Monday, January 2, 2017

More Patterned Metallic Vinyl Fun!

Happy New Year, readers!

I hope that 2017 proves to be filled with joy, love, laughter, and prosperity for each and every one of you!

I am going to keep this post short, because I know most of you are preparing to head back to work tomorrow.

So if you came by to read my last post, you won't be shocked with this one. I fell hard for Patterned Metallic Vinyl. It has a special feel to it, and is really fun to work with.

Just before Christmas, I sent a picture to my Grandson, Kody of the sign I made for his dad. His dad, who, by the way, bought his first house just in time for Christmas! Kody had also seen a picture on FB that I had shared of this deer scene, and since he is considering buying a small house as well, he asked me for a sign for his place too and of course, I was thrilled to make it.


You have to look close to see the pattern in this photo. But check out the next one! 


And just because, here is a special order I had for Christmas, using paint. 


It looks great with that turquoise backing too, doesn't it! 

So, I have several patterns in this metallic vinyl and am now working on a new design to make with it. Because it is a different color, the backing will be painted or a dark stain, and the design will pop just as nicely as these do. 

Leave a comment if you have a great idea for a design to be done in metallic patterned vinyl, ok?

Gotta run for now! 

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy!




Monday, December 12, 2016

Metallic Vinyl FUN!

Hello my dear friends! It is so nice to be back to write a post and share a sweet little project with you!

Along with sharing a project, I want you to know that it also time for our Silhouette Challenge, and with that we have a very nice Giveaway for you to enter, so make sure you read all the way to the end of this post to see what all the excitement is about! 

So let's get this project going, shall we?

Lot's of people have been buying up the new Silhouette Cameo 3, and I am no different. It has been so fun to get acquainted with this machine!

I have been stocking up on vinyl for a few months now, and I have been getting it from a variety of sources. My favorite place to order vinyl from is, hands down, Expressions Vinyl. Not only are they close to my location, but they have fabulous products, and even better Customer Service. As I started stepping out of my comfort zone with colors and such, I discovered metallic vinyl. Wait till you see what this stuff looks like! 

So, as I started thinking about making Christmas gifts for family and friends, I instantly knew I just had to use this metallic vinyl in my project. My son was in the process of buying his first house, so a name plate sign for his new house would be perfect! 

Now I am a paint it kinda gal, but for this project, I wanted to skip the paint and let a light stain help this beautiful black metallic vinyl stand out. My son is also a hunter, and his girlfriend is an outdoorsy kinda gal so a deer head design was perfect for the two of them. I just know they are going to Love this! 


I found my deer head design in the Silhouette Store. Prior to all of this, I had purchased several 1x4's just for making signs. I had my dad cut the boards to make 3 plaques each, and the size is the same length of a Cameo mat. With a design fitting the mat, this would give the extra space to make the final project fit just right. 

I set up my new Cameo 3 using the autoblade setting for vinyl, and set the design to fit the mat comfortably without wasting space. I love the auto-blade feature! The metallic vinyl cuts the same as regular 651 or 631. My Cameo made this cut look like a knife cutting through butter. Not one mistake or bad spot...simply Beautiful!


Once the board was stained, dried and aired out completely, I used Silhouette Transfer Tape and pulled the cut design up from the backing, then carefully placed it on the plaque/name board. What are these boards called anyway?


Well, I knew right away that this is exactly perfect! When the light shines one way, the vinyl looks a bit like a bright black vinyl, but just a small shift in lighting shows the vinyl off in a magical way. I just love how it makes this sign look fancier and gives it a masculine look at the same time!

I noticed after I applied the design to the board, I had lost the center dash between their last names, so I made a new one, easy peasy.  Then I decided not to actually wrap the gift, since I have to ship it. Instead I added a ribbon and a quick bow that I made, and printed out a card to attach to it. This gift is in the box ready to ship out to my son and his girlfriend who are now new home owners!

In making gifts for my kids, my oldest daughter sent me a text of something her sister would like, and I came up with my own version of the sign. Here is the text photo.

Now I just could not wrap my head around the idea of sending a 1x2 or so in the mail, so I got creative (say it isn't so!) And started making my own version to send to her. This is where stocking up on vinyl came in handy! I wasn't planning on making this one, but by stocking up, I had everything I needed! 

