sure to check the Doodlebug Blog  for more PageMaps Inspiration from the last 2 weeks!  That's it for me today, thanks for stopping by to peek!