Wednesday, 13 December 2017

DOTW - Special Delivery

Hello, hello - Karen here with another quick project made with this week's Design Of The Week, Special Delivery.
I had just bought a couple of gift cards as Christmas presents and thought it would be ideal to put on the front of a gift card holder.

I chose this gift card shape - I only used the outline and not the chevron tree.

 And  used my sketch pens to draw the sentiment.

I then added a 3D tree from this design to finish it off.

By the way Silhouette are giving away a free design for the next 12 days and this little cutie is the one for today.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Stitched Star Tree: Using a Pen Holder

Hey there Silhouette fans, Niki here today with a hack to share with you. I found this very beautiful star tree file in the store and I immediately I wanted to stitch this as a full page in my December Daily album. So I opened it on screen...'s a file that can be cut out as a whole, meaning it had double cut lines. That would be great if I wanted to cut it out, but I wanted to stitch each star with a single line rather than the two lines. I tried my absolute hardest to convert it to a single line but in the end I had to admit defeat and give up 😞😞😞

So instead, I used the Draw a Rectangle tool to draw a box around my tree. I wanted the box to be the exact page size of my December Daily pages (6x8") with the tree in the middle. I then set it to my Silhouette, but loaded a piece of copy paper onto my mat. I also set the tree itself to draw using a pencil in a pen holder, while the rectangle box was cut out. I was then left with a piece of paper, the correct size with the tree drawn on, centred perfectly.

I then was able to use this as a stitching template. I placed the copy paper with the drawn tree over a piece of white cardstock and pierced the wholes for the stitching - just on the points of the star. I then stitched using metallic gold thread and long stitches to make this very beautiful stitched star tree.

In case you dont quite get what I mean, I've made a short video of how I did this which you can view below.

So I guess that today's lesson, is never give up! If you can't get the software to do what you want it to do, then see if you can figure out a way around. I absolutely love the result of this and it looks even better in real life! It's the most stunning page in my December Daily album so far.

Happy scrapping xxx 

Find me on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Glittery Pyjama Bags

Janet here with a tutorial on how to make these fun, Christmas-themed, pyjama bags. I took some blank drawer-string bags and transformed them by decorating them with jewel-like glitter heat transfer material and 'punny' wine and Christmas phrases from the Silhouette Design Store.

If you haven't used heat transfer material (aka HTV) before, why not try it for the first time on this simple project? For items that are used infrequently, and are almost never put through a washing machine, a heat press really isn't necessary. A domestic iron is perfectly adequate as long as the steam setting isn't used and there is no chance of water leaking. Dampness prevents the vinyl from sticking securely, so it is a good idea to dry iron your fabric bags to remove all moisture before adhering the vinyl.

These days I'm so fortunate to be able to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the company of our grown up children.  For the last few years we've each opened a parcel on Christmas Eve containing a set of cosy PJs. Last year I hit on the idea of decorating reusable drawer-string bags and adding initial letter tags to indicate the recipient's name. The details for making the reusable tags (by adding a hanging loop to the font LW Splendid) are here.

I used Silhouette Glitter Heat Transfer Material in Mint, Hot Pink and Silver, with some Black Flock Heat Transfer too.

What You'll Need

Heat Transfer Material in a variety of colours
Blank Drawstring Bag
Iron or Heat Press
Non-Stick Sheet
Hard Heatproof Surface

STEP 1: Prepare The Designs

Open your chosen design in the Silhouette software.  Draw a rectangle of the same dimensions as your bag, this will help to ascertain the correct size for your design pieces.

The quickest way to make a rectangle of the correct size is to open the Transform Panel and the Scale Tab and then to enter the dimensions and click apply.

NOTE: The dimensions are set to Inches for this project, to change to Centimetres or Millimetres, click on the cog icon in the bottom right of the screen and the Preferences Panel will pop up. Choose an alternative unit of measurement from the drop down box and click OK.

Move the design onto the 'bag' and align and resize as you'd like the finished bag to look.  (Optional) To plan your design (while making a simple mockup), fill the elements with colours to match your chosen colours for the design pieces. Ungroup (right mouse click, Ungroup) to arrange the pieces into the correct positions if necessary.

