Monday, September 12, 2016

Conquering my fears

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I don't know about you, but I have always been terrified to step out of my comfort zone. My 'zone' is plain ol' vinyl. Don't get me wrong, I have always wanted to try new things, but I am clumsy and tend to waste enough material while I figure out what the heck I am doing.

So for this challenge, I decided to push myself. I wanted desperately to do something different. 

Everything I did for this project was either by holding my breath, or done with the usual tongue action to help get it right (do you ever do that...make faces and hold your tongue just right? I swear it helps!)

I started by picking a random fall design from my Silhouette Library. In my case it was the campfire. I really only have glitter HTV in my stash, other than maybe two sheets of other colors, which would not work for the campfire. 

So I Picked the colors that would work with the design, resized them for a random shirt in my closet, and got to cutting. 

Of course I didn't remember to take a lot of pictures during the process. For that I am terribly sorry. 

I heated up my iron and got to pressing as soon as my cuts were done. 

First the logs, then the flames. On this tan colored shirt I didn't use the under layer for the logs. And let me tell you, by making this design quite small, the logs were not easy to weed, and they are FAR from perfect!

One thing I always seem to neglect is measuring the placement on my shirt, so that is something I will have to work on. I think it looks silly where I put it on the shirt. A bit off center and will sit about on my belly. Ughhh~ That's a learning curve for me to pay attention to! 

However, I stepped out of my comfort zone and layered HTV! That is something I have not even done with regular vinyl! And I have had my Portrait for about 3 years or so! 

Let's take a look at that again...

The colors of Glitter HTV are brown, red, orange and gold. The red and orange don't show up well against each other so if I do this again, I think I would switch the orange with the gold to add the right contrast. 

Of course just having a campfire on the shirt would seem silly, and with fall being upon us, I added the text in solid black. The font is Cotton Candy. 

After wearing the shirt as is for a few hours and feeling like a complete Dork, I got he bright idea to add a cowboy in a chair silhouette next to the fire. The hope was to make it look more evenly placed with a purpose rather than like I messed up, but that, I suppose, is up to the individual viewer. What say you?

I have a feeling I will be doing a LOT more projects and layering a LOT more HTV soon, This was a fun project to challenge myself and I can't wait to do more! 

BUT...I will be working on placement because it is so very important. 

I put this project together for 2 reasons. The first being to challenge myself to do something different, and the 2nd being to share with all the bloggers for the September Silhouette Challenge! It has been a long time since I participated in a Silhouette Challenge. This is fun to participate in and as always there is something in it for our viewers too! 

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 Grateful Shirt Perfect For ThanksgivingDIY Back to School Sign & Amazon Gift Card GiveawayStenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow"Happy Fall Y'all" Watercolor Art: Cameo 3 TutorialCutest Pumpkin In The Patch OnesiesConquering my FearsHow to Build and Paint a Wood SignReversible Fall Block {tutorial} + Fall Blog Hop & GiveawaySpooktacular Monogram Onesie for Baby's First Halloween + GIVEAWAY!Double Sided Fall and Christmas Pillow TutorialPumpkin Pillow CoversMake Fun Canvas Pencil CasesSilhouette Fall Challenge: Fall Planter Box w/ Vinyl Pumpkins"Happy Fall Y'all" Cotton Wreath
1. Small Stuff Counts // 2. My Favorite Finds // 3. Two Purple Couches // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Practically Functional // 6. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. Ginger Snap Crafts // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. Sisters, What! // 11. Create & Babble // 12. HaberdasheryFun // 13. Curly Crafty Mom // 14. unOriginal Mom

Amazon Giveaway

 And because we not only want to inspire you creatively, but help provide you with the tools to make that happen, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are hosting a giveaway for a $140 Amazon gift card for one lucky winner.  You can put that prize toward a Silhouette machine, supplies, or whatever your crafting heart desires. The best part?  This giveaway is open to international readers, as well.  Whoo hoo! To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link.  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 17 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter! {This giveaway runs from today through Monday, September 19th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.  International entrants welcome.  You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.} a Rafflecopter giveaway

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