Cricut Maker

-~574327I'm having serious wants over the new Cricut Maker. The little rotary blade for fabric sealed the deal and I want to leave Silhouette for it. I was going to get it yesterday from HSN but it was already sold out. :( I emailed HSN and they didn't know when/if they would restock it so I'm kind of bummed out. I know I could just charge it but I'm really trying to not do that anytime I just want something so looks like I'll be trying to open a shop of sorts to pay for this machine.
There has been a lot of giveaways online lately but I haven't been lucky enough yet. Somehow I WILL get that machine by 2018 I have been pretty good at hustling when I'm desperate.
Does anyone have any tips on starting a shop? :)

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Magnets With Your Silhouette Cameo

I get asked a lot how I make my magnets with my Cameo so figured I would just do a little post about it instead of trying to explain it multiple times. :)

First of all this is how I do it. I do NOT use the "printable magnet paper" so mine has more steps to it. I never have tried the printable magnet paper and it may work great. I just bought my printer though and don't want to test out running magnet sheets through it.

I use adhesive magnet paper and adhesive cardstock
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I buy all my images from either Etsy or The Hungry JPEG
I'll do a post of my favorites soon.

First you need to download your graphics you want to use. I'm using some from Pretty Grafik's bundle.

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You'll want to trace these images and use the "trace and detach" option.

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With all of these files I always just need to move the threshold all the way to the right and it makes it a perfect trace.

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Start a new page/project where you can put all your traced graphics on.

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You need to pay attention to how these will cut to make magnets. Smooth shapes will work much better than details and squiggles. The graphics on the top are ones I need to offset the ones at the bottom are good to go.

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The little monkey needed to be offset so I enlarged him so I could see better. You'll want to erase all those cut lines in the center too.

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Keep going through all your graphics and organizing them at the bottom when they are fixed.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS!
If you see a double cut on and image you need to ungroup, select the graphic, and then hit NO CUT. Make sure the offset is set to cut though. I've ruined some projects by missing this on a file.

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Once you look it all over and your registration marks are on you can print it out on the Adhesive Cardstock from your home printer.

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Once it's printed on the cardstock set it aside and load up your magnet paper in your Cameo (I change to the premium blade for magnet sheets). You want the white/adhesive side to be up the magnetic side down on your cutting mat.
REMOVE the registration marks and add a circle to cut at the bottom right. That circle is going to be your "test"

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The image above has the settings I used. When it finishes cutting the magnet sheet DO NOT unload the mat!! This is really important. You need to see if that little circle will pop out. If it doesn't (which mine didn't) you need to send the project back through the cameo again. If you unload the mat and it didn't go through the magnet paper you will most likely not be able to line it up again to cut over where it already started. I only needed to run mine through twice.

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Once these are all finished you can pop out a magnet and remove the paper exposing the adhesive side. Remove the sticker that goes with it and simply attach them together and you're done!

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Tip: Print out on a regular sheet of paper first to make sure you have enough colored ink. I am low on brown/black since there are lines in the middle girls face and arms. Plus she's supposed to be a lot darker than she printed out.

Make some accessories: you can layer a magnet on top of these. Paper doll magnets anyone?

Having trouble with your Cameo reading register marks on print and cut projects? My Cameo is in a dark corner of a room so have to use my phones flashlight to light up the marks so it can read them.

Anyway I hope this helps. They seem time consuming but really are easy and fun. You could do a lot with them too like adhesive chalkboard paper and make yourself a little magnetic chore chart or grocery list. :)

If you have any questions or run into problems you can email me at STACILF @ GMAIL

Graphics used = Pretty Grafik


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August Bundle!!!

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Happy August!!
Only one month left of summer break. I'm so excited it's almost over!!!
Check out the latest Hungry JPEG bundle below. I am in LOVE!
It's 20% off too for just a few more hours using this code
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It contains my latest favorite font in it (Joyful Letters) which I used in the August picture up top. It's such a good font to use for cutting out HTV.
 I actually have been using that font in a lot of my shirts which I haven't been posting here. Hopefully I'll have some more time soon. Summer's been pretty long this year and I'm ready for fall.


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First of all Happy 4th of July everyone in America!
I shared this on Instagram because I always get asked what fonts I use in my decals etc. but since you can't put links on there I figured this would be a lot easier for people.
Here are my top 5 fonts right now. I will of course probably have a new top 5 as I discover/new fonts are created and will list them under my "Top 5" category on the side.
I've put a link to every font listed and you can have a preview of each one on the linked page.

All but #5 are commercial use/paid fonts.

If you purchase any of the first 4 from The Hungry JPEG USE THIS COUPON CODE for 20% off your purchase when you check out. It's ONLY good for today though!!!
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These are the font names and at the bottom of the post I've put the preview images with the link to where you can purchase/download again. The links will open in a new window if you want to go back and forth.

1. Heartbeat This is my go to font. If I am stuck on what font to use for a project I usually default back to this one. I love, love, love it! I would say most of my decals or projects have this font somewhere in it. I have a lot of fonts and have yet to find one that tops this...just sayin'

2. Lettres Douces This font is so cute and I love all the little swirls and curls. I actually purchased this one in Emily's Swirly Font Bundle which is a great deal if you don't have any of these already. You get 3 of her fantastic fonts for only a couple dollars more than the single one. :)

3. Adorn Pomandor Laura Worthington fonts are the fanciest most expensive fonts I've seen. I'm sure everyone's heard of her Samantha one. It's on my wishlist but I can't afford it right now. I only got this LW font because it was in a bundle for a great price. I would definitely stalk font bundle sites and anytime there's a Laura Worthington bundle GRAB it.

4. Fairwater Script Another Laura Worthington one. They cut great I'll post a photo below of some decals I did with this and her Adorn one.

5. Starfish Here is a freebee font from DaFont that I use a lot. The only downside is it's not a commercial use font if you are wanting to sell what you're making. I personally try and avoid non-commercial fonts so I don't have to worry about picking one accidently. This one was so cute though I couldn't resist. :)

 

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..or the bundle of 4 which I would recommend.

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Here is Samantha just in case you haven't seen it. It's amazing I want it so bad!

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Here is an example of how the Laura Worthington fonts cut.
SO GOOD!

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Here's an SVG of the Independence Day image if you want to test out cutting the fonts. I haven't tried it yet in my Silhouette so hopefully it will work. :)

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