Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIY Pom-Pom Confetti Candy Jar



Hi crafty friends! Today I will be showing you how to create an adorable candy jar covered in glitter vinyl confetti's and finished off with pink pom-poms. This candy jar just makes me so happy. It's super easy to make and is the perfect project to use up those vinyl scraps that you have laying around. I have more scraps than I care to admit...but I can't ever throw away precious vinyl scraps. Who's with me?! Let's get started!

Things you will need:
-Cutting machine (I am using a CAMEO)
-Glass jar
-Hot glue gun
-Oracal 631Vinyl in Mint 
-Pom-poms or ribbon of your choice
-Clear transfer tape 
-Glitter vinyl sheet (light blue)
-Transparent glitter sheets (lemon lime & magenta)
-Heart confetti file (mine is from the Silhouette Design Store by Sarah Hurley)
-Font is LD Elegrance Upright Bold

Step 1: Design Files in Software 



I decided to use a font to create my own saying since I couldn't find a file I liked. I love that you can make your own font files in a breeze! I typed "life is sweet" and welded it together so that the cursive words intersect. Size your file according to the jar you are using. My phrase is about 3 inches wide.

Next, I added my heart confetti file and spaced it on the mat so that I can cut multiple colors at a time!

Get those scraps out and place the vinyl on the mat in the respective spots so they match up when you cut. *Pro Tip: Use washi tape or painters tape to secure vinyl to your mat once your mat starts to lose tackiness. I get months and months of use from my mats because of this trick! Since the adhesive is so light, it won't ruin your material. You can even use it on cardstock paper.
Once you cut your confetti, cut your phrase out. The settings for both of these materials are the same! But as always, be sure to test cut if you aren't sure of the right settings. The test cut is my best friend. It has saved me so many times.

Step 2: Weed And Apply Your Vinyl 

Once your files are done cutting, weed them so that you remove all of the "negative" pieces that you don't want on your final project. 

Add each of your pieces to your transfer tape. I like to turn the tape upside down so that the adhesive in on top and apply the vinyl to it. This ensures that you don't get any bubbles and it maximizes your transfer tape space.
Turn it over and use a scraper tool to ensue that your vinyl will transfer to the tape easily. 

Now it is time to apply your vinyl. Since we are placing vinyl on a super round surface, you will want to cut tiny slits on your transfer tape around the file to help you when applying it on your jar. Start in the middle of the design and with your finger, slowly smooth out each section one at a time. 
You might notice bubbles in your tape. Don't worry! It is totally possible to have bubbles and creases in your transfer tape but not in your design. That is the key to applying vinyl on round surfaces. Just keep practicing. It gets easier :) Carefully remove the transfer tape and add the glitter vinyl confetti all around your jar! 

Step 3: Add Finishing Touches 


I used a hot glue gun to adhere the pom-pom ribbon around the top of the jar. You can also use ribbon or a fringe rope--get creative! Add your favorite candy treats you are done! 


I hope that you try this project out! Be sure to share pictures and tag me if you do so I can see them! Happy summer friends, and see you next time. 









Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hello there!


Hi friends! My name is Connie and I am so glad you are here!

I am a wife, mama to a sweet girl named Kaira, and a lover of Jesus!

This blog is going to be all things crafts and DIY. I have always loved crafting and creating. As a stay-at-home-mama, I especially need a way to express my creative side so that I don't go crazy (crazier I should add!) ;)

The past two years, I have been LOVING using my Silhouette cutting machine for all my crafts! It is *seriously* the best little machine ever! It cuts paper and does so much more, but medium that it cuts is vinyl.

#vinylallthethings

My little Etsy shop is filled with many items that I am able to create with vinyl using my Silhouette machine.

Well, about a month ago, I saw that Silhouette America was having a casting call for people to apply be a part of the 2016-2017 Design Team. I was a bit nervous to apply because I *know* there are some amazingly talented people out there. I went ahead and took the plunge. It was exciting!!

Well!! On Friday 2/26 I got an email from the Silhouette America blog manager saying that I WAS CHOSEN!! AHHHHH!!! *dance party*

But I was not allowed to say anything for 5 days. 5. Long. Days.

I wanted to shout it on the rooftops, but, alas, I promised to keep my lips sealed until they announced it.

Today was the day! March 1, 2016 was when Silhouette America announced the new Design Team members on all their social media pages


There I am! The top left-ish :)
I feel so blessed and thrilled so a part of this team.  I feel honored to be able to share tutorials and other awesome things with all of you!

Thank you Silhouette America! I just know it is going to be a blast.

I am thankful to the Lord for blessing me with the desires of my heart! I am nothing without Him!

Thank YOU all for joining me on this ride :) I hope you have just as much fun as I will.