Move the design 'mockup' to the side and copy the design only onto the mat. Draw weeding boxes around the elements. There are two possibilities with regard to arranging the elements for cutting - (1) makes alignment easier, and (2) saves heat transfer material. Of course both are just temporary arrangements, immediately before cutting you'll need to move them to the correct start position (generally top left). You can save more vinyl by cutting a number of designs at once.



STEP 2: Reverse the Designs

Select the designs and flip them (right mouse click, Flip Horizontally), before sending to cut. The latest edition of the software has a little pop up reminder in the send tab, which is helpful if you forget.

STEP 3: Prepare The Media

The flock and glitter media can be cut without a mat, but a mat allows scraps and narrow width pieces to be cut. The media should be placed shiny, coloured side down to the mat. It may need a little assistance to prevent the media curling up at the edges (e.g. some washi or painter's tape at each corner).

STEP 4: Cutting  Heat Transfer 

You will have to adjust the cut settings to suit your machine, mat and blade, and it is always worthwhile carrying out a test cut first.  A successful cut only cuts to the backing, and not through it. It is easy to weed when the settings are correct and if the cut is not deep enough the edges of the vinyl will be ragged and may even tear when you weed it.

NOTE: With the AutoBlade I find the default settings are about right, but the force can usually be reduced by 3 to 6 clicks.

STEP 5: Weeding The Heat Transfer

Remove the excess vinyl by peeling it up from one corner. Then remove the interiors from the letters by bending the vinyl and pulling off the unwanted pieces with your fingers. Glitter and flock types are easy to weed in this way, smooth varieties will require the use of a pointed hook to remove.

STEP 6: Applying The Heat Transfer

Arrange the cut pieces, with the shiny side (carrier sheet) upward, onto a bag using your mockup design for reference.  Decided the order in which you are going to apply the pieces, ensuring any overlapping pieces are applied in the correct order.

With the iron on a medium heat, press the pieces firmly in one place for a few seconds, then lift the iron and press firmly with a downward pressure again until the piece has been pressed all over. It is useful to have a firm surface like a wooden chopping board on the floor that you can press down hard onto, rather than a regular iron board which generally has too much give in it.  Use a cloth or non-stick sheet between the iron and the vinyl and only press for as long as it takes for the media to just adhere. Peel off the backing once it has cooled slightly and iron again, with the design protected by the non-stick sheet until the design is firmly stuck. Turn the bag inside out and press again from the reverse side and your bag is ready to use.

Bye for now,

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Silhouette UK Design Team Call December 2017


The Silhouette UK blog has been running for almost 2 years now, we have learnt lots together and are ready to dive in for another 12 months of amazing projects and tutorials – why don’t you join us?

This year we are looking for some fresh faces to join our design team the bigger the range of experience between the team, the better, so if your style is a little quirky don’t let that put you off applying!

We are looking for people with different machines from within the Silhouette range and that enjoy a challenge with different products.
You will be expected enough to edit your own step by step and project photos and write a blog post in the blogger interface for each blog project, in keeping it with a certain style.  We are also looking for people who enjoy making video tutorials, so if blogging is not your thing don’t be put off, we can turn your video tutorials into a blog post.

Do you want a great welcome pack, free Silhouette products delivered to your door each month, discounted products from Graphtec and to be the first to see new products and have free designs from the silhouette store?
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not! When you’re a member of the Silhouette UK Design Team 2017-2018, you get all of this and more.

We’re looking for reliable, well-written, and enthusiastic bloggers, YouTubers and Crafters to join our design team. Are you up for the challenge?

