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I’ve wanted to try one of those giant rulers to use as a growth chart for a while. I thought my Dad’s 65th birthday would be a great time to try.  He’s very handy and crafty so I thought he’d really like it.Ruler3

I’ve seen them all over the interwebs and I wanted to try my hand at them.   I didn’t want to do all the measuring to make sure I got it all right, so I looked on Etsy.com and many people offer kits to make these, usually made with vinyl decals.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, as you all know, and I thought for sure, I can find a template and cut them myself.

Low and behold I found the following site:

http://www.wherethesmileshavebeen.com/free-diy-growth-chart-ruler-cut-file/

Check out her other projects, too…..CUTE!!!

She provides terrific instructions for how to make it as well.

Supplies:

  • Pine Board 1″ X 8″ X 6′ (I went with the more expensive $19 board because it didn’t require sanding)
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Old Tshirt (for staining)
  • Brush
  • Vinyl (I used the Paper Studio brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • Decorative stones
  • Power Grip (To glue down the stones)

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First I stained the board using a light stain.  You could use any color you like, but I thought since you’ll probably want to write the children’s heights on there — you’ll want to be able to see the writing.  The board didn’t need sanding and I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

Next I cut out the vinyl — using my Silhouette Cameo and the download file from the link above.  I also cut out all the kids names to run down the side — you could really do anything you’d like to personalize it!

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After using transfer paper — you want to make sure that things are straight as possible.  Then I laid down the polyurethane gently over the top using a short paint brush.  This will ensure that the stickers don’t peel up over time!  My 5 year old son (big Red) wanted to help, so each time I laid down a section — He pulled off the transfer paper.  He was so slow and methodical about it.  It was so sweet.  After we got it all laid down he picked up some glass stones and put them between each name — he even picked each one of the colors himself.  He was so sweet and so loves helping.  I love the way it turned out.

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Hey chirpers!

I combined my new found Modge Podge skills with my jewelry making skills and made some super cute picture frames for a charity auction.

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Supplies:

  • 2 Wooden Picture Frames
  • Spray Paint
  • Glossy Modge Podge
  • 2 Wooden Knobs
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Rhinestones
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Loctite Power Grip

First I spray painted the wooden picture frames and then added the scrapbook paper with Spray Adhesive.  (I cut the scrapbook paper to size BEFORE I glued it to the frame!)   I picked 2 complimentary papers since the thought is that these would be for 2 Best Friends.  Next, I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and cut the “Best Friends” text out of some textured card stock. This is an image I downloaded from the Silhouette Cameo store.  I don’t do it often, but I was looking for something with a little flair.  I placed the card stock and Modge Podged the text and the scrapbook paper to the frames.

Here is a great video on how to use Modge Podge without bubbles or wrinkles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGNsRu_3KLI

After letting everything dry (24 hours)  I used the Loctite Power Grip and glued the knob to the frame.  I embellished the text with the stick-on rhinestones for a little flair.

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I added 2 Memory Wire bracelets with “Friend” charms on them to finish it off.  (See previous posts on how to make Memory Wire bracelets)
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I think they came out super cute!!  I think it would be fun to do something similar for a graduation tassel or maybe even a racing medal of some sort.

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Tonight I’ve been working on my Razorback gear for the upcoming season since it starts on SATURDAY!!  WOOOOOO PIG SOOOOIE.

Take a look at these 2 Little Red Bird Originals that I made with handy dandy Silhouette Cameo, an iron and my sewing machine!!!!

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Hog Scarf

Can’t wait to wear them!

I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to store the vinyl I use with my Silhouette Cameo for a while now.  I had it in drawers but it was a pain and often got wrinkled.  I saw some cool stands made with PVC on Pinterest — but on Saturday I saw some Headband holders at Rhea Lanas Consignment event and I thought — HEY…..

 

So I took some scrap fabric and scrap ribbon and made 2 headband holders.  I then hooked them on some cut dowel rods I hung on a clippy hanger. THEN I cut more dowels to 14.5″ and hung them across the 2 headband holders with the vinyl in between.  I hung the hanger on the wall behind a door. It’s AWESOME!!!!

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All with stuff I had on hand except some 65 cent dowel rods!!

 

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I often make my own invitations for my kid’s birthday parties and friends and family get-togethers. Basically I hate my hand-writing so I don’t like handwritten invites and if I’m going to print them out on my printer I just can’t resist embellishing them. I have so many different papers and embellishments in my craft room I can usually throw something pretty cute together with just what I have on hand.

