Tuesday, June 28, 2016

13 Commercial Fonts and Designs for Summer for Silhouette Crafters!

Summer is in full swing and I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for seasonal commercial use fonts and designs.  Lucky for me - and you - The Hungry JPEG's Craftalicious 3.0 bundle is the answer!

https://thehungryjpeg.com/bundle/16441-the-craftalicious-bundle-vol-03/
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
The huge bundle includes 64 different fonts and graphic designs - all of which can be imported and cut with your Silhouette machine.  But what I want to show off today is 13 of my favorite summer designs that are included!  Again, all of which come with the commercial license and only for $19!

Monday, June 27, 2016

How to Trace Multi-Colored Layered Images in Silhouette Studio

Tracing is perhaps one of the biggest challenges for Silhouette users.  Tracing in Silhouette Studio is one of those things that takes practice because every design and every trace will be different. There's no exact formula for making the perfect trace that works across the board. That's especially the case with tracing multi-colored layered designs.


One thing to keep in mind with tracing layered images is you need to combine a lot of Silhouette Studio tools and build on the basics that you know about compound paths, fill colors, grouping and ungroup, edit points and the Modify tools to successfully trace a layered image.  For this reason - please know this should be considered an advanced Silhouette tutorial.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Free July 4th Firecrackers Silhouette Studio Cut File from Lori Whitlock!

And BOOOM! It's the best Freebie Friday of the month - the last Friday when Lori Whitlock shares a free SVG file with Silhouette School readers!

Free set of July 4th firecrackers and red white and blue fireworks from Lori Whitlock for Silhouette School
Today Lori is giving away an adorable set of July 4th firecrackers. I just love these red, white, and blue fireworks.

July 4th Tie: Free Silhouette Studio Cut File

I can't believe we're talking July 4th designs already!  Wowzers summer is flying by. This week, for Freebie Friday, I'm sharing an adorable red, white, and blue tie design I created.


I used navy Easyweek HTV and Red Easy it to make a fun little onesie for a friend's baby's first July 4th.  You can use it for print and cut too or as a photo prop

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Silhouette Store Subscriptions: Pros and Cons to Monthly Design Store Plans

I get a lot of questions about the Silhouette Store Subscription options and which plan to design plan to pick.

Silhouette School weekly contributor Becky Dykes is here this week to give you the low down on the pros and cons of the Silhouette Design Store Subscription monthly plan.

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Here's Becky! 

I often design my own designs in Silhouette Studio, but sometimes I don't have the time or creativity to start from scratch. In those case, I use my Silhouette monthly subscription to pick up a few designs. But before you jump on the monthly obligation bandwagon, there are a few things to consider, too!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Removing the Center Rotation in Silhouette Studio

Did you ever try to move a design around Silhouette Studio and you accidentally click that center rotation/cross hairs thing instead? Then your design is kind of attached to an axis as it moves around Studio?   I'm just going to lay it all out there and say it drives me nuts. There. I said it.


  Thankfully, it's actually possible - and very quick - to remove that center rotation. Buh bye!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Silhouette Studio Mat Revealing Grid Lines: How and Why

Everyone has their own favorite way to design in Silhouette Studio. I prefer to design on a white background without any grid lines.  Grid lines tend to distract me while designing, but are definitely useful later in the design process right before I cut.  Fortunately, you can have both - and it's easy to switch between a white background and gray grid lines.


Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Make Silhouette Planner Stickers Repositionable! (and Giveaway!)

Well my planner stickers lovin' world just got rocked! Did you guys know it's possible to make your own DIY stickers respositionable and removable with Silhouette?! OMG this is a game changer!
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I don't know how many times I've made plans and then had to change them...problem is the sticker's already in my daily planner and I can't cleanly remove it or reuse it...until now!

And there's more good news - I'm giving one lucky Silhouette School winner $100 to OnlineLabels.com and a copy of my ebook The Ultimate Silhouette Sticker Guide so you can try out this awesomeness for yourself!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Free Summer Set (12 Silhouette Studio Cut Files...Perfect for Stickers and More!)

It's summer time and to celebrate (if you're still celebrating the kids being off from school...love them...I really do!) I'm sharing a free Summer Set which includes a dozen Silhouette Studio Cut Files perfect for stickers and more!

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Should I Seal Vinyl? And With What Sealant?

I get a lot of questions about whether or not you should seal vinyl.  Personally, I never seal vinyl, but that doesn't mean there's never a reason to. 

Setting UpCustom RibbonDesigns in (2)Silhouette School contributor Becky Dykes from MyPaper Craze is back this week to share details on the best way to seal vinyl...and when it may be necessary to!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10 Distress Fonts for Silhouette Crafters (and Tips for Easy Cutting and Weeding)

Distressed or Vintage fonts are hugely popular with crafters, but many shy away from them because they're not the easiest to cut or weed. 

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.
Well, guess what..not only am I sharing a bunch of awesome distress fonts, but I'm going to share my little trick to making the vinyl weed just like a normal solid font would! Are you ready to have our mind blown?!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Secret to Layering Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (without Subtracting!)

Well, this glitter HTV-lovin' girl just got the best news ever! It's possible to layer up to three colors of glitter HTV!!!

