Silhouette America 40% Off Designer Edition Software, Plus Discounted Machine Bundles

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If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and buying either a Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine, Silhouette America is offering some great machine and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software bundles at a discount. If you already own a Silhouette Machine, they are offering 40% off their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software.  The upgraded designer edition software usually is priced at $49.99 and with the coupon code you will get it for just $29.99. Use Coupon Code BARGAIN to get the Designer Edition software at this price from July 22-31st, 2014. [Read more...]

New, Highly-Reviewed Smart Girl’s Guide To Middle School Book at 37% Off

A Smart Girls Guide To Middle School

We love the girl’s guide books created by American Girl publishing at our house and they have been great for my tween daughter. If you have a tween girl that is entering middle school soon, you might want to check out the brand new A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School: Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! book. This revised version was just released a few weeks ago and it’s currently 37% off and just $8.21. It touches on subjects such as homework, classes, introducing yourself to new classmates, and many other ideas on how to navigate middle school. This book would make a great summer read! If your order totals $35 or more, it will ship for free.  [Read more...]

Expo Dry Erase Black Marker 12 Pack for Just $7.05 – Great for Back-to-School

Black Expo Markers

 

If you are like me, these Expo Markers are on our back-to-school supply list every year. This is a really nice deal on a 12-pack of black Expo markers for just $7.05 and what a great time to stock up, while the price is low. There are also some good prices on some colored Expo markers, but the black 12-pack is one of the best prices that I have seen! I grabbed some for my own kids. If your order totals $35 or more, it will ship for free. [Read more...]

Hot Justice Sale with an extra 30% off Sale Items, Plus Free Shipping if you buy 4 Items

 

Justice Swim

 

If you still need some extra swimwear , tanks, or shorts to last you the rest of the summer, this is an amazing sale at Justice.com. There are several bathing suits for just $8.99 in many sizes that your store may not have. There are also some nice deals on some loose flowy tanks for just $4.99 that are great for sports practices, plus a few sports bras on sale for just $8.39 as well. If you buy 4 or more clearance items, your shipping will be FREE. Prices are 40% off, plus sale is an additional 30% off! Use Coupon 435 to get an extra 30% off clearance, plus the free shipping deal on 4 or more items.  [Read more...]

Tilly’s 4th of July Sale with an Additional 50% Off Sale with Free Shipping – Nike, Vans, Volcom, Roxy and More

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If your tweens and teens love surf and skate clothes, then you need to check out the great 4th of July sale at Tilly’s. They are having additional 50% off of clearance prices which makes for some sweet deals and things are going quick! The additional discounts are taken once you add the items to your basket. My boys love Vans and Nike skate shoes andyou won’t believe the great prices with the extra 50% off. There are so many items starting at $5!  There are lots of great brands like Vans, Nike, Volcom, Roxy, Full Tilt and more at rock bottom prices and there are many long sleeve and jean styles that will work for fall. Shipping is free with coupon code FREESHIPME. This sale ends July 6th, 2014. [Read more...]

Joann $1.04 Shipping, No Minimum Purchase, Today Only, Plus 30% Off Locker Lookz Locker Accessories

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Joann 4th of July

 

Today only, July 4th,  Joann.com is offering $1.04 flat-rate shipping, with no minimum purchase  This is a great time to stock up on supplies for Summer crafting or pick up items that are only offered on their website or order items that your local store does not carry. Joann.com also has 30% off Locker Lookz accessories for tweens and teens. If you are headed back to school now or soon, there are so many fun locker decorations to choose from and you can pick them up at a discount at Joann. Use the coupon code below to get $1.04 flat-rate shipping, today only, with no minimum purchase.  [Read more...]

The Lego Movie Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack Just $17.96

The Lego Movie Blu-Ray DVD Combo

 

This movie surprised me! I saw The Lego Movie with my kids and it was so funny and definitely well-done. This would be a really entertaining movie to own at home. Right now, The Lego Movie Blu-Ray and DVD Combo pack, which includes the Ultraviolet copy is priced at  just $17.99. This is a nice deal for a newer movie and if your order totals $35 or more, it will ship for free. The DVD 2-Disc version is priced at just $14.96 right now, if you don’t need Blu-Ray. [Read more...]

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Books for Kids at Over 40% Off – Summer Fun

Ed Emberley Drawing books Great Gifts

 

I used to love Ed Emberley’s drawing books when I was a kid and it’s nice to see they are still around for my own kids. What a great summer activity, especially if you are cooped up indoors due to heat! Several Ed Emberley books are currently over 40% off and as low as $3.94. Note that shipping is a little slower than usual on these books. This make great, affordable gifts paired with some markers, pencils or washable ink pads. If your order totals $35 or more, it will ship for free.  [Read more...]

