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In Silhouette on
July 21, 2017

Silhouette Summit 2017 Recap

 

A little over two months ago, I had the opportunity to travel across the beautiful Pacific Ocean to attend Silhouette Summit 2017 in Waikiki. When I received the invitation, there was zero hesitation. I found myself a travel buddy (a mom+crafty friend) and we booked our flights faster than kids opening birthday presents. Peace out children!

This was my first time attending the 2-day event and my fourth time visiting Oahu. Still jaw-dropping gorgeous and delicious as ever! I don’t think I could get tired of the touristy island…I mean, have you tried Hawaiian shaved ice?! Nothing here stateside can compare.

Well, I’m digressing a bit so let’s get back to recapping my Summit experience.

The first day was all business starting with a morning session discussing the company’s growth domestically and internationally and their focus on user education, which we have started to see with the recent release of the Silhouette Handbook (use promo code 10OFF), an ebook that downloads directly into your Silhouette Studio Library. For Silhouette users of all experience levels, I highly recommend getting yourself a copy because it contains everything you need to know as well as walkthroughs for all of Silhouette offerings and software features. Say goodbye to Googling and finding outdated tutorials/posts!

Afterwards we broke for lunch and I joined a table with two Silhouette Artists (aka designers who contribute to Silhouette Design Store) and talked about everything under the sun, including bedazzling one of the Artist’s husband’s crutches with adhesive vinyl cut by their Silhouette machine! Now that is creative!

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to New Product Demos, which I am super excited to tell you about especially since I’ve been holding onto this top secret information since Summit! I saw and felt these new materials firsthand, some of which were on finished projects. So it’s really exciting to see the new creative possibilities users can come up with using these new products!

Here we go!

Adhesive Metallic Vinyl (in two sizes: 12in x 48in or 9in x 72in): Black, Rose Gold, Red, Teal, and Green

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl (in 12in x 48in size only): Reflective

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl (in 9in x 72in size only): Ebony Wood, Maple Wood, Walnut Wood, and Carbon Fiber

Adhesive Specialty Vinyl Sampler Pack (in 9in x 24in): Carbon Fiber and Wood

Metallic Heat Transfer Vinyl (in  12in x 36in size only): Copper

Specialty Heat Transfer Vinyl (in 9in x 36in size only): Iridescent, Reflective Red, Reflective Blue, Reflective Green

Specialty Media: Glitter Sticker Paper, Image Transfer Sheets, Tattoo Papers in Gold, Silver, and White.

  • Some personal notes: 
    • Gold and silver tattoo papers are not printable
    • Image transfer sheets are for laserjet printers
    • Glitter sticker sheets are for inkjet printers

Specialty Media for Curio: Foil Transfer sheets (in Silver, Copper, Gold), and Embossable Foil

Add some metallic flair to your special event invitations using the new Silhouette Foil Transfer Sheets (in Silver or Gold)

Tray featuring Adhesive Specialty Wood Vinyl in Maple

 

In my excitement, I didn’t take a ton of photos so swing by the Silhouette blog to see/read more! I’m going to get my hands on some of these new materials so tell me if there’s a specific product you would like see used in my upcoming projects!

 

The second day was a total FUN day…well maybe for others! Read below and you will know why!

Everyday we woke up to a delicious breakfast buffet that served fusion food…some Asian, some American, which equaled to a whole lot of AWESOME. Following breakfast, I signed up for the submarine tour as my excursion since I figured I had already snorkeled Hanauma Bay and if I were to do it again, I would only snorkel with my husband. We have a little “system” when it comes to snorkeling since I can get a little nervous in deep waters (read: when I can’t touch the ocean floor anymore! Ha!).

Despite taking anti-motion sickness meds, the choppy waves still got to me. Not so much on the actual submarine tour since we were 110ft underwater (so cool right?!) but on the way out and back in. The good news is that it was just motion sickness and nothing else. The bad news is that it lasted until night time, which basically forced me to opt out of the Summit’s grand finale, a dinner cruise overlooking Waikiki Bay. Well, that’s a no brainer…heck no, I’ll stay on land thank you very much! 🙂

All in all, it was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in which I am so grateful to have participated. I met so many talented bloggers, artists, and makers on this trip who are all bring so much creative and contagious inspiration. You guys, be on the lookout for some awesome collaborations in upcoming posts!

Mahalo Silhouette!

