December 26, 2011

On Pinterest the other day I saw that someone had pinned these labels from my Cookies in a Jar with the question below: "Does anyone know what design this is in the Sihouette store?"


Silhouette Label

So today I'm going to show you how to make your own Print & Cut Buttons using Silhouette Shapes from their store. This will show you how to make what is pictured above, but once you've learned the techniques the possibilities with this are endless!

How to make Print & Cut Buttons
(Warning: Picture Loaded Tutorial)

 1. Open all shapes up on one page. Shapes I used from the Silhouette Store:
Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 1

2. Up-group both of the shapes and remove pieces shown in picture (those still red). (Ctrl +A, Ctrl+U)

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 2

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 3

3. Select the remaining Flower border and in the Modify toolbar under Compound Paths choose Make. (or Object->Make Compound Path) *Note that this has to be a compound path instead of grouped shapes for Step 6 to work correctly.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 4

4. Select the Circle shape and in the Replicate toolbar choose Duplicate. (Select Circle, Ctrl+D)

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 5

5. Align the duplicated Circle over the Flowers as you would like it to look.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 6

6. Select the duplicated Circle and the Flowers and in the Modify toolbar choose Crop.  (or Object->Modify->Crop)

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 7

7. Change the fill colors of the shapes as desired and set line color to none.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 8

8. Select all the shapes and in the Align toolbar choose Centralize. (or Object->Align->Align-Center-Middle)

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 9

9. Change the order of appearance of the shapes if needed.

*Basically one shape is on top of the other. If you  can't see one of the two circles, you will have to move the other items back until it's all in order. You can do this by selecting one of the shapes, then right-clicking and choosing Send to Back or Send Backward. (or Object->Arrange->Send Backward)  You can also move shapes forward using the same method.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 10

10. Add text and fill the color as desired with no line color. Center it on the image as needed.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 11

11. Select all the shapes except the button shape. In the Cut Style toolbar choose No Cut. (This changes makes your only cut line the outermost edge of the image for "Print and Cut".)

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 12

12. Select all shapes and Group them (Ctrl+G).

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 13

13. In the Registration Marks toolbar choose Show Registration Marks.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 14

*At this point you may wish to test print and cut before duplicating the shapes and printing and cutting a whole bunch.

14. If you want more than one of these shapes you can duplicate the shape (as shown in step 4) or in the Replicate toolbar you can choose Fill Page and easily duplicate and space the shape nicely over the entire page!

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 15

*Note: Replicate AFTER showing the Registration Marks in order to not over-fill the page.

For the cookie jar labels I used White Shipping Labels by Avery (8165). Basically, it's a full sticker sheet you can print on, but it's thick and good quality. The only thing is it is not water-proof, but that didn't matter to me for this project.

Now you've created this image, you can use it for all sorts of projects. Labels, Birthday Parties, Gifts, and so much more.

Make Silhouette Print and Cut Step 16

December 14, 2011

LDS Temple Necklaces

We have a winner! Random.org gave me #40. Unfortunately my comments are no longer numbered (something I am trying to fix, again) but I counted the comments (and checked it twice) to make sure I got the right one.

And the winner is: JENA!

I'll be contacting you by email today, Jena. Jena requested the Manti Temple Necklace in Bronze. It's going to be so beautiful. You can purchase your own Temple Necklace at LDS Decor's Etsy Shop.

Jena's favorite temple photo was a beautiful photo of the Manti temple in Sepia. This 16x19 framed temple is only $99.00 and is shipped free anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Head on over to LDSDecor.com to see all their other Framed Temples.

Manti Temple

December 12, 2011

Only a few hours left for the LDS Temple Necklace Giveaway from LDSDecor.com! Go HERE to enter. We made Hot Chocolate Jars for our R.S. Activity a few months ago, and I have to say they turned out so cute. I used small marshmallows in those ones, and topped them with a peppermint.

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

The little jars I picked up at Joanns for $1 each (with a 20% off total purchase coupon it was an even better deal!). There are possibly other sites out there that sell these, but I haven't looked at all.

