Sunday, October 31, 2010

Welcome Everything Etsy readers :: Girly Girl Closet Tutorial and Giveaway!

WELCOME Everything Etsy readers to the inspiration blog of Say It With Letters! We are SO excited to be a part of the HUGE Giveaway Week!!

Please read on for a tutorial on how to create your own set of *adorable* Girly Girl dresses created by our fabulous design team member, Julie Ann Shahin. Read the bottom of this post to see how you can win an unfinished set of dresses to create your own at home! (And did you enter the giveaway over at Everything Etsy too?) You could win a decorated set of our dresses designed by Julie Ann on their site and a bunch of other cool things too! Here's the tutorial:

Say It With Letters Tutorial

Welcome friends and fans from the Everything Etsy Giveaway Extravaganza! I'm excited to have designed a set of dresses for you to win (on Everything Etsy's site) and now I'll share with you a tutorial on how I made those dresses, so that you can get a pair of unfinished dresses from Say It With Letters to make for yourself, and for gifts for upcoming holidays, birthdays, shower gifts, etc.

Pictured above is a sampling of the supplies you'll need: about 3 patterns of paper per dress, one or two pieces of chipboard cardstock in total, 7 small buttons in total. Then you'll need adhesives and tools such as my favorites: Fabri-tac or Golden Gel Medium Matte, Scissors and/or an X-acto Knife, Ruler, and something round to trace such as embroidery hoops or small plates, and a writing utensil to trace with.

First, I sketched out my ideas for the trio of dresses with colored pencils. I had a patterned paper in mind from my stash or you could go shopping for just that right pattern.
Then I started making the largest dress first. I knew I needed a solid base for the skirt/apron so I used chipboard/cardstock from For The Luv of Art . I half-traced, half-created my design for the skirt by tracing the scallops then tracing an embroidery hoop as seen in the photographed steps.

Next, I used the negative space left from the chipboard to decide where I want my patterned paper to line up on my skirt. You can use a lightbox to trace the skirt or hold the paper up to a lightbulb and see where they line up. Remember to trace on the wrong side of the paper. Then I used Golden Gel Medium Matte as glue on the chipboard to adhere the paper to it. Set it aside for now.

For the top, I decided where I wanted the top to be on the patterned paper and again, used the lightbulb technique to make sure the shape lined up before I traced it on the wrong side of the paper. Then I cut it out and adhered the pink top to the wood shape. The next step was to cut a striped skirt, so I traced the wood shape and cut and adhered that to the shape. I could now adhere the skirt and add a blue ruffle to the skirt.

I also wanted to make a ruffle to add to the striped skirt so I traced the scallop twice as shown in the photographed steps. I cut it out and adhered it to the wood shape.

Now it's on to the medium dress shape. I have three patterned papers, three buttons, and my tools. First, I trace the blouse portion. Then I trace the scallops for a ruffle.
I know I want a certain portion of the pattern included on the sleeveless apron, which is the peacock shown in photograph #1. Again, I use the lightbulb technique discussed above. I trace the dress, and be sure to leave off the sleeves. I adhere the blouse I cut previously, and then the sleeveless apron. Next, I make a second ruffle that will be centered on the larger ruffle. I then add the buttons to both the large dress and the medium dress.

Here, I am ready to start the third, and smallest dress. This dress also requires a chipboard cardstock base for its' apron. Again, I half-trace the dress, and half-trace the embroidery hoop for the skirt. This one also has a center flare. Then I use the lightbulb technique once again to trace the apron onto the wrong-side of my patterned paper.

I traced and cut the skirt that goes underneath the apron, as well as a contrasting hem for it. I adhered both to the wood hem and then the apron, and the buttons. There you have finished your trio of Girly Girl Closet Dresses! I hope you are feeling artsy and inspired!!!

Please leave any questions on the Say It With Letters blog and I'll be happy to answer them!

Thanks everyone for stopping by!! I'm going to do the same idea from Everything Etsy's giveaway.
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Winners will be selected by random number generator on Monday and posted here.