The motion sickness culprit 🙁

Oh how I miss this INCREDIBLE view from my hotel room

Look! I met Silhouette President & CEO, Mr. Arakawa

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In DIY, Parties, Silhouette on
July 18, 2017

DIY Stamped Dessert Spoons

Is it me or is there something magical about wooden dessert spoons? All I can think of are those little individual ice cream cups with wooden spoons that we got back in the day…I can’t even remember if it was elementary school or later. I just remember, as a kid, those ice cream cups were heavenly.

So since I am making National Ice Cream Day a week-long celebration, let’s fancify our ice cream eating experience with DIY stamped dessert spoons! This project features the use of a different Silhouette machine…a custom stamp maker called The Mint.

Supplies needed:

  • Silhouette Mint
  • Lori Whitlock’s Grateful Font (of course you are more than welcome to use any other fonts!)
  • 60mm x 30mm Mint Stamp Kit (use promo code 10OFF)
  • Mint Ink in black (or whatever color you want)
  • Wooden dessert spoons (got mine on Amazon)

Step One: Create design in Mint Studio

  1. In the Stamp Settings window, select stamp size 60mm x 30mm.
  2. With Text tool selected, I typed up various fun phrases for my wooden spoons, such as “Treat Yo Self” and “Nom nom nom” and “Wanna Spoon?” (You know me, I love my puns)
  3. Next, I resized them to all fit the 60mm x 30mm stamp space while making sure each phrase would fit nicely within the space on the spoon’s handle. Now your stamp is ready to “print” via Mint!

Step Two: Send to Mint

  1. Send your stamp to Mint and follow prompts in the program.
  2. Once printed, pull the cardboard piece out and fold along the perforated line.
  3. Remove the black square stamp from the cardboard casing as well as the plastic layer on top.
  4. Then, remove the lid of your stamp base, remove the protective layer, and apply your stamp to the stamp base.
  5. Apply the black (or whatever color you picked) ink and set it aside for about 10 mins to let the ink soak in.


Step Three: Stamp Spoons

  1. Stamp off the excess ink on a scrap piece of paper. TIP: As long as you let the ink penetrate for 10 minutes, don’t hesitate to keep practice stamping until you are getting a clean quality of your stamp image.
  2. Because my wooden spoons had some curvature, I let the spoon part hang off the edge of the table and laid the handle part flat on the table. Then, I stamped onto the handle part with even pressure. There are different ways to stamp plus your spoons may be made slightly different from mine so have fun and play around to see what works best for you!

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In DIY, Silhouette on
July 16, 2017

I is for Ice Cream (and I’m celebrating it all week!)

Guess what today is??? National Ice Cream Day! 🙂

I mean, do I really need a day to remind me to enjoy one of the world’s greatest invention? Heck no!

So, I’m going to go a step further and make it an ice cream week here on the blog! I’ll “sprinkle” (har har, I love cheesy puns) in some tutorials and even a FREEBIE! Be sure to swing back in a couple days to see how to make your ice cream eating experience extra special.

Today’s tutorial showcases a simple DIY shirt made with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for my littlest. Every time we walk into an ice cream or froyo shop, she makes a mad dash towards the sample cups and then another mad dash towards one particular flavor which she points at with all her might. My favorite part is watching her hold the sample cup with her tiny pudgy fingers while enjoying the sweet treat. It’s got Vitamin D and Calcium right? #secondchild

Want to make this shirt for your kiddo…or yourself?!

Supplies needed:

  • Shirt (I recommend washing your shirt first beforehand)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (remember to use promo code 10OFF. FYI, I used smooth/matte material in white)
  • Hook tool (promo code 10OFF)
  • Amy Robison’s Ice Cream Cone Design ID#133499
  • Thin fabric (like a plain dinner linen napkin)
  • Iron

 

Let’s begin!

I love modifying designs purchased from Silhouette’s Design Store to make them work for my project needs.  The Ice Cream Cone design by Amy Robison is so dang cute and I would totally use it as-is for any paper project. Side note: how awesome is it that when you open the file in Silhouette Studio, there is a little mockup in the top left corner?!?! SO incredibly helpful, am I right??