I decided to make some more of them for gifts. But this time I bought the mini dehydrated marshmallows. (I've seen these in spice sections, but you can buy it in bulk at Cash&Carry (a business supply store) here in WA. Then I tried to find Andes mints pieces in red. No luck. So instead I used my left over Bob's Sweet Stripes mints and hammered them to pieces (while still in plastic). First I tested them to make sure they melted nicely in hot water (they do).

Hot Chocolate Jar Ingredients

Hot Chocolate Jars Recipe

4 Tbsp Hot Chocolate Mix
2 Crushed Bob's Sweet Stripes Mints
1.5 Tbsp Mini (Dehydrated) Marshmallows

Using a funnel, put 4Tbsp Hot Chocolate mix in the jar. Tap the bottom of the jar to pack down the mix a little. Top with Bob's Sweet Stripes mints spread around evenly if needed. Lastly add approximately 1.5 Tbsp Mini Marshmallows until almost to the top (leaving just enough room to close the jar). Close the jar, tie with a string or ribbon, and add a label, if desired.

Hot Chocolate Jar Steps

These are really quick and easy gifts that you can dress up with a ribbon, a label, a vinyl decal, or a tag, and give by itself or with a pack of cookies or all sorts of other things. They don't cost that much either, especially with bulk purchases. Of course left-over supplies are not a bad thing when it comes to this gift!

December 6, 2011

Several months ago Kristy from LDSDecor.com contacted me. She had recently opened up shop selling Framed LDS Temples and there were several people asking for Canadian temples. In her search for images, she found some that I took of the Vancouver, BC temple just after it opened. She asked me if she could use some of them. Of course I said yes!

I love Kristy's story. She wanted a beautiful framed temple in her home, but as she searched the stores it all seemed way to expensive. We've all been there, right? My current favorite framed LDS temple has a $300 price tag. At LDSDecor.com you can get a framed temple for $99 - and they SHIP FREE to the U.S. and Canada!  I'd tell you the rest of her story, but why? She tells it so much better than I do:



(Isn't she cute?!) A few months after Kristy first contacted me, we got some of my photos up on LDSDecor.com. I was so excited when she sent me the email that they were up and I went and checked it out immediately. Look what I saw:

Vancouver Temple

Seattle Temple Angel Moroni

You can imagine my excitement over seeing my own photos for sale on someone's website, right? It's so cool.

GIVEAWAY ALERT

Guess what though? LDSDecor.com also has an Etsy shop! What do you think they sell there? These adorable Temple Necklaces:


LDSDecor.com is giving one of these beautiful necklaces away to you (my awesome readers)! Check out the rules and how to enter below:

HOW TO ENTER:

Go to LDSDecor's Etsy Shop and check out their necklaces. Come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which temple you would want and what color. {1 comment, required}

OPTIONAL EXTRA ENTRIES:

  • Visit LDSDecor.com and tell me what your favorite temple photo is. {1 additional comment}
  • Like LDS Decor on Facebook. Let them know I sent you! {1 additional comment}
  • Blog, Tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway and include a link to this post {1 additional comment}
  • Follow Maggie Muggins Designs blog {1 additional comment}
RULES:


Giveaway closes in one week - December 12th at 10:00 PM. Winners will be chosen at random. Comments must be made on this blog post. Open to U.S. & Canada Residents only.

December 5, 2011

UPDATE: As of November, 2013 Silhouette Connect was released for Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw users on Windows and Mac to be able to cut directly from their programs to their Cameo or Portrait.



Silhouette & Illustrator for Mac Users

Heads up Mac users. You might be aware of this already, but the Illustrator plug-in for the Original Silhouette and Silhouette SD models is now available. For some of you Silhouette users this may mean absolutely nothing. But for those of you running using Mac OS X Lion (10.7) this is excellent news! You can finally cut directly from Illustrator!


As I don't have Mac to test on, I would love to hear feed-back in the comments. Is it working? Any problems with installation or use of the program? Please fill us all in!

Silhouette Cameo & Illustrator

There are those of you, I'm sure, that are thrilled you can cut directly to the Silhouette from Illustrator. Before running out to buy a machine please note that the new Silhouette Cameo does not have a plug-in for Illustrator and there are no plans to do this. Silhouette Design Studio is the new way to go, and the recommendation from Graphtec. You can still export from Illustrator as a .dxf to get it to work in Silhouette Studio, or in other formats accepted in Silhouette Design Studio, but there will be no future updates to this program to get it working with the Cameo.

More to come on Using Illustrator and Silhouette. Soon.

December 2, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Folded Christmas Trees

Happy December Everyone! Last night was our Relief Society Christmas Dinner. Early I know, but December is always a VERY busy month for everyone! It was put together quickly, but I still think it turned out well. The menu was as follows:

Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
Fruit
Spinach Salad
Rolls
Pomegranate &Orange Water
Beautiful and Delicious Desserts brought by the Sisters!

The food turned out delicious and we had a short program afterwards with a story from our R.S. President, a few of our talented youth playing Christmas songs on the Violin, a group of sisters singing, and then a few carols.

Usually with large dinners and activities I am at the church late cleaning. Last night I was determined to go quickly. So many assisted with the clean up of the gymnasium, and many others helped out in the kitchen. I was so grateful to all of them! Amazingly as we were winding down the cleaning, I was actually starting to get ready to load things in my car, our Relief Society came into the kitchen and in a shocked tone asked if any of us knew what time it was. I replied it might be 10 (I was pretty tired at that point). She replied that it was 8:10. I was floored. The dinner had started at 6 and we were almost done cleaning already?! At 8:32 I pulled away from the building. Our Bishop, the last person out the door, walking to the car with his wife. I never even left Mutual (Young Women) that early, let alone a Relief Society Activity!

For the tables I brought my Red Pottery Barn Chargers that I got for $1 each and put my new little tree decorations in the middle. I learned how to make these from Landee See, Landee Do - who has a Festival of Trees going on. I went a little crazy and made 24 of these trees. I decided to use them for gifts for people I know though, so I didn't feel so bad about putting more time into them.

Folded Christmas Trees Decoration

Instead of Skewers I used 1/8" sticks from Joann's and on the smaller trees I used mini candle stick cups upside down. The sticks stuck into them perfectly! The larger trees had regular candle stick holders.

Small Tree Bottom
Candle Cup Tree Bottom

Large Tree Bottom
Candlestick Tree Bottom

The tops had little finials from Joanns.

Finial Tree Top

If you want to make these trees, you can follow the tutorial HERE. But, as a special gift to my readers and fellow Silhouette Lovers I whipped up the Silhouette files for you. There are two files (Large and Small). The larger file makes 1 tree, the smaller makes 3. Both are 12x12 size, but you can always adjust that to cut on 8.5x11" pages as well. I used 6" long sticks for the Large trees and 3.5" sticks for the Small ones. I trimmed the 6" ones afterwards though, so the bottom actually went up inside the tree and didn't look as tall.

Download the Silhouette cut files HERE and HERE

As with all my free shared files, these are for Personal Use Only. No sharing, no emailing the file, no selling it, etc. Please direct your friends here to download the file. Please share photos of your projects made from these files in my Flickr Pool: Maggie Muggins Designs In Action.

Folded Christmas Tree Craft

There are all sorts of fun trees out there to make for Christmas Decorations. Before you buy Cones for trees from a craft or department store check your Dollar store. Mine had large ones for $1 each. They were something like $4 each at Joann's! Check out these Cupcake Wrapper Trees you can make with forms HERE. So cute! Some in all white or green with sparkly mini garlands would be too cute!

November 25, 2011

After the Workshop I helped plan last month I promised to give you more details on the crafts we did. Today I'm going to show you the cookies in a jar.

