Sunday, July 5, 2015

Day 134: Tinkerbell 5K Cricut Shirt

Next Saturday will be the second annual CTMH Operation Smile 5K Fun Run. Last year my team tried to order matching shirts from an Etsy shop. she got behind, so offered to ship the order to the hotel. Supposedly she shipped the order, but it was accidentally routed to WDW instead of Disneyland through a carrier error and lost. Excuse after plausible excuse came, but a year after we had paid the gal was still unable to fulfill our order and we finally demanded a refund.  
I still wanted a Tinkerbell work out tank, so I offered to design and cut this shirt for the girls. It was so easy! The font is Waltograph, and I bought Tink in Design space. I had a little trouble with my Hot Fix tool not wanting to set the rhinestones, so I ended up applying them with an iron, setting up the swirl with my tweezers. All our Tink shirts are cut, so we'll be sporting our sparkly Pixie Dust at the Operation Smile run on Saturday!  

Here's the Tinkerbell cut file if you want it - don't forget to Mirror the image so it'll iron-on correctly!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Day 133: Ariel Costume Tank Top

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a sewer. So if you are one of those amazing sewing experts, prepare to be utterly horrified by this post. I'm sorry in advance. I can stitch a scrapbook page, and even hem my own jeans (a skill which still amazes me every time I manage it), but I firmly believe real sewing should be left up to the experts. Except when I head to Disneyland apparently, and then I lose my head. I blame Pinterest. 
Last year I got this idea that I could build a Snow White princess shirt after finding this tutorial on Pinterest. Raegun made it sound so easy, and hey, I own a sewing machine, so how hard could it be? <facepalm> In truth it was both easier and harder than I expected. The princess sleeves worked like a dream - just like she wrote! Like I seriously felt uber cool when I made them. Then I got the idea to add some trim at the bottom...and some flounces...and those were weird, because pattern-schmattern-I-can-just-wing-it took over. Yep. So tiny hand sewn roses, more trim, and ribbon leaves were added to cover the crooked seams and pleating. In the end I was glad I made the shirt and pleased with how it turned out. Just don't look inside. I thought I wrote a blog post about this, but maybe I just documented the crazy on any case, after wearing my creation around the park (and getting hailed by a little girl waiting for a parade who apparently thought perhaps in her off hours Snow White ditches the ball gown skirt for denim) I felt that it was a success. Thanks, Raegun!
 So since I'm supposed to hang with an 8 year old girl at Disneyland next week, and I have no girls at my house, this year I figured I'd make her a costume tank of her fav princess and we'd be princesses together. Then she said her fav was Ariel. As in the Little Mermaid. Not Rapunzel, or Cinderella, or one of the others I'd convinced myself would be easier than Snow White. She wants a shell bra and mermaid tail. facepalm

So I drank a bunch of iced tea and bought a lavender tank (because I do not believe 8 year old girls should wear actual shell bras) and a trio of sparkly material. Dusted off my pattern-schmattern-I-can-just-wing-it attitude and started hand stitching the material onto the tank. We will call this ruching, because I've never ruched anything before in my life and that's the closest thing I could find to what I did, but basically I cut a piece of material about double the width I was guessing I needed, stitched it on top and bottom, then crunched up the excess and tacked it in place. By Hand. For almost the entire length of Beauty & The Beast, since we've been doing Disney Ed with the boys all month. When that looked relatively even, I started stitching on trim, lots of net ruffles, strings of faux pearls, and these awesome iridescent jewel buttons. I stitched on three layers of ruffles at the bottom and repeated the crazy ruching process for the mermaid belt. All. By. Hand. 

Keep in mind I have no actual little girl to try this on...I did get one boy (who shall remain nameless) to at least try it on for me to help with the bra placement and final adjustments, but no pictures were taken to protect the innocent and helpful party. He was well compensated. On a person the "bra" wraps to the back and looks much less uneven and weird. The green flounces are towards the back of the hip, too, not sticking out all lumpy. Again this year I was reminded that I'm definitely not headed for Project Runway, but I am happy with the effort, and hoping she will love it!  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Day 132: Mickey SOTM Blog Hop Pin

Today I learned that the SOTM Blog Hoppers are making badges for Convention so we can find each other and meet all the awesome artists who make our blog hop something special every month. 
As I'm leaving in just a couple of days, I didn't have a lot of time to pull together a cute badge. I do, however, have a Cricut Explore. So I quickly pulled a cut and write file together, loaded in a .03 My Legacy Writer, and cut a White Mickey head with the "SOTM Blog Hopper" sentiment written on the head in the Artfully Sent font. Then I colored the white cardstock head with a red Shin Han marker, detailed the font with some shimmer gel pen, and ran my clear Wink of Stella brush around the outer edge. I carefully glued on some tiny letters from the negative of a project I'll share next week to spell CTMH, then topped it off with a dotted ribbon bow. Can't wait to meet up with the SOTM Blog Hoppers next week!

If you are a SOTM Blog Hopper and want to make one of these, here's my Cricut Design Space file.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 131: Ariel Disney Cricut Shirt

I have cut so, so, so many Cricut iron-on vinyl T-shirts this last week, getting ready for the big trip to California. I'm planning to share the designs (and cut files) over the next week or so, so I hope you like my Disney Glitter T -Shirts!
I'm going to hit Disneyland with my Mom and her adopted daughter first, so I wanted to do something special for the two of them. They both love the Little Mermaid, so for my mom I whipped up this Cricut Glitter Iron-on that I put onto a black tank top. I purchased the single Ariel Image in Design Space. The bubbles are from Art Philosophy, and the Font is from the Artfully Sent cartridge. 
Making an iron-on with the Cricut was so much easier than I anticipated. I made each design in Design Space, then you choose "Select All" and click "attach" on the layers menu. When you go to cut, choose Mirror image so it will cut backwards. You apply the vinyl with the shiny, glittery side facing down. I watched this super helpful video, then went to town!

Here's a link to my Design Space cut file, in case you want to make one for yourself! I'm back to more top secret convention prep - but next week I cans tart sharing some of these projects keeping me elbow deep in Liquid Glass!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Day 130: You Make Me a Happy Camper Card

Today I'm sharing a fun paper pieced Camper card using the Camper Crazy stamp set. 
I started with the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Sketch. I combined the sketch with this week's Just Us Girls inspiration photo. I used some Timberline B&T plus Lagoon Hearts and Green Stripe washi tape.
I stamped the camper three times. Once on the card element, once on the gingham B&T, and once on white cardstock. On the white cardstock I colored the windows, awnings, and banner with Shin Han markers. Then I cut out the camper body from the gingham and adhered it over the camper stamped on the card. Then I fussy cut the banners and windows and glued them onto the gingham camper. I added some details with a silver metallic marker and a white gel pen.   Now I'm a happy camper!


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