Cricut Tutorial: Custom Onesies

Hello all,

Today I am going to show you how, with the help of your Cricut, or any other electronic die cutting machine, you can make the cutest gifts for the little people in your life!

I was a very lucky girl: in December I received a wonderful gift – my Cricut Explore One!  It has taken me a while to be brave enough to use it – but now I’m hooked!

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Cricut Explore One, or any other brand of electronic die cutting machine
  • Iron On Glitter vinyl
  • Onesies or clothes to decorate (I bought organic cotton clothing from H&M)
  • Weeding tool

For those of you who are not yet familiar with it: welcome to Cricut Design Space.  Cricut Design space is a lovely piece of online software, that I managed to get the hang of within a few hours of playing.

Here is the basic screen: I used a onesie canvas, and then simply added some text and a heart shape, and put them both into the same colour.  This means that they will both be cut on the same mat.  Make sure that the size of the design correlates to the size of your onesie!

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Once you are happy with your design, click on the green ‘Go’ button.  This will take you to the cutting screen.  IMPORTANT: Make sure you click ‘Mirror Image’!

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Cut your vinyl down to size and put it on your mat.  Be careful to put it on the right way – with the backing facing downwards.  I sadly wasted my first piece by doing this part incorrectly!

Follow the onscreen instructions and cut your design.  Then comes the tricky part: you need to use your weeding tool to remove the background vinyl.  This is quite difficult with the glittery material, as it is nearly impossible to see where the cut lines are.  I found holding it up the light at the window helpful.  That, and a lot of patience!!  It also helps if the design isn’t too intricate.

Next, take your onesie, and with a hot iron, heat up the fabric for 15 seconds.  Then, place your design onto the clothing.  Use a ruler to make sure it’s in the middle!

All that leaves is to cover the onesie and transfer with a cotton tea towel, and iron over with medium pressure for 30 seconds. Voila!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and would love to see what you create, should you decide to try it yourself!  I must go, as my cake needs taking out of the oven!

Katie

xoxo

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Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

Hello there,

It’s a few hours late, and I have a lot of projects waiting to be blogged, but I wanted to show you the things that I made for Valentine’s Day for my other half.  He also made me a card, which was very sweet!

First up, (in addition to being taken to a Bayern Munich football game), he got this little box.  It was a very quick make, using an alterable wooden box and some scrapbooking papers from My Mind’s Eye.

For his card, I used Lawn Fawn’s ‘Into the Woods’ set and Spectrum Noir pens to colour my characters.  The background was stamped with Distress Ink.

I wanted a really clean and fresh look for this card, and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I am planning to make a few more in this design with varying sentiments, so that I always have a card to hand for those emergency days, when you don’t have time to make something new!

Before I go, here is some culinary inspiration from last night for your next romantic dinner:

Have a great day!

Katie

 

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

2016 was a record year for me. Not in a good way. As far as years go, it sucked. Like really, really sucked.  

We celebrated New Years with some of our closest friends, and as usual I fell asleep shortly before midnight (like every year).  Like every year, my husband woke me up from our best friends couch shortly before midnight with a glass of Prosecco and got me up to go and watch him and his best buddy nearly blow off an arm with some fireworks (or at least, that’s how it looks to me).  I’ve never been that happy to start a new year before.

I don’t make New Years resolutions, but I did decide to do some things differently in 2017. Or, at least to try.

  • Stop dieting and self loathing.
  • Make healthy changes to my diet.  It’s already pretty good, we don’t eat much processed food.  However, I have increased my protein intake, as well as healthy fats and eat even more fresh fruit and veg than before.
  • Cut out alcohol for 2017. This actually isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I also no longer buy sugary drinks into the house. Coke etc is now kept for when we are out and about (which is a lot anyway).
  • No sweets after 6pm. 
  • Move more.

  • Don’t take nonsense from anyone. I took A LOT of nonsense in 2016.  I can actually laugh about it when I look back now; however I wasn’t laughing then.  If something isn’t contributing positively to your life and the life of those you care about, buh-bye.  Maybe I’m getting old and cranky, but life really is too short. 
  • Focus on my creative goals and aspirations, as well as making a positive impact on the life of others.
  • Appreciate the little things.

And so far, it’s going well.