Good Luck Everyone!! Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer, the talented Jody Morrow :: Christmas Countdown Calendar

Hello everyone! You're in for a real treat today! I have an AWESOME tutorial for you from our Guest Designer, the sweet and talented, Jody Morrow aka The Ribbon Addict! She has a really inspiring blog and was so wonderful to work with on our standing Christmas tree project. Isn't it adorable?! I love what she did with it. Here's a closeup of the tinsel-ey base. I totally love it!

Read on to learn a bit more about Jody and also a step by step tutorial on how she created this fun project. You can also find more info on her blog, Confessions of a Ribbon Addict HERE.

Hi there! My name is Jody Morrow, and I have a confession: I am a paper-crafting addict. I love to shop for and collect supplies just as much as I like using them. I have a feeling I am not alone! LOL I have been stamping for about 8 years. From the moment my hands touched a stamp, I was hooked, and went full-steam ahead. I love making cards and gifts! I am a mother to three amazing kids and wife to a great guy (who supports my hobby in every way). I am honored to have been asked by Deb to be a guest designer. The products at Say it With Letters are great, and I enjoyed creating the Christmas Countdown Calendar using the 12" Christmas Tree.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for you:
These are the 2 pieces included in the Christmas tree.
First, I "painted" the edges of the tree with a SU Soft Suede reinker (watered down a bit) using a water brush. I also used a sponge for the larger areas. I got totally messy, and that was fine. I didn't try to be perfect. The flat sides will be covered up anyway.
I grabbed The Best Glue Ever, and squirted it liberally all over the tree (next pic).

I laid my tree over an entire sheet of 12 X 12 patterned paper and allowed it to dry for several hours. I am not a fan of tracing with a pencil and then cutting out and trying to match it up. This removes a step AND has better results. ;) After it was dry, I sliced along the edge of the tree with my craft knife. This was pretty easy to do. The tree gave it support and I just sliced away.
Here it is all trimmed.
Repeat the steps above for the other side. I used a cuticle tool (for nails, that I bought as a stamping tool LOL) to scrape the excess glue from around the tree before I set it aside to dry. It worked like a charm.
I used a round Basic Grey sanding tool to sand the inner corners of the tree to make sure it was nice and "clean". Here is the other side, finished.
Now, just put on your thinking cap and decorate. I opted for the Christmas Countdown idea!
And here's a few more details too.

I completely LOVE it, Jody! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Did you know there are less than 57 days until Christmas?! Time to start crafting! :) Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Design Team project :: Christmas inspiration!

So, I know this weekend is Halloween and I probably should wait until NEXT week (or more) to post these projects, but they're just so fun, and I just couldn't wait!!

I'm excited to share one of our NEW design team members, very first project! Bonnie Rose, created this pretty and glittery tree using our standing Christmas tree and even included a tutorial on how she created it.

Step by step:
I painted all the edges and the base of the tree, white - using acrylic paints. Let dry.

Cut out the tree shape using two sheets of 12x12 paper and adhered to wood shape using ModPodge. Let dry.

Added Christmas word stickers (Girls' Paperie) and some MME embellishments and some of my Brave Girl Truths that mean the most to me and adhered using more Mod Podge. Let dry.

Brushed on ModPodge onto sides of tree and sprinkled Silver Glass Glitter on the edges for some real shiny sparkle! Shook off excess glitter and let dry.

Adhered some big bold sparkly tinsel snowflakes, 2 per side (Girls' Paperie) onto the tree. I wanted this tree to really mean something to me this Holiday season.

I really love how it turned out, Bonnie Rose! The sayings really are inspiring. So is the project! Beautiful job!

