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: [Read more…]

Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial)

 

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With an easy technique you can transform any new crate into an old rustic looking one!  I made the above one for Boo’s Easter basket this year…..adding her name and a bunny to the side. I bought the below new mini-crate from Michael’s Craft store using my coupon and it was only a few bucks:

 

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I used my Silhouette Machine to cut “Sienna” out of vinyl shelf paper to use as a stencil….I also cut out a bunny shapes for the sides.  I placed the stencils on the crate and used black spray paint:

 

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The spray painted images:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

I mixed a solution of white distilled vinegar, steel wool, and tea to apply to the wood. You can see the full tutorial on the process here (the wine barrel lazy susan tutorial) but basically the vinegar reacts with the steel wool and creates an aging effect on the wood. I add the tea to add a bit of “tea stain” to the wood.

 

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As it is applied the wood gets a little darker…..but you won’t see the full effect until the wood dries. You can even rub the steel wool on the wood for extra age but I recommend using some gloves.

 

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The finished crate!  It will look so cute filled with paper grass and some handmade goodies and treats!

 

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A Strawberry Shortcake Dress (A Tutorial)

Silhouette just released their new 12″ cutting machine the CAMEO! Here’s my first project with it:

 

I purchased a simple 99 cent strawberry image from the Silhouette online store and had the machine cut it out onto vinyl shelf paper.

 

 

Many of you know that I haven’t been feeling well so I had a TON of help with this tutorial. Gicela brought fabric samples of scraps we had and I picked them out and she cut out the dress pieces and made them into a t-shirt dress style. You can use my Sienna Dress Pattern as a starting point.

Lisa used my strawberry cutout to make a contact paper silk screen (you can see the full contact paper silk screen tutorial here):

 

Basically the contact paper adheres to the screen (I use 110 mesh YUDU screens (without the machine) because they are flat and easy to store)……

 

……and you pull the ink (Versatex Ink) across the screen to push the ink through for your image:

 

 

Lisa also printed some polka dots onto some pink fabric and used my free beret pattern to make the hat. We already had the leggings but you could use my li’l leggings pattern to make a pair with a ruffle at the bottom too.

 

Boo loves it so it made my day! Here she is at school today with my mom:

 

 

 

Use the discount code LILBLUEBOO through October 31st you’ll get:

The brand-new CAMEO and your choice of a starter kit (Fabric Ink, Vinyl, Heat Transfer, Rhinestone) for $299. There are a limited number of Cameos for this promotion and they will sell out so if you want one don’t wait!

The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool that connects to your computer allowing you to cut fonts and images in cardstock, vinyl, heat transfer material, etc.

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