Friday, April 13, 2018

Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirts Using Silhouette and PowerPress Heat Press

Around this time last year, I made a couple of shirts using my Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer vinyl - an "I am this many" shirt and a Bear Down Arizona shirt.

I was using my iron to apply the heat transfer vinyl (Siser EasyWeed) and noticed that it resulted in some uneven application of the vinyl. I made an offhand remark to Greg about how I could see the benefits of having a heat press and behold! We now have a PowerPress heat press! (Thanks, Greg!)

I wasn't trying to hint to Greg that I wanted a heat press - that's not how I roll. But at the same time, I'm not complaining that we have one, especially since I was able to make these team shirts for Greg's coworkers for the local Rugged Maniac race.

Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirts Using Silhouette and Heat Press | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirts Using Silhouette and Heat Press | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The heat pressing part was very straight forward. What took the longest was the cutting and weeding of the vinyl. I also had to re-cut a few pieces of vinyl since some of the cut lines were missed in the cutting (so then I couldn't weed completely) or when I was weeding, some small pieces came off that weren't supposed to.

The design came from one of Greg's coworkers, and I was pleased with how well the Silhouette software handled converting the picture file to a cut file. (See: How to cut a JPEG with Silhouette Studio - the functionality is still there in the Silhouette software, though the exact path to get there may have changed)

Before I embarked on making the shirts, I also did some research on Pinterest and the Silhouette School blog. Based on this Cheaper Alternative to Pressing Pillows: Pressing Pads! post from the Silhouette School blog, I got these Tee Pad It pressing pads from Heat Press Nation. These worked well to prevent seams from getting in the way of evenly applying the heat transfer vinyl, which I had happen on one of my first heat transfer vinyl shirts that I did with my iron.

I have a couple of other projects I'd like to do with heat transfer vinyl, the Silhouette, and the heat press, I just need to find the time to do them along with all the other craft projects!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent

I participated in Pretty Postal's tropical mail swap in February. I thought the swap theme was fun - here are the tropical-themed items I included in what I sent to my swap partners.

To see what I received from my swap partners: Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Received

Fuse Tool Pineapple Shaker

Using the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool, along with pineapple clip art I found online (as a guide) and colorful sequins, I made these pineapple shakers:

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog - Pineapple Shaker with We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool
Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog - Pineapple Shaker with We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool

Tropical Mini Card

This mini card is made from tropical-themed patterned paper, plus a few sequins and a stamped sentiment. The card is only about 2 inches square, and the card base is from a basic card and envelope pack I bought a while ago from either JoAnn or Michael's. The nice thing about buying a basic card set is that it comes with envelopes already, and all I needed to do was to decorate the front of the cards.

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Pineapple Washi Tape

The clear tag is made from transparencies that I trimmed down and set an eyelet in using a Crop-a-Dile. I'd previously gotten some pineapple washi in different colors from Freckled Fawn, and was glad that I had a perfect reason to share the washi.

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Monstera Card

These clean and simple monstera leaf cards were made using the Silhouette Cameo, along with a design from the Silhouette design store.

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Clear Envelopes

I intended to use these clear envelopes, but the post office worker told me that they couldn't be mailed. I found out later that you could pay a bit more to have the envelopes cancelled by hand, but by then, I'd already popped the snail mail into different (plain) envelopes in order to get them sent off.

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

And all together . . .

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Sent | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Friday, March 30, 2018

Pretty Postal Tropical Swap 2018 - Received

I participated in Pretty Postal's tropical mail swap last month and received some pretty snail mail from my swap partners.

From Melissa:
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From Rebecca at Touch & Go Paper Co.:
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From Olivia from Atiliay:
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All together:
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I liked the tropical swap theme this time - it was fun to work with!

Up next week: what I sent my swap partners for my tropical-themed snail mail.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hey Buddy, Look Here Layout

I had this photo of Parker from our 2016 family pictures developed in wallet size a while ago. They came in a sheet of four and I used one for a picture magnet. With the other three, I decided to scrapbook them since it's a cute picture.

For the patterned paper, I used a sheet from Basic Grey that I've had in my stash for probably close to a decade. I think my level of satisfaction with using up supplies from my stash increases with the age of the product in question . . .

Hey Buddy, Look Here Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Hey Buddy, Look Here Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Hey Buddy, Look Here Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Hey Buddy, Look Here Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Basic Grey; Bazzill Basics Paper
Embellishments: Queen & Co (black and white enamel dots); Evalicious (puffy "smile" sticker, arrow paper clip, puffy alphabet stickers); Studio Calico (camera sticker, wood veneer); Pinkfresh Studio (puffy scallop sticker; enamel frame, puffy sequin sticker); Chic Tags ("my sunshine" flair, "handsome" circle tag); Heidi Swapp (clear "love life" sticker); American Crafts (white foam alphabet Thickers); A Beautiful Mess (painted cork sticker); Pretty Little Studio (conversation bubble tags); Whiskers Graphics Divine Twine (baker's twine)
Tools: Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher); Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Other: metal and epoxy paper clips; epoxy "wonderful" sticker; blue acetate heart

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Seriously Lovely Layout

I finished this layout of Evelyn a while ago, but didn't post it here for the longest time since it was originally intended for a guest post on Shimelle Laine's blog, pretty paper. true stories. The assignment was to stamp the title and the theme was "right now."

I made the layout and submitted the pictures, but since it didn't ever get posted, I'm finally posting it here.

The picture of Evelyn was taken during family photos - one of those candid shots in between poses.

Seriously Lovely Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Seriously Lovely Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Seriously Lovely Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Seriously Lovely Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Seriously Lovely Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

SUPPLIES:

Paper: Shimelle for American Crafts
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye (chipboard medallion sticker); Pinkfresh Studio (acrylic shapes, wood shapes, gems); Evalicious (puffy stickers); Chic Tags (circle heart tag); Shimelle (enamel dot)
Stamps: Technique Tuesday
Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

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