Cookies in a Jar

Unfortunately, this activity was too far from Christmas so the only way to purchase Christmas M&M's was online. That was just way to expensive so I purchased the colored ones from Costco and sorted them out! It was a lot of work sorting out 4 bags (56oz each) of M&M's but the price was way better! I mixed the Red and Green, then also used solid blue and solid yellow. Matching those with a coordinating Christmas fabric on top made the colors work! All I had left over were Orange and Brown M&M's. So I used those to make Thank-you jars for the teachers of the workshop. My son's pre-school teacher happens to be getting one as well.

The recipe I found and used was the Cowgirl Cookies from Bakerella. I liked the look of these jars because there are more layers and texture than others have. Seeing as there is no need to post the recipe twice just click on the link to get it and follow her instructions to the letter. The only change is the first time we made the recipe it was really dry so we added another 1/4 cup of melted butter. The next times we made it we didn't need the extra butter?! They are awesome cookies! Below I'll fill you in on some other tips.

Cookies in a Jar Tips

The Jars
I could not find the smooth jars (Ball 62500) locally so I purchased Kerr 0505 for a really great price and because it only has the marking on one side I put the labels on the smooth side!

Buying Bulk
If you are making a large amount of these the amount of supplies needed were pretty easy to figure out. Measure each item out, weigh it and multiply that by the amount you want to make. Almost everything you purchase has a weight on it, so you can get pretty close to the size you want.

The Funnel
Dumping the flour into a jar is not the easiest task. Especially when you're not using the wide-mouth jars. I pulled out my Canning Funnel for the job. It has a much wider mouth than your usual funnel and makes things much easier. If you don't have one, you can also make a paper funnel or make one with a slightly wider mouth from a plastic bottle. (You'll want to have a few if you're making this as an activity.)

Canning Funnel

The Packing
When the directions say to pack it in tightly, it's not just a tap the bottom of the jar kind of pack. It's push it all down as tight as you can tight. It won't all fit unless you pack it really tight - and for this you will need something to stick in the jar to press down on each layer. The only thing I had on hand was a spray bottle with a flat circular bottom (about 2-3" around). A pestle would have been perfect but I don't have one, and most aren't long enough to get that first layer packed tight. Look around at what you have. A narrow bottle, tall spice jar, vinegar bottle, etc. I also noticed after finishing all of them that the Delta Creative 8 oz. Acrylic paint bottles are the perfect size around as well. Whatever you use, just wash the bottom before using it!

Packing Tight

The Labels
I made in Silhouette Studio and did print and cut on the Silhouette. I used White Shipping Labels by Avery (8165) so they would be like stickers instead of having to stick paper on. We did "Cookies for Santa" labels on the Workshop jars and then on these ones I just put "Thanks". I wanted it simple, and it is perfect timing to hand them out with Orange and Brown M&M's for Thanksgiving! I loved the Christmas ones, but I think these Thanksgiving versions are even more cute!
*For those Silhouette users interested in these labels - I will have a tutorial showing you exactly how to make them soon!

Silhouette Label

The Fabric
Just in case you were wondering - the beautiful fabric on the Thanksgiving Jars is Tranquil Orange from Moda's Arcadia line.

Cookies in a Jar

These make really cute gifts year round. I confess we've used two of the jars for the cookies since I made them. It's so much easier to use than mixing the whole thing. (As a side note, I'm not sure if it was the fact that my husband used a mixer, or that blue M&M's just run easily, but the dough for those cookies was not pretty.)

November 24, 2011

We had a great week. I've completely slacked off on my blog this holiday. I had a lot of ideas to share with you, and just didn't have the time. Time has been well spent organizing and sorting things in my house. I've got to make room for Christmas.

This week my son's preschool had a Thanksgiving Feast. We were all asked to bring something to share. I looked online for something cute that he could help make. On Monday night for our Family Night activity we made these adorable acorn doughnut holes. You can find the simple instructions for these here from Six in the Suburbs. The kids loved making them.

Acorn Doughnut Holes

This week my parents visited. I think it's ironic that we had Americans over for Canadian Thanksgiving last month and this month we had Canadians over for American Thanksgiving. It's so cute to watch our kids with their grandparents and how enraptured they are with them. I especially enjoyed singing the kids to sleep with my Dad. It was special to sing some of the songs (that are my kids favorites) and think of how my Grandma sang them to my Dad, and how things that we love can span generations. I also enjoyed a night out shopping with my Mom. She got her hair cut, and we had some fun chats. I think we both needed that time together.

