Sunday, March 18, 2012

Button Button Who Has the Button??????

I sent some buttons to my daughter and this is what she and her daughter did one rainy day . . . love it!  So simple even a 4 year old can do it!  Bravo you two!

Sorting all the colors . . . . .

Siena started on the first row I am thinking, and I could be wrong
but the half circle could have been traced as a guide . . . 

I love how precise she is . . . . .

Rainbow complete- love it!

Finished Project . . . Flower Garden, clouds, sun and all!

Signed  . . . .
a Proud Grammy

Sunday, March 4, 2012

We're Going to Disneyland!!!

You know the old saying after a huge success . . .We're Going to Disneyland!!!

So my daughter and son in law live is Southern CA and their two children are the perfect age for our first outing to Disneyland.  It was inspired by the adorable shirts I bought from Haley Rice @ Matchin Me.  She has been my inspiration for making my own shirts for all of us to wear.

I started out with their theme: Happiest Place on EARTH!  I used my  Silhouette
to cut out the letters and the Mickey Ears . . . . I have had my Silhouette a year now and the learning curve is ongoing.  This machine does so much but learning to draw my own designs has taken patients and a few calls and emails to their help line.  I was having trouble with the overlapping circles cutting through each other so by clicking on the end points as they suggested I was able to adjust them to the outer larger circle. Making them all one design.

For the Mickey Ears I could not find the famous polk a dots black and white that I wanted so settled on this music note fabric I found I ironed WonderUnder fabric fusible lining to the back and then cut them out using the silhouette. I had previously pre washed all the fabric, the shirts I removed the pockets that were on them, and after the washing you could not tell there was a pocket.  One of the shirts must have been sewn with industrial strength thread and as careful as I was I created a hole so off-set Mickey's Head in a different design (can you tell which one??)  After ironing on the Heads . . . I then went to my sewing machine and zig zagged all around the Mickey design to make sure they were attached and would withstand the ruff tough play of children.

Creating the lettering for the shirt I arranged the "Happiest Place On "
around a circle. From the Silhouette tool bar I drew a circle larger than Mickeys Ear
then selecting the Font tool and setting the font to Apple Chancery I typed one letter at a time arranging them around the circle . . . then spelt out EARTH below using BLACKOAK . . .  I really wish I would have put an EXCLAMATION POINT!  Darn it! Learn by doing . . . .

Then once you have the lettering the way you want it - click on the circle and hit the delete key so the circle is gone but your letters are still rounded (see example) then with the selection tool, and draw a big square around  all the letters, remember all the letters around your circle are individual so the entire design must be grouped.  So after selecting all, it will be highlighted then the menu at the top that says OBJECT pull down and click on Group  once this is done click on it again and the whole design will be highlighted, then you will see a green dot handle on the top center by grabbing this you can rotate the design around and as you see below.  After you rotate the design grab a corner point and resize to fit the new direction.  Still keeping the design highlighted copy / paste to create two designs. Now you can cut two at a time saving you wasted Heat Transfer material.  Waste not want not!  Ok, there is one more step if you look closely at the photo below you can tell I reversed the image. This is done by going to you Object Menu at the top again and the first choice is Transform > and then >
 Flip Horizontally. This reverses the type so when you iron it on it will come out readable. Yikes this is vitally important . . . .

The heat transfer lettering I bought as a starter kit from silhouette and it was a great way to begin because they give you a plethora of colors to start with so you know how to order next time.  Basically Heat Transfer Material tutorial will give you an idea how this material works.

So here are the results of my shirts . . . Have fun trying this yourselves!

 So it was fun to see all the outfits people wear  . . . . there were a lot of princesses too!  Here are some captured moments:

                   Happy creating . . . .  it will make your next trip so much fun!

                                                               ~ Anne ~

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Choosing Joy Through Cancer . . . Making a Hat!

They say there is a season for everything . . . well for me this must be the season for cancer.  I lost a long time friend in November I did not know what to do for her- I felt like she should just spend time with her family and make memories with them . . . I did stop and drop off some pears at one point but it did not seem to be enough.  I continued to wrestle with calling and stopping by and then she called me and asked if I wanted to go to a mutual friends baby shower.  I was stunned and of course said, " YES! "

It was a great day we laughed the whole day and just reminisced, I knew it was a golden moment, one that I would always  treasure.  She had soooo many that adored her, so I a day, a car ride, I felt so blessed for the time, for the memory . . . and then 11-11-11 was the  day my friend Grace who was fun and humble, and the epitome of Grace left this world I miss her but it brings me joy to think about the lessons she taught me.   Now as many of you,  I have been following Lil Blue Boo and her journey and she too is so inspiring and is such and example of making things happen and learning something new each day, creating and discovering the good in those around you . . . . So as I say my prayers each day I have asked God to use me,  use what talents I may have to help others, and so one day that started out like any other . . .  I ran into a past student now my children's age (32 ish) at my school I worked for years in the Library.  She told me her second grader had been diagnosed with leukemia and of course this is such scary news, without so much as a second thought I offered to drive each week and do art with her.  We have been doing this a month now come this Tuesday, an I am so blessed to have this time with her.  She has finished her first round of chemo and her hair is falling out. Her dad and brother shaved their heads and I have decided to make hats for them.