Laurie's is so, well, "Laurie Star"! :) With her bright colors and pretty fabric. I love that it's not Christmas-y. Eventhough I KNOW she loves Christmas and is probably listening to Christmas music already. I love that it can be kept out year round. She could even put some of her cute flower embellishments on it.
Here's how she created it:
I used fabric strips that were frayed - I purposely let the edges fluff out on each layer, and I love the look of it! My daughter told me it was her favorite project of mine so far - so that's good enough for me! :)
Really adorable, Laurie! Keep checking in this week for more design team shares. Have an inspiring day! xo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Design Team shares :: NEW Word Bubble shape and more Christmas Inspiration

Hey everyone!! I'm loving sharing all the new projects by our design team! I've been dying to post them and now I can!! :) I hope you're all enjoying your day.
We have a new Word Bubble shape that's really COOL! Customers are using them for chalkboards, Christmas cards and Stephanie used hers for her 15 year old son's room! She says it sort of shows what his attitude has been like lately. :) I'm sure many of you can relate. I love your project, Steph! The skull and crossbones are a nice touch too.
And I know Halloween is almost here but I'm starting to share our Christmas projects pics because I love 'em so much!
This is Dawn's take on our standing Christmas tree. Soo creative! And I love the beach-y theme.
Here's a little info on how Dawn created her tree: The tree was made from using Webster's pp By the sea of course I altered over and over. The trims are handmade clay ornaments, canvas, inks, handpainted whimsical mermaid, shells, hand strung beads (yeah laugh now). The flowers around the tree are Webster's bloomers.
Check out the mermaid! So cool!!

Michelle has a Victorian look to her flowered tree. It's so pretty with the flocked papers and flowers! Here's a little info on product she used for her project:
The flocked velvet background paper is by Paper Bouquet DMD. The brown velvet paper I used for the trunk was in my stash. I fussy cut the flowers which is by WR memory and I added vanilla Smooch Spritz to the top of each for more sparkle. I used Queen & Company pearls and rhinstones. The 1st tree the rhinestone flower for the tree topper is by Basic Grey. The flower on top of the paper flower are millinery flowers I bought from an Etsy store. I added Shimmerz paints in chocolate color to brighten the flowers up. The ribbon on both trees I purchased at Walmart. The tree topper on Tree #2- are all by prima that I layered. I also added a little tulle behind the flower in a light champagne pink but you can only see some of it at the bottom of the flower.
Thanks for all the inspiration ladies!! And thanks to each of you for stopping by! xo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thanks C&T Publishing and Julie Ann Shahin!

Good Morning! We have another kind of dreary day today. My kids are working away on puzzles that Grammy bought for them. Thank you Grammy!! They loove puzzles and this has been keeping them VERY entertained. :) Don't you love that?!

We were excited to see Julie Ann Shahin's skull tutorial featured on the CT Pub Blog using our SKULL shape. This is a fantastic blog full of really cool ideas. They also feature a cool shadow box tutorial on working with resin.

And I especially liked this cute little black cat tutorial made with grocery store paper bags!! They're certainly easy to come by and it looks really easy.

Hope you're all enjoying your week! Thanks for checking in.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sis Boom Fabulousness, by Jennifer Paganelli

Good Morning and happy Friday!! All of my little ones are sleeping!! I really can't believe it. I've been up for a good, half hour and they're still asleep.. although I think I can hear someone stirring a bit.

I thought I'd share these fabulous letters by the lovely and talented Jennifer Paganelli, from Sis Boom Day Dreams. She actually did them quite some time ago (EDIT: You can find the original post HERE). But she just re-posted about them so I thought I would too. Thanks Jennifer!

I love the outline of vintage glitter she added for some real sparkle!