Also, I’ll just leave Bambi here, because he is adorable.  We met him on one of our ‘move more’ walks.Take care of yourselves.

Katie xox

Baby Shower for a Very Special Person

Hello all,

So, for the last couple of weeks, we have been busy organizing a surprise baby shower for our very special friend, Kerstin, who is due to pop in just a few weeks!

As the party was to take place in her OWN home, in their currently-being-converted loft space, it took second-to-none secrecy skills to pull it off.  The amount we have been sneaking around, I feel like I am ready for a career in the secret service.  Off to yoga, my dear?  Going to see your mum? Enter a team of 8 to transform this building site into beautiful!

Before I show you the finished result, however, here is a look at just some of the items that we have been busy crafting for this special event.

Firstly, while Simon and I were on some of our snowy walks during the last couple of weeks, we picked up these super cool branches which seemed to be covered in teeny tiny pine cones, that had been blown down in some of the storms.  I found out later that the tree is an ‘Erle – Alder, in English’.  I then sprayed them with gold Spray and Sparkle glitter varnish to give them a sparkle. Our colour scheme was pink, mint, and gold.

Then, using my Gemini machine, I used some dies to cut out prams, onesies, and vests, layered them up, and hung them on the branches with pegs.  We also made some mini paper chains to hang on them.

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Next up, we spray painted some wine bottles gold, dabbled some with white primer, and decopatched the others.  We then decorated them with some bows that I made from paper, ribbons, and lace, and made them into candle holders.

Here is a close up of the bows.  We also used them to decorate other parts of the venue.

This is my awesome friend, Kerry.  We used to work together when I was living back in England in an arts and crafts shop.  I’m lucky enough that she is now living here, just around the corner from me, which means we are able to get up to all sorts of mischief (like planning surprise parties).  Anyway, she spent a good couple of hours ‘sorting’ my ribbon box, and at the end of it, this brilliant decoration popped out!

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We also decorated the tables with battery operated fairy lights, pink wrapped chocolates, gold and white doilies, candles, and some heart shaped confetti that I made with a punch.

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The main highlight of our decorating scheme was the pom poms, which we hung over the tables.

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Of course, it wouldn’t have been complete without some accessories for our lovely Kerstin to wear, so she received a floral crown (see previous tutorial here), and both herself and her marvelous husband received badges of honour!

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The badges were simply made with some die cut and stamped circles, tissue paper frills, ribbons made of back-to-back washi tape, and the back was secured with felt.

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No baby shower is complete without a few activities and games – I think balance is important here.  A few things to add interest – but not too many that it becomes tiresome for the other guests.

I made a guest book canvas, where each guest had to sign their name on a die cut balloon, which will then be glued to the canvas, where little Humphrey will hold them in a cute bunch.

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I also made a time capsule, where each guest filled in a small letter to the baby, which will be opened on her 18th birthday.

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We gathered baby photos of most of the guests, and Kerstin had to figure out who was who (excuse the photo quality, but it was getting dark).

No baby shower is complete without the classic ‘What’s in your baby’s nappy?’ game!

We are very lucky to have another very talented friend, Vroni, who made this brilliant cake for Kerstin!  I love those little shoes!

And here it is – the finished decoration!  I was SO happy with how it turned out!

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To finish off, here are a few photos from the day!

This is where most of the group turned up at Kerstin’s doorstep to surprise her – they had been hiding around the corner at the bus stop!  Unfortunately I didn’t see that part, as Kerry and I were busy putting on the finishing touches in the loft!

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That’s it for today!

Katie xox

Home Decor: Hallway Makeover

Hello,

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been ticking away in the background, preparing to change up our hallway.  It was pretty boring before – plain white walls, terracotta tiles, no decor: just a functional space / pram car park when friends with small children came to visit.

My other half has been on a business trip for the past few days, so it was the perfect opportunity to finish it off, and I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.  The photos are  not perfect as we have ZERO natural light in our hallway, so getting good photos is difficult.

