Monday, March 9, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. WordArt

Wedding season is just around the corner, and as part of this month's Silhouette Challenge of WordArt/Typography I wanted to share with you this fun floating frame I designed as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. (Check out more awesome posts typography and word art posts at the bottom of this post!)
I'm sure you've seen lots of similar signs on Pinterest - there were so many to choose from and I had a hard time narrowing down just what I wanted.  After lots of debate, and lots of searching for the perfect frame, this is what I came up with.
I did all of my designing in Silhouette Studio.  First I made my page size the same size as the glass.  It helped to be able to use the color dropper to fill in the shapes and words to get a better idea of what the final product would look like.  Overall, this is a pretty simple project, but there were so many fonts to choose from!  That was the hardest part, choosing a font (or pairs of fonts).  I knew I wanted something that was solid and bold and would cut easily.  I also wanted to make the letters fairly thick, so the silver would show up (even though it's tough to see in some of the pictures!)  I knew I wanted to keep the colors as silver and blue, since that was their wedding colors.
The frame is a floating frame from Hobby Lobby (score half off frames!).  I didn't like the double layer of glass, so I actually took one layer of glass out and then used hot glue to hold the second layer of glass in place so it wouldn't rattle.
Once all the design work was done, I cut out the blue first.  Since the project was not overly large, I did use the mat to cut my vinyl (I think it helps keep things from slipping!).  Using transfer tape helped me to keep the spacing correct.  Since the silver words were smaller, I chose to place them by hand - I was trying to be conservative with my vinyl.  It would have been easier to use one of the tutorials from Silhouette school to easily keep the spacing with the multiple colors, but since the silver bits were fairly small, and so spaced out, I didn't want to waste that much vinyl.  So I used my trusty transfer tape and measured (and double checked!) and placed the date, mr, mrs, and heart on my own. 
This was my first big project with vinyl and first using multiple colors.  I learned some new tricks and things I would do differently next time, but I'm super happy with how it turned out.
Can't wait to see what I can make next with my Cameo!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tag with {FREE Cut File}The Fine PrintMr. and Mrs. Word ArtHe is Risen Easter Silhouette ArtDIY "Make Pretty Things" Graphic TeeBride & Groom Baseball ShirtsUsing Sketch Pens (and Markers!) For BeginnersHeart Shaped Vinyl Word ArtStar Wars Light Switch - Silhouette ChallengePallet Wood Roman Numeral Anniversary Signhow to cut LARGE Vinyl DecalsCreating Labels with Sketch Pens - March Silhouette ChallengeAin't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-ShirtDIY Faux Enamel TagsHarry Potter Word ArtWhere the Wild Things Are Pallet Sign"At Last" Framed Vinyl Word ArtLucky Pallet SignSt. Patrick's Day Etched Glass Jar GiftThe Fault In Our Stars Inspired Shirt - Okay? Okay.Silhouette Craft Projects: Framed Irish ProverbSketch out an Inspiring Quote

1. My Paper Craze // 2. The Stamp Doc // 3. Peanut Life Adventures // 4. Creative Ramblings // 5. Pitter and Glink // 6. The Thinking Closet // 7. Single Yet Married Mom // 8. unOriginalMom // 9. Sisters, What! // 10. Where The Smiles Have Been // 11. From Whine to Whine // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Practically Functional // 14. Patina Paradise // 15. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 16. Weekend Craft // 17. Two Purple Couches // 18. Ribbons & Glue // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. Simply Kelly Designs // 21. Confessions of an Overworked Mom // 22. Get Silvered

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Feb Updated on Goals

Yes, I missed the January update - consider that my house was under construction - we're renovating our only bathroom - so life was very crazy at the end of the month.  We had several mix-ups and delays, but hopefully by the end of this week everything will FINALLY be done in our gorgeous new bathroom!  :)
Without further ado, here's my update on my goal progess. 

They're baaaaack!  In 2013 I made goals (I don't like the word resolution) and updated you every month.
I missed doing that in 2014.  2015 is going to be a busy year, I am sure, but I missed the written down goals and looking at my progress throughout the year.  So I'm writing down a few goals for this year to give myself some guidance.

1. Run 215 miles (yes, this mileage is shorter than my goals in previous years, but I've been so sore lately, I've barely been able to run, so I need to slowly build a solid base again)
I think I've run maybe two miles this entire year - not off to a good start!
2. Knit 5 Chemo Caps
I have 1/2 of one done!
3. Finish my next prayer shawl
No progress on this yet.
4. Make 52 Cards for Operation Write Home
Haven't started these - I've been making some personal cards instead.
5. Personal goal - not exactly sure on this one yet - stay tuned :)
6. Date night with my husband - at least once a month!
Mission accomplished in Feb - we had a lovely Valentines weekend away including a Cross Country Ski race called book across the bay
7. Open an Etsy shop and sell at least one item (to someone who is not my mom, lol)
I started doing some prep work with some items, getting them ready to go and writing descriptions, but it's not open yet
8. I also want to do Project Pinterest again - this year I want to actually DO 15 things I pin on Pinterest :)
  1. In Jan I make crockpot apple oatmeal

These are the things I would like to do this year.  What are your goals for the new year?

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