Saturday, August 23, 2014

Place Mats

Hello, Friends!   Today I made a fun burlap place mat.  The holidays will be here before you know it and I'm getting my table settings off to a running start.  These would look fun on your table as well; or maybe give as a gift for someone else.

Burlap Place Mat

To create this place mat you'll need:

  • Burlap - mine has been cut at 12" x 13".  I didn't want it too big as our table gets pretty full with family.
  • Utensils Image - #53392 from the Silhouette Store
  • Text - font used is Alex Brush
  • Heat Press and Ink Transfer Printer and Paper
  • Silhouette Software

After you download your image, you'll need to color fill to your own preferences.  You'll need to split your image to add the text in the center.  Then add your own text at the top, middle and bottom.

Once I was done with my design, I flipped the image horizontally and sent it to the my Ricoh Chromablast printer using 11" x 17" heat transfer paper.  The image was then heat pressed onto the burlap at 375 degrees for 20 seconds.

The process is simple once you have acquired all the expensive equipment.

Thanks for visiting today! ~ Marilyn

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Birthday Card - Using Tagxedo

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a birthday card that incorporates some subway art.  I found a fun (free!!) and easy online application from Tagxedo.Com that lets you create your own subway art.

First, here's my finished birthday card:

A2 sized card
See the subway art in the center of the owl?

Here's how to do it:

Step 1:  Go to
Step 2:  Select the orange "Create" button on left.

Step 3:  Select the Load Button on the left column.

Step 4:  Type the words that you would like to have included in your final subway art.  Enter the same word more than once and it'll appear larger that the rest.  When done, select Submit button on right.

Step 5:  Go to Theme and select a color choice.

Step 6:  Go to Orientation.  I chose H/V (horizontal and vertical) for mine.

Step 7:  Go to Shape.  I choose the circle.  This made all my words group together in a circle.  I could have chosen "Invert" which would have caused all the words to appear outside of a circle.

Lots of fun shapes available!  You can also upload your own shape.

Step 8:  When you are happy with how your Subway art appears, chose the Save | Share button and save to your computer.

Now that I had my Subway art nicely grouped in a circle, I imported it into my Silhouette software and made it the center of my owl.  The circle subway art is popped up with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give Tagxedo a try.  It's free - so have fun!

~ Marilyn