Soccer card and coaster


My husband’s step-father loves to watch German soccer on TV.  So for his birthday I made him a soccer-related card and coaster using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Both designs are from the Silhouette Design Store.  I glued a small German flag on the front to personalize the card.

I made the coaster using a 4 inch square ceramic which I purcased at Home Depot for 16 cents.  I cut the “game on”  design out of black glossy adhesive vinyl purchased at an art supply store named Herweck’s near my home in San Antonio.  On the back of the coaster I attached some cork contact paper.  My father-in-law seemed to like the coaster and put it to immediate use on the table in front of his television.


Soccer coaster


Mother’s Day card and vinyl sign


Since the vinyl on tile project I did for a wedding gift turned out well I made another sign for my mom for Mother’s Day.  This is on a 12 inch by 12 inch ceramic floor tile I purchased at Home Depot.  The antler monogram cutting file is from the Silhouette Design store.  I cut out the design from glossy black vinyl.  I glued hangers and cork liner on the back.  Mom didn’t seem very enthusiastic about the tile at first but later she sent me a picture of it hanging in the back yard.  I didn’t weatherproof the sign so it will be interesting to see how it holds up outside.   Fortunately my parents live nearby so I can easily re-do the sign if needed.


Mom seemed very excited about this card I made using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  Mom especially liked the paper colors.  The cutting file is in the Silhouette Design Store.  The design is by Lori Whitlock.  The striped paper is Dena Designs™ Embellish by Dena™ Sheet – Happi Girl.  The floral paper is from Basic Grey.   This is a very happy card and could be used for other occasions with a different sentiment.

Hope you have a lovely day.



Wedding card and vinyl sign


For my niece’s wedding this week made her a pop up box card designed by Lori Whitlock.  I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out the paper pieces.  For the pink card background I used this paper From We R Memory Keepers – Little One Collection. I dabbed some glitter glue onto the flower bouquets for some extra sparkle.  I think it’s a cute card and it was relatively easy to assemble.


I have been seeing these cute vinyl couple signs on Pinterest and Facebook and wanted to make one for my niece.  It sounded easier to me to use floor tile (rather than wood) especially since I live in a high-rise condo with no space or tools for working on wood.

I used the Silhouette Cameo software and cutting machine to design and cut out the vinyl for the sign.  The adorable font is called “I Love Glitter.”  It’s a free font you can download from Dafont here.   The heart in the middle can be made using one of the keyboard characters.  I used Times New Roman font for the date.  I separated out the heart on the design and cut it out in red vinyl and transferred it on top of the black for a little color.  Here is a screen shot of the design in my Silhouette Studio software.

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I have been decorating a lot more things with vinyl since I discovered that a nearby art supply store called Herweck’s sells both “sticker vinyl” and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) by the foot in many colors.  At Herweck’s I also bought a large roll of Nekoosa clear transfer tape.  The transfer tape has worked really well in transferring the vinyl from my cutting mat to the object to be decorated.


After I transferred the vinyl to the tile I followed the detailed instructions on this Silhouette School blog to attach D-ring hangers to the back of the tile.  I used Glue-All Max to adhere the hangers to the tile.  For the hangers I discarded the screws and the white plastic part.  A little goes a long way with this adhesive.  On another sign I used too much of the glue and it left a hard lumpy ugly mass when it dried.

The hangers are nice for the sign because you can bend them back and they don’t show.  I am going to include an easel with the sign in case they prefer to display it on a mantle or shelf instead of hanging it on the wall.


After the hangers were adhered I cut Con-Tact Brand self-adhesive shelf and drawer liner in natural cork to fit on the back.  I purchased the shelf liner at Home Depot.  I cut a space in the cork around the hangers.  The cork was sticky and adhered well to the tile.  I dabbed a little of the adhesive under the corners to make sure the cork stays on the tile.  Unfortunately after I finished adhering the hangers and the cork I flipped the sign over and discovered I had glued the hangers to the wrong side and the sign was upside down. Fortunately the glue wasn’t completely dry and I was able to pull off the hangers and move them to the other side.   I had already cut the places for the hangers so patched them up (as you can see).