G’s mom recently moved into a new home after almost 30 years. She’s pretty excited and wants to have a Housewarming party and a blessing by her priest at her new home. She asked me to make invites for her. These I threw together and I think they came out pretty cute.

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For the base of the card I just used a 5 x 7 white cardstock. I used my Cameo to cut out the house outlines and the heart at the top. The graphics I created from scratch and didn’t purchase from Silhouette.

I used matte grey for the bottom house, a textured purple/lavender for the top house and some really cute patterned red paper for the heart. I printed the invites with my inkjet printer using purple ink.  On the backs of the cardstock I printed out my 2 Little Red Birds logo.

Note:   I blanked out the personal information for privacy

Trying to implement my newly created brand, I wrapped them up cute with a purple ribbon and a 2 Little Red Birds tag

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Lemme know what you think.

 

XOXO Kiki

Tie Shirts

 

Tonight I had so much from with my friend M.  She bought the cutest material for her little boy and we made these CUTE shirts for fall!!  I found some clipart on the web and created the pattern with my Silhouette Studio software.

When I first got my Cameo I had NO idea it could do so many things and that I didn’t have to BUY every graphic I wanted to cut out.  I did some searches on some forums and on YouTube and I found this video that set me on my way to making my own graphics for my library:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gveGaeCLMk

I can’t wait to post a pic of her little boy in one of these cute shirts!

 

My brother and sister-in-law just bought this amazing new house!  They have 3 boys so they wanted to do something “BOY” in the main bathroom, so M suggested Arkansas Razorbacks.  Now M has awesome taste in paint colors and picked out this amazing gray color.  While we were at Home Depot buying paint, I found a painters drop cloth that really went well with the paint color and it was only $5.00.  It was the PERFECT size for a shower curtain.  I immediately had a vision and offered to make a shower curtain for them.  I was first going to applique a large red and white chevron hog in the middle of the curtain, but when I pinned it all up on my wall of my craft room — it just wasn’t right.  After looking at it for about 48 hours, I decided to put the big black grommets in and take a stab at free-hand paiting a Hog.  What the heck right, if it sucked I was only out $5.00.

I LOVE the way the Hog turned out.  I used regular acrylic paints in which I mixed a fabric paint medium.  Basically it made it fabric paint.  I drew out the basic outline of the Hog — but from there it was pretty much free-hand all the way.  When we hung the curtain though, it was too short…..good thing I already had that awesome Red and White Chevron material on hand.  It made a perfect accent to the shower curtain and I could make it just long enough.  Sister-in-law bought some great black grommet topped curtain panels to accent the shower curtain and I used some left-over chevron to make the tie backs.  Here is the final product.

(Note:  It still needs to be steamed to get the wrinkles out, but we just hung it up)

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Have I mentioned yet how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Silhouette Cameo???  Well I do, I love it almost as much as my Ipod and my Ipad!  Ih have had so much fun making various things, fabric appliques, invitations, about a million vinyl projects.

So here is the Fight Song that I made for the bathroom as well.  I think it looks GREAT agains the Gray walls.  I love buying cheap picture frames and taking the backs off to make great wall hangings.

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(Please forgive the picture……since it’s crooked and a reflection in it!)

I can’t wait to make another one of these…….using the different fonts was so much fun!

Hope you like my Razorback bathroom, my nephews sure do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been wanting to try this for some time now and I finally bought a new blade just for cutting Fabric so I could try some projects.  I wanted to do some projects for Little Red for holidays, birthdays and sporting events.  Being a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the South) we love nothing more than our Razorbacks covered in bling.  I recently saw an appliqued Razorback with Swarovski crystals around the edges that I LOVED in a little boutique in my hometown.

If you would like to buy a shirt like this try Branch Out (http://www.branchoutconway.com/)  they had a shirt for sale that was my inspiration!!!

I thought it would be a perfect little project to try out on my Cameo.  So I bought a little Tshirt dress for Little Red and appliqued on a Razorback out of some some REALLY cute red, black, white and grey material I had left over from another project.  I then took some black iron on crystals and put them around the inside of the applique!  It turned out really cute!  I can control the size, the material and the shape!  I can’t wait to try some words (GO HOGS!!!)

I have a friend that wants a t-shirt for herself and some little Ties put on a tshirt for her little boy!  Stay tuned for pictures!!!

(Note:  I do NOT sell my projects, they are strictly for personal use or gifts!)