altered, decor, spring, Wishblade, Xyron

I give up!

On getting a good picture of this project 🙂  Sorry.  I’ve been stressing about it for a week, and it just isn’t a great picture, but I hope you’ll still appreciate that it’s a cute project!

Silhouettes are a tad popular right now, and I thought about this one night and decided that I’d do this project to add a little something to my Easter decor.  I like how they turned out, but I did manage to buy two out of three frames with no built in stand and I have to do something about that.  What a dork!

I searched the web for pictures that I could trace in my Create and Cut software.  Cut the chicks out in two different sizes and flipped one.  I used mostly scraps of paper for everything else.  Clouds were cut freehand and all the inking was done with a sponge for an antique sort of effect.  I hot-glued the goodies to the outside of the frames because I like that look.  I also chose three different frame styles to make it have that eclectic look.  (They are all white, not that you can tell from this awful picture).

Anyway, thanks for looking!  I hope you’re having a good time getting your house ready for spring!

altered, Valentine's Day, Wishblade, Xyron

First Valentine’s project of the month!

I had so much fun designing and making this that I wanted to be sure to share it with you all.  I love my Wishblade for projects, but I am no expert.  The more I play, the more comfortable I am and the better my projects are.  I really do a lot of things with text when I’m using this cutter, and having all those free fonts available on the internet really helped me out!


 I went into the Create and Cut software that comes with the Wishblade and started typing out the word “Love” over and over in just about every font.  Then I started arranging them in a shape that would fit inside my mat.  I resized some of the words as I went along and turned them in different directions.  I cut it out of vinyl (which is pretty easy to find at just about any craft store these days).  I’ll explain why in a minute.

 This is the close up of it after  I’ve peeled the letters out.  Some of those are pretty delicate cuts and because I used the vinyl I just had to pop the letters out instead of worrying about how I was going to get the paper peeled off the cutting mat, know what I mean?  Pretty sure that I would have had some tearing that way.

 I just put it in a cheapo frame and mat that I bought.  Got the mat a while back at Michael’s for about $3 and the frame was $7.50 at  JoAnne’s.  Not too shabby if you ask me 🙂

I made the fuller flowers out of some old Primas and hot glued the thicker embellishments right onto the glass.  The little sequins go right through my Xyron 150. 
I hope you like this one because it’s one of my favorite projects right now.  I have very little stuff to use for Valentine’s decor and this looks pretty cute in my front hallway.