Growing With Love Smart Pot

Sharing how I made a Growing With Love Smart Pot. Recently I purchased a new Dendrobium Orchid at Lowes. I’m a member of the Oklahoma Orchid Society and many of our members have the Dendrobium Orchids. I just love the way the look and the way the flowers smell.

While at Lowes for a light bulb I decided to walk over to the Orchid display to see what was being offered. When I saw this plant I just knew I had to have it in my home.

When I got home an idea came to me to decorate a Smart Pot so that it would look pretty while sitting on my desk. Since I had all of the supplies it was time that I gave Heat Transfer Vinyl a try.

Growing With Love Smart Pot Supplies:

Smart Pot Size #2
Cricut Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, Gold and Purple
Silhouette CAMEO® 3
Polka dot heart design from Silhouette Library
Love Script from Silhouette Library
Samantha Script Font
Weeding tool
Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet

Growing With Love Smart Pot Process:

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Created design in Silhouette Studio® by removing the dots from the heart. Layer Love on top of heart to get proper size.

Opened Character map chose font Samantha Italic. Selected G from Character Map, copy. Paste into Silhouette Studio®, make desired size. Type rest of the word “growing” with Text tool selected Samantha Italic font.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Choose Offset tool. Select distance 0.0125. Remove original layer. Move letters until all units are touching. Select entire word and weld. Type “with” and repeat same process.

Size each word until pleasing. My words and heart grouped together were 4.5 in. tall. Select words, Flip Horizontally.

Create a weeding box around Words and Heart. This step will make weeding so much easier.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Prepare to cut HTV. Press Cut tool. Select heart and choose “no cut”. Select words and choose cut. Load Gold HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette. Once the gold has cut. Go back to design and select the words and choose “no cut”. Select the heart and choose cut. Load Purple HTV into Silhouette CAMEO® without mat. Press send to Silhouette.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Tip: If vinyl has been on a roll for a long time it will curl. Try flattening it with your hands or even placing it under a book for a little while. When I was cutting my vinyl tried to curl back up and jam in my machine.

Weed design. Cut design from roll.

Growing With Love Smart Pot


Follow the directions to apply the brand of HTV you have.

The smart pot is made of synthetic materials. Be careful not to melt the pot. Test iron with transfer sheet inside the pot to make sure you have the correct heat setting.

Growing With Love Smart PotTransfer the design to the pot. Apply the Heart and Growing with, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Apply Love over heart, iron.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Remove transfer tape.

Fluff pot back to original shape.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Place plant inside pot. Since my pot will be indoors I have a plant tray to keep water from ruining my table.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

This was my first time to use Heat Transfer Vinyl. Now that I’ve made a project, I think I’ll be making a lot more!

Growing With Love Smart Pot

I loved making this Growing With Love Smart Pot. These will be great gifts for Mothers’ day. To purchase one click here.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Growing With Love Smart Pot

Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box

This is a Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box I created using the Calico Collage Digital images. Love using the Valentines Love, digital files and having this heart shaped candy box was a great way to show off some love.

Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box

Since joining the Calico Collage team I’ve had so much fun! When she posted the Valentines Love papers I had an idea that I wanted to try. Searching through my stash. If you haven’t seen my studio post go check it out. I found my stash of boxes that my brother gave to me years ago. He used to work for Godiva.

Working in my Silhouette Design software I Traced the heart shape from the box and then began cutting hearts to make the pages. Thankful that the Silhouette software is so easy to use.

Once all of the papers were cut it was time to start putting the accordion book together. Using washi tape I adhered each heart to make an accordion book.

Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box

When all of the pages were created I then began decorating with the beautiful Calico Collage papers. I also used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Brutus Monroe and Tim Holtz inks. A few pages of Canvas Corp Brands papers and some miscellaneous papers were used.

Again the Silhouette Cameo 3 was used to cut mats and tags for the journal.

A Martha Stewart lacy edge punch was used to give a beautiful detail to several of the pages. When the punched edge shows then that was a place for a pocket.

Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box

It was fun making this journal. Being able to use up a lot of the supplies I had in my stash was a big plus.

Quick process video. Most of it is speed up so that you don’t have to spend two hours watching.

Here is a list of some of the items used for the Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box:

I’m sure I forgot to list something. But I think it gives you an idea of what was used to make this Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box.

Flip through of the Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box:

This Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box can be purchased in my shop for $89.00.

