Silhouette Black Friday Discounts and Giveaway Winner!

Black Friday discounts from Silhouette are here!

 

 

Visit Silhouette today and use code LILBLUEBOO and you will be able to get…

  • 1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99
  • 1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99

silhouette advent calendar via lilblueboo.com
Did you see what I did with the new Limited Edition Silhouette Advent Calendar? You could get one of those for 40% off too with code LILBLUEBOO. If you entered the giveaway for the all new Silhouette Portrait…

 

Kim, email lisa (at) lilblueboo (dot) com to claim your prize.

 

Silhouette Black Friday deals expire November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available. % discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards.

 

Advent Calendar and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I just finished this year’s advent calendar! (it was a lot quicker  than last years!) Now just a little over a week until Boo can start turning them over.  I used the new Silhouette frame and clip system, but mixed it up with…..

….Pen and Paint’s Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar.  Each day it gives us a family activity…..I think my favorite one is leaving a gift for the postman……it reminds me of when my mom used to do that for the trash collectors and mail carriers when I was little: CONTINUE READING

Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial)

Easy Heat Transfer Applique (A Tutorial) via liblueboo.com

 

Have you tried out Silhouette’s heat transfer material yet? It’s a super easy way to add some decoration to a piece of clothing!  I started out with the heat transfer starter kit which has heat transfer paper samples, a pick tool and a package of template downloads:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

I decided to spruce up this cute little skirt that I bought for Boo. Boo chose the free bicycle graphic that comes with the starter kit.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

If you are doing an image with text make sure to mirror it on the screen so that the text looks backwards. Insert the the heat transfer material into the Silhouette with the clear plastic side on the bottom. You don’t need to use the cutting mat….although it doesn’t hurt either. Make sure to select “flocked” or “smooth” transfer material in the menu before cutting. The clear side of the transfer should be face down.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Once the image has been cut, peel off all the negative space from the clear backing:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Use the pick tool to pull off small pieces.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

The finished cut out:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 4 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Place the design face down on the surface you want to iron it onto. I placed it on the side of the skirt so it would wrap around:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 5 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Place a cloth over the design and place a heated iron on top of it (cotton setting). Press firmly for 45 to 60 seconds.

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 6 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Gently peel up the clear transfer sheet. The transfer should be adhered to your surface now. If the transfer still sticks to the clear sheet, replace the cloth and iron again making sure to apply more pressure:

Easy Heat Transfer Applique step 7 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

An easy heat transfer applique!

Easy Heat Transfer Applique finished (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to see other projects I’ve done with the Silhouette Machine!

 

 

Silhouette Project Ideas

Just a few Silhouette projects that I love (click images to visit):

 

 

Wine Barrel Lazy Susan (A Tutorial)


Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I recently found this old wood lazy susan at a thrift store for $2.99…….

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

……and painted it to look like an old wine barrel lid using a wood aging technique I used back in my college studio art days:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love the look of reclaimed wine barrels used in home decor…..they are just so expensive. With a few simple household products and some spray paint I was able to recreate the wine-inspired look for under $5.

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Materials needed:
Wood lazy susan, tray or plaque
White distilled vinegar
Steel wool
Spray paint
Adhesive vinyl shelf paper or paper stencils

Step 1: I used my Silhouette machine to cut a stencil out of vinyl adhesive shelf paper. If you have a Silhouette machine you can click on the image below to save my .studio file for your own machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can use basic stencils from the craft store and paint each letter or you can save the image below and enlarge it to cut it out as a stencil by hand:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Place the stencil on the wood and mask off any other areas you don’t want to get paint on:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Spray a layer of paint onto the stencil and let it dry thoroughly. Once dry, carefully peel off the stencil.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Mix white distilled vinegar into a bowl and submerge a steel wool pad (just like the one you wash dishes with) into it.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The steel wool reacts with the vinegar to create an “aging” wash.  Let the steel wool soak in the vinegar for about  20 minutes…….the steel wool pad will begin to disintegrate a little.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Use a paper towel or gloves to grab the steel wool pad and some of the liquid and “paint” across the wood. Let dry and apply a second coat. As the liquid becomes discolored in the bowl you can also use a paint brush to apply the vinegar.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: If the color is a little too gray for your liking you can steep some basic tea bags in hot water……

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a paint brush to add a few coats of concentrated tea. It will add a slight natural brownish tinge to the wood:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once the wood is dry you are finished! Use a rag to clean off any bits of steel wool left behind. Spray with varnish or add a layer of polyurethane if you like to protect the color:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Looks just like the real thing:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Behind the scenes: Boo and I taking photos for this tutorial…..Lisa snapped this photo from the office as she worked:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Let me know if you make one for yourself! Would love to see it!


Printed Canvas Bunting (A Tutorial)

The first thing I made with my new Silhouette machine was this printed canvas bunting! I downloaded 2 different bunting graphics from the Silhouette online store and had the machine cut out the designs on vinyl:

 

 

I placed the vinyl cutout onto a basic screen. The bunting is a “positive” image so I had to cut a few pieces of vinyl to create an outline around it:

 

 

I used a large canvas tablecloth for my fabric. First I did a row of charcoal colored flags in one design:

 

Then I did a second design in hot pink:

 

I was tempted to silk screen the entire table cloth with this print and leave it at that!

 

 

I cut out each flag:

 

 

I left the edges of the flags raw…..the ink keeps them from fraying:

 

I used a 1/4″ ribbon as the string……

 

……and sewed each flag to it along the top:

 

 

So festive! An easy way to decorate for a party or just spruce up a room or table:

 

 

For more on screen printing and where to buy supplies check out my other detailed tutorials:

 

The Casbah Carryall (and my new Silhouette!)

I started a new project……

 

……inspired by my new Silhouette machine!

 

 

I knew exactly what I wanted to try first…..I had the machine cut out a bunting design (a download from the Silhouette store) onto vinyl adhesive:

 

 

Here’s the cutout on the screen. Since the cut is a “positive” cut, I added pieces of vinyl to outline the bunting triangle…….

 

 

……and masked the other areas of the screen:

 

Now I just have to finish the rest of the pieces today:

 

 

I’ve been ready to release a new carryall pattern and as I silk screened I decided to use the bunting design to make myself a new bag! I silk screened the design on a canvas tablecloth and then cut out the pattern pieces.

 

 

I love wearing white all summer and this bag will be perfect to compliment it!

 

Love how detailed the Silhouette can cut!

 

The Casbah Carryall is the perfect design for a tote, handbag, beach bag, grocery bag etc. 8 pages of instructions and 8 pattern pages…..great for any level. It’s in the shop now!

I’m giving away 2 free patterns  so leave a comment to be entered! (Giveaway ends Tuesday night at 12pm PST)

 

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS ARE #3 Debra, and #102 Lily. PLEASE EMAIL LISA {AT} LILBLUEBOO {DOT} COM TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE!

 

 

 

Framed Child Silhouette

I had the hardest time trying to come up with a gift for my friend Shari’s daughter’s birthday! Shari is very crafty and sews clothes for her daughter Finley so I didn’t really want to make her something that she has probably already made herself!
Framed Child Silhouette via lilblueboo.com

Finley loves books and I spied the cutest photo of her reading at a bookstore on Shari’s personal blog. 

Framed Child Silhouette 2 via lilblueboo.com

I took the photo of Finley and printed it out to 8×10 size. Then I cut her silhouette out and used it as a template for the one I cut out of the paper. I used a complimentary cardstock for the background. On the mat I added her name and a quote from Dr. Seuss: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Happy Birthday Finley!

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