“Merry Christmas” Banner Card

Free Silhouette cut file for "Merry Christmas" banner card

If this card looks a little familiar, it’s because it’s a Christmassy take on the Birthday Banner Card I did last year. A blog reader (Hi, Debbie! :^) wrote to ask if I had a file for “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Birthday”. Uh, no I didn’t, but after a few minutes in Silhouette Studio, now I do. I love it when a file can be repurposed, don’t you?

I really like this design because the “Merry” banner is three dimensional, and you know me…I’m a sucker for 3D every time. The letters are threaded on a string and hang freely from the front of the card. “Christmas” is cut from temporary adhesive vinyl. And like the birthday banner card, I’ve got the free cut file you can download to make your own.

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Simple, Quickie Christmas Tree Card

Simple quickie Christmas card with cut-out dots outlining the tree, and heat transfer vinyl glitter star.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who looked at the calendar today and said, “Holy Cadiddlehopper, Batman, we’re at the end of the first week of December and I still haven’t sent out Christmas cards!  If you’re like me, this post is for you—a simple card that’s easy to cut and assemble and get in the mailbox quickquickquick. And if y’all are more organized than I am and already have your cards sent, I tip my hat to you…you can tuck this idea away til next year.

The tree, made of little circles cut out of the card, is topped with a glitter heat transfer vinyl star (or you can use adhesive vinyl or cardstock, if you prefer…I just happened to have some HTV scraps to use up).

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Baby Onesies… and how to hollow out text

…a heat transfer vinyl (HTV) project

       …plus how to hollow out a font to add emphasis

Free SIlhouette cut file for baby onesies in heat transfer vinyl.

Since I began using a Silhouette cutting machine, I’ve been chomping at the bit to make some baby onesies. There are so many fun ideas out there! But I’m at that age where my friends, siblings, and I had our babies long ago, and our kids, nieces & nephews haven’t started having babies yet (and we’re in no rush for them to do so! LOL), so I’ve had to wait. And wait. And wait.

No longer! One of hubby’s coworkers just had a baby boy (waves to Ms. K and Roland! :^). So bring on the onesies!

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“If you can read this…” Socks

…a heat transfer vinyl project.

Heat transfer vinyl designs to apply to sock bottoms. FREE Silhouette file.

Many months ago, a photo of these socks crossed my desk: “If you can read this” on one sock and then ‘Bring me a beer’ on the other, so when the wearer sits with feet up, others in the room can read the message. Yowza, I thought, what an awesome idea to personalize for the hard-to-buy-for folks on my Christmas list this year!  I tucked the idea away to bring out in the fall, and then BOOM!  …the idea took off in Silhouette land; the socks became *a thing*.

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Halloween Hershey’s Kiss Holder

. . . a yummy cardstock project.

…plus how to do a cheater print & cut (Look, Ma, no registration marks!)
…and how to make invisible score lines for folding accurately
…and how to prevent the blade from picking up bits

Halloween Hershey's Kiss holder. Free Silhouette cut file.

Today I have a simple Halloween treat holder that’s a perfect fit for a single Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss. I designed it with a 3D bat―all bats should be 3D, don’t you think? All it takes to make this self-standing holder is three pieces of cardstock, a little bit of adhesive vinyl (which is optional), and a few dabs of glue.

This is a great project if you need a classroom’s worth of treats (especially if you have more time than money (or kids you can put to work!) —folks notice the cool packaging and not that there’s just one itty bitty piece of chocolate inside). And they’re terrific scattered around tables at a Halloween party—once the kisses are poked out and eaten, the holders stand on their own as Halloween décor.

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Label ALL THE THINGS Part 1 – Kitchen

Wherein, I label my kitchen ingredients.

. . . an adhesive vinyl labels project.

How to make kitchen labels for mason jars and spice jars. Download ready-made labels to cut on the Silhouette, or follow the tutorial to make your own custom labels.

Outfitting our new little house at the lake involved duplicating a lot of the essentials we have in the city. In the kitchen, that meant coming up with another set of containers for sugar, flour, rice, and other staples we would use in our weekend cooking.

To keep things informal, I used two sizes of canning jars. The lids seal tightly—a definite must out in the country—and they’re cost effective, which pleases my Inner Frugal. Creating custom labels was super easy to do using the Silhouette machine. Today, I’m going to walk you through the steps in Silhouette Studio to create your own custom labels for whatever containers you want to use.

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Lake Life #nailedit Stenciled Stool

. . .a project involving paint, a vinyl stencil, and an old stool.

Free Silhouette cut file for "Lake Life #nailedit" stencil plus tutorial on how to use it!
One of the great—and stressful and time-consuming— things that happened this summer was that hubby and I bought a little lake house. We found the perfect place. Every weekend we are giddily happy to surround ourselves with water, trees, nature, and of course that ever-so-important peace and quiet we had been missing since moving to the city two years ago.

A new house [big grin] especially a lake house [even bigger grin] means a whole bunch of new craft projects. Yowza, yowza, let’s get started.

First up is this stenciled stool top.

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Music Notation Stencil Art

How to make large scale music notation stencilled art. FREE Silhouette cut file.
So I’ve been staring at this empty wall in my dining room for months trying to figure out what to put there. Ideas floated in and out of my head, but nothing really sparked my enthusiasm…until…while I was out shopping one day, I came across a very large frame. I instantly knew I wanted to do something large scale, something simple with a graphic punch.

Since music has woven through our family over the years—piano, cello, double bass, clarinet, recorders, guitar, choirs, vocal jazz, musical theatre, and heck, I even played the glockenspiel at one time(!)—music notation seemed like a good choice. I ended up using only three symbols, but I’ve got 16 of the most common ones in a free Silhouette cut file you can download (below) to make whatever combination you’d like.

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