Here’s how I slightly modified the design for my daughter’s shirt:

  1. After you open the file in Silhouette Studio, right-click and ungroup.
  2. Delete everything but three pieces (pink ice cream scoop, black cross-hatched cone, and colorful sprinkles). Also, do not resize the remaining shapes. NOTE: No need to change the fill color of the remaining pieces since we are not printing.
  3. Drag the cross-hatched cone to fit under the pink ice cream scoop. Make sure there is some overlap between the two pieces.
  4. With both cone and scoop selected, choose Weld under the Modify Window. NOTE: Don’t worry if your welded shape fill color changes to black. Again, fill color doesn’t matter when it comes to HTV projects. We are only concerned with cut lines.
  5. Next, move the sprinkles piece on top of the ice cream scoop.
  6. Great! We have our ice cream design and now we can add text.
  7. Then, simply create one circle shape with a 6.50in diameter.
  8. Click on Text tool and type “I is for” in a space somewhere above the ice cream cone shape with whatever font you like.
  9. Click on the four-arrow symbol on the bottom left of your text box and drag it down the top of the circle so that the words are on top of your circle and centered by eye. NOTE: If your text box was below your ice cream cone design and you dragged up the text box to the top of your circle, your words would probably be upside down. For more information about the Text to Path technique, visit this post.
  10. Next, copy/paste the “I is for” text box, drag it down to the “inside” of the circle, and revise text to read “ICE CREAM” in caps with the same font that you chose earlier.
  11. We obviously don’t want the words to overlap the cone so we will use the vertical slider to “slide” the text outwardly. Slide as far as you can.
  12. Lastly, for both text boxes, right-click and choose “Convert to Path,” which will “unlink” its “Text to Path” relationship to the circle. The circle is now back to being a regular cut circle, which you can now delete.
  13. Adjust the text as needed until you are satisfied with your design.
  14. Group everything so that it’s one piece.
  15. Resize your design accordingly to fit your shirt.

Once you have your finished design, the last step is ironing it onto your shirt which is super easy to do. Just click this link and follow steps 3-14.

Now all that is left is to sport your new awesome shirt, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream, and ENJOY! 🙂

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette, Weddings on
July 13, 2017

Heart Cutout Card for Bride-to-Be (tutorial)

Two of my friends are getting married! Hooray! A little-known fact about me…I am also a wedding planner/coordinator taking on a few clients a year. Thank goodness I was married pre-Pinterest because if Pinterest was around, I probably would have had the longest engagement period either making everything DIY or constantly changing my mind on design elements like escort card displays!

Luckily, I know where to turn to when I need to make cute cards! A quick search through the Silhouette Design Store, I stumbled upon a beautiful cutout card design where the file actually came with two cards. PERFECT!

Here’s how I made the card above:

You will need:

  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting Mat
  • Design ID #37499
  • Solid-colored cardstock
    • I used a 12in x 12in coral sheet for the card
    • Two 5.5in square pieces in white
    • White and dark blue leftover scraps to make the “Congrats” word embellishment
  • Patterned scrapbook paper (Each piece was 2.5in x 5.5in. I recommend a non-busy pattern/design)
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Glue (I used Tombow Multi Liquid Glue…it’s THE BEST! A must have!)

Step-by-step tutorial:

  1. In Silhouette Studio, set your page size to 12in x 12in. Then open Design ID#37499 from your library.
  2. Right-click and ungroup. Now you have separated the top card from the bottom card.
  3. Starting with either the top or bottom card, right-click again and select Release Compound Path.
  4. For my card, I deleted “TRUE LOVE”
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for the other card.
  6. Send to Silhouette using proper cut settings. NOTE: I selected Double Cut to ensure a clean cut.
  7. Peel the cards off cutting mat once cutting has finished and fold along the perforated lines.
  8. Use your adhesive tape runner to stick your 5.5in white square pieces on the inside of the card, where you write your message.
  9. Next, put dimensional adhesives around the heart’s perimeter on the inside flap of the card.

  10. Place dimensional adhesive on the corners of the patterned paper with paper facing up. Flip this piece over and place it on top of the inside flap of the card. NOTE: Make sure you align the flap edge with the pattern paper edge. GREAT! You’ve now created a “shadow box” appearance with the card.
  11. To make the “Congrats” word embellishment, I simply typed it in Silhouette. Because it’s a script font, I welded the text so that the letters connected.
  12. Next, I created an offset to make the white background behind “Congrats”
  13. If you’re making two cards, be sure to do steps 10-11 twice! Raise your hand if you like to work efficiently!
  14. Sent both to Silhouette to cut and glued them together with my Tombow Multi Liquid Glue.
  15. Lastly, I placed dimensional adhesives on the back of the embellishment and centered it over the cutout heart. The embellishment also helps keep the card closed!

These cards were quick to whip up and are so dang cute! You can change the word embellishment to anything that fits your needs. The delicate cutout design truly showcases the precision-cutting capability of the Silhouette cutting machine!!