Here is the new bench.  We had wanted to have an area where we could sit and put shoes on, and also have some storage for hats, scarves, gloves etc.  I’ve accessorised it with some linen and embroidered cushions in white, grey and yellow tones.  It goes pretty well with the scratch-off map that my Mum bought us.  Even the cat got a nice new mat in yellow to put her food dishes onto, which strangely she got quite excited about.  Anyway…

I then made a banner using a mix of papers, stamps, washi tape, die cuts and ribbon to hang above the bench.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Moving on, I also picked up a co-ordinating, machine washable rug to put in front of our shoe rack (I’ll spare you the photo of the shoes).

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On top of the shoe rack, I added a yellow plate with some mini cactuses, and also bought this cool plant pot.   However, I forgot to buy a plant, so with some creative help of a friend and pinterest, I whipped up these paper roses to fill the pot with.  One hour with my hot glue gun and they were finished.

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I also made a co-ordinating notebook for our phone messages.

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Finally, here are some images of the artwork that I hung on the walls.  You will recognise a couple of them from previous blog posts.

It has turned it into a very sunny, happy space and I am very happy with it!

Katie

Get Crafty: Playtime with Concord & 9th and Spectrum Sparkle

Hello All,

I have a card to share with you all today using the new ‘Happy Day’ stamp set from the fabulous Concord & 9th.  I absolutely love this set as there is just so many things that you can do with it!

I decided to simply stamp it onto watercolour card, roughly watercolour it and then cut it out, as well as some of the sparklers.  I wanted a simple but striking look, and just finished it off with a few iridescent sequins.

I added some clear sparkle overlay on the flowers with my Spectrum Sparkle pens.

As it is for a group present, I made a pocket on the inside with mini cards for each of the couples to fill out with individual messages.  I added a die cut sentiment from Lawn Fawn on the inside.

I hope you like it!

Have a fantastic day.

Katie

How To: Make a Star Book

This striking star album would make a lovely gift for any time of year, and can be personalised and filled with photos and reminders of the year gone by. It can either be hung opened as a decoration, or placed on a coffee table, either closed or tied open, and enjoyed by all!

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Here’s how it looks all opened up:

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And some peeks at the inside:

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You will need:

Stamps (I’ve used Cool Buddies and Hey Quatschkopf, from Create a Smile)
A4 White Centura Pearl Cardstock
Patterned Papers
Hot Glue Gun
Tape Runner
Collall All Purpose Glue
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Neenah Card for Stamping
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers
Washi Tape
Lace or Ribbon

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For my album base, I have used pearlised white cardstock.

Cut the following pieces:
6 sheets, 10cm x 29.8cm (that is the full length of a piece of A4 card)
6 sheets, 10cm x 26cm
6 sheets, 10cm x 23cm

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Fold each of the 18 pieces of cardstock in half.

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On three of the smallest pieces of cardstock, measure 3.5cm from each edge, along the line of the fold.

Draw a line 3.5cm long onto the cardstock.

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Using a pair of scissors, cut along the two lines that you have drawn.

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Fold the cardstock inwards, as seen on the photograph. This will form small pop outs on some pages of the album.

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It’s now time to glue!

While assembling your star points, remember to make sure that the pearlised side of the cardstock is facing outwards. Using a strong glue runner, glue your points together.

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When your star points are fully assembled, they should look something like this.

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Arrange your six star points as you wish to have them: I alternated the points with pop outs, and the ones without.

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Then you will need to glue your star points together. I used a tape runner around the outsides, and a wet glue on the inside.

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When your pages have all been glued together, they should look something like this.

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Using a hot glue gun, glue a long length of ribbon or lace around the book. This will form the tie closure.

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Using thicker cardstock, cut a front and back cover (14.8cm x 10cm). I used some pattern paper to prepare the first layer on my covers.

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Glue on your front and back covers. I used some pegs to hold it while the glue was setting.

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While you are waiting for the glue to dry, stamp out lots of characters from the Cool Buddies stamp set. As I was going to be using alcohol markers, I used Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

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Colour in all of your characters with your colouring medium of choice and cut them out.

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Finish decorating your front cover using a combination of patterned papers, washi tape, and stamped images.

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Decorate the inside pages of your book with a combination of patterned paper and stamped characters. When gluing the characters down, be careful to only glue at the base, so that you can tuck photos behind them later.

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Don’t forget to glue some of those cuties onto your pop ups!

And that’s it – you’re done!  If you decide to have a go at making this project yourself, I’d love to see what you come up with!

Katie