I did not know how to really make a hat but I found this soft fleece and they turned out so cute and easy to do, I wanted to share the steps in case you have someone that needs one . . . . I started out buying a half yard of fleece, this hat for a second grader not exactly sure of her head size  was 28" long and 24 " wide.  Now you will fold the width so you will have a long tube of fleece 28 x 12".

 Sewing the open side closed, I pressed the seam open on this first one but on the others I surged this seam to give it a more finished look.

  Then with the tube of fleece still inside out the top of the hat is rolled down 5 " and then stitched all around.  The bottom is also hemmed 5 " up and sewn.  So at this point you have a tube of fleece now 18 " tall.

 The end of the tube you determine to be the top is cut downward with sharp scissors at 3/8" intervals to make the random strips at the top of the hat.  The bottom can just be rolled up as a cuff around the child's face.   The cutting of the strips was probably the most time consuming part of this project because I was meticulous to cut the strips straight.  Also you can add a decorative stitching to the border of the hat if you want . . . go wild!  I did I have a new Brother machine so of course had to experiment!  :-)

 It dawned on me that you could cut these before you sewed the seam to make the fleece into a tube.  Then the fleece would be flat and you would just sew the seam up to where you started cutting the strips.  Play with it and decide what you think is easiest.  The final part of creating the finished hat is to run a basting stitch by hand right around the top seam of the hat. I used just a heavy upholstery thread to stitch around and then I just pulled and gathered  the fleece together evenly as tight as I could.  There will be about a one inch hole but I thought this might be good for ventilation.  I tied the strings as tight as I could and knotted them many times.

With all the tangle of strips you cannot even see the basting.   Hope you like this design.  The fleece is so colorful and since we just finished a color wheel project,  I thought this rainbow color floral design was perfect.  Let me know what you think?

                                      ~Anne ~

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's a Jungle Out There!

Baby Showers are so much fun and this was no exception.
Lisa and David just had miracle baby AJ.  I wanted to create something for his room.  So my first stop was Babies R Us to see what they had chosen for his room.  I loved  the theme Just Born Balulu .   Loved the animals in the jungle and especially the monkeys!


 I quickly sketched and painted this little canvas below to go in his room.  As it turns
out his room  is all about the Monkeys . . .  I so love  this trend with monkeys for babies and this little  AJ was no exception.

But as I am looking at this painting now (Yikes!!!)  I just noticed . . .

The poor lion has no body . . . just his little head!  See what happens when you paint between 10 and 2 in the morning!!!

Oh well I guess he is just popping into say a quick HI!

(and it is too late now this painting is now hanging on their wall)

So yes if you are looking for inspiration for a painting to decorate a wall in your child's room.  Start with the bedding the design is done for you it is a great way to be inspired for a painting. Yes they have ready made things but if you create it yourself you will have a one of a kind piece and one that you will treasure forever . . . so have fun creating a snippet of whimsy for their room!    Anne ~

My next project will be a little AJ wall piece.
I thought this was cute idea I found by 
62Cards  Love their things!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentines Come In All Shapes!

I am a huge fan of Lil Blue Boo . . . I have learned soo much from her tutorials.  I silkscreened in college and have been dying to try it at home. I have a Silhouette SD
and am learning to use it . . . . so I down loaded a pre- drawn robot and using contact paper ( warning: I grabbed this it is Contact shelf paper it does not have the peel off backing . . . so do not use this it will not stick to the screen - just to let you know there is a difference)
as Ashley suggests I measured it to fit my screen and then wrapped and taped
the contact paper to the sticky plastic load sheet on the silhouette.
below is how it looks as you load it in to the Silhouette . . . . also how it will look
After you attach it to your screen.
I peeled the positive robot figure away . . .  then you have to add back in the eyes, mouth and heart to the screen to give it the details.  

 I don't seem to have a picture of that . . . .hmmm!
Final results:
tips . . I did buy the speedball silk screen kit from Dharma Trading as Ashley suggests
it does not come with white ink so I had to go out and get that . . .
I padded my surface with an old mattress pad . . . this is a bad idea because the surface for best results must be perfectly smooth . . . some of my first shirts showed the diamond shapes in the design . . . not a look I was hoping for and I had a clothe over the matress pad and it was sill coming through so I am thinking fleece or an old blanket might be better . . . Walmart I perused the whole store before I got all the sizes I needed colors I had to be flexible . . . but they were $3.00 so for my first try it worked out great!

