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The Secret to Layering Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) without Gaps

We've all been there when layering multiple colors of heat transfer vinyl - you get the dreaded gaps between the layers.

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This sometimes even happens if you use the offset trick when designing.  Today I'm going to share another Silhouette CAMEO hack that will not only prevent the gaps, but also prevent the cause of the gaps: shrinkage!

Cookie Stencils with Silhouette CAMEO for Beginners (Plus the Best Cookie Stencil Material)

If there's one thing I'm intimidated by it's cookie decorating!!! I just can't....but I'm quickly learning that even a cookie decorating beginner like me can make awesome cookie stencils with Silhouette CAMEO to fake my skills!

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I'm so excited to have Nancy from The Colorful Cookie on Silhouette School today to share her beginner tips for making cookie stencils with Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait.

Free Silhouette Studio Designs: Patriotic Stars Set

Memorial Day is right around the corner so I thought I'd share a patriotic design with you as this week's Freebie Friday!
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This set of free Silhouette Studio cut files can be layered on vinyl, HTV or paper or be used as a print and cut!

Free Set of Summer Fun Silhouette Cut Files (And How to Sketch and Cut)

I know yo uhow you guys like free Silhouette cut files so today I'm so excited to share not only a free set with you - but a fun (and free) way to use them!

Silhouette School contributor Cat over at Pocketful of Posies is here today to share this little tutorial on making a Vacation Memory Jar Project and offer you a full set of summer fun cut files! 

Where's the Silhouette Pixscan Mat Option?

If you're a fan of the Silhouette Pixscan mat, like I am, you may have noticed a change in the software that took place in one of the updates along the way.

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There's no longer a Pixscan mat option in the Silhouette Studio Design Settings's like it just vanished!

14 Free Use-However-You-Want (Public Domain) Fonts for Silhouette Crafters

So...let's have a little chat about fonts.  I know there's a lot of confusion about how fonts (and designs) can be used when crafting - specifically when it comes to selling items in physical form and selling digital files.
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It's something that holds a lot of Silhouette crafters back from moving forward with actually selling...but if you know what you're looking for when it comes to fonts you can legally use, you should be good to go!  That's why today I'm sharing 14 of my favorite Public Domain fonts.

Layering Vinyl Hack with Silhouette Studio Paste In Front

One of the things I like best about The Hungry JPEG bundles is all the commercial use graphics. They're perfect for print and cut and for layering vinyl - once you get them set up correctly. 

This is a sponsored blog post but all opinions are my own.

The May Bundle is stocked full of awesome fonts (as always) as well as a bunch of graphic sets. That got me thinking about the fastest way to convert all.these.designs into layered vinyl designs. You guys - the secret's in the right click!

Updating to Silhouette Studio V4 from V3: What To Know to Ease the Transition

So you're a Silhouette CAMEO 3 beginner and you're wondering why Silhouette Studio looks sooooo different in all the tutorials from what you're seeing on your screen?!  Or maybe you're a Silhouette CAMEO V3 user and you're concerned or nervous about updating to Silhouette Studio V4 - which was just officially released (along with a whole bunch of new Silhouette products for 2017).

Fear not - Silhouette America released a major free update to the Silhouette Studio software in May 2017 referred to as Silhouette Studio V4. While the software looks a little different - it acts completely the same - (but better!)

Free Last Day of School Silhouette Studio Design Set

The last day of school is quickly approaching so for this week's Freebie Friday I have a full set of free "Last Day of School" Silhouette designs for you to download.
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Every year my kids like to wear a last day of school shirt so their friends can sign it!

New Silhouette Products for 2017: Machines, Foils, Software and More!

As they do every year around this time, Silhouette America released a list of new Silhouette products for 2017 during the annual meeting in Hawaii.  And...officially launched Silhouette Studio V4.

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Unfortunately, though I was invited, I was not able to attend this year's meeting - BUT I can confirm the full list of soon-to-be-released new Silhouette products for 2017 products which includes several updated and limited edition machines.

Oracal Vinyl Heaven: Behind the Scenes at Orafol

If you guys thought you loved Oracal vinyl before... you're going to be obsessed now! Last week Orafol the parent company that manufactures Oracal vinyl - known to most Silhouette crafters as Oracal 651 and 631 vinyl- along with other adhesive films and tapes invited me down to their USA headquarters and factory for a development meeting and tour. Mind blown.

You guys I had no idea there was so much that goes into manufacturing adhesive craft vinyl...and there's so much more of where that came from! There's so much that the craft world hasn't even seen yet and I'm so excited for you guys to see some of the possibilities and things that will soon be hitting the market....and don't worry - I went armed with your vinyl wish lists!