Calling all the Silhouette owners!! it’s Holiday Sale time

I don’t own a Silhouette… but I know a lot of you girls do so I thought I would share some of the steals and deals going on over at Swing Design.

You can save on allsorts of cool stuff from software upgrades to Designer editions, Vinyls, and some really cool bundle packs.  There is also and instant 10% discount code available on the site… check for restrictions.

Here are a few of the deals going on right now, go check em out…. happy shopping !!!




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This upgrade code is for users who own Silhouette Studio Basic Edition (Free) and would like to upgrade to the designer edition plus software. Instant Download – Code Arrives in 2nd Email After Purchase.  There is no software download required, just enter the code into the Studio Software (not the Design Store) to unlock the new features.
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The Silhouette Designer Edition PLUS retains all of the capabilities of the basic Silhouette Studio software and includes all of the Designer Edition features, plus the following new features:

  • Conical Wrap Panel
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    • You can then isolate the placement stitch to create cut lines allowing you to cut fabric with your Silhouette electronic cutting tool. You can also use the embroidery lines as a cut file within Silhouette Studio to create intricate and colorful sketch designs.
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    • Allows you to create custom rhinestone shapes and view rhinestone designs with a photo-realistic preview. You can then place your rhinestones along a path, as a fill, or individually. You can combine multiple rhinestones to create unique patterns and adjust the spacing and orientation to your liking.
  • Can use on up to 3 computers

 

$10.00 $25.00

  • Use this card code to purchase digital designs and fonts at the Silhouette online image library at www.silhouettedesignstore.com
  • Card does not expire

Can not be discounted further with any coupon code.

 

 

 

 

$239.99 $389.99



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Bundle Includes:

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  • 12 Inch x 12 Inch Cutting Mat
  • 36 Assorted Sheets of Oracal Permanent Vinyl – 12 Inch x 12 Inch Each
    • 24 Oracal 651 Ultra Glossy Vinyl Sheets
    • 12 Oracal 641 Matte Vinyl Sheets
  • 6 Sheets of Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer for Fabrics 7.5 Inch x 12 Inch Each
  • 1 Full Roll Clear Transfer Tape – 12 Inches
  • 24 Sketch Pens – 2xs The Ink of Other Silhouette Sketch Pens
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Oriental lacquer meets playdoh

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Well here it is.. the final piece.  I sat on this a few days contemplating whether to do anything more to this piece

 

… and I decided in the end that I  like it the way it was and anything extra would be overkill.

 

 

 

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This is a project that  you can do with your kids or by yourself.. obviously the variety in styles and tastes make this a great way to incorporate this  idea into any Decor style depending on the recipient.

I think I will try a more sedate softer style on my next piece… not because I like it.. but just to see  how different it can be.

Now let me be clear, if you haven’t already figured this  out for yourselves.. I’m not a big fan of “perfection” I kinda like quirky and character. These Playdoh pieces were not pressed and punched perfectly, they aren’t all uniform thickness ..some have chunks missing, cracks, detail is lopsided.

My son helped press these and I don’t care that they aren’t perfect… they are perfect to me, because he did  them  with me.

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So  that said… you can, if it’s your thing.. roll this Playdoh out perfectly, re-roll anything that doesn’t punch perfectly and imprint perfectly… you can redo anything that has a crack, or a chunk missing or ..whatever imperfections you don’t want on your projects…

I’m not looking for everyone to go WOW.. her project is  awesome.

I just want you to go.. WOW.. you can do stuff like that with crappy old Playdoh?

 

It’s impossible to appeal to everyone’s tastes all of the time, but it’s not impossible to appeal to someone’s creativity and imagination.  So when you look at this…. look at the ideas and consider what you could do within your own taste in color and styles.   Imagine how different this would look if it were just grouped in one corner on a distressed frame done in pastels …or a red frame with white flowers.. can you say BOLD !!!

 

So ignore the colors and the layout and .. hell just ignore all of it and let your imagination run wild.  Oh the crazy things you could do !

