Aug 12, 2013

The Gold and Beautiful

Happy Monday friends. I'm doing my happy dance today for a couple of reasons. First things first, I actually finished a pretty large project this weekend. And secondly, I did it while still maintaining my housework, playing with kids, and spending time with my DH. Yay for me! If your anything like me when you craft or DIY sometimes the house and family are neglected. It's the price you pay. So naturally I was really happy when I managed to hold down the fort and get my craft/project on. Well more on that later in the week.

Last week I was able to get a couple of smaller projects finished with the help of my Silhouette Portrait. But let's back up a bit and talk about some amazing finds that I found at the Habitat Restore last weekend.

I LOVE the Habitat Restore. When I moved to our current town I was so happy to see the Restore just minutes from the house. So of course I pop in almost every other week to see what's new.

I have been on the hunt for a large mirror, two file cabinets, a dresser and anything mid-century looking. And that's just the stuff I have on my project list.

I didn't have any luck with those items but I did score the following:

Got this pretty gold frame for $1.00.

Found this pretty embroidered wall art for $.50. I love the details and the color!

Another frame for $1.00.

And then I found an unopened roll of gold cake foil. This stuff is used for wrapping cake boards.
I picked the whole roll up for $1.00 with a certain project in mind.

These were all great finds in my opinion. Some I had plans to project with and others were just fine the way they were. The cake foil combined with the empty frames gave me the push I needed to start up a project I have had for awhile.

Let's start with some inspiration.

Here are two beautiful gold lettered pieces of art that I happen to adore.

Here was my initial plan. First I planned to cut the cake foil with my Silhouette Portrait and adhere the letters onto cardstock and frame it. Ta da. Fast and easy, right? Wrong!

The cake foil was way to delicate to cut alone. So on to plan B. I got a glue stick (plain old glue stick) and glued a piece of cake foil onto a piece of cardstock. Stuck it on my mat (which still needs re-sticking hence the tape). I cut out my inspiration words in pretty similar font.

Then I used the cutaway (the whole piece you cut from) as a guide for my letters. I just centered it and glued the letters back in place.


Then I pulled the cutaway off. And the letters were left. Perfectly centered. 


Not bad for a $3.00 project. That's two pieces of art for $3.00 and plenty of cake foil left to use. Wonder what else I can use it for? Any ideas? These golden words make me smile every time I see them hanging on my wall. Defiantly inspires me.

Okay so I want to know what non Silhouette material have you guys been cutting? Any tips on cutting super delicate material?

It's that time of the month again. Yep SILHOUETTE CHALLENGE time! If you don't know what I'm talking about it's were my fellow Silhouette lovers gather to show off our latest and greatest projects completed with our Cameos and Portraits. Too see past projects we have completed click here. And, for this month's challenges check out these great links below. So excited to see everyone's great ideas.

Hymn Art by Unoriginal Mom
D.I.Y. Wedding Invitations by Create & Babble
"Keep Calm" Onesie by The Thinking Closet
August Silhouette Challenge Project by Give Me a Paintbrush
Fancy Powder Room Sign by Joy & Gladness of Heart
How to Organize Cards & Photos by Super Sweet Life
It's Time to Try a New Craft Medium by Tanya's Creative Space
Milk Jug Crayon Bucket by It Happens in a Blink
The Gold and Beautiful by The House on Hillbrook
A Stache Bash Part 1 by Home at Eight
One Shoe Can Change Your Life by An Elegant Touch
Washi Tape Wall Art by Tried & True
Washi Tape & Vinyl Sign by Tossed Salad Life

Do you have a Silhouette machine?
Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting?  Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group.  The easiest way to join is to contact Lauren, from the Thinking Closet, by email and she will get you squared away.

Happy Cutting & Creating,


  1. Stephanie - I love this! I'm such a sucker for all things golden. I can't help myself. This is gorgeous, and well done you for figuring out how to cut through the cake foil!

    1. Thanks so much, Tara. I am on a gold frenzy. Someone may have to pry the can of gold spray paint from my hands.

  2. Wow! I love this! It turned out so pretty! I want to go get some cake foil now to try! :)

  3. This is so neat! I love the I will have to look for some cake foil, too! We have a restore about 15 minutes away, but I've never been there, I'll have to go scouting for some goodies :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. WHAT! You have never been to the Restore. AHHH! STOP. GO. NOW. REPORT BACK.

  4. Well done! It's beautiful! I know me and I would have given up after one try! I'm so glad you found a way to make it work!

  5. I love this- that was smart with the cardstock behind it cause that foil can be so soft! I love the gold color too! Makes me want to see if aluminum foil would work...

    1. AHH. Yes, Aluminum foil now that would be interesting. Bet you it would sharpen you blade for sure and make pretty things all at the same time.

  6. I love the ReStore too! And anything gold. Great job!

  7. What a clever idea. I would have never thought of doing that. I really like the create magic quote.

  8. Great project. Love the gold. Now off to find some gold cake foil and some cheap frames.

  9. I love this Stephanie! The gold lettering is so pretty against all the white. Totally inspired now! But, still in need of a silhouette. Soon... Thanks for the inspiring idea!!

  10. Totally love the framed gold look! And can I just say how foolish I feel for not thinking of using the cutaway for letter placement before?! Great idea!

    1. Don't worry, Vanessa. It took be a good bit to figure that one out. I might have had some crooked letters for a few dozen projects.

  11. Wow, Stephanie! You really ended up with some pretty expensive looking pieces in the end...and I love that they all came from the ReStore for a song! The gold foil almost looks like gold leaf. Really smart solution with gluing the cardstock to the back. You've really got my gears turning with ideas now! And to answer your question, cutting Freezer Paper for this month's Challenge was my first time using an "unconventional" Silhouette material. It took a little figuring out to get my cut settings just right, but when I did, it was smooth sailing. Makes me want to try new materials just to push the Cameo to see all that it can handle! (Famous last words?)

    Glad you joined us this month, Stephanie! Your projects are always so inspiring.

    The Thinking Closet

  12. Great finds and I love how you gave them the Midas Touch!

  13. I am just so inspired. I am very new, so I haven't given much thought to what I can cut besides the basics. You have given me the nerve to venture out a little. Beautiful Project!

  14. So cute! I love the quotes you used! Nicely done!

  15. I love these! The gold is the perfect color too! Thanks for linking up to our "Get Your DIY On" link up party! :)


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