OK, now I really need to run. Have a wonderful day! xo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Everything Etsy Giveaway

Hello my friends,
What a week! My laptop died and I've been trying to work on my old laptop but man, the thing is slow as molasses! My wonderful hubby is working on fixing the new one but in the meantime, he's fixed my old one so it's MUCH faster now. I have a new appreciation for it. :)
I'm excited to share that we'll be participating in the Everything Etsy giveaway beginning November 1st! We'll be giving away a decorated set of our Girly Girl Closet dresses over on the Everything Etsy site. And come back to visit the SIWL blog because we'll also be giving away an unfinished set of the dresses too. Lots of fun going on!!
The fun begins the week of November 1st!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Letters for a Birthday Party

I've been so into Party blogs lately. I tell ya - you have kids and your world completely changes. I find myself loving to look at kid's party pictures. My husband thinks I'm nuts because I've even started talking about Max's first birthday party and he's not even 6 months yet! :) I don't want to rush time, but I just love planning parties, I guess.

This is a sweet picture of a woodland party for the sweet Elle found on this inspiring blog.
I hope you each have a wonderful weekend. xo

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hot Cocoa Day + Glittered Goodies + a Giveaway at Violet's Cottage (and free tutorial download!)

Today is rainy, and so dreary outside. I thought we'd all enjoy a little hot cocoa to get our tummies nice and warm. The kids had their first cup and mmm mmm, liked it! Their's was actually just warmed up chocolate milk :) but that's always yummy!

What a week it's been. I'm not sure if it's the change in the seasons or what, but my kids are fighting naps and just kinda cranky! Yesterday my day started with Bella saying, "I need to go potty.". Me: "OK, Bella let's go potty". Bella: "No, I don't WANT to go potty!". Bella: "Can I have some milk please, Mama". Me: "Sure, Bella. Let's go get some milk". Bella: "No, I don't WANT milk". She is such a girl already! Can't make up her mind. :) But she sure is cute.
I did get to do a little crafting this week. We're having fun doing some decorations for the kid's little Halloween Party playdate at the end of the month. I'm glittering some "eek" letters, which is just about as simple as you can get but SO pretty and cute!
And I thought I'd pass along another banner tutorial for this "CURIOUS" banner that my friend Carrie has on her blog. There's a tutorial and at the bottom of the post she's having a giveaway for some really adorable items. Go over HERE to check it all out! Spend a little time visiting her blog too - it's FULL of inspiration.
I hope you all have a wonderful day! And if I don't get to post over the weekend - enjoy yourself!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BOO to you!

Happy Tuesday to you. Or, I guess it's Wednesday. Well, happy Wednesday to you! It's another beautiful day here in New England. The sun is streaming in my windows and the leaves, when you look out the window are reds, yellows and beautiful orange! The temps are perfect and I'm really itching to get outside.

My kids, on the other hand are fighting their nap for a second day in a row. I think I finally hear them settling down. I guess there's too many other fun things to do than have a nap. :) I can't blame them. Although, a nap sounds awesome in my book!
You've probably already visited this fun, little blog, eighteen 25. But I just recently found it and am totally hooked! Right now they're posting tons of Halloween ideas and inspiration. It really gets you in the mood. I found this BOO mantle to be really festive and really EASY (which is always good in my book!) They have a tutorial and download for the cute little banner! You can find that HERE. Oh, and if you happen to need a set of BOO letters, we just happen to have a set in the SHOP. :o)
My kids are napping so I'm off to load the dishwasher. Back to reality... Have a WONDERFUL and FUN day! xo

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spooky Chic SKULL Tutorial, by Julie Ann Shahin

Using My Mind's Eye papers and our cool SKULL shape, Julie Ann created this fabulous project. You can find more info on the For The Luv of Art blog and also on Julie Ann's blog. Here's the step by step instructions:


Step 1. On the back of your paper, place shape face down and trace lightly.

Step 2. Cut out the tracing with scissors or your craft knife.

Step 3. Cut the eyes & nose out. Cut slits for the mouth and teeth. Then, holding the paper and shape in place, face up, press the mouth and teeth paper in, and crease where it needs to be cut. ________________________________________________

Step 4. Repeat the above step for the side slits. Adhere the paper to the wood shape. Then embellish and hang.

I finished her off with a ribbon bow, chandelier earrings, prima flower eyes, and misted a white feather silver!
I totally love it JA!! Thanks for the Halloween inspiration!