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How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Melissa Bastow

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How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Adding a name on a curve can seem daunting, but it's actually pretty easy!  I usually use photoshop, because it's the program I'm most familiar with.  But not everyone needs it on a daily basis like I do, and the cost is quite high for the casual user.  So this is how you can achieve the name-on-a-curve look in Silhouette Studio. I did this in version v3, so it's possible that your version has a few different options, but it should be similar. First of all, open up the design you want to print.  Make it the right size for whatever...


Making Halloween Kitchen Towels with a Heat Press

Melissa Bastow

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Making Halloween Kitchen Towels with a Heat Press

This afternoon I got together with a few of my friends to heat press designs onto some kitchen towels for Halloween. I'm going to start having regular crafting afternoons and wanted to start with something simple and easy - and this was PERFECT! Here's is exactly what we did, so you can do it too! I printed some Halloween images before people came so it would be all ready. And then I made a sample so they could see what we'd be doing. And I put out some flavored hummus and cookies because you can't have craft time without treats -...


How to Use SVG/DXF Files to Cut Watercolor PNG Designs

Melissa Bastow

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How to Use SVG/DXF Files to Cut Watercolor PNG Designs

Our watercolor singles are new and I know there are a lot of questions.  So here is a tutorial on how best to use the SVG or DXF file to cut around an image and make your projects quicker, easier, and never give you those dents that you get in your fingers when you hold scissors for a really long time! First you need to open your cutting machine software.  I'll be using screenshots from my Silhouette V3 software, so if you have something else it will look a little different.  (But the steps are all the same!) Open the PNG file...


No-Sew Heart Pillow Craft for Kids

Melissa Bastow

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No-Sew Heart Pillow Craft for Kids

These cute little heart pillows are easy for kids to make and are great gifts to their friends and loved ones!  They require no sewing at all, and can be done fairly quickly.  All your child needs to know how to do is cut and tie! This is what you'll need to make your own heart shaped pillows: 6 Pieces Fleece—9x9, assorted colors Poly-fill Stuffing Fabric Scissors Pen or Marker White Paper for template Cut out a heart shaped template from the white paper. Make sure to make it no bigger than 9x9" or it won't fit on your fabric....


Simple Sugar Scrub Anyone Can Make

Melissa Bastow

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Simple Sugar Scrub Anyone Can Make

Whipped sugar scrub is easy to make, you can customize it to any color you want, and it makes a really awesome gift!  This simple sugar scrub recipe, that anyone can make,  will start you on a path of creation and scrubtastic delight!   What you'll need: ¼ C Coconut oil (solid) ¾ C White sugar 1 drop of food coloring (optional)   Instructions: Using a kitchenaid, or electric mixer, whip the coconut oil for 30 seconds.  Place it in the freezer for 3 minutes.  Whip the coconut oil again for 1 minute.  Add the sugar and whip it for another minute. ...