Sunday, December 10, 2017

DIY Holiday Shirt - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

Did you know JustNick Studios is giving away a FREE digital cut file every day for 14 days? They are FREE for one day only, so be sure to download the files every day.
I am here today for Day 10 of our 14 day FREE digital cut file giveaway! It's like Christmas (or Hanukkah, or maybe just Happy Holidays for you) everyday!

Today's FREE cut file is the Ho Ho Ho Strip and I thought it would be perfect to cut from heat transfer (iron-on) vinyl and create a festive holiday shirt for myself.

If you have never cut vinyl, you should definitely try it. The results are fabulous!! Don't worry, I will walk you through it.

Vinyl is cut with the right side facing down on the mat. (The back side is facing up.) That means, if you are cutting words, you need to flip them to their mirror image. Right click on the image and select Flip Horozontal. Resize your image to fit the shirt you want to apply it to. I sized mine so that it was 9" wide for a size L ladies t-shirt.

In the cutting window, select Cut and for material, select Vinyl (or Heat Transfer Material, or Reflective Heat Transfer). I used DecoSPARKLE Heat Transfer Holographic Vinyl. It is much thicker than regular iron on vinyl, so I increased my blade depth to 5. You want to cut through the vinyl but not the clear layer that is protecting the top of the vinyl. This is called a Kiss Cut. Play around with a small piece before cutting a large image. It helps to use a new blade and double cut.

Now we need to weed the unwanted parts away, leaving only the image cut on the protective plastic. Place the image on your shirt, centering it, and heat up your iron to the cotton setting. Different vinyl might recommend using a different setting. Be careful about your shirt selection! You do not want to use a shirt that will melt when you apply heat. When the iron is hot enough, apply even pressure on top of your image, moving the iron to make sure you are applying heat to the entire image. Let it cool for a minute, then try to peel the clear top layer away. If it is not peeling easily, replace the clear top layer, and iron some more.

Wash inside out and hang to dry to extend the life of your garment. I hope you give it a try.
Remember that Today's design - Ho Ho Ho Strip - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: HOSTFREE  at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 10, 2017.  No purchase necessary, today only!  This design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.
Check back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 24, 2017

So Very Blessed - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends! For those in the USA, I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. Did you know that JustNick is having a Black Friday Sale going on now through Monday at the JustNick Studios online store? Everything is 50% off! That is an amazing sale!! Be sure to check it out and use the coupon code BF2017
Today I have a November gratitude layout to share with you. Sometimes we need to step back and reflect on all the things we are so blessed to have, especially our loved ones. The Card Sentiment 3 digital cut file is great for creating a scrapbook title that says just that. Here is my layout...

I thought it would be fun to use the Cloud Background 2 digital cut file since my nephew seems to have his head in the clouds, lol. I saved the negative space clouds and used one on top of my photo to keep the cloud repetition going...

I felt like I still needed something to the right of my photo to balance out the clouds. I had a stem from the Stems digital cut file that I had previously cut out and it was just what I needed.

I love the mixed fonts in this cut file. They make this scrapbook title look so much more interesting.

Here are the digital cut files I used today...

Here is my process video if you are interested in watching ...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dream Big - Stash Bash Youtube Hop

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today for another Stash Bash Youtube Hop. This month my friends and I chose to use the spray mist from our stash. I love using mist on my backgrounds with digital cut files! Today I am using the new JustNick Studios Dream Maker cut file in a little bit different of a way. I used a Silhouette sketch pen to draw it onto my background so I could stitch it. But first, I went a little crazy with my spray mist, using the plastic packaging smoosh technique. Once my dream catcher was all stitched, I embellished my layout with the gorgeous new Cocoa Vanilla Studios Bohemian Dream collection.  Here is how it turned out...

It was a crazy amount of stitching!!! But I was home sick for a few days and wanted something to do while being a couch potato and catching up on some TV shows. Sorry for the photo overload that is about to happen ... I just love how this layout turned out!

