Thanks for letting me whine. And please continue to pray. My mother is having surgery tomorrow to hopefully correct the a-fib.
I shared the post below as a guest post at Sumo's Sweet Stuff last month, but in case you missed it, I thought I'd share it here.
This is a quick little project you can make with vinyl and a digital file cutter (or even a manual die machine and punches if you don't have a digital cutter.) I have a Silhouette SD so that's what I used for my project - monogrammed soap dispensers. I made these for Christmas gifts this past Christmas and personalized them to each recipient. These are great for any occasion.
I started with pump soaps from Wal-mart and removed the front label. I measured the width and height of the area I wanted to place my vinyl decals and sized accordingly in my Silhouette program. I chose the following files:
artisan ornate oval frame
flower stalk wreath
The fonts I used are Monotype Corsiva and GE Signature Script.
For the polka dot holder, I cut the dots with a circle punch from some scrap vinyl. You can certainly cut them with your digital cutter, but a punch is a great way to use up those small leftover scraps. The "D" was sized to 2.5 x 2 inches in my Silhouette program. Sorry, I didn't save all the dimensions for these, but I saved a few and this may help you to know if you are in the ball park if using a similar soap dispenser.
The "J" frame below was sized to 2.74 x 2.42 inches. I sized my frames and then placed the letters in text boxes over the frames to make sure the letters were the same size and in the proper places. Once you cut them, the letters will be individual pieces and you will have to realign them when placing them on the bottle, but this step helps to insure the letters fit in the frame.
After applying my decals, I adorned each bottle with a bow. I chose ribbon that fit the personality of my recipients- flowers for my mother and mother-in-law who both like flower gardening, dragonflies for my sister-in-law who collects dragonfly ornaments and trinkets, and the zebra print for my niece who likes animal prints. I think that these little details go a long way in personalizing gifts.
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