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In DIY, Silhouette on
July 10, 2017

The Silhouette CAMEO is Not Expensive

There, I said it and I’ll say it again…the Silhouette CAMEO® 3 is not expensive! Yes it retails for $300 but Silhouette is always running deals, one of which is the Silhouette Elite sale going on right now until July 15. You can purchase the Silhouette CAMEO® 3 plus the newly released Silhouette Handbook for $250. Simply go to this unique sale link, add the bundle to your cart, and use promo code [XTINE] to get the special discounted pricing!!

However, that is not why I am writing this post. I realize some of you may still have sticker shock but let me show you how the Silhouette CAMEO® 3 has been a cost-saving tool for me. Let it be known I own the Original CAMEO® and it still works amazingly (4 years and counting!). With proper care, these machines last so they’re worth every penny! Take a look at this pretty infographic I made for y’all! 🙂 So, are you now convinced you should get the Silhouette CAMEO® 3? Click on that link above…do iiiiittttt! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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In DIY, Holidays, Home Decor, Silhouette on
July 2, 2017

Barn Quilt Blocks – Two Ways

Happy almost Independence Day! What are you guys doing this weekend to celebrate? Anyone taking Monday off? It seems a little odd to go to work one day and have the next day off and then back to work for the rest of the week. I say Monday should be a holiday too! Who’s with me?? 🙂

While I had been a little MIA for the month of June (I’ll explain why in a later post), I did get a chance to create some awesome patriotic home decor for my post on Silhouette’s blog. I started with the paper method (because I just LOVE working with paper!) and pushed myself to try something new…I mean, that’s the whole point of this creative journey, right? For the first time, I used Silhouette’s Stencil Material to create the painted look and I absolutely LOVE the results! I can totally foresee more farmhouse-style signs in my craft queue this year!

If you want to learn how to make your own barn quilt blocks, check out my post on Silhouette’s blog. Have a safe and fun 4th of July friends!

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In Silhouette on
June 19, 2017

My First Blog Post for Silhouette!

Oh friends, apologies for the lack of posts lately. I am D-E-E-P in the trenches with two big community events I’m helping put together. Both events take place this week so I’ll be back to my regular blogramming next week…hmm, maybe the week after that. I might need more time to recover! #gettingold

Amidst the craziness, I completely forgot to inform y’all that my first blog post for Silhouette went up last weekend! It’s a roundup post of fun ways to dress up sweet treats. Desserts are right up my alley (my dentist would agree) and it covers all the different ways you can use the Silhouette cutting machine and the Mint machine.

Here’s the link to the post.

Hope you are having a great Monday! Be back in about a week or so. If you don’t hear from me, I’m probably asleep and snoring on the couch! 🙂

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In DIY, Silhouette on
June 6, 2017

New Baby Gift: Customized Onesies with HTV

 

My dear friend Lauren (who was one of my bridesmaids) had her sweet baby girl last month…hooray! She’s going to be a wonderful mama! 🙂

Little babies in bodysuits/onesies are so dang cute plus both my kiddos went through 4-5 outfits a day when they were so tiny thanks to spit-up and blowouts! So I thought I would customize some for her adorable babe. I purchased a 5-pack of Cat & Jack onesies from Target and added some ready-made designs using heat transfer vinyl (HTV). This new baby gift was whipped up in less than 15 mins!

Want to learn how to make some of your own custom apparel? Follow the steps below!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clothing
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I used smooth material in gold, black, and glitter gold)
  • Iron
  • Linen napkin or thin piece of fabric
  • Weeding tool (I normally use an Exacto knife but this time, I tried out a new tool a friend suggested…Fiskars’ Fingertip Detail Knife. It worked great!)
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting mat

 

Before I start, if you’re using baby clothing, I recommend washing them first (with Dreft). No tired mama with a newborn has time or energy to wash clothes!)