Here is the link to my process video ...

You need to check out everyone else's Youtube videos too, they are amazing! 
Have a great week and if you are in the USA, a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Poogan's Porch - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging  friends!

Sorry I have been so quiet here on the blog. Life is just busy at the moment. I have multiple house projects going on at the moment getting ready for my Thanksgiving company and trying to help out my Mom and Dad at the same time getting some chores done there too. This past weekend I was able to get away and scrap with some friends though. It felt so good!

Today, I have a travel layout for JustNick Studios to share featuring one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina. Poogan's Porch was named after the owner's dog and is set in this old quaint house. The food is AMAZING!!! If you are looking for some down home Southern food and a charming setting, this is the place. For my layout, I wanted to use a cut file that reminded me of those beautiful decorative tin ceilings you find in old houses. The Quilted Circle Background was perfect.

Can you imagine that awesome design as a beautiful ceiling? Some of our favorite dishes we sampled were the Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Green Tomato Jam, the Macaroni and Cheese, and the Chicken and Waffles. Here are some detail shots...

Here is the cut file I used today ...

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great week.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Too Cute To Spook - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

It's Halloween week at JustNick Studios so I am back today to share an adorable Halloween layout with you. Since my dog Satchel likes to greet all the Trick or Treaters, I like to dress him up in costume too. The kids love it. Even kids who may be afraid of dogs are not so scared of him when he looks so funny. Seriously, there is nothing scary about my layout! Take a look.

I used the new Spider Web 2 digital cut file for that awesome web as well as the 31 digital cut file for my title and the cat die cut.

I turned my title into a layered die cut by creating a background shadow using the offset tool in Silhouette Studio. I love how it pops against the yellow ink on my background. The googly eyes add a nice touch of whimsy. You can create a whole new look, just by adding a shadow layer. 

Here are the digital cut files I used today ...

If you are interested in watching my process video check out my YouTube channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a Spooktacular week!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I Like Fall Most Of All - Stash Bash YouTube Hop

Hello everybody!

I am back to Stash Bashing this month. This time my designer friends and I are focusing on our 6x6 paper pads. Besides making cards, I love using my 6x6 paper pads to back my digital cut files, like these awesome fall cut files from JustNick Studios.

I also used a 6x6 sheet of pattern paper to cut out my title; I Like Fall Most Of All. I thought it would really pop against my mixed media background, but not so much ... so I outlined the title with a brown marker.

These big flowers from the In Bloom cut file reminded my of sunflowers, so I backed them with yellow pattern papers. The leaves I backed with an assortment of green pattern papers from a variety of manufacturers; Fancy Pants Designs, Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Graphic 45, and Carta Bella.

I tried to get my hubby in on this photo, but he just laughed at me. I was laying down in the grass watching the leaves fall. It seemed appropriate that I add a few leaves in here as well.

I wanted to list some of my Fall favorites in the white space of my photo ... of course Pumpkin Spice is at the top!!

This little fox was irresistable! He is a leftover from last year's Simple Stories Fall collection. Those gorgeous epoxy stickers are from the Carta Bella Hello Fall collection.

Here is my process video where you can see how I created that mixed media background and links to the other designer's videos as well ...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Welcome Fall - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

So happy to be back today with some Fall inspiration from JustNick Studios. I love everything about Fall; the cooler weather, the gorgeous leaves turning red, orange, and yellow, warm comfy sweaters, and pumpkin spice coffee. There are some awesome new cut files in the store to help you document your Fall memories. I used the Leaf Cluster 2 on this layout.

I backed the negative space behind the flower and the leaves with assorted pattern papers, making sure to get a good mix of red, orange and yellow. 6x6 paper pads are great for backing cut files with their smaller patterns. I love how pretty it turned out. It looks fabulous on my mixed media background. Here are a few detailed shots ...

Here is the cut file I used today ...

I even made a YouTube Process Video for my layout. I would love to have you stop by and watch. If you like what you see, I would love for you to subscribe to my channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!