Friday, February 20, 2015

St. Patrick's day decor and Mason jar pot of gold

Friday, February 20, 2015
Hi friends! 

Just popping in to let you know that this week I'm over on The Wood Connection blog guest posting.  I hope you'll head over and check out my fun Pinch Me decor and cute pot of gold mason jar. :)



And I just wanted to send out a quick thank you for everyone who voted for my project over on the Cricut facebook page.  I didn't win the contest, but I sure won in so many other ways.  I just can't thank you enough for all your support and encouragement.  Blogging has certainly taken me in many directions I would never have expected, but the very best part is a great community I get to be a part of.  Thank you for letting me be part of your lives.

xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Flower Art Piece made with Cricut Explore- and a video

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Today we're going to discuss this art piece I created for my girls' room.

 I'm not going to lie- it took a bit of time and some playing around to get just the right feel.  I made a lot more flowers than I ended up using and adjusted the sizes of some, either before I cut them out- or by leaving out some of the petals to make it a bit smaller.

The flowers come from a few different Image sets, I'll leave a list after the video of the ones I used, but you could really make this with any of your favorite flowers.  One thing I did with this piece that I don't usually do, but will from now on- is add the greenery.  There are quite a few leaf sets that create dimensional leaves and I love how they make the bright colors of the flowers pop.  Plus, they fill in all that pesky background space between flowers- so don't forget to add leaves. ;)

And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for- the video. ;)  It's full of some of my best tips and tricks for getting full, lovely flowers.  I hope you'll take a look.  It's my first video I've had to film and upload and everything- so be gentle in your critique. ;)  There are definitely things I will do differently next time, but for now- this will have to do.




The large pink Daisies are from the Giant Flowers image set
the peonies, chrysanthemum and rolled roses are from the 3D Home Decor flowers image set.  (on the rolled roses, I hid all but the largest of the flowers and only cut those)
The yellow rolled flowers are from the flower shoppe image set.

You will definitely want to size these for your frame.  All the flowers and sizing I used will be available in Design Space in the next few weeks.

Also,
The tutorial for my Bunk Bed duvet covers is up on the Riley Blake Designs blog today!  I hope you'll head over and take a look at that as well.  I have absolutely loved them and my girls really do too!

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Create a pouf with your Cricut Explore

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Are you sick of this room makeover yet?  I hope not, I still have a couple of posts to share with you, including a video!  Yikes!  But, that's for tomorrow. ;)

Today we're going to talk about this little reading nook.  Specifically how to make the pouf I designed.  But first we'll talk about a couple of the other details.

  The yellow cushion is from my previous reading nook I made for my youngest daughter.  I was glad I didn't have to get rid of it. :)  The large gray pillow is from Ikea- both the insert and the cover.  The coral pillow is my Wavy Ruffle Pillow and the darling throw is from Target.  The shelves were made using 1 X 4 and 1 X 2 pieces of wood.  We pretty much followed this tutorial from Ana White, but instead of nailing the 1 X 2 to the front of the bottom board, we nailed it on top so the nail holes wouldn't be seen.  My girls love them.


  But the real star of this space is the pouf.  In the above picture is wasn't completely finished *gasp* so I just plopped the felt piece on top, but now, it's all done and I can share the details. :)
This pouf showcases some real milestones for me.  I designed the pattern in Illustrator, a skill I have been working on for over a year.  Then, I uploaded the pattern to Design Space and let the Cricut do all the cutting for me- learning how to best cut fabric on the Explore was something I had been putting off for a while.  It all came together just how I imagined it and I'm so thrilled about that. :)

Let me show you how to make your own.

Materials needed:
6- 12" X 24" pieces of fabric- I am using The Cottage Garden fabric designed by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs
12" X 24" cutting mat
Freezer paper
iron
New blade for your Cricut Explore
Cricut Explore
Sewing tools
pattern

* The pattern will be available on Design Space in the coming weeks. 

Creating the Pouf:

1. Cut your freezer paper into 12" X 24" pieces.
2. Use the iron (on cotton setting) to fuse the freezer paper to the RIGHT side of your fabric. * the shiny side of the freezer paper goes against the right side of the fabric
3.  Place the fabric- WRONG side (or fabric side) down on the cutting mat.  *it helps if it is a new-ish, pretty sticky mat
4. Upload pattern or open it in Design Space.  Make sure the shape is locked in proportion and if necessary adjust size to 23" in length.
5. Put in your new cutting blade *this makes such a HUGE difference- It's totally worth it to spend the few dollars on a new blade to get sharp cuts on the fabric. 
6.  Cut out 2 shapes per fabric
(in this pic you can see that one corner didn't cut all the way- but once I finally switched out the blade, there were no more missed threads- I wish I had replaced the blade first)

Assembling the Pouf:

1. decide the order you want the fabrics to go.
2.  Pair the fabrics next to each other and pin them right sides together on one side.
3.  Sew down the pinned sides, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
4.  Now take your sections of 2 and open them up.  Make sure to check the placement of fabrics. 
5.  Pair up your sections of 2 and repeat steps 2 and 3 to create sections of 4.
6.  Sew two sections of 4 together to create one section of 8.  (sorry for the lack of pictures on these steps, basically it's the same thing over and over, just building the pouf)
7.  When you get to the last section, sew one side in completely.  Then, on the last side, leave a section on the bottom of the pouf open (approx. 8" or so) so you can stuff the pouf. 
You can see the opening I left on this picture.

Stuffing the pouf:
I labeled this picture Pouf Guts. :)  This is what I used to stuff my pouf.  I used two bags of fiberfill and some foam pieces I got from my grandmother.  I wanted the pouf to have some body, so I cut the foam into about 4" sections and put them in the center of the pouf.  I made sure to have a thick layer of fiberfill in the pouf first, then put the foam in, then pushed fiberfill all round the sides and bottom of the layer of foam.  I didn't want the foam to make the pouf look lumpy.  Make sure to tightly stuff your pouf- it's going to be used a lot (if how mine has been used is any indication). :)

Finishing:
1.  Hand stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread.
2.  Cut a piece of felt or fabric to cover the top of the pouf.  I just cut out a circle, but you can use any shape you want.  I thought a hexagon would be fun too.
3.  Use embroidery floss to sew the felt piece to the top of the pouf.

Now, you're done!!

And your pouf is ready to be enjoyed. :)

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, but make sure to leave an e-mail so I can respond to you.  Otherwise, I'll just leave the answer in the comments and it will be up to you to come back and check. ;)

Have a wonderful day!  And don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a look at my first ever video uploaded to YouTube and filmed by yours truly.  Should be good for a laugh.

xoxo,
Amy

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dimensional Art using the Cricut Explore

Friday, February 6, 2015
*This post is another in a series of posts detailing projects in my Girls' Room Makeover as part of my entry in the Cricut Design Space Star finals.

Today I wanted to share with you the details on how I created the art to go in the reading nook.  I started by looking for a quote to put in the large frame.  I chose one from "Oh The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.  So, to keep with the theme of going places I decided to do transportation themed art pieces to go on the neighboring wall next to the window.

 I didn't want the pieces to be completely flat, though so I used a trick I learned earlier when I created my Custom Word Art and made a fake chipboard backing for the pieces to elevate them a bit.

This is the collage from the other tutorial, but it gives you the basic steps.

1- Cut your shape out of cereal boxes.  Cut 2 of each shape.  (on the hot air balloon, I only did the background shapes out of cereal boxes, I didn't want the overlay to be thick as well) *I use the posterboard+ setting for this.
2- Cut your shape out of cardstock.
3- use a thin layer of glue to put the two layers of cereal boxes together.  Glue the cardstock on top- lining everything up carefully.
4- I like to place the object between layers of wax paper while it dries to keep it from sticking where I don't want it to.
5- Place a weighted object on top to help seal all the layers together- I usually give them a couple of hours.

After they are dried, they are ready to be placed in the frame and embellished.  I love how the cereal boxes give them some dimension.

This is a really simple way to add some fun art to a room without breaking the bank- and you can totally change to mood of the piece by changing out paper and shapes- Think geometric, seasonal, kitchen objects- almost anything would look fabulous.

So, what art are you going to whip up next?

:)
xoxo
Amy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Custom storage containers using vinyl

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
 *another Cricut Design Space project as part of my Final round room makeover
One of my favorite things about this whole room makeover is how the closet turned out.  I love how much storage has been added to the room, and I love how organized it is.  But mostly, I love these darling totes.  And I love how the vinyl helps disguise some of the contents in the totes while helping separate them so they can tell which one should have what stuff in it.
They are so easy to make too!  Simply choose the color of vinyl you want to use and select the pattern you want on your tote.  Some of these files will be available in Design Space in the next few weeks. 
* here's a tip: if you use the tiny polka dots the the hearts- they are a pain to weed out.  Because they are so small, they tend to lift up from the backing.  Just take your time and make sure the vinyl is firmly down on the backing and mat before you start cutting.

Cut the pattern out of the vinyl and weed the extra vinyl out.  On the small flower totes, I simply peeled them off by hand and randomly placed them on the tote.  My 6 year old had a great time helping me do that.  When we pulled off all the flowers, we were left with the dots in the center.  I loved the pattern that was left and I wanted to keep the spacing and rows intact, so I used transfer tape to lift the dots and transfer them to the tote.  I did the same thing with the small polka dots and hearts pattern.
On the large pink totes, I enlarged a graphic found in Design Space to fit the front of the tote and transferred it to the tote with transfer tape.   For the vine vinyl, I welded vines together to make a shape long enough to cover half the side of the small tote, that way there were fewer pieces to put together and try to line up.
One last detail to these totes: Chalkboard Vinyl!  I love how these look, and they will be so helpful in marking what is actually in the tote. I am using these to store clothes the girls are either growing out of , or growing into- and there's nothing more frustrating than pulling down a tote, only to find clothes you had forgotten about that your child JUST grew OUT of!  Or, maybe that's just me. :)  Hopefully this will actually help prevent that tragedy from happening again.  (I guess I better get these marked ASAP)
The best thing about these is that the container are inexpensive (I bought mine at Ikea) and can be changed to coordinate with any decor you have going on in the room.  I can't wait to do the same thing to the ones going in the boys' room.  They're going to look great!

What organizing problems would you conquer with this technique?

Also, a quick reminder that voting is open for the final round of the Design Space Star Challenge.  I sure would appreciate your vote. :)  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut/app_181518015386164
mobile friendly link: http://bit.ly/1JPMMfi
You can vote every day until Friday.

xoxo,
Amy
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