 

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And now for the really technical bits…

MDF frame I had kicking around, it came from Michaels a few years ago
Old mixed up Playdoh
Fondant icing plunger cutters from Hobby Lobby
Black enamel spray paint I had kicking around
Wink of Luna metallic pens ..sorry Steve… I know I know they aren’t meant for Playdoh…. but they work so well LOL
Rubber stamps for scroll work

Are you ready ??.. play close attention this gets very technical…..

  1.  Dig out some old Playdoh
  2. Roll out said old Playdoh
  3. cut, plunge, press  and release  ..sounds like an animal program for stray cats lol
  4. Throw it on a baking sheet
  5. Bake at the lowest temp your oven will allow for at least 4 hours…, or let it air dry.  Set a timer on the  oven… It won’t hurt the Playdoh to forget about it at that temp… but you might as well save your electric right.  Yeah I forgot about mine and baked it for a good 8 or so hours lol ..DOH! Now the next steps depend entirely on your project and the effect you are after.  If you want a different color background…. Spray your flowers, shapes etc. and decorate the background BEFORE gluing them on.. I wanted all black, so I glued then sprayed.

Once it was dry, I simply ran some Wink of Luna markers over them to pick up the pattern on the Playdoh. If you don’t have those; you could use acrylic paints and rub it over with a stiff brush, or use your finger.. just to highlight.  Once that was done I used ..again.. sorry Steve *grin… Wink of Luna markers to coat some rubber stamp scrolls and slapped them on there….and I do mean slapped.

Remember I had pre-glued my flowers etc, so there was no way to use a stamp block.  It wasn’t meant to look “perfectly” stamped..

And there it is.. another fun way to use crappy old Playdoh.  I bet this would work great on a Victorian style lace and pearls frame in pinks and creams ..or a box frame.

ooh the possibilities

Finally…my Joann.com goodies and packet from the UK…

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2 cute cling stamps for me and the lil guy to  use…
a  small pot of “semi dull” clear embossing powder
a small pot of Glow in the Dark embossing powder
large pot of Matte clear embossing powder

 

 

 

all were doorbuster deals at Joann.com last week

..and some chalk marker pens that SHOULD work in my Cricut…  perfect for my Ziggyboard challenge  and review projects.. can’t wait to try these out.  I really hope they work.  at first glance I think these will need the Amy Chomas marker pen adapter..which I have.  These are not pump and prime style pens, but more like a regular marker, so shouldn’t flood under the pressure  of the Cricut writing system…. and I think they are the wet wipe  type, these will wipe straight off like regular chalk.  If you need a permanent type for your project…I am pretty sure you could use these as an outline and go over them with the permanent pens like the Zig Posterman, which unfortunately won’t fit in the Cricut and are the pump and prime type.  These were a great price .. stay tuned for a review on these soon.. really hoping these work the way I want them to.

 

 

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Fabric Crafting for the sewing impaired

I can’t sew for toffee, at least not with a machine…. but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with some of the gorgeous fabrics available.. right? Here are a few ideas for fun things you can try with fabric block panels, velvet and recycled fabrics.

Fabric Block Panels –  cards, memory box frames ….and more.
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Supplies

Fabric Panel
Fabric Heat Bond
Foam Sheet
Pens for embellishments * optional
Acrylic Sealer * optional
Scissors/cutting tools

 

 

The first panel I did as a tester, which you got a sneak peek at in a previous post is this cute panel from Loralei Designs ( << AFF. LINK ) .  This idea will work with any fabric you can iron heat bond on with, so you recyclers…. have a dig around in your closet for old fabrics before you throw out clothing.  Specially you ladies with kids; before you throw out that piece of clothing, or fabric that got stained beyond redemption.  It’s perfect to use on that favorite photo of your kid covered in peas,or spaghetti sauce. the stains will actually enhance the project   LOL

Later on in this post you will see a few ideas you can try to spice up plain fabrics too 🙂

 

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Ok, this is a super simple project… these panels can be used on cards, in picture boxes on the front of photo albums… all sorts of cool places you can use these.

 

Cut your fabric panel out.. this image is part of a panel from Loralei Designs  ( << Aff.Link ) originally had the border frame on it and was trimmed away at the end.  It just made it easier to trim the shape.  So lets get to the technicals…. this is  a very technical process…so play close attention.

