SVG Files Won’t Cut in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

How to Turn on SVG Cut Lines in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

How to Turn on Cut Lines for SVG Files – Without Tracing! “I bought an SVG file, but I couldn’t get it to cut in Silhouette Studio, so I had to trace it”  I see this way too often in Silhouette crafting groups, and every time I have the same reaction:  Nooooo. Just No. Don’t … Read moreSVG Files Won’t Cut in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition

How to Open SVG Files in Silhouette Studio

How to Open SVG Files in Silhouette Studio

Learn how to Import SVG files to Silhouette Studio! Did you know that you can find cut file designs for your Silhouette machine outside of the Silhouette Design Store? SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphics) are a type of vector file that can be used by most cutting programs, including Silhouette Studio. SVG files are widely … Read moreHow to Open SVG Files in Silhouette Studio

How to Open SVG Files in Cricut Design Space

How to Open SVG Files in Cricut Design Space

Learn how to Upload SVG files to Cricut Design Space! Did you know that you can find cut file designs for your Cricut machine outside of Cricut Access Library? SVG files (short for Scalable Vector Graphics) are a type of vector file that can be used by most cutting programs, including Cricut Design Space. SVG … Read moreHow to Open SVG Files in Cricut Design Space

St. Patrick’s Day Scrapbook Layout

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St-Patricks-Day-Scrapbook-Layout-Inspiration

Hey Crafters! Shalon here with a fun St. Paddy’s Day scrapbook layout! These pictures of my daughter are actually from a few years ago (scrapbooking time is rare with little ones in the house!) But I actually enjoyed reminiscing while I created this layout!

This St. Patrick’s Day layout used a combination of Design Elements and Digital Paper. Using my Epson WF-7610 (wide format) printer, I printed out the Shamrocks ‘N’ Clovers St. Patrick’s Day Seamless Pattern Free Digital Paper to use as the background pattern for this page.

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I used the Cute Pot of Gold SVG, Leprechaun Hat SVG, Cute Clovers Free SVG, and Irish Hearts Free SVGs as print & cut files, which made excellent pieces of die-cut ephemera.

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To create the title, I hand-pieced Free St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Banner, with the help of a little craft foam, it popped off the page. The gold baker’s twine along the top completed the look.

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I added Glossy Accents dimensional glaze, some orange zig-zag stitching around the edges, and a few golden splatters of Miner, Miner 49er by Shimmerz Paints to finished off this lucky layout.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of scrapbook inspiration, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

~Shalon

 

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DIY Tic Tac Toe Bag Valentine Gift with Free SVG File

Valentine Tic Tac Toe Bag Free SVG file

Valentine Tic Tac Toe Bag Free SVG file

Valentine’s Day Tic Tac Toe Bag Game with Free SVG File!

My 6 year old has been crazy about Tic Tac Toe lately. She draws tic tac toe boards on every square inch of paper she can find and challenges anyone who will play with her to a game (she’s gotten pretty good at it too!). So as a Valentine’s Day gift, I’m making her this cute Valentine’s Tic Tac Toe bag that has been pretty popular in several online crafting groups.

Of course, I had to sweeten it up a bit for Valentine’s Day, so I made the tic tac toe board from little hearts instead of plain lines. Read on to find out how to make your own Valentine Tic Tac Toe game!

Valentine Tic Tac Toe Free SVG file

Here’s What You’ll Need:

First, open the Tic Tac Toe SVG cut file in your cutting software. Resize the board to fit your drawstring bag with at least 1/8” space around the edge of the bag. My bag is 3” x 5” with an area of 3” x 3 1/4” of usable space beneath the drawstring stitching, so I sized my tic tac toe board to 2.75” wide and it fit perfectly. Cut your board from HTV and weed. Make sure to keep proportions LOCKED when resizing.

Press the tic tac toe board to your muslin bag according to the instructions for your press, and type of HTV your are using. I used Siser EasyWeed and my Cricut Easy Press at 340 degrees for 30 seconds (with an additional 15 seconds on the back).

 

Now you’re ready to add X’s and O’s to your game pieces. If you’re short on time (or adhesive vinyl), you could even skip this step as long as you have game pieces that are different colors (another reason why I love these adorable red and pink plastic hearts!)

