Playing with Paper

I finally got my new Silhouette Cameo machine in the mail last Friday and I spent all weekend playing with paper, like a little kid. I've been a contributing artist on the Silhouette site for over 3 months now, but since I wanted to start designing some 3D shapes, I really needed to get a hold of one of these machines, to make the cutting and assembling that much easier. But, boy, I was not prepared for how much fun I was gong to have with this! I literally stayed up all night Saturday designing, cutting and assembling fun little treat boxes for all my loved ones. Check these out!

I designed them to be treat boxes (they are just perfect sized for small toys, candies or gift cards). But then I thought, how cute would these look as luminaries?!? So, I ran out to my nearest Dollar Tree and grabbed a couple sets of battery-operated tea light candles (they sell them in sets of 3 candles for $1!!) and now check them out!

Of course, after I snapped this picture I thought... hmmm... I should've slipped a sheet of vellum behind the cut outs, to diffuse the light a bit. So I ran out to Hobby Lobby (yes, it was a crazy weekend!) and got a few sheets of vellum. Then when I got back home, I had another idea for a luminary, so rather than taking the ready-made ones apart, I just made a new one. How sweet is this? I just adore this look! Sydney immediately claimed it for her room. :)

The possibilities are endless with this machine! I made these adorable Nordic Mitten cards and gift tags...
A nifty gift card holder...

...and these adorable flags to slip into gift bags this Christmas. This also helps me use up all those left-over paper straws from the kid's parties!

Guys, I think I've found my new obsession (like I needed another one!). All of my 3-D cut files are currently available as digital downloads on the Silhouette Online Store. They are only $0.99 each! (and the Christmas-themed ones are currently on sale for 75-cents each!)

These are SVG files and can be used on most machines, like the Cameo, that cut files for scrapbooking or card-making. After the New Year, we will put my shapes on our site, so you can get them directly from us for use on other machines.

Happy Holidays, all!!
Katie Skirt Downloadable PDF Pattern

I guess we can say we are addicted to these PDF patterns now. heehee. This is our third one since I returned from Quilt Market in November. However, it's our first garment pattern in downloadable format, so we're pretty excited about this!


Our Katie Skirt Downloadable PDF pattern is now available through Craftsy, You Can Make This and Fat Quarter Shop and it is $9.95 no matter where you purchase it from (choose your favorite site!). A little bit about this pattern:

Katie is a super full, twirly skirt with a flirty flounce and adorable circle pockets for girls sizes 2T to 10. An elasticized waistband means it is just as easy to sew as it is to wear. Even the youngest of girls can easily pull on and take off this sweet skirt. What a wonderful addition to her boutique wardrobe!

This pattern comes as a 39-page downloadable PDF document. You won't need to print all pages... choose the size skirt you are making and print only those pages (a page guide is located on page 2). Print it at 100% (no scaling) right to your desktop printer. No need to enlarge the pattern... it has been tiled so all you have to do is print, cut, tape and sew! Step-by-step sewing instructions, detailed diagrams and tons of photos are also included in true MODKID fashion.

How about some inspiration images??

One of my pattern testers, the amazing Bridgett Wright, made this version out of Heaven & Helsinki. Isn't her daughter adorable? I love this picture so much!


Here is my birthday girl (yes, it's Sophie's 11th birthday today!!) sporting a more tween-sized version of the skirt. This is the size 10, but luckily she can still wear it... with some leggings and boots, of course.


And finally, a couple of super fun pictures I captured of my girl, Sydney, in her new favorite twirly skirt...



In case you didn't catch it before, this pattern is available through:

You Can Make This
Fat Quarter Shop

Let me know if you make this adorable skirt for the Holidays! I would LOVE to see a picture!!
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