Hey there everyone!  We have another special surprise for you today… using our fabulous Silhouette Cameo and {RHINESTONES}!  This is officially our first rhinestone project, so I’m pretty excited to put it on display.  Of course, this fabulous challenge is brought to you by Silhouette Challenges.  I’m really having a great time being part of their wonderful Design Team.  Be sure you head on over and check out all the great ideas they have floating around.  Scroll down for the big reveal of my Drama Queen Rhinestones T-Shirt!

One of the benefits for this challenge is that it is optional, only those of us who have an interest in {RHINESTONES} have chosen to partake.  So basically… this is a freebie for you {LOL}.  We do have 4 fabulous team members hopping around this optional challenge, so be sure to show them some bloggy-love.  After we’ve offered you some inspiration of the {BLING} variety, don’t forget to link up your own rhinestone project!

Sponsor is:

My Crafting Channel

Winner will receive:

Silhouette Rhinestone Template Kit


AND NOW… ONTO THE PROJECTS!

I’m very proud of my rhinestone project, inspired by my very own Drama Queen (not me, surprisingly).  Introducing my very own Drama Queen Rhinestone T-Shirt!

Before I go any farther, I do want to state the I love my Silhouette, it’s practically part of the family.  It’s my go-to tool for all my crafting needs, easy.  {BUT} this rhinestone project was one of my more frustrating crafts.  I started by finding this simple tutorial on YouTube.  While Silhouette America makes great tutorials, I sometimes prefer a third-party to get a first-hand, learn-as-you-go approach.

The basics are all the same, I just have a few helpful hints from my experience:

1. Start with a simple design first.  I honestly chose a design that was too complicated for my first rhinestone project.  My next one will be on a smaller scale.

2. Stick with one color of rhinestone to begin with.  This may seem like a restatement of the first tip, but trust me, it’s worth restating.  When you start mixing colors, a lot more hand-to-rhinestone work is needed and this project was trying enough without this step.

3. Be attentive to your Silhouette.  I have become too comfortable with the ease at which my Silhouette completes my crafts and I often walk away once the cutting begins.  To cut through the rhinestone template material, it’s a ton of little holes and requires a double-cut, resulting in a lengthy cut time.  My computer went into sleep mode and stopped cutting right at the end of my design.  Eek!  If this happens to you, don’t panic!  We’ll cover a quick-fix later.

My Paper Craze (1)

4. My little back dots did not remove quite as easily as the tutorial shows.  Perhaps I did not pull the material apart fast enough, but I was left with about 75% of my design to poke out by hand.  Not a big deal, but definitely tedious… and a little frustrating.

5. When I smoothed in my rhinestones, they didn’t all just automatically flip to the right spot and the right-side-up.  Again, not a big deal, but this part was very time consuming.  I used my weeding hook to help manually flip the rhinestones.

6. When placing the transfer sheet over your rhinestones, don’t just slap it down, it’ll cause your rhinestones to move out of place.  I recommend starting from one side and smoothing slowly onto your design.  If you get some out of place, again don’t panic, it can be fixed

7. You now have at least most of your design on the transfer sheet.  If you have any missing or out-of-place rhinestones, now is the time to fix it.  Start by flipping your transfer sheet rhinestone-side-up.  You can insert any missing rhinestones into your design by hand, just remember that it is mirrored.  Tweezers would probably be helpful, as well as having your design open in the Silhouette Studio as a guide.  Also, you can either remove or slide any out-of-place rhinestones back into the correct spot.

Now you really do just iron it on, which is pretty easy.  After you peel off the transfer sheet, I recommend flipping the shirt inside-out and ironing on the back of the design.  The adhesive is heat activated and this just made me feel like my design was secured to the shirt.  After all this hard work, I would have given up if they had started falling off, LOL.

Now hop on over to see what my DT sisters have created for your inspiration and to link up your Rhinestone projects.  For easy access, click here:

Silhouette Challenges: Using Rhinestones!

In case you missed it this weekend, the fabulous Silhouette Challenges Design Team hosted a BLOSSOM HOP!  Many of the blogs even have give-a-ways going on.  Be sure to check it out—it’s a two day event, you can get the down-low and the line-up from these posts: