Monday, May 21, 2012

Freezer Paper Stencils

So little miss Skyleigh Faye (who I made the Zebra basket for) finally made her world debut last week. To celebrate, I made Big Brother & Little Sister tops for her and her new big bro. See below :)

I had been seeing tons of pins about freezer paper stencils. Its a super easy, super professional way of stenciling your shirts. Confused? Let me show you!

Here is what you need:
A plain shirt
Freezer Paper
A design
Paints & paint brush
Exacto Knife

Ok, so first you need to make sure you buy freezer paper and not wax paper. They look basically the same and are boxed almost exactly the same. The difference is freezer paper is only waxy on one side.

Up, up and AWAY!!

Step One
Print out the design that you want. I chose a personalized Disney pattern. Tape your freezer paper to the pattern, shiny side down. You will be able to see your design through the wax paper.

Step Two
"Trace" your pattern with the exacto knife, in other words cut out all the letters ;) Don't forget the little pieces from inside letters or pictures.

Step Three
Once you've traced and punched out all of you letters, you should have a stencil. Center it or place it on your shirt waxed side down. (Remove the tape!! I forgot to do this before I took the picture)

Step Four
Iron your stencil to the shirt. This is going to "seal" it to the fabric so that when you paint over it, it will not bleed.
Step Five
Paint over your stencil and let it dry.
If you're like me and you have the patience of a two year old, you can use your hair dryer to speed up drying time.
Step Six
Peel off your freezer paper. You may need to use a pin or toothpick to pop out the smaller pieces from inside letters.

And that's it! You are donezo!

And here both shirts are together:

I ended up sewing a red and white polka dot bow onto Skyleigh's to make it more Minnie. I was so excited to get to meet her this weekend and hold her for the first time. It was so exciting!

I'm definitely going to use these freezer paper stencils a LOT more in the future. They are super easy and com out super crisp and clean looking. The hardest part is cutting out all the little letters.

I hope you guys try this out! Let me know how it turns out.

<3 miss emily.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It is a man's world

Ok amigas y amigos, I know this isn't *that* kind of a blog but I love love love The Voice. I have been a huge fan of Christina Aguilera's voice for a looong time, but watching her on The Voice, I'm not so sure I'm a big fan of her anymore.

She's always comparing everything anyone says, does, or sings to herself.

For example, last night Juliet Simms sang "Its a man's world". Christina commented on how she sang the same song at the Grammies. Soooo of course I had to YouTube and compare.

In my opinion, there is doubt, had they battled head to head, Juliet would have won. Check out the two performances below:

Christina gets pitchy and she is so busy trying to sound "hard" and "rock'n'roll" that she loses the melody of the song and becomes really difficult to understand. The last high note at the end is very sour. She could learn a thing or two from Juliet. I was really really impressed with her. She hits all the notes, making the song her own while also staying true to the melody and feel of the original. Juliet gets my votes. LOVE her. Rock and Roll to the bone with a touch of sass and a hint of class.

What do you guys think?

Leave me a comment and let me know!!

<3 miss emily