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.
Previously, I shared a workaround on layering glitter HTV which required some modification to the design in Silhouette Studio to subtract out the area of the top layer from the bottom. BUT...now with Chemica Bling Bling from ProWorld that extra time and work isn't necessary!  You can simply layer up to three layers of the glitter or 'Star' heat transfer vinyl (as it's called) on top of each other!

Even  better - you can try it for yourself since one lucky Silhouette School reader will win a $50 gift card to ProWorld!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Designing in Silhouette Studio: How to Design HTV Baby Suspenders!

I know a lot of Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait users are intimidated by designing in Silhouette Studio - but there's no reason to be!  You can create your own designs in Silhouette Studio with even just the most basic shapes.

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Today I'm sharing a beginner Silhouette tutorial on how to design these adorable baby suspenders for Fourth of July...plus a vinyl and HTV giveaway from Expressions Vinyl so you have plenty of vinyl and heat transfer vinyl to make your own baby suspenders for all seasons!  I mean if you're gonna learn to design in Silhouette Studio it may as well be something as adorable as these! Right?!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Big Changes and a 'Big' Silhouette Book Announcement

As some of you may know we have lots of exciting changes going behind the scenes at Silhouette School!

For exactly two and a half years, I have been blogging on Silhouette School...growing it from "just" a blog to a small business that includes a blog.  It's been a truly amazing, exciting, and humbling ride...but there's so much more I'd like to do (like finally finish another 'big' book!!!)!  Only problem is I can't do it on my own....and I can't figure out how to clone myself.

For those reasons, I'm thrilled to introduce you all to my new partner - my husband, Bob!  Yup, the guy who asked me to senior prom and 15 years later bought me a Silhouette Portrait for Christmas (and who I can safely assure you never dreamed it would result in him walking away from his longtime career in pharmaceuticals) starts this week! #wishusluck


Bob will be working full time along with me doing a bunch of boring super important stuff behind the scenes!  Don't tell him I said they're boring...he likes strategizing and analytics and financials...I like being crafty and writing Silhouette CAMEO tutorials so I think we're gonna be an awesome team.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Silhouette CAMEO 3 and All Things Silhouette Conference California Ticket Combo Offer (and a Giveaway!)


The countdown is on to the third All Things Silhouette Conference, and the first on the West Coast, and I have some new details to share...plus an epic giveaway (for everyone) and a brand new combo ticket which includes the conference ticket and new Silhouette CAMEO 3! (By the way, if you already purchased a conference ticket, email me and I'll get you all squared away so you can add the Silhouette CAMEO 3 to your ticket!)

We have a lot to cover here so bear with me...I promise it's all worth it!


So first things first - there is now a new ticket bundle which combines the entrance ticket for the All Things Silhouette Conference in Newport Beach and the Silhouette CAMEO 3. The best part is the new Silhouette CAMEO will be shipped right to you!

Free 'Hello World' Silhouette Studio Cut File

Well I might be a little excited about this week's Freebie Friday. I've been designing baby designs and making onesies for months now since my sister, my cousin and my husband's cousin all had babies within four weeks of each other this spring.

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This week I'm sharing this adorable Hello World design which I created in Silhouette Studio in just a few minutes! For those of you wondering, the font is Featherly which is one of my favorites (and comes with the commercial license from The Hungry JPEG).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to Put a Selection Box Around Multiple Edit Points in Silhouette Studio FAST!

Did you know it's possible to select multiple edit points in Silhouette Studio at the same time and then delete or modify them in some way - whether it's moving or deleting?! OMG this totally just changed  designing in Silhouette Studio for me!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Silhouette Printable Cotton Fabric Tutorial and Review (and the BEST part no one tells you)

A few months back I ordered a pack of Silhouette Printable Cotton Fabric. I had no idea what I was going to do with it so it sat in my 'To Do tutorials/reviews on" stack. (Think of it like the mail pile that's on the edge of your kitchen counter...yeah except it's in my craft room/office.)


I think what held me back for so long was I was under the impression, even from the packaging, the Printable Cotton Fabric was pretty much just cotton fabric you could print on. I mean how much could I make with an 8x11 sheet...that would make one SMALL pillow (?) and I'd have to sew it to place it on anything larger.  OhEMMMMGEEE when I realized you can basically use this stuff as printable heat transfer (on items that won't be laundered)....except it has the feel of cotton. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Silhouette Pixscan Guide: Newest Mini Guide in The Ultimate Silhouette Guide Series!

Ahhh I have big news to share today! I just released my seventh book - and the fifth mini guide in The Ultimate Silhouette Guide series.  The Ultimate Silhouette Guide to Pixscan is 16 pages packed full of step by step tutorials on how to use the Pixscan mat.
http://www.swingdesign.com/collections/silhouette-guide-books/products/the-ultimate-silhouette-guide-to-pixscan?variant=18152128005

Monday, June 6, 2016

Silhouette Studio 4: Confirmed New Features and Tools

I'm super excited to be able to share with you some of the confirmed new feature in Silhouette Studio 4. The best part is these are design features and tools A LOT of Silhouette Studio users have requested been begging for!

New tools, features in Silhouette Studio 4
As one of the invited early beta testers for Silhouette Studio 4, I've been sworn to secrecy about certain things, but I have been given the go-ahead to spill some details of new features and tools that are not only coming - but have been highly demanded by Silhouette crafters.