Happy Birthday Bag (How to layer adhesive vinyl)

…layered adhesive vinyl on a paper gift bag

Adhesive vinyl on paper bag. FREE CUT FILES.Adhesive vinyl on paper bag. FREE CUT FILES.
Kraft bags. Anyone else in love with them? Such a sweet blank canvas—so versatile. I keep a variety of sizes on hand to use as gift bags. In a few minutes, I can personalize one for a specific person or occasion…or both!  Here’s a HAPPY BIRTHDAY design I did recently. Sometimes I add more swirlies, sometimes I swap out the black for white or the turquoise for a different color, and sometimes I swap out the brown bag for a blue, green, or other color (are they still called Kraft bags when they’re not brown???).

This design involves a little layering, but just a little, so if you’ve never layered adhesive vinyl before, this is a great first project to give it a try. The free SVG & Silhouette cutting files are available to download below, and I’ll take you step-by-step through putting it together, so let’s go!

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The Struggle is REAL Toddler Shirt

…a heat transfer vinyl project.

Free SVG & Silhouette Files.

We were invited to a toddler’s birthday party on the weekend. It was sure to be a fun time—all ages gathered to visit and laugh and partake in teddy bear cookies (hey, they were covered in Belgian chocolate, y’all). I was excited—not just for the chocolate, LOL—but because it meant I could make something “toddler”, which I don’t get to do very often. As usual, I have free SVG & Silhouette cutting files below for you to download and full instructions in case you’d like to make one for the toddler in your life.

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From Post-It Note to Pillow
(how to clean up traced handwriting)

. . . tracing handwriting and applying in heat transfer vinyl

How to trace handwriting and cut in HTV on the Silhouette machine!

I may have mentioned a few times how much I love personalizing things with my Silhouette. Cutting someone’s words in their own handwriting is about as personalized as it gets. Here’s a project to create a pillow by tracing a handwritten note—or doodle or drawing or whatever—and adding it to a cushion cover in heat transfer vinyl (HTV). These pillows are great smile inducers—just watch as you give one to a grandparent or a kid (especially if it’s the kid’s handwriting or drawing). And if the handwriting is that of someone no longer living, the pillow may become a cherished link to the past.

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Silly Go Jump in the Lake Pillow

…a heat transfer vinyl project.

Perfect hostess gift for when you're invited to someone's cottage at the lake. Free SVG & Silhouette files.

I made this pillow for our lakeside living room, but it would be just as at home in a bedroom or on the deck. It also makes a fabulous hostess gift if you’ve been invited to stay at a friend’s cabin/cottage/house at the lake. Let me tell ya, extra cushions (especially ones that can double as bed pillows when the sleeping bags come out), are always welcome at the lake. And if they’re cute and funny and start a conversation, all the better.

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5 Awesome Things You Should Know About Your Silhouette Mat

5 AWESOME THINGS you should know about your Silhouette mat to save time, save the mat, and make it easier to work with vinyl & cardstock.

Having worked with my Silhouette mat day in and day out for several years now—well, [grin], not the *same* mat for all that time…I’ve gone through a few, LOL—I’ve discovered some things about it that either save me time, save the mat, or make it easier to work with materials. So, in my ongoing effort to make Silhouetting easier for y’all, here are my top five things…nay, here are my top five *awesome* things about the Silhouette mat. Maybe some of them will be game changers for you as they were for me.

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