October 28, 2016

Fall Projects using my Silhouette Cameo

It's been a while since I've posted, I must confess...since getting my Silhouette Cameo, I've been super busy making stuff for myself, my friends, family; and selling stuff like crazy...
this is my new addiction!
I wanted to share with you just a few things that I have made this Fall season

 Personalized Pumpkin
For this project, I used a faux pumpkin that I purchased at my local department store, you can use a real pumpkin if you prefer, I cut our last name out Oracle 651vinyl,
  using the font Magnolia Sky

Fall Sign
 This project was done by purchasing a
 "chalk board" sign at my local department store, I purchased and downloaded the chevron pumpkin cut file from etsy and cut it out of Oracle 651 vinyl
 and I made a cute bow from this Fall inspired ribbon. I also made a few personalized ones for friends by taking the "Happy Fall" out and replacing it with their last name. 
This project was a very popular one!

Monogrammed Aztec Pumpkin Raglan
  This project was one of my favorite, 
I used htv (heat transfer vinyl) in light orange
and purchased the aztec pumpkin cut file online, personalized it with my monogram using my silhouette cameo software.
This raglan shirt is one of my favorite to wear with my Fall boots, boot socks and skinny jeans.  

If you haven't purchased a Silhouette Cameo yet, well...you don't know what you are missing and if you own one, try one of these cute projects, I'd also love to see what great projects you come up with!

Happy Fall Y'all!
~Brandy Jones   

June 28, 2016

Fourth of July: Food & Fun

Our Fourth of July celebration starts with a family reunion, then we head out to our lake house for a cookout with family and friends. Just before dark, we load up the pontoon boat and head out across the lake to watch a beautiful firework show, which is amazing to watch on the water. 
We never forget the fact that we are able to celebrate this holiday with the freedom that we have as Americans, because of the men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for that very freedom, so to every service man and woman. Thank You for all of your sacrifices and to those who never made it home, we salute you!
 

The Food: 

Fresh Fruit & Pretzels
 

Corey at FamilyFreshMeals.com
has made this easy little dish for you to set out for your next Fourth of July get together, how cute is this? and it doesn't get any easier..oh wait, it does because, she even includes a printable recipe card! 


Patriotic Peppermint Patties
www.momontimeout.com

Heather from Mom on Timeout has shared with us this fabulously sweet treat that is colored up perfectly for the Fourth of July, These Patriotic Peppermint Patties are the perfect sweet treat or after dinner mints, 
she includes a printable recipe card as well! 

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad
with Mint Honey-Lime Dressing 
spicysouthernkitchen.com
 
Christin from Spicy Southern Kitchen shared this deliciously refreshing dish with us and includes a printable recipe card as well. This looks amazing, can't wait to try it!


Buzzed Cherry Bombs
http://frostingandasmile.com/archives/2266
What a fabulous idea to get a nice buzz on and the cherry infused vodka left over from making this is still a usable drink, so hey! it's a win. win! If you'd like this fabulous recipe, head on over http://frostingandasmile.com and get it. 
(Click on the picture for the direct link)


 Now For The Fun:


From Decorations to fun stuff for the kids to make and do, I have found a little something for everyone!

 Easy Patriotic Luminaries
http://www.hometalk.com/3961895/easy-patriotic-luminaries



Look at these cute patriotic Luminaries that Melissa from Keep Calm and Decorate shared with us. How cute are these?
  For complete instructions, click on the picture to be taken to the website to show you step by step how to make these patriotic luminaries!

 Patriotic Tin Cans
This is the easiest and most patriotic way to serve your fancy Summer silverware
 (aka: Plastic forks, spoons & knives)
Head on over to Stockpilingmoms.com to get the directions on these and say "hi" to Melissa and Shelley while you are there!

