Free Printable Valentine’s Day Art Prints

We made these cute prints for Valentine’s Day. Boo will be using them for her Valentine’s at school! Download them below:

Free 8x10 Valentines day free printable art prints via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Add a little pink and red to your home this February with these sweet printable 8×10 art prints. Print it, frame it, display it!

 

 

You can download the free printables by clicking the image below.

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A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon

Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

I can’t believe Boo is six years old!!!  First off, I want to put a disclaimer on this post to admit that this party is just a little over the top.  I’m not really a party planner…..I don’t entertain a lot…..so Boo’s yearly birthday party is something I really love putting energy into.  Boo knows that while the party is centered around her…..it’s also about bringing our friends together, entertaining them and sending them home with some fun handmade swag.  She also knows that I reserve the right at any time to decide not to throw a party, serve $5 pizza and stick a candle in it!  I love coming up with cute ideas and sharing them with you…..and there are many ways to make a wonderful fun party with only a few elements from this post!

Boo wanted an American Girl themed party (shocker) so we talked about doing something interactive with lots of activities that her friends of all ages would enjoy and came up with the Beauty Salon theme….complete with American Girl-sized doll salon.  I always borrow, recycle and improvise for parties and all of that will come in the “behind the scenes” post to follow this one. I will say one thing about this party…..the doll salon was a TOTAL hit. I was actually surprised…..but the girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair.  It was totally adorable and definitely something I’ll put together more often for playdates!

So here we go! I had a vision of what I wanted in my head for the graphics and Stephanie Corfee brought it all to life with her graphic design!  It turned out so amazingly cute that I convinced her to offer it to everyone as a printable in the shop complete with extra graphics to make it fully “do-it-yourself” customizable.

 

Just a note: we called it a “DOLL” salon party…..and invited Boo’s friends to bring any favorite doll for the salon…..because not everyone has an American Girl (Boo’s only had one for 2 months).  A few friends brought extra American Girl dolls too for those girls that didn’t have one.

 

Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

Oh my….the day before the party the wind in the desert was over 30 miles an hour! I couldn’t set anything up until the morning of the party!

DIY Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

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Tooth Fairy Pillow | A FREE Printable

Tooth fairy pillow free printable download by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Here’s a super-simple square pillow project for your little ones losing their choppers. All straight-line sewing + use of either printable fabric for your inkjet or iron-on transfer paper. Adding a little patch pocket on the pillow back makes for the perfect hide-away space for each precious tooth left for the tooth fairy. This is a great project for you to make together with your little one.

Basic directions are included on page 3 of either PDF download you choose.

Just click on the DOWNLOAD graphic below for the right-reading PDF that you can print onto inkjet-compatible fabric. Or click HERE for the REVERSED PDF file that you can print onto iron-on transfer paper instead.

Two colors: tooth fairy pillow free printable download by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Sweet Dreams!

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download)

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download) via lilblueboo.com #gift #artjournal

 

I wanted to do a version of the DIY Art Kit but for a “journal” version so that it could be used for gifts.  My artist friend Stephanie Corfee was so helpful in making the free artwork download for it. She made the large labels and small labels for labeling all the contents! [Read more...]

The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download)

 

The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download by Stephanie Corfee) via lilblueboo.com #gift #christmas #diy #printable

So I was thinking about what I would have loved to get as a gift as a kid…..and this art box is definitely something I would have been overjoyed about.  Actually, I’m STILL overjoyed when I get art supplies! I have no self control when it comes to browsing the arts and crafts store…..sometimes I get lost in there for hours (as well as the hardware store). So here’s how I assembled these kits and where I purchased everything from. You can always buy the “ready made” art kits at the store….but the custom filled art box will always be 1000% more fun! Oh, and the awesome artwork? Stephanie Corfee created it….just for you…..because she’s awesome like that!

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Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls and Download

DIY Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls with Download via lilblueboo.com #pegdolls #christmas #handmade #tutorial #printable #gift

 

Boo’s Box o’ Princesses and BOYville dolls were such a big hit last Christmas that I decided to commission my friend Stephanie Corfee to make a Christmas Nativity version!  I spent the last few days painting Baby Jesus, Jo-Fess (as Boo calls him), Mary and the rest of the Christmas peeps: [Read more...]

Summer Love Art | A FREE Printable

Summer Love Art Free Printable for DIY via lilblueboo.com

 

Kick off school vacation with a summery coloring page to pass the kids’ now-lazy days. This doodle prints perfectly on a plain letter sized piece of paper. OR, print the mirror image onto soft inkjet transfer paper like this. Then iron it onto a white or light colored tee and let your little one color it in with fabric markers. They will be so proud of their wearable masterpiece! It would also be a great project for a summer birthday or pool party!

Boo tested out the new doodle print recently:

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Free 2012 Calendar Downloads!

Looking for the 2013 version? Click here to download.

Jody from Knapp Scraps took the free Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time downloads and created these adorable 5×7 calendars for us to share with all of you! Thank you Jody!

 

 

 

 

Download the calendars below!

 

 

 

 

*please note all lil blue boo printable are for personal use only.

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time (Free Downloads)

I promised some free downloads when the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page hit 20,000 fans….and guess what!? Today it did! So here’s some of the most popular artwork from the LBB clothing line. Print it off and frame it for some wall art, use it on transfer paper for some clothing, or even use it for some stationary! Just remember it’s not for any commercial use.  You can download it at the bottom of the post! My friend Stephanie Corfee spruced them up with some color! Enjoy!

 

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time Free Download Printable Art DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Make a Custom Rhinestone Image (A Tutorial and Free Silhouette Download)

Note: This is a sponsored post by Silhouette America.


How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So….I’ve been meaning to try out the Silhouette for rhinestones….and I finally got around to it.  I used the Silhouette Rhinestone Starter Kit……it comes with everything you need but I’d order extra rhinestones…..I just barely made it with the packs included. It also comes with some simple template downloads…..BUT, I’m picky and I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for in the store…..and wanted to make my own template.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Below is an animation on how I made my own template for the Silhouette to cut. You can use any font or image to make a template using this method as long as it’s not TOO detailed.
1. I started out with the letter “T” that used the size rhinestone hole I needed and deleted everything but a straight line of rhinestone circles.
2. I copied and pasted that line several times, then copied and pasted the new larger lines several times……until I ended up with a large square of rhinestone circles.
3. I found a font I liked for the number “5” and sized it over the rhinestone circle block…..and started deleting the holes that fell outside of my image.
4. I deleted the number “5” and deleted any other holes that looked out of place……and the image was ready to cut!

Note: MAKE sure not to resize any holes! The holes are specific to the size rhinestones you are using!

 

Once the image was ready, send it to the Silhouette machine to cut the holes into the rhinestone template material:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Next peel off the template material.

A VERY HELPFUL NOTE: if the holes don’t come out when you pull the template material off, turn over the backing you just peeled it off from and stick the template material to it. Then carefully peel it off again. The holes stick better to the revers side!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Stick the template material to the backing board that comes in the rhinestone starter kit:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Put the template into a box to contain your rhinestones…..and pour your rhinestones on top:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using the paintbrush that comes in the kit, gently brush the rhinestones in a CIRCULAR motion until all or at least most of the holes are filled:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fill in any missing rhinestones. The Silhouette Pick Me Up tool is the bomb….seriously. I’ll never use tweezers again. It has this thick goo material that picks up each rhinestone and includes a little tool to quickly remove the rhinestone or anything else you pick up. Whoever invented this thing….genius.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Pick Me Up tool in action:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once all your rhinestones are in place and you’ve removed any excess…..place the clear transfer tape on top of the design and press to adhere all the rhinestones:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Carefully remove the transfer tape and the rhinestones will come off the template:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Rhinestones ready to be ironed on!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Place the rhinestones down onto the object you wish to transfer them to. Cover the image with a thin cloth and press down on top with a heated iron for about a minute on the WOOL setting. Peel off the transfer tape once all the rhinestones are adhered:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished rhinestone project!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Perfect, custom bling!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To save you some time I’ve uploaded my grid (it’s a Silhouette studio file) and the #5 I used for Boo’s shirt. Just click the image below to download the zip file and open it using your Silhouette software.  The holes are sized for 10ss rhinestones!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to see other Silhouette projects and tutorials I’ve done!

 

 

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