In your cutting software, resize the X’s and O’s to fit your game pieces. My plastic scatter hearts are about 0.75” so I made the X’s 0.5” tall and the O’s 0.5” tall. Make sure to keep proportions LOCKED when resizing. You will need 5 X’s and 5 O’s for a single tic tac toe game.

Resize Tic Tac Toe Free SVG

Tip: Use a weeding box around your design to save vinyl and make weeding easier!

Cut your X’s and O’s from adhesive vinyl (651), weed and apply transfer tape. (I made sure these O’s are a breeze to weed!)

Now you can just stick the X’s and O’s on your game pieces. Give a quick burnish with your fingernail and peel the transfer tape.

That’s it! Tuck your game pieces into the muslin pouch and cinch the strings closed. Your Valentine’s Day Tic Tac Toe game is ready for it’s first eager players! This little game came together way faster than I expected, so I went ahead and made one for my niece too!




Head over to the Freebies section of my shop to download this Valentine Tic Tac Toe FREE SVG file  and make some fun Valentine’s Day gifts for the tic tac toe enthusiasts in your life! Come share your finished projects, ask questions, and more in my Crafting with Printable Cuttable Creatables Facebook Group!

Valentines Tic Tac Toe Board Game Free SVG

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you weekly free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other fun things. Thank you in advance for your support! 

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Print & Cut Valentine Crayon Holder SVG Files

DIY Crayon Holder Valentine SVG

DIY Crayon Holder Valentine SVG

Fast & Easy DIY Valentine Crayon Holders for the Whole Class!

Looking for a fun and unique Valentine for your child to hand out to their classmates? These Valentine Bookmark Crayon Holder SVG files cut super fast and are so easy to put together! And the best part is, after kids have finished coloring in the fun Valentine’s designs, the card becomes a bookmark they can use to hold their place in a favorite book! I made these last year with my daughter for her Kindergarten class and they were a hit!

You can download the Valentine Bookmark Crayon Holder SVG Files right here in my shop, but first, read on to see how easy they are to make!

The SVGs open up with cut lines already turned on in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Just position 2 on a page, turn on registration marks, and hit Send! With just a few simple steps (instructions included with download), Silhouette Basic Edition, and Cricut Design Space users will also be ready to go!

Important: In Silhouette Studio, once your Print & Cut layout is ready to print, DO NOT move or change any elements in the file! I always make sure to save the file right before I print it, and don’t make any changes to the layout once it has been printed.




A single sheet of letter size cardstock fits 2 crayon holder cards. When printed, only the coloring page image and text will be visible. The cut lines for the card will not print, but don’t worry, your cutting machine will know where to cut! 🙂

Print and Cut Crayon Holder Valentine SVG Files

The Valentine Crayon Holder SVGs cut fast, and pop right out of the sheet!

Valentine Crayon Holder SVG Cards cut out

Have your little one fill in their friend’s names and then fold along score lines, to fold card in half and raise the crayon holder holes.

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Now insert crayons into the crayon slots. The crayons slide in pretty easily (pointed tip first) and hold in place well. This was easy enough that even my 5 year old was able to help!

Insert crayons into crayon holder valentine coloring card

I found this 24 pack of Crayola 4-ct. Crayon Boxes on Amazon, which I love because each child gets 4 different colors to use, and it comes with enough to make coloring page Valentines for the whole class!

Mini Crayon 4 ct. Boxes for coloring page valentine cards

Once assembled, just tuck into some A1 size envelopes (approx. 3.5″ x 5″) and your little one is ready to hand out Valentines to their classmates!

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The kids then get to have some fun coloring in the coloring page design! When they’re finished, they can tear along the center perforation, and it becomes a bookmark! 

Valentine bookmark crayon holder SVG

You could even wrap the card in ribbon or baker’s twine (optional) before placing in the envelope, so the child can tie it to their bookmark when they’re all done coloring!

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Valentine Bookmark crayon bolder svg

Thanks for stopping by to check out these fast & easy DIY Valentine Bookmark Crayon Holder SVGs! If you give this Crayon Holder SVG a try, I’d love to see how yours came out! Come share your finished Valentines in my Crafting with Printable Cuttable Creatables Facebook Group!

DIY Valentine Crayon Holder SVG

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you weekly free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other fun things. Thank you in advance for your support! 

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DIY Printable Toy Bandage Stickers: Print & Cut SVG Files

Printable Toy Bandage Stickers for Pretend Play!