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Below are pictures of the supplies I used.  I purchased the glue at the Herweck’s art supply store where I purchased the vinyl.  I purchased the cork and the hangers at Home Depot.  I am looking forward to making more vinyl and tile signs.  I think they make great gifts.


Valentine’s Day care package gifts

Hello.  I have been making small gifts from paper to put in Valentine’s Day care packages I’m sending to my daughter, a college student I’m mentoring and a few other loved ones living out of town.

Tic tac mint holders are one of my favorite things to put in care packages since they are inexpensive, small and cute.  For these Tic Tac holders I used a free svg cutting file  from Simply Crafty svgs.  The box was easy to assemble and I used the heart cut-outs from the front to decorate the backs of the boxes.  The papers I used were “Darling” by crate paper (left) and “My Story” by My Mind’s Eye.

I used this Silhouette cutting file to cut out the pieces for this nail polish holder.  I added a bottle of red nail polish for an easy gift.


This pencil decoration cutting file is by Lori Whitlock.  She offered it as a free file a few weeks ago on her blog.  I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  I added a Valentine’s Day pencil for a quick gift for a student.

I used a free cutting file from Dreaming Tree to make these cute boxes which I plan to fill with chocolate candies.  Dreaming Tree is also offering a free tootsie pop holder cutting file for Valentine’s Day that I want to try.

For the candy box on the left I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  For the box on the right I made the cutting file smaller so it would fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper.  I then did a “print and cut” using my printer and Silhouette Cameo to cut out the paper pieces.  The paper patterns I used are from “Lucky in Love” by Dani which I downloaded from Snap Click.  I have become a big fan of $1 Wednesday on Snap Click and I usually download a few paper patterns each week.

I have finally gotten my Silhouette Cameo to reliably read the registration marks and cut out the printed designs so I have been doing more print and cut designs. The Cameo registration reading always fails on the first try but usually works the second time after I click on the retry automatically selection. (I have no idea why this happens but at least it is predictable.)  I also have to be sure to line up my cutting mat with the arrows on the left and to have plenty of light shining on the cutting blade area.

I really like the “Lucky in Love” paper patterns and have used them for several projects. For this card I used one of these patterns for the background.  This card was designed by Lori Whitlock.  I have enjoyed making many of the cards from Lori’s series of pop-up box cards.  Lori’s files are color coded and easy to cut and assemble.  The finished card fits nicely in a square envelope.  I don’t recall ever seeing a real hedgehog in person but they look really cute and cuddly on the card.


Welcome Baby Handmade Card


This card is for a niece’s sweet baby boy.  I have mostly used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to make cards.  I wanted to try decorating a shirt and bib for the baby.  So I purchased a baby shirt and bib at Hobby Lobby and used the Cameo to cut out some heat transfer material to decorate the shirt and bib.  The baby’s aunt is very excited about the new baby.  So I thought she would enjoy this shirt.


The Silhouette Design Store patterns I used were Cute Bear Love by Studio Ilustrado, Accommodating Aunt by Lori Whitlock and the sailboat from the Lighthouse Shadow Box Card also by Lori Whitlock.  The “Welcome Baby” font is Watermelon.  The heart border on the card is from the adhesive washi sheets package by Silhouette.


Tags for homemade bread

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Today I spent most of the day baking bread for a bake sale for my husband’s cycling team.  I enjoy baking bread but hadn’t made any in a while because I love eating bread and eat way too much of it.

I used my Silhouette Cameo software to design thee tags for the bread.  I didn’t actually use the Cameo machine.  I printed the tags on card stock paper and cut them by hand.  I punched a hole in the top and tied them to the bread bags with twine.

I used these bicycle graphics from the Silhouette Design Store:  bike, vintage bicycle and bicycle girl.


Back to School Gift and Card

I was looking for ideas on Pinterest for a gift for a college student starting the new school year.  I saw the gift idea on the left (with hand lotion) on this blog that has lots of ideas for teacher gifts.  I made a tag using my Silhouette Cameo, printed it photo paper and attached it to a tube of healing skin cream.

The Back to School card was also easy to make using the “Teacher’s Pet” paper pad by Jen Gallacher from Echo Park and a cutting file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette Design Store.