…a heat transfer vinyl t-shirt project…or pillow project…or?
So, it’s the last day of the year, and we’ve been in a deep freeze for the last week— -26 to -33 base temps with the wind chill bumping it into -35 to -45 range. No matter which way you look at it, it’s cold out there, so when the owner of the Canadian SVGs & Designs Facebook group [waves to Lee!] issued a design challenge for “winter/cold” designs because of the “freakin’ ccccold temps”, well, I was all over that like skates on ice.
…a quickie Silhouette Christmas decor project with adhesive vinyl.
If you’ve been reading the Whatcha Workin’ On blog for a while, you know how much I love me a good pun. And when it involves Christmas and a mondegreen (fancy word for ‘misheard lyrics’), even better. When I saw the “Deep Pan, Crisp & Even” meme making the rounds on Facebook (a play on the Good King Wenceslas lyrics “deep and crisp and even” referring to the snow), I knew I needed to create a cutting board sign in the style of what the pizza box might look like.
I have a blank glass cutting board in my studio that I use as a work surface when crafting messy things. At Christmas, I scrub the crafting history from the surfaces—gotta love glass—and apply adhesive vinyl in a punny design as part of my kitchen Christmas decor. Wouldn’t this be fun to apply to a plain pizza box to serve pizza over the holidays? LOL…
Somehow, despite not ever having played Dungeons & Dragons myself, all three of my kids ended up being D&D players and dungeon masters. Here are three projects I recently did for them using my Silhouette. You’ll find free cut files below for all of them, in case you want to make shirts, binder decals, door mats etc. for the D&D gamer in your life.
Sometimes you have wall space that needs just a little something extra. That’s where this project comes in—a little design to help balance out an oblong frame above a dresser. Since the dresser is an antique and the frame contains pressed mountain flowers, I thought I’d get all ooh la la and go French with “Mes Fleurs”, which, of course, is “my flowers” in French.
…layered adhesive vinyl on a paper gift bag
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!
…a heat transfer vinyl project.
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.
. . . tracing handwriting and applying in heat transfer vinyl
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.
…and his wife owns a Silhouette.
After moving into our new house… Continue reading
…a wall decal in temporary adhesive vinyl.
My studio in the new house has a big empty wall.
I have a Silhouette machine.
And temporary adhesive vinyl.
And a saying I’ve been dying to put up in my creative space somewhere somehow.
Do you see where this is going? Yuppers, I have me a new wall decal. And I couldn’t be more pleased with it.