When I caught my 5 and 2-year-old daughters trying to put real Band-Aids all over their baby dolls, as cute as it was, you know I couldn’t let that fly! While those licensed character Band-Aids don’t break the bank for the occasional real “boo-boo”, 3 or 4+ Band-Aids per doll, per child adds up pretty fast!

Then, a familiar little voice went off in my head. You know, the one that says “I can make that!”. So as I tucked the real box of Band-Aids safely away from their reach, I told my girls, “Mama’s going to make you some toy bandage stickers that you can use for your dollies’ “ouchies”. They were both very excited about this idea, and wanted to watch & help make them!

You can download the DIY Printable Bandage Stickers SVG / PDF / PNG Files right from my shop, but first, read on to see how I made them!




So I set to work in Adobe Illustrator (my design software of choice) and came up with these fun and colorful play bandage stickers, and a little 3D bandage box to boot! It was fun, but took longer than it should have – it’s not so easy trying to design with a 2 year old literally climbing on your back like a monkey up a tree! I brought the SVG into Silhouette Studio and squeezed as many bandage stickers as I could on a sheet for Print & Cut, and sent them to print! Check out my 5 year old’s excitement as they printed – everything is so fun at this age!

For the toy bandage stickers, I used Avery Printable Shipping Labels as a more budget-friendly for this particular disposable project. Their better quality Printable Sticker Paper is also a great choice. To set up a Print & Cut file in Silhouette Studio, open up the SVG bandage file and turn on the registration marks (pressing the ‘M’ key on your keyboard is the fastest way to bring them up). Choose the bandage colors you want to use, and make enough copies to fill up the page.

Make sure you leave some space between each bandage shape to prevent tearing during the cutting phase, and keep the shapes inside the white registration mark area shown on your workspace. When you’ve got the page filled up to your liking, go ahead and send it to your printer!

Print & Cut Bandage Stickers Registration Marks

Important: After your Print & Cut layout is ready to print, DO NOT move or change any elements in the file! I always make sure to save the file right before I print it, and don’t make any changes to the layout once it has been printed.

To cut the toy bandage stickers as individual strips, I started with the “Sticker Paper White” cut settings and adjusted them to cut all the way through the sticker backing (instead of a kiss cut, like with most stickers). The settings I used were Blade: 3, Speed: 5, Thickness 18, Double Cut (2 passes). In Silhouette Studio, make sure to select all of the bandage shapes and set them to “Cut Edge”.

Print and Cut Bandage Stickers Silhouette Studio Cut Settings

Don’t forget to do a Test Cut first, to make sure your machine is cutting all the way through the sticker paper backing.

Silhouette Cameo Print & Cut Stickers How to

I printed the bandage box on regular white 65lb cardstock, because it’s what I had on hand, but you might want to use a heavier 110lb cover stock to make the box more durable for playtime. When the box design is printed, you won’t see the box outlines or score lines, you’ll only see the graphic. But don’t worry, as long as you don’t change anything in your cut file after printing, it will cut and score just fine!

3D Box Print & Cut Silhouette Cameo




For the 65lb cardstock, I used the following settings: Blade: 4, Speed: 8, Thickness: 30, Double Cut (2 passes). You may need to adjust your settings depending on your machine and the materials you choose. If you’re using a bandage box graphic like the one I included, make sure it is set to “No Cut”, while the box template outline and score lines are set to “Cut”.

Here it is, all cut and scored!

3D Box Print & Cut Silhouette Studio

Fold along the score lines, add a few swipes of the adhesive tape runner or glue stick, and you’re good to go!

These turned out pretty cute and I had fun making this quick project with my girls, though not nearly as much fun as they had playing doctor with their dolls!

If you know some little ones with accident-prone dolls and stuffed animals, you can download these DIY Printable Toy Bandage Stickers SVG Cut Files and make them a set in just a few minutes! (printable PDF and PNG files also included!)

DIY Printable Toy Bandage Stickers

DIY Printable Doll Bandages

Fun idea: Change up the colors on the bandages, add some fill patterns, gradients, or even some of their favorite characters! If you want to add characters, make sure to search “png” to find character images with transparent backgrounds! For example, I searched “Trolls png” and “Daniel Tiger png” to make these character versions for my girls.

