Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Free shape of the week!  Yay!!!  I LOVE getting free shapes.  For this project I decided to use the flower from the free shape to create makeup stencils.  What kid doesn’t love getting their face painted?  In our small town they have a face painting booth every year at the 4th of July.  My cute nieces here love getting it done but hate trying to get it off.  I decided to create a stencil that we could use over and over again all year long and the designs could be more personalized than the few designs every kid has at the park on the 4th.  Bonus…They don’t have to scrub hard to get it off!

Makeup Stencils | by Amy Cox for Silhouette

These were so easy and fun!!!
  • Select the free shape.  Ungroup the design (right click, ungroup).
  • Delete the parts you don’t need.
  • I sized the designs between 1 1/2 -2 inches wide.
  • Helpful hint: If you draw a rounded rectangle around each design you won’t have sharp corners sticking next to the child’s eye!  Make sure to leave 1/2 -1 inch of space around the whole design to give you good stencil space to keep your makeup or paint from getting on the wrong part of the face.
Makeup Stencil | Amy Cox for Silhouette

I made a kissy lip design too.  Remember that if there is an “island” on your design you need to connect it to make a stencil.  I just used my knife tool to cut out a little line.  It worked great!
  • Cut the design out of stencil material.  I found it helpful to use the double cut function when I use the stencil material.  If you are ever using new materials and you aren’t sure if it will cut right, use the test cut feature.  This will cut a tiny square and triangle on the top left of your media.  Then you can test out your settings to see if you need to adjust them before you cut out the whole design.  This is an awesome feature!  It can save you lots of money.
Makeup Stencil | Amy Cox for Silhouette

  • Weed out the design so you have your stencil.
  • Stick the stencil on the face and fill in with makeup!  Easy and done!!!
Makeup Stencil | Amy Cox for Silhouette

I have an airbrush makeup kit that I used to color their faces.  You can use any kind of makeup or face paint you like.  This was a huge hit with the nieces!  I am so glad that you can rinse off the stencils and use them over and over again, because I’m sure that they will want it done every time they come to play!!!

What fun ways have you used the stencil material?

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Monday, May 19, 2014


Flower Petal Skirt by Amy Cox for Silhouette
My little brother got married this month so I made a skirt for my daughter for the wedding.  I was thinking flowers, flower girls, and pretty ruffle teared skirts when an exciting idea came to my mind.  Why not make a flower petal ruffle skirt!  Here is how I did it…

Flower Petal Skirt
  •  I cut 12 x 12 inch squares out of sewable fabric interfacing and ironed it to my fabric then trimmed off the excess fabric.   Make sure to peel off the paper backing before placing it on your mat.  Note: Do not re-iron the fabric after the the paper has been pulled off.  I forgot and tried to iron out a little wrinkle before cutting it and ironed the fabric to my ironing board.  That was one of those brilliant moments for me.  :)
Flower Petal Skirt | Amy Cox for Silhouette
  • I sized the flower as big as I could on my CAMEO mat.
Flower Skirt (2)
  • Next I drew lines on the skirt where I wanted to sew on the petal ruffles.  I did them 1  1/8″ apart.
  • I started on the bottom of the skirt and sewed on each layer of petals.
Flower Pedal Skirt |Amy Cox for Silhouette
  • I overlapped the first and last petal of each row.  The spacing on this skirt worked out perfectly so it is just the gap between the petals that overlapped.
Flower Pedal Skirt | Amy Cox for Silhouette

I had left over petals when I finished the skirt so I decided to do a matching headband.  I LOVE how versatile the 3d flowers are!  What have you made with 3d flowers?

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Monday, May 12, 2014


My little brother got married last weekend.  I made him this subway art pillow for a wedding present. I had so much fun making this pillow.  I used Fabric Ink for their names, Glitter Heat Transfer Material for the temple and hearts, black Heat Transfer Material for the other words, and Rhinestones for "love".  I love mixing media!  I love this pillow so much that I may just make one for myself too.


I am a true girly girl.  I LOVE bows and flowers!  I have been crafting a lot lately with leather so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make leather hair accessories.  This was so super easy with the Silhouette!

Leather Hair Accessories - Amy Cox for Silhouette
  • Select the shape you would like to use and size it to your liking.  If you aren’t sure what size you want, cut it out of paper first to test it out.  This can save you a bundle when working with leather.
  • Cut a lambskin leather scrap big enough for your design.  I used clean cut fabric interfacing on the back of my leather to protect my cutting mat.  I was a little nervous ironing leather. I used a lower setting on my iron and did it as quickly as I could.  Remember to use a pressing cloth to help protect your fabric (or in this case leather.)
  • The best Silhouette settings for lambskin leather are:thickness 33,  speed 1, blade 10, and double cut.
  • I have one blade that I only use for leather.
  • After you have it all cut out, assemble the designs and attach to headband elastic or clips.
Leather Hair Accessories- Amy Cox for Silhouette

I also had some calfskin leather that is really thick.  I didn’t dare try it in my machine, but I really wanted a bow out of it.  So I used the Silhouette to cut out a paper pattern and I cut the calfskin by hand.  I think most of the time I expect the Silhouette to cut EVERYTHING for me.  It’s good to remember that it can also cut patterns for you.  Just don’t use pins with the leather.  A little piece of tape on the back side of the leather holds your pattern on quite nicely.

Leather Hair Accessories- Amy Cox for Silhouette

I added some polka dots to one of the calfskin bows with a Sharpie.  Just to make it a little more girly.   I love the way they all turned out!

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