Video: DIY Personalized Shirts with Die Cutting

Hi there! Looking for a fun way to use your die cutting supplies for something other than paper crafts? Today’s video shows how to use dies to create custom DIY t-shirts and more.


[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]


My business is the sponsor for my son’s baseball team. Therefore, I decided to do something special for all 12 boys and make them t-shirts with their team name and player numbers. They loved them! And thanks to die cutting, they were simple to make. I used alphabet dies for the examples I give here, but you can die cut any shapes you may have.

My favorite heat transfer material is from Silhouette. You can use this product with your electronic die cutting machine… but you can also use it with traditional dies! I used the green flocked material and the new-and-oh-so-wonderfully-big My Favorite Things Decor & More dies to create the team name, and the black flocked material with the Big Numbers dies for the player numbers. After ironing it on, I have fun custom shirts!

While I had all the supplies out, I also decided to make a special “three” dress for my Lila for her birthday. I used the Silhouette glitter heat transfer material and the My Favorite Things By The Letters and Staggered Hearts Border dies. From the look on her face, I think she liked it. What do you think?! :)

By the way, I bought the t-shirts and dresses on big-time sale over at Old Navy. However, you can get good deals on shirts at Amazon, second hand stores, etc.

I really like using these large alphabet dies for custom shirts, school projects, bulletin boards, gifts and more. However, if you don’t have them, you could trace/cut printed letters or use other die cut shapes. I would love to hear your ideas!

Next up? I purchased some inexpensive-yet-high-quality canvas bags that I plan to customize for teacher gifts. Can’t wait!

SUPPLIES

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More Favorites

A few weeks ago, I did a quick post sharing some of my favorite things. I got lots of emails asking for more posts like this, so I am back with another! (Don’t worry – this isn’t taking the place of a card/video post. Just an occasional bonus. :) )

I really should come up with a better word than “things” since some of the “things” mentioned aren’t “things.” LOL. Sometimes it will be a video, blog, charity, sale, or site worth visiting. Some are crafty. Some aren’t. Just a fun mix.

Here are links to the products featured above. Affiliate links are used in some cases.

(1) New Mini Distress Ink Colors – Finally! Yay! The four newest colors of Distress Ink are now available for pre-order in mini size. I personally like the size and am thankful for the lower price point. These colors are divine.

(2) Instagram – If you aren’t on Instagram, I highly recommend it. Unlike some other social media, it is a happy place. No drama. No negativity. Just people sharing happiness. (Doesn’t the world need a little more of that?!) I have met some awesome crafty folks over there.

Are you looking for some new folks to follow? Try these:

  • mintarrow – deal-sharer.
  • dallasclayton – a happy illustrator.
  • starofmay – my dear friend – she shares awesome handwriting pieces.
  • hiitmax – great exercise moves. (Warning – he posts a lot.)
  • harlowandsage – dogs that will make you smile big time.
  • By the way, you can find me there, too – just head HERE.

(3) Food Rules – I am a big believer that it is incredibly important to eat the right foods and to take care of your body. But – like you – I don’t have time to keep up with all the “rules” for eating healthy. This book? This was what changed my life several years ago. It is super short and to the point. It literally is not filled with tons of words but rather simple sentences that are easy to understand and remember. It is a life-changer. Everyone has time for this book.

(4) Kelly Latevola’s Blog – I have always said that this industry is filled with great people. Well, Kelly Latevola is one of those people… and her blog focuses on sharing the work of other great crafters. It is very inspiring, happy and giving. Check it out.

(5) Mask-erade Online Card Class – Our newest Online Card Class is coming up and it is all about masking. I will share more about it soon. Hope to see you there!

(6) Mama Elephant Doggy Stamps – I know lots of you are cat lovers and there are many great stamps out there for you. But those of us who are dog people? We are always looking for more doggy stamps. This new set from Mama Elephant has won my heart.

I would love to hear of any of your favorites – crafty or non-crafty. Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Have a great day!

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2 Videos: Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have two videos. The first gives an intro to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and the second shows 6 ways to use them. There is a lot of info… but I think you will really like this product!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the videos in HD on YouTube, click HERE and HERE.]

VIDEO 1: INTRO TO PENS

VIDEO 2: SIX WAYS TO USE PENS

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are very unique. They have an actual brush tip with a water-based ink inside. You can blend the colors effortlessly with or without water, so there are many fun techniques they can be used for.

For any and all techniques with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I highly recommend using watercolor paper. My favorites are the Tim Holtz (4.25″ x 5.5″) and Ranger (8.5″ x 11″) papers… which are the same exact paper but in different sizes. The ink in the pens simply blends better on watercolor paper.

If you are interested in seeing the options available for purchasing these pens, you can check the thumbnails at the end of this post. You can get them individually at Ellen Hutson or in packs at Simon Says Stamp (they will have more options next week) or Amazon. They are also available at Dick Blick. I would recommend picking colors and getting them individually or make an investment and try the 36 pack. However, the 12 or 24 would be great, too!

Here is a closer look at 6 different ways to use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

#1: BASIC WATERCOLOR

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are fantastic for basic watercolor. Simply lay down a bit of color and use water and a brush (I like a waterbrush) to pull the color to blend in an area. While the paper is still wet, you can bring the pen tip back to add more color – it will not damage it. This is by far the best experience I have had with watercolor – very easy to control and blend. If you want more of a watercolor look, you can use more water to blend. I like having the option! (Yes, I still like my Peerless and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. This is just another option.)

#2: SHIMMER WATERCOLOR

A fun way to make the first technique even more fun is to use a Wink of Stella shimmer pen to “watercolor” instead of water. The bit of added “thickness” in the Wink of Stella fluid allows even more control than a waterbrush… and results in gorgeous shine. (By the way… if your Wink of Stella runs out, simply add more water and you can give it more life. A lot of the shimmer settles and can be “revived” with the added water.) You can also use any shimmer mist you may have on hand with a brush.

#3: SOFT WATERCOLOR

I have always struggled to get super soft watercolor looks. However, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are available in very light colors. Therefore, you don’t have to add a ton of water to get a soft look. Or you can put down just a tiny bit (thanks to the fine tip) of bold color and blend it out to be soft.

#4: MULTI-COLOR WATERCOLOR

Blending two different colors with water is also very simple with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I can’t even begin to describe how effortless this is. I use this technique a lot when I am on the go.

#5: NO-WATER BLENDING

Love the look of Copic Markers but struggle with blending or the high cost? The Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens can be used *without* water, also… with wonderful blending capabilities. Check out the bold color and smooth blending. I am so tickled by how this works. This technique is a huge reason why these pens are so very unique from others.

#6: NO-WATER MULTI-COLOR BLENDING

It is even possible to blend multiple colors without water when using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Fun, huh?

I finished off all six cards by die cutting the stamped piece with the WPlus9 Love Showers tag die. I created 5.5″ x 3.75″ notecards and stamped either the new Hero Arts 6×6 Woodgrain or Forest Floor backgrounds. Since the card is narrow, the tag can hang off the edge but still fit in an envelope.

CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH COLORS

There are 80 colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens available… which can be bought individually or in packs of 4, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60. (See thumbnails below for the various sources that have these available.) These pens are not super cheap (although they are less than half the price of Copic) but you do not need many to have a great experience with them.

Below are ink swatches of the colors included in the Clean Color Real Brush 48 pack. (Once I receive all the 80 colors, I will share my updated swatches. I bought them all so I can share them with you.) My favorites? 28, 25, 22, 50, 41, 36, 37, 94, 64, and 65.

NOTE

As always, I was not paid, sponsored or even asked to do this post about this product. As a thank you for using many of their other products, Zig had sent me 12 Clean Color Real Brush Pens to try. I fell head over heels immediately and purchased the 48 pack on my own. I assure you that my excitement about product stems completely in their quality and unique properties… and that they are so easy to use that I feel like a “real artist.” :)

GIVEAWAY

When I told the folks at Zig that I really enjoy this product, they said I could give a 24 pack of Clean Color Real Brush Pens away to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/20/15 telling me your favorite tool for coloring (watercolor, Copics, etc). (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foil Stamping and New Inks + Giveaway!

Hello!

Just wanted to pop in to let you know about a few fun things that are happening. And do a BIG giveaway!

FOIL STAMPING VIDEO

I am a guest today over on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE… showing more examples of adding foil to stamped images. (You can see my original video HERE.) I just adore these flower and “hello” sentiment stamps from Julie Ebersole. They look great with the DecoFoil!

To see the video, head on over to Ellen Hutson.

GIVEWAY

Ellen said that I could give away some of the products I used in the video! This is an awesome prize pack – a laminator, stamp set, adhesive and 3 packs of foil! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/19/15  telling me a bit of good news in your life. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Check out this giveaway!

Good luck!

NEW ALTENEW INKS

My friends over at Altenew are releasing a new line of inks and are celebrating with a blog hop. The hop starts HERE at 9:00amEST today (5/15/15)… so be sure to check it out.

I am really excited to play with their new ink line… which are formulated to be perfect for stamp layering techniques. I wanted to do a video for you today showing how to use them… but I am honestly having trouble keeping up with it all at the moment! (Being a momma comes first here.) But I promise to show them to you in the future and get you some ink swatch downloads. :) In the meantime, you can see the new inks HERE.

See you soon. Have a fabulous weekend. Audrey has prom this weekend and we are celebrating Lila’s 3rd birthday – can’t wait!

 

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Video: Mirror Stamping + Giveaway!

Hello! I wanted to share with you a technique I have not done in a long time – mirror stamping. It seemed perfect for this cute deer stamp…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Mirror stamping is a technique stampers have been doing for years in many different ways. In this video, I shared my favorite way to get a mirror-image with heat embossing.

I simply stamped the adorable deer image from The Greeting Farm on a piece of clear transparency (acetate) with Versamark ink. I then pressed that down onto white cardstock to transfer the inked mirror image on to the cardstock. After adding gold powder and heat embossing it, I added soft color with Copic Markers. This results in a little deer that faces the opposite direction of what the stamp intended. Fun!

I added the deer to a cross-stitched-heart die cut from Memory Box and heat embossed the sentiment to match. To keep the card simple and soft, I used an ivory shimmer notecard. (I am a big fan of these shimmer cards!)

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

As I mentioned, there are many ways to do mirror stamping. One of the other best ways is to use the back of a clear stamp instead of a piece of acetate. To see this method in action, check out THIS video by my friend Chari Moss. (Thanks for letting me share your video, Chari.) I recommend that method if you want to use just a plain black ink instead of heat embossing. I will try to add this method into a future video, too.

In the video I also mentioned that my soft colors were inspired by one of my friends – Debby Hughes. I encourage you to check her out!

Finally, be sure to check out the newest release from The Greeting Farm. The little animals are adorable, easy to color and oh-so-happy! (The stamps are available at Simon Says Stamp HERE… or on The Greeting Farm website.)

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning two stamp sets from The Greeting Farm? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on5/15/15 telling me your favorite stamping technique. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thanks for the stamps, The Greeting Farm!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH)The Greeting Farm (TGF), Amazon (AZ), etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspired By…

I am constantly amazed at how our crafting industry is filled with so many wonderful people. Inspiring, kind-hearted, talented people. So much inspiration.

This week, my friends at My Favorite Things are celebrating this awesome inspiration with a celebration called Inspired By…

I love this idea! Each day will focus on different topic:

  • May 11 – Tell us about an Inspirational Teacher You Once Had
  • May 12 – Tell us your Favorite Inspirational Quote
  • May 13 – Tell us about an Inspirational Coach or Mentor You Once Had
  • May 14 – What Historical Figure Inspires You and Why?
  • May 15 – What Artist Inspires You and Why?

For more information, visit the MFT blog – they will have prizes, too.

So today’s topic is about an “inspirational teacher.” Believe it or not, my most inspiring teacher was my high school calculus teacher. (Yep – before my crafting days, I was a math geek!) Mr. Watson encouraged us to work hard and be kind. This message really inspired me and is something I try my best to live by every day.

Mr. Watson’s encouragement and kindness inspired me tremendously. I ended up going to college and majoring in mechanical engineering. And I worked *really* hard. I studied a lot and had to put in more effort then most. I was really good at math, but the engineering stuff didn’t come naturally. But I put in the work, graduated with all A’s, and got a great job. I worked as an engineer for 5 years before I quit to work in the craft industry. And although I don’t use the math that Mr. Watson taught me, I still live by his most important lesson – work hard and be kind.

I would love to hear – who inspired you to do what you love? Please share in the comments below.

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