Do you believe in fairies?? {Silhouette project}

Originally posted for Amelia and Me

Fairy Lantern's
Yes, I do! Fairy lore is such a fascinating subject with many different versions and variations. I love the ideology behind Disney's fairies based on James Barrie's book- the idea that a fairy is created from the first laugh of a child is just magical!
I knew I wanted to put some fairies in my home, but I am the mother of 3 BOYS and I am sure they would be less than thrilled if I blatantly displayed fairies around our home. I also thought about how the magic is in the idea that these tiny creatures are around us all the time we just don't see them.
I am in love with lantern's this year, but boy are they pricey! I did a quick search at the Silhouette store and found all I needed to successfully 'hide' some fairies in my home.
Supplies:
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Cardstock (you can use any color you want!)
A glue pen or adhesive
Spatula Tool
Silhouette Files:
Lantern (25952)
Fairy (55783)
The lantern is pretty and we are going to add a little fairy silhouette!
First you open the file in Studio and zoom in on one of the blank sides.
zoom in
Open up the fairy file and size her to fit inside the box. Now you want to make sure that she overlaps a tiny bit on the top and bottom.
overlapfairy
Then you are going to click the fairy and the box. Then right click and weld.
weld
See how the lines just flow right into the frame? That is exactly what you want! Now we line up all the pieces to the lantern on our mat and cut out.
cut
Use the spatula tool to gently remove from mat and carefully fold the dotted lines and start to put the lantern together using a glue pen or other favorite adhesive.
fold pices
Then you are finished!
fairy lantern
Isn't the fairy just so cute! These are perfect for tea lights - I recommend battery operated-after all we did make this out of a paper. I am going to display mine in my window and maybe just make one in every color!
What color are you going to make yours?

Our Country 'Tis of Thee {Memory Board-Mixed Media}

Originally posted for Amelia and Me

Our Country Tis of Thee {Collage Board}

I grew up in a small town in California called Ridgecrest. Every summer my grandma would direct a children's 4th of July program called "Our Country Tis of Thee". Over 100 kids would participate and it was full of music, dancing, and fun! There were elaborate costumes, props, and a band to help celebrate our wonderful country and tell the story of our country's birth to present! Some of my favorite memories come from that program.
This year I wanted to create something new for my patriotic display, something that was symbolic and handmade. My mind went right to my Cameo as I thought about how I could use it to help me create this 'emotion' I had. I hope this project with be a jumping point for you in making a new patriotic item to display for the 4th or to create your own collage of a memory!
Supplies:
Silhouette Cutting Machine
White Vinyl
Silhouette Printable Canvas
'Our Country Tis of Thee' file (includes image and colonial stars)
3D Star Style 4 from the Silhouette Store
13 5-gallon Paint Sticks (Sherwin Williams will give them to you for free!)
Red, White and Blue Acrylic Paint
I started by making a flag out of paint sticks (compliments of Sherwin Williams). I painted them, glued them together with hot glue and added a Colonial Star with my Silhouette. Here is a nice tip- I ran out of transfer tape when making this project so I grabbed some cheap masking tape and it worked perfectly!

Paint Sticks Flag

Next I decided what items I wanted to include on my flag. I knew I wanted to use the image/logo from 'Our Country Tis of Thee' but I wanted to make it 'pop'! I decided this would be a good time for me to try out the printable canvas.
I set it up in Studio to be a print and cut. However, my printer had a hard time accepting the thicker medium so I had to hand push it through and it barely printed my image on the canvas at all!

screen shot

So, I resorted to hand cutting my image out. I hope you have better luck!

image
I wanted to include the lyrics from two of my favorite songs. I first thought I would just print out the sheet music and use that, but then I had an idea! I typed up the lyrics using an old style font. Printed the pages out and then aged them with coffee and tore the edges. Now the songs were poems written from the past!
aged paper poems
I then needed something more to make the flag come alive. I went searching in the Silhouette store and came across this fabulous 3-D star! I cut it out and followed the fabulous tutorial by the designer to assemble!
star 1
After adding the star, I got out some washi tape to spuce up the papers.  Made a simple paper medallion and realized it still needed something else.
embellishment collage

I remembered the costumes always had sequins on them. So shiny and fun! I located some and glued them on to my board

sequins

It was just the perfect finishing touch!!

finished collage

Now I can't wait to display this! Not just for the 4th- it might be added to my year round decor! Memories are sometimes just as real as the experience. Being able to create this is always going to keep those memories alive in my home. What memory are you going to collage?

If you Give a Mom a Muffin....{Silhouette Tutorial}

 Originally posted at Amelia and Me

....her kids will be right there asking for it! Right? I know you know what I am talking about- you finally get that piece of cake, the last cookie in the jar, the warm toast out of the toaster, and suddenly all your kids appear with their hungry, pitiful faces and voices coming to take that moment away.

Make your Own StampNow I have the perfect gift that is going to help everyone out! Mom gets her well deserved treat and those kids can have some too- if she decides to make and share.
Aren't these the cutest little gift boxes? You can get yours here from the Silhouette Store. They are the perfect size for a muffin or cake mix with a sweet spot for an extra tool like a whisk or spatula.
handy dandy box

Then I found this adorable poem that really adds to the gift- "If you Give a Mom a Muffin". Just perfect. I did a simple print and cut on the embellishment page.
All done except my box was looking a bit plain. I decided that now was the time to try out my Silhouette stamp starter kit. Throughout high school I perfected my doodle of flowers, hearts and smiley faces. (C'mon you know you perfected your doodles, too!) I thought it would be fun to try and make a stamp from my doodles- my own personal stamp! Now you can make one as well.
Materials:
Stamp Stater Kit
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Paper and Permanent Marker
I first drew my doodles on a plain piece of paper with a permanent marker. Then scanned the page into my computer at a high resolution and saved as a JPEG.

doodles
Brought the file into Studio and did a trace.
trace

I cleaned it up a bit and lined it up to cut on it's little special mat.

cleaned up

Cut it out. Now it doesn't actually cut all the way through but don't worry. Just fold it and those stamps pop right out!

clear stamp

The starter kit comes with a nice clear stamp to use and re-use (one of the best things about clear stamps!). Place the stamp on it. Get out an ink pad and go to town!

stamp

Now doesn't that just add something? It makes it seem so personal, too!

finished
Let me know what stamp you decide to make!