Sparkle & Shine
http://www.aliceandlois.com/fourth-of-july-sparkler-printable/

 Who doesn't love a little sparkle & shine on the Fourth of July, over at aliceandlois.com you will find this cute printable for you to place your sparklers in to  hand out to guest at your Fourth of July gathering! 
(Click on picture for direct link to the blog)

Fun for the Kiddos

http://www.skiptomylou.org/4th-of-july-decoration/

Head on over to skip to my lou to find these great little patriotic ideas for the kiddos to make!
Keeps them busy having fun and they get to help with the decorating, it's a win.win!
(Click on the picture for these & more projects) 

I hope everyone has a safe 
& Happy Fourth of July Holiday!
~Brandy Jones

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June 5, 2016

Free Silhouette Cut Files

I love creating my own Silhouette cut files, but I also love searching the internet to find creative designs made and shared by others, You can use cut files in many different ways by using different types of vinyl, for example, you can apply these designs to shirts, tote bags & hats by using htv (heat transfer vinyl) or on coffee mugs and hard surfaces by using 651 vinyl 
(Permanent outdoor adhesive vinyl) and you can also apply these designs to things likes walls using 631 vinyl (Non-permanent vinyl) so that it can be easily removed when ready.
Here are a few that I have found and love.

Creating a sign using 651 vinyl
Christine from Where the smiles have been
is offering this great Silhouette cut file along with a step by step tutorial on her blog, find the tutorial and free cut file here 
It makes the perfect sign for your home and is free for personal use only! 

 Projects using HTV & More
 Dawn from Dawn Nicole Designs is not only offering this hand lettered cut file for free, but she shows you several different projects by using different vinyl and applying it to different products! Find her post and free cut file here
This file is free for personal use also!

 Patriotic Cut File (HTV)
 Melissa from the Silhouette School Blog is offering this awesome Free Cut File just in time for Independence Day! How cute is this? I can't Thank Melissa enough and honestly couldn't have made it this far with my own Silhouette without her helpful tutorials!
 Check out her post and snag this free cut file here
 This design is free for personal use as well!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope you enjoy these free cut files shared today to create something for yourself!

Happy Crafting! 
Brandy
 

April 28, 2016



Mother's Day is quickly approaching and to celebrate I wanted to make a couple cut files to share, you can use these to make your Mother a shirt, a coffee cup or wooden sign...Just about anything you can think of to apply one of these designs to using your 
Silhouette Cameo and Vinyl.
These are Studio 3 files and can be used with
 the basic Silhouette software.
Here are a couple examples of shirts you can make using these files

 These files are free for personal use only and are not to be sold or used to produce items for resale.
Thank you for your cooperation!

April 8, 2016

DIY Shirt Using Silhouette Cameo & Heat Transfer Vinyl



I finally broke down and purchased myself a Silhouette Cameo and I must say, it is one of the greatest purchases I have ever made, you can make just about anything that you can think up. I am still learning of course and still consider myself a newbie by every means of the definition, but if you are wondering if it is worth the money, let me just tell you now...it is! I purchased mine as a bundle deal on Amazon and was able to get the Cameo and a bunch of tools, vinyl and supplies for the same price that the local craft store had just the cameo machine listed for, so do your homework, be patient and find the best deal!

Now, this is my first tutorial for a Silhouette Cameo projects, so  bare with me...it might not be perfect, but you will get the idea (and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them for you) 
Let me apologize now for the low quality pictures (my digital camera is under the weather, so I did the best I could with my cellphone)
Okay here goes...

Step One:
 I like to measure about 2" from the bottom of collar then measure just how big I'd like my quote using the space below those two inches to center my design. You want to use HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) for this project (Stay tuned for how to cut HTV properly to make it adhere to your shirt)

Step Two: 
I selected the font I wanted to use and typed out my quote as shown in the picture. (The font I used for this was Magnolia Sky) I used the color fill option to color in the blank spaces in the font, just to give myself a visual of what it will look like once cut out in black vinyl. You do not have to do this, but I like to


Step Three: 
This is very important! When cutting HTV you must always "Mirror Right" your image, because you place the HTV shiney side down, so you must cut it in reverse, if you don't do this, your image will cut out wrong and you wont be able to use it! Once I mirror right my image, I delete the image on the left and move the "backwards" image to the cutting area of the mat.