Again, starting with my 13.5 by 11 or so board, this time I painted it white. I used my Cameo 3 to cut the words, 'Christmas Blessings' out in a column. I also cut out a nice green ornament to fill the center since my version had empty space in the center. 


In talking to my oldest daughter, she was telling me the clips to hold Christmas Cards were binder clips that were glittery red, and for the life of me I could not find any. As I was going through my stash of everything under the sun, these little mini clothes pins jumped out at me. I sprayed them with red glitter spray paint. 

Once the board was ready I applied the wording, the ornament and the glittery clothes pins. To secure the clothes pins on, I used my trusty glue gun. Now this gift is complete and ready to be boxed up and shipped out tomorrow too! 



I shared this photo with my oldest daughter yesterday. She then told me that as the two of them were out shopping, my younger daughter had spotted that and said she loved it, so my oldest daughter snapped a quick picture unbeknownst to her sister. That means when my youngest, Brigitte, gets this in the mail, she will be super surprised! 

The best thing my oldest, Rochelle, said, was "This kind of feels like calling up Santa's workshop and having a special request magically appear!" THAT makes having my Cameo even More fun! 

Oh, one more fun design I added to each of my kids gifts is this cute little tag to remind them of the Rules ;)


I made this out of viny somly because I wanted the vibrant colors we get with vinyl. And this is my first layering project. Nothing fancy here, just the red vinyl on a white vinyl square box. 



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!

DIY Monogram PillowsVintage Christmas Tree Truck CutoutMake A Sparkly Holiday ClutchHandmade Christmas CardsWood Christmas TreeChristmas Tree Farm SignMetallic Vinyl FunNutcracker Sweets Faux Enamel SignDIY Glittered Merry Christmas BannerChristmas Noel BannerPersonalized Glitter Hair Stylist OrnamentMason Jar Christmas Tree OrnamentsDIY Flannel Foot WarmerScrap Block Christmas TreeHandmade Christmas Gift TagsJoy to the World Print and CutPapa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear T-Shirt Trio GiftHug in a Mug
1. Small Stuff Counts // 2. My Paper Craze // 3. HaberdasheryFun // 4. Create & Babble // 5. Creative Ramblings // 6. Cutesy Crafts // 7. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 8. Architecture of a Mom // 9. The Crafting Nook // 10. Get Silvered // 11. Where The Smiles Have Been // 12. Curly Crafty Mom // 13. unOriginal Mom // 14. Ginger Snap Crafts // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Sisters, What! // 17. The Thinking Closet // 18. Dream a Little Bigger

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Here's a new trick for you!

Do you have a Silhouette cutting machine? If you do, here is a trick to make some reusable journal cards!

First bring your print and cut design up in the Silhouette Software. I am using these print and cut journal cards because they are just the right size for this project.


Make sure to turn on your registration marks! 


For this project though, I need the cards to print in a column about 3-4" wide. You'll see why in a few minutes.  So I ungrouped the cards, then moved the print design AND the cut lines for each to stack them in a column. 

Moving on... I found this clear vinyl on wish.com that is about 3" wide. When I was ready with my cards, I used the clear vinyl to cover the design on my card stock. Center the clear vinyl over the design and try your best to not get any bubbles in it. 

Next, go back to your software, to the cut settings. I am cutting this project on my Cameo 3, but I am sure the cut settings would be the same for other Cameo's and the Portrait. I am using the auto blade, but I added some thickness in the settings to compensate for the additional vinyl plus the original card stock. My settings are: 
Auto-blade 3
Speed-4
Thickness 27 

Send to Silhouette! 

Next..and the whole reason I am posting this is that these cards now have a clear vinyl over them when you cut them, and now they can be used just like a dry erase board, but in personal note size! All you need is a dry erase marker and you can re-use these cards for a long long time, or make more using different colors, designs, add your own style...A damp cloth wipes away your memo/note and you are ready to write a new reminder! 

I think these will come in handy for a number of reasons for me. Now I can leave a quick note for dad to remind him of things he needs to do, or to tell him where I have gone. Like my dentist appointment tomorrow morning!  

Hope you enjoyed this little post and that you can get some clear vinyl to make your own re-usable journal cards too!