Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stitched Autumn Leaves Tutorial by Julie Ann Shahin :: 12 Steps to Halloween Project with Altered Bottlecap and Clothespin

Design Team projects keep coming!  Don't you love it?!  I sure do.  I'm thrilled to share another tutorial with you this month by original Design Team member, Julie Ann Shahin.  She inspires us every  month and I personally look forward to what she will create for us each month!  The following tutorial is being featured on the Studio Tangie Baxter blog so you can check that out for more inspiration!  Read on to hear about how she created this fun, vintage looking Halloween project!

Today I’m going to share with you a fun tutorial for a Halloween Decoration using Tangie’s Collage Printable from the Midnight Mischief Collab with Sherrie JD.  First of all, I was inspired by all of the black and white Halloween decorations that I have seen on Pinterest. For instance, this blinged pumpkin, this fun sentiment, this Halloween vignette,  these details,  and these stenciled pumpkins.


Step 1

Step 1. The first step is to take these Leaf Shapes from Say It With and trace them upside down on felt. Do not adhere yet.

Step 2. Next, embroider with french knots and additional stitches. Adhere to leaves.

Step 3. Print Tangie’s Collage from Midnight Mischief. I printed it onto matte photo paper for my inkjet printer.

Step 4. Adhere Tinsel Ribbon (My Mind’s Eye) to a recycled bottle cap.

Step 5. I put the bottle cap on the collage girl, and traced around it, then cut out the collage girl. She fit into the bottle cap perfectly. Adhere. (also see photo below)

Step 7. Take second bottle cap, and trace around boy image on collage sheet. Cut out and insert into bottle cap. Adhere. Take tinsel ribbon and adhere to outside of bottle cap.
Step 8. Take clothespin, and trace around on zebra border. Cut out and adhere to clothespin.
Step 9. Cut out tag with moon from collage sheet. Adhere to middle-sized leaf with a feather underneath it. Add trim. Adhere bottle cap.
Step 10. Take chipboard frame with a feather, and set on small leaf. Use trim to wrap around leaf and tie in knot. Adhere decorative button.
Step 11. Layer doily, vintage bingo card (or print one from one of Tangie’s kits!), chipboard frame, feather, trim, and bottle cap. Adhere all to leaf.
Step 12. Add clothespin to doily and bingo card for finishing touch!

I told you the project was fabulous!!  Thanks Julie Ann for your inspiration!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

COZY letters Tutorial by Pamela Young

I'm so excited to share another COZY project with you.  I am *loving* these adorable and cozy letters that Pamela Young created!  She used the Autumn Splendor collection from We R Memory Keepers, which works so perfectly with our COZY letters!  Please read on for a wonderful step by step tutorial.

COZY Tutorial by Pamela Young:

Hi everyone!  It's my first post here and let me just say that I am so excited to be joining the design team...I have loved Say It With Letters for so long!  I was thrilled when I received my first project, the new 8" Cozy letters in the mail.  

Here's what I did with them:


Let's break it down..

I started with my bare letter.


I covered it with adhesive.  


I turned my letter over and laid it on the backside of the patterned paper I wanted on it.  

I like to turn it over after that and use my brayer to run over it all to make sure it all gets adhered down, with no air bubbles or lumps.  

Do this to each of your letters with 4 different pieces of patterned papers.  :)

Depending on what adhesive you used, you may want to allow it to dry some at this stage.  It's up to you...I don't always.  ;)

Then I turn my letter over and I take my craft knife and cut the paper off around my letter.


Then you should have something like this:

I like to sand my edges some just to make it look smoother.

And then another thing I always like to do is paint the edges of my wood.

All of mine:

Then you have the base for your projects.  You could leave it at that and it would look beautiful, but I am an embellisher.  :)  So I took each letter and added a few things to it.  

Here are my letters embellished:

I added two chipboard photo corners.  Those leaves are hand cut and stitched around, and I added a chipboard tag on top.  

Wasn't this tag just perfect to use with this project?  I placed it over the middle (popped up) and added ribbon.  

On my z, I decided to change it up and add some patterned paper behind the wood (you can cut holes for the mounting holes on the back of the wood).  Then I added another one of my leaves and some chipboard that I again popped up.  

 And finally, for my y I added some more chipboard photo corners.  Then I wrapped some ribbon around the y, twisting and knotting.  Then I printed the words for "a cozy home is a happy home", layered them on paper and popped them up on my y.  :)  

And there you have it....a lot of pictures, but hopefully that all made sense.  

Here's my Cozy letters for you one last time.  

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have a fantastic day!


Pamela's also created a Blanket Stitch tutorial on how she hand stitched around the leaves on the letter C.  I think it creates such a handmade, cozy feel.  You can use the blanket stitch for so many projects too!

What a beautiful project, Pam!!  Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!  Please visit Pam's blog for more details, including the Blanket Stitch tutorial.  Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Autumn Leaves Decor and Rockin' Skulls!

I'm trying to sneak this post in before all the kiddos wake up.  We'll see how much success I have. :)  I gave   Bella a new pair of Princess sneakers so she is happily trying those on and ooohing and aahing at them.  She is SUCH a girly girl, which of course I love.  Then she just noticed they light up. Too cute.  Three is a fun age.

I'm so thrilled with our new design team!  Have I said that?! They are all so talented and they've shown such diverse ways you can use our products!  What a fabulous group of ladies!

Julie is a former Design Team  member and I've really missed seeing her work!  Her projects always seem to have a warmth to them and these Autumn Leaves are no exception!