My final results . . .  I decided to embellish them with dimensional paint . . .

~ Anne ~

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Organizing . . .

Ha ha my husband is like you are posting on Organizing . . . yes . . I said it my goal to organize all these art supplies . . . I have been teaching art and I was at two school so I had doubles of almost everything . . . milk crates and files and more files and chalk and paper all kinds of paper . . . so I have been Pinteresting away looking for solutions . . . . here are a few brilliant ideas I thought I would share because we all have ribbon and yes I want the Martha Collection to store all my wrapables but until the day comes where I can  order the perfect studio furniture this will suffice.

For my ribbon . . .  I actually was using these in my closet for some old skirts I never wear . . . so good bye skirts hello ribbon, and the travel roll up jewelry panty hose travel holder I am beginning to see this is perfect for those expensive little pieces you have to have to make your silhouette or other specialty item work but you need a place for  the optional pieces . . . .

Look you know those hangers you get with you children's clothes, we actually if I shop at Marshall's I get them with my clothes . . . in fact they may even give them to us!
Hangers with the clips on each end??? Break or cut off with a hack saw now can you  imagine how many uses these could  be used for . . . . the possibilities are endless!  
Love this !!!
Sometimes the most brilliant ideas are just sitting right there going
Hello Use Me!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Silhouette Project for Baby Names

Do you have a Silhouette to cut the perfect letters?  I have had mine a year now and I am just finally getting it!!!  Yes some say I am slow . . . but I say, I just did not have the right project up to now.  So here i am creating gifts for my friends new baby's and I just am loving some of these Baby Names.  This project is for a little one names Callia, the nursery is Eiffel Towers and Maps of Paris and of course Pink!

My first step in creating this was to cut out a variety of fonts spelling Callia.  I wanted the letters to float.  Because I love things to have dimension and shape to them.

I printed out o map of Paris ( I know you can really tell)  but loved the green that will
be added to my pink.  I actually now looking back on this like this just with the white

bristol board cut outs.  Yes I am loving my Silhouette SD . . . .

then I started the Painting Process . . . .
I painted each of the shapes and then added puff paint dots and swirls to the flowers and some of the letters.  

At the last moment I made and Ending "A" into the 
Eiffel Tower    . . . .  I had some Parisian scrapbook doo dads and added them in 
for the added bling,  

this is the final results of my random name art.  
 I love how, I am not sure how it will come out when I start
 but the colors worked out
to be perfect!

Hope you have a new baby you can try this with or we can create one for you? AJ

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Baby Names . . . Mod Podged Napkins

I wanted to do some art for a friend that was having a baby, she was using a Damask black and white pattern with hot pink accents.  She has another daughter eighteen months old and the girls will share a room . . . so I was how can I consistently draw the same pattern on the two canvases that matches but wanted to use contrasting colors . . . .  I thought well I could trace a pattern on graphite paper, and transfer that to both canvases . . .  and then paint the whole thing twice then I was at Walmart at Christmas and wall-a . . .they had these napkins and I was oh wow I can mod podge them on to the canvas.  The following are the steps I took with my photo process . . . . the pattern was only on one quarter of the napkin so that made it hard to match the pattern consistently all over the 12" x 12 canvas.  So I cheated and got out the black sharpie pen and pink paint pen and drew my own patterns to blent the spots that were uneven or too blocky.

Step one:  Adding ModPodge to canvas and smoothing napkins onto the surface
this may look lumpy and uneven but when it dries it actually looks much better.

The reason you see the Bristol Board in the photo is because I MP napkins of the opposite color onto this and was going to cut the girls names out of this but the Silhouette did not like the napkin texture on the board and chewed it all up and spit it out, on the black one it actually did cut it out but placing the letters on the pink was too busy and I decided a solid color would be a much better choice for this . . .  so that is what makes creating so much fun is the experimenting with different materials.

so I just kept adding napkins all over the canvas including the edges and then let them dry for a day.  With my Silhouette I found the birds and branches I needed,  I used heavy card stock to cut these out and glued them on with the Elmers. I was going to Mod Podge these also but did not want them to be shinny.  Even though I was using the mat finish Mod Podge.  I embellished these with the rhinestones and dimensional puff paint, white on the black letters,  black on the hot pink loved the look and then being left handed I dragged my left hand over some of the dots smearing them . . . . I let them dry re painting the hot pink and then re dotted . . . it worked the following pictures are the final results of my name art decor . . . I used the same napkins to do the switch plate covers and a lampshade too the possibilities are endless. Anne