Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tie Dyed Shirt

Its time to show your pride and this shirt is a great way to do it.
I know its a little hard to see all the colors and detail on the shirt but it really is bright, sparkly and fun.  Everything you need for a parade watching, BBQ eating, fireworks attending shirt!
To create the shirt all you need is a plain white shirt, some scrap vinyl, some silhouette rhinestones  and this amazing stuff from SEI.
Its Tie Dye spray in a bottle- what could be easier?  I grabbed the red and blue (blueberry actually) and a silver glitter for my project.
I then went to my handy dandy Cameo to create the vinyl masks.
I drew two stars that were about 3.5" and three starts that measured approximately 2.75"
I also drew three squares that measured 4" each.
Cut all of the shapes out of vinyl.  It doesn't matter the color because they are only being used as masks and will be thrown away.
Next you will create the Rhinestone template.  Its really easy to do.
Select the large star and open the Rhinestone window
under the Rhinestone Effect box choose Edge.
Choose a Rhinestone size.
Repeat for the smaller star.
Follow the instructions on the Rhinestone package ( or see my upcoming tutorial).

(I forgot to take pictures of the next step)

Dye the t-shirt

1. Cover a piece of chipboard or cardboard with a grocery bag and slide it inside the shirt. This will keep the Die from seeping through to the back side of your shirt.

2. Cover your work area with a garbage bag or large piece of plastic.

3. Arrange the vinyl stars on your shirt.

4. Place the vinyl squares on your shirt, covering part of the stars but not all

5. Start with the Silver Glitter Tumble Dry, shake well.
            Spray the front of your shirt lightly; make sure to get the shoulders and as far down to the bottom as you want your design to go.

6. Carefully remove the vinyl squares (but not the stars)

7. Shake the blue Tumble Dry Ink and spray the front of your shirt with a little more spray then you did with the glitter; Don’t go all the way to the top or the bottom of the design so that the glitter spray still shows. Let dry for a few minutes

8. Shake the red Tumble Dry Ink and spray a little heavier closer to the stars and let dry.
9. remove the vinyl stars
Once the Tie Dye is dry, add the rhinestone stars as directed.
Throw the t-shirt in the dryer (wrong side out) for about 15 minutes to set everything.
Now you have a great shirt for all those July activities.
Doesn't my daughter look so cute in the shirt I made for her?
For those who are interested, this was the project we did for June's Silhouette Club.  If you are interested in joining us and learning a new technique each month please let me know.  I would love to have you participate! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Master Of The Grill

Father's Day is just around the corner and I needed something original for my SIL Brysen.
They just bought a new grill and he LOVES that thing.  They did a family BBQ the other night and it was fun just watching him.  He was so proud of their new toy and I knew then I had to get him something he could play with use.
First we took a trip to Lowes and found a really nice BBQ utensil set and storage case. 
 Next I decided to use my Cameo and make an apron.
I used this image from the Silhouette Store.
I sized it to fit the apron. Using Heat Transfer Material,  I cut out the knife and spatula as one piece and the fork as another.
I created the text and cut it out of the Heat Transfer as well.
Once everything was arranged, I pressed the Heat Transfer to the apron.
Brysen was so excited about his apron, in fact I think he might have liked it even more than the utensils. 
Score for me!
I will put together a tutorial showing how to use the heat transfer and how to create curved text.
Keep watching.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Patriotic Fun

July is one of the busiest months around but I love it! 
I look forward to the BBQs, fireworks and parades but probably the reason I love it the most is because its a day all my kids come home, bring their friends and we just hand out!
I found these really fun Patriotic Projects on SVG Attic  and just knew I had to try them.  

The first is the fireworks.  There are three different sizes.  I changed them up a little but they are so cute I don't think it matters what you do with them.  Jodi has great assembly instructions and it made putting them together a breeze!

Next up was the card box.  Wouldn't this be perfect to send a little Red, White and Blue love to someone who can not join you?  Or an invitation to someone who can.   
These little card boxes fold down flat and are perfect for mailing!

Of course what is a party without a banner. 
I created this one on my own using basic shapes in the Silhouette Studio Software.  I am working on a tutorial and step by step instructions.

We will also be making this in our June Silhouette Club so sign up and join us.


On of my favorite things to do when making banners is to cut the letters out twice and then use foam pop dots in between the layers.  It adds a lot of dimension and makes things really stand out.

One of the things I loved about these projects is that they are all made using cardstock only.  no printed paper, just paper you most likely already have on hand. 

What will you be making to show your Patriotic Love?