DIY Printable Toy Bandages

Thanks for stopping by to check out this fun print & cut sticker project! If you make a set of toy bandage stickers for your little ones to play with, don’t forget to share your creation on my Facebook page!

DIY Printable Toy Bandage Stickers SVG Cut Files on Silhouette Cricut

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you weekly free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other fun things. Thank you in advance for your support!

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How to Make a Lighted Glass Block

How to Make Lighted Glass Block Tutorial

How to Make Lighted Glass Block Tutorial

DIY Halloween Decor in Less than 1 Hour!

Happy October everyone! It’s Shalon here with a super quick and easy lighted glass block craft idea that is perfect for my favorite month! I just started a new job so unfortunately my crafting time has taken a hit 🙁 Thankfully, this project allowed me to create a fun new piece of DIY Halloween décor in less than an HOUR. Yes, you read that correctly, under 1 HOUR – and that includes all of the pictures I stopped to snap for you fine folks! This is a perfect craft for a beginner, or to satisfy your crafting itch if you’re short on time (like me!)

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Decorative Glass Block – I used the Art Minds Decorative Glass Block from my local Michaels store that is 3.6 in. x 7.6x 3.06 in., which is perfect for this Graveyard vinyl design!
  • Light Strand – I used the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Strand (Note: The Heidi Swapp lights need 2 AAA batteries.) Christmas lights can also be used, just keep in mind the cord will stick out of the block and need to be close to an outlet!
  • Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, or other electronic cutting machine.
  • Vinyl design – I chose the Spooky Graveyard Scene SVG Cut File design (requires Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, Cricut Design Space, or other cutting software that accepts SVGs.)
  • Transfer paper  or clear contact paper (I used transfer paper for this project).
  • Permanent/Outdoor Adhesive Vinyl – I used Black Oracal 651 from Expressions Vinyl.
  • Scraper (or credit card/old gift card, popsicle stick) for burnishing
  • Weeding hook, X-acto knife, or other weeding tool
  • Rubbing Alcohol (to clean surface)
  • Heat Gun (or hair dryer) – optional

How to Make a Lighted Glass Block Crafts Supplies

The following were also super helpful for me! 😉

  • Rainy Day
  • Napping Child
  • Familiar TV in the Background

Design Prep

1. Measure Surface. Measure the inner flat surface of the glass block. My glass block had a beveled edge and I wanted the design to lie flat within the beveled frame. The inner measurements of this glass block were: 2.75 in. x 6.75 in. 2. Open Cut File in your Cutting Software. (I used Silhouette Designer Edition with my Silhouette Cameo, but this file is equal opportunity for all SVG enabled cutting machines!) I am using the Spooky Graveyard Scene SVG Cut File & Clipart design. This file includes 2 options: the top option has separated colors for layering, and the bottom is just the silhouette, which is perfect for lighted crafts like glass blocks and mason jars!.

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Select and delete the top portion, leaving just the graveyard silhouette on the page. (You could also select and drag the other design elements off to the side if you are nervous about deleting them from your file).

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3. Resize the Design to Fit your Glass Block. In Silhouette Studio, you can resize by opening the Scale Window, and adjusting the width/height to the desired dimensions. I recommend checking the Lock Aspect box to keep the proportions of the design in tact. Luckily, the dimensions for this design were already 2.751 in. x 5.934 in. which was perfect for the size of my glass block, so I left the size as is, and just moved the design to the upper left corner of the page to make the best use of my vinyl.

Silhouette Studio place design on page for cutting

Cutting Vinyl

4. Load Vinyl into your Cutting Machine. The Cameo does not require a mat to cut vinyl, but you will need to move the roller to allow the machine to grab the vinyl. Then select “Load Media” on the machine’s front panel. You can of course, place your vinyl on a mat to cut. This would be necessary if you are using a smaller piece of scrap vinyl for this project.

Move Roller on Silhouette Cameo

5. Adjust Cut Settings. Once your vinyl is loaded, return to Silhouette Studio, open the Cut Settings window, select the design, and chose “Cut”. Under “Material Type”, double-click on Vinyl and adjust your cut settings.

Adjust cut settings for vinyl in Silhouette Cameo

For this project, I used the following settings: Blade 2, Speed 7, Thickness 5. Don’t forget to adjust the blade setting on your physical blade- not just onscreen! Depending on your machine, blade type etc, your settings may be different. Once your settings are chosen, click “Send to Silhouette”. This design cut beautifully!