This morning - knowing that I would have to spend a few hours cooking in the kitchen we brought out the ultimate distraction. I've decided to make it a tradition every Thanksgiving. In January Target was having their Christmas Clearance sale. It was the last day of the sale, everything was marked 75% off and I worried there might not be much left. I scored big time - but I nearly squealed when I saw this toy on the shelf:


That's right, a Remote Controlled Polar Express Train! Original price: $59.99, purchased for $14.99! I grabbed it (last one on the shelf) and practically ran from the store after purchasing it. It's been tucked away all year long, waiting for Christmas to come. This morning we brought it out. The boys still haven't stopped playing with it. (Although sharing is a little bit of an issue.) Every year on Thanksgiving the train is coming out. It was truly magical to see them play with it, jump for joy and squeal "It's working! It's working!" when it finally started.

We had an awesome dinner with lots of yummy food. With a table surrounded by family and all sorts of fun to be had I have to say it was a great Holiday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Love, Laughter, and of course, good food! Happy Holidays everyone!
Have any of you heard rumors of the Cameo going on sale for Black Friday?! No one knows what the price will be until tomorrow morning. They are also having a sale in their store you can get up to 40% off in their store (excluding the Cameo and Download and Gift Cards). Check out more information on the Silhouette Black Friday Sale over at Today's Creative Blog. Trust me - if you've been wanting a CAMEO this will probably be the BEST time to buy! And when the store is 40% off what's holding you back from stocking up on a few supplies too?

November 23, 2011

My husband came upstairs to ask me a quick question. "There's a package at the door from Expressions Vinyl, is that the company you bought the Cameo from?"

Cameo Arrived!

Eep. I have barely had time to unpack it, but I'm thrilled to welcome a Silhouette Cameo to my list of crafting tools!

Question is - will the Cameo be more fun for me than it's box will be for my son?!

Box from the Cameo

November 14, 2011

Alternate Title: How I saved a ton of money this year on my Christmas Cards. 

Guess what? I'm part way through my Christmas shopping already! And one of the first things I bought early in October were my Christmas Cards. I decided that THIS year, I am going to actually send all of my cards out. I usually get half of them sent and then there's a pile left over, sitting around the house somewhere for months years. NOT this year though.


(Similar to the card we used last year.)

Last year I had them printed by Shutterfly and they were amazing! I was so pleased with the quality and the look. They were so awesome and the paper was amazing. Seriously, if you're at all considering Shutterfly - I could not have been happier.


(This year's card.)

This year, because I already had a Groupon that needed to be used, I chose Mixbook for my Christmas Cards. I am happy to say I am equally pleased with the results. They are beautiful. I was so excited that I could customize the front AND back of the card and have photos on both sides for no extra cost! I can't wait to show you them. I paid $15 for 100 Double Sided Christmas Cards! I highly recommend watching Groupon for deals at printers for your Christmas cards. I was able to purchase way more cards that way.

Can't find the look you're going for? If you have Photoshop or Elements you can always make your own and print them at home or have them printed through most online companies.


Becky Higgins has beautiful Free Holiday Cards (found in the side-bar of her free stuff page).

PSHero has some nice Holiday Cards available for free.

Memory Makers Magazine has a three free Holiday Card templates.

EW Couture has some free Holiday Cards for you too.

*UPDATE*: Jenn at My Delicious Ambiguity has another large list of free printable cards. Some of them are the same as here, but there's a lot more to check out.

November 7, 2011

This coming November 11th is Veteran's Day for those of us here in the U.S. It's a day we honor military veterans. It's a day we remember them, show gratitude to them, and honor their heritage. For Canadians this day is called Remembrance Day. While we honor all veterans it is a special time to remember and honor those that have died in the line of duty since World War I. The date was chosen because it is the official date of the end of World War I in 1918.