  1. Find and download a design you like in the Silhouette Design Store.
    • I used two from Lori Whitlock’s Baby T-Shirt collection: Design ID#179071 (link) and Design ID#186013 (link)
    • I also used Sophie Gallo’s Baby Bear Logo Design ID#197119 (link)
  2. In Silhouette Studio, adjust the size of the design so that it fits proportionately on your clothing
  3. Place the heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat (clear plastic backing down, sticking it onto the cutting mat)
  4. IMPORTANT STEP: Mirror your design by going to “Replicate” Window and choosing “Mirror Right.” Delete the original correct-facing design. You want the mirrored design when using HTV
  5. Next, open the “Cut Settings” window and select “Heat Transfer Material – Smooth”. Depending on your blade, you may need to adjust other settings so that your design cuts through the HTV material (but not the clear plastic backing). TIP: You may want to do a test cut to make sure you have the correct settings before wasting your HTV material!
  6. Once cut, peel from cutting mat and begin weeding with your weeding tool. Be sure to remove any pieces within “looped” characters like “O” or “e” or “g” (you get the idea!)
  7. After weeding, you should see a mirrored image of your design.
  8. Place your article of clothing flat on your ironing board, smoothing out any wrinkles either by hand or with your iron.
  9. Set your HTV on top of clothing where you would like it to be. Be sure clear plastic backing is facing up, away from clothing. HTV should be touching your clothing
  10. Place your thin piece of fabric (mine is a linen napkin) on top of the HTV piece and begin ironing, pressing down firmly.
  11. Hold down for 10-15 seconds. TIP: do not push/move your iron. If your design is larger than your iron’s footprint, lift iron up and press down again on new area.
  12. Let cool for a 10 seconds.
  13. From one corner, lift off the clear plastic backing to see if HTV has fully transferred to clothing. If so, carefully pull off the clear plastic backing. If not, try ironing a little more/longer until HTV adheres.
  14. Once you have removed the clear plastic backing, put the linen napkin back over the design and iron downwards again for 10 seconds. This step is probably not necessary but I always do it as a final assurance HTV has adhered to the clothing. See picture below.

 

That’s it folks! Easy peasy! The hardest part will be finding a design…so many great options on the Silhouette Design Store! OR have fun and make your own design! 🙂

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In Silhouette on
June 1, 2017

Get your Silhouette goodies at a discount!

 

As a member of the Silhouette Design Team, I am also a member in their affiliate program called Silhouette Elite. They do a sale at the beginning of each month that is exclusive to Silhouette Elite so mark your calendars Silhouette users. Bottom line: use my affiliate code “XTINE” and you have exclusive access to the Silhouette Elite sale!

The June sale runs from June 1st—15th and offers 30% off almost everything! You guys, this deal even beats Amazon pricing on certain items. Save money so you can spend it on more stuff! Haha, just kidding! 🙂

  • Exclusions include: machines, blades, mats, tools, and software.
  • That means the following supplies qualify for discounted pricing. Italicized text is just a small sample list of supplies I found cheaper with my affiliate code.
    •  Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
      • Glitter Gold HTV – a little over $15 on Amazon. Just under $12 with my code.
      • White Smooth HTV – nearly $20 on Amazon. Or get it just under $12.
    • Pens
      • Sketch Pens in Basic colors – About $2.50 cheaper with using the XTINE code
    • Starter Kits
    • Mint Accessories
      • Stock up on individual ink bottles for about $1.40 each!
    • Adhesive Vinyl
      • Vinyl Sampler Pack in Neutrals are nearly $12 on Amazon. With the Silhouette Elite sale, you can get it for just $7, that’s about 41% off!
    • Specialty Media
      • Scratch-off Sticker Sheets in Gold – $4 cheaper with the XTINE code.
      • Sticker Sampler Pack – also $4 cheaper.
    • Fabric Ink
      • Black Fabric Ink – $10.50 on Amazon. Use the XTINE affiliate code and get it for $3.50 (a 67% discount)!
    • and more!

 

To purchase: Go to www.silhouetteamerica.com/juneelite, add items to your cart, and use my code “XTINE” to get the incredible discounts! I think it’s so neat that Silhouette is helping you, my friends and followers, to save money on crafting supplies! Sale ends June 15 so don’t delay!

Please let me know if you have any questions about Silhouette’s products…I would love to help you with your next craft project! 🙂

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In Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
May 30, 2017

Oh Snap! Thank You Card

 

Our littlest is 18 months old and we just had our first full family photo shoot #secondchildproblems

A few weeks ago, Keri of Keri Hatcher Photography was in town and we knew we had to get photos taken by her again because she is just amazing at capturing fun, candid family photos. What was supposed to be a 30-minute mini session became an hour long and none of us even realized that because we were having a blast. My kids were eating up the spotlight (candy treats also helped!) and I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

To thank Keri and her incredible talent, I created this simple thank you card. The design of this card is unique in that it doesn’t have a thank you “greeting.” Instead, I let the fun patterned background paper speak for itself. Sometimes, it’s nice to make a card that isn’t so straightforward. This forces the recipient to visually examine the card and enjoy all the various parts that make up the whole card. I always try to personalize the cards I make so it was only appropriate to add a camera cutout (Silhouette Design ID #47198 by the ever-talented Lori Whitlock). Lastly, I can never pass up the chance to do a play on words so I created “Oh snap!” within Silhouette Studio using Bebas and Bernadette fonts.

 

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