July 25, 2014

Sunflower Photography

I've shared photos of my garden here before and those are usually veggie photos. This year, besides just vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) I also planted sunflowers!

I'm so excited that they have started blooming, I think sunflowers are just gorgeous. I took some photos of them recently and wanted to share. :)

While I was out there snapping photos of my flowers I was all like :Oh, lets take some selfies too".

I'm going to attempt to save the seeds! Aren't sunflowers lovely?
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July 24, 2014

DIY Stenciled X-Men Shirt

Okay, guys. Get your nerd on for this post!

I'm a huge fan of X-Men. I've seen every movie at least twice (but I believe way more, haha) as well as read some of the comics. I'm a nerd. Got it?
After the new movie came out at the beginning of the Summer, I decided I needed an X-Men themed shirt. I actually looked at in the Mens graphic t-shirt section at the store and didn't find any, so I made my own!

Even if you're not a nerd, or not an X-Men fan (what??), you can still use this technique to create your own custom shirts!

Supplies: Cotton T-shirt, Contact Paper, Fabric or Acrylic Paint, Paint brush, Graphic you want on the shirt

1. Print out whatever graphic you want on your tshirt. Trace it onto your contact paper and cut it out with a craft knife so that you have a contact paper stencil.

I wanted the xmen logo, so I actually printed out both the top and bottom layer of the 3d logo.

2. Stick your contact paper stencil down onto the front of your tshirt. If your design has multiple layers, start with the very back layer.

Before you start painting- Add a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back!
3. Apply fabric paint over your stencil, and let it dry.

4. Once your paint is dry, peel off the stencil.

5. Add the contact paper stencil for the second layer on top of the first, like below-

6. Add your second color of paint.

7. After that dries, peel off your stencil. It may have seeped under your stencil a little bit like mine, but it's not a huge deal. Just go over any messy spots with paint, fixing it up.

8. If you want to, you can outline it in black paint, or using a black fabric marker to make it easier!

Wondering about the belt?
Well, My original plan for the shirt was to just paint on the X-Men logo. However, I got a little messy and accidentally dropped a blob of red paint on to the middle of my shirt. So, unless I wanted to look like I had gotten stabbed, I had to do something. I decided to paint on the belt that is part of most of the X-Men teams uniform.

Do you have a collection of nerdy T-shirts too?
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July 23, 2014

#Oceanlove Layout for LMT

Today I'm on the Love My Tapes blog sharing a layout I created using their awesome tapes!

I used both fabric tapes and washi tape to create that sunburst paper. I combined that with some new supplies I got a GASC last month to create this fun layout using photos from our May beach trip.

If you get a chance, hop on over to the Love My Tapes blog!
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July 22, 2014

Imagine Crafts Vertigo Review

Imagine Crafts contacted me last month asking if I'd be interested in reviewing some of their products. So, I'm reviewing them here on the blog! You can find my previous reviews here:

If you have a product you want me to review, you can find info here.

Today I wanted to show you guys Imagine Crafts product "Vertigo". What is it?
"t's a translucent patterned material that adds the coolest visual effects."

It feels sort of like plastic, but it has a pattern in it that makes it look textured and is an illusion because this film is completely flat- no texture!

I decided to try the Blue and Green neon inks on a piece of Vertigo (by Imagine Crafts) to see how they looked on there. I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink in stripes and then placed it on my card.

It's a pigment ink instead of a solvent ink, so it never quite dried and would come off with my fingers. I fixed that easily enough with a coat of gloss spray though.

When I used StazOn inks (which ARE a solvent ink) on it, they dried perfectly. 

I decided I needed to try one more thing with the Vertigo- alcohol inks! The results were so cool! See for yourself-

Also, in the photo below, you can see how it's an optical illusion. The vertigo film is actually flat.

Have you tried using Vertigo? I think it's pretty neat!

I was compensated for this by with free product from Imagine Crafts, but all opinions are my own.
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July 21, 2014

Super Stashbusters Workshop Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey guys, Welcome to the Super Stashbusters blog hop! I'm a guest designer for this 4 week online workshop along with 7 other talented guest designers! Registration for Super Stashbusters is open and available here.

Today we are doing a blog hop, sharing sneak peeks at the pages we designed for the workshop, so if you want to be inspired and enter to win, I hope you hop along with us!

Super Stashbusters

Here's a small peek at the layout I designed for this workshop:
I used one of my Sister's graduation photos, and designed a layout inspired by it as well as the stash busting prompt (it's a secret!) given to me.

Super Stashbusters Katie's sneak peek

About the class:
Create scrapbook pages faster than a speeding bullet! Leap over piles of patterned paper and washi tape in a single bound! Turn into a super scrapbooker in as little as 4 weeks!

Aly Dosdall's Stashbusters Anonymous has already helped hundreds of memory keepers turn from "product collecting to productive scrapbooking." Now Aly is back with a NEW super-charged workshop that will help you:
  • Rediscover and use products you love from your own scrapbook stash
  • Complete up to 16 great scrapbook pages without spending a dime
  • Learn to use inspiration (sketches, challenges, templates) in a way that works for you
Learn more and register here
In Super Stashbusters, you'll accomplish amazing scrapbooking feats based on 16 creative challenges. Not only will you use up your stash, you'll also learn to think outside your scrapping box and tap into your inner creative superhero. While this class builds on the content from Stashbusters Anonymous (now available as a self-paced workshop!), all scrapbookers are welcome—including digital scrapbookers.

I took the first Stashbusters Anonymous class from Aly and loved it. It was just what I needed to use up some of my scrap supplies! You can register for Super Scrapbusters on BPC here.

Since I'm a guest designer for the class, I also get the opportunity to giveaway one free registration to someone! If you would like to enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can hop along and enter to win with the other guest designer blogs here-
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Make it Monday- Pineapple Roundup

You may have noticed that pineapple seem to be a pretty big tend this summer. They're pretty much everywhere right? Today's Make it Monday post is pineapple themed, so if you love the fruit, check out some of these tutorials!

Create a Pineapple Rhinestone Pouch using this tutorial.

Make Pineapple Shaped Crayons with this tutorial.

Stitch up this Pineapple Hexie Placemat with this tutorial.

Make these Pineapple Ring Dishes using this DIY.

Create a Pineapple Necklace using this tutorial.

Put together this Pineapple Planter with this DIY.

Create a Pineapple (and other fruit!) Keychain with this pattern and diy.

Make stenciled Pineapple Hand Towels using my tutorial.

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