This national holiday in Canada is similar to Memorial Day for American's and it seemed to be one of the holidays where true patriotism shone through for Canadians. Assemblies leading up to the day, a moment of silence at 11:00 on the holiday, and all sorts of memories come back as I think about this time.

As a child though, I had little understanding of Freedom. It's a hard concept to understand when you live in a free country and a happy home. I knew my Grandpa fought in a war, I understood war was bad and killed people, but since then I have learned to appreciate and understand true Freedom on a much deeper level. I am so grateful for the freedom I have and I am especially grateful to those who have defended and continue to defend it.


One tradition that I loved was the wearing of poppies (fake ones). They are seen all over on everyone around this holiday. Poppies became a symbol of remembrance because of the poem, "In Flanders Fields" believed to be written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian physician after he witnessed the death of his friend. The poppies grew in profusion in the disturbed battlefields and cemeteries of Flanders and their bright red color make a perfect reminder of the blood shed for freedom.

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

                             -Ly. Col. John McCrae

This poem is one I heard every year as a child, we often memorized it, repeated it, and heard it during assemblies. It is a beautiful reminder to me now of my freedom, of my heritage, of how I came to have the freedom, and of my duty to work hard and have faith in freedom.

In honor of Remembrance Day this year I made a printable to share with everyone. It's my text version of the poem. I wanted the first part of the poem to feel broken up as a reminder of what War is like. The challenge to us, though I wanted solid and clearly defined - showing our firm resolve to fight for and maintain our freedom.

In Flanders Field Poster

Remembrance Day Artwork

These are both 8x10" only and as with all my free shared files, these are for Personal Use Only. Please share photos of your projects made from these files in my Flickr Pool: Maggie Muggins Designs In Action.

October 31, 2011

We're all safely home and the kids are tucked into bed. The trick? Sewing 4 Halloween costumes! The Treat? Seeing all my boys having so much fun in their costumes. Last year one of the parents matched with each kid and it was so much fun we had to do it again. This year we went for a family theme. Planned mainly by my eldest son who was so proud to have us all so coordinated. Of course, at 4 it is something to be proud of. I'm quite certain a few years of growing will stop that train dead in it's tracks.

I present to you the Never Land Pirates:

Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Captain Hook

Never Land Pirates

Fortunately this Captain Hook is not so fearsome. The boys were quite willing to go marauding with him.

Hook, Jake and Cubby

Captain Hook and Izzy have joined forces and will be plundering away some well deserved treasures this evening!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

P.S. Where's Waldo?

By the way. I DO NOT force my husband to dress up for Halloween. I ask him every year if he likes my idea and he runs with it -and even helps me out at times. I LOVE that he is not ashamed to dress up with his kids. I LOVE HIM!

October 21, 2011

I feel like I know Bridget even though I've only briefly met her. She is one of my best friend's sisters and she is one talented girl. Trust me. I've seen her work over time. I think the first thing I saw was a darling little mini-book she made for her niece. It was adorable and I wanted it. Recently Bridget has been blowing me away.

Look at these gorgeous hand-painted shoes Bridget made for her sister. Amazing! Kind of jealous.


And then when her brother needed an image for a contest he turned to her. I NEED this image. I want it on a shirt for my boys. I want to hang it in their room too. My INNER GEEK LOVES this.


Of course, when you see her BLOG you'll be blown away too. She designed her own blog header, has a great design on the blog and the most exciting news for all of you is that she recently opened her own Etsy Shop with amazing originals and prints of animals and more - she has many images to choose from.

Actually, I take that back. Here's the exciting news: Her first 5 customers are getting a free 8x10 print from her shop with their order. It looks like she still has 3 left to give away - wait, are you still here? Hello?

I think this has to be one of my favorite prints from her shop right now:

Well, go on then. Get over there and check out here amazing work. Stop by her blog too and let her know how talented she is. She doesn't know I'm posting this! (Surprise!!)

I have been wanting to do Feature Friday's for a while, but haven't because I don't want you all to expect it every week. It most likely won't be, but just to keep things in order for myself features will only happen on Fridays.