What would you do as a member of the Silhouette UK Design Team?
·                     Use your Silhouette to create and submit 3 new project tutorials monthly
·                     Showcase Silhouette products and create detailed tutorials on how to use them
·                     Optional opportunities may arise to take part in magazine articles, exhibitions, shows and demonstrations  
·                     Be the go-to for new Silhouette users and provide inspiration for our Silhouette regulars
·                     Promote your post via personal social media accounts and blogs
·                     Contribute to the Silhouette UK Blog
·                     Use your Silhouette Machine to make samples for TV shows and exhibitions

What does it take to be a member of the Silhouette UK Design Team?
·                     Solid camera skills to show off your projects
·                     Good knowledge of the machines functions and software
·                     Computer skills – using blogger, dropbox, excel, and facebook
·                     2-3 hours a week writing project tutorials
·                     A passion for the Silhouette brand and products
·                     A commitment for 12 months
·                     Good communication skills, you will work closely with the other team members to ensure projects do not overlap
·                     Ability to work to deadlines and manage your workload
·                     Confidence in talking about the products, there may be some opportunities to take part in some Shows and demonstrations in the future

What are those perks you were talking about?

·                     A Welcome pack to get you started
·                     A special package sent to your door each month with supplies to use on your projects
·                     Discounted products from the Graphtec store
·                     Shout outs on our social media platforms (like Instagram, facebook and twitter) to your blog posts and designs
·                     A link to your personal website or blog in every post
·                     Free designs from the silhouette store
·                     Be the first to find out about all things Silhouette 
Submit the following information in an email to with ‘DESIGN TEAM  December 17’ in the subject line.



Email address

In a short paragraph tell us a little bit about yourself and your crafting history including:
·                     Links to your website/blog and other social media sites, ie. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, G+:
·                     If you are currently on a design team, please list them
·                     Tell us why you think you’d be a good fit for our team
·                     How would you describe your crafting style
·                     What Machines you have from the Silhouette range – we are looking for Mint and Curio users as well as Cameo users
List which of the following categories you are most interested in, you can choose more than one.
·                     gifts
·                     clothing / accessories / jewellery
·                     quilting / sewing / fabric
·                     home dΓ©cor
·                     hobbies
·                     scrapbooking
·                     cards & papercrafts
·                     vinyl projects
·                     altered art
Attach photos of 5 to 10 of your best Silhouette projects for each of the categories you listed and include a step by step tutorial for a Silhouette project too (word or PDF format preferred) so we can get a feel for your writing style

It is great to see projects in the flesh, if you would like to send projects please send them to:
Lisa Bird,
Graphtec GB Ltd
Nyquist House,
Ellice Way,
Wrexham Technology Park,
LL13 7YT

Please note, projects will not be able to be returned to you and the Design Team Call is open to UK residents only

DEADINE: Tuesday 19th December 2017, we hope to have made a decision by Thursday 21st December 2017

We look forward to seeing your work. Best of luck

Printed Holiday Plaid - Design of the Week

Hello, hello - Karen here with the latest DOTW.  This week it is a printed pattern called Holiday Plaid.

I decided to use it as a fill for a chunky title and give it an offset.

I added this to a layout with some print and cut elements.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

HoHoHo - Adding an Outline with Sketch Pens

Hi! Niki here with you today with a quick and easty tutorial on how to add some definition to cut files cut from patterned papers. If your papers are quite busy then the detail of the cut file can get lost so today I'm drawing an outline around my letters to give them the definition they need.

I started off by opening up the cut file on my screen.

 I then re-sized and opened the Offset window. I clicked on 'Internal offset'

I then played around with the offset until it almost looked non-existant, I took it right sown to 0.005 and then clicked 'Apply'

Whilst in this view (ie in the Design view) the zoom option is available so zooming right in, I selected the internal offset lines, and then clicked on 'Send'

Now in the 'Send' screen, it's not possible to zoom in...this is why I selected those internal parts first  becuase trying to select them without a zoom function would be almost impossible! They were already selected when I clicked on 'Send' so I could then simply click on Tool 2 and select the sketch option. The external outline remains red and will stay as a cut line rather than a sketch line, so when sending to cut, the letters will be cut out and then the sketch pens will draw a tiny border around the inside of them.

Here is my finished layout: at the moment it's a 'base page' for my December Daily album - the 20th December. When that date arrives I'll add a photo and some journaling.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you've found this useful and will give it a go!
Happy scrapping xx

Find me on my own blog: Being Scrappy and on Instagram as @nikiclaire

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