 Step Four:
The "Weld" option is used when fonts or images have lines that overlap each other, you want to "weld" them so that when you make your cuts they cut it all out as one word and not individual letters.
(Hope this makes sense) To test it to see if you need to use the "weld" option, you can click on the "cut" option (top right of your silhouette screen) and see if the red cut lines are cutting through the font or not, if it is...weld it!

 Step Five:
Place your HTV shiney side down on your cutting mat (lining it up to the left side of your mat) then place your mat in the Silhouette Cameo machine (lining the mat up with the blue cut lines on the left side of machine (shown in picture) then click "Load Cut Mat" Click your cut option on your Silhouette software, place your setting on Vinyl and click "Send to Silhouette" It should start automatically cutting your image out.


 Step Six:
Once it is done cutting, click "unload" Peel HTV off of the cutting mat and cut around image, unless you are using a full sheet or a sheet already cut for the exact size of your project. This is what my image looked like once cut (this is the opposite side, it cut the image out on the backside, so this is what it looks like once you flip it over)
  
Step Seven:
Time to "weed" 
Weeding is when you remove the vinyl you don't need! Take away everything that you don't want stuck to your shirt. This process can be very therapeutic (when it goes well) I use my Silhouette weeding tool for this step.



  Step Eight:
I use an iron for my applications, however I am planning on purchasing a heat press, because it is easier, if you are doing a lot of heat transfer projects, pressing them with an iron is a lot of work and will wear you out, so I suggest a Powerpress heat press or a Sunie brand, those have come highly recommended by owners! I place Parchment paper (Not Wax Paper) over my shirt and press really hard with the iron for a few seconds all over, then I remove the Parchment Paper and slowly begin peeling up one corner of the transfer sheet (the clear sheet over my HTV image) if it isn't releasing the image I lay it back down and repeat the process until it comes off cleanly and sticks to the shirt

  
 Step Nine:
I then place my Parchment paper back over my image and begin pressing very hard for about 8 seconds, moving it from side to side and up and down. You want to press it until you can see the lines in the shirt pressed into the HTV

  
Step Ten:
Turn the shirt wrong side out, lay the Parchment paper over the back of image and press again, firmly, then turn right side out. If you can't see the lines (grains) of shirt pressed into HTV. Press until you can. Careful not to melt the HTV.





  Step Eleven:
Confession Time! Do you see my mistake?
I forgot to weed the bottom portion of the "L", but it's just for me, so it's all good! If I was going to sell this however, I would redo it...even though it's a simple little mistake that most wouldn't notice. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my paying customers!


And here is the finished product!
 I can't wait to wear this to the lake this summer!
I hope this tutorial is somewhat helpful, again I am still learning myself and to some that have been doing this a while, it may seem silly, but everyone has to start somewhere and I know that I have learned a lot from tutorials that I have found on the web. 
If you have any question, please leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them the best I can.
Happy Crafting!
Brandy

March 1, 2016

St. Patty's Day 2016

St. Patrick's Day 2016 Printables

March is finally here, our first glimpse of nice weather and the beginning of my St. Patty's Day decorating!
The first thing I made was a new wreath for our front door.
  It's even prettier in person!
I used a metal wreath form, burlap and old Shamrock necklace, Some chevron ribbon and a glittery foam shamrock. I think it makes a great (festive) addition to our front door! 

I then made this cute printable to frame and decorate with, you can find it here 

Also if you'd like to see last years St. Patrick's Day printables, click here

 
This Print is Copyrighted © Free for Personal Use Only. All Rights Reserved

February 2, 2016

"You Will Forever be my Always" Printable

I was looking for another idea to decorate for Valentine's Day, I wanted something with my favorite little quote, 
"You will forever be my always"
I decided on this free printable, I made several different color options to choose from, you can save the print and print it out as a plain heart or open the print up in a editing program, such as word, paint, photoshop, etc. and add your own initials!
I can't wait to print it out and put it up in our home!
 


Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
~Brandy

January 28, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Just as promise, here is a series of Valentine print that will add a pop of color to your decor, Some with cute sayings and others personalized with initials, as well as a blank design to create whatever saying you would like in an editing software, such as word, paint, etc.
Hope you enjoy!
{Snap a picture and show me how you use them in your Valentine Decor}
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