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Narwhal, plus friends

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cutting wall decals, and I thought it would be fun to use them to decorate the wall above my mantel with them for spring. We’ve had a wooden narwhal installed over the fireplace since January. (the Mister’s xmas present)  I wanted to give him some company because he looked lonely, so I downloaded some narwhals I found at the Silhouette store and cut some out with some 12″ x 12″ Cricut wall vinyl I picked up at JoAnn’s.

Now the wooden narwhal is the king of the narwhals… Next month’s challenge is flowers! I can’t wait! I have a few ideas, so let’s see what I can come up with! I ordered 10 yards of white vinyl to play with… giant dandelions might be in the works!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update

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The Silhouette Challenge

silhouettethemes2014This past Christmas, my Mister gifted me a Silhouette Cameo. To learn how to use it, I joined the Silhouette Challenge that Lauren Lanker of the Thinking Closet started. Every month you either blog or take a picture of the project you made with the machine that fits the challenge. Here are all my 2014 challenge posts so far:

January: The Evolution of my Labeling system(s)
February: Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl
March:

Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl

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This month’s Silhouette Challenge is FABRIC! I ordered some heat transfer vinyl in a bunch of colors I’m planning to use from US Cutter and it came super quick! (2 days, wow!) My first project was to customize my director’s chair (bought on amazon) for my beauty company feto soap! The fabric on it was black canvas so I decided to add white to offset the black.

directorschairI typed out “feto soap” in the Silhouette Studio software, selected the word and created an offset (the white part is the offset). I reversed everything horizontally, cut out the white section first. Then using a household iron on the cotton/linen setting (no steam) I pre-ironed the fabric for two to three seconds. You pre-iron to prepare the fabric so it can take the transfer and to get any wrinkles out. I ironed the white/offset section for about 4 seconds after eyeballing it in the center. Then I lined up the black heat transfer vinyl centered over the white, and gave each section a firm 15 second press with my body weight. Viola! Now I have a custom director’s chair to bring to shows, like having a mini banner behind my table!

The next time I heat transfer vinyl black material with white, I can just crop out a void in the software where the black is in the white so I don’t have to waste black vinyl and worry about getting it lined up just right!

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table skirt

My next  project for my cosmetics company will be a table runner to use at shows. This is the blank I bought online (still waiting on it) but I have the black vinyl cut out and waiting to be ironed on!  I’ve always wanted one, but custom table runners cost somewhere in the $60 – 80 range (shipped) the last time I checked, so I passed. The blank white table runner cost me around $17 including shipping. I used about $9 of black heat transfer vinyl for the table skirt because I made a few newbie mistakes.   I was using 15″ width vinyl, so I plugged that into the software, and it cut off center since the Cameo can only cut within 12″. Whoops! and then when I went to cut it again, I forgot to flip it horizontally. So I made about $5 in material cutting mistakes, which is not too bad for early projects with a new material/medium. and hey. I’m not going to make those mistakes again!

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I found a local supplier for Heat Transfer Vinyl, River City Graphic Supply in Austin, TX, but it’s not for hobbyists. You’ll have to provide your Sales Tax & Use Number when you buy from them. You can also order from them online! It’s wonderful and terrible that they are so nearby! I’m eyeing their Copper from their Siser Electric line for a project, but I feel the need to work with some of the htv I have on hand first. That being said, I did pick up some hot pink flocked heat transfer vinyl from Hobby Lobby today ($2.99 for a little piece 5.5 x 9″)  just in case I wanted to add hearts to things. You can iron on flocked heat transfer to wood & cork, too! Not just fabric.

Next month’s Silhouette Challenge is paper. 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

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The evolution of my labeling system

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Hello friends! Every second Monday of the month I will be posting about my Silhouette Challenge Project! January’s theme is organizing, which I have already started on, so I jumped in.

TL;DR version: I now have a Silhouette Cameo & can cut out beautiful vinyl labels to organize my home.

When I first got the itch to label my things around 1997, I started out with a Brother Labeler because it prints laminated labels which is great for things that get touched a lot or things that might get wet. At the time I didn’t own a printer or working home computer, so I wasn’t able to do any home desktop publishing like when I rocked a dot matrix printer back in the day with my Print Shop Plus or whatever it was called.

Eventually I bought a computer and inkjet printer and let’s say in 2003 or so I discovered inkjet label paper in both white and clear. The clear was awesome, because it made it look like your label was printed right on the object you were labeling! I used it on my bulk food canisters with a cool bar code font. Unfortunately the label paper wasn’t water-resistant, so the labels did not hold up over time and streaked when they got wet.  I printed tons of labels to organize my soap business items on my white label paper. I would cut up half-page shipping labels down to whatever label size I needed or use the whole label depending on the container.

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The Ikea bookcase had drawers with the cut to size labels and the buckets with the half page labels.

I accidentally bought many, many boxes of UPS half-sheet label paper from someone on ebay years ago, so I would have to cut off the edge of the paper that said “for UPS use only*”! I should have read twice before I clicked once! I’m still going through that stash with probably less than a dozen pages left. I used it to practice making a “kiss cut” for stickers on my Silhouette. If you have some laying around and are interested in making stickers with here, the settings I use for UPS label paper are: Speed: 8, Thickness: 7, Blade: 1

These were the result of my many cut tests (not the kiss cut!) though I finally got it down to where you peel the stickers right off of the paper instead of these separate ones!
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*disclaimer: I’m not saying to order UPS label paper from UPS to make stickers… I made a mistake in my ordering, so it’s material that I have on hand that I didn’t mind experimenting with.

Fast forward to 2006 – I bought my first color laser printer and somewhere along the way, I discovered the existence of die-cut label paper that comes in more than Avery brand full or half sheets! Here’s my collection:label stock

My label stock is mostly to label the beauty products I make. The 1.8″ label paper has a wide top & bottom border, so I started using it to label my plastic bins (mostly shoebox size, but some 16 qt and larger) that I use to organize just about everything. I make a lot of different items, so I need to be able to find things relatively quickly. I use a lot of this size for a couple of different items, so I have a bunch of this “waste” label paper around that I keep to label my bins. I like that they stick on really well, but let me remove them (they have regular adhesive on the back of them, not removable.

Because of the projects I want to complete with the help of my Silhouette, I needed to pull out my acrylic paints and sewing kit, so I decided to label those too.  This tackle box holds all my acrylics & brushes. It was originally full of paint, clay, sewing notions & a bunch of other craft treasures Kai gifted to me when he moved to China.

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I tackled the sorting out of my sewing box (a big metal toolbox) the next day and combined the Mister’s, Kai’s and my sewing notions all into my toolbox after sorting everything into baggies. Thread, needles, lace, patches, etc. I was originally just going to label it with the words “sewing kit” but I thought it would be cute to have the keep calm poster on the side. I downloaded the free Keep Calm font and traced an image of a spool of thread in Silhouette Studio instead of a crown at the top.

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I’m also putting the Silhouette to use around the kitchen, of course! Here are a few of the things I have labeled so far:

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I made sure to save the file so I can use consistent fonts and sizes for each area of my house or if I need to cut them out again.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!image

 

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
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