Weeding & Decal Prep

6. Trim Vinyl. If you cut your vinyl straight off the sheet or roll, you’ll need to trim the design from the unused portion of vinyl. I used my Fiskars Trimmer to trim off the extra vinyl. You can skip this step if you used a pre-cut or scrap piece of vinyl.

Trim excess vinyl

7. Weed the Design. “Weeding” refers to the careful removal of the excess vinyl / negative space that is not part of the design.

Weeding Tips: Go slow. Start from a corner and peel the vinyl back onto itself and gently slide it back. Watch out for any parts that do not cleanly separate – often times a little poke with your hook, help from the Xacto Knife can help separate pieces.

Weeding a vinyl design

I used a weeding hook to help peel back the larger vinyl sections and an Xacto Knife to poke out the smaller inner pieces.

Weeding a vinyl design for glass block craft

8. Apply Transfer Tape to the Design. Cut a section of transfer tape large enough to cover the entire graveyard vinyl decal. Place the transfer tape carefully over the design and burnish (rub) with your scraper to completely adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl design.

Apply transfer tape to vinyl

9. Prepare Glass Block Surface. Peel off any labels from the glass block. I used a craft scraper and my nails to help remove the stubborn paper pieces. Any remaining glue residue can be removed with rubbing alcohol. You’ll need to clean the glass block with rubbing alcohol anyway so the vinyl has a clean surface to stick to. I cleaned both sides to make sure all the glue was gone and so it wouldn’t matter on what side I decided to place the decal.

Clean surface for vinyl

Apply Vinyl Decal

10. Now we are ready to Apply the Vinyl Decal. To help with placement, I used my Fiskars Trimmer to cut off a little extra vinyl backing paper from the bottom of the decal so I could more evenly place the design on the block.

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Peel the backing paper off the design, and hold only the transfer tape as you place the decal on the glass block.

Remove vinyl backing

Slowly begin to stick the bottom edge of the decal down, then slide your finger up the center of the design. I find this helps prevent air bubbles.

Apply vinyl decal to lighted glass block 1

Slide your scraper tool across the design working from the center out (again, this helps with those pesky air bubbles!)

Apply vinyl decal to lighted glass block 2

11, Burnish (Rub). Using your scraper tool and/or your fingers, rub back and forth over the design to transfer the vinyl from the transfer tape to the glass block and to push out any air bubbles.

Burnish vinyl design on glass block

12. Remove Transfer Tape. Once you feel confident that the vinyl has transferred to your glass surface, peel away the transfer tape. Fold a corner of the transfer tape back onto itself and slowly peel it off and away.

Remove transfer tape from vinyl decal

If you have any air bubbles that managed to sneak in, use a heat gun or a hair dryer to heat, and then burnish again to push them out.

Apply heat to remove air bubbles in vinyl

My top cloud had a few air bubbles and I was able to remove them with a little heating action!

Glass Block with Vinyl Decal

Add Lights!

13. Add Lights! Remove the plastic cap on the side of the glass block, insert your lights, and Replace the cap. I love that Heidi Swap Lights are battery operated, so there is no cord coming out the side!

Lighted Glass Block DIY Halloween Craft

TA DA! Our easy lighted glass block is complete – and only halfway through my movie!

Lighted Glass Block Crafts Tutorial

VariationsIf you’re an experienced crafter, or have a little more time on your hands, try one of these variations for a different spin on this project!

  • Create a “foggy” look with etching cream or frosted glass spray. To achieve this look, you would first etch or spray the glass block, let dry, and then add the vinyl as shown above.
  • Use the vinyl as a stencil, and apply etching cream on the entire front. Wash away etching cream and remove vinyl leaving a clear graveyard design in the “fog.”
  • Try purple, orange, or green colored lights for an extra eerie look!

How to Make a Lighted Glass Block Tutorial & SVG Cut File

Thank you for checking out this super fast and easy Halloween Lighted Glass Block tutorial! If you like it, go ahead and share on Pinterest or hit one of the Share buttons below!

Wishing you all a wonderful Halloween season and May Your Crafts Be Spooktackular!

Shalon

And if you make one of these, don’t forget to post them on my Facebook page, or email them to me to show off your awesome glass block crafts!

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you lots of free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other freebies. Thank you in advance for your support!

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