Look at the pretty punch work.  She used a nail to punch the holes on the larger leaf. They're fairly simple but really make a statement.

New Design Team member Joyce was a Guest Designer for us last year and created a beautiful (and FUN) pumpkin project here.  And after seeing her Autumn Leaves project where she created this tablescape with candles it really shows her range of style.  What a pretty centerpiece!  You can find a tutorial on Joyce's blog post HERE.  Nice work, Joyce!

And once again, Laurie is inspiring us with her unique fabric work and bright colors!  She took the leaves and created a pretty Fall wreath to hang on her door!  Isn't that clever?!

 Look at those acorns!  Beautiful work!

Another fun Design Team project is our SKULL shape!  Look what new Design Team member, Stacy created with hers! I am loving her headband and EARRINGS! :)  And I really like the jeweled eyes!  LOVE the Halloween decor she created!  You can find more info on her blog post HERE.

And check out Rae's girly skull!  Lovin' the girly skull designs ladies. :)  She created hair and of course, hair bows.  Adorable!

Look at those pretty pearl, flowered eyes.  Check out Rae's blog for some cool Halloween ideas.  Would be great for party favors or school treats too!

Thanks ladies for the inspiration!!  I am loving all your ideas and can't wait to see what you do with next month's projects!  And thanks to each of you for stopping by the Say It With Letters blog.  I hope you enjoy your day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Warm and Cozy! New Design Team Projects!

How has your week been?  My kids had three days of school and then the entire house got sick! They were so miserable, poor things.  Just runny noses but enough to feel blah.  But then Tuesday came along (they don't attend school on Monday) and they were still miserable and whiny (did I say that?) and I asked them if they felt well enough to go to school and that perked them right up!  Yes, Mommy!!  It's so nice that three year olds really WANT to go to school, isn't it?  

I was so excited to see what the new Design Team created with their first project and I'm happy to say they didn't disappoint!  Wait'll you see the projects I'll be posting this week!

We have a new COZY {letter set}and the ladies did such a beautiful job with it!  Each one just feels cozy to me and yet they are each unique and different.

One of our newbies, Kim created her letters for her Cozy Kitchen. :)  I just love that.  Sue used these pretty papers from Webster's Pages.  I've always loved their papers.

Look at this pretty ribbon and seed packet!

And I think the canning jars are my favorite!  She cut them out of the scrapbooking paper (clever idea, Kim!)

More xacto work with the bird and butterfly cutout.

Such pretty work, Kim!  You can check out Kim's blog post HERE for more details on the paper line and instructions on how she created these.

These yarn covered and felt COZY letters were created by Dawn and don't they just scream COZY? :)  She used a heart that she felted on her felting machine and organic coconut buttons.

And this is the pretty felted heart she made.  So cool!  You can visit Dawn's blog HERE for further details on her project too!

Cathleen has created these gorgeous, collaged letters that are just so beautiful!  I have always loved the vintage feel of sheet music and once again, it's a perfect touch here.  The silk ribbon and butterflies are such a sweet touch.

 Love the glittery touches too.

'Dare to fly.'

Silk ribbon.

 'Everything I need is right here.'  Perfect sentiment.  Such beautiful work Cathleen.  You can visit Cathleen's blog for more info on what supplies she used HERE.  You can also see her beautiful photography work too.

Check in again this week for more design team projects and another Cozy design plus a tutorial!  Thanks ladies for the inspiration!  And thanks everyone as always, for stopping by!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Starting School and What's New in the Shop!

I shared these pictures on Facebook but couldn't resist sharing them here too. Hope you don't mind. :) My kids started Preschool last week! They had one week (well, 3 days) and they already seem more grown up to me! How is this possible?!

They are already talking about their new little friends and finger painting and story time and songs. I love hearing about their day. This is Stevie will his cool new 'do! His hair is kind of at an in between hairstyle. We buzzed it for the summer so it's too short to do much.

And I hear Bella throughout the day talking to her dolls about school. She'll play teacher and tell them, "Over hear is your cubby. When the bell rings, it's snack time.". They sure make life interesting.

I hope you're all enjoying Back to School time as much as we are. Now, if I can just keep track of shoes so when we leave the house it doesn't take 20 minutes finding them, I'll be all set!

Also, wanted to share a new {letter set} now available in the shop! You can find our COZY letters in our Etsy shop (click on the COZY word and it will bring you there). I love them so much! Look for Design Team inspiration very soon!
Have a wonderful weekend. As always, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

It's September and Announcing... the NEW Say It With Letters Design Team

September?? Where did August and summer go? Everyone is right into the swing of Back to School and it's feeling very Fall-like around here. We even have a few leaves changing colors. Stevie and Bella will be starting Preschool next week. Tomorrow we have an Open House and visit their classrooms. You guys all know the drill.. it's just the first for us. :)

I really wanted to thank everyone who applied for our Design Team call. I thank each of you for wanting to be on the team and for your interest in Say It With Letters. It means a lot to us.

It was a difficult decision to narrow things down but I'm SO thrilled with our new Design Team! It's a perfect mix of ladies and I think and hope everyone will be inspired by the new designs they create! We have our senior designers - two have been with us since the beginning (Hi Laurie and Julie Ann). Some are people I've known online for years. Others are designers who used to be on the Team and applied again. And some are new designers whose work I fell in love with! I'm so excited to get to know them and to see what they do with our letters and shapes!

Announcing... the Say It With Letters Designers....

Senior Designers:
You'll be seeing their work shortly with a new {letter set} and shape set from us! Think COZY and Fall thoughts. :) I hope you're all doing well and as always, thanks for stopping by!