 

 

 

  • Cut the panel to size
  • Cut a piece of Heat bond to size
  • Iron fabric to heat bond
  • Remove Heat Bond Backing Paper
  • Iron Fabric  on to a sheet of foam
  • Seal, trim and embellish as desired.
  • Mount on project

I like to spray mine with an acrylic sealer so that I can decorate it with Wink of Stella Glitter pens and glitter gel pens, without the worry of bleeding.  Plus it protects the fabric somewhat and also gives it a slightly stiffer texture and sheen.

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This one is mounted to a 65 lb card stock in a complimentary shade of purple. The Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen was  just enough bling without being OTT.  The edges were done in Wink of Stella Black glitter, but if you want the contrast between foam and the card base.. you can leave it showing.  These multi packs of foam come in so many shades, you may not want to hide it.

Very simple idea…. you can add a sentiment, or embellishment if you want to.  I would have added a ribbon or flower to the hat, over the image for a 3D feel if I had one that matched… but I didn’t have one.  Don’t be  afraid to experiment with texture and layers and 3D .. it can be a lot of fun.

Ok, here is the what NOT to do…. the first panel came out so nice, I cut out a second one.  It didn’t even occur to me that the acrylic spray was going to soak through into the card behind and lift the panel….DO NOT mount directly onto card stock if you plan to use the Acrylic sealer. Of course at the time I was more concerned with…. ‘iron it on to the card after spraying it’….lol

Well following the method used on the other panel, except for the foam backing….resulted in a  lifted fabric panel,so I removed it from the cardboard backing and attached it to a foam sheet  with glue instead.  I really like the spongy feel the foam sheets gives to these projects, so I don’t even know why I decided to try direct on card anyway lol.

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…so here she is salvaged and foam mounted.

This one I kept the fabric frame on, unlike the one above which was trimmed to the inner frame and cut around the pieces that overlapped the edge.

Now there is a story behind this one and it will also explain why I chose to put this one in a box frame, instead of on a card.

The minute I saw this image on my fabric panel, It hit me how much she reminded me of my friends mom, who sadly passed away suddenly a few years ago.  I think it was the attitude and the short spikey hair do.  Mrs B had some feisty LOL.  Well when I saw it,  I decide to go ahead and frame this one and I am going to give it to her daughter.  It’s a very simple project…. it’s just a  background paper with  text about  memories and such….which seemed appropriate.  I just added a  few small simple red flowers and it’s mounted in an 8×8 box frame.  The word imagine was a die cut that was glitzed with a WOS clear glitter pen.

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Super simple  project …. the possibilities to personalize are endless.  I have seen projects that used  fabric from a relatives outfit,  to frame or create a background for a photo of them wearing said outfit.   This would work great for a photo of a deceased loved one… or even just a memories frame of your kid in a favorite outfit.

The fabric panel doesn’t have to be the main focal point of the project.. but it can be.  There are soooo many fabric block panels out there, covering so many themes, in so many sizes… you can probably find one for any occasion, lifestyle etc.  Be sure to check the panel sizes….not the overall panel, but the block sizes  for each individual block if you have a particular project in mind.

I have a huge bucket of recycle material waiting for the right project… so expect to see more of this idea in the coming months.

Now while we are on the subject of fabric and recycling etc.. it may surprise some of you to know.. you can heat emboss on fabric too.  I tried it out on a piece of denim when I first started heat embossing….it’s kinda cool.  Obviously you have to bear in mind the fabric you are going to be doing this on, so don’t try it on flammable materials that will melt under the heat.  You can heat emboss on all sorts of materials.. I have tried it on wood too.. that was pretty cool.

Now I haven’t tried this ….YET…. but I am under the impression that the Cricut Explore will cut material quite nicely, specially if it is pre-bonded.  Think of the possibilities if you used the writing feature, even if you didn’t cut it out on the Cricut…..  you can create your own fabric design ….and then color it.  That is definitely something to try for a future project methinks. I have Amy Chomas adapters on my Explore, so my range of pen options is huge …and my home-made, super fine embossing pen would be great to test this out with.  Maybe you will see that in an upcoming project Post… we shall see.