Great Deal on American Girl Movies for Just $9.96 for Four Movies on DVD! Samantha, Kit, Molly & Felicity

 

4 Kid Favorites American Girl DVDMy daughter just loves American Girl movies and we have give a few for gifts. Now you can own 4 favorite American Girl Movies – Kit, Molly, Felicity and Samantha packaged together for just $9.96 total! These movies typically sell for $10-$15 when you buy them individually, so what a great price for all four American Girl movies together. That is approximately $2.50 per movie. 4 Kids Favorites: American Girl DVD was released last year as a bundle and it’s currently just $9.96! This set would make an excellent affordable birthday gift or if you are traveling, how convenient it would be to have all four movies packaged together. The An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars is also 50% off right now and just $7.50. If your total order is $35 or more, it will ship for free.  [Read more...]

Getting Started with Vinyl for Electronic Cutting Machines: Vinyl Graphics Supplies, Tips & Tricks

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Tips and Resources for Creating with Vinyl with Electronic Cutting machines

 

Crafting with different types of vinyl in my electronic cutter is one of my favorite things to do. Vinyl is so fun to work with and I have created lots of cute personalized party favors, teacher gifts, straw cups for sports, t-shirts and more. My kids and their friends love to receive their own personalized items with their name, initials or favorite characters on them. Soon you will find yourself personalizing anything with a blank spot on it!

I have used many different vinyl products and a few different cutting machines. It took me a while to figure out what products and machines work best. I am sharing my favorite tips, tricks and resources below on vinyl graphics supplies to use with your electronic cutting machine.

 

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Adhesive Vinyl

You can buy both removable/indoor and permanent/outdoor adhesive vinyl. Temporary vinyl can be removed easier than the permanent variety and works great for walls and other items that will remain indoors. I actually prefer permanent or outdoor vinyl for things like car decals, straw tumblers, water bottles, decorating my kids’ school supplies and more. It holds up well through washing. Once your item is cut, you will need transfer tape to apply your vinyl. You can buy either paper tape or clear transfer tape. I prefer clear so I can easily see where I am placing my design. Once your design is cut, remove the negative of your design and cover the top of your design with transfer tape. Peel off the backing and apply your vinyl.

Craft stores do not sell the quality of vinyl that I like to work with. It is best to order your adhesive vinyl graphics supplies online. My favorite brand of vinyl is Oracal Vinyl made by Orofol. There are also a few other brands that work great like Greenstar, which is similar to Oracal quality. If you are in a hurry to get started, I highly recommend the outdoor vinyl variety pack in the links below. Oracal 631 is the most popular indoor or removable vinyl. Oracal 651 is the most popular permanent or outdoor vinyl. I love my 100 yard roll of 6 inch transfer tape. The clear is easy to use and it will last a long, long time. Once you invest in your transfer tape, there is no need to constantly purchase more.

 

Monogramming with Silhouette Frosted Glass Vinyl

 

Some of my favorite vinyl resources:

1. Expressions Vinyl - Oracal 631 and 651

2. MyVinylDirect.com for Affordable Vinyl by the Sheet

3. H&H Sign Supply-  Rolls of Vinyl   (Use coupon code TENOFF for 10% off your first order of $50 or more)

4. Variety Pack - 12 x 24 inch – 30 Sheets of Assorted Glossy Colors of Permanent Adhesive-Backed Vinyl for Craft Cutters  (ships free and fairly quick from Amazon)

 

Transfer Tape

1. Expressions Vinyl – Transfer Tape

2. H&H Sign Supply – Transfer Tape

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl

For t-shirts, you need something called heat transfer vinyl (HTV). HTV can be applied to shirts or other fabric either with a heat press or with a home iron and comes in many different colors, metallic and even prints. If you are using a home iron, be sure to use extremely firm pressing (not gliding) motions with your iron and make sure you have a very hard surface underneath, like smooth tile or a metal cookie sheet.  HTV comes on its own carrier sheet (like transfer tape). When cutting HTV, make sure you put the shiny side down on your mat and mirror your design, so the writing or design appears flipped or backwards. After you remove the negative part of your design, place the whole carrier sheet on top of your t-shirt or fabric and press or iron according to the product directions. It is also recommended that you place a Teflon sheet on top of your carrier sheet to help the heat to be evenly distributed on your design.

Heat Transfer Vinyl is very expensive and hard-to-find in the craft stores. Also, many brands will not last through a washing, so it’s best to order quality HTV online. My favorite brands of HTV are Siser Easyweed or Thermoflex. They are the easiest to work with and give the best results.

