Summer Fun List | framed summer activities checklist #michaelsmakers

Summer Fun List | framed summer activities checklist #michaelsmakers

Summer Fun List - framed summer activities checklist #michaelsmakers | We have been counting down the days to summer and are pretty excited to celebrate the official first day next weekend. Each summer we have lots of fun things we would like to try and fit in our schedule  - some simple treasures, a couple favorite traditions, a few actual trips and a whole lot of everyday fun. I fancied up our Summer Fun List a bit - instead of just penciling in the activities on our calendar. The project was inspired by my first monthly challenge with the Continue reading

Paper Leaf Garland – sketch and cut

Paper Leaf Garland – sketch and cut

Paper Leaf Garland | I'm certainly not trying to rush the end of summer but the little guy and I spotted some changing leaves the other day and it has me yearning for fall. The changing of the seasons makes me want to make our home all warm and cozy - and I just love this time of year. The trail walk inspired me to put together this simple paper leaf garland for CJ's school room. It's incredibly easy and since it's made of paper, the leaves can be packed away at the end of the season for additional crafting next year. I used my Silhouette Continue reading

Laptop Skin | make your own custom vinyl computer decals

Laptop Skin | make your own custom vinyl computer decals

Make Your Own Laptop Skin Decals | While the Silhouette was out this weekend I decided to add a little glam to the laptop. I love the fact that vinyl can be added to virtually anything for an instant update - It usually takes me longer to pick out a design than to actually cut and apply it. I ordered this gold vinyl during the last Silhouette sale and I'm totally loving it. It's my favorite tone of gold with a perfect sheen. f.y.i - The buy one get one free vinyl promo is extended until the 14th 'Skins' are simply decorative decals used Continue reading

How to Layer Heat Transfer Material | silhouette layered monogram

How to Layer Heat Transfer Material | silhouette layered monogram

Today I have a quick and easy Silhouette tutorial to share on how to layer heat transfer material. There were a few specific questions about the layered monogram used on the Fabric Covered Cooler a few weeks ago. The process is quite straightforward and is as simple as layering one piece of heat transfer material right on top of another. The heat transfer material is available in an array of colors and two different finishes - smooth and flocked (which has a fuzzy raised texture to it). The material comes in a roll, with transfer tape Continue reading

Halloween Projects featuring the Silhouette {and four special bundled promotions}

Halloween Projects featuring the Silhouette {and four special bundled promotions}

In spirit of the upcoming seasonal festivities, the Silhouette Team has put together Four Special Silhouette Bundles that will be starting today Along side of every day crafting projects, I can not tell you how much I have come to rely on my Cameo when holidays and celebrations come around. Among the many features this little machine can perform, the vinyl and paper cutting abilities have become my go-to source for super quick and easy decor. Here are just a few Halloween projects from the archives created with the Silhouette Check Continue reading

How to Make a Circle Monogram Vinyl Decal using the Silhouette {and special Cameo promotion}

How to Make a Circle Monogram Vinyl Decal using the Silhouette {and special Cameo promotion}

Since today kicks off a new Silhouette promotion, I thought I would take a break from the playroom projects and share some details on how to make a simple circle monogram decal. The Tuesday {ten} post will be coming up this evening. I love the classic look of any type of monogram - and honestly I don't think they will ever go out of style in my book. The vinyl monogram I'm sharing today can be made right in the Silhouette Studio software without the need of any additional graphic downloads. Since both the Cameo and the SD use the Continue reading

Inexpensive Inspirational Playroom Wall Art – Revisited {How to Cut Long Pieces of Vinyl with the Silhouette}

Inexpensive Inspirational Playroom Wall Art – Revisited {How to Cut Long Pieces of Vinyl with the Silhouette}

When redecorating my little guys playful learning room, the one piece of wall art I had to keep and find a new space for was the hand-stamped inspirational canvas I made a couple years ago. I am a huge fan of inexpensive wall art and created the original simply using a large blank canvas, some extra paint and a set of foam letters. Unfortunitly the horizontal orientation was not working in its new home so a little revision and update was needed. I was able to reuse the same canvas, though this time around I decided to break out my Continue reading

Cut Your Own Martha Stewart Paper Mice Stair Decorations {using the Silhouette}

Cut Your Own Martha Stewart Paper Mice Stair Decorations {using the Silhouette}

Martha Stewart's creepy paper mice are nothing new to the Halloween decor scene. I have wanted them for the past couple years, as I thought my little guy would get a kick out of them, plus seeing Sarah's stairs last year made me want them even more. However, by the time I would normally get around to picking them up - they were always sold out. Even though they are just under $6 in the stores, they are also available as a free template on the Martha Stewart site - to cut by hand. I used the template to cut them out with my Silhouette and Continue reading

Using Printable Tattoo Paper to Create Fun Dinnerware {How to Print & Cut Using the Silhouette Machine}

Using Printable Tattoo Paper to Create Fun Dinnerware {How to Print & Cut Using the Silhouette Machine}

My good friends over at Silhouette are at it again with another great promotion for the month of June {details below} The special bundle product this month is tattoo paper Just another cool specialty thing this little machine can doSince I have to be pretty cautious about putting anything on my little guys skin, I had to pass on the basic tattoo concept and get a little creative to come up with an alternative use for the paper {and still make something fun for my little guy to enjoy} I took the printable paper, made some pre-historic Continue reading

Make Your Own Cast Iron Hot Handle Holders {and How to Layer Silhouette Heat Transfer Material}

Make Your Own Cast Iron Hot Handle Holders {and How to Layer Silhouette Heat Transfer Material}

I recently just got rid of all the Teflon in my house and took it back to the basics with some good ole' cast iron pans from Lodge {made in the USA ~ yahoo!} I have been using them for a few months and remarkably I have not accidentally grabbed the handles and gotten burned {though I have actually caught myself more than once reaching for the pans} I decided before my luck runs out I would make some easy hot handle mitts. These are incredibly inexpensive to make and super quick - you can even make them pretty too! {I tried my hand at layering Continue reading