Anywho… next…. Velvet embossing

I don’t have any velvet handy to recycle.. that’s on my list for the next Joann shopping spree.  I’ll hit the bargain bins for end of roll or scraps…. because I have been dying to try Velvet embossing.  All I have here right now is a sample pack of adhesive backed velvet sheets I just got in the mail last week from Elizabeth Craft Designs ( << Aff.Link) .. yeah you bet I tried it lol.  I have to say it has mixed results depending on the stamp you use for the design….some work better than others.  But I think the biggest problem for me,was the  ironing.  It seemed to move the  velvet around a bit in places and  that created a few bald spots which you can see in the photos. If you have an iron press, as opposed to a hand iron…. this probably wouldn’t be an issue.  Practice however would take card of that issue, I’m sure  🙂

It may have been the heat was too much in places…. or movement…. not too sure at this point. I liked the overall idea and effect, it just needs more practice.  One thing I had to try, because I found some of the stamps were just too busy to be embossed as is….and didn’t have enough impact…. I inked it first LOL.
Yup I know…. it’s a crazy idea since you would expect it to get all over the fabric/velvet… but it was surprisingly clean.  With patience and practice, I bet you could get a pristine stamp with no residual.  And there you have it, I was left with a velvet embossed image with a contrast outline.  Again a few bald spots.. but the idea is definitely worth further exploration.  I think if it was done on regular velvet fabric that the  problem would be resolved.

It’s hard to photograph this  to show how cool it really is.. but I hope you can at least get an idea from the pictures.

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Stay tuned for lots more fun fabric projects in the future … If you have any cool fabric projects you want to share…. leave a comment below, or hop on over to the message board and share your projects.   We love to see other people’s project pics. 🙂

 

If you are looking for Fabric Panels…. try Ebay or Amazon …. and your local fabric stores like Joann and Hancock Fabrics all carry great fabrics

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Why buy Fabric…if you can’t sew ??

Well let me tellya you…. I can’t sew for toffee…BUT

I was having one of my “moments” again…. I have those where I get a crazy thought and run with it.

Like my super fine embossing pens I created, which …. by the way are awesome and I should pull that out and use it on some of the projects and I may at some point share that project with you all.  All you ladies with Cricut Explores and a pen adapter, you are going to love that one.  I tried to get Ranger pens to  run with the idea, but so far looks like they haven’t…. their loss. It’s an awesome idea and the pens are so fine, you have never seen embossing this good and certainly not anything you could write and emboss on the explore.

Or my attempt to make inkjet embossing ink… I haven’t given up on that one yet, it’s just on a back burner LOL

Anywho, I digress… fabric… yup..so many cool things you can do with fabric, even if you can’t sew.
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Here’s a sneak peek at an upcoming project featuring Loralei Designs fabric that arrived in the mail today. Great designs, great prices and fast delivery…
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I saw this while I was checking out the affiliate programs  I’m signed up with… and I had to have some.   You didn’t think they were there just for you guys did ya lol.  I never add affiliates I have no interest in personally too.  If I don’t wanna shop with them.. why would you?

This is just my initial test piece to see if the idea would even work… and now that I know it does… expect a full step by step tutorial sometime over the weekend or early next week 🙂

 

 

 

 
NOTE: This is something that caught my eye.. if any of you ladies or gents  are interested she has a really cool panel that features ladies with cancer… it’s a beautiful homage to women who have lost their hair and are still beautiful.  It’s called “On the mend” and it’s another one going on my wish list…  I have to have this, it’s just awesome to see something  that takes the ugly out of cancer  in a fun colorful way.  🙂

Hint,  If you think you might want to try this upcoming project … dig around in your craft supplies and see if you already have the following:  fabric heat bond and some foam sheets… the kind you buy at Walmart for kids crafts… not the adhesive one tho.  I have a big stash of both, as I use that a LOT  for 3D topper cards and to back card images for a super cool spongy raised feel… more about that another time tho.

Optional is Something like Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer… I have Matt and Luster… and I like the  fact it seals and protects the fabric for projects like this as well as stiffens it up  and makes  embellishing the fabric afterwards much easier.