Valentines Love Journal Inside Heart Box

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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Brutus Monroe Blog – Mixed Media card

Head over to the Brutus Monroe Blog – Mixed Media card is there that I made. This one has lots of texture. Used a Silhouette Mat and a Circut flourish to help frame the image. This helps to make the gentleman stand out on the card.

Each time a make a card with texture it comes out different. I may use the same technique but because it is hand made each one is unique. Check out the blog post to see the details of the products used and the video.

Interested in purchasing the finished cards I make? I offer many of my cards in my store. The cards a usually blank inside and come with a matching envelope. The cards I make are A2 size or 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. If you are wanting a greeting on the inside feel free to email me to discuss details or to connect with me via my Facebook page.

Brutus Monroe Blog - Mixed Media card

Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask

A friends son needed a Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask today. His school is having a program in May and the committee meets on Monday. He had an idea of creating a program that was a Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask. His mother called me because she knew I would have the answer.

Thus began the designing process. When I got the phone call I started looking on the internet for inspiration. Looking for a mask that I could maybe print and then alter to work for the card. Finally I found an image that I could use and printed the image.

When the young man arrived I showed him the mask and told him what would be needed. He liked what I was thinking and then I began tracing the image with tracing paper and a pencil. Once the image was traced, it was scanned into my computer.

I cleaned up the image in Photoshop Elements 14. When the image looked good enough it was saved then imported into Silhouette Studio®.

Using the Silhouette Studio® software it was then traced and turned into a cut file. It was fun to manipulate the image in the software. We decided that some of the openings needed to be changed. Copied some of the better images and deleted the ones we didn’t like.

After about 15 minutes of manipulating the file it was ready to test cut. It didn’t cut very well. as it wasn’t placed in the right part of the area. The CAMEO cut settings were not set for the type of paper I was using. So after a couple more tries of getting things moved and changing the settings we finally had a good example.

The young man was very happy with the Gate Fold Card with Masquerade Mask. Very excited about it that he was sending photos to the group before he left my home.

I learned a lot in that session. My husband was impressed at how I was able to make corrections to the file and learn how to use the software at the same time while someone was watching.

It was one of those days that I could truly say, I’m an artist. I went to bed with a smile on my face.

Gate FolCard with Masquerade Mask

The inspiration image is above. The sample card is on the bottom.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This post is all about the Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge.

The idea was to create anything that was all black. “Create a project that is 90% black – the other 10% can only be white, grey, or metallic.”

To begin with I found an old canvas that I had on hand. This canvas had a hole punched in it and I knew I wouldn’t use it for another project.

Gathering up lots of black items I had a nice pile on my work desk. Where to begin…

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

I didn’t have any black gesso so I sorta made a grey gesso. Since I didn’t have any black gesso I mixed white gesso with black paint. What I should have done is made the gesso from scratch. But for now I’ll keep the grey as I can still use it in projects.

The focal piece was a Christmas ornament. Finding the glitter covered deer gave me the perfect item to use as the focal point. Which is important to have in an art piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

The Canvas Corp Brands mixed media pack is a great resource for this project. I pulled Tissue paper, burlap and scrapbook paper from the pack.

Have you seen those little sets of LED lights in the craft stores? Christmas is a great time to find these lights and if you are lucky you can get them on sale.

Recently I’ve gotten two new toys. One is a Silhouette CAMEO® 3 and the other is a Circut Explorer Air. With these two new toys I was able to cut the words and poinsettias.

The Silhouette design “Ornate Frame” paired with the Samantha font helped me create the phrase Believe in the Magic. I used the Cricut Joys of the Season cartridge Poinsettia, altering the image by adding more layers and changing the sizes of the petals.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

If you haven’t figured out yet I really love tools and gadgets. I also have the Tim Holtz Vagabond and I used this to cut the Sizzix Trees. It might be hard to tell but there are six trees on the canvas.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

This was a good challenge for me, to think outside of the box and make up an art piece that used black as the foundation. I enjoyed making this and now I’m planning on another project that I want to make similar to this piece.

Canvas Corp Brands Black Friday Challenge

Have you tried a challenge like this one? Come and join the Canvas Corp Brands Collective to learn about other challenges and see lots of art to inspire you. Challenge #ccbblack

Here is just a little video of the piece. Enjoy!

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Anything goes