 

Regular HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Siser HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed 5-pack, 1 foot each

3. MyVinylDirect – HTV  Vinyl by the Sheet

 

Glitter HTV:

1. Expressions Vinyl – Glitter HTV

2. H&H Sign Supply Siser Easyweed Glitter HTV by the foot

 

Teflon Sheet

1. Teflon Cover Sheet 16″X16″

 

Heat Presses

If you plan to create tons of t-shirts, personalized bags or other designs on fabric, you might consider buying a heat press. Heat presses use an exact temperature and pressure to set your HTV easily. There are several smaller machines that work for home use.

 

Heat Presses with good reviews:

1. PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital 15 x 15-Inch T-Shirt Heat Press

2. GECKO 15×15 T-Shirt Heat Press Machine

 

Electronic Cutting Machines

 

I personally have own several Cricut machines and a Silhouette Cameo. My Silhouette Cameo is my absolute favorite crafting machine. I am able to design all of my vinyl cuts right on my computer and then easily cut them out. The Sizzix Eclips 2 is another new electronic cutting machine on the market for home use that would work great for vinyl cutting. It’s features are similar to the Silhouette Cameo and this new and improved model has gotten excellent reviews so far.

Cricut has a new Cricut Explore machine that is computer-based. Although pricier than the Silhouette, it’s worth checking out. Keep in mind that you will need internet access at all times to use this machine. I love that my Silhouette machine works without Internet Access.

 

Click to See Any of these Machines:

1. Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit

2. Silhouette Portrait (smaller cutting area)

3. Sizzix eclips2 Starter Kit

4. Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine

 

 

Tools for Vinyl

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If you are planning exploring vinyl cutting, you will need just a few simple tools. If you are cutting adhesive vinyl, you will need transfer tape to easily transfer your design from the carrier sheet and place your design on your item. For example, if you are cutting a name, the transfer tape keeps it straight or just as you designed it and you are able to transfer entire names, words or phrases all at once. Other tools include a hook for “weeding” out the negative vinyl around your design or those little shapes inside letters like “A and R”. I also own a great scraper or squeegee tool to help stick the vinyl to my transfer tape and to the item. After placing the transfer tape on top of my decal, I go over it with my scraper to make sure it picks up every detail of my design before I peel off the backing paper to apply it.

 

Some of my favorite tools for vinyl

1. 3M Vinyl Squeegee

2. Silhouette Hook Tool

3. Silhouette Digital Cutter TOOL PACKAGE

4. Transfer Tape

 

 

Tips for Using Machine Mats and Blades

It is best to make sure your mat still has plenty of adhesive to hold your vinyl in place to avoid sliding. Your mat should be free of paper debris so it will cut properly. Be sure to start with a new blade for vinyl for a clean cut. To prolong the life of your blade, keep a blade specifically for cutting vinyl. I mark my Silhouette blade with a metallic sharpie with a “V” for vinyl and save it to only use with my vinyl graphics supplies. I keep a blade for every type of medium that I cut whether it’s vinyl, paper, stamping material or fabric. I find that the best prices for mats and blades seem to be online.

 

Mats

1. Silhouette Cameo Replacement Cutting Mat

2. Silhouette Portrait Cutting Mat

3. Sizzix eclips Cutting Mats

4. Cricut StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats

 

Blades

1. Silhouette Replacement Blade

2. Sizzix Eclips Blades

3. Cricut Replacement Blade

 

 

Machine Cut Settings for Different Types of Vinyl

Different types of vinyl require different cut settings in your machine. Below are some guidelines for cut settings, but it is always recommended to do a test cut before wasting any of your precious vinyl. Also, machines may vary, so use these settings as a starting point with your cutting machine.

 

1. Silhouette Vinyl Cut Settings

2. Silhouette Version 3 Software Cut Settings

3. Cricut Vinyl Cut Settings

 

Affordable Vinyl For Craft Cutters

 

 

 

 

 

One Day, BOGO Free Sale at Justice.com, Plus Free Shipping on Orders of $99+

 

 

Justice Summer Active 2014

 

Wow, these great sales seem to be the only time to shop Justice these days. It’s nice to see them being offered about once or twice a month, especially if you need summer active wear, swimwear or PJs. Today only, June 22nd, you can buy one item and get one free at Justice, plus shipping is free on orders of $99 or more. This offer is only available at Justice.com and their online store often has a better selection of sizes in-stock. What a perfect time to stock up on what you need for the season. Use coupon